Monthly Archives: May 2013

WWW Wednesdays (May 15)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My Answers:
To Stand Beside Her  Currently Reading:  To Stand Beside her by Kristin McMichael.  Just started so no comments yet.  I will post a review when I’m done.

Product DetailsRecently finished: The Fault in our Stars by John Green. Really great story, but what a tear jerker.  Iwill post a review soon.  (when I stop crying)

Product DetailsProduct DetailsNext? Either Spell Caster by Claudia Gray or Shatter me by Tehereh Mafi.  Shatter Me has been on my kindle for a while so I really need to get to it.  There are just so many choices out there.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

Teaser Tuesday (May 14)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

“Oh, I wouldn’t mind, Hazel Grace.  it would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.”

  The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in our Stars by John Green Page 176.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Monday Musing is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

The Real Problem with Abercrombie & Fitch—How Jeffries’ Message Hurts Us ALL

Very sad indeed. It’s no wonder young girls have issues about weight and looks today when they see this stuff!

 

Kristen Lamb's Blog

I wasn’t going to blog at all this week. Have been taking a break and refueling. But when I came in from being away for a week, one of the first articles I saw was regarding Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Michael Jeffries’ “marketing campaign” for the preppy clothing line (quoted in the meme above).

Jeffries isbeing hailed by some marketing experts as a brilliant visionary, but I wonder how he would be perceived if he was excluding people of color or sexual orientation. What would people think if he only wanted “white kids” or “straight people” wearing his clothing line?

Don’t get me wrong, A&F has the right to define their demographic, but we as consumers have a right not to buy clothes from such an uncreative designer that has such a warped vision of beauty and a skewed sense that Skinny=Popular & Cool. Even Perez Hilton weighed…

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Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Product DetailsMagic Bites by Ilona Andrews published by Ace Mar 2007.  CDN $8.99 Kindle edition.

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way.  (Goodreads excerpt)

I had a difficult time getting into this book.  Mostly I think because there was a lot of information that left me having to pause and reflect and go “oh yeah ok I remember that now”.  Once I got about 20% in (I have a kindle so I read in % rather than pages) the story picked up and I was able to continue without going back to remember things like who characters were.

Once I got into the story I was hooked and couldn’t put it down.  I love the attention to detail that makes the story so believable.  It was very consistent when the magic/technology was up and everything was explained.  I loved the main character Kate, her kick ass no nonsense attitude kept me cheering her on.  She kicked butt, got hurt in return, fixed herself up and continued on.  I loved the vulnerable side she showed on rare occasions showing she is human and not just a machine.  Love this character.

The world building was fantastic, even though it slowed it down in the beginning it is what made the story so believable.  All of the characters were unique and engaging, even the bad ones.  I got a kick out of the vampires in this story and how they were not portrayed as typical gorgeous swoon worthy creatures that every girls falls for.  I won’t describe them to avoid any spoilers.  Suffice it to say it was different!

I am usually a sucker for romance in my novels, but the lack of love scenes/swoon worthiness actually made this story better.  It seems like the author is saving it for the next book in the series as she set up the tension between the two main characters in this one.  (Just an observation).  I am looking forward to reading the next book.

4 1/2 stars for me.

Musing Mondays (May 13)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!


My Musing: Product DetailsThe Fault in our Stars by John Green.

I am about half way through this book and it is not the type of book I normally read.  I actually hate sad books that make me cry but this one is done exceptionally well.  I don’t want to spoil it so I will leave it at that but will do a full review when I am finished reading (and crying).

Product Details Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer is the book that I can’t wait to get my hands on.  Apparently it has already been released (so not fair!) but will not be released in Canada until the end of the month.  I love love love this series.  It is rare to find a book that captures me as much as this story did.  Each book/novella is about one of the characters and you get an in depth look at each one making the story more compelling each time.  I can’t wait.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your musing in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Monday Musing  is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

 

Friday Finds (May 10)

May 10, 2013

FF2_MdFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My daughter Rachelle came home from school today gushing about this book that she is reading.  She tells me that I need to read it because it is so moving and emotional and it makes her cry.  Any book that had that effect on my 15 year old daughter has to be worth reading.  Therefore this is my Friday finds for this week:

The Fault in our Stars by John GreenProduct Details

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind. (Goodreads excerpt) 

I will post a review of this book after I read it.  I need to wrestle it from my daughter first!

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Friday Finds is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

WWW Wednesdays (May 8)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My Answers:
  Product DetailsCurrently Reading:  Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews.  Loving this new book.  A little older than the normal Young Adult I read but really good story.

Product DetailsRecently finished:Breathless by Brigid Kemmerer.  If you haven’t read any of this series you are seriously missing out.

Product DetailsProduct DetailsNext? Either Spell Caster by Claudia Gray or Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris.  I have been thinking about them for a while so we will have to see.  I still have books on my Kindle to read as well.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

Breathless – Brigid Kemmerer

Product DetailsBreathless by Brigid Kemmerer Published April 2013 by Kensington Books.  $1.99 CDN Kindle Edition

Nick Merrick is supposed to be the level-headed one. The peacemaker. Since it’s just him and his three hotheaded brothers against the world, that’s a survival tactic.

But now he’s got problems even his brothers can’t help him survive.

His so-called girlfriend, Quinn, is going quick as mercury from daring to crazy. Meanwhile, Quinn’s dancer friend Adam is throwing Nick off balance, forcing him to recognize a truth he’d rather shove back into the dark.

He can feel it—-the atmosphere is sizzling. Danger is on the way. But whatever happens next, Nick is starting to find out that sometimes nothing you do can keep the peace.  (Goodreads excerpt)

What is there to say?  I love this series, all of it.  This short novella is just a tease for me.  I am anticipating Spirit the next book in the series and it’s driving me nuts.  I am a huge fan of Brigid Kemmerer.  The Breathless Novella is a little different from the others with a bit of a twist in terms of personal relationships and interactions among the characters.  I don’t want to give anything away but it is very well done and left me wanting to read the full story on Nick Merrick.

5 stars for me.

 

Teaser Tuesday (May 7)

Teaser Tuesdays (May 7)

May 7, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

Below four words were written in Greg’s blood.

                  Amehe

                 Tervan

                 Senehe

                 Ud

The words blazed with red fire.

Product Details  Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels, book 1)  Page 21

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

 

Guest Post with Erin Healy – The Problem with Self-Editing

Awesome article on writing/editing!

Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins

Product Details MockingJay by Suzanne Collins Published 2010 by Scholastic Press.   $5.99 CDN Amazon Kindle edition.

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Kat, her family, friends, and entire District 12. (goodreads excerpt)

I have to say that I was not disappointed in this third book in the Hunger Games trilogy.  Suzanne Collins does an amazing job of keeping the reader engaged and on the edge of your seat.  The characters remained true to form, that is flawed and real.  I was both frustrated and intrigued with Peeta’s character after he was rescued from the Capital.  I won’t give anything away but suffice it to say I wanted to scream at someone.

I like that Suzanne is not afraid to get her hands dirty, she delivers a story that is truly believable in all its glory and gory, depending on what is going on.  There is no coddling in this one.  No one is safe.  The story is very emotional and heart wrenching.  I was a little surprised at the ending but not unhappy with it.  I loved the short epilogue at the end showing an insight into the future for Katniss.

I have read mixed reviews for this book and thought I would be disappointed but it was as fantastic as the others.  5 stars for me.

 

Musing Mondays (May 6)

Musing Mondays (May 6)

May 6, 2013

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!


My Musing:

I don’t tend to read mainstream, unless it is something that catches my interest immediately.  I read the Twilight series, but never read any Harry Potter for example.

I do read a lot, well as much as I can since I like to write as well.  Currently I can’t wait for Spirit (Elemental #3) by Brigid Kemmerer.  I just finished Breathless the short novella and loved it.  If anyone hasn’t heard of this series you need to check it out.  Goodreads is a place to start or Amazon.

I tend to collect books on my Kindle that sometimes sit for a while until I get a chance to read them.  I’m always looking for something new.  Any recommendations would be great so feel free to leave me a comment with a recommendation.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your musing in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Friday Finds

FF2_MdFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

Here are mine:

Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions, #1)   The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)  Breathless (Elemental, #2.5)

Confessions of an angry girl (confessions #1) by Louise Rozett

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Breathless (Elementals 2.5) by Brigid Kemmerer

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

 

Creating Multi-Dimensional Characters #2—Everybody Lies

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Back in the Spring we started talking about ways to create multi-dimensional characters. Then I probably saw something shiny and, in case you are wondering? NO, I can’t catch the red dot. But I don’t give up easily 😀 .

It’s tempting for us to create “perfect” protagonists and “pure evil” antagonists, but that’s the stuff of cartoons, not great fiction. Every strength has an array of corresponding weaknesses, and when we understand these soft spots, generating conflict becomes easier. Understanding character arc becomes simpler. Plotting will fall into place with far less effort.

All stories are character-driven. Plot merely serves to change characters from a lowly protagonist into a hero….kicking and screaming along the way. Plot provides the crucible. 

One element that is critical to understand is this:

Everyone has Secrets

To quote Dr. Gregory House, Everybody lies.

All good stories hinge on secrets.

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WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays (May 1)

 

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My Answers:
  Product DetailsCurrently Reading:  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – So far I am really enjoying this third book in the series.

Product DetailsRecently finished: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready – Absolutely fantastic read.

Product DetailsProduct DetailsNext? Either Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi or Half Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout, both are on my Kindle waiting for me to read. 

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!