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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday




 
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and theBookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers answer. Everyone is welcome to join! All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! It’s super fun and a great way to meet other bloggers.

Today’s top ten is “New to Me Authors of 2012” So here they are.  Some of these are in fact debut authors. Some are not. I love them all regardless. ^_^

1. Chelsea Fine The Archers of Avalon Series is an AWESOME read.  She’s such a nice person too and will chat if she has a moment.  

2. Veronica Rossi I read Under the Never Sky in a few hours. I could not put it down. I’m hoping Through the Ever Night is just as fantastic. In the meantime she’s on my favorite debut list.  

3. J Meyers Many may not know of Intangible to which I say I’m sorry for what you’re missing. Ms. Meyers is a fantastic writer and a great person to talk to. She’s full of encouragement and positive energy too. ^_^

4. S.R. Johannes Another Indie author many may not know of. Her Nature of Grace Series is bound to keep any reader entertained for hours. She’s also as cool as Ms. Meyers to talk to.

5. Courtney Allson Moulton I have never read anything as energetic and suspenseful as the Angelfire Series. Not only that but her tumblr and webpage are always full of news and events. She’s an everyday person and it’s really cool chatting with her.  

6. Kat Beyer A debut author with The Demon Catchers of Milan. I was skeptical at first as I was thinking Constantine when I picked it up but it’s so much better than that (in my mind). I’m anxiously awaiting the second book. She’s really personable as well.  

7. Jay Kristoff Book one for the Lotus Wars series was just released so he is also a debut author as well as one of my new favorites. The book was fantastic and he’s a great (and very polite) guy.

8. Kimberly Derting I know she’s been around a while with The Body Finder series but I actually did not pick her up until The Pledge. Which was a phenomenal read. ^_^ I’ve not had the opportunity to pick anything else up by her yet, but I’m looking forward to it, when time allows.

9. Wendy Wunder Again a debut author with The Probability of Miracles Between laughing and crying this book had it all. It was definitely a rollercoaster of emotion that I look forward to reading again and again. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

10. Alison Goodman She is a fantastic fantasy writer. She proves that with Eon and Eona.. While I wish there were more of them, I’m glad to see there’s new stuff to be expected soon. I’m excited to see what she’s coming up with next.  



Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday



 
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers answer. Everyone is welcome to join! All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! It’s super fun and a great way to meet other bloggers.

I’m a day late, but to argue in my defense I “HAD” to finish reading the book I had to review today. >_< BUT I still want to participate. ^_^

So Yesterday’s top ten was “Books I wouldn’t mind Santa Bringing Me.” So here they are.  Santa if you’re reading this I’ve been really REALLY good this year. ^_~

1. Anew by Chelsea Fine This is a phenomenal book. I read it in ebook and haven’t had the opportunity to add it to my physical book collection.  I am looking forward to that day though.

2. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff Japanese Steampunk. I really shouldn’t have to say more, but it was devastatingly good. I cried when it ended. Definitely one with massive rereading properties.

3. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa Julie never disappoints. I have all of her Fey books. The vampire ones are definitely joining the shelf.

4. Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder The first book was to die for. I would definitely be happy if Santa filled my stocking with the second one.

5. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan I haven’t read it yet, but I got to meet Sarah at a book signing and she read from it. I definitely MUST read it now. Please Santa?

6. Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer A great, original story. I would love to have this on my shelf to reread over and over and over again.

7. and 8. The Angelfire Series by Courtney Allison Moulton (books 1 and 2) This is a series that I’ve only read once and back to back at that. (Unfortunately the third book isn’t out yet.) However, if Santa brought me these two I would reread them CONTINUOUSLY until the third book comes out.

9. Until I Die by Amy Plum I have the first book and reread it three times in the first week I had it. I loved it that much. I would LOVE to have the second book to do that with. ^_^

10. Green by Jay Lake I have been DYING to read this. However, I’ve never had the funds to buy it properly so I could read it. Santa would forever be loved if he brought it to me. 

What are you hoping Santa brings you?



 

Book Review: The Silver Sphere



The Silver Sphere
Author: Michael Dadich
Publish Date: November 2012
Publisher: Evolved Publishing

Shelby Pardow never imagined she could kill someone. All she wants to do is hide from her troubled father when she is teleported to awaiting soldiers on the planet Azimuth. Here she is not a child, but Kin to one of the six Aulic Assembly members whom Malefic Cacoethes has drugged and imprisoned. He seeks to become dictator of this world (and then Earth by proxy). His father, Biskara, is an evil celestial entity, tracked by the Assembly with an armillary device, The Silver Sphere.

With the Assembly now deposed, Biskara directs Malefic and the Nightlanders to their strategic targets. Unless… Can Shelby find the other Kin, and develop courage and combat skills? Can the Kin reassemble in time to release or replace the Assembly, overthrowing Malefic and restraining Biskara?


First and foremost I have to say thank you to I.O. Book Tours for allow me a copy to read. ^_^ It was very much appreciated. 

Fantasy books have always been my favorite genre.  Take me to another world let me see some crazy stuff and I’m a happy camper. Most of the time, anyway. 

The book starts off in several places at once. Anyone that has ever read an Tolkien or Dragonlance book knows what I’m talking about.  Environments are multiple and instead of rating them all (that would take forever) I’ll just say that it was clearly and distinctly written.  I could see the environment on the projection screen in my mind, which is always a plus. 

 The characters were very much like any standard fantasy characters.  They all had their strengths and weakness, though from my perspective (and it’s probably because I have read other similar fantasy books) they felt a little stiff.  I wouldn’t say cookie cutter characters exactly but they were (in my opinion) run of the mill fantasy characters. 

The story does move along on its own though. It’s definitely action packed and incorporates the quest like situation that standardize most fantasy novels. Dialogue felt kind of underdeveloped, though the meaning of the story isn't lost because of it. 

Overall it’s a pleasant read. It’ll definitely be comfortable and familiar to anyone who’s read fantasy before. For those that haven’t it may be a little stiff and difficult to understand at points. Either way it’s a solid book. 

My rating:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers answer. Everyone is welcome to join! All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! It’s super fun and a great way to meet other bloggers.

Today’s top ten is “Top Ten Books  I'd Want On A Deserted Island” O_o To pick just ten was torturous, but I think this would be my final answer. They're the longest of the long (for the most part). 

1.  The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu Why, you ask? Because it’s the longest book EVER.  I think the first time I read it, it took me six months to make it half way.  It's stupidly long.  If I’m stuck on an island I’m going to need a book that lasts or insanity will take me.  At over a thousand pages this is definitely a lasting book AND it’s entertaining. (At least to me.)

2. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell For two reasons: one: it’s nearly as long as The Tale of Genji and two I’ve never read it.  Yes, I know, that's like a crime in some book circles.  I'm getting there, honest.  And besides all that this will fulfill (hopefully) the sappy romance requirements of necessary books. 

3. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saaverda Another super long book and it’s something I should have definitely read by now (and haven’t). I should probably have the original Spanish one too one because it's my heritage that I've been ignoring and two it will make reading it longer because my translating takes time. (I’m so bad at it. Lol.)

4. North and South  by John Jakes This fulfills the history requirement of being stranded. ^_^ I love civil war set books, and while I haven’t read any in a while; this one is one of the best ones out there. (If I was't stranded I might had chosen The Blue and the Gray for this but it's super short in comparison.)

5. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey I love this series and the first book is probably one of the most epic books I’ve read. I strive to write as entertaining as this and hope one day to accomplish that.  This is my favorite of all first person narratives. (And it’s ridiculously long for a YA-New adult book: Warning: Sexual content and violence.)

6. One Thousand and One Nights (The Arabian Nights) by Anon. Translated by Richard Francis Burton Who doesn’t love a good story? And this is a collection of stories told over 1001 nights so technically I could read one a night and it last forever.  I've never read the tales of Aladdin or the Djinn so I figure if I'm stuck somewhere I really should catch up on the origins of those stories.

7. The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Because I need my childhood with me.  Since I’m stranded without TV the written version of these stories works just as good. And tell me who doesn't love Cinderella, Snow White or Briar Rose? There the best fairy tales out there. (To my delusional mind anyway.)

8. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien The book I have is all three books in one binding. I guess it’s slightly cheating, but it’s still only one book according to my copy. Thankfully as I dont think I would have like the suspense of having to buy the next books the first time I read these.  And who doesn’t take Tolkien along for entertainment on long retreats?

9. Shogun by James Clavell I’ve only read it once.  But I remember it taking my entire junior year of high school (an hour or two a day) of reading to get through it. It's supposed to be the third book of the series, but I read it, mostly just fine, as a stand alone. Certainly deserted island worthy. 

10. Dune by Frank Herbert The shortest book on the list page wise, but in writing style it might as well be Tolkien if you’re not paying attention. “Fear is the mind killer” Certainly a appropriate mindset if one is stranded somewhere with no hope of rescue. That certainly makes this deserted island worthy to me.

What do you think? Some great books right? ^_~ What are your picks?