Thursday, October 31, 2013

Think Out Loud #68: Happy Halloween 2013!!


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Welcome to my weekly meme,
I try to post on Thursdays but you
can post whenever you want!


Happy Halloween!
It's that time of year again
when the ghouls and goblins
run free! Beware!

This week I thought I would share
some super cute Halloween costumes
that I found on the internet!
Gotta love "Where the Wild Things Are."

Even a pint sized Joker is still scary!

Harry Potter!!!

Kids these days don't remember what paper dolls are!

This doesn't seem very fun for the kid!

This is my favorite I think!
Superman always wins!

This is soooo adorable!

Edward Scissorhands rocks!










Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays #27: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender


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Teaser Tuesdays!
This is a weekly meme hosted by
Just pick a few sentences from your current
read and share! Super easy!


"To many, I was myth incarnate, the embodiment
of a most superb legend, a fairy tale.
Some considered me a monster, a mutation.
To my great misfortune, I was once mistaken for an angel.
To my mother, I was everything.
To my father, nothing at all."


This Teaser is from

by Leslye Walton.
Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration. That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo. First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Showcase Sunday #17: Burn Bright


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Welcome to
Showcase Sunday!
It is a weekly meme hosted by
It is such a great way to re-cap your week!




This week, I was approved for some more Netgalley books!
YAY!!!!!
Now, if I just had time to read them all!
Here's what I received!

by Leslye Walton.
Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration. That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo. First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.


I also received the sequel to Dark Star!
Burn Bright (Dark Star #2) by Bethany Frenette

Audrey Whitticomb saved her entire city.

Well, kind of. The superhero Morning Star (who just happens to be Audrey's mom) might have played a small part, and her sidekick, Leon—Audrey's sort-of boyfriend, who is gorgeous... and frustrating—maybe helped, too.

But after two peaceful months, there is a vicious new threat in Minneapolis. Her name is Susannah, and she's a Harrower, a demon hell-bent on destroying people like Morning Star, Leon, and Audrey—the Kin. Like others before her, she seeks the Remnant, a Kin girl who has the power to unleash the inhabitants of the Beneath. But to what end?

Audrey already has a ton on her plate: dealing with her best friend Tink's boy drama, helping her other best friend Gideon figure out his nightmares, and exploring the highs and lows of "dating" Leon. But when she develops a powerful new ability, Audrey seizes on the chance to fight, despite her mother's protests and Leon's pleas.

As Audrey gets closer to figuring out Susannah's motives and tracking down the Remnant, she'll uncover more than she bargained for. The terrible truth is staring Audrey in the face. But knowing the truth and accepting it are very different things.


So, how was your week?

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Lost Prince 
(The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Published: Oct 23, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: Ebook; 377 pg
Source: Netgalley
ISBN: 0373210574
Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Book Depository

Synopsis:

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.



The Lost Prince was another perfect addition to the Iron Fey series! It continues not the story of Meghan, but of her younger step-brother, Ethan. Ethan is all human, but is cursed with the Sight and is able to see the fey that he so despises. Ethan has spent most of his life pushing people away so they don't get hurt, until he meets Kenzie St. James. Kenzie is a force to be reckoned with and Ethan doesn't stand a chance of pushing her away.

The relationship between Ethan and Kenzie seems sweet and has a fairly natural progression, considering they are in Faerie. I really liked Kenzie's spunk! Ethan is a very multi-faceted character that I also enjoyed very much. My favorite cute character goes to Razor though because he cracks me up! Kierren always seemed a little off to me though.

The plot was awesome and I didn't see a lot of it coming. Also, I loved the imagery that Kagawa created inside Faerie, her words as magical as always!

5 stars to The Lost Prince!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Book Blogger Hop #15: Fave Horror Novel


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Welcome to the
Book Blogger Hop,
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Just answer the weekly question,
think link up your post.
Super easy!


QUESTION:
What is your favorite horror novel and why?

ANSWER:
My favorite would have to be
I loved the story and it was the first time I
was introduced to such suspensful writing.
I just remember being so terrified!
It was great.

CLOSER…
They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California. AND CLOSER…
At first they thought it was the work of a maniac. Or terrorists. Or toxic contamination. Or a bizarre new disease.

AND CLOSER…
But then they found the truth. And they saw it in the flesh. And it was worse than anything any of them had ever imagined…

Creepy, huh?






Think Out Loud #67: The Book That Made Me...


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It is a weekly meme I host on Thursdays.
It's fun because you get to do something
different every time you post!
It can be about anything,
so go, Make Art!


This week I am showcasing
The Book That Made Me...
It is a site where you can share
your story of how a book has
changed your life. So cool!

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

High School dropout at 15 due to parents broken marriage and an alcoholic step father, I was sitting in the school library on a radiator, truanting. Bored, I grabbed a book with a bright cover; The Handmaid's Tale. I read it in one big, swooping breath, gulping it in, greedily.

Today I'm an English teacher in a high school. That novel changed my life.

Submitted by Joanna Elvin on 17th August 2013





And here is a fantastic video from Neil Gaiman talking about
The Book That Made Him Want to Write!
The Chronicles of Narnia!

I think this is such a wonderful idea!






Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays #26: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by
Just grab a snippet from your current read and share!


TEASER

"We followed Kierran through the wyldwood for several hours,
walking beneath huge dark trees that shut out the light,
passing shocking flashes of color in an otherwise gray world."


This Teaser is from:

by Julie Kagawa.

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.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Showcase Sunday #16: Ready Player One


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Welcome to
Showcase Sunday!
A weekly meme hosted by
It is a great way to review your week
and share your new books!




This week I FINALLY purchased a Hardcover copy of


It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune--and remarkable power--to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved--that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt--among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life--and love--in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

HERE is my review if you are interested!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Book Blogger Hop #14: Norman Bates VS Hannibal Lector


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Welcome to the 
Book Blogger Hop!
It is hosted by 
Just answer the weekly question,
then link up!
Super easy and fun!


QUESTION:
Norman Bates VS Hannibal Lector:
Which one of these famous book
murderers is scarier?
(Optional question: Who is your favorite book villian?)

ANSWER:
I would say Hannibal is scarier to me.
He eats people for crying out loud!
Ewwww.








Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Think Out Loud #66: Adorably Weird


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I post on Thursdays to get the Linky up,
but you can post whenever you want!
Whatever you want!


The artwork below is so fantastic!
It is from a mother/daughter duo.
The daughter is only FOUR years old!
The mother draws the faces and then lets 
her 4 yr old daughter add to it.
The link to the site I found it on is HERE.

Illustrator draws faces, lets 4-year-old draw bodies, 
ends up with adorably weird art.

When artist Mica Angela Hendricks got a new sketch book a while back, her 4-year-old daughter was insistent upon being able to try it out herself. Hendricks tried to say no, but her daughter used a phrase on her mom that she must have heard a few times herself…

If you can’t share, we might have to take it away…

Well, that did the trick and Hendricks her little girl finish one of the characters she’d started in the new sketchbook. This turned out to be an accidental stroke of genius.

Hendricks now regularly draws faces for her daughter to finish. After the younger artist completes her confident pen strokes, the older then fills them in with color and and their collaborative work is done.









Oh my gosh!
It's just so awesome and such a great story!
Love it!









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