Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Smitten: A Review


Smitten By Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, & Diann Hunt

Four friends devise a plan to turn Smitten, Vermont, into the country's premier romantic getaway-and each finds her own true love along the way.

With Smitten Lumber closing, residents wonder if their town can stay afloat. Then four friends and local business owners-Natalie, Julia, Shelby, and Reese--decide the town is worth saving. How will they do it? They'll turn Smitten into a honeymoon destination!

As Natalie, Julia, Shelby, and Reese work to save the town, each discovers romance in her own life. Meanwhile, the faith of a little child reminds the whole town what it means to have real faith in the God who is the always and forever Love.

When I found out about this book I was super excited. I always loved Colleen Cobles work. I had never really heard of the other Authors, but to hear they are all friends I thought that was a perfect way to write a book. The book is divided into 4 parts, each part going along each friend. They get this idea to change the failing town into a honeymooners dream town. On the back of the book it says it is a manly town, which I guess it could since the mill which closes in this book is run by men. I didn’t noticed a whole of the guys go against the friends idea of changing Smitten into romantic town, which I thought was such a cute touch. Each book or friends story how ever you want to put it, got right to the point. I just loved their stories each friend was different. Each Author made the feelings and romance really make you feel it. There was some humor in it which I enjoyed. Also did I mention I love the actual book the cover is so beautiful, and sets the story. This story is beautiful, and it makes me want to read again, and maybe again.


I received this book for review from BookSneeze (www.booksneeze.com)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Finding Our Way Home: A Review.


Finding our Way Home by Charlene Ann Baumbich

The road home can be daunting—and sometimes it takes a very capable girl on a bicycle to help find the way.

When principal ballerina Sasha Davis suffers a career-ending injury at age thirty-eight, she leaves her Boston-based dance company and retreats to the home of her youth in Minnesota. But Sasha’s injuries restrict her movement and her recently deceased mother’s absence haunts her. Since she can’t recover alone, she is forced to hire a temporary live-in aide.
 
Enter the übercapable Evelyn Burt. As large-boned as Sasha is tiny, Evelyn is her employer’s opposite in every way. Small town to Sasha’s urban chic, outgoing warmth to Sasha’s aloof iciness, and idealistic where Sasha is hopeless, nineteen-year-old Evelyn is newly engaged and sees the world as one big, shiny opportunity. 
 
Evelyn soon discovers Sasha needs to heal more than bones. Slowly, as the wounds begin to mend and the tables tilt, the two women form an unlikely alliance and discover the astounding power of even the smallest act done in the name of love. Finding Our Way Home is a story of second chances and lavish grace.

In the beginning I wasn’t a huge fan of how everybody treated each other. Sasha annoyed me to no end, she was mean to everyone. I know she was hurting from her injuries and her life. Evelyn annoyed me because she was a love sick puppy, and how this was set up. How she was engaged at nineteen and the man she is engaged too. Seems to want one thing, and when she is true to what she believes in. Relationships in books like this seem to be predictable. I must admit the emotions were everywhere, in good places and heart aching. The back stories to these characters were very emotional as well. The book seemed to be a little bit predictable in the little predictable twists and turns. Other then that it was a good book of second chances.

Check out Charlene Ann Baumbich website, to read a chapter of this book and many of her others.


I received this from Water brook press for my review.
~Kellie

Friday, October 21, 2011

Book Deal-a-Rama. Final Part

AMAZON.

Currently I am obsessed with Amazon. I usually get books used so that sometimes makes them under 3 or 4 dollars. And what gives people even bigger deals is Prime. Prime is the best thing Amazon has come up with, over all it saves tons of money. It’s $79.00 dollars a year, but I think that’s awesome. They offer a really great deal for prime for student’s it used to be free for a year but they changed it. Boo! It’s %50 off the original price which makes it $39.00 for the year. And AND!! You get 2-day shipping for free! I definitely love that.

So moving on, I recently got a $5.00 gift card and I set off to get at least a couple of books. That’s what I did; I got one from my wishlist and one that was not.

Bottom: Corbenic – Catherine Fisher $2.70 (yessssss! My first Catherine Fisher book I’ve read it before and loved it.)

Top: Touch – Francine Prose $1.99

Oh, and check out in the book section of Amazon, they have bargain books. I usually go to the under $5.00 books they have some awesome titles. They usually have tons and tons of cheap teen books. Some of them are former bestsellers.


Oh! Another trick to get those cheaper books (if you use Prime it’s even better) once you choose the book you’re looking for. Go through the formats if there is a plus sign by them. Click on it search around to see if that have cheaper used or new. Some of them can be a sliver of the price for the original one you looked at. That has probably saved me hundreds of dollars over the years while using Amazon.

Whew! Deal-o-rama I’d say.
~Kellie

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Book Deal-a-Rama. Part 3

The next store(s) I go to would have to be thrift stores I go to either Goodwill

M.R.M or in this case it would be Savers which isn’t in my state, but still good book deals.


                                                                                    So in this pile would be, starting from the bottom to the top.

Reiyalindis – Cory Poulson $3.00 at Savers

I Am Numer Four – Pittacus Lore $3.00 at Savers (I already had a copy of this but mine was one of those really crappy editions, but this one was brand-stinkin-new. Not that it stinks or anything.)

And the last is Guilty pleasures – Laurell K. Hamilton, and I got this for a $1.00 at Goodwill. Goodwill does deals every week like a certain color price tag is half off.

And this week at MRM got me nothing, but they are really good at pricing at books.
Check back tomorrow for the final part.
~Kellie

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Book Deal-a-Rama. Part 2

Moving on to the next place where I shop for books would have to be a place called Hastings.

I do a lot of trading here, not just books but movies and CDs and such. They have tons of used items, but they do have really good pricings for books, used and new.

Another cool thing I recently found out they have tons and tons of used books on there website. Also add to the beauty of that it’s free shipping. Score!  I just tried it out, so we will see how fast that shipping really is.

I went there last week and picked up these beauties.

Top: Sisters Red – Jackson Pearce $3.50

Bottom: Zombies Vs. Unicorns – Edited by Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier $6.99

They always have something new so I always check them out.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Book Deal-a-Rama. Part 1

Hmm…well if any of you have read my tagline saying “a few reviews” but that’s what I’ve only been doing. So Sad. So I guess today I’ll add where I get my books, I get my books super cheap.
But for this first part…this weekend I went to my public library book sale. When I learned about this a couple months ago I was so excited, I was jumping in my seat. The beginning of last month they put up the prices for the books and others they would be selling.

The Paperbacks & Hardcovers would be a $1.00
Mass Market Paperbacks would be .50
And children’s books would be .25 each

I was ready to get bags and bags of books but sadly I only came out with 5 books.
But I only spent $2.75, which was nice.

I did get 4 books that were on my wishlist and one was way too good to pass up it was a UK edition and I wasn’t going to pass it up. So here’s the picture of the books.

Starting from left to right I got.
Shinju – Laura Joh Rowland $1.00

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger (this was the UK edition, and was not on my wishlist, but I was going to get it. Where do you find a UK edition of a book for a dollar.

The Great Brain – John D. Fitzgerald .25
The Catcher In The Rye – J.D. Salinger .25

Hitty Her First Hundred Years – Rachel Field .25

So now I am obsessed with trying to find where the latest’s library book sales are in my area.
Check back in for tomorrow for part 2.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Shadows On The Sand: A Review


Shadows On The Sand by Gayle Roper

She serves him breakfast at her café every morning … but he never seems to notice her.
 
Carrie Carter’s small café in Seaside, New Jersey, is populated with a motley crew of locals … although Carrie only has eyes for Greg Barnes. He’s recovering from a vicious crime that three years ago took the lives of his wife and children—and from the year he tried to drink his reality away. While her heart does a happy Snoopy dance at the sight of him, he never seems to notice her, to Carrie’s chagrin. 
 
When Carrie’s dishwasher is killed and her young waitress disappears, Greg finds himself drawn into helping Carrie solve the mysteries … and into her life. But when Carrie’s own painful past becomes all to present, her carefully constructed world begins to sink.
 
Will the fragile relationship she’s built with Greg implode from the weight of the baggage they both carry?

I loved this murder mystery. Everything in this book was perfect. I don’t know if you could call a murder mystery cute, but this definitely was. I loved all the characters in this story; all of them had such great background stories. While this book left me in cute awe it also left me on my seat wondering what would happen next. I think Roper bought out all the emotion in these characters and sometimes it hurt to read it. This book goes through many subjects like family, alcoholics, child abuse, and cults which is a huge part of this book. Reading about cults makes my skin crawl, and I get thoroughly disgusted. I think Roper wrote a great book, probably one of the best murder mysteries of this year. 
Also check out Gayle Ropers site to see her other works. And you also can read the first chapter of Shadows on the sand, and many others.

http://gayleroper.com/
I was given this book for free by waterbrook press for my review. http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Where Has Oprah Taken Us?: A Review.


Where has Oprah Taken Us? By Stephen Mansfield

An evocative exploration of Oprah Winfrey's religious beliefs, from her rejection of her Baptist upbringing to her controversial rise as "an icon of church-free spirituality."

Born into poverty in Mississippi in 1954 and rising through talent, hard work and despite tragedy-she was raped at the age of nine and lost an infant son at 14-Oprah Winfrey has become one of the wealthiest, most powerful, and most popular women of her age. These facts alone would make Winfrey worthy of study, yet what makes her of even more profound impact on American society is her decision to champion the cause of "New Age Christianity." She is, as Christianity Today has proclaimed, "a postmodern priestess-an icon of church-free spirituality." Rejecting her Baptist roots, Winfrey has become a champion of the Course in Miracles, a seminar in which Christianity is reinterpreted in terms of self-actualization, personal divinity, and self-empowerment. She has also become a disciple of Eckhart Tolle, the increasingly popular teacher of a form of spirituality that blends Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Christianity.

Where do I start with this book? It begins with Oprahs birth, then following through her childhood, to her teens and adulthood. This book I thought was definitely hard to swallow for me, and some parts in this were super raw, and I was soft of uncomfortable in parts. The book talks of sex, sex, sex, I shouldn’t be too surprised since that was what only Oprah started out doing on the show. She wasn’t embarrassed to do so.  But I loved were Mansfield added, journal entries by Oprah herself. I enjoyed how he told of how witty she was, in the 70’s when she was an anchor on the news. I was always fascinated by Oprah and how she was raised, and how she got started with The Oprah Winfrey Show. And Mansfield definitely I think explained how she had her raise and fall moments, this book was great on these things. The main part of this book was the religion. Oprah had her ups and downs with it, but I do think this book was on the dot about how she explored it and wasn’t afraid to look at the other religions around her.  But I definitely recommend it to the older readers. 

I was given this book, for my review by booksneeze(booksneeze.com)

Waking Hours: A Review

A local high-school girl is found murdered in a park amid horse farms and wealthy homes of northern Westchester County, New York. The shocking manner of her death confounds the town and intrigues forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris, who is determined to unravel the mystery. All the suspects are teenagers who were at a party with the girl-yet none remembers what happened. Could one of them be a vicious killer? Or is something more sinister afoot-something tied to an ancient evil?
Across town, former NFL linebacker Tommy Gunderson finds his state-of-the-art security system has been breached by an elderly woman. Mumbling threats in Latin, she attacks him with an uncanny, preternatural strength. Someone close to him is implicated in the girl's murder at the park. He agrees to help-and finds himself working with Dani, the only girl who could resist his charms years ago when they were in high school.
A heavy darkness is spreading. Yet a heavenly force is also at work.
It will take astute analysis and forensic skills to solve the crime. But Dani and Tommy suspect there's more the the mystery than murder, more to their growing friendship than chance . . . and more to the evil they're facing than a mere human killer.
 Waking Hours by Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson. Starting off I was super excited for this book, I’ve heard so many great things about Lis Wiehl. This book sounded amazing and scary. How wrong I was, this book just didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped. The beginning was just a drag. The main characters just felt a little quiet to me, but Tommy the former NFL Linebacker seemed to talk about football, through the whole book. Despite being annoyed about Tommy, the little bits of horror and creepiness seemed to be a bit cliché. There were bits that made my hair stand on the back of my neck, just little parts. And parts that made me think, like about the mysterious Gardner’s. Other then that this was just a slow murder mystery to me.
I was given this book, for my review by booksneeze(booksneeze.com)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

J.R.R. Tolkien: A review

                                                               J.R.R. Tolkien by Mark Horne


J.R.R. Tolkien famously penned The Hobbit and the 3-volume novel The Lord of the Rings. Known as “the father of modern fantasy literature,” his writings have inspired many other works of fantasy and have had a lasting effect on the entire genre. In this Christian Encounters biography, learn how Tolkien’s faith was an intrinsic element of his creative imagination, one that played out in the pages of his writings and his life.

I’ve always wanted to know how J.R.R. Tolkien work was started, and created. I must admit this book was a little dry in some parts. This book starts when Tolkien is just a little child up until his death. This book was shoved full with facts of where he went to school, his home like and his ideas for up coming books. It described his love for nature, languages and friends. I was really interested in Tolkien relationship with C.S. Lewis. They were friends for ten years before they had a falling out.  All of his life wasn’t so grand; but the one thing I loved to hear about in his life was his love for his wife Edith. Tolkien in his older life moved around a lot because of war and many other things. Edith followed him, their marriage staying stronger.  It also showed how much perfection Tolkien wanted in his life and his stories. It was amazing to think when Tolkien wrought The Hobbit, and then thought nothing would come of it after it was published.  J.R.R. Tolkien by Mark Horne was the first book I have ever read about Tolkien it was a great informative read.

I received for free for review from booksneeze (booksneeze.com)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Dragons of Chiril: A review


The dragons of chiril by Donita K Paul
Before DragonSpell, on a different continent and a different time, a young emerlindian’s desperate decision threatens to disrupt the foundation of the world.

Tipper has been caring for her family’s estate for years now, ever since her father disappeared, making a living by selling off his famous artwork. Then she learns that three statues she sold were carved from an ancient foundation stone, and the fabric of her reality is crumbling.

She must free her father and save the world. But she can’t do it alone.

Her ragtag band of adventurers includes Beccaroon, a giant parrot; Bealomondore, an aristocratic young artist; a handsome dragonkeeper prince; the Wizard Fenworth; and the tumanhofer librarian Librettowit. Together they travel through valleys and kingdoms and consort with purveyors of good and agents of evil to find and reunite the missing statues. Will they learn to rely on Wulder’s grace and guidance along the way?


Firstly when I received this book I thought it would be some random book in the series; which I am glad it is not. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I was excited to get after I read Two Tickets to the Christmas ball also by Paul. I sucked in the moment a weird bird started talking to itself. From the start this book was an adventure, wondering what would happen next. I loved the characters, the main character Tipper the most. In conclusion the book was great and every word will keep you hooked until the very end.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review
~Kellie

Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Reluctant Queen: A review


A Reluctant Queen: The Love Story Of Esther by Joan Wolf

The biblical story of Esther shines in a new light as "A Reluctant" Queen."

This story begins with Esther sharing the background of her upbringing as a young female Jew, who has lost both her parents and being raised by her uncle, Mordecai. She loves her uncle very much, so when he says that he has had a dream from God and that she must obey it by competing for the Great King's favor, she feels that it is her duty to obey and trust in him.

Becoming his wife, Esther feels the love for him growing, even as she denies her past and upbringing for fear of the pain of possible loss and rejection. Can their love survive the truth of her past? Will she be able to protect her people from a vicious outcome if she reveals her true self?
From the very beginning I fell in love with this story. I have never read the story of Esther before, mind you. It was a very exciting novel, very beautiful love story. I can say that I loved each character even if they were good or bad. Wolf made everything clear, to what everyone was wearing to the settings. The only downside I thought to this book, was just the dialogue just seemed to up to date; but other then that this was a very beautiful tell Esther the beautiful queen.

~Kellie

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball: A review


In a sleepy, snow-covered city, Cora Crowder is busy preparing for the holiday season. Searching for a perfect gift, a fortuitous trip to Warner, Werner, and Wizbotterdad’s (a most unusual bookshop) leads to an unexpected encounter with co-worker Simon Derrick. And the surprise discovery of a ticket for a truly one-of-a-kind Christmas Ball.

Every year, the matchmaking booksellers of the Sage Street bookshop host an enchanting, old-fashioned Christmas Ball for the romantic matches they’ve decided to bring together.

This year, will Simon and Cora discover a perfect chemistry in their opposite personalities and shared faith? Or will the matchmakers’ best laid plans end up ruining everything this holiday?

This book was a cute little novella, reading about this Christmas story, just makes me want it to be December, even when it’s the spring. The main characters were Simon and Cora, which I could relate to none of them. They both have family problems, or different ones. They are the two kindest people in the book, which is what I really like in the book. It makes my heart reading parts of the story. I loved this book it was heart warming and lovely. I would recommend to anyone who loves, enchanted ball, dresses, wizards and most of all family.

Also check out Donita K Pauls other books, and other goodies. http://www.donitakpaul.com/

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review
~Kellie

Nick of Time: Review

Nick of Time by Tim Downs

Tying the knot may be the toughest thing Nick Polchak has ever tried to do.

Nick Polchak is comfortable with bugs. Their world is orderly. He knows where he stands and exactly how to interpret the signs they give him. But a fiancée and an upcoming wedding? Not so much.

That's why—a mere four days before the nuptials—Nick finds himself driving to Philadelphia for the monthly meeting of the Vidocq society. Being among a group of forensic professionals consulting on cold cases will surely allow him to feel useful and normal.

But while there he discovers that a close friend has been murdered . . . and in classic Nick style, begins to follow the trail of evidence rather than returning to his fiancée. Fearing that his one-track mind won't lead him home by Saturday, Alena and three of her dogs go to track him down.

When she finally finds him, nothing is as Alena expected . . . because the twists in this case will surprise even the most dedicated Bug Man fans.

What can I say about the 6th bug man novel? Besides it being a great book, and something I couldn’t put down. I’ve read all the books in the bug man series, the last one not being very promising. Nick of Time was the same as always fast pace, interesting and always completed with a giant load of sarcasm. Nicholas Polchak, entertained me with his sarcasm for everything. The book itself was full of twists and turns, and something so unexpected it made me gasp. This book revived my love for this series.  I cannot wait for the next in the series.

I was given this book by booksneeze (booksneeze.com).
~Kellie

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Lightkeeper's Ball: A Review

           In 1910, New York socialite Olivia Stewart resists an arranged, socially advantageous marriage, and the mysterious death of her sister Eleanor in Northern California is an unhappy but convenient excuse to go West to investigate. On the way, she is thrown off a Bay area ship and nearly drowned, so she has a number of reasons to hide her identity when she arrives in Mercy Falls, Calif. Her shipboard rescuer turns out to be her dead sister's fiancé Harrison Bennett, about whom she has suspicions. Harrison in turn has his reasons to distrust the Stewart family. In this atmosphere of deceit and suspicion, attraction between Olivia and Harrison grows.


The Lightkeeper’s Ball, was a beautiful story of a woman trying to find out what happened to her sister. This book seemed to me like suspense, murder mystery and a tiny bit of romance. The book entertained me from start to finish; there are tons of twists and turns. The book was full of beautiful detailed scenery, and she detailed it so perfectly, you could just imagine it that it is there. And I loved the two main characters Harrison Bennett and Olivia Stewart, they are two very different people. They fit so well together, they clash but you can’t see them apart. This is my first Colleen Coble book, I would love to get a hold of another book of the Mercy Falls series.
~Kellie

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Breath Of Angel: Review


Melaia, a young priestess, witnesses the gruesome murder of an emaciated stranger in the temple courtyard. Just after she discovers wings on the stranger, the murderer enters the temple, and what Melaia has known only through song and story suddenly takes on flesh. Angels and shape-shifters were myths and stories . . . until now.
I loved this book, Breath of Angel was a book I couldn’t put down.  I think all the characters had there own style and different. The main character Melaia was different nothing like the other characters, which was a plus. I think all the locations/places in the book were well described. And the story about angels and how they come to earth and back is something so different. That’s one of the points that got me hooked on the story.  It was a grand adventure from start to finish.
Check out Karyn Henley website for info on this book and others.  And you can check out the first chapter of Breath of Angel.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review
~Kellie

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

STOP!!!!......hammer time.

On May 17th all my other readings will stop and move out of the way for this book.
NICK OF TIME BY TIM DOWNS......yesssss I'm so excited to read it. This is the 6th book in the bug man series, it's a really awesome series. I've loved them from day one. But the ending of the 5th book Ends Of The Earth was horrible but I guess I have adjusted to it. I really hope this is the end of the series, but who knows? Not I. But I thought I tell you that.





~Kellie

Friday, March 4, 2011

Divine Appointments A review

Divine appointments by Charlene Ann Baumbich
Josie Brooks is not interested in disruption. Everything in her life is organized, minimal, and efficient. A successful business consultant in Chicago with a type-A personality, she ruthlessly identifies and slashes any source of economic wastefulness with complete disregard for the employees themselves. Soon, everyone at Diamond Mutual calls her "The Dragon" as she orders the termination of decent, hardworking people for the sake of profit. Josie's rigid life, however, mysteriously begins to unravel when a strangely alluring snow globe appears at her apartment. Soon afterward, Josie is forced to confront her own flaws and fears, beginning an emotional journey toward love, friendship, mourning, and new beginnings.
                Divine Appointments was so hard for me to get through, there was nothing truly exciting or interesting about it. It took about a hundred pages to get something that was unexpected. There was something I did enjoy the main character, Josie Brooks, even if she had no feelings. Josie was pretty interesting to try to understand her. And I also enjoyed another character named Marsha, she was different and something I believe she can relate to a whole bunch of other women out there. This book was full of emotions, it goes up and down. Some parts were sad, in which I hated and just heartwarming.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
And check out Charlene Ann Baumbich for her other books, and works.
~Kellie

Sunday, February 27, 2011

February Book Haul Part 1

Okay I have gotten tons of book this week, I got two books for review which one I have already posted that so forget that. So I have 20+ books to talk about. I have some pictures but I wont put the summarys, all of these are listed on Amazon or any other place. So first up is some book by Annette Curtis Klause.
                 
<--------Blood And Chocolate By Annette Curtis Klause
The Silver Kiss By Annette Curtis Klause ---->
Angel By Cliff Mcnish          

Paper Towns By John Green
I am so excited to finally get a John Green book, I think he is so awesome I follow him on youtube where he and his brother do videos on youtube                                                                          
Shiver By  Maggie Stiefvater                                                                
The Foretelling by Alice Hoffman

Skulduggery Pleasant By Derek Landy
                                                                                         The Passage By Justin Cronin
                                                                                     
                                                                                            












                                                                                                                                                                                      The Poison Diaries  By Colin Stimpson       
                                               
Michael Jackson: The Man In The Mirror
Well that is it for right now, I'll add some more on the 1st of March till then. Bye
~Kellie
                                                                

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Curiosities of the Civil War Review

I received this book from booksneeze (booksneeze.com)
Webb Garrison’s “Curiosities of the Civil War” is a compendium of unusual facts and events and important figures during the Civil War. Most are obscure and likely not to be found in a typical history textbook.  One would find the stories of the ever so tall President Lincoln questing to find other men his height or near to it. Or the stories of the soldiers who managed to continue on in battle despite illness or loss of limbs. Also, the tales of the priests who would accompany troops to the battlefield to administer last rites to the dying on the battlefield.
            This book was indeed an interesting read, as many of the facts and stories mentioned here are far from common knowledge; thus allowing the reader to catch a small glimpse of Abraham Lincoln’s personality or the crippling illness some soldiers were stricken with, but were still so intent on fighting this war. Or less depressing, the necessity of the Union army to stock coffee beans. The soldiers would carry the beans and create the first form of instant coffee. Also the struggle of Ulysses S. Grant to fight his way through the war and later on attain the presidency.

~Kellie

Thursday, February 3, 2011

50 Book Challenge

Okay I wrote before that I entered in the 50 book challenge. Ya. I entered into it on goodreads, it's a lot easier or, I hope so. So I thought I would tell you what books that I am going to read. Oh and I could even enter into the off the shelf challenge. Amazing huh? but I won't. Too much to take care of. So now I'll list all the books I plan on reading, and the books I have read so far. Oh and it's a total of 53 books. I have 2 bind-ups in my collection but I wont add them...I kind of lost interest in bind-ups.


Books I've read:
  1. My Life As Emperor By Su Tong
  2. Betwixt By Tara Bray Smith
  3. Impossible By Nancy Werlin
  4. The Gaslight Dogs By Karin Lowachee
  5. Long Journey Home By Amber Esplin
Books I have to read:
  1. The First Wives Club By Olivia Goldsmith
  2. Remember Me By Mary Higgins Clark
  3. Ever After By Elswyth Thane
  4. My Ridiculous Romantic Obsessions By Becca Wihite
  5. The Luxe By Anna Godberson
  6. A Great And Terrible Beauty By Libba Bray
  7. The Virgin Blue By Tracy Chevalier
  8. Vision In White By Nora Roberts
  9. The Maze Runner By James Dashner
  10. Infinite Days By Rebecca Maizel
  11. The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants By Ann Brashares
  12. The Masquerade By Sarah Anne Sumpolec
  13. In The Woods By Tana French
  14. Fallen By Lauren Kate
  15. The It Girl By Cecily Von Ziegesar
  16. The Golden Compass By Philip Pullman
  17. Wicked By Gregory Maguire
  18. Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister By Gregory Maguire
  19. Amelia By Donald M. Goldstein
  20. Veil Of Darkness By Greg Park
  21. Wintergirls By Laurie Halse Anderson
  22. Welcome To The Real World By Carole Matthews
  23. Child 44 By Tom Rob Smith
  24. Dark Victory By Ed Sikov
  25. A Reliable Wife By Robert Goolrick
  26. The Color Purple By Alice Walker
  27. Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austen
  28. Chinese Cinderella By Adeline Yen Mah
  29. Skud By Dennis Foon
  30. L.A Candy By Lauren Conrad
  31. City Of Beasts By Isabel Allende
  32. Beloved By Toni Morrison
  33. Four Things My Geeky-Jock-Of-A-Best-Friend Must Do In Europe By Jane Harrington
  34. The Road & No Country For Old Men By Cormac McCarthy
  35. Wither By Lauren DeStefano
  36. Eat Pray Love By Elizabeth Gilbert
  37. Vampire Academy By Richelle Mead
Books I'm currently reading:
  1. Little Princess By Frances Hodgson Burnett
  2. Secret Circle By L.J Smith

And their are 9 more books to add to that pile, you can see those on my January 2011 book haul down below. And I guess that comes to 53 books. But I am so excited to do this challenge so. See ya.
~Kellie

Monday, January 31, 2011

January 2011 Book Haul

Okay I figured since I am just sitting here on my butt watching Vampire diaries (awwesome). I'd tell you what I got this month I got 11 total and one for review. All of them I am super excited about. And all of them were on my list of book to buy so yippie for me right? Right!

Okay so the first one is
The Promises She Keeps By Erin Healy
                There is a picture and a review in the post under this. Read it.

Left Behind by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins

Vehicles, suddenly unmanned, careen out of control. People are terror-stricken as loved ones vanish before their eyes.
     Some blame space aliens. Others claim a freak of nature. Still others say it was a high tech military attack by a world conqueror.
            But airline captain Rayford Steele's wife had warned him of this very event. If Irene Steele was right, both she and their young son have disappeared. What about their older daughter? Like Rayford, Chloe had been skeptical.
             In the midst of global chaos, Rayford must search for his family, answers, for truth. As devastating as the disappearances have been, the darkest days may lie ahead.
Phantom Prey By John Sandford

 After one college student disappears and two are found slashed to death, Lucas Davenport finds himself hunting what appears to be a modern-day Jack the Ripper. Unfortunately, the clues aren't adding up-and then there's the young goth girl who keeps appearing and disappearing. Where does she come from? Where does she go every night? And why does Lucas keep getting the sneaking suspicion that there is something else going on here? Something very bad, very dark, and as elusive as a phantom.....


Need By Carrie Jones


Zara White suspects a freaky guy is semi-stalking her. She memorizes phobias and chants them when she's nervous. And, okay she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But moving to a shivery Maine town to stay with her grandmother is supposed to be the perfect fix-so her mom says.
Except, this new plan of getting away to help Zara stay sane? Yeah, not working. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's imagination. He's still following her, leaving behind a eeire trail of gold dust. There's something not right--not human--in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs are pointing to Zara.


Willow By Julia Hoban


Seven months ago on a rainy March night, Willow's parents drank too much at dinner and asked her to drive them home. But they never made it--Willow lost control of the car, and both of her parents were killed. Now the only way she knows how to survive and control the pain is by secretly cutting herself. But when Willow meets Guy, a boy as sensitive and complicated as she is, she finds it hard to keep the secret that's written all over her body.



Tantalize By Cynthia Smith


Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her hybrid-werewolf first love is threatening to leave her forever. And just as she and her uncle are about to unveil Austin's first vampire-themed restaurant, their chef's brutal leaves Quincie scrambling to transform fresh-faced Henry Johnson into a culinary dark lord in time for opening night. But there's more than meets the eye to this new hire, and Quincie is about to learn a whole lot about love...and blood.




Perfect Chemistry By Simone Elkeles


At Fairfield High School, on the outskirts of Chicago, everyone knows that south siders and north siders aren't exactly compatible elements. So when head cheerleader Brittany Ellis and gang member Alex Fuentes are forced to be lab partners in chemistry class, the results are bound to be explosive. But neither teen is prepared for the most surprising chemical reation of all--love. Can they break through the stereotypes and misconceptions that threaten to keep them apart?



Ella Enchanted By Gail Carson Levine

At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the "gift" of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: "Instead of making me docile, Lucinda's curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally." When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella's life and well-being seem in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery, trying to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you've ever read.
Wicked Lovely By Melissa Marr

Rule #3 Don't stare at invisible faeries                                                                                       

Rule #2 Don't speak to Invisible faeries                                                             

Rule #1 Don't ever attract their attention

Suddenly none of these rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everyhing.

Hush Hush By Becca Fitzpatrick

Romace was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seems to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.
      But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen--and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

The Outcast By Sadie Jones
Set in post WWII suburban London, this superb debut novel charts the downward spiral and tortured redemption of a young man shattered by loss. The war is over, and Lewis Aldridge is getting used to having his father, Gilbert, back in the house. Things hum along splendidly until Lewis's mother drowns, casting the 10-year-old into deep isolation. Lewis is ignored by grief-stricken Gilbert, who remarries a year after the death, and Lewis's sadness festers during his adolescence until he boils over and torches a church. After serving two years in prison, Lewis returns home seeking redemption and forgiveness, only to find himself ostracized. The town's most prominent family, the Carmichaels, poses particular danger: terrifying, abusive patriarch Dicky (who is also Gilbert's boss) wants to humiliate him; beautiful 21-year-old Tamsin possesses an insidious coquettishness; and patient, innocent Kit—not quite 16 years old—confounds him with her youthful affection. Mutual distrust between Lewis and the locals grows, but Kit may be able to save Lewis. Jones's prose is fluid, and Lewis's suffering comes across as achingly real.

~Kellie