Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (20)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!Just do the following:


Grab you current read
Open to a random page.
Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on the page.
BE CAREFULE NOT TO INCLUDE SPOLIERS! (make sure that what your share doesn't give to much
away! You don't want to ruin the book for the others!)
Share the title & author, too, so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like you teasers!

My Teaser:
"Folks!" He said. "Lords and ladies of Soho, please try to control your flashing eyes and floating hair-because the Show Must Go On!" ~Welcome to Bordertown; Edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner

Monday, May 30, 2011

It's Monday, What are you Reading? (15)

This fantastic meme is hosted by Shelia at One Person's Jounrey Through The World of Books.

Read This Past Week:


Currently Reading:


Upcoming Reads:

Book Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot

Hello everyone! Today I finished reading Abandon by Meg Cabot. Here is my review and I hope you enjoy:

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Summary: Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back. But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid. Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most. But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

Review: Abandon is a remake of the mythical story of Persephone and Hades. Hades kidnapped Persephone from our world and brought her into the Underworld. After she is kidnapped, her mother starts searching for her,  but soon becomes extremely angry and puts the world into a blizzard. In the Underworld, Persephone east three seeds, that makes her stay in the Underworld every winter and then she is allowed back to our world during the spring. This is the Ancient Greeks idea of seasons. In Abandon Pierce has a horrible accident, when she drowns in her own pool after trying to save a bird and tripping over the edge and hitting her head. She finds herself in the world of the Underworld, where is again finds John, who she only met once when she was seven at her grandfathers funeral. When she comes back to earth she isn't truly herself anymore and John soon starts showing up everywhere when she finds herself in trouble. Soon her mother and her move to a small island off the coast of Florida, but when she gets there things just start getting worse and worse. I didn't like Peirce as much as I liked other characters like her cousin Alex, who is in the very first chapter when the family all meeting at a party in Pierce's new house. Pierce seemed to get herself into trouble almost everyday and didn't seem to care about the consequences. Alex was a hard, sad child that never truly had a father because he was always living with his grandmother because his father was in jail most of his life. There were other characters like Kayla, who Pierce meets on her first day at her new school called New Pathways. The writing style of Abandon was thrilling at times and other times Pierce and many other characters seemed to annoying to even read about, but I did enjoy the mythology and the relationship between John and Pierce.

***
Rating: 3.5/5
Pub. Date: April 2011
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: Hardcover , 320pp
Age Range: Young Adult

Book Trailer:

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Cover Revealed!

Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices Series #2)
Cassandra Clare
December 6, 2011
Young Adult

Summary: In Clockwork Prince, with Mortmain vanished and the clock counting down on how long Charlotte can keep control of the Institute away from Benedict Lightwood, Will, Jem and Tessa must dig into Mortmain’s past to predict what he will do in the future, But secrets about Mortmain aren’t all they find buried — Tessa begins to uncover the truth about her own birth, and the ghosts of Will’s past return to haunt him. As Tessa grows closer to Jem, and Will is driven further toward the brink of madness by jealousy and guilt, will they discover the truth in time to halt the next phase of Mortmain’s evil plan?

In My Mailbox (26)

*In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren* In My Mailbox gives bloggers a chance to show each other what books they got for the week. It's a very exciting and fun thing to do. Here is what I recieved this week:


Bought:

Die for Me

Summary: My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything. Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent. Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen. Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies . . . immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind. While I'm fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart—as well as my life and my family's—in jeopardy for a chance at love?

Welcome to Bordertown
Summary: Bordertown: a city on the border between our human world and the elfin realm. Runaway teens come from both sides of the border to find adventure, to find themselves. Elves play in rock bands and race down the street on spell-powered motorbikes. Human kids recreate themselves in the squats and clubs and artists' studios of Soho. Terri Windling's original Bordertown series was the forerunner of today's urban fantasy, introducing authors that included Charles de Lint, Will Shetterly, Emma Bull, and Ellen Kushner. In this volume of all-new work (including a 15-page graphic story), the original writers are now joined by the generation that grew up dreaming of Bordertown, including acclaimed authors Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Catherynne M. Valente, and many more. They all meet here on the streets of Bordertown in more than twenty new interconnected songs, poems, and stories.

What did you get in your mailbox?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Book Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Hello everyone! Today I finished reading Wither by Lauren DeStefano. Here is my review and I hope you enjoy:

***
Summary: What if you knew exactly when you would die? Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out. When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home. But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.

Review: Everyone wonders what will happen after you die, but most don't ask how will I die? In Rhine's world people die extremely young because of the horrible virus that every new generation child was born with because of a chemical all first generations had to take, for it would take about all diseases for their child, which it did, but it also made them genetic time bombs. Rhine lived in Manhattan, NY with her twin brother, Rowan, but one day she was taking away from all of that and sold to a House Governor named Linden. Linden was a wealthy, sweet, innocent 21 year old man that just wanted love and not to be alone in the mansion his father was making him live in for his whole short, sad life. Rhine was a amazing, intelligent, and extremely sneaky main character to read about, but when I was reading the novel I truly felt bad for Linden because to him he thought Rhine loved him, but it was the complete opposite. All Rhine wanted in the world was to have her brother back and to continue living in their parents house. When Rhine was married to Linden, he was also marraging to other brides, Jenna and Cicely. Jenna was a fantastic character to read about because of her completely utter hatered for their husband and the dark loss that he took away from her. Cicely, who was only 13-years-old at the beginning of the novel, truly surprised me at the end of the novel, because throughout the whole novel she seemed like a horrible little child, who seemed like she could never get her way. I truly enjoyed the history of the novel and the writing style was fantastic.

***
Rating: 4/5 Stars!
Pub. Date: March 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Format: Hardcover , 358pp
Chapters: 27
Age Range: Young Adult

Book Trailer:


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Book Review: Shift by Jeri-Smith Ready

Hello everyone! I finished reading Shift by Jeri-Smith Ready, which is the second book in the Shade Trilogy. The first book in the series is Shade and the third (coming 2012) is Shine. Here is my review and I hope you enjoy:

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Summary: Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to. Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift. As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart.

Review: Shade was a extremely interesting ghost story about love and redemption. Now the old characters are back in Shift and their love will be tested like it hasn't ever before. The main character, Aura has turned into a complete different person. In Shift I didn't enjoy Aura that much because at times it seemed like she either couldn't hang on to one man or kept throwing herself at another. I did enjoy reading about Logan, who is the sun that all the other characters revolve around. He literally became the light for everyone and he was really great to read about with his jokes and amazing music. Zachary, was the character like I was having a hard time liking and hating, because at times he seemed like the best boy and then other times he seemed like the worst person in the whole book. I could not stop reading because I did enjoy the history that the author created throughout the novel about the Shift and the ghosts, but I think the many reason I was reading so fast was because I truly wanted to know what would happen to Logan.

***
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars!
Pub. Date: May 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Format: Hardcover , 367pp
Chapters: 32
Age Range: Young Adult

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Hello everyone! Today I finished reading Divergent by Veronica Roth. Here is my review and I hope you enjoy:

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Summary: In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Review: WOW! I am sorry, but this review with not be intelligent at all. When I was done reading Divergent I just sat and was in a dark, dark trance. This book has now become my favorite book of all time. I fell in love with every character, every breath, word, and action they developed. I have never read a book where I could sit hours and just reading, without doing anything, but focusing on the best book ever created. Okay, yes that might be a little bit of a over board, but its completely true! In this amazing story is Beatrice, who begins her story with the faction Abnegation, the selfless. Abnegation is a faction where the people don't think of themselves, at all and only think about other people no matter what, which can be a problem even if to them it seems the best way possible for their world to become a better place. Throughout the novel you learn about all the other factions like Amity, Erudite, Candor, and Dauntless, which became my favorite faction even before I started the novel. This book is filled with action, suspense, battle strategies,  fear, bravery, strength, educational observation, and grip, twisting love. Beatrice has become my favorite girl character of all time and Four has become my boy. Together they are the strongest, most willing characters. In the novel Beatrice has a brother named Caleb, who is also brave, but shocked me to the core for the decision he made. There is also other characters like Al, Will, Christina, Molly, Drew, and Peter, who I think was a extremely cruel character, but surprised in the end of this novel, for who he really is and why he's really who he is. I have explain as much as I can without giving away to much information, but before I finished this review I have to tell you to go out and buy this book, because if you don't then you will seriously regret it.

***

Rating: 5/5 STARS! (I wish I could give it 1 million)
Pub. Date: May 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Format: Hardcover , 496pp
Chapters: 39
Age Range: Young Adult


Book Trailer:


Author Veronica Roth on Divergent:

Teaser Tuesday (19)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!Just do the following:


Grab you current read
Open to a random page.
Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on the page.
BE CAREFULE NOT TO INCLUDE SPOLIERS! (make sure that what your share doesn't give to much
away! You don't want to ruin the book for the others!)
Share the title & author, too, so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like you teasers!

My Teaser:
"Eric's beady eyes fix on Al's face. "Are you afraid?"
"Of getting stabbed by an airbornes knife?" says Al. "Yes, I am!" ~Divergent by Veronica Roth

Saturday, May 14, 2011

And the winner is...


Thank you all for entering my contest and I had a great time reading all your comments, and why you wanted to be that Egyptian God or Goddess so much. There was 27 comments in total on my blog and Youtube account. I will now announce the winner.

And the winner is...
Superdupergirl1231

Congratz!

I have already contacted the person and they contacted me back. I will be shipping them the package this week and I really hope the enjoy what they won. Also who ever didn't win don't worry. I currently have a Pirate giveaway right now.

Book Review: The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles Series #2) by Rick Riordan

Hello everyone. I finished reading the Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan, which is the second book in the Kane Chronicles Series. The first book is the Red Pyramid. Here is my review and I hope you enjoy:

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Summary: Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven't given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians. And now their most threatening enemy yet - the chaos snake Apophis - is rising. If they don't prevent him from breaking free in a few days' time, the world will come to an end. In other words, it's a typical week for the Kane family. To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished. First they have to search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh, and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is exactly? Narrated in two different wisecracking voices, featuring a large cast of new and unforgettable characters, and with adventures spanning the globe, this second installment in the Kane Chronicles is nothing short of a thrill ride.

Review: Back in the world of the Kane family is extremely entertaining. Carter and Sadie areback to battle the forces of choas. They are both completely different people, but deep down they both need each other so very much. Carter is the smart, innocent, and extremely brave and Sadie is the funny, stubborn, and caring sister will to do anything if it means saving the world. The old characters like Bast, Amos, and Zia are back and are more powerful then ever. Throughout the novel the siblings meet new characters like Walt, who is one of the nicest, and caring characters I have ever read about before, but also has a very sad dark secret, also Bes, who is the god of dwarfs and ugly, but who can be mean on the outside, but truly cares about both Carter and Sadie both and is willing to do anything for both of them, and Vlad, who seems loyal, but has a dark, cruel secert of his own. The journey the siblings took thorughout the novel was a amazing adventure to read about with evil villians at every corner and it was a thousand times better with the action packed writing style Rick had to offer. This book gets a 5/5 Stars!

***

Pub. Date: May 2011
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Format: Hardcover , 464pp
Chapters: 24
Age Range: 9 to 11

Friday, May 13, 2011

Little Pirate Prize Giveaway!



Arrrgh, good work, matey - ye’ve found a secret stash of plunder.

You can play to win this Little Pirate Prize, and plenty of otherwonderful things scattered throughout Random Magic Tour: Pirates! (May 10-30)

Feel free to visit the tour to read a biography of real-life pirateAnne Bonny, in the Pirate Queens series.

A vivid rendering in miniature of one of the most
well-known female pirates to sail the seas in the Golden Age of Piracy, this action figure of the infamous Anne
Bonny is sculpted by a leading American character sculptor.

Prize details: Depiction of pirate Anne Bonny, ready for battle, with
a parrot sitting on her shoulder. Measures 2.25 (L) x 3.75 inches (H)
(5.5 x 9.5 cm). Recommended for adults, not children.

A colorful action figure for play or just a cool knick-knack harking
back to the days of pirate ships and sunken treasures.

Book Trailer:

Anne Bonny doesn’t appear as a character Random Magic, but the main character, Winnie Flapjack, is very distinctly – piratical –in personality and disposition. Perhaps even more so than the surlycrew of the King of the Storm, as Winnie goes toe-to-toe with a pirateking.

Ye can carry off this Little Pirate Prize! How to win:

* Win this cute pirate prize by:
1. Adding your email address in comments sectionand
2a. In comments, add your Twitter link to this post
or
2b. In comments, add link to your quick blog mention about this post,(including link to full tour schedule in mention:
or
2c. In comments, add your blog post link about this post, the blog postcan be brief or detailed, it’s up to you or
2d. In comments, add your link to different tour post (tour schedule:http://tinyurl.com/3vpf646) that you’ve also enjoyed, and why it wasfun to read
or
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AND



The main Rum + Plunder treasure hunt is open internationally!Here’s another fun way to win something piratey and cool: Browse prizes or join the hunt…

Have fun and good luck!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Random Magic Tour: Pirates! (May 10-30)



Random Magic Tour: Pirates!
May 10-30, 2011

Tour organization: Lyrika Publicis
Triton Tavern proprietress and guest relations: vvb32
Contact the tour: @RandomMagicTour


Rum + Plunder Treasure Hunt (May 11-30)
Win some marrrrrvelous plunder!
and
Bonus: Little Pirate Prizes
Cool surprise treasures scattered throughout the tour…

May 10

Mermaid’s Cove Musical Blog Hop
Shiver me timbers! Here be a round
of jolly tunes about the sweet trade.

Twitter: @Misha_1989
Songs for: Bold pirates

Twitter: @blodeuedd83
Songs for: Gloomy pirates

Songs for: Accidental pirates

Twitter: @vvb32reads
Songs for: Saucy pirates

Songs for: Scary pirates

Twitter: @BooksAtTinas
Songs for: Pirate queens

Twitter: N/A
Songs for: Poetic pirates

Twitter: @cerebrate
Songs for: Brave seafarers of every kind,
and a moment for all the lost ships.

Songs for: Jovial pirates

Songs for: Ominous pirates

Songs for: (Delightfully) campy pirates

May 11

Twitter: @lianaleslie
Design doll: Queens of the Sea: #1 of 10
Voting: May 26-27

and

Twitter: @vvb32reads
Triton’s Tavern opens: Tour updates
Rum + Plunder tour hunt opens
Rum + Plunder: Join the hunt

May 12

Twitter: N/A
Feature: Discussion: Seafaring culture and beliefs
Feature: Pirate Queens: #1 of 10: The Lioness of Brittany

and

Twitter: @lianaleslie
Design doll: Queens of the Sea: #2 of 10

May 13

Twitter: @ladyviolet3
Video review, Random Magic
Feature: Video reading, Random Magic
Feature: Pirate Queens: #2 of 10: Lai Choi San

May 14


Twitter: @hatshepsut0011
Review (Dual language: English, Italian)
Feature: Arrrgh! How to talk like a pirate
Plus: Random Magic and unusual grub
Bonus: Free audio book, The Pirates Own Book
(Contemporary usage: The Pirates’ Own Book)

and

Liana’s Paper Doll Blog
Twitter: @lianaleslie
Design doll: Queens of the Sea: #3 of 10

and

vvb32 Reads
Twitter: @vvb32reads
Feature: A Dandy in Distress (Part 1 of 3)

May 15

Moonlight Gleam
Twitter: @MoonlightGleams
Review
Interview
Feature: Cinematic Swashbucklers
Bonus: Free audio book, Buccaneers and Pirates of our Coasts

and

vvb32 Reads
Twitter: @vvb32reads
Triton’s Tavern meet-up
Tour tidbits and pints o’ grog
Feature: A Dandy in Distress,
the preposterous piratical melodrama
continues (Part 2 of 3)

May 16

The Book Swarm
Twitter: @marybrebner
Review
Feature: Pirate Queens: #3 of 10: Jacquotte Delahaye
Bonus: Pirate puzzle

and

Liana’s Paper Doll Blog
Twitter: @lianaleslie
Design doll: Queens of the Sea: #4 of 10

and

vvb32 Reads
Twitter: @vvb32reads
Feature: A Dandy in Distress (Part 3 of 3)

May 17

The Epic Rat
Twitter: @theEPICrat
Review
Feature: Grub and Bumbo
Feature: Pirate Queens: #4 of 10: Anne Bonny
Bonus: Free audio book, Among Malay Pirates and Other Tales of
Peril and Adventure

and

Liana’s Paper Doll Blog
Twitter: @lianaleslie
Design doll: Queens of the Sea: #5 of 10

May 18

Miss Page-Turner’s City of Books
Twitter: @MPTsCityofBooks
Review
Feature: Gallery: Sailing the Seven Seas
Feature: Pirate Queens: #5 of 10: Grace O’Malley

and

Songs and Stories
Twitter: @LiederMadchen
Review
Feature: Finding Starboard
Bonus: Color-Me-Pirate

Liana’s Paper Doll Blog
Twitter: @lianaleslie
Design doll: Queens of the Sea: #6 of 10

May 19

vvb32 Reads
Twitter: @vvb32reads
Feature: Music: Takes on pirate tunes
Feature: Pirate Queens: #6 of 10: Awilda

and

The Life (and Lies) of an Inanimate Flying Object
Twitter: @haleymathiot
Feature: Under the Black Flag

and

Liana’s Paper Doll Blog
Twitter: @lianaleslie
Design doll: Queens of the Sea: #7 of 10

May 20

Fiction Folio
Twitter: @TaraMQ
Video review, Random Magic
Feature: Post Like a Pirate
Feature: Pirate Queens: #7 of 10: A Salmagundi of She-Pirates

and

Liana’s Paper Doll Blog
Twitter: @lianaleslie
Design doll: Queens of the Sea: #8 of 10

and

vvb32 Reads
Twitter: @vvb32reads
Triton’s Tavern meet-up
More tour tidbits and pints o’ grog.

May 21

Bibliophilic Monologues
Twitter: @Nafizaa
Review
Feature: Literary Brigands
Feature: Pirate Queens: #8 of 10: Anne Dieu-Le-Veut
Bonus: Free audio book, The Frozen Pirate

and

Snowdrop Dreams of Books
Twitter: @snowdropdreams
Review
Feature: The Lost Ship
Bonus: Free audio book, Treasure Island

May 22

Book Lover - Book Chicks
Twitter: @LexieVamp666
Feature: Discussion: (Video) Real-life pirates
Bonus: Free audio book, Great Pirate Stories

and

Vampires and Tofu
Twitter: @vampiresandtofu
Review
Feature: Casting Random Magic
Feature: Pirate Lairs: Ocracoke Inlet and the legend of Blackbeard’s ghost
Bonus: Pirate karaoke

May 23

Liana’s Paper Doll Blog
Twitter: @lianaleslie
Design doll: Queens of the Sea: #9 of 10
Review
Bonus: Quiz: Find your Random Magic twin

and

vvb32 Reads
Twitter: @vvb32reads
Feature: Radio show: Captain Blood

and

I <3 Reading (I Love Reading)
Twitter: @iheartreads
Review (Dual language, Flemish/English)
Bonus: Video lecture about pirate queen Grace O’Malley
Bonus: Game: Blackbeard’s Gold

May 24

La Femme Readers
Twitter: @lafemmereaders
Feature: Kick-Ass Women

and

Bookish Ardour
Twitter: @Bonnie_Sparks
Review
Feature: By Land or Sea (Vintage maps)
Feature: Pirate Lairs: Tortuga, Port Royal,
New Providence and the Brethren of the Coast
Bonus: Game: Pirate Chains

and

Liana’s Paper Doll Blog
Twitter: @lianaleslie
Design doll: Queens of the Sea: #10 of 10

May 25

Gofita’s Pages
Twitter: @Gofita
Review
Feature: How-to: Pirate makeover
Bonus: Free audio book, The Sea Hawk
Bonus: (Video) Pirate movie night

and

Beyond Strange New Words
Twitter: N/A
Review
Feature: Songs from the Sea (Sea shanties)
Feature: Pirate Queens: #9 of 10: Winnie Flapjack
Bonus: The Pirate Modiste (Dress-up doll)

May 26

Books, Sweets and other Treats
Twitter: @lindsiking
Video review
Feature: Grog and Sangaree
Feature: Pirate Queens: #10 of 10: Mary Read
Bonus: Color-Me-Pirate

and

The Book Addict
Twitter: @christina_622
The Book Addict video channel
Video review
Feature: (Video) Top five Random Magic quotes
Feature: (Video) Reading from Random Magic
Bonus: The Mermaid Maker (Dress-up doll)

and

Liana’s Paper Doll Blog
Twitter: @lianaleslie
Design dolls: Queens of the Sea
Voting for favorite design doll
(May 26-27)

May 27
This Miss Loves to Read
Twitter: @MissIrenne
Feature: Discussion: Top 10 fictional corsairs and buccaneers
Bonus: Free audio book, Captain Blood
Bonus: Pirate karaoke

and

Liana’s Paper Doll Blog
Twitter: @lianaleslie
Design dolls: Queens of the Sea
Voting for favorite design doll
(May 26-27)

May 28

Splash of our Worlds
Twitter: @SplashOOWorlds
Feature: Video discussion, Random Magic and pirates
(Int’l: Greek language, English transcript)
Bonus: Free audio book, Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates
Bonus: Game: Pirate’s Quest

and

Liana’s Paper Doll Blog
Twitter: @lianaleslie
Design doll: Queens of the Sea:
Fave design revealed, winner selected
(May 28)

May 29
Sea Wolves Reading Circle
Ahoy, matey! Here be a treasure chest of
great piratey reads, plucked from shelves
by a scandalous crew from near and far.

The Fluidity of Time
Twitter: N/A

This Miss Loves To Read
Twitter: @MissIrenne

What Book Is That?
Twitter: @heynocupcake

Cerebralicious
Twitter: @cerebrate
My Love Affair With Books
Twitter: @Misha_1989

vvb32 Reads
Twitter: @vvb32reads

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May 30

The Parting Glass
Tour summaries and a pub sing
Wrap day! Feel free to visit all the cool
blogs on tour to browse wrap day posts.
Rum + Plunder: Final tallies
Little Pirate Prizes: Final tallies begin
Winners announced: June 6

Sunday, May 8, 2011

In My Mailbox (25)

*In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren* In My Mailbox gives bloggers a chance to show each other what books they got for the week. It's a very exciting and fun thing to do. Here is what I recieved this week:


Bought:

The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles #2)

Summary: Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven't given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians. And now their most threatening enemy yet - the chaos snake Apophis - is rising. If they don't prevent him from breaking free in a few days' time, the world will come to an end. In other words, it's a typical week for the Kane family. To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished. First they have to search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh, and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is exactly? Narrated in two different wisecracking voices, featuring a large cast of new and unforgettable characters, and with adventures spanning the globe, this second installment in the Kane Chronicles is nothing short of a thrill ride.

Divergent
Summary: In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Shift (Shade Trilogy #2)
Summary: Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to. Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift. As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart.




I also went to awesome signing yesterday in South Hadley, MA for Rick Riodran's new release of Trhoen of Fire. I got my copy signed (which I showed you at the top of this post), a poster, and 4 book marks with the character in it:













What did you get in your mailbox?

Book Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon

Hello everyone! I finsihed reading Entwined by Heather Dixon. Here is my review and I hope you enjoy:

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Summary: Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it's taken away. All of it.
The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.
Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.
But there is a cost.
The Keeper likes to keep things.
Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

Review: This book to my breath away and kept it. Through most of my life I have fallen in love with fairy tale stories like Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, but the Twelve Dancing Princesses has to be the best one of all time. I loved every single character from start to finished. The struggle had to go through to show how much they truly loved each other and what family really means to them all. This book is a fairy tale in modern day, no, this is a real fairy tale with knighs, balls, gowns, dancing, dark magic, and love, which makes this story a thousand times better, then if the author took the story and mixed with modern day. I fell in love with all the sisters, who's names are Azalea who was the strongest out of all the sisters and show power she didn't even know she had inside herself that helped her solve all her probelms, Bramble who was the funniest, but also a little mean at times, but in a good way. Clove, who was very innocent and Delphinium who thought she knew everything about love, even if she was only  twelve years old. There was also Eve, who enoyed to read and Flora and Goldenrod, who were the twins. Also there was Hollyhock, Ivy, who LOVED to eat, and Jessamine, Kale, and Lilly, who was born at the very beginning of the novel. There were other characters like the King, who was a amazing father and by the end of the story really showed how much he loved his family, also Lord Bramdford, who was a lolvely man, but also a had very big nose and amazing brown eyes. Also Lord Teddie, who was the funniest character of all and Prime Minister Fairweller, who seemed mean of the outside, but was big softy deep deep down. Last but not least Mr. Keeper, who had turned to be my favorite character of all time. He was the cruelest men in almost of the books I have ever read, with the way he could be nice at times, but then completely turn on you and stab you in the back when your not looking. The writing style in this novel completely pulled me in with twisted and turns at every corner, and one of the best parts of the writing style was just the simple way every character talked. I give this book a 5/5 stars!

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Rating: 5/5 Stars!
Pub. Date: March 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardcover , 480pp
Chapters: 30
Age Range: Young Adult


Book Trailer:

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Throne of Fire Giveaway! (CLOSED)

Hello everyone! Today I wanted to do a giveaway for the release of the Throne of Fire the second book in the Kane Chronicles series by Rick Riordan. Here are the rules of the giveaway:

RULES OF THE GIVEAWAY!

1. You must follow my blog, youtube channel, and twitter (if you don't have a blog or twitter then thats okay, but you have to follow my youtube channel to enter)

2. You must be 9 age +

3. U.S.A Only!

4. You must answer this question: If you could be any Egyptian God or Goddess named in the Throne of Fire, which God or Goddess would you be and why?

5. Please leave your email in the comments below, so if you win I can email you and to ask you your address. Also if you do not respond in 48 hours there will have to be a new winner.

6. This giveaway ends May 13th (next week) at midnight EST, on May 14th I will tell you who won and I will email that person with a private message if they used a comment on youtube on my giveaway video  or if they commented on my blog then I will email them on my hotmail.

List of Gods and Goddesses named in Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan:
Anubis: the god of funerals and death
Apophis: the god of choas
Babi: the baboon god
Bast: the cat goddess
Bes: the dwarf god
Ged: the earth god
Heket: the frog goddess
Horus: the war god, son of Isis and Osiris
Isis: the goddess of magic, wife of her brother Osiris and mother of Horus
Khepri: the scarab god, Ra's aspcect in the morning
Khnum: the ram-headed god, Ra's aspect at sunset in the underworld
Khonsu: the moon god
Mekhit: minor lion goddess, married to Onuris
Nekhbet: the vulture goddess
Nephthys: the river goddess
Nut: the sky goddess
Osiris: the god of the underworld, husband of his sister Isis and father of Horus
Ptah: the god of craftsmen
Ra: the sun god, the god of order. Also known as Amun-Ra (THIS IS THE GOD I WOULD BE FYI =p)
Sekhmet: the lion goddess
Set:the god of evil
Shu: the air god
Sobek: the crocodile god
Tawaret: the hippo goddess
Thoth: the god of knowledge

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cover Revealed!

Twisted (Intertwined Series #3)
Gena Showalter
August 30th, 2011
Young Adult

Summary: SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD ADEN STONE HAS HAD A HELL OF A WEEK. HE’S BEEN:

Tortured by angry witches. Hypnotized by a vengeful faery. Spied on by the most powerful vampire in existence. And, oh, yeah. Killed – twice. His vampire girlfriend might have brought him back to life, but he’s never felt more out of control. There’s a darkness within him, something taking over . . . changing him. Worse, because he was meant to die, death now stalks him at every turn. Any day could be his last. Once upon a time, the three souls trapped inside his head could have helped him. He could have protected himself. But as the darkness grows stronger, the souls grow weaker – just like his girlfriend. The more vampire Aden becomes, the more human Victoria becomes, until everything they know and love is threatened. Life couldn’t get any worse. Could it

Teaser Tuesday (18)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!Just do the following:


Grab you current read
Open to a random page.
Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on the page.
BE CAREFULE NOT TO INCLUDE SPOLIERS! (make sure that what your share doesn't give to much
away! You don't want to ruin the book for the others!)
Share the title & author, too, so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like you teasers!

My Teaser:
"Not there, Ivy, you great idiot," came a whispered voice among the boughs. "Left-left-no, left is this way-" ~Entwined by Heather Dixon

Trailer Alert!

Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls Series #3)
Maggie Stiefvater
July 12, 2011
Young Adult


Summary: The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stievater.
In Maggie Stiefvater's SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. In LINGER, they fought to be together. Now, in FOREVER, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

Forever - a stop motion book trailer




FOREVER book trailer - featuring "Summer Girl" by Jonas & Plunkett

Cover Revealed!

Silence (Hush, Hush Series #3)
Becca Fitzpatrick
October 4, 2011
Young Aduly


Summary: The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Book Review: Invincible (Chronicles of Nick Series #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Hello everyone. Today I finished Invincible, which is the second book in the Chronicles of Nick Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. The first book is Infinity, if you have not read that book you should not continue reading this review, because it will contain spoilers for the first book. Here is my review and I hope you enjoy:

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Summary: Just when he thought things couldn’t get any worse... Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul. His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recru...moreJust when he thought things couldn’t get any worse... Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul. His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to things he can’t even mention and the girl he’s not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him. But more than that, he’s being groomed by the darkest of powers and if he doesn’t learn how to raise the dead by the end of the week, he will become one of them.

Review: How would you feel if you had to look over your shoulder every time you turned a corner. That's what is seems like for Nick in this sequel. The problems in this novel are completely different, with a completely different villian, but also with the same problem of who Nick truly is and why he is so important. Nick is back with his smart mouth, funny personality, also with his friends Kody, who is my favorite character for her dark secrets and the passion she has for Nick, Budda, who is the funniest character in this series with Matt was a step behind him, Caleb, who shows a dark side to himself in this novel, Nick's mom, who will always the a nicest of all the characters, and many more characters. This book for funny, but I did think that some of the comments didn't need to be added in some parts of the book. The action was amazing and keeped me at the edge of me set, and the writing was amazing. I give this book a 4/5.

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Rating: 4/5 Stars!

Pub. Date: March 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: Hardcover , 432pp
Chapters: 19
Age Range: Young Adult

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