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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sountrack Saturday (1)

In honor of my slightly belated return to the blogging world, I have come up with a new meme to host. Introducing... Soundtrack Saturday! Every Saturday I will be posting a song I think goes along great with a certain book or series. I hope everyone will comment and let me know what they think about the meme idea in general, the song, or the book choice. =) I love to hear from you guys!

For this weeks Soundtrack Saturday we have "Fire on the Mountain" by Rob Thomas. This song reminds me so much of the Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray!

Fire on the mountain
Through the freeze
Save yourself
There's evil
In the garden
But you don't see it
I can tell


How do you sleep while
The city's burning
Where do you go when you can't go home
How do you drink when
There's blood in the water
Where do you turn when
The world moves on
When the world moves on, on

Fire on the mountain
You can feel it
Against your skin
You're standing
By the river
Let the river
Take you in

How do you sleep while
The city's burning
Where do you go when you can't go home
How do you drink when
There's blood in the water
Where do you turn when
The world moves on
When the world moves on
When the world moves on, on Yeah

Hell, I see smoke out on the horizon
Mama, get your baby, take
Her down to the water
I view the wind like a promise broken
I see the future but
It's getting farther

How do you sleep while
The city's burning
Where do you go when you can't go home
How do you drink when
There's blood in the water
Where do you turn when
The world moves on
When the world moves on, hey
When the world moves on, [x3]
Yeah, oh Yeah, oh yeah world moves on
That world moves on, yeah

Pretty much the whole song reminds me of the Gemma Doyle Trilogy, but since this song reminds me of it so literally, I've highlighted the words that really stick out to me in red. (I only highlighted them once, excluding repetitions.)

That's it for today! Let me know what you think, and feel free to use this idea yourself. I would appreciate it if you did use this meme idea, if you would link back to me and of course share your link with me so that I could spread the word. If  by some chance someone else is already doing this, please let me know, so that I can give credit where credit is due. I don't mean to copy anyone!

Much love,


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Salome by Beatrice Gormley

Salome by Beatrice Gormley 5 of 5 stars.

Her name is Salome. You may think you know her story. . .how her seductive Dance of the Seven Veils led to the beheading of John the Baptist. But you don't know it from her side. You don't know how a web of betrayal, and greed, and desire was spun around an innocent teenage girl. How she came to doubt her own mother. How she searched for a friend in an unfamiliar land. And how she walked into a trap and changed the course of history.

This is Salome's story in her own words.

Listen, and learn of strength, of power, of loyalty. . .and of death. (Book blurb)

When Salome's mother becomes involved with Antipas, a high political official in ancient Rome, Salome begins to see her mother for what she is, a jealous and power hungry woman. But after spending her whole life practically worshipping the ground Herodias walked on, even thinking of them as sisters, it is hard for Salome to accept. But as Antipas's sights switch from mother to daughter, there is no denying Herodias's cruelty to her Salome.

As Salome realizes that power and seduction are the two main themes ruling this game of courtly intrigue, she can no longer deny what she wants: to become a priestess of the Goddess Diana in Rome. She finally decides to do anything in her power to get what she wants, even seducing her own mother's husband. But Herodias isn't finished playing all of her cards yet...

Salome is the beautiful tale of an all too familiar and misunderstood girl in Ancient Rome, struggling to keep her head above water in the midst of greed, jealousy, and politics. Beatrice Gormley shows us the tragic story of the girl who called for John the Baptist's head. Her prose is innocent and beautiful as she speaks from Salome's point-of-view, giving us a picture far different from the one that has always been portrayed.

Beatrice Gormley swept me away with Poisoned Honey, her latest novel about Mary Magdalene.  Salome was no disappointment either. The characters were vivid and whole, jumping right off the page. My favorite character in the novel was probably Leander, Salome's tutor and friend. He added layers to the story as well as being able to show Antipas from a slightly more objective perspective. Joanna was also an interesting character, and one who I recognized from Poison Honey.

Salome was simply a beautiful historic fiction novel that I will cherish forever. I believe anyone could love this book, whether you enjoy historical fiction, religiously based novel, or don't read much at all.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink

Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink 5 of 5 stars.
To be released August 1, 2010.

As sixteen-year-old Lia Milthorpe searches for a way to end the prophecy that has divided her family for generations, her twin sister Alice hones the skills she'll need to defeat Lia. Alice will stop at nothing to reclaim her sister's role in the prophecy and that's not the only thing she wants. There's also Lia's beloved, James.
The sisters always knew that the prophecy would turn their closest allies against them. But they didn't know what betrayal could lead them to do. In the end, only one sister will be left standing. (Book blurb)

It hasn't been long since we last saw Lia and Alice, determinedly on different sides of an ancient prophecy that could mean death and destruction for humanity. Now, Lia and the keys, Luisa and Sonia, must make a terribly dangerous journey to a mystical land in order to find out where the missing pages of the prophecy are hidden. They face horrifying dangers along the way, but nothing could prepare them for the betrayal within their own group.

Even while Lia is desperately searching for a way to save the world as the only Angel the prophecy has seen for centuries, Alice is pulling Lia's beloved James closer and closer. Nothing seems sacred in the battle to Lia anymore, but she cannot afford worrying about James in the face of all that is happening. Luckily, a dashing young man by the name of Dimitri sweeps in as the perfect distraction. But Lia's emotions are not that simple and this exotic man along with the battle to the death she surely faces with her sister Alice only makes her realize how little she really does know about herself. Her only hope is that she can figure it all out before its too late.

Guardian of the Gate is a wonderful second novel in this action packed series. Michelle Zink leaves nothing out as she continues the story of Lia and Alice in her fine and suspenseful prose. I was happy to see the added layers and new characters in the story. It made things more interesting and provided extra insight into Lia's psych. Watching her grow as a character has been a wonderful ride.

I was so excited to get a copy of this book in advance, and I was not disappointed. There is so much more action, adventure, and romance fueling this second book that it is hard to even compare it to the stunning first novel. I enjoyed the new character Dimitri and all of the different facets he offered to the tale. I think he is one of my favorite characters in the series so far.

Overall, Guardian of the Gate is a wonderful Gothic thriller full of everything a good novel needs. I would suggest this series to anyone, though I would not advise you to read this second book until you have read the first. I cannot wait until the third novel is released!

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer 5 of 5 stars.
To be released October 19 by Philomel.

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart she might lose everything--including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice? (Synopsis from book)

Nightshade for Calla is a steamy world, full of conflicting desires and difficult choices. Where succubi, incubi, and wraiths roam, powerful sorcerers control a tight band of werewolf warriors known as the Guardians. The greedy and often times lecherous Keepers have power over every aspect in the Guardians life, in return they offer them every luxury imaginable. But as the Keepers continue to spoon-feed their own propaganda to the Guardians, another battle is brewing deep below the surface.

When a strange young man arrives in town bearing a cross tattoo, Calla's world falls to pieces. Despite being promised to the sexy alpha wolf Renier, she can't deny the pull she feels toward Shay. As her world and his tangle together she learns shocking secrets about her past and future, all of it seeming to surround this alluring boy. But can her feelings for Shay outweigh her instincts to protect her pack?

Andrea Cremer has redefined werewolves in young adult literature. Her mythology and history of this world is beautiful, mesmerizing, and complete. Nothing is impossible in Nightshade, from werewolves to a mammoth brown recluse. She has created a story worth reading again and again.

The thing I like most about this story is its unpredictability. Just when I think I have Calla and the other characters figured out, they throw me for a loop adding twists and turns to an already complex story. Calla's feeling and personality change drastically from the beginning of the story to the end, but she still doesn't seem to have completely figured herself out.

Another very dynamic character is alpha wolf Renier. In the beginning of the story he seems like a shallow playboy, but after a while you see other sides of him; his love for Calla, his need to be a different kind of leader than his father, and his deep-seated grief for his mother. I certainly felt for him throughout the story.

Andrea Cremer's prose pulled it all together nicely, giving Calla personality while still being almost objective even from a first person POV. I was able to see the feeling and struggles of the other characters clearly without them being completely transparent. My biggest problem with the story is the cliff-hanger ending that is sure to leave me on the edge of my seat until the sequel.

Overall, I have to say that Nightshade by Andrea Cremer is definitely on my top-ten list of werewolf stories. Lust, danger, and rebellion are all common themes for coming of age tales, but somehow they have set this particular story apart from the rest of the pack creating something truly special.

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Home Sweet Home?

Well, I'm back. Hopefully. We got home a few days ago only to find that our water wasn't running, and our phone and internet wouldn't work. The well is going again, but we're still having trouble getting the internet back up. The man was supposed to be here today and wasn't. Maybe we'll see him tomorrow? Anyway, I've got a wifi card I'm using for now (sharing with mumsie) until its up. I've got several reviews to post so look out! I missed you all sooo much. Despite technical difficulties, its good to be home!

Monday, July 5, 2010

CSN Giftcard Winner + Updates

Hi, everyone!! Yes, camp is finally over. (Thank goodness!) Not that I didn't cry like a baby when I left my friends, but it was a pretty intense schedule. Speaking of intense, I'm still in NC and going whitewater rafting Wednesday, how cool is that?! But don't worry, loves. I'll be home soon to get back on my regular blogging schedule.

In the meantime, how about we find out the winner of this $40 CSN Stores Giftcard??
*drum roll, please* And the winner is.... *Fanfare sounds* Gina from Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers!

You should be receiving an email from the company shortly.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered, and for those newbies of you who became followers of my blog. You are all incredibly awesome.

One last tidbit of news before I sound off for the night... I saw Eclipse today. No, I wasn't able to see it at midnight *sniffles* but I did see it today. I have to say, it wasn't half as good as New Moon. Though I did think they did a good job keeping it by the book, and I was completely drooling over Taylor Lautner. (Figuratively speaking, of course!)

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