Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Pen to Paper where we get to talk about a book we're wishing for.
by Karen Amanda Hooper
Published November 25th 2011
When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious.
Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his people—until he falls for Yara. The tides turn as Yara fights to save herself, hundreds of sea creatures, and the merman who has her heart. She could lose her soul in the process—or she might open the gateway to a love that’s deeper than the oceans.
I love mermaids. They're so beautiful and mysterious. And the cover is enchanting to say the least. So this is definitely one to read. After all we do need a break from vampires and witches once in a while.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Ah yes, Thanksgiving. Nothing says the holidays like sitting around a fully decked out dining room table with mouthwatering temptations waiting to be gobbled up. Everyone waits anxiously for the big reveal… the turkey!
Lovingly prepared since early that morning, the turkey is brought out in a covered, silver serving platter. Aunt Edith smacks little Tommy's hand as he attempts to steal a candied yam dripping with marshmallow. The collective breath is held as the silver cover is removed… revealing… a zombie turkey!
What—what? That's right folks, this year, we are celebrating this American holiday paranormal style. And what says paranormal holiday better than a walking, talking zombie turkey?
This zombie turkey brings you important tidings of great prizes that shall be for all people… who participate and win of course.
November 25-27 you could win up to $200 in prizes!
Three days. Four YA paranormal books. Five chances to win!
And who are these crazy paranormal authors? Check them out. It's like the Nightmare Before Christmas, Thanksgiving style!
Emlyn Chand, author of Farsighted
"Psychic or not, you'll never see the end for this one coming! Emlyn Chand is pioneering 'the next big thing' for YA." ~ Emily Reese, author of Second Death
Alex Kosmitoras may be blind, but he can still “see” things others can’t. When his unwanted visions of the future begin to suggest that the girl he likes could be in danger, he has no choice but to take on destiny and demand it reconsider.
Monster Mash: Emlyn says… I. AM. WEREWOLF! And why's that you ask? First off, my name (Chand) literally means moon in Sanskrit. Next, werewolves are super cool--we can blend in with common folk, and then out of nowhere, kapow! I'm a werewolf, and I sure am hungry. Lastly, Team Jacob 100%. Now excuse me while I cock back my head and howl at my namesake.
Patti Larsen, author of Family Magic
"Patti Larsen is truly gifted because I read Family Magic cover to cover and I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the next installment!" ~ from Goodreads review
Sixteen-year-old Sydlynn Hayle is the daughter of a powerful witch and a demon lord, but she just wants to be ordinary. When her coven comes under attack, Syd must face the fact only her power can save her family's magic.
Monster Mash: Patti says… I am a witch. Naturally. I weave spells with my words, cast incantations from my keyboard, mix up the very best potions in my cauldron of documents. You want to stay on my good side. Trust me. Unless you enjoy waking up as something... unnatural.
Kimberly Kinrade, author of Forbidden Mind
"Forbidden Mind is a thrilling, dark and deeply romantic read that had me sitting on the edge of my seat and eagerly awaiting the next installment." ~Refracted Light Young Adult Book Reviews
Paranormal teens with unimaginable powers. An evil organization with deep secrets. When Sam, a girl who reads minds, meets a boy who controls minds, she discovers her future isn't what she thought. Together they must escape and free the others… or risk losing everything—and everyone—they love.
Monster Mash: Kimberly says… I may look like a demon, but I'm actually a succubus. Enchanting and seductive, I weave stories that will fuel your passions and make you fall in love. But be warned… once you fall under the spell of my words, your world will never be the same.
John Corwin, author of The Next Thing I Knew
Corwin does a phenomenal job of including humor throughout this novel. This book was like . . . Ghost (the movie) meets The Host (by Stephanie Meyer) meets MIB (Men In Black the movie). ~Maryann, Chapter by Chapter
The afterlife is the last thing on Lucy’s mind until she and every other human on the planet drop dead and find themselves in the hereafter. Lucy drags her social life back from the grave and enlists her friends to figure out the rules of the afterlife and, more importantly, to discover who or what killed everyone and why anyone would do such a mean thing.
Monster Mash: John says… I am a ninja. After all, vampires are simply ninjas with fangs. They can hide in plain sight, right in your living room. Jump out and scare the wits out of you. Drop a smoke bomb and poof! All you’re left with is stinky smoke in your house and soiled underclothes.
Four $25 Book Entries: For each of the four books in the contest, you can enter to win $25 (up to $100 in giveaways!) Simply buy a copy of the book (each is priced at just 99 cents for this special promotion) and email the proof of purchase for that book OR submit the first sentence of the fifth chapter for that book to ParanormalTurkey@gmail.com. Winners will be chosen randomly. Each person can submit one entry per book. Here are the links for each book:
- Farsighted by Emlyn Chand : http://ow.ly/7tqhx
- Forbidden Mind by Kimberly Kinrade: http://amzn.to/rKraMo
- The Next Thing I Knew by John Corwin: http://amzn.to/tSlj8A
- Family Magic by Patti Larsen : http://goo.gl/r2Bsm
And... if you buy all FOUR books, you are entered to win the Grand Prize!
The Grand Prize
One randomly selected reader who enters to win all four book prizes (Family Magic, Farsighted, Forbidden Mind and The Next Thing I Knew) will win the grand prize of $100.
So go on now and pick up a copy of these fantastic paranormal reads before the zombie turkey eats you!
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Pen to paper is hosting this wonderful blog hop where we get to tell others about a book we're wishing for.
When Desi is forced to embrace her inner demon, she assumes her choice has been made—that she has no hope of being anything other ...moreSixteen-year old Desolation Black wants nothing more than to stay in Hell where it’s cold and lonely and totally predictable. Instead, she’s sent back to Earth where she must face the evil she despises and the good she always feared.
When Desi is forced to embrace her inner demon, she assumes her choice has been made—that she has no hope of being anything other than what her father, Lucifer, has created her to be. What she doesn’t count on, is finding a reason to change—something she’s never had before—a friend.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I'm so excited to participate in my first ever Top Ten Tuesday. It is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and Bookish. This week's top ten is:
Monday, November 21, 2011
by Shannon Hale
Published September 15th 2009
by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Rin is sure that something is wrong with her…something really bad. Something that is keeping her from feeling at home in the Forest homestead where she’s lived all her life. Something that is keeping her from trusting herself with anyone at all. When her brother Razo returns from the city for a visit, she accompanies him to the palace, hoping that she can find peace away from home. But war has come to Bayern again, and Rin is compelled to join the queen and her closest allies—magical girls Rin thinks of as the Fire Sisters—as they venture into the Forest toward Kel, the land where someone seems to want them all dead. Many beloved Bayern characters reappear in this story, but it is Rin’s own journey of discovering how to balance the good and the bad in herself that drives this compelling adventure.
I am kicking myself for not reading other Books Of Bayern much earlier. I have no idea that fairy tale retellings are this cool! The start is a bit dull and confusing. What with all the talk about aspens, firs, pines..I'm beginning to transfrom into a squirrel. Thankfully Razo came and knock some sense into his dense sister; Rinna or Rin or Rinna-girl..damn all these nicknames!
Razo has a nice thing going on with the Tiran ambassador; Dasha. Queen Isi is kind and beautiful but Enna..well Enna overshines everyone. I love her! Rin is supposed to be the star of this book but I fell in love with Enna. She has the best and funniest lines! And to top it all, she's damn kick-ass with her fire speaking ability.
Okay so Rin, Rinna or Rinna-girl saves the day with her uncomprehendable tree-speaking and people speaking powers but she's like this very introvert nerd. Brilliant but so afraid of her own powers.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
The Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare
Surprisingly, I'm not that big fan of The Infernal Devices but I do love the Victorian setting and some of the characters, particularly Jem of course! And just to get in the mood for the upcoming release of the Clockwork Prince next month, I decided to talk about Jem..of course.
Why do I fancy him?
Well, he's the opposite to Will. He's polite, soft spoken and a romantic hero. And he plays the violin too.
What does he looks like?
He's half Asian according to Cassandra Clare. His distinguished trait is his silver hair. Cassandra even pick the Japanese actor; Eiji Wentz as her ideal Jem if the book is going to be made into a movie.
He's entagled in a love triangle with Tessa and Will. Oh dear, please let him have Tessa. Given his frail state, I just hope that Jem survived until the end of the series and live happily with Tessa.
Dark Goddess (Billi SanGreal #2)
Published January 25th 2011
New enemies, new romance, and new horrors,
Billi's back, and it seems like the Unholy just can't take a hint.
Still reeling from the death of her best friend, Kay, Billi's thrust back into action when the Templars are called to investigate werewolf activity. And these werewolves are like nothing Bilil's seen before.
They call themselves the Polenitsy - Man Killers. The ancient warrior women of Eastern Europe, supposedly wiped out centuries ago. But now they're out of hiding and on the hunt for a Spring Child -- an Oracle powerful enough to blow the volcano at Yellowstone -- precipitating a Fimbulwinter that will wipe out humankind for good.
The Templars follow the stolen Spring Child to Russia, and the only people there who can help are the Bogatyrs, a group of knights who may have gone to the dark side. To reclaim the Spring Child and save the world, Billi needs to earn the trust of Ivan Romanov, an arrogant young Bogatyr whose suspicious of people in general, and of Billi in particular.
Dark Goddess is a page-turning, action-packed sequel that spans continents, from England to the Russian underworld and back. This is an adventure of folklore and myth become darkly real. Of the world running out of time. And of Billi SanGreal, the only one who can save it.
Battle scenes after battle scenes and the Templar Knights are clearly outnumbered. And then the plot thickens and the Templar Knights are forced to travel to Russia to rescue a gifted child;Vasilisa from being the victim of an age old goddess.
Now this is where things get too weird for me. The book changed from being an urban fantasy to being a Russian mafia novel with the introduction of the Bogatyrs. Okay so the writer tried introducing a love interest in the form of another gorgeous stranger and a long lost Russian prince too; Tsarevich Ivan Romanoff but for me there’s no chemistry at all between Billi and Ivan. It’s like forced romance or something. (Yup, I’m babbling here).
Not much really. Maybe the exotic locale is interesting. Would love to visit Moscow someday just not during winter. I’m not good with freezing my ass off. But Elaine’s crush on Lance; the new Templar is kind of funny. Cougar alert!
So many. But the ending really left me hanging. I mean..what just happened here? Is there going to be another book? Nothing is really resolved in the end. So did Billi end up with Ivan? I have no idea.
Let’s just say the first book; Devil’s Kiss is very different from this one. This is darker and filled with action from the get go. But not really my cup of tea.
Verdict: 2 stars.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Throwbacks can be:
•a book you've read and loved, or a book you've always wanted to read
•a book that brings back memories for you
•from as far back as your childhood, or just from last year
•a classic or a hidden gem
Sabriel (Abhorsen Chronicles #1) by Garth Nix
Published September 30th 1996 by HarperTrophy
(first published December 31st 1995)
I can't believe it's been that long since it was published. 1996? My..this is probably one of the first YA fantasy book that I've read. And I'm still a teen back then. Sorry Twilight. Sabriel is a dark book and being written by a guy, the romance parts are few and far between. But I can't help but root for the character. She's so damn cool..mind you. I have always hope that it will be made into a movie or something with Keira Knightley as the title character but nothing.
If only it was published post-Twilight with a dazzling cover in front, I guarantee fans of the hyped YA revolution will be grabbing it with excitement.
Verdict: 5 stars!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Pen to paper is hosting this wonderful blog hop where we get to tell others about a book we're wishing for.
Exiled (Connected #1)
by RaShelle Workman
Published October 3rd 2011 by Polished Pen Press
Stubborn, sixteen-year-old Princess Venus of Kelari wants one thing, to become a kelvieri, that is, until someone exiles her to Earth, kills her irrihunter and takes her family.
Now she wants revenge.
First she’s got to get home. But before she can return to Kelari, the Gods have commanded her to help an arrogant boy named Michael find his soul mate. Only she doesn't know the first thing about love.
Rather quickly, her inexperience with human emotion is obscured by other matters—alien-controlled psychotic teens that are out to kill her, and a government group that is set on capturing and dissecting her.
Worst of all, Venus will suffer a painful death-by-poisoning, thanks to Earth’s atmosphere, if she remains on the planet longer than one week. Still, Venus is a Princess and she's got a plan. Surely, with her help, Michael will fall in love with a human.
But time is running out and Michael is falling for the wrong girl—her.
OMG! What an amazing cover! I've read the free sample on BN and absoultely love it. It's already out in Kindle and e-book version but I'm still waiting for the printed version just so I can have the satisfaction of kissing the beautiful cover. (Yup, I'm a big cover freak). I might just hyperventilate if it doesn't come out soon. Aliens' love story is a new genre, no? So does this book qualify as a paranormal romance or sci-fi? Beats me. I'll read it anyway.
by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Published October 18th 2011
by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Le...moreEthan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What - or who - will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?
For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn't by Lena - and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself - forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and most days he's too afraid to ask.
Sometimes there isn't just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending.
The third book of the Caster Chronicles seemed to follow the same plotline as the first two. Slow moving, tension building, mystery ensues and the action only picked up after a few chapters and then ka-boom everything is revealed in the final chapter.
As far as characters go, I love Link in this one! He's part Incubus now and he's way funny! He has the best lines. Amma doesn't really shine here and I'm getting annoyed by her constant snooping around and keeping secrets from everyone. And Macon's sister; Leah is cool too.
I don't know why. I'm a fan of the series but I'm getting a little sick of the touchy feely thing going on between Ethan and Lena. Okay so we get that you're in love but enough already! And what the heck is going on with Ethan? How come all these weird things only happened to Ethan in Book 3 not Book 2? I don't get it. He died in Book 1 and get resurrected with consequences. But the aftermath only occured in Book 3. Am I getting old or just confused after reading too much YA fantasy? There's so many twists and turns that sometimes it's hard to keep up. And I really hate the cliffhanger ending.
Thank god for the the budding romance between Liv and John Breed which probably save me from tossing this book aside and giving it 2 or maybe 1 star. I was actually so looking forward for this book but after reading it felt a bit dissapointed. So many fillers just to prolong the series and make us wait for the next book. Yikes!
Verdict: 3 stars.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Welcome everyone to my new reading challenge. Another reading challenge? I'm trembling already. Can I make it? Oh dear..I'll try my best. Thanks to Evie for inviting lil ol me. In all the excitement, I totally forgot to post about it. So let's get to the nitty gritty.
This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012.
As we would like to see quality reviews linked up to our monthly wrap-ups, only bloggers can enter. Sorry about that!
Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it is a book that's been sitting on your shelf for some time now. Only books released in 2011 and earlier! NO ARCs and 2012 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed!
You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2012 TBR PILE Reading Challenge (You need to include the info + host list + challenge button. You can also grab the button code and add it to your sidebar!)
You can move up levels, but no moving down.
Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2012, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
At the end of each month one of the hosts will post a wrap-up. Every wrap-up will have it's unique theme, a mini-challenge, a giveaway and place for you to link up your reviews from this month. For each review you link up, you will get one entry in a drawing of one book of choice from Book Depository. It's open to INTERNATIONALS. For participating in the mini-challenge you will get +1 entry.
If you miss a wrap-up post + giveaway, you can link up your reviews next month. Do not, however, try to link up one review twice - we will be checking ;)
December is a wrap-up for the whole year. All the book reviews you linked up January-November + the ones you'll link up in December will be entered into a HUGE giveaway - 12 books, 12 winners, INTERNATIONAL.
You don't have to follow all the hosts to join the challenge, but you do have to follow all of us to be entered in giveaways!
1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug (This is my goal, hopefully)
21-30 - A Sweet Kiss
31-40 - Love At First Sight
41-50 - Married With Children
The Awesome Hosts:
Evie from Bookish - http://www.evie-bookish.blogspot.com @SeoEvie
Nicole from All I Ever Read - http://www.nicoleabouttown.com/ @Nicoleabouttown
Bonnie from Hands and Home - http://www.handsandhome.ca/ @HandsHomeBlog
Donna from Book Passion For Life - http://bookpassionforlife.blogspot.com/ @BookPforLife
Caitlin from WatchYA Reading - http://whatchyareading.net @caitlingss
Rie from Mission To Read - http://missiontoread.com/ @missiontoread
Vicky from Books, Biscuits & Tea -http://booksbiscuitsandtea.blogspot.com/ @alouetteuette
Christa from Hooked On Books - http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com @ChristasBooks
Jenna from Fans Of Fiction - http://fansoffiction.blogspot.com/ @fansoffiction
Angel from Mermaids Vision - http://mermaidvision.wordpress.com @mermaidvisions
Wrap-up POST Schedule:
January - Donna (Theme: Let It Snow + Book Cover Challenge)
February - Nicole (Theme: Un-requited Love/Love Gone Wrong + Advice Column Challenge)
March - Rie (Theme: Green or Pinched + Green Cover Challenge)
April - Bonnie (Theme: Easter + Mini Challenge)
May - Christa (Theme: MayDay - Disaster Books! + Cover Disaster Challenge)
June - Jenna ( Theme: Camping + Sentence Challenge)
July - Rie (Theme: International Day + Cover Comparison Challenge)
August - Angel (Theme: Summer Memories + Send Your Fav Character On Vacation Challenge)
September - Nicole (Theme: Life Changing Books + Mini Challenge)
October - Caitlin (Theme: Thanksgiving Theme + Share-A-Book Challenge)
November - Vicky (Theme: Spooky Halloween + Book Puzzle Challenge)
December - Evie (Theme: Xmas Bliss + Book Bachelor Challenge)
* My TBR pile is not that much. There's currently I think around 20 books excluding e-books of course. Maybe we can do a book swap or something. :)
Monday, November 14, 2011
by Laini Taylor
Published September 27th 2011
by Little, Brown & Company Thoughts:
A spectacular story about starcrossed lovers ala Romeo and Juliet between an angel and a devil. A devil? Yup you heard me right. I’ve read many positive reviews about this one and the story really is beyond my greatest expectation. I was expecting a typical cool kick ass chick but wow. And I really mean..wow! Karou is not your average run of the mill angsty teenager. Instead she’s a blue haired art student in Prague who was raised by four chimaeras.
Likes:The setting. Prague oh Prague! I can just picture its beauty by the writer’s vivid description. Thank you for making a book setting that is actually located outside the US. And Europe just sounds so dreamy!
Characters. How can I say this without sounding of like an obsessed fangirl? Karou is cool! She can speak many languages even devil tongue, she’s a talented sketcher, martial artist expert and a faithful friend. But I love the four chimaeras the most. Issa; the snake lady, Twiga; the giraffe necked, Yasri; the bird hybrid and of course wise and loving Brimstone with his great ram’s horns. And not forgetting our out of this world gorgeous angel; Akiva. Swoon.
Dislikes:Well except for Karou’s annoying ex-boyfriend; Kaz and the scary war general; Thiago, I like every aspect of this book. Really even Karou’s petite best friend; Zuzana is funny. Okay so maybe I have some issues with the cover. It’s too damn simple. Feature some scary or beautiful monster in front instead.
The cliff hanger ending left me breathless. Seriously, my eyes went all watery reading about the really sad parts between the lovers. Okay, I’m trying really hard not to include any spoilers in this review but gosh I had these vivid images of the movie Underworld while reading this. This is how a love story with angels should be written. Tragic but at the same time action packed and with a twist. Kudos to Laini Taylor for not making an angel love story a bore!
Verdict: 5 stars!
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Italian American student Giovanni. While Astrid and friends are on one of their slayers' duty, Giovanni was the driver. Very supportive!
I really like kick-ass chicks. It seems that all my Sunday Stars are sword-welding characters. Oooh..I'll try find someone a bit..ehem softer the next time.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Since the gripping conclusion of Once A Witch, Tamsin Greene has been haunted by her grandmother's prophecy that she will soon be forced to make a crucial decision—one so terrible that it could harm her family forever. When she discovers that her enemy, Alistair Knight, went back in time to Victorian-era New York in order to destroy her family, Tamsin is forced to follow him into the past. Stranded all alone in the nineteenth century, Tamsin soon finds herself disguised as a lady's maid in the terrifying mansion of the evil Knight family, avoiding the watchful eye of the vicious matron, La Spider, and fending off the advances of Liam Knight. As time runs out, both families square off in a thrilling display of magic. And to her horror, Tamsin finally understands the nature of her fateful choice
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
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Monday, November 7, 2011
Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2)
by Kiersten White
Hardcover, US Edition
Published July 26th 2011 by HarperTeen
Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.
But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself. So much for normal.
I love Evie although she seems a bit mopey this time because her boyfriend; Lend is away on college. The introduction of a new character made me nervous. I thought Jack was going to be this new love interest but he's way to hyper and weird for Evie to be attracted to.
We get to know more of Evie's background and where she's from. Maybe a little slow compared to the Paranormalcy but still quite enjoyable.
Verdict: 4 stars!
I just can't wait for the next book in the series to come out. Feast your eyes on the cover. It's bleeping beautiful! Expected publication July 24th 2012. What? We have to wait more than six months for it? God help me.
Maybe I can beg to Miss Kiersten for an ARC copy of this. It'll be like a donation to a third world country. Em..is Malaysia a third-world country? Let me check. Yep..I'm that desperate.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
This week my star is:
* Bilqis @ Billi Sangreal* from
Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda
Published September 1st 2009
What does she looks like?
She's half Indian so maybe her looks are kind of exotic. She has dark brown hair and brown eyes.
Why do I fancy her?
Sort of a love triangle with her albino childhood friend; Kay and the mysterious gorgeous Mike.
Check out my review of the book on Goodreads. I'm still looking for the next book in the series; Dark Goddess. Anyone out there have read it? What do you think?
I've been meaning to post this for a long time. I've completed my Mystery Reading Challenge last week and totally forgot about it. The challenge is to read 12 mystery/thriller books this year. So here goes:
1. A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder (Inspector Singh Investigates) by Shamini Flint
2. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #1 by Alexander McCall Smith
3. Singapore School of Villainy (Inspector Singh Investigates) by Shamini Flint
4. The Double Comfort Safari Club (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency#11) by Alexander McCall Smith
5. Tears of the Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency#2) by Alexander McCall Smith
6. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency) by Alexander McCall Smith
7. The Kalahari Typing School for Men (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency#4) by Alexander McCall Smith
8. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency#6) by Alexander McCall Smith
9. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency#8) by Alexander McCall Smith
10. Morality for Beautiful Girls (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency#3) by Alexander McCall Smith
11. The Full Cupboard of Life (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency#5) by Alexander McCall Smith
12. How to Survive a Killer Seance (Party Planning #3) by Penny Warner
Yep, I'm a big fan of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. I haven't yet completed my Urban Fantasy challenge to read 24 urban fantasy books this year. Oh, no! So far I've only read about 14. It's time to catch up! Help!
Friday, November 4, 2011
Hi, everyone. I know some of you have been waiting and wondering whether I'll be making this post again. I'll try to make this a weekly event (I promise) but do forgive me if I'm so caught up with things that I forgot (really sorry) or just too lazy to go to the post office to send off books (slap me) or maybe my book spending habits have taken it's toll and I'm dead broke (pity me).
So this week I'm giving out to one lucky follower my used copy (but still in a pretty good shape) of :
Across the Universe by Beth Ravis
FORM and don't forget to leave a comment in this post on why do you want to read this book.
Ends on November 18th 2011.
By the way Beth Ravis is having a huge giveaway on her blog which I'm itching to enter so don't forget to check that out.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Pen to paper's Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added, that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1) by Catherynne M. Valente, Ana Juan (Illustrator)
Published May 10th 2011.
Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday. With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, Fairyland lives up to the sensation it created when the author first posted it online. For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful.
Oooh the title's a mouthful eh? I know this is a kid's book but well I read and collect the Harry Potter series so why not? The story seems so interesting and I've read a chapter sample and just love the quirkiness of the book. So this is indeed a book to wish for. :)