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Join me on goodreads! plus a great giveaway you should know about September 21, 2010

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The more I mingle in the blogging world the better it seems to be getting! I had heard of goodreads before, but since I was already on librarything I figured I’ll just stick with one. Well I ended up registering last night and I am so excited because I already won a new book to review! I never thought I would be receiving free books to review. Now here I am thanks to my decision in May to start a blog, I am too happy for words. I would love for all my book-loving readers to join if you haven’t already! Join librarything too. Both websites are a way to keep track of books you’ve read (or want to), get recommendations on new books to read, share your opinions, and get free books before they come out! Sounds amazing huh? Join today and add me as a friend 😀 Link is on the right.

Happy Tuesday!

Bonus! Take a look at this huge giveaway at Squeaky Books. There are so many books to win!

Have you been following Enna Isilee’s birthday bash? No?! Well allow me to inform you:

Enna Isilee is the operator of the YA book-blog Squeaky Books, and from August 23rd-September 22nd she’s been celebrating her birthday in style with author interviews, guest posts, and giveaways featuring some of the hotest YA titles. It’s been a blast so far! CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE SUMMARY OF EVENTS

The bad news? IT ALL ENDS TONIGHT!

That’s right, all FIFTEEN (15) giveaways end at 11:59 pm MST tonight! But don’t worry! You still have time to enter! Below I’ve listed all of the possible things you can win. The winners will be announced tomorrow (September 22nd) on Squeaky Books.

If you live in the US you are qualified to enter every giveaway! Most giveaways are open to Canadian residents as well. Sorry international friends, no contests are open to you. But if you have a friend in the US or Canada that will mail to you then you are welcome to enter!

So? Have you entered yet? NO?! What are you waiting for? Check out the links below and enter to win some wicked sweet prizes!!


What to read at night September 20, 2010

Most of you know by now that I love Halloween, I love dressing up, I love decorating, and I (triple) love all things spooky. With Halloween coming up next month, I have switched over to “monster mode” meaning I only watch scary movies (and Halloween specials on TV) and I bring out all my horror stories to enjoy late at night. From now until Halloween I will only be reviewing spooky books and movies. So let’s kick things off!

“The dead woman rose for a moment of agony, while she was lapped in the flame, and her bitter scream of pain was drowned in the thundercrash.”

This excerpt is from “Dracula’s Guest” by Bram Stoker. It was published in 1914 as a short story because it was cut from the original Dracula manuscript by the publisher. This is one of many stories in The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time. My sister received this book from a friend as a gift for her birthday which is, coincidentally, on October 31. I immediately picked up and started reading it later that night, alone, with one light on in my corner. I was setting myself up to get spooked and boy did I ever! The book begins with The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe (one of the best writers of the genre in my opinion) a well-known story. It creeped me out, I know I heard my own heartbeat pounding. What I liked most about this book is that it isn’t just about ghosts and the undead, it’s also about psychological horror and unstable minds. These stories can be a lot scarier than physical monsters. Although I’ve read this book a few times now, the spook factor is still there, I recommend reading this book at night if you dare.

The complete list of stories:

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe
Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Bottle Imp by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen
Dracula’s Guest by Bram Stoker
The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs
Oh, Whistle And I’ll Come To You, My Lad by M.R. James
The Country Of The Blind by H.G. Wells
The Willows by Algernon Blackwood
The Beckoning Fair One by Oliver Onions
The Call Of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Have a great spooky Monday!


Winter Shadows September 13, 2010

I am so excited to be posting this review today. I received an early copy of Winter Shadows by Margaret Buffie from the Early Reviewers program from Library Thing. I encourage you to join if you also enjoy reading, what’s not to love about receiving a free book from the publisher?! Anyhoo, on to my review!

Photo: Amazon

Winter Shadows is the story of two young women going through difficult and confusing times in their life. Cass is dealing with a cold new stepmother and bratty stepsister while simultaneously still recovering from the recent loss of her mother. In the 1850s Beatrice is recently returned home from school and is also dealing with a mean new stepmother. The story is of how both these young women help each other get through the changes in their life by way of Beatrice’s journal and by doing so help themselves as well. The author does a swell job of transitioning between the two characters and the story is easy to follow with both of them. Although this story is geared more towards grade school age readers, I still enjoyed reading and maybe you will too. Some young girls will surely feel more of a connection to the dilemmas the girls face than I did. As the title suggests this story takes place during the winter season, so I suggest a cup of tea to along with it, it’s just too fitting! This book is available for pre-order and will be released on October 12.

Happy Monday!


I’m addicted…to books. August 16, 2010

I have finally admitted that to myself! This past weekend I pretty much went through all the books I had just purchased, including two in one day. I don’t know what it is about reading that just consumes me. When I really get into a book I don’t eat, drink, and everything that was once important isn’t. I admit I almost didn’t post anything today because I couldn’t peel myself away from one of the Vampire Academy books (they’re AWESOME). So what better to discuss today than book obsession! I’ve always known I had a strong relationship to (good) books. I am easily sucked and lose sense of time and place, I start living the books. Do I sound crazy yet? I won’t go so far as to say it’s unhealthy, I don’t see it so, but I can see the problems I would have if I somehow had an unlimited access to books I enjoyed. So to conclude, check out Vampire Academy if you’re into paranormal romance. You won’t regret it, or maybe you will if you forget a loved one’s birthday while reading them. Just maybe 😉

Happy Monday!


New page and babies! August 12, 2010

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Some of you may have notice the change I made to the “What I’m Reading” page as I have included the month. Well from now on I will be adding all books I read to the list and sharing it with y’all! I received my Amazon order yesterday (thanks Fire Pages) and have already started reading Secondhand Spirits: A witchcraft mystery. I am super excited about this one because it takes place in San Francisco!  Silicon valley (where I live) was also mentioned! Woo hoo, it’s not very often I come across books like that. I will be reviewing some of the books, but not all, if there is a book you want reviewed just let me know on the page. Now on to more exciting news. Babies!

Baby Thomas was born to my cousin Emely, anybody remember me blogging about her baby shower? Time flies.

Baby Abri Neveah was born to my cousin Daisy, I also blogged about her baby shower!

And just yesterday my sister received word that an old friend from high school had given birth, her baby shower was next weekend, now it’s a “Welcome Baby!” party 😀

That’s my news for today, Happy Thursday!


Sundays at Tiffany’s August 10, 2010

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My mom came home from Blockbuster on Sunday with a surprise for me, a book! I was so surprised and excited, I literally sprinted downstairs and jumped up and down. Oh, what an addiction. Besides, since when does Blockbuster carry books? And for 6 bucks!  Awesome! So I sat down and started reading, it’s a small book so I finished it in one sitting.

From Amazon:

Jane Margaux is a lonely little girl. Her mother, a powerful Broadway producer, makes time for her only once a week, for their Sunday trip to admire jewelry at Tiffany’s. Jane has only one friend: a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael. He’s perfect. But only she can see him. Michael can’t stay forever, though. On Jane’s ninth birthday he leaves, promising her that she’ll soon forget him. Years later, in her thirties, Jane is just as alone as she was as a child. And despite her own success as a playwright, she is even more trapped by her overbearing mother. Then she meets someone-a handsome, comforting, funny man. He’s perfect. His name is Michael . . .

I am not going to give anything away, but I did cry a little (I am the girl who cries over movies and books, yes I haven’t seen Titanic in years for that reason). I really liked that it was a short novel and yet it gave a (good) story. It’s definitely a curl up with a glass of tea (or an ice cream sundae on a Sunday) book. Give it a shot when you have some time!

Happy Tuesday!


Nightshade Review August 2, 2010

Remember that giveaway I blogged about from Las Risas? Well I won! I received the book on Friday and finished it that night. Yeah I read it in one sitting, which means it was addicting.
Calla Tor is the alpha of her pack and a soldier for the keepers (witches). She has been betrothed to Ren Laroche, the sexy alpha of his own pack, since birth. With about a month to go until the union Calla breaks the rules and saves a human boy who she is drawn to. Things get more complicated when he turns out to be a new student at her small school. She gets torn between the two and starts questioning her fate and the rules that bind them. So which path will she take? Find out October!
I am really excited about this series (there will be four books) since it has paranormal romance, I am such a sucker for werewolves. It might have some similarities to other books of the same genre, but the idea of witches as masters is intriguing. I definitely cannot wait for the second book, Wolfsbane. Oh and for the record I am Team Ren 😀 I always pick the werewolf for some reason.

Happy Monday!