Friday, November 25, 2011

REVIEW: Passion (The Fallen Series Book 3)


By Lauren Kate
Delacorte Books for Young Readers 
June 2011
ISBN-10: 0385739168
ISBN-13: 978-0385739160



 Passion is the latest novel in the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. At the end of the last novel we find Luce climbing through an announcer to get away from the battle that ensued between the good angels, the dark angels and  the Outcasts.  On the other side she finds herself in Russia during World War Two and unfortunately, bears witness to seeing her previous self lit up like a torch after kissing past life Daniel. After watching that she decides to go through another announcer and once through this one she finds herself a nurse in World War One in another previous life.

As she makes her way through all these previous lives Daniel, the other angels and her two friends from the academy are trying to find her, slipping through announcers themselves. Doing this she hopes to find the answers to the many questions she has about her and Daniel. 

I found this book interesting though slightly long winded. It gives readers perspective on what Luce and Daniel have been through. It helped me better understand Daniels personality and why he acts the way he does. Though I would recommend reading the first two books before tackling this one. I believe it complements the other two novels well. I cannot wait until the fourth and final novel of the series comes out in 2012.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

BOOKSHELF: Thought Bubble



Every once an awhile I like to do a post a call bookshelf.  Very early on in my book blogging I came across a website aptly named Bookshelf that showcases..well....bookshelves!  Some are wacky, some are weird, but they all look like fun!

This particular one is called the thought bubble! Hope you like!  If you have a wacky bookshelf or have seen one you think others would enjoy email me and I will make sure to include it in a future post!

Monday, November 21, 2011

NEWS: NEW SOPHIE KINSELLA


I have always been a lover of books by Sophie Kinsella. Though her last two , Mini Shopaholic in Twenties Girl were for me not so hot, I haven’t given up on her yet.   Recently, I was reading one of my favorite blogs and read that Sophie it’s coming out with a new book.  It is called I’ve got your number and it is due out the Valentines Day  2012.



Here is a short snippet but what it’s about courtesy of Amazon.com :

I’ve lost it. :( The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day! Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive :) !!

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

This book is  definitely at the top of my pile of books to read in 2012!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Guest Post: A little design help!

Hello everyone! My name is Sammie and I blog over at Uncharted Heart. I am also Tarah's younger sister! We've been video chatting recently and admitted to each other that we have blogs. She viewed mine and wanted some similar features so I decided to clean it up a bit. I am in the process of working on a new header and button. But I wanted you guys to know first, we have added a "Grab My Button" on the right hand side of the blog. So if you are interested and have a blog yourself. You can just click in the text box under the button, copy and paste it right into your html, or however and which ever service you blog with. Whether it is with widgets or what have you! 
Here is the updated version of her button (new one to follow in a separate post ones I'm finished with it)

Anyway I'm still working on the kinks and the text box might not be there yet. So just be patient.

Another surprise is that Tarah will be guest posting on Sunday on my very own blog.
Come on over and check out Uncharted Heart !

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

REVIEW: Family & Other Non-Returnable Gifts

By Claire LaZebnik
September 2011
5 Spot
ISBN-10: 0446555029
ISBN-13: 978-0446555029
Buy It Now 






Recently, I read Families and Other Non-Returnable Gifts by Claire LaZebnik The main character in this story is Keats a middle child in a family of “eccentrics” to put it mildly. She has been dating a man named Tom since she was fifteen and it’s a pretty comfortable life; until recently.

Her parents have been divorced for quite awhile, but still live in the same house. Her mother has finally decided to put her foot down and told her ex husband that he has to leave. This decision begins a chain of many others that change life for most of the family members. When Keats dad moves from the house  her mom goes forward with selling it, which is easier said than done. Her mother is a hopeless pack rat, and her younger brother seems to have some kind of agoraphobia . Keats feels like she is the only one that can help them and not by choice as the prodigal daughter also known as the oldest is a world famous brain surgeon with very little time for her family.

On top of all this is her family’s expectations for her, specifically her mother.  Her mother thinks it is bad that she has been dating the same man for so many years.   Having only had one boyfriend her mother thinks that she has settled two soon and should instead break up with him and see more of the world specifically other men. Her mother also doesn’t like that she has not reached what she feels is her daughters career potential either.  For a few years now Keats has had the job of office manager at the local community college.  She likes the people and enjoys the job so she doesn’t feel she needs to change it.

I enjoyed this book a lot.  Keats is faced with many challenges and has changes that she must power through.  It will change the world as she sees it and she will have to let go of the life she once had in order to grow as a person. It is something we all must go through, but is necessary for anybody to grow. As with the first book I read from her, If You Lived Here You Would Be Home By Now,  Claire has painted the very realistic picture of family that all readers can relate to. Whether this is your first novel by her or not,  I suggest when you have the extra cash to pick it up.

As always happy reading!  


4 out of 5

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

An update...


Hello all!

I just wanted to give you an update, I finally got voice recognition software that works for me.  I find that it is much easier to use a speech to text program to create blog posts. It allows me to be more expansive with my descriptions without my hands or fingers getting tired.  

From now on thanks to this program you’ll be seeing me post more often.  I know that has not been the case so far. I hope , however , that with the help of this program that will change.

Good bye for now! 

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