Saturday, January 31, 2015

Favorites Giveaway Hop

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 Stuck in Books is hosting an amazing hop where you can win prizes!


So this Giveaway is in celebration to some of our favorite books.  
I am going on a bit of a different roue this time.  While many opthers are likely offering new (or within last couple years) books, I want to introduce a couple older books that I loved.  Plus some graphic novel option.
1 winner will win a prize option of their choice from the 4 options below PLUS they can pick a book from the Book Depository that is either a favorite or theirs, favorite author, etc that they want (Up to $17).  So the winner will get 2 prizes (both sent from TBD).  
Giveaway is open INT!
So in addition to the Favorite of choice, winner can choice one of the following:

Bite Club by Rachel Caine (review)


Bite Club (The Morganville Vampires, #10) 
Morganville Vampires: Bite Club (10)
 
by Rachel Caine
 
Genre(s): Young Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 340
Published: May 2011
Publisher: NAL Hardcover

Summary: "After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble.

There's a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare—knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other—or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire—accompanied by her friends and frenemies—to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville..."

Review: I love this series but this book really showed me some points I liked more than previous books and some I liked less. The drama within the Glass house reaches all new heights in this book. Everyone has secrets from one another and not all of them are good!

Stacking the Shelves 69

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, every Weekend. This is to share books I have acquired from various sources. Physical books & ebooks both are welcome. If its something being sent to me by mail, I will not mention it until I actually receive it.





Welcome to PART 3 of my end of 2014 catch up.  Well, plus what I have so far this year. This was suppose to contain many more books but something unexpected came up so this post was cut a bit short.  See you next week for more!

     


For Review

 

 Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2) 

 

From Grave Mercy: "Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?"

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Ruination (Worlds Apart, #1)"What if everything came down to a single test? If your life was defined at seventeen, could you handle it? Could you accept your fate leaving the ones you love, or would you risk it all and stay?

One test stands between Vanessa and Central. One chance to make the leap across the walls to a better life. At seventeen, Central considers Vanessa an adult. Her labor role, marriage, and housing divisions will be dictated by her performance on the leap.

Dedication and unfaltering friendship has bonded Vanessa to Garrett as they fight for their chance to leap into Central. But what happens when love overtakes reason? When defiance in the name of love creates an unintentional fracture in their nation.


Without warning Vanessa is at the mercy of the nation that’s supposed to protect her. Exiled and abandoned she must fight but she find’s she’s not alone. With her heart divided she seeks her revenge, but will her stand be enough?"

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Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Tales  

"This never-before-published collection of fourteen funny and inventive tales by acclaimed author Sir Terry Pratchett features a memorable cast of inept wizards, sensible heroes, and unusually adventuresome tortoises.   Including more than one hundred black-and-white illustrations, the appealingly designed book celebrates Pratchett’s inimitable wordplay and irreverent approach to the conventions of storytelling.

These accessible and mischievous tales are an ideal introduction for young readers to this beloved author. Established fans of Pratchett’s work will savor the playful presentation of the themes and ideas that inform his best-selling novels."

 

 

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Art of Hayao Miyazaki by Dani Cavallaro (review)

The Anime Art of Hayao Miyazaki 
The Art of Hayao Miyazaki
 
by Dani Cavallaro
 
 
Genre:  Artbooks
Pages: 204
Publisher: McFarland & Co
Published: Jan 2006
 
 
Summary: A critical study of Miyazaki's work, this book begins with an analysis of the visual conventions of manga, Japanese comic books, anime, an overview of Japanese animated films, and a consideration of the techniques deployed by both traditional cell and computer animation and details his foray into comic books and animation.
 
 


Review:   A Very interesting and educational read. I have always enjoyed Miyazaki's films (even before I knew what anime was), so getting a new perspective on the man behind it all made for a fascinating read.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Captcha?! On my blog?!?! *UpDaTE

So I just got an email from someone saying I have captcha on my blog!  Has anyone else come across this here?  And after I recently complained how much I hate seeing it on blogs too!!!

If it is up, I cannot figure out where so any tips would be appreciated.  I want to keep commenting as simple as possible .

Thanks!


*UPDATE*

Okay, so I did a bit of investigating and found this:
"The Blogger / Google login status, and the ability to post comments, is sensitive to both cookie and script filters.  Your readers may need to enable (stop filtering) "third party cookies", in their browser and on their computer.  The effects of the newly unavoidable CAPTCHA, and the Google "One account" login, requires third party cookies, even more than before."

As found in the help forums.  I Guess this is called 'recaptcha' and it was something that I have no control over that I can find.

So to my readers  that are getting this (about 1/4 it seems), you can check to see what is going on with your browser or bear with the evil recaptcha.  If I can figure something out on my end I will do what I can.  If anyone has more information I would love to know.  I am so, so sorry that this new hassle has popped up for some of you.  You should be able to browse sites how you want and I am irritated that we don't even have a say in it.  Plus, if I want robots posting on my blog, that should be MY choice, lol!


I appreciate everyone letting me know what they found when commenting here.  Thanks!!!!