Sunday, December 29, 2013

End Of 2013 Book Survey!

I have seen about 6 different blogs that have done this survey and I loved the questions so I figured I would do the survey as well! Hope you enjoy!

1. Best book you read in 2013?
Tiger's Destiny by Colleen Houck

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn't?
Beowulf : I was so excited to read this book and have been holding off for quite some time but when I actually read it I thought it was just a bunch of jumbled chatter and left a lot unsaid which was sad.

3. Most surprising (in a good way) book of 2013?
What Do You Want To Do Before You Die by The Buried Life : Love love LOVED this book!

4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people the most in 2013?
Wake by Amanda Hocking

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
The Daughter Of The Forest series by Juliet Marillier

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013? 
Tammara Webber

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne Valente : This book was in the Western section at the library and I loved it!

8. Most thrilling unputdownable book in 2013?
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

9. Book you read in 2013, that you are most likely to re-read next year? 
the Little Book Of Hindu Deities by Sanjay Patel  : This book was a gift from Skeletor last year and I love how cute the pictures are and also you learn while looking at the cuteness.


10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare: I love all her covers for her books but the Infernal Devices series are by far my favorite!


11. Most memorable character from a book read in 2013?
Lucas from Easy by Tammara Webber : like anyone can forget the hottness!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho : I can't believe I waited this long to read this lovely book.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho & What Do You Want To Do Before You Die by The Buried Life

14. Book that you can't believe you waited until 2013 to read?
Scott Pilgrim series by Bryan Lee O'Malley

15. What is your favorite quote from a book you read in 2013?
"Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity" - The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

16. What is your shortest and longest books you read in 2013?
Shortes: My Brother's Book by Maurice Sendak
Longest: Daughter Of The Forest by Juliet Marillier

17. book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it?
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare : I almost ruined the story for a friend because I wanted to talk about it so badly.

18. Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2013?
Will Herondale and Tessa Gray from Clockwork Princess : I have been waiting for those two to get together and I was so happy when they finally did!

19. Favorite book you read in 2013 from an author you've read previously? 
  Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

20. Best book you read in 2013 based soley on a recommendation from somebody else? 
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card


21. Genre you read most in 2013?
Manga!


22. Newest fictional book crush from a book you read in 2013?
Peter Parker from Mary Jane by Judith O'Brien


23. Best 2013 debut you read?
What Do You Want To Do Before You Die by The Buried Life


24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013? 
Italy from Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter


25. Book that was the most fun to read in 2013?
Scott Pilgrim!


26. Book that made you cry/almost cry in 2013? 
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare : I did cry :(


27. Book you read in 2013 that you think got overlooked this year or when it came out? 
The Search For Artemis by P.D. Griffith  : This book wasn't bad.


28. One book you didn't get to in 2013, but will be your number one priority in 2014?
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell  &
Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

29. Book you are most anticipating in 2014 (non-debut)? 
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


30. Which 2014 debut are you most anticipating? 
Breakable by Tammara Webber &
Stolen Songbird by Danielle I. Jensen

31. A series ending you are most anticipating in 2014?
The Watersong series by Amanda Hocking

I actually made my reading goal this year on Goodreads and I hope that next year will be even better! 




Friday, December 20, 2013

The History of Yule!!!

Yule is a religious festival observed by the historical Germanic peoples, later being absorbed and equated with the christian festival of Christmas. The celebration of Yule is thought to be connected to the Wild Hunt, the God Odin and the pagan Anglo Saxon Modranicht.
Yule was originally celebrated for two months starting around mid-November and going until early January. Haakon l of Norway is given credit for the Christianization of Norway as well as the rescheduling of the date of Yule to coincide with the Christian celebrations held at the time. When Haakon l arrived in Norway he was a Christian, but the land was still altogether heathen and the people retained their Pagan practices. Haakon hid his Christian beliefs to receive the help of the Great Chieftan's of the area. Eventually Haakon had a law passed that would make Yule celebrations take place at the same time as the Christian Christmas. At that time everyone was to have ale for the celebration with a measure of grain, or pay a fine.
In the original celebrations of Yule it was custom to sacrifice and all farmers were to come to the temple,bringing with them the food they needed while the feast lasted. All that attended the feast were to take par in the drinking of ale. A lot of livestock was sacrificed including horses, the blood was then smeared all over the walls of the temple and the men who attended. The meat from the sacrificed animals was then boiled for the feast in large kettles which hung over a large fire in the middle of the temple floor. The Chieftan then blessed the meat and toasts were made to the Gods.
Yule begins at sunset on December 20th and goes until January 1st.

How To Set Up A Yule Altar
Winter has begun so use colder colors such as blues,silvers,whites,and make sure to find ways to include greens and reds for the season. Dark greens are always good. For Candles use silver, gold, green, red, or white.
Yule is meant to celebrate the Suns return so make sure to add solar symbols to your table. It doesn't have to be a sun statue a simple shinny gold object to represent the sun works just fine, a yellow or gold candle would also work.
Now here is the fun part go crazy with the rest of the decor! You could add a Yule log, Yule tree, reindeer, antlers, holly, mistletoe, even a Santa! Have fun with your Yule altar. Feel free to also add an offering for the Gods.

Fun Facts About Yule/Christmas!
1. Mistletoe - Before the ritual of kissing under the mistletoe it was believed that mistletoe possessed life bestowing properties and was associated with fertility.
2. Yule Log - The Yule log was originally a whole tree, that was chosen and brought into the house with great ceremony. The largest end of the log would be lit from the remains of the previous year which had been stored away and slowly fed into the fire through the twelve days of Christmas.
3. Santa Clause - The 6th of December is Saint Nicholas day and was based off Saint Nicholas of Myra. Saint Nicholas of Myra was famous for his generosity.
Santa himself is also associated with supernatural occurrences like the Wild Hunt which is frequently attested as the God Odin.

I hope you learned at least one thing from my Yule entry :) I hope you and your family have a Merry Yule and Blessed Be!

Below is a picture of my Yule Altar!


  

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Andrew's Brain by E.L. Doctorow BOOK REVIEW!!!


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Title: Andrew's Brain

Author: E.L. Doctorow

Publisher: Random House



This book is about a man named Andrew and the story follows Andrew through his life through stories that he tells to a doctor.
The story starts off with Andrew holding his infant daughter while standing in the snow in front of his ex wife's house. Andrew's just lost his wife and now broken hearted he is left with a small child. He doesn't know what to do, he loves his daughter but deep down he doesn't know what to do about taking care of a child. At his current state of mind he is not able to give his daughter the life she deserves and he knows one person who could. When Andrew was married to his first wife they had a child together but the child died young which led to the divorce. Now Andrew must beg for his first wife to take his new daughter and accept her as if she were hers.
No questions asked when the door was opened she took the baby and then Andrew was left alone. Depressed and alone Andrew is left with himself and his memories of his lost love.
Life alone is much different than being married and having a child. Andrew begins to bounce from job to job teaching. Moving from place to place meeting a whole lot of interesting people. Life seems like it is getting better until Andrew goes o work for the president which seems like an awesome job until things start to fall apart.

Rating:






Thoughts: This book was really well written to the point were I finished the book even though shortly after starting the book I knew it wasn't really a book for me. What I didn't like about the book was mostly that the story itself was choppy and jumped from one thought to another which at times made it confusing. I also felt that the story was a bit to depressing and I hated how without warning the story just ended. The whole book left a lot unsaid but I do feel like I got something out of it. This author deserves a closer look none the less.


Quotes: "True happiness comes of not knowing how happy you are. It's an animal serenity, something between contentment and joy, a steadiness of the belonged self in the world."



Friday, November 22, 2013

Tidal by Amanda Hocking BOOK REIVEW!!!

                                                         
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Title: Tidal

Author: Amanda Hocking

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin New York


The first chapter starts with Gemma being on a date with a new guy. His name is Kirby and though he is a nice guy Gemma doesn't feel close to him like she did with Alex. She picked him out for that reason because if she doesn't feel drawn to him sexually then she doesn't have to worry about losing control to the bird side of her curse. To bad Kirby isn't as withdrawn with the relationship as Gemma.

Penn, Lexi,and Thea are trying to make the most of the small town of Capri Penn has her eye on Daniel and agrees to hang around the town for Gemma at least for a little while until she finds a replacement. During this time Penn turns her attention mostly to Daniel who is immune to Penn's song. Since there has only ever been one other man who was immune to Penn's song Penn wants to find out if there is any relation between Daniel and the only guy Penn has ever loved.

Harper is worried, it is getting closer to the start of her first year of college and that means Harper will have to leave behind her father, Gemma, and her boy friend Daniel. Though college is only an hour away there will be no way that Harper can prevent Gemma from getting into danger. Harper has to break the curse that is on Gemma or she will never be able to have a normal life.
Gemma and Harper with the help of Harper's friend Marcy learn from an eccentric book store owner that for any curse there must be a paper or scroll with details about the curse. If you can destroy the scroll you can destroy the curse. There is only one thing though, the destruction of the scroll could mean the death of Penn, Lexi, and Thea. Even though Gemma and Harper don't mind Thea her death is a risk that they are willing to make. Now the search is on to find the scroll before Penn knows they are even looking for it.

Daniel is doing great he has a home now on his own island and an awesome girl friend (Harper).
Life is good for Daniel...that is if you look past the fact that Penn is stalking him now. No matter where he goes Penn is either there or shows up just to flirt with him. Even though he hates Penn he must stay on her good side or it cold mean the death of Gemma. That simple tolerance seems to work for a short time until Penn starts to want more. Penn strikes a deal with Daniel, sleep with her once or she will kill Harper and Gemma. One night with Penn will mean protection for the ones he loves. Daniel knows it would break Harper's heart but it has become necessary in order to keep her and her sister alive.

Alex has changed, he has become a walking shell of a person and he doesn't know why. He knows he used to care for Gemma but now he can't even stand the sound of her name. Why can't he remember their break up? Alex becomes plagued by thoughts of Gemma and he doesn't know why. Why does he feel this way? Why can't he remember? Those are the questions that constantly play in Alex's mind as he slowly starts to slip into madness.


Rating:






Thoughts: I love how Amanda Hocking picks the story right up from the last book. I also love where the story is going and am so far happy with the series!



Quotes:  "There's so much magic in the world, so much more than I'd ever believed there could be.
                 We've only just seen the tip of it."
                "Life would be so much simpler if it worked out like a cartoon."





Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Ender's Game MOVIE REVIEW!!! WARNING!!!! spoiler alert!



Ok I was really excited to see this and now I wish I wouldn't have...

 I figured that they would have to cut some things out for the movie but I wasn't aware of the fact that they would fuck the whole thing up. They cut so much out of the movie that if you hadn't read the book you probably wouldn't have known what the hell was going on. These are some of the problems I had with the movie...

1. They characters were hard to like because there wasn't really any emotion and the acting was sort of monotone.

2. Valentine was only seen a couple of times in the movie and she never stayed longer than 5 minutes and Peter was only seen once for a short time. The whole Newsnet drama that Peter and Valentine were a part of in the book that played a major part in the story was cut out of the movie completely.

3. You didn't really get to see the mental abuse that was put on the children of the battle school and you barely saw any of the stress that was put on them as well. Also the corruption in the battle school with the battle room games that were being rigged was cut out of the movie as well.

4. Ender's isolation was only shown a couple of times when in the book he was isolated for most of the story.

5. The mind game which played a HUGE part in the book was only seen twice in the movie and once again it was only for a short period of time and it wasn't really explained so if you didn't read the book you wouldn't know that things were appearing because he was thinking them.

6. Important people that were met in battle school where all swapped around and one of the platoons was cut completely out. Also the movie put Bean in the same launch group as Ender when in the book he didn't show up until later. Rat platoon was cut completely and because Dink who was in Rat is an important part of the story and couldn't be cut they placed him in Salamander.

7. In the book Ender gets in many fights and as a result Stilson (the bully from school) and Bonzo (bully from battle school) end up dieing. Granted you did get to see Ender beat them up but the fact that he actually killed them was cut from the movie. 

8. There was little light shown on the fact that Ender struggled with himself inside over the fact that he was to violent and it was only ever mentioned one time during the movie. The fact that he had nightmares about the buggers was also cut from the movie.

9. During battle school Ender becomes so good at the battle game that holds his own training sessions in which other kids in the school were welcome to join and in the book you were able to witness their developing of skill in the game. That was cut from the movie in fact you didn't really get to see just how crafty Ender was in battle strategy.

10. After the final battle Ender falls into a deep sleep under the stress of killing the buggers and hundreds of soldiers and in the time that he is asleep war breaks out on Earth to the point that Ender will not be allowed to ever return. That was cut from the movie and so was the fact that Ender becomes governor of his own colony and Valentine come from Earth to join him in governing that was all cut from the movie.

11. In the book there was a complete lack of protection for the students at the battle school and it was mostly just Ender who was a victim because of this. That leads to the court martial of Colonial Graff because of the death of Bonzo which you never saw because it was cut from the movie.

12. There was no sense of time in the movie. The jumbled up scenes made it seem as though everything happened all within a month when it fact it was years. You really got to see that during the lake scene when Ender goes on strike at the battle school and is sent to a home next to the lake to rest. In the movie it seemed like Ender was there for just a day when it fact it was like 3 months before he went back to space for the final battle.

13. In the book a few years after the final battle Ender writes a book called Speaker Of The Dead  that was never shown or mentioned in the movie.


RATING:






Thoughts: Everything aside the movie was visually appealing and there were SOME good moments in the movie (Bean being a smartass). Also I do love some of the actors that were used in the movie BUT unless you have never read the book I would say save your money and wait until it comes out on DVD.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

What Do You Want To Do Before You Die by The Buried Life BOOK REVIEW!

                                                       
                                                     



Title: What Do You Want To Do Before You Die

Author: Jonnie Penn, Duncan Penn, Dave Lingwood, and Ben Nemtin

Publisher: Artisan



This book is based off the MTV show The Buried Life...
Four college students from Canada wanted to accomplish all the things on their bucket list which has 100 things the four guys wished to do before they died. They created a company called The Buried Life which was named after a poem written in 1852 by Matthew Arnold which is also called The Buried Life. The first thing that came from this was a documentary titled The Buried Life: What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? The documentary follows the four guys as they travel across North America to accomplish everything on their bucket list. The documentary did so well that the four were contacted by MTV and were asked if they would like to create a show which would allow people to follow them throughout their journey. They said yes of course and the pilot episode aired on January 18,2010 and was well received by the viewers. Even though the show did well on October 25,2011 they boys pulled the plug on the show.


This is their first book and consists of quotes,letters that contain life changing moments in people's lives ,and post cards from viewers that chose to share one thing they wished to do before they died.
Below are some of my favorite post cards along with my favorite quote from the book and the list that started it all.




Rating:






Thoughts: I loved this book so much and I also loved the show. Because this is a coffee table type book it is a very quick read and worth every minute of your time. There are things in this book that will make you smile,laugh,and maybe even share a tear or two but one thing stands out more than the others and that is the fact that after reading this you will have a new look on life.





Saturday, October 19, 2013

Lullaby by Amanda Hocking BOOK REVIEW!

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Title: Lullaby

 Author: Amanda Hocking

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin New York


Gemma is gone, leaving Harper at home trying to pick up the pieces that were left behind. There father is totally heart broken and is beginning to stumble through his days in a haze as to why? Why would Gemma just leave when everything was going so well for her? It's just not like her to up and leave without saying goodbye, something bad must have happened to make her do something like that.
Alex (Gemma's boyfriend) is doing everything he can to find Gemma. After the battle (in Wake by Amanda Hocking) Alex was left unconscious so he wasn't able to see Gemma off. Alex doesn't know what happened, but Harper (Gemma's sister) does.
Gemma never wanted to leave her home, but she was left without a choice. Gemma was told to leave or risk watching everyone she loves die by the hand of Penn. That night constantly plays out in Gemma's mind like a recording. What could she have done? Gemma doesn't know enough about Penn, Thea, and Lexi to fight them let alone kill them. She had to leave and now just making it through the night is a struggle with the watersong getting stronger each day sleep is nonexistent. Gemma knows that a swim in the ocean would make her feel so much better but she just can't see herself enjoying the curse that has caused everyone so much pain.
The three sisters go about their lives like nothing has happened. Gemma eventually becomes close to Thea and they begin to talk often. Thea assures Gemma that it does get easier and the victims can be chosen. Thea doesn't like having to feed on humans either but when you have to to live then you aren't left with much of a choice. Thea confides in Gemma and says that she likes to feed on the guilty rather than the innocent. Even if the human hurts others Gemma just doesn't feel like it's her place to play God with the lives of others guilty or not. Gemma not allowing herself to feed is taking a tole on her body and she is slowly losing control of herself, eventually she will have to feed.
Daniel can't believe what he witnessed the night of the battle, was it a Demon or an animal? It looked like an animal but it sounded like Penn. He didn't know what to do but he knew at the time that he had to protect Harper, he still has to protect Harper but now all he can do i keep his eyes open. Daniel begins to seek out Harper in the hopes of making her smile eve though with her sister gone times are hard. No matter how hard Harper tries she is falling for Daniel and he is falling for her. Then Daniel had to hunch that he should pick up a paper, while looking through it he finds some clues. While putting the pieces together he finally realizes that he knows where Gemma has been hiding...


Rating:






Thoughts: I loved this book even better than the first one! I liked how the book picked right up from where the first one stopped and I also love the romance between Harper and Daniel. I also felt that you get more a feel of the other characters in this book were as the first one was mostly just Gemma and Harper. Also I like the fact that there was a bit of mythology tied with story which involved the Gods and Goddesses. Also and this is very IMPORTANT make sure to read the short story Forgotten Lyrics by Amanda Hocking because it has key points that go along with the Watersong series.


Quote: "I never stopped believing in you when we were little, and I'll never stop fighting for you now

Songs I thought fit the story:







Sunday, October 6, 2013

Wake by Amanda Hocking BOOK REVIEW!!!

I was given this book the St. Martin's Griffin New York for review and this is a book series I will NEVER forget.


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Title: Wake

Author: Amanda Hocking

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin New York



This is a story about Gemma and her sister Harper.
Gemma is a good swimmer,she can't really explain it but Gemma has always found being in the water relaxing and calming. On top of swim practice for her high school she also goes out late at night to swim at the Bay in the cover of darkness.
Harper has always been the most responsible of the two, even when she was younger she would always stay on top of her school work and watch her sister Gemma. Things changed for Harper after the accident which left her in the position of mother figure for Gemma while her father worked long hours on the docks.
Though this is a strange family setting things aren't so bad for Harper and Gemma but the Summer that Penn,Thea,Lexi, and Arista show up in the small town of Capri.

Penn,Thea,Lexi, and Arista followed the warm weather and the tourist to the little town of Capri. Everyone of course noticed them as soon as they showed up. All four of them are abnormally beautiful and have guys hanging on their every word and sometimes even girls. Rumors start to go around town about the girls and the rumors get worse when one of them vanishes. No one really knows much about the girls they have no clue where they came from or what they are there for and to make matters worse locals are starting to vanish without a trace.

Gemma and Harper continue on with their normal activities until the three strange girls start to show up everywhere they are. The leader of the girls Penn seems to have taken a liking to Gemma and tries several times to get Gemma to swim with them. Gemma is cautious of the girls so turns them down each time they ask. Gemma thought it was just a normal night for her late night swim in the ocean until she doesn't come home. Harper freaks out and forcing her father to go to work telling him she would find Gemma teams up with a male friend named Daniel in the hopes of finding her sister alive.
Harper and Daniel succeed in finding Gemma but she is hung over and covered in scratches and bruises with no memory of what happened to her. Little does Gemma and Harper know that life as they know it is about to change.
Gemma begins to show signs of supernatural powers. Gemma also begins to find green fish scales around the house. Memories start to surface of the night spent swimming and Gemma starts to remember being with Penn and the others. Could they have something to do with her new found powers? Things become even stranger when Penn tells Gemma that she must leave behind everything she knows including her family to join them or die...What will Gemma do? What are these new powers? Is this a blessing or a curse?




 Rating:






Thoughts: I have never read anything like this book before. I didn't really know much about it when I started to read it but by the second chapter I was hooked. I LOVED this book so much and I am very happy and willing to continue the Watersong series. There were times in the story when I would laugh out loud and the wonderful characters and the story line was Amazing! Amanda Hocking all I have to say to you girl is DAMN you can write!
My only problem with the book and this comes with a warning is the very detailed way in which the blood and gore is described. Though this book is a YA novel I would like to warn people now that if they are bothered by that sort of thing then read this book with caution!


Quote: " Come now,weary traveler, I'll lead you through the waves. worry not, poor voyager, for my voice is the way"




Monday, September 30, 2013

Lord Of Swords by Ann Lawrence BOOK REVIEW!!!







Title: Lord of Swords

Author: Ann Lawrence

Published: Self Published


Ann Lawrence was nice enough to give me an early copy of this book for review. Ann this is for you :) I hope you like my review!

She went to the stone circle to watch the druids. As she drew her horse to a halt in front of the stones she could instantly feel the energy coming from the stones. The druids usually show up on a night with a full moon such as this night. What she saw though wasn't what she was expecting.
A man was walking toward the circle, but it was clear by the way he was dressed that he was not a druid and he was alone. As he gets closer she hides in hopes that she will not be seen by this strange man.

Guy de Maci has traveled a long way in the hopes of finding some evidence of his son who has gone missing. So far with no luck at finding him Guy has followed the clues left behind to Stonewold. He know that he must look like a simple man just looking for a job in order to investigate the area including the dungeons. Guy stops at the circle to rest and hide some valuable things that might give away the fact that he is a knight. Guy is risking a lot by abandoning his duties as a knight and against the Kings rules. He never thought that Lady Joia would be watching him from the shadows.

Lady Joia is being forced to marry a man she doesn't love. Being forced to marry a cruel man just for land and protection for her father's castle and heir to the throne, her younger brother Crispin. Her father wouldn't be so worried if her older brother wasn't killed in a recent battle. The body was unrecognizable but their hearts hurt for him. To make matters even stranger Joia is falling for Crispin's new bodyguard Guy de Maci. No one in the town of Stonewold realizes that all the answers to their problems is right under their nose.

Guy is in with the King of Stonewold and has become a bodyguard for the kings youngest son Crispin. Guy loves watching Cris but he must never lose sight of the what he is there for. Find his son and leave. He has to be alive because Guy would know if he was killed....wouldn't he??? He has to be at Stonewold everything is leading to Stonewold. guy can feel himself getting closer to answers, but once he gets them will they be the answer he wants?
Guy is there for his son only! Why is it so hard for him to remember that? His motives become cloudier as he starts to fall for Lady Joia. He is so close....yet so far.


Rating:







Thoughts I loved this book a lot more than I thought I would. I love knights so much and this time period I just eat up! I will gladly admit that this book kept me on the edge of my seat with it's multiple plots and I completely satisfied with how it ended. I would have given it 5 stars but I figured out a key point in the plot before it was made known so I only gave it 4 stars. Ann Lawrence did a good job! I would recommend this book for anyone who likes the Medieval time period and of course sexy Knights!




QUOTES FROM THE BOOK:
" You have left me with no weapons. I surrender all to you."

" If you act against your better judgment, you may not pay for it now, but you will pay for it later."


Friday, September 20, 2013

Library Haul and Review items!

I have been super busy as of lately and I am currently reading three books at once! Scary I know and I will probably stop reading one of them and just read it another time because I have other books that need to get read and quickly. We went to the library this past week and I will go ahead and admit it right now that I have a weakness when it comes to the library I almost always come home with and armful of books or graphic novels. When we went this week it wasn't any different I ended up coming home with all but #3 of the Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World graphic novels and I also got the graphic novel version of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare which I am already to the middle of. Whats funny about the Clockwork Angel graphic novel is that Magnus Bane looks so much different than the guy they got to play him in the City of Bones movie.
I love the guy they picked to play him in the movie I just feel like the one in the graphic novel version is a bit Lestat the vampire looking (just my opinion). I can't wait to finished that and do a review for it though because I am just in love with the whole Infernal Devices series.

While I was walking around running my eyes over the shelves of books I came across Lovely,Dark and Deep by Amy Mcnamara and what caught my eye was the beautiful cover art I fell in love and had to bring it home with me even though now that I think about it I might not have a chance to get to it which makes me sad. I wasn't expecting to pick up anything that was out of my mission which was Scott Pilgrim but when I also found The Fall of Arthur by J.R.R. Tolkien  I figured "what the hell" I will bring them both home with me and read them. The first night I was reading three at once Clockwork Angle, The Fall of Arthur, and Lord of Swords by Ann Lawrence (I got an E-copy of this book for review and so far am loving it). Everything was going well until the 2nd day when I found out that I have another book which should be coming in the mail for review (not going to disclose the title of the book until I have the review copy in my hand) and I also have the whole Watersong series which the publisher was nice enough to finish the set for me so I could review it....
SO MANY BOOKS AND NOT ENOUGH TIME!  To top it off I also won a copy of The Exptionals by Erin Cashman which I have been wanting to read so badly! Sometimes I wish I was like Number 5 from the 1986 film Short Circuit and could read a book as quickly as a person could flip through the pages as if to look for pictures, then I wouldn't be slowly disappearing behind a massive stack of novels all telling me to read them.  Reviews come fist though because the publishers or writers were nice enough to give me a copy of their book so I will always bump them up first!
So be prepared people because there is some serious reading going on and a influx in review is bound to happen!

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Monday, September 16, 2013

The Search For Artemis by P.D. Griffith BOOK REVIEW!!!

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Title: The Search For Artemis

Author: P.D. Griffith

Published: Gryff Publishing

 For some reason this book reminded me of the X-Men.....


"Through extensive genetic research, we have isolated a particular gene outside the normal human genome that is unique to psychokintetic - capable individuals like yourself - we call it the Prometheus gene. We are still unsure of it's origins, but we do know that the gene remains dormant until one's apocratusis. This event typically occurs during the pubescent phase of development at a time when the subject experiences a moment of heightened stress."

Landon's life is ok, if ok means your family lives in a tiny apartment cluttered with books. We are talking books EVERYWHERE! That's how Landon's mom likes it because his mother loves books, anything to block out your real life. For many years Landon's mom has sheltered Landon from the violence that goes on daily in this household. Landon's dad pretty much runs everything in the seance that you do as he says or else and the or else is always bad. Landon's mom shelters him from it all, when things start to get bad then it's reading time for Landon and he is sent off to his room. Something was different on this night though and it wasn't just the heat. Landon's dad was in a really bad mood and almost didn't make it through dinner. Landon was quickly sent to his room after dinner but didn't stay there when he heard loud screaming and banging out in the living room. Landon knew that his parents fight but on this night the strange banging sounds and the sobbing got to him and he chose to investigate. Walking in to the living room Landon saw his father standing over his mother beating her up pretty badly. Panic ran through Landon and he quickly rush to help his mother but was told to leave. Not being able to prevent his mother from receiving repeated blows to her body Landon went into a strong state of panic and grabbing his head he closed his eyes to scream as loud as he could. There was a large bang before the apartment went silent. Landon opened his eyes, the room was turned upside down with furniture turned over and books all over the place. What caught Landon's attention was the fact that there were still things floating in the air almost like it was suspended with a string or rope. Panic set in as Landon tries to figure out what happened, that's when he notices the blood on the floor and following it he finds the body of his father crushed to death and laying in a heap on the floor.
"What did I do?!" runs through Landon's mind as he looks around at the disaster.
Landon sees his mother also in a heap on the floor a large gash covering her head.
"She's dead...I killed my own mother."
A knock on the door shakes Landon back to reality and in a panic he dashes to his bedroom for a bag. Throwing some clothes in it he escapes out his bedroom window.
" I am a murder...I don't know what happened....no one will believe me."

Landon really has no memory of what really happened and having no place to go he spends a few days living on the street until large men in suits start to chase him through town. Landon thinking it's the cops after him outruns them every chance he gets until one day they got to close for comfort almost catching Landon. That's when he hears a woman's voice in his head tell him to run to a location out of the public eye to come with her. Landon didn't trust her at first until she said she could help him and that she knows what happened.
Landon is flown away to a place called the Gymnasium where there are other teenagers and children like him. The Gymnasium is there to teach them how to control their abilities to better themselves for the world...or so they are told when they get there. Turns out there are many secrets left unanswered and there are also people being hurt....tortured even. What is the Gymnasium hiding? What are the teachers training them for? Find Artemis.....she has the answers......


Rating:







Thoughts: I loved the story line and even though I figured out most of the story long before the truth was told I still enjoyed reading it. The only thing I didn't like about it is the fact that the story just stops right as things are getting good but I understand since it is a series it just annoyed me a bit.


Quotes :  "To speak the name is to control the thing."
               
 " You must empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like waster. If you put water into a  cut it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend."



Friday, September 13, 2013

A Pup Named Cork + Life and Stuff


I tend to have a lot of Dorky girl problems like the fact that I finished a book Tuesday and I still haven't wrote a book review for it. Why you may ask well because of Ni No Kun.
It's a Playstation 3 game and I seriously play like 6 hours of it yesterday alone. I will do a game review for it when I beat the game. It was made by the guy that made Spirited Away the anime movie so the game's characters look a like the characters from that movie.
In other news I won some books this month and I will doing reviews for two of them and they are Elegy and Tidal by Amanda Hocking. I haven't read any of the books in this series but I have requested them from the library and I will probably have them by the end of next week so I can start reading them for review. I also got a box of books from Harlequin which they expected me to pay for when I didn't order them. I called to cancel any shipping of unordered boxes of box and they guy was nice enough to let me keep them free of charge which was exciting for me because I had gotten on book in the box that I have been wanting to read. That book would be Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi which I tried to get a copy of from Netgalley and I couldn't get one and now I finally have one and I have super excited about it!

On a more serious note I would like to talk about a puppy name Cork who was recently rescued from the Human Society in Columbus Ohio by Skeletor. Skeletor and Penguin (his fiance) went to the Human Society this past Sunday and picked up little 4 month old Beagle mix pup Cork and brought him home. A 4 month old puppy should be super energetic and wanting to play but they just thought "we just got him home maybe he is just adjusting" because he didn't want to play barely ate anything and just wanted to lay around. The next day comes and Cork still doesn't want to play and won't eat. Then Skeletor noticed that he wasn't really using the bathroom very well and when he brought Cork back into the house Cork vomited on the floor. Skeletor took Cork to the vet right away and after some tests were done it turned out that Cork had the Parvo virus which if left untreated is fatal. Skeletor worried asked if he had some how gotten it in the little time that Cork was with him. The vet said it takes up to 4 days for any signs of Parvo show. Well Skeletor only had him for night so there was no way for him to have gotten it from the home. The virus had to have given to poor Cork at the Human Society. Now I know some of you would be thinking "well just take him back" well the vet said that have delt with the Human Society before and if Cork was given back they would just refund his money and then put Cork down without even trying to treat him. Skeletor said "we are going to treat him" then they told him how much it would cost...over $1,000. Skeletor and Penguin will have to make payments on it because who is just walking around with over $1,000 just laying around? Cork is better now and was able to come home last night but it still shocks me that the Human Society there is so ignorant of the virus in their facility. They should take extra care of this virus since in order to get a new dog for your home if you already have a dog is to bring the dog from home to meet their dog first and that short of a contact could expose the person dog to Parvo. Even a  person just going to the Human Society for a visit has a risk of bringing home the virus. Human Societies need to pay more attention to their animals and ALWAYS keep watch for signs of sickness. I also wish they would have a bigger heart and understand that an animal isn't a torn shirt that can be taken back and gotten rid of they are living things that deserve a chance at life even if it is a slim chance it should be given.

To lighten the mood a bit from the last story I figured I would let you guys see some doodles and magazine clippings I have done in my journal I keep in Real Life.


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