The Cozy Reader’s Blogfest Giveaway

September 28, 2012 § 4 Comments

If you’d like to win a bunch of amazing books like those shown below, then head on over to The Cozy Reader and enter her huge blogfest giveaway! This is what is up for grabs




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Follow Friday

September 28, 2012 § 41 Comments

 
 Welcome to The Happy Booker for another fabulous Follow Friday hosted by Parajunkee and Alisoncanread. While you’re here, be sure to say hi so I can drop by your blog too. This week’s question is:

What is the BIGGEST word you’ve seen used in a book lately – that made you stop and look it up? Might as well leave the definition & book too.

The word that comes to mind is “Peregrinations” from David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas. It was from near the very beginning of the book and this was the context:

“Five years have passed since this harridan besmirched my name, yes, with imputations that resulted in my being blackballed from Society.” Dr. Goose looked out to sea. “My peregrinations began in that dark hour.”

per·e·gri·na·tion

  [per-i-gruhney-shuhn]  

noun

1.

travel from one place to another, especially on foot.
2.

a course of travel; journey.

I probably would have looked up more if I would have been reading it in print instead of listening to the audio. This was a beautifully written book but I know I would have found it challenging to read it in print. \Have you read this or have you seen the previews for the upcoming movie? It looks amazing!

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Review – Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone

August 19, 2012 § 1 Comment

Amelia Anne is Dead and GoneAmelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Amelia Anne is dead and gone but she apparently left behind her thesaurus because her story was quite adjective-alicious. But, once I waded through the overabundance of metaphors and descriptive prose, it was a fairly ok read….until the last 30 or so pages. That ending was bullshit. I was so angry about the fact that I had been drawn in to the suspense of this murder/mystery only to be rewarded with some half ass muddle-muck of an ending. Not to mention that it just WOULD NOT, COULD NOT logically have happened that way.

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This less than perfect ending, the overly descriptive writing, and the fact that I found the main character, Becca, to be utterly unlikable, left me a rather grumpy reader after finishing this book. I guess one could look at it as Becca was a “flawed” main character, but I just thought she was nothing but angst and asshattery. This is an example of some of her “personality”

“Rebecca Williams?”
“That’s me,” I said, hoisting my backpack. The fat girl-whose named turned out to be, hilariously, Bonnie Biggs-smiled and waved at me.

Ugh. Needless to say, I did not enjoy Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone and certainly don’t recommend it. However, there are other people who thought that this was a wonderful story and if you’re at all curious about this book, take a look at Wendy’s review here for another perspective.

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Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

August 18, 2012 § 4 Comments

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I first saw the title a while back, I had first thought it would be some ridiculously campy, cheesy vampire book. But then the movie previews caught my attention and made me reconsider. And since I’ve decided to watch the movie, I of course, had to first read the book.

AL:VH was so much more than I was expecting; rich in detail, the story quickly drew me in and I was hooked. The story was interspersed with newspaper articles and speeches that I assume are actual historical fact that gave it all a bit of frightening plausibility and also had me pausing the audio to google random details to learn a little more.

While I loved Abe’s character, the vampires were one of the biggest surprises for me. These are not your run of the mill, bite your neck and drink your blood kind of vamps. These were some of the most frighteningly vicious vampires I’ve encountered in fiction. This book was certainly a lot more bloody and violent than I anticipated, even after watching the movie previews. Also, the authors ideas of how slavery was affected by vampires was horrifyingly brilliant, the stuff of nightmares, but effective.

There were areas where it got a bit slow and tedious but never to the point where I was ready to walk away from the book. I’m glad I decided to read this and I’m really looking forward to the movie and hope that it lives up to the book.

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Review: Raziel

August 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

Raziel
Raziel by Kristina Douglas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Raziel By Kristina Douglas was much better than I had expected. I usually don’t have much luck with books about angels, with the exception of Angelfall and now Raziel, apparently winged hotties are just not my thing. There were some elements of this book that reminded me of Angelfall which I LOVED, and which initially drew my interest in reading this book. Raziel is definitely for adults and has some pretty detailed erotic scenes which I was so happy to find were not overdone and cheesy as in so many adult books (I thought they were actually quite well done).

The main character, Allie’s new and uncomfortable shoes distract her to the point that she doesn’t notice the huge bus bearing down on her until it is too late and she finds herself standing next to what must be an angel? demon? vampire? He informs her that she is dead and he is there to escort her to heaven. This doesn’t work out exactly the way Raziel, her fallen angel escort, has planned, however, and now he has to explain to the other Fallen why he has brought this human woman to Sheol to live among them. Allie would like an explanation about this as well because she’s not really sure what she’s doing living among these terrifying, grumpy, gorgeous creatures but she’s fairly certain she doesn’t quite fit in. Meanwhile, the Nephilim are at the gates and if they break through, it will certainly be a bloodbath.

While there were some parts that were almost painfully slow, Raziel was still an satisfyingly entertaining read. I guess I like my angels to be more the dark, apocalyptic, dangerous type instead of all goodness and light. The background of the Fallen and their ongoing conflict with Uriel and search for Lucifer was original and one of the most interesting parts of the story. I’m looking forward to learning where the author takes it in the sequel because the ending left a lot of unanswered questions. This is certainly a series I’d recommend for fans of the genre.

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Review: Enchanted

August 16, 2012 § 3 Comments

Enchanted
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Enchanted introduces the reader to Sunday Woodcutter, a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, who discovers and befriends a talking frog near the fairy well and begins telling him stories of her eccentric family. This family includes her rather normal father, her mother Seven, her sisters Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, her brothers Jack, Peter, and adopted brother Trix. The Woodcutter family were my favorite part of the story and I would love to read more of their adventures!

I LOVED everything about this book. Enchanted is an enchanting blend of many popular fairy tales into one whimsical feel-good story. It is sweet and charming without being syrupy. There is a bit in the middle where I got a little confused with how the story was jumping around, but all loose ends were tied up at the end.

This is the perfect story for anyone who enjoys fairy tales or for something light and fun to read in between reading a “heavier” series.

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Review: The Tree Shepherd’s Daughter

August 16, 2012 § Leave a comment


The Tree Shepherd’s Daughter by Gillian Summers

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Tree Shepherd’s Daughter is set at a renaissance fair in Colorado where the MC Keelie Heartwood finds herself being shipped to live with her father after her mother’s unexpected death. Shortly after arriving at the Fair, Keelie, resentful of what she believed was her father’s neglect over the past 15 years of her life, finds herself drawn to the people, the environment, and even, grudgingly, her father and his psycho cat Knot. She soon finds out that the folk at the Renn Fair are more than what they appear to be and so is she. She has some weird affinity to wood and some strange abilities as well. Keelie struggles with accepting who and what she is while at the same time dealing with a murderous red-capped gnome that seems to be cause no end of havoc. She wonders if she will be willing or able to give up the world of malls and makeup for this strange new life among trees and people who seem to forget what century it is.

I can’t stress enough how much I loved the atmosphere of this book. The descriptions of the setting, the merchants and their wares, the trees, the people, and the creatures both magical and mundane at the renaissance fair took up a large part of the book but I wasn’t bored by it at all. Those descriptions are what drew me into the story and made me actually want to be there, to live among all of those eccentric people, to watch the Muck and Mire show with Tarl, to munch on Fairy Winkberry muffins at Mrs. Butters shop, and to walk among the trees hoping to catch a glimpse of a fairy, sylph, or sprite.

Where this book fell short was in the plot. The maniacal little red-cap guy that was causing all the chaos seemed to be doing so for no apparent reason and the whole thing was disconnected and kind of silly. I still have no idea what happened to him or if the issues are resolved but some things happened with a necklace and some lightning and something about a book and singed eyebrows. There were some other shady characters introduced that pop up in the story intermittently but their place in the story was kind of mysterious as well.

Ultimately the plot was so disjointed and confusing that I’m not really sure where the author was trying to go with it. I think I would have liked the story better if it would have just been about Keelie coming to grips with her mother’s death and reconnecting with her father in this magical setting. The plot seemed to take away from the parts of the story that I enjoyed. I hate when a story goes in a direction other than where I want it to take me. I will definitely continue with this series though because I thoroughly enjoyed the setting and most of the characters, especially Knot the wicked cat and Ariel, the half blind hawk. I’m hoping the rest of the series will improve and I’ll be able to continue enjoying this wonderful cast of characters.

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