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Autumn is by far my favorite time of year. I feel like I say this a lot, but it’s absolutely true. Of course, I try to forget that the foreshadowing chill and shortened daylight means winter is not too far away. Those of you who li...
Autumn is by far my favorite time of year. I feel like I say this a lot, but it’s absolutely true. Of course, I try to forget that the foreshadowing chill and shortened daylight means winter is not too far away. Those of you who live in warm climates may not fully understand this fall phenomenon. However, the chai lattes, pumpkin pie, sweaters and changing colors of leaves just set the perfect mood for curling up with a great book and reading, don’t you think? Never mind the opportunity at the end of the month to finally BECOME your favorite literary character on Halloween! read more
about 4 hours ago
Oct. 29 is just around the corner and if I know you Iron Fey fans, you're chomping at the bit to get your hands on Iron Traitor. Well, before you get too micro-focused let's harken back to another story in the series. You remember this o...
Oct. 29 is just around the corner and if I know you Iron Fey fans, you're chomping at the bit to get your hands on Iron Traitor. Well, before you get too micro-focused let's harken back to another story in the series. You remember this one, right? Let me jog your memory. It centers on these two post-wedded bliss... .... and takes place before this guy is born. The oracle shows up at Meghan and Ash's first Elysium together with a prophecy that goes a little something like this... "What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them.” The story provides some pretty heavy foreshadowing about the future and you just knew there had to be more. I mean, with Julie Kagawa at the helm did you really expect to end on a traditional "happy ever after?" I didn't think so. Everyone loves a little mayhem and the author of the Iron Fey certainly supplies it. But back to the point of our little walk down memory lane... A little birdie told me that that the prophecy at the the center of Iron's Prophecy comes to fruition in Iron Traitor. Frankly, I'm not sure whether to be anxious or terrified at the prospects. Either way I'm thrilled that the reveal has finally come! (Notice I don't call it closure or anything of the sort because I'm confident in Kagawa's ability to throw in a heart-wrenching twist and milk me for every last tear. Tears keep her young, you know.) So if you haven't already pulled a reread of the entire series, definitely go back and reread Iron's Prophecy and ponder the possibilities. Will worlds be brought together or torn apart? Is Kierran to blame? How will it all play out? I won't dare to hazard a guess. What do you think will happen? Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa Release Date: Oct. 29, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Pre-Order: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / IndieBound In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice.After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as "normal" as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he's forbidden to see her again.But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, "normal" simply isn't to be. For Ethan's nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan's and Keirran's fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan's next choice may decide the fate of them all. Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time. Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all-time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian shepherd who is too smart for his own good and the latest addition, a hyperactive Papillon puppy. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish and the odd eel. Find Julie online... Website / Blog Twitter / Facebook / Goodrea
about 7 hours ago
Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young Release Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Age Group: Young Adult Pages: 304 Summary:Caroline is at a crossroads. Her grandmother is sick, maybe dying. Like the re...
Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young Release Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Age Group: Young Adult Pages: 304 Summary:Caroline is at a crossroads. Her grandmother is sick, maybe dying. Like the rest of her family, Caroline's been at Gram's bedside since her stroke. With the pressure building, all Caroline wants to do is escape--both her family and the reality of Gram's failing health. So when Caroline's best friend offers to take her to a party one fateful Friday night, she must choose: stay by Gram's side, or go to the party and live her life. The consequence of this one decision will split Caroline's fate into two separate paths--and she's about to live them both. Friendships are tested and family drama hits an all-new high as Caroline attempts to rebuild old relationships, and even make a few new ones. If she stays, her longtime crush, Joel, might finally notice her, but if she goes, Chris, the charming college boy, might prove to be everything she's ever wanted. Though there are two distinct ways for her fate to unfold, there is only one happy ending.. My Thoughts: While this one has got a lot of really positive reviews, it was just okay for me. We are introduced to Caroline who has some tough decisions to make. While her grandmother is sick, she must choose to either stay by her side or go to a party with a friend. And her decision changes everything. We see things from two different perspectives, on what could happen for Caroline, depending on which choice she makes and how her actions further change the course of her life. This one had an interesting concept and I found it intriguing. I liked seeing how she could date two completely different boys and how how she would be with her family in each reality. But, I also found myself having a problem connecting to either Caroline. I just didn’t like switching back and forth, and I usually have a problem with this in novels. I am hoping to read more like this so I can see the different ways authors can do this. Just Like Fate was just okay for me. I just didn’t feel like I could connect with the characters or the realities. Make sure to give it a chance, because it does have a lot of 4-5 star ratings. It just wasn’t the perfect novel for me I guess. Overall: It was alright. I can see why so many people will like this! It examines our choices and how they can change our lives! I’m one of those people who constantly think about that so I can see the beauty of this one. Cover: Like it. It shows how Caroline’s life can be split. Neat. What I’d Give It:
about 8 hours ago
The Last Dragonslayer. Jasper Fforde. 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 296 pages. [Source: Review copy]I liked The Last Dragonslayer. It definitely wasn't love, love, love.Jennifer Strange is the heroine of this playful fantasy novel. Th...
The Last Dragonslayer. Jasper Fforde. 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 296 pages. [Source: Review copy]I liked The Last Dragonslayer. It definitely wasn't love, love, love.Jennifer Strange is the heroine of this playful fantasy novel. This foundling may not want the job ahead of her, to fulfill her destiny that has been decreed for her for hundreds of years, but she may be the best chance for the world.The Last Dragonslayer is peopled with some quirky characters. The writing was light and playful, the pacing tended to be just right as well. If I could have finished it in just one sitting, perhaps, I might not have realized the lack of connection I had with the characters and the story.The characters were just substantive enough to be quirky and interesting at least from a distance. But I didn't feel there was much depth and substance to them beneath the surface. The exception probably being Jennifer Strange, our heroine.Fantasies depend on world-building, great premises, and good storytelling. Characters are crucial as well. As is pacing. The Last Dragonslayer was entertaining and pleasant but it didn't really make itself unforgettable or memorable. © 2013 Becky Laney of Becky's Book ReviewsIf you're reading this on a site (other than Becky's Book Reviews or Becky's feed, be aware that this post has been stolen and is used without permission.
about 9 hours ago
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where bloggers feature upcoming book releases that they're looking forward to. This week I'm eagerly anticipating... Defyby Sara B. Larson Publisher: Scholas...
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where bloggers feature upcoming book releases that they're looking forward to. This week I'm eagerly anticipating... Defyby Sara B. Larson Publisher: Scholastic Press Release Date: January 7, 2014 Synopsis (from Goodreads): A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle. Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory. The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she's sworn to protect? This sounds so exciting! Totally my type of fantasy title. While I don't always adore love triangles, they can be amazing when done well, so I hope that's the case here.
about 10 hours ago
Today I'm over at the ALSC Blog talking about passive programming for tweens. Check it out! What are some of your favorite passive programs for tweens?
Today I'm over at the ALSC Blog talking about passive programming for tweens. Check it out! What are some of your favorite passive programs for tweens?
about 11 hours ago
My Librarian friend Jess from I Read to Relax came up with a great idea. It's to highlight the books we read from the library. These are some of the books that are on hold for me at the library.Cozy Mystery edition:Read It and Weep: Gr...
My Librarian friend Jess from I Read to Relax came up with a great idea. It's to highlight the books we read from the library. These are some of the books that are on hold for me at the library.Cozy Mystery edition:Read It and Weep: Great cozy series...with a librarian solving mysteries.Clammed Up: An inside source told me this one really good - plus who doesn't love Maine? First in a new series.Missing Dough: A fun series about two sisters owning a pizza joint...and murder.
about 11 hours ago
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about 12 hours ago
Drop Everything Now Alessandra Thomas [September 12, 2013] Andi rushes home from college to Vegas after a serious car wreck leaves her mother severely injured. Unable to stay with her mother and stepfather in their small...
Drop Everything Now Alessandra Thomas [September 12, 2013] Andi rushes home from college to Vegas after a serious car wreck leaves her mother severely injured. Unable to stay with her mother and stepfather in their small townhouse, she bunks down in a seedy hotel and meets Ryder Strong - stripper extraordinaire. Liking him - or anyone like him - wasn't in her plans. Will she let him in enough to change them?Ryder hasn’t had a single genuine thing in his life since he started stripping, teasing and pleasing for a room full of partying girls – even though what he really wants is a real job and a normal life. Could Andi change his fortune?Things heat up fast between them, until an ill-informed encounter with a penis pump leaves Ryder's sexy ass couch-ridden and jobless for more than a week. The only joystick Andi can use is the one on Ryder's video game controllers. Getting to know Ryder leads to falling in love – and Andi realizes she might actually like being in Vegas for the first time in her life. But her languishing grades back in Philly and her mother's rapidly improving health tell her it's time to go.When life takes the scariest turn imaginable, can these two turn it into a happy ending - for both of them? Ryder Strong. Oh Ryder. Man, Ryder's incredible. Drop Everything Now is incredible. All of Alessandra's books are incredible. Alessandra Thomas creates - relatively - realistic situations, especially when compared to other NA novels. The characters are always well rounded; no stereotypical bad boys and sweet, good girls. Drop Everything Now is no different from her other books in that respect. Instead she tosses together two people in difficult situations that could happen to anyone. Andi's story is heartbreaking to me. Maybe because I'm a college student who's put herself on a strict deadline for graduation and is always worrying about her family needing her. But reading about her worrying over her mom and really wanting to make sure she graduates on time, I could felt her anxiety and her indecision. She was desperate to help and be there, but she also had to try and put herself and her needs first. It's always a tough call and it was portrayed so well in this book. Then there's Ryder and his super plausible back story. He was a nice guy who had a good job, and then with the economy going bad and all of the consequences of that, he lost his job. He still had responsibilities, so he found another job to make sure he could take care of those responsibilities...he just happened to decide to do that by being a stripper. One of the sweetest strippers I could imagine, really. He has a lot on his shoulders and a two sucky jobs, but he doesn't complain. If anything, he takes on more responsibility. The romance? Oh, the romance. Ryder and Andi had a natural chemistry from the start. They were both in tough situations that just seemed to keep getting tougher. They were able to help each other to an extent, but also recognized that some struggles have to be handled as individuals. The relationship wasn't really sugar coated. But there was still plenty of sexy times. It's the best distraction for tough times, really. The writing is classically Alessandra - addicting enough that I read it in two sittings when I should've been doing about five thousand other things. The book was fun, but still had a lot of depth. It was well paced and kept the action moving and never felt drawn out or like there was something missing. I worried a bit when I saw the pretty low estimated page count, but it was silly for me to even question it. Besides the fact there's no way for me to even know that it was accurate, Alessandra can always deliver. Alessandra is truly a master of New Adult books. Depth, sexy times, good writing, character development, and relationship development, wrapped up in a neat little book. I highly recommend her boo
about 12 hours ago
I'm really looking forward to this!To give you a taste of what we'll be covering, there's a great panel preview blog post up at LAPL including interviews with all of us book blogging panelistsAlethea Allarey,Alyson Beecher,Thuy Lam,Maggi...
I'm really looking forward to this!To give you a taste of what we'll be covering, there's a great panel preview blog post up at LAPL including interviews with all of us book blogging panelistsAlethea Allarey,Alyson Beecher,Thuy Lam,Maggie Park,and me!If you're in Los Angeles this Saturday October 12, 2013 at noon, I hope you join us for a great discussion.Namaste,Lee
about 12 hours ago