Friday, October 29, 2010

Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

I thought my downfall with this book was reading after the Hunger Games, but as I was reading other reviews I saw that people actually shared by opinion on this one. http://www.persnicketysnark.com/2010/04/review-dead-tossed-wavescarrie-ryan.html for example I totally agree with stating that this book SHOULD HAVE been written from Elias' point of view. He is much more interesting that the main character Gaby. I felt she was very indecisive, and at times just drove me crazy not sticking with a decision without having to debate it to death.   Even though Catcher was somewhat more entertaining because of his circumstance, I still think Elias is the best character here, and wish I could have heard the story from his perspective.
     The idea of the forest, and undead is really a interesting take on "zombie's" -she never calls them that in the story. The author has some great ideas. I also did some research on the audiobook, and it has the same tone as the book. While listening I heard at least 3 words mispronounced. Now I know your saying "just three words" but I really get put off when listening to an audio book and they mispronounce a word, I get stuck on that miss and get distracted from the story. I also have this quirky thing when reading a physical book, if I come across a typo I have to walk away from the book for a minute because I get so distracted for some reason, but I'm ok to come back to it after a minute or two.
    So overall this book has romance, zombies and a mystery.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Hunger Games





I know that I am probably the last person to jump on this bandwagon of adventure called the Hunger Games, but at least I did not have that terrible pain of waiting for the next book to be released. I finally picked up these books when Mockingjay was released, and seriously read all three in a week. I know I was going to stick to scary reads this month for the celebration of Halloween, but in my opinion, these books fit in just fine. Children killing children, the Capitol acting like crazy wealthy extremists, and not to mention all the war. 
    My Opinion: These books are worth the read, if you are into the fantasy/sci-fi /war books. It gets heavy in places, especially at the very end. I have heard reviewers complain about the slow paced action of the last book because the first two have so much, but my opinion is that it didn't phase me. I felt that after all everybody had gone through, and the constant warnings the author gives of how places end up desolate after heavy fighting, my opinion is that she warned us in plenty of time to see what could happen next. But I still stormed through the last book just as fast as the other two, and felt the ending was satisfying. Remember that these books are written for entertainment, try not to put so much expectation into what you want to happen next, and just see where these great stories take us. There is a meaning behind everything we read, but when we start to expect more than entertainment, we also deprive ourselves of the pure enjoyment of taking a break and having storytime.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Great New Releases

This month has brought us some really great new book releases check out your local bookstore for some of these new titles!
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • Ghost Town: The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
  • Misguided Angel by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
  • Torment by Lauren Kate
  • Sugar and Spice by Lauren Conrad
  • The Fledgling Handbook 101 (House of Night) by PC Cast
  • Style by Lauren Conrad
  • The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner Trilogy) by James Dashner
  • Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia
  • Elixir by Hilary Duff
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  • Thirst No 3: The Eternal Dawn by Christopher Pike
  • Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly 
I know that I'm off to the store ASAP! There have been tons of really good books released this year!

What books have you read this year? Which are your favorites? What books are you looking forward to?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Libraries in General

What I love about my local library system is that they upgraded! They are actually embracing the new century. In our current days of MP3 players and e-readers my library has made it so I don't even have to get in my car to borrow a book. They have upgraded to a system called Overdrive and NetLibrary. If you have not checked our your local county library's website recently. You should go now. Overdrive and Netlibrary not only offer audiobooks but ebooks as well. You download the software to your computer and you can download the book or audiobook to your computer, ebook reader, mp3 player and take them anywhere. The best thing about an online library system is that you will never have to remember to take your books back or get another late fee! Of course you are not going to find every book you want available in an ebook format, all I can say is check it out, you won't regret it.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Book Review: Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

 
                                                                     I Love Cate Tiernan!
                 I have read all of Cate’s Young adult works and she has yet to disappoint. This month in the book world it’s been all about “vampires v. werewolves” but my vote has always been for magic!!!!!
                Although Immortal Beloved is not technically about witches, it does have magic in it. You can really tell that Cate knows what she’s talking about when it comes to magical things. I know Cate has written books under another name, but I have yet to read those. What I do know is that if you see this name on a novel, you will not be sorry.  I had an obsession with the Sweep Series, stayed up very late at night to finish books, I even had to travel to three different stores to get the whole series and you can bet every time I walk into a book store I’m going to look for her name in the Young Adult section to see if there is anything new. And I am on pins and needles to see what happens next in this series, and I hope it’s a long one. I loved that Sweep was 14 books, and I’m still sad it ended. Balefire series has only 4 books published, but this one I hope lasts forever!
   Book Overview: Nastasya looks like she’s 17, but she’s over 450 years old, she is immortal and has powers, as all immortal’s do. But she has spent most of her years partying, drinking and spending money. One night she witnesses some dark magic, from her best friend, and she’s scared. She goes to the only place she can think of to hide, and River takes her under her wing to help her learn to use her powers, and help her realize what it means to be immortal. Nastasya is scared, spoiled and learns that somebody is out to harm her. Is she safe? Can she trust those around her? Does she have the power for good  magic or bad?……come and see!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bookcloseouts.com

I love this website! They have scratch and dent, sales galore and Signed copies of books. I have so far received all my packages a week before I expect them to arrive, and I have had to contact customer service twice now (no fault of theirs) and they have given me immediate responses! They are really friendly, fast and efficient. Even the scratch and dent copies I ordered are barely even noticeable and I got a great price! So my recommendation for checking out books for great prices is...bookcloseouts.com! Here is a link to their website, check them out  http://www.bookcloseouts.com/

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sweet and Deadly By Charlaine Harris

This story takes place in a small town, everybody knows each other and thought they knew each others secrets as well. But soon we start to see there is a darker side to some of the townspeople and more than one, are in on the secret.
        I think that if you have started off reading Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels, anytime you pick up another of her's outside the series, you may find it boring and not living up to her hype as a writer. She has spoiled us with the entertaining adventures of Sookie and I think we all expect that kind of activity in her other books, but I have found that her other novels are diverse and sometimes subtle. I just read a review on the above book "Sweet and Deadly' on audible.com where she states, "I turned it off after the first hour..I found it boring." To a point I agree with this statement, the first couple of hours are boring, even though the dead body is found and the investigation begins. I found that the real story did not get started until little halfway past the middle, and then I really needed to finish it. I thought it was worth my time to read, it was a fast read and I did find it entertaining.
         My Opinion: She has left out sexual content and just enough detail with the murders that you get the point (not too graphic). It is a slow paced book, the main character takes her time in the discovery process and there is a lot of question asking and detective work. But when the puzzle pieces start falling into place, (which is past halfway in the book) it's an entertaining read.
       So if you are interested in Charlaine Harris' work but the Sookie Stackhouse series are not your type of reading. You may want to give this one a try for a "softer" kind of mystery book. But if your looking for a fast paced action packed read, you won't find it here. This is the type of novel they would make a Women's Network tv show out of (if it were a true story). I have ranked it a 3 star in my book.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

National Book Month!

I cannot believe that It's already the 13th of October and I have yet to mention IT'S NATIONAL BOOK MONTH! October offers great events throughout the United States focused just on books! Just this month alone, I have found over 50 sales, signings and other events happening in my city. As a new book blogger, that just started this on October 1st I should have started out with that, but you can bet I'll plan ahead for the next year. So get off your couch, put down your book and go out and mingle with the bookworms that we all love!
Happy Reading!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

AudioBook: Fallen by Lauren Kate

I have heard a lot of hype about this series, Torment has just been released, and I had to get to reading already. So I decided to pick up the audio book so I can listen in the car. I think that it was a big mistake. There were so many times that I wanted to push stop and listen to music instead because I felt the narrator talked really slow. I listened to other people's reviews on this book, and heard that like me a lot of them thought that the beginning of the story dragged on too long and did not get good until the end. The audio book makes the beginning (first 250) pages of this book feel like an eternity. I wanted to write a really bad review on this book, but realized that I should specify that it was just the audio book that I wanted to give two stars to, Not the actual book, because I feel that if I had picked up a physical copy I would have enjoyed it more, even the slow beginning.
The narrator in my opinion put too much inflection on the romance scenes, so much so I wanted to gag it was so Harlequin romance-like. I am always up for a little romance, but when it sounds so trashy in what should be a somewhat ethereal (aka spiritual or heavenly) novel concept, it really threw me off the whole subject of what the book is trying to portray.
I have decided that I cannot let my decision between audio vs physical book deter me from picking up torment. But I hope now that the story has started, there will not be another 200 pages of back story and filler information, I will understand for now that the first book needed all the extra back story to fully get the reader into the story. But I have always suggested to my fellow readers/bloggers give a book 30-50 pages before giving up on it. I did not follow my own advice with this book, because all the reviews I had seen said it doesn't get good until the end, which is very very true with this book. I hope the next book is better, and I will definitely be picking up a physical copy this time. If you are interested in audio clips of the parts I did not like in this novel please visit my Vlog Site on  YouTube .

Thursday, October 7, 2010


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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Book Review: The Good Children by Kate Wilhelm

Book Review: The Good Children By Kate Wilhelm
My Summary: The McNair family finally decides it's time to settle down and buy a house. But soon after their father dies in a construction accident and the mother becomes so upset she takes it out on the community and her children. Shutting everybody out of their lives and secretly blaming the town for not protecting her husband on the job. Soon the situation gets worse when another disaster hits and the children find themselves alone and trying to hide a secret from everybody. When the town tries to reach out they are secretive and secluded. The older brother and sister of Liz, who tells the story from her point of view, fight over who makes the decisions in the house and BIG decisions must be made. But their mother had a lot distrust of anybody in the community and the children decide to take on all their problems themselves. As they grow, the older siblings develop into their own people and want to go their own way, but what does that mean for Liz and her little brother, who refuses to move from the house which he thinks is haunted.  Liz must discover what is keeping him there, and when another tragedy happens, how can they put all of the fallen pieces of their lives right again? Will their secrets ever come out, or will they hide them forever?

My Opinions: It was a good story. I felt sorry for the children, but also felt that it could have been worse, luckily the father had set aside enough money to take care of all of them for years, and had a good insurance plan. I felt the end of the story was the best, of course when all the secrets are tied up and you can finally get resolutions from the questions that build up. It give you a look inside the workings of a mental health facility, and has a very Gothic feel. There is no lack in storyline and moves along at a good pace, and does not leave any unanswered questions. I would recommend it to young adults and I give it 4 stars as far as plot, theme and story go it's a good read.

I would recommend: Tillerman Series by Cate Tiernan. First book is Homecoming.