Monthly Archives: April 2012

Musing Mondays (7)

 Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.  Each week we will get a fun reading related question to answer.  This week Musing asks:

Do you listen to audiobooks? If not, why not? And, if so, what has been one of your favorites, so far?

I do listen to audiobooks and I love many of them.  I usually read two books at once and have an audiobook in my car’s cd player so I can get through them as I go back and forth to work and such.  My favorite audiobook so far is Daughter of Smoke and Bone.  The reader is beyond fantastic!  Audiobooks are a great way to still “read” when you can’t sit down with your book!  Though, I have to be doing something like driving, walking, etc so I don’t have to keep my mind on too much, otherwise I can’t focus on the book.

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Top Ten Tuesday (13)

 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and The Bookish.  Each week a new top ten list is posted, and to participate all you have to do is fill in YOUR top ten for the list.

This week the topic is:

Top Ten Favorite Characters

1. Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone: I loved Zuzana!  She is a very fun character and has loads of personality.

2.  Cinna from The Hunger Games: He is such a calm character and gives so much support to Katniss.  Lenny Kravitz was perfect in his role of Cinna. His focus was Katniss and not the games, which is exactly what she needed.

3.  Hermione from Harry Potter:  I feel a connection with Hermione because I was one of those teacher’s pet straight A student’s like her.  She smart and logical like me 🙂

4.  Alice from Twilight: She is always so happy!  She is another fun character and fierce when she needs to be.

5.  Eko from Cinder:  What a quirky little robot!  She has a wonderful personality, even if it is from a chip, and very spunky.  She even has a sense of humor and you would never know she was only a machine.

6.  Lexi from The Near Witch:  She is super independent and stands up for what she believes in.  She is not one to easily give up and will get into trouble to go the lengths for what is right.  She is a very strong character.

Hmm……well I’m all out of ideas at this point.  It’s hard for me to think specifically of favorite characters.  I’m more of a favorite book person than a favorite character person.  It’s harder for me to fall in love with a character.  This is the first top ten list I have been able to produce 10 for 😦

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Musing Mondays (6)

 Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.  Each week we will get a fun reading related question to answer.  This week Musing asks:

Other than working at a job, what is your biggest interruption to reading? What takes you away from your book(s)?

Family is a definite (not that I mind that kind of interruption), and probably the biggest.  Aside from family, the other stuff that distracts me from my reading is when I get zoned into HGTV (my current channel obsession) and I’m doing my around the house stuff.  Currently, the garage is what I am trying to tackle and since I can be horrible about hoarding things, it is a massive project to go through all that stuff! I’m also really bad about trying to do multiple things at once, so I can have a couple projects that I work on that I bounce between and get distracted on.

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*Review* Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

 Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Laini Taylor

432 pages

ISBN: 9780316134026

Read 4-17-12

Source: Library

Format: Audiobook

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.


And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.


     Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
     When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

     Ok, first, I have to apologize for my blog being slow right now, but I am currently house hunting, so I am super excited about that!  I am going to try my best to keep up with as much as I can while hunting a house.  Hopefully soon I will have a nice little “library” room in my new house 🙂  Now to the review!

One of my favorite things about listening to this book was the reader.  She was beyond fantastic!  Great accents, great voices, great performance.  I’m not much of one for owning audiobooks, but this one was so awesome, I really want a copy.  Khristine Hvam is the best audiobook reader I have had the pleasure of listening to so far and she did a wonderful job at bringing the characters to life!

As for the characters, they were so much fun and full of life, even if I had read the book instead of listened to it.  One of my favorite characters was Zuzana, Karou’s super feisty, pint-sized best friend.  She reminds you of that best friend you have that loves you and is there for you no matter what and she was a perfrect best friend for Karou.  I also liked Karou.  She changes so much over the course of the book.  So much changes for her and her world falls apart and a huge secret is finally revealed that blows her away; who wouldn’t be different after that?  She is strong, though and has a powerful will.  Akiva also evolves through the story, but his change is more like a switch being flipped than a gradual difference in comparison to Karou.

The romanctic aspect of the story wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t what I wanted either.  I am not crazy about the whole “love at first sight” kind of stuff, or when that powerful little L-word is used after a single day.  I would have liked to have seen more of a build of the relationship than there was.  Though, I did enjoy the feelings that were there; the sweet touches and loving looks, the imagery of it was great.  Which leads to the descriptions in the story.  I LOVED her literary illustration, and I found myself in an artful world that was both dark and beautiful.  I had such a clear image of the creatures and loved all the descriptions of the chimaera because each one was so different.

There were several unique ideas in this novel, from the use of the teeth Brimstone needed to the tattoos on Karou’s hands to a beautiful dance with a ginormous marionette by Zuzana.  It was all so wow.  But be prepared for a bit of heartbreak because life becomes very hard for Karou.  I can’t wait for the next book and it is one I will be counting down the months for!

Amazing characters, superb reader, not where I wanted it for romance, incredible imagery!!

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Teaser Tuesday (16)

 Tuesday is a weekly meme anyone can take part in, hosted my MizB at Should Be Reading.  To participate all you have to do is get the book you are currently reading, open to a random page, and post a two sentence teaser that doesn’t contain spoilers.  Make sure you don’t forget to let us know the title and author of the book so people can add it to their To Be Read list if they liked the teasing!

Here’s my teaser:

 “Who am I?” My first spoken words.
“No one,” she said.  “nosoul.”

Incarnate
Jodi Meadows

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*Review* Anna and the French Kiss

 Anna and the French Kiss

Stephanie Perkins

372 pages

ISBN: 9780525423270

Read 4-7-12

Source: Own

Format: Paperback

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near – misses end with the French kiss Anna – and readers – have long awaited?  

     So what can I say about Anna and the French Kiss?  It was absolutely, brilliantly, marvelously AMAZING!!  I am so glad I lsitened to all of the bloggers who raved about this book because it is simply wonderwul.  I am definitely a fan of Stephanie Perkins now and will most likely read everything she publishes.
There are so many things that make this book great.  One thing is how realistic and relatable it is.  I’m reading this whole book thinking “Wow I have definitely been there before.”  The story is real, tbe place is real, the characters are real.  I feel like I really know these characters and I could tell you about them as if they were someone I’ve known for quite some time.  They may be fictional characters, but they have very real personalities.
Mmmm, St. Clair.  I was drooling over this boy from the first time Anna met him.  He has certainly become a new favorite book boyfriend.  He may even be #1!  Edward Cullen can suck it!  And how great was Anna?  Awesomely so.  Her freak outs, excitement, meltdowns, everything was put perfectly on the page.
The descriptions of Paris are lovely, and though I have been to France, I didn’t get the chance to see Paris.  It is a beautiful country and the author portays Paris beautifully.  I have to make sure I get to go back and visit Paris.  There have been books that have made me giggle here and there, but this book has me laughing so foten.  It was such a fun read and I look forward to her other novels.  This story will remind you of what it’s like to fall in love.

Fabulous characters, wonderful story, humorous, playful writing, MUST READ!!

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In My Mailbox (10)

 In my mailbox is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren that lets us share our bookish finds!

This week I got a few I am excited to get my hands on!

Bought


Darkest Mercy – Melissa Marr


Abandon – Meg Cabot


Angel Burn – L.A. Weatherly


Great Tales of Horror – H.P. Lovecraft

Borrowed


Incarnate – Jodi Meadows

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Top Ten Tuesday (12)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and The Bookish.  Each week a new top ten list is posted, and to participate all you have to do is fill in YOUR top ten for the list.

This week the topic is:

Top Ten Books to Read in a Day

1. Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake : Ok, so who wouldn’t love to read a slightly gory ghost killing story in a day?  I didn’t want to put it down!

2.  Forgive My Fins – Tera Lynn Childs : This is one of my favorite books.  It’s so fun and playful, and the way the author has written it, you just get sucked in and it flies by.

3. Wither – Lauren Destefano : A book with a cover that pretty?  How could it not be good?  I think I actually did read this one in about a day.  It’s a scary world to live in when you know you’ll die at a certain age.  Couldn’t stop reading it.

4.  Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom : This was an absolutely wonderful read.  It is really short, too, so it’s easy to read it in a day.  So heartfetl and emotional, make sure you have a tissue!

5.  Cinder – Marissa Meyer : Such a wonderful fairy-tale retelling.  I never wanted to put it down, there’s was no dull moments!  I wanted to have the next one in my hands as soon as I finished this one.

6.  The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins : The only reason I didn’t read this one in a single day is because I have to work 8-5 every weekday, otherwise I would not have left my reading spot!  This one is sure to have you glued to the seat until you’re finished.

7.  Forbidden – Tabitha Suzuma : This is one of those engulfing reads.  If you are not against putting your comfort level on the line, then this one is one you have to read!  The world doesn’t exist while you read this novel.

8.  Delirium – Lauren Oliver : If you are a dystopian fan, Delirium is one to spend a day with.  It’s a fast read and you get sucked in really easy.  A book where love is a disease?  You know you gotta read it.

9.  The Girl Who Chased the Moon – Sarah Addison Allen : I love her writing style, and this is my favorite by her so far.  The magical realism in it give it a wonderful touch and makes the town seem mystical.  Plus it has really good stories between characters.

10.  Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan : I loved the characters, the adventures, and the greek mythology in this book.  I haven’t finished the series yet, but it is definitely a fun one to sit and read in a day!

So what is your top ten books to read in a day?

 

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Teaser Tuesday (15)

 Tuesday is a weekly meme anyone can take part in, hosted my MizB at Should Be Reading.  To participate all you have to do is get the book you are currently reading, open to a random page, and post a two sentence teaser that doesn’t contain spoilers.  Make sure you don’t forget to let us know the title and author of the book so people can add it to their To Be Read list if they liked the teasing!

Here’s my teaser:

 “The only thing that awaited her at the other end of the tunnel was the surely burned ruins of her childhood home and the men who hunted her.  She turned the handle and pushed.”

A Temptation of Angels
Michelle Zink

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*Review* The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

 The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

374 pages

ISBN: 9780439023481

Read 3-31-12

Source: Own

Format: Paperback

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?
     In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival.

     I loved this book!  It was really good and my heart hurt for the world Katniss lives in.  It is such a horrible place if you live in the districts.  The districts are dingy, starving, and so life-draining for the most part, where as the Capitol is shiny and colorful.  Because of the rebellion from 74 years ago, the children of these districts are the ones having to pay the price for an ongoing punishment by the Capitol.  The Hunger Games are nightmarish and grueling.  This story is intense and there is few places in it that lack interest, if any.
Katniss was a great character, and you could feel her fear, but her bravery also at the different places in the book.  She is definitely a survivor!  Peeta is a very likeable character also and has a charming personality.  I loved Cinna and his calmness.  Between the movie and the book, Cinna is my favorite character transported to the screen.  Lenny Kravitz made an excellent Cinna, so cool and collected.
There is so much I can’t wait to see what happens for the next installment of this series, and also the next movie won’t get here fast enough!  The author’s writing is very straight and to the point, and the descriptions were great, especially at the hallucinations when she thought green pus was oozing everywhere (which still may or may not have happened).  This part may be weird, but did they not used the restroom the whole time they were in the arena?  I know it isn’t necessary to do a whole potty-scene, but there wasn’t even a mention of it.  If I didn’t have so many other books I needed to read this instant, Catching Fire would be the next one in my hand.

Action-packed, un-put-downable, great characters, great descriptions

The book is so full of action, and I probably would have been a lot more anxious if I hadn’t seen the movie first.  Now I am going to talk a little about the book to the big screen.

***Spoiler Alert***     If you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, there are going to be spoilers here!!

I was pleased to notice there weren’t many HUGE differences.  They cut a couple characters, but luckily they were minor for this part of the story.  The thing I wanted to see the most though from the book to the movie that they didn’t have was the creatures at the end that were trying to get them and how they had been genetically altered from the tributes.  That gave me the shivers to know how far the Capitol goes and how very horrible they can be.  Not only do they make kids kills each other, but then they mess with their genes for creating creatures.
I did enjoy how they had the view point from in the arena and outside the arena during the games.  We got to see the reactions of the other districts, such as when Rue died (I gave myself a headache trying not to cry in the movie theater) and Gale’s expression when Katniss kisses Peeta.  Like I said previously, I loved Lenny Kravitz as Cinna!  The costumes in the capitol were amazing and WOW for the flaming costumes for the chariot ride.  Loved it and I can’t wait for the next one!!

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