In My Mailbox!

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

It wasn’t my intent to have this many books this week! 

For Review:

Princess for Hire     Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens (A Reading Journal for Teens)

  • Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
  • Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens (A Reading Journal for Teens) by Rachel Rogers Knight

Bought/Borrowed/Traded:

The Crown Conspiracy (The Riyria Revelations, #1)     The Everafter     Why I Let My Hair Grow Out

  • The Crown Conspiracy by Michael Sullivan
  • The Everafter by Amy Huntley
  • Why I Let My Hair Grow Out by Maryrose Wood

From The Library:

Fire (The Seven Kingdoms Trilogy, #2)     The Iron King (Iron Fey, #1)     Incarceron (Incarceron, #1)     Bone Crossed (Mercedes Thompson, #4)

  • Fire by Kristin Cashore 
  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  • Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
  • Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
Published in: on March 21, 2010 at 7:33 am  Comments (2)  
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Cover of the Month!

Two future covers were released this week that I loved!  The first is for Torment by Lauren Kate.  I haven’t read Fallen yet, but have to say that the cover for both books are great.  The second cover of the month is for Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  I loved Beautiful Creatures and the simple features of black and gray with that splash of color on the covers is what draws you in.  Here are both… what do you think?

Torment (Fallen, #2)     Beautiful Darkness (The Caster Chronicles, #2)

Published in: on March 20, 2010 at 7:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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Numbers by Rachel Ward

Numbers

Title: Numbers
Author: Rachel Ward
Published: Feb 2010
Pages: 325
ISBN: 9780545142991
Source: Won from Goodreads First Look

Description: Whenever Jem meets someone new, no matter who, as soon as she looks into their eyes, a number pops into her head. That number is a date: the date they will die.
Burdened with such an awful awareness, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. But while they’re waiting to ride the Eye Ferris wheel, Jem notices that all the other tourists in line flash the same number. Today’s number. Today’s date. Terrorists are going to attack London. Jem’s world is about to explode!

I Give This Book 3.5 Stars!

The description above is the most common one found for this book.  And, I have to point out that it’s extremely misleading.  I  prefer the description that are usually included with this on sites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.   The fact that Jem sees the date of when someone will die is more like a side story in this book.  It leads to the events that actually take place.  I’m hoping that not to many people are disappointed when the story isn’t what they expect.  Because the actual story is really pretty good.  Jem is a complete fireball of a lead character.   She’s sarcastic, witty, and fun.   I completely understand why she shies away from relationships.  I wasn’t sure what I thought of Spider at first.  But, he grew on me by the end of the book.  I could see why Jem found the connection she did with him.  The events that occur after the incident at the ferris wheel are intense and they leave you in a whirlwind of emotions.   I was completely shocked by the ending.  The only thing that really bothered me was the constant talk of the characters being victims of their circumstances.  The story made it seem that because they came from poor backgrounds, they wouldn’t amount to anything more.    

Published in: on March 19, 2010 at 7:15 am  Comments (1)  
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I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles

I, Elizabeth: A Novel

Title: I, Elizabeth
Author: Rosalind Miles
Published: March 2003
Pages: 656
ISBN: 9780609809105
Source: Personal Copy

Description: Publicly declared a bastard at the age of three, daughter of a disgraced and executed mother, last in the line of succession to the throne of England, Elizabeth I inherited an England ravaged by bloody religious conflict, at war with Spain and France, and badly in debt. When she died in 1603, after a forty-five- year reign, her empire spanned two continents and was united under one church, victorious in war, and blessed with an overflowing treasury. What’s more, her favorites—William Shakespeare, Sir Francis Drake, and Sir Walter Raleigh—had made the Elizabethan era a cultural Golden Age still remembered today.
But for Elizabeth the woman, tragedy went hand in hand with triumph. Politics and scandal forced the passionate queen to reject her true love, Robert Dudley, and to execute his stepson, her much-adored Lord Essex. Now in this spellbinding novel, Rosalind Miles brings to life the woman behind the myth. By turns imperious, brilliant, calculating, vain, and witty, this is the Elizabeth the world never knew. From the days of her brutal father, Henry VIII, to her final dying moments, Elizabeth tells her story in her own words.

I Give This Book 3.5 Stars!

 I picked this book up because Queen Elizabeth I fascinates me.  I’ve read many different historical fictions about her.  I really liked the first part of the book.  Most things I’ve read start were her half-sister Queen Mary has her in the Tower of London.  So, I haven’t read much concerning her childhood and when her father was still alive (at least were she was the focus of the story anyway).   I felt that reading about that time period helped me better understand some of her actions as an adult.  I also liked reading about her relationship with her half-brother, Edward.  But, sadly the later part of the story started to really drag down.  I found myself skimming parts.  But, I don’t blame it on the book really.  As stated above, I’ve read a lot about her.  This book really just did not have anything new to add.  It focused on the facts and more on Elizabeth the Queen, not Elizabeth the person.    So, if you haven’t already read some historical fiction about Queen Elizabeth, you might like this one.   But, if you already have a lot of information concerning Queen Elizabeth I, you might want to find something else.

Published in: on March 18, 2010 at 7:04 am  Leave a Comment  
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Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

Bleeding Violet

Title: Bleeding Violet
Author: Dia Reeves
Published: January 2010
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9781416986188
Source: ARC copy provided for review by Around The World Tours

Description: Love can be a dangerous thing…
Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna’s tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas in search of a new home.  But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she’s far from normal. As this crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe.

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

I think I should start off by saying this book is not for everyone.  I knew from pervious reviews that it’s a little dark and twisted, okay maybe I should say a lot twisted.  You know from the description that Hanna is not what one would call mentally stable.  I hate to use the word crazy (that would be the psychology background talking), but really there isn’t a better word for her.  And in Portero, she’s not the craziest thing out there.  In this town, monsters turn fountains into blood, pop out of invisible doors, live in windows, and possess people.  To combat this all, Hanna takes her craziness to the next level, were her hallucinations become real and help protect her.  The book is intense to say the least.  I had a hard time with Hanna, maybe because it’s so hard to figure out what she’s doing.   Wyatt was interesting, but I felt like even he was hiding something.   The book has a lot of very mature content in it, including graphic violence, suicide and sexual content.  I liked it, but as I said from the start, it isn’t for everybody.

 

Published in: on March 17, 2010 at 7:56 am  Comments (1)  
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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:
     “Many men,” said Mr. Tippen, taking a large pinch of snuff, which immediately brought on a bout of sneezing, “spend their lives living in the wrong corner of their souls, mainly out of fear of what they might find on the other side.”

~ The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

Published in: on March 16, 2010 at 9:11 am  Comments (3)  
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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!

I’m amazed that I managed to get 3 books in last week.  Granted it didn’t hurt that my last book was a fast read and I couldn’t sleep last night.

I started the week with a book from Around the World Tours that I’ve been dieing to read!   It was Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves.   Let’s just say that this book was crazy.   I enjoyed it, but it’s not for everybody.

I decided to chug along with Voyager by Diana Gabaldon next.  I’m so glad that I did.  I’m debating if I may have liked it more than Outlander.  Probably not, but it’s a close second!

I started and finished The Mark by Jen Nadol yesterday.  It was a really fast read for me.  I really liked it.  Much better than my recent read that had the same sort of idea.

I’m not currently reading anything at the moment.  I will start something today.   I haven’t decided yet which order to read them, but my plan is to read The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner, Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke, and The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan this week.

Hope you have a great reading week!

Published in: on March 15, 2010 at 9:03 am  Comments (2)  
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