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Friday, June 29, 2012

Saturday Snapshot


Saturday Snapshot is a meme hosted by Alyce from At HomeWith Books. I love taking pictures so I thought this would be a fun meme to participate in. This is one of my cats Magyck. She is the most loving, cuddly cat ever. In this picture she is actually laying up on my shoulder. It was taken right before she went to her normal spot up on my shoulder laying over my shoulder like a baby would. This is standard Magyck behavior.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted byMizB 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:


Jeb wasn't the sort of man to give up easily.  Jeb wasn't the sort of man to give up at all. 


Dead Iron - Devon Monk pg. 181

Sunday, June 24, 2012

What Are You Reading


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 in the last week:

Unfortunately not a thing.

Books I am reading this week:

Dead Iron - Devon Monk
Day By Day Armageddon Beyond Exile - J.L. Bourne Audiobook
Wintergirls - Laurie Halse Anderson Audiobook (another book that is totally Sheila's fault. I bought and read this when it first came out but thanks to Sheila's review of the audiobook, my husband and I are listening to it. Very slowly however. It has become what we listen to when we head to camp and head home.


Books to Finish This week:

Dead Iron - Devon Monk

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Saturday Snapshot


Saturday Snapshot is a meme hosted by Alyce from At Home With Books. I love taking pictures so I thought this would be a fun meme to participate in.  This was taken at the Tillamook Cheese Factory in Tillamook, Oregon. Posing for me in the Loaf Love Bus is my incredible family who sat still long enough for me to snap a quick photo.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Reckoning - Blog Tour June 21, 2012

The Reckoning - Alma Katsu (Blog tour)


Overview:

SECOND IN ALMA KATSU’S GRIPPING SUPERNATURAL TRILOGY THAT BEGAN WITH THE TAKER
Lanore McIlvrae is the kind of woman who will do anything for love. Including imprisoning the man who loves her behind a wall of brick and stone.

She had no choice but to entomb Adair, her nemesis, to save Jonathan, the boy she grew up with in a remote Maine town in the early 1800s and the man she thought she would be with forever. But Adair had other plans for her. He used his mysterious, otherworldly powers to give her eternal life, but Lanore learned too late that there was a price for this gift: to spend eternity with him. And though he is handsome and charming, behind Adair’s seductive fa├žade is the stuff of nightmares. He is a monster in the flesh, and he wants Lanore to love him for all of time.

Now, two hundred years after imprisoning Adair, Lanore is trying to atone for her sins. She has given away the treasures she’s collected over her many lifetimes in order to purge her past and clear the way for a future with her new lover, Luke Findley. But, while viewing these items at an exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Lanore suddenly is aware that the thing she’s been dreading for two hundred years has caught up to her: Adair has escaped from his prison. He’s free— and he will come looking for her. And she has no idea how she will save herself.


My Thoughts:
I loved The Taker and jumped on the chance to participate in this tour of book 2. So glad I did. While it was a bit slower paced than the first novel, there was still tension all around. There is something about this series that draws me in. I think it's the immortality angle without being attached on a creature level. I like that because of Alchemy/magic they are just immortal and not because they are a vampire, etc.
My favorite part about this series are the characters. They are so rich with personalities and the stories they have to tell are just wonderful. That's the part I love. We get the now and we get the then. I often wonder while reading what it would be like to be immortal. The stories you would live and have to tell, but then I stop and think of the loneliness that being immortal would bring. Outliving everyone would be a difficult cross to bear. Worth it? I'm not so sure. 
So we have book two taking place a few months after book one. Lanny and Luke are in Europe giving away Lanny's collected treasures from over the past two centuries when she feels Adair for the first time since she imprisoned him. She knows Adair will come after her and she knows she must flee.  
While this book is about Lanny and her fears, I feel we get to know Adair on a whole new level in this book. We get to see Adair stumble into this century knowing absolutely nothing.  We see him learning about internet, cars, planes yet at the same time we see his world of magic and alchemy come to play as well. We get to watch him confront his rage, anger, feelings, insecurities about his imprisonment, Lanny, and Jonathan. The sub characters are good too. I like them well enough but what it really comes down too is Adair and Lanny.  It's those two characters that keep me coming back for more. 
I'm excited to see where the final book takes the story.

Author's Website: Alma Katsu

Sunday, June 17, 2012

What Are You Reading


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 in the last week:


Fifty Shades Darker - E.L. James
The Reckoning - Alma Katsu
Into the Darkest Corner - Elizabeth Haynes
Day by Day Armageddon - J.L. Bourne Audiobook.

Books I am reading this week:

Dead Iron - Devon Monk
Day By Day Armageddon Beyond Exile - J.L. Bourne Audiobook
Wintergirls - Laurie Halse Anderson Audiobook (another book that is totally Sheila's fault. I bought and read this when it first came out but thanks to Sheila's review of the audiobook, my husband and I are listening to it. Very slowly however. It has become what we listen to when we head to camp and head home.


Books to Finish This week:

Dead Iron - Devon Monk

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Saturday Snapshot


Saturday Snapshot is a meme hosted by Alyce from At Home With Books. I love taking pictures so I thought this would be a fun meme to participate in. This was taken last October in Chicago. I had flown there to see my son graduate Naval Boot Camp and afterwards we took the train to downtown Chicago and walked all the way to the water.  It was such a beautiful day. One I'll never forget. Spending  a day with my son, who I had not seen or barely spoken too in 8 weeks outside of letters home, is a memory I will cherish for a lifetime.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

What Are You Reading


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 in the last week:





Books I am reading this week:

Fifty Shades Darker - E.L. James
Day by Day Armageddon - J.L. Bourne Audiobook.
Wintergirls - Laurie Halse Anderson Audiobook (another book that is totally Sheila's fault. I bought and read this when it first came out but thanks to Sheila's review of the audiobook, my husband and I are listening to it. Very slowly however. It has become what we listen to when we head to camp and head home.


Books to Finish This week:

Fifty Shades Darker - E.L. James