Archive | August, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (41)

21 Aug

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Books I’ve Read in the Lifespan of My Blog

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish post a top ten list topic so that book lovers like you and me can pour over our shelves and make our own lists. You can check out all the other Top Ten Tuesday‘s on their site!

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Book Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

20 Aug

Book cover for Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Title: Seraphina

Author: Rachel Hartman

Series: Seraphina, book 1

Genre: Fantasy YA, Dragons

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Release date: July 10, 2012

Amazon | Goodreads

Challenge: Debut Author Challenge, YA/MG Fantasy Challenge

Source: NetGalley/Bought it

Summary: Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

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Recommend A…(14)

20 Aug

Recommend A... meme

…Book by a Debut Author 

Recommend A… is a SUPER meme hosted by Shanyn from Chick Loves Lit that lets us get a little random, and a little off the radar. I LOVE IT.

Debut love! I love reading debuts. There’s something so enjoyable about reading a book from a completely new voice. It makes me giddy and so stoked! Here are a few of my favorite debuts! (I’m keeping this list to the last two years or so. Just to keep things from getting out of hand.)

Book cover for Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Unraveling: Unraveling #1 by Elizabeth Norris. This book was pretty stellar. It surprised me by going in a totally different direction than I thought it would. It was a nonstop pace, exciting and fresh. Also it made me cry. Books that make me cry automatically make me love them a little bit extra.

book cover for Born wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Born Wicked: The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1 by Jessica Spotswood. Ah, witches! I love witches. What I loved about BORN WICKED was the way it was different from every other witch book I’ve ever read. The time period–turn of the 20th century Maine–was new; the alternate history following the Salem Witch Trials was new; the mythology of the witches and the warlocks and the Sisterhood/Brotherhood was new. And the ending was wrenching.

Book cover for The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder. WAH FEELINGS! I know that some people found the main character, Cam, hard to like, but I appreciated her prickliness. It had a reason that I found heartbreaking and real. Cam coping with her cancer and her own mortality was devastating and gorgeous, and I can’t wait to see what Wendy Wunder has in store next.

In My Mailbox (41)

19 Aug

August 19, 2012

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. It’s awesome. Every week, we all get a chance to tell everyone what new books we’ve gotten so that we can tell you guys and we can all drool and squee together! Huzzah for squees!

Guys, have you noticed that I haven’t gotten a lot of books from NetGalley lately? Aren’t you proud of me?!  I’ve been resisting it really well, I think. Which is good, because I’ve got plenty of NetGalley stuff to read already. Plus it give me more time to moon over the books that I buy for myself, like this week’s small haul. 

BOUGHT

Book cover for Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar
Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar. I have already read RAW BLUE, but now I can actually have a real copy of my own, thanks to UK publisher Catnip and fishpond.com. Guys, this book is one of the best Aussie contemps ever. It’s about a girl named Carly who has some horrible things in her past, and the surfer guy she bonds with who helps her move past them. Except it’s not as smooth and perfect as that little synopsis of mine sounds, and it’s certainly not cute. “Raw” is a good word for this book. Also AMAZING.
book cover for Dante's Girl by Courtney Cole
Dante’s Girl: The Paradise Diaries #1 by Courtney Cole. I just heard about this book earlier this week, and I decided to give it a go. It’s a self-pub, but it sounds really cute, and it’s about an American girl in London, and I can ALWAYS get behind that. Fingers crossed that it’s as adorable and fun as it sounds!

I’m so excited for the books I got this week! Hope you guys love what you got in your mailboxes, too!

Excuse Me While I Fangirl: More Korra Art

16 Aug

Guys, I miss Legend of Korra SO HARD. Like, on Saturday mornings, I think of how there’s no new episodes on anymore and it makes me a little sad. So to help stave off my deep need for more Korra, Mako, Beifong, and the rest, I went searching for some arty Legend of Korra goodness on a great website for prints, Society 6. I think I found some super prints, too. *SIGH* Korra…I miss you, girl!

These prints link back to the pages on Society 6, where you can order one to hang in a place of prominence. Obviously. Thanks and PROPS to the artists!

Legend of Korra

Copyright by Glassy

Y’all KNOW I would find the map of Avatar world. (Even though I don’t know what it’s called.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Copyright by Monica McClain

Aang! Toph! Katara! ZUKO! The Gaang is all tribal up in here, friends. I love this one.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Copyright by Imogen Scoppie

Seriously, super talented artist people? This print is so pretty! I love the turquoise and the orange. THESE TWO.

Legend of Korra

Copyright by Leesherv

Guys, this print is called “Portrait of a Hero.” OF COURSE it would be a print of Beifong. Would Legend of Korra be as fantastic as it is without Beifong kicking ass all over the place, making sacrifices and being a BAMF? No. No way.

Legend of Korra

Copyright by Oxfordwarhorse

I love this picture of Tenzin because, one, it’s an illustration, and I LOVE those. Two, the colors are perfect. Three, it’s TENZIN.

Legend of Korra

Copyright by Skylofts Merch

Umm, hello! Of course I’d rather be pro bending! Well, only if my teammates were Mako and Bolin, and only if there was none of that “stop pro bending forever because benders are the WORST” rhetoric going around. But YES to this.

Copyright by Leesherv

Water bending FTW! Actually, whenever I take any of those, “What element are you on Legend of Korra?” quizzes, I always end up an air bender. So maybe I should be saying, “Air bending FTW!” just to be consistent. But I do love this print, because Korra is  basically a superhero.

Copyright by Alice X. Zhang

So I love this print because I love the colors. It’s got blue for water, green for earth, red and orange for fire, and some more green/blue for air. All the elements. And I love how it looks like Korra’s got some flames coming off of her or something. Just awesome.

Dang, I love this world. I LOVE IT.