Christmas giftcards = Two Great New Reads!!!

Oooo…  I’m so excited!!!  Yup headed out to the local Chapters and was able to pick up a couple of great new reads!

It was a toss-up as to which I’d start first since I LOVE both authors and series.  But I thought I’d start with Night Star.  I figure I’ll have these books done fairly soon – so please come back and check out my thoughts on these awesome books!

Gotta love Christmas Giftcards!!!


Virals by Kathy Reich

Great book!  Met most of my expectations!  I love Kathy Reichs’ books – discovered them a couple of years ago and devoured everyone one of them…  Virals was a great read but I guess I was looking for more of the mystery and “sciency” part of it…  I don’t know can’t quite put my finger on the part that I was missing.  But please don’t get me wrong!  I still REALLY enjoyed the book…  I really wasn’t sure where it was going with the whole wolf-thing though – maybe I’ve read too many werewolf stories – but I really thought it was going there – especially with that Prologue.

Tory Brennan just happens to be the famous Temperance Brennan’s niece – and yes has many of her talents and natural-giftedness when it comes to science as well.  Tory only discovers after her mother’s death that she is related to Dr Brennan – but seems to really enjoy and relish this relationship.  Virals centers around Tory, Hi (short for Hiram), Ben and Shelton, four teens who live on Morris Island – a science outpost of the University of Charleston.  While catching up with the local wolf-dog pack on Loggerhead Island, the four teens find an old military dogtag which sets them off on an adventure of a lifetime.  While seeking the owner of the tag, they discover a secret lab, rescue its captive, and get involved in an old murder case.  I don’t want to spill any beans but I’ll let you know that these four teens are very resourceful and find themselves breaking a few laws of their own – all in the name of finding a killer.  It was a fun read!

Ok I’ll admit I’m just not too sure whether I’m going to read the next Virals book.  I guess when I think about it – it just really didn’t speak to me.  It had a different pace than I was expecting.  Darn those expectations!!!  I think this was my downfall.  I was expecting something and it really wasn’t there.  But… then again – maybe it will be there the next time around.  So I guess I’ll have to wait and see what the next one brings and decide then whether I’ll read it or not.


Ages:  14 and up

Favourite quotes:

“Confession.  I am a canine fanatic.  I love dogs, maybe more than humans.  Heck, no maybe about it.  After all, dogs don’t gossip behind your back.  Or try to embarrass you because you’re the youngest in your grade.  Or drive cars and get killed.”            p.28

I loved this quote because I think it summarizes many feelings that 14-yr olds really feel!

“We entered and crossed a brightly lit atrium to a help desk manned by a small, rat-faced guy.  Skinny, maybe thirty-five, he had black hair, oiled and razor-parted.  His brown sweater-vest covered a tan shirt hung with a yellow paisley tie. Brown corduroy pants completed perhaps the most boring ensemble ever conceived.”       p. 122

Can you guess what type of person/occupation is being described here???  Yup – a Librarian.  Hee hee hee…

Reichs, Kathy.  (2010).  Virals. Advanced Reader’s Copy provided by the Travelling ARC tour blog.

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Zipped by Laura and Tom McNeal

I know I know I said I was reading Virals by Kathy Reichs and Mystify by Artist Arthur – but I got sidetracked.  My oldest daughter has another HUGE pile of YA books she’s read over the years and I found myself drawn to Zipped earlier this week – and well couldn’t turn it off.

It’s not a fantasy story!  It’s a great little story about Mick who lives with his Dad and stepmother, Nora.  He’s fifteen going onto sixteen and starting to experience both emotionally and physically his newfound interest in girls, actually two in particular, Myra Vidal  and Lisa Doyle.  Myra turns out to be a sexy college student who befriends Mick and becomes like a big sister.  Lisa on the other hand, is someone Mick is interested in and learns how to befriend her.  All the while, Mick learns a dark secret about his stepmom that keeps him second guessing his relationship with her.  It’s a great story about deception and coming of age…. I just love how all the stories and characters are intertwined.  Each character learning a bit about themselves and who they are.  Absolutely wonderful…

It was a great and easy to read story.  I really enjoyed the titles of each chapter too…  Ok I learned a few new words as well 🙂  I would definitely recommend this book!  Fantastic read!!!


Ages 14 and up

Favourite quote:

“Foolish, he thought…. It was the perfect adjective for him, his father, and his father’s dreams, whatever form they might be taking in the buff-colored house under the nearly full moon in a room overlooking a finished, empty net.”     p. 84

McNeal, Laura and McNeal, Tom. (2003). Zipped.  Toronto, ON: Random House of Canada.

How do I follow thee… Let me count the ways…

Have you ever thought about all the different ways you can follow your favourite bloggers?  Well let me try to capture some of them…

Google Friends – cool little application that is available on Blogspot blogs…  Unfortunately unavailable on WordPress blog.  But what does this really do?  Shows the blogger how many people have added their names/avatars to their blog.  I’ve done this with a few blogs but I still have to remember to go visit them – they don’t come to me 😦  So this is definitely a blogger-side advantage.  I find it’s also used a lot for contests and book giveaways…

Email subscriptions – Now this is a feature that can be made available on most blogs.  Actually I just started this on my blog – I was undecided and had it available when I first started but thought it was a little scary to have people “follow” you and took it down.  Now that I’m more comfortable putting myself out there in the Blogosphere I figure what the heck let’s add the feature and see what happens.  And yes I’ve had people sign-up – YEOWSERS very exciting 🙂  What I really like about this method of “following” is that whenever the blogger posts a new post I get a copy of it in my email.  Fantastic!  It gives me all the content and the link to the blog in case I want to go visit.  And don’t forget the blogger can also see who’s following them – so win-win..

RSS feeds – When I was first introduced to RSS readers, RSS feeds and the such – I thought there’s just NO way I’m going to use that!!  It means I have to go to YET another website – yuck!  However…  there are just SO… many bloggers that I enjoy following that using Google Reader makes it so easy! One website and I can read ALL the new posts written by all the blogs I’m following.  However… downfall – the bloggers aren’t aware that I’m following them 😦  Wish there was a way to let them know…  But I love it!!!  and this by far is my favourite way of following my favourite bloggers.

I’m sure there are other ways – Oh I get one!  Adding your favourite blogs to your browser bookmarks.  I don’t know about you but boyz oh boyz…  would my bookmark page be huge!

So how do you follow your favourite bloggers?  Do you have another way? I’d love to hear about it.

Blogger Hop (Dec 17-20)

Book Blogger HopA BOOK PARTY!!  Woohoo I’ve been wanting to join in  for a bit – so here it goes :)

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy For Books – please come along and join the Party!

This week’s question comes from Alex who blogs at Geek on the Brink:

“What do you consider the most important in a story: the plot or the characters?”

Another fun and interesting question – and yes a tough one to answer…  I have to be interested in the plot before I’ll read a book – but if the characters don’t speak to me then I’ll probably stop reading the book.  So.. um..  can I say both?  The plot first and then the characters.

What do you think?

Teaser Tuesday (18)

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 Virals by Kathy Reichs:

“I wasn’t supposed to hear that.  Secretly, I preened.  Karsten knew Aunt Tempe professionally.  I’d never heard the exact story.  I’m not sure if the family tie was a strike for or against me.”             p.47