Friday, August 30, 2013

Escape from Eden - Review

Escape from EdenEscape from Eden by Elisa Nader
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published August 18th 2013 by Merit Press

Since the age of ten, Mia has lived under the iron fist of the fundamentalist preacher who lured her mother away to join his fanatical family of followers. In Edenton, a supposed “Garden of Eden” deep in the South American jungle, everyone follows the Reverend’s strict but arbitrary rules—even the mandate of whom they can marry. Now sixteen, Mia dreams of slipping away from the armed guards who keep the faithful in, and the curious out. When the rebellious and sexy Gabriel, a new boy, arrives with his family, Mia sees a chance to escape.

But the scandalous secrets the two discover beyond the compound’s façade are more shocking than anything they ever imagined. While Gabriel has his own terrible secrets, he and Mia bond together, more than friends and freedom fighters. But is there time to think of each other as they race to stop the Reverend’s paranoid plan to free his flock from the corrupt world? Can two teenagers crush a criminal mastermind? And who will die in the fight to save the ones they love from a madman who’s only concerned about his own secrets?

Meg-a-Readers Week 9

Slow week for the Meg-a-Readers.

Still going on last week's giveaway for The Boy Next Door:

The Boy Next Door (Boy, #1)

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Top Ten Most Favorite Secondary Characters

I just looked through a few blogs that I follow and a few already have their Wednesday post up; and me, I'm barely getting to my Tuesday post.
I still have four hours in the day.
Of course I did spend four and a half hours watching the Pretty Little Liars marathon. I had to catch my mom up.
That's a perfect excuse.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Meg-a-Readers Week 8 + Giveaway!

Wow this week went by too fast. Next thing you know we'll be posting the final Meg-a-Readers post.
And we're only a month away from the release of The Bride Wore Size 12. Which means reviews will be going up shortly.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tune In Tuesday

You know what the worst kind of lazy is? When you don't even have a reason for it (by which I mean procrastination and such).
Although I guess a whole week of class might qualify. But I doubt it.
This past week my mind has been so muddled that I don't even think I've realized that a week has gone by.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

A to Z Survey

I wrote this post up last week but apparently didn't hit the button to actually post it. Story of my life, I always finish things but never put them where they belong.
From The Perpetual Page Turner the A to Z Survey.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Meg-a-Readers Week 7

So concludes week seven of the Meg-a-Readers, I more or less, more than less, ended up checking out this week since classes started this week.

Demon's Grip - Review

Demon's GripDemon's Grip by Tahlia Newland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published June 25th 2013 by Catapult Press

Demon slayer, Ariel Malony, thought she knew her friend and travelling companion, Nick, but she discovers that at the University of Sheldra, he is a respected translator with little time to spare. Now that he isn't at her side all the time, she wishes he was, and when she finally admits her love, powerful emotions sweep her away like flotsam in a raging torrent.

An army of demons force them to cut short their stay and from the gothic architecture of Sheldra, they travel between enormous standing stones, and across a vast dry plain to the ancient granite walls of the Hermitage where Ariel meets her greatest challenge yet.

There, the demon lord, Emot takes advantage of her inexperience in matters of the heart and preys on her desire for pleasure, setting off a struggle with addiction that threatens to break Nick's heart and turn Ariel into the demon's mindless slave. She must reach deep into her soul and find the mystical power she needs to kill the one who promises pleasure but delivers only pain. Fail, and she will lose the one she loves and spend an eternity in the demon's grip.

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Princess Diaries Revisited: Forever Princess

And we've come to the last of The Princess Diaries series: Forever Princess.
Check out a recap of all things Meg-a-Readers for this week.

What's a Princess to do?

It's Mia's senior year, and things seem great. She aced her senior project, got accepted to her dream college(s), and has her eighteenth birthday gala coming up . . . not to mention prom, graduation, and Genovia's first-ever elections. What's not to love about her life? Well . . . everyone adores her dreamy boyfriend, J.P., but Mia is not sure he's the one. Her first love, Michael, is back from Japan . . . and back in her life. That senior project? It's a romance novel she secretly wrote, and no one wants to publish it. And her father is losing in the Genovian polls--to Mia's loathsome cousin Rene!

With not just Genovia's but her own future hanging in the balance, Mia's got some choices to make. And what she decides might determine not just the next four years but . . . forever!

Meg-a-Readers Week 6

And there goes week six of the Meg-a-Readers, also known as the halfway point, which is also known as read-a-thon week.
For me here it was pretty much known as Princess Diaries week. By Thursday's post I started wondering how many times I'd written the word "princess."

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Quotable Quotes - The Princess Diaries

Since I've pretty much made it Princess Diaries week on the blog I thought it'd be appropriate to continue that theme with this week's quotes.

This is actually the second time I'm devoting a Quotable Quotes to just the Princess Diaries having done so during last year's Meg-a-Readers.

The Princess Diaries Revisited 8 & 9

Ask Meg Cabot a Question!
The Princess Diaries, Princess in the Spotlight, Princess in Love
Princess in Waiting, Princess in Pink, Princess in Training
The Princess Present, Party Princess, Sweet Sixteen Princess, Valentine Princess

At last, Mia is a junior. An upper classperson. Free of her responsibilities as student body president. So why is it that everything is going so terribly wrong? What is she doing in Intro to Creative Writing? When she has made it through Algebra and Geometry, why must she be faced with Precalculus? And for the love of all that is Genovian, why has Lilly nominated her for school prez again?
All this is nothing compared to the news Michael springs on her, however. On top of all the mathematical strife, her beloved boyfriend is leaving for Japan for a year. Precalc has nothing on preparing for the worst separation ever!
Turns out there is one way she might convince Michael to stay. But will she? Or won't she? No matter what, Mia seems headed for disaster.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Princess Diaries Revisited 6.5-7.75

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Monday's Post: The Princess Diaries, Princess in the Spotlight, Princess in Love
Tuesday's Post: Princess in Waiting, Princess in Pink, Princess in Training

Today I'm covering Party Princess and the halves surrounding it. Since I don't have convenient access to my bookshelf I wasn't able to reread the halves so only Party Princess has a new review.

Mia would give all the jewels in Genovia for the perfect present
Every year, Princess Mia spends the holidays in Genovia with Grandmère. This year, she's looking forward to the most perfect Christmas ever: her boyfriend, Michael, and her best friend, Lilly, are coming to Genovia, too.
But even a princess's plans can go awry. Lilly has a lot to learn about palace protocol, and with all the state holiday functions Mia must attend, there's no time to linger under the mistletoe with Michael. Worst of all, Mia hasn't been able to find him the perfect gift.
Can Mia stop her (bah-hum)bugging long enough to see that the perfect present has nothing to do with international express courier -- and everything to do with real love? (Though some shiny silver ribbon never hurts ...)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tune In Tuesday - Blake Shelton

Ask Meg Cabot a Question!

I've had this song in mind since my last Tune In post, which was long enough ago.
When I stop participating I really stop. It was a hard July, but so far August has been pretty good.
And with that I probably jinxed it.

The Princess Diaries Revisited 4-6

Never before has the world seen such a princess.

Nor have her own subjects, for that matter. Mia's royal introduction to Genovia has mixed results: while her fashion sense is widely applauded, her position on the installation of public parking meters is met with resistance.

But the politics of bureaucracy are nothing next to Mia's real troubles. Between canceled dates with her long—sought—after royal consort, a second semester of the dreaded Algebra, more princess lessons from Grandmère as a result of the Genovian parking—meter thing, and the inability to stop gnawing on her fingernails, isn't there anything Mia is good at besides inheriting an unwanted royal title?

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Princess Diaries Revisited 1-3

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This week marks the halfway point of this year's Meg-a-Readers, which means that this week is the Meg Cabot read-a-thon.

June marked 10 years since I first read The Princess Diaries (my first Meg experience was in May but I always say it was made official in June) so I decided to revisit the series this year since I probably haven't read them since maybe 2007. And this was a series that I was constantly rereading  -although the same could be said about all of Meg Cabot's books.

Chances are that by that August 10 years ago I was already rereading The Princess Diaries for the third time. And I do have the memory of caring it around with me that summer, I don't think I read it while out though I just liked having it there, it was like my teenaged security blanket.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Meg-a-Readers Week 5 Recap/ Ask Meg Cabot a Question

We have great news for you guys this week, once again Meg has shown how awesome she is by agreeing to another interview this year (check out last year's HERE) but this time around we want YOU to ask the questions!
Ask away in the comments section below and then check back at the end of the Meg-a-Readers(Sept. 28) to see if your questions were answered.