In My Mailbox & Library Loot!!

     

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi and she was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie!

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

My mailbox has been busy this week!  I also went to the library.  One day I will catch up on all of these books!

From Paperbackswap.com:

Beneath a Marble Sky          A Company of Swans

  • Beneath A Marble Sky by John Shors
  • A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson

From Barnes & Noble:

The Pleasure Palace (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #1)     Hate List     Kiss Me Kill Me     Nobody's Prize

  • The Pleasure Palace (Secrets of the Tudor Court #1) by Kate Emerson
  • Hate List by Jennifer Brown
  • Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson
  • Nobody’s Prize by Esther M Friesner

From the library:

Shudder          Thirteen Reasons Why

  • Shudder by Jennie Hansen
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

 

Published in: on January 31, 2010 at 7:11 am  Comments (8)  
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Awards and Thank You’s!

Polish Outlander was kind enough to pass on a few awards recently.  I want to thank her, display them, and then pass them on!  First off…

The Who Loves You Baby! Award is given to those bloggers whom you love and who have awarded you in the past! Pass it on!

Now, I’ve only been awarded 2 awards so will go to those bloggers and one more

Polish Outlander (you don’t have to do anything with it since you gave it to me :))
J. Kaye’s Book Blog
Debbie’s World of Books

 

This one requires some questions to be answered.

Where is your favorite place to read a book?
The bathtub and in bed after the kids have to sleep

Bookmarks or dog ears?
Neither.  I usually just remember what page I am on. 

What is the best book you have read so far this year?
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Do you like to snack while reading and if so, what is your favorite snack?
I rarely snack.  Unless I’ve had a reading marathon

Book borrower or book collector?
I buy, swap, and borrow from the library.

Now to pass it on too…

Rundpinne
Alaine – Queen of Happy Ending
Sarah’s Book Reviews
One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books

Write Meg!
Polish Outlander

 

I would like to pass this on to

Rundpinne
One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books
Debbie’s World of Books
J. Kaye’s Book Blog

Polish Outlander

Published in: on January 30, 2010 at 7:42 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3) by Philip Pullman

The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)

Title: The Amber Spyglass
Author: Philip Pullman
Published: September 2003
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9780440238157
Source: personal copy

Description: In the astonishing finale to the His Dark Materials trilogy, Lyra and Will are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone. All the while, Dr. Mary Malone builds a magnificent Amber Spyglass. An assassin hunts her down, and Lord Asriel, with a troop of shining angels, fights his mighty rebellion, in a battle of strange allies—and shocking sacrifice.
As war rages and Dust drains from the sky, the fate of the living—and the dead—finally comes to depend on two children and the simple truth of one simple story.

I Give This Book 3.5 Stars!

I wish I could say that this was one of the best series I had ever read.  Sadly it isn’t.  And I had such high hopes for it.  I watched the movie of The Golden Compass first and it intrigued me.  So I looked into the book and discovered it was a triology.  I really like that first book, but it’s been downhill since then.  First and foremost, The Amber Spyglass was long.  And the funny part is I’m not really talking about the number of pages, because I’ve obviously read much longer.  There just seemed to be too much of everything in this book.  Too many characters to keep track of along with too many worlds that seemed to be interacting.  And the story was too complex even for me.   I’ve noticed that people seem to love or hate this book, but I’m firmly in the middle.  I don’t dislike it for the reasons that most people do.  I don’t think it’s anti-god or anti-religion.  I just found some of the ideas presented in the final novel to be way out of the realm of reasonable thought.  And, I would love to talk to a preteen who has read these and understood them.  These books don’t present the same way the say The Harry Potter Series does.

Published in: on January 29, 2010 at 7:03 am  Leave a Comment  
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Hunted (House of Night, #5) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Hunted (House of Night, #5)

Title: Hunted
Author: P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Published: March 2009
Pages: 323
ISBN: 9780312379827
Souce: personal copy

Description: The good news: Zoey’s friends have her back again and Stevie Rae and the red fledglings aren’t Neferet’s secrets any longer.  The bad news: Ancient evil with the face of an angel has been let loose – that and various other nasties (whose faces aren’t so angelic).  Grandma Redbird is in trouble.  Heath is in trouble.  The House of Night is in trouble.  Okay, let’s face it – Zoey’s whole world is in trouble!  But when the trouble comes from a being who appears to be beauty personified, will the world believe it? Especially when only a teenager and a group of misfits are the only ones who really understand the danger he brings.  Will Zoey have the strength and wisdom to reveal the truth?  Especially when, in the House of Night, the truth is often hard to come by…

I Give This Book 3.5 Stars!

I was hoping this book would be good because the last one in the series was my favorite so far.  But, this one was slightly boring.  It seemed like most of it was spent setting up for things to come.  And I’m getting a little tired of the boy drama.  A lot of the time it just makes me roll my eyes.  I think it would work better if she had a connection with one vampire and maybe Heath as well.  I also have to say that some of the language used is just plain awful.  I’m not talking about foul language, but words used in dialogue.  Maybe I’ve been out of my teen years to long, but it just doesn’t seem natural.  I still really like Aphrodite especially now that she’s human.  The ending was interesting, but I will there was more of it.  It seems like a dramatic ending for a story that had no build up.

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2) by Diana Gabaldon

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2)

Title: Dragonfly in Amber
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Published: June 1992
Pages: 949
ISBN: 9780440215622
Source: personal copy

Description: For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones …about a love that transcends the boundaries of time …and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his ….
Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart …in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising …and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves….

 I Give This Book 5 Stars!

I was completely floored by Outlander.  It was a story like I’ve never read before.  When I picked the book to read as part of a challenge last year, I did not know that it was part of a series.  I knew when I was finished that I wanted to read them all.  I wish I had sat down and read Dragonfly in Amber in one sitting.  Instead I drew it out over a couple months, reading here and there.  So, in that sense it’s my fault that I sometimes got confused over who was who.  Because lets face it, there’s a lot of people and even more information presented in this book.  But, its wonderful.  I feel like I’ve been taken on a history lesson that is much more personal than any book or teacher could ever have shown me.  Claire and Jamie are beginning to work their way into the favorite characters (and couple) category.  They invoke a powerful mental picture.  I love their relationship and to what grounds they will go to portray (notice I don’t use the word prove) their love for one another.  The events that happen in this story are also of high emotion and intensity.   Diana Gabaldon has written a masterpiece.  I can not wait to see were she takes Claire and Jamie next!

 

Published in: on January 27, 2010 at 7:42 am  Comments (3)  
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Teaser Tuesday!

teasertuesdays31 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • 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!

My Teaser:
“Even among caretakers and Knights of the Dawn, dragons remain the stuff of legend.  I’ve never seen a live one.  Almost none of us have.  But Chuck Rose lived among them for months at a time, studying their habits.  He even photographed one.”
“How’d he die?”
Warren sighed.  “A dragon ate him”

~Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull

Ok, I know that was more than two sentences.  But, I just had to include the entire dialogue.  I just thought it was great!

*Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for Truly, Madly by Heather Webber!

Published in: on January 26, 2010 at 7:25 am  Comments (4)  
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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

First off, this is hosted by J. Kaye’s Book Blog.  If you would like to take part, just head on over and join the fun!

Last week was an interesting week.  I liked everything I read, but nothing really stands out as my favorite.  If I had to pick one, I would say Splendor by Anna Godbersen.  It was a great ending to a series I really enjoyed.  It had a completely suprising ending!

I finished off the current books in the Vampire Kisses series.  This included Dance With a Vampire, The Coffin Club, and Royal Blood.  I think The Coffin Club was my favorite.   These last three were better than the first three.   And, I read recently that there will be a Vampire Kisses book 7.

I also read Tempted by P.C. and Kristen Cast.  It was a much better book than the last one.  I do think the story is starting to get dragged out a little.  I think there’s a lot of background information and not a lot of action.  I did like then ending!  It totally blew me away.

I’m reading Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull.  It’s part of the Fablehaven series.  I’ve loved the first two books.  I also plan on reading The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan, Beastly by Alex Flinn, and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl if there is time!

*Don’t forget to check out my giveaway for Truly, Madly by Heather Webber

Published in: on January 25, 2010 at 7:23 am  Comments (4)  
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