Saturday, April 30, 2011

Spring Blog Hop Carnival - Giveaway! (International)


Welcome to my Spring Blog Carnival Giveaway!

This giveaway hop is hosted by Pure Imagination, Candace's Book Blog, The Book Swarm and Reading Angel, so check out either of their sites for details on the hop itself!

Since this is a blog hop and you'll all likely be entering numerous giveaways, I'm going to keep things really simple. No complicated extra entries, just follow the blog and fill out the form with your name and email address so I can contact you if you win. If for some reason the form doesn't work, feel free to email me at jtheunknown@gmail.com with SPRING BLOG CARNIVAL GIVEAWAY in the subject line or leave a comment and I'll make sure you're entered. This giveaway will run through midnight (EST) on Sunday, May 8th after which time a winner will be chosen, emailed, and announced on the blog.

This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY
Rules:
  • Open Internationally
  • Must be 13 yrs old to enter
  • Giveaway will run through May 8th, 2011 - Midnight (EST)
  • Follow my blog
  • To enter, fill out the GIVEAWAY FORM and leave your name and email address so I can contact you if you win.
Giveaway Prize: Signed Copy of Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy No. 6) by Richelle Mead
(You can find my review HERE)

There are over 200 blogs participating in this event, so be sure and follow the linky below to check out all their challenges and giveaways!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Demonglass (Hex Hall No.2) by Rachel Hawkins - A Book Review

Title: Demonglass (Hex Hall No.2)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Pages: 359
Published: March 1st, 2011 by Hyperion Books
Synopsis: Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch. That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth. Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers. But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?(from goodreads.com)

The second installment in the Hex Hall series, Demonglass - wow! I don't know exactly what I thought would happen, but let me just say that I most definitely was NOT expecting the introduction of another guy in the stands for Sophie's affection and I most definitely was NOT expecting an ending like the one Hawkins, oh so generously, hoisted upon me. The first book in the series, Hex Hall, was fun, it was delightful, it was a precursor to the madness that is Demonglass. I mean, the plot was intense and the characters were funny and fabulous and the ending *takes a deep breath* was a helluva cliff, I tell yah that much!

The book starts off with our lead, Sophie Mercer, being thrown into a pond/lake for her "P.E." class. There, she is to pretend to drown and then use her powers to get out. Being that this is Sophie we are talking about...that's not quite how it goes...but, we still get a glimpse at our newest guy (technically not new as much as reintroduced with more charcterization) - Cal.
"You'll be fine," he said. "And if you're not up in a few minutes, I'll save you."

Something fluttered inside my chest, catching me by surprise. I hadn't felt anything like that since Archer had disappeared. It probably didn't mean anything. The sun was shinning through Cal's dark blond hair, and his hazel eyes were picking up the light bouncing off the water. Plus, he was carrying me like I didn't weigh anything. Of course I'd feel butterflies when a guy who looked like that said something so swoon-worthy.

"Thanks," I said. Over his soulder, I saw my mom watching us from the front porch of what had been cal's cabin. She'd been staying there for the past six months while we waited for my dad to come get me and take me to Council Headquarters in London.

Six months later, and we were still waiting.

Mom frowned, and I wanted to giver her a thums-up to let her know I was okay. All I could manage was raising my bound hands in her general direction, clocking Cal on the chin as I did so. "Sorry."

"No problem. Must be weird for you, having your mom here."

"Weird for me, weird for her, probably weird for you since you had to give up your swinging bachelor pad."

"Mrs. Casnoff let me install my heart-shaped Jacuzzi in my new dorm room."

"Cal," I said with mock astonishment, "did you just make a joke?"

"Maybe," he replied. We'd reached the end of the pier. I looked down at the water and tried not to shudder.

"I'll be pretending, of course, but do you have any advice on how I'm supposed to not drown?" I asked Cal.

"Don't breathe in any water."

"Oh, thanks, that's super helpful."

Cal shifted me in his arms, I tensed. Just before he tossed me into the pond, he leaned in and whispered, "Good luck."

And then I hit the water.

Now, I know what you are thinking, its another love triangle. But before you run away from the screen, *stop* this one isn't quite like the others and to be perfectly honest, it didn't bother me. In fact, I'm totally Team Cal now and feel that if Archer does get the girl (which I'm sure that he will because book fate is EVIL like that), I'm going to be heart broken. I'm not usually on the team of the other guy, but OMG, am I on this one! Also, there are a bunch of twists in this book concerning Cal and Sophie that I was surprised to find, made the whole triangle totally worth it!

Of course, Jenna our lesbian vamp is in this one and she is as adorable as ever in all of her pinkness.

In the book we also get to meet Sophie's dad who turns out really isn't all that horrible. And, to top it off, there are all sorts of secrets going on behind the scenes that Hawkins only hints at. I think she was trying to kill me, but she did not succeed (ha ha! Thought you could take me huh?!). I'm living on purpose to read the next installment where I can guess at some of the little things I'm missing, but I was so surprised with the bad guy(s) in this book I almost slapped myself. There was definite forehead banging in this one and it was well worth it because I prefer to be surprised over being able to guess the plot lines.

So, if you haven't picked up the Hex Hall series, you should give it a try because it's a fun YA read with witches, warlocks and, of course, demons. *insert evil laugh here*



Monday, April 18, 2011

Hex Hall /Hex Hall No.1/ by Rachel Hawkins - Book Review

Title: Hex Hall (Hex Hall No.1)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Pages: Kindle Edition
Published:
Read: October 29, 2010
Synopsis: Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

I actually read this book way back last year. I thought I'd posted this review, but I guess I didn't, so here it is now, LOL! Enjoy.

To be honest, when I started this book I had absolutely no idea what it was about. You’d think I would since it was on my TBR list, but, hey, being that there are so many on it, I think I totally spaced. Turns out is was really pretty good – oh, and about witches. So, I guess going into the story not knowing a thing may be a good idea all around.


This book, for all those who do want to know, like I said is about witches. Yes, the casting, I’m going to turn you into a frog kind of witch. Actually, it also has vampires, werewolves, shape shifters and faeries. Mostly though, it is more based around witches and our main character Sophie Mercer, who is also a witch.

Sophie is sent off to Hex Hall for some…uhhhh…let’s say bad decisions on her part (hahaha, if you call bad decisions making someone totally off their rocker). Anyhoo, Sophie and boarding school….

Off to boarding school she goes where she meets our scandalously sexy Archer Cross. Even the name inspires me to purr. *prrrr* Of course, he is the bad boy/jerk/brilliant witch…(uhh, warlock?)…with whom Sophie ends up in detention with.

Yup, that’s right. Detention for an entire semester, you naughty boy! (I’m a dork!)

I think my favorite scene is either the one where Sophie gets to make her own dress for the dance or when she makes a huge pile of No.2 pencils appear out of nothing. Yes, I’m random, but it cracked me up!

Overall, I’d say it was a lovely read with all sorts of craziness inside. Plus, with love spells, crazy a$ demons, The Eye, a really really friggin’ cool teapot, some shocking displays of affection while locked in a basement and a twisted ending that you won’t see coming, what more could we ask for?! I guess the sequel (ha).

Which is what you all will get because that review will post tomorrow.

Rating: 4/5

Quotes:
…For a second the werewolf, er, Justin, paused, his head cocked to the side, making him look less like a throatripping-out beastie and more like a cocker spaniel.

The thought made me giggle.

And suddenly those yellow eyes were on me. It gave another howl, and before I even had time to think, it charged.

I heard the man and woman cry out a warning as I frantically racked my brain for some sort of throatrepairing spell, which I was clearly about to need. Of course the only words I actually managed to yell at the werewolf as he ran at me were, “BAD DOG!”.
Miss Mercer,” she said (the Vandy), breathing heavily, making me think of a bull, “is there any reason you can think of that I shouldn’t give you detention for the next month?”

My mouth moved, but nothing came out.

Then, like a godsend, I remembered Elodie’s advice. “I like your tattoos!” I blurted out.

I only thought the class has gasped before. Now the sound they made was like the air escaping from a balloon.

The Vandy titled her head at me and narrowed her tiny eyes. “You what?”

“I…I like your tattoos. Your ink. Your, um, tats. They’re really cool.”

I’d never seen anyone have an aneurysm before, but I was afraid that was exactly what the Vandy was about to do. Frantic, I looked out at the crowd of students until I met Elodie’s eyes. She was grinning, and I realized that I had just made a truly horrible mistake.
She looked down at my hot-pink lounge, and her mouth twisted into a little pucker of disgust. She placed her hand on the back of the chair and my spell fell away in a shower of pink sparkles until my lounge became a perfectly respectable light blue love seat covered in big pink cabbage roses.

“Better,” she said crisply, sitting down beside me.

“Now, Sophia, would you care to tell me why you’re here by the pond instead of reporting to your next class?”

“I’m experiencing some teenage angst, Mrs. Casnoff,” I answered. “I need to, like, write in my journal or something.”

She snorted delicately. “Sarcasm is an unattractive quality in young ladies, Sophia. Now, I’m not here to indulge whatever pity party you have decided to hold for yourself, so I would prefer it if you told me the truth.”

Friday, April 15, 2011

Book Blogger Hop: 4/15-4/18

Book Blogger Hop

Hi everyone, it's Friday and we all know what that means, it's time for the book blogger hop! Yeah!

This week's question is:

"Pick a character from a book you are currently reading or have just finished and tell us about him or her."

My Answer: I just finished reading Demonglass (Hex Hall No.2) by Rachel Hawkins. Cal is one of the charcters in this second book that I want to talk about. He isn't new to the series by any means, but he isn't seriously spoke of in the first. In the second, he kind of plays a huge role. I want to talk about him because I feel like he is going to get totally jipped at the end of the series and that doesn't make me too happy. He is seriously hot and sexy and he has this, like, quiet smoldering type personality. He is a warlock with amazing healing powers and I would just like to go on the record for saying that I am, as of a week or so ago, TEAM CAL! So, if any of you have read the second book in the Hex Hall series, what is your opinion of Cal? Do you feel like he should get the girl or no? Maybe I've lost my Hex Hall mind?

What is your Book Blog Hop Answer today??



Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Amazon.com vs Barnes and Noble.com




So, all you book bloggers out there are in the business of books, therefore, you probably buy quite a few books. I recently had some orders placed with Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble and decided I wanted to share my info/experience.
Now, I understand that this probably won't apply to quite a few international book buyers as it won't work the same for you and you may not even have the option to buy from Barnes & Noble, so I'm sorry. Also, I understand that there are other places to buy books from, but I feel that these are 2 of the largest and the ones I use the most (especially since I have a Kindle). Lastly, this is my thoughts and feelings on this topic and as it applies to me and my physical location in Phoenix, Arizona. In December, for Christmas, I received several gift cards (2 Amazon & 2 Barnes & Noble). Usually I liked Barnes & Noble cards for books I wanted to buy in store and Amazon for the ones I could wait for and buy online, but I suddenly had a book buying epiphany. If I bought my Barnes & Noble books online too, I could get MORE books. Yes, I'd have to wait, but with my TBR closet stack building up and the library around the corner, there really wasn't an option, I'd buy online and wait.

Which brings me to my first topic, PRICE:


Comparing these two vendors, price wise, there isn't really anything to compare. Overall, they are pretty similar in pricing for young adult and adult books, give or take a couple pennies. When I was buying back in December, I found some YA books that were actually off by a dollar (more expensive at B&N) or so, but today I went through some of the books to be released this year and pricing ran the same. The only real difference being that because Amazon.com does not have an actual warehouse in most states they do not - currently - charge sales tax on the items they ship. This is one of my favorite things about Amazon - on items "sold and shipped by Amazon" - is that I don't have to pay any sales tax! Hoo rah!!

As there are Barnes and Nobles all over the state of Arizona (and most of the US), that's not so much an option.
E-books, in comparison, were exactly the same price on both sites as they usually come directly from the publishing house (even if they are sold on the website itself). In addition, sales tax is paid on both sites for e-b00ks because it's sold and shipped directly by the publishing house. Of course, when thinking of pricing, we as book buyers think, how much are they going to charge me for shipping?

There are quite a few options for either site in this regard. I know on Amazon.com that if
you are a Prime Member, you get unlimited two-day free shipping, no minimum purchase for as long as your Prime Membership lasts and your items are shipped to you as soon as they are available, meaning that if you ordered 4 books and 2 are pre-orders, they will ship the first 2 and ship the second 2 as they are published. However, to get a Prime membership, you have to fork over $79 per year. As I'm cheap, I most likely will never pay it.


At Barnes and Noble you can also purchase a membership with an annual fee of $25. It includes free express shipping in 1-3 days also with no minimum purchase for as long as your membership lasts. Also, you can use your membership in store and get a 10% discount on all books, 20% off all adult hardcovers and 40% off Hardcover bestsellers (mostly not applicable to online purchases). Although, I'd like you to take note that in store pricing still can't quite compete with online pricing (except possibly mass market paperbacks). Still, even though it's cheaper than Amazon's Prime membership, I'm still too cheap to purchase it (I usually borrow my mom's, LOL!).


Since I'm too cheap to purchase any kind of membership for better shipping prices and allowances, I go to my next option: Free Shipping on orders over $25. Now, most of the time, to me, there is no other option. I do not like to spend money on shipping. If I don't spend my money on shipping fees, I can spend it on more books. I don't have enough money to be spending it on shipping fees *phfff*...shipping fees...what are those??!! This issue right here, this "Free Shipping" is my main issue with these two stores. It's the issue that sets them apart from my purchasing of physical books (as my e-books mostly come from Amazon.com because of my Kindle).


Free Shipping to me may not cost me money wise, but time wise it definitely does. You see, back in the last week of December 2010 I ordered 5 books from B&N online with my gift cards. Because I ordered online and chose "Standard Shipping" (2-6 business days - supposedly) with the option "
Send everything in as few packages as possible" I received free shipping, and was able to get that 5th book. However out of the 5 books I ordered, 1 was a pre-order (Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting). All the rest had already been released.

This is where I learned exactly what
"Send everything in as few packages as possible" meant. I thought, hey, I'll get my four books and then they'll send my 5th book in Febrary on its release date. But, no, that is not what happened at all. I had to wait for ALL 5 BOOKS until February 15th, 2011, when all 5 books were then shipped to me. Then, to top it off, they shipped the books on February 15th and I did not get them delivered to my "house" until February 22nd, in the afternoon. As you can imagine, all this waiting, did not make me happy.


However, I have another story for you concerning "Free Shipping". The other day I received a $27 credit from Amazon.com for a Kindle skin I purchased for my Kindle (long story I'm not going to go into right now). I could therefore, use the credit to buy anything from Amazon.com as long as it was "sold and shipped" by Amazon. This does not include e-books, for your information, as they are sold and shipped by the publisher.

I, of course, used the credit to buy more books, like there was a choice *wink wink*. I proceeded to make my selection very carefully as my experience with B&N had taught me something about the "Free Shipping" features of online book buying. Now, Amazon's free shipping works similar to B&N's with a little difference I'll get to at the end. First I select "
" (5-8 business days) which then automatically selects "Group my items into as few shipments as possible". Now, first of all, I'd learned a valuable lesson from B&N, if I wanted my books faster, either I ordered all books that had already been released or make sure the date on any pre-order books was close in reference to the date of order.

So, my books included,
This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress No. 5), Demonglass (Hex Hall no.2) & (my pre-order) City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments No. 4). Because I'd included a pre-order I knew it wouldn't ship til its release date of April 5th, 2011. HOWEVER, and this is my FIRST difference between Amazon.com & B&N. My books shipped from Amazon.com on APRIL 4TH, 2011, a day before the actual release of the title!!!! Then, this is my SECOND difference between Amazon & B&N, instead of waiting the 8 (fricking!) days that B&N made me wait for my books to be delivered, I only had to wait 4 days and received them on April 7th, 2011 which was 2 days following its actual release. This made me very happy, indeed.

There are, of course, more options for shipping between the 2 vendors, but they cost money. In the end, I'm just going to give you a picture example for paid shipping to show the difference.


Here is my "order". It's over $25 worth of merchandise. You can see my choices.














These are the Amazon.com orders. The one on the left has grouped items in "Group my items into as few shipments as possible".

The one on the right has "I want my items faster. Ship them as they become available".

Both orders are for "faster shipping". (3-5 business days)


These green ones are the B&N.com orders. The one on the left has grouped items in "Group my items into as few shipments as possible".

The one on the right has "I want my items faster. Ship them as they become available". Both orders are for "faster shipping". (1-3 business days)

I know the days look different in terms of shipping and living on the west coast, I get my Amazon packages faster. B&N.com shipping is based out of Manhattan. I'm sure depending on where you live, shipping is going to totally vary, but this is shipping costs to me in AZ from both vendors.


Now, to kind of condense all of it, pricing between the two stores is mostly the same although there is no sales tax with Amazon (unless they have a warehouse in your state) and e-book pricing is the same between both stores because it's sold and shipped by the publisher. Membership wise, Barnes & Noble is cheaper, but their shipping isn't as good and Amazon's is more expensive due to their wide array of products sold and shipped (i.e. not just books or book products). As far as "Free Shipping" goes, both have a minimum purchase of $25.00 and both have similar selections to allow for actual "free shipping", BUT Amazon ships earlier and faster.


In conclusion, unless I want to buy a book directly from a physical store, I will be purchasing my books from Amazon.com because I like their shipping better and their no sales-tax and if it ever comes down to pricing, they always beat out Barnes & Noble.

Monday, April 11, 2011

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare - A Book Review

Title: City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments No.4)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: April 5th, 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry
Pages: 424
Synopsis: Click for Summary
ISBN: 1442403543 (ISBN13: 9781442403543)
Age Appropriate Content: This book does have some swearing, a lot of kissing and making out and some almost, on the verge sex scenes, but they never happen. There is a most amazing dirty sexy alley scene. There is a lot of relationship scenes and talk of love

NO SPOILERS************

I'm going to try and keep this review short.

The fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series was a surprising display of fiction that I can honestly say I didn't quite expect. When I first started it, I had a little bit of trouble because I wasn't fully connecting with the characters. I chalk this up to the very LARGE gap between the 3rd book and the 4th. Plus, I also feel that the characters kind of changed in between books, just a little.

Jace didn't seem to be as snarky and I truly missed that. Plus, Magnus was sorely lacking in makeup and outfit descriptions. I know this is so minimal, but I had to get it off my chest. No worries though. After a little while, it all came back to me and I fell in love with Clary and Jace and their epic relationship, Simon and his new found vampire mojo, Isabelle and her kick ass properties, Alec and his electric blue eyes, Magnus and his fondness for anything that raises eyebrows. All this hodge podge of crazy mixed together really pushes for some interesting text, if I do say so.

This book brought with in a myriad of new information and interesting back stories on characters we thought we knew and characters we get to meet. I was amazed and the details that I did not know before that now make so much sense into the lives of these amazingly humanistic characters that are supernatural, somewhere along the line.

I was actually glad for the premise of the story because it felt more real to keep it how Clare did than to mix it up too much. I'm refuse to spoil this particular plot line because it's against my book rules, but let me say that it was pretty brilliant.

Overall, I ended up loving it. All those who are a fan of The Mortal Insturments series, I don't think you'll be disappointed. Oh, and Jace is still smokin' hot and so drool worth you may want to keep tissue next to you.

Spoiler:

Can you all believe what we find out about Isabelle's dad?!?! I'm not surprised, but it totally makes sense and Isabelle, while still a kick ass killer and fashionista doesn't seem so superficial!

Rating: 4.5/5 1 Small Red Hibiscus1 Small Red Hibiscus1 Small Red Hibiscus1 Small Red Hibiscus1 Small Red Hibiscus

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

I've actually already posted this review as a mini review, but I wanted to add the "age appropriate" at the bottom for any readers who are curious and I lengthened the review adding in some other things I wanted to say.

Title
: It's Not Summer Without You (Summer No.2)
Author: Jenny Han
Pages: 288
Published: April 27th, 2010 by Simon & Schuster
Synopsis (click link for summary)

I don't know who's read this series, but I love it. Jenny Han does an awesome job of bringing love and life into her contemporary fiction novels. Her writing is simple and prosaic and gets to the point without too much hoopla. This second book hits the spot with some tears and laughter. We get to see so much personality behind Belly and we get to see another side to Jeremiah.

I always love watching characters grow up and find themselves in their own way. I think it's one of the most interesting parts of character development. In the first book, The Summer I Turned Pretty, Belly turns from a child to a pretty teenager who is worthy of affection from boys she's known her whole life. In this book, we see Belly deal with the hardships of death and how you talk to those same people you've known to your whole life.

I can't help but love her mother in ways I cannot express. It's funny how no matter how old you get or how old you think you are, you always want your mother. It's refreshing in this aspect because even when I was Belly's age and I had massive (MASSIVE) issues with my mother, I would eventually reach a point when I just wanted to cry and get a hug. Even if the next day I didn't want her there (not that Belly is like that...because she isn't)

I loved the twisted events that occur and I can't wait for the third in the series to be released. This book was amazing and I recommend the series to anyone who enjoys YA contemporary fiction. I love Belly, Conrad and Jeremiah. I loved the message that was written so beautifully that it made me cry. And even though this book was a bit more serious than some, it still had an ending I liked and felt good about. This is a contemporary fiction MUST READ.

Beach reads really are the best!


Age Appropriate: So I actually received a lot of search results for age appropriateness (for this book specifically), so I thought I'd add it in. I'd say, overall, this book is pretty clean. There is alcohol drinking by underage teens and some swearing (fyi - learned my new favorite swearword in this book), but it is very minimal. There is kissing, but no sex. It also deals with intense issues concerning cancer and death.

Rating: 5/5 (with chocolate ice cream on top)
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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Library Unveiled (2)

Don't know what's in your library?
Want to share your books with others?
Curious to know what is in other libraries?
Library Unveiled will allow you to share your personal library, bound or virtual, with the Mad Scientist and other bloggers.
Every Thursday stop by and share 5 books & perhaps a snippet of your thoughts or link to a review.


This book, Angelfire, I just got in the mail from my dear Mad! She

went to the Dark Days Supernatural Tour in Chicago and picked this up for me and even got it signed!!! Look how beautiful it is!! *sigh* I was so excited I had to show everyone.

Also, and this I thought was funny and shows how people in my family are about as observant as my fax machine. I showed my mom the signature and she thought that Mad had signed it herself and left the note. I was like *face palm* uhhh.... Mom, read the name of the author on the cover.
Mom
: Oh, that is so awesome, I can't believe she did that for you! What a nice person she is
.
Me
: Yes, Mom, she is...way to pay attention, by the way.

I showed it to my sister and she came up with the same reply.
Sister
: That's cool, Jen

Me:*bangs forehead against wall* Stace, that's the authors signature.
Sister: *does double take of the signature, then the cover, then the signature, then the cover* Oh my gosh! That's awesome! Seriously, so awesome! How did your friend get this!
Me
: *rubs eyes to release pressure* She went to a book signing, my dearest sister.

Oh, the joys of family.

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones - This little baby has been in my messenger bag with me for the past week and I've yet to start it. It's not that I don't want to, it's just that I haven't made it that far. With work being insane, it just keeps sitting in my book pocket. I need to get it out!!





I actually own this book as an e-book on my Kindle, Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky. I thought it was pretty good for a debut. Although, I was a bit sketchy on it for the first bit, but the last half makes up for it and it really bounced back! Now, being that it doesn't come out until May 23rd, I haven't posted my review, but it is scheduled to post May 20th, so everyone be on the lookout!




This was one of my FAVORITE series! The Weather Warden Series by Rachel Caine. This was book 5 in the series, Firestorm. This book I actually ended up with on accident. I was at the Mesa Public Library attempting to check it out, but for some reason it wouldn't pull up. It turns out that they had taken it off their shelf and were selling it for $1.00. So, I bought it. Worked out well for me because they didn't have another copy for checkout and I didn't have to spend $8 on the book. You can kind of see where I took off the sticker protector, but it was a $1, so :D yeah for the library! (series review HERE)



I love, LOVE Jennifer Echols. This, Endless Summer, was the first book I read by her and I just fell in love with it. I know everyone doesn't feel the same way I do on this, but I loved this book. I thought it was hysterical and, to top it off, it was a two-for-one deal which is my favorite kind of deal. *wink wink* (My review is HERE)






How about you? What's in your library??

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Movie News - Volume 1

So, I actually didn't know that they were turning The Hunger Games into a movie, but I'm not the least bit surprised. I won't go into my feelings on the whole matter of books turned into movies because I don't actually know how I feel about it. My feelings are kind of here and there on the whole matter, but that isn't going to stop me from letting you all in on the info *wink wink* as me and some friends are always intrigued by the actors who are actually cast. So, without further adieu, here is the latest update from EW.com.










































Josh Hutcherson
to play
Peeta Mellark




















The movie will be directed by Gary Ross and the release date is currently scheduled for March 23rd, 2012.

EW.com - Hunger Games News
IMDB.com - Hunger Games

Friday, April 1, 2011

TGIF! (1)



Who's ready for the weekend?! I know I am! GReads' is introducing a new feature for Fridays to re-cap the week's posts & to propose a question for her followers. Feel free to get involved by linking up at her site, GReads. If not, you can leave your responses in the comments.




This Friday's Question:

Characters We Love:
Which male and/or female character
have you found yourself connected to most?
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Jane True: I know I always rave about Jane, but I do love her. She just seems to be so real and I guess I love the fact that she is broken and not easily fixed. She grows progressively and discovers her strengths versus just believing what she is told. I think that's why I get her so much.

Mercy Thompson: I'm sure I talk about her too much, but I love how strong she is and how she wants to be independent. I love that she doesn't care what others think of her and that she is loyal to a fault. The top of that list though, is still her strength. She is a coyote among wolves and still shows no fear.

Jace: This is going to sound so weird, but I get Jace completely. How he'd rather be a total complete jerk off rather than be hurt or rejected. How he uses sarcasm to hide his true personality. How he doesn't show weakness for fear of who will use it against him or who may think they can stomp over him like a welcome mat. I get Jace because I do the same things with people who have the most potential to hurt me. So, Jace, You aren't alone! (plus, he's totally smexy!)

I'm sure there is more. I'm sure I could go on for a while, pondering all the characters and how I relate to their character flaws and eccentricities. However, I won't because it would take too long, LOL! I will say this though:

Thank Goodness It's Friday!!!

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