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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.
Punderdome is a card game for pun lovers. I was excited to
be able to review an actual game. I thought it would be a short sweet card
game. A mashable review stated “Will replace cards against humanity at your
next party” I really wish it would be as quick as cards against humanity but
punderdome has a lot more components to it. Also I suggest more people the
funnier it gets. And it is ages 12+, so
it’s a kind of kid friendly game. So may
the most terrible punster win.
I received this game for my honest review from the blogging
for books program. (www.bloggingforbooks.com)
Willow Lamott’s best friend is
a convicted killer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her
forget it. Over four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but
none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out
of juvie and
fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer
feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she
sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a
villain, a savior, or both. Ashton
thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow Lamott stepped back into his life.
Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the
closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and
Ashton wonders if his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves. Review:
Gilt Hollow is a simple YA murder mystery. I can’t say it’s
any more than that. The plot is simple a guy wants revenge on the people who
put him in juvie fo…
In the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed.
The story of this tragic episode unfolds in a sequence of interconnected chapters as the victims and the bereaved encounter suppression, denial, and the echoing agony of the massacre. From Dong-ho’s best friend who meets his own fateful end; to an editor struggling against censorship; to a prisoner and a factory worker, each suffering from traumatic memories; and to Dong-ho's own grief-stricken mother; and through their collective heartbreak and acts of hope is the tale of a brutalized people in search of a voice.
Review (sorry it's a short one.)
Human Acts was a tough read for me not because of the contents. I had a hard time liking and sticking with the POV. Every point of view had sort of the same story. All of them almost relived the same seen over and over. Most of them centered around Dong-Ho. Each character had their own story to tell, but I just wished the writer wo…