Monday, February 27, 2012

Lonely Werewolf Girl by Martin Millar

Published: 2007
Pages: 558
Format: Paperback (New)
Stars: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

While teenage werewolf Kalix MacRinnalch is being pursued through the streets of London by murderous hunters, her sister, the Werewolf Enchantress, is busy designing clothes for the Fire Queen. 

Meanwhile, in the Scottish Highlands, the MacRinnalch Clan is plotting and feuding after the head of the clan suddenly dies intestate. As the court intrigue threatens to blow up into all-out civil war, the competing factions determine that Kalix is the swing vote necessary to assume leadership of the clan. 

Unfortunately, Kalix isn’t really into clan politics — laudanum’s more her thing. Even more unfortunately, Kalix is the reason the head of the clan ended up dead, which is why she’s now on the lam in London. . . This expansive tale of werewolves in the modern world — friendly werewolves, fashionista werewolves, troubled teenage werewolves, cross-dressing werewolves, werewolves of every sort — is hard-edged, hilarious, and utterly believable.

I found this novel while hunting through Sci-fi/Fantasy at my local bookstore (This book is ADULT not YA) trying to find any book that featured a female werewolf that wasn't Young Adult (just because I currently have so many YA books to read) and I picked out Lonely Werewolf Girl.

Lonely Werewolf Girl is a very amusing story and I love the characters but if you are looking for something that is high Fantasy or super epic, I wouldn't say that this book fits the bill 100%. It was a little dry and I felt that Millar was trying to write a parody then an actual supernatural werewolf tale. BUT it was still something that I was able to enjoy because of the silly characters and a goofy plot line.

I feel if you go into Lonely Werewolf Girl knowing this, that you'll like it but if you expect some epic thrilling werewolf book, you might be a bit disappointed. Either way, I would say at least give Millar a chance if nothing else.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Walking Dead Compendium Vol. 1 by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn

Published: May 19th 2009
Pages: 1,088
Format: Paperback (New)
Stars: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Introducing the first eight volumes of the fan-favorite, New York Times Best Seller series collected into one massive paperback collection Collects The Walking Dead #1-48. This is the perfect collection for any fan of the Emmy Award-winning television series on AMC: over one thousand pages chronicling the beginning of Robert Kirkman''s Eisner Award-winning continuing story of survival horror- from Rick Grimes'' waking up alone in a hospital, to him and his family seeking solace on Hershel''s farm, and the controversial introduction of Woodbury despot: The Governor. In a world ruled by the dead, we are finally forced to finally start living.

I'll be the first to admit that I am very picky when it comes to what graphic novels I read but I actually picked up the first issue in a Barnes and Noble store about two years ago and sit down to read it. After that, I always meant to actually buy then issues but totally forgot about it. Then the show came out and I had to stop myself from watching it because I still wanted to read the graphic novels first. So FINALLY I was lucky enough to receive this amazing collection as a gift from a family member.

Now it's NO secret to people that actually know me personally that I am a HUGE fan of horror and all things zombies. I have to tell you, Kirkman knew what he was doing when he came up with the story for these comics. The Walking Dead is one of the best Zombie stories I have EVER read. Along with the amazing pictures, I was in heaven. I was able to tackle this monster of a graphic novel (1,088 pages!) in two days and yet, I still want more. So you can bet your bottom that I will be getting the rest of the volumes as soon as possible.

But enough fangirling....okay who I am kidding? I can't do a review on this without just praising it. Great Story, wonderful pictures, a lot of action, tons of drama and amazing characters. This Graphic series has it all.

If you are a fan of zombies and have wanted to read the graphic novels, go pick this up. You will NOT regret it.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

One Book - Twelve Readers: Info Post

Hello Readers and Bookworms! I came up with this idea randomly last night and I figured I would post about it on here to see what kind of feedback I would get and to see how many people would be interested. The Project is called One Book, Twelve Readers. Which is basically exactly what the project is. The idea is to past on (via snail mail) one book to 12 different readers. I think the easiest way to explain this is step by step:

- All 12 readers would list 1-2 books that they are interested in reading.
- After the suggestion time is up, all 12 readers would vote on ONE book. That book would be the book that would go to all 12 readers.
- The first reader (which would be myself) would get the book, read it, keep a journal with my thoughts, drawings..or anything I felt like putting in the journal that would relate to my feelings toward the book.
- After I completed the book and my part of the journal, I would mail the book AND journal to the second person.
- The 2nd person would read the book, do their part of the journal and then mail both items to the third person.
- The steps would repeat until all 12 people have read the book and did their part of the journal.

The idea of this is to a.) read an amazing book and b.) to become close with other bookworms.

Thoughts? Suggestions? You can either comment below or email me at

I will be opening a sign up post in a few days along with more information.

Friday, February 17, 2012

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

Published: July 12th 2011
Pages: 273
Format: Hardcover (New)
Stars: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse.

For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation.

On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I don’t think of myself as a victim. I survived.

A Stolen Life is my story—in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it.

A Stolen Life follows the real life story of Jaycee Dugard who was kidnapped at the young age of only 11 by a crazy man and his wife while Jaycee was on her way to school one day. This book was written by Jaycee in hopes of not only letting others know her story, but to maybe save other people who are kidnapped and too scared to speak up if their lucky enough to get away.

Jaycee was kidnapped and held a prisoner for over 18 years. During that time, she would be abused, stuck between two small shacks outside and even harder, she would give birth two children whom belong to her abductor.

But even with that, Jaycee stayed strong and was able to escape the man at the age of 29.

A Stolen Life will remind all of us how lucky we truly are to have the life we live and even when things go so so badly, there is always hope. I was really moved by her story and I know she is a very strong woman. If you would like for her to share her story with you, I recommend picking up a copy of this book.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cloaked by Alex Flinn

Published: February 8th 2011
Pages: 352
Format: Kindle E-book
Stars: ★ ★ ★ ★

Happily ever after gets turned upside down in Cloaked, a fantasy by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alex Flinn that combines several classic fairy tales and spins them with a modern twist! Bonus content includes a sneak peek at the upcoming Bewitching. Kendra Hilferty, the witch that curses Kyle Kingsbury in Beastly, tells about her immortal existence—how she discovered she was a witch and the various ways she has used her powers to help people (unfortunately her attempts have often backfired!).

Cloaked welcomes readers to sunny South Beach, Florida. Too bad Johnny is stuck in the Coral Reef Grand repairing shoes. At least he can spend some time designing his own. But nothing ever happens at the Coral Reef Grand! That is, until the beautiful Princess Victoriana comes to stay. Johnny gets more than just a little eye candy when Victoriana invites him to her suite—he gets dragged into a quest for frog prince! Set loose in the Florida Keys with a magical cloak and earpiece, Johnny enlists the help of a fox named Todd. But will spells—and giants—deter his search for the frog prince? And will Johnny even want Victoriana’s promised reward?

I LOVE LOVE Modern Fairy Tale Retellings and I really enjoyed Beastly by Flinn. Now a lot of hype is going around in the book world about Cloaked so I wanted to check it out. Now while I didn't like it as much, I did enjoy it. My main problem with the book was that it was all pretty predictable but I had to keep in mind that a lot of Fairy Tales are. I also wouldn't say the Modern fairy tales beat the originals because they most certainty do not. But for anyone that is a fan of Fairy Tales, I would recommend giving a Flinn book I chance. I really enjoy them.

Armchair Reader- Weird, Scary & Unusual Stories and Facts by Various Authors

Published: August 29th 2008
Pages: 502
Format: Paperback (New)
Stars: ★ ★ ★ ★

This book compiles some of the creepiest, quirkiest, most curious collections of knowledge ever assembled. Inside is are tales of unexplained phenomena, spine-tingling stories and extraordinary evidence that we live in a weird and wacky world.

Most people know that it's no secret that I love anything that is weird or creepy. So when I found this book at the bookstore for less then $6, I knew it would be a perfect addiction to my book collection.

This book has everything that a people that has a love of creepy stuff could want. Random lists of crazy people, ghost stories, creepy food, weird sports and a lot more. It's great for hours of entertainment and I really enjoyed the book overall. My only complaint is that I wish the stuff was in better order through out the book. For example: The Ghost Stories were through out the book and not just in one area. Which I guess was done so people wouldn't get bored if they read it cover to cover. (Which I did) However, this book does NOT have to be read from cover to cover. You can read it anyway you want to and still enjoy it.

So if you love weird and creepy stuff, I highly recommend The Armchair Reader- Weird, Scary & Unusual Stories and Facts!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Published: January 1st 2009
Pages: 443
Format: Kindle E-book
Stars: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

I've heard such amazing things about The Help and when I received it as a gift on my Kindle, I was so excited to read it.

The Help follows the stories of three woman that are totally different from one another but all want the same thing, change. As I was reading it, I was amazed by how beautiful the writing was and how strong the characters were. I totally felt myself in the middle of the story watching all the women's lives play out. For a book written not that long ago, I fully believe that this will become the next To Kill a Mockingbird. It was just that powerful and I can't wait to see the movie.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

Published: September 20th 2011
Pages: 304
Format: Kindle E-book
Stars: ★ ★ ★ ★

It was a beautiful, warm summer day, the day Danny died.

Suddenly Wren was alone and shattered. In a heartbroken fury, armed with dark incantations and a secret power, Wren decides that what she wants--what she "must" do--is to bring Danny back.

But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy Wren fell in love with. His touch is icy; his skin, smooth and stiff as marble; his chest, cruelly silent when Wren rests her head against it.

Wren must keep Danny a secret, hiding him away, visiting him at night, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school, and Wren realizes that somehow, inexplicably, he can sense the powers that lie within her--and that he knows what she has done. And now Gabriel wants to help make things right.

But Wren alone has to undo what she has wrought--even if it means breaking her heart all over again.

Cold Kiss was a book that I've been wanting to read for a while now and once I saw that it was on the Kindle for $1.99, I had to grab it! It took me under a day to read and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was very fast paced, good characters and very heart-warming. Now while the plot might not be 100% original, I did think it was one of the better books with these kind of plot. I had almost no problems with it at all. If this sounds like something you'd like to read, give it a try. Again, it's a very fast read and highly enjoyable.

Friday, February 3, 2012

I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder

Published: October 27th 2009
Pages: 226
Format: Paperback (used)
Stars: ★ ★ ★

Girl meets boy.
Girl loses boy.
Girl gets boy back...

...sort of.
Ava can't see him or touch him,
unless she's dreaming.
She can't hear his voice, except for the faint whispers in her mind.
Most would think she's crazy, but she knows he's here.

The boy Ava thought she'd spend the rest of her life with.
He's back from the dead,
as proof that love truly knows no bounds.

I love novels that are written in verse. Some of my favorite books are verse written novels and I really thought that I Heart You, You Haunt Me sounded good. Now while this was a cute novel, I believe it lacked in the actual plot. I just thought that the whole thing seemed really rushed. I would have liked it more if it were longer and had more details. However, I understand that writing a novel in only verse format is probably a bit harder then writing a whole novel in complete sentences. For that reason, I am still giving this book a decent rating because I did like the story and the characters. I was just expecting more from it.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Megan Crewe Bookmark Giveaway!

Megan Crewe (author of Give up the Ghost & The Way We Fall) was sweet enough to send me 9 signed bookmarks to giveaway on this blog. So this is exactly what I am doing! There will be 9 winners and each winner will receive a bookmark along with a special congrats note from myself. If you are interested in winning a bookmark, simply fill out the form below and complete at least one of the activities to enter. Once the giveaway is over, I will randomly pick the winners.

To Win:
-Fill out and do the activities below. You aren't required to do all of them but it WILL get you extra entries. You are required to do the first part of the form in order to enter though.

-You Must be 13+ to enter. If you are under 18, you must have a parent's permission.

-The Winner will be announced on this blog and emailed. The Winner must email me within 4 days.

-Go to my Giveaway Policy and make sure you understand everything.

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