Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Best of the Bunch: August 2011

On Monday afternoon I recieved this email.  It happened to be from Lyrical Brown over at Lyrical Reviews telling me about her best of the bunch feature.  Basically what you do is go through everything that you read for the month and decide which one was your favorite and which one every single one of your followers should go out and get.  I think it is a fantastic idea and I decided to participate!  To get more information and grab the buttons, you can visit the Best of the Bunch page at her blog!


book cover of The Werewolf Solution by Joshua Grover-David Patterson
So after going back and looking through the books I read this month, I didn't read very many!  But the ones that I did read were very good.  However, I can only pick one, so I pick The Werewolf Solution by Joshua Grover-David Patterson! (Read my full review here)

I received this book from the author after a conversation was initiated on Twitter.  If you're been following my blog for a while, you know I love mysteries, thrillers and horror.  Naturally I was interested in a werewolf story.  But this isn't your typical werewolf story, which was one of the reasons that I loved it so much!  Patterson made werewolves more human than most writers do and he made the characters very likable.  Not to mention there wasn't a single lull in the action!  So basically, what I'm telling you is that you need to get this and read it now!  You can hop on over to Amazon.com and get it for your Kindle for just $1.99!  You have no reason not to, and I'm telling you to go get it now!  Another reason to buy it, is 10% of the profits is going to Ethiopia Reads.  It's a win-win, you're getting an awesome book and donating to charity.  You can also buy other works of his on Amazon.

Buy The Werewolf Solution
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New Release Tuesday (18)

New Release Tuesday is a weekly feature where I share what I'm excited about in both books and music. Sometimes its release day is close, other times it can be several weeks or months in advance. I only feature one for each category, but there a LOADS of new and upcoming releases and you can find them by visiting B&N.com or FYE.com!
Title:  The Night Circus
Author:  Erin Morgenstern
Release Date:  September 19, 2011
Summary:  The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

book cover of The Night Circus by Erin MorgensternBut behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

Why I'm Excited:  
I've seen a lot of buzz about this one, on Twitter and on the blogs.  I'd love to read it and I really hope that it lives up to the hype!  I've seen a lot of books fall short lately, hopefully this won't be one of them!
Album Title:  Dead Throne
Artist:  The Devil Wears Prada
Release Date:  September 13, 2011
The Devil Wears Prada Dead Throne album coverWhy I'm Excited:  I've seen TDWP twice and both times they were amazing.  Their Zombie EP came out about 2 years ago and I've been waiting on something from them for quite a while!  I found their newest single, Born to Lose and I instantly became excited about this release.  If the rest of the album sounds anything like this, I will have this on repeat in my car for who knows how long.  It seems like its going to be a real departure from With Roots Above and Branches Below.  I loved that album, but the clean vocals sound different in this and I think its going to be a more refined sound.  So, I'm excited.  I might pre-order this actually :]

Monday, August 29, 2011

REVIEW: The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

book cover of The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
Title: The Moving Finger
Author: Agatha Christie
Date Published: Originally published in 1943
Genre: Mystery
Page Count: 320 pages
Challenge: None

I've read Agatha Christie before, and she truly is the queen of mystery.  She has so many different books, but this was the first Miss Marple book I had ever read.  I was definitely not disappointed.

This book was told from their perspective of Jerry Burton, who has rented a house in Lymstock so he can recover from an accident.  The town suddenly starts receiving poison pen letters and a town resident kills herself.  Everyone accepts the doctor's ruling of suicide, but Miss Marple isn't so easily fooled.

This is one of Christie's lesser known mysteries, but I think that it is just as good.  Some people may see it as moving just a little slow, but I think that's only because you spend a lot of time getting to know the characters.  You get to know them and you decide who you love and who you hate and who you hope did it or who you hope didn't.  Either way, you never really see the end coming and it keeps you guessing through the whole book.  Christie masterfully throws suspicion around from one character to the next leaving you with no idea who the culprit might be.

This being my first Miss Marple mystery I didn't really know what to expect.  She didn't come in until close to the end but I kind of liked how she just swooped in at the end and we saw the story unfold through someone else's eyes.

I really liked this book and I think it was a good introduction to Miss Marple.  I can't wait to read more and I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars!

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

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Sunday Salon (19)

Oh sweet Jesus.  The past two weeks have just been completely exhausting.  But, here I am, trying to make sure that I keep up with this blog!  I love blogging, I just have a million other things to do, so sorry for the lack of posting!

I started my final semester.  That, and the fact that I'm usually working about 30 hours a week as well, leaves me little time to do anything else, including sleep.  On average, I was sleeping 3 hours a night.  The past two nights I actually slept through the night so I'm hoping that the trend continues.  You would think that not sleeping, all I would want to do is read, but for whatever reason, that's the last thing I wanted to do.  So anyway, I'm a bunch of reviews behind, I've gotten 2 review requests this week annnddd I have no idea when I'm going to do it!  Yes!
When I have been reading, I've been reading quite a bit of Agatha Christie.  I've read two of her books in the past 2 weeks, I'm halfway through a third, and I bought 2 more this weekend.  Yea, I have a problem :/

So, how do you balance out your life and blogging?  Or, how do you just balance out your life in general?  This is something that I'm currently struggling with, I'd love to see your responses!!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

In My Mailbox (23)

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!

I'm a day early! So this a culmination of the past two weeks.  Things have been crazy on my end of the world, so I've had little time to do the things that I've wanted to get done.  For the books that I've bought, I got the first one from BN.com, and I got the other 4 I got used from 2nd and Charles.  I got them all for somewhere around $18.  I've managed to not download anything for quite a while.  As for review requests, I've gotten 2, and I hope to get them done soon.  And I've finished 4 books in the past two weeks, which are listed below.  I'm working on getting some reviews up as well!  Hopefully those will be up this week!




Books I Bought
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Sad Cypress Murder at the Vicarage This Side of Paradise Mister B. Gone
NookBooks I Downloaded
None this week!
Books/Galleys Received for Review
Blackstone: Drawing the Circle The Undertaker
Books I'm Currently Reading
Death on the Nile That Day in September Gone With the Wind
Books I Finished
Shiewo: A Fantasy Flight to Adventure The Werewolf Solution The Moving Finger Murder on the Orient Express

Monday, August 22, 2011

This Week's Reads (13)

Alright guys, I normally get my blogging done at night or during the weekend.  This week and weekend has been just a little too crazy for me to get that done.  I'm sure you missed the TGIF post, IMM and The Sunday Salon post for the past week, but I promise I'm going to try and get some posts scheduled for the week so that this won't happen again.  So, without further ado, here's what I'm reading this week!

That Day in September by Artie Van Why
I'm about 30% done with this.  I like the point of view that its told in and how it goes back and forth to his life before and that day in September.  I can't really say much else on it.  I was hoping to have it finished by now, but like I said previously, things have been just a little crazy.

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
Christie is a complete genius.  I've read two of her other books this past week and both times I was left guessing until the last minute.  I normally pride myself in being able to guess the endings of things, but these were different. Anyway, I just started this one last night, and I haven't gotten too far into it yet to say much.  I know I've read this one before, but I don't remember any of it, so this will be an interesting read.

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
I won't put my thoughts into this little blurb.  As you know, I'm participating in a readalong for this book, and so far I have posts for Part One and Part Two up.  If you want to know my thoughts you can head on over to those posts.  However, if you haven't read the book, I suggest not reading those posts!  There are spoilers!

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What the expect this week!

++  I plan on getting a NRT post up for tomorrow, but if the craziness continues today, I may or may not have time to get it up :[
++  I've finished 2 Agatha Christie novels that I really want to get reviewed and up for this week.  I think I'll be able to get that accomplished.
++  I also really hope to Finish That Day in September, and if I do I hope to have that review up as well.
++  I'm going to try my hardest to get to the TGIF post this week.
++  I plan on going to my used bookstore on Saturday, and I have the weekend off, so I think I'll have a chance to get the IMM post up, but it won't be a vlog, unfortunately.
++  Then of course, if my Sunday goes according to plan, there will be a Sunday Salon post, in which I can catch you up on why my life has been so crazy!  Unless you're following me on Twitter, then you've been reading it as its been happening!

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Posted Last Week....

++  Part Two of the Great Gone With the Wind Readalong discussion
++  New Release Tuesday, showcasing an upcoming Ellen Hopkins novel and the newest Red Hot Chili Peppers release!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

REVIEW: The Werewolf Solution by Joshua Grover-David Patterson

book cover of The Werewolf Solution by Joshua Grover-David PattersonTitle: The Werewolf Solution
Author: Joshua Grover-David Patterson
Date Published: August 14, 2011
Genre: Horror, Werewolves
Page Count: E-Book
Challenge: E-Book Challenge

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

Let's be honest.  Vampires, werewolves, zombies and the like are "in" right now.  And it seems to me like almost everyone is doing the same stories.  As much as I say that, I still read things like that.  Its just something that I like.  However, if you're looking for a break from the normal werewolf story, you should definitely pick this up!

Brief Synopsis: 5 years ago it was announced that werewolves actually do exist and there are a startling number of them among us.  Most of them are normal people, with the exception of those three nights out of the month where they must hide themselves. In this story we meet Ted Graves, a child psychologist and werewolf.  He's divorced, with a 12 year old son.  His father, Pops, a retired biology teacher, spends most of his time in a lab attempting to create a solution.  Suddenly Pops has been murdered and Ted, along with some help must track down this killer before the killer gets to his son.

My Thoughts: The concept of this novella really intrigued me.  Any werewolf book I've ever read always has the werewolves in hiding, or they're all ridiculously evil beings.  That isn't so here.  Werewolves live and work beside normal people.  That was something that I really liked about it.
The characters were realistic and you could related to their struggles in most ways, just minus the werewolf part. The story also jumped directly into the action and we weren't given this extended exposition that made our interest wane.
Another one of my favorite parts about this novella were the excerpts that were inserted at certain points throughout.  They were interviews (one with the main character) and information on werewolves that attempted to dispel the ridiculous folklore that surrounds them.

I really liked this novella!  Its was a short read that I read in two sittings (between work and sleep) and kept me entertained the entire time.  Its original and definitely worth reading if you're a fan of things like this!  I give this a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars!

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

REVIEW: Shiewo: A Fantasy Flight to Adventure by Ciye Cho

book cover of Shiewo: A Fantasy Flight to Adventure by Ciye Cho
Title: Shiewo: A Fantasy Flight to Adventure
Author: Ciye Cho
Date Published: June 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Page Count: E-Book
Challenge: E-Book Challenge

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

I have to start out by saying that this is quite a fantasy adventure.  Usually when I read any recent fantasy, there are the usual characters which can include fairies, elves, goblins and what have you, but this is unlike anything else I have ever read and for that, I take my hat off to Cho.
The book begins in the universe of Oberana and we join Captain Shiewo Morose and her other companions on a quest to find the wishing fish that created their entire universe.  On a giant vessel that is powered by music, the captain and crew explore the universe on their search and find many interesting things along the way.

I was a little unsure about how I felt about Shiewo at first.  She seemed a little standoffish and a little rude at times.  However, as the story went on and more was revealed about her and why she was making her quest, I started to warm up to her.
I loved her companions.  Felix the painter was a clever youth who joins the voyage on accident.  And though he messes things up, he is still likable.  I absolutely loved Theo.  Theo is a cloud, which kind of blew my mind a little bit.  He had a sweet innocence to him that I loved.  Erduu is probably the strangest creature I've ever heard of and I have no idea how Cho managed to think of him or several of the other characters.

I know this this is the first book in the series but my biggest complaint is that there is so little background on all of the characters.  You gradually come to find things out about Theo and Erduu but the Captain Morose is very mysterious and I hated not knowing her situation or how she came to be there.

Overall, I liked this book.  I recommend it for older children though because some of the adventures are pretty intense.  But I liked it and I give it a solid 3.5 out of 5 stars!



Think you might want to give this book a try?  Read other reviews or order from Amazon.com Shiewo: A Fantasy Flight to Adventure (Shiewo's Odyssey)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

New Release Tuesday (17)

New Release Tuesday is a weekly feature where I share what I'm excited about in both books and music. Sometimes its release day is close, other times it can be several weeks or months in advance. I only feature one for each category, but there a LOADS of new and upcoming releases and you can find them by visiting B&N.com or FYE.com!
Title:  Perfect
Author:  Ellen Hopkins
Release Date:  September 13, 2011
Summary:   Everyone has something, someone, somewhere else that they’d rather be. For four high-school seniors, their goals of perfection are just as different as the paths they take to get there.

book cover of Perfect by Ellen HopkinsCara’s parents’ unrealistic expectations have already sent her twin brother Conner spiraling toward suicide. For her, perfect means rejecting their ideals to take a chance on a new kind of love. Kendra covets the perfect face and body—no matter what surgeries and drugs she needs to get there. To score his perfect home run—on the field and off—Sean will sacrifice more than he can ever win back. And Andre realizes that to follow his heart and achieve his perfect performance, he’ll be living a life his ancestors would never have understood.
Everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfection loses its meaning, how far will you go? What would you give up to be perfect?
A riveting and startling companion to the bestselling Impulse, Ellen Hopkins'sPerfect exposes the harsh truths about what it takes to grow up and grow into our own skins, our own selves.

Why I'm Excited:   I have actually never read a single Ellen Hopkins book.  Please don't throw anything at me!  I've had friends and seen other bloggers rave about her work and it something that I've always wanted to get to and just haven't had the opportunity to yet.  This summary of this book intrigues me.  I haven't seen any ARC's floating around in the blogosphere yet, but I'll be keeping an eye out and maybe there will be one soon so I can see what other people think about this!
Album Title:  I'm With You
Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Release Date:  August 30, 2011
The Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You album coverWhy I'm Excited:  I was completely unaware of this until I checked the FYE website.  I have been a fan of RHCP for years and years, probably since before I even should have been listening to them.  It's been 2 years since they have released an album, so this one should be pretty interesting.  Its also their first album without their guitarist Fruscianti, so its definitely going to have a different sound to it.  Not only that, but their bassist has also been studying music theory, among other things, so I think that is going to heavily influence this album as well.  Basically, I just can't wait to see what it sounds like!

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Great Gone With the Wind Readalong - Part 2

It's been 2 weeks already and its time to talk about Part 2 of Gone With the Wind.

**ANOTHER WARNING.  THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS TO THE BOOK.  DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER UNLESS YOU WANT THE BOOK RUINED!**


For this post, I'm just going to follow the discussion prompts that were posted here.  So, let's get started!

Well...How are you liking part 2?
I love this book.  As I've said a million times, I'm kicking myself for waiting this long to read it.  I think one of the reasons that I love it so much is just the familiarity of it.  I was born and raised even further south than Atlanta and there still is a certain type of etiquette that southern women follow for the most part.  As part 2 has focused more on that aspect of things, its been interesting to see how things have changed and it some ways how they haven't.

Melanie
I wasn't sure how I felt about her at first.  However, the more I've read about her, the more that I've grown to like her.  Some people would say that she's a goody two shoes, but I don't see her as such.  If she were that, she would refuse to allow Rhett into the home that they live in, but she continues to allow him in.  I like the fact that she chooses to see the good in people, even if there is very little.  And though everyone makes her out to be so fragile and unable to handle things, she loves her husband fiercely and she cares about the cause and nursing.  And she loves Scarlett dearly, which is so ironic because Scarlett wants to snatch the husband that is so dear to her out from under her nose.  So, I see her as more of a woman of strong moral values and just an overall good woman that I think is hard to find during that time.

Atlanta
Oh, Atlanta.  Personally, I hate the city of Atlanta.  Well, I hate driving there.  But this is such an important backdrop for this book.  If it weren't for the civil war, who knows if Atlanta would be the booming American city that it is today.  Through the chapters and as time passes we watch as the city comes alive and doubles in size and it plays to a lot of the action that happens in part 2.  There's so many people and everyone is so high strung.  The craziness of the city allows Scarlett to basically let her do almost as she pleases.  Especially when it comes to seeing men.

Sex
This is something that bugged me.  I can see why prostitutes are looked down upon.  They still are today.  But  I can't believe that the women who end up pregnant after their husbands come home on leave have to hide their condition.  I mean if there were women running around not married pregnant, it would be one thing.  But there is one young girl who ends up married and pregnant and her mother continually tries to hide it.  It just strikes me as funny, because I thought at that time the point of a woman's life was the get married and have children.  So if they all know where babies come from, why do these married women have to hide it.  It just seems silly to me.  I guess they just want people to think that its immaculate conception.  Or something along those lines.

The Little Details
Some little details that caught me were definitely the food (waffles) but also the dress.  The description of the mourning dresses and the way that Rhett dresses and everything else it just fascinating to me and adds to the book even more in my opinion.

Minor Characters
One of my favorite minor characters is Uncle Peter.  I find it funny that he's a black slave, but he treats Miss Pittypat like she's his charge.  I just love that he's domineering, and it shows that he genuinely cares about the family.  It reminds me of mammy back at Tara.
And then of course, a lot of the citizens of Atlanta I don't really care for.  Dr. Meade is a jerk.  And his wife is no better.  Most of the older women that work in the hospitals are also big jerks.  Naturally, I'm not a fan.

So those are my thoughts for Part 2!  What are yours?

This Week's Reads (12)

Here's another edition of my reads this week, along with what you can expect for this coming week!

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The only thing that I'm going to say about this is that I love it.  The discussion for Part 2 went up today, so I'll be participating in the discussion over there, and then I will be creating my own post for part 2 here.

The Werewolf Solution by Joshua Grover-David Patterson
I actually received this from the author himself.  Its an advanced copy, but I think it is going to be available for purchase sometime soon.  So far, I'm really liking this.  I like the characters and I like the overall premise.  Its a short novella, only 178 pages in my ereader so I hope to have it finished and a review posted soon!

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What the Expect this week!

++ You can expect my normal NRT post.  That is scheduled and ready to go.  Some exciting stuff this week, especially for YA lovers and fans of Ellen Hopkins!
++ As previously mentioned I'll be posting my thoughts on Part 2 of Gone With the Wind.  That may be up on either Tuesday night or Wednesday.  It depends on when I have the spare time!
++ I finished Shiewo: A Fantasy Flight to Adventure (Shiewo's Odyssey) last night, so there will be a review coming this week.  Wednesday, maybe Thursday.  I hate doubling up posts, but I may have to, I have so much going on this week!
++ I really want to create a discussion post about my current pet peeves with some of the trends when it comes to book covers.  I'm still trying to find the time to get that together.  I really hope that I can get it done this week, to maybe post Thursday or Saturday.
++ For Friday you can definitely expect my TGIF post.  This week we'll be discussing the books that we don't write reviews about.
++ Of course there will be the regularly scheduled In My Mailbox post as well as the Sunday Salon post.  I hope to be able to record a vlog this week, but we'll see if I have the time!

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Posts from the previous week!

++ New Release Tuesday post - I showcased the upcoming Kathy Reichs novel as well as the upcoming greatest hits for Breaking Benjamin
++  I was nominate for a Liebster Award!  Check out the post to see who I nominated in return.
++ TGIF:  I talked about authors that I would invite to a party this week.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Sunday Salon (18)

Edition #18 of the Sunday Salon. Remember that if you want to become a participant, log onto Facebook.com and join the group!

So this week was actually a really slow reading week for me.  I was at work a lot, which is never fun and in between that I haven't been sleeping very well.  So, I've been taking naps.

But I did finish my first audiobook and I actually really enjoyed it.  I've been looking into getting somemore, but I think I'm going to wait until I can get over to my used bookstore the next town over.  They have a pretty awesome selection and they're cheap, too!
I also finished the second book in the Synarchy series (my review) and I really enjoyed it.  There's supposed to be a 3rd, but it won't be released until the fall.  I can't wait to read it!
I've also been trucking my way through Gone With the Wind, which I'm really loving.  I'm still kicking myself for not having read this book before now!
I also have 3 books that I'm going to try and finish before this Thursday.  They're all short, but this Thursday is when I start classes, so I want to get the review requests that I have done before then so it doesn't take me a million years to do.  And that's all I have going on in terms of reading.

I know I had said that I was going to post something about book covers this week, but I never really got around to it.  I have some pet peeves about book covers.  especially some of the new releases.  I'm going to save my actual peeves for the post, because I WILL get it written this week, but are there things that bother you about current cover trends?  Share :]

In My Mailbox (22)

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 have a lot going on this weekend! This was a little bit of a slow week for me.  I was at work at lot this week, and I haven't been sleeping well at night, so I've been napping in the afternoon.  I didn't buy or download anything, so I was pretty proud of myself.  But I did get a few books for review.  The authors contacted me and I'm hoping to start reading them soon!



Books I Bought
I actually didn't buy anything this week!
NookBooks I Downloaded
Once again, nothing!
Books/Galleys Received for Review
The Werewolf Solution That Day in September
Books I'm Currently Reading
Gone With the Wind Sheiwo: A Fantasy Flight to Adventure
Books I Finished
White Cat Synarchy Book 2: The Ascention

Saturday, August 13, 2011

REVIEW: Synarchy Book 2: The Ascension by DCS

book cover of Synarchy: The Ascension by DCS
Title: Synarchy Book 2: The Ascension
Author: DCS
Date Published: July 2010
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Page Count: e-book
Challenge: E-Book Challenge

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

When I sat down to write the review of the first book in this series, I had no idea what to say.  It took me a while to really evaluate the second book as well.  But the reasons for that are not negative at all.

The Ascension picks up where The Awakening left off.  One of the things that I failed to mention in the first review, is that this series has to do with the year 2012, the date that the world is supposedly ending.  However, it deals with this concept in a way that I've never heard of and in a way that completely blows your mind.  The book was no different from the first.  You're constantly learning mind blowing things and the pace is kept up through the entirety of this book as the clock winds down to December 21, 2012.

One of my biggest complaints from the first book was that I felt like nothing was really resolved and it left me clamoring for the second book.  This one also left off on sort of a sour note for me.  You know that there is so many questions to be answered, and only some of them are.  Unfortunately, according to her website, the 3rd book in the series, which is going to be Synarchy Book 3: The 13th Skull, won't be released until the November of this year.  According to DCS, that is supposed to answer more of my questions and there will also be a 4th book, called Synarchy Book 4: SVT which I think might be more background on the family and that's looking to be released in December!
After starting this book and reacquainting myself with the characters, things started happening at an alarming rate. It was one of those books that left on cliffhangers at the end of chapters, so it was almost impossible to make myself put it down.  I think I read it in 2 separate sittings, and that was only because of work.

I also really loved the general message of these books.  One of the main things is family, and not only family, but love.  There are stories between certain characters that were so intense and I got very emotionally attached to some of the characters and their relationships.

I can not recommend this book more highly and I'm really eager to see what the next book is going to be like.  I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars and say read it!

Think you might want to give this book a try? Read other reviews or order from Amazon.com  Synarchy Book 2: The Ascension

Friday, August 12, 2011

TGIF: Author Block Party

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 :]


Author Block Party: If you could gather a handful of authors to hang out with, who would you choose?


  • Okay well, my obligatory first pick would have to be Stephen King.  I love his writing, he is one of my favorite authors and I think that it would be fantastic to sit around and talk to him and see what he's really like under all of those crazy things that he writes.
  • I'm assuming that this is alive or dead, so I'm picking Kurt Vonnegut.  I picked up my first Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five (My Review) this year and quickly picked up anything that I could get my hands on by him.  I love his writing and he has some pretty interesting ideas.  And I want to talk to him about the infamous Kilgore Trout.
  • Clive Barker.  Hellraiser is one of my favorite movies, and I read The Hellbound Heart as well (My Review).  Once again, I would love to have a little chit chat with him and see the man that's underneath that crazy, crazy novella and movie. 
  • This will completely throw you off, but Sarah Dessen.  I love her work and I bet that she would be the nicest person to just sit and have coffee with and talk.  I follow her on Twitter (@SarahDessen) and she seems so genuinely awesome.  She might be a little scared of some of the other people around the campfire, but that's okay.
  • Agatha Christie.  She's the best mystery writer there ever was in my opinion.  How do you come up with things like And Then There Were None (My Review)?  I love to talk with her and pick her brain.



There are a bunch of other authors that I'd love to meet:  Ms. Rowling, Philippa Gregory, Diana Gabaldon, and Billie Letts to name a few others.  But the above would be the ones that I'd really want to hang out with :]
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