Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday 56

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

"Too bad there hadn't been more of the building and streetlamp to make an accurate guess of where the crime scene was located, but she doubted that Griffin was about to pull out a crime scene shot for her benefit"

My selection is taken from pg. 56 of The Bone Chamber by Robin Burcell.

Quick Review-A Black Tie Affair

So this is a cute romantic story that I felt was a good read. It was fast paced and fun. The characters were like-able and interesting and the romance was ..well romantic! I loved the cover art too! I know that's not important in the grand scheme of things, but still I thought it was cute.

I also enjoyed the mystery aspect of this one. Not only do you get the sexy romance but you also have that edge of mystery too! I read in another review that this is a good "soaking in the tub" book and I would so agree! This is certainly not a cerebral novel but it is fun brain candy! I'd definitely suggest this one!

Oh and check out this trailer too!

Product Information
Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Forever (January 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446618594
ISBN-13: 978-0446618595

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Quick Review-Size Eight in a Size Zero World

It's really hard for me to write negative reviews, because well I want to be a nice person. I didn't HATE this book, that's such a harsh word, but I didn't like it either. I love a good love story. I love a good chick lit book. This book fell flat for me.

Lindsay is the mother of two children, whom seem like great kids. Her husband isn't very supportive or emotionally responsive to her. He treats her like a slave and doesn't interact with their children. Every single scene he is in we are reminded of how douchey he is. Okay we get it. Her marriage is doomed and she is emotionally unfulfilled. So? She has a job. She has connections and friends. GET A DIVORCE! Yeah the player in your apartment building is hot, but he's just that. A player! Even after she is shown many many MANY signs that he is not that great of a person, she still is smitten. BUT my main problem was that Lindsay just became incredibly selfish. She seems like a good mother in the beginning but gradually becomes this self-involved mushball. She lets her husband walk all over her and then let's Mr. Studly walk all over her too. She does things that as a mom made me cringe. Yeah, us Mommies need to let loose and go wild! After all we aren't dead, but we also have responsibilities that are more important. Lindsay seems to let the men in her life control her. I was hoping by the end she would see that she could support herself and be a strong woman, but that was not what we were given. The end of the book it seems like she's morphed into another character and one that I didn't really like.

I'm sorry I know this is coming out really harsh, but I'm being honest. I didn't enjoy this book. The characters never really grabbed me. Just when Lindsay seem to be developing as a person, she backslides and disappointed me. By the end of the book I was sad by what she had become. I'm not against being sexually extroverted, but by the end of the book Lindsay was acting like a fool.

Maybe it just wasn't a good choice for me. I hold no ill-will towards Ms. Cagen. I seem to be one of only a few, that didn't enjoy the book. To be fair and give a balanced review, I've found a few more positive reviews for this book. Have a look for yourself.

Check out these other reviews:
Press Release

Amazon Page

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Grrr...Technical Difficulties

Grr! Okay peoples, my monitor is doing some funky stuff right now. I believe it is dying a slow, sad death right now and I am not sure when exactly it will die. Sooo... I figured I'd post this as a warning. I really really needed this *sarcasm* at this time in my life. Our car is in the shop, our loaner car was taken back by the owner because she needed it, and because of this our finances are strapped. Yay! Another expense to add to the pot! Woot! *snortle*

Anyway, as long as it works I'll keep updating, but if you do not see me around the blogosphere for a few days then you know what happened.

I really seriously will go insane with insanity if I do not has my internets.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Blog Tour-Gringa in a Strange Land

About Gringa in a Strange Land

Gringa in a Strange Land brings back the exhilarating and confusing time of the “counterculture” in the early 1970’s.
Erica Mason, an American woman living in Mexico, is torn between working to become an artist and the lure of the drug culture.
Set mostly in the colonial city of Merida in the Yucatan peninsula, the story also moves among Mayan ruins, laid-back beaches and the cities of Belize and Oaxaca.
A host of bohemian expats and Mexicans, and the complex character of Mexico itself, infuse this portrait-of-the-artist-as-a-young-American, culminating in an unexpected resolution.

My Review:

Sadly I couldn't get into this one. I do not think that it was the right book for me so I will not give it a rating. I will pass on writing a review and link a few blogs that have also reviewed it, both good and bad, so that you can make up your own mind. I do not wish to offend the writer Linda Dahl, but I just wasn't the target audience for Gringa.

Other Reviews:

My Reading Room's Review
Jen's Book Talk
The Book Connection

What are you Reading?

Well the last two weeks have definitely been a bust for me (reading/life-wise) so I can't say I actually completed a book yet. I'm ALMOST (like this () much) done with The Eye of the World, so yay! But I have ambitions for this week.

I got a few quick looking reads in the mail so I'll put those on my list. Here goes:

To Read:
  • The Bone Chamber-Robin Burcell
  • A Black Tie Affair-Sherrill Bodine-FINISHED!!!
  • Wizard's First Rule-Terry Goodkind (This is one for the Sword of Truth challenge. It's got eleventy million pages in it and scares me half to death!!!)
  • Size Eight in a Size Zero World-Meredith Cagen-FINISHED!!!
  • The Lighthouse of Mr. Tinfish and Mr. Choli's River Trip-Chris Wardle (children's books)

There! That's not to ambitious...right? Right? I probably won't finish WFR until the end of the month but the other's seem pretty do-able. Wish me luck!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

In the Mail

So this week has been SWEET for me (bad for my mail carrier!) Loads of awesome new books have poured in and I'm so geeked!

Here they are:
Arcadia Falls-Carol Goodman-review copy
Freaks and Revelations-Davida Wills Hurwin (won from Frenetic Reader)
Stone of Tears-Terry Goodkind-goodreads swap (for the sword of truth challenge)
Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider-Ellen C. Maze-review copy
Size Eight in a Size Zero World-Meredith Cagen-Review copy
A Black Tie Affair-Sherill Bodine-review copy
Gutshot Straight-Lou Berney-review copy
The Bone Chamber-Robin Burcell-review copy
The Lighthouse of Mr. Tinfish and Mr. Choli's River Trip by Chris Wardle-review

Friday, January 22, 2010

Sweet Contest Over at Crazy Book Slut!!!

Check out this HUGE list of books she's giving away! Holy Jeebus!

Neurotica- Sue Margolis
See Jane Score- Rachel Gibson
Mystic River- Dennis Lehane
A Kingdom of Dreams- Judith McNaught
Smart Women- Judy Blume
Over the Edge- Jeanie London
All Shook Up- Susan Andersen
Virgin- Rob Weisbach Books
Any Better Thing- Monica Wood
Body Check- Deidre Martin
Hung Up on You- Holly Jacobs
Wild and Wicked- Joanne Rock
Wanted: An Intresting Life- Bev KatzRosenbaum
Pop Up Dating- Natalie Stenzel
See Jane Date- Melissa Senate
Little Earthquakes- Jennifer Weiner
Farm Fatale- Wendy Holden
A Girl Named Zippy- Haven Kimmel
Jemima J- Jane Green
Little Black Girl Lost- Keith Lee Johnson
Backpack- Emily Barr
Getting Over It- Anna Maxted
Milk Run- Sarah Mlynowski
Carolina Isle- Jude Deueraux
The Gift- Danielle Steel
The Dogs of Babel- Carolyn Parkhurst
Dama, Drama and Ana Ruiz- Belinda Acosta
The Red Tent- anita Diamant
The Stand- Stephen King
The Mists of Avalon- Marion Zimmer Bradley
Benny and Shrimp- Katarina Mazetti
Kite Runner- Khaled Hosseini
To Desire a Devil- Elizabeth Hoyt
Sins of the Flesh- Caridad Pineiro
Social Security- Robert James Karpie
The Bride Backfire- Kelly Eileen Hake
The Transformation- Terri Kraus
Bo's Cafe- John Lynch
In the Eyes- Charles Toftoy
The Blue Umbrella- Mike Mason
Crossed Wires- Rosy Thornton
Stretch Marks- Kimberly Stuart
In the Arms of Immortals- Ginger Garrett
The Source of Miracles- Kathleen McGowan
Feelin the Vibe- Candice Dow
Double Cross- James David Jordan
Tidings of Great Boys- Shelley Adina
Emmy's Equal- Marcia Gruver
The Last Word- Kathy Herman
Life After Genius- M. Ann Jacoby
Letter's to Rosy- C. Ellene Bartlett

Contest will end on 2/28/2010 so go over there and enter!!! Here is the LINK

Friday 56

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

My selection comes from one of the MANY books that have arrived at my house this week! I haven't started reading it yet but here is my teaser:

"Davy's eye have gone completely blank."

taken from pg. 56 of Freaks and Revelations by Davida Wills Hurwin

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Book Spotlight-Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman

“Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman is about the metamorphosis of a young girl into a woman of courage, juxtaposed with the evolution of the country she loves but doesn’t understand…”

“This book isn’t content with just being a love story, or a story about the relationships women have throughout their lives. It is an amazing read on a culture and world many will never experience. Beautifully written and full of detail and mystery…”

The story kicks off in the early 1950s when two orphan sisters are separated against their wish because their aunt cannot afford to feed two mouths. The first sister is weak and wilts away but the second, Nkiru, digs deep and keeps on walking.

In the wake of her country’s independence from British rule, Nkiru meets an aspiring diplomat with radical political views and hopes that love will put her life back on course. However, love only complicates things. Her new husband asks for more than she knows how to give and the past is filled with shameful secrets that threaten to erupt.

The plot thickens as Nkiru climbs the ladder of life, fearing the sudden loss of all that she has toiled for (her children’s love, her husband’s trust and the successful business she built out of nothing) all because of a single fatal mistake. At the same time, Nigeria descends further into conflict and corruption as a single foundational flaw leads to a brutal war and lingering mistrust.

Eventually Nkiru finds the courage to confront the past and seek forgiveness for an unpardonable sin. This is the only path to peace – both for Nkiru and her beloved country, Nigeria.

Set in the politically charged colonial and post-independence Nigeria (as well as the vibrant capitals of Uganda, Sierra Leone and Britain), Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman is a novel that fearlessly chronicles the history of Africa’s most populous and complex country whilst tackling big themes such as ethnic identity, racial discrimination, domestic violence, gender equality, endemic corruption, entrepreneurship and self actualisation, as well as universal themes such as love, mother-daughter relationships, betrayal and forgiveness.

Through a language of passion, poetry and deceptive simplicity, we see sisters and daughters, mothers and wives who metamorphose over time, juxtaposed with a nation’s fight for freedom, fall from grace and pursuit of an elusive destiny.

Book Bound's Contest

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1st Prize: Three (3) books of choice
2nd Prize: Two (2) books of choice
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Giveaway ends Feb. 5th so hurry up and enter! :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Online Casino Planet-Ad

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Monday, January 18, 2010

No More Grumpy Bookseller's Contest

Super awesome contest over at No More Grumpy Bookseller!

Win a Copy of Dan Simmons's Drood or Black Hills

Enter to win a copy of Dan Simmons's Drood or Black Hills before midnight January 23. Visit this post for details.

Blog Tour-Veracity


Harper Adams was six years old in 2012 when an act of viral terrorism wiped out one-half of the country's population. Out of the ashes rose a new government, the Confederation of the Willing, dedicated to maintaining order at any cost. The populace is controlled via government-sanctioned sex and drugs, a brutal police force known as the Blue Coats, and a device called the slate, a mandatory implant that monitors every word a person speaks. To utter a Red-Listed, forbidden word is to risk physical punishment or even death.

But there are those who resist. Guided by the fabled "Book of Noah," they are determined to shake the people from their apathy and ignorance, and are prepared to start a war in the name of freedom. The newest member of this resistance is Harper -- a woman driven by memories of a daughter lost, a daughter whose very name was erased by the Red List. And she possesses a power that could make her the underground warriors' ultimate weapon -- or the instrument of their destruction.

In the tradition of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Laura Bynum has written an astonishing debut novel about a chilling, all-too-plausible future in which speech is a weapon and security comes at the highest price of all.

My Review:
Wow, this is certainly a thinker. It wrapped me up and brought me into a very terrifying possible future. I was lost in the story and felt like I was right there in the action. The characters were well written and Laura Bynum does very well with setting up a potential future without being far-fetched. There were a few instances where I would have enjoyed a bit more insight, like I would have loved more time with Ezra and John. There could have been more of a back story with them, showing how they got to where they were. That was the only part that I felt could have been done better. Other than that there isn't much I would change. The book itself is brilliant in that its a scary but fascinating read.

My Rating: 4.00/5.00

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Mailbox Monday- Jan. 18th

My mailbox loot:
The Imposter-Kip Kreiling (review copy)
Veracity-Laura Bynum (review posted today!)
The Forest House
Lady of Avalon-Both by Marion Zimmer Bradley (book swap from

What did you get?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

What are you Reading?

This week I will have to finish up The Eye of the World and get cracking on Wizard's First Rule. I put EoW on pause so I could read Veracity. (review posted) These are both "fatty mc fat fat" sized books so I'll just stick with these.

What about you guys?

Friday, January 15, 2010

Quick Review-Eternal on the Water

Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger is one of those books that takes you by complete and utter surprise. You kinda know what you're getting yourself into (the back cover gives you a clue) but you don't really know how it will EFFECT you. My opinion is that if you finish this book without having to wipe away a tear just once, then you my friend are cold!

This is a story of love at first sight in the truest form. A finding of soul mates and taking life as it comes. The characters are brilliantly written and the story flows so very well. This book will keep you flipping the pages and hoping a miracle happens, because you just know you'll be a crumpled up heap if it doesn't. I won't spoil the ending but it's touching and wonderful and..okay so I'm gushing a little bit, but this book deserves it! This was a joy to read and is going on my shelf and staying there.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Blog Tour-Wench

About the Book:
Situated in the free state of Ohio, Tawawa House offers respite from the summer heat. A beautiful, inviting house surrounded by a dozen private cottages, the resort is favored by wealthy Southern white men who vacation there, accompanied by their enslaved mistresses. Regular visitors Lizzie, Reenie, and Sweet have forged an enduring friendship. They look forward to their annual reunion and the opportunity it affords them to talk over the changes in their lives and their respective plantations. The subject of freedom is never spoken aloud until the red-maned, spirited Mawu arrives and voices her determination to escape. To run is to leave behind the friends and families trapped at home. For some, it also means tearing the strong emotional and psychological ties that bind them to their masters. When a fire on the resort sets off a string of tragedies, Lizzie, Reenie, and Sweet soon learn tragic lessons, that triumph and dehumanization are inseparable and that love exists even in the cruelest circumstances as they bear witness to the end of an era.

My Review:
This book was raw and brutally honest about a time in history that a lot of people would like to forget. These women were used and abused, but they didn't let their spirits break. There are so many things I could praise about this book, from the beautiful characterization to the near flawless story. These women never seem like characters. They seem like living breathing people that you want to help. I was moved to tears, literally pouring down my cheeks (thank god my husband wasn't home) while reading this SEVERAL times! Needless to say that I was impressed by the writer's story and her abilities. Dolen Perkins-Valdez has written a wonderful book and has created beautiful and heartbreakingly real characters.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Teaser Tuesday-Wizard's First Rule

Check out Teaser Tuesdays from Should Be Reading. TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:

Grab your current read.

Let the book fall open to a random page.

Share with us two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.

You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

My teaser is coming from my current read Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind.
"We can't," he answered firmly. "We need them both. Remember when Zedd gave me the sword? He said he wanted me to get us across the boundary. He said he had a plan. He hasn't told me what that plan is."

pg. 205

Monday, January 11, 2010

What are you Reading?

I still need to finish up The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan. That's my current read. Here are the rest that I plan on diving into this week:

  • Wizard's First Rule-Terry Goodkind (this will be a re-read for the SoT challenge)
  • The Stolen One-Suzanne Crowley
  • The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
There! Now it's your turn! What are you reading this week?

Mailbox Monday-Jan. 11th

I got a good deal of books last week! Here is the stash that arrived in my mailbox!

  • Eternal on the Water-Joseph Monninger (B&N First Look selection)
  • Chosen-P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (Won from the Shady Glade)
  • Fireworks over Toccoa-Jeffrey Stepakoff
  • The Stolen One-Suzanne Crowley-(Won from Addicted to Books)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Mini Read-a-Thon

I started off this year strong (I know the year is only like a week old) but I have slacked off some lately. I have been thinking about my own little private read-a-thon. Nothing dramatic or crazy just a lot of reading and a lot of fun! So here I go! Starting at 12:00 CST today I will start on my read-a-thon and won't stop til Sunday at 12:00 (noon) CST!

Here is my reading list:
  1. The Eye of the World-Robert Jordan
  2. Eternal on the Water-Joseph Monninger-FINISHED JAN 9TH!!!
  3. The Manufactured Identity-Heath Sommer
  4. Gringa in a Strange Land-Linda Dahl
  5. Wizard's First Rule-Terry Goodkind

So there we go! Let the fun begin! I will try not to snack too much this weekend but it's so hard! Anyway, this isn't an organized event or anything like that just a personal challenge BUT if you wanna jump onboard with me then please feel free! Leave links or comments on how you're doing!

Wish me luck! :) Have a great weekend!

The Friday 56

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.


My sentence comes from the book Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger.


lol That's it. The fifth sentence on the 56th page. Enticing isn't it? This is actually (so far) a pretty good read!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Lord of the Rings Read a Long Pt. 1

This month's read is The Hobbit and it's hosted by A Striped Armchair. Here are some questions to get the party started!

When did you first hear of The Hobbit? I do believe it was in high school. A friend of mine was really into Fantasy and mentioned Tolkien. He suggested I read them all. Did I listen? Nooooo. Stupid me!
What made you decide to join the read-a-long? I have all of the books on my shelf and I have always wanted to read them. I just kept putting it off. I saw the challenge and decided that it was the right time!
Have you read it before? If so tell us about that experience. Nope, I'm a newb to the world of Hobbits!
If you’re new to The Hobbit, do you have any preconceptions going into it? Not really. I always wanted to read the series so I'm just pretty excited!
J.R.R. Tolkien pretty much founded the modern fantasy genre. So let’s take a moment to think about the genre as a whole; have you always loved fantasy? Or perhaps you still feel rather skeptical towards the whole idea of wizards and dwarfs and magic? What was your introduction to the genre? I can't remember the first fantasy novel I read but I would say it was when I was maybe 10 or 12. I have always liked the genre.
Do you have a certain plan for reading it? A few pages a day, spacing it out over the month? Or are you just going to race through it? Let whimsy decide? I started on Jan. 1st and devoured it! I'm done! I can't wait to read the next one! :)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Non-Book Related: Christmas Space

So the holidays are over but that doesn't mean you have to stop enjoying them! I just found this place called Christmas Space that has tons of Christmas Videos and Christmas Pictures to keep the holidays alive! It's like Youtube but for Christmas stuff! There are tons of clips that are just darn cute!

Also, like YouTube they let you upload your family Christmas Pictures if you want to share your Christmas celebration! It's fun and a neat way for people to engage in Christmas sharing! Now I'm usually the kind that before and during the Holidays wishes they were over but misses them when they are gone! Now I can re-live the fun all year long! :) Ain't that swell? :)

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Teaser Tuesday-The Eye of the World

  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

  • My teaser comes from
    I'm reading this one for the WoT challenge and so far love it! Here's my teaser ;) Enjoy!

    "A crowd of village men, some three dozen or so, clustered near the burned-out husk of the peddler's wagon, night pushed back by the torches some of them carried. Moiraine faced them, her back to the inn, leaning with seeming casualness on her walking staff" from pg. 128

    Monday, January 4, 2010

    Mini Review-Wrongsized

    Okay this was a super quick read but very funny! I read it in pretty much under an hour. This book is about a guy who has a cush job, but suddenly finds himself unemployed and confuddled, after some cutbacks. He can't get some of the jobs he knows he can do. He has no formal training, but he does know his stuff. He signs up with a temp agency after months of being idle, and hilarity ensues! He gets matched with so many random jobs along the way and each chapter highlights that job. This is a humorous read and fun. It's not going to win any awards but it was cute and I enjoyed it.

    In My Mailbox-Jan. 4, 2010

    Review coming Jan. 13th!!!

    What are you Reading?

    Books to read this week:

    The Eye of the World-Robert Jordan (this is for the WoT Challenge)
    Mrs. Dalloway-Virginia Woolf-i gave up on this one jan. 6-i just couldn't get into it :(

    Books that I MIGHT read:
    Wrongsized-Larry Solomon-finished Jan. 4th-mini review posted
    The Manufactured Identity-Heath Sommer

    What are you reading?

    Friday, January 1, 2010

    Review-The Forest of Hands and Teeth

    After hearing all of the buzz about this book via other blogs, I was itching to get my hands on it! My sweet dear husband got it for me for Christmas this year! Yay me! I immediately put aside my other reads in order to dive right into Forest. I won't spoil the ending for anyone but this book did NOT disappoint! I love a good zombie story and this was a GREAT one! Carrie Ryan brought fresh ideas to the genre. Let's face it, most zombie stories are all "Brains....brains..." and heroes shooting guns and stuff like that, but not this one!

    Mary is one very well written character. From the start you understand her actions and can sympathize with her desires and drives. She longs for something else than just plodding along in life and watching the fence. She's confused and ashamed at these feelings and you FEEL for her. You really do! It's been a long time since I've been able to read a character and feel as if I could be them! (Hope that makes sense?) That is why I loved this book! Not a single character felt as if it was a "filler" character.

    Carrie Ryan has written a book that I will certainly read again. I was not disappointed in this one. The Forest of Hands and Teeth gets a solid rating of 4.5 (broken down below)

    Characters: 4.5/5
    Plot: 4.5/5
    Writing: 4.5/5

    • Reading level: Young Adult
    • Hardcover: 320 pages
    • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (March 10, 2009)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0385736819