Friday, March 30, 2012

Intangible & Intuition - Reviews

IntangibleIntangible by J. Meyers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published January 31st 2012

Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.

Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Literally Dead - FREE For 2 Days

Literally Dead by James Conroy will be available free on Kindle for two days staring Friday 30.

In the midst of the Great Depression, one man must do battle against corruption with nothing but his wits and a host of great literary figures…

Amos Jansen is merely a clerk. He is not a crime fighter, the next great writer, or a man of privilege. He is the humble employee of a Chicago literary society. That is, until he is arrested for murder.

The scapegoat of a perfidious lieutenant, Jansen stands wrongly accused while his idols rally around him. Literary personalities the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Nelson Algren, and H.L. Mencken, as well as civil liberties war-horse Clarence Darrow, join Amos in his search for the real murderer of both the society's vice-chairman and his own father.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Dusty Reads (8)

Dusty Reads is a weekly meme hosted by Xpresso Reads, featuring a book that has been sitting unread on a home shelf for some time.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Top Ten Books I'd Play Hooky With

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Well if this isn't an invitation to fill up up a list with Meg Cabot books I don't know what it. Alright I won't do that, maybe.
I'm going to try to go back a few years when my reading habits were a bit different. Mainly I would read when I could, as to now when I read every chance I get, and that's a lot.

I read a lot more now then I did then, but it was also that I would reread a lot at the time also. I was easily addicted to them they were so good, I would finish them quicker and would put anything off for them. (Don't worry I was already, and still am, a homebody so I really didn't miss much.) So this is my list for top ten books I might have actually played hooky with:

Monday, March 26, 2012

It's Monday! / Challenge Update

It's Monday. What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we have been reading and what we plan to read this week.

Unfortunately  I didn't get to do a lot of reading this past week. I did finish The Belly Dancer, which I mentioned in my last It's Monday post. I did start working on Intangible.

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Hunger Games - Non-review

This isn't a review since I haven't seen the movie yet, and I probably won't until next week either. This is just something I was inspired to write last night, you see I was up at midnight, just not at any screenings, no I was up sick.
I actually woke up and 12:06 and thought "Hmm, the movie started, I wonder how it's going." That's one (or only) good thing  about when I get sick; my mind just goes off on it's own. Add in that my mind naturally does that when I'm up at night and I can come up with some strange, random and interesting things.
The bad thing is that, I'm in no mood to write at that time, my mind moves to quickly anyway - last night I went from The Hunger Games to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to King Arthur- so when it comes time to write up what I thought it rarely goes well.

But this post was mainly just to look back on the anticipation from the last few months.
And also to say goodbye to the countdown:

Meg Cabot Fans Unite!

Have I mentioned that I'm a HUGE Meg Cabot fan? Wait make that have I mentioned lately? Well if you happened to read last weeks Top 10 YA books, you'll know that the answer is Yes.
I've also mentioned that no list of mine is complete without Meg Cabot, she's like my version of comfort food. No matter the book it just feels like a safe zone when I read it.
Therefore there's no real reason to mention it again, but I am anyway!
That's because it turns out Mandy over at The Romance Bookie is as equally obsessed with Meg Cabot as I am.  So we've decided to get our fellow bloggers slash Meg Cabot fans together for a two month event celebrating all things Meg Cabot.
Presenting the Meg-a-Readers Blog Hop!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tune In Tuesday

Tune In Tuesday is a fun weekly post hosted by Ginger at GReads

I'm thinking of picking a theme for these, it might be a little weird though since I only post twice a month.
It's a thought, anyway, no theme this week just a new Josh Turner video!

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Hunger Games vs. Twilight

Update Tuesday March 20.
I guess I should have written something up to go with this. Mainly my opinion.
I just kind of threw it out there. But thanks for, you know, not sending me angry comments on how it's so stupid to compare the two. Seeing as how one is awesome and the other isn't.
Alright, honestly? I've yet to read Twilight, and only cared to watch the first two movies. But then again, I haven't seen The Hunger Games movie yet either.
For me I lean towards The Hunger Games because I've never had a huge book to movie franchise to look forward to.
And all those angry anti-comparison people are actually right, there shouldn't be a comparison. It's apples to oranges really.

The Hunger Games | Twilight | New Moon | Eclipse | Breaking Dawn | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 | The Hunger Games: Mockingjay | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | Donald Sutherland | Josh Hutcherson | Taylor Lautner | Robert Pattinson | Michael Sheen | Kristen Stewart | Jennifer Lawrence | Liam Hemsworth | Hollywood Dailies | Movie Trailer | Review

Friday, March 16, 2012

Ugly To Start With

Ugly to Start With
Ugly to Start With by John Michael Cummings
Published October 1st 2011 by West Virginia University Press 

Jason Stevens is growing up in picturesque, historic Harpers Ferry, West Virginia in the 1970s. Back when the roads are smaller, the cars slower, the people more colorful, and Washington, D.C. is way across the mountains—a winding sixty-five miles away.
Jason dreams of going to art school in the city, but he must first survive his teenage years. He witnesses a street artist from Italy charm his mother from the backseat of the family car. He stands up to an abusive husband—and then feels sorry for the jerk. He puts up with his father’s hard-skulled backwoods ways, his grandfather’s showy younger wife, and the fist-throwing schoolmates and eccentric mountain characters that make up Harpers Ferry—all topped off by a basement art project with a girl from the poor side of town.
Ugly to Start With punctuates the exuberant highs, bewildering midpoints, and painful lows of growing up, and affirms that adolescent dreams and desires are often fulfilled in surprising ways.

Author Interview - Andy Gavin

Enter the Luck 'O the Irish giveaway for a chance to win The Darkening Dream.

Andy Gavin is an unstoppable storyteller who studied for his Ph.D. at M.I.T. and founded video game developer Naughty Dog, Inc. at the age of fifteen, serving as co-president for two decades. There he created, produced, and directed over a dozen video games, including the award winning and best selling Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter franchises, selling over 40 million units worldwide. He sleeps little, reads novels and histories, watches media obsessively, travels, and of course, writes.

Luck 'O the Irish Giveaway

Happy St. Patrick's Day, or you know Happy Another Good Day for a Giveaway Day, if you're not in to this sort of thing. I wasn't, talk about a day to be judge for what you're wearing or you know, not.

And it turns out wearing green was considered bad luck:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Dusty Reads (7)

Dusty Reads is a weekly meme hosted by Xpresso Reads, featuring a book that has been sitting unread on a home shelf for some time.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Top 10 Young Adult Books

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Why did I choose young adult? Simply because it's my most read genre. Classics came in second but I feel those would require some explanation.
Plus the great thing about young adult is that it's a mix of multiple genres.

Monday, March 12, 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It's Monday. What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we have been reading and what we plan to read this week.

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Darkening Dream - Review

The Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published January 10th 2012 by Mascherato Publishing

Even as the modern world pushes the supernatural aside in favor of science and steel, the old ways remain. God, demon, monster, and sorcerer alike plot to regain what was theirs.
1913, Salem, Massachusetts – Sarah Engelmann’s life is full of friends, books, and avoiding the pressure to choose a husband, until an ominous vision and the haunting call of an otherworldly trumpet shake her. When she stumbles across a gruesome corpse, she fears that her vision was more of a premonition. And when she sees the murdered boy moving through the crowd at an amusement park, Sarah is thrust into a dark battle she does not understand.
With the help of Alex, an attractive Greek immigrant who knows a startling amount about the undead, Sarah sets out to uncover the truth. Their quest takes them to the factory mills of Salem, on a midnight boat ride to spy on an eerie coastal lair, and back, unexpectedly, to their own homes. What can Alex’s elderly, vampire-hunting grandfather and Sarah’s own rabbi father tell them? And what do Sarah’s continuing visions reveal?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tune In Tuesday

Tune In Tuesday is a fun weekly post hosted by Ginger at GReads.

Merry Go Round- JaneDear Girls

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mini-Book Charms

Last month I won the Follower Love Giveaway at Word Spelunking, so I'd like to take this moment to thank Aeicha.

I received a very awesome book charm necklace made by Abby at chezfrancais.

(The color is actually a lot brighter)
I chose Michelle Jaffe's Bad Kitty, and trust me it wasn't an easy choice. I'm so in love with these book charms, I might get one for The Hunger Games

Friday, March 2, 2012

"To Do" #5 - Archery

This is a list of things to do in my life. I'm making it because I'm big on life experiences.
They are things I'd like to experience in my life, however small, although very few actually are.
The items on this list are not in any specific order.

This week's To Do is bought to you by a comment I made earlier this week:
"3. You are a tribute and your mentor is planning the best strategy for you to win. What do you think will be your best selling attribute and/or skill?
... I'd love to say I'm awesome with a bow and arrow but sadly I've never gotten to use one, totally on my list though.