Friday, January 20, 2012

In My Mailbox: 1

I have decided to start participating in Kristi from The Story Siren's meme called In My Mailbox.  What it is for those not in the loop is where I showcase books that I have bought, traded for or have been given from publishers over this past week.  Not until recently have I been getting a consistent enough stream in any of these categories to warrant participating, but now I think its safe. *smile* So onward for this week and for hopefully many weeks to come!

I know it's not much, but hey gotta start somewhere!


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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Top Five Tuesday: Books I Can't Wait to Read!

Recently, I started reading the blog, The Broke and the Bookish. They host this cool Meme called Top 10 Tuesdays. This weeks post I couldn't really think of any choices for the particular subject matter. So, I decided to choose one of the past entries.  The following is 5 books that I can't wait wait to read.  the only difference is I changed it to five for the sake of time, patience and the fact that ( don't tell anyone) I'm slightly lazy, or underachieving depending a look at, but you still love me right?

Goddess Interrupted - this book is the sequel to the Goddess Test. I absolutely love the first novel and have been waiting for months for this second installment to come out. She soon to be made Queen, but the drama is far from over.



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Hallowed- This is the sequel to the novel Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. From what I've read so far from other book bloggers and reviewers it's even better than the original! If that's even possible as the first one was amazing! Hopefully, the connection between her and Christian, considering now that she knows he's a fellow part angel will be delved into more.


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Spellcaster - By Cara Lynn Shultz is the sequel to spellbound which I recently read (review coming soon) even though it's been out for a while. Tt is a book I really enjoyed. The romance between the two main characters though stories like it have been written before, is unique and is very easy to get sucked into. Now that the curse is broken I wonder what happens next.

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Shooting Stars - By Allison Rushby, is the story of a teenage paparazzo. I first saw it on Good Reads and thought it was an intriguing story. Here's the link to you can read a synopsis for yourself.


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Incarnate -This novel comes out at the end of the month.  Is about a girl who is surrounded by a million people who have been reincarnated for 1000s of years and for some reason her own is brand-new and no one understands why. Unfortunately, this makes her an outcast, though one of the what I like to call "old souls" decides to help her figure out what happened. This book is also the first book in a series called New Soul ! *squeels*


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I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love feedback in terms of what is your top five or if any of the ones I've mentioned  is on yours as well! Happy reading and thanks your patience while I battled the flu!

P. S: Is it just me or are these covers just AMAZING! 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

REVIEW: Twilight Directors Notebook

By Catherine Hardwicke
March 2009
Little Brown Young for Readers
ISBN-10: 0316070521
ISBN-13: 978-0316070522


The other day I was waiting for my computer to get fixed and stopped in the library while I waited for the phone call to return to bring the computer back home. I had brought a book with me, but was somewhat hyper. So I decided to browse the shelves for anything new. I found myself in the nonfiction section looking through the choices for books about writing. Sadly, there was barely half a shelf. (that is another post in itself) What did catch my eye though, on the shelf nearby, was a book about Twilight.

This was a book about it I had not seen before, it was called the Twilight: Directors Notebook. It was actually pretty cool, more of a picture book with scribbles following the different parts of the first movie.This included scouting sets before the movie started filming, the different wardrobe choices for all the characters as well as the selection of the actors.

For the next hour I decided to sit down and read through the book. I got about three quarters of the way before my phone call came, but it definitely was a great way to pass the time. I strongly suggest that if you like to twilight, the job of being a director, or like me and just was looking for something short and sweet to pass the time that you read this book.

4/5

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

REVIEW: Replication: The Jason Experiment


By Jill Williamson
December 2011
Zondervan
ISBN-10: 0310727588
ISBN-13: 9780310727583

Replication: The Jason Experiment is a story about a boy; Jason 3:3. He is one of hundreds of clones that he has been told have been chosen to "save humanity". About a month from the beginning of this book Jason is set to expire. When a clone turns 18 they are for all intensive purposes "put down" and are told by doing so they are saving the world. They are also told that the world has become a dangerous place that if they were to go outside the building where they are housed they would die because there is no oxygen only acrid fumes, which by living in expiring they are combating.

Recently Dr. Goyer has been hired by the company. Jason 3:3 likes him because he asked thoughtful questions and is not experiment on him as some of the other doctors do. One of his questions after learning about Jason 3:3 impending expiration is what is one thing that he would like to do before he dies. Jason answers that he would like to see the sky, he has seen pictures of the sky bright blue with puffy clouds in lessons, but would love to see them for himself. 

After pondering this idea for quite a while Jason decides to embark on a very dangerous plan. After having been asked the question he is obsessed now with seeing the sky and figures if he's going to die soon anyway he might as well do it by looking at the sky. So during one of their meetings he swipes Dr. Goyer’s key card and makes his escape after night falls.  Once out there he realizes that he can breathe but his happiness about this is short-lived as he hears someone coming and hides in the back of a pickup truck. Not realizing that someone has stowed away in the back of his Tacoma Dr. Goyer heads home.

What ensues from hear is a journey for everyone involved. Jason learning who he really is and what really was the plan for him. Dr. Goyer learning for the most part the clear difference between right and wrong. As well as his daughter Abby's learning that though her mother passed there still people in the world that need her.

This novel was a great read. It really showed the depths that some people would be willing to go for fear of death. It also shows the depths of love and human kindness. Though it points to speak of God though I'm a true believer seemed to get a bit preachy for me, I think the author found it necessary considering the subject matter.

4/5 and

Monday, January 2, 2012

REVIEW: Faking Faith

By Josie Bloss
November 2011
Flux
ISBN-10: 0738727571
ISBN-13: 9780738727578

 
Faking Faith by Josie Bloss is a book that I saw on one of The Story Siren’s in my mailbox videos. She read this short description on the back and I was hooked.

Dylan Mahoney is a girl at crossroads, school is a battleground, after doing some questionable things for her first “boy friend” which turned her into school's pariah. Trying to find solace with no friends and workaholic parents is difficult, but she found some support in an unlikely place. One day, she came upon a fundamentalist teen Christian blog. The way that they live their lives to her, is very different from her own, but far simpler in her mind.  After finding the one blog she finds many more to the point that she becomes obsessed. It isn't long before she created her own blog, but not of herself, rather of the person that she wished she was born into. With lots of siblings simple living and most of all no drama with peers or chance to make any questionable decisions.

Along her journey she starts to talk to who she considers her blogging idol. Abigail is the same age as Dylan and lives a life that Dylan very much envies.  To Dylan Abigail lives a charmed life. And after talking for about a month or so through e-mail Dylan decides to pay Abigail a visit. She goes to local thrift stores to buy all the ”modest” outfits that she needs. She also trickster parents into paying for it by telling them it is for a summer leadership conference.

She decides to go there for about 10 days and realizes while they are that things are not is easy or is uncomplicated as the seem.  I did enjoy this book, the Dylan's methods and obvious obsession are little perplexing to me.  I think, through this journey, she learned a lot about herself, what she values and how to treat others.


4/5

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