Teaser Tuesday (22)

 

 

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 Forever by Maggie Stiefvater:

“And then I did laugh, even though the future was dangerous place, because I loved her, and she loved me, and the world was beautiful and awash with pink light around us.”          p. 154

 

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Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

Oh my goodness!  It has been a while since I read this book!  I completely forgot to write a review – My Bad!!!  But you know, even though access to the NetGalley has expired (which means I can’t add the fun quotes I had) the story is still with me.  Lost Voices was a very poignant and touching story.  It starts off with us watching 14-year-old Luce walk home along the cliffs in Alaska.  She encounters a baby in the water, tries to save it while calling the local town’s attention.  She struggles over the next few days – and one evening while walking home is assaulted by her uncle and is left to die on the cliffs before falling into the ocean.  In the ocean she finds a new family – mermaids – and at first embraces her new life but then struggles with the cost of her transformation.

As I read this story I was so touched and drawn in.  Quite often I sit back after I’ve read a book and wonder how the title fits in – in this case it was so integral – but you really didn’t catch it until you’ve made the connection between who can and who cannot become a mermaid.  They all have a connection – they’ve been hurt or damaged by the people they love the most – their parents or guardians.  So in essence they’ve lost their voices.  It was a beautiful and heart-wrenching story all at once.

Highly recommended

Ages: 14 and up

You all know I LOVE book trailers – so here’s the one I found for Lost Voices….


Favourite quotes:

Well…  because I forgot to write this review and it was a Galley – I no longer have access to the quotes I highlighted…  Sorry…


Porter, Sarah. (2010). Lost Voices. Digital galley obtained from NetGalley. Publisher: Harcourt Books.

In my Mailbox (10)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.   (It was inspired by from Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.)

Well…  I think I’ve finally determined that I’m going to be one of these folks that pops in and out of this meme.  I tend to buy too many books one week to keep up and then don’t buy or acquire for a bit – so I’ll pop in during the weeks where I’ve bought or acquired books 🙂

So for this week I have a few that I’ve bought – being summer and all 🙂

Purchased:


Forever Theodore Boone Secrets and Shadows The Iron Witch Ordinary Beauty Falling Under
Maggie Stiefvater John Grisham Shannon Delany Karen Mahoney Laura Weiss Gwen Hayes

New design…

Well I thought it was time for a change – so here it is.  Nice and clean design!  The picture you may be wondering about – where did it come from?  Well…  it was taken in my backyard – we believe it’s a fisher.  He decided to take a dip in our pond on a hot day and I was lucky enough to catch a picture 🙂

I may be switching things up as I accustom myself to the new design – so watch out!

Hope you enjoy….

 

Book Blogger Hop July 22-25, 2011

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:

What’s the ONE GENRE that you wish you could get into, but just can’t?

Hmm…  this isn’t a really easy one is it?  But as I think about it the one “genre” that I wish I could get into is historical fiction.  I’ve never been a history buff but as I get older this is an area that I wish I could learn more about just wish there was a way I could learn and enjoy…  Sounds like a great reading opportunity – but I still find it dry.  So if you know a good book that fits the historical fiction genre that’s exciting and fast moving please let me know…

Theodore Boone by John Grisham

Well you’ll find this a bit funny…. I didn’t even know this book or this series existed until my Mom mentioned it to me…  Yes you read that correctly my Mother!  I’m not a big John Grisham fan or rather I don’t really like his lawyer/court drama type books.  I did however really enjoy his A Painted House novel – so I guess some of his works appeal to me but most do not.  In any case, my parents enjoy his books – so my mother came across this book, the first in his YA series.  She read it first before telling me about it 🙂  and then told me that she absolutely loved it and that I should read it.  So…  guess what I started when I was at the cottage?  You got it – started reading the first Theodore Boone book.

Overall, I enjoyed it!  But as with many of this books that I’ve tried reading in the past – it took me quite a while to get into the book.  I can’t explain why – but it seems to move too slowly in the beginning for me.  However, about 2/3 of the way through…  well…  that’s when I couldn’t put it down.  This poor little Theo managed to get himself involved in the BIG trial in Strattenburg by just being himself and having the trust of his classmates and friends.  It was quite fun to watch this little 13 year old be the friendly neighbourhood lawyer.  Anyone who thought they needed any legal advice knew that Theo could help them out.  It will be interesting to see where John Grisham takes this character.  The second installment in the series, The Abduction is already available – actually it’s sitting at my parents’ cottage – soon to make the trek back to Guelph 🙂

Theodore Boone is the son of 2 lawyers: a divorce lawyer and a real estate lawyer.  So law has become his passion.  Theo has already decided that he wants to work in the criminal court system when he grows up.  His classmates and adult friends ask Theo for advice on a regular basis on issues from getting the dog out of the pound to saving a friend’s parents’ house.  Theo is also very well connected in the town’s justice system and has learned how to access most information within the courthouse.  The Big trial arrives in town where Peter Duffy is accused of killing his wife.  Little does Theo realize that he will play a major role in this trial.

As I noted earlier  it did take me a while to get into this book – but once I did it was tough to put it down.  I will be reading the second book in this series before I determine whether I will continue with it or not.

Recommend

Ages: 12 and up


Favourite quote:

Well this is one of the few books where I didn’t find a quote – could have been the way I read this book – but nothing really jumped out at me…


Grisham, John. (2011).Theodore Boone: Half the Man, Twice the Lawyer. London, UK:  Hodder.

Series website:  http://www.theodoreboone.com/

Secrets and Shadows by Shannon Delany

Wow it’s been a full year since I’ve read the first in the 13 to Life series… Almost to the day! 13 to Life was the first story about Jessie and Pietr.  If you’ve read my first post you’ll see that I was taken aback by the ending – solely because I didn’t realize it was the first book in a series.  When the second book Shadows and Secrets came out in hard cover I decided that I’d wait until it came out in soft cover – I have to try to save a bit of money 🙂 .  But then I waited quite a while to buy it – can’t say why…  and now that I’ve read it I’m disappointed in myself that I waited so long..  but on the other hand – I only have less than a month to wait till the next book Bargains and Betrayals comes out 🙂 So I guess my subconscious was telling me to wait because it KNEW I would want the next one asap!!!

Since it had been a year since I read 13 to Life it did take me a while to get back into the story and remember all the characters – and NO…  I didn’t go back to my blog to reread my thoughts on the first book – now that would have been thinking….  In any case, I loved this almost as much as I loved the first book!  It’s amazing how young loves can make their lives so difficult eh?  I really enjoy the whole twist of this series – that the Rusakovas’ lives are all tied to that magical age of 13.  The plot was fantastic!  All these “extra” characters who ended up playing a MAJOR role in the plot!  I don’t know how authors do this!!!  It was awesome!  Here I am thinking that Mrs Feldman was just a crazy woman and Whoa…  she’s no crazy lady…  But I won’t tell you who she is – that would be spoiling things – so go read it yourself!

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!  Less than a month to wait for the next one!  YIPPEE!!!

Highly recommended

Ages: 14 and over


Favourite quote:

“No one gives librarians the credit they deserve,”  I snapped.  “Yes. She works in the reference department and is a gun-toting government agent.”

“Of course,”  Dr. Jones said, still smiling. “So. Creative, and probably with a large number of overdue books causing you to be creatively suspicious about librarians.  Interesting.”             p. 7


Delany, Shannon. (2011).  Secrets and Shadows.  New York, NY:  St Martin’s Griffin.

Author website:  http://www.shannondelany.com/