In My Mailbox (6)

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.

Bought:


The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


Cleopatra: A life by Stacy Schiff
Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney


Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors
Timeless by Alexandra Monir
So what did you guys get this week? Let me know!

Follow Friday (4)

Follow My Book Blog Friday is hosted, as you can see, by Parajunkee.
 
The question for this week is:

If you are a fan of Science Fiction what is your favorite book? If you haven’t read Science Fiction before…any inkling to? Anything catch your eye?

I love the Ender series by Orson Scott Card. Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Ender in Exile are the only ones I’ve read so far. I also really liked Building Harlequin’s Moon by Larry Niven and Brenda Cooper. I haven’t read very much in the Science Fiction genre, but what I have read I loved.
On another note, I just finished Nightshade by Andrea Cremer tonight, so keep an eye out for that review today or tomorrow!

In My Mailbox (5)

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 the GoodReads pages for the books.
FOR REVIEW:

Dark Mirror by M.J. Putney (Release: 03/01/2011) – Thanks SG @ St. Martin’s Griffin!
Also, I’ve been given the privilige of holding a giveway of 2 additional copies of this book! So keep an eye out for that in early March!
BOUGHT:
Yes I caved and bought two books this week, one of which is hardcover I only payed $3.49 for. Yeah!
The Swan Kingdom by Zoë Marriott
And tomorrow I’ll be driving up to Spokane to visit a real bookstore! Because what we have in my area do not count in my opinion. So that’s what I got this week, what did you guys get?

For Keeps by Natasha Friend

For Keeps by Natasha Friend Publisher: Viking (Imprint of Penguin)
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Source: Bought
Rating: 3/5 – It was okay. Cover: 3/5
Purchase: Amazon or Book Depository

Summary from Good Reads:
For sixteen years, Josie Gardner and her mom, Kate, have been a team. It’s been the Gardner Girls against the world, and that’s how Josie likes it. Until one day, in the pet food aisle of Shop-Co, they run into the parents of Paul Tucci, Kate’s high school boyfriend—the father Josie has never met. If Mr. and Mrs. Tucci are back in town, it’s only a matter of time until Paul shows up. Suddenly Josie’s mature, capable mother regresses to the heartbroken teenager she was when Paul moved away. Meanwhile, Josie’s on the verge of having her first real boyfriend, while her free-loving best friend, Liv, begins yet another no-strings-attached fling. When Josie learns some surprising truths about Paul Tucci, she finds herself questioning what she’s always believed about her parents—and about herself. In FOR KEEPS, Natasha Friend tells a fresh, funny, smart story about what happens when a girl gets the guy she always wanted and the dad she never knew she needed.

My thoughts on the book:

I wanted to love this book because I can relate to it on a personal level. Now that I’ve sat for a couple of days thinking about it, it just didn’t meet my expectations.

The interaction between the two families were very brief. I would have loved to see more especially between Josie and her father, maybe a time where they actually hang out for a day to start the process of getting to know each other. We were given little to nothing in terms of interaction with the rest of her new family. One uncle is mentioned but never talked to, while the other swoops in to save the moment, then swoops right back out never to be seen in those pages again. We get the grandmother through Josie, instead of from her.

The one thing I did like was Josie’s reactions. She reacted in such a real, believable way to the whole situation. Much like I think I’d act in that situation, and I’m nearing 24 instead of being 16

Follow Friday & Book Blogger Hop (3)

Follow My Book Blog Friday is hosted, as you can see, by Parajunkee.

What is your favorite romance hero-type? Stereotype wise. Do you like the strong silent type or the brute macho man?

A little of both really. I like the characters like Daemon and Lucivar from The Black Jewels Trilogy, or Joscelin from the Kushiel books. Adam Hauptman from the Mercy Thompson series. Charles from the Alpha and Omega series. All very strong men with the capacity for sensitivity and vulnerability.
 

Book Blogger Hop
Hosted by Crazy for Books!
“Tell us about one of your posts from this week and give us a link so we can read it (review or otherwise)!”
The last review I posted was for Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan. I liked the book a lot and plan on eventually checking out the other joint efforts by these two authers. Read the review!

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

 

The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles #2) by Rick Riordan

From Good Reads:
In this exciting second installment of the three-book series, Carter and Sadie, offspring of the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane, embark on a worldwide search for the Book of Ra, but the House of Life and the gods of chaos are determined to stop them.

Release Date: May 3rd 2011

I loved the first book in this new series by Rick Riordan, so I cannot wait for the next installment. I still need to finish his Percy Jackson series though, especially since there’s a new subseries.

What are you guys waiting for this week?

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (Division of Random House)
Released: October 26th 2010
Source: Library
Rating: 4/5    Cover Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon – Book Depository


Summary from GoodReads:
“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?


My Review
So I picked this up from my library, but had planned on waiting until after I read a book from my TBR pile. But I read the first few pages one night and got so hooked on it that my original plan went out the window. This book was a fun read.


We have Lily, sixteen years old and feeling abandoned by her parents during her favorite holiday of the year, Christmas. Lily is a bit quirky, which made her feel younger than her sixteen years at times, but I loved it. Loved everything about her. Then we have Snarly, a.k.a Dash, short for Dashiell. Complete opposite of Lily. Hates Christmas, could care less that he’s been abandoned by his divorced parents. It’s interesting to see someone so rational at such a young age. I really felt these characters, primary ones as well as secondary ones, were very fleshed out. They felt real.


I love the idea of the red notebook, and two strangers meeting in such a way. Using friends and family, their community, to make it all possible. All their humorous antics kept me entertained throughout the entire book. And when they finally met, wow. Was not expecting it to happen like that. But it definitely worked that way.


I have not read any previous books by the authors together or on their own, but I’m definitely going to be checking out their other joint works soon. If this book is anything to go by, the others will definitely be fun. And I hope this gets made into a movie some day just like Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

In My Mailbox (4)

Been a slow week for me reading wise, but I should have a review up tomorrow of Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, so keep a look out for that. Here’s this week’s IMM!

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 the GoodReads pages for the books.
Bought:
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (Used to own, now I do again, love this book!
Delirium by Lauren Oliver (So excited for this!)
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
For Keeps by Natasha Friend
The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn
Okay, I really need to take a breather when it comes to buying books. I’ve been obsessively and compulsively buying them for the last two months. Twenty-two books total, at the very least. I’m going to try not to buy any this week so I can make progress on my TBR pile! 😛
What did you guys get this week?

Follow Friday & Blogger Hop (2)

Follow My Book Blog Friday is hosted, as you can see, by Parajunkee.
Today’s Question: What is the book you are currently ‘pushing’? (Pushing mean trying to get people to read it)
 

It’s not a YA read, but I must say I think people should try The Black Jewels series by Anne Bishop. My absolute favorite series of all time. The first book is Daughter of the Blood, then Heir to the Shadows, and then Queen of the Darkness. And there are even more books after that! If you’re interested in knowing the order for the whole series just email me!
  
Book Blogger Hop
Book Blogger hop is hosted by Crazy for Books
“What are you reading now and why are you reading it?”
I am currently reading Born at Midnight, because I was given a review copy and it looks like it could be really good! I’m excited to get started with it.

Waiting on Wednesday (2)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, showcasing what we’re eagerly waiting for. Here is mine for this week!

Twilight’s Dawn by Anne Bishop
Release date: March 1st 2011

From the Author’s webite:

New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s “darkly fascinating”* Black Jewel novels have enthralled readers and critics alike with their mixture of fantasy, intrigue, and romance.  Now in Twilight’s Dawn, Bishop returns to the Blood realm with four all-new captivating novellas.

Winsol Gifts

Daemon, the Black Jeweled Warlord Prince of Dhemlan, is settling into his first year of married life with his Witch Queen Jaenelle. But as the thirteen-day celebration of Winsol draws near, Daemon finds himself being pulled in too many directions as he plays host to his formidable family…

Shades of Honor

Still recovering from the ordeal that left her wounded and angry, Surreal returns to Ebon Rih on the orders of Prince Lucivar. And when her former lover Falonar ruthlessly challenges the rule of her family, Surreal may finally succumb to the darkness burning inside her…

Family

When someone lays a vicious trap for Queen Sylvia and her sons, the fallout completely disrupts the lives of the ruling family of Dhemlan. Now, they have to uncover the identity of the warlord known only as No Face, before he returns to finish what he started…

The High Lord’s Daughter

After losing the two most important people in his life, Daemon has assumed his father Saetan’s role as High Lord of Hell and built a wall around his heart. But when he inadvertently forges a new connection, will it be enough to break him free from his loveless life?

I have been a fan of Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series for 10 years now, I think. I cannot wait for the latest installment. I might just have to request one of my regular days off for the release date so I can stay home all day to devour this book. What are you waiting for this week?