Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

Awakened by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Published January 4, 2011
I just read all the books in this series in the past month and I loved them. I've been aggravating the director at the library almost every day about when it will be in. Sometimes we get bookclub books early. No such luck with this one though. So excited y'all.





Summary from Amazon:
*Possible Spoilers*

“My love, speak to me.  Tell me everything.”  Neferet went to Kalona, kneeling before him, stroking the soft, dark wings that unfurled loosely around the immortal.
“What would you have me say?”  He didn’t meet her eyes. 
 “Zoey lives.” Neferet’s voice was flat, cold, lifeless.
“She does.”
“Then you owe me the subservience of your immortal soul.”  She started to walk away from him.
“Where are you going?  What will happen next?”
 “It is quite simple.  I will ensure Zoey is drawn back to Oklahoma.  There, on my own terms, I will complete the task you failed.”
Exonerated by the Vampyre High Council and returned to her position of High Priestess at Tulsa’s House of Night, Neferet has sworn vengeance on Zoey.  Dominion over Kalona is only one of the weapons she plans to use against Z.  But Zoey has found sanctuary on the Isle of Skye and is being groomed by Queen Sgiach to take over for her there.  Being Queen would be cool, wouldn’t it?  Why should she return to Tulsa? After losing her human consort, Heath, she will never be the same – and her relationship with her super-hot-warrior, Stark, may never be the same either…
And what about Stevie Rae and Rephaim?  The Raven Mocker refuses to be used against Stevie Rae, but what choice does he have when no one in the entire world, including Zoey, would be okay with their relationship?  Does he betray his father or his heart?
In the pulse-pounding 8th book in the bestselling House of Night series, how far will the bonds of friendship stretch and how strong are the ties that bind one girl’s heart?

Friday, December 24, 2010

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop Winner!


Thanks everyone for participating in the hop! I have a lot of new followers and can't wait to see what ya'll have to say!

The winner of the $15 in books is 
Kristie 
from

Congrats Kristie! Send me a email and let me know where you want the gift card from!

Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas and Thank You! :)

I've been really busy the past few days with Christmas shopping, wrapping, baking, etc but I just want to give a big thanks to everyone who entered my contest and followed me! I've read all your comments and have tried to get back to most. I'll catch up though if I missed you!

I plan on picking the winner in the next couple of days. Need to add up all the entries.

Thanks so much and I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop - $15 in books!


I'm participating in the Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop hosted by Kathy at I am a Read, Not a Writer.
There are over 100 blogs participating in the hop so check them out at the bottom of this post!

Since it's Christmas and we all love to get stuff that we really want I'm giving away $15 in books to the winner of my hop! The books can be from anywhere that has gift cards. So if there's some ebooks you have your eye on or a new release that you're drooling at the mouth for here's your chance!

There are some optional entries as well that will give you even more of a chance of winning! 

Good luck and Merry Christmas, ya'll!!






Review: The Dead and the Gone

Goodreads Description:
Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event--an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex's parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.
With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful new novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities.


My thoughts:
Even though I liked the first one in this series, Life As We Knew It, I enjoyed this one even more. In Life, it is written in a diary form, which I didn't really care for. But this book didn't do that and I liked it much better. This book takes the reader to NYC and what happens there when the moon gets all jacked up do to a meteor slamming into it.
I loved Alex's voice in this story. I like that it was from his point of view and how he struggled with taking care of his sisters. There were some scenes that were just awful and the things he went through - I can't imagine...
I really like this series. There is one more out right now that I haven't read yet. It brings characters from the first and second book together. Definitely a good read - if end of the world madness doesn't scare you.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

In My Mailbox (9)

I got a ton of stuff again this week. I'm finished w/my 2nd Master's degree and getting ready to go on Christmas break from work so I'm super excited to be able to read all the books I have piled up. :)

From the Library:
The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
I have not read this series and I hear it is great. They all came in at the library so I decided to grab them so I could read them over break.

Bought:
Shadowland by Alyson Noel
Goddess of the Sea by PC Cast
Matched by Ally Condie
The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Won:
Crusade by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
I won Nightshade from Nicole at Word For Teens. She sent along the other two because it took a little long to get Nightshade to me. I wanted to read both of these so I was so excited to get them! She also sent some bookmarks but I forgot to put them in the picture. Thanks Nicole!!

Extras:
I LOVE Harry Potter and these have the DVD, BluRay, and Digital Copy. I really wanted the Digital Copy and it was only a few more bucks to get the DVD's instead of buying on iTunes so I got them today at Sam's Club. 

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.

Review: Fallen (Fallen #1)

Goodreads Description:
There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.


My Thoughts:
It seems like all the books I've read lately I have loved but that's probably because if I don't like them I stop reading. I only get so much time to read and I'm not going to spend it reading something I don't want to, ya know?

I wasn't sure what it was about when I picked it up but I ended up really enjoying it (even though I haven't had a chance to read the 2nd one yet). Luce gets sent off to a boarding school for an accident that really wasn't her fault and there she meets Daniel. Their relationship is strained and he is a complete jerk to her and she has no idea why. Thrown into the mix is Cam (yes, another sorta love triangle). He is very interested in Luce and Luce enjoys his attention - but there is something a little off with him.

I really don't want to say too much because there are so many twists in the story that it will ruin the book. I did think the character's were great and the story was unique and not something I had read before. I really need to get to the second one.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Review; The Replacement

Goodreads Description:
Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.


My Thoughts:
Truthfully, I was avoiding this book. Even though I had heard it was really good I normally don't do scary anything. Movies, books, tv shows - anything that I think will give me nightmares I do not watch. But when this book came in at the library I decided to give it a go.

This book is about all the creepy monsters that came out at night to terrorize a neighborhood and steal one of their children every so many years. Even though the creatures in the story are creepy and it reads like a horror story - the book is also about friendship and love.

From the love of Mackie's sister, who always protected him even though he was a little strange, to the friendship with Tate and what it leads Mackie to do - it is a horror story with lots of bright spots built in.

I really enjoyed this book and I'm glad I picked it up when it came in. Even though its a horror story it didn't freak me out like I thought it would. Even though Mackie is kinda weird and creepy, he is someone the reader rots for and wants to see make it through all the bad stuff happening to him.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Review: The Dead Tossed Waves

Goodreads Description:
Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves.

My thoughts:
As much as I loved The Forest of Hands and Teeth, I loved this book even more. Right from the very beginning the story is full of action and suspense. I have never wanted to throw a book through the wall just by reading the first few chapters like I did with this book. I thought the character development was wonderful. In The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Mary was headstrong, had dreams, knew what she wanted, and wasn't content to stay locked up in her town. Gabry, on the other hand, was content. She felt safe and when her world is turned upside she becomes a stronger person even though she is scared while doing it.

It seems like all the books I've read lately have had some sort of love triangle - this being no exception. But with this book, I really liked both of the guys. I could see what she liked in both of them and it would be so hard to choose between them!

I'm so looking forward to The Dark and Hollow Places. Even though it takes up with a different lead I'm sure we are going to see some of Gabry and find out what happens.



Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday (1)

This is a weekly meme started by Jennifer at Crazy for Books. I thought I would add it to the blog.

This weeks questions is:
What do you consider the post important in a story: the plot or the characters?

This is a tough one! Without the plot the story wouldn't go anywhere BUT I have to go with characters. I think my favorite part of reading is getting to know the characters and becoming invested in what happens to them. Even when the plot goes kinda crazy if the characters are developed enough that I love them I will keep reading just to find out what happens to them.



Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View. It's a way to spread the love and get new followers.
This week's question is:

What did you study in college, or are currently studying and did it lead to your current 9 to 5 or are you doing something totally different?

Well, when I was an undergrad at WVU I majored in History with a minor in Communication and Business Administration. (Yes, I know - totally different stuff.) After graduation I went back to college at MU and got my Master's of Arts in Teaching with my emphasis on Social Studies. Well, I lucked into a job as a School Library Media Specialist and just finished up my second Master's for that. And that's what I'm currently doing! I'm a school librarian. :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

In My Mailbox (8)

I haven't posted this in a couple weeks so I have lots of new books.

Bought:
Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud
The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby
Knit Wit by Amy R. Singer

Secret Santa:
The Hole by Guy Burt


Library:
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Preying for Mercy by Patricia Briggs

I also bought a Nook! I sold my Kindle on eBay and got a Nook instead. I love it and can now download books from the library on to it.
Nook ebooks:
My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking
Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble
Firespell by Chloe Neill


In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Secret Santa Package!

I signed up for two Secret Santa Books Swaps this year. I thought it would be fun to send some books out and receive some too. I got my first package today and it was great!!!

My first package was from Kristie who sent all kinds of goodies! She kinda put my packages I sent to shame.
And inside the box...
She sent a standup desk calender, tow notepads that say Believe, the book The Hole (that looks really good!), and a luggage tag.

She even sent things for the pups!
Jax already loves his!

Thanks so much Kristie! I hope you come out of hiding now so I can follow your blog too! Sounds like we have a lot in common!! (She is going to school for Library Media too!)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Welcome to my Book Blog!

So, I've decided to move my book blog to here. It seems like it would be easier to have a separate blog for books that is actually dedicated to just books. Now that I'm finished w/Grad school I'll have a lot more time to update. I'm going to work on getting some of my posts moved over here as well as posting some reviews for books I've read the last month. Hang with me, ya'll. I promise I'll be updating more!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Debut Author Challenge 2011


This challenge is ran by Kristi over at The Story Siren. It challenges readers to read at least 12 books that are by debut authors next year. This seems like a lot of fun and some of the books are already on my TBR list or I have on my Kindle from NetGalley but haven't read yet. Here's my list but I'm sure I'll add more as time goes by.

Uneartly - Cynthia Hand
XVI - Julia Karr
Across the Universe - Beth Revis
Enclave - Ann Aguirre
Angelfire - Courtney Allison Moulton
The Iron Witch - Karen Mahoney
Entwined - Heather Dixon
Blood Magic - Tessa Gratton
Wildefire - Karsent Knight
Starcrossed - Joshephine Angelini
The Near Witch - Victoria Schwab
Half-Blood - Jennifer L. Armentrout
My Un-Fairy Tale Life - Anna Staniszewski
A Beautiful Dark - Jocelyn Davies

Added:

Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton 
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter 
Divergent by Veronica Roth 
Die for Me by Amy Plum
Tomorrow Girls: Behind the Gates by Eva Gray 
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross 
Juniper Berry by M. P. Kozlowsky  
Hourglass by Myra McEntire 
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

In My Mailbox (7)

IMM is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

So, I got a lot this week. More than I should have with trying to finish up Grad school classes and the stack I already have. Oh well though.

Library:

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The Walking Dead Comics: Books 1 – 6 – M and S love the show on AMC so I grabbed the comics from the library. They look really good even though I never, ever read comics.

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House of Night: Betrayed (Book 2), Untamed (Book 4), and Hunted (Book 5). by PC Cast and Kristin Cast – We didn’t have book 3 in at the library so I’ll grab it when it comes back in.

Bought:

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Saqqhique by Catherine Fisher – I found the UK version on thebookdepository.com and decided to order it since the US version doesn’t come out until December. Can’t wait to read it!

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Torment by Lauren Kate – I just finished Fallen last week and loved it so I picked this up at the book store.

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Night World Vol. 3 by L J Smith – I haven’t read the first two volumes but I found this for $4 so decided to pick it up.

Kindle:

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Night Angel: Book of Love by Abra Ebner – I received the second book in this series through a book tour so I’m trying to read the first one.

NetGalley:

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The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa – I haven’t read the first in this series yet but heard they are great so I scooped this up on NetGalley when it came out.

Book Tour:

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Knight Angels Book of Revenge by Abra Ebner – This looks really good! I hope I get through the first one so I can read this before I have to send it to the next person on the list!

Well, that’s it for this week. What did you get?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

In My Mailbox (6)

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.

Well, this is actually going to be two weeks worth of books and I got a lot!

Library:

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Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black and Justin Larbalestier

The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials by James Dashner      

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Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer

The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

 

Kindle

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The New World by Patrick Ness

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain (Which is on sale for $2.39 for the Kindle!)

 

NetGalley

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The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

The Betrayal of Maggie Blair by Elizabeth Laird

Dark Parties by Sara Grant

 

I really have a lot of reading to do! When this last semester of Grad school is over I will be so so happy!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth


Goodreads Description:
In Mary's world there are simple truths.
The Sisterhood always knows best.
The Guardians will protect and serve.
The Unconsecrated will never relent.
And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.
But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future-between the one she loves and the one who loves her.
And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?
My Thoughts:
I had heard good things about this book and so when it came back into the library I scooped it up. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it since it wasn't like books I normally read but I was caught up in the story right away and read it in a day.
Mary lives in a world inside a fence that keeps out the Unconsecrated. Even though she is safe (as safe as she can be) she longs to be on the outside of the fence and to see the ocean. When she discovers secrets that the Sisterhood has been keeping from the town this makes her even more determined to find a way out and for the boy she loves to go with her. But before she can the fences are breached and she and her friends must find a way to survive.
The love story in this book is heartbreaking really. There are so many different characters involved with it and the way it ends. *sigh* I just really loved it. There are some gruesome parts with people getting their heads chopped off and usually that stuff freaks me out in movies but since it was a book I kinda just skimmed over it and went on.
I felt like the ending was very sudden with a lot of things left unanswered. I really can't wait to read the next one and now that I finally got the audio from the library I can start it.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Review: Beautiful Darkness

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Goodreads Description:

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.
Sometimes life-ending.
Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

My Thoughts:

Oh, how I loved this book! I didn’t read Beautiful Creatures that long ago, maybe a month or so but I thought this book would never come out. I thought I had it the Saturday before it was suppose to come out – they had put it out at Target early but when I went to check out it wouldn’t go through. I was so sad, ya’ll!

This book picks up where Beautiful Creatures left off with our characters dealing with the things that happened at the end of the book.  It’s so hard to even say anything without ruining Beautiful Creatures for you! But with Lena pulling away and Ethan struggling with the trials going on in his life the book takes you on a different journey with Ethan and Lena. The teen love angst was definitely felt more in this story but it was definitely needed and what made the story that much more enjoyable.

I flew through this book though. There was so much going on and it was different from Beautiful Creatures but in a good way. I loved Ethan even more in this one. I love that the voice in this book is a guy – you don’t see that a lot in YA books. And guys can be just as tortured and in love as girls.

If you haven’t read these – pick them up. They are completely fantastic and with THAT ending (!!) I can’t wait for the next one!

(Oh, I also listened to some of – definitely still love the guy reading them.)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Halloween Read-a-Thon

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Well, yesterday started the read-a-thon. I’ve been sick so it was kinda hard for me to stay awake last night and I ended up going to sleep at 10pm (on a Friday night. Yep.). So, I haven’t read as much as I would like. Here’s an update though.

Day 1: I was about 75 pages into Beautiful Darkness so I was trying to finish it. Went to sleep with about 75 pages left.

Day 2: Finished Beautiful Darkness around noon. Now, on to The Forest of Hands and Teeth.

Finished The Forest of Hands a Teeth around midnight. Now time for some sleep!

Day 3: Either going to start The Replacement or Dead Tossed Waves. Decisions.. decisions..

Decided to start The Replacement but my head has been hurting and I’ve really just laid on the couch all day. Going to start reading but know I won’t make it through this book today.

We’ll see how this goes since S is home and wants to do something today.

In My Mailbox (5)

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.

This week wasn’t as good as last week but I did get a few books.

Bought:

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Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – Got it. (Finally!) Read it. LOVED it. Go read these books.

Library:

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Need by Carrie Jones – This has been on my TBR shelf on Goodreads for a while and when it came back in the library I scooped it up.

For Review from NetGalley:

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Delirium by Lauren Oliver – This is suppose to be great. I’ve seen it on several blogs so I’m excited to read it.

UnEarthly by Cynthia Hand – This looked interesting.

The Cellar by AJ Whitten – “A horrifying retelling of Romeo and Juliet – with zombies!” Gotta be interesting, right?

 
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