Friday, October 21, 2011

Book Deal-a-Rama. Final Part


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.

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.

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.
I was given this book for free by waterbrook press for my review.

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(

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(