Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #2

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Should be Reading... 
It's such a fun one, I couldn't help but join in :) 
All you have to do is: Grab your current book, open it to a random page, and share 2 'teaser' sentences from that page; but be careful not to share any spoilers!!! 



I just finished reading Zombie Love: The Outbreak by Eric J Sobolik, 
my first Zombie book! and I really enjoyed it! 
I will be reviewing it later this week with a surprise :) 

I am still reading Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater... 
I feel like I'm moving in slow motion with this one, I don't know why, it's a really good book so far. 
Kiddos have been sick, and I'm overtired - lack of concentration and buggy eyes, lol! 


Here's my teaser: 





"The way he says it, I feel certain he misremembered intentionally, because he liked the weight of the words when he said my name twice, and that makes me feel warm and nervous and agreeable. "

"What about me?" 

~ Scorpio Races, page 293






Yes, 'misremembered' is the exact word that the character used -
I love it :) 


What are you reading right now??? 

My First RAK-up Post: January 2012





Wow, today is the last day of January! Amazing how quickly the month went by!
I participated in the Book Soulmates RAK program this month,
and wanted to give an extra shout out to the sweet people that sent me something :) 







A huuuuge thank you goes to:

Crystal from What R U Reading!!!
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare 


Kara L.!!!
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

AND...
Sarabeth from Chronicles of Sarita!!!
sent me The Iron King by Julie Kagawa for my Nook 

I thought I sent out 2 RAKs, but only one actually made it into the mail:
I sent Crystal Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick!
I have a book for Kara! Which will be mailed tomorrow, so I guess it will count for February, lol! So sorry, Kara!

Thank you all so much for you generosity :)
I truly love all of my new books!!! I cannot wait to read them all next month!!!

Monday, January 30, 2012

My Bumble-y Review for Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Good Monday morning book-y friends :)
I'm finally reviewing Halo today! I have to admit, I had to take some time to think on this one, lol, and I am still a bit unsure on how I feel about this book... here's what I think of it... for now ;)


Title: Halo
Release Date: August 2010 
Age Group: Young Adult (13-17)
PublisherFeiwel and Friends
Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback (496 pages), Ebook

"Three angels – Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, the youngest and most human – are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness. They must work hard to conceal their luminous glow, superhuman powers, and, most dangerous of all, their wings, all the while avoiding all human attachments.

Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and neither of them is able to resist the attraction between them. Gabriel and Ivy do everything in their power to intervene, but the bond between Xavier and Bethany seems too strong. 
Then comes the brooding and popular new transfer, Jake Thorn... who just so happens to be in Bethany's class. Something about Jake seems to be hiding something darker, something more powerful than expected. That thing, and Xavier, distracts Bethany to a point that Gabriel and Ivy are concerned.
The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?"


Angels. Real Angels.
I have to admit, it was truly refreshing to read about 'good Angels', rather than the 'fallen kind' (although, those are really really really good too, hee hee)...

In Halo, Angels are being sent down all around earth to bring peace, love, compassion... Adornetto wants us to believe that they are all around us, helping and guiding humans to better themselves and not harm others. During their missions, they must keep their identities hidden at all costs because of free will, humans are to create their own beliefs of whether or not anything exists beyond our own existence... Once the angels missions have been completed, they are to return home, to heaven.

What I enjoyed most about this book was that it didn't get preachy or historical. Yes, there are references to the Bible and God, just enough for you to get to know the main characters and where they came from...

Gabriel is the oldest, and I don't mean just in age. He reminds me of the saying "Wise Old Man", lol, he most certainly acts like one, very practical and stern. Definitely a father figure. And he's suppose to be  a strong warrior, please note the 'suppose to be'...
Ivy is the mother figure in this story, she is very sweet, thoughtful, homely. She keeps everyone calm and in line...
And Bethany. Beth is the youngest out of her angel-siblings. Very young, only 17 human years old (we are not told on how much that is in angel-years, but I'm guessing it's a lot, lol)... and the only one to be able to relate to humans so well. She has had no experience with the human wold until now, everything is new to her. I didn't expect her to be so vulnerable, I had to constantly remind myself that this was her first time being exposed to everything.

And the, boy meets Angel-girl, and they fall in love. Angels are not suppose to have relationships with the humans... no one knows what will happen.
The story then gets a bit repetitive: "Oh, Xavier! How I love thee!" over and over again. After a few chapters of this, it gets tiring... and it's obvious when their love is instantly put to the test when the 'bad boy' comes into town... things get pretty predictable from here. But I kept reading because I wanted to know what will happen to Bethany/Xavier, will there love withstand or will they be punished for breaking heavens rules...

*Spoiler Alert:
Unfortunately, this book will not be telling you whether or not Bethany and Xavier's relationship will be okay with the heavens, sigh...
From all of the reviews and ratings I saw, I really expected so much more! I am not saying I was disappointed, I just wish that the author could have at least hinted as to something big to come... I wasn't satisfied... this was definitely a teen book, lol!

However, the second book to the series is already out! 


"Bethany Church is an angel sent to Earth to keep dark forces at bay. Falling in love was never part of her mission, but the bond between Beth and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier Woods, is undeniably strong. But even Xavier’s love, and the care of her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can’t keep Beth from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, the demon Jake Thorn bargains for Beth’s release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly, her loved ones, as well."

Hmmm, I really don't know what to make of it from this summary.
But I sure to love the cover, gorgeous work!

I give Halo a total of 3 bumble-y bees! 

If you've read the book, let me know what you think! and/or leave the link to your review!
and if not, will you be reading it???

Sunday, January 29, 2012

In My Mailbox Sunday #4

"In My Mailbox" is a weekly meme created by The Story Siren -
The idea is to post whatever 'books' you may have received from the week (before), whether you purchased them, they were gifted to you, borrowed, etc.



Oh boy!!! I have such a huuuuge list this week!!! and here it is :)

*RAK'd to me :) ... from Crystal of What R U Reading
- City of Bones (Mortal Instrument Series #1) by Cassandra Clare
Squeee!!! I cannot wait to get started on this series!
Thank you so much, Crystal!!! 
 

*I WON!!! ... from Jump Into Books, thank you!!!
- BeSwitched and BeSwitched Witch by Molly Snow
Oh my, I have been wanting to read these since the minute I found them! and now I can :)
A huge thank you to Molly Snow too, for sending them to me!!!
 


*From my sweet Hubs :) He bought me the first two books of the Hush Hush series when they came out! and he just spotted the 3rd one while shopping the other day! hee hee!!! Yay me! 
- Silence (Hush Hush #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick 

*I bought: 
- Fallen in Love (Fallen #3.5) by Lauren Kate 
{swoon} Aren't the covers to the Fallen series divine?!
I am so ready to 'fall' into this series again!!!

- War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
I've heard great things about the War Horse! 
Small book, quick read :)  I like that! 

*For Review!!! 
- Zombie Love: The Outbreak by Eric J Sobolik 
ZOMBIES!!!
Need I say more ;)


*For Free!!! 
On my Nook:
- Lovely by Allison Liddelle 
- The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (The Steampunk Chronicles) by Kady Cross 

... and on my Kindle Cloud Reader: 
- The Mind Reader's by Lori Brighton 
- Fateful by Cheri Schmidt 


It was truly a fantastic week for me!
I finally also got a pink case for my Nook! Now I will be able to bring it everywhere with me without having to worry about it getting scratched up!!!

lol, kiddos wanted to put their new books in the pic too :)
5yo bought UP, but then realized that it was a chapter book and it is a bit too long for him to sit through, lol! 8yo is in the process of collecting all of the Magic Treehouse Books! I loooove that he looooves to read too!!!
We are going to try to refrain from buying books for a while now! We have more than enough to keep us busy for a few weeks! and I vow to spend more time reading rather than looking for freebies too, lol!
I've got plenty to read now and must get started :) Woo hoo!!!

What did you get last week??? 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Another Feature and Follow!

It's that time again to join in on some newbie fun :) 


"Feature and Follow" is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful and sweet girls of 
Thanks so much!!! 

This week's question is: 

Q: Which book genre do you avoid at all costs and why?


I don't do THRILLERS! 
Spooky is okay. Suspenseful is okay. Mystery is okay too.
But nothing nightmarish - it will live with me for weeks!!! 
I've said it before, and I'll say is again proudly
I am a chicken-poop :) 

And I'm sorry, but I find autobiographies and memoirs boring! 
I have read a few biographies, probably skimmed a few pages, lol, but they were read! 

Which books do you run away from??? 

PS, don't forget to take a peek below at my Friday Finds post too please :) 

My Friday Find's for the Week (#3)

It's FRIDAY! 
I cannot believe that it is time to celebrate TGIF already! My week just flew by! I have so much too share: reviews, new books, new finds... SO much, oh! and my first interview with any author too!
I have to get on a schedule, it's almost overwhelming, but I am loooving it all! and there are so many wonderful book bloggers and followers out there, thank you all so much for welcoming me and helping me out! I truly appreciate all of my new friends :) 

My favorite thing to do on Fridays is to review what new books I've found and added to my TBR/wishlist throughout the week and then pick out the one or two that stick out the most to share with you :) 

I have TWO books that I really want to read soon!!!...
actually, one is, the other I'd like to re-read because it is being made into a movie right now ;) 

My first find was this book due to its gorgeous cover: 


From Goodreads: 
"As reality slips and time stands still, Consuela finds herself thrust into the world of the Flow. Removed from all she loves into this shifting world overlapping our own, Consuela quickly discovers she has the power to step out of her earthly skin and cloak herself in new ones-skins made from the world around her, crafted from water, fire, air. She is joined by other teens with extraordinary abilities, bound together to safeguard a world they can affect, but where they no longer belong.

When murder threatens to undo the Flow, the Watcher charges Consuela and elusive, attractive V to stop the killer. But the psychopath who threatens her new world may also hold the only key to Consuela's way home."



I have to admit, the trailer really didn't do a thing for me, sorry... 
but the cover did! Made me curious to find out, I was under the impression that it may be another faerie book of some sort - and I was wrong again! 

Um, the girl can:
"step out of her skin and cloak herself in one ones - skins made from the world around her..."
My first thought was, "ewww!" 
All I could picture was snake skins in human shapes lying around, lol! 
but then thought some more, and found it pretty interesting - I wonder what shapes/forms she takes in the story. Can she become the actual things from nature? or just the elements, like a pool of water, or feathers instead of an actual bird? fire? and how would air work? Will her solid form still be there and it would be just a visual effect? or will she become one with her surroundings? 
Just like my last Friday Find, I have SO many questions!!! So of course, I have addd it to my list of must reads for this year!!! 
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This next book is an oldie, but definitely a goodie! 
I had started collecting L. Frank Baum's Oz books a while ago and have managed to now own 3 of them, lol! I hope to start up again to have them all someday filling up a bookshelf :) 

Most of us know the Wizard of Oz - either from the book or the movie, or both ;) 
but do any of us know the story of what happened after Dorothy's wish came true? What happens after she wakes up in her room? There was a tornado, was everything fine on the farm? 
Well, here is that story... written by L. Frank Baum's great-granson, Roger S. Baum: 



"Dorothy is called back to Oz by Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, because the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion need help... Dorothy battles the Jester, who is using the dead Wicked Witch's magic wand to turn the citizens of Oz into porcelain dolls." 

Who doesn't want to visit the land of Oz again!
Especially if we have this to look forward to... 


Release date: August 3rd, 2012 

The cast is amazing... 
Lea Michele (from Glee) as Dorothy 
Martin Short as the Jester 
Dan Aykroyd as the Scarecrow 
Kelsey Grammar as the Tin Man 
Jim Belushi as the Lion (formerly Cowardly) 

The movie is still in production; you can find out more about the film on their site: 

Can't wait!!!

SO, what books did you find this week???

Sunday, January 22, 2012

In My Mailbox Sunday #3

"In My Mailbox" is a weekly meme created by The Story Siren -
The idea is to post whatever 'books' you may have received from the week, whether you purchased them, they were gifted to you, borrowed, etc.


I have to admit - this is one of my most fave posts to share! and to find on other blogs :)  I love seeing what people are getting and what is interesting to read right now in this moment! 

My list is short this week, but I'm not worried, I have quite a pile to get me through for a bit ;) 
Here are my most recent finds/buys... 


RAK'd to me: 
- Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr 


Thank you SO much, Kara!!! 
I am so excited to finally start this series, with the first book too, lol! 
My sister gifted my the 3rd and 4th books and now I have the first :) 
Now, if only I can find the 2nd one (Ink Exchange) before I'm done with the first one, I'll be one extra happy bumble-r ;) hee hee! 


What I got for my Nook: 
Winter's Passage (An Iron Fey Novella) 
by Julie Kagawa 

by Rusty Fischer 

I haven't read any books about zombies yet, they just haven't caught my interest for so many reasons, lol! Zombies?! Really?! 
Anyway, this book sounds like a good place to start, and the cover looks really intriguing.. oh, and did I mention that it is currently a Nook freebie on BN.com!!! 
A girl has to start somewhere, how could I resist ;) 


I also got my Nook these freebies... 


Summers Crossing (An Iron Fey Novella) 
by Julie Kagawa 

Fairytale by Maggie Shayne 

Remedial Magic (Faeriewalker 0.5)
by Jenna Black 

and 
Fools Rush In by Janice Thompson 


From NetGalley: 

and 



Borrowed from the Library: 
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater 

I am really curious to know what Stiefvater's book is all about.. even though I haven't been able to get my hands on those wolf books yet (sniff!) 


SO, what reads did you get last week!?!?
Leave a link, I'd love to see :) 

Friday, January 20, 2012

My Friday Find #2

TIGF bookie friends!!!
Since today is Friday, I have another My Friday Find to share with you too!!!
This is my own little feature/meme for today!
and yes, I do have more reviews coming up! Just finishing them up :) 

Ok, so this week while I was stalking perusing around book-blog-land,
I kept bumping into this new book... it was just released on January 16th... 

Fracture by Megan Miranda


"Eleven minutes passed... 
before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend, Decker Phillips. By then, her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. 
And yet, she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine - despite the scams that showed significant brain damage. 
Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it? 


Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first, she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. 
Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature - or something much more frightening?" 


First - look at that cover with the double image and scenery, it just draws me in!
Next - the girl was dead. Permanent brain damage. BUT, she SEEMS fine... how is she fine when all things medically speaking claim that she has severe brain damage? Isn't 5 minutes the max? How does a doctor classify that? Is she freaking out over it?

I have SO many questions already!!!

And lastly - a boy with similar abilites.
Hee hee, a book is never complete with some sort of 'boy' causing trouble, right?!

oh! and how do you all feel about books having trailers...



I always thought of trailers for movies, not books.
I still don't know how I feel about it, lol! Sometimes I watch them, sometimes I don't -
I really want to read about and get a feel for it myself...

I hope to read this one soon!
What books did you find this week?!?!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Follow Friday...

This seems like a nifty idea :)

Some wonderful bloggers got together to help spread the word about newbie book bloggers and I thought I'd join them so I can get to know a few other newbies like myself and help spread the word :)
A huge thank you to Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read for hosting!!!



Please say HI and leave your link in the comments below :)
I am a newbie book blogger, so any tips that you would like to share with me would be greatly appreciated too!

Oh, and there is a question too, so you can get to know me a bit better...


Q: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to get your hands on any particular book?


Hmmm, it would probably have to be the time that I dragged my poor hubs to the release of one of the Harry Potter books (book #6), lol! Other than parents, we were probably the only 30yos in the crowd waiting for the midnight release! Oh, and did I mention that I had my sister and bro-in-law babysitting our newborn son too! I really wanted the new book, plus it was a bonus to get out of the house for a while!!!
lmao, hubs swore that he would never go into a crowd of "teenies" like that again! but he did admit that he had a ton of fun just being out for the night, even though we were sleep deprived and hungry! lol! It will definitely be a night that we will never forget :)


Thanks for stopping by!
Enjoy your TGIF!!!

PS, bumbles and fairy-tales is a Blogger blog,
so I'm pretty sure that it will be keeping the GFC feature!
but either way, if you'd like to follow via email, Facebook or Twitter,
I'd be so very happy that you did :) Thanks!!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Stop SOPA

Good morning friends... 

Did you see Google today: 


Stop on by and check out why: 


or visit Wikipedia, or watch your local news...
yes, it's kind of a big deal if you're a blogger.

Thanks!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

My FIRST Official Review: Halflings by Heather Burch, available now!

Hi again!!!
I am back with my first official review and debut for 2012!!!
I couldn't believe that a newbie like me was approved by NetGalley to read/review this :)


Title: Halflings 
Author: Heather Burch
Release date: (Orig. February 1, 2012) January 2012 (available now!) 
Age Group: Young Adult 
Publisher: Zondervan Publishings 
Available Formats: Paperback (288 pages), Ebook 
Author's website: http://www.heatherburchbooks.com/ and 
http://halflings.ning.com/

"After being inexplicably targeted by an evil intent on harming her at any cost, seventeen-year-old Nikki finds herself under the watchful guardianship of three mysterious young men who call themselves halflings. Sworn to defend her, misfits Mace, Raven, and Vine battle to keep Nikki safe while hiding their deepest secret—and the wings that come with. 


A growing attraction between Nikki and two of her protectors presents a whole other danger. While she risks a broken heart, Mace and Raven could lose everything, including their souls. As the mysteries behind the boys’ powers, as well as her role in a scientist’s dark plan, unfold, Nikki is faced with choices that will affect the future of an entire race of heavenly beings, as well as the precarious equilibrium of the earthly world."

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Halflings. Half human... half angel.

That's all I needed to know!
It starts off quick with lots of action and you instantly get sucked right in, running through the forest and trying to catch your breath while trying to figure out what is going on, right along with Nikki Youngblood.
Nikki was definitely not who I expected her to be! From the synopsis, I got the impression of 'damsel in distress', but she is quite the opposite - this girl is super smart, gutsy, stubborn and forthright.

Meet the "Lost Boys"...  Mace. Oh, sweet Mace!
The leader. The rule follower. The one with the biggest heart.
And then Raven. Raven.
The confused 'bad boy' - but instantly you can tell that it is all just a front and you will grow a soft spot for this tough guy...
And lastly, but certainly not the least in one bit, Vine.
Vine is the youngest of the three 'brothers' - innocent, sweet, and probably the strongest.

Halflings reminded me of Peter Pan's story - the angels refer to themselves as 'lost boys' and Mace definitely played the Peter Pan lead-role, while Nikki was a lot like Wendy; and "Captain Hook" and his minions are everywhere!

This book is fast paced, the story is laid out well, the writing is good and easy to follow...
but I can't help but feel that the book was a bit short! It ended too quick for me - it left me hanging and wanting to know more about ALL the characters, which is good! It ends a good spot where you know that the story will pick up where it exactly left off and storm ahead with more action, love... and lots of angel wings!

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The sequel to Halflings is called Guardian, and will be released in September 2012.
The third, and last book to the trilogy, Risen, is currently scheduled to be released towards the end of 2012 as well.

In the meantime, you can also get your hands on 11:15: The Making of a Halfling -
a FREE illustrated ebook, right now!! !


"Mace and Raven are given a mission to stop a catastrophic event. 
With his halfling abilities still untapped, Vine is allowed to join the mission, but only as a spectator. The clock is ticking and the tragedy is proving difficult to stop. Will Vine be able to sit back and watch, or will the power of heaven unleash just in time?"

I would suggest reading this 20 page sort-of synopsis first!
It definitely gives you a feel of what to expect in Halflings, a peek into their world, a sense as to how a halfling becomes one and introduces you to all the main characters!

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So, how did I do???
Thanks for stopping by! Until next time!!!

Teaser Tuesday #1...

'morning!!! 
Woke up feeling a bit groggy and achy today... 
and my eyes are a bit buggy! I guess there really is a point where you read too much and your eyes start to cross! I actually read an entire book in one day - I've only done that once before and I forgot how exhausting that can be, lol! but more on that later ;) 


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Should be Reading... 
It's such a fun one, I couldn't help but join in :) 
All you have to do is: Grab your current book, open it to a random page, and share 2 'teaser' sentences from that page; but be careful not to share any spoilers!!! 

I just finished reading Halflings... my review will be posted later this afternoon ;) 
... and now I'm back to reading Halo by Alexandra Adorenetto... 

"Only the two of us knew differently and now we both shared a secret - 
a dangerous secret that brought us closer than ever. 
It was as if we had just sealed the bond between us, 
closed the gap, and made it final." 

I landed on a good page ;) 

What are you reading now??? 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

In My Mailbox Sunday #2

"In My Mailbox" is a weekly meme created by The Story Siren -
The idea is to post whatever 'books' you may have received from the week,
whether you purchased them, they were gifted to you, borrowed, etc.


Not much to say today, lol! I have so much reading that I want to do! but I'm tired, kiddos have been sick, I have some commitments that I have in regards to my 'other blog' and I have fallen behind, sigh... and did I mention that I'm tired?! and here it is, midnight (Sunday morning!) and I'm posting about my wonderful new books! and guess what I'll do once I'm done posting???
Grabbing a blanket and reading some more of Halo ;)

Here's what I got last week!!!

My very first review request!!!
- Daphne and The Mysterious Girls Secret Bathroom Society
by Robert Shields
(Nook)

And my first NetGalley!!! 
- Halflings by Heather Burch


What I bought for my Nook:

and...

by Beth Fantaskey 


And, two surprises from my hubs!!! 
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
(Paperback)


Switched by Amanda Hocking
(Paperback)

O.M.G. Don't ya just looove Switched's cover!

I am a huuuge paperback-bookcover geek, lol!
I rarely buy hardcovers, and when I do, if it's a keeper and it's going on my bookshelf -
I usually get rid of the bookcover (eek, I know!)
So I love it when my paperbacks are super pretty and cool to look at so I can add them to my bookshelves too, hee hee!!!

What did you get last week???

Friday, January 13, 2012

My Friday Find #1: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

TGIF and Happy Friday the 13th!!!

So, I noticed around book-blog-land that some people were posting about what they find when looking around for new reads... I decided to dedicate my Friday blog posts for my finds :)

This week while perusing, I saw this book-cover and thought,
"nah, not a book for me. That creepy little girl is floating in the air; looks kinda scary."
Um, yea, I'm not a fan of scary/thrillers, I'm not afraid to admit that I am a 'chicken-poop'! lol!

And then, I kept seeing it everywhere... it was taunting me... or maybe haunting me... following me? hee hee! Whatever it was doing and considering that it is Friday the 13th, I finally had enough and decided to just click on it and see what the book is all about...

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs 


From BN.com:
A mysterious island.

"An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive."


Hmmm... sounds interesting. Suspenseful? A bit spooky. Eerie? I'm intrigued...

It turns out that the author, Ransom Riggs, has also incorporated black/white vintage photos throughout the book to fit the story. So we get to see what the main character, Jacob, is seeing too! I looove vintage photos! I've started 'pinning' them... but that's another story for another post ;)

No spoilers here! since I haven't read the book, but I did peek at a few reviews, and many people thought the book was very well written; a different kind of writing style and story-telling that no other author has done before! Mostly 4/5 stars!

AND, it turns out, that the author has been traveling about collecting new vintage pics for his new book! I look forward to hearing what that one is going to be about...

Adding it to my TBR/wishlist, I am looking forward to getting my hands on an actual book - I really feel that this is going to be a book that you really need to experience the feel of a hardcover and paper to get the full effect of the story... even if I have to keep a nightlight on at night ;)

What did you find this week??? 


*I'm submitting my find into the New Author Challenge at Literary Escapism

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"The Joy of Books"

"There's nothing quite like a real book."




Cozy up and a read a book today :) 
Happy Tuesday!!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

"Busting the Newbie Blues"

The Small Review has created this awesome event, "Busting the Newbie Blues", to hep us newbie book bloggers get on the map! To share our experiences as newbies! and to help each other give some tips, encouragement, etc! by filling out a questionnaire so we can get to know one another :) 


Here I go... 

- When did you start your blog?
I had originally started my book blog early 2011, but didn't have the time to dedicate to it. Then on 12/27/2011 I decided to re-do everything and start fresh for 2012!

- Why did you start your blog?
I am a book lover and avid reader! I really want to fall deeper in love with my stories... on numerous occasions, books have helped me through some difficult times in my life and on others, changed the way I think or feel about things. It's also the most perfect, for me, to fall into another world and just visit for a little while. I also want to keep track of my reads, mostly my favorites, and be able to share it all with everyone who will let me.

- What has been the biggest challenge you've faced so far?
I think that everyone's biggest challenge is trying to find the right followers! I have come across a few non-supportive-book/paranormal-people, and let's just say, some of them can be pretty scary, lol!

- What do you find most discouraging about being a new blogger?
There are a few things that I think that any blogger can relate too - it is definitely hard to get into the 'circles' that have been created already. There are a ton of book blogs, but it seems like everyone already knows one another - I feel like the new kid in school wearing the wrong sneakers, lol!
Another is that it seems that there are a few bloggers out there that seem to have forgotten that they too were once a newbie, and they are either snobbish or rude with smallest requests/questions. A little patience would be nice, thank you :)

- What do you find most encouraging?
Those people that reach out and offer to help any way that they can! Either by sending links to their favorite blogs/friends, or where to get the best challenges, reviews, links, etc! Sweet people emailing just to say hi and best of luck - warms a girls heart!

- What do you like best about the blogs you've read? Have you tried to replicate this in your blog?
I love it when people really put their personality and thoughts into their posts/reviews! I have come across so many book blogs already that basically just copy/paste what Goodreads has to say and then they're done with it. Okay, so you liked the book because you're posting about it, but please tell me why?  I also love that some bloggers have a schedule that you can follow, makes it so simple to keep up with them!

- What do you dislike about blogs you've read? Do you try to avoid this?
I really don't like it when blogs have a difficult layout, it's so hard to find anything; and those that have really dark graphics and weird blinkies, too distracting! Oh, and please turn down the loud music, much appreciated, thanks!

- Any advice for other new bloggers?
Hmmm, I can only speak from experience - I feel that if you are truly blogging more for yourself than for any other reason, because you are really enjoying yourself and loving what you're doing - then keep at it! The majority of us are doing it just for fun, hobby - keep it light and simple and hopefully, everything will move along as you want it to ;) Once you start taking things too seriously or to a competition level, people are not going to receive you with open arms, tsk tsk!

- Any questions you'd like to ask established bloggers? 
Where do you all find the time to read SO many books in such a short amount of time??? Are you all speed-readers??? If so, where can I take a class??? I admire all of you that have read more than 50 books last year - that is my goal for this year :)  Oh, and if you have any tips/advice to share, I bow to you, thank you :)

- Is there anything you'd like to tell us about your blog?
I'm just a bumble-y girl in a bumble-y world! I love to read all kinds of books, mostly YA, paranormal and urban fantasy... I love sparkly vampires and fallen angels! and don't expect perfection here! Even spell-check goofs up sometimes ;)

A huuuge thank you to the Small Review for letting me participate :)
Until next time!!! 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

In My "Mailbox" Sunday #1

"In My Mailbox" is a weekly meme created by The Story Siren -
The idea is to post whatever books you may have received from the week,
whether you purchased them, they were gifted to you, borrowed, etc.

Sometimes I may have too many books to read and post about during the week - this is an opportunity for me to give these books a quick shout-out and also a peek as to 'what is to come' for reviews and posts on my blog within that month (hopefully!)



I Bought: 

- Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
(large paperback)

- The Lightening Thief by Rick Riorden
(paperback)

- Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl
(paperback)


- Love Unfinished by Darian Wilk
(Nook Book - available for limited time for only 99cents!!!)


Gifted to me: 
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
(paperback)



Nook Books Borrowed:
by H. P. Mallory

I have to admit - I read this book already!!! aaaand, I did not expect this book to go the way it did! I really thought that it was going to be more chic lit with some paranormal 'things' thrown in more than anything else, I was so wrong! 
The main character, Jolie Wilkins, at first seems like your average "plain jane" girl who makes a living off her minimal psychic powers... until she meets Rand - THE warlock. Once this tall, dark, gorgeous man is introduced, the story comes alive and things seem to move pretty fast. We then meet vampires and werewolves, more witches, and we're told that demons, faeries and pixies do exist too! Of course we hear more about Rand and the job he has for Jolie - a job that changes her life forever. 
This was the perfect book for me to kick off my reads for 2012! It's quick, witty and you can definitely relate to Jolie so much! 
I  really do like all of the characters so far... I am starting book 2 to this series tonight!!!

- Toil and Trouble (Jolie Wilkins Series #2) 
by H. P. Mallory


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That was my book week!
I can't wait to see what awesome reads I find this coming week!
WHAT BOOKS DID YOU GET??? Share with me! I'm always looking to add to my TBR list ;)

More reviews to come! and a giveaway too!!!
Stay tune :)

 
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