Showing posts from June, 2011

Sunset Bridge {review} and giveaway

Title: Sunset Bridge (A Happiness Key Novel #3)
Author: Emilie Richards
Publisher: Mira
Publication Date: June 21, 2011
arc, 510 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-7783-1238-3

Summary: Former socialite Tracy Deloche has nothing to her name but five ramshackle beach cottages and the unlikely friendships she's formed with her tenants. Wanda, wise waitress turned popular pie-shop owner. Janya, the young Indian wife whose arranged marriage surprises her every day. Alice, a widow raising her complex tween-age granddaughter. And Maggie, Wanda's daughter, a former Miami cop with a love life as complicated as Tracy's own.
The new man in Tracy's life hasn't mentioned love or commitment— and Tracy has just discovered she's pregnant. Janya longs to be a mother—and suddenly has two young siblings in her care. Maggie helps out at Wanda's Wonderful Pies…but is the kitchen big enough for both Gray women? And Alice may lose her beloved granddaughter to someone no one expected…. As a tropical st…

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Title: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy Book 1)
Author: N.K. Jemisin
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: February 25, 2010
paperback, 398 pages
ISBN: 0316043915(ISBN13: 9780316043915)

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother's death and her family's bloody history.
With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate - and gods and mortals - are bound inseparably together.
What would happen if the gods went to war against each other? That is the question that is answered before N. K. Jemisin’s debut nov…

Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Daimon (Covenant #0.5)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: April 19, 2011
ebook, 62 pages
ISBN: 9780983157(ISBN13: 9780983157267)

Summary: For three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals—pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she'd been trained to fulfill as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she's pretty much accepted that she's a freak by mortal standards... and that she'll never be prepared for that duty.
According to her mother, that’s a good thing.
But as every descendent of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return—the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death… because she's being hunted by the very creatures she'd once trained to kill.
The daimons have found her.

Daimon is the preque…

What's Your Status?

Zakiya from Butterfly Feet Walking on Life has a fantastic meme. In this meme you post your status of the books your reading this week, books you finished this week, books you're going to read next, and books you plan on buying this week. You can also post what reviews and memes you participated in for the week. 

What I finished last week: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rawling Sunset Bridge by Emilie Richards
What I'm reading now: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
What's next in my TBR pile: A Wife for Mr. Darcy by Mary Lydon Simonsen

This is my status for this week, what's yours?

Harry Potter Covers from Around the World: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

These are some Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone covers from around the world. What do you think? Do you have a favorite?

Shelley Workinger Guest Post and Giveaway!

Today I have author Shelley Workinger here. She's the author of the Solid series. She's here today with her top 10 YA books. Take it away Shelley:
TOP 10 YA BOOKS                 YA is such a massive body of work and (although I don’t have any solid stats to back this up) has got to be one of the fastest-growing categories today. I think a lot of writers (myself included) recognized the discrepancy between the number of hungry young readers and the amount of fun, new and exciting stories to satisfy them. YA titles are pouring into the market faster than I can add them to my TBR list and they cover all the bases: adventure, fantasy, romance, sci-fi – many even all of the above! Knowing that I can’t choose (or even read!) them all, I did my best to give a fair representation of the genre. J I mainly read for pleasure – for escapism – so my favorite books tend to be more fun and fantasy. By the same token, I prefer my fantasy to be more, well, realistic. I know that sounds contradic…

Settling by Shelley Workinger

Title: Settling (Solid #2)
Author: Shelley Workinger
Publisher: Create Space
Publication Date: July 4, 2011
paperback, 242 pages
ISBN: 1-460-98172-3

Summary: At the beginning of the summer, Clio Kaid was one of a hundred teens brought to a secret Army installation. But it was no ordinary camp and they weren’t ordinary kids…
Soon after learning they were the products of a secret genetic experiment, the teens began developing super-abilities ranging from bounding lightness to blocking heaviness; blinding brilliance and the ability to vanish. These same gifts made them targets of a psychopath in officer’s clothing, and they found themselves fighting for their lives.
Picking up where “Solid” left off, Clio and her friends realize that they aren’t ready to go home; they’re determined to stay on campus and continue their journey of self- discovery. But someone doesn’t feel the same way and will do anything to drive them away – even kill.
Friendships will be tested, abilities will evolve, and more se…

Griffin Rising by Darby Karchut

Title: Griffin Rising
Author: Darby Karchut
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Publication Date: June 28, 2011
paperback, 174 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60619-210-8

Summary: Griffin Rising is an urban fantasy about an apprentice angel and his coming of age under the tutelage of a father-like mentor. As one of the mysterious Terrae Angeli, Griffin secretly navigates life among humans while preparing for the trial-by-combat every apprentice must pass or become mortal.

This is one of those books I have a hard time writing a review for. Not because I don't like it but because I really like it. I think this book is phenomenal. Griffin Rising by Darby Karchut is the story about an angel. Griffin spends the first few years of his life mentally and physically abused by his mentor. Things change for him when he receives his new mentor, Basil. Basil is repulsed by what was done to Griffin. Not only does he have to make up for the lack of training Griffin didn't receive but he also has to find a way to get…


What better way to start off the week than with a giveaway! All these books have been gently read. I enjoyed reading them and now I want to pass them onto someone else. Here are the books:

One person will get to pick two of the books listed above. This is limited to the US and Canada residents only. All you have to do is fill out the form below to enter. Please make sure to read my giveaway policy before entering. You must be at least 13 years old to enter.  Contest ends July 1, 2011
*Your name counts as the original entry but you have a chance to get extra entries if you want them.

Sunday Confessions is going on hiatus.

Sunday Confessions will be on hiatus during the summer. Never fear SC will be back in the fall. This will give me some time to come up with some new topics. If you have any suggestions on topics you would like to see on SC, please let me know. You can contact me by email loves2read54(at)yahoo(dot)com or on twitter @2readornot2read.

What is Pottermore?

Have you heard? Do you know? Last week I started to notice the phrase 'pottermore' popping up here and there around the blogosphere. Then after a little investigation I found out that J.K. Rowling is expected to make an announcement next week. I went to this website and if you click on one of the owls it will take you to this countdown widget on youtube. You can also follow Pottermore on twitter. Now the question of the week is? What do you think it means? What do you think JK Rowling's announcement is going to be? Another series perhaps about the world of Harry Potter? I would love it if she wrote more on James and Lily Potter. What about you? Any thoughts or speculations? Are you excited?

What's Your Status?

Zakiya from Butterfly Feet Walking on Life has a fantastic meme. In this meme you post your status of the books your reading this week, books you finished this week, books you're going to read next, and books you plan on buying this week. You can also post what reviews and memes you participated in for the week. 

What I read last week: A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man by Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan
Nerdy Thrity by Wendy Townley Ordeal by T.K. Varenko Darcy's Temptation: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by Regina Jeffers Blood Moon by T Lynne Tolles Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cache
What I'm reading now: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
What's next in my TBR pile: The Messiah of Howard Street by Jennifer Castello The Summer We Came to Life by Deborah Cloyed Sunset Bridge by Emilie Richards
This is my status for this week, what's yours?

Book Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot

Title: Abandon
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Point
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
paperback arc, 310 pages
ISBN: 978-0-545-28410-3
Source: Once Upon A Twilight Book Tours
Available @ Amazon | B&N | Book Depository 

Summary:  Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid. Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most. But if she lets herself fall any furth…

What do G.I. Joe, InStyle Magazine and Linkin Park Have in Common? Guest Post and Giveaway by Heidi Ruby Miller

What do G. I. Joe, InStyle magazine, and Linkin Park have in common? Heidi Ruby Miller used something from all of them in her new novel Ambasadora.

Though I only worked on Ambasadora for about three years, I took from influences all the way back to my childhood for the Ambasadora-verse and its characters. One that comes immediately to mind is G. I. Joe. I devoured everything Joe during the 80s and 90s, including the comic books, the animated series, and the Choose Your Own Adventure books.

Then I read Dune by Frank Herbert when I was in fifth grade and I felt like I was there on Arrakis. Luckily, I came to Dune late—it was first published in 1965—so I could snatch up the sequels one right after the other. I also bought the movies and the mini-series. When I found out one of my critique partners from the graduate program at Seton Hill—I'm talking about you, Christopher Paul Carey!—loved Dune as much as I did, plus had a degree in anthropology just like I did, it was easy to work wit…