"Time is out of joint.
The summer of peace and plenty, ten years long, is drawing to a close,
and the harsh, chill winter approaches like an angry beast. Two great
leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who held sway over an age
of enforced peace are dead...victims of royal treachery. Now, from the
ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell,
chaos reigns, as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms
prepare to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.
a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky—a comet the color of blood and
flame—six factions struggle for control of a divided land. Eddard’s son
Robb has declared himself King in the North. In the south, Joffrey, the
heir apparent, rules in name only, victim of the scheming courtiers who
teem over King’s Landing. Robert’s two brothers each seek their own
dominion, while a disfavored house turns once more to conquest. And a
continent away, an exiled queen, the Mother of Dragons, risks everything
to lead her precious brood across a hard hot desert to win back the
crown that is rightfully hers.
A Clash of Kings
transports us into a magnificent, forgotten land of revelry and revenge,
wizardry and wartime. It is a tale in which maidens cavort with madmen,
brother plots against brother, and the dead rise to walk in the night.
Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind
prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from
the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside.
backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of
glory may be measured in blood. And the spoils of victory may just go to
the men and women possessed of the coldest steel...and the coldest
hearts. For when rulers clash, all of the land feels the tremors.
Audacious, inventive, brilliantly imagined, A Clash of Kings is a novel of dazzling beauty and boundless enchantment—a tale of pure excitement you will never forget." (Goodreads.com).
Sorry this is so late! I've been busy training with my new job at the library. But it's definitely giving me all kinds of fun ideas for new posts!! So, here, belatedly, is this past week's Sunday Funday List. This week it is my top 10 Paranormal Romace (PNR)/Science Fiction/Fantasy series to read! These include series I haven't read at all or have read the first - third book.
In no particular order:
1. The Hollows series by Kim Harrison
13 novels in the series, including:
-1. Dead Witch Walking (read: 4 stars).
-2. The Good, the Bad and the Undead (read: 4 stars).
-3. Every Which Way But Dead
Hello everyone! It's Wednesday again and time for this week's Hump Day Spotlight Novel! In honor of finding the second book in the trilogy at the library this week is the first book of Gennifer Albin's Crewel World trilogy. Check it out below!!
"Incapable. Awkward. Artless. That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: She wants to fail.
with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the
Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen to work
the looms is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal
beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the
power to manipulate the very fabric of reality. But if controlling what
people eat, where they live, and how many children they have is the
price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.
Not that her
feelings matter, because she slipped and used her hidden talent for a
moment. Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One
hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her dad’s
jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.
Because tonight, they’ll come for her." (from Goodreads.com).
Hey everyone! It's Sunday again. This week's list is a little more on the fun side. There are memes EVERYWHERE lately about loving a fictional character, well guess what, it's true, we all do. So here it is, fictional male characters that women fight over on the regular (also if the book's have been made into a movie or TV show, I'll include a picture, for your viewing pleasure).
In no particular order (except for maybe #1, 'cos he's the best):
1. Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith
-No matter what form you know Damon in, the book or the TV show, he is top notch fictional boyfriend material. He's dark and mysterious and has a tortured side that just makes him all the more appealing. He really is sensitive and caring, but masks it so no one will get close. The more you learn about him the more you care about his character. Plus he's a vampire, so bonus points for that. L.J. Smith, you knew what you were doing WAY before this craze started. Well done. Also Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore? Vampire Diaries casting director...you're a genius.
2. Gale Hawthorne from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
-I instantly loved Gale when I started reading The Hunger Games. He's loyal and steadfast and genuinely cares about Katniss and her family. He would do anything to safe them, as well as his own family; his whole district. I was always wondering wtf was wrong with her for not seeing it sooner. Peeta did grow on me and I'm pleased with how Ms. Collins wrapped everything up in the end and who Katniss chose and why. But a secret little part of me will always be Team Gale. And then there's Liam Hemsworth...
3. Logan Echolls from Veronica Mars by Rob Thomas
-So yes, technically Veronica Mars is a TV show, but Rob Thomas is now writing books that start after the awesome, newly released film. Logan Echolls is fantastic. Like Veronica says, "every high school needs their obligatory psychotic jackass", and I couldn't ask for a better one! You hate him, but he just grows on you. And finally the inevitable that we've all been waiting for...Logan and Veronica! And then you hate her a tiny bit, cos she stole him away. Anyways...he's another bad boy with layers, lots and lots of layer. But he truly cares about Veronica and does whatever it takes to protect her, sometimes to his detriment. He's also the son of a movie star, which doesn't hurt (as long as you gloss over the fact that his dad's a murderer, but I digress). And thank you Jason Dohring for being fan-freaking-tastic.
4. Jericho Barrons fromFever series by Karen Marie Moning
-Uh...hello. First off, he owns a bookshop...in Ireland. Win. That's enough right there. Forget the fact that he's gorgeous, has awesome cars and is rather the gentleman. He also has a mystery that if it's been solved, I haven't gotten to yet for how far I've read. There is so much mystery about this man, you just want to know more. If this is ever made into a movie or a TV series, best of luck casting him. Do it right, or fans will hunt you down. Just a warning. :)
5. Eric Northman from Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
-Move over vampire Bill, Eric isn't going anywhere. My goodness. This Swedish vampire is THE BEST. Especially in the 4th novel when he doesn't know who he is. Priceless. Probably my favorite book of the series and my favorite season of the TV show. And he's so sneaky! He finds whatever way to get what he wants, but the other characters don't realize what is going on until it's already done. Genius. And he cares about Sookie, he really does. And he's not scary territorial like Bill. And he's the Sheriff of their area, so that's a bonus. Here's Alexander Skarsgard in all his Eric Northman glory.
6. Jesse Tuck from Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
-This novel and the movie of the same name, are just fantastic. It's a different take on the story of immortality and how this affects a young girl that discovers that secret. Jesse is a sweet and caring and makes you fall in love with him every time. The story is simple and sweet and heartbreaking. If you haven't read or seen this, please do. Johnathan Jackson does a fantastic job as Jesse in the film.
7. Clayton Danvers from Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong
-Now onto the first werewolf on our list. Meet Clay. If you met him in person I'm sure there'd be no doubt that he is more than meets the eye. He's family oriented, protective and knows what he wants. He's also an anthropology professor (awesome!!). He will do whatever it takes for his pack and for Elena. He's sweet, but incredibly intimidating and you don't want to mess with him or anyone he cares about. Frankly after him the love interest in the 3rd and 4th book (Paige's books) just didn't hold a candle to him. Hope to see more of him as I continue the series. Also...the casting directors for the TV literally pulled the image of him out of my head, great job.
8. Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Joss Whedon
-So another TV show that has spawned novels and graphic novels and fanfiction and just about any other form of writing under the sun, this totally counts. Team Angel all the way. Sorry Spike. You've grown on me, but it'll always be Angel. This is a guy who has gone through hell and back (literally) and he's still here. He's a misguided youth who gets turned into a vampire, wreaks havoc across Europe and in his arrogance kills a gypsy girl and gets cursed with a soul (and when he loses it is the most delightfully terrifying bad guy). He then is determined to make up for his mistakes. Watching his recovery is very, very interesting. Also, he and Buffy just need to be together always. I don't care how many other people the writers tried to set them up with, just no. The arc the writers took his character in in the 8th season comics was definitely different and I can't wait to see what happens next. And then there's David Boreanaz...who while is fantastic as Booth on Bones, will always be Angel.
9. Oliver Wood from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
-One of the most unsung character in the series. Maybe the way they portrayed him in the movie made us love him more, but geez he's awesome. He's the Quidditch team captain and teaches Harry all about it and trains him and helps mold him into the great captain that he becomes. He cares about his team and does what he needs to do to make them better. We can also relate to him in the way that we're all a little obsessed with something, just like he is with Quidditch. It was really sad when he graduated. And here's adorable Sean Biggerstaff as Oliver Wood in the first Harry Potter movie (which he was older than me when this came out, so I'm not a creep, I swear).
10. Lord Conall Maccon from Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger
-And we come to our second werewolf of the list. This Scottish lord is fantastic. He's funny, loving, protective and rather scary sometimes. He sees Alexia for who she is and not how London's society sees her. He loves her "faults" and helps her where ever she goes. He also does what it takes to fix things if he mucks them up. He may be a hairy brute (according to Alexia), but he's one that we all love. Again, if these are turned into a movie or TV series, best not mess him up.
Title:The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant Author: Joanna Wiebe Type: Young Adult Genre: Fantasy/Mystery Tea: Roobois Chai, tastes good and you enjoyed it, but not quite like you expected and maybe not as good as similar teas. Rating: 3 out of 5.
*Warning! Here Be Spoilers!!*
I received this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I had a really hard time rating this novel. At some points I'd give it a one, at times I would give it a 5. So I settled for a 3, right in the middle. When I saw this novel posted on NetGalley I was really intrigued and had to have. I was super excited when I was approved and couldn't wait to read it. But the first few chapters really threw me for a loop. I wanted to write this review without spoilers, but this is gonna be a hard one to discuss without them. So only read if you don't mind the spoilers or don't really plan on reading this, I don't wanna ruin anything!
I felt like the first few chapters were really rushed and just jumps right into the story. Once you learn the plot twist (which I'll discuss farther down) it makes more sense. There was no way for there to be back story or prior knowledge. So I'll forgive that. But some of the characterization is really weird. I get that the headmaster is supposed to be bizarre, but the way some things were handled and discussed was uncomfortable.
So Anne is a student at a school called Cania Christy and it's a prestigious private school where everyone is working hard to win The Big V. "WTF?" you might be saying. Don't worry, it's just the valedictorian spot. Even though it sure doesn't sound like it. You also get some other weird acronyms thrown at you that they don't explain until a few chapters in, but once that's figured out it's a little easier to follow.
There's a pretty serious case of insta-love in here between Anne and her neighbor, Ben. It didn't bother me too much. And later when you learn they have a connection from way back (a kind of morbid connection) it makes it a little easier to understand.
So most of the first part of the book is a lot of cryptic clues and slutty, popular girls that make Regina George look like a Cabbage Patch Kid. But you do start getting clues as to what this place it. I finally put it together when we learn Ben's back story. He discusses the death of his sister and mom. All of a sudden I remembered that EVERY story told by this kids as to how they got into the school involved something dangerous.
Uh. What...THEY'RE ALL DEAD! It's like Lost-lite.
So that just makes The Big V even more important, it's a chance to live again.
So I really enjoyed the overall plot and idea of the novel, it's different than anything I've read and I'm curious to see where she goes with it (especially since Anne is in a coma and not actually dead). What I didn't like was how she handled some of the minor characters and the filler. Some of it was really annoying and silly. Some of the characters I just didn't get. The twist at the end though of who the Headmaster is was really creepy though. Also the involvement of the community was interesting. I liked the historical aspect she threw in there.
Overall an intriguing read, but can be difficult to get through at some points. Once you get into the meat of it it's a very quick and interesting read. It had many first book syndrome symptoms, so I'm hoping the second one can cure itself of them. We'll find out!
If you're looking for a different take on YA, check this out!
Title: The Lost Sisterhood Author: Anne Fortier Type: Adult Fiction Genre: Historical/Adventure/Mystery Tea: Golden Dragon from Teavana, delicious and unique with a fascinating background. Rating: 4 out of 5
When I found out that Anne Fortier was writing a new novel I knew I had to have my hands on it. I absolutely loved Juliet by her and couldn't wait for The Lost Sisterhood. I was lucky enough to be granted an advanced copy by NetGalley and couldn't get to reading it fast enough.
This book interested me on so many levels. Being an anthropology and religious studies double major different cultures and their beliefs are some of my biggest interests. I also love hearing theories on things that no one knows about the past (Amazons, Troy, etc.). Ms. Fortier does a great job bringing these historical questions to life.
I loved the parallel between the past and the present. We would hear Myrina's story and then hear Diana's, which was taking place exactly where Myrina's did. It's so great to think of all the history that's happened everywhere all over the world and that you can be in the same place, where so many amazing things happened.
I never read much about the Amazons, so this really intrigued me. I loved Ms. Fortier's take on their existence and how they might still be active today. I am definitely going to look up that texts she recommended at the end of the novel.
Diana (the main character in the present day) slightly reminded me of the character of Diana from Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy. She's a professor at Oxford and stumbles upon a mystery. At first I had a hard time separating the two, but once Diana was out in the field it was completely it's own story.
The only reason this is getting a 4 out of 5 instead of a 5 out of 5 is because I had a little trouble keeping track of the major players after the Amazon Hoard. I know who they are, but I kept getting a little confused as to who was on what side and how things kept changing. At the end it was cleared up, but at times in the middle of the novel I had a hard time keeping it clear.
Overall, I highly recommend this novel. It's a lot of fun and makes you want to learn more about the fascinating Amazons.
Hey everyone!! Hump Day Spotlight Novel is going to be my new weekly post on Wednesdays. They're designed to tell you about a new book to get you through the week! If I've read it, I will have a review that I've written about it posted with it. If not it will simply feature the information about the book. I hope this will introduce you to some new and exciting novels!! Here's the first one, enjoy!
Julie Jacobs inherits a key to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy,
she is told that it will lead her to an old family treasure. Soon she is
launched on a winding and perilous journey into the history of her
ancestor Giulietta, whose legendary love for a young man named Romeo
rocked the foundations of medieval Siena. As Julie crosses paths with
the descendants of the families immortalized in Shakespeare’s
unforgettable blood feud, she begins to realize that the notorious
curse—“A plague on both your houses!”—is still at work, and that she is
the next target. It seems that the only one who can save Julie from her
fate is Romeo—but where is he?" (taken from Goodreads).
My review (Originally posted on Goodreads in July 2011) - 5 out of 5
I won this book from a
GoodReads First Reads giveaway and I set out fully expecting to love
this book and it didn’t steer me wrong. The main character,
Julie/Giulietta, is not your typical character. She is far more
relatable. Most main characters have something that makes them a little
unattainable, but with Julie it’s different. She’s just like us: she has
crushes on famous people that are unattainable, not just because
they’re famous but for other reasons. For me it was Lance Bass from
*NSYNC, for her it was Thomas Jefferson (reasons for both being
unattainable should be fairly obvious). She has a sister that she can’t
stand and will do anything to be the opposite of her. She also isn’t
sure where she’s headed with her life. That’s where Romeo and Juliet comes in.
mom and her aunt, who kept her from her Italian heritage, send her on a
quest to find a family treasure. She’s immediately thrust into a world
of intrigue, mystery and designer clothes (c’mon, it is Italy!). Not
sure who to trust she finds information and meets people that help her
along the way. She also learns that everything is not as it seems. Was
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet based on real, historical fact? Are the descendents still alive today? And what about that plague on both those houses...?
Full of incredible plot twists, history, drama, intrigue and romance, Juliet
doesn't slow down for a minute. I couldn't put the book down and found
myself reading until 3 am. Giulietta is a heroine that will not soon be
Hey everyone!! It's Sunday again and here is this week's list! This week it's my top 10 YA (Young Adult) series to read. This list includes series I either haven't read, or have read only the first novel. YA is becoming increasingly popular and is just as good (at least some of it) as adult fiction. Here are the series that I'm most excited to read or intrigued by.
I previously reviewed this on Goodreads before I started this blog. I'm posting it here to fill in while I finish the many ARCs I've received to read and review! Plus, you don't wanna miss out on this book!!
Title: The Sweetest Dark Author: Shana Abe
Beautiful book. The imagery, the characters, the world. Gorgeous. And that cover? Pfft, major cover love going on.
There was something throughout the
first half that was bothering me & I can't put my finger on it. Was
it Jesse? Nope, love him. Armand? Nope, love him too. Lora? Nope, I
wanna be her friend. Maybe I'll figure out what it was in the future,
but either way I'm glad I pushed through it & kept going, the rest
of the book astounded me. The ending was so sad & I don't quite know
where the author will be going with it next. Gonna start the next one
now & find out.
5 minutes later...I think I realized what
bothered me, but don't read this unless you've read the book. It's not a
big spoiler, but just in case.
I think what bugged me was when
it seemed like Jesse was pulling away from Lora. Also I felt like she
was being kept in the dark about things. I understand why. I just think
it bothered me to see one character that loves another character that
much, but still have to do that. I don't know, it just got to me. I
don't know if anyone else saw that or felt that. No one likes to be in
the dark as to why someone else is pulling away or acting strange, even
if they are doing it out of love. Okay, enough babbling. Just think
that's what it was!
Hey everyone! Sorry this one is a day late, but it's due to good reason, I have the plague (or the typical cold season virus). Here's a fun one to cheer us all up in the snowy weather when all we want is sun! This week is: Top 10 Favorite Children's Books!!
-Who didn't love Winnie-the-Pooh? The books, the tv show, the movies and most importantly the stuffed animals? Each character teaches us how people act and how we'll interact with them in real life. We learned a lot from Pooh, just not how to spell "Hunny" ;)
-Our early exposure to poetry. The poems are fantastic, the drawings are fantastic. If only we could've analyzed these in school instead. I still love picking his books up and getting lost in his world.