Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all who celebrate!

Remember everyone - big candy sale tomorrow!!!

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

My Book Haul (50)

My Book Haul

In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information on the books.

For Review:

Simon R. Green is always a good read for me, so when I saw that he was coming out with a collection of short stories, how could I resist? Very pleased that I was able to get a review copy via NetGalley!

Tales of the Hidden World
Tales of the Hidden World by Simon R. Green

Seventeen delightfully unexpected stories from Simon R. Green - including a brand-new adventure of the Droods - take us deep into the Darkside, embroil us in the Secret Histories, and lead us into the shadowy places where monsters and demons roam. Welcome to the worlds of Simon R. Green. (Goodreads)

Cecelia Ahern is a talented writer and I've enjoyed all of her previous books, so was happy to accept a review offer from William Morrow Paperbacks. The synopsis sounds intriguing, and I know that Cecelia will pull me into the story immediately!

One Hundred Names
One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern

Journalist Kitty Logan's career is being destroyed by scandal - and now she faces losing the woman who guided and taught her everything she knew. At her terminally ill friend's bedside, Kitty asks - what is the one story she always wanted to write? The answer lies in a file buried in Constance's office: a list of one hundred names. There is no synopsis, nothing to explain what the story is or who these people are. The list is simply a mystery. (Goodreads)

This is one of the titles that caught my eye in Buzz Books 2014, so I was very happy to accept a review request from the publisher! If the rest of the book lives up to the sample I read, this should be a fun read!

How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love
How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love by Ken Baker

"Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty." To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big "F" word - "fat." Living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, it is impossible for Emery not to be aware of her weight. (Goodreads)

What did you receive this week?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Social media is sucking me dry....

random thoughts
I have a sticky note on my desktop with the following list:

*Facebook blog page
*blog comments

This is to remind me what I need to spend time on every day. I set my timer for 15 minutes, then move on to the next item. I don't get to every item every day, but it's starting to become habit.

Why am I doing this? A combination of Bloggiesta inspiring me to be more active online, and an online course I'm taking.

My Facebook page and Google+ account were being sadly neglected, as I used to just post links to my recent reviews and call it a day. I'm trying to interact more on both of these, but it seems most of the people I'm following just post links.

I'm still not sure about Google+. Am I supposed to comment there or click through to the original blog? I think I'd rather have people comment on my blog, so am doing a weird dance of +1-ing, then blog commenting. I'm using the +1 and share buttons the same way I do on Facebook, but still trying to figure the rest out.

Reddit is something new to me. I joined one of their gift exchanges, so figured I should start participating. Have found a few interesting boards, but it's another time suck unless I use my timer, so have to be careful!

Does anyone else drive themselves crazy with too many social media outlets? Any suggestions about which are the "important" platforms I should concentrate on? I keep reading that Facebook is dying and everyone is moving to Google+, but I don't see much interaction on either platform.

I just want to talk about books with my fellow book lovers, so why does social media make it so hard? *sigh*

Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Review: Forever Song

Book Review:  Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

eARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?

With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer. MONSTER

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

On the trail of the insane master vampire bent on destroying the world, Allie is still fighting her inner demon. Devastated by her recent loss, she isn't sure if the fight is worthwhile any longer. Instead of trying to follow in the footsteps of her sire Kanin, maybe things would be easier if she followed her blood brother Jackal's example and let the monster out once and for all?

Allie has been through an awful lot since becoming a vampire, and her path just seems to be getting harder instead of easier. Determined to destroy Sarren once and for all, nothing else seems to matter and she's dangerously close to giving up. Thank goodness she finds a reason to keep going!

There is a big plot twist that totally took me by surprise, and there's more than one! The author is fiendishly clever and just when you think you know what's going to happen next, she pulls the rug out from under you. Love when that happens!

I really like Allie. Despite her inexperience and the fact that she gets beat up pretty badly time and again, she keeps going. Sometimes her motivation is vengeance and sometimes it's the desire to do the right thing, but she keeps going even when the odds are stacked against her. I like that in a character!

While sad that this is the last book in the series, I'm pleased with the ending and can't imagine anything better. A great main character with an interesting setting, fascinating villain, and believable secondary characters, this series is a must-read for urban fantasy fans! Even Jackal grew on me by the end!

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