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Monday, May 31, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading and it asks us to...


  • 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!
Here's my teaser this week:

"I'll be fine. I don't think the white woman will get me between here and my front door." I mean it to be a joke, but then I recall that I glimpsed a woman in white earlier tonight.

Arcadia Falls - Carol Goodman pg. 60 (I'm still reading this one so I used it for a second Teaser Tuesday)

Weekend Roundup



















So it has been a great weekend well up until last night when the rains came. We went out for our annual Memorial Day camping trip at our campsite. Our friends were up there so it made the trip even better. A great time was had, bsing, tossing the football around, hanging out with good friends and of course some good food and drink. The rains came last night sort of dampening our trip a bit but overall the trip was a great success.

I'm not doing a Mailbox Monday or What Are You Reading post this week. I'll just double it up next week. We just got home and there is too much stuff to do yet today.

The picture above is of my cat and bird and they are trying desperately hard to convince me they should be playmates. It's both of them too. The bird will whistle and fly to that part of the cage to get the cat's attention. I don't think she realizes what a death wish that could be lol.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and here's some good thoughts on the upcoming week.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Deliver Us From Evil - A Review

Deliver Us From Evil - Robin Caroll (Library Thing Early Reviewer)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: February 2010
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Format: Paperback, 320pp
  • Sales Rank: 173,142


Synopsis:

Brannon Callahan, a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot working for the great Smoky Mountains National Park, is as beautiful and tough as the terrain surrounding her. When a blizzard crashes the small helicopter carrying U.S. Marshall Roark Holland, she must save him and the donor heart he is transporting to a comatose government witness whose minds holds a crucial piece of information. Without it, the largest child trafficking ring in history-closer than Brannon or Roark can imagine-will slip further into darkness somewhere along the Appalachian Trail.

My thoughts:

I don't normally read Christian Fiction but this sounded good so I thought I would give it a shot, and it turned out to be a pretty quick and interesting read. It was full of action, suspense, some romance, with a little bit of faith added to the story without being overtly preachy.

The characters were well rounded and believable. I loved the setting of the book, the Smoky Mountains, and that some of the main characters were park rangers. I find myself drawn to books set out in the wilderness and this one was no exception.

The story was intriguing and kept me on the edge of my seat. Lastly it was well written and it flowed easily enough that I finished the book quickly without getting bored with it. I'd have no problem recommending this to anyone looking for a good suspense/thriller type novel.

Author's Website:

Robin Caroll

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Hunger Games Audiobook - A Review

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins Audiobook
Narrated by Carolyn McCormick

Product Details (via B&N)

  • Pub. Date: October 2008
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis: (via B&N)

Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.

My Thoughts:

Holy cow batman this book was nothing short of spectacular!! I can't believe I waited so long to listen to it. This will be one of the books that hit my all time favorites, it's that good.

Katniss is a fantastic character and Suzanne did a wonderful job making her seem so real. Katniss has all the feelings one would expect from a teenager and so much more. She's so incredibly brave and naive all at once. I also enjoyed Peeta, Haymitch, Cinna, and especially Rue. I adored Rue. Heck I liked all the characters. They were all well created and like able or hate able whichever you prefer.

The world is so very cruel, and several times I found myself feeling afraid and scared for the characters. The Hunger Games is such a brutal game, but at the same time the world was so well created, it seemed almost normal. Almost. Imagine living in a world such as this.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter Audiobook - A Review

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter Audiobook - Seth Grahame-Smith (Hachette for review)

Narrated by: Scott Holst

Product Details (via B&N)

  • Pub. Date: March 2010
  • Publisher: Playaway
  • Format: Audio

Synopsis (via B&N)

Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness."

"My baby boy..." she whispers before dying.

Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.

When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..." Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

My Thoughts:

I always say it takes a great narrator to make or break and audiobook and Scott Holst did a fine job narrating this book. He was incredibly easy to listen to and he had a great way of pulling you into the story.

I loved this book. What fun it was to picture Abraham Lincoln, as a vampire hunter. Having all the fictictional adventures all blended with historical fact made it that much better. I loved all the characters real and fictional ones. Henry being one of my favorites. Go figure I pick a vampire for a favorite character lol.

Seth put a fun twist to history when he wrote this and I for one will never look at it quite the same again. I would highly recommend this audio.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A to Z Wednesday

Welcome to A-Z Wednesday!!
To join, here's all you have to do:
Go to your stack of books and find one whose title starts with the letter of the week.
Post:
1~ a photo of the book
2~ title and synopsis
3~ link(amazon, barnes and noble etc.)
4~ Come back here and leave your link in the comments
If you've already reviewed this book you can add it also.
Be sure to visit other participants to see what book they have posted and leave them a comment.
(We all love comments, don't we?)
Who knows? You may find your next "favorite" book.

THIS WEEKS LETTER IS: P

My "P" book is:

The Poacher's Son - Paul Doiron

Synopsis (via B&N)

Set in the wilds of Maine, this is an explosive tale of an estranged son thrust into the hunt for a murderous fugitive—-his own father.

Game warden Mike Bowditch returns home one evening to find an alarming voice from the past on his answering machine: his father, Jack, a hard-drinking womanizer who makes his living poaching illegal game. An even more frightening call comes the next morning from the police: They are searching for the man who killed a beloved local cop the night before—-and his father is their prime suspect. Jack has escaped from police custody, and only Mike believes that his tormented father might not be guilty.

Now, alienated from the woman he loves, shunned by colleagues who have no sympathy for the suspected cop killer, Mike must come to terms with his haunted past. He knows firsthand Jack’s brutality, but is the man capable of murder? Desperate and alone, Mike strikes up an uneasy alliance with a retired warden pilot, and together the two men journey deep into the Maine wilderness in search of a runaway fugitive. There they meet a beautiful woman who claims to be Jack’s mistress but who seems to be guarding a more dangerous secret. The only way for Mike to save his father now is to find the real killer—-which could mean putting everyone he loves in the line of fire.

The Poacher’s Son is a sterling debut of literary suspense. Taut and engrossing, it represents the first in a series featuring Mike Bowditch.

I just finished reading this through the Barnes and Noble First Look Book Club and really enjoyed it. If you like a good mystery, you should check it out.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading and it asks us to...


  • 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!
Here's my teaser this week:

"Since before dinner...I think. I mean, I thought she was there when I got back, but she wasn't...."

"So you really don't know how longs she's been gone?"

Arcadia Falls - Carol Goodman pg.49

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Mailbox Monday & What Are You Reading

This is a weekly meme hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. Join the fun and post what you got in your mailbox last week!

I added yet another few more books this week.








Worldshaker - Richard Harland (bought)















Beautiful Malice - Rebecca James (Publisher for blog tour)

















The Off Season - Catherine Gilbert Murdock (bought)
















Night Runner - Max Turner (bought)
















It's Monday! What are you reading this week? Hosted by Sheila at One Person's Journey Through A World of Books. This is a meme to list the books completed last week, the books currently being read, and the books to be finished this week.

Books I finished last week:
Prospect Place West - Amy Sohn
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith Audiobook
Deliver Us From Evil - Robin Caroll

Currently Reading:
Arcadia Falls - Carol Goodman
Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins Audiobook



Books to Finish this Week:

Arcadia Falls - Carol Goodman
Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins Audiobook


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Put On Your Crown Audiobook Giveaway!!


Put On Your Crown - Queen Latifah and Samantha Marshall (Unabridged)
Read by Queen Latifah


Description:

Megastar Queen Latifah brings us a book of "lessons" from her past experiences that people of any age can learn from.

Thanks to Anna at Hachette, I have 3 copies to giveaway.

-Only residents of the U.S. or Canada are eligible to win
-No P.O. Boxes, please.

To enter:
+1 leave email address
+1 follower/new follower

Contest runs through June 12, 2010 6PM PST

Friday, May 21, 2010

Fever Dream Audiobook Giveaway!!


Fever Dream by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston (Abridged and Unabridged)
Read by Rene Auberjonois


Description:

Destined to be a fan favorite, this exciting new thriller from bestselling authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child features Agent Pendergast and tells the dark history of his murdered wife, Helen.

Thanks to Anna at Hachette, I have 3 copies to giveaway.

-Only residents of the U.S. or Canada are eligible to win
-No P.O. Boxes, please.

To enter:
+1 leave email address
+1 follower/new follower

Contest Runs through June 11th, 2010 6PM PST - Contest Closed.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Prospect Park West - Blog Tour Thursday May 20, 2010

Prospect Park West - Amy Sohn (publisher for blog tour)

Product Details (via B&N)

  • Pub. Date: May 2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Format: Paperback, 379pp

Synopsis

Brooklyn's famed Park Slope neighborhood has it all: majestic Prospect Park, acclaimed public schools, historic brownstones, and progressive values. Among bohemian bourgeois breeders, claiming a stake in Park Slope is a competitive sport.

In Amy Sohn's smart, sexy, satirical peek into the bedrooms and hearts of Prospect Park West, the lives of four women come together during one long, hot Brooklyn summer. Frustrated Oscar-winning actress Melora Leigh, eager to relieve the pressures of raising her adopted toddler, feels the seductive pull of kleptomania; Rebecca Rose, missing her former robust sex life, begins a dangerous flirtation with a handsome neighborhood celebrity; Lizzie O'Donnell, a former lesbian (or "hasbian"), wonders what draws her to women despite her sexy husband and adorable baby; and Karen Bryan Shapiro consumes herself with a powerful obsession - snagging the ultimate three-bedroom apartment in a well-maintained, P.S. 321-zoned co-op building. As the women's paths intertwine (and sometimes collide), each must struggle to keep her man, her sanity... and her play dates.

My Thoughts:

This was a fun read. Quick, easy and enjoyable. It kind of reminded me of Sex and the City but with married mothers lol. I found it interesting how the characters were all connected however slight that connection might have been. I found, while reading, I could easily visualize the neighborhood, the coop, the parks, and the buildings. I like a book that draws such a clear picture that I can watch as I read.

I think my only real gripe with the book is it seemed kind of rushed at tying up the end of the book. Other than that, I found myself engrossed in the story and the characters. This would be a good lazy day kind of read. One you'd take out on your deck, veranda, etc to sit in the sun and read.

Author's Website:
Amy Sohn


Participating Sites:


Frugal Plus: http://frugalplus.com/
Country Bookshelf: http://www.countrybookshelf.blogspot.com/
Just Another New Blog: http://justanothernewblog.blogspot.com/
Booktumbling: http://booktumbling.com/
Books Gardens & Dogs: http://maryinhb.blogspot.com/
Renee’s Reads: http://www.renees-reads.blogspot.com/
Starting Fresh: http://startingfresh-gaby317.blogspot.com/
Star Shadow: http://www.starshadowblog.com/
My Book Views: http://my-book-views.blogspot.com/
Jeanne's Ramblings: http://www.jeannesramblings.com
Avid Reader: http://www.tarmyblogspot.blogspot.com/
Books Like Breathing: http://bibliophile23.wordpress.com/
Readaholic: http://bridget3420.blogspot.com/
I Heart Book Gossip: http://juniperrbreeeze.blogspot.com/
Knitting and Sundries: http://www.jewelknits.blogspot.com/
My Life In Not So Many Words: www.ziarias.blogspot.com/
A Room Without Books Is Empty: http://detweilermom.blogspot.com/
Booksie’s Blog: http://booksiesblog.blogspot.com/
I Read: http://bookswithcoffee.wordpress.com/
Books in the City: http://booksnyc.blogspot.com/
Teresa’s Reading Corner: http://www.teresasreadingcorner.blogspot.com/
Reminder List: http://reminderlist.blogspot.com/
Loving Heart Mommy: http://www.lovingheartmommy.com/
Tethered Mommy: http://www.tetheredmommy.com/
Wise Owl Book Review: http://www.wiseowlbookreviews.com/
The Book Tree: http://thebooktree.blogspot.com/
The Down Home Diva: http://thestuffyouneedtoknow.blogspot.com/
Once Upon a Twilight: http://twilightsdance.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Layout

I've been wanting to change my layout for awhile now and I finally found one I like. What do you think? Is the font and colors alright? Words too small? Does it look alright?

I would appreciate any feedback you are willing to give. Thanks in advance.

EDIT - This isn't my design. I got it from Freyja Silver. She has tons of awesome free templates and she's crazy talented. She does Custom work also. I'm not sure of her prices though.

A To Z Wednesday

Welcome to A-Z Wednesday!!
To join, here's all you have to do:
Go to your stack of books and find one whose title starts with the letter of the week.
Post:
1~ a photo of the book
2~ title and synopsis
3~ link(amazon, barnes and noble etc.)
4~ Come back here and leave your link in the comments
If you've already reviewed this book you can add it also.
Be sure to visit other participants to see what book they have posted and leave them a comment.
(We all love comments, don't we?)
Who knows? You may find your next "favorite" book.

THIS WEEKS LETTER IS: O

My "O" book is:

One Foot In The Grave - Jeaniene Frost

Product Details (via B&N)

  • Pub. Date: April 2008
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback, 384pp

Synopsis (Via B&N)

You can run from the grave, but you can't hide . . .

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She's still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.

Being around him awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline kick of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head—wanted: dead or half-alive—means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard she tries to keep things professional between them, she'll find that desire lasts forever . . . and that Bones won't let her get away again.

Well I was behind in my letters last week so I think I got myself on the right letter this time. I have yet to read this but I've heard wonderful things about this series.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading and it asks us to...


  • 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!
Here's my teaser this week:

She remembered feeling this way at that party where she met Theo at the cocktail table. He'd asked her questions and touched her lightly on the arm with each one, a rhythmic reminder of his enthusiasm, and she enjoyed his attention so much that each tap was like a shock.

Prospect Park West - Amy Sohn pg. 72

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Mailbox Monday and What Are You Reading

This is a weekly meme hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. Join the fun and post what you got in your mailbox last week!

I added yet another few more books this week.









Prospect Park West - Amy Sohn (publisher blog tour)
















Japan took the J.A.P. Out of Me - Lisa Feneberg Cook (bought)
















Tattoo - Jennifer Lynn Barnes (bought)
















Blind Fall - Christopher Rice (bought)
















Yellow Moon - Jewell Parker Rhodes (bought)
















Eyes Like Stars - Lisa Mantchev (bought)















It's Monday! What are you reading this week? Hosted by Sheila at One Person's Journey Through A World of Books. This is a meme to list the books completed last week, the books currently being read, and the books to be finished this week.

Books I finished last week:
Cardboard: A Woman Left for Dead - Fiona Place

Currently Reading:
Prospect Place West - Amy Sohn
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith Audiobook

Books to Finish this Week:

Prospect Place West - Amy Sohn

Weekend Roundup



















Happy Sunday everyone! I hope the past week and weekend were enjoyable for all. My week was typical in nature. Nothing more than work went on for me.

Other than spending an evening with friends last night, this has been a pretty quiet weekend also. The sun has finally made an appearance in the last few days and we've been a toasty 74 degrees. Living in Oregon, I am making the most of it because I know it won't stay long lol. Though with it almost being June, we should start seeing more of it now and less of the gray, rainy days.

The upcoming week should be pretty mild, except for Friday. My son has to get his wisdom teeth pulled and I feel bad for him and I'm not looking forward to the few days after either.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and here's some good thoughts for the week to come.

Oh ya and the Survivor finale is one tonight! I can't wait to see how it all turns out!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Flirting With Forever

Flirting With Forever - Gwyn Cready

Description: (via Simon & Schuster)

In RITA® Award–winning author Gwyn Cready’s fun and sexy new time-travel adventure, an ambitious writer discovers that bad-boy painters are as timeless—and irresistible—as their art. . . .

Art historian Campbell Stratford is about to make a name for herself with her scandalously sexy tell-all “fictographies” of famous seventeenth-century artists, but she’s more iintimately familiar with her subjects than her eager readers can imagine. Thanks to a time portal she accidentally discovered, she has caused quite a stir in the Great Beyond. To save their reputations, the Guild protecting dead artists convinces playboy Peter Lely, portraitist to the king, to sabotage Cam’s latest project. A few hours posing on Sir Peter’s modeling chaise leads to a night of seductive passion—then Cam returns home and discovers his betrayal. But before she can turn her angry pen on her lover, Sir Peter makes a surprise visit to the future and transforms Cam’s twenty-first-century life into chaos of classic proportions. . . .

I will be reviewing this book sometime in the next couple of months. I don't normally read romance novels, not often anyways, but this one sounded pretty good. I've heard good things about it, so I thought why not give it a shot.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Cardboard: A Woman Left for Dead - A Review

Cardboard: A Woman Left for Dead - Fiona Place (Review for Author)

Product Description (via Amazon)

Cardboard: A woman left for dead is recognized as one of the most compelling portraits of an eating disorder and an outstanding example of its genre. It is also winner of the National Book Council's Award for New Writers. When we first meet Lucy she cannot understand what is wrong with her. Ashen, thin and with a thready heartbeat, she is finding it increasingly difficult to eat. The tour leader, on a tight schedule, decides she is merely homesick. And lying on her bed she is left to fend for herself. Alone in her tiny hotel room, Lucy wonders what she should do? Is she really sick or just homesick? Reluctantly, she decides to fly to an English speaking country. And to her embarrassment is taken off the plane in a wheelchair. Admitted to intensive care, Lucy is now a 'patient'. And undergoing a range of advised treatments - some harsh and ineffective, others intelligent and insightful - unknowingly enters into a dynamic and powerful struggle over the ownership of her identity, her life story. An astute observer, Lucy invites the reader to make sense of what it means to be 'ill'. To understand why eating has become so impossible. Life so impossible. And as she fleshes out her journey towards a secure, full-bodied and robust recovery demands her distress be understood. Demands it be put into her own words. Her own voice. Exquisitely written and winningly readable this novel will reach out to everyone who has struggled with the big questions: Who am? What do I want? How dangerous are my desires? "A psychological and intellectual tour de force" Liz Ferrier, Advisory Editor, m/c - a journal of media and culture "The complexity of the character Lucy's world is a tour de force of tight thinking and probing insights into the complexity of human behavior . . . she reminds me of Rodion Raskolnikov in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment." Michael Bailey, reviewer "One of the best novels ever to be published in Australia" Amanda Lohrey, novelist

My Thoughts:

This is a stark look at a woman with an illness. I say illness because after reading it, I'm not all together convince the anorexia is the illness rather than a symptom of the illness. To me Lucy seemed to have a big issue with control, she felt she had none whatsoever so not eating was one thing she could control. She could make herself waste away to nothing, she had the power to control that.

I do have to say, some of the doctors in this book annoyed the heck out of me at times. It didn't seem they had much interest in helping Lucy and some of the treatments seemed barbaric. But I don't pretend to know anything about the treatment for anorexia, so I could be way off base here. It is just the feeling I got while reading it.

The book illustrates Lucy's journey through her illness and the struggles she encounters along the way. It uses a mixture of written word and prose. So anyone who enjoys reading prose, I think you will enjoy it. I found it to be an interesting and compelling read.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A to Z Wednesday

Welcome to A-Z Wednesday!!
To join, here's all you have to do:
Go to your stack of books and find one whose title starts with the letter of the week.
Post:
1~ a photo of the book
2~ title and synopsis
3~ link(amazon, barnes and noble etc.)
4~ Come back here and leave your link in the comments
If you've already reviewed this book you can add it also.
Be sure to visit other participants to see what book they have posted and leave them a comment.
(We all love comments, don't we?)
Who knows? You may find your next "favorite" book.

THIS WEEKS LETTER IS: M

My "M" book is:

Magic to the Bone - Devon Monk

Synopsis (via B&N)

Devon monk is casting a spell on the fantasy world...

Using magic means it uses you back, and every spell exacts a price from its user. But some people get out of it by Offloading the cost of magic onto an innocent. Then it's Allison Beckstrom's job to identify the spell-caster. Allie would rather live a hand-to-mouth existence than accept the family fortune—and the strings that come with it. But when she finds a boy dying from a magical Offload that has her father's signature all over it, Allie is thrown back into his world of black magic. And the forces she calls on in her quest for the truth will make her capable of things that some will do anything to control...

This is a local author my husband has been reading. I have every intention of reading the series at some point. He really likes it.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading and it asks us to...


  • 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!
Here's my teaser this week:

'When did you eat last?' asked Dr. E in a flat voice. Solemnly. I guess it helped him to be detached, made it clear it was merely a professional concern.


'A week ago,' I replied. Faintly.


Cardboard: A Woman Left for Dead - Fiona Place pg 1.

Check out the Trailer for Linger!!



Can't wait for this book!!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mailbox Monday & What Are You Reading

This is a weekly meme hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. Join the fun and post what you got in your mailbox last week!

I've added a few more books to my library this week.









Angelology - Danielle Trussoni (contest win from Lady T at Living Read Girl. The next two books and the swag I'll mention is also from her.)













Witch and Wizard ARC - James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet (This one will proudly sit next to my bought copy)














Red Headed Step Child ARC - Jaye Wells (this is a new to me book and it sounds wonderful.















Also from Lady T, I received a new bookmark and some book swag in this prize pack.

Magic on the Storm - Devon Monk (Bought. this is technically my husbands buy but since I have every intention of reading this series, I am adding it to my list. She's from where I live so it's kind of cool.)














Born Blue - Han Nolan (Bought)
















Maximum Ride The Angel Experiment - James Patterson (Bought)



















It's Monday! What are you reading this week? Hosted by Sheila at One Person's Journey Through A World of Books. This is a meme to list the books completed last week, the books currently being read, and the books to be finished this week.

Books I finished last week:

The Accessory - James G. Hutchinson
The Adoration of Jenna Fox audiobook - Mary E. Pearson.
White Cat - Holly Black

Currently Reading:

Cardboard: A Woman Left for Dead - Fiona Place
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith Audiobook


Books to Finish this Week:


Cardboard: A Woman Left for Dead - Fiona Place

Weekend Roundup



















Happy Mother's Day to all the mother's out there in the blogosphere!

It has been an eventful weekend for us here. Friday was spend with friends as usual. Saturday we had the fortune to being invited to see Nickelback, Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, and Sick Puppies at the Rose Garden in Portland. It was originally meant to be at the coliseum next door but 4 days before the concert they switched it to the bigger venue so the seat we originally had, which would've been so so, ended up being pretty dang good. They opened up our section to general admission and we were there really early so got some great seats for the show.

This was my 4th Nickelback concert and they put on an awesome show as usual. It was also my second time seeing Breaking Benjamin and they're show was pretty dang good also. The highlight for me and my husband was Shinedown and Sick Puppies. Those are bands we both love and it was the first time seeing them for us. A real treat. We even got to meet Sick Puppies afterward and got pictures and our CD autographed.

After the show the four of us decided after driving an hour home, that we were still amped up from the festivities so we stopped grabbed jackets and took off for a hour trip to the coast and wandered the beaches in the middle of the night. Something I hadn't done since I was an unruly teenager. We finally drug ourselves in the door at 5am and crawled into bed. I gotta say it was a fantastic evening.

Today the plan is just relax at home and clean off the DVR.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and here's some good thoughts for a wonderful week ahead.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Adoration of Jenna Fox - A Review

The Adoration of Jenna Fox - Mary E. Pearson Narrated by Jenna Lamia (library)

Description: (via Borders)

Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox has just awoken from a year-long coma'so she's been told'and she is still recovering from the terrible accident that caused it. But what happened before that? She's been given home movies chronicling her entire life, which spark memories to surface. But are the memories really hers? And why won't anyone in her family talk about the accident? Jenna is becoming more curious. But she is also afraid of what she might find out if she ever gets up the courage to ask her questions. What happened to Jenna Fox? And who is she really?

My Thoughts:

This book caught my attention right from the start. I was easily drawn into Jenna's world. Trying to see the world through her, I'd go so far as to say, newborn eyes. Always wondering what her parents were hiding, why her grandma appeared to despise her so much, the ethics involved in this story. So many questions helped create a wonderful book.

The book does make you wonder, How far as a parent would you go to save your child's life? If the technology was available, how far would you go? Would you go as far as the law allowed or would you go further if you could? So many questions the book make you ponder. I would definitely recommend this book.

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Accessory - A Review


The Accessory - James G. Hutchinson (author for review)

Synopsis:

The Accessory is a story of intrigue that explores religious extremism, and how it is used by the country's elite to further their own agenda of power and control.

Sean and Leslie Hodges are two aspiring young adults heading to the top of the charts with their indie band 'Indigo Insight'. Twelve miles south of town, a mining corporation with ties to a secret society are trying to set up shop...the teens' lives are forever changed by a bizarre discovery about their past, and the corrupt activities of the country's financial power brokers.

My Thoughts:

This actually turned out to be a very intriguing book. I wasn't sure at first how I would like it or how it would play out. Most of the characters were interesting and the story pulled me in and kept me reading. Any book that keeps me reading is a plus in my book.

I was a bit worried with the list of characters. There are quite a few and it did get a tad confusing trying to keep people and things separated but in the end they story wrapped itself up quite nicely. All in all not a bad days read.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

White Cat - A Review

White Cat - Holly Black (publisher for review)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: May 2010
  • Publisher:Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Format: Hardcover, 320pp
  • Sales Rank: 14,512
  • Age Range: Young Adult


Synopsis (via B&N)

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers—people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn’t got magic, so he’s an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail—he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.

My Thoughts:

What a refreshing change of pace! I have to say I really enjoyed this book and tore through it in just a couple of sittings.

I found the story, characters, the magic to be unique and interesting. I've been reading so many vampire, werewolves, and other forms of standard paranormal books and this book, while fitting a supernatural kind of genre, had a completely new kind of theme. I found that I really liked some characters while really disliking a few others.

I can definitely see more story lines come from this book and look forward to what may come next for the Curse Workers.


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