Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sort of Review: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stievater
In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. InLinger, they fought to be together. Now, in Forever, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.
Published in US: July 12 2011
Source: library

I'm still not sure what I thought. I flew through it and I am relieved to know how the characters I've invested time and emotion into turned out... but the ending really didn't feel complete to me. I read it several times, but I am still not sure exactly what happened and what exactly the goodbye is for.
What did you think? Satisfied? Unhappy? I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Half Blood character Tweets

Part of Teen Book Scene Tour


chupacabra I really don’t want to train 2day. Butt hurts.
CalebisCool  @chupacabra um, Alex that just sounds wrong.
imkindofabigdeal  actually, I’m interested by this tweet @chupacabra @CalebisCool
chupacabra  @imkindofabigdeal you’re such a perv, Seth
chupacabra @CalebisCool doesn’t change the fact IT hurts
Guitarguy @ chupacabra Get off twitter. You’re five minutes late.
Guitarguy @ chupacabra btw, I don’t get your screen name, Alex
imkindofabigdeal YOU LIKE IT when I’m a perv @chupacabra  @Guitarguy
chupacabra OMGods, @Guitarguy Gee, Aiden. It’s SATURDAY. Can’t I sleep in???
CalebisCool @chupacabra @GuitarGuy Heh. Aiden is like Big Brother. Always watching
GuitarGuy  @imkindofabigdeal. Seth, why did u send that tweet to me? @chupacabra
GuitarGuy @chupacabra And no, you can’t sleep in
imkindofabigdeal why not? @GuitarGuy @chupacabra
chupacabra oh gods
CalebisCool And so it begins
GuitarGuy @imkindofabigdeal That didn’t answer my question @chupacabra
imkindofabigdeal If you’re really that slow, I feel sorry for you @GuitarGuy @chupacabra
chupacabra let’s run away together @CalebisCool
GuitarGuy You do realize I can and will hurt you? @imkindofabigdeal
GuitarGuy  Have you even gotten out of bed yet? @chupacabra
chupacabra Yes @GuitarGuy
CalebisCool You’re such a liar @chupacabra @GuitarGuy
GuitarGuy ALEX @chupacabra Thank you @CalebisCool
chupacabra Sigh. OKAY @GuitarGuy u suck @CalebisCool
imkindofabigdeal BRING IT PURE-BLOOD @GuitarGuy
chupacabra kiss off @imkindofabigdeal
chupacabra & I swear to the gods if u respond perversely to that, I’ll maim u @imkindofabigdeal
CalebIsCool heh @chupacabra @imkindofabigdeal
imkindofabigdeal I would never think of doing such a thing @chupacabra
GuitarGuy There is only one thing I hate more in this life than daimons….
imkindofabigdeal so why aren’t you following me, St. Delphi? @GuitarGuy
chupacabra u r so full of it @imkindofabigdeal
CalebisCool well, he’s Kind Of A Big Deal @chupacabra @imkindofbigdeal
imkindofabigdeal  I knew there was a reason I liked you @CalebisCool
GuitarGuy Maybe because I don’t like you? @imkindofabigdeal
GuitarGuy Alex, seriously. @chupacraba
chupacabra I’m totally on my way. right now @GuitarGuy
chupacabra btw, can u not beat me up today? @GuitarGuy
GuitarGuy Was that supposed to be a joke? @chupacabra
chupacabra guess not @GuitarGuy
imkindofabigdeal I bet Alex likes me @GuitarGuy
CalebisCool Twitter is like better than reality television. Can you imagine if the gods tweeted? It wouldn’t be better than this
GuitarGuy Note to self: learn meditation to prevent murderous rampage
chupacraba what is wrong with you? @imkindofabigdeal
imkindofabigdeal My life’s not complete unless you’re following me @GuitarGuy
GuitarGuy and what is up with the name? @chupacabra
chupacabra I heart chupacbras. they are so misunderstood, you know? @GuitarGuy
GuitarGuy No. I don’t understand @chupacabra
CalebisCool Ahhhh, I just googled a chupacabra! What is wrong with YOU @chupacraba Goat sucker???
chupacraba they’re cute @CalebisCool
imkindofabigdeal are you ignoring me @GuitarGuy
chupacraba do you blame him? @imkindofabigdeal
imkindofabigdeal I guess I understand. Sometimes its hard to be faced with such greatness @chupacraba
GuitarGuy Whoa. Leon just smiled. News Alert. Granted, he just hit someone really hard.
chupacraba LOL. Man you have a big head, Seth @imkindofabigdeal
Imkindofabigdeal Caleb? @CalebisCool @chupacabra
CalebisCool Well’s he’s kind of a big deal, Alex @imkindofabigdeal @chupacraba
chupacraba  I hate you both @CalebisCool @imkindofabigdeal
chupacraba Hey, guess what? @GuitarGuy
GuitarGuy What? @chupacraba
CalebisCool You love me @chupacabra
imkindofabigdeal You love me more @chupacabra
chupacabra true @CalebisCool Love isn’t what I’d go with @imkindofabigdeal
chupacabra I see you @GuitarGuy teehee
imkindofabigdeal what would you go for? @chupacabra
chupacabra Got to go tweeters. Aiden is giving me THAT look. He’s not amused.
CalebisCool peace out home  skillet @chupacabra
imkindofabigdeal when is he ever not giving you THAT look @chupacabra @GuitarGuy
ImQueenLea So many stupid tweets filling up my timeline today. Sigh.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Review: Passion by Lauren Kate

Passion (Fallen, #3)
Luce would die for Daniel.
And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . .
Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.
Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history.
Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.
Published in US:
Source: library
3rd in Fallen series, 4th out spring 2012
My Review:   Well, I flew through Passion, finishing in less than a day. I didn't want to put it down, and I needed to know what would come next.
   Passion wasn't really what I expected... while in theory we got to see some of their romances and where the love is coming from in their past encounters, I really wanted at least one start to finish meeting and falling in love.
    What I got instead was interesting, and it really helps to see where Daniel's immense love comes from, and get to know him and where he's been. What Luce got from it was more of a sense of who she is, and she has to learn and convince herself that their love is from something real, not just fate or simple attraction.
   This is a good addition to the series, and I know that I'll pick up the last and hope that all the threads are tied up and something happens with a bang.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)

Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout
The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure-bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.
Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:
Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.
Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

Publishes in US: Sept 15th 2011
Source: publisher for honest review-- thanks Spencer Hill :)
1st in Series Pure releases in 2012

My Review:

  This is an amazing story that I did not want to put down. I was at the OB and wished he would have taken even longer at the hospital because it was quiet reading time. This is a 2011 must read!
   The characters are awesome and I was sad when I got to the last page, because it'll be awhile before I can spend time with them again. Alex is an amazing main character, and I loved her attitude and determination. She is one of the kick ass strong female characters that I love to read about and would love to be. Aiden is a heart throb and I love how strong he is. Even though the relationship is forbidden I love those unbridled moments where we get to see into his heart and his thoughts. Caleb is a great best friend and the lengths he goes to to protect and be there for Alex is amazing, I really wish that I could have a few more friends like that. And speaking of characters, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Seth. The intrigue and the absolute power that surrounds him is so well written and I never knew what to expect or exactly what was going on with him.
   The plot is amazing, I was constantly guessing and couldn't wait to turn the page to find out what happens next!
   I def recommend to put this on your tbr, and to pick it up the second it releases!!! Jennifer has written a masterpiece!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review: The Hidden by Jessica Verday

 The Hidden by Jessica Verday

Abbey knows that Caspian is her destiny. Theirs is a bond that transcends even death. But as Abbey finally learns the full truth about the dark fate that links her to Caspian and ties them both to the town of Sleepy Hollow, she suddenly has some very hard choices to make. Caspian may be the love of her life, but is that love worth dying for?
Beautifully spun, emotionally gripping, and irresistibly romantic, The Hidden will leave you breathless.
Publishes in US:
3rd in The Hollow series
Source: Simon Galley Grab

My Review: This was the perfect ending to a series: it answered questions, wrapped up everything, gave me the scene I've been waiting for and crossed my fingers for, and the actual ending of the book was great.
   There were some things I never saw coming, but they made a lot of sense in hindsight, and other things that I was hoping for happened.
   I highly recommend this series, it has a great love story, lots of historical ghostly twists, and it kept me emotionally on the edge of my seat.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Review: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2)   Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she’s certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer—one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack—and the man—she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.
Published in US: July 2011
2nd in series
Source: Library

My Review:

   Wolfsbane is a great second book in the series... I say this because there is a huge cliff-hanger, and I am left wishing that it wasn't in fact the end of the book, but of a chapter... Because I'm itching to know what happens.
   We get filled in on a lot of what left me scratching my head in Nightshade, but I forgave because of the vibrant characters and racing plot. Though this makes for a bit of a slow start. I had a hard time remembering all the details from Nightshade, and it took me a bit to get back in the world when bombarded with new characters and lots of history. That said, she did a great job incorporating it, and it answered so many questions, and left room for more with the next book.
   Shay really gets his chance to shine in this book, and to me, he really seems to come out on top. Now, a complete blindsight could come in Bloodrose, and put Ren seriously back in the running in my eyes in BR, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.
   This book is heartbreaking, finding out what happens after Calla and Shay escape, and what those left behind are left to handle. The new characters also bring a rich texture to the story, and Connor especially kept me turning the page... For me, choosing between Ren and Shay has always mostly been for Calla, but I'll take Connor for myself :)

I'd love to hear what you think of this book and/or my review. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2011

Feel free to nominate me or your other favorite bloggers.

What is it?
Book Blogger Appreciation Week is an annual celebration of book blogs. It’s a jam packed week dedicated to acknowledging the hard work and contribution of book bloggers to preserving our culture of literacy. This year’s celebration takes place September 12-September 16th. The week includes guest posts, dailty activities, giveaways, games, special podcasts, and an awards program exclusively devoted to book blogs.

We invite all book bloggers to register for BBAW 2011. This year, registration requires a Twitter account or Google ID. You will be added to the BBAW 2011 Directory, and you will also be able to fill out your nomination form and do your final voting for BBAW Awards from account.

Don’t be shy! You’ve worked hard this year, and it’s time to celebrate with your people! Whether your blog is one day old or one hundred years old, there’s a place for you in BBAW 2011.

How does it work?

 The process has changed significantly this year from last year so please read the following directions carefully. Please also read our FAQ. Do not hesitate to ask any questions, you can email us at bookbloggerappreciationweek@gmail.com
Nominations are now open.

In order to nominate a blog, one must log-in to the special BBAW Awards site and register with the BBAW Directory using either your google ID or your Twitter account. You may nominate one blog per category.Please note: Nominating blogs is a time intensive activity, be sure to set aside a block of time to complete your nomination form.
Please be aware that when you make your nominations, you will need to have the following information on hand:
The Blog’s Name
The Blog’s URL
The Email Address for the blog
Any nominations without this completed information will be disqualified.
If there are more than 25 blogs with the same number of nominations, you will receive another ballot to break the tie. If less than three blogs are nominated in any one category that category will be removed from consideration.
If a blogger receives multiple nominations across categories, they’ll be given the chance to choose the category they feel best represents their blog. They will also be asked to submit five links they feel best represent their blog in the past year. These five links should include one review link.
Nominations close August 13th.
Blogs on the long list will be evaluated by a panel of judges according to predetermined criteria. Long lists will have no more than 25 blogs and no fewer than six. If a category has too few nominations those blogs will automatically advance to the short list stage.
Short list voting will be open September 5th and will require a twitter id or google log-in to vote.

Best Written Book Blog
This blog is consistently well-written, clear, and engaging, no matter what the subject.

Best Author Interviews
This blogger does his or her research and asks the questions no one else does. These interviews are top-notch. Note that this award reflects the quality of the interviews, not the popularity of the person being interviewed.

Best New Book Blog
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Best Book Blog Meme
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Best Book Blogging Event
This event, whether it focuses on blogging, reading, collecting reviews, or building community, inspires everyone to join in. It brings bloggers together for fun, learning, reading, or mutual support and help.

Best Book Blog Feature or Series of Posts
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Best Eclectic Book Blog

This blog doesn’t specialize in any one book genre. It is known for consistently excellent reviews, recommendations, analyses, and other content in a variety of genres.

Best Kidlit Book Blog

This blog offers the best consistently excellent reviews, recommendations, analyses, and other content for books written for young children through middle-grade readers.

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This blog offers the best consistently excellent reviews, recommendations, analyses, and other content in literary fiction.

Best Classics Book Blog

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This blog offers the best reviews and specialized content in romance books of any subgenre, from historical to contemporary.

Best Historical Fiction Book Blog

This blog offers the best consistently excellent reviews, recommendations, analyses, and other content in historical novels. For the purposes of this award, consider historical anything from 1945 (World War II) and older.

Best Mystery/Suspense/Crime Book Blog

This blog offers the best consistently excellent reviews, recommendations, analyses, and other content in mysteries, suspense, and/or crime. The blog may cover several of these subgenres or just one.

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Best GLBT Lit Book Blog

This blog features the best reviews and specialized content in GLBT books. This blogger may or may not self-identify as a member of the GLBT community, but he or she focuses on GLBT literature on the blog

Best Cultural Book Blog

This blog features the best consistently excellent reviews, recommendations, analyses, and other content in books and/or authors of a *specific* cultural identity. This blogger may or may not self-identify with the culture featured on the blog but focuses on that culture’s literature.

Best Graphic Novel/Illustrated Nonfiction Book Blog

This blog features the best consistently excellent reviews, recommendations, analyses, and other content in the graphic medium.

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Best Published Author Blog

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Best Spiritual, Inspirational, or Religious Book Blog

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Best Audiobook Blog

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Best Poetry Blog

This blog features the best consistently excellent reviews, recommendations, analyses, and other content content in poetry.

Best Bookstore Blog

This blog is associated with a retail bookstore, offering book news, staff recommendations, and other content of interest to people who love to shop for books.

Best Bookish Miscellaneous Blog

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Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

 City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments Series #4) City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Published in US: Apr 2011
Source: Library
My Review:  Another great installment in the Mortal Instruments series. It drew me right into the world of ShadowHunters and Downworlders and into the lives of some of my favorite characters.
Admittedly, we do get a few hot scenes with Jace and Clary, but as usual, nothing is easy for them. The mark of cain has made life much more difficult for Simon, and so has BOTH of his budding romances.
I'm yearning for happiness and good thing for my characters, so I can't wait for the next ones. I'd love to know what you think of the book(s) or my review. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Co-op Video Games

Me and my husband play through RPG games together, and I thought I'd put together a list of what we've enjoyed. A few people have asked, so I hope this is helpful, and at least a place to start.
I know that a lot of games are coop online or with different systems, but we wanted to play together, in the same house, and didn't want to have to buy two seperate games and systems. Which is why we've largely shied away from PC gaming, because even the lan versions of games usually require you to have two different serial numbers, as we've recently discovered with Neverwinter Nights.

Dungeon Siege 3

Dungeon Siege 3

This is the most recent we've played, and it's even got me interested in playing PC games so I can check out the 1st and 2nd installment. We played on PS3, but it's out for XBOX 360 too.
I played as the archon Anjali  and my husband was the gunwoman, Katarina.
We played every chance we got until we beat it, and once we give it a rest, we're interested in seeing if there are some alternate endings.

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance

This and Dark Alliance 2 were probably my favorites. These were released on PS2 and XBOX. It was a lot of dungeon crawling and hack and slash, but I loved the quests, the leveling up and playing something together. I as usual, was a magician. DA2 was fun because of the customization and gems with the weapons. 

While this and Return to Arms are set in the same universe as Baldur's Gate, and the game play is similar, I thought I'd mention them seperately because I played both groups at different times.

Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom

We enjoyed the gameplay and the set up well enough but didn't like the ending. I'd still recommend it though. This, I do believe was a PS3 exclusive.