Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Sunday Salon (16)

Edition #16 of the Sunday Salon.  Remember that if you want to become a participant, log onto Facebook.com and join the group!


This week was a very slow week for me in terms of reading.  I only got one book finished!  But the book that I finished was actually a good book.  It was a science fiction book called Synarchy: Book 1: The Awakening.  It was a review request by the author.  It was pretty interesting, because the subject matter was something that I had never heard of before.  You can read my review here.  Later that night, I was in my living room, flipping through the channels, and an episode of Ancient Aliens was on, and imagine that, some of the same things that the book dealt with were in that episode.  I thought it was pretty interesting and funny that I happened to find that the day that I finished the book.


Anyway, I hope to get more reading done this week, but I have no idea.  This is going to be a crazy week as far as work goes.  Plus, my godson is going to be born tomorrow!  She goes in for her c-section at 7 in the morning, so I'll be there with her sister and mother waiting.  She is SO ready to not be pregnant anymore, but she carried to term and we all thought (including her doctor) that she was going to deliver 6 to 8 weeks early and have lots of complications.  So thank God for miracles :]  From the time she gets out of the surgery, it will be 2 hours for her in recovery, so I'll really have plenty of time to read while we're waiting.


Other good news of the week, I got my keys to the store, FINALLY.  I've also been going through a lot of training and yesterday was my 3 year anniversary at the store, so that was exciting.   


So, what have you been reading this week?  Anything exciting going on in your lives right now? :]

In My Mailbox (20)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, where you basically post your week in books.  Interested in participating?  Click the link to sign up!

No vlog this week!  I'll probably be away from the house most of the weekend.  This week was kind of a slow week for me anyway, I was working a lot, so I didn't have a whole lot of time to read.
Thanks to some help from The Book Vixen, I downloaded a bunch of zombie books from the NookBook store for only $.99 each! So, that was about the most exciting thing for the week.





Books I Bought
Nothing this week!
NookBooks I Downloaded
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
Books/Galleys Received for Review
Nothing this week!
Books I'm Currently Reading
And Then There Were None
Books I Finished
Synarchy Book 1: The Awakening

Saturday, July 30, 2011

REVIEW: Synarchy Book 1: The Awakening

book cover of Synarchy Book 1: The Awakening by DCS
Title: Synarchy Book 1: The Awakening
Author: DCS
Date Published: May 22, 2008
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Page Count: 220 pages
Challenge: E-Book Challenge

**I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**

So when I sat down to write this review, I knew that I needed to write some sort or summary.  This is incredibly hard because the plot is so intricate that you can't explain it in just a few sentences.  But I'll try my hardest.

The Terenzio's are a family, something like a mob family that have widespread power and influence throughout the country.  They monitor everyone on their island and everything.  The patriarch of the family is dying, and his heirs, his triplet grandchildren are preparing to take the reins.  This family doesn't deal so much with traditional mob related things, like drugs and money laundering.  They're in a fight with beings from another world, and family is pitted against family in order to stop The Ascension.

Like I previously said, this plot is so intricate.  At the beginning you're just thrown into this family and you're left guessing.  Things are gradually explained.  There's a vast plot of characters, so you really have to pay attention to make sure you have who is who straight, especially since they're all related.
One of the things like I liked about this book was the dialog.  So many times when you read books, you think when two characters are talking to each other, "People don't really talk like that, ESPECIALLY not in this situation."  I didn't feel that way from that book at all.  Despite the fact that they were from a wealthy mob family, they were easy to relate to and very three dimensional.

One of the things that I didn't like so much was that it really felt like there was no climax.  It was a relatively short read.  There is a sequel, but as of now, nothing is resolved and it was just all leading up to the bigger plot.  So of course, it makes me want to immediately read the second book, but I felt no real gratification from reading this.  Despite that, it was still a really good book.

When the author approached me to ask em to review this, it was described as "the Godfather meets Stargate" and I can safely say that is actually the sort of feeling that I got from this book.  If you like books where you don't have to think about things much, this is not the book for you.  If you like a good science fiction novel that includes heaps of conspiracy, then please pick this up!

I'm eager to read the second book in this series.  Like I said, anyone who loves a good science fiction read, pick this up!  I give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars!   

Think you might want to give this book a try? Read other reviews or order from Amazon.com  Synarchy: Book 1: The Awakening

Friday, July 29, 2011

TGIF: Character Envy

TGIF is hosted by GReads.  She posts a question, you answer and then link your post.  Its an awesome way to connect with other bloggers.  Sounds like fun?  Hop on over to GReads' blog and look for the latest TGIF post. You can also find future questions :]




This Friday's Question:
Character Envy: If you could be one character from a book, who would you choose & why?


Ah, this is such a hard question!  I have a few in mind.  So posting more than one might be cheating, but I have a first choice!


My first choice would have to be Claire Randall from the Outlander series.  Okay, so what if Claire falls through a crack in time into 1743 and almost gets herself killed a number of times?  That's called ADVENTURE, and my life is pretty boring!  Not only that, but she meets the amazingly gorgeous Jamie, a Scottish kinsman, who is impossibly wonderful and who is apparently amazing under the sheets.  What's not to love?  But really, reading the first book in the series made me completely fall in love with Jamie, so if I could be Claire and have him, that would be perfectly okay with me.  Also, I just love the time period.  I love historical fiction and though I might not be able to live without my phone and computer and what not, I'd give it a shot.  By the way, if you haven't read Outlander, please do :]


Another choice would be Hermione Granger.  I'd kill to be as smart as her, and that good with a wand.  Aside from being best friends with someone who could be killed at any moment, life at Hogwarts seems pretty grand to me!


I might also want to be one of the Pevensie children.  Come on, its Narnia.  There's talking animals, beautiful landscapes, and even if there is a white witch lurking it would still be a pretty awesome place to be.  And I would love to have tea with Mr. Tumnus.  He's seems so pleasant. :]


Those are the few I can think of off the top of my head.  What about you?  

Thursday, July 28, 2011

REVIEW: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

book cover of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Title: Treasure Island
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Date Published: First published in 1881
Genre: Classic Literature
Page Count: 254 pages
Challenge: E-Book Challenge


Brief Summary: Come take a voyage with Jim Hawkins on his way to an island with buried treasure. Hawkins family owned a tavern in town, when an old pirate, Billy Bones comes to stay. He later dies and young Hawkins and his mother accidentally come across a treasure map. They set out immediately to find the island and the treasure. They recruit all sorts of men, including Long John Silver, a cook for the ship. But the men find out that their crew may be against them and after they land all hell breaks loose. Adventure awaits you on your trip to Treasure Island!

My thoughts: I made that sound SO much more exciting than it really was.  Like 20 times more exciting.  I expected something completely different than what this was.  Come on, it's about pirates, right?  No, not really.  Maybe it was the language that it was written in.  It was published in the 1800's.  Regardless, I really struggled through this read.  And I almost feel bad about it, because everyone in the world seems to like this book.  I will say that I thought that Stevenson did an awesome job with the accents of the pirates.  I could imagine them perfectly.

While I didn't really enjoy this book, it seems to be a popular read among parents with school age children.  Its a short read, making it perfect for reading out loud with kids, though for the younger ones, some things might go over their heads since there's quite a bit of technical terms with the ship and such.  So, that being said, I recommend this for anyone wanting something to read with their children, anyone who likes classic literature and anyone that like pirates.
But, my personal rating for this is a 2.5 out of 5.

Think you might want to give this book a try? Read other reviews or order from Amazon.com   Treasure Island 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

REVIEW: The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

book cover of The Neverending Story by Michael EndeTitle:  The Neverending Story
Author: Michael Ende, translated by Ralph Manheim
Date Published:  First Published in 1979
Genre:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure
Page Count:  396 pages
Challenge:  None

For a lot of people, The Neverending Story is just a movie that was probably one of their favorites when they were children.  I would say the same for myself.  I honestly didn't know that it was based off of a novel for many years.  When I found out, I decided that I had to read it.

Bastian Balthazar Bux is a child, who's lost his mother who one day is compelled to take a book from a small shop on his way to school.  Knowing himself to be a thief, he hides in the attic of the school house and begins to read.  Bastian, along with the audience is transported into the world of Fantastica, which has many different lifeforms, almost none of them human.  But Fantastica is dying, The Nothing is taking it over and Bastian reads as Atreyu is sent by the Childlike Empress to find help for Fantastica.  However, Bastian is much more important to the story than he initially realizes.

The first half of this story was amazing.  It was, for the most part, just like the movie that I so loved in my childhood.  Of course there were differences, but that is to be expected.  However, the movie stopped after the first half of the book, so there was a whole different side to Fantasitca that I had not seen.  Bastian becomes transported into Fantastica and must find his way out again, but not until he completely forgets himself first.

This is a book about a lonely child, torn by the death of his mother.  His father is so eaten up by grief that he can hardly be bothered with Bastian.  In Fantastica, Bastian wishes to make himself much different, and to give himself qualities he doesn't have, which is something that I think we all wish to do sometimes.  Of course, the gem gives him the power to change himself, but not without consequence.  Bastian nearly loses himself, but is saved by the only good friend he's ever known, Atreyu.  Bastian comes back from Fantastica very different than before and his life is forever changed.

I really liked this book.  Sure, I liked the first half a little better than the second half, but the ending was great.  Brought a tear to my eye.  This is truly an epic fantasy adventure that I think everyone should read.  This will be a book that I stick on the shelf to read to my children one day.  This book gets a solid 4 out of 5 stars!

Think you might want to give this book a try? Read other reviews or order from Amazon.com  The Neverending Story

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New Release Tuesday (14)

Here's a weekly feature where I share what I'm excited about for the upcoming week in both books and music.  I only feature one or two for each category, but there a LOADS of new releases every Tuesday and you can find them by visiting B&N.com or FYE.com!
Title:  Damned
Author:  Chuck Palanuik
Release Date:  October 18, 2011
book cover of Damned by Chuck PalahniukSummary:  “Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” declares the whip-tongued eleven-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk’s subversive new work of fiction. The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, while her parents are off touting their new projects and adopting more orphans. She dies over the holiday of a mari­juana overdose—and the next thing she knows, she’s in Hell. Madison shares her cell with a motley crew of young sinners that is almost too good to be true: a cheerleader, a jock, a nerd, and a punk rocker, united by fate to form the six-feet-under version of everyone’s favorite detention movie. Madison and her pals trek across the Dandruff Desert and climb the treacherous Mountain of Toenail Clippings to confront Satan in his citadel. All the popcorn balls and wax lips that serve as the currency of Hell won’t buy them off.  This is the afterlife as only Chuck Palahniuk could imagine it: a twisted inferno where The English Patient plays on end­less repeat, roaming demons devour sinners limb by limb, and the damned interrupt your dinner from their sweltering call center to hard-sell you Hell. He makes eternal torment, well, simply divine.
Why I'm Excited:  Palanuik is one twisted writer.  Well, I guess you wouldn't call him twisted, but his ideas are certainly interesting to say the least.  This summary just intrigues me.  How does that not sound interesting?  I might even be pre-ordering it with Barnes and Noble,, and that's one thing that I almost never do!
Album Title:  Any Man in America
Artist: Blue October
Release Date: August 16, 2011
Blue October Any Man in America album coverWhy I'm Excited:  When I was in high school, I never slept.  I had a best friend, Jordan, who I would talk to for hours on end. Jordan, a writer, had a lovely speaking voice and he would read to me.  One of the things he would read the most was Blue October lyrics.  Thus, my like for Blue October began.  I bought the album Foiled and instantly loved it, followed by  History for Sale.  Their latest releases I haven't really kept track of, and Jordan says that it doesn't sound like Blue October anymore.  I can't say yay or nay to that, but I think I might like to at least sample this album when it's released to see what it sounds like.  You can preorder it now from FYE.com.

Monday, July 25, 2011

This Week's Reads (10)

This week is a pretty quick week.  I'm actually only reading one book right now!  I know, can you believe it?  Don't worry, I can't either.  Anyway, here's a quick rundown of what I'm reading, and what I have going on this week!

I just started reading this about 2 days ago, and I'm in chapter 6 of the book.  So far its pretty interesting and is definitely holding my attention.  From what I gather so far, there's a family, the Terenzio's, who are kind a crime family.  They're involved in politics and corporations and what not, but they're also involved in The Awakening, or finding out about The Awakening.  Right now, since I'm still in the beginning, there are a lot of things that are unexplained and I'm assuming that as the story goes on everything will become more clear.  Keeping the characters straight sometimes is a little confusing, though there is an appendix in the back.  However, there was a note at the beginning that said that there were slight spoilers, so I'm trying to not rely on that at all.
When the author pitched this book to me, it was described as "The Godfather meets Stargate."  I wasn't really sure what to expect, and I said so in my IMM vlog, but that really is the sort of vibe that I'm getting here.  I hope that it remains this interesting :]

Coming up this week:
-- There will be the normal New Release Tuesday post
-- The Neverending Story by Michael Ende and Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson will be reviewed at the mid point of this week.
-- I've started participating in the TGIF posts over at GReads, so that will be on Friday
-- And of course, IMM and The Sunday Salon for Sunday

Reviews Posted (Last Week)
-- The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis
-- The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Sunday Salon (15)

Edition #15 of the Sunday Salon.  Remember that if you want to become a participant, log onto Facebook.com and join the group!


I think that most of the country can attest to the fact that this week has been completely miserable in terms of the weather.  I have needed to clean out my car for about 3 weeks now, but since I work most mornings, by the time I get off, which sometimes can be as early as 11, its still too hot to do anything other than go sit in the house.  I'm to the point where I don't even want to run errands.  Getting into the car, which is probably something like 150 degrees is just too much.  This being the case, I've spent the majority of my time indoors, in my room, reading.
The only time I did go out, other than for work, was Wednesday because I had to have some skin tags along my neck removed.  It involved numbing shots and it was like being stung by a bee about 20 times in my neck.  I had 16 of them, which was way more than I thought.


I also recorded my first vlog this week.  I never really thought I would get into that part of blogging, but something compelled me to do it.  I never noticed how much I move when I talk and I wonder if I make the same facial expressions...I guess I'll have to have someone else watch it and tell me!  Anyway, you can watch my vlog here, which really is just a recounting of what I got in my mailbox this week and what I'm reading and such.
I also wrote out that honesty in reviewing post that I was thinking about writing.  I'd say most bloggers that I speak to on a regular basis agree with me.  It doesn't have many comments, but it has a lot of views at least.


Anyway, the remainder of my day will be spent mentally preparing myself for the denim hell that I will be entering at 6 this evening.  For those of you that don't know, I'm a merchandising specialist in the men's and kid's departments at Old Navy.  We're resetting the men's denim wall tonight.  This is about the 4th or 5th time I've reset this wall since I've worked there, but this is the first time I'm in charge of it.  It should be interesting.
So, since we're speaking about my job, I'm going to leave you with the video of the song that Old Navy has managed to get stuck in my head almost every day this week.  I don't even really LIKE Owl City, but this song keeps getting stuck in my head.






Anyway, I hope you had a good previous week, and I hope the upcoming week is even better, and happy reading!

In My Mailbox (19)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, where you basically post your week in books.  Interested in participating?  Click the link to sign up!

So this is my first ever vlog!  A little apprehesive about it.  Excuse the fact that I look a hot mess, I had a long day at work when I recorded this, hence why I look a little tired.  I never noticed how much I move when I talk until I watched this... 
Anyway, here's my vlog, with what I got in my mailbox!  All the titles featured in the video are below the video.  Clicking the title will take you to Amazon.com, where you can read a synopsis, read reviews, browse for used copies or buy new!



Books featured in the video:
White Oleander by Janet Fitch  --  MY REVIEW
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Big Fish by Daniel Wallace
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

Also, once again, special thanks to Smash @ Smash Attack Reads! for hosting the awesome contest that I won!  If you don't already follow her blog, go now!  She's awesome!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Honesty in Reviewing.

This is something that I've thought a lot about lately, and something that I had a 'discussion' about with a few fellow bloggers on Twitter.

We've all been there.  You're reading a book and you just can't get into it.  Sometimes its so bad that you can't even finish it, other times you finish it, but you just don't like it.  It happens, you just can't like everything.
A lot of bloggers/reviewers struggle with this.  They seem to be under the impression that if you're asked to review a book, that you have to like it and you have to write a good review.

Lately, I've seen several bloggers on Twitter talking about how they didn't really like whatever books they were reading, but then when the actual review shows up in my reader, its glowing.  They loved the book, it was fantastic, and they have nothing bad to say about it.  How exactly does that work?  I'm aware that opinions change and sometimes books don't get good until midway or the very end, but if that were the case, wouldn't you at least mention that?  By not, I see that as being slightly dishonest.  When we review, our readers are looking for our honest opinion, whether its an ARC for a writer that's not set to come out for months, a hot new release you just bought, or a tried an true classic that most people have already read.

If you don't like the book, say so!  I think the biggest thing that bloggers forget is that sometimes its not what you say, but how you say it.  By no means am I saying that if you don't like a book you should just post about how awful it was, how much you hated it, etc.  That's where constructive criticism comes into play.  The very first review request that I received was honestly not one of my favorite books.  It was okay, but not super awesome. I was intimidated when it came to first writing the review, because I wasn't sure how to go about it.  I decided to be as honest as possible.  I put what I liked, the things that I didn't like, and what might be done differently and made sure to highlight the points to show other readers why they may like the book, while I did not.  That's all an author could ask for, right?  That gives them exactly what they need to know.  And by writing a positive review and you don't feel positively about the book, you're not doing the author favors either.

In fact, most authors, while not happy that there are reviews out there that aren't glowing, would be thankful that you were honest.  While talking on Twitter, I got these tweets :

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So, you can see that other bloggers share my sentiments.  Another blogger brought up the point that sometimes your opinion can change after you read the book.  You may think you liked it, then decide later you didn't.  This is true.  That's one reason that if I'm undecided or think I may change my mind, I wait to post the review.  One thing I see on bloggers pages all the time is quaLITY not quaNTITY will gain more followers in the long run.

I think bloggers are afraid of ruffling author's feathers or making people upset.  Its all about the way you go about things.  I think all bloggers/reviewers should be very careful to be as honest and as constructive as possible in their posts.  I think it would be to the benefit of all parties involved, the blogger, the readers, and the authors.

What are your opinions on this?  Is this something that you've noticed as well?  How would you react if you read a  positive review that a blogger previously said they disliked?  I want your opinions!  Now, discuss! :]

Friday, July 22, 2011

My First TGIF!

TGIF at GReadsSo I see TGIF at GReads pop up in my reader all the time.  So, I decided that I wanted to start participating.  Basically, at TGIF you answer questions and connect with other bloggers.  Sounds like fun?  Then click the link or the button to learn how to participate!


This Friday's Question:  Bookshelf Tour: Where do you keep your books at home? 
Are they organized?

I have my books scattered all over the place.  Since I'm still in college and I still live at home, I have a tiny room that I keep everything in, and A LOT of books!  I have two place in my room that I keep my books, but lately, they've overflowed out into other parts of the house.  So, let's get started!

This is my main bookshelf.  There really is no particular organization, other than the hardcover books in the very back (which you can't really see) and everything else just stacked in the front.  I just don't have enough room to keep everything organized like I want to :[  You can also see that the sheer weight from the books are making the shelf bow down some, which isn't good : /



To the right is my second bookshelf.  Its basically just a little cubby that's beneath my bedside table.  I keep my Nook right there, since if I leave it on top of it, my cat thinks she can sit on it.  There's 3 rows of books there, all of them paperback.  A lot of them are old books of my mother's that I stole.  I'm sure that you can tell which ones those are just by how ratty some of them look!  Also, I'm sure you can see a trend and guess who my favorite author might be!





Now the books have started spilling out into other parts of the house.  This bookshelf is kind of the family bookshelf.  There's my mother's cookbooks, our old encyclopedia set, and TONS AND TONS of Danielle Steel!  I love Danielle Steel, the few that I've read anyway, but those are mostly my mother's.  There are a few in there that are mine, and when I move out, I think that she'll find that some of hers might disappear.  This is also where my ratty paperback copies of Harry Potter and the copies of the Series of Unfortunate Events goes, if you look to the left, you can see them.








Recently, we made out garage into an extension to our living room and added a huge picture window to the front.  If we would get a nice armchair, I think I might spend all of my time in that room, next to the window.  When it was built, my mom wanted bookshelves built into the sides, and the finished product is gorgeous.  Mom had a few things in the shelves, but after Ir an out of space, my books started migrating into these shelves.  Those crappy white lines is the things that I hang the ironing on and I didn't feel like moving it.  On the right, most of those are my mother's, with a few of mine mixed in.




This is the other side of that window.  There are two additional shelves, but they're filled with magazines that my mother wanted to keep.  The books in this portion are all of mine.  And I've read a few of them, but for the most part these are all books that I haven't read yet.



So that's my bookshelf tour!  I can't wait to move out so I can have more space and get them organized like they need to be organized!  And when I do move and get it all set up, I'll be doing another bookshelf tour! :]

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Series Reflection: The Chronicles of Narnia

C. S. Lewis
One of the very first series that I remember reading when I was young was always the Chronicles of Narnia.
My mother always read when she was younger, so that was one of the books from her childhood that she was able to share with me.  I think I read Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe about 6 times before I realized that there were others in the series.  And like my mother, when we got the rest of the series, it quickly became one of my favorites.

There are a lot of people who don't like this series.  Some people have opted to watch the movies, other people avoid it altogether.  I think it has a lot to do with the Christian undertones that run throughout the series.  Honestly, how can you sidestep that Aslan is supposed to be God and he is teaching the people that come in and out of Narnia great lessons?
I'm not a religious person, I never really have been.  My family isn't religious either.  I wasn't raised in a church, and my mother never made me go to church with family members and such.  However, I still read these books, and they were wonderful.  In my opinion, reading them as a child, unless you have someone point it out to you, you would never really equate Aslan with God.  You just see him as this amazing lion that pulls people from other worlds to go on amazing adventures.  He teaches people lessons along the way, but they're not religious lessons.  They're about treating people right and doing things that are expected of you, to have courage and to stand up for what you believe in.

This will definitely forever be a favorite series.  And for anyone that is considering not reading these because of the religious tones, or not reading them to your children because of it, I beg you to reconsider.  They're wonderful stories, and adventures and lovable characters.  Who doesn't want to read about talking animals that are larger than life with personalities to match?  

Maybe it won't be for you, but these are wonderful book, classics, that I don't think any child or adult should be deprived of.  Come have an adventure in Narnia, its spectacular, I promise :]


And just because it's super fun, listen to the song Lazy Sunday, by The Lonely Island.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

REVIEW: The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis

book cover of The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis
Title: The last Battle
Author: C. S. Lewis
Date Published: First published in 1956
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Page Count: 224 pages
Challenge: E-Book Challenge

Reaching the end of the series again made me a little sad again, but I know I'll reread them many times, so its okay.

Eustace and Jill make another appearance in the final installment of this series.  This time, Narnia is in deep trouble.  And old ape has found a lion skin and is using it to pass off a donkey as the Great Lion.  The ape, being old, greedy, and clever as he is, uses it all to his own advantage and terrible things begin happening.
King Tirian tries to put a stop to it all, but it captured.  He implores the kings of old to help him and appears in a room with all of the humans of our world that have made it to Narnia, but is unable to speak.  Soon after, Eustace and Jill appear to help him.

There are a lot of complaints for the way that this series ends.  No worries, you won't find any spoilers here.  Personally, I didn't mind the way that it ended.  I think that if you are a Christian reading this, you can appreciate it a little more.  I'm not religious myself and I still love the book.  I can't tell you anything else about it really, just that you need to read it.

5 our of 5 stars.  Love this series.

Think you might want to give this book a try? Read other reviews or order from Amazon.com The Last Battle (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 7)

New Release Tuesday (14)

Here's a weekly feature where I share what I'm excited about for the upcoming week in both books and music.  I only feature one or two for each category, but there a LOADS of new releases every Tuesday and you can find them by visiting B&N.com or FYE.com!
Title: Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle #4)
Author: Christopher Paolini
Release Date: Novmeber 8, 2011
book cover of Inheritance by Christopher PaoliniSummary:Not so very long ago, Eragon—Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider—was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.  Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to AlagaĆ«sia? And if so, at what cost?This is the much-anticipated, astonishing conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.
Why I'm Excited:  I have the first 3 books in this series and have yet to read them (I just can't get through my TBR pile!).  But I was talking to a friend about this series and she says its like if Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter had a love child, this would be it.  So, that in itself is interesting to me.  She said that the second and third books didn't live up to the first, but I know that there are a lot of people who are excited about this book.  If you're a reader of the series and didn't know this was coming out, I hope I just made your day!

Album Title:  How I Go
Artist: The Kenny Wayne Shepard Band
Release Date: August 2, 2011
The Kenny Wayne Shepard Band How I Go album coverWhy I'm Excited:  If this feature is something that you read regularly, then I think you've come to notice that I have a very eclectic taste in music.  I listen to things like Lady Gaga, In Flames, Seether and a variety of other things.  Once again, this album was something that I wasn't aware of until I was looking for something to post.  I have been listening to the Kenny Wayne Shepard band for years and years.  Since their first album really.  My dad, who is a guitarist has always loved their music, and I love it too.  Kenny really knows how to play the guitar and though they've recently gotten a little more publicity, they've maintained their roots, which is the blues.  Its amazing music.  I recommend them to everyone and I am excited about this album!
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