Wednesday, June 29, 2016

I Want to Read It (18): Seven Sorcerers



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.



Seven Sorcerers by Caro King, May 3, 2011. Published by Aladdin. Source: Own/TBR
Nin Redfern wakes up one Wednesday to discover that her little brother, Toby, has vanished and no one -- not her mother, not her grandparents -- can remember him. Only Nin can, and she's going to get him back. But when Bogeyman Skerridge (who always gets his child) comes for Nin too, she realizes that finding Toby is going to be a lot harder then she thought. Toby is trapped in the House of Strood, which is located in another land called The Drift, and Skerridge can't -- or won't -- help her find him.

Left with no choice, Nin heads into The Drift with her new friend Jonas. The Drift is filled with the fabulous and the terrible, but a plague is slowly killing all the magical things. The Seven Sorcerers who ruled there might have been able to prevent it, but in the end, even they have succumbed.
Why: I bought a copy of this book, wait for it, maybe four years ago and still have not got around to reading it. Yet, as I was organizing my books, earlier this month, it caught my attention. I get the feeling this book really wants me to read it! 

Seven Sorcerers, I've actually been meaning to read it for some time now, it was just misplaced (i.e. buried under a stack of a stack of books) till recently. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Giants Beware!

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, June 27, 2016

Graphic Novel Review: Giants Beware!



Giants Beware! (Chronicles of Claudette, 1) by Jorge Aguirre, illustrated by Rafael Rosado,  April 10, 2012. 208 pages. Published by First Second. Source: borrowed from library.
Make way for Claudette the giant slayer in this delightful, fantastical adventure!

Claudette’s fondest wish is to slay a giant. But her village is so safe and quiet! What’s a future giant slayer to do?

With her best friend Marie (an aspiring princess), and her brother Gaston (a pastry-chef-to-be), Claudette embarks on a super-secret quest to find a giant—without parental permission. Can they find and defeat the giant before their parents find them and drag them back home?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I Want to Read It (17): Ever the Hunted


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.


Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms, 1) by Erin Summerill, December 27, 2016. Published by HMH Books for Young Readers. Source: Wishlist.
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.
However, it’s not so simple.
The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force. 

Why 
This one sounds super interesting! I came across it while browsing Goodreads and the title caught my attention, so, I of course had to see what it was about. I am most intrigued by the world hinted at in the synopsis and the tease about what makes Britta "a daunting force".

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Lilies of the Field

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, June 20, 2016

Classic Book Review: Lilies of the Field


Lilies of the Field by William Edmund Barrett, July 29, 1988 (originally published in 1962). Published by Grand Central Publishing. Source: Own.
The Haunting Miracle of a Humble Man and Four Nuns who Built a Little Church. A Poignant and Passionate Story of Change. Homer Smith was twenty-four. He stood six foot two and his skin was a deep, warm black. There was laughter in him. After leaving the army he bought a second-hand station wagon, equipped it for sleeping and living, and set off to see the west. That was how he came to drive by the field where four German nuns were working. One was clearing an area of cultivated land, three more were building a fence. For some obscure reason Homer Smith stopped to help - and that's where the drama began. With these simple circumstances William E. Barrett has written a novelette which has all the emotional and spiritual force of a full novel. There is significance without preaching, faith enveloped with humor. The result is a story of magnitude because of its very simplicity. 
First Sentence:

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Make Me Read It Read-A-Thon 2016


I am so excited that Val (from the Innocent Smiley) and Ely (from Tea and Titles) are hosting, again, the Make Me Read It Read-A-Thon!! Huzzah!! This was actually one of my favorite bookish things from last year. Trust me, you want to participate in this read-a-thon. It's fun and a great way to read down your tbr. All without having to make the final decision of "What should I read?!?"

It gave me a great opportunity to make time for some much neglected books from my personal TBR. Same as last year, I'll be taking book options, for ya'll to vote upon, from the massive list of books I own and have not read.

I cannot wait to see what y'all will pick for me to read this year!! I don't know how many I'll be able to read, but I really just want to make a dent in the old TBR!!!

This year, the books to vote on are.......


Make Me Read...

Magic Marks the Spot (mg)
The Flame and the Key (mg)
Mark of the Thief (mg)
A Spy in the House (ya)
Starters (ya)
Deadly (ya)
Dark Goddess (ya)
Deception (ya)
Daughter of Xanadu (ya)
Drowned Vault (mg)
Quiz Maker

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I Want to Read It (16): Nemesis


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.



Nemesis (Nemesis, 1) by Anna Banks, October 4, 2016. Published by Feiwel & Friends. Source: Wishlist.
The princess didn't expect to fall in love--with her nemesis.
Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.
Why: To be honest, the cover is the main thing that piqued my curiosity. It was just so unique with the girl painted silver that I had to check it out. That and the title; Nemesis, that's a name to catch the eye. I'm actually really excited about this one and plotting when I should read it. 

Judging by the title and cover, it looks to be interesting. I also really enjoyed one of Anna Banks' other books, so this, in theory, should be another winner, too.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: The Scorpio Races

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, June 13, 2016

A Vintage Reads YA Review: Scorpio Races



Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, October 18, 2011. 409 pages. Published by Scholastic Press. Source: Borrowed from Library.
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen. 
First Sentence:
It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.

Friday, June 10, 2016

On My Mind (9): May is All Wrap(ped)-Up




So, the last couple of months have been hectic and stressful, with one of my dogs recovering from a
double surgery, me recovering from a partial tear in my quadriceps tendon, and a few other fiascoes. Yet, even with all the mishaps and back-steps of May, I, at the very least, could see the sun starting to peep around the dark clouds.

Dog is healed. Just waiting for his hair to completely grow back in the section they had to shave. Dog and I were not the only one's to find ourselves needing to mend. One of my sisters did a grade 2 sprain on her bad ankle, wait for it, playing soccer; and mom broke two fingers in the dog leash.

Seriously though, things are starting to return to normal around here. Which means that I am finally catching up on emails and blog posts.

Alright, enough recapping the mishaps! Let's talk about books, anime, and crafting!!


I may not have read a ton of books last month, but the one's I did read were really, really enjoyable. Which in my book is better than a bunch of 'meh' to 'okay' reads! Right?!?!

My book motto on the year is: Quality over quantity!

My reading time has vastly shrunk this year, which makes me incredibly sad; so if it's not catching and keeping my interest I move on. I just don't want to waste valuable reading time on something I'm not enjoying, you know!


What I Read
  • The Lilies of the Field by William Edmund Barrett (review scheduled)
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (my review)
  • Characters of the Inquisition by William Thomas Walsh (review coming)
  • Lily of the Mowhawks: The Story of St. Kateri by Emily Cavins (my review)
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (review scheduled) 
  • Maid-Sama, vol 1 by Hiro Fujiwara (to-be reviewed)
  • Maid-Sama, vol 2 by Hiro Fujiwara (to-be reviewed)
  • Ouran High School Host Club, vol 6 by Bisco Hatori

Don't make me choose a favorite! They were all incredible in their own way! Though if I had to choose my top three they would be- Characters of the Inquisition, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and Maid-Sama...for first time reads!! Top three aside, they were all great books and were worth sneaking pages in any spare moment I could find for reading.

What I Reviewed



I admit it, there were nights, many of them, where I was so tired that all I did was watch anime while unwinding. Which means I finally got around to watching all the shows that my sister wanted me to watch, as well, as finishing some that I had fallen behind on.


What I Watched
Now that I think of it, all but two of those anime shows were one's that my sister wanted me to watch...make that three. Guys, you really need to watch Plastic Memories, Blue Spring Ride, and Wake Up, Girls!! SO MANY FEELS!! *hoards all the slice of life anime*

Finally, I'm slowly, and I mean slowly, beginning to put together what I'll need for my next cosplay. The hardest part is going to be the wig, well that and shoes. I'm keeping mum on what character I'm working on. Though it is not from any of the shows I mentioned above; I'll tell y'all at some point. Right now, I am just focusing on planning.

I have officially run out of things to say. Tell me about your May. Did you read anything incredible? I want to know what is going on in your world!!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

I Want to Read It (15): Etiquette and Espionage


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.


Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School, 1) by Gail Carriger, February 5, 2013. Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Source: Own/TBR
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners--and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.
Why: I know I'm behind the game with this one, but my sister read the entire series this year and it looked interesting. And I just so happen to (now) own book one; so I'm thinking I should read my first Gail Carriger book. 

It just looks fascinating with the finishing school and spying. Yeah, you can say that I'm intrigued and willing to give it a chance!! I will start it with bated breath in hopes that it will be everything I'm hoping it'll be.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Five Times Revenge

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, June 6, 2016

All About Middle Grade Review: 5 Times Revenge



5 Times Revenge by Lindsay Eland, June 7, 2016. 384 pages. Published by Greenwillow. Source: publisher.
Five unlikely friends. Two bullies. One epic prank. Part The Breakfast Club and part The View from Saturday, this funny, heartwarming novel about friendship and standing up for yourself will appeal to fans of Chris Grabenstein and Jennifer L. Holm.

Adam is the prank mastermind. Perk is his best friend and the computer genius. Pearl is the prettiest girl in school—and a violin prodigy. Ray looks like a big dumb jock, but he secretly wants to be an engineer. And Dutch is the often-bullied dork who is in tune with everyone’s feelings. The five of them couldn’t be more different. But there’s one thing they have in common: they are fed up with Hill Parmar, the school bully—and his dad, their school principal, who is always turning a blind eye. When Hill finally steps over the line, the five unlikely schemers band together for a prank like nothing Mt. Nittany Middle School has ever seen before.
First Sentence:
Not many eighth graders arrive early to their middle school in the morning, at least not on purpose.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

I Want to Read It (14): The Raven King


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.



The Raven King (Raven Cycle, 4) by Maggie Stiefvater, April 26, 2016. Published by Scholastic Press. 
Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted.

For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey…and is certain she is destined to kill him.

Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.
Why: I know, some of y'all are probably tired of seeing/hearing about this series. But, I only started reading it last year and just recently read the third book, maybe two weeks ago. I admit, I am curious to see how Maggie will tie everything together, as well as how it'll all play out.

If you've read it, please don't spoil it for me. I'm waiting for my library to purchase a copy, so I have no idea when I'll actually get to read it. 

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