Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I Want to Read It (7):


I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.

Reckless (Mirrorworld, 1) by Cornelia Funke, September 14, 2010. Published by Little Brown Books. Source: Own it.
Ever since Jacob Reckless was a child, he has been escaping to a hidden world through a portal in his father's abandoned study. Over the years, he has made a name for himself as a finder of enchanted items and buried secrets. He's also made many enemies and allies--most important, Fox, a beautiful shape-shifting vixen whom Jacob cares for more than he lets on.
But life in this other world is about to change. Tragedy strikes when Jacob's younger brother, Will, follows him through the portal. Brutally attacked, Will is infected with a curse that is quickly transforming him into a Goyl--a ruthless killing machine, with skin made of stone.
Jacob is prepared to fight to save his brother, but in a land built on trickery and lies, Jacob will need all the wit, courage, and reckless spirit he can summon to reverse the dark spell--before it's too late.

Why: Okay, so, I very much love the hardcover for Reckless. It just speaks of twisty, dark reading and I'm totally excited about that. Yet, the question remains is why haven't I gotten around to reading it already. I mean it's been in my possession for six years (yes, 6 [long] years) and still I have not cracked it open.

I, frankly, am disappointed in my still that this book is still sitting unread in my room. Especially since I adored Thief Lord and was madly excited when I won a copy of it. In order to vaporize my "Own yet haven't read it" guilt, I shall endeavor to read it this year. 

Hopefully, it is every bit as good as I think it'll be!! I just want to love it since Thief Lord was such a great book!! Wish me luck that Reckless by Cornelia Funke will live up to my six years worth of expectations!!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Alcatraz VS the Evil Librarians

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. 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, March 28, 2016

All About Middle Grade Review: Alcatraz VS the Evil Librarians


Alcatraz VS the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz, 1) by Brandon Sanderson, February 16, 2016 (originally published  October 1, 2007). 320 pages. Published by Starscape. Source: Publisher.
On his thirteenth birthday, foster child Alcatraz Smedry gets a bag of sand in the mail-his only inheritance from his father and mother. He soon learns that this is no ordinary bag of sand. It is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians who are taking over the world by spreading misinformation and suppressing truth. Alcatraz must stop them, using the only weapon he has: an incredible talent for breaking things.

First Sentence:
So there I was, tied to an altar made from outdated encyclopedias, about to get sacrificed to the dark powers of evil Librarians.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

This Book is So (7): Going to Banish My Reading Lazies




You know sometimes you're in the middle of a book and are just about to explode with feelings, be they good or bad, and you just want get them out there and no one is willing to listen. Well, that's what "This Book is So" is for; tell us how your current read is making you feel. Are you head over heels in love with, feeling kind of 'meh' about it, or maybe it's making you feel rage-y.



I'm coming clean, I have been in a kinda almost book slump lately. I not sure I would actually dub it a slump, more like I have the reading lazies. It's just that the weather is, well is was, so nice and warm that sitting down to read just was not in the cards. This happens about twice a year. When it warms up; then again when it's cold and I just want to hibernate till it's warm again, so don't worry.

Yet, this book I started is breaking through my current lazy reading. 

Lately, I've been eyeing books and getting this feeling.

But, the book I'm currently reading has me feeling more like this.

 I am so happy to be feeling like this about this book and cannot wait to tell y'all about it.

Here's a hint (or two): I'm currently reading a middle grade book by an author who has some fairly popular non-middle grade books. The main character is highly interesting, to me, even  though he claims that he's no good and that you'll be annoyed with him by time the book ends. And, it may feature some evil book guardians...

I'm sure y'all can easily figure out what it is I'm reading. Frankly, I am just happy to be breaking through the reading lazies and returning to reading.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

I Want to Read It (6): Crown's Game




I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.

Crown's Game (Crown's Game, 1) by Evelyn Skye, May 17, 2016. Published by Balzer + Bray. 
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?
Why: Just last week I took part in, the still ongoing, Tsar's Guard Parade for Evelyn Skye's The Crown's Game. Which reminded me how much I desperately want to read her book!! Seriously though it is one of my most anticipated new read this year!! Everything about it is just calling my name and saying, "read me, read me!!"

Really, this is just one of those book that I know I'm going to need to read!! Now begins that plotting on getting my hands on a copy...I'm thinking my library may be the route to go for the time being!!

So, are you, dear readers, as excited as I am for The Crown's Game?!?!?

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass and City of Saints

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. 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, March 21, 2016

A Vintage Reads Classic Review: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 1-2) by Lewis Carroll, December 10, 2002 (originally published in 1871). Published by Modern Library. Source: bought/own.
Weary of her storybook, one "without pictures or conversations," the young and imaginative Alice follows a hasty hare underground--to come face-to-face with some of the strangest adventures and most fantastic characters in all of literature.

The Ugly Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the weeping Mock Turtle, the diabolical Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat--each more eccentric than the last--could only have come from that master of sublime nonsense, Lewis Carroll.

In penning this brilliant burlesque of children's literature, Carroll has written a farcical satire of rigid Victorian society, an arresting parody of the fears, anxieties, and complexities of growing up. 
First Sentence:
Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, "and what is the use of a book," though Alice, "without pictures or conversations?"

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Review: City of Saints

City of Saints: A Pilgrimage to John Paul II's Kraków by George Weigel, October 27, 2015. 33 pages. Published by Image. Source: Blogging for Books.
In this beautifully illustrated spiritual travelogue, New York Times bestselling author George Weigel leads readers through the historic streets of Kraków, Poland, introducing one of the world’s great cities through the life of one of the most influential Catholic leaders of all time.

“To follow Karol Wojtyła through Kraków is to follow an itinerary of sanctity while learning the story of a city.” Weigel writes. “Thus, in what follows, the story of Karol Wojtyła, St. John Paul II, and the story of Kraków are interwoven in a chronological pilgrimage through the life of a saint that reveals, at the same time, the dramatic history and majestic culture of a city where a boy grew into a man, priest, a bishop—and an apostle to the world.”

With stunning photographs by Stephen Weigel and notes on the city’s remarkable fabric by Carrie Gress, City of Saints offers an in-depth look at a man and a city that made an indelible impression on the life and thought of the Catholic Church and the 21st century world. 
First Sentence:
When eighteen-year-old Karol Józef Wojtyła, newly arrived in Kraków from provincial Wadowice, walked across the Dębniki Bridge and into Kraków's Old Town in the fall of 1938 to register for his first classes in Polish language and literature at the Jagiellonian University, he may already have felt a sense of kinship with the ancient city that had been Poland's cultural capital for centuries. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

I Want to Read It (5): Odin's Ravens


I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.




Odin's Ravens (Blackwell Pages, 2) by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr, May 13, 2014. Published by 
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Status: Own/Need to read.
Seven kids, Thor's hammer, and a whole lot of Valkyries are the only things standing against the end of the world.

When thirteen-year-old Matt Thorsen, a modern day descendant of the Norse god Thor, was chosen to represent Thor in an epic battle to prevent the apocalypse he thought he knew how things would play out. Gather the descendants standing in for gods like Loki and Odin, defeat a giant serpent, and save the world. No problem, right?

But the descendants' journey grinds to a halt when their friend and descendant Baldwin is poisoned and killed and Matt, Fen, and Laurie must travel to the Underworld in the hopes of saving him. But that's only their first stop on their journey to reunite the challengers, find Thor's hammer, and stop the apocalypse--a journey filled with enough tooth-and-nail battles and larger-than-life monsters to make Matt a legend in his own right.
Why: I know, I'm terribly behind on this series, but, is that really a surprise?!?! 

Honestly though, I really just enjoyed everything about Loki's Wolves and am beyond curious to see what will happen next. Besides, I really liked that this book that was, as you can guess, heavy on mythology centered around Norse mythology instead of,you guessed it, Greek.

Definitely excited to pull Odin's Ravens off my TBR stack for reading some time soon.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Tsar's Guard Parade [blog tour + giveaway]


Firstly, I am super excited to be part of the Evelyn Skye's Tsar's Guard Parade!! It has taken me the longest time to even have a hint of an idea of what to do for this book that intrigues me so. I am madly excited about The Crown's Game!! It actually is the book, from a new author, that I'm most excited for this year!!

Don't forget, you can follow the entire Tsar's Guard Parade. I highly recommend it because there are so amazing posts that came before me!!

About the author:

Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on "So You Think You Can Dance," and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn't writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. THE CROWN'S GAME is her first novel. Evelyn can be found online at www.evelynskye.com and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.

You can haunt Evelyn Skye at-
Website | Twitter |Facebook | Goodreads | Tumblr | Instagram


Part I-

Because I have had the hardest time deciding which of two paths to take for this post, I decided to do both!! When I looked at the cover for The Crown's Game and read synopsis, my mind was instantly drawn to putting together a playlist of classical songs that I thought would, hopefully perfectly, capture the feel of Evelyn Skye's book. After much searching, these were the one's that I chose.

I love how some of them build from a light, almost whimsical sound to something dark and thundering. As with all things musical, I kind of went a dash overboard and picked more songs than I planned on.

                                         

Part II-
Over Christmas, I actually, for the first time, made Russian Tea Cakes (which is the same as Mexican Wedding Cakes). While mine didn't turn out nearly as pretty as the ones in the picture, they tasted really good...even though I had to cut out the nuts because, you know, allergies.

Let's face it, you read and you wind up hungry, so, I have put together a short Pinterest board of Russian themed desserts that look absolutely delicious for my Tsar's Guard Parade post.


The Crown's Game (Crown's Game, 1) by Evelyn Skye, May 17, 2016. Published by Balzer + Bray. 
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

You can add The Crown's Game to your Goodreads shelves, which I'm pretty sure you totally want to do!! I know I cannot wait to read it for myself!!!
You can find The Crown's Game at the following places-
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

Giveaway Details:


1 winner will receive an ARC of THE CROWN’S GAME. International.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Night of the Twisters

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. 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, March 14, 2016

A Vintage Reads YA Review: Night of the Twisters


Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman, December 3, 2003 (originally published September 5, 1984). 160 pages. Published by HarperCollins. Source: Own/Bought.
When a tornado watch is issued one Tuesday evening in June, twelve-year-old Dan Hatch and his best friend, Arthur, don't think much of it. After all, tornado warnings are a way of life during the summer in Grand Island, Nebraska. But soon enough, the wind begins to howl, and the lights and telephone stop working. Then the emergency siren starts to wail. Dan, his baby brother, and Arthur have only seconds to get to the basement before the monstrous twister is on top of them. Little do they know that even if they do survive the storm, their ordeal will have only just begun. . . .
First Sentence:
When I was a little kid, I thought a red-letter day was when you got a red letter in the mailbox.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

I Want to Read It (4): Friday Barnes, Under Suspicion


I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.


Friday Barnes, Under Suspicion (Friday Barnes, 2) by R.A. Spratt, August 9, 2016. Illustrated by Phil Gosier. Published by Roaring Brook Press. 
Friday Barnes, girl detective, is... under arrest?!

Getting arrested was the last thing Friday expected after solving the swamp-yeti mystery at her boarding school. But she better clear her name fast! She’s got new cases to investigate, like a scandalous quiche bake-off, a decades old mystery buried in her school’s backyard, and why the new boy, Christopher, is being so nice to her.

More adventures and intrigue ensue in Friday Barnes, Under Suspicion, the second book in the illustrated Friday Barnes mystery series, starring a genius detective with the brains (and social skills) of Sherlock Holmes.
Why: Since I quite enjoyed reading Friday Barnes, Girl Detective, I am madly excited to get my hands on Friday Barnes, Under Suspicion later this year. I cannot wait to see why she's under suspicion and how she'll get herself out of trouble!! Bring it on!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Friday Barnes, Girl Detective & Lost and Found

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. 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, March 7, 2016

All About Middle Grade Review: Friday Barnes, Girl Detective


Friday Barnes, Girl Detective (Friday Barnes, 1) by R.A. Spratt, January 19, 2016. Illustrated by Phil Gosier. 272 pages. Published by Roaring Brook Press. Source: ARC from publisher.
When Friday Barnes solves a bank robbery, she uses the reward money to send herself to Highcrest Academy, the most exclusive boarding school in the country--and discovers it's a hotbed of crime!

Soon she's investigating everything from disappearing homework to the terrifying Yeti haunting the school swamp. But the biggest mystery yet is Ian Wainscott, the handsomest (and most arrogant) boy in school who inexplicably hates her. Will the homework be found? Can they ever track down the Yeti? And why is Ian out to ruin her?
First Sentence:
Friday Barnes was not an unhappy child.

Friday, March 4, 2016

This Book is So (6): Going to Make Me Ugly Cry




You know sometimes you're in the middle of a book and are just about to explode with feelings, be they good or bad, and you just want get them out there and no one is willing to listen. Well, that's what "This Book is So" is for; tell us how your current read is making you feel. Are you head over heels in love with, feeling kind of 'meh' about it, or maybe it's making you feel rage-y.


Right now, I'm reading this one book that is tearing my heart to pieces. I'm somewhat afraid to progress further into it because the movie (I didn't realize that the movie was based upon the book) made me cry big ugly tears. I have never cried so much over something as that movie. Even thinking about it now and what is still to come in my current read is giving me chills.

When you realize that the further you get into the book the more you want to cry your eyes out.

I knew going in the some of the scenes were going to be intense, but, I did not think it would affect me this badly. I generally don't even get misty eyed when reading. That and I can only think of maybe 10 books that have made me teary eyed, so, this is very surprising.


The one just above, well that's how I feel about crying. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

All About Middle Grade Review: Lost & Found [Blog Tour]


Today, I have the pleasure of being the third stop in the blog tour for Obert Skye's Lost & Found, the second installment of the Witherwood Reform School series. Continue reading for not only my thoughts on it, but, also for the chance  to win your own copy!!!

Lost & Found (Witherwood Reform School, 2) by Obert Skye, March 1, 2016. 288 pages. Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). Source: ARC from publisher.
Tobias and Charlotte Eggers are not on vacation. Well, I suppose they are on a vacation from everything they once knew. Locked within the walls of Witherwood, high upon a mysterious mesa, they are still looking for a way out. There are distractions, however. The very ground is shaking, and the creatures that protect the school are revolting. When one of their only friends goes missing it leads to a devastating secret. But there is hope. There are other students who have clear minds and are also fighting to get out. Luckily for everyone, Tobias has a plan. It's a dangerous one, but if it works, it could forever change their fate and Witherwood's future.
First Sentence:
On top of a tall mesa, in the middle of a lonely desert, there sits a school.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

I Want to Read It (3): Starters


I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



Starters (Starters, 1) by Lissa Price, March 13, 2012. Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Status: Owned.
HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .
Why: I am embarrassed to admit that I've owned a copy of this for....well, probably since it released...and have yet to get around to reading it. 

I know that I was super excited to get this one because it sounded so good. Yet, as you can tell, I never got around to reading it. With it being so far past release date, putting this on my "read it this year" list is making it feel like a new release (in some strange way) to me.

I cannot wait to delve into the world that Lissa Price has created!! Have you read Starters? Did you like it? 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: The Bad Times

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. 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!

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