Thursday, March 31, 2011

Throwback Thursday (9)

Let's talk about those books already on the shelves, yours or the stores.

I have a post for books I'm looking forward to coming out;
Looking Forward To...

But what about all those wonderful books that are ALREADY on the shelves?
Whether it be on your shelf waiting to be read or on the shelves in the stores waiting for you to give it a good home.

So, I thought I would share a book a week that is just waiting for me to travel through it's world.

Now... where do I start?  Lets go by Published Date on the books...

This Week:

This book has been on my shelf for some time now.  I went to a local used book store and found this book, thought it sounded good, so bought it.  But I have not read it yet as I didn't know at the time it was a second book in a series.  So, it has been waiting for me to get the first book and read it then dive in to this one.  I'm going to have to do that one of these days.

And yes, this is the cover I have.  I know the books have been re-issued with new covers, but this is the one I have.  And an amazing author from what I hear.

Goodreads Synopsis:
Slave. Swordwielder. Spy. Some girls have all the luck. When Rialla was young, slave traders from Darran ambushed her clan, killing all the men and enslaving the women and children. For years, Rialla lived in bondage, serving her master while waiting for a chance to escape. When that chance came, she made the best of it--and fled to the mercenary nation of Sianim . . . Now she can strike back at her former masters. A lord in Darran seeks to outlaw slavery--but there are plots to kill him before he can. Rialla is chosen by the spymaster of Sianim to prevent the murder--and is plunged into a world of deadly magic, where gods walk in human form. Where her most trusted companions are not what they claim. And where Rialla could be enslaved again . . . As a spy, Rialla realizes the danger of her mission. As a former slave, she realizes she has no choice.

Blog Book Chat (10)...Finish!

We finished, Grimspace by Ann Aguirre!

We have come to the end of another great book in our chats!  I know there are many of you out there who have read this book and waiting for us to hit this point to join in on the chat with us.

What have you thought of Sirantha Jax, March, The Corp., Dina, Loras, Doc, and any other character present?

Let us have it the good, the bad, and the ugly. (okay, we ask to not get toooo ugly)

Warning:  To proceed in this post and in the comments, there WILL BE SPOILERS present.  So if you have not read and want the surprise for yourself, stop now. :)

We do have some questions to get us started on discussing the happenings of the book...  But, what ever you have in mind to as, please do in the comments!

Robyn:
1.)  Will we see Vel again?
2.)  Do you think that's the last we've seen of Simon?
3.)  What about her parents?  Will she confront them?
4.)  The Corp issue can't be over yet or is Jax now safe?
Melissa:
1.)  What does Doc have to tell Jax?  Is it really about the L-gene?
2.)   Is Jax really able to not "burn-out"?
3.)  Will they get their information to start an academy?  Or will they not need to start the academy so soon, or maybe faster now?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Book Review: Zan-Gah book 2

Zan-Gah
And The Beautiful Country

By:  Allan Richard Shickman

Publisher:  Earthshaker Books

Publish Date:  September 2009

Format:  Paperback 151pgs, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Genre:  Fiction

Series:  2nd book in Zan-Gah series; Book 1 ~ A Prehistoric Adventure

Recommendation:  Yes, for young readers (probably more boys but girls too) who enjoy the adventures of prehistoric man.

Book Synopsis:
Well, past the middle of the night Zan felt a shaking of his shoulder as he slept, and then an impatient foot kicking at him.  Instinctively grabbing for his spear, he looked up and saw the orange glow of a torch, and as his eyes adjusted to the invading light he recognized his brother's ghastly face.  Dael's dangerous brow was furrowed, and the vein of his forehead bulged under the old scar.  His teeth were clenched, and his eyes darted nervously back and forth.  His every motion expressed a profound agitation, and Zan knew that what he had been dreading had come.
"It is time, Zan.  Let us go!"
"Where? It's dark!"
"I want to find where the river comes from."

The volcanic turbulence that shakes Dael's mind carries him to vicious extremes.  It is Zan's task to calm his brother and lead him away from thoughts both destructive and self-destructive.  But even the paradise of the Beautiful Country will not erase them.

First Sentence:
When Lissa-Na died, Dael wept real tears.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Dael's life has fallen apart.  The calming that came to Dael over the few years home with his healer wife quickly shatters as his loving wife passed away during child birth with their child.  He now feels the need to make dangerous journey through the potentially deadly world again, to see where the local river starts.  Also in his mind, to find the Wasp people as they are still an unknown threat to his cave dwelling people.  Zan is convinced to go with his brother fore his worry for him in this state of mind.  But with learning the fate of the Wasp people brings another idea to the minds of the twins.  Zan once again uses his gift of speech to help convince his people to take advantage of the fruitful land left empty.

I think I enjoyed reading this book more than the first.  It could be read on it's own as Allan has done a great job of reflecting on the happenings in the first book to bring you up to par, but I think knowing what all happened to the characters in the first book helps make this book more enjoyable.  Many of the people Zan meet and touched on their lives in the first book return in this book, a few years later.  It is nice to see the connections revisited and see where the people are now and how that small touch Zan had affected their lives.

I really like the potential in the plot of this book in the beginning.  There are more pieces and possibilities to the out come of the story.  And the journey based on the decisions made is a good one.  The characters in this book were more connectible for me too.  Even though Zan is still the main character of the book we start to get a deeper look at Dael, his twin brother, and he kind of stole the spot light for me when he was mentioned.  The dramatic character growth of Dael was amazing and well done.  Dael is a character that catches your attention and is anything but dull.

I still think this series is a great series for young readers to pick up.


I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.

This book qualifies for the YA Reading Challenge at Jamie Loves YA.

Who? What? Where? (12)

Who are you with?  Where are you at?  What's happening?

Share with us just a little bit of what is happening in the book you are reading, right where you are now. 

Just a tiny taste of what's happening, remember try to not give spoilers of the book.

(This is a new meme I'm going to try and will tweak as I go. And please don't laugh at my lame attempt at drawing. ;D )
I'm moving this post from Thursdays to Wednesdays as I have another idea for Thursdays.

Jax and March just came out of his cabin, interrupted in a... moment, as the ship is shaking.  We; Dina, Doc, Jax and March, are being hit because we came in to close to New Terra and their defense systems kicked in.  Now we are all scurrying to get a few personal items and to the shuttle to try and get onto the land unnoticed by the Corp.

(I know twice on the same book. I've been reading for the book chats and plan to be done with the book today. :) Fun!)

Grimspace
By Ann Aguirre

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (68)

Teaser Tuesday

is a weekly event

Sponsored by MizB of Should be Reading

Here's how it works:

Grab the book you are currently reading (anything at all)
Open the book to any random page.
Share 2 teaser sentences from anywhere on the page
Please Make Sure They Are Not Spoilers!
(Don't Give Too Much Away)
Just enough to pique our interests

This Week:

The clash finally came.  There was no avoiding it because Dael desired it - and Rydl was ready.  An angry exchange of words and Dael was chasing Rydl with his spear.

Zan-Gah
And The Beautiful Country
By Allan Richard Shickman
pg 49

Monday, March 28, 2011

Blog Book Chat (11) ~ Schedule

We have our pick for the first Blog Book Chat in April!

Yes, April will be upon us shortly.  Hard to believe.

We are going back to a series we started just a short time ago.  We enjoyed the read with the fun partying zombie girl, Amanda Feral.  Yes, we are going on a Road Trip with her and her friends in:

Road Trip of the Living Dead
by Mark Henry
Celebrity party girl Amanda Feral is back from the dead, and hungrier than ever for a good time. With her zombie gal pal Wendy and vampy gay sidekick Gil, this stone cold fox is dressed to kill, on the prowl, and ready to take a big juicy bite out of Seattle's supernatural nightlife. But what's a zombie chick to do when her 'Mommie Dearest' gets sick? If you're Amanda Feral, you can either ignore the wicked old witch - or bury the past by visiting Ethel before she kicks it. Amanda's not thrilled about the idea of crossing three states just to be criticized. But Wendy, who's always looking for fresh meat, is up for the adventure. And Gil, who just launched his 'luxury' resurrection business, needs to disappear because a pissed-off client is out for his blood. First, they pack their stiletto pumps and plasma into a skeevy rattrap on wheels that used to be a Winnebago. Then, with a little help from a Korean-ghost hood ornament, a masochist named Fishhook, and a slew of 'moderately accurate' psychics, they hit the highway - their way. Of course, they'll have to navigate past some neo-Nazi skinheads, a horny dust devil, a hunky werewolf cop (who could pass for an underwear model) and an unsightly horde of supermarket shoppers. But for this glamorous gang of ghouls this trip is about to take a dangerous detour that could give road kill a brand new meaning.

I am hoping many of you will join us in the fun with Amanda.  Mark Henry has really taken the zombie side and created a sarcastic fun read with it.

I'm looking forward to reading this one.

Stop 1 ~ April 7, 2011 ~ page 100, End of Ch 8
Stop 2 ~ April 14, 2011 ~ page 208, End of Ch 16
Stop 3 ~ April 21, 2011 ~ End of the Book

Monday's Beginnings (83)

How are you faring at the beginning of this week?  Are you starting a new book or finishing one up?

Well, it's Monday.  What can I say?  I didn't have a very productive reading weekend.  I actually did a lot of running around this weekend.  I did a walk for parks in our local area to raise money for the park to keep up and create new sections.  It was so much fun!  I took my two German Shepard's and had a wonderful time with them.  And I think they enjoyed themselves as well.  So many other dogs and people.  It was great.  I even learned more of the dogs and there personalities as we walked, being it's the first long walk we have done let alone with so many people.  The really surprised me and did wonderfully.  Then Sunday was just a bunch of running around.  But I think this is needed from time to time, more other things needing to get done.

I did get two reviews up last week.  Reviews I got up last week: (click book title for link to review)
   City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
   Zan-Gah:  A Prehistoric Adventure by Allan Richard Shickman

What do I have in the works this week?  Well, I'm working on the second book in the Zan-Gah series.  And hoping to have the review up for it this week.  I'll be finishing up Grimspace by Ann Aguirre for the chat on Thursday, and looking forward to reviewing that book.  Then I plan on starting into City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (I'm hooked .  I REALLY needing some answers to my BIG questions and I've really loved reading these so far).

I do hope all of you who have already read Grimspace by Ann Aguirre will join in with us on our chat starting Thursday.  You can jump in at any time as it's here on the blog and always available to discuss anything you have in mind.  :)

And as for my WANT list... I've added 7 books.  Yes, yes, I know it's not a lot of books.  But, I have to say I found so many new books in entering for a few giveaways and I actually won them! :) I'm so excited to be getting all these amazing sounding new books.  So there are a few here today in my received books that where on the want list last week that showed up so quickly.  But the list is growing so quickly!

Received Last Week:

For Review:
As many of you know, I absolutely LOVED reading Chasing the Bard by Philippa Ballantine.  Well, I missed it some how when I got that book, but this book is the next book set in the distant future after Chasing the Bard.  And I CAN'T WAIT to get into this one!
Goodreads Synopsis:
The Fey are gone...and with it, magic. At least, that is how things seem with the demise of the Dark Goddess and The Bard.


"Lord what fools these mortals be."


Penheram is a quaint, sleepy English village where people escape the 21st century. Hiding from the world of laptop computers, the Internet, and wireless communications, is Ella. Once a celebrated writer, now barren of ideas and drive, she resigns to a life of a deadline-free solitude. Everything changes with the arrival of a shape shifting thief. Suddenly everyone from the local librarian to the lady of the manor begin to change, revealing true natures and dangerous secrets.


Something in this sleepy English village is awakening...and some of these things were better left alone.

This book sounds like a fun fantasy read!
Goodreads Synopsis:
It is The Era of Prohibition, where crime runs rampant in the streets and a city divided into territories serves as the ultimate prize. Somewhere in this Underworld of Chicago, an enchanted weapon holds the key to ending The Gangland Wars. In the wake of The St. Valentine s Day Massacre, only one is man enough to stand up against Al Capone...a four-foot-one dwarf named Billibub Baddings.


Goodreads Synopsis:
No sickness, No injuries, No pain, No limits.


If you had the power to heal, what would you do?


For fifteen-year-old Ada discovering that she can heal feels more like a curse than a gift. When she learns of the mystery surrounding her mother's disappearance, and sees the indifference of so-called friends, she sets out for Paris to find her.


The power to heal protects her, but also has her hunted by a man who sees her as nothing more than his fountain of youth. Ada realizes her true power is her will to survive, and that her only chance at freedom is to become the best at escaping.


Ada hasn't grown up in a house with a white picket fence. Instead she was cast off and absorbed into the foster care system, quickly putting up a shield of hostility. Always knowledgeable of the sicknesses of those around her and never getting hurt just seemed like facts of life. Finally on her last strike of trouble, an estranged aunt comes to the rescue, giving Ada the knowledge of how to use her healing power. Now Ada, who up to this point has shunned the world, all of the sudden has the power to heal it.


This book delves into the psychology and growth of a teenage girl coming to grips with the knowledge that there are some good people out there; some people worth healing.


Along with action and adventure, Ada, Legend of a Healer also brings to light numerous philosophical issues. Like many middle and high school girls, Ada is introduced to society's harsh realities at a young age, so she's built a wall of anger to strengthen her self reliance, to survive. Despite the pressure and demands, Ada refuses to sacrifice her self-worth, and in this she discovers that a strong will overcomes all obstacles.


I was asked, "why the questions at the back of the book?"


My answer: Because Girls Like to Think.
 
Won:
I won this one from an author in the book, Dina James.  She was doing a great giveaway on her blog, here.  I'm really looking forward to sinking my teeth into this one.  And yes, she sent two sets of vampire teeth, and a rechargeable Starbucks card already charged with $5. :) Mmmmm, now I get yummy drinks with my fabulous reading.

Goodreads Synopsis:
The biggest names in paranormal romance have created a fascinating array of 30 short stories of hot blood and inhuman passions that will leave you thirsting for more. Authors include Sherri Erwin, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Jenna Black, Jenna Maclaine, Raven Hart, Delilah Devlin, Keri Arthur, Kimberly Raye, Alexis Morgan, Lilith Saintcrow, C.T. Adams, Cathy Clamp, Susan Sizemore, Dina James, Colleen Gleason, Barbara Emrys, Savannah Russe, Shiloh Walker, Vicki Pettersson, Rebecca York, Rachel Vincent, Amanda Ashley, Karen Chance, and Nancy Holder. These ain’t your mother’s vampires!

Thanks to Jaidis @ Juniper Grove during the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop, I won these two books signed from the author.  They are both new to me but sound like great reads.
Goodreads Synopsis:
The Kingdom of Sieunes is rife with taverns, dirty streets, and clay pipe smoking citizens all toiling to feed their families and keep themselves in something little better than rags. With a foiled revolution just ten years prior still burning in the hearts of many, the royals enlist the aid of assassins to keep things in order. The townsfolk entertain themselves by dreaming of better times to come and regaling in stories of the undead said to walk the graveyards at night... and of Cameo the killer with corpse-like eyes...


Scarred and jaded Cameo is one of the most effective assassins in the employ of the Association, moving from one mission to the next as long as the alcohol keeps flowing. Her acceptance of the murder-for-hire lifestyle is thrown into doubt when she meets a local highwayman with a penchant for fine clothes and women, and then she begins to think about breaking with the company but no one ever breaks with the Association under good terms.
Goodreads Synopsis:
The land of Shandow is a place of arctic cold. It was the scene of the bloody revolution, and is the location of the item Cameo's master wants so badly.


In the dark of winter a vampire lies in wait...


...Opal is unable to run from his past... and Cameo must make a choice that will cost her the last shred of humanity she has left.


Book Two in the Cameo series
 
Purchased:
Yep, with all these amazing books I still purchased books.

This one I purchased as I loved it when I reviewed it through NetGalley and want my son to read it.  And if it's on my shelf its easier for me to show to others and talk them into getting. :)
Goodreads Synopsis:
Teagan Wylltson's best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures--goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty--are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn't worried. Her life isn't in danger. In fact, it's perfect. She's on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She's focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.


Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn's a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he's crazy or he's been haunting Abby's dreams, because he's talking about goblins, too . . . and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby's right. The goblins are coming.

This one is for my Blog Book Chat.  I really enjoyed Amanda Feral in the first book so I have to read the second book!
Goodreads Synopsis:
Celebrity party girl Amanda Feral is back from the dead, and hungrier than ever for a good time. With her zombie gal pal Wendy and vampy gay sidekick Gil, this stone cold fox is dressed to kill, on the prowl, and ready to take a big juicy bite out of Seattle's supernatural nightlife. But what's a zombie chick to do when her 'Mommie Dearest' gets sick? If you're Amanda Feral, you can either ignore the wicked old witch - or bury the past by visiting Ethel before she kicks it. Amanda's not thrilled about the idea of crossing three states just to be criticized. But Wendy, who's always looking for fresh meat, is up for the adventure. And Gil, who just launched his 'luxury' resurrection business, needs to disappear because a pissed-off client is out for his blood. First, they pack their stiletto pumps and plasma into a skeevy rattrap on wheels that used to be a Winnebago. Then, with a little help from a Korean-ghost hood ornament, a masochist named Fishhook, and a slew of 'moderately accurate' psychics, they hit the highway - their way. Of course, they'll have to navigate past some neo-Nazi skinheads, a horny dust devil, a hunky werewolf cop (who could pass for an underwear model) and an unsightly horde of supermarket shoppers. But for this glamorous gang of ghouls this trip is about to take a dangerous detour that could give road kill a brand new meaning.

And it looks like another week where I hope to get a lot done.  I hope it all works out for me as the weekend wasn't big on the reading end. 

How are you faring this week?  Does it look like a good reading week for you?

Here's to wishing you all the best in words and pages.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Book Review: Zan-Gah book 1

Zan-Gah
A Prehistoric Adventure

By:  Allan Richard Shickman

Publisher:  Earthshaker Books

Publish Date:  July 2007

Format:  Paperback 149pgs, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Genre:  Fiction

Series:  1st book in Zan-Gah series

Recommendation:  For Young Readers who like prehistoric times.

Book Synopsis:
Zan-Gah: A prehistoric adventure has only begun.  Pressed by love for his brother and a bad conscience, the hero undertakes a quest which leads to captivity, conflict, love, and triumph.  In three years, Zan-Gah passes from an uncertain boyhood to a tried and proven manhood and a role of leadership among his people.  This dramatic and impassioned story will thrill and deeply move young adults and older readers.  They will dream on Zan-Gah at night, and remember it all of their lives!

First Sentence:
From a long distance a traveler, or some wild thing, might see within the deep and absolute blackness of night an intense orange light which looked from afar like a glowing coal.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Zan is a young boy in a prehistoric era when man used stones and sticks for their defense in a time where nature and man can be enemies to each other, but he's eager for to embrace manhood.  In his first hunt, of a dangerous lion, Zan proves himself and receives his full name ~ Zan-Gah ~ along with scars to be proud of.  Now being of the mans status instead of the boy status, Zan decides to embark on a search for his twin brother who wondered off a year before and never returned.  Zan knows from his dreams and the shared soul that twins have, that he would know if his brother was dead.  Zan leaves for his dangerous journey though unknown lands and unsafe camps, learning more of himself, the land, and even creating a weapon of his own.

This book is not my normal genre of read, but thinking of finding books I could share with my son really struck me with this book.  So, I agreed to review the book.  This book is a quick and easy read.  I would suggest this book to young readers around 10-12 years of age who enjoy reading of prehistoric times. 

There are a few secondary characters, but mostly you have your main character Zan.  I didn't feel as connected to the character as I normally would in books, but this is a short read for young readers.   I remember back to when I was younger and I didn't really want to read.  I wanted books that where quick and to the point.  This book fits that very well.  But, toward the end of the book I started to feel more for Zan-Gah and the connections he was making in the world.  But the book mostly focuses on his journey and some feelings he has around the times.


I received this book for an honest review from the publisher.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Looking Forward To...(45)

There are so many amazing books already on the shelves and new ones coming out.

For a list of books yet to be released I'm looking to get, you can also look on my right Sidebar at the ever growing list titled Desired Reads - just scroll down. Of course there are tones of other new books to come out that are amazing as well, but these ones are part of series I have already started or for one reason or another caught my eye (and haven't seen much on other blogs yet). But I will highlight one here each week.

(mentioned in order of Release Date then Alphabetical if there are more than one book coming out on the same date.)

Next Book Is...

The Sorceress's Orc
By:  Elaine Corvidae
Due Out:  April 13, 2011

I found this book through the authors site, a site in which I've been stalking as I love the sounds of her books.  I've not had the opportunity yet to read any of her books, but I keep looking and wishing I had them to start.  One of these days I will get them and start them.  I promise.  And in that is why I keep stalking her site to remind myself why I want them.

I saw this book and thought it sounded great.  It's an all new fantasy world and series she is doing.  Hmmm, this just might be where I need to start at. :)

Synopsis from Authors Site:
Giavolo: Proudest of the city-states and home to the great university, where the Magical Sciences are taught alongside more mundane studies. The city has been at war for longer than any of its inhabitants have been alive.
Vervain: Mistress of the Magical Sciences, she is dismayed to find herself assigned a bodyguard after divination reveals an ill-defined threat to the university’s teachers. Even worse, the bodyguard is an orc.
Riyu: Vervain’s orc bodyguard is determined to save her life—if she’ll let him.
Brighthand: When this sinister figure attacks the university and kidnaps Vervain’s partner, it’s up to Vervain and Riyu to get him back…or die in the attempt.

You don’t have to be a 20-something babe to save the world.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Blog Book Chat (10)...Stop 2

It's Thursday, and time for our next chat.  We are at Stop 2 in Grimspace by Ann Aguirre, which is about 2/3 the way through.

This week is hosted by Robyn at The Bookoholic Zone.

Please jump over and join us in our chat!

Let us know what you think thus far in this book.  And we have questions to start us in the chat.

Throwback Thursday (8)

Let's talk about those books already on the shelves, yours or the stores.

I have a post for books I'm looking forward to coming out;
Looking Forward To...

But what about all those wonderful books that are ALREADY on the shelves?
Whether it be on your shelf waiting to be read or on the shelves in the stores waiting for you to give it a good home.

So, I thought I would share a book a week that is just waiting for me to travel through it's world.

Now... where do I start?  Lets go by Published Date on the books...

This Week:

This is one book I bought and have heard amazing things of this fantasy read and the author.  But I just haven't found the time to dig in yet.  It's a rather large book of 644 pages and will take some time for me to get through.  I definitely need several days to just sit down and read this one.  And I really want to get into it.

Goodreads Synopsis:
Drawing on the most powerful mythic archetypes, this master epic of magic, politics, war--and the power of love and hate--is a rich, beautifully written, multidimensional work. The few surviving inhabitants of the destroyed land of Tigana bond together in a secret battle to release their homeland's curse and gain their freedom.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cover Release & Release Date!

How many of you have been waiting for Christopher Paolini's final book of the Inheritance series?

Well, I just got an email from Borders for a pre-order of the fourth book!  I'm so excited!  I WILL be getting this book.

This series was the series that got me started into reading.  I was laid off from work and loved the movie, so picked up Eragon.  And found that I loved fantasy and dragons.

But enough about me.  Here's the book and release date:

Inheritance
By:  Christopher Paolini
Due Out:  November 8, 2011
Not so very long ago, Eragon—Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider—was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. 

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances. 

The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to AlagaĆ«sia? And if so, at what cost? 

Who? What? Where? (11)

Who are you with?  Where are you at?  What's happening?

Share with us just a little bit of what is happening in the book you are reading, right where you are now. 

Just a tiny taste of what's happening, remember try to not give spoilers of the book.

(This is a new meme I'm going to try and will tweak as I go. And please don't laugh at my lame attempt at drawing. ;D )
I'm moving this post from Thursdays to Wednesdays as I have another idea for Thursdays.

I'm connected into the Grimspace with Jax and March.  We just jumped to the next stop, which is to learn more on taking care of that baby attached to March's chest.  But we where attacked before the jump and they followed us through, and now I'm ready to play with them.  This could get dangerous...for them.

Grimspace
By Ann Aguirre

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (67)

Teaser Tuesday

is a weekly event

Sponsored by MizB of Should be Reading

Here's how it works:

Grab the book you are currently reading (anything at all)
Open the book to any random page.
Share 2 teaser sentences from anywhere on the page
Please Make Sure They Are Not Spoilers!
(Don't Give Too Much Away)
Just enough to pique our interests

This Week:

"You've never needed me for that," I say softly. "And you never will."
He's smiling as I close the door in his face.

Grimspace
By:  Ann Aguirre
133pg

Cover Release

I had to share this cover with you.  It's the second book to Bloodlines by Skyla Dawn Cameron, in her series Bloodlines.

Okay, so I'm a little behind in sharing my new cover releases I find.  But, better late than never... right?

Hunter
By:  Skyla Dawn Cameron
Due Out:  In a few months
(I'll let you know the date when I find out)
I really like all the weapons!  She looks dangerous to me.

Do you want to check out the book and author?  Well, HERE is the link to her blog post of the cover and an EXCERPT is available for you too.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Book Review: City of Ashes

City of Ashes

By:  Cassandra Clare

Publisher:  Teen Simon & Schuster

Publish Date:  March 2009

Format:  Paperback, 453pgs, 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Genre:  YA Fantasy

Series:  2nd book in The Mortal Instruments series; Book 1 ~ City of Bones

Recommendation:  Oh YES! You read book one? You have to read book two!

Book Synopsis:
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal.  But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries?  Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend, Simon.  But the Shadowhunters won't let her go - especially her handsome, infuriating new found brother, Jace.  And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil - and also her father.  When the second of the Mortal Instruments is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace.  Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

First Sentence:
The formidable glass-and-steel structure rose from its position on Front Street like a glittering needle threading the sky.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Mrs. Lightwood and Max, then later Mr. Lightwood, return to the Institute to run things now that Hodges is no longer around.  Clary's mother is still in a coma in the hospital with Luke by her side daily.  Clary is trying her hardest with her boyfriend/girlfriend relationship, along with other relationships new in her life.  Jace is having horrible nightmares and on a path of self destruction.  It seems everyone is turning on him and no one trusts Jace now that everyone knows his is his fathers son.  But are they right?  While Jace is in prison for the night in the Silent City the Soul Sword, one of the three Mortal Instruments, is stolen.  Could it be a coincidence or not?  Now not only is the cup missing so is the Soul Sword.  There has to be only one person behind all this... Valentine.  But, what is he up to?

This book is soooo definitely the middle child.  Oh, yes, this book has a story line of its own with pecks and a huge climax to that story.  But the threading storyline between these books is the one I really want to know about.  I came into City of Ashes with a few big questions.  Big questions which I was hoping to find answers for.  The first 150 pages are good, really good, but I still wonder if these books were worthy of all the hype?  At 150 pages in, Eeee.  Then when I wasn't looking Cassandra sucker punched me with her twisting ideas and happenings.  This is not a bad thing.  As I then realized once again she had drawn me into this world and characters so deeply I couldn't put the book down and I didn't even know it until I couldn't stop.  Those first 150 pages are the basis setup for the 300 pages coming afterward, that don't stop surprising and pleasing the reader.

As I got more information, but not really the answers.  The characters are all growing in their personalities and becoming a close net group to me.  I learned more of the different dark races and their abilities start to come to more into light in this book.  I also started to learn some history of the Shadowhunters.   As I enjoyed all this information I left this book with even more questions.  This need to know drove me to run out and buy the third book of the trilogy.  I am very addicted and HAVE TO KNOW.


I purchased this book for my own enjoyment.

This book qualifies for the Speculative Fiction Challenge hosted by Floor to Ceiling Books, and YA Reading Challenge hosted by Jamie Loves YA.