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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Description (from GoodReads):"There are six things very wrong with my life:

1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years.

2. It is on my nose

3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.

4. In fourteen days the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic teachers.

5. I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.

6. I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.

In this wildly funny journal of a year in the life of Georgia Nicolson, British author Louise Rennison has perfectly captured the soaring joys and bottomless angst of being a teenager. In the spirit of Bridget Jones's Diary, this fresh, irreverent, and simply hilarious book will leave you laughing out loud. As Georgia would say, it's 'Fabbity fab fab!'"

I'm currently at a loss for words right now. I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard while reading anything. This series, Confessions of Georgia Nicolson came highly recommend from my cousin. Now my cousin isn't exactly a big reader. When I say she's not a big reader, I don't mean she was like all those women over the summer who had never picked up a book in their life, but claimed Fifty Shades of Grey was the best piece of literature in the world (like they had anything to compare it to). I simply mean reading isn't her favorite thing, but with the right books you can find her doing nothing but reading.

I saw the movie Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, which is based of this book and the second book It's OK, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers (UK title)/ On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God (US title). My cousin for the most part had been satisfied with it, for a movie that was compiled of two books. Actually she was most happy with the lead actress chosen for the part of Georgia. I really enjoyed the movie, so I was really looking forward to reading these books.

See, I'm not even sure where to begin, I really want to share my favorite entry of Georgia's so here it is:
10:30 p.m.
Heard Mutti and Vati arguing. Oh perfect, now they'll split up and they'll both want custody of me.
I know that on its own it probably isn't nearly as funny. But while you're reading it, you will understand Georgia. She is a bit of a trouble child with her parents. She causes trouble in school, she thinks her parents are lame, she's completely full of herself, Georgia seems to think she's an adult. The mean part of my brain while thinking this is no. No Georgia, your parents will no being fighting to keep custody of you, they will probably be hoping the other parent will want custody of you. Which is wrong. Both her parents obviously love her, however, I couldn't help, but find that funny. Georgia with all her faults seems to me like a real fourteen year old. The book was written in 1999, but to me she seems like so many young teens I know today. Which means I shouldn't be able to stand her (I can't stand kids today), but I kind of found Georgia enduring for some reason.

Though Georgia calls herself ugly, and though through her entries we get the idea her friends think her plain (I really think she needs new friends even her friend Jas seems like a pretty big jerk half the time), Georgia seems to attract relatively attractive guys. Or at least guys she deems attractive, of course, they do seem rather... odd. And odd is putting it lightly. This is actually I found funny and something I could relate to, attracting strange guys. Because I always get the weirdos hitting on me, always. However, Georgia also sees a lot of action for a plain girl for someone who claims to not know much about kissing. Still, her adventures or rather misadventures in learning about boys are rather amusing. I'm sure she and her friend Jas will never learn the meaning behind a boy's "See ya later".

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging was an incredibly quick read I think I finished it in a few hours. I would give the book 4/5.


This is a book from my own personal library.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway


Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Read Now Sleep Later.

It's been awhile since I've last participated in a giveaway hop. Anyway for this hop, I'll be giving away a book of your choice for up to 15 USD.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Swan Kingdom by Zoë Marriott

Description (from GoodReads): "A new voice in fantasy weaves a rich, entrancing tale of a girl with powerful healing gifts —- and the courage to use them to save her ailing kingdom.

Shadows fall across the beautiful, lush kingdom after the queen is attacked by an unnatural beast, and the healing skills of her daughter, Alexandra, cannot save her. Too soon the widowed king is spellbound by a frightening stranger, a woman whose eyes reflect no light. In a terrifying moment, all Alexandra knows disappears, including her beloved brothers, leaving her banished to a barren land. But Alexandra has more gifts than she realizes as she confronts magic, murder, and the strongest of evil forces, and is unflinchingly brave as she struggles to reclaim what is rightfully hers. Fantasy lovers will be held in thrall by this tale full of visual detail, peppered with a formidable destructive force and sweetened with familial and romantic love."

One of my favorite fairy tales is The Six Swans. When I first saw the Swan Kingdom a few years back I was really excited to see a retelling of The Wild Swans (you know, different name, but basically same story). It's too bad this book didn't live up to that excitement. I started the book, and it seemed okay. Until I finished the first chapter in which it was not okay. I felt like chapter one was just an extension of the prologue a, getting to know the character bit, I hated Alexandra's voice, seriously. Just get to the point already. The book isn't that long, but I had to keep putting the book down or I was going to go crazy.

On top of the story taking forever and having no point (I ended up just skipping sentences because I couldn't take it anymore), Alexandra is such a dependent character. She doesn't seem to ever grow out of this. Once her brothers are turned into swans (or whatever it is), oh and there's only one surprise there, I guess I'm lucky I didn't skip over that, not that I cared overly much about it, she finds Gabriel to cling to. She's not all that interesting, but he seems to fall in love with her anyway. What? I'm so tired of "plain" girls becoming pretty. Sometimes plain girls stay plain! And pretty girls can be born pretty! On top of which, Alexandra doesn't even realize that she becomes "pretty" it's a complete surprise to her! 

There's actually more that I can complain about, but it's kind of making me angry talking about it. I gave it a 2/5 because I finished it.



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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Description (from Amazon): "Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart."

The farther I get away from having read Shadow and Bone the less I like it. The copy I had was an ARC copy, I had received as a R.A.K. So it didn't have a map in it, which would have been helpful a bit, sometimes with fantasy settings I like to be able to look at a map. I didn't really understand what the Fold was (that's what it was called right?), and a few other things tended to get all mushed in my head, so a glossary would have been nice as well.

All that aside, I did like the story, and for the most part I couldn't put the book down. I did like most of the characters as well. Though I feel like it's obvious there is more to the Darkling, I think there is definitely more to Baghra. And whether or not she's a good guy seems to be just as much as in question to me as whether or not the Darkling is (I mean if you're questioning that). The one character I didn't like was Mal. We are told from the very beginning how much Alina is just in love with him, and of course this boy doesn't get much screen time. I don't understand why authors do the whole childhood sweetheart thing. (Granted it's one-sided love, who am I kidding? It's always one-sided at first.) Personally I'm sick of it. As far as I understand, people who grow up together, especially the way these two did, will probably have more of a sibling relationship (ew). And how exactly did the whole Mal and Alina thing come to happen in the end? Did that seem forced to anyone else?

Yeah, so I originally gave Shadow and Bone 4/5, but I can't help but question my sanity at the time.



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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Description (from GoodReads): "Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves."

Okay, I can so see why people love this series. I'll be honest here. I saw the movie a few times before I read the book. I didn't know it was a book until I saw the movie and the whole "based off of the book" bit in the beginning titles you know. I enjoyed the movie immensely for the most part. (Expect the whole Persephone being in the Underworld just before Summer Solstice, because that just didn't make any sense.) I knew the movie and book were different so I was a little worried, but I loved the book so much. I really wished this series existed when I was younger, if I'm enjoying it now, I think an eleven year old me wouldn't know what to do with herself right now.

I really enjoyed the humor, and it starts right at the beginning. I loved the chapter titles, I think my favorite was "I Become Supreme Lord of the Bathroom". I can't even think of anything to complain about the characters (or really anything in general). I kind of want to go back and reread it even though I do have the next to books in the series to get to. I thought if I gave myself time to think about it I would come up with a list of things I didn't like, but I didn't.

I can easily give this book 5/5.




This is a book from my own personal library.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Blog Tour: Fraction of Stone by Kelley Lynn



About Fraction of Stone

Fraction of Stone by Kelley Lynn
Series: The Fraction Series, #1
Publication: March 21st 2013
by Sapphire Star Publishing
Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:
There is only one among the Tarmack nation with the ability to wield magic, eighteen-year-old Rydan Gale. He lives like a prince, cherished for his talent to bend the fabric of the universe to his will. In the war against the Liasam, he is their ultimate weapon.

The Liasam have a source of magic as well, but Akara’s mastery of her power is rudimentary at best. With a brilliant display of fire-rain Rydan’s side wins the war, giving the Tarmack sole control over dwindling resources due to the natural disasters ripping apart the earth.

When Akara is sentenced to death, Rydan questions the motive, and discovers the leaders of the newly unified nation fear magic above all else. With war a memory, his skills no longer needed, Rydan suspects he is next. Throwing away every comfort, he pulls Akara from the flames of her execution and their lives as fugitives begin.

Both have a tattoo on the back of their neck, the mark of an extinguished tribe. They discover the natural disasters plaguing the world are due to the tribe’s demise and only Rydan and Akara can save the crumbling world.

But the greatest obstacle for saving mankind isn’t the bizarre creatures and determined men hunting them.

It’s that Akara doesn’t believe the world is worth saving.



My Review

Ugh, I'm just so angry I finished this book. Though I rushed to finish it, it's just one of those books I just wished didn't have to end. When I started this book, I as I seem to often do, forgot what it was about. All I remembered was I needed to read it. 

Fraction of Stone was incredibly easy for me to get into. I didn't want to put my kindle down. Which was nice, I haven't really been able to keep my attention on anything. The book was also a quick read for me, I finished it in about two days. Of course, a part of that could have been that I didn't want to put it down.

I liked the characters we have Rydan whose very optimistic, who wants to believe that there are good people that should be saved. Then we there's Akara who has limited interaction with the world as a whole and doesn't believe that the world is worth saving, or even living in. As the book progress, we see Rydan's faith in others sort of falter and he begins to understand why Akara sees the world the way she does. Where Akara is looking for a reason to save the world. For the majority of the book, each chapter alternates between their point-of-views. Though I did like that and I felt that we got to know the two main characters that way, I felt like there was still things missing about the characters.

There were two things that bothered me. One was that there were parts that felt like they were a little dragged out, while others felt a little rushed. The other isn't really a break it thing, is that this is the first in a series, so I personally had a few questions/things I wanted answers to, but obviously didn't get. Before I forget, there is also the ending itself which leaves a few questions in it's wake.

I would give the book a 4/5.


About the Author

During Kelley Lynn’s last year at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, while pursuing her degree in Chemical Engineering, the voices in her head got the best of her. Surprisingly, they didn’t want to talk about process flow diagrams and heat capacity. They preferred the fantastical. So instead of turning to her Thermodynamics book, Kelley brought up a blank page on her computer screen and wrote.

Come graduation, not only did Kelley have a diploma and, thankfully, a wonderful job, but she had a new obsession as well. Amidst the order and exactness that came with the nine to five, Kelley found a way to create; to determine the rules of a world and take her characters to the limits of what was possible. Perhaps she has a slight control complex.

The first in the series, Fraction of Stone, was born on an airplane and took ten days to write. It probes the question, should the world be saved if there’s no one in it worth saving?

When briefly managing to quiet the voices, Kelley participates in softball, soccer and volleyball. (You probably don’t want her on your volleyball team. Unless you want to laugh.) She lives with her sister and her dog who can attest to the chair that has Kelley’s butt print permanently pressed into it. Depending on the weekend, you might be able to hear Kelley sing for an area classic rock band.

Kelley Lynn is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Book Blitz: Blood and Snow by RaShelle Workman


Blood and Snow: The Complete Set by RaShelle Workman
Publication date: 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal

Synopsis:
Every thousand years the Vampire Queen selects a new body, always the fairest in the land, and this time she's chosen Snow White.

Snow isn't an ordinary girl. She doesn't know that yet.

When Snow gets bitten by a Hunter, her life is thrown into a whirlwind of change where instead of worrying about what to eat, she has to fight not to drink the blood of fellow high school students. She becomes a revenant - not quite human, not quite vampire.

With the help of an eccentric old Professor, his seven adoptive sons, and her best friend, Snow learns to control her blood craving. Sort of. She drinks a bloodlust tea, but she'd rather drink from her Hunter.

Or, a human.

She also discovers a whole other realm, one filled with fairies, dragons, and magic. And not only does the Vampire Queen want her, but there's a pendant called the Seal of Gabriel created for Snow by the Vampire Queen's twin sister. And Snow's supposed to use it to restore balance to all magical creatures. Including vampires.

GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17405755-blood-and-snow


Excerpt:

       When you lose everything, there’s only one option. Jump. Go all in. Which is what I did. With both fangs. I embraced my vampire… ism?... ness?... tendencies?... whatever. I accepted them and, the truth was, I liked it.
       At least while I partook of human blood. After, when the drunken haze faded, guilt would edge its way in. I hadn’t killed another human, not since Gabe, but killing him was horror enough. It ate at my heart. I remembered the grotesque way Gabe’s body laid on the floor. The way Professor Pops and the guys looked at me. With loathing, disgust, and fear. But I deserved it. I’d become a monster, and killed a brother. A son. A boy I thought I might love. He kissed me, and I repaid him in blood. Lots of it. Maybe even all of it. My carnal need overtook all other emotions, and I let myself give in. Relished the sensation.


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Author Bio

RASHELLE WORKMAN lives on a mountain with her husband, three children, and three dogs. From her back porch she can see the city lights and imagine... She's the bestselling author of the Dead Roses series (Sleeping Roses is being translated into Turkish, and will be available in print wherever Turkish books are sold in 2014), the Immortal Essence series, and the Blood and Snow series.







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An Unplanned Lesson

Title: An Unplanned Lesson
By: Beth Rinyu
Publication Date: March 8, 2013

Book Blurb:

Nicole Morgan, the new second grade teacher at Pineview Elementary school, has it all together in the classroom; it’s her personal life that she can’t find peace with. Unable to let go of the guilt that she is harboring from her past, she punishes herself by running from all potential relationships.

Her patience is put to the test when Dailan O’Maley the obnoxious but very sexy uncle of one of her students enters her life. She slowly cracks away at Dailan’s crude, crass exterior when they are forced to work together for the sake of his nephew. The two of them learn a lesson in love that neither had planned as they discover that the guilt they are hiding deep inside isn’t the only thing they have in common. Unbeknownst to her, he holds more than just the key to her heart.

Book Links:
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17410887-an-unplanned-lesson
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/An-Unplanned-Lesson-ebook/dp/B00BQSGUPY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1362961186&sr=8-3&keywords=beth+rinyu
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/an-unplanned-lesson-beth-rinyu/1114798172?ean=2940016324586
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/293544

Excerpt:
“Why are you staring at me?” I asked.

“Because I think you’re hot,” he said as he chewed on his straw and his smile became even wider. Ryan started to giggle, never taking his eyes from his coloring.

I pursed my lips and shook my head. “What, are you twelve?” His only response was the arrogant smirk that I had become so acquainted with over the past few months. “You know what – why did I even agree to come out with you tonight? Oh wait—that’s right, I didn’t agree, you just took it upon yourself to barge into my classroom and demand that I go,” I said, not finding any humor in his immature behavior.

“Do you always take demands like that from a man, darlin’? If so, I think I need to get you in the bedroom,” he said as he rubbed the scruff on his cheek.

I couldn’t take his obnoxious behavior anymore. I shook my head and shot him a dirty look before giving him a swift kick in the knee.

“Ouch, that wasn’t very nice,” he said as he rubbed his knee under the table.

“Keep it up and I’ll aim just a little higher.”

“Then that would be your loss.”

“Oh, I’m sure it wouldn’t be,” I snapped.

Ryan seemed unfazed by it all as he continued to color. I realized now exactly where Ryan got his colorful vocabulary - from the immature, arrogant male chauvinist sitting across from me. Did I mention incredibly sexy as well?

Author Information:
Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed creative writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen – or in today’s world a touch of the keyboard. My life is not as interesting as my books or the characters in them, but then again whose life is? I was born and have lived in New Jersey my whole life. I’m a mom of twin teenage boys, a teenage stepson, a crazy Border Collie and a cat with an identity crisis! I guess you can say writing is my form of Calgon! I am married to a wonderful guy – but we’ll keep that between us, I don’t want him getting a big head!

Author Links: 
Website: http://bethy97.blogspot.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6860119.Beth_Rinyu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BethRinyu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BethRinyuWriter

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Showcase Sunday (19)


Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books Biscuits and Tea.

Uh oh... I was a little, just a bit, bad this week...

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Blog Tour: Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud

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Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud

Max has anger management issues. But she has a secret, too. She can make things happen. Like magic. She almost killed a loser skate punk and nearly used it on her stuck up older sister. The question is, can she do anything other than blow things up? Can she learn to control it? And is it really possible that an obscure teenage girl is the key to keeping all of humanity safe?

Philip just got his ring back. He got it taken away for messing with his teacher’s mind so he can cheat on a test. Now that he has his ring, he thinks he should be able to use his power to make his life better. A lot better. The problem is that people want him to be responsible. But if you could do magic, wouldn’t you use it to escape work in any way possible?

Aaron wants to be a soldier. He knows there are lots of people who would try to take over, and he’s determined to stop them. The problem is that there’s this new girl. And she might be not be on the right side of things. She’s really talented and pretty, but she might be able to destroy everything he believes in. Whatever the case, he knows he needs to learn to be world class with the magic sword while he figures out what to do.

Brynn never gets out. Her grandfather won’t permit it. Her only access to the outside world are high fashion magazines, so she has an unusual idea what she should wear. She’s dying to get out and travel. And adopt animals. Any kind of animal. Is she a lonely future granny with cats or are her ridiculous clothes actually the next fashion craze? What possible role could she play in the destiny of the world?

Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud is a fast-paced fantasy adventure for all ages (10 and up) and is the first of a planned trilogy. Fans of magic, swordplay, secret agents, and conspiracies set in a modern everyday world will not be able to put the book down. Jon Thomason is a debut author and paints a vivid world of magic right under our noses and delivers rapid-fire action that keeps the pages turning.

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Praise

"Impressively inventive and enjoyable...vivid storytelling and exceptional characterization...Max's personality is layered and complex...conveyed flawlessly...keeping readers intrigued and engaged...writing style is smooth, and a subtle sense of humor comes through...narrative tension builds at a good pace and easily flows toward a satisfying and exciting conclusion...parents are likely to both approve of the story and enjoy reading it themselves...talented writer...sure to find an appreciative audience that will eagerly anticipate the next book in the series." -- ForeWord Clarion Review

"Thomason shines in his heroine's characterization...magical" --blueink Review



Excerpt

Philip Stylus hated calling himself a ‘genie.’ He had no choice, though. Not if he wanted his ring back. When he introduced himself the way he preferred, the dim teenager didn’t understand ‘jinni.’ He wrinkled his nose at the stench. What a pigsty! At least he’d soon have the ring. The thought almost erased his annoyance at being yanked out of London and into the boy’s Los Angeles bedroom. Almost.
The boy was a statue, his mouth a perfect ‘O.’
“What did you expect?” Philip said. “Find a genie’s ring and rub it. Why be surprised when he appears? Hand over the ring, please.”
The boy still didn’t move. Philip raised his voice a notch. “Get it together, mate! I don’t like repeating myself. Give me the ring so I can grant your wishes.” Like all jinn, Philip couldn’t do magic without a ring.
The boy stirred. “I-I really get three wishes?”
“Didn’t I already say that? Yes! But first, the ring.”
Two years ago, the Council took Philip’s ring away after convicting him of breaking the Rules. Without the ring, the flame inside him still burned, but no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t gather it. The Council had his ring. That the boy found it must mean his sentence was complete.
The boy looked doubtful, but gave up the ring. Philip recognized its intricate inscriptions immediately. A thrill rushed through him. He slipped it on and hungrily gathered fire for the first time in years. He nearly wept with joy while grinning ear-to-ear like a kid after his first kiss.
The teen saw Philip’s reaction and his eyes narrowed with dull suspicion. “How do I know you are who you say you are? Who ever heard of a skinny, blond genie with a British accent? And what’s with the ugly clothes?”
Philip’s smile vanished. The flame begged to be released. Violence was only a breath away. With difficulty, he got himself back under control. He could only keep the ring if he granted the wishes. Even in the face of insults. Sharply: “Do you want your wishes or not?” Seconds ticked by. Philip could almost see the wheels turning behind the boy’s eyes. Turning slowly.
Then finally: “I guess it doesn’t matter what you look like.”
“Wise decision,” Philip said, trying in vain to keep the sarcasm out of his voice. “What’s your wish?” 



Author Jon Thomason


Jon Thomason lives with his family in San Diego, after many years living in the beautiful Seattle area. He has a successful career in high tech where he's been fortunate enough to participate in many big-name industry releases.

Storytelling permeates everything he does. In the moments when Jon is not helping build the story of the tech world, he can almost always be found working on a project: writing, photography, videography, graphics design, or 3D art.

And he's always careful to conceal his jinni magic abilities, though perhaps might slip one day and be discovered...



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Monday, March 11, 2013

Fairy Tale Read-a-Thon Update & Mini-Challenge


It's been a slow two days for me, but I'm hoping day three will be better for me. Saturday I had a birthday party to go to, and yesterday (Sundays I never get much reading done) I worked about all day, so I only read about 75 pages of The Lightning Thief. I'm hoping to finish it today though.

HOWEVER! I did finally got around to changing the Fairy/summer colored theme I had going on here at Jessie's Book Place, to the Fairy Tale/spring colored one. The poll I have at the right sidebar did close in early February, it was high time I got around to changing things. What better time to change things to a Fairy Tale theme than during the Fairy Tale Read-a-Thon? And, if you haven't figured it out, I do love spring time, and the spring colors that come with it.

As for my Mini-Challenge, what would my three wishes be?
  1. All the books from my wishlist. (I thought of just saying "more books" but who knows what kind of books a genie would decide to grant with a wish like that.)
  2. Less annoying co-workers. No seriously.
  3. Plenty of Cat/Dog food and a safe place to keep it. I'm always running out of cat and dog food at the most inconvenient times.

A Fairy Tale Read-a-Thon Mini-Challenge + Giveaway!


It's Mini-Challenge Time!!! And unlike the last time, I've prepared this post long before it's due! (Of course that's partly because I've copy and pasted my giveaway from the A Fairy Tale Read-a-Thon, but shh don't tell anyone.) Booyah!

And here are the deets:
-Participating in the Read-a-Thon
-Giveaway begins on the 11th and ends on the 17th.
-The winner will be chosen using rafflecopter.
-This giveaway is International, as long as The Book Depository delivers to you.
-The winner will have their pick of any books of their choice whether it's a fairy tale retelling or fairy tale like. And, before I forget it's up to $10 15 US$. There are a few suggestions below.
-There will be one winner.
-I'll give the winner 48 hours to respond to my email before picking a new one.

Some suggestions:
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Beastly by Alex Flinn
The Storyteller's Daughter by Cameron Dokey
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
Zel by Donna Jo Napoli
Golden by Cameron Dokey
Snow by Tracy Lynn
The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede


Now, as for the mini-challenge!


The Genie in the Lamp wants to know, 
what your three wishes are!



Lamp clipart from: JW Illustrations


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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Fairy Tale Read-a-Thon Goals Sort of


If you don't know, March is one of my favorite months, but March, doesn't like me. I basically started the month with a cold. Yeah, so it hasn't really been a good reading week or so for me, so hopefully this Read-a-Thon will do me some good.

I have a number of books that work for both this Read-a-Thon and the March Take Control of Your TBR Challenge. Though during the Read-a-Thon I hope to finish The Lightning Thief (which isn't fairy tale related, but I started it Friday while I was trying not to sleep the day away because of my cold) and Poison, which is my first real Netgalley approval (!) so doesn't really count toward my TBR challenge, but would so go toward this Read-a-Thon. You win some you lose some. I'm not really sure how many books I'm aiming to finish, just as many as I can.

       





Thursday, March 7, 2013

Blog Blast: Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud


Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud

Max has anger management issues. But she has a secret, too. She can make things happen. Like magic. She almost killed a loser skate punk and nearly used it on her stuck up older sister. The question is, can she do anything other than blow things up? Can she learn to control it? And is it really possible that an obscure teenage girl is the key to keeping all of humanity safe?

Philip just got his ring back. He got it taken away for messing with his teacher’s mind so he can cheat on a test. Now that he has his ring, he thinks he should be able to use his power to make his life better. A lot better. The problem is that people want him to be responsible. But if you could do magic, wouldn’t you use it to escape work in any way possible?

Aaron wants to be a soldier. He knows there are lots of people who would try to take over, and he’s determined to stop them. The problem is that there’s this new girl. And she might be not be on the right side of things. She’s really talented and pretty, but she might be able to destroy everything he believes in. Whatever the case, he knows he needs to learn to be world class with the magic sword while he figures out what to do.

Brynn never gets out. Her grandfather won’t permit it. Her only access to the outside world are high fashion magazines, so she has an unusual idea what she should wear. She’s dying to get out and travel. And adopt animals. Any kind of animal. Is she a lonely future granny with cats or are her ridiculous clothes actually the next fashion craze? What possible role could she play in the destiny of the world?

Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud is a fast-paced fantasy adventure for all ages (10 and up) and is the first of a planned trilogy. Fans of magic, swordplay, secret agents, and conspiracies set in a modern everyday world will not be able to put the book down. Jon Thomason is a debut author and paints a vivid world of magic right under our noses and delivers rapid-fire action that keeps the pages turning.

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"Impressively inventive and enjoyable...vivid storytelling and exceptional characterization...Max's personality is layered and complex...conveyed flawlessly...keeping readers intrigued and engaged...writing style is smooth, and a subtle sense of humor comes through...narrative tension builds at a good pace and easily flows toward a satisfying and exciting conclusion...parents are likely to both approve of the story and enjoy reading it themselves...talented writer...sure to find an appreciative audience that will eagerly anticipate the next book in the series." -- ForeWord Clarion Review

"Thomason shines in his heroine's characterization...magical" --blueink Review



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Author Jon Thomason


Jon Thomason lives with his family in San Diego, after many years living in the beautiful Seattle area. He has a successful career in high tech where he's been fortunate enough to participate in many big-name industry releases.

Storytelling permeates everything he does. In the moments when Jon is not helping build the story of the tech world, he can almost always be found working on a project: writing, photography, videography, graphics design, or 3D art.

And he's always careful to conceal his jinni magic abilities, though perhaps might slip one day and be discovered...



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