Friday, August 15, 2014


Summer Reading is over... and I'm taking a well-earned August vacation. Look for more posts when I return!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

10 Books I'm not sure of

This week's topic from The Broke and the Bookish is: Top Ten Books I'm Not Sure I Want to Read. Okay - here's my top 10.

Torment (Fallen, #2)

Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles, #2)
Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me
Chains (Seeds of America, #1)
The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars, #1)
Everlost (Skinjacker, #1)
The King's Rose
The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)
Wrapped (Wrapped, #1)

Torment - I read the first book, and grew a bit weary of the love story. But the cover on the sequel is so good. Should I keep going?

Beautiful Darkness - Again, the beautiful cover keeps me interested. I enjoyed the first book. But do I need to read more?

I added Wolves, Boys and Other Things that Might Kill Me, because I heard it was the perfect thing for Team Jacob Twilight fans. And I had just finished reading Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver which I loved. But then, somehow never got around to reading this one.

Chains - I hear it's good. But also depressing. Hmmm.

The Looking Glass Wars - I hear it's good. But I don't know if I'm in the mood for Alice in Wonderland.

Everlost - I like Neal Shusterman a lot. I started reading this one, but couldn't get into it. Should I try again?

The King's Rose - I added this to my TBR right after I finished watching the Tudors. Do I still want to read it?

The Alchemyst - I thought this would be perfect to fill the Harry Potter sized hole in my heart after the series was finished. But will it be worth it?

Wrapped -  I love Egyptology. I'm not sure if I'll tackle this one though.

Liar - I've heard amazing things about the unreliable narrator. But I don't know if I'll ever pick this one up.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Book shoes

Here are some amazing book-themed shoes.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fragile Eternity review

Fragile Eternity
by Melissa Marr
Harper Collins
April 2009

First line: "Seth knew the moment Aislinn slipped into the house; the slight rise in temperature would've told him even if he hadn't seen the glimmer of sunlight in the middle of the night."

The third book in the Wicked Lovely series returns to Aislinn's perspective as she continues to navigate the intersection of the mortal and faery realms. Having defeated the Winter Queen's curse, she has transformed from awkward high-schooler into the faery Summer Queen, taking her place beside her faery king consort, Keenan. Meanwhile, her all-too-human boyfriend Seth is unfortunately no longer able to bear her burning touch. Keenan faces a similar problem with his former lover, the Winter Girl, Donia, who has now taken the deposed Winter Queen's place.

In truth, I found Aislinn so very changed by all she had experienced in Wicked Lovely, at times I almost forgot that she was the same character. Gone is the shy, fearful girl with second sight. This new Aislinn might be somewhat new to her role as the Summer Queen, but that doesn't stop her from being outspoken and attempting to bully her new faery subjects into submission.

Plenty of political machinations follow, with the Summer and Winter Courts now in accord, and Winter's influence ebbing, the Dark Court (featured in Ink Exchange) is in trouble. Bananach, a faery patron of War, has long affiliated herself with the Dark Court, but sensing trouble, she goes to her sister, Sorcha, the Queen of the High Court to make threats.

With Keenan's and Aislinn's attraction growing as the summer season waxes, frustrated Seth decides the only solution is to become a faery himself. Hoping to sow further strife, Bananach brings him before the reclusive High Queen, who agrees to grant him immortality, as long as he agrees to spend part of the year with her. Much to my surprise, the two of them develop a mother-son relationship, with Sorcha feeling fiercely protective of Seth. What she fails to tell him is that a few days in her realm equal months on the mortal plane. When Seth finally returns to Aislinn, he is mortified to discover that nearly half a year, she's finally given up on him, and has begun to settle down with Keenan.

Readers should definitely start at the beginning of the series, with Wicked Lovely. This book, the middle of the quintet, shares many characteristics typical of a second book in a trilogy; a complex backstory which requires coming to the book with a firm foundation in the world that Marr has built, a complicated web of romance and intrigue with less plot advancement, and a cliffhanger ending which leaves much unresolved. Fans of urban fantasy will find this alternate take on immortality interesting.

I borrowed this book from the library.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Read in July 2014

Last month I read the following the books:

1. Enchanted - Alethea Kontis

2. Double Double - Martha Grimes
3. Good is Not Enough - Keith R. Wyche
4. We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
5. Orange is the New Black - Piper Kerman
6. The Burning Sky - Sherry Thomas
7. My Real Children - Jo Walton
8. Small Apartments - Alejandro Bahamon
9. Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor
10. Do You See What I See? - Janice Fenn
11. Bitter Melon - Cara Chow
12. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8: Hard Luck - Jeff Kinney
13. Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

Picture credit: A Favorite Book - Richard S. Johnson

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My Top Ten Authors

This week's topic from The Broke and the Bookish is: Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From.

Well, I must admit - if I were to pick out my absolute favorite Top Ten authors, there are a few of these who wouldn't have made the cut. But, they made the list by being prolific, and eminently readable (for the most part) so here is my list of authors that take up the most real estate on my bookshelves.

1 Robert Jordan

I didn't even need to dip into his Conan books for Robert Jordan to come up top on my list. His Wheel of Time series was more than enough to nab him a number one spot on my list.
I was a fan of Daniel Handler from the very start. I read an ARC of his first two books in The Series of Unfortunate Events way back when and was immediately hooked.

An old childhood favorite! Your bookshelves aren't complete without a complete set of Oz books.
Eh... maybe not the highest quality literature, but his Xanth novels (of which there are dozens) and other series are quick fun reads.

I'm the biggest Margaret Peterson Haddix fan. I loved her Shadow Children series.

Well, good ol' Sookie Stackhouse ended with a whimper, not a bang, I thought. But, it was a fun ride while it lasted, and there were plenty of novels along the way.
My collection of Babymouse books puts Jennifer L. Holm way over the top, but I love her serious, sensitive middle-grade fiction like Penny From Heaven, too.

Well, J.K. Rowling is an auto-purchase for me, obviously.

Here's another author I didn't think would end up on my top ten list. I guess all those paperback fantasy novels really start to add up!

10  Brandon Sanderson

One of my new favorite authors. He's on my top ten list right now, but I expect if we checked back in a year, he will probably rise in the rankings, as he's got a lot of books out that I still want to get caught up on!

So, who were your top ten authors? Were you surprised by any of them, the way that I was? Let me know in the comments.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Wintergirls review

by Laurie Halse Anderson
Viking Juvenile
March 2009

First line: "So she tells me the words dribbling out with the cranberry muffin crumbs, commas dunked in her coffee."

Eighteen year old Lia is struggling to complete high school in the wake of her best friend Cassie's death of complications from bulimia. Lia has been released from a treatment program for anorexia, but is still in the strong grip of disordered thinking and inaccurate body image. She continues to struggle with her weight, relying on cheap tricks such as gulping down a gallon of water and weighting her bathrobe with hidden coins during weigh-ins, to hide her continued weight loss from her stepmother, Jennifer.

To say that Lia is obsessed with calorie counting and food would be an understatement. Her every waking thought revolves around the pursuit of thin perfection. She even refers to her classmates by what they had for lunch, blonde tacosalad, pizzafish guy, or cheesefingers girl. Lia is wracked with guilt over her falling out with Cassie and blames herself for Cassie's dying alone in a hotel room.

I loved the strikethrough font which represented Lia's forbidden thoughts which she doesn't allow herself to say out loud. Lia is literally haunted by images of her dead friend Cassie, who silently urges her on in her mad pursuit of getting thinner.

The language is lyrical and adds a passionate intensity to Lia's inner world. Lia sees how much her little sister looks up to her as she weighs her options and decides if she wants to join Cassie in the world of the dead, or truly make a commitment to getting healthy and staying in the land of the living.

Compare to:
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden - Joanne Greenberg
The Best Little Girl in the World - Steven Levonkron
Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson
Letting Ana Go - Anonymous

I borrowed this book from the library.


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