Sunday, March 31, 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013

My Book Haul (17)

Alexia's Books and Such...

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 book.

For Review:

It's really sad how little self-control I have when it comes to requesting review copies on Shelf Awareness. I should probably unsubscribe so I won't be tempted, but doubt that's going to happen anytime soon. But I defy anyone to resist this title! I mean, c'mon! Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr writing about Ragnarok? I'm SO there!

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Loki's Wolves by K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr

In Viking times, Norse myths predicted the end of the world, an event called Ragnarok that only the gods can stop. When this apocalypse happens, the gods must battle the monsters - wolves the size of the sun, serpents that span the seabeds - all bent on destroying the world.

The gods died a long time ago. (Goodreads)

Purchased:

One of my blogging friends just opened her own Etsy shop. She's shown a few of her crafts on her blog and she's really talented! The shop is Pandora's Craft Room, by Marie of The Boston Bibliophile. Was excited to see all the things she's already made, and very happy that she was willing to make me a few custom pieces. I fell in love with this fabric on one of her previous projects and she had enough left to make me a couple of bookmarks and a change purse. Planning on giving the change purse as a gift, but may keep both of the bookmarks for myself. I LOVE bookmarks! (all photos by Marie, as she's a much better photographer than I am!)

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The fabric reminds me of the temporary tattoo my niece got when we were in Hawaii, so thought the change purse would be a nice keepsake. Still debating if I should give her one of the bookmarks or be greedy and keep them both for myself! *L* 



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Friday, March 15, 2013

Winner of Nobody and Every Other Day!



Congratulations to the winner of Nobody and Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes!


Anita!


I've sent name an email confirmation and am just waiting for her response.

Thanks to everyone who entered!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Book Review: Poison by Bridget Zinn

Poison by Bridget Zinn
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Release Date:  March 12, 2013

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction - which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend. But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses. (book blurb)

My Thoughts:

We first meet Kyra after she's already made her failed assassination attempt, and slowly piece together what happened and why she felt the need to kill her former BFF. I liked how the author plunged us right into the thick of things instead of spelling everything out for us. Love a writer who doesn't thing her readers are idiots!

On the run and trying to find where the princess is hiding, Kyra acquires a few unique travelling companions along the way. I fell in love with Rosie, and would love a tracker pig of my own some day!

While Kyra is a Master Potioner, she is also a teenage girl who is out of her element. I liked that she was naive at times and made mistakes, as I get tired of perfect main characters. She stuck to her guns and did what she thought was right, no matter the obstacles. Really liked Kyra, especially by the end of the book after she grew up a little.

Gave this one a 4/5 as I enjoyed the characters, it had an interesting plot, and was well paced. There were a few spots where things worked out too easily for Kyra, but that didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story. Zinn is a talented writer with a good imagination, and I'm looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next!


Review copy received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Win a copy of Nobody and Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes!

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Quick giveaway for one hardcover copy of Nobody and the new paperback release of Every Other Day (US and Canada only)

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Book Review: Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away. That’s why they make the perfect assassins. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Jennifer Lynn Barnes is one of those authors that you know you'll going to love anything she writes! Well, at least that's the case for me. ;) While I haven't read her Raised by Wolves books yet, I really enjoyed Every Other Day (you can see my review here) and think she's an incredibly talented writer.

The story is told in alternating chapters by Claire and Nix. While there are no chapter headers, the story wasn't hard to follow or confusing. 

Claire is a sweet girl who has been overlooked her entire life. Thinking that it's her fault and if she only tried harder she wouldn't be ignored, it's amazing that she hasn't turned into an angry, bitter rebel.

Nix has been raised by an organization called The Society. Trained by scientists as an assassin because of his special ability, he's never known affection and has always been treated as a tool instead of a human. I actually felt sorry for him because of this, even though he kills people for a living.

Everything changes when Nix is sent to eliminate Claire, as Claire is the first person to actually "see" Nix. And he can see her. That's when things really start to get interesting!

Gave this one a 4/5 as I really enjoyed the characters and the whole idea of a Nobody! Reminded me a little of an old Buffy episode with the invisible girl, but there were enough differences to make it stand on its own. This one actually pulled me out of the reading rut I was stuck in, so thank you Jennifer!

Highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a great read with interesting characters and a good plot! Really loved the little twist towards the end, and hope that there may be a sequel somewhere down the road!


ARC received from Media Masters Publicity in exchange for an honest review

Sunday, March 3, 2013

February Wrap-up

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It's a brand new year, so thought I'd try some new things on the blog. My theme for the year is Discipline, so hoping that monthly wrap up posts will help keep me on track!

Books read

In order to meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books, I need to read 8.33 books per month. Got into a bit of a reading rut this month and according to Goodreads, I've only read 10 books this year. That means I only read three books this month. Three! And two of them were short stories. How embarrassing. *sigh*

Blog Goals

Nada. Didn't cross anything off my list of blog goals this month.


Blog Updates

Very proud of myself for installing a floating share bar on my blogs! Found easy instructions at Simplex Design  and it only took a few minutes. One of the easiest tweaks I've ever made! And I also updated my little "About Me" widget on the sidebar, as it didn't make sense to have book related info on my personal blog. Threw up a Contact Me page as well, but it only has my email address on it right now. Anything else I should add?

Commenting

As well as my reading rut, I seem to be in a blogger rut as well. Was a bad commenter and my poor Google Reader looks like it's going to collapse under the weight of all the unread posts sitting there! Poor neglected reader.... :(


February was a wash for me. Very blah. Still buried under the unpacked boxes and I can't seem to find my reading mojo. Plus we've been having trouble with the house, so a slew of repairmen are in and out constantly. 

Things can only get better now though, right? Please tell me they'll get better!