Thursday, August 30, 2012

Audiobook Review: Changling

Changling (Order of Darkness, 1) by Philippa Gregory, read by Charlie Cox, May 24, 2012. 6 Discs (6.7 hours). Published by Simon and Schuster. Source: Publisher.
Romance, mystery, and intrigue populate the first-ever teen series from #1 bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl.The year is 1492. Eighteen-year-old Luca De Vere is brilliant, gorgeous—and a heretic. Cast out of his religious order for using scientific knowledge to prove that a divine revelation was faked, Luca is recruited into a secret sect: The Order of the Dragon, headed by none other than Pope Nicholas V, investigates strange occurrences across Europe, and Luca is now part of the Order.     Isolde is a seventeen-year-old girl who’s been shut up in a nunnery so she can’t inherit any of her deceased father’s estate. Because of mysterious happenings at the nunnery, Isolde is accused of witchcraft—and Luca is sent to investigate her.     Despite the conventions of their time, an attraction grows between Luca and Isolde, and, traveling across Europe, they encounter alchemists, poisoners, inquisitors, and purported witches as they head toward a real-life historical figure who may hold the power of the Order of the Dragon.     The first in a series, this epic and richly detailed drama is firmly rooted in historical fact, and Philippa Gregory’s trademark touch deftly brings the past—and its salacious scandals—to life.
First Sentence:
The hammering on the door shot him into wakefulness like a handgun going off in his face.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wish List Wednesday

Breathe (Breathe, 1) by Sarah Crossan, October 2, 2012. Published by Greenwillow. 
Inhale. Exhale. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe . . .
The world is dead. The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air. 
ALINAhas been stealing for a long time. She’s a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she’s never been caught before. If she’s careful, it’ll be easy. If she’s careful.
QUINNshould be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it’s also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn’t every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her. 
BEAwants to tell him that none of this is fair; they’d planned a trip together, the two of them, and she’d hoped he’d discover her out here, not another girl.
And as they walk into the Outlands with two days’ worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to?
Why: The cover. I admit it, the cover is what caught my eye shortly followed by the synopsis. Combined they both having me wanting to know the how and why of this book.  

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply 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!

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1) by Rae Carson, 2011. 424 pages. Published by Greenwillow. Source: Won.
Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can't see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.
First Sentence:
Prayer candles flicker in my bedroom.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Winner: The Angel Experiment

Thought I had announced the winner of The Angel Experiment, but it turns out that was just wishful thinking. Seriously, I am horrible when it comes to announcing winner's. I always seem to be away for hours one end and then it just slips my mind.

So I'm just going to stop my prattling on with excuses and get onto what y'all are dying to know....the lucky winner of The Angel Experiment.

WINNER

Melody R.S.

Congrats, Melody!!! I'll be emailing you later tonight.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Audiobook Review: Purity

Purity by Jackson Pearce, April 24, 2012. Published by Hachette Audio. Time: 4.8 hours (22 tracks). Source: Publisher.
A novel about love, loss, and sex -- but not necessarily in that order.Before her mother died, Shelby promised three things: to listen to her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restraint. Those Promises become harder to keep when Shelby's father joins the planning committee for the Princess Ball, an annual dance that ends with a ceremonial vow to live pure lives -- in other words, no "bad behavior," no breaking the rules, and definitely no sex.
Torn between Promises One and Three, Shelby makes a decision -- to exploit a loophole and lose her virginity before taking the vow. But somewhere between failed hookup attempts and helping her dad plan the ball, Shelby starts to understand what her mother really meant, what her father really needs, and who really has the right to her purity.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wish List Wednesday

Son (Giver, 4)  by Lois Lowry, October 2, 2012. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Told in three separate story lines, Lois Lowry’s Son combines elements from the first three novels in her Giver Quartet — The Giver (1994 Newbery Medal winner), Gathering Blue, and Messenger — into a breathtaking, thought-provoking narrative that wrestles with ideas of human freedom. Thrust again into the dark, claustrophobic world of The Giver, readers will meet an intriguing new heroine, fourteen-year-old Claire. Jonas from The Giver is here too, and Kira, the heroine of Gathering Blue. In a final clash between good and evil, a new hero emerges.


Why: Oh, my goodness! I cannot believe that there is going to be a fourth book in the GIver series. Y'all have absolutely no idea how excited I am over this. The Giver has been one of my favorite series and I cannot wait to see what is going to happen in Son.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply 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!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Purity

Purity by Jackson Pearce, 2012. 218 pages. Published by Little, Brown Books. Source: Publisher for review.
A novel about love, loss, and sex -- but not necessarily in that order.

Before her mother died, Shelby promised three things: to listen to her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restraint. Those Promises become harder to keep when Shelby's father joins the planning committee for the Princess Ball, an annual dance that ends with a ceremonial vow to live pure lives -- in other words, no "bad behavior," no breaking the rules, and definitely no sex.

Torn between Promises One and Three, Shelby makes a decision -- to exploit a loophole and lose her virginity before taking the vow. But somewhere between failed hookup attempts and helping her dad plan the ball, Shelby starts to understand what her mother really meant, what her father really needs, and who really has the right to her purity.
First Sentence:
When I said it, I didn't mean it.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wish List Wednesday

A Sending of Dragons (Pit Dragon Chronicles, 3) by Jane Yolen, 1987. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Jakkin and his girlfriend, Akki, discover a primitive cult that sacrifices dragons.
Falsely accused of sabotage, Jakkin and Akki are left to certain death in the wilderness of the planet Austar IV but, with the aid of five baby dragons, manage not only to survive but also to gain unusual powers and insights.
Why:  Because I love this series and this is the only books I'm missing in it.

Note: Decided to let this post even though I just tracked down a copy of this book. I hope y'all will give this series a chance if you ever get the opportunity to read it. =)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply 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!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Bunheads

Bunheads by Sophie Flack, 2011. 294 pages. Published by Poppy. Source: Borrowed from Library.
As a dancer with the ultra-prestigious Manhattan Ballet Company, nineteen-year-old Hannah Ward juggles intense rehearsals, dazzling performances and complicated backstage relationships. Up until now, Hannah has happily devoted her entire life to ballet.
But when she meets a handsome musician named Jacob, Hannah's universe begins to change, and she must decide if she wants to compete against the other "bunheads" in the company for a star soloist spot or strike out on her own in the real world. Does she dare give up the gilded confines of the ballet for the freedoms of everyday life?
First Sentence:
My name is Hannah Ward. Don't call me a ballerina.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon (Goals & Updates)

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

It has been entirely too long since I participated in a read-a-thon. I was so excited when I saw someone tweeting about the upcoming Bout of Books readathon, and that I didn't miss it.

 I think y'all still have time to sign up for Bout of Books 5.0.

To keep things neat, I'm just going to do all my updating on this post or on Twitter (@HauntedOrchid).

My Goal:
I hope to read at least two books. If I'm lucky, I'll find time to read three, but I am so not holding my breath over that.

My List (so far):
Castle in the Sky by Diana Wynne Jones
Dragon's Tooth by N.D. Wilson *starting today*
Death by Bikini by Linda Gerber
Purity by Jackson Pearce (audiobook)
Changling by Philippa Gregory (audiobook) *listening to now*

Day One:
Pages read: 440
Number of books: 1 1/2
What I read: Death by Bikini and (1/2) Castle in the Air

Day Two:
Pages read: 100
Number of books: 0
What I Read: Read another 100 pages of Castle in the Air

Day Three:
Pages read: 87
Number of books: the last 87 pages of yesterday's read
What I read: Castle in the Air

Day Four:
Pages read: Actually, I listen to the last twelve tracks of Purity and the first four of another.
What I listened to: The last of Purity and the first few tracks of Changling.

Day Five:
Pages read: 58
Number of books: 1/3 and a 18 tracks on an audiobook.
What I read/listened to: I started reading Death by Latte and finished up the last 18 traces of Changling.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wish List Wednesday

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, October 2, 2012. Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR).
The world already knows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, Calvin O'Keefe, and the three Mrs--Who, Whatsit, and Which--the memorable and wonderful characters who fight off a dark force and save our universe in the Newbery award-winning classic A Wrinkle in Time. But in 50 years of publication, the book has never been illustrated.  Now, Hope Larson takes the classic story to a new level with her vividly imagined interpretations of tessering and favorite characters like the Happy Medium and Aunt Beast. Perfect for old fans and winning over new ones, this graphic novel adaptation is a must-read.
Why:  I had no idea that A Wrinkle in Time, one of my absolutely favorite books, was being turned into a graphic novel. This excites me because it combines two of my favorite things, Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time and graphic novels. Needless to say, this is one I hope to get the day it hits the shelves. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply 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!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Black Howl

Black Howl (Madeleine Black, 3) by Christina Henry, April 28, 2012. 288 pages. Published by Ace. Source: publisher.
Something is wrong with the souls of Chicago's dead. Ghosts are walking the streets, and Agent of Death Madeline Black's exasperating boss wants her to figure out why. And while work is bad enough, Maddy has a plethora of personal problems too. Now that Gabriel has been assigned as her thrall, their relationship has hit an impasse. At least her sleazy ex-fiance Nathaniel is out of the picture--or so she thinks...
First Sentence:
"Legs in the air, heels toward the ceiling."

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent?

Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent? by Brian Cronin, 2012. 288 pages. Published by Plume. Source: Publisher.
Outrageous, fascinating and bizarre facts from every corner of the comic book universeWhat comic book artist was the recipient of an on-stage thank you from Paul McCartney and an on-air apology from Johnny Carson? What superhero got his powers by being bitten by a mongoose? What popular NPR host was forever immortalized as a "bad boyfriend" in a notable comic book? In Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent?, author Brian Cronin will answer those questions and more by revealing the most obscure, wacky and surprising facts about comics—from the characters and creators, to the TV shows, movies and merch. Cronin has teamed up with some of the top comic book writers and artists of today to present 100 trivia lists, including:· Nine Celebrities That Guest-Starred in Comic Books…without Their Permission
· Seven Bands That Got Their Names from Comics
· Ten Crazy Items Found on Batman’s Utility Belt
· Five Comic Book Inventions That Eventually Became Real
· Five Stupidest Superhero Origins
· And much, much more!
From Batman to Spiderman, Aquaman to the X-Men, each list in Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent? will entertain and inform whether you’re a hardcore geek or a casual fan.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Giveaway: The Angel Experiment

Guys, I have a treat for y'all. One lucky person is going to win a paperback of James Patterson's The Angel Experiment, which just so happens to be one of my favorite books.

I think this is the perfect way to celebrate the release of the final Maximum Ride book, Nevermore, by giving one follower the chance to win the books that started it all. Hope y'all will love it as much as I did.
Now, now I shall fangirl over the possible ending of Nevermore and what is going to happen to Max and the flock.

The rules:
Open to residents of the U.S. and C.A. (sorry, but, I, unfortunately can't ship overseas)
Fill out the Rafflecopter form to enter

P.S. Winner may have to wait a bit because the book is currently in storage with the rest of my personal affects. I accidentaly let it get packed when preparing for the move.

Thank you to Little Brown and the fabulous Sara for the copy of The Angel Experiment.

Wish List Wednesday

Undeadly (The Reaper Diaries, 1) by Michele Vail, November 20, 2012. Published by Harlequin Teen.
The day I turned 16, my boyfriend-to-be died. I brought him back to life. Then things got a little weird Molly Bartolucci wants to blend in, date hottie Rick and keep her zombie-raising abilities on the down-low. Then the god Anubis chooses her to become a reaper—and she accidentally undoes the work of another reaper, Rath.
Within days, she’s shipped off to the Nekyia Academy, an elite school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath. Who seems to hate her guts.
Rath will be watching closely to be sure she completes her first assignment-reaping Rick, the boy who should have died. The boy she still wants to be with.
To make matters worse, students at the academy start turning up catatonic, and accusations fly—against Molly. The only way out of this mess? To go through hell. Literally.
Why: Undeadly sounds like one of those books that will make you laugh at the pitfalls that the main character causes...to herself.

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