Sunday, December 25, 2011

In my mailbox (#3) X-Mas Edition

So I've decided to upload my "In My Mailbox" today instead of tomorrow. I figure, from now on I will post these memes every Sunday; show you what I've gotten throughout the week. Ah, and before I forget, "In my Mailbox" is a meme hosted by The Story Siren so be sure to check her blog out.

Like I warned you, I have A LOT of books to show you. Please keep in mind all these weren't given to me TODAY.. My mom bought the lot at the same time, gave me half for my Birthday and the other half for Christmas. I decided to wait and just show you the entire lot now instead of before. Enjoy!

This first picture is of the books my secrete Santa bought me. My family (cousins) every year hold an annual Secrete Santa. This year my cousin Angelo (ahaha, with an 'o' instead of an 'a' like my name) bought me the three books on my wish list:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray

Thank you Angelo! <3

Next is a picture of the books I opened this morning from my mom. Keep in mind these were bought at the same time as the ones my mom purchased for my birthday. Thank you mommy! <3
(From left to right)

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendra Blake
Saving June by Hannah Harrington
Summer in the City by Elizabeth Chandler
Banana Splitsville by Catherine Clark
The Best Girl by Emma Harrison
Touch by Jus Accardo
Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

This next batch was the books I got for my Birthday. My mom got all these (plus the ones up top) from The Book Depository. It's a great site to buy books cheaper. (From left to right)

The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Elemental Reality by Cesya MaRae Cuono
Faking Faith by Josie Bloss
Destined by Jessie Harrell
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

These last two books were just purchased at random, if you will. Actually, Cleanse Fire was mailed to me by the author. So thank you. Another Pan was bought because I love Peter Pan and just had to get this. Must. Compare. Pan. Stories.

Another Pan by Daniel Nayeri, Dina Nayeri
Cleanse Fire by Anastasia V. Pergakis

Well, that's all from me folkes. How was your Christmas? Was Santa good to you? Let me know what you got (books or non-book related things). I'd love to know!

Books, Christmas, LOTS,


Merry Christmas!

Hello my little piggies. I just want to write a quick post wishing you and your families a happy, safe, and fun filled Christmas. I know Santa was good to me this year ;) I hope he was the same with you guys!

I'm going to be supper busy at my house today since my family is hosting Christmas Dinner this year. I also have secrete Santa with my cousins that I am so excited for!

Anyways, look out for an "In My Mailbox X-Mas Edition" coming tomorrow. I have a load of books to show you guys. I'll probably take pictures of them this time, just because there are so many ^.^

Merry Christmas one and all!


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Review: Anna and the French Kiss

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Pages: 372
Format: Print/ Paperback
Published: December 2nd 2010
Publisher: Dutton

So basically this review will rave about everything you've already heard about this book. This is a warning!

What can I say? This was such a cute and romantic read. I needed a break from the paranormal/supernatural genre for a little. This was the perfect contemporary read. Gah, this was swoon worthy. Yeah, I know, boys and men are usually swoon worthy, but I think books can be added to this list of swoon-worthy-things.

Where do we begin? Ah, we begin in Paris. The city of love. The city of great food and cheese. The city when I think of it I think of Madeline. Who wouldn't want to live in Paris? Anna, of course! She much rather be back home in Atlanta, with her friends, and Toph... that's just fantasy, her award winning writer of a father won't let Anna return. So she is stuck in Paris. Paa-lease, if I were stuck in Paris I'd visit the Notre Dame and pretend the Hunchback actually lived there. I really like the hunchback. People with hunchbacks are good looking too, you know.

As it turns out, living in Paris isn't all that bad. She meets a group of friends, and totally falls in love with St. Clair. Ettien St. Clair. You know what I love about St. Clair? He's short. Yeah, how witty was the author on that one? Most boys in YA fiction are tall, have abs, muscular arms, and are tall. But St. Clair, he's just a regular guy, which probably makes him THAT much more hot. We don't know if he has abs, we know he is short (but not too short), and we know, by what Anna has told us, that he has great hair. I think Perkins crafted the most handsome-est and hot-est of boys in YA literature, EVER! Wouldn't you agree?

Anna is such a funny person. Ahaha, this book was funny! Jeesh, it had me laughing at 1 in the morning. I'm surprised no one woke up. Anna Olphant. Weird, eh? Or, Banana Elephant is her nickname. She has a bleached chunk of hair that coins her the nickname "skunk" by some very mean characters. Stupid bullies. But you know what is so great about Anna. She's human! Everything she says, does, acts, feels, is SO human. She doesn't let people get to her. If you're a complete asshole, she'll kickass your ass to another Universe. But, despite St. Clair kind of being an ass, she still loves him. I just really love how human she is. You can really relate to her. This, my friends, is probably another reason why so many love this book. St. Clair being the first, of course.

The overall plot was great. Some things I wasn't expecting, too. For example, you'd finish a chapter on a cliff hanger, so what do you do? Turn the page! This is what all great books should make you do. Keep turning those pages until your teacher is yelling at you for attention. So after turning that page you'd begin the next chapter. TaDa! Perkins, you are successful in keeping your audiences' attention. This is a page turning book. Nay I say more? Every scene, happening, or whatever, in this book was perfect. No complaints. Zelch. Zip. Zero.

So overall, what would I give Anna and the French Kiss?

Cinq retournement de délicieux croissants
(translation: five flipping delicious croissants)

I had to say something french somewhere in this review, eh?

Cheese, St. Clair, Paris, St. Clair,


Friday, December 23, 2011

Follow me Friday (#1)

This is a weekly meme hosted by and so be sure to check them out!

Question of the Week: If you had to spend eternity inside the pages of a book which book would you choose and why?

Answer: Hmm, this is a toughy. But, because this book is my ALL TIME favorite, and because I would totally steal Jesse from the girl, I would have to go with The Mediator series. Either book (out of the six). Why? Because I love Jesse! He's a ghost, but a hot, historical ghost. Mmm, just my kind.

For a more contemporary novel I'd go with St. Claire in Anna and the French Kiss. I guess it isn't fair that I just finished this book this morning, so my answer isn't entirely valid, but seriously, I LOVE him! To vague of an answer? He has an ENGLISH accent for starters AND he lives in Paris AND speaks french. DO I need to continue...?

If you're a new follower to my blog, leave me a link to your blog in a comment. I WANT to follow back!

Following, TGIF'S,


Thursday, December 22, 2011

In my mailbox (#3)

"In my mailbox" is a weekly meme hosted by

Hello my little piggies! Am I crazy or what? I actually went to Chapters today, in this maddness! I've never seen a line so big in Chapters before. Jeesh, I've never seen Chapters so crowded, period!

I did end up picking two books up, despite there being a bunch under the Christmas tree ^.^

Here's what I got (and might I had, I was pretty witty with my selections):
You think this cover is scary? If you've ever seen the paperback version of this, opened the covers flap, you will have nightmares my friend. Seriously, I still can't believe I bought this book. It's about ZOMBIES! Zombies are like my worst fear. So make that two reason's why I am crazy. This is NOT the type of book I'd read. Not in a million years. BUT this is what I encourage you to do my friends. Make an effort to read at least ONE book once every few months to read something you'd never atually pick up to read. Who know's, you might actually like it. I think everyone should broaden their reading horizon's. It's good for the mind, and it's good to spice your book life up, just a bit.

Lastly I picked up:
As some of you know, I am a member of inkpop. If you don't know what inkpop is, here is the link:
I've been a member of inkpop for quite a while and look forward to their blog posts everyday. Some time this week they had a blog post with this weeks releases (a weekly meme) and they had this book featured. I could hardly contain my excitment when I saw this on the shelf, nestled between two books I can't remember the titles of. I'm surprised I even saw this. I'm so excited to read this. It sounds so good!

For a synopsis for both books, here are the goodread's links:

Oh yes, remember that Taunting Tuesday's post about "Jessica Rules the Darkside?" Oh, it's out already, BUT MY BOOKSTORE DOESN'T HAVE IT! I have to order it online which I can't do until AFTER Christmas. It makes me so mad.

Anyways, I hope to have one more blog post up before the holiday's offically begin, but I can't make any promises. Who know's, I may be gone the entire 2 week vacation I have, or I may not. I will always post my review of books I've currently finished, even if it's in the new year ^.^

Zombies, repulsive faces, handsom boys with wings,


Friday, December 16, 2011

Review: The Hidden

Title: The Hidden
Author: Jessica Verday
Pages: 389
Format: Print/Hard Covered
Published: September 6th 2011
Publisher: Simone Pulse

Generally when someone is reading a series, like a trilogy or just a really long series, the first one is always chosen as the favorite out of the corresponding books. Except, for me, this is the COMPLETE opposite. Why? I don't know why, truthfully. Wait, scratch that, I do know why. When an author writes an epic, amazing, perfect conclusion, I will chose that book as the best. I love conlutions. Conclusions are great. I love conclusion that make me feel completed. You know when you're reading, and reading, and reading, and you suddenly turn the last page of the series and your like, "WTF? What kind of ending is that?" Yeah, those endings flipping suck! So yeah, can you see why I generally enjoy concluding books best? I love that feeling of happiness and completeness. Don't get me wrong, diving into a brand new series is always a head-rush feeling that I love. Just, I get happier when I conclude a book. I've finished it, accomplished it, and now its time to move on.

Any who (even though we're not who's in whoville... hehehe, get it?.. the Grinch... get it?.. never mind), onto the review. You can probably guess that this was my favorite out of all three. Again with this one we are stuck inside Abbey's little head, living her days out as if we are actually there. It's great and all, but it gets kind of dull, Jessica. If you decide to write a new book, think about this. Like the other two, nothing MAJOR happens until the last 100 pages. GAH, the last hundred pages! Wow, just wow. That ending was flipping amazing!

Characters: Abbey isn't the needy type. I mean, she doesn't want Caspian to leave her and gets upset when he goes for a walk, but that's understandable. She loves him. I get sad when my boyfriend does that. For me, Abbey is a very likable character. She knows what she wants in life, thinks for her self. I really admired her for that. Caspian, well he's a ghost, so how can you possibly relate to a ghost when your not one yourself. In the first book, truthfully, I didn't like him. I did end up loving him in this one. He's so protective and sweet, and he just makes me cry. I don't know why, but he's such a tortured soul to me. Overall I'd say the characters are likable... except Abbey's mom. I don't like her. She's weird and makes me want to slap her.

Plot: Again, a little slow in the beginning but does pick up. The ending was amazing! I of course can not tell you why it is, but trust me, it is. You can tell the author really thought the plot through. Everything was tied in at the end. Things made sense and you felt COMPLETED! Thank you Jessica! Honestly, I ended up crying after this. I have the most sensitive nerves, just ask my boyfriend. I can't believe I cried. I just really loved this series, and what Abbey did in the end... GAH, she's amazing.

Setting: I must say, after reading The Hollow, I actually want to read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. It sounds interesting. The setting sounds so cute. Sleepy Hollow sounds like a really nice and quiet town I would most likely enjoy.

Writing: The writing is quite good, considering Jessica writes the entire story by hand and than transfers it to computer. I do this to and it shows how much work a writer puts into her writing when he/she does this. Jessica's writing is unique and beautiful. Vivid descriptions and imagery really had me creating a film in my mind.

Overall, I give this deserving 5 curly pig tails

Until next time, Caspian, ghost, headless horse man, completeness,


P.S How do you like the Character/Plot/Writing set up for this review? I thought It'd be different if I broke my review down like this. Let me know what you think ^.^
P.S.S I am going to announce the winner for the Holiday giveaway very soon! With being busy and all I haven't been able to collect all the entries. Wow, it was such a great turn out, and again, I thank you all!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Taunting Tuesday's (#3)

Today is Tuesday, and for you comes a taunting Tuesday. So what is currently taunting me? Nope, not a book that is to be released next year, but a book to be released NEXT week! Yes, you heard me correctly... err, read what I wrote correctly. I know it is only a week away, but I still can't help but feel taunted. So enough of this babbling, here is what I cannot wait for:

Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey. I absolutely adored the first book, Jessica's guide to dating on the dark side, and was extremely excited when I learned that Beth wrote a corresponding book. I never had the chance of reading The Wedding on Beth's website, but will when it is back up. I am so excited to continue this story. Yes, it is a vampire story, but it's a good vampire story. Nope, no sparkly vampires.

The synopsis:

"It’s one thing to find out you’re a vampire princess. It’s a whole other thing to actually rule. Newly married Jessica Packwood is having a hard enough time feeling regal with her husband, Lucius, at her side. But when evidence in the murder of a powerful elder points to Lucius, sending him into solitary confinement, Jessica is suddenly on her own. Determined to clear her husband’s name, Jessica launches into a full-scale investigation, but hallucinations and nightmares of betrayal keep getting in her way. Jessica knows that with no blood to drink, Lucius’s time is running out. Can she figure out who the real killer is—and whom she can trust—before it’s too late? "

Gah! I am so excited for this. I should probably mention the release date: December 21st 2011. Although, on goodreads it says in 2012, but on Chapters Indigo, it says December of this year. We will have to see.

Over to you. What's taunting you this fine Tuesday?

Review: Clockwork Prince + Excuses, excuses, and more excuses

So, if you haven't noticed, I have been absent. For how long? Six? Maybe seven days? This was not intentional. I have been overwhelmed with a variety of things. From volunteering, to actually abandoning my school work, and making my boyfriend feel neglected, I took a break so I can help animals, hand in assignments, and mend my relationship to a healthy one. Spare me the caped sentences and disapproving looks. It took me seven days to finish Clockwork Prince... SEVEN FLIPPING DAYS! Why? Because of the variety of things I had to do. But I am now back, ready to roll and rumble.. huh? Anyways, I also got my first book in the mail that an author sent me! How exciting!

On to a more interesting subject...

Title: Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 502
Format: Print/Hard covered
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: December 6th 2011

Lets first begin this review by talking about the cover. In Clockwork Angel I was drawn to the handsome model on the cover. I am sorry to say I do not like this cover. It feels awkward to me. I don't get it.

Okay... okay... okay... OKAY! I can't live without knowing what is to happen. Seriously Cassandra? Spare us the woe of waiting and at least not leave off with a cliffhanger! Ah, you cruel women. Alas, it is a very genius way to end a book. It leaves your reader's no choice BUT to buy/borrow the next book a year from now. Clever, clever, Miss Clare!

Shall we move on to a more important discussion?

This book will not disappoint. I'm not some fan-five-rating-of-every-book-girl, that does not take a book apart and critique it down to its very core. No, no, no, no. That is certainly not me.
This book deserves the honorable five stares because it is clear as sparkly water (cause just saying water is too vague). Cassandra is clearly a great writer. Recently I watched someone review "Shatter me" and they made an excellent point. When reading a story, the words should be invisible to you. You shouldn't be able to see them. If a writer is good at what they do, you don't see words but the world, emotions, sights, actions, and characters. You see them as clear as that non-vague water. The words should produce a film inside your mind. That is exactly what happened while reading Clockwork Prince. I was so engrossed in this book, saw images of Will, Jem, Tessa and those ugly demons, flash before my eyes. It was incredible. Truly, applause to you Cassandra. I hope to one day be as great of a writer as you. Inspirational, truly, inspirational.

My only complaint, because, yes, I have one, is the beginning was kind of slow. Day after day they try to find Mortmain and it became utterly dull. It picked up and definitely made up for it. The plot was well thought out and perfect. I couldn't ask for better characters, happenings, scenario's, surprises, and disappoints. Oh, Will. You always have me.

I, again will say, absolutely love the writing in this. I love history, anything 1800's, and the writing and details captured this era perfectly. The way characters spoke and acted was perfected. You can tell Cassandra really did her research, and it shows!

I say this all the time when books are amazing, but it's so true, I am utterly speechless. Especially after that ending. WOW, so wasn't expecting that.

Again, I rated this five stars because it deserves five stars. So Tessa was annoying at points, I got over it. So she loves both Will and Jem, I got over it and accepted it. I think people rated this a three because of how REAL the characters were. Hello, Tessa is a real character. She's confused, helpless, and smart. She isn't dumb. How would you like to be torn between two people you loved? Ah, you'd certainly do what was best in your heart.

I just really had to speak on behalf of Tessa. She needed somebody to voice for her.

My rating: 5 curly pig tails!

Excuses, Will, Jem, 1800's,


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

In my mailbox (#2)

Don't forget to enter the Holiday Giveaway Hop: Book Lover's Holiday Giveaway Hop The giveaway endes today at 11:59pm, so hurry on over!

This is a weekly post hosted by The Story Siren.

Guess what came out today? Clockwork Prince! Yup, it really, really did. But of course I drove straight over to chapters this morning and picked it up. You wanna know what's even more cool than it being released today? It's an exclusive edition with a never -before seen letter from Will to his family! Eeeeep!
So technically the books I purchased this morning weren't from my mailbox, but that's okay, we can pretend. So here is what I got:

Yup, right now, resting on the arm chair of my couch, is a hard copy of Clockwork Prince! It's tempting me right now, telling me to "READ IT!" But alas, I cannot. I have a paper due at the end of the week and I promised my mom (especially since she let me stay home from school) that I'd get most of it done. Crikey! But I will start it today. You hear! I can't wait to add it to my shelf, though. It's going to look so good next to my hard copy of Clockwork Angel.

Lastly I got The Hidden by Jessica Verday. Gah, I've been wanting to read this since I finished The Haunted over the weekend. I'm almost tempted to read this before Clockwork Prince, but I will not. Of course not! How idiotic of me to even think such a thing.  But I am going to read this. I must find out what is to happen to poor Caspian and Abbey.

Well, that's all folks! Chapters is having a sale on right now, get 30% off all HARDCOVER'S! And those sucker's can get pretty expensive. Take advantage of this my Canadian friends! Also, if you have an irewards (like myself) you'd get an addition 10% off. Go. Now. Take. Advantage.

Thanks for stopping by.

Now, if you don't mind, I'd like to get my paper finished so I can go on a date with my Clockwork Prince ^.^

Clockwork's, Prince's, mailbox's,


Review: Suite Dreams

Title: Suite Dreams
Author: Rachel Hawthorne
Pages: 272
Format: Print/ Paperback
Published: January 1st 2009
Publisher: HarperTeen

Abso-bloody-lutely amazing! This was a very cute little story about Alyssa, or "Lys" and a hot Aussie named Jude.

Crikey! I don't know what to say. This was too cute for words, literally. These little books are so fun to read! Remember, don't take them seriously, they're meant to be ridiculous and funny and corny. Ah, remember all that corn I talked about in the other 'cutsie' books like this? Well, this is no exception. Indeed, this was CORNY! Don't you just love corn?

This is going to be an incredibly short review because, in all honesty, I seriously don't know what to write about for this book- besides the fact it's corny. The main character, Alyssa, is your average University gal, spending the Holiday's doing HOMEWORK! Yikes, that's rather odd. But then Jude, that hot Aussie I mentioned up top, yeah, he comes along because he's couch surfing. And you know what? It exists! Here's the website I found for couch surfing: Wicked, eh? I'd do it if I thought we achieved world peace... Yeah right!

Okay, okay, I'm getting a little off topic. Really, this book was cute. If you liked any other Hawthorne or books like this, you'll probably like this one too. These books are something you read for fun, in one sitting.

So yeah, not a great review, but nevertheless you learned something new, eh?

Couch surfing... really? I would never have guessed!

Rating: 5 couch's

Couch surfing, crikey, and hot Aussie's,


*Woot, now I've read 3 books of 7 for the Holiday reading challenge ^.^

P.S Thanks to all who have followed me AND entered my giveaway. I've had such an amazing turn out. Thanks so much ^.^

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Review: The Haunted

Here is the link for the giveaway if you'd like to enter: Book lover's Holiday Giveaway Hop

Title: The Haunted
Author: Jessica Verday
Pages: 467
Format: Print/ Hard covered
Published: August 31st 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse

"Popping the bag open, he held it out to me, 'Want one? Come on, try 'em.'
      'Funyuns make you fart,' Caspian said, and I exploded in laughter."

Caspian is the most amazing, romantic, heartbreaking, handsome, hot, and funny fictional character I know. I love him!

Here's a picture of funyuns if you don't know what they are. I sure didn't until I googled them. Ah, you gotta love google.

I loved this book! I fell in love with Caspian in this one. Like I said in my review for The Hollow, Caspian didn't steal my heart like fictional hotties tend to. He swooned me you guys, absolutely "twisted" my arm into falling for him.

Well, my affection for fictional beings is besides the point for this review, so I am just going to move on...

The Haunted starts where The Hollow left off, Abbey living with her aunt for a few months. After living with her aunt, and after many sessions with her therapist, Abbey comes back to Sleepy Hollow sooner than when she hoped to have returned. Upon returning, Abbey runs into Caspian, but of course. After wanting, and trying desperately to forget him, she can't help but fall for him. Yes, their in love and it is so cute. Mind you, cute things never last long. Caspian and Abbey learn how difficult and life-threatening their relationship can be. Well, we learn of some secretes, we're introduced to new characters, we learn of a specific type of people, we learn more about Caspian and his relationship with Abbey, and we learn that upon completing this one, you need to desperately continue on. Unfortunately I cannot hit the book store right now (curse you homework), but I am gladly picking up the next and final instalment while picking up Clockwork Prince. Tuesday, hurry up and be here will you!

The first book was slow with a fast paced and thrilling ending. This book is no exception. To be vaguely honest, this book is exactly like the first. Slow throughout the book, and than the last hundred pages were exhilarating. I felt like I was on a roller coaster. My questions were being answered, there were new discoveries, and Caspian and Abbey got pretty steamy. Gah, I never knew 100 pages could fly by so fast. Though, just because it was slow does not mean it wasn't enjoyable. A slow ride is fun. It's fun being inside of Abbey's head, almost following her around. It's nice when you want to just relax and enjoy the book. A book with so much going on can be breath taking. That's good sometimes, but other times you want to actual be able to breath!

Some people say the plot wasn't well developed. I don't agree with you people. I feel like the author leaves some gaps in her plot so she can tie in everything for her last book. A little mystery never killed anyone... And no, the cat died from curiosity, not mystery :)

Wow, I just realized how unprofessional this review sounds. That's okay, cause my reviews aren't meant to be professional. Gotta have a little corky reviews sometimes, right? I do hope you still enjoy this review, despite my corkyness.

My rating: 5 funyuns!

Funyuns, farts, corkyness,


P.S I just want to say thank you to all who have followed my blog. 100 followers is amazing, I never though I'd get that many. Also, thanks to those who have entered the giveaway. Thank you so much!

Friday, December 2, 2011

100+ Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2012!

Hello my little piggies! For the year 2012, I've decided to commit myself to reading 100+ books in that entire year. You think I can do it? I think I can. This is being hosted by Book Chick City so be sure to check it out, or even sign yourself up!

Challenge Details

Timeline: 01 Jan 2012 - 31 Dec 2012

Rules: Read 100+ books in 2012 (any genre)

You don't have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront you can change them, nothing is set in stone! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.

You can join at anytime. All books read in 2012 count towards the challenge regardless of when you sign up.

At the beginning of Jan 2012, you will find a link to specific month to add your reviews.

Audiobooks do not count, but all other formats are accepted.

Only fiction, no non-fiction.

This challenge can crossover to other challenges.
So what are you waiting for? Go sign up or check out the other blogs that are doing this challenge.

2012, challenges, commitment,


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Holiday Giveaway Hop

So the giveaway hop starts tomorrow! How cool is that? I am so excited for it to begin, especially because it is my first giveaway! Eeeeeep!

This is just a reminder post for you guys. I want each and everyone of you guys to remember to come on over and enter. Here is where you must comment under: Book Lover's Holiday giveaway hop

I hope to see all your enteries tomorrow!

Christmas, snow, giveaway's, winning,


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Review: The Hollow

Title: The Hollow
Author: Jessica Verday
Pages: 513
Published: September 1st 2009
Publisher: Simon Pulse

I guess I'll begin by saying this was an interesting read. The story starts off with Abbey attending her dead friends funeral. Right off the bat I felt drawn to Abby, feeling sorry and helpless as a reader. Losing a loved one is devastating and you could feel Abby's emotions through the authors writing. I personally know how hard it is to lose someone. My dad past away 10 years ago, this month. Of course, for me I was six and my Birthday was a week away, so I didn't fully understand everything, but I could still feel for Abby. I think this is the main reason why I felt so connected with Abby. We shared something. I could really relate.

The story as a whole was kind of, slow. Does this mean I hated it? Actually I loved the slowness of this book. I felt so connected to Abby because of this. The author's writing made me feel so part of the book, as if I was right there with Abby, or even Abby myself, which was nice when she kissed Caspian.

I am so going to regret admitting this, but I'm going to anyways. Two things I will admit: 1) I made snicker doodle cookies just because Abby made them. Yeah, I made them today, and they were awesome, by the way. 2) I read the first half of this one day and that night I couldn't fall asleep. I was so chilled and spooked by the Sleepy Hollow Legend. I've actually decided to purchase the book, just so I can read the actual story. Because of Verday, I'm rather intrigued by the legend, and I'd actual love to visit Sleepy Hollow.

Continuing on, Abby than meets Caspian, a mysterious and peculiar boy. Warning bells were signaling in my head, telling me, "Something isn't quite right about this one." Because of this I actually didn't fall head over heels for him, like I tend to do. I liked him though, however, he pissed me off. There wasn't much going on with him. He was either too busy or in a hurry. Yeah, he hurt my feelings too, Abby.

The overall story for this was interesting and creepy. Like I've said, the Legend has now intrigued me. Although, not much really happened throughout the book until the end. Basically, through about 98% of the book we are just living each day (almost) in Abby's world. This was great, I actually loved this. It wasn't until the end did we get answers. Like who was Katy and Nikolas really. Even Caspian. Who is he, really? This does sort of bug me, which docs .5 for my rating on this book. A little more action and a little more answers throughout the book would have been less frustrating. That said, I still have unanswered questions. I also feel she leaves us hanging, especially regarding characters. What's with this Ben business? He's either there or not. Frustrating! Sometimes characters would know something that Abby never mentioned. Hm, are all the characters mind-reading now? Just something I picked up on. Nothing too bothersome, but noticable, to me.

So would I recommend this? Definetely! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was happy to discover the legend of Sleepy Hollow. I've herd of the horseman, but never the Legend. I think it deserves a read, and if you don't like it, than that's okay.

I'm going to end this review here because I'm going to actually start the second book. I kind of want to know what this whole Abby and Caspian and horseman deal are going to turn into. I shall have to read and find out! Ah, so exciting.

P.S Before I complete this with a rating, I want to add that I really loved Abby's character. I know I stated this up top, but I truly did love her. She made her own perfume! How cool is that? Yeah, I think I might attempt my own perfume one day.

My ghostly rating: 4.5 curly pig tails

Severed heads, ghosts, hollows, perfume,


WWW Wednesday's (#1)

Hello all my lil' piggies! Today I have for you a post on "WWW Wednesdays". I originally saw Beckie from Bittersweet Enchantment do a post on this and figured I would to. I think I'll be fun for both me and you. Fun for you because you'll get to anticipate upcoming reviews, follow along with what I'm reading, and just to soothe your curiosity. Fun for me because, I don't know, because it'll be fun reading your comments.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My Answers:

What are you currently reading? The Hollow by Jessica Verday. I am almost through with this one so expect a review up tonight or tomorrow morning. I've had this one on my bookshelf for a FEW years. Monday it was yelling at me so I picked it up and started reading it. Boy, why did I wait so long to read this? It's amazing!

What have you recently finished? Reckless by Cornelia Funke. This one was really good. I thoroughly enjoyed the darkness of fairy tales in this one. You can read my review on this, if you'd like ^.^

What do you think you'll read next? The Haunted by Jessica Verday. I'll probably want to read the sequel to The Hollow so I added this to my reading pile as next. I've already ruined some aspects of the book for me, though. I was stupid and read the synopsis of this one while reading the other. Stupid, stupid Angela. Oh well, it's not like I haven't ruined a book for myself before.

If you'd like to join along, go right ahead. I'd love to see your post. You can also visit Bittersweet Enchantment if you'd like to link her to your post. I'm sure she'd be really happy ;)

W's, more W's, one more W,


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Giveaway Hop Update

Hello my little piggies, this is just a reminder that the Holiday Giveaway Hop is quickly approaching. Don't forget to check back on December 2nd so you can leave a comment and possibly win! I'd like a good turn out, so please tell everyone you know! There's a big selection of books on the book depository that are ten dollars or less, so you can't go wrong with the prize.  If there is a good turn out I might just up the price to fifteen because I know hard covered books are a little more than ten. So keep checking back for updates.

Also, thanks to my followers that have followed so far. I try to get my blog noticed in the blogging world, but it's hard! But I try ^.^

Hops, followers, holiday, prizes,


Here is the link for my giveaway post: Booklover's Holiday Giveaway Hop

Taunting Tuesday's (#2)

Along with a "In my mailbox" I also have for you a "Taunting Tuesday's". If you don't know what this is, it is a post that discusses the taunting-ness of books yet to be released. It's also a way for you to be reminded of upcoming books (in case you've forgotten about them) and for you to learn of new books you may be interested in.

Without further ado, today's Taunting Tuesday will be about A Million Suns by Beth Revis.

I am so frexing excited for the release of this book. The book isn't released until January, which isn't entirely far off, considering the quickly passing time, but when you desperately want to continue the story, time is forever slow.
Having just finished Across the Uuniverse last week, I am not-so-patiently waiting to read this. I mean, look at the cover. It is almost as beautiful as the first books cover. I never pictured myself being much of a Sci-Fi fan, yet here I am, loving this series. To be fair, this is extremely different from Sci-Fi books about aliens and space. Yes, this is about space, but c'mon, there is rommance and a frexing hottie. What isn't there to like?
And the blurb goodreads provides:

It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to enact his vision - no more Phydus, no more lies.
But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.
In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.

Is equally as taunting as the cover. Ugh! It's so not fair.

Anyway's that's all the taunting for today. I don't want to taunt you guys to much, and I think if I talk anymore about this book the increasing taunting-ness for this is only going to worsen.

If you'd like to do your own Tauting Tuesday, feel free to. It's just something fun to do on a Tuesday. Hm, maybe I'll think of something that can be posted every Wendesday (Hump Day).

Taunting-ness, frexing, suns, hotties,


In my mailbox (#1)

Woohoo, this is my first post on a "In my mailbox". This is so exciting! Although, these books weren't actually in my mailbox, rather I purchased them from chapters. However, I'm hoping next week some books I got from the book depository show up. Yup, be prepared for 19 books.

Anyways, lets get on with the show, shall we?

First off we have Stork by Wendy Delsol. I just picked this up today and am excited to read it sometime this month. I had no intentions of buying it, but thought the cover was beautiful and the story sounded interesting enough. We will have to read and find out.

Lastly I picked up Captivate by Carrie Jones. I only went to chapters to look, picked up Stork and saw this one in the bargain books section. Ah, bargain books, can't go wrong with those. At only $5.99 I thought, hey, why not? I have the first one, Need, and thought I'd get the second since it was also hard covered. This series sounds interesting. I'll have to fit it in some time this month (hopefully).

Well, that's all today, folks. Not many, but enough. Considering I've got 19 books coming in the mail, I'd say I did pretty good at the book store. Next week is going to be a book-heavy week though. With books coming in the mail and Clockwork Prince being released, I've got an entire load full to share to you guys. Stay tuned!

Fairies, snow, books, mailbox's,


Monday, November 28, 2011

Review: Reckless

Title: Reckless
Author: Cornelia Funke
Pages: 396
Format: Print/Paperback
Published: September 5th 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Flabbergasted. That's exactly the pool of emotion I'm currently drowning in. Yes, I am drowning in my own emotion. Pathetic.

I'm dumbfounded, also, that someone could craft such a world our poor Jacob Reckless loves more than the world in which he was born. Although, seeing as J.K Rowling created Hogwarts and other authors have also crafted world's I wouldn't have thought off, this one is especially unique to me. Why? It could be the use of fairy tales, or it could be the imagination behind Jacob's story, but it just stands out as unique and more interesting. I wish the story continued further just so I could learn more about the world beyond that mirror.

Ah, let us talk about this world. The world beyond the mirror you can only see when you cannot see yourself. It's a world full of shape-shifting vixen, goyles of jade, dwarfs, moths that kill, and tailors that will make a new suit out of your flesh. It's where a single strand from Rapunzel's hair will turn into rope, sleeping beauty never wakes, and Goyles ultimately rule. But this world is also Jacob's home. Despite its horrendous atmosphere, Jacob feels more at home here than the world we call our own. This world is also full of adventure, treachery.

The story, I will admit, started off rather slow, confusing even. We're hit head first with this mirror that we know nothing about, let alone 12 year old Jacob who has just stumbled upon the thing. As the story progresses we learn more and more about where this mirror will take you. We learn that Will, Jacob's brother, is turning into Goyle. Throughout this entire story, Jacob is racing endlessly to try and save his brother from this bloody curse. Along side him are Clara, Fox, and Valiant, a greedy, shellfish dwarf. Together, they encounter life threatening situations, heart ache, love, loyalty, and of course, treason. It's the ultimate combination of adventure.

Fairy tales such as, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretal, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Giants, Dwarfs, and Goyels, were all the foundation for the world building of this book. The author infused these telling's into this world, twisting and mending them into something dark. These fairy tales are no longer stories with a happy ending, instead little children enter Gingerbread houses, never leaving, and Sleeping Beauty dies because she never wakes up. I love this about this book! It was what kept me intrigued. It is also what kept things interesting and new. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love original fairy tales, but this author took these tales and twisted them darkly. I loved that! Funke, you rock for taking something so happy and making it so disturbing.

Along with this world enters amazing characters. Their not stickily, but rounded, full of emotion, well except Will at one point, but you'll have to read to find out what I mean. Jacob is what I'd like to call, a tortured soul. Edward from Twilight is one, and you'll ofter find Jounny Depp playing these types of roles- AHEM, Charlie and the Chocolate factory, Pirates of the Caribbean, Edward Scissor Hands, AHEM- These character are often unhappy, have a dark past, and really, trying to find themselves. Jacob was a hot tortured soul though. Hm, have you noticed I often like the males in book? Kind of hard not to when Jacob's as bad-ass as the author writes.

Nough talk about what I loved about this book. There were a few kinks that I just wouldn't disappear. The story at times got confusing. I'd be turning page after page, completely intrigued, when what to my wondering eyes should appear, but words that confuse me. Some chapters would begin somewhere totally different from where the last chapter left off. Chapters would usually switch from telling you about one character, to telling you about the enemy and what they're doing. It got confusing, and I wish the author was more clear as to what was happening at points.

Other than that, this book was well written. Great use of imagery and description. I pictured the entire book in my mind. It was like an action packed movie, where I could cast the characters. Boo-yeah!

I cannot wait for the release of the sequal to this book. Although, the release date for the sequal is unknown, which is awful considering I'd like to learn more about this world.

My raing: 4 curly pig tails

Goyles, jade, tailors, moths, gingerbread houses, and Jacob,


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Update: Why I've been absent (#1)

Hello everybody!

Yes, I've been absent from my blog for a couple days. No I wasn't taking a break, and no I wasn't neglecting you guys. I would never do that! I love blogging. It's so much fun and there are so many great people in the blogging world, I couldn't just up and leave, not without warning.

I've been so busy lately and then one thing led to another and then I found myself with less time for reading. Currently I am reading Reckless and I'm only on page 100! That's it! I should be finished it by now. I would be finished it if it weren't for all this homework and what nots.

Being in grade 12, my grades are an important part of my life right now. I've applied to a bunch of Universities around Canada here, and so I've got to keep my grades where they are. I can't just slack because of a book. Oh, do I wish I could do that. I'd slack any day for a book. But that's ludicrous, I need to study hard and work hard. Ugh!

I'm going to shut up now because now I'm just going on and on. I don't want to make excuses, but it's the truth. I will continue doing reviews as I finish books.

Holiday reading Challenge update: I've read 2 holiday themed books so far! Yay! I've got 5 more holiday themed books to read until I reach my goal! Check out my review if you'd like ^.^

Christmas giveaway: As some of you know I've decided to join a few giveaway's. I am going to do a giveaway, just not both of them. I feel so extremely bad for saying this, but I think I am just going to do the one giveaway where you can win a book. This means no gift card giveaway. I don't expect any of you to be happy with this, and I don't expect any of you to appreciate or understand. It's hard to put yourself in some one's shoes. I've had a few incidents happen that have left me money short. They were unexpected and surprising. Though, I am not going to rid the giveaway's completely, just take one away. So, I am holding a giveaway, just not the gift card one. I apologize.

Well that's all from me today. Look out for my review on Reckless, hopefully soon. Also, I've got a bunch of books coming in the mail that I will be doing a "What's in my mailbox" post about. It was my birthday on Friday (November 25th), and so my mom got me some books I've been wanting. Thanks mommy ^.^

Books, excuses, and apologies,


Review: Snowed In

Title: Snowed In
Author: Rachel Hawthorne
Pages: 261
Published: December 1st 2011
Publisher: Harper Teen

Ah, s'more cheese. If you haven't read my review on "Icing on the Lake," I encourage you to read it if you want my cheesy logical stuff to make sense.

During the months of November and December, I have pledged to read 7 holiday themed books. Well, I have 2 down and 5 more to go. Woot! Woot!

Ashleigh has just moved to an island that is full of snow. Since living in Texas all her life never really introduced her to much cold, the island is especially cold for her. She gets to know a few girls around town, the first being Nathalie, pronounced, Nat-Halie. Just thought I'd warn you. Her mom seemed to have taken it personally if you didn't pronounce it properly. Well, forget about the name for a second. Picture a lumberjack. No, not the big, creepy, old looking kind with a chainsaw. Picture a hot, young lumberjack, defined muscles, sexy smile. Have him pictured? Good, cause you've just pictured Josh, Nathalie's boyfriend. Her boyfriend. Oh, yes, her boyfriend. But wait, Ashleigh likes him too, and, even though she wont admit it, she has some hard core feelings for him. Despite her no boyfriend plan, I think she can make an exception. Wouldn't you agree?

First off, this is a cheesy story, like "Icing on the Lake," this followed the same format I had written in that review. It's cheesy. It's a cheesy teen love story that is fun to read and get lost in. You smile, cry, get angry, blush, and any other teenager emotion you can think of, you'll have it during these books. Well, at least I did.

The characters in these books never bother me, which includes Ashleigh. I admired her, actually. She was independent. Strong minded. Although, at times I felt like throwing a snow ball at her head. How could she not see what you'll find out in the book? How?

Anyways, the writing is teenager-ous. Not the typical tone you read in books like the Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Darkest Powers, Twilight. These books were obviously written for fun and to be read for fun. I'd hate for someone to read this a be let down. This is a short cheesy book for when you just want something short and sweet. It's cheesy, okay! Cheesy! I feel like I really have to get this cheesy point across because some reviews just don't make sense. It's not a serious novel. If you don't like cheesy teen romance, than don't read or review this book. This isn't the case if you like books with a more mature tone to it. Stop being all serious in your reviews when this book is not serious. It's oozing, goozing with cheese! Yum!

This was a great holiday read. It actually had me wishing it were snowing here in Canada. It's so cold yet we haven't gotten snow yet. Seems pointless to have cold and not snow. Hurry up snow!

Snow, sleigh rides, snow balls, and hot chocolate,


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Review: Across the Universe

Title: Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Pages: 398
Format: Print/Hard covered
Published: January 11th 2011
Publisher: Razorbill

Warning: I use much terminology from the book. Terminology you will not get unless you've read it.

Frexing amazing! (You'll get it when you read the book)

Godspeed. Godspeed. What does the name imply to you? For me it implies God being speedy. Just kidding. For the people on this ship they think it simply means good luck (or something related to luck). The new generations on this ship don't believe in these "fairy tales" or what we refer to as religion. So does the name make sense? Just thought I'd put that out there.

Lets skedaddle (<-- wow that's not spelt how I assumed it was) onto the review, shall we?

I honestly do not know what to say. I'm speechless. Positively speechless. The whole idea and world crafted for this book was amazing. Thrilling. Exciting. Speedy (hehe). I am going to be right out honest and tell you I have never read a sci-fi novel before. My father being a sci-fi lover, and my house full of sci-fi books, I just never thought to pick one up and read it. I guess the idea of space just doesn't intrigue me as it did my father. Anyways, I am completely walking around the bush here, so let's continue on.

The entire book is told in either Amy's POV or Elder's POV. I must say I loved this about the book. The short (some) chapters and switching perspectives kept the story refreshing and new. I get tired of constantly reading a novel told by a girl. It gets dull after, er, I don't know, A GAZILLION BOOKS! Amy was still great though and I wasn't bothered by her POV. Elder was frexing awesome. Seriously he can season with me any day. Just kidding. The season was kind of gross, but still, any day Elder...

I'm not going to tell you what the story is about because goodreads already does a very good job of telling you about this book. I will tell you that there is a ginormous mystery a part of this book. Throughout the book I kept guessing who the killer might have been. Like Amy made a list on her wall, I made a list in my head. Scratched people off, added them again. It was so frexing thrilling!

I know what you're saying, "Chutz out Angela," but I can't! I loved this book with all my heart. Now I have a special place in my heart for all things Sci-Fi. Ahaha, I even watched Zenon on YouTube after reading this. I've been a little space-obsessed lately.

Anyways, I truly think you should check out this book. Don't let the Sci-Fi aspect of it turn you away. It will blow your mind right out to the stars.

Frexing 5 curly pig tails!

Chutz, stars and more frexing,


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Review: Icing on the Lake

Title: Icing on the Lake
Author: Catherine Clark
Pages: 368
Published: December 1st 2005
Publisher: Avon

This is my first review and book read for the Holiday Reading Challenge. Woot, woot!

This is not a book for everyone. I am a lover of all books so this went well with me (Gee, I make it sound like some type of food). It was a cute little winter read that made me giggle and smile. These types of books, the one's that are cheesy and short, are the best for something different. A lot of YA novels usually, in some way or another, feature paranormal, magic, fantasy, something that does not exist in our world. The plots and setting of Clark and Hawthorne books can take place in our world, which I really like as a change.

Icing on the Lake is about a girl, Kirsten, who has moved in with her sister for a month to help out. Then Sean comes along, the ice rink police man, shoveling man and hockey man. Sean also has a brother, Conor, the ice rink police man, shoveling man, bakery man and grocery store man. Who does Kirsten fall for? Hats and mittens off, it's time to ice around this teen romance book.

There really isn't much I can say about this book, considering its size. It took me a couple of hour's to read. It' plot followed the typical outline these types of books generally follow. Here's what I mean:

1) Features a girl who is either away somewhere or doing something (amusement park, hotel, wedding, skating, etc.)
2) Generally features 2 boys (typically ones that the girl is interested in)
3) The girl always (sometimes) falls for the wrong one, or if there is one guy she falls for him but something happens to their relationship
4) The girl and guy (which ever scenario) breaks up
5) They get back together and the end

Confusing? Yeah, if you haven't read these types of books then this outline wouldn't make any sense. I'm hoping though, at least, it does just a little. To explain more generally, these books are about cheesy teenagers trying to figure themselves out. It's cheesy teen love, basically. The writing has teenager written all over it (excuse the pun.) The plot is usually cheesy too. Too much cheese? Well they are cheesy. But I like cheesy as a change. Cheesy is funny and cute. Thus, I will use cheese one more time to sum up the overall feeling of this book, cheesy (but good cheesy.)

If you like to read cheesy teen romance from time to time, then this book is for you. If not, well steer clear 'cause you'll end up hating this. Oh, and before I forget, this is a great Holiday winter read if you're looking for one ^.^

My rating:
4 curly pig tails

Cheesy romance and ice skates,


Friday, November 18, 2011

Review: Die for me

Title: Die for Me
Author: Amy Plum
Pages: 341
Format: Print/Hard covered
Published: May 10th 2011
Publisher: Harper Teen

I can't even begin to describe how much I loved this book!

Well, for this review purpose, I will try my vary best to sum up my chaotic thoughts on this book. When I say chaotic I don't mean bad I mean absolutely good!

This magnificent Paris story begins in Paris, of course. Kate and her sister, Georgian, have lost their parents in a car accident and now live with their grandparents. How exciting, right? Not according to Kate, until she meets Vincent, the oh-so-handsom young man. Then she learns of his secrets and the secrets of his 'family'. Their all revenants, meaning undead.

To prevent any spoiler spillage I am keeping this synopsis as short and sweet as understandably possible. I'm afraid of telling you guys something that was so fun to discover on your own.

Where do I even begin? This concept and plot and creativeness and characters and all the nooks and cranies of this book was so original and refreshing, I stayed up late last night reading this, despite my head cold (which was demanding me of sleep). We have books on vampires and wolves, fairies and witches, ghosts and demons, but what about revenants? I've always known what a revenant was, hearing the term in Supernatural, but I never imagined someone using it in a book, and none other a book containg teen romance.

For those who do not know what a revenant is, to speak generally they can be described as zombie-like. The revenant's in this book don't have rotting flesh and don't eat humans. These reveants are gorgeous, funny, mysterious, and dare I say it here, bad-ass! I'm not going to go into too much detail of how the author constructed this revenant creation, but know this, they are good. Period. Just remember that.

Kate is the girl we are always in. Er, I mean we're always in her mind (that sounds better). So, the point of view is in dear Kate's perspective. She isn't annoying or naive. She's strong-minded but not tough like some girls are, making a reader annoyed. Her love for Vincent wasn't immidiate which I greatly appreciated. It was gradual and nice, actually. It was realistic. I like realistic.

Vincent was what all us teen girls love in a good paranormal romance book. He's sexy, hot, protective, but also he has emotion, feelings. I hate the cardboard-thin boys in YA books that don't show emotions or pretend to hate the girl because he likes her. Vincent is the complet opposite. Amen. He didn't shy away from Kate, he laid down the truth (with a little force from Kate) and let her decide. Oh, Vincent, how I heart you.

The other characters were just priceless. Jules was awesome and I totally wish I could have been in this book, experiencing everything, just so I can hear the jokes personally, up close. This book was funny at times, and I found myself laughing out loud late last night. All the revenants in this family had a great sense of humor and were just awesome. Simple as that.

Read this! I'm telling you! Although I've read 3 other books this week, this one was the best. I needed this book to cheer me up. I've been sick with a head cold, making me sad and lonely. Ah, thank you books!

My rating:
5 curly pig tails

Flesh eating Zombies (hehehe),


Side Note: This is nothing like Twilight. I don't see where people get this crazy idea, but it is clear as a sunny day that this is nothing like Twilight. Just because the author was inspired to write this after reading Twilight, does not, I repeat, does not mean it is like it. Vincent is much hotter and doesn't sparkle. Kate isn't annoying but strong-minded. Seriously, this is nothing like Twilight. Zelch. Zero. No similarities.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Giftcard Giveaway Hop (discontinued)


I love Christmas and the Holiday's. Every year I save all my birthday money to get my family Christmas gifts. My birthday being November 25th, I have the money in time to buy gifts for everyone. I love the whole concept of giving. I always get a smile when I see someone open their gift. It's exciting and happy.

Here is my second gift to you. It's a gift card that either you can use OR to give to someone else. It's totally up to you.

My other giveaway is here:

For more information regarding this giveaway, to sign up or to enter all the other fabulous giveaway's, visit this link: I am a Reader, Not a writer is a great blog that always has a giveaway going on, I truly think you should go check it out ^.^

How to enter and other details:
1)You must be a follower of this blog. You will always have easy access to this post. I'll make sure.
2)It is optional to follow me on twitter to gain +1 entry. A tweet is not required, but you can most definitely spread the word!
3)You can only enter ONCE. I will be checking to see if you are a follower of this blog. If not, you will be disqualified.
4)To enter, all you have to do is comment on THIS post including your name (first name is fine) your email address and/if you followed me on twitter, your twitter username (so I can confirm). You will also have to specify which prize you are winning. * Only one of the two will be given away.
5)This giveaway does not start until December 9th and ends December 13th. You can ONLY enter the day it starts up to the day it ends. Any entry before and after these dates will not be counted. I will post a reminder the day before so you don't forget to enter.
6)I wish each and every one of you the best of luck in this giveaway. I am not a lucky person. I've never won a giveaway in my life. I hope you don't have my luck. Lastly, thanks! I appreciate each and everyone of you guys.

What you will be winning:
*If you are Canadian (living in Canada): A $10 giftcard for indigo or any relating bookstores (Chapters, Coles, etc) that accepts indigo giftcards. You will recieve an actual card in the mail, unless you prefer a giftcard sent through your email. The winner will be asked to specify.
*If you are American (living in the US): A $10 giftcard for Barnes and Nobles. You will recieve the actual card unless the winner speify's a giftcard through email.

In your entry please specify whether you are Canadian or American. Only one of the two will be given away. I didn't want to leave out my American friends, so I've included Barnes and Nobles. If you didn't know, I am Canadian ^.^

Thanks everyone and Merry Christmas ^.^


Book Lover's Holiday Giveaway Hop

Hello everyone! I've been in such a Christmas mood lately that I have decided to enter the Book Lover's Holiday Giveaway Hop! Yes, I know I don't have many follower's, but I thought this would be a great way to spread the word from piggy ear to piggy ear about The Little Blue Pig.

Here is the link to I am a Reader, Not a Writer's post about the giveaway hop:
You can visit the above link to find out more information about the giveaway, enter their giveaway, and most importantly enter all the other AMAZING giveaway's available. How cool, right?

How to enter and other details:

1) You must be a follower of this blog.
2)You can only enter ONCE. I will be checking to see if you are a follower of this blog. If not, you will be disqualified.
4)All you have to do to enter is comment on THIS post including your name (just your first name will do) your email address.
5)This giveaway does not start until December 2nd and ends December 6th. You can only enter on December 2nd through to December 6th. Don't worry, I will post a reminder the day before.
6)I wish all of you the best of luck and most importantly thank you. To create and maintain a blog is hard work, but I enjoy it. This is my appreciation for your time and support. Thanks!

What you will be winning:
*A book from The Book Depository
with a value up to $10
*This is international so long The Book Depository ships to your address

Thanks so much and have a vary Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Review: The Swan Maiden

Title: The Swan Maiden
Author: Heather Tomlinson
Pages: 320
Format: Print/Paperback
Published: September 30th 2008
Publisher: Square Fish

I've always loved fairy tales. Their full of hope, conquer, despair, hatred and obviously love. There is always a villain, a damsel in distress, a prince (or someone type of boy who is deeply in love with the damsel), something to overcome, and finally the happy ending. I think that pretty much sums up what a fairy tale consists of. Yup.

The Swan Maiden has all these concepts. It is, like I've read in other reviews, one long fairy tale. Actually, I think it's a mash up of fairy tales. We have magic, swans, someone locked in a tower, people flying about and the pauper in love with the princess. Yup, definitely a mash up.

I loved this book nonetheless.

This book was NOT realistic. I think one reason so many people were turned off by this book was because of how unrealistic it was. It's a fairy tale, people! The guy gets the girl, the bad guy loses, people fall in love really fast and the characters don't make wise decisions. That is what fairy tale stories do. We are all so used to vivid, air-breathing characters that we forgot how fairy tales are written. The main character's make stupid mistakes and she always falls in love really fast. Red ridding hood went into the forest.  Snow white ate an apple from a stranger. Cinderella let her step mother boss her around. Their all young and naive. That is exactly how our swan maiden, Doucette, acts.

Doucette is a six-teen year old girl who is born of the Aiglorn's, a very powerful kingdom. Her two sisters are swan maidens. They have magical powers and can do anything they please with them. People fear them and don't dare talk down to them. You just might get turned into a toad if you do! Doucette longs to be one of them instead of a Chastaline. However, one day she discovers her very own swan skin. She also falls in love with Jaum, a shepherd. Of course, her father and mother completely disagree. The couple run a way, but that's not all, something happens, I'm just not telling you what.

This was a cute story. Like I said it was not realistic. You never get a feel for the characters. Their as thin as paper, no, more like rice paper. Doucette makes some naive decisions, she doesn't follow her gut to often. I liked Jaum though. I pictured him very handsome in my mind. He was the perfect example of a man we ladies all wish for. Someone to carry us when our feet hurt. Clear a hillside, dig a pond, retrieve the golden bird, just so he can have our hand.

Yeah right, in what life time?

Overall, I am happy with this book. The writing was beautiful, sounded exactly like that of a fairy tale. Fairy tales always have that special tone, the tone that really stand out amongst non fairy tale stories. The plot was original and creative. I loved the new story about the swan. Crafted so much like the power Doucette manipulates.

Prepare to take flight and soar into a magical fairy tale.

My rating:
4 curly pig tails

Monday, November 14, 2011

TRF: 2012 Harry Potter Reading Challenge!

Yes, that's right, another challenge. What does that make it? Two challenges in only a couple of days. To be fair this one doesn't start until 2012.

I've only read the first two books of Harry Potter. I know, right? How can a book geek like myself not have read Harry Potter? Simple, I just never thought to. Don't get me wrong, I have all the books, they're clearly available for me, I just never picked them up. Thus, I am doing this challenge. I'd like to tell people I've read them ALL!

Whether you have read the series 30 times, just once, or are--like me--hiding your ignorance in the closet, this challenge is for you. Don't let the spirit of Potter die with the last movie. Bring it back by reading the books!

The challenge:

Read all seven books in the Harry Potter series during 2012.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  • The challenge will run from January 1st, 2012, to December 31st, 2012. Books read before or after this time frame do not count. You can join anytime until the challenge ends.
  • Books can be in any format: Print, ebook, audiobook, etc..
  • You do not have to review the books to participate, although you are more than welcome to. If you choose not to review, you can also do the following and still be eligible for prizes:
    • Answer the discussion questions each month
    • Create a post talking about each book after you finish (any topic)
    • Just update your kickoff post after each book
    • Those without blogs can leave a comment with their thoughts/review/review link.
    • Because this is open to those who have already read HP, old reviews will be accepted. Whether you have read the books within the challenge time frame is on the honor system, so please be honest!
  • Be sure to leave the relevant links in each linky to be entered into the drawings for prizes (more on that below).
Once the challenge begins, there will be a new item in the menu bar titled: 2012 HPRC. This will take you to a page that will list all the related posts and linkys where you can post your reviews or discussions.
Extra Credit:
  • Read at least one book per month, starting in January. If you do this you will be done well before September.
  • Each month, I will have a new linky on my blog where you can come to post your reviews/discussions of each book you have read. These will correspond with that month's book (Jan. = Sorcerer's Stone, Feb. = Chamber of Secrets, and so on).
  • In addition, I will post discussion questions about each book that you can answer on your blog, or in the comments of that post.
  • Watch the corresponding movie at the end of each book, and experience them with a fresh new viewpoint.
  • Tweet with me throughout the year! #2012HPRC

Sweet Stuff:

Throughout the year I will be giving away items related to Harry Potter, for those participating in the challenge. Full details on these items will be available later, but I have plans for things like a wand, HP jewelry, books, and other cool stuff.
At the end of the challenge, I'll have a grand prize giveaway with lots of good stuff, and possibly a boxed set of the entire series. Participating in the extra credit activities will earn you more entries for this!

Sign Up: Just click on this link and sign up on The Reading Fever's blog post. Also, any other information regarding this challenge that was posted in this post is directed back to the link above. Thanks!