Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (16)

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by "Breaking the Spine" were bloggers can post their anticipated upcoming publications!

This weeks WoW was a little more difficult due to the recent break up with my significant other. I wanted something fun and light hearted - something everyone would like. But all I kept finding was a constant theme of sad and depressed books. Soooo I think I found a good mixture of excitement and breakup sadness as I like to say. 



Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
Publication Date: December 8th, 2011
Publisher: Philomel/Penguin

A thrilling debut story of death, love, destiny and danger

"Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she's a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries."

"Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon."
Thoughts: the best thing about this book is that it is not a long wait till it is published in Canada, only 8 short days away! I absolutely love the cover as well ... the flow of the petals, the coloration of the entire cover the red and greens, very earthly, and of course how the girl is positioned on the cover - almost free falling, I love every little bit of the cover! The description at first through me off, reminding me a lot of Rachel Vincent's novels "Soul Screamers" but then the whole guardian part of it is very intriguing to me. I also really enjoy the uniqueness of the name used of the characters, Lenzi and Alden. So this is my "Waiting on Wednesday", a little bit of excitement for a new release with a mixture of romance, fantasy, and death.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dusty Reads (1)

Dusty Reads is a weekly post featuring a book that has been sitting unread on your bookshelves for some time! Hosted by the wonderful Giselle @ .Xpresso Reads. takes place Tuesday to Tuesday of each week. To participate, add your name to the linky below her posts and try to visit a few of the others.
Note: Books don't have to be 'x' years old. If you've had the book for a few months without reading it, it's dusty! ;)

This week I decided to participate in Dusty Reads! I know it is hosted on Tuesday but seeing as I am trying to catch up on some reviews and reading today I wanted to post something on the blog for a Saturday Post! I think this is a great idea for a weekly meme because we really get to know the types of styles and different types of books we all have on our shelves waiting to be read. And if those books haven't been read yet due to bad reviews or bad comments we could always encourage that person with positive feed back if the book is in fact wonderful!



This Weeks Dusty Read:

"Delirium" by Lauren Oliver
Published: February 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy. But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

Thoughts: I have had "Delirium" by Lauren Oliver on my book shelf ever since I received it in September in a book order. I was going to dive right into it but I was in the middle of Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and I couldn't put it down. Then I had asked a couple of my blogger friends and they said it wasn't as good as they thought it was going to be, and that really disappointed me because usually we all have the same taste in books and usually the same opinions so I put it aside, and I haven't gone back to it yet. I think over the Christmas Holidays I will pick it up and give it a good shot and see what I think but for now it will remain on my to-read shelf.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Tis' the Season: eBook Knowledge

It is my personal belief that not all book passionate people need to read books in their original sense. For some having a hand held device that electronically allows you to enjoy the classics, the new releases and everything in between is just perfect. Although because the market for eBooks has exploded over the last couple years there are far too many choices, and depending on where you live (Canada, Europe or USA) there may be one just perfect for that picky book person on your holiday list.

A few points before we get into the “nitty gritty” features of different types of eReaders:
  • EReaders give the opportunity for those individuals who are conscious about the environment a way to decrease their carbon foot print. Although most if not all books offered in the eBook format still has a hardcopy, it allows the people who don’t want to purchase paper products to still be able to read the new releases and of course classics books.
  •  Not all eReaders will cost you an arm and a leg. Because most eReaders are still new to the book market there are always really good deals and sales on them around the Christmas season. Just make sure you keep your eyes open for them!
  •  User friendly is something I always hear a lot of people complain about with new electronic devices. EReaders will eliminate this problem for those people who aren’t the most tech. savvy individuals. Of course there are versions of eReaders out there that have connection to Wi-Fi, and have options for apps (Android or Apple) but there are also just the original black and white versions as well. Both have their benefits and both versions are excellent towards being user friendly. I should know! My grandmother loves her eReader and she can’t even set the timer on her oven sometimes!
Keeping those points in mind below I have outlined the main features of 3 top of the line eReaders from 2 books stores worldwide and one electronic store. Each outlines the amount of memory, special features such as Wi-Fi, Apps, and the versatility of the specific reader.

Chapters/Indigo: KOBO VOX – Price $199.99

The Kobo Vox brought to you by Chapters/Indigo bookstore is the newest version of their original reader the Kobo. This new and improved reader is a 7” multimedia colour touch screen with all the amenities of shopping at an actual bookstore. Some of the “tech specs” you should know right off the bat: it has 8 GB of storage to carry all eBooks and even Documents with of course a port to add a memory card for extra memory. It also has a speaker port to enhance your reading experience with the ability to add music, or purchase a “book on tape”. And being one of the user-friendliest eReaders it has three-button navigation, which includes: Back, Menu & Home buttons for easy access.

Other Features:
  • It is set up with over 2.2 million books from today’s newest releases to hidden gems
  • Stunning colour books for all ages, including an “engaging read along children’s books” as well.
  • There is also a Wi-Fi connection and therefore allows the Kobo owner to connect directly with the Kobo community of booklovers.
  • Unlimited web and email, music and video entertainment, and it wouldn’t be complete with out over 15,000 Apps for Android!
For more information about all aspects the Kobo Vox has to offer please visit www.kobobooks.com, where most of the above information was found.

Amazon Bookstore: KINDLE FIRE - Price $199.00

Amazon Bookstore brings the Kindle Fire to its stores; similar to that of the Kobo Vox but still different in many exclusive ways. I am not personally able to go and discuss the Kindle Fire with any representative like I am able to do so with the Kobo Vox, but the website has been very helpful for my research. The “tech specs” include an 8 GB space of memory, with approximately 6 GB of room left after downloading the 100 free classics and all technical hardware. 6 GB is retrospect is equivalent to 8- apps, plus 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books (which is a heck of a lot!). It is also similar to the Kobo with a 7” multi-touch display in high-resolution graphics for ample usage of being able to watch TV Shows, Movies or just reading a good book. Of course it also has access to a Wi-Fi network allowing the user to connect to the internet, including the Amazon online store for purchases.

Other Features:
  • Along with the tech specs, this reader has a fast dual core processor allowing the user to stream music while browsing the web or reading books while downloading videos as well
  • My favourite feature: Free Cloud Storage – the Kindle Fire gives the reader free storage for all Amazon digital content in the Amazon Cloud (online storage system) which is great if you’re not just using the reader for books.
  • The last main feature that really attracted me to the Kindle Fire was the “Amazon Whispersync” which allows the user to automatically sync your library, last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights across ALL your devices.
For more information about all the aspects of the Kindle Fire please visit their very user friendly website www.amazon.com and search Kindle Fire.
Apple – iPad, iPhone, or iPod App: iBooks – FREE APP
  • iPad 2: Price $499.00
  • iPhone: Price $199.00 with contract
  • iPod: Price $178.99
This version of an eReader is a little bit different because you are not buying the device you are buying the App, which in fact is free IF you already own the Apple device. I will not bore you with all the technical details of owning or purchasing an iPad or iPhone or iPod because I have a bias opinion because I personally own a Mac, and an iPhone. Although I will tell you, you probably will not find another high definition, touch screen like an apple product. It has a ton of memory depending on what you already have on the device; it has the option for apps, connection to Wi-Fi therefore connecting the reader with everything the Internet has to offer. It is exactly like the other two readers in the sense of Wi-Fi connection, and app usage. For the point of this post, I will be describing the iBooks App through that of an iPad 2 user.
Other Features:
  • The iBookstore – quick access to the iBookstore through the tap of the bookshelf when you directly open the app. You will be offered over 200,000 books many of them free. You can view what is featured on the iBookstore, and the New York Times best seller lists.
  • You have the opportunity to download full page illustrated children’s books, cookbooks, and art books – also offered with this feature is the voice of an author reading your favourite passage, or to even watch a supplementary video (for cookbooks).
  • It is the closest to weight and sound when it comes to actually reading a book. You are able to flip through pages and hear the rustling and page flip sound. You can read it one page at time or two depending on what you are comfortable with, and also the LED bright backlight gives the illusion of crisp colourful detail.
  • Like the Kindle Fire it also has the option to use the iCloud, which is Apples version of the online storage system so your device doesn’t get too cluttered.
All the above information about the iBooks App, and of course all the devices Apple has to offer, please visit their online website at www.apple.com.

I have broken down three main eReaders including the main technical specs, and personal touches that make them unique! Of course nothing will ever replace an actual book for some book-obsessed individuals, myself included. Although we are coming into a world were more and more items are being sold to us using electronic devices, including that of literature. I personally believe that the Kindle Fire would be the best choice if choosing between eReaders. It has a huge amount of personality but it doesn’t take away what books are truly about! Having direct access to Amazon.com (or .ca) is a benefit that most if not all eReaders do not offer. Also, just recently I have learned that libraries are opening up their bookshelves to include borrowing eBooks as well, which will be helpful if you don't have the funds to always buy books.  I am hoping that this write-up has enlightened some of the more hesitant individuals about eReaders, and they are not all bad. Although I must say I will always prefer a hardcover copy of any book any day to that of a cold electronic device.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Follow Friday (1): A Thankful Friday


Rules:
  • {Required} Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  • {Required} Follow our Featured Bloggers - THIS WEEK: Books and Beyond & The Book Addict.
  • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. 
  • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
  • Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
  • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  • If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
the Question:

It's Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. so we want to know what you are Thankful for - blogging related of course! Who has helped you out along the way? What books are you thankful for reading?


So this is my very first "Follow Friday" post and I hope everyone enjoys my responses. As you all can see it is Thanksgiving to our fellow U.S. bloggers and book lovers, and they'd all like to know what we're thankful for along the lines of blogging!

For the people I'd like to thank who helped me along the way of getting my blog up and running, those people I am truly thankful for, and love for the support.

Natalie @ Browsing Bookshelves: she was the first person who introduced me to the entire book blogging world! She had started her own and I quickly followed suit because I thought it was an absolutely brillant idea! She has given me some great advice for postings, and for the outline and look of my blog and I think it has been a great help and most of the success is due to her. 

Kristi @ the Story Siren: Natalie (above) had introduced me to my very first meme hosted by Kristi the Story Siren. It is a great way to get to know what other books have been out and about for review and reading by other bloggers. She has a fantastic blog, well organized, and very very unique in how she reviews and interacts with her followers! I hope one day my blog will be almost as popular as hers, lol!

Missie @ the Unread Reader: who host my absolute favourite weekly meme! My Book Boyfriend, who has generated most if not all of my followers, has really given me a creative output for my obsession with my love and crushes of fictional characters! And of course all the other participants, knowing you all have the same obsession I do is reassuring I am not totally crazy! lol. 

the Followers: OF COURSE! All of you who have supported through your comments, and constant support have my deepest thanks! I could not have done any of my meme's or reviews without you (or your comments). I would have given up long ago if you all didn't have such honest and nice things to say about many of my postings! They make me all warm and fuzzy inside when I receive emails telling me you've all left me a little present - so I thank you!

the Books I'm thankful for:
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
I hope you all enjoyed my first "Follow Friday" & I'm curious what are you all thankful for - book & blogger wise?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Breaking Dawn Part 1: the Beginning to the End of an Epic Saga

It was time my loyal Twilighters. It was time I dragged myself to the movie theater and witness an epic era come to an end. I have been with the Twilight Saga and franchise since the first novel Twilight was published late fall in 2005.  And when they announced that the series that took the bookshelves by storm was being turned into a motion picture, I was a little more than worried. I absolutely adored the characters I had come to create and cherish in my young teenage mind and to see them in a movie, perhaps not how I had pictured them would ruin the entire series for me. Yet I was pleasantly surprised when the movies did not totally ruin the series for me; it perhaps heightened my excitement and love for the world of Forks, and Twilight that Stephanie Meyer had developed. And now I am faced with the crushing truth that once again I have to live through the ending of an epic saga now on the big screen. I am not entirely sure my literary soul can handle the ending of Twilight again, although tonight I faced that fear and went to see Part 1 of Breaking Dawn.

I must admit that when I first walked through the theater doors I was dreading being faced with two hours of mind numbing teenage censorship - AGAIN! Yes I am well aware that the series is a Young Adult genre, but the last book was very suggestive and bit more mature than all the rest and I was hoping - no praying, that the director would in fact take a more adult look for this movie. And BOY! did they deliver! I was nothing like I had expected. I was blown away at how very mature yet still young adult they had been with the entire two hour movie.


Right when the previews had ended and they reminded us to turn off our cellphones, the movie jumped right to it, introducing the title through a red clouded sky. I must admit when I first saw that title flash across the screen my heart speed up just a little, I was far more excited than I should have been for the ripe old age of 22. At first the movie is very mello - the wedding, the honeymoon; touching moments with both Bella's mother and father throughout the wedding, and of course Jacob's touching yet arrogant discussion with Bella during her wedding. The director, Bill Condon, had stuck true to the book as much as he could, and I had appreciated the movie more because of that. The Honeymoon, knowing that most girls who had read the series prior to the movies were anticipating these scenes more than most of the movie was very tasteful, and sweet in my opinion. It did not linger on the suggested sex scenes, although still included them with taste and maturity. I adored the scenes that included Bella and Edward sitting in the sun playing chess at times, suggesting an on going mental war between the two after Edward had noticed the bruises on Bella after their first sexual encounter. The landscape also was magnificent - I absolutely fell in love with the island - the light blue sea, soft sand, and luscious green forest. It was a perfect introduction to the more dark and intense scenes that would soon follow.


Now there are three main things I would like to discuss throughout the review that I must bring everyone's attention too because, I think for me at least, made the entire experience well worth it.

1. Transitional Scenes: For all the Twilight fans out there who read the books and knew what was coming I think this was the most important thing. In the book we all know it is divided between Bella and Jacob's point of views. Now I don't know about anyone else but I really liked the uniqueness of the split and I was hoping for the same within the movie - they totally delivered! The transitional scenes between Bella and Jacob's thoughts and emotions are absolutely perfect. They changed scenes at the perfect moments in the story, almost better than the book did. It definitely helped with progressing the storyline as fast and as far into the book as they did. Also, the transitional scenes allowed for a fantastic scene between Jacob and the pack in wolf form. I thought this was such an awesome scene, and a very demanding scene of Jacob. We see a more alpha, intense version of Jacob; he steps up to his heritage, to faces his fear of Sam, and he chooses the life he wants. It was very well done, and I probably will be raving about it for the next couple days. 

2. Imprinting Scene:
 When Jacob imprinted on Renesmee in the book I was a little freaked out at first, and I did not understand nor care for it. Although when it happened in the movie it changed my opinion. The creativeness of how they decided to do it, and how they re-quoted when Jacob was explaining it to Bella in New Moon was absolutely perfect. I won't break the cinematic magic for anyone who hasn't seen the movie yet, but it is very intense, even romantic moment when Jacob looks into Renesmee's eyes and see's his entire life. He is literally brought to his knees infront of this precious baby girl. I am lost for words what it was like seeing it, I just thought it was beautifully done.

3. Transformation of Bella: Now this may be a spoiler for some, but yes we do get to see a glimpse of Bella being transformed into a Vampire. Now I must warn some people that the scenes leading up to this are VERY graphic and mature. I was not expecting it to be so graphic and I am still trying to get a grip on it. I am not complaining at all, but for those who were or are expecting movies like the first or second, it is nothing like that. That being said, the scenes that are part of Bella's transformation are also very graphic but creatively done. It is done very scientifically, going through her inner body seeing the venom spread over her broken body, bones and blood even, changing her into a magnificent creature. It is very powerful, and definitely a tear jerker, because Edward thinks she has died and tries so hard to save her (which in we all know he did). A lot of commotion is going on during these scenes due an attack on the Cullen resident, but it reminded me of a tragic, yet beautiful dance between life and death. I loved it.

Overall my general opinion is that this is the best movie out of all three so far. I think this one truly showed the maturity, and intensity the books had portrayed. Condon had stopped the movie at a very dramatic part, but still making it such a teaser that we have to come back for more immediately next year. I am definitely suggesting anyone who has followed the series this long, no matter if you have loved or hated it, should go and see Part 1. It is romantic, intense, and heartbreakingly beautiful. This is definitely the perfect beginning to such an epic saga. 

My Book Boyfriend (6): Jacob Black

"Boys in books are just better. Right? lol" ... The meme, Book Boyfriend is brought to us by the fabulous author of "The Unread Reader" Missie. This meme is just for fun! Likeness represented are all fictional fantasies. This meme happens every Wednesday although it is open to "link up" from Wednesday to Wednesday. I'm earning my bragging rights for this weeks Boyfriend, how about you? ENJOY!

In loo of the new Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 movie that has just recently been released I thought why not have a Twilight orientated post this week for my Book Boyfriend. I know a lot of girls have swooned over Edward, Jasper or Emette Cullen but what about Jacob! I just re-watched all of the Twilights because I am going tonight to see the movie, and I was swooning over Jacob more than Edward, although originally when I had first saw the movies it was the other way around. SO today enjoy my Book Boyfriend: Jacob (Jake) Black.

Jacob (Jake) Black: First introduced in Twilight by Stephanie Meyer as one of Bella Swans child playmates when she use to visit her father during the summer. Although they are reunited on the First Beach in Forks, where Jacob tells her the story of the wolves, and cold ones. I personally think that the roll of Jake in Bella's life has been down played a bit because of the movies and because of the pure obsession young girls today have with Edward. Jacob is a real individual, yes he is a werewolf and at times cannot control his temper, but if you watch just the movies, you can see he is better choice for Bella after pulling her out of her depression. Although in the book he is even more heightened as a best friend, maybe even more than that if Bella would only give him a shot. He has the personality of a loyal, patient and truth worthy individual which kind of reminds me of a golden retriever (no pun intended, lol). He obviously has very strong emotions and when he loves, he loves with everything he has in his very being. And not to mention he definitely grew into his looks. Standing at 6 feet 7 inches, muscular, dark tanned skin, and luscious black silky hair, he is a drop dead gorgeous 16 year old. And did I mention abs of steel! Jacob makes you day dream about scenario's where his shirt must come off just so you can get a sneak peak at those godly sculpted muscles. He is definitely one of those characters that you can just sit around and day dream about for hours on end not just because of his looks but because he probably would make you feel like you're the only one for him. If you must day dream about him, do picture him with his arms wrapped around you sitting on the beach in Forks as the sun sets, its definitely worth the little flutter you get, hehe!
Stats:


  • 6 feet 7 inches
  • Black silky hair (short)
  • Brown eyes
  • Bronzed tanned skin
  • Lean muscular torso, with above average biceps, and triceps (all that running around he does really helps, lol)
  • Abs of STEEL!
  • Protective, Loyal and Loving personality
  • Handy Man - can fix basically anything with a motor
  • Aboriginal background
  • Alpha Male - Werewolf
NOTE: the actor I have chosen is keeping true to the movies, Taylor   will be our "stud" of choice for todays boyfriend. I was actually pleased by this choice when the movies first started into production I though Taylor portrayed Jacob very well, and so far he has not disappointed!

Quotes:


Emmet: “Fall down again, Bella?"
Bella: "No, Emmett, I punched a werewolf in the face.” 
Eclipse, Stephanie Meyer (this is one of my favourite quotes ever! I thought I'd start off with a funny one)

Bella: 
“For one brief, never-ending second, an entirely different path expanded behind the lids of my tear-wet eyes. As if I were looking through the filter of Jacob's thoughts, I could see exactly what I was going to give up, exactly what this new self-knowledge would not save me from losing. I could see Charlie and RenĂ©e mixed into a strange collage with Billy and Sam and La Push. I could see years passing, and meaning something as they passed, changing me. I could see the enormous red-brown wolf that I loved, always standing as protector if I needed him. For the tiniest fragment of a second, I saw the bobbing heads of two small, black-haired children, running away from me into the familiar forest. When they disappeared, they took the rest of the vision with them.” 
Eclipse, Stephanie Meyer


Jacob: “As long as you like me the best. And you think I’m good-looking—sort of. I’m prepared to be annoyingly persistent.” 
New Moon, Stephanie Meyer

Jacob: 
“It’s not like love at first sight, really. It’s more like… gravity moves. When you see her, suddenly it’s not the earth holding you here anymore. She does. And nothing matters more than her. And you would do anything for her, be anything for her… You become whatever she needs you to be, whether that’s a protector, or a lover, or a friend, or a brother.” 
Eclipse, Stephanie Meyer

Jacob:
 
“The best part is coming." 
Bella: "What's the best part? You swallowing an entire cow whole?" 
Jacob: "No. That's the finale.” 
Eclipse, Stephanie Meyer

Bella:
 “Did you know, you're sort of beautiful?' 
Jacob: "You hit your head pretty hard, didn't you?”
New Moon, Stephanie Meyer

Jacob: 
“Does it bother you, me being half naked all the time?” 
Eclipse, Stephanie Meyer

Waiting on Wednesday (15)

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by "Breaking the Spine" were bloggers can post their anticipated upcoming publications!

This week's WoW was chosen due to my new obsession with the video game Assassins Creed. My significant other had just recently played the entire final game of Assassins Creed in 5 days, so my TV was 
commandeered for that amount of time and when I wasn't reading I was watching Ezio Auditore jump around Constantinople killing people. The following book looks absolutely spectacular and has peaked my interest for a couple of reasons. 


Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers
Publication Date: March 7th, 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others. 

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

THOUGHTS: First off, I am just in love with the cover! I love her dress, the way she is positioned and the cross bow! She looks totally bad ass, lol. This book had sparked my interest also, when I saw it up on a meme, "In My Mailbox" hosted by the Story Siren. The description about Ismae being an assassin of the God Death firstly peaks my interest as a Classics student, I love god and goddess lore and tales! (I'm obsessed, lol) and secondly appealed to my now new obsession with Assassins Creed the video game. After reading the actual plot I think this publication will have a strong Y.A. romance, paranormal following and will definitely be on my must have list. Lastly I'd just like to point out that assassins within the confines of history actually have a very mysterious role. I know it sounds unreal and fantastical BUT it is true; there have been some historical documents revealing assassins during the Early and Middle Ages of Europe. Food for thought :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (11)

Teaser Tuesdays is a bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading.
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share 2 "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author too, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
the Teaser: A Double Feature




"You can let go now," she said her voice a little more than a whisper. 
He didn't want to. He wanted that feeling back. "I--" A bugle sounded from up ahead and Konowa reluctantly released her. 
"A Darkness Forged in Fire" by Chris Evans
Page: 402



Finn. He's got a pail of weeds in one hand; he's picking up his shovel with the other. When our eyes meet, he stumbles away, fast despite his twisted ankle.
My heart stops a moment, then gallops on ahead.
"Born Wicked" by Jessica Spotswood
Page: 222

Monday, November 21, 2011

Its Monday! What are you Reading? (8)

This is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Head on over if you'd like to participate! It is an awesome way to meet new bloggers, and add fabulous books to that ever growing pile, of "to read" books. 

This week and the upcoming ones seem like the perfect time to really catch up on my reading! I have not been reading quite as much as I had hoped due to some classes, assignments, and up coming exams. BUT! I seem to be fully prepared and now I should relax a bit and read what I WANT to read, lol! Interesting though:
How many of you have the same problem, or are in school still? I've never asked  before and my curiosity has gotten the better of me, lol!

Currently Reading:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 
NOTE: I always have one book that I re-read usually going just for fun, and Outlander I am almost done - it is sort of my go to book when I just want an adult novel instead of Y.A.

This Week:

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave. 

Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra. 

Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy — a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.
But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why—especially since I should have been the one who died. . .