Book Blogger Hop (Apr 1-4)

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

This week’s question:

“Since today is April Fool’s Day in the USA (and Canada 🙂 ), what is the best prank you have ever played on someone OR that someone has played on you?”


Fun question this week 🙂  I’ll admit that I’ve never been a prankster so I guess that has almost made me prime pranking material.  As a kid, my mother would somehow always manage to embarrass me – send me to school with a big paper fish stuck on my back or something horrific in my lunchbox.  Nothing very drastic but just clean, fun and silly little pranks.

Looking forward to reading everyone else’s pranks.


Bought a couple of books tonight..

Ok….  My daughter did try REALLY hard to stop me – but the pull was too hard…  I know I need to start using some sort of restraint – I’ve got too many YA books in the house now and need to find a way to remove them 🙂  Suggestions anyone?

In  any case I bought books from 2 Canadian authors tonight and cannot wait to start reading them both:

Fishtailing The Fifth Rule
Wendy Phillips Don Aker

Stay tuned for my thoughts on what looks like 2 more awesome YA books …

Afterlife by Claudia Gray

Now that’s what I’m talking about!!!  Another GREAT ending to a series!  I always wonder whether a book that I loved when I first read it that turned into a second, then third, then a series can ever end in a satisfying way.  I’m here to tell you that Claudia Gray met and exceeded my expectations!

This series was unique from the get go…  Just when I thought I had figured one thing out – BANG – there’s a twist and when I caught onto that string – BANG..  another twist.  They just kept coming and coming.  Well Afterlife continued in that vein.  Just when I thought I had Mrs. Bethany pegged – there comes Christopher’s story.  Awesome!

So…  I’m ranting and raving about how great this book was – what was it about?  Well…  in a nutshell it encompasses the story of how Lucas and Bianca continue to fight for their love.  Oh that sounds so corny…  so let’s add in a few wraiths, vampires, some parents who now cannot stand the sight of their children, the fear of rejection and death&life.  Can you tell I’m not going to say too much 🙂  This is one of these books that you’ll just have to read and trust me that you will not be disappointed and if you are – I’d love to hear why.

I have to tell you one small story though…  I had the last 2 chapters left to read last night – and I hopped onto twitter just to see what’s up.  And of all the twitter feeds I read was one that was RT that almost gave away the whole ending in less than 15 words.  I was a tad upset and extremely curious – so despite the late hour I HAD to finish the book last night – and NO I don’t regret it at all.  Now ask me how I’m feeling round lunchtime – if I’m still awake 🙂

Highly recommended

To read my thoughts on the first books in the Evernight series please visit:

Hourglass Third book in the series
Stargazer Second book in the series
Evernight First book in the series

Favourite quote:

“We can always hate that which we loved, and with a fire as great as our love once was.”          p.244

Gray, Claudia. (2011). Afterlife. New York, NY: Harper Teen.

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Waiting on Wednesday (2)

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s most anticipated release for me is:

In the Forests of the Night by Kersten Hamilton

Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: October 3rd 2011 by Clarion

“Teagan, Finn, and Aiden have made it out of Mag Mell alive, but the Dark Man’s forces are hot on their heels. Back in Chicago, Tea’s goblin cousins show up at her school, sure she will come back to Mag Mell, as goblin blood is never passive once awoken. Soon she will belong to Fear Doirich and join them. In the meantime, they are happy to entertain themselves by trying to seduce, kidnap, or kill Tea’s family and friends.

Teagan knows she doesn’t have much time left, and she refuses to leave Finn or her family to be tortured and killed. A wild Stormrider, born to rule and reign, is growing stronger inside her. But as long as she can hold on, she’s still Teagan Wylltson, who plans to be a veterinarian and who heals the sick and hurting. The disease that’s destroying her—that’s destroying them all—has a name: Fear Doirich.

And Teagan Wylltson is not going to let him win.”

Source: Goodreads

0.4 by Mike Lancaster

If there’s only one book you read this year – make it this one!  A truly scary book – in a way that leaves you questioning the possibilities…  I have to tell you first why… I picked out this book.  Between my daughter handing it to me and the WARNING on the front page – I had no choice!  Here’s a snippet of the WARNING:

“This data storage unit, or ‘BOOK’, has been designed to reprogram the human brain, allowing it to replicate the lost art that was once called ‘READING’.  It is a simple adjustment and there will be no negative or harmful effects from this process.” . . .   How can you turn that away?

There are so many facets of this book that I love.  The first one is the way it is written – a transcription of cassette tapes found in the future with little insets of how different people have interpreted the cassette or the passage.  The way one tape ends and another begins…  the author is actually the editor of the story – wonderful way of handling this cool and innovative story.  I guess the second aspect of this story that I love is the whole concept of it…  Hmm…  what can I say without giving away bits or pieces of the story?  Um…  not very much!  Let’s say that it really resonated with me, left me wondering…

Check out this book trailer – it’ll give you a bit of an insight to the contents of the book…  Please do read it!

Highly recommended
Ages:  14 and up

Favourite quotes:

“I guess I have always believed that grown-ups have all the answers.  They behave as if they do.”      p. 83

“NOTE – ‘eel of jealousy’ …. LeGar, however, points to  a fragment of a text called Stargate SG-1 which suggests that a parasitic creature of this type may have been present within certain individuals.”          p. 90

“…Peter Parker, who was a librarian, not Spider-Man…”        p. 166

Lancaster, Mike. (2011). 0.4 It’s a Brave New World.  London, UK:  Egmont.

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Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

Great ending to a fabulous series!  As I’ve noted in past blog entries for the Wicked Lovely series, I really enjoy how the series centers around several characters and not just one or two.  Darkest Mercy had everything I’d hoped fort.  Melissa Marr brought one of my favourite characters back and she ended up playing an integral part to this awesome finale.

I don’t want to say too much about the story, for anyone who hasn’t had the chance to read it!  But if you’ve read any of the books in this series – keep reading!!!!  You’re going to love how this ends!  Although the individual books centre around different characters – the overall theme and story is maintained throughout!  Action-packed and kept my full attention!

Love it!  So just read it!!!

Highly recommended
Ages: 14 and up
Now this is a great Book Trailer for the series – check it out!

I got so involved in the book that I forgot to capture a quote – so no quotes for this one 😦

Marr, Melissa. (2011). Darkest Mercy.  New York, NY: HarperTeen.

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Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann

Ok…  this is one of those books I have been waiting for!  I loved Lisa McMann’s Gone, Fade, and Wake books and couldn’t wait to read more from her.  Yup, you know what it’s like when you love one book – you tend to expect the same level or more from that author’s next book…  Gee when I think about that – we are almost trying to set these authors up for failure with our over the top expectations?  Well…  Lisa McMann did it again!!!! Awesome and absolutely fantastic book!

Kendall lives in a small town in Montana called Cryer’s Cross.  She’s lived there all her life.  The main goal of many of her friends is to get out and get out as soon as you can, so when Tiffany Quinn disappears….  the hunt to find her is intense but closes with thoughts that maybe she just ran away. When Nico, Kendall’s best friend and boyfriend disappears, Kendall’s life is turned upside down.  Her OCD becomes a challenge and she’s sure that something bad happened to both Tiffany and Nico.  When Kendall notices the writing on the desk and how it changes, the mystery of Cryer’s Pass comes to light.

A fabulous story – intriguing and full of action.  I loved it!  Definitely mystery in there that just kept me going.  I also love a thriller – so you put all of these things together and for me – one awesome book!  Please keep them coming 🙂

Highly recommended
Ages: 14 and up

Favourite quote:

“Everything inside her body melts.
She is chocolate in his fist.”            p. 225

McMann, Lisa. (2011). Cryer’s Cross. New York, NY: Simon Pulse.

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