Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Out with a Bang Read-a-Thon

 
Today is the start of the last read-a-thon of the year, and for me its a doubly awesome day. Why, because i get to have a perfect excuse to read for three days straight, plus today is my birthday.
 
I'm still not sure what I'll read, but I will definitely be updating this post with what I do end up reading.
Hope y'all have a great day.
 
Update:
Yesterday was a complete bust reading wise, and today wasn't much better, but I plan on reading nearly all day tomorrow.
 
Reading:
 Best Foot Forward- Joan Bauer
Finished:
I'm almost done with Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, I have like 100 pages left, so I'm counting it as finished.
Bad kitty: Catnipped, vol 1 by Michelle Jaffe (manga)
 
 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

*At Last* the Winner Is....

Sorry for the long delay on announcing the winner for Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines. Hope y'all had a great Christmas, I know I did.
Since y'all have waited long enough, I'm going to stop dithering and just announce the winner.


And the Winner is.......
Tetewa 

Congrats Tetewa, hope you enjoy the book.
I have already emailed you.

Winner has 48 hours to respond before I will pick a new winner.

I will have up in the next day or so sign ups for the L.J. Smith author reading challenge I'm hosting, my CSN review, and a few other posts.
I'm so excited, tomorrow is my birthday. I'm going to make my Mom, Dad & sisters watch my favorite movies.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Offline Till After Christmas

Hey guys, I'm going to be offline for the next few days. So no posts or anything.
Don't worry I haven't for got about the contest, I'm just not going to be able to pick a winner till after Christmas, no internet or computer time, but a winner will be picked and contacted after Christmas.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

In My Mailbox (70)

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.

Contests:
Troll Bridge: A Rock 'n' Roll Fairy Tale *signed* by Jane Yolen & Adam Stemple
I cann't wait to read Troll Bridge! Jane Yolen is one of my absolute favorite authors.

Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely, 3) *signed* by Melissa Marr, 2009.

Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange author Melissa Marr delivers another little masterpiece of Urban Faery, that budding subgenre. In this ethereal romance, Aislinn has achieved the fragile eternity of the title; she has become an immortal faery, complicating both her life and that of Seth, the man who loves her.
Thanks to Aine of Aine's Realm for both books and an awesome magnet from FaerieCon.
The Shifter (Healing Wars, 1) Janice Hardy, 2009.

Nya is an orphan struggling for survival in a city crippled by war. She is also a Taker—with her touch, she can heal injuries, pulling pain from another person into her own body. But unlike her sister, Tali, and the other Takers who become Healers' League apprentices, Nya's skill is flawed: She can't push that pain into pynvium, the enchanted metal used to store it. All she can do is shift it into another person, a dangerous skill that she must keep hidden from forces occupying her city. If discovered, she'd be used as a human weapon against her own people.
Thanks to Jen of Lost in the Library.

The Shifter sounds fascinating, can't believe I hadn't heard about it before I saw it mentioned in this contest. It sounds incredible and I cannot wait to read it.

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, 1) by Rachel Vincent, 2009.
She doesn't see dead people, but she senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.
Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next.
 Thanks to Jess of Obsessionwithbooks for the book and poster.

My Soul to Take Sounds awesome, can't wait till it makes it to the top of my TBR pile.

Library:
Fruits Basket, vol 9 by Natsuki Takaya, 2004.I love this manga!

Well, this is all for me this week in books. Hope y'all had a great week.


Finally summer has arrived! While Tohru struggles through bipolar days of hope and anxiety, what will happen when Yuki comes face-to-face with the new member of the student council?! And... is Uo-chan crazy in love?! Who's that she's hanging out with?! Plus, Hana-chan's past is finally disclosed in a bonus feature! Come join the party in the 9th volume of the super-popular Fruits Basket!

For sixteen-year-old harpist prodigy Moira, the annual Dairy Princess event in Vanderby is just another lame publicity op. Twelve girls have been selected to have their likenesses carved in butter and displayed on the Trollholm Bridge. Its a Vanderby State Fair tradition that has been going on for, like, ever. As far as Moira is concerned, the sooner its over with the butter er better. About the same time and not far away, three brothers members of the sensationally popular teen boy band The Griffsons are in the middle of a much-needed road trip to relax from the pressures of their latest tour.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pre-Review: Birth of a Killer

Birth of a Killer (The Saga of Larten Crepsley, 1) by Darren Shan, 2010.

Right now, I’m about half-way through it and it is absolutely addictive. So much so, that I’m pretty sure I’ll be done with it this evening.
The writing is quick and the plot thoroughly enjoyable. It’s quite interesting to read how Larten Crepsley became a vampire, can’t wait for the sequel.

I'll try to have a review of Birth of a Killer up before the year ends. ^_^

Quick Contest Update

My internets being seriously wonky, so I'm going to extend the contest for a few days. I'll let y'all know when it ends (I'm thinking the 20th).

If you haven't entered for your chance to win, go HERE
Hope y'all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday.



Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (21)

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
This weeks teaser is brought to you by Birth of a Killer by Darren Shan.
Larten nodded somberly, staring with fascinated horror at the implements. If he was right and they were on their way to confront a real vampire, the holy artifacts would be of no use, and the saw and garlic were superstitious extras. Page 136.

Wish List Wednesday (28)

Slawter (The Demonata, 3) by Darren Shan, 2006.

Lights. Camera. Slawter! Grubbs Grady and his half-brother Bill-E are thrilled to join their uncle Dervish as onset consultants for the newest movie by cult horror producer David A Haym. Shot in a deserted town renamed Slawter, the demon-themed movie is to be Haym's masterpiece. But as strange incidents disrupt the set, Grubbs begins to wonder whether more than filming is afoot.
Why? I want Slawter because I have found that The Demonata series has been the series that has come the closest to scary me, plus I really enjoy Darren Shan's writing style and the characters that he creates.


Monday, December 13, 2010

ARC NoMansLand (DNF)

NoMansLand (ARC) by Lesley Hauge, 2010. Source: Won from a contest.
Sometime in the future, a lonely, windswept island is populated solely by women. Among these women is a group of teenaged Trackers—expert equestrians and archers—whose job is to protect their shores from the enemy. The enemy, they’ve been told, is men. When these girls come upon a partially buried home from the distant past, they are fascinated by the strange objects—high-heeled shoes, teen magazines, make-up—found there. What are they to make of these mysterious things? And what does it mean for their strict society where friendship is forbidden and rules must be obeyed—at all costs?

I guess I should start by saying that I didn’t finish reading my ARC of NoMansLand, I tried really I did, but I just wasn’t feeling the story or the MC.


I really liked the whole concept of the plot; it was definitely different, which would usually make it something I’d love. I just wish I had been able to connect with the MC a bit better.

When I found out what NoMansLand was about, I thought it was going to be…well not like it ended up being, I thought there was going to be more action in the book.

What I didn’t like about NoMansLand was that here just didn’t seem to really be anything going on throughout the story. One of the reasons I couldn’t get into the book was that there just wasn’t enough character interaction to keep me invested in the story.

I was really hoping that I would like NoMansLand, but it turned out not to be the book for me. The premise of the story was interesting, but there just wasn’t enough going on to grab my attention. Although I’ll probably give the book a second chance at some later point in time, too see if my opinion changes.

Final Verdict: WhileNoMansLand might not have been the book for me, I encourage you to give it a try and see for yourself what you think of it.

NoMansLand earns 2 and ½ pineapples.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Out With a Bang Read-A-Thon



I thought the read-a-thon season was over, but I'm so glad to have found one more to do before the year is over.

Here's what Casey of The Bookish Type (the host) has to say about the Out With a Bang Read-A-Thon.
The Readathon will run from December 29 - 31 and participants will be reading as many books as they can during that time! This Readathon is mainly to finish off the fabulous debuts for the Debut Author Challenge, but participants don't have to focus on that category if they have non-debut books that they would like to finish before 2010 ends.



I'm not sure what I'm going to read for it yet, but it must likely be something from my very long TBR pile.

In My Mailbox (69)

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.

Library:
Fruits Basket 8 by Natsuki Takaya, 2002.
Summer is on its way, so of course Tohru and friends are excited about the upcoming vacation and field trip. But what's that sound? It's Hatsuharu going beserk in the classroom... again! Black Haru is full of more rage than usual, so what will happen when Yuki intervenes? And then there's Ritsu Sohma, whose mom Tohru met at the hot spring; what's wrong with this kimono-wearing beauty?!
Another great volume. It was so hard to keep from bursting into laughter while I was reading while waiting at my Dad's office.

For the Win Cory Doctorow, 2010.
"At any hour of the day or night, millions of people around the globe are engrossed in multiplayer online games, questing and battling to win virtual gold, jewels, and precious artifacts. Meanwhile, others seek to exploit this vast shadow economy,

running electronic sweatshops in the world’s poorest countries, where countless “gold farmers,” bound to their work by abusive contracts and physical threats, harvest virtual treasure for their employers to sell to First World gamers who are willing to spend real money to skip straight to higher-level gameplay.
Mala is a brilliant 15-year-old from rural India whose leadership skills in virtual combat have earned her
the title of “General Robotwalla.”
I've been looking at For the Win everytime I go to the library for the last month or so I finally decided to just check it out. Can't wait to read it, I just hope its as good as Little Brother was.

Contest:
The Pace (The Pace, 1) by Shelena Shorts, 2009.

Weston Wilson is not immortal and he is of this world. But, aging is not part of his existence, and eighteen-year-old Sophie Slone is determined to find out why. In doing so, she could also uncover something about her own life expectancy that she may not want to know. Suddenly, immortality will mean everything and nothing all at the same time.
Thanks to Brandi of Blkosiner's Book Blog.

The Pace sounds really interesting, can't wait till I have a chance to read it.

Review:
Logic of Demons by H.A. Goodman, 2010.


What would you do if the love of your life was murdered by a deranged killer? Would you become a vigilante and seek retribution? And would this revenge affect those you care for in the afterlife? LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine's Soul takes you on a journey inside the psyches of men and women forced to deal with the spiritual consequences of their decisions. Through the lives of a demon, two Angels, and a mysterious teenage girl, a plethora of politically and socially relevant issues ranging from the roots of genocide and sex trafficking to child conscription and religious fundamentalism are addressed in this fantasy thriller. Life as well as the afterlife converge in this novel to explain certain peculiarities of the human condition. Whether you are God fearing individual or an atheist, LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine's Soul addresses moral and theological issues of interest for people of all backgrounds


Fruits basket was amazing as usual, it was so good in fact that I have already ordered the next volume from my library (now I'm just waiting for it to come in).
I haven't started For the Win yet, but it sounds like a very promsing book, can't wait to read it.
It looks like The Pace (which sounds really good) will have to be put near the end of my TBR while I try to read down the books that have been thee the longest, but I can't wait till I get a chance to read it.
Logic of Demons sounds really good and I'll tackle it as soon as I finish all my library books and re-reading The Chronicles of Narnia.
Hope y'all have had a wonderful week in books.

News:
I should have a review posted in the upcoming week. Don't forget to also check out my interview with author Jess Haines (click HERE to read the interview). The contest for Hunted by the Others ends Dec 15th, so there's still timeto enter for your chance to win.
I am hosting my first reading challenge next year, sign-ups will be posted later this week or next weekend. Hope to see y'all there.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Epic Contest @ Beth Revis's

Author Beth Revis (Across the Universe) is hosting one incredile giveaway with 100 winners. Yes, you read that right, there will be 100 winners. So what are you still doing here, go forth and check out this contest of awesomeness.

For more details and to enter The Epic Contest of Epic.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Upcoming CSN Review

I'm sure y'all have all heard of CSN Stores, and their mind boggling 200+ online shops for everything from counter height stools to teapots. Well, I was pleasantly surprised (and highly shocked) to be asked to review one of their products.
I'm toying with getting either what would be my fifth bookcase, although I don't have the foggiest idea where in my room I would put it, or with something else that has yet to be decided upon.

Too bad I don't need this, because it's really pretty.

There are so many choices, that I spent two days just going through their various stores trying to choose what to get, and I still haven't actually decided upon anything yet.

Wish List Wednesday (28)

The Healer's Keep (Seer and the Sword, 2) by Victoria Hanley, 2002.
Something is threatening the legendary Healer’s Keep, where students gifted in the healing arts are trained. Will they learn enough in time to keep the darkness at bay? Or will the Shadow King turn their gifts against them and once again walk the world?
When I found out a few years ago that one of my all time favorite fantasy books The Seer and the Sword, which I have re-read many times, had a sequel I knew that I would one day have to get it. Sadly, I'm still wishing for it because I can't seem to find a copy anywhere.
All I've got to say is that it sounds awesome, and I hope to find a copy real soon so that I can finally read it.
Plus I just love the cover for it!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (20)

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I couldn't resist taking my teaser from Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Madaug was aghast as he looked at his older brother.
"Do Mom and Dad know your dating a homicidal lunatic?"
    "No, and if you tell them, I'll superglue your fingertips to your keyboard."
A tic started in Madaug's jaw as his cheeks turned bright red. "Mom said if you ever did that again, she's going to shave your head while you sleep." page 253

Saturday, December 4, 2010

In My Mailbox (68)

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.

Library:
Infinity (Chronicles of Nick, 1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon, 2010.
At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

I had been waitting for Infinity to come in, since I put my name on the waiting list in July, and I finally got a chance to read it and it was awesome. Let's just say I finished the whole book in like a day. Yep, you heard me, I read the all 448 pages in a day. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.

Fruits Basket, vol 5 by Natsuki Takaya, 2004.
The Sohma household takes to the lake for a vacation at their summerhouse. However, the peaceful silence is deafening, as Yuki and Kyo are once again not on speaking terms. Will Tohru's klutzy kindness get the dueling duo back to their old cat-and-mouse antics once again?
I loved, Fruits BAsket 5, it was such a laugh. Can't wait to read the next one.


Fruits Basket, vol 7 by Natsuki Takaya, 2005.
Tohru and company have been having a lot more fun ever since Kisa came to visit. Now it's time for Tohru to meet another member of the Zodiac--the skillfully sarcastic grade-school student, Hiro! One way or another, this tyke will have to deal with his resentment of Tohru and his affection for Kisa!
Yay!! Another volume of Fruits Basket. I love this series, it such a fun way to break up my reading list by just relaxing with the antics of the crazy characters. I've already put the next volume on order.

Birth of a Killer (The Saga of Larten Crepsley, 1) by Darren Shan, 2010.
The highly anticipated prequel to the New York Times bestselling Cirque Du Freak series!
Before Cirque Du Freak...
Before the war with the vampaneze...
Before he was a vampire.
Larten Crepsley was a boy.

As a child laborer many centuries ago, Larten Crepsley did his job well and without complaint, until the day the foreman killed his brother as an example to the other children.
In that moment, young Larten flies into a rage that the foreman wouldn't survive. Forced on the run, he sleeps in crypts and eats cobwebs to get by. And when a vampire named Seba offers him protection and training as a vampire's assistant, Larten takes it.
This is his story.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that my library had a copy of Birth of a Killer, so much so that I immediately checked it out. I will definitely starting it as soon as I finish re-reading The Chronicles of Narnia.

Well, as you can see my library has finally worked out the majority of the kinks in their new system, and I have taken full adventage of that fact and stocked up on some great reads. Most of which I have already finished.
Hope y'all have had a great week in books (feel free to leave me a link to you IMM. And I'll try to stop by and check what y'all got this week.)

Be sure to check out my Interview with Jess Haines, and enter for your chance to win Hunted by the Others. Already entered? See how you can earn an additional 10 entries, by clicking HERE.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Holiday Read-A-Thon Mini Challenge


Jami of YA Addict's Mini Challenge:
My challenge for you, if you choose to accept it, is called "A Character Holiday". Simply tell me what the characters in your favorite book would be doing for the holidays.
This is too much fun to pass up.
I have two favorite characters that I would like to use for this, and they are Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

Since this is my script, they'll both know each other.
Christmas music would be playing, the house would smell like freshly baked gingerbread (now I really want a cookie), as the two of them decorated the tree with tinsel and light, they compared the different cases they had come up against, along with their triumphs and defeats. Then just before they could try to call the other ones bluff, the doorbell would ring ushering in some unfortunate in need of their help, and thus would be the beginning of the great Christmas team up.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Holiday Read-A-Thon- Sign Up/Mini Challenges


Yep, you guessed it. I couldn't resist one more read-a-thon before the year ended. 
To sign up visit Liza at WhoRuBlog

For Liza's read-a-thon challenge, my family and I (parents and sisters) donated a couple of toys to Toys for Tots.
I'm going to be re-reading the whole Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. I haven't read them in a few years and thought, what better way to get in the holiday mood then by reading them. Plus by the time I finish all seven books I will have reached 200 read this year.

Books to be read:
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Treader
The Silver Chair
The Last Battle


Books finished for the read-a-thon:
The Magician's Nephew 
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Horse and His Boy


Fruist Basket vol 7 by Natsuki Takaya
The Gift of the Magi (I can't remember who wrote it)
Orchid

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

How to Earn 10 Extras Entries....Plus Contest Extension

Since I'm feeling generous, I have decided to give everyone entered in the Hunted by the Others contest a chance to earn additional entries. I know you're probably wondering how could we possibly earn more entries? Well rest assured, all you have to do to gain an additional 10 points is by getting some one to enter the contest. Easy right.
Just leave me a comment (in this post) telling me who you are referring and I will add the 10 points to your entry.

So go forth and check out my interview of author Jess Haines and enter for your chance to win Hunted by the Others.

In other news, I have decided to extend the deadline for the contest. So it now ends on Dec 15th.

Rules:
  • Enter the contest first (enter HERE)
  • Open to US residents only
  • All entries will be verified
  • Ends Dec 15th

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