In My Mailbox

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

I was so excited that my hold finally came in at the library.  I think I’ve had this hold in place since before Christmas!

The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods, #4)

  • The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa De La Cruz

I’ve also been reading an online book link that I received in my email inbox this week.  I’m intrigued so far but I have such a hard time reading books on the computer.  It’s young adult, but so far seems much “cleaner” than a lot of YA I’ve read.  If your interested check out
http://amostcuriousdestiny.blogspot.com/

Published in: on February 27, 2010 at 10:03 pm  Comments (5)  
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Cover Wars – Thirteen Reasons Why

I’m trying out something new.  I’ve been trying to post reviews 4 days a week while participating in book meme’s the other 3.  The problem is I don’t always read 4 books a week.  Eventually I’m going run out of reviews (and I like my reviews to post a week or two after I finish reading them).   I don’t  really want to participate in another meme.  But, I’m having trouble coming up with something original for my blog.  So, I’m going to play with a couple ideas for my Saturday posts.  I’m thinking something different each Saturday of the month.

       So, my first Saturday post is going to be different countries covers of my favorite book for February.   If you haven’t read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, I highly recommend it.  It was amazing!

Thirteen Reasons Why     Thirteen Reasons Why     Tote Mädchen lügen nicht     Trzynaście Powodów     Por treze razões

I’m not sure how to tell which cover belong to which countries 🙂   The first one is the one we get in the US.  And, I know the second one is the paperback version in the UK.   The red one reminds me more of the covers for adult suspense novels.  I assume it’s suppose to be Clay on the cover of the blue one.   I like the tape one the last one.

I think my favorite in the US version.  I like the setting (the park fits in so well with the story).  And Hannah looks so lonely.   It’s very fitting.

Published in: on February 27, 2010 at 10:47 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures

Title: Beautiful Creatures
Author(s): Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Published: December 2009
Pages: 576
ISBN:
9780316042673
Source: Purchased Copy

Description: There were no surprises in Gatlin County. We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that’s what I thought.Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong. There was a curse.
There was a girl. And in the end, there was a grave. Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

I’ve noticed the the reviews of this book seem to be situated on both sides of the spectrum with very few in the middle.  You either love it or you hate it.  While not 5 star worthy in my opinion, I really liked it!  I found the male narrative to be interesting and refreshing.  And despite that so many say that he isn’t a believable “male” teenager, I think he is.  I don’t think we can say what the typical a male teen thinks (we may know how they act, but I think that is entirely different).  I also really liked Lena.  She was the opposite of what a lot of female characters are in today’s teen fiction.  I think we get a good look at how she struggles to fit in, and with understanding her own growing powers.  I loved the cast of characters.  Each had something to add to the story, and I thought they were well developed.  I was curious how dual authors would work in this story, but I honestly would not have known if both names weren’t on the cover.  The story flows together seamlessly.   The only drawback, in my opinion, was the ending.  I’m not sure why, but I felt that it was a bit of a let down.  You get so much tension and suspense built up to that point, and then I felt I didn’t get the resolution I wanted.  Not enough to drag down the book to much.  You can bet I will be reading the sequel (I can’t imagine that there won’t be one).


 

Published in: on February 26, 2010 at 7:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

Magic Under Glass

Title: Magic Under Glass
Author: Jaclyn Dolamore
Published: December 2009
Pages: 225
ISBN: 9781599904306
Source: ARC from Around The World Tours

Description: Nimira is a music-hall performer forced to dance for pennies to an audience of leering drunks. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to do a special act – singing accompaniment to an exquisite piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new life. In Parry’s world, however, buried secrets stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumours abound about ghosts, a mad woman roaming the halls, and of Parry’s involvement in a gang of ruthless sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing young fairy gentleman is trapped inside the automaton’s stiff limbs, waiting for someone to break the curse and set him free, the two fall in love. But it is a love set against a dreadful race against time to save the entire fairy realm, which is in mortal peril.

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

I’m being a little generous giving this 4 stars.  But, I really do think it’s worth your attention.  Nimira catches your attention right from the start.  You can’t help but understand her actions.  Parry is interesting as well.  You’ve never quite understand him (even after his secrets are revealed).  I had a difficult time grasping the concept of falling in love with a fairy trapped in a machine.  It didn’t seem real to me until later.  I also think there are some information gaps.  I think that author could have included a little bit more information on the world the characters  lived in and the events that lead up to the story.  I especially would have liked more information concerning the conflict between the faries and the humans.  I just felt like I didn’t get enough background information.  The ending also seemed a little pieced together.  Still, the overall product was fun and I enjoyed it. 

* I wanted to point out that there is some controversy surrounding the cover of this book.  Nimira is described as bein dark-skinned (I imagine someone of Arabic decent).  The cover is pictured with a white model (although I still think she has more olive skin tone but this is coming from a redhead with very fair skin).  From what I understand, Bloomsbury has issued a new cover for this book and stopped shipping the old one.  I know copies of this cover are still being sold because I saw it at my local Barnes & Noble just a couple days ago.  I did not realize what a problem this was in the publishing industry (second time in 6 months that Bloomsbury alone has come under fire for this).  I hope in the future, publishing companies will realize that this practice of cover white washing is unacceptable.  This is the new cover

  

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Beastly

Title: Beastly
Author: Alex Flinn
Published: October 2007
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780060874162
Source: Library

Description: I am a beast.
A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.
You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

I Give This Book 3 Stars!

I was amazed at how easy it was to hate a main character.  I guess the author was hoping you would look past this and continue on with the story.  I did, but only because I figured it this book was true to the fairy tale, he couldn’t stay like this for the entire story.  I was right, but I don’t think he redeemed himself very well.  It almost seemed like instead of changing and becoming a better person, he just managed to find someone to overlook his faults and love him anyway.  Which, I guess is the point of the story.   I did like the fact that it was told from the beast’s point of view.  But, I don’t feel like it added anything new to the fairy tale.  The only difference was it was set in modern day New York.  Everything else felt exactly the same. 

 

Published in: on February 24, 2010 at 7:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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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:
     “Let him go,” they all said.
Never was such a train of gunpowder ignited with three small words, when I let him go.

~I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles

Published in: on February 23, 2010 at 8:45 am  Comments (2)  
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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is now brought to you by Sheila from One Person’s Journey Through A World of Books!

Last week I decided to read completely from my shelves.  Since I could not make up my mind what I wanted to read, I used Random.org to choose for me.  Since the website was kind enough to choose larger books, I only managed to get 3 read.  I did have to sneak in a book from Around The World Tours in there though!

I read The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette by Carolly Erickson first.  While I enjoyed the diary format of the book, it was just ok.  I felt like the book ignored all the “bad” things surrounding Antoinette and glamorize her.  I will be looking for more book about her to see how she is portrayed differently. 

My book for Around the World Tours was Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore.  Great new author and I recommend this story to anyone who likes young adult books. 

My last book of the week was The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.  I was really looking forward to this book (I loved The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons).  While it wasn’t a let down, I felt it was a bit heavy handed at times.  The revelation didn’t hold as much truth to at as the past two novels.  Although, I have to say the book made me really want to visit Washington D.C.!

I’m currently reading I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles.  I love books about Queen Elizabeth I, but this book starts out really slow.  It’s finally starting to pick up.  I also plan on reading Numbers by Rachel Ward and Secret of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull.  I don’t think I’ll have time for another one as I, Elizabeth and  Dragon Sanctuary are both 500+ page books!

 

Published in: on February 22, 2010 at 11:14 am  Comments (6)  
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