Sunday, October 28, 2007
Betwixt by Tara Bray Smith
Isn't that the most horrible book cover you've seen in a while?? However, hiding betwixt it's pages is a really incredible book. Three teens all hide secrets about themselves. Ondine paints images that come alive. Nix sees bright halos of fire around people who will soon die. Morgan morphs into small creatures of the woods.
I really liked this one. I picked it up to read the first two or three pages and wound up reading it straight through.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Inhuman by Eileen Wilks
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn
Everything I'd read about this one said it was really good. I agree, this was really a good book. The first in a series about three sisters, half human, half faery, all with different paranormal talents. The sisters are operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. This book focused on Camille, the witch. Because of her mixed blood, sometimes her spells don't work quite right.
I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Changling.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
High Stakes by Erin McCarthy
After about the first 80 or so pages this one did not grab me. I thought it was silly and typical, so I am going to pass on this series. I have so many TBRs and so little time that I don't want to waste it on anything that does not interest me.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
The Wish House by Celia Rees
A good listen even thought it was fairly predictable. I would only give it to older teens because of sex, drugs, etc.
Richard and his family go to the same place every summer. He and a friend play in an abandoned house they call "Wish House". One summer, a family has moved in. Father, mother, son, daughter all free spirits, artists and lovers. Richard falls in love with the girl, Clio. As Richard becomes obsessed with her, he learns more and more about oddities of the family.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Unabridged audio -- 4 CDs -- 4 hours -- read by Caitlin Greer
This had to be one of the most disgusting things I've listened to in a long time. The main character is a girl in a special arts school in NYC. The book started off fairly well, although the language at times was bad (trust me, it got a lot worse). She wishes she was a fly on the wall of the boy’s locker room so she could hear what goes on in there and the next day, she wakes up as a fly on the wall in the boy's locker room. Through all of almost 2 complete CDs of the 4, she proceeds to talk about seeing them all naked and about the size of their "gherkins". Geezzz give it a rest. I kept skipping to the next track hoping it would be finished. Also there was a lot of talk about the size of girls "biscuits". The basic story was good, but the voyeurism got to be too, too much. The girl started tossing the "f" word around constantly too.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Audiobook -- Unabridged -- 9 CDs -- ll hours -- Narrated by Stephen Lang
Awesome. Reminisent of Stephen King at his best, his son Joe Hill has written an awesome ghost story.
Aging rock star, Judas Coyne, buys a ghost from the internet. The dead man's suit arrives in a heart shaped box. The ghost has business with Jude. He claims his step-daughter, Anna, killed herself because of him. He says he is going to kill Jude and everyone who helps him.
Monday, October 15, 2007
A story from the 500 Kingdoms. Moira na Ferson, Grey Lady and heir to Highclere returns home to find her father is not exactly being loyal to the king.
Banshee Cries by CE Murphy
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I was sent this book by Barnes & Nobles as part of their "First Look" program. It is an Advance Readers Copy and the book is scheduled to be released February 2008.
Willie Upton is one of the last decedents of the original founders of her hometown, Templeton. She hasn't been home in years, but she returns, pregnant and scared that she is in much deeper trouble for trying to run over her lovers wife with a small plane.
She has always thought herself the child of her hippie mother's years in a commune and that her father was one of the three male members of the group. Soon after Willie's return to Templeton, her mother confesses that Willie's father is actually a local man. However Willie's mother refuses to tell Willie the name of her father, only that he is someone Willie knows and that he is most likely also descended from the town's founding fathers.
I really liked the book and am happy that I was selected to read and discuss the book with it's author.
This review can also be found on The Smoke Lives The BookMooch TBR Club Blog:http://bookmoochtbrclub.blogspot.com/2007/10/monsters-of-templeton-by-lauren-groff.html
Thursday, October 11, 2007
This was a slow starter, but finally got interesting. It wasn't my favorite teen audio, but it wasn't bad. I really think it was for a younger audience, probably 4-8 grade.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Very fast, very short book. I liked the ending of this one much better than the last, so I probably will continue on with the series. In search of her vampire boyfriend, Alexander, who has disappeared, Raven meets Jagger, Alexander's sworn enemy. Jagger is determined to change Raven into a vampire on cemetary ground so she will be his for eternity.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
I thought at first I'd hate this book because she kept referring to her hick ways in the city and being from Hicksville and growing up on a farm, etc. All the things that people from outside of Texas think Texans are like. Then I find out the author is from Texas. I still very much dislike her exaggerating the typical sterotyped Texan, but I soon forgot about that as I got into the story. I really liked it and would like to read more in this series!
Saturday, October 6, 2007
My thoughts: Water is the symbol of emotion. The five rivulets of water indicate the five senses. The dove is peace. This card offers happiness. The potiential is there, the seeker only has to accept it.
Traditional meaning: A true heart. Joy, happiness, contentment.