Follow Friday (9)

Follow my book blog Friday is a weekly meme where you go around and meet other bloggers and follow each other, hosted by Parajunkee’s View. This weeks question is:

“Q: Inspired by the inane twitter trend of #100factsaboutme, give us five BOOK RELATED silly facts about you.”

Hmmmmm, let’s see.

1. My first is the same as one of Parajunkee’s, in that my own physical TBR pile is also 100+ books, and yet just today I bought five more home from the bookstore. No wait, six. Nearly $80 spent today…
2. I do find it harder to read at home, when I have television and internet to vie for my attention.
3. Sometimes when I have a book that just has a stunning cover, I’ll just sit there and hold it and stare at it. Especially if it’s a hardback. I love hardbacks.
4. I don’t read my books in the bathtub, just because I hate baths so I try to get them finished with as soon as possible. But I do sometimes read somewhere else in the bathroom.
5. I’m just not as thrilled with ereaders as everyone else seems to be. I have a kindle, but I’ve only read one book from it. I still prefer physical books.

And just a random 6th one to throw in, my TBR list on Good Reads is 450+ now. I keep adding stuff every day!

Waiting on Wednesday (7)

This is a bit late in the day, but better late than never, right? Also, before tonight is over I’ll be announcing and notifiying the winner of the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop. Sorry for the delay. Work has been emotionally draining the last week or so. But here’s what I’m waiting for!

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Release date: September 27, 2011 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Summary from Good Reads:
What if you were bound for a new world, about to pledge your life to someone you’d been promised to since birth, and one unexpected violent attack made survival—not love—the issue?

Out in the murky nebula lurks an unseen enemy: the New Horizon. On its way to populate a distant planet in the wake of Earth’s collapse, the ship’s crew has been unable to conceive a generation to continue its mission. They need young girls desperately, or their zealous leader’s efforts will fail. Onboard their sister ship, the Empyrean, the unsuspecting families don’t know an attack is being mounted that could claim the most important among them…

Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space; she was born on the Empyrean, and the large farming vessel is all she knows. Her concerns are those of any teenager—until Kieran Alden proposes to her. The handsome captain-to-be has everything Waverly could ever want in a husband, and with the pressure to start having children, everyone is sure he’s the best choice. Except for Waverly, who wants more from life than marriage—and is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.

But when the Empyrean faces sudden attack by their assumed allies, they quickly find out that the enemies aren’t all from the outside.

Glow is the most riveting series debut since The Hunger Games, and promises to thrill and challenge readers of all ages

I’m really excited by the emergence of more science fiction type stories in YA books right now. I loved Across the Universe, and this one seems to have the potential to be just as good. Is it September yet?! What are you guys waiting for?

Teaser Tuesday (3)

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB Should Be Reading, a weekly meme where you post two sentences from your current read, as long as they are not spoilers. So let’s get started!

“When their interest in food waned, the man of her dreams gathered her in his arms and carried her back to the bed. The robe was flung to the floor.”

Page 70 of Quicksilver by Joy Spraycar

What are your teasers for this week? Let me know!

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
Publisher: Splinter (Imprint of Sterling)
Release Date: January 11, 2011
Source: Bought
Rating: 4/5 – It was really really good
Cover Comments: It is one of my favorite covers of all time. I would stop and just stare at it for a few minutes while I was reading.

Summary from Good Reads:
Passion. Fate. Loyalty. Would you risk it all to change your destiny? The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spell-binding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever. Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more

My thoughts on Tiger’s Curse:
One of the things I loved most about this book was that instead of having a damsel in distress we have Kelsey going all the way to India with someone she doesn’t know and a tiger she loves to help him break his and his brother’s curse. The tables were turned.

Also, I’ve always wanted to read a story about jungles and tigers. Because I love felines. Tiger’s especially. I’d have one if I knew without a doubt it wouldn’t eat me. Anyways, this book made me think about jungles and tigers all day while I was reading it. The descriptions were lovely. I even had a feel for the circus while Kelsey was working there. I loved all the characters. Mr. Kadam is made of generosity. I thought Ren and Kishan would speak in a more old fashioned way, given they were living 300+ years before the story starts. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Kishan in Tiger’s Quest, but I didn’t like how his actions seemed to be repeating history.

The main thing I didn’t like about this book was how the ending came about. I felt it was sudden, out of nowhere. I wouldn’t want the overall ending changed since it’s a great lead-in for the next book, but I would’ve liked to have seen it come about differently. I felt like Kelsey brought what happened on herself by thinking things all of a sudden that just weren’t true.

In My Mailbox (10)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, showcasing what you received in the mail, bought, or borrowed from friends or the library for that week. So here’s what I got this week! All links lead you to their Good Reads page.
Only four books this week. I really need to stop buying them, although two I didn’t actually buy. But still. I have a very large to be read pile right now, definitely not lacking in having something to read. Anyways, here’s what I got this week!
From the library: The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
Bought: Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr (20% off!) and Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
Won: Love, Love, Love by Deborah Reber & Caroline Goode – Won this from the Loving the Reviews challenge in February, hosted by SnifflyKitty and Blkosiner.
What did you guys get this week? Let me know!

River Marked by Patricia Briggs

River Marked by Patricia Briggs
Publisher: Ace (Penguin Imprint)
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Source: Bought
Rating: 5/5 – Absolutely loved it
Cover Rating: 5/5 – Absolutely loved it

Summary From Good Reads:  

Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She’s never known any others of her kind. Until now.
An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River-one that her father’s people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help…

My thoughts on River Marked:
This is my favorite of the Mercy Thompson series. And only because we finally learn more about what Mercy is and where she comes from. And that she is not the only one of her kind. The novel only spans a few days, and many characters that we see throughout the series were almost completely absent, which I didn’t like so much.

The Native American aspect in this book only piqued my interest in doing more research on my own, especially since I do have Native American ties in my family. I was glad to see Coyote, and the others, Raven, Thunderbird, Bear, Wolf. I look forward to seeing more of them in future installments. And I hope this won’t be the last we see of the walking stick, because I’ve grown rather fond of it.

Next up is the next installment of her Alpha and Omega series featuring Anna and Charles! Comes out January 2012, so far away!

Follow Friday (8) & Book Blogger Hop (7)

Follow my book blog Friday is a weekly meme where you go around and meet other bloggers and follow each other, hosted by Parajunkee’s View. This weeks question is:
“How did you come up with your blog name?”

Well, my username for the website MyAnimeList had been starrysky for most of the last year, and I figured I’d just use it for my blog name as well. I like the image of a sky filled with stars.

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books, a way to find new bloggers and friends, get to know each other! Here’s this week’s question:

“Do you read only one book at a time, or do you have several going at once?”

That depends. If a current read isn’t something I’m really getting into, I’ll start another book. Sometimes when that happens I can get into 5 or 6 at once. I’ve got that going right now, although that’s partly because one of the books is loaned out so I haven’t had a chance to finish it yet. But I’m trying to get it back down to just reading one or two at a time.

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop!

The Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop is being hosted by I am a reader, not a writer. A huge hop where you just go from blog to blog entering fantastic giveaways!

The only rule for this giveaway is that you must be a follower. You can gain one extra entry for tweeting or posting about my giveaway. Now, on to the prize!

One lucky winner will get The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade, as well as one book of your choice.

Both will be from Book Depository, so if they ship to your country, definitely enter! The Blog hop runs from midnight tonight until midnight on the 20th of March.

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS OFFICIALLY ENDED! Thank you to everyone who participated and hello to all my new followers!

Waiting on Wednesday (6)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, showcasing an upcoming release that you’re looking forward to. Here’s mine for this week!

Entwined by Heather Dixon
March 29, 2011 by Greenwillow Books

Summary from Good Reads:

Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it’s taken away. All of it. The Keeper understands. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation. Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest. But there is a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

Miles From Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams

Miles From Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: March 15, 2011
Source: ARC from publisher
Rating: 5/5 stars – Stunning
Purchase: Amazon or Book Depository

Summary from Good Reads
Thirteen-year-old Lacey wakes to a beautiful summer morning excited to begin her new job at the library, just as her mother is supposed to start work at the grocery store. Lacey hopes that her mother’s ghosts have finally been laid to rest; after all, she seems so much better these days, and they really do need the money. But as the hours tick by and memories come flooding back, a day full of hope spins terrifyingly out of control….

My thoughts on Miles From Ordinary:
This novel left me stunned. Speechless. I can’t even begin to imagine what life must be like for Lacey, despite how well the author articulates the situations.

Lacey is far stronger than any girl her age should have to be. Once her aunt leaves, it’s up to her to take care of everything. She struggles with love for her mother and the need to take care of her, and with the need to have a normal mother so she can have a normal life. And as anyone in that position, she feels guilty for those times she wishes her mother would leave.

The flashbacks were wonderful. Used skillfully in placing backstory that gives you an idea about how everything started, and how it progresses. The writing style makes it so you can really feel what Lacey is feeling. Especially when she returns home at one point and enters her Aunt Linda’s old room. Exceptionally well done.

I haven’t read any other books by this author, but Miles From Ordinary has piqued my interest in her other works. I definitely recommend this, it gets you thinking, and feeling. It stayed in my thoughts for a days even after I’d already started another book.