Thursday, July 30, 2015

Manga Review: The Demon Prince of Momochi House, VOL 1

The Demon Prince of Momochi House, VOL 1 by Aya Shouoto, July 7, 2015. 170 pages. Published by Viz Media. Source: borrowed from sister.
On her sixteenth birthday, orphan Himari Momochi inherits her ancestral estate that she's never seen. Momochi House exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms, and Himari is meant to act as guardian between the two worlds. But on the day she moves in, she finds three handsome squatters already living in the house, and one seems to have already taken over her role!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wish List Wednesday: Poison is not Polite

Poison is not Polite (Wells and Wong, 2) by Robin Stevens, April 26, 2016. Published by Simon and Schuster.
Schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are at Daisy's home, Fallingford, for the holidays. Daisy's glamorous mother is throwing a tea party for Daisy's birthday, and the whole family is invited, from eccentric Aunt Saskia to dashing Uncle Felix. But it soon becomes clear that this party isn't really about Daisy at all. Naturally, Daisy is furious.

Then one of their party falls seriously, mysteriously ill - and everything points to poison.

With wild storms preventing anyone from leaving, or the police from arriving, Fallingford suddenly feels like a very dangerous place to be. Not a single person present is what they seem - and everyone has a secret or two. And when someone very close to Daisy looks suspicious, the Detective Society must do everything they can to reveal the truth . . . no matter the consequences.

Why: While I don't generally wish for books this far out (makes the waiting too hard), I had to make an exception for Poison is not Polite!!! With Murder is Bad Manners being one surprisingly good read that I picked up at the library this summer, I am itching to see what other mysteries Hazel and Daisy will find themselves caught up on. Seriously though, check out book one if you haven't!!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: The Servalius Window

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!

Monday, July 27, 2015

All About Middle Grade Review: Servalius Window

Servalius Window by Claudia White, May 18, 2015. 224 pages. Published by MP Publishing. Source: author.
Servalius Window is a story of destiny, change, knowledge and time, combining the ancient story of Gilgamesh and Chinese Proverbs to tell the story of two worlds inextricably linked: Servalius and Earth.
First Sentence:
A dazzling shade of blue was the dominate color.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

YA Review: The Survival Guide to Bullying

The Survival Guide to Bullying by Aija Mayrock, June 30, 2015. 160 pages. Published by Scholastic. Source: Rockstar Reads.
Written by a teenager who was bullied throughout middle school and high school, this kid-friendly book offers a fresh and relatable perspective on bullying. Along the way, the author offers guidance as well as different strategies that helped her get through even the toughest of days.

The Survival Guide to Bullying covers everything from cyber bullying to how to deal with fear and how to create the life you dream of having. From inspiring "roems" (rap poems), survival tips, personal stories, and quick quizzes, this book will light the way to a brighter future. This updated edition also features new, never-before-seen content including a chapter about how to talk to parents, an epilogue, and an exclusive Q&A with the author.
First Sentence:
One day in 3rd grade, a girl came to visit our school.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wish List Wednesday: Secret of the Old Clock

Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, 1) by Carolyn Keene, May 1, 2014. Published by Grosset & Dunlap; Reprint edition (May 1, 2014).
A special treat for Nancy Drew fans, and any reader who's new to the series! We're releasing a stunning new edition of an old favorite: The Secret of the Old Clock, the first book in the incredibly popular, long-running series. It's the same exciting mystery that readers have fallen in love with for more than 80 years—Nancy Drew has to help Mr. Crowly's friends find his missing will, before the evil Topham family steals his full inheritance. Now with a brand-new look, this is an edition that collectors won't want to miss!

Why: While I haven't read many of the Nancy Drew books, I do remember discovering a copy of The Secret of the Old Clock one day at the library years ago and devouring it. I thought it was pretty awesome that Nancy was always out solving mysteries, so, when I saw the gorgeous new cover for it I knew it would have to make an appearance here.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: Betrayal

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!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Review: Betrayal

Betrayal (Crystal Keeper, 2) by Laurisa White Reyes, February 9, 2015. 133 pages. Published by Skyrocket Press. Source: author.
With the help of Teak, a local farm hand, Ivanore flees from the Vat├ęz into the forest. While recuperating from her injuries, she becomes an apprentice to an elderly enchantress who teaches her how to control her abilities. Unaware that Ivanore is in Hestoria, Jayson commits to working off the cost of Brommel’s passage to Dokur, where he hopes he and his young son will be safe. Though Jayson vows to avenge the death of Brommel’s wife and daughter, despair and guilt threaten to extinguish what little hope he has left of begin reunited with Ivanore.
First Sentence:
The upper corridors of the ministry were dark and gloomy, and though Erland had walked them hundreds of times, he had never grown accustomed to the ever-shifting shadows cast by the few sconces studding the ancient walls.

And the "Make Me Read" Results are in...

You remember how earlier in the month I posted a poll of books that y'all should "Make Me Read", well, that results are in and the people, you lovelies, have chosen what I'll be reading.

To refresh you're memories, here are the books that were listed as potential candidates for the read-a-thon. Truth be told, I actually had y'all vote on non-review books as with it be summer I just want to read for the sake of reading.

Before we get to the results, how about a little bit of why I chose each book.

Windsinger is actually one of my favorite books/series, and, as I haven't read it in what seems like ages I decided to throw it into the mix.

As for Cinder and Blood Red Road, well, both are books that I've listened to the audiobook of. Sadly though, I never progressed past book one in either series and thought reading them would be the perfect excuse to prepare for the rest of their respective series.

Now, Pathfinder, The Gathering Storm, Prophecy, The Red Queen's Daughter, Spell Bound, Seraphina, and Dreamhunter, well, they've all been on my TBR for WAY TOO LONG!!!

So, without further ado I present the results as voted on by you dear readers!!!!

And the winner (by a landslide) is................................

Cinder *claps*

followed by.....................................
Blood Red Road, (a two-way tie between) Seraphina and Spell Bound, and (a four-way tie between) The Gathering Storm, Red Queen's Daughter, Pathfinder and The Wind Singer rounding things out.

Come tomorrow...or should I say later today, I'll be starting in on Cinder. I don't know how many I'll be able to get to, but, I plan on squeezing all of these into my schedule before the year's out!!!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

All About Middle Grade Review: Serafina and the Black Cloak [Blog Tour]

I am excited to be reviewing Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty today on the blog. This was one interesting read and the setting, well, that was pretty awesome given that's set here in my state.

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty, July 14, 2015. 304 pages. Published by Disney-Hyperion. Source: blog tour.
"Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there and they will ensnare your soul."

Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of Biltmore Estate. There's plenty to explore in the shadowed corridors of her vast home, but she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate's maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember.

But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is: a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore's corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of Biltmore's owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak's true identity before all of the children vanish one by one.

Serafina's hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic that is bound to her own identity. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.
First Sentence:
Serafina opened her eyes and scanned the darkened workshop, looking for any rats stupid enough to come into her territory while she slept.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wish List Wednesday: The Rock of Ivanore

The Rock of Ivanore (Celestine Chronicles, 1) by Laurisa White Reyes, May 15,  2012. 359 pages. Published by Tanglewood Press.
The annual Great Quest is about to be announced in Quendel, a task that will determine the future of Marcus and the other boys from the village who are coming of age. The wizard Zyll commands them to find the Rock of Ivanore, but he doesn’t tell them what the Rock is exactly or where it can be found. Marcus must reach deep within himself to develop new powers of magic and find the strength to survive the wild lands and fierce enemies he encounters as he searches for the illusive Rock. If he succeeds, he will live a life of honor; if he fails, he will live a life of menial labor in shame. With more twists and turns than a labyrinth, and a story in which nothing is at it seems, this tale of deception and discovery keeps readers in suspense until the end.
Why: After reading two out of three of the prequel books, my brain has taken the time to remind me that while I read The Last Enchanter, the second volume of the Celestine Chronicles, I still haven't reading The Rock of Ivanore. Now, well now I just want that rest of the picture of the world, characters, and how everything ties together.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: Exile

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!

Monday, July 13, 2015

YA Review: Exile

Exile (Crystal Keeper, 1) by Laurisa Reyes White, February 9, 2015. 130 pages. Published by Skyrocket Press. Source: author.
Exiled for loving a human, Jayson is sworn to protect the Seer's crystal from those who would use it to obtain power. Unbeknownst to him, his wife Ivanore searches for him, hoping to save him from the terrible fate she has seen in her visions. When she is captured, Jayson must make an impossible choice--should he save Ivanore or save the crystal?
First Sentence:
Ivanore hunched over the parchment, the tip of her quill flicking above her hand like a trapped bird desperate to escape.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wish List Wednesday:

The Pirate Code (Hook's Revenge, 2) by Heidi Schulz, September 15, 2015. Published by Disney-Hyperion.
Fresh off a fearsome encounter with the Neverland crocodile, Jocelyn Hook decides the most practical plan is to hunt down her father's famous fortune. After all, she'll need the gold to fund her adventuring in the future. (And luckily, Hook left her the map.)

But the map proves to be a bit harder to crack than Jocelyn had hoped, and she's convinced that the horrible Peter Pan might be the only one with the answers. Of course, he doesn't really feel like helping her, so Jocelyn takes the only reasonable course of action left to her: she kidnaps his mother. Evie, though, is absolutely thrilled to be taken prisoner, so Jocelyn's daring ploy doesn't have quite the effect she'd planned for.

Along with the problem of her all-too-willing captive, Jocelyn must also contend with Captain Krueger, whose general policy is that no deed is too dastardly when it comes to stealing Hook's treasure. And with the ever-shifting Whens of the Neverland working against her as well, Jocelyn, Evie, Roger, and the rest of the Hook's Revenge crew have their work cut out for them.

In this rambunctious showdown between characters new and old, Jocelyn puts her own brand of pirating to the test in a quest to save her future and those she loves.

Why: I simply loved reading Hook's Revenge and am, in fact, in major need of knowing what will happen to Jocelyn as she tries to decode her father's treasure map and what all Heidi Schulz has in store for her!! Consider me ready to dive back into some amazing writing and storytelling!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: Hook's Revenge

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!

Monday, July 6, 2015

All About Middle Grade Review: Hook's Revenge

Hook's Revenge (Hook's Revenge, 1) by Heidi Schulz, illustrated by John Hendrix, September 16, 2014. 304 pages. Published by Disney-Hyperion. Source: borrowed from library.
Twelve-year-old Jocelyn dreams of becoming every bit as daring as her infamous father, Captain James Hook. Her grandfather, on the other hand, intends to see her starched and pressed into a fine society lady. When she's sent to Miss Eliza Crumb-Biddlecomb's Finishing School for Young Ladies, Jocelyn's hopes of following in her father's fearsome footsteps are lost in a heap of dance lessons, white gloves, and way too much pink.

So when Jocelyn receives a letter from her father challenging her to avenge his untimely demise at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile, she doesn't hesitate-here at last is the adventure she has been waiting for. But Jocelyn finds that being a pirate is a bit more difficult than she'd bargained for. As if attempting to defeat the Neverland's most fearsome beast isn't enough to deal with, she's tasked with captaining a crew of woefully untrained pirates, outwitting cannibals wild for English cuisine, and rescuing her best friend from a certain pack of lost children, not to mention that pesky Peter Pan who keeps barging in uninvited.
First Sentence:
There have always been pirates.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Review: Five Years in Heaven

Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship that Answered Life's Greatest Questions by John Schlimm, May 5, 2015. 288 pages. Published by Image. Source: Blogging for Books.
FIVE YEARS IN HEAVEN is an inspirational memoir about a young man at a crossroads in his life who returns to his small hometown and forms an unlikely and mutually enriching friendship with an 87-year-old nun and artist who illuminates a divinely inspired blueprint for finding one’s purpose and answering the ultimate question “How do I get to Heaven?”
First Sentence:
On that early spring day, the sun had started its descent when I pulled into the convent's back entrance.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Make Me Read It Read-Thon [Poll]

It has been too long since I joined in on a read-a-thon, and, with my TBR getting out of hand (okay, we're way past getting as it is out of control) that I could not resist!! The Make Me Read It Read-a-thon is hosted by Val @ The Innocent Smiley and Ely @ A Book so Fathomless.

Want to join in, then visit the announcemet for The Make Me Read It Read-A-Thon.

Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.

Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read out of that list.

When the read-a-thon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. The goal is to read as many as possible.

With the readathon not starting till July 20 (at 8 a.m. and running till July 27 12 a.m.) there is still plenty of time to join in!!

My List

Select the to three you would most like me to read!! You can read up on all the titles by checking out my Goodreads shelf "Make Me Read".

Which Books Should I Read?

Gathering Storm
Red Queen's Daughter
Blood Red Road
Spell Bound
The Wind Singer
Poll Maker

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sew Adventurous (3): The Black Hole That is Gaming!!

Even though today's Sew Adventurous post has nothing to do with crafting, I couldn't help but want to share with y'all the black hole I've fallen gaming. As well as some other non-reading things I'm currently up to!

While I enjoy playing video games, I've never really been interested in mobile gaming off the phone. Yet, when my sister recommended, okay she really just wanted me to join her alliance, DomiNations I decided to give it a whirl...well, let's just say that I am absolutely hooked!! There's just something about building/leading a nation through the various ages, from Stone Age to Space age, that is, well, addictive. Also, the whole perfecting the peoples defenses and building an army to conquer other villages...yeah, I may be enjoying this one too much!!

Playing DomiNations kind of makes me feel like this:

The other game my sister has gotten me into is School Idol Festival based on the anime show Love! Live! School Idol Project. While I don't play this one as much, it's still quite fun as you get to unlock cards for characters from the show, and maybe one's that are just for the game, by completing songs from the show.

In non-gaming, I have finally made it to running!! Now that my knee and ankle are much better, thanks to months of PT and endless hours of exercising, I have been cleared for running!! And with the warm weather all I want to do is be outside running around or playing with my dogs. Summer gives me a serious case of the "I Want to be OUT DOING THINGS!!"
   Some days, we do run outs (where you run x number of minutes out and then the same time back); other days, like today, was hilly runs (hills are somewhat hard to find here); and tomorrow is field width sprints. Aren't I even so nice to drag my older sister out for all this fun!!

Tell me, what have y'all been up to this summer? 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wish List Wednesday: Light of the Oracle

Light of the Oracle (Healer and Seer, 3) by Victoria Hanley, December 12, 2006. Published by Laurel Leaf.
Bryn is the daughter of a humble stone-cutter. So no one is more surprised than she when the Master Priest seeks her out to become a student at the famous Temple of the Oracle; a training school for future priests and priestesses.
But her innately gifted nature proves a threat to the evil embedded within the Temple, and Bryn encounters unimaginable danger. Is she able to struggle with the unknown and to save the whole world from untold misery? Or will the powers of darkness succeed?

Why: I may be still trying to get my hands on book two, but, I also still really want Light of the Oracle because I would very much like to (one day) finish this series! I'm just so curious as to how the series plays out...even after all these years.