Friday, August 20, 2010


So, I found this Q&A on Jess' page over at Jess Hearts Books. I filled out this very lengthy questionnaire because it's fun to answer questions about yourself but I do realize that it isn't always so fun to read that much about someone else! But I did it anyway. And I know this is posting on Friday but it was Thursday night when I started!

1. Favorite childhood book?

American Rabbit in the Case of the Missing Moose. My mom did great voices for all the characters! I saved it and now I read it to my daughter!

2. What are you reading right now?

I should be reading Valiant by Holly Black but I'm procrastinating on starting it

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
None. I actually just signed up at the library today.

4. Bad book habit?
Buying them faster than I can read them!

5. What do you currently have checked out from the library?
A Pony for Princess and Cinderella (for my daughter)

6. Do you have an e-reader?
No. I couldn't stare at screen that long.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
I prefer one at a time but I can read at least 2 at once

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Yes! I feel pressured to pay closer attention to what I'm reading rather than reading for the relaxation it gives me. It's still my favorite thing to do!

9. Least favorite book you've read this year (so far)?
The Tear Collector by Patrick Jones. It wasn't bad just my least fave. I'm still gonna read the sequel tho!

10. Favorite book you've read this year?
Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves and Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
I go through phases and when I'm really into one genre, it's hard for me to hold interest in something different.
12. What is your reading comfort zone?

13. Can you read on the bus?
I assume you mean the school bus? In that case no. I don't.

14. Favorite place to read?
My couch!

15. What is your policy on book lending?
Return it in the condition I give it to you in. If you don't, I expect compensation!

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Good book-lords, NO!

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?

18. Not even with text books?
I can't stand the destruction of ANY book

19. What is your favorite language to read in?
I'd have to say English. It's the only one I can read

20. What makes you love a book?
It has to completely take me away. When I'm reading it, I'm in that world until I close the book. I literally have to remind myself of who I am!

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
One I feel has something everyone can enjoy. Cliche, I know, but not as easy to accomplish!

22. Favorite genre?
Young-adult paranormal-romance

23. Genre you rarely read (but wished you did)?
Romance. Like Nora Roberts kind of romance. I've read a few saucy, cowboy romance novels and I loved them. Vampires just do more for me, I guess. Hm, what does that say?

24. Favorite biography?
I don't think I've actually read a biography? If I have, I don't remember.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
No way...I'm perfect!

26. Favorite cookbook?
Whatever recipe my mom writes down! They usually contain chicken.

27. Most inspirational book you've read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
Liar by Justine Larbalestier. I used to lie a lot when I was younger and it always got me in trouble (still does whenever I do it now)! Reading all of the main characters lies just spoke to me and showed it to me coming from someone else.

28. Favorite reading snack?
Anything in my kitchen. I'm not a very picky junk food eater!

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater. I hate to say that too because Shiver was so amazing and I thought this one would be too but it didn't quite live up to it.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
Almost never. I always think a book was better than they did. I'm always like "What? Are they crazy? That book was awesome!"

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
It's hard. Especially when I like the author's other book(s) but not this one. I always hope to like a book.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
French. I love that language!

33. Most intimidating book you've ever read?
Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice. It's a classic so I wanted to like it, to be in-the-know with everyone else, but the truth is that, though it was artistically written, it bored me to tears.

34. Most intimidating book you're too nervous to begin?
Remember Me by Christopher Pike. That's a whole lotta book!

35. Favorite poet?
That's easy. Sara Teasdale. Look her up. Not very well known but her stuff is good.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?

37. How often have you returned a book to the library unread?
Maybe a few times when I was younger

38. Favorite fictional character?
This was really hard and easy at the same time. Hannah from Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves. She's out of her mind and funny as hell!

39. Favorite fictional villain?
Does bad boy count? Cause if so, I pick Damon from Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith

40. Books I'm most likely to bring on vacation?
I went to Aruba in June and brought a book with me I'd been meaning to get to. I barely had any time to read so I don't think I'd bring a book next time.

41. The longest I've gone without reading.
I started reading steady again last October and I might go a week or so without reading. But before that it was years.

42. Name a book you could/would not finish.
I went through a true-crime book phase for a while and one book (I won't give the title) was about a 12 yr old boy who murdered boys younger than him. It was so disturbing I couldn't read anymore of it.

43. What distracts you easily when you're reading?
Depends on the book. When I read the Twilight books for the first time, I forgot I had a kid for a week! But I can get pulled away if I'm bored with it.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
I gotta say Eclipse. I've been waiting forever to get a visual of the tent scene! I love that book!

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
I know it says film but I don't have one so I pick True Blood compared to the Sookie Stackhouse novels. Now hold on! I LOVE them both, truly, deeply. But the show doesn't follow the books and those are awesome, yet True Blood is my favorite show of all time!

46. The most money I ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Probably 50-60.  I try to save some for books still to come out!

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
I probably do it all the time. I don't think I always know I'm doing it. But I have a thing where, if I hate the characters names, sometimes I can't read the book! Petty, I know.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
If I'm halfway through a book and I'm still waiting for the book to grab me or for something to happen, I feel like I'm wasting my time with this when I could be reading something better.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Oh yes. Matching bookcases. Right now they are in order of vampire books, werewolf books, fairies, pixies, angels, and so forth! It's fun that way!

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away after you've read them?
I buy all my books, so they're mine. I'm just now starting to receive books from authors.

51. Are there any books you've been avoiding?
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and Fallen by Lauren Kate.I honestly don't know why. I don't doubt that they're good, I just keep putting them off.

52. Name a book that made you angry?
Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith. I thought it was about a vampire and a werewolf and a girl and it was about a restaurant. Yeah I was mad after that. But the next one, Eternal, is one of my faves.

53. A book you didn't expect to like but did?
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare - like I need to tell you that. I picked up this book after turning away from it so many times but fell in LOVE by the end. Unbelievable.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn't?
The Host by Stephanie Meyer. I couldn't even finish it. Too many characters, too much back and forth, and it lost me. I put it down.

55. Favorite guilt-free pleasure reading?
Mmm, maybe paranormal romance short stories. At the end I feel like I've just read several books instead of one. If i don't like one story, no sweat, it'll be over soon and on to the next.

Whew. That was tough but, someone had to do it! I hope you enjoyed what parts of it you did read. If you want to share your answers, feel free to leave a comment with a link. If not, then hey, you know, whatever.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Spreading the Love!

Hey Guys!

My friend Jess at The Tales Compendium, has given me my very first award! Check it:

The Versatile Blogger Award!! Thanks Jess and I hope we meet each other soon!

Here are the rules for this award:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason! (In no particular order...)
4. Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.

So here are 7 things about me:

1.  Before I had my daughter, I was a legal secretary for 3 years. I plan to get back into that field soon.
2.  I have an extreme fear of spiders. Even the word gives me the willies!
3.  I've been to Aruba twice in four years (just recently in June, 2010) and I plan to revisit next year for a wedding.
4.  I eat Wendy's on a very regular basis. Spicy chicken only. They practically know me by name over there!
5.  My best friend and I have the same birthday, same year. She was born in the morning and I was born so close to midnight it was almost the next day!
6.  My first and middle name are my mother's first and middle names reversed.
7.  I've written poetry since I was very young. My favorite poet is Sara Teasdale.

I am passing this award to:

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tithe by Holly Black

Written by: Holly Black
Publication date: August 30, 2004 (first published 2002)
Released in Paperback

5 stars

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, aid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms - a struggle that could very well mean her death.

How I Came To Read This: I found in the store a while ago and it sat on my bookshelf for months. I thought I was losing interest in ever reading it but when I picked it up the other day, I grabbed me right away.

My Review: I could barely put this book down. I didn't even use a bookmark, just a star-shaped post-it, and by the end of the book, it had lost its stickiness. There aren't too many YA books that start with someone smoking a cigarrette, so I knew Holly Black had written something different with this series.

Kaye has been visited by faeries since she was a little girl. After moving around with her *ahem* "rockstar" mom for a while, they're forced to move back to Kaye's childhood home. Strange things start happening, like her best friend's boyfriend suddenly becoming obssessed with her and old merry-go-round horses coming to life just because she thought it in her head. Then she meets a wounded faerie knight who falls into her debt after she saves his life.

Kaye's faerie friends convince her to participate in the Tithe, a sacrifice. They assure her she won't be harmed but when things don't seem to be going as planned, Kaye must create her own plan.

I enjoyed how real this book was. The characters said things real people would say and reacted in kind. There wasn't any fluff in this story, I could imagine these things someone who just found out they're a pixie of course! The creatures weren't glorified monsters, described to be the most beautiful things in the world.

This book is clever, funny and enchanting. There are easily-likable characters and ones you only wish you could see for yourself! Kaye takes you with her on her journey to the strange and new faerie land.  But don't eat the fruit!!

Who Should Read This:  Honestly, I don't recommend this for really young readers. It has adult situations and strong language but a fun read for older fans.


Don't forget to check out the sequels in this series Valiant and Ironside!

Where can you find Holly online?

Also, check out Holly's Live Journal and her Twitter Account 

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading in which one grabs her current read, opens to a random page, and gives two "teaser" sentences from that page.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!! You don't want to ruin the book for others!

Share the title and author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

by Holly Black

"Kaye rolled over to get up ad go inside when she noticed that a piece of skin on her hand was loose. When she touched it with a tentative finger, it sloughed off like a sunburn, revealing tender green skin."


Friday, August 6, 2010


So while I was looking at my To-Read list on Goodreads, I noticed that new covers have been released, so since I'm such a nice and giving person, I'll share them with you!

You're welcome!


The Story Siren is hosting a really hot giveaway of the Penguin Big 5 Box! These books include:

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Matched by Ally Condie
Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

You guys really need to take a closer look at these covers, they are amazing!

To enter this giveaway, visit The Story Siren HERE and fill out the form! While you're there, check out the interview of Kirsten Miller author of The Eternal Ones.


This one I found through my friend's blog, Alex B. over at More Than Just A Book - check it out, she's got loads of cool stuff!

This ARC giveaway is hosted by Sara at Babbling Flow and its another set of crazy, long-awaited, drool-worthy, gotta-get-my-hands-on books! Check it:

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Torment by Lauren Kate
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Click the link above to enter - DON'T WAIT!

I entered these contests myself and I'm keeping my fingers crossed (it's really hard to type like this) that I win these books! And if I win, I promise to be a good girl for the rest of the year! Then it's a clean slate and I get to be bad again (that is, until I want something)!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Shout Out!

A very special thank you is in order to Liz Dubelman, co-editor of the book What Was I Thinking? 58 Bad Boyfriend Stories! She sent me a copy of this book for my birthday with a sweet little note on the inside!

I wanted to take a picture of myself holding the book, but my two year old isn't very good with the camera!

Thanks Liz!!

New Finds!

I don't know if this post qualifies for "Waiting on Wednesday" because I'm not really up on the memes, which is why I chose not to name this post as such.

Regardless, I did find out about these two great books, courtesy of the authors Melinda Metz and Laura J. Burns (link to their website).

CRAVE tells the story of Shay, a terminally ill girl, who begins receiving a new type of transfusion. The transfusions give her visions of a vampire's life. Could he be real? (Semi-spoiler: Yes, yes he could!) Crave is scheduled to be released September 21, 2010 in paperback, so keep a look out!

ECHOES (Fingerprints #1-3) Rae can touch any object and hear what whoever touched it before her was thinking! When she hears that someone is planning to hurt her, she teams up with Anthony to find out who. Echoes is out on shelves now, so hurry and get your copy!

Check out the full synopses for both these books by clicking on the links!

I've been offered copies of both Crave and Echoes by Melinda Metz for reviews and I'm really excited! Thanks Melinda!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Fledgling by Octavia E, Butler Review

Written by: Octavia E. Butler
Publication date: January 2, 2007 (first published 2005)
Released in Paperback

4 stars

Synopsis: Shori is a mystery. Found alone in the woods, she appears to be a little black girl with traumatic amnesia and near-fatal wounds. But Shori is a fifty-three-year-old vampire with a ravenous hunger for blood, the lost child of an ancient species of near-immortals who live in dark symbiosis with humanity. Genetically modified to be able to walk in daylight, Shori now becomes the target of a vast plot to destroy her and her kind. And in the final apocalyptic battle, her survival will depend on whether all humans are bigots - or all bigots are human...

How I Came to Read This: I found this book on and it looked very interesting.

My Review: This book was like nothing else I've read. It was well thought out and intelligent. The story revolves around Shori, a vampire who wakes up near death from burns and physical damage, with absolutely no memory of how she ended up like that. We follow her as she heals, meets people, rediscovers her past -- and pursues judgment against those who almost destroyed her and her family. Her lack of memory allows us to follow along as she rediscovers what it means to be an Ina vampire. There was only one character that I really connected to. It wasn't because I could relate to his situation but because he was human, likable and kind of funny.

This story was so original, so creative. It doesn't focus on background description as much as describing what Shori sees, feels and re-learns after her injury.

Who Should Read This: Fledgling is NOT a young adult story. It has adult situations that I'm pretty sure a lot of people would find disturbing. I recommend this to adults who love vampire stories but can't get into the younger characters and their high school situations.


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