Last week of vacation – then it’s back to work & school

I know I know – seems like I’ve been gone all summer – well for the record it’s only been for August 🙂  Puttering around the house this week desperately catching up on housework and errands.  But…  reading every night – just not posting anything yet.

I’ve finished Variant by Robinson Wells – and OMG!!!!  Ah…  what a great book!  Look for my review and thoughts within the week.  I’m still reading Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer – taking my a while because I’ve been hooked on my eReader again 🙂  But I’m about 2/3 way through and it’s getting harder and harder to put it down.   I’ve also started reading Blood by K.J. Wignall – a vampire novel with a really interesting twist…

So hang in there – I’ll be back on a regular schedule next week!  Thanks for sticking around 🙂

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Back from our trip to Nova Scotia

Yes we did it!  A beautiful, fun and rather relaxing 10 day trip to visit family and friends in Nova Scotia.  I’ll admit I was nervous – travelling with my 2 teenaged girls on our own – oh the situations I imagined 🙂  and lo and behold it was fantastic!!!  No bickering and a really fun time for all of us.

What this meant though…. is no reading – yup!  I was too busy with catching up that I opened my book one night only – and only managed to read about 10 pages before falling asleep.

Looks like I have a bit of reading to do this week.  Oh – but wait!  I did find an awesome surprise though!  One of our trips was to Brier Island, NS – where is that you may ask – well…  it’s on the tippy-tip on Nova Scotia.  In any case…  while I was there checking out the gift shop I found a young adult book entitled Lost on Brier Island by local Nova Scotian author, Jo Ann Yhard.

Looking forward to catching up on the Blogs this week!  Have a great week all!

 

 

 

Teaser Tuesday (23)

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 Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer:

“My stomach knotted as he walked away.  I fought the desire to run after him and instead rolled onto my back, staring at the twinkling stars I could see through the glass ceiling and hoping that at some point sheer exhaustion would drive me to sleep.”              p. 146

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

Oh my goodness! Once I started this one I could NOT put it down.  The only thing stopping me from reading it in one session was work and those darn life interruptions 🙂  This was a fantastic read!  A story where I had NO idea what was really happening until the end!  Just the way I love it!!!

Skye turned seventeen and well…  her life changed.  I know you’ve heard that before – but think about it – what 17-year-old’s life hasn’t encountered life-altering or a change in direction?  I’d dare you to name one!  In any case…  Skye’s parents were killed when she was 6-yrs-old in a car accident and she was adopted by her Mom’s best friend, Aunt Jo.  On her 17th Birthday, she meets 2 new guys, Asher and Devin, at her surprise birthday party.  She then realizes that they seem to be following her or stalking her at school and everywhere she goes.  She soon learns who they are and what they represent.

I love the way Skye tries to reason which side to go with…  order vs. chaos.  But is order and calm what everyone really wants, needs and believes in?  You’ve got to read A Beautiful Dark to truly understand the difference between order and chaos in the realm of “angels”.  The ending was a shocker!!!  and there had better be another book here!!!!!

Highly Recommended
Ages: 14 and up


Favourite Quotes:

“This was like something from the nature channel: wolves trying to mark their territory.  Finally Ian picked up the crumpled bill and begrudgingly made change.
Well, I never asked to be marked.”               p. 46

“Rules created order – and order created calm.”              p.  58


Davies, Jocelyn. (2011). A Beautiful Dark. HarperCollins Publishers. Advanced Reader’s e-proof from Net Galley.

New design revisited…

Yup if anyone has been reading the little blurb about my header picture – you’ll probably see that it is no longer my FIsher but my dog.  She loved to sit in the sun with all my papers and books strewn all over the place!

Hope you enjoy and I’m always looking for suggestions 🙂

In my Mailbox (11)

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

I went back to NetGalley this week.  My eReader is still giving me problems but I was able to get it up and running and filled with books again 🙂

Here’s what I got this week – how bout you?


NETGALLEY eBooks:

A Beautiful Dark  by Jocelyn Davies
Publish date: 09/27/2011
Publisher: HapperCollins
Imprint: HarperTeen

Skye thinks she’s just a typical seventeen-year old girl. But when she meets two attractive, mysterious boys—dark, friendly Asher, and golden, reserved Devin—her world is suddenly turned upside down. First they tell her that her parents were actually angels—a Guardian and a Rebel—who became mortal when they were cast out for falling in love. Then they tell Skye that, although she is human, she holds the powers of both Dark and Light inside her. Devin and Asher have been sent to earth to help Skye develop and control her emerging, unpredictable abilities. Both sides want Skye, and she must make an impossible choice that will affect not just her own destiny—but the fate of the entire universe.

Variant by Robinson Wells
Publish Date: 10/04/2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: HarperTeen

Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy was the ticket out of his dead-end life. He was wrong. Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor–wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive. Where breaking the rules equals death. But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape—his only real hope for survival—may be impossible.

Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey
Publish date: 09/20/2011
Publihser: HarperCollins
Imprint: HarperTeen

“It seemed so right. Danny was mine, I was his, and that wasn’t going to work if he was dead. So I would make him not dead, not anymore. I didn’t think any further than what it would feel like to kiss him again, to wrap my arms around him and bury my head against his shoulder. That was my first mistake. It also turned out to be the biggest.” When Wren’s boyfriend Danny died in a car accident, Wren couldn’t imagine living without him. Torn apart by grief, she decided to use her witch-like powers to raise him from the dead. But the Danny who returned is nothing but a pale imitation of the boy he once was—cold, lifeless, and consumed by a desire to be with Wren at all times. Wren has spent four months keeping Danny hidden. But when Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school, he tells Wren that he can sense her powers, and he quickly figures out her terrible secret. Wren is irresistibly drawn to this mysterious boy who is so much more alive than the ghost of the boy she once loved…and while she’s trying to sort through her tangled emotions, Danny is becoming harder for her to control. As Danny’s behavior gets more erratic, Wren is faced with the magnitude of her mistake—and in the end, she must make a heartbreaking decision.

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
Publish date: 09/06/2011
Publisher: Egmont USA

It could happen tomorrow…
A cataclysmic event. An army of “The Changed.”
Can one teen really survive on her own?
An electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. For those spared, it’s a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human…
Desperate to find out what happened and to avoid the Changed, Alex meets up with Tom—a young army veteran—and Ellie, a young girl whose grandfather was killed by the electromagnetic pulse.
This improvised family will have to use every ounce of courage they have just to survive.

Blood by K.J. Wignall
Publish date: 09/27/2011
Publisher: Egmont USA

I do not remember being bitten. I wish I did, for then I would know the creature who did this to me and I would have a purpose, to track him down and repay him for the poisoned gift he gave me. Back in the Thirteenth Century, Will was destined to be Earl of Mercia, although he never lived to inherit his title. In the centuries that follow, Will has led a lonely life, learning to deal with whatever the present day throws at him, always searching for answers but never finding any. Until this time, when he awakens after a 20-year-slumber, hungry for the blood that sustains his undeath, when it appears that he is finally getting a glimpse at why he exists. He does indeed have a destiny, and an enemy, but revealing that fate will be a matter of trust…


eBooks I received from authors or publisher:  Thank-you!!!

Catalyst (The Passage of Hellsfire Book #1) by Marc Johnson
Publish date: March 19th 2011
Publisher: Longshot Publishing

For centuries, the kingdom of Alexandria has protected Northern Shala from the monstrous creatures lurking in the Wastelands. Now, a dark force threatens that fragile peace.
Far from home, Alexandria’s princess is abducted. When a young villager named Hellsfire stumbles upon her and her captors, he rushes in to rescue her, alone and unarmed. His fear and fury unleash an uncontrollable magical force that grants him the power to save the princess-and change the world.
Hellsfire has never craved nor dreamed of power. But such magic as he now possesses has not been seen in Northern Shala for a thousand years, since the devastation of the War of the Wizards and the creation of the Wastelands.
Now Hellsfire must leave all he’s ever known, and make a dangerous journey to learn to master this wild, ferocious power-power he knows he is not ready to wield. More difficult still, he needs to master his emotions. If he can’t, the power will consume him, Alexandria will fall, and darkness will eclipse the land, destroying everyone he loves.
In the dead of cold, the spark shall burn…

Banana Kiss by Bonnie Rozanski
Publish date: September 1st 2005
Publisher: Porcupine’s Quill

A ferociously sharp comic romance about a love affair between a schizophrenic and a manic depressive who meet in a psychiatric institution.

Dael and the Painted People (Zan-Gah Book #3) by Allan Richard Shickman
Publish date: August 30th 2011
Publisher: Earthshaker Books

A prehistoric adventure, this is the third of the Zan-Gah young adult books. When Dael, guilty and tormented, came to live with the tribe of the painted people, he longed for peace and restoration; but without knowing it, he made a powerful enemy. Luckily, Dael had friends-including a troop of crows-and his own mystical powers. The disturbed and violent hero learns from the Children of the Earth, and from his submissive wife, a new way of life that is peaceful and generous. Dael and the Painted People is a story of conflict, healing, hate, and love by the winner of the Eric Hoffer Award, a finalist for the ForeWord magazine Book of the Year Award, and the Mom’s Choice Gold Seal for Excellence in a family-friendly book series.


Books I bought:

Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2) by Andrea Cremer
Publish date: July 26th 2011
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she’s certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer—one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack—and the man—she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.

All You Desire (Eternal Ones #2) by Kirsten Miller
Publish date: August 9th 2011
Publisher: Razorbill

Haven Moore and Iain Morrow have been living a blissful life in Rome, an ocean way from the Ouroboros Society and its diabolical leader. But paradise is not to last. The mysterious disappearance of Haven’s best friend, Beau, sends the pair running back to New York, where they encounter the Horae, an underground group of women who have spent centuries scheming to destroy Adam Rosier. Only they can help Haven uncover the secret to Beau’s whereabouts in one of her past lives. But their help comes at a price: Haven must infiltrate the Ouroboros Society, charm Adam Rosier, and lure him into a trap. It’s a plan the Horae believe will save the world-but Haven and Iain fear that it may destroy the happiness they’ve been chasing for two thousand years.

Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

Another awesome read!!!  Yes I fell in love with that cover, checked out the little blurb and thought what the heck!  Ok – there was a great deal going on at the bookstore too – else I probably wouldn’t have bought this nor The Iron Witch.  And boys oh boys I would never have known what great books these are!

So it must be official now I REALLY enjoy these paranormal type stories.  This is not an exception!  This is the first though that I’ve read about a “demon” – you know in the TV show Charmed sense.  It was fabulous!  This was one book that I carried everywhere so I could finish it!  It’s about a 17-yr-old Theia who lives by her father’s strict rules, plays violin, has someone buying her “prim and proper” clothes, doesn’t go out…  you know the type!  Well… one night she wakes up to see a burning man fall from the sky.  She’s sure she’s dreaming – but runs outside to check – nope – not a dream – it’s real….  But how can that be?  The next thing she knows – is that every night in her dreams she’s going out meeting someone seeing outrageous sites and experiencing weird and wonderful things all at the same time.  Then HE starts coming to school – Haden.  So now she meets Haden, in the Real world and in the Under.  This is a fantastic story about true teenage angst and true love!  Throw in some demons, bony skeletons and you’ve got an awesome story!

Highly recommended
Ages: 14 and up


Favourite quotes:

” ‘Sneetches’ was what we called the in-crowd at school, the haves as opposed to the have-nots.  We named them from a Dr. Seuss story in which the Star-Belly Sneetches, who were born with a green star on their bellies, thought they were better than all those who had no green star – or in this case green money.”            p. 13

“… – but I thought of all the times in my life I’d held back my first impulse and instead behaved the way I knew Father expected.  I never saw a banister that didn’t trigger a wish to slide down it – though I had never allowed myself the fun.  The things I refrained from saying, the dreams I’d tried to keep from forming – it was exhausting sometimes to be the opposite of what felt so natural.”            p. 157


Hayes, Gwen. (2011). Falling Under. Toronto, ON: Penguin Group (Canada).
Author website:  http://www.gwenhayes.com/