Sunday, June 29, 2014

Stacking The Shelves + Life and Stuff

Recently I went to see Skeletor and while I was there I went to Half Price Books. These are the books that got from Half Price.

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Cart and Cwidder and Drowned Ammet by Diana Wynne Jones

Wildfire by Sarah Micklem

Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Not one of these books was over $6!

Now for the life....and stuff.....
So Sheldon lost his job recently and he is the only income in the house since I don't start my job until the end of Summer. We are currently living off unemployment while we play the waiting game on all the applications Sheldon filled out. We think he might get this one job working with a tire factory since he got a phone call from them and they sounded very interested in his job skills. The only problem is that the hiring person that is in charge of actually hiring people doesn't get back until this week from vacation. We have our fingers crossed waiting waiting waiting. 
Now for me, I need to finish my schooling. I had to stop last year because we got behind on payments and we just got to the point where we could start paying everything but then Sheldon got fired. I am worried that since we hadn't made a payment since last year that they might kick me out of the system and get rid of my credits. I would love to get my high school diploma before I am 30 and the fact that I don't have it upsets me. I would do the GED just so I have something while I work for my diploma but unfortunately I can't do the math. Now I am sure you have heard people say that sort of thing before but in my case it's true. Without going into great detail as to why I never learned my multiplication tables, in order for me to do them I have to use my fingers because I can't remember them. For that reason I never learned how to do anything past that so Algebra is completely out of the question for me all because I don't know my multiplication and division. I have learned multiplication 3 damn times and every time I learn them after so long I forget them again.... I just don't understand why I can't remember damn math....
The other night I begun to teach myself multiplication once again and even downloaded a game for kids on my tablet that will teach me as I play like a child in the hopes that maybe I will remember them this time. 
So I called my school the other day and they said that I was a delinquent in the fact that I needed to pay them but they assured me that they wouldn't toss out my already earned credits. I told them that as soon and Sheldon and I got everything figured out with the job situation that I will start to pay them again. The woman was very sweet and even said she was sorry for all of our problems going on at the moment then she said whenever I am ready pay just call them and set up payments then my books and tests will begin to arrive again. 
To top everything off I also can't afford to fill all my pills so I will have to stop taking the two I use to help me sleep at night. I have started to wean myself off of them and I can already tell because I feel like shit. I haven't been sleeping well and I am kind of depressed because I want to work on my school and I can't. I will keep my hopes up though, things will get better.....just keep waiting, waiting, waiting.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

"Why I Love the Young Adult Genre" Guest post by author, Sherry Soule

Today author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us!
She has published a brand new upper YA book, LOST IN STARLIGHT
(paranormal romance with a Sci-Fi concept) with scorching-hot character
chemistry and exciting suspense.

To help promote this interstellar love story, Sherry is doing this fun guest
post to share the news with fellow booklovers.

Hi everybody, I’m author, Sherry Soule—waving from the SF Bay Area. Thanks for
letting me visit today, it’s an honor to be a guest here and meet fellow booklovers.
YA (young adult) Lit is a general term used for books aimed at the teen market.
Nowadays, these books can be read by anyone at any age.
Ever since I was a child, I have recognized that books are a way to travel to other
places and have incredible adventures. Even though I am older than the average
teen reader, I’ve always loved reading Young Adult books and strongly believe
you’re NEVER too old to read them. A great book is simply a great book regardless
of its intended audience. I read both adult and young adult novels, and equally love
One reason that I enjoy reading YA Lit is because most novels in this genre are 
fast-paced and thrilling, and will captivate teen and adult readers alike. The
storylines are just as complex and imaginative as adult fiction, in my opinion. 
And teenage characters tend to have a much more hopeful perspective than adult
literature, which draws me in—plus the fact that I’m really a big kid at heart. I also
adore that there are so many books created into a series nowadays, so that you
can continue to have additional adventures with your favorite characters.
Could my love of YA Lit be simply because I’m just a teenager-at-heart?
Maybe. Actually, I am an adult with teenage children, and I love writing young adult
fiction as much as I love reading it. Writing upper YA is fun and exhilarating, and
I get to relive my youth in new and exciting ways. My stories will appeal to both
adults and teens, and even college-aged kids. And like many of you, because I am
a writer of YA literature, I’ve read hundreds of YA books and I can actually say that
I enjoyed almost all of them.
Although I buy many of my books through Amazon, I am never embarrassed
to buy YA novels in bookstores, or carry them around with me. I love the genre
and always have and always will. To me, reading YA novels has to do with simple
escapism, instant gratification, and mostly nostalgia. I say, “Live and let read!”
If adults are reading YA books, it speaks to the quality of the genre, not the
diminishing tastes of adults. “Reading is food for your brain.” I read many different
genres in both young adult and adult novels, and I am no book snob.
We all have diverse tastes in literature. Most of you will have various genres that
you love to read, and probably some of my favorite books are simply your forgotten
reads. That is what makes reading as a whole, so fascinating. Each one of us will
enjoy different types of characters, genres, plots, and, of course, a writer’s voice,
the way only they can tell a story.
And I don’t know about you, but I need some romance in almost every book I read.
And if you’re a hopeless romantic at heart, then you’ll enjoy reading any of my

At its core my new YA novel, LOST IN STARLIGHT, is basically a love story about
two lonely teenagers finding each other and how their “forbidden” friendship
changes both of their lives. Sure, there is an element of danger regarding this star-
crossed romance, but they are both young and impulsive with their hearts. Who
isn’t at that age?

Thus, LOST IN STARLIGHT is the first book that I’ve ever written that focuses
mostly on romance rather than any paranormal baddies trying to kill the heroine
or having the plot center around a supernatural mystery to solve. And I think the
heroine of my new series, Sloane, is rather unique. To me, she’s not your average
“Mary Sue” or flawless YA heroine. She has some self-esteem issues, but she’s also
headstrong and gutsy, with an eccentric fashion sense.
Thank you for letting me chat about my love of young adult literature. I hope
you enjoyed this post. Now go feed your mind and read a book! Preferably one of
mine. :-D
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High school is tough. Romance with a sexy alien—even tougher.
Star reporter Sloane Masterson knows she has one helluva story when
she witnesses hottie Hayden Lancaster bending forks with his mind.
Like any good journalist, Sloane sets out to uncover the truth, even if it includes a
little stalking. When the superhuman feats start to pile up and the undeniable heat
rises between them, Hayden has no choice but to reveal his secret: he’s an alien
They’re as different as night and day—she’s a curvy, purple-haired, horror junkie
and he’s a smoking hot, antisocial, brainiac—yet the intense fascination between
them refuses to go away. Even at Hayden’s insistence that dating each other is “off
limits” and dangerous, their fiery attraction threatens to go supernova.
Now Sloane’s dealing with creepy government agents, über snobby
extraterrestrials, and a psycho alien ex-girlfriend out for revenge. After a crash
course on the rules of interstellar dating, Sloane must decide if their star-crossed
romance is worth risking her own life....

About Sherry Soule
Sherry Soule lives with her family and one very spoiled black cat in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the bestselling author of the adult novel, “Immortal Eclipse” and the popular YA series: Spellbound. Sherry writes thrilling tales of
romance and suspense, often mingled with a dash of the mystical and a splash of trendy fashion. Her love of literature began when she was a young girl and it has continued throughout her life.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Newly Released! Lost in Starlight by Sherry Soule!

Book Blurb: High school is tough. Romance with a sexy alien—even tougher.
Star reporter Sloane Masterson knows she has one helluva story when she witnesses hottie Hayden Lancaster bending forks with his mind.
Like any good journalist, Sloane sets out to uncover the truth, even if it includes a little stalking. When the superhuman feats start to pile up and the undeniable heat rises between them, Hayden has no choice but to reveal his secret: he’s an alien hybrid.
They’re as different as night and day—she’s a curvy, purple-haired, horror junkie and he’s a smoking hot, antisocial, brainiac—yet the intense fascination between them refuses to go away. Even at Hayden’s insistence that dating each other is “off limits” and dangerous, their fiery attraction threatens to go supernova.
Now Sloane’s dealing with creepy government agents, über snobby extraterrestrials, and a psycho alien ex-girlfriend out for revenge. After a crash course on the rules of interstellar dating, Sloane must decide if their star-crossed romance is worth risking her own life....
If you are interested in learning more about my new series or purchasing a copy of the book, I have included these links for your convenience.

About Sherry Soule:
Award-winning author, Sherry Soule currently lives with her family and one very spoiled black cat in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. She writes thrilling tales of romance and suspense, often mingled with a dash of the mystical and a splash of trendy fashion. Her published novels do not include any graphic sex, explicit violence, or excessive profanity, so that all of her novels can be read and enjoyed by both teens and adults.
Sherry’s debut novel, “Beautifully Broken” was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance in the 2011 Wizard and Witch/Sorcery category by The Romance Reviews (TRR). Her adult PNR novel, “Immortal Eclipse” is a *TOP PICK* by Night Owl Romance Reviews.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014


In honor of How To Train Your Dragon 2 coming out this summer....

Dragons have always mystified us, whether in a movie, game or books. No one can deny the magical appearance and qualities of a dragon....

the word dragon derives from the Greek word drakon meaning "serpent of huge size or water - snake". The word "dragon" didn't enter the English language until the 13th century. The Latin term for dragon is "draconem or draco" and was used to describe any large serpent like animal not necessarily mythological.
The dragon is a legendary creature with serpentine or reptilian traits, and has been part of many cultures as well as myths.
The European dragon from the European folk traditions are greatly related by Greek and middle Eastern mythologies. Then there is the Chinese dragon which has counterparts from Japan, Korea, and East Asian countries.
In medieval times, alchemists sought these with great diligence, as they were believed to be an essential ingredient in the creation of the Elixir of Life.
Slaying the dragon often disguises a deeper struggle between light and darkness with the dragon usually symbolizing the dark, and it's slayer light and goodness.
In many of the mythology stories the dragon described is not the evil creature, but often a great serpent that represents the primal matter of creation itself! The view of the dragon as a good creature changed as most people shifted from Paganism to Christianity which caused the dragon to become dark as they are linked with ancient powers.  Dragons were mostly envisioned as serpents, but since they Middle ages it became common for dragons to be depicted with legs like a lizard.
Dragons occur in many legends around the world, but with each culture comes a different story. Some dragons are said to breathe fire while others are said to be poison like the one from the English poem Beowulf. Of course though dragons are almost always portrayed as serpentine or reptilian, hatching from eggs and having scaly or feathered bodies. Dragons are also said to hoard treasure. European dragons are generally the only ones with bat like wings.
In various religions dragons are often said to have major spiritual significance. Asian culture specifically  dragons were and in some culture still are revered as representative of the primal force of nature, religion and the universe. They are said to be wiser than humans an that they possess supernatural powers. Some traditions say that dragon's taught humans to speak. Unfortunately most stories involving dragons usually end with the dragon being killed by a hero. The blood of a slain dragon is depicted as either beneficent or as poisonous in medieval legend. German legend states that dragon blood has the power to render invincible skin for armor bathed in it.
Slavic myth says that the Earth refuses dragon's blood as it is so vile that the Earth wishes not to have it within her womb, and it remains above ground for all eternity.

Greek Mythology

Ladon was a serpent - like dragon (drakon), that guarded the golden apples in the garden of Hesperides. It is said that Ladon had as many as 100 heads. It was thought that Ladon was slain by Heracles, but after a few years the argonauts passed by the same spot on their chthonic return journey from colchis. They heard the lament of "shining" Aigie, one of the Hesperides, and viewed the still twitching Ladon.

Chinese Dragons 

The dragons in Chinese folklore have many animal like forms but they are usually snake - like or with 4 legs. In Yin and Yang terminology, a dragon is Yang and complements a Yin genghuang (Chinese Phoenix".
Dragons in China traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers like control over water, rainfall, hurricanes , and floods. Dragons in China bring good luck for people who are worthy and symbolize strength and power. The Emperor of China used the Chinese dragon as his seal.
During the Zhou and Qin Dynasty dragons with different amounts of claws were used to show rank.
Zhou Dynasty - 5 clawed dragon was assigned to the Son of Heaven
                         4 clawed dragon was assigned to nobles
                         3 clawed dragon was assigned to ministers
Qin Dynasty -   5 clawed dragon was for the emperor
                         4 clawed dragon was for commoners

During the Qing Dynasty the dragon was even used on national flags.
The origin of the Chinese dragon is not certain but the Chinese dragon dates back several thousands of years. Dragons played an important role in early Chinese culture. When Ancient Chinese people unearthed Dinosaur bones they mistook them for dragon bones and recorded them as such. Fossilized "dragon bones" are used in traditional medicines, a practice that is still used today.
You may have noticed that some oriental dragons show a flaming pearl under their chin or in the picture with them, the pearl means wealth, good luck, and prosperity.
Some Chinese dragons show them with wings but most don't have them even though they can still fly. Being a magical creature in Chinese folklore they are able to fly without wings.

Chinese Dragon Folktale

Once upon a time, there were no rivers and lakes on earth, but only the Eastern Sea, in which lived four dragons: the Long Dragon, the Yellow Dragon, the Black Dragon and the Pearl Dragon. One day the four dragons flew from the sea into the sky. They soared and dived, playing at hide-and-seek in the clouds.
"Come over here quickly!" the Pearl Dragon cried out suddenly.
"What's up?" asked the other three, looking down in the direction where the Pearl Dragon pointed.

On the earth they saw many people putting out fruits and cakes, and burning incense sticks. They were praying! A white-haired woman, kneeling on the ground with a thin boy on her back, murmured,
"Please send rain quickly, God of Heaven, to give our children rice to eat."
For there had been no rain for a long time. The crops withered, the grass turned yellow and fields cracked under the scorching sun.
"How poor the people are!" said the Yellow Dragon. "And they will die if it doesn't rain soon."
The Long Dragon nodded. Then he suggested, "Let's go and beg the Jade Emperor for rain."
So saying, he leapt into the clouds. The others followed closely and flew towards the Heavenly Palace. Being in charge of all the affairs in heaven on earth and in the sea, the Jade Emperor was very powerful. He was not pleased to see the dragons rushing in.
"Why do you come here instead of staying in the sea and behaving yourselves?"
The Long Dragon stepped forward and said, "The crops on earth are withering and dying, Your Majesty. I beg you to send rain down quickly!"
"All right. You go back first, I'll send some rain down tomorrow." The Jade Emperor pretended to agree while listening to the songs of the fairies.
The four dragons responded, "Thanks, Your Majesty!"

The four dragons went happily back. But ten days passed, and not a drop of rain came down. The people suffered more, some eating bark, some grass roots, some forced to eat white clay when they ran out of bark and grass roots. Seeing all this, the four dragons felt very sorry, for they knew the Jade Emperor only cared about pleasure, and never took the people to heart. They could only rely on themselves to relieve the people of their miseries. But how to do it? Seeing the vast sea, the Long Dragon said that he had an idea.
"What is it? Out with it, quickly!" the other three demanded.
"Look, is there not plenty of water in the sea where we live? We should scoop it up and spray it towards the sky. The water will be like rain drops and come down to save the people and their crops," said Long Dragon.
"Good idea!" said the others as they clapped their hands.
"But," said the Long Dragon after thinking a bit, "we will be blamed if the Jade Emperor learns of this."
"I will do anything to save the people," the Yellow Dragon said resolutely.
"Then let's begin. We will never regret it," said Long Dragon.
The Black Dragon and the Pearl Dragon were not to be outdone. They flew to the sea, scooped up water in their mouths, and then flew back into the sky, where they sprayed the water out over the earth. The four dragons flew back and forth, making the sky dark all around. Before long the sea water became rain pouring down from the sky.
"It's raining! It's raining! The crops will be saved!" the people cried and leaped with joy.

On the ground the wheat stalks raised their heads and the sorghum stalks straightened up. The god of the sea discovered these events and reported to the Jade Emperor.
"How dare the four dragons bring rain without my permission!" said the Jade Emperor.

The Jade Emperor was enraged, and ordered the heavenly generals and their troops to arrest the four dragons. Being far outnumbered, the four dragons could not defend themselves, and they were soon arrested and brought back to the heavenly palace.
"Go and get four mountains to lay upon them so that they can never escape!" The Jade Emperor ordered the Mountain God.
The Mountain God used his magic power to make four mountains fly there, whistling in the wind from afar, and pressed them down upon the four dragons. Imprisoned as they were, they never regretted their actions. Determined to do good for the people forever, they turned themselves into four rivers, which flowed past high mountains and deep valleys, crossing the land from the west to the east and finally emptying into the sea. And so China's four great rivers were formed -- the Heilongjian (Black Dragon) in the far north, the Huanghe (Yellow River) in central China, the Changjiang (Yangtze, or Long River) farther south, and the Zhujiang (Pearl) in the very far south.

Welsh Dragon Mythology 
In Welsh mythology, after a long battle "which the Welsh kind Vortigern witnesses" a red dragon defeats a white dragon; Merlin explains to Vortigern that the red dragon symbolizes the Welsh, and the white dragon symbolizes the Saxons - thus foretelling the ultimately defeat of the English by the Welsh.

Japanese Dragon (Ryu)
Japanese dragons are like Chinese dragons but with only 3 claws. They are usually benevolent, associated with water, and they are said to grant wishes! (reminds me of the dragon from Dragonball Z)

Now after reading this do you believe in dragons or are they just large beasts appearing only in stories? Don't forget to go see How To Train Your Dragon 2! 

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Monday, June 16, 2014

The Shadow Prince by Stacey O'Neale BOOK REVIEW!!!

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Title: The Shadow Prince

Author: Stacey O'Neale

Published: Phoenix Reign Publishing

This book is a prequel to Mortal Enchantment...
The story follows the fire elemental Prince Rowan who is mostly ignored by his mother Prisma the Queen of the fire court in Avalon. Prisma is very very old and has been queen for a long time, not only that but Rowan also has two adopted siblings who are much closer to his mother. It comes as quite a shock to Rowan when he learns that his mother is stepping down as queen and plans to pass over the grown to him. Rowan up until then has been living in the mortal world so he must travel with his friend a Gabriel hound (a shapeshifter who was mean to be his slave but instead becomes his friend) back to Avalon for his coronation.
Rowan knows that his mother being the cold hearted person that she is would never give her crown over unless it would benefit her in some way so questions arise. Things begin to make since when he mother admits that there is something that she wants in return for her crown and that just happens to be the death of the halfling princess of the Air court. Rowan's mother suspects that Kalin the princess might be the akasha which is an elemental that can control all the elements and that was why the air court king Taron has been hiding her in the mortal world. Rowan knows the akasha is supposed to bring peace and harmony to the kingdom of Avalon so he doesn't understand why his mother would want her dead. Rowan bats down all of his questions though knowing that the one death of this girl would mean the freedom of all the Gabriel hounds as well as the other in the fire court so he agrees to kill her. When he travels back to the mortal world to kill the princess he finds just an innocent girl and he can't bring himself to just kill a innocent person for no reason but how can he defy his mother who doesn't take kindly to someone telling her no even if it's her own son. If Rowan does kill the princess though it could start one of the worst wars that Avalon has seen in years.
Should Rowan risk the fate of his people and Spare the princess or should he kill her possibly sending all of Avalon into war?


Thoughts: Thoughts: This book was a very quick read but I do believe this is just what I have been looking for. I wanted  a good book told from a male's point of view and I got just that. It was also mixed with science fiction and fantasy which peek my interest even more. To top it all off it was free for Kindle so I snatched it up. I loved this book and will read the next book in the series in the future.


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Skeletor Reviews! We Were Liars by E. Lockhart!

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Title: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Published:  Random House

The Sinclairs are New England socialites, they are rich, beautiful, and distinguished. The story
revolves around Cady and her cousins the Liars. Spanning the course of several summers, and
one very important summer. It's a story of love, secrets and lies. We Were Liars will keep you
guessing to the very end.


Thoughts: I bought We Were Liars solely based of the fact that everyone was talking about it and the "big
twist" that you had to keep secret. I found the book very entertaining, the characters were real,
and the family made you love to hate them and want to be them all at the same time. The big
part of this book for me was the Twist. I think the appeal of not knowing what was going to really
happen was the entertainment value for me. I didn't get the twist until I read it, in fact I was
convince that the twist was something else all together. This is the kind of book that reviewing
is hard because I do not want to give anything away. I just recommend reading the book, it's a
very well written YA mystery.

Skeletor Reviews! To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han!

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Title: To All The Boys I've Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han

Published: Simon & Schuster

Laura Jean has been in love a total of 5 times her entire life, but the boys she was
in love with never knew until now. Each time Laura fell in love she would write a goodbye love
letter to the boy and place it in her most beloved hatbox that her mother gave her. Laura is too
shy to ever let the boys know she has feelings for them, especially when one of those boys is
your sisters ex. All that changes when her letters get "accidentally" sent and now she has to
deal with her emotions and all the boys she's ever loved.


Thoughts: I have seen rave reviews around the blog-o-sphere about how good this book is, so
when I saw it on amazon for $2.99 I decided to find out for myself. I thought the book was funny
at times, Laura Jean is totally introverted and quirky. I just felt this book was missing that extra
something, it lacked heart. The premise was funny and Laura Jeans embarrassments and
lack of social aptitude were funny but I just thought the "love" portion of it was lacking. Also the
ending was just so blah, I think it's going to be a series, but even still this wasn't a ending it just
stopped and that's the worst kind of ending in my opinion. Over all I would have given it 4 stars
had there been a resolution of some kind but with the current ending I give it 3 stars.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Release Day! LUX: Beginnings and LUX: Consequences by Jennifer L. Armentrout! + GIVEAWAY

Now available together for the first time, don't miss Obsidian and Onyx, the first two books in Jennifer L. Armentrout's bestselling Lux series. Also includes bonus content exclusive to the print edition! "A thrilling ride from start to finish," says RT Book Reviews.

LUX: Beginnings

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

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LUX: Consequences

Now available together for the first time, don't miss Opal and Origin, the third and fourth books in Jennifer L. Armentrout's bestselling Lux series. Also includes bonus content exclusive to the print edition! "A thrilling ride from start to finish," says RT Book Reviews.

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger...and they know it.

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 Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardvgo BOOK REVIEW!!!

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Title: Shadow and Bone

Author: Leigh Bardvgo

Published: Macmillan

Everyone fears the blackness that is the Unsea, created long ago by the Black Heretic it separates the kingdoms from the true sea. There are people on the other side that are as well separated from the other villages and towns. It's been that way for as long as Alina knows.

Alina and Mal are best friends who live in the Dukes palace, orphaned by the Unsea. All the children are tested when they are young to see if they possess the power of a Grisha. The Grisha are powerful people some can create fire, water, wind, even heal, but they can also hurt others by stopping your heart. The most power of the Grisha, the darkling as he is known can create darkness like the Unsea which was created by his family before him...
Alina and Mal's turn to be tested arrived and the two amplifiers who are also Grisha come to the palace to try and coax out the power that could be hidden within the two children. The amplifiers find nothing though and they end up leaving the palace empty handed. If the power showed in the children they would be taken away to be trained as Grisha.
Years pass and Alina and Mal grow up and join the army, they have a mission to get things across to the other towns by the true sea. To get to the true sea they must get across the Unsea with makeshift boats that can glide across the sand like boats do on water. There are always many losses when entering the Unsea due to the fact that it is full of Volcra which are large dark flying creatures with sharp claws and teeth, the eat people. The military try to keep as many people alive as they can with the help of the Grisha that ride through the Unsea with them but death is always expected...
Alina and Mal grew up together but she is scrawny and weak where Mal is a strong tracker and very handsome. Alina can't shake that rising feelings she has for Mal but she knows that he couldn't possibly love her the way she loves him when he could get someone better...
The day finally comes when the military cross the Unsea, soldiers including Alina and Mal step onto a ship and disappear into the darkness. Minutes go by before the soldiers and Grisha begin to hear the flapping sounds of large wings as the Volcra come closer and closer to the ship. Within seconds battle begins as the Volcra start to snatch their victims from the boats. Screams and shouts are all Alina hears as a soldier standing beside her is snatched up and carried off in the darkness to his death. The Volcra come back for Alina when Mal steps infront of letting a shot go from his rifle before he has time to reload the Volcra with the injured wing from Mal's gun stand and comes at them. Mal becomes injured and as Alina cries over him and they say their goodbyes fearing that this is the end. A Volcra latches onto Alina's back and she lets out a scream the most beautiful light emits from her body covering the whole ship in warm sun light. Alina  passed out and she wakes up to her new life as the Sun summoner and is separated from Mal and all the people she knows to be trained. Alina learns that she could be the one person who could save them all by destroying the Unsea once and for all.
A hunt starts for a white stag to amplify Alina's powers and lies begin to surface, things aren't what they seem and Alina begins to fear that stopping the Unsea isn't as easy as she may have thought before.


Thoughts: This book kept me on the edge of my seat with action and romance. When I thought I figured out the story I was proven wrong as the plot twisted and thickened. I loved the characters of this book as well as the plot and ending. I will continue on with this series because I just have to know WHAT HAPPENS! This book has found a permanent home on my shelf!

Quotes: "Once it is done, there can be no other."

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