Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on.

This is one of my favorite posts to read on the blogs that I follow because other bloggers have found so many wonderful books that I had no idea about! I get most of those from reading Waiting on Wednesday posts. :-) I urge you to visit other blogs and read theirs to find these great lists!



Release Date: January 17, 2012
Why I love it: Time travel.

Buy it on Goodreads

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesday



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 this week comes from:

Fateful by Claudia Gray
 

Small blurb from Goodreads.com: In Fateful, eighteen-year-old maid Tess Davies is determined to escape the wealthy, overbearing family she works for. Once the ship they’re sailing on reaches the United States, she’ll strike out on her own. Then she meets Alec, a handsome first-class passenger who captivates her instantly. But Alec has secrets.... Soon Tess will learn just how dark Alec’s past truly is. The danger they face is no ordinary enemy: werewolves are real and they’re stalking him—and now Tess, too. Her growing love for Alec will put Tess in mortal peril, and fate will do the same before their journey on the Titanic is over. 
 
Teaser from page 52: "I dare not risk it.  Instead I dash back into the booth and shut the door again.  The wolf steps closer, pacing in front of my door again, and then stopping there-close enough for me to hear its panting once more."
Come share your teasers for this week!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Gotta Have IT YA Releases: December 2011

A new month! New books to yearn for!! These are titles that I am salivating over and can't wait to get in December 2011.

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (12/1/2011)
Wintertown by Stephen Emond (12/5/2011)
Deadly Little Voices (Touch #4) by Laurie Faria Stolarz (12/6/2011)



Melody Burning by Whitley Strieber (12/6/2011)
Grace by Elizabeth Scott (12/8/2011)
Illuminated by Erica Orloff (12/8/2011)



Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey (12/8/2011)
The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder (12/8/2011)
Unleashed (Wolf Springs Chronicles #1) by Nancy Holder (12/13/2011)



Flyaway by Helen Landalf (12/19/2011)
Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne (12/20/2011)
Legacy by Molly Cochran (12/20/2011)


Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith (12/27/2011)
Magic of the Moonlight (Full Moon #2) by Ellen Schreiber (12/27/2011)
Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (12/27/2011)


Angel Fire (Angel Burn #2) by L.A. Weatherly (12/27/2011)
Sisters of Isis Volume 1 by Lynne Ewing (12/27/2011)
Living Violet by Jaime Reed (12/27/2011)




Sunday, November 27, 2011

In My Mailbox (46)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Here's what I got this week!!



Fateful by Claudia Gray
Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles #3) by Kami Garcia
Settling (Solid #2) by Shelley Workinger



The Death Cure (Maze Runner Series) by James Dashner
Sophie & Carter by Chelsea Fine
Pure Red by Danielle Joseph

Leave a comment and let me know what you got this week too!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Discussion Post: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Okay everybody,

I went to see Breaking Dawn Part 1 last Saturday.  I definitely have some opinions, and I really want to know what everyone else's thoughts were.   For those of you who have NOT seen the movie yet, please stop reading here, as I don't want to spoil it for anyone, or give anyone pre-conceived notions.  I have had people give me their opinion of a movie I haven't seen yet, and when I went to see it, all I could think about was what they had to say about the movie... so I was unable to enjoy it and figure out if I liked it myself.  So please don't read further if you don't want to have it spoiled for you....

SPOILER ALERT................




Okay, first of all, let's talk about the pacing of the story.  I knew at the outset that this movie was probably going to be a bit slower than the others because most of the action takes place in the last half of the book, which will basically be the next movie.  But I did have a few issues with the pacing of this movie, even knowing what to expect.  Did anyone else feel that they drew out the wedding scene a little too much?  I think they could have condensed that just slightly.  Granted, a lot of that was important set up for things to come in the second movie, but it seems like a lot of stuff was packed in that could have been left our or condensed.

As far as the honeymoon scene went, I thought they did a pretty good job on that one.  Bella trying to tempt Edward into a second night of fun was really cute and got some chuckles out of me.  I also thought they did the love scene very tastefully, while still getting across the important point, which was that sleeping with Edward came with hazzards.

Did Bella look like a two week dead corpse or what?  I am amazed at how bad and skeletal they made her look.  Great job with the special effects there.  It was almost painful to look at her, and it really did bring that part of the book to life for me.  Very well done.

Finally, let's talk about what was, to me, the most pivotal scene in the movie, and the book.  The birth scene.  I think they did a very good job with this scene and bringing it to life.  I had been so wary of what this scene was going to turn out like because I knew they had only gotten a PG13 rating.  I was really scared that they were going to water this scene down so much to fit that rating that it would lose a lot of the impact and drama, but it really didn't.  About the only thing I can really say I was disappointed in was just one thing...  In the book, Jacob kind of gives up on Bella, and Edward, still determined, is still trying to turn her and revive her.  He gets angry at Jacob's "oh, she's dead, just stop" attitude, and he screams at him like "fine, go!"  I really wanted to see that in the movie, because I felt this was a defining moment for the love triangle.  This was the moment that, to me, Edward proves that he is and always was the one that was truly  meant for Bella.  Because when all hoped seemed lost, Edward didn't give up, but Jacob did.  I thought this was an extremely important point, and I don't feel that they conveyed this in the movie.  So that was somewhat disappointing.  BUT....

They made up for it with the moment of imprinting.  So much of what happened in the book at the moment Jacob imprinted with Renesmee was so internal.  I was wondering how they were going to make all that internal stuff visual.  They did a fabulous job with this with the little scenes in his head, imagining Renesmee at various stages, and showing himself in her life in those stages being what she needs at that age.  I was so pleased with this!!

Okay, so what did everyone else think?  Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts on the movie.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Crossed by Ally Condie

Crossed by Ally Condie
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.  Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.  - Goodreads.com

I've been waiting, what seems, for so long for this book to come out.  I loved, loved, loved Matched when I read it, and was dying to read the sequel from the moment I finished the first one.  The wait has been agonizingly slow.  Sometimes a much anticipated sequel comes out and it fails to live up to your expectations. Not so with Crossed!

I knew that this one was going to be somewhat different than the first because there was going to be a change in scenery.  Cassia and the other characters weren't going to be located in the burrough anymore, but were going to be off in strange territories in the Outer Provinces.  This could have changed the magic of the story, but it didn't.

Cassia has one goal in mind, to find Ky.  The bravery she shows to slip aboard a ship that will remove her from what she's always known and send her out to a place she's never been, a complete unknown, was amazing. I loved to see this character grow and change even more.  The journey she's made from the beginning of Matched to this point in Crossed is amazing.  She started out being so enclosed, so trapped in her own head and within the society.  The cover of this book was a perfect, physical representation of what happens to Cassia on this journey, her breaking out of her bubble.

Ky was just as phenomenal of a character to me as he was in Matched.  His quiet bravery, dignity and spirit are so endearing.  These two are magical together.  I found it very realistic that the two of them didn't have a perfect relationship, that there were issues that they had to overcome with each.  It made their journey together that much more realistic and valuable.

On the horizon is Xander.  I can't wait to see what happens with this character.  I have a feeling he's about to play a major role, and that things between Xander, Cassia and Ky are about to get very shaken up.

Aside from the awesomeness of the story and its characters, overlaying all that was Ally Condie's beautiful language.  She has a gorgeous writers voice.  There are passages in her writing that are simply poetic.  I am literally on the edge of my seat and already in agony waiting for the third book!!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on.

This is one of my favorite posts to read on the blogs that I follow because other bloggers have found so many wonderful books that I had no idea about! I get most of those from reading Waiting on Wednesday posts. :-) I urge you to visit other blogs and read theirs to find these great lists!

 
Release Date: January 24, 2012
Why I love it: Forbidden love.
Buy it on Goodreads

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesday


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 this week comes from:

 
 
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
 
Small blurb from Goodreads.com: What if you were bound for a new world, about to pledge your life to someone you'd been promised to since birth, and one unexpected violent attack made survival—not love—the issue?  Out in the murky nebula lurks an unseen enemy: the New Horizon. On its way to populate a distant planet in the wake of Earth's collapse, the ship's crew has been unable to conceive a generation to continue its mission. They need young girls desperately, or their zealous leader's efforts will fail. Onboard their sister ship, the Empyrean, the unsuspecting families don't know an attack is being mounted that could claim the most important among them... Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space; she was born on the Empyrean, and the large farming vessel is all she knows. Her concerns are those of any teenager—until Kieran Alden proposes to her. The handsome captain-to-be has everything Waverly could ever want in a husband, and with the pressure to start having children, everyone is sure he's the best choice. Except for Waverly, who wants more from life than marriage—and is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.  But when the Empyrean faces sudden attack by their assumed allies, they quickly find out that the enemies aren't all from the outside

Teaser from page 14: "The Captain burst out of his office and pointed at Sammy.  'This is an attack,' he announced.  'Sammy, tell the Central Council to meet me in the starboard shuttle bay.'  As an afterthought, he added, 'Call a security squad, too.  Hell, call all of them.'"

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Release Date: September 29, 2011
Publisher: Putnam

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.  Soon "Rippermania" takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities. - Goodreads.com

The true story of Jack the Ripper has been one I've found personally disturbing and eerie since I was a kid.  I saw that movie Time After Time when I was a kid and it gave me nightmares for weeks.  Ever since then, just the thought of Jack the Ripper was enough to make my skin crawl.  Why did I read this book then?  It was GOOD.  What a unique story idea! 

Rory lives in a boarding school in London, and the new "Ripper" murders start happening almost from the moment she arrives to begin her schooling in England.  She's inadvertently sucked into the drama of what's happening to London as Rippermania takes off.  She handles herself well.  She's smart, she's brave, a little impulsive at times, and so funny.  That was one very unexpected piece to this... Rory's narrative.

This story is obviously pretty serious business, the murders are scary, and figuring out who the new Ripper is has everyone on edge.  Comic relief comes in the form of Rory and her narrative.  I found myself laughing aloud at some of the things she thinks.  Awesome job with this character.

I wasn't sure that I was all that crazy with the initial love interest that was introduced.  He came across as a little too flighty and nerdy for me, but I'm still willing to wait and see how it goes.  However, there is another male character introduced later in the story that I found interesting.  I'm eager to see if something is done with him.

All in all, this was a very good story... suspenseful, with some funny moments, and one or two pretty big shockers that I never saw coming.  I can't wait for book 2!!

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

In My Mailbox (45)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Here's what I got this week!!

The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen
The Underworld (Fallen Star #2) by Jessica Sorensen
Damage by Anya Parrish


Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donavon
Stay With Me by Paul Griffin
The Locket by Stacey Jay

Leave a comment and tell me what you got this week!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Legacy by Molly Cochran

Legacy by Molly Cochran
Release Date: December 20, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

When her widowed father dumps 16-year-old Katy Jessevar in a boarding school in Whitfield, Massachusetts, she has no idea that fate has just opened the door to both her future and her past. Nearly everyone in Whitfield is a witch, as is Katy herself, although she has struggled all her life to hide her unusual talents. Stuck at a boarding school where her fellow studens seem to despise her, Katy soon discovers that Whitfield is the place where her mother commited suicide under mysterious circumstances when Katy was just a small child. With dark forces converging on Whitfield, it’s up to Katy to unravel her family’s many secrets to save the boy she loves and the town itself from destruction. - Goodreads.com

Let me start by saying I've read lots of stories about witches.  I've also read many, many stories set in a boarding school.  There's something about a boarding school that I just love.  Perhaps it's because it is so different from my own school experience growing up that I'm just really fascinated by it.  Whatever the reason, I love boarding school stories.  I've read several that pairs the boarding school and witches elements together, as this one does.  So, you would think this would be old to me.  Not so!

The author did a fantastic job bringing something completely new to both the boarding school thing, and the witches.  I've never seen almost an entire town be all witches practically.  But this one was.  It was really interseting reading about the ancestry of these people, their connection to the infamous Salem witches, and how they've settled into life here in this small town.

Katy was such an interesting character.  She knows she's special for the very beginning, but it was great seeing her learn even more about her heritage, her mother and those secrets, and some family she didn't realize she had.  Yes, she does have a love interest, and I really loved him!  I am looking forward to seeing how this part of the story develops, as I know there has to be more to come.

There were times that I felt the story was a bit darker than those I've typically read, but I actually kind of liked that.  It was unique, and lent a gravity to the events and a suspense to them that I really loved.  I think this will be a really successful series.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

There You'll Find Me by

There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

In a small cottage house in rural Ireland, Finley discovers she can no longer outrun the past.  When Finley travels to Ireland as a foreign exchange student, she hopes to create a new identity and get some answers from the God who took her brother away and seems to have left her high and dry.  But from the moment she boards the plane and sits by Beckett Rush, teen star of the hottest vampire flicks, nothing goes according to Finley's plan. When she gets too close to Beckett, a classmate goes on a mission to make sure Finley packs her bags, departs Ireland-and leaves Beckett alone.  Finley feels the pressure all around. As things start to fall apart, she begins to rely on a not-so-healthy method of taking control of her life.  Finley tries to balance it all-disasters on the set of Beckett's new movie, the demands of school, and her growing romance with one actor who is not what he seems. Yet Finley is also not who she portrays to Beckett and her friends.  For the first time in her life, Finley must get honest with herself to get right with God. -Goodreads.com

This was another one of those stories that was all about character, all about real, simple issues that happen to people.  I love stories like these.  Although werewolves, vampires, dragons, fairies, and other fantastical tales are exciting, sometimes it's just really nice to curl up in a chair with a story that's just about people and their struggles. 

Finley goes to Ireland to find God again, thinking that if she follows along in the places that her dead brother went, places where he seemed to find such contentment and closeness, she might get over his dead, and find God too.  Yes, this was a book about faith, and it was so well done.  A lot of the time, if I read a book of fiction that has to do with God or faith, it comes across as very preachy, where you know the author had an agenda or a specific message to get across.  In this story, these elements were weaved in so well, that it didn't detract from the story at all, and yet, I still got the point.

I wasn't sure what I would think of Beckett... since he was an actor, but I was pleasantly surprised by his character and found myself just falling for him.  His interactions with Finley were perfect, and his care of her was so romantic.

This story deals with a couple different subjects that are pretty heavy, not least of which is dealing with the death of a loved one.  The author did a fantastic job navigating through these tricky elements in her story.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would definitely read others by this author.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on.

This is one of my favorite posts to read on the blogs that I follow because other bloggers have found so many wonderful books that I had no idea about! I get most of those from reading Waiting on Wednesday posts. :-) I urge you to visit other blogs and read theirs to find these great lists!

Release Date: December 27, 2011
Why I love it: Egyptian
mythology.  How cool is that??
 
Buy it on Goodreads

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