Sunday, March 31, 2013

Stacking the Shelves [8]

I've started my third stack of TBR books. They're really not that large to tell the truth, I could put them all together and make a large one but I like having them spread around the room.

The books that started this new stack:
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1) Midnight Bayou Buy one get one!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Gone Vintage

Earlier this week I posted my review for the recently (like also this week) published book Going Vintage. In which the main character, Mallory, decided to "go vintage" by giving up all forms of technology that didn't exist 50 years ago, after discovering that her boyfriend cyber-cheated on her.

Well, I've decided to join Mallory.
After reading the first chapter of Mallory deciding to go vintage, I thought "Yes! I'm going to do that too!" Then within the hour I had a list of things I'd have to give up.
After seeing my list I decided that it might be best to see how it works out with Mallory. And after finding out how, for some reason I still want to go through with it.

Luminaire (Florence Waverley #2) - Review

Luminaire (Florence Waverley, #2)Luminaire by Ciye Cho
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published November 28th 2012

Being the only human in a world of merfolk... isn't easy. Florence Waverley chose to stay in Niemela, but things have gone awry. Secrets have risen and the prince she cares about has pulled away. All the while, dark dreams warn her of a tragedy that only she can stop. But in order to save the merman she loves, Florence will have to enter the Life Path tournament: a brutal test of fear and madness.

The tournament is a rite of passage--a maze where young mermaids and mermen battle to find their purpose. It is also a place where Florence will face grave danger: mermaids with evil magic, tunnels filled with sea fire, and guardians who wish to use her as a pawn in their secret plans. But will Florence be strong enough to survive the tournament... or will she perish inside it?

Everything hangs in the balance: her life, her world, and her love.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tune In Tuesday - Phantom of the Opera

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Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! The feature is hosted by Ginger over at GReads! but until further notice you can find it over at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands.

Did I mention I'm almost done with the musicals?
Thankfully next month has a theme because I have no idea what I'd post.
For my third to last post I've picked:

Going Vintage - Review

Going VintageGoing Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published: March 26th 2013 by Bloomsbury

When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars).
The List:
1. Run for pep club secretary
2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
3. Sew a dress for Homecoming
4. Find a steady
5. Do something dangerous
But simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory’s present. Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club president–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far.

Monday, March 25, 2013

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.

With the week off I'm hoping to finish a lot of books.
First day out look: not so good.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Saturday Snapshot [8]

For more Saturday Snapshots see Alyce’s blog At Home With Books

At the end of last year I said I was going to share pictures from my trip to Italy and then suddenly stopped, I did explain in my last post what happened . And I figured now would be a good time to go back to that.

Pisa.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Vacant - Review

Vacant [Adult version]Vacant [Adult version] by Evelyn R. Baldwin
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Published February 23rd 2013 by Mayhem Erotica

Ethan Parker gets up every day, surviving the only way he knows how—alone. Orphaned as a child and forced into the child welfare system, he knows better than to depend on anyone but himself. He’s learned trust is a word used all too often, but rarely earned. Ethan believes that his best chance for maintaining a simple and solitary existence is to live by a simple mantra: Don’t get involved. Keep things simple. Take care of yourself! When a young woman moves in next door, Ethan is forced to reevaluate his beliefs. He tries to keep his distance, but his new neighbor’s infectious smile and outlook on life leave him struggling with the decision of living the life he knows, or taking a chance on the unexpected. As Ethan develops a relationship with his new neighbor, Emily, he realizes nothing is simple and learns that life is about more than just surviving... it’s about living.

**This version contains sexual content only suitable for adult audiences.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tune In Tuesday - Nine

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Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! The feature is hosted by Ginger over at GReads! but until further notice you can find it over at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands.

I recently checked and came to the conclusion that I'm almost done with the musicals.
We're almost there!
"Almost" that I might just throw them all together and be done with them.
Just like I wanted to do with this week's.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Trilogy: A Collection - Review

Trilogy cover.jpgTrilogy: A Collection by Prudence MacGregor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published December 27th 2012 by Outskirts Press

Trilogy: A Collection is comprised of three stories, all of which have an otherworldly, paranormal theme to them. Each of the main characters in these stories wrestles with extraordinary circumstances in an otherwise ostensibly ordinary world. All of the tales have their own moral and life lessons, which Prudence MacGregor aims for each reader to individually formulate, as life itself is not clear cut and is at the mercy of the subjective. Journey with the stories main characters as they navigate the unplumbed depths of the unknown.
The first story, Parallelograms, centers on protagonist Justine, a determined yet troubled young woman who, quite by accident, discovers that she has a double and thus finds herself facing unexpected and ultimately terrifying consequences. Her previously tightly controlled world spins out of control, causing her to question her very existence.
The second story in the trilogy, Random, concerns Ulyssa, a young woman who is intrigued by the possibility of releasing a balloon with a note and seeing where it lands. This seemingly innocent activity will take her down a dark path, the circumstances of which may or may not be resolved. This will conflict with the outwardly picture perfect world that she thought she inhabited.
The final title, Up There, focuses on Gregory, an unassuming office worker who is fascinated by the airplanes he sees in the sky. Quite by accident he meets Sherry, a beautiful motivational speaker who just may have a connection to one of the planes he has seen. An activity he previously saw as harmless and a bit innocuous -watching planes fly overhead and guessing their destinations - turns questionable and ultimately forces him to take a look at his world: is it real or has it always been an illusion?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Lash - Cover Reveal

Decades after being banished from Heaven for saving a life he shouldn’t have, seraph Lash is given a chance to redeem himself. His mission: protect Naomi Duran, a young woman who has lost her faith. The assignment proves to be anything but simple when his superiors, the Archangels, withhold key information about Naomi and refuse to restore Lash’s powers. When an unexpected source reveals centuries-old secrets, his trust is shaken to the core, and he begins to doubt those whom he had once considered to be his greatest allies.
Determined to avoid anything that would risk his chances of returning to Heaven, Lash struggles with the greatest obstacle of all—his growing feelings for Naomi. But when her life is threatened by an unknown source, Lash questions the wisdom of the Archangels and his ability to keep her safe.

Soon, Lash will have to choose where to place his faith—in the home he has fought so hard to regain or in the forbidden love he can’t bear to lose.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Loved, The Lost, The Dreaming - Book Tour

 
The Loved, The Lost, The DreamingNightmares bleed into the waking world. Featuring a full-length novel, "The Underlighters", and eleven stand-alone short stories, this collection blends fairy tales, horror, and science fiction. A city of shadows lurks underground. Restless ghosts, eerie dolls, and spiteful stepmothers wait among other dreams. These are haunting stories of love, madness and small disasters.

"The Underlighters" is a dystopian horror coming-of-age adventure that follows the life of Janelle Cohen from insignificance to bitter-sweet triumph. "Footsteps in the Snow" is a Lovecraftian nightmare set in a Canadian winter. "A Shot of Vodka", a darkly realistic exploration of life after trauma, rounds out the collection. More and stranger stories fill in the gaps.

This genre-breaking anthology is a new and ferocious look at the frailty of the human condition. Gender and sexual mores are rewritten; dreams and reality merge. Primal fears take physical form. This beautifully-written thrill ride will captivate you long after the last page.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tune In Tuesday - West Side Story

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Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music!
 
Last week I made a joke about how I could continue connecting musicals by the actors.
I could, but don't want to.
Mainly because my three (or four) choices were:

Monday, March 11, 2013

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.

I recently realized that I haven't done this since the end of the last year. I'm currently working on a plan that will hopefully make me a better blogger. Or at least more consistence, less "It's been so long since I've done this", intros.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tune in Tuesday - Hairspray

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Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! The feature is hosted by Ginger over at GReads! but until further notice you can find it over at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands.

For my very late music post, and I don't just mean late in the day I mean late I wanted this to be a follow up to my last post 6 weeks ago.

So. Oh so long ago, like back when I was still 22.
Or like I said 6 weeks ago, I posted videos from Bye, Bye Birdie the movie, the original musical and the revival staring John Stamos.
So I thought it'd be cute to follow that up with videos from Hairspray.

Top Ten Series I'd Like To Start

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

This list is kind of funny since at the start of the year I said I wasn't starting any new series until I either finish the ones I've started or at least read the next book in the series if I already own it. Right now I have 4 left.
Of course that is if I don't buy any before I finish them.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Stacking the Shelves [7]

Last week I went to the library and got a new card after 10 years. Which made me think of all those years in high school when I would go to the mall and buy a bunch of books too often.
Money well spent in the end but hindsight the library would have been so much easier, not to mention closer.
And in hindsight to that comment, I just remembered that in high school there were 3 bookstores all a block or two away from each other, which have since closed, so I kind of makes sense that I would say that now.

New books:

Friday, March 1, 2013

Daughter of the Goddess - Review

Daughter of the GoddessDaughter of the Goddess by Rita Webb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published July 20th 2012 by Robot Playground Inc

The Heart.
The God of Love seeks a bride who is pure in heart and full of life—full of soul. Instead of a woman, he finds a child with laughter in her heart. Waiting for her to grow up, he befriends her, pretending to be nothing more than a blue-eyed boy with wild, tangled hair.

The Soul.
Left on the temple doorstep, a young girl turns the lives of the priestesses upside down . . . until one summer day before her eighteenth birthday, a traveling oracle tells her she is to marry a stranger in a foreign land.

The Nightmare.
An ancient demon—half-man, half-snake—wants to destroy anything the gods love. When she was a child, he haunted her dreams, but now he stalks her across the countryside. If he catches her, he’ll devour her.