Saturday, April 19, 2014

Stacking the Shelves 42

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. 


  For Review

Entwined (Dark Souls, #2)“She’s still in there.”

It’s been three months since Emily’s demon has awakened inside of her. Months of burning pain, taunting, and most tortuous of all…silence.

Emily is forgotten.

Or is she?

Asher continues to accept his destiny, though he suffers. Gwyn will do anything to protect him, including treachery. And Derek, a demon with no past and only mocking charm as his guise, is planning the biggest coup of all.

And he knows exactly how to begin…

*I advise reading the first book for this summary to make more sense.   This is the book I was most excited to get this week.  Here is my review of book 1 (Dark Souls)  -Jamie


Child of a Hidden SeaOne minute, twenty-four-year-old Sophie Hansa is in a San Francisco alley trying to save the life of the aunt she has never known. The next, she finds herself flung into the warm and salty waters of an unfamiliar world. Glowing moths fall to the waves around her, and the sleek bodies of unseen fish glide against her submerged ankles.

The world is Stormwrack, a series of island nations with a variety of cultures and economies—and a language different from any Sophie has heard.

Sophie doesn't know it yet, but she has just stepped into the middle of a political firestorm, and a conspiracy that could destroy a world she has just discovered… her world, where everyone seems to know who she is, and where she is forbidden to stay.

But Sophie is stubborn, and smart, and refuses to be cast adrift by people who don't know her and yet wish her gone. With the help of a sister she has never known, and a ship captain who would rather she had never arrived, she must navigate the shoals of the highly charged politics of Stormwrack, and win the right to decide for herself whether she stays in this wondrous world . . . or is doomed to exile.


The Stars Are FallingNineteen-year-old Jenny is more content staring at the night sky than joining her friends on a night on the town. She’s only known them two months, since classes began for her second year at university, but she’s already head over heels with one of her housemates, Dale. Every conversation she’s had with Dale has ended with her stuttering out an excuse to escape.

Then the first meteor blazes through the night, landing close enough to shake the house. Suddenly, she’s the one with all the answers, the one her friends and Dale turn to. Having spent so much time glued to a telescope, they expect her to know what’s happening. But Jenny’s never seen a meteor big enough to impact, and certainly never the thing that rises from the crater.

It’s a man who glows with a light so hot, everything in its path is disintegrated. Soon after, the night sky is turned to day, coming alive with hundreds more, all with one mission: rid Earth of that which is killing her.

Earth has been watched, and the things watching have decided that the human race’s time is up. Too much damage has been done, and they have decided that it’s time to let Earth recover, to start again. The only way they see that happening is by wiping out the human race.

Jenny knows another way, one that will save both Earth and humanity. But it isn’t simply a case of finding the nearest official and explaining everything. No one wants to listen to a nineteen-year-old and her friends. They must take their idea directly to the Stars and somehow convince them to listen. But to get there they first have to survive, and survival comes at a price. 


Wizards: From Merlin to FaustFrom the wise and mysterious soothsayer with his long grey beard to the deathless necromancer practicing his dark magics in a forgotten dungeon, wizards have captured our imaginations since the earliest days of human storytelling, presenting us with some of our greatest heroes and villains. This book collects the tales of the most interesting, popular, and important spell-casters from history, including such legendary figures as Merlin, Simon Magus, Hermes Trismegistus, Koschei the Deathless, Nicholas Flamel, Dr John Dee, and Johann Georg Faust. Written to appeal to the modern reader, each tale captures the drama, the tragedy, and the wonderment that has ensured that these stories have survived the passing centuries. Each story is also examined in its historical, mythological, and thaumaturgical contexts.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Feature and Follow 8

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The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read 

  What is feature and Follow? A weekly Friday topic (or activity) is given to share and we all take turns blog hopping, leaving comments and following one another.  If someone leaves a comment, be sure to comment back.  If someone follows you, follow them.  Always follow the hosts and the featured blog (see host site for more details). 

Spring Break. Where would be your favorite destination spot if you could join the Spring Break festivities?


I would rent a lake cabin up in the mountain.  Might or might not invite a few friends alone.  I am torn.  time alone to read and relax or fun, swimming and BBQ with friends.  Or a good mix I think is best.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (review)

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1) 
Warm Bodies (1)
by Isaac Marion

Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult, Romance, Horror
Published: April 2011
Pages: 239
Published by Atria  

Summary:  "R is a young man with an existential crisis--he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse. Just dreams.

After experiencing a teenage boy's memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim's human girlfriend. Julie is a burst of vibrant color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that R lives in. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world...

Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead and the blurry line in between."

Review:  What an entertaining delight! I first heard of this book through the movie trailer. I was very skeptical about this, yet oddly curious at the same time. A zombie who falls in love.... I did not know what to expect getting into this. What I ended up experiencing was a story like no other.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday 18

Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren't Books) That I'd Like To Own
Well, my number 1 thing would have been my own library setup but that dream is in the works right now and will be completed within the next few months so here are some things to go along with it in no particular order:
1) I am always loaning books out to people.  So lets make it more official plus up the chances of me getting my books back.  

2) Card filer for my books.  Yes I am listing them on goodreads but I also love this old-fashioned system, plus if a site goes done, I have this still and this can tell me more specifics (book condition, where it is, etc).  I have enough books to make this work.

Wow. I would love to just lie there and read a book 
3) A reading sanctuary.  Love this one.
4) Bookish shirts!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Rainy Day Reads Giveaway

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So this hop is all about what we like to read on a rainy day.  Honestly, I do not have a particular favorite title but i am a sucker for a good mystery.  By it a cozy mystery, or something darker, or even some gothic romance with a bit of mystery.  Just curl on on the couch with some hot cider or tea and delve into the unknown.  Keeps my mind active and distracted with the clouds outside are gray and gloomy.  

So I am offering up a chance for you to win your own mystery.  Any mystery book of choice from The Book Depository, up to $15, as long as they offer free shipping to you.  Or an ebook mystery of choice for those who do not qualify for a print copy or prefer eBooks.