More travelling…

Last week I spent the weekend in Toronto at the Creativ Festival with my sister and Mom – learned a few excellent quilting tricks 🙂  Also saw Wicked – awesome show!!!  HIghly recommended – loved it so much I now need to share it with my daughter – so we’ll be heading back in a couple of weekends.

Travel and reading always go hand in hand for me.  I managed to read Torment last weekend – and now that I’m off travelling to Ottawa for the last part of this week – I’m bringing my eReader this time around.  Fully equipped with some juicy books I can’t wait to get into.  I’m currently reading Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – which by the way I’m LOVING!!!  But I’ve also got Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick, Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin, Misguided Angel by Melissa de la Cruz and The Replacement by Brenna Yanoff.  So which to read next….  I’ll let you all know once I return from Ottawa.

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To Tweet or Not to Tweet?

Ok… ok… ok…  I’ve caught the Twitter bug 🙂  I’ll admit it!  I’m guilty as charged ….

I’ll admit that I’m still learning what to tweet and how to tweet but I’ve definitely mastered following folks though.  And it’s absolutely amazing as to who is on Twitter – believe it or not  but all of my favourite authors and bloggers are on there.  And they’re tweeting on a regular basis.  I’m learning about what they’re writing, when the new books are due to be released and where they are going to be to sign books.  It’s wonderful!  I’m really not sure where I would get this information otherwise…  Ah some of you are probably saying – Their Blogs!  Very true – but not all of the tweets are available on their blogs.

So come join the Twitverse and learn more about your favourite YA authors and Bloggers.

Trickster’s Girl by Hilari Bell

It took me a while to really get into this book – but as usual once I got there I had a hard time putting it down. Hmmm….  seems like I’m always saying that -but it’s true  -trust me.  I’ll admit that I found the write-up on the story – I don’t know – a bit misleading?  Let’s see here’s the write-up from Goodreads.com:

“In the year 2098 America isn’t so different from the USA of today. But, in a post-9/11 security-obssessed world, “secured” doesn’t just refer to borders between countries, it also refer to borders between states. Teenagers still think they know everything, but there is no cure for cancer, as Kelsa knows first-hand from watching her father die.
The night Kelsa buries her father, a boy appears. He claims magic is responsible for the health of Earth, but  human damage disrupts its flow. The planet is dying.
Kelsa has the power to reverse the damage, but first she must accept that magic exists and see beyond her own pain in order to heal the planet.”

I guess I was expecting something with a bit more punch and action and what I found was a great story dealing with larger environmental issues and questions.  I enjoy these types of stories – you know the ones with a message – although I did finish this book with a feeling of missing something.  I really didn’t like the way it ended – it felt like it never did end – no resolution – was Kelsa successful with her healings?  And the relationship with Raven just stopped …  Will the next fellow be successful?  Hmmm…  I just read up on Hilari Bell’s website that there is a second book in the Raven series called The Traitor’s Son – maybe I’ll get my answers after all – this is great!

Oh I also have to add that as a Canadian – I LOVE the references and comments around the Canada/US border and their differences 🙂

Overall I enjoyed the story but have reservations on the ending.  I would still recommend it and it would be fitting for the younger audience – 12 years and up.


Favourite quote(s):

“The school counselor had told Kelsa that becoming an ‘overcontroller’ was a natural response to the chaos and disruption caused by a death in the family.  She said that as long as Kelsa recognized where her need to control her life and the people around her was coming from, she probably wouldn’t become too big a pain in the ass.”

”  ‘Maybe’, said Raven, ‘the Canadians didn’t want to waste their money on something that doesn’t seem to stop either terrorists or crime.’ ”

Note: since this is a digital galley I will not publish page numbers until I can confirm location in the published novel.


Bell, Hilari. (2010). Trickster’s Girl. Digital galley obtained from NetGalley. Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Author website: http://www.sfwa.org/members/bell/

Poll Results (7) and new Poll Question

What is your favourite time of day to read?

56% At night (8-10pm)
33% Bedtime (10pm or later)
11% In the afternoon (1-4pm)

WOW looks like we got a few night owls out there 🙂  I’ll admit that my day is so busy with a fulltime job, family and house that night-time is usually the only time I can read – so I try to take full advantage of it.  However, sometimes the day gets to be too much and my night-time reading suffers – as it has the past few weeks.

So what shall we tackle this time around?  Well…  I’m thinking about ARCs and Galleys. So let’s try an easy one…  maybe…

Which do you prefer?

Hardcopy ARC
eBook Galley

Teaser Tuesday (14)

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

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (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 TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s teaser is from Trickster’s Girl by Hilari Bell:


“Then she was there, mounting, the handle grips firm and comforting under her palms.  Her right hand stung with a burn she’d picked up without realizing it, but she paid it no heed, spinning gravel under the tires as she slammed down the accelerator.”     No page since this is from a Galley

Teaser Tuesday (13)

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

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (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 TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s teaser is from Torment by Lauren Kate:

” A pause, then what sounded like a drawer sliding open, then a gasp.  Luce would have killed to be on the other side of the wall, to see what they could see.”            p.  99