Monday, January 31, 2011

Logic of Demons

Logic of Demons by H.A. Goodman, 2010. 262 pages. Source- from author for review.
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.
When I was first approached by the author to do a review for Logic of Demons, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to read it. It sounded good, but the back synopsis almost made it sound like there was entirely too much going on for such a short book, but I’m really glad that I did get the chance to read/review Logic of Demons and surpassed my expectation by a lot.

One of the things I really enjoyed about Logic of Demons was how the Devin, who was the narrator for the majority of the book, had to come to face up to all the crimes he had committed after the death of his wife.
I also loved the moral aspect of Logic of Demons and how in the end one cannot blame ones misdeeds by saying you where led astray. Because we are all given the choice to decide whether or not to do what deep down we now is wrong.

Another fascinating thing I found while I was reading this book was the authors take the company and the formula, I thought it was one of the more interesting ways to depict how shrewd the devil can be.

While the end of the book was kind of out of left field, it also made a weird kind of sense after thinking back on the book.    

My favorite thing about Logic of Demons seems to be more about how the choices we make affect not only our life, but also the lives of everyone around us.  
While I enjoyed reading Logic of Demons I did have a couple of things that I didn’t like about it. There was just a bit too much foul language for my taste; my other problem was that some scenes were over explained a bit, while others were left a little too vague.

Final Verdict: An interesting thought provoking read.
Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine’s Soul earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

In My Mailbox (74)

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.

The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, 1) by Rick Yancey, 2009.
I am so very excited about winning The Monstrumologist, especially since I've been wanting to read it for what seems like ages.

The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist, 2) by Rick Yancey, 2010.
This one sounds just as good as the first book in the series, can't wait till I get to read them both.
A huge thanks goes out to Nely of All About {N}

Contest Win/For Review:
The Emerald Atlas ARC (Books of Beginning, 1) by John Stephens, April 5, 2011.
This book sounds pretty awesome. I'll be reading this one pretty soon(ish).
A huge thanks goes out to RandomBuzzers.
Kissed by an Angel (Kissed by an Angel 1-3)  by Elizabeth Chandler, 1995.
I absolutely loved Elizabeth Chandlers Dark Secret books, so when Ren (All by MyShelf) offered to trade me this for a duplicate of a book I had, I couldn't resist. Thanks, Ren.

The Stranger by Caroline B. Cooney, 1993.
Oh my gosh, I started The Stranger Thursday afternoon and I could not put it down. It was so good that I finished it in just a couple of hours. This book was so good that I cannot believe I had never read it before.

Fruits Basket 15 by Natsuki Takaya, 2004.
I cannot not believe that I am up to volume 15 in Fruits Basket! I absolutely love this series!

Fruits Basket 16 by Natsuki Takaya, 2005.
Can't wait to see what will happen next!

Kaze Hikaru 1 by Taeko Wantanabe, 2006.
I stumbled across this title when I was browsing my library's online catalogue and that I'd give it a try. It sounds good.

I cannot wait to read all the books I got this week, although it might take me longer to get around to reading the ones that don't have a due date (unlike the library books that I'll have to return in the next couple of weeks).
There are so many awesome titles this week that I just can't pick what I'm most excited about getting to read, but I'm definitely looking forward to each and every one of them.
Hope y'all have had an awesome book week. ^_^

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Boys Over Flowers Volume 1

Boys Over Flowers (Boys Over Flowers, volume 1) by Yoko Kamio, 1992. 208 pages. Source: Borrowed from library. 

This classic shojo is featured in a 51-episode anime series. Because she stood up to the F4 gang, Tsukushi is now a celebrity. But not everyone has joined her fan club. A boy playing a violin is rude to her. A trio of girls tricks her at a party. They kidnap and take her to Tsukasa's mansion, where she and her sometimes enemy have a fight and he spreads cruel gossip about her around the school. Tsukushi is certainly resourceful, but how will she handle the challenge?

I just start off by saying that Boys Over Flowers was an okay manga, but definitely not one of the better ones I have read. It reminded me a lot of Ouran High, just with not as likable characters.

I really enjoyed the actual story and found the main character to be one of the more interesting protagonists that I've read about in awhile. 
What I really didn't like about Boys Over Flowers were the F4, they just gave me the creeps, especially their hair which was horrifically bad 90s hair. Frankly it gave me shudders just seeing it.
While I didn't much care for the artwork of the male characters, I really enjoyed reading about the protagonist, Tsukushi, I especially liked her when she stopped trying to just sail through her school year as unnoticed as possible and finally starting sticking up for herself and others who were being bullied by the F4. 
In the end what I really liked best about Boys Over Flowers was how brutally honest the story was, from the way that the different cliques at the school reacted to someone standing up to the F4. You had those who secretly supporting her (not very affective in changing things); those who made things worse by going at of their way to humiliate her further by spreading nasty rumors (some which were very shocking).

I know this is a really short review, but Boys Over Flowers was so very short. 

Boys Over Flowers earns 3 and 1/2 pineapples.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wish List Wednesday (31)

The Returners by Gemma Malley, 2010.
London teenager Will Hodge is miserable. His mother is dead, his father’s political leanings have grown radical, and his friends barely talk to him. To top it off, he’s having nightmares about things like concentration camps. Then Will notices he's being followed by a group of people who claim to know him from another time in history. It turns out they are Returners, reincarnated people who carry with them the memory of atrocities they have witnessed in the past. Will realizes that he, too, is a Returner. But something about his memories is different, and with dawning horror, Will suspects that he wasn’t just a witness to the events, he was instrumental in making them happen. Set in the near future, with the world on the verge of a new wave of ethnic cleansing, Will must choose to confront the cruelty he's known in his past lives, or be doomed to repeat it . . . again.
Why: The Returners sounds both epic and slightly ominous, which just so happen to be two quolities that i love in a book. Plus I absolutelove the cover for it.
I first saw this book when I was browsing through B&N while killing time one day, and thought that it sounded like a great read.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

10 Take Your Pick Giveaway @ Jennifer Lauren's Blog

Author Jennifer Laurens is giveing readers another chance to win one of her books (Heavenly, Penitence, Absolution, or A Season of Eden).
Entering is easy, all you have to do is write a post. For more detailes and to enter visit her blog by clicking HERE. Winners will be announced this Saturday.

Good Luck!!!

Teaser Tuesday (24)

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!

While I was reading Hearts at Stake by Alyxandria Harvey I found my teaser for the week. It was just so funny that i couldn't pass up the opportunity to do it for this weeks teaser. Hope y'all enjoy it.
It wasn't that I was ungrateful or didn't adore my brothers- it was just that Drake men were arrogant, unbending, and liberally laced with white-knight complexes, especially when it came to their baby sister. page 89

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Mysterious Benedict Society

Mysterious Benedict Society (Mystery Benedict Society, book 1) by Trenton Lee Stewart; 2007; pages 485. Source: Borrowed from library.

Reynie, Kate, Sticky and Constance are four unusual children who meet in the most exceptional circumstances. They have three things in common: they are all remarkably talented, all honest and all alone.

Their mission is a secret. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened where the only rule is that there are no rules. There they must work as a team to save, not only themselves, but the world outside the walls.
After seeing The Mysterious Benedict Society pop up on a few different blogs, and then seeing it at my library, I decided I’m just going to give it a go and check it out. And it didn’t disappoint in the least
The Mysterious Benedict Society was a bit slow to start, but once it finally got going it quickly picked up steam and just sucked me right into the story. I think what sold me on the story was that it was different and how they (the four MCs) weren’t all confident that they would be able to stop what was going on and get out in one piece. In other words, the MCs were just very down to earth if slightly crazy, which made for a very interesting read.
Of the four MCs Reynie was my favorite, he was also the main protagonist in the book, because it was nice/cute to see how hard he fought to keep from letting his friends down.
Raynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance were all a bit quirky, which in my opinion makes for a great cast of characters. The four main characters were cute and annoying at times, yet kind of grownup in their own ways.
I loved the author’s use of subliminal messages to further his evil plan to change/rule the world, it was excellently done.
Favorite part of the book, that would definitely have to be Kate’s unique use of her bucket (yes, I said bucket) to get away from the Executives. It was evilly brilliant.
My least favorite part of the book would have to be that the beginning of the book was a bit slow and it took awhile to get to what the problem actually was and how the four kids fitted in to the story.

The Mysterious Benedict Society is definitely a most read for both young (11-12) and up. It’s a cute yet action packed read with delightful characters and a fascinating plot line. I'm looking forward to starting the sequel, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, which I happened to to pick up at the used bookstore late last year.

The Mysterious Benedict Society earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

In My Mailbox (73)

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.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, 1) by Cassandra Clare, 2010.
 Oh my gosh!!! I absolutely cannot wait to read Clockwork Angel. I loved The Mortal Instruments books and am so excited that Cassandra Clare wrote a prequel series. I just wish that I had known about it before I had read TMI books, oh well.

A huge thanks goes out to Author Wendy Higgins and everyone at YAtopia.

Deception ARC (Haunting Emma, 1) by Lee Nichols, 2010.
I've heard lots of good things about Deception, and am really looking forward to reading it.

The Haunted ARC (The Hollow, 2) by Jessica Verday, 2010.
I'm really excited about winning The Haunted, but first I'm going to need to check out The Hollow from my library before I can read it (yes, I have book 2 and have never read book 1).

A huge thanks goes out to the lovlies at ReaderGirls.

The Death by Bikini Mysteries *signed* by Linda Gerber, 2011.
The Death by Bikini mysteries have been on my wish list for ages, so I was absolutely thrilled when I found out I had won them in a single bound copy. I love mysteries, so I really cannot wait till I get a chance to read them.

A huge thanks goes out to Author Linda Gerber.

Chobits Omnibus (volumes 1-4) by Clamp, 2010.
I'm sad to say that I just didn't enjoy Chobits very much. It was okay, but not as good as I hoped it would be.

Instant Teen: Just Add Nuts 1 by Haruka Fukushima, 2004.
Okay, I actually enjoyed Instant Teen more than I thought I would. It was just so funny.

Emiko Superstar (a Minx Graphic Novel) by Mariko Tamaki & Steve Rolston, 2008.
I couldn't not believe my luck when I found out that the library had Emiko Superstar. I own and have read just about all the rest of their Minx graphic novels and had been wanting to read this one since it first came out.

Tsubasa 1 by Clamp, 2004.
I was just browsing my libraries new website and came across Tsubasa and decided that I'd just check it out and see if it's any good. But after reading Chobits, I'm a bit worried about starting it.

I think with this round of mangas from the library, I should have read enough of them to be finished with the Manga Challenge I signed up for. Although I do plan on reading more mangas throughout the year.

My TBR Stack is so big that I've broken it up into books that I didn't get around to reading from 2010, and have now added a stack for this year, which I'm hoping to be able to tackle as soon as I read down last years books.

I hope y'all have had just as great a week in books. Can't wait to see what everyone got. ^_^

Friday, January 21, 2011

Pre-Review: Hearts at Stake

Heart at Stake (The Drake Chronicles, 1) by Alyxandria Harvey, 2010.

I'll make this really quick. I've been putting off starting Hearts at Stake for a couple of months now (I was afraid it be like HoN which I didn't like). But I finally decided to bite the bullet and just start it, and it has more then exceeded my expectations and I'm only on page 84. Can't wait to finish it (and the other books in the series).

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wish List Wednesday (30)

Foundling (Monster Blood Tattoo, 1) by D.M. Cornish, 1999.

Set in the world of the Half-Continent-a land of tri-corner hats and flintlock pistols-the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy is a world of predatory monsters, chemical potions and surgically altered people. Foundling begins the journey of Rossamund, a boy with a girl's name, who is just about to begin a dangerous life in the service of the Emperor. What starts as a simple journey is threatened by encounters with monsters-and people, who may be worse. Learning who to trust and who to fear is neither easy nor without its perils, and Rossamund must choose his path carefully.

Why: While the synopsis for Foundling hardly says anything about what the book is actually about, I find myself wanting to read it none the less.
The thing that first drew my eye to this book when I was at a bookstore (not buying a single book though) was the cover, it just grabbed my attention even though there's not much going on. To make a long story short, it sounds like something I could definitely disappear into and devour.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I'm Working On....

An about me page, and well I need your help. Whenever I start working on it my brain just goes completely blank.
I'm looking for some suggestions about random things readers may want to know about me. I figured it was about time that I put up something so y'all could now just a wee bit more about me.
So if you have a burning question you'd like to ask me, go ahead and I'll take all questions under consideration and answer the ones that aren't going to give too much away (I'm shy and like my privacy, but want y'all to know a little more about me). ^_^
You can either twitter me your question @HauntedOrchid, leave a comment, or fill out my contact form.
Thanks for the help.

A-Z Reading Challenge 2011

I've been wanting to try an A-Z challenge for about a year now, and couldn't pass up the opportunity to sign up and give it whirl this year.
The A-Z Challenge is hosted by Steph of Thoughts of a Book Junky.
26 books is easy, but the hardest part of this challenge for me is going to be getting my hands on a books for Q, X, and Y. I have not the slightest idea for them, but I'll check out my libraries selection and see if I can find anything.
For more info and to enter click HERE.

Will update with a list later. ^_^

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Best Foot Forward by Joan Bauer
Chalice by Robin McKinley (Review coming soon)
Dread Locks by Neal Shusterman (review coming soonish)
Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki
Face On the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney (review in progress)
The Gentlemen's Alliance †, Vol. 1 by Arina Tanemura
Hearts at Stake by Alyxandria Harvey (check out my Pre-Review of it HERE)
Logic of Demons by H.A Goodman 
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
Pace, the by Shelena Shorts
Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowlings
Secret Vampire by L.J. Smith
They Never Came Back by Caroline B. Cooney
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Van Alen Legacy, the by Melissa de la Crus
XXxHolic 1 by Clamp
You are so Undead to Me by Stacy Jay (maybe)
Z is for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien

Teaser Tuesday (23)

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!

Since I'm currently (almost done) working on my review of Shade's Children by Garth Nix, I thought I'd draw this weeks teaser from it. Hope y'all enjoy it.
"Battery's gone," she announced, still climbing.
"Yours will probably go any minute now." page 237

Monday, January 17, 2011

Trailer for Heavenly

Author Jennifer Laurens, is giving 5 lucky winners the chance to win one of the following books:
Heavenly, Penitence, Absolution, or A Season of Eden.
For more info and to enter click HERE.

ARC Taken by the Others

Taken by the Others ARC (H&W Investigations, book 2) by Jess Haines; Jan. 2011

Once, New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest's most pressing problem was keeping her agency afloat. Now she's dealing with two dangerous, seductive vampires who have been enemies for centuries. The only thing Max Carlyle and Alec Royce agree on is that they both want Shia--for very different reasons.
Max is determined to destroy Shia for killing his progeny, while Royce's interest is a lot more personal. That's not sitting well with Shia's werewolf boyfriend, Chaz. As the feud between Max and Royce gets ever more deadly, a powerful vampire-hunting faction is urging Shia to join their side. Shia has always believed vamps were the bad guys, but she's discovering unexpected shades of grey that are about to redefine her friends, her loyalties--and even her desires. . .
I was a bit nervous going into reading Taken by the Others, because it was my first review copy, but it was an absolutely thrilling read and I cannot wait to get my hands on the first book in the series to see how it all started.
One of the things that fascinated me the most about the story was how the Others presence were known by everyone and knowledge of them wasn’t just limited to those who either hunted them or had a run in with them at some point. Plus it was interesting to see them given rights and protected by the law, it definitely made things more complicated and opened up the story a bit.
Another thing I really enjoyed about Taken by the Others is how the suspense slowly built up throughout the book. Let’s just say that by time I hit the middle of the book I was so averse to putting it down because I wanted to know how it was going to end and whether or not they were all going to make it out in one piece.
Definitely one of the best points in the book was getting a glimpse into Shiarra’s head during the fights and hearing her thoughts on what she’d just done. It was also interesting how she wasn’t this fearless let’s run right into danger unprepared kind of character, yet she wasn’t going to back down and let someone else fight her battles for her.
I really liked the main character Shiarra; she had just the right amount of stubborn, pigheadedness, but my favorite thing about her was her sarcasm and the witty banter that went on between her and Royce and Devon.
The one thing that I really liked about Taken by the Others was that there was absolutely no questionable content in the book at all, which I found to be quite refreshing to not have to skip pages due to content I’m uncomfortable reading.
The only thing I didn’t like about the book was all the swearing. I felt that the characters just threw the f-word around too much, but other than that I don’t have any complaints about this amazing book.

Taken by the Others was a truly thrilling experience and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the H&W Investigations series.

Taken by the Others earns 4 out of 5 pineaaples.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

In My Mailbox (72)

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.

Fallen (Fallen, 1) by Lauren Kate, 2009.
I know I'm a bit behind the times but I still haven't read Fallen. Although, that will change sometime (maybe not this month, but definitely this year) in the near future.
I'm really looking forward to finally getting a chance to read it.

Torment (Fallen, 2) by Lauren Kate, 2010.
I know, I haven't even read the first one, so why do I have the second one. Well I won it, that's why.

A big thanks goes out to Random Buzzers. I won both Fallen and Torment from them during their 12 Days of Christmas giveaway.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, 2010.
I'm really intrigued by the synopsis for Revolution and cannot wait to get a chance to read it. Alas, it will probably be quite sometime before I actually get a chance to read it.

Another big thanks to Random Buzzers. I won this book during another one of their 12 Days of Christmas giveaways.

She's So Dead to Us ARC by Kieran Scott, 2010.
Sounds interesting, so I'll try to get around to reading it soon.

I'd like to send a big thanks out to Laura of The Calico Critic.

Boys Over Flowers 1 by Yoko Kamio, 1992.
I've actually already read Boys Over Flowers, and I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. The only thing I didn't much care for was the artwork, but it was a interesting story.

MeruPuri 1 by Matsuri Hino, 2003.
I picked up MeruPuri mainly because I enjoyed reading Vampire Knight and wanted to try another series by Matsuri Hino (love her artwork). I absolutely loved it, too bad my library system only has the first volume.

Fruits Basket 10 by Natsuki Takaya, 2002.
Fruits Basket 11 by Natsuki Takaya, 2003.
Fruits Basket 12 by Natsuki Takaya, 2003.
Fruits Basket 13 by Natsuki Takaya, 2005.
Fruits Basket 14 by Natsuki Takaya, 2006.
I kind of forgot to mention all of the books I borrowed from the library over the last few weeks. I've already read all of the Fruits Basket volumes mentioned above, and I loved them. I so wish I owned the whole entire series so that I could set a side a couple of days and just read it from start to finish.

I do believe that I'm caught up with books that I have either received or borrowed from the library from the last couple of weeks.
I hope y'all have had a great book week also.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Loving the Reviews Challenge

I was catching up on my google reader when I came across the post for the Loving Reviews Challenge hosted by Brandi of Bilkosiner's Blog and Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books.
What is the Loving Reviews Challenge you ask? Well, you sign up and link your reviews for a chance to win. For more information on how this works and to sign up click HERE.
I'm not sure what I'll be reviewing for it yet, but I'll update this post when I have an idea.

Pre-Order Giveaway @ All by MyShelf

Hey guys just wanted to let y'all know about the wonderful contest that my affiliate Ren of All by MyShelf (formally Dahlia of Dahlia's Eclectic Mind) is hosting at her blog to celebrate her new name and layout.

One lucky winner will get their choice of one of the following titles:
Dead is Not an Option by Marlene Perez
Outside In by Maria V. Snyder
Serpent's Coil by Christy Raedeke.

Ends Jan. 20th at 11:59 pm.
For more details and to enter click HERE.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2010 Challenge Wrap Up...

I know, 2010s already been over for twelve days, but it's time for my end of year look back on all the challenges that I participated in.
Which means I get to share my accomplishments and failures with all my lovely blog readers. So without further mumblings on my behalf.
I'm also working on a post summoning up what my favorite reads of the last year were and plenty of reviews to keep my blog relatively active in the new year.

100+ Reading Challenge 2010
I knew I could definitely finish this challenge because for me a hundred books in a year is quite easy, but I never dreamed that I would end up reading over 200.
I still haven't made up my mind if I'm going to participate in this challenge this year; it was fun, but tedious to keep updated.
To see the full list of what I read last year click HERE.

Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge 2010
Okay I was definitely worried about the library challenge. Because I was thinking what on earth am I going to read since it felt like I had read just about everything my library had to offer. Luckily, they had more books that I wanted to read or re-read than I had originally thought they did. Thus I ended up more then exceeding what I was shooting for in this challenge (which was 75 library books) and ended up reading 121 library books this past year.
To see the full list of books I borrowed from the library, click HERE.

2010 Debut Author Challenge
Alas, I failed most horrible on this challenge and only read 5 debut author books. *hangs head in shame*
While I might not have done to well in this challenge, the ones I did read were simply amazing and I absolutely cannot wait to read the next books in each of the different series.
I honestly don't think I'm going to participate in this challenge again, at least not this year. It was fun, but too stressful.
To see the full list of what I read, and what I wanted to read but didn't get a chance to, click HERE.

The Marple Poirot Holmes Challenge
I am ashamed to admit that I failed this challenge. Why? Because I ended up forgetting that I had signed up for it. I finished the Holmes part of the challenge, but could never decide what Poirot and Miss Marple books I wanted to read, then I read other books and just forgot.
If this one's going on again this year I'm definitely going to try again.
To see the sad progress I made on this challenge, click HERE.

I do believe that I have covered every single challenge I joined last year. I managed to finish two out of the four challenges that I signed up for. I'm looking forward to all the challenges that are being hosted in the new year.

If you're looking for a new challenge to sign up for, come check out my first challenge to celebrate the books of one of my favorite authors with the L.J. Smith Reading challenge 2011.

Wish List Wednesday (29)

Blackveil (Green Rider, 4) by Kristen Britain, Feb 1, 2011 (hopefully).
The long-awaited sequel to Green Rider, First Rider's Call, and The High King's Tomb.
Once a simple student, Karigan G'ladheon finds herself in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand when she becomes a legendary Green Rider-one of the magical messengers of the king. Forced by magic to accept a dangerous fate she would never have chosen, headstrong Karigan has become completely devoted to the king and her fellow Riders.
But now, an insurrection led by dark magicians threatens to break the boundaries of ancient, evil Blackveil Forest-releasing powerful dark magics that have been shut away for a millennium.
I have been waiting four years for this book to come out, so you can imagine how excited I am that its release date is practically here. This is definitely one book that I plan on getting as soon as I see it in store.
One of the reasons I love this series is that the world that the author created is just phenemal, and Karigan is like of (if not) my favorite lead female characters to read about.
The only thing I ned to do before Blackveil comes out is re-read the first three books to refresh my memory on what happened previously.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Manga Challenge 2011

I'd like to thank Vasilly of 1330V for telling me about the Manga Challenge hosted by Rhinoa of Rhinoa's Ramblings.
Over the past couple of years I have found my self reading more and more mangas, so this challenge is a perfect fit for me. plus it gives me the perfect chance to re-read the first ten volumes of Ouran High by Bisco Hatori and to check out more mangas from my library.
I'll try to review some of the manga I read, but sometimes I just find them hard to review and like to read them for fun.
Since the goal is to read a minimum of 6, I should be more than able to accomplish it in a short amount of time.

Mangas Read:
1. Boys Over Flowers, 1 by Yoko Kamio
2. MeruPuri, 1 by Matsuri Hino
3. Fruits Basket 12 by Natsuki Takaya
4. Fruits Basket 13 by Natsuki Takaya
5. Fruits Basket 14 by Natsuki Takaya
6. Instant Teen: Just Add Nuts 1 by Haruka Fukushima
7. Chobits Omnibus (vols 1-4) by Clamp
8. Tsubasa 1- Clamp
9. Kaze Hikaru 1
10. Fruits Basket 15 by Natsuki Takaya
11. Fruits Basket 16 by Natsuki Takaya
12. Fall in Love Like a Comic 1
13. XxxHolic 1 by Clmap
14. Fruits Basket 17 by Natsuki Takaya
15. Angelic Layer 1
16. Metamo Kiss 1
17. Fall In Love Like a Comic 2
18. Kitchen Princess 1
19. XxxHolic 2- Clamp
20. Wish 1- Clamp
21. Fruits Basket 18
22. Fruits Basket 19
23. Fruits Basket 20
24. Fruits Basket 21
25. Fruits Basket 22
26. Fruits Basket 23
27. Beauty Pop 1
28. The Gentlemen's Alliance †, Vol. 1

Teaser Tuesday (22)

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!

My teaser for this week is from Best Foot Forward by Joan Bauer, the companion book to Rules of the Road.
No. I can only love him and speak the truth when we're together, if we ever are again.
It's a sad truth to hold onto, but truth isn't always happy or easy. page 62-63

Graphic Novels Challenge 2011

Thanks to Kai of Fiction State of Mind for pointing me in the direction of the Graphic Novels Challenge hosted by Vasilly of 1330V.
I must say that I'm super excited about participating in this challenge, especially since I have two or three boxes of comics that could use a re-read and since I seem to be going through a graphic novel addiction at the moment.
For more information about this challenge click HERE.

I'm shooting for expert in this challenge, which would mean I'd have to read 10 or more books.

Books Read for Challenge:
1. Emiko Superstar
2. Batman: Hush 1

Sunday, January 9, 2011

In My Mailbox (71) Christmas/Birthday Edition

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.

When Paranormalcy first arrived I decided that I was going to read the first page (only), but instead wound up reading 78 pages because it was just so good.

 I'm really looking forward to (finally) getting a chance to read Firelight.getting a chance to read Firelight.
Personal Demons (Personal Demons, 1) by Lisa Desrochers, 2010.
I've already started Personal Demons, and so far it's pretty good.

A huge thanks goes out to Ravenous Reader of Tales of the Ravenous Reader.

The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green, 2010.
This sounds like a delightfully light read, which will be just what I need after some of the books I plan on reading. Can't wait to get around to reading it.

A huge thanks goes out to Liz of Consumed by Books.

Gifts (Christmas):
The Demon's Covenant (The Demon's Lexicon, 2) by Sarah Rees Brennan, 2010.
I loved The Demon's Covenant when I read it a couple of months ago, and am thrilled to own a copy of it.

Incarceron (Incarceron, 1) by Catherine Fisher, 2010.
So excited about getting a finished copy of Incarceron from Christmas (I read the first chapter in my ARC and knew I would love it so I asked for a finished copy). I'm pretty sure that I'm going to let it jump to (near) the top of my TBR pile.

I'd like to thank my Aunt D and Uncle D. for the awesome books.

Vampire Mountain (Cirque du Freak, 4) by Darren Shan, 2001.
I was so excited when I unwrapped the fourth Cirque du freak book, Can't wait to read it.

The Forbidden Game (Forbidden Game, 1-3) by L.J. Smith, 1994.
I now have 16 books to read for the L.J. Smith Reading Challenge I'm hosting. As you can probably guess, I'm really excited about getting this book.

I'd like to thank my Secret Santa (otherwise known as my sister. Its a family tradition) for the awesome books. She also got me Beauty and the Beast, which I've already watched 3 times.

Gifts (Birthday):
Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters, 1) by Michelle Zink, 2009.
Honestly, my birthday was completely made when I unwrapped Prophecy of the Sisters. I'm really looking forward to reading the finished version.

Guardian of the Gate (Prophecy of the Sisters, 2) by Michelle Zink, 2010.
If my birthday was made by getting Prophecy of the Sisters, it was made even better by getting Guardian of the Gate.

A huge thanks goes out to my Mom, Dad and Sisters.
As you can see I'm quite set in books for the next couple of weeks.
Hope y'all had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Friday, January 7, 2011

L.J. Smith Reading Challenge

I almost forgot to make a post for my own challenge. *hangs head in shame*. Just click the reading chellenge button and it'll take you right to the sign up page.
Haven't signed up yet, well there is still plenty of time
I am going to ambitious and will shoot for the Fanatic level, which means I will try to read all of the L.J. Smith books that I own adding to 16 books. If I manage to finish them all I'm going to borrow from the library any books they have that I don't.

Books Read:
1. Secret Vampire (Night World 1)
2. Daughters of Darkness (Night World 2) review coming soon
3. Spellbinder (Night World 3)

Books for Trade

In the spirit of spring cleaning I have weeded out some of the books on my shelves, some I sent to the used bookstore because they were really old and slightly weird titles, while others are ones that I've either read and won't be reading again or are not something I'd be comfortable reading. So please check out my (short) list and help me clear some much needed space up.

YA/MG ARCs for trade:
A Pearl Among Princes- Coleen Murtagh Paratore

Historical Fiction.
Panama ARC- Shelby Hiatt

If you're interested, please leave a comment with what you would like to trade and your email; or you can fill out my contact form. Either way, I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Who knows, but I might add some more titles at some point as I finish going through my mountain of book.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

6 Degrees Reading Challenge

How could I resist a challenge such as the 6 Degrees Reading Challenge, which sounds like a ton of fun.
For the exacts on how this challenge works, please, click here.

Since I'm having trouble connecting books, I'll be shooting for Room Temperature level, with the possibility of moving up levels later on.
Six books, should be easy...right? List to be posted later.


CSN Review

Now that the holidays are finally over, and I've found time to try out what I ordered from CSN, its time to write my thoughts.
The hardest thing for me was trying to decide what I was going to order, because there were just too many options to narrow it down in one sitting, but I finally decided upon getting a tea set. Which I absolutely adore (yes, there are pictures).

I was quite shocked at how quickly my packages arrived, I thought it would take three or more weeks, but they actually arrived in about seven days. Which was totally unexpected, especially since I ordered them in December.
As odd as this is going to sound, I really liked the packing material that was used in my tea sets package it was...different.

See, isn't it weird, but also kind neat.
Enough about the packing and whatnot, and on to what I got. I bought this adorable tea pot and six tea cups w/ saucers, which were all from the Ten Strawberry Street collection. When I first set my eyes on the Royal white Sophia tea pot and cups I knew that it was what I wanted.
I'll just say it now, I love my tea set. Its beautiful and looks just the way it did online.
I think it's a pretty good match.
While not being from the same collection, I did happen to find a cute sugar and creamer set by Corelle that fit in just nicely with the tea set I had picked. Definitely happy I went ahead and got it.

Here's a small set up. So cute.
Lastly, I bought an arm band by GUT for my new ipod. Now I have absolutely no excuses left for not exercising. It was a bit hard to get it in a first, but now it slides in pretty easy.

Would I order from CSN Stores again, absolutely.
Since I am highly satisfied with everything, I'm giving the whole experience 5 out of 5 pineapples.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Pre-Review: Shade's Children

Shade's Children by Garth Nix, 1998.

Since I'm participating in the YA of the 80s and 90s, I decided that I would re-read Shade's Children, which was the first book by Garth Nix that I ever read.

I love the characters, and the story is one of the most original that I've ever read. I'm kind of shocked that it has taken me like five years to get around to re-reading it. Luckily, it has been so long since I last read it (and some many other books have been read since) that its like I'm reading it for the first time.