Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Wedding Gift by Kathleen McKenna

Paperback: 254 Pages

Publisher: Bell Bridge Books

ISBN: 978-1-61194-052-7

My Rating: 5/5
Leann wasn't good enough for her upper-crust in-laws, so they gave her the mansion none of them wanted. Years ago, something or someone in the house killed Leann's brother. Will its violent secrets kill her next?

I have to start off by saying WOW! I am totally blown away by Kathleen McKenna's writing in 'The Wedding Gift.' It's such an awesome feeling to find a book that you can relate to, that you love, that you are fully invested in and I've found that in this book. I was in the middle of midterms when I started reading this so it took me a little while to read but I will admit, it did pull me away from studying at times.

This book is about a girl named Leann who is completely conceited and thinks that nothing is ever good enough. She's materialistic in the worst way. Even through all her flaws, I loved Leann's character. She was deep but shallow at the same time. There is such character development and relationship development between characters that you find yourself fully involved in every aspect of it. Leann marries for money...basically. Which ends up being a terrible mistake. This book is all about murder, affairs, broken hearts and strong, strong emotions. Oh, and don't forget about the amazing paranormal aspect as well!

'The Wedding Gift' was simply stunning. I'm still reeling from it. I was so into the book that I stayed up until 3 in the morning reading it last night! It's absolutely amazing and I would recommend it to everyone! This is not a YA title explicitly but it plays out like one. It's like a YA for adults, if that makes sense. Definitely, definitely check out 'The Wedding Gift' by Kathleen McKenna, I promise you will not be disappointed!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

In My Mailbox

IMM is a weekly event hosted by the Story Siren.

This week I received:
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
&
Divergent by Veronica Roth

Sunday, November 20, 2011

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by The Story Siren.

This is the first time in a long time that I've done an IMM post. But, I was at...Marshalls the other day looking at books and I found a bunch of super amazing books in the clearance bin for $1-$3! :)

Shiver-Maggie Stiefvater

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Jane Eyre

What did you get in your mailbox?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Reading Level: Young Adult

Paperback: 480 Pages

Publisher: Speak

ISBN-13: 978-0142419809

My Rating: 4/5
While other teenage girls daydream about boys, Calla Tor imagines ripping out her enemies' throats. And she wouldn't have it any other way. Calla was born a warrior and on her eighteenth birthday she'll become the alpha female of the next generation of Guardian wolves. But Calla's predestined path veers off course the moment she saves the life of a wayward hiker, a boy her own age. This human boy's secret will turn the young pack's world upside down and forever alter the outcome of the centuries-old Witches' War that surrounds them all.

So, it took me a lot longer than normal to read 'Nightshade.' I would have finished it really quick (because it was really good) except that I hit midterms by the time I was almost halfway through. And I feel like I have more schoolwork in this half of my semester than the first. Anyways, I really really really liked 'Nightshade'! After reading so many books where the female lead is some weak, dependent girl it's refreshing to read a great book with a strong female lead.

'Nightshade' is told through Calla, she is the alpha wolf in her pack. She is supposed to marry Ren who is the alpha of another pack but when she meets Shay, things start to head in a different direction. Calla really comes across as one of those straight arrow type of people. Always does what she's told and doesn't ask any questions. But from the moment she sees Shay, she defies every rule that was set out for her. What makes Nightshade such an amazingly lovable book is the fact that it has that "forbidden love" element to it.

While the storyline is very similar to that of other books, it's still unique. Calla is an extremely unique character. She's strong, independent, stands up for herself, she's a great character. There were a couple things I didn't like so much about 'Nightshade' though. I found that, after reading halfway through, there were a lot of characters I just didn't care about....which is never good. At any rate, 'Nightshade' is a good book and if you haven't checked it out yet, you should!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Hurricane Winner!

So, I realized today that I hadn't announced a winner for the Hurricane ebook! Sorry, I'm in the middle of midterms. Anyways, the winner of the ebook is Bethzaida!!
Make sure you check your email soon! I will be emailing the author today to inform her that you won!! :)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

More fun!

OK, so this is probably my fourth post apologizing about my lack of posting. So, I have to apologize again because I noticed that I've lost a couple followers recently. I swear I'm still here and I'm reading when I can but I am in my first semester of College right and I am right in the middle of midterms! AH!! I'm trying to squeeze in reading when I can but I have had 5 essays, an APA paper, and 3 tests due in the last week. I have a midterm tomorrow and Tuesday. So, I'm really really busy. But I promise I will start reading more (I hope) and posting more once I get through midterms. Thanks guys!! :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

Reading Level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 368 Pages

Publisher: Hyperion Book CH

ISBN: 978-142312131-1

My Rating: 5/5
Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch. That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (a.k.a. witches, shapeshifters, and faeries). But then she discovered her family secret, and the fact that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.
Turns out, Sophie's a
demon, one of only two in the world-the other being her father. What's worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will either destroy her powers for good-or kill her.
But once Sophie arrives, she makes a shocking discovery. Her new housemates? They're demons too. Meaning,
someone is raising demons in secret, with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they're using Archer to do it. But it's not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

The first thing I have to say about Demonglass is, what an ending. Like, total cliffhanger of the worst AND best kind. I mean, love it but hate that I have to wait! UGH! haha. I'm definitely going to be die before the next book comes out. I literally can not wait to read it! Demonglass picks up right where Hex Hall left off.

Demonglass is the continuing story of Sophie Mercer. She was a student at Hecate but finds herself rushed off to live in England with her dad. This book was just as amazing as the first one and 9 times out of 10, that's almost impossible to do. Hex Hall was one of my favorite reads of 2011. It is full of action and romance and all things that make books amazing. Demonglass does not disappoint! I found myself loving it as much as the first one!

I don't want to say too much about 'Demonglass' especially if some of you haven't read 'Hex Hall' yet. But if you haven't, you need to! It's amazing!! I usually try to read my books in the order I buy/receive them but for this one, I couldn't wait. I knew how much I loved the first one which is what made me grab it right away! I am anxiously awaiting book 3 in the 'Hex Hall' series, if that cliffhanger doesn't do me in first! Definitely, definitely check out this series, it's amazing!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Book Blogger Hop!

Friday's Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books!

Book Blogger Hop
This week's question is:
It’s time to spread some love beyond the borders of the Book Blogger Hop! This week, we aren’t answering a question. We are spotlighting our fellow bloggers. Find your favorite(s) author interview(s), guest post(s), book review(s), or bookish article(s) that ANOTHER BOOK BLOGGER featured on their site recently and tell us why you love it/them! As an additional challenge, find your favorite one of EACH of the categories above and spotlight all 4 (interview, guest post, review, article).

So this one is really tough! haha. I love all the blogs I follow but I'll post about this one because she is super fantastic! And because I was just over on her blog earlier snooping around hehe. She is:
The Crazy Bookworm

The Crazy Bookworm! and she recently did this (unrelated) post about her top 5 favorite zombie movies (LOVE ZOMBIES) and umm she's awesome! haha. Check it out! Also, she is having the best Halloween giveaway ever! So check that out too!! :)


So that's my one pick for right now haha. I might go hop around and find some more and then post those as well! :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Author Guest Post and giveaway!!!!

Guest post by author Jenna-Lynne Duncan! She has a totally awesome book coming out soon called 'Hurricane' that I think everyone should get, it goes towards a well worthy cause! It's explained in the post! Also, I am giving away 1 ebook version of 'Hurricane' for Jenna-Lynne Duncan!

“When I woke, Hayden hovered over me. I was outside, lying on the hard gravel of an unpaved country road.
“What purpose does this serve?” Luke spit as he leaned against the front of the truck.
“Quiet. She just needs some fresh air.” Hayden was kneeling down beside me, his body so close I could feel the sweet heat of his breath as he spoke. I didn’t want to move, but I couldn’t ignore the reality of the situation. I was being kidnapped and heading deeper into the swamp, where it was likely my body would never be found. The alligators would eat my remains, and soon there would be nothing left of me. I could see the headlines in the fictional newspapers in my head. I didn’t hesitate to think out an escape plan. Before I knew it, I was on my bare feet taking off in the other direction. I didn’t think about the alligators that were likely in the water next to me. I just knew I had to get to the main road.
“She’s running away?” I heard Hayden say in a surprising tone.
“Go get her!” Luke yelled from behind me. “
New Orleans has always been a place of intrigue and mystery; the setting of endless vampire and ghost stories. Some are more real than you may think. I wanted to tell Madame Lalaurie’s story and the history behind New Orleans most haunted mansion. It plays a brief, but dark, role in my novel Hurricane but there is a truth behind it.
 When writing, I tried not to do extensive research on the house on Rue Royal. I wanted to use only information that I myself had heard growing up, making it a true ghost story. Importance is not in the details, rather how the story is told. Of course, today I do know more about Lalaurie and the mansion on Royal Street than perhaps I would have liked to. It all goes back to the 1800’s. 1140 Royal Street was the tallest and most beautiful house at that time. Three stories high, it had a big wraparound porch on the second level; perfect for celebrating Mardi Gras activities. But, there would be no fun in that house. It was a house filled with horror. In the late 1830’s Madame Lalaurie was a socialite. To those who were her guests, she was described as kind, and charming. But to her servants she was anything but. She would severely mistreat them; beat them- she even threw a young girl off her third story balcony. One day there was a fire in her home. As the town people came to help her retrieve her valuables, they made a gruesome discovery in the attic. The servants had been beaten up and chained to the floor. After the townspeople made the discovery, a mob had called for Lalaurie’s blood. By that time, she had fled. Some say she was reportedly laid to rest in France, while others claim she never left. You can still visit the house today - if you dare. In the market for a new home? Lucky for you, the house is for sale. Its previous owner, Nicholas Cage, recently foreclosed and the house is now bank- owned.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog and I hope y’all will check out my novel Hurricane; the first book in a brand new series.
About Hurricane:  Hurricane is a paranormal romance novel for young adults. It follows Adriana Alexander, a high school teen whose dreams predict the future. When her dream of two mysterious brothers attending her school comes true, she makes it her goal to figure out the brothers’ secret. What she didn’t predict was that the brothers would kidnap her on the eve of Hurricane Katrina. The book chronicles the trio’s evacuation from New Orleans, complete with a touch of voodoo and a vengeful ghost, and Adriana’s eventual return to the devastated city she loves. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the New Orleans Habitat for Humanity.

Giveaway!!
1. You do NOT have to be a follower to enter
2. You must be 13 or older in order to enter
3. Contest Deadline is October 18th.

To enter the giveaway for 'Hurricane' just click here:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

Reading Level: Young Adult

Hardcover (ARC): 480 Pages

Publisher: Del Rey

Release Date: October 18th, 2011

ISBN: 978-20-345-52331-0

My Rating: 4/5
The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria. Nora, a very human teenager living in high society, falls in love with Bram, a handsome and polite eighteen-year-old lieutenant who happens to be suffering from "the Laz," a disease that is slowly turning him into one of the walking dead. Bram is fully conscious and healthy enough to take on Nora, killer zombies, and the treacherous humans that plague his life-at least for now. But it is only a matter of time before the Laz will take him away from Nora forever.
EDIT!!
I have to change my review for 'Dearly, Departed.' The time that I read it, I was really busy with school work so that was all that was on my mind. I heard all these amazing things about 'Dearly, Departed' so I read it again when I had a few days with no work. I love it!! I can't believe I came on here and gave it such a bad review previously. I figured that I would leave my original review here as well as my new thoughts. But this book is definitely amazing and well worth the read!! PLUS, I just found out Lia Habel is from my part of NY, AWESOME!!! hehe. Great, great book!!
EDIT!!

I had really high hoped for 'Dearly, Departed.' It was my first zombie/dystopian novel and everyone is always talking about how good they are. I'm not really sure how I feel about 'Dearly, Departed.' I couldn't connect with the characters and I just wasn't interested in the story. I don't know if it's just me or what but I just...couldn't get into it at all. I tried and tried but it just never clicked for me. I began reading the book with a positive attitude about it but I could feel myself losing interest the more and more I read.

'Dearly, Departed' is the story of Nora Dearly. Her parents died and she lives with her Aunt. She find out that her dad is not dead, in fact he is a zombie. I guess they say he suffers from the Laz. Some things I found disturbing, like Nora's ability to fall for Bram even though he is a zombie...I won't say much about the story line because the books not out yet.

The reason I gave this book a 3 even though I couldn't connect with it, is because it is NOT poorly written. In fact, it's written rather well and I could see how people could connect to some of the characters. I just couldn't. Overall, it was an alright book, for me. I definitely think people should check it out because I'm sure it's going to be really popular! I'll probably try reading it again down the road.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

200 Follower Giveaway!

Ok, so I realized that I never did a giveaway for my 200 followers so I decided I should do one now. Especially since I haven't been posting much because I've been swamped with schoolwork. So, I'm going to give one person a copy of 'Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle.'


Rules for giveaway:
You MUST be a follower to enter
Only open to US and Canada
You must be 13 or older to enter
Contest open to entries until October 24th
Additional entries for tweeting, blog posting and Facebook posts
The more followers I get, the more books I'll add to the giveaway!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Reading Level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 754 Pages

Publisher: Little Brown

ISBN-10: 031606792X
ISBN-13: 9780316067928

My Rating: 1/5
From Amazon:
In Breaking Dawn, to be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife have led her to the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or to pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fates of two tribes hangs.

Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating, and unfathomable, consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella's life-first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse-seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed... forever?
I wasn't going to write a review for 'Breaking Dawn' even though I posted reviews for 'Twilight,' 'New Moon' and 'Eclipse.' I finally decided that I would post my review because I did post the other ones. And even though I hated 'Breaking Dawn' I should still write it. I really did hate 'Breaking Dawn.' I read the whole thing probably just as quickly as I read the other 3 books, but I hated it the whole time. I feel like, Meyer just wrote it an released it to make more money or something. There really is no point to the book. I mean, for a bunch of vampires, willing to lay their lives on the line for Bella, they are pretty submissive.

The whole book, I guess, is about the Volturi and the Cullens. Edward is supposed to turn Bella into a vampire or something, I don't know, whatever. So, they show up there and I was all excited that there was going to be some kind of epic battle and people would die and it would be awesome. Instead, they talked out their problems. WHAT? Excuse me? NO! lol. I mean, really? I can't even fully express how pissed off I was when I read the last book. I remember ranting about it to anyone that would listen. How stupid the final book was and that I HATED it. Lame, lame, lame.

I actually didn't watch Twilight the movie until after I read the book. I always read the book first. And by the time I jumped on the "Twilight bandwagon" New Moon was in production. But I've always loved Twilight. Well, I loved the books. But 'Breaking Dawn,' terrible and I will NOT spend money to see it....at least see it in theaters lol. I refuse! I will watch it eventually though, I have to right? haha. Anyways, 'Breaking Dawn' was a huge let down for me. I hated it. But I still love the series...just not 'Breaking Dawn.'

Sunday, September 18, 2011

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

I don't remember what the last books I posted were...but I just got 2 books this week so I'll just post about those! :)

This week I bought:

Signed First Edition of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

       and

Revelations by Melissa De La Cruz

What did you get in your mailbox?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle by L.J. Smith

Reading Level: Young Adult

Paperback: 512 Pages

Publisher: HarperTeen

ISBN-10: 006114097X
ISBN-13: 978-0061140976

My Rating: 2/5
Elena: the golden girl, the leader, the one who can have any boy she wants.
Stefan: brooding and mysterious, he seems to be the only one who can resist Elena, even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his past.
Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Determined to have Elena, he'd kill to posses her.

I know that a lot of people really loved this book And I'm fairly certain that even more loved the show but I didn't like either. I initially picked up 'The Vampire Diaries' book because it was recommended to me to read after Twilight. Now, I don't know if it was because this series pales in comparison to 'Twilight' or what it is but I really didn't like it. I actually couldn't even read the second book in this book because I didn't like it that much. And the only reason I went out and got it when I did, was because I wanted to read it before watching the show. I don't like the show either.

I'm not even really sure what to write here. I usually just tell everyone what the book is about that I read but I'm going to leave that part out. I think I will ask people some questions instead. Like, did anyone else really like this series? And if so, does it get better later on? I really just could NOT get into it, no matter how much I wanted to. I might give the series another shot though. I don't know that I'll watch the show but I will probably try reading the books again. Really though, it wasn't for me. And if my opinion changes the next time I read it, I'll be sure to jump on and post a new review with my changed rating.

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Reading Level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 336 Pages

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN-10: 0061779814

My Rating: 5/5
Violet strained to see into the lake below. Multihued light seemed to be radiating up from beneath the water, centered among the reeds, and then diffusing outward as it reached the surface. Violet had never seen anything like it, and she knew that the spectrum of light was defying its very nature behaving in that way.
It could only be one thing.
There was something dead down there.

I put off reading 'The Body Finder' for a while because I had a lot of other books that I wanted to read ahead of it. And I wasn't so sure about it. I heard a couple good reviews and a couple bad reviews. After reading what it was about, I decided to get it. It's not so often you find a book about a girl who can sense the dead. I was instantly happy with this book. I really loved it, and I should know by now that if I put off reading a book, 9 out of 10 times, it's amazing! I don't know why I do it but I'm glad I do. It means I'm almost certain to have an amazing book to read and 'The Body Finder' was no exception.

'The Body Finder' tells the story of an average high school girl named Violet Ambrose. She has had a best friend her whole life named Jay who is a main character in the story as well. Ever since Violet was old enough to remember, she has been able to hear, taste, and see people's "echos." Violet usually can't ignore some of these echoes so she comes up with a thing where she will bury them in her backyard in her own makeshift cemetery and the echoes become less noticeable. Violet stumbles upon the echoes and bodies from a serial killer in her area and soon becomes an essential part of the investigation that puts her life, and those she loves, in danger.

Overall, 'The Body Finder' was an amazing story. I absolutely love it and I will definitely be going out and getting the next book in the series when I am out on my next book buying binge! There are a lot of characteristics that make this book amazing. For one, the characters are awesome, believable and similar to people you would know in real life. Two, there is some major romance and jealousy and all that good stuff in here too. It's mystery, it's a romance, it's YA. Really, it's just incredible and I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

College, wow!

Hey guys, I just wanted to write a quick post and let everyone know that I'm still here ha ha. I started College last week and, let me tell you, I've been completely swamped. I feel like I don't even have time to breathe but, it is my first time in College. So, I'm sure once I get used to the way things work there and get adjusted to College life, I'll have more time to read and post reviews. I'm hoping to have a couple interviews up soon as well as some reviews. Although I find that 90% of my time is devoted to school work and reading, I try to use the other 10% to read and sleep. So, please, bare with me. I promise things will be back to normal soon! Thanks guys!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly event hosted by Crazy for Books.


Book Blogger Hop

This week's question is:
“What are you most looking forward to this fall/autumn season – A particular book release? Halloween? The leaves changing color? Cooler temperatures? A vacation? (If your next season is other than fall/autumn, tell us about it and what you are most looking forward to in your part of the world!)”

I love Fall! I love winter next to fall...but they are pretty close in comparison. I wish I lived somewhere where it was Fall and Winter all year. Maybe with Spring so I could go camping! haha. I love the way the outdoors feels in the Fall. The way the leaves look when they are changing color, and the fact that it's cool, but not cold. That and I love Halloween! haha. I just like the whole, get dressed up and go to a party or something. My next favorite season is Winter though. I love the snow. Like, love love LOVE! I love that it's cold out. My hubby likes to go snowboarding too so it gives me alone time hehe.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New England Witch Chronicles by Chelsea Bellingeri

Reading Level: Young Adult

Paperback: 356 Pages

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN-10: 1463648979
ISBN-13: 978-14636978

My Rating: 5/5
From Amazon:
The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 were an embarrassing stain on America’s revered past. Innocent people were persecuted at the hands of a few over-zealous puritans. But what if there were real witches during those colonial hunts? What if there are witches in present day New England? That is what Alexandria Ramsey’s crazy grandmother believes. Grandma Claudia claims Alex descends from a long line of New England witches. Modern day witches in Hazel Cove, Massachusetts? Unlikely, but strange things are occurring in the weeks preceding Alex’s seventeenth birthday, which also coincides with her family’s annual Halloween party. Alex is haunted by bizarre reoccurring nightmares of a man chasing her through the Hazel Cove Cemetery. On a few occasions, when her emotions have spiraled out of control, inanimate objects have shattered around her. But that’s just a coincidence, right? Alex isn’t so sure, especially after a local girl, who supposedly dabbled in witchcraft, was killed in the nearby forest. Alex knows something strange is happening to her. With the arrival of a new boy in town, the mischievous James Van Curen, who is making her life difficult and causing problems between Alex and her best friend, Peter, Alex feels like her entire world is on the verge of chaos. Could Alex really be a witch? Is it possible Hazel Cove will become a battleground for modern day witches and witch hunters?

The first word that comes to mind when I think about 'New England Witch Chronicles' is WOW! I didn't really know what to expect when I started reading it. I read the description for the book, thought it sounded interesting so I agreed to review it. I never knew what I was getting into or that I would love it this much! I mean, I'm totally blown away! I can't believe that this book has not gotten more recognition than what it has, it's incredible! I also can't believe that I haven't heard of it before. I would have completely devoured this entire book in one sitting if I didn't have other things to do. Even now, I'm anxious to read more but there isn't more. There will be a book 2 and I can not wait to get my hands on it.

The story is that of Alex Ramsey. She lives in Hazel Cove, Massachusetts in an area known as the Hallows. Her father, Victor, is an attorney and her mother a drunk. She has a lifelong best friend named Peter. I really don't want to say too much about the book...because I want everyone to read it. I insist! But, Alex notices weird things going on around her. And most of them start with the arrival of a new kid at school, James, and his father. These events almost tear apart the one relationship she cherishes most out of them all, her lifelong friendship with Peter.

'New England Witch Chronicles' surpassed my expectations in a drastic way. I couldn't imagine loving this book as much as I do. And the ending was to die for! I mean, it's a cliffhanger and I practically got goosebumps! I'm not sure right now when the next book comes out, but I can assure you, the day it's out, I'll be first in line to buy it. This book deserves WAY more attention that what it's currently getting and I think everyone should read it. It was simply amazing!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by The Story Siren.

I haven't done IMM in a couple weeks so this is from all of those weeks! hehe.
For review:
New England Witch Chronicles by Chelsea Bellingeri

From RAK:
Bones of Faerie by Jamie Lee Simner-from Sara @ Urban Fantasy Reader
Torment by Lauren Kate-from Lacey @ Owl Love You Books
       Thank you both!!! :)
Won:
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

Bought:
The Secret Garden
Alice in Wonderland


Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Book Blogger Hop!

Friday's Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books.


Book Blogger Hop

This weeks question is:
“Non-book-related this week!! Do you have pets?”

Yes I do!! I love animals haha. But I have one cat right now. She is a cross but looks like a Norwegian Forest Cat. This isn't a picture of her, she's WAY cuter hehe, but that's what she looks like:
Well...she looks similar to that. And her name is Bella, but not because of Twilight. haha.

I hope everyone post's pictures of their pets. I can't wait to see them! I love animals! :)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Oriana's Eyes by Celeste Simone

Reading Level: Young Adult

Paperback: 268 Pages

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN-10: 144018724X
ISBN-13: 978-1440187247

My Rating: 4/5
As a pure-blood Winglet, Oriana isn't supposed to look at a half-blood much less speak to one. Half-bloods are the lowest of all races at Odon's University, because they are half Winglet and half Finlet. But when the half-blood, Dorian, locks eyes with her in the hallway, Oriana can't help becoming intrigued by his daring nature.
After sneaking out to the garden in the middle of the night to talk to him, Oriana knows she can't let her feelings go. She fears not following Odon's rules, but the more she sees Dorian the more she wants to break them all.
As Oriana's idea of perfection beings to crumble she seeks a way out of the imprisoning University that threatens not only her happiness, but her very life.
Dorian promises he has a plan to take her far away, but Oriana doubts they can escape Odon's all-seeing eye. She isn't sure what she fears more, being stuck in the University or finding out what lies beyond.

I was immediately drawn to 'Oriana's Eyes' after being contacted by the author and reading the synopsis. I hadn't heard of it before but I'm glad to have had the chance to read it because I really liked it. Oriana's story, and everyone else in the world Simone has created, is sad and beautiful at the same time. There is so much raw emotion in 'Oriana's Eyes' and it leaves you thinking about it long after you finish reading.

'Oriana's Eyes' is the story of Oriana. She is a Winglet at the University under the reign of Odon. Odon is like....a godly figure in the story. He controls everything, sets all the rules, and he has a group of Odonians to carry out his demands. Oriana has always been different. She always thinks outside the box and has never fully fallen under the same spell as everyone else. The Winglets and Finlets look down on the Half-Bloods and Part-Bloods but she doesn't. She stands out and it's her willingness to embrace that which is different and the fact that she isn't necessarily afraid that makes her stick out to Dorian. But because Dorian is a half-blood, they can't be together.

'Oriana's Eyes' is the first book in the 'Great Oak Trilogy' and I honestly can't wait to read the rest. Although 'Oriana's Eyes' ended on a final note that it could be one conclusive book, there is still so much possibility for a further story. I can't wait to find out what happens with Dorian. Will the power get to his head and he'll become like Odon? Or will he always find that safety and strength in Oriana to keep him level headed and in control? I will definitely be on the lookout for book number 2.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Micheal Grant's New Series 'Go BZRK'

I have to share this awesome new thing I was contacted about. It's a "transmedia" type of thing. It's definitely a book but there are SO many other aspects to it so, I had to share! I'm super excited about it! So, here is, pretty much, everything you need to know about it and I hope you will all check it out:


The missing son of a U.N. diplomat... the reemergence of a strange organization... a pair of society twins caught in the middle... this is just the beginning of "Go BZRK," a new transmedia experience from author Michael Grant.

If you're ready to take the plunge in an interactive story like you've never experienced before, visit societytwins.com and register with nexushumanus.com to take your first steps in a strange and compelling universe.Filled with video, puzzles, community collaboration, and more, "Go BZRK" put YOU the player right in the middle of the action as you join Nexus Humanus and unravel a mystery that may hold the key to the fate of all mankind.




A Q&A with author Michael Grant.

What is “Go BZRK”? Is this a book or some kind of interactive story?

Both. The book comes out this winter, but the interactive part starts now.  One leads up to the other, but they're part of a complete package.

Why “transmedia”?

There are different approaches to transmedia.  Most people take a single story and reproduce it on various platforms.  My philosophy has been to make each element - ARG, app, web, book - a thing unto itself, each revealing some aspect of the world of BZRK.  I've been fascinated with this is as a new way to tell stories.  The book remains central, but now I can reach beyond the book and create a much more complete world.  I can tell stories that enhance the book, and stories that parallel the book, and stories that are offshoots of backstory.  I guess the answer to "why" is "because it's fun."

Is this the future of publishing?

I began a few years ago reaching out to publishers and saying we collectively needed to understand that the old models were dead or dying.  I want publishing to survive, and of course I'd like my own career to thrive.  So Egmont Publishing and my partners and I certainly hope this is a part of the future of publishing. 

How long is this running? Is this part of a larger picture?

We'll be running this in several chunks between now and the book release this winter. Because these things have a hard start/stop point, August is a ramp-up phase. There'll be a lot of content coming out, but the experience really gets underway at the end of the month… just in time to distract the kids from their schoolwork.

What if someone wants to follow the story but doesn’t want to participate?

You don't have to do anything.  You can do one thing and not another.  But the deeper you plunge the wetter you get.  I think every part of this is fun, I think people will enjoy the ARG, the app, the site and the books. 

App? You've mentioned that a couple times now.

Just wait and see.

What can you tell us about the story? What is “BZRK”?

It's a battle for the soul and freedom of the human race carried out simultaneously in the world we know, and in a world that you're not going to expect. It's a world where if you make a false move, you're going to lose your mind.

Insanity… is this something you have a personal familiarity with?

The line between writer and crazy person is very thin.  Both go around holding long, involved conversations with people who aren't there.

What’s this other world thing all about?

Do you really want spoilers? I'll tell you this. We'll be going "down in the meat." It's going to be vast, bloody, and beautiful.

Wait… isn’t this supposed to be for kids?

Adults like to flatter themselves that kids won't get, won't understand, won't be able to handle, more intense, more complex stories. That's nonsense.  It's the adults who are easy to creep out or scare.  Say the word "biopsy" in a room full of adults. Or "audit."  See?  Easy to scare.  Kids are a tougher audience because kids think they're immortal. 

I hope that answers many of the questions people have about 'Go BZRK.' To me, it sounds incredible and I can't wait to dive into it!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Book Blogger Hop!

Friday's Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy For Books.

Book Blogger Hop

This week's question is:

“What’s the LONGEST book you’ve ever read?”
(Note: I’m putting one caveat on this question. You aren’t allowed to say the Bible, Torah, Qur’an, or other religious/spiritual text.)

I honestly have no idea what the longest single book I've read is. I've read a lot. But, I have to also say it was probably a Stephen King novel. I own practically every Stephen King novel and I've read them all. So I'm sure one of them had to have been the longest haha.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Released by Megan Duncan

Reading Level: Young Adult

Paperback: 260 Pages

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN-10: 1461017726
ISBN-13: 978-1461017721

My Rating: 5/5
After a demon apocalypse kills their parents and everyone they know, 17-year old Abby Phillips, her brother Carter, and friend, Max flee their home to travel through what has become the wastelands of America. When radio transmissions of a resistance offering shelter and safety cease, Abby is tempted to give up. Struggling to overcome life-threatening obstacles in their dangerous journey, Abby and her companions quickly discover there are much worse things lurking in the dark than they could have ever imagined.

I've been wanting to read 'Released' by Megan Duncan for a long time. So I'm happy I was finally able to. 'Released' is an incredible book. It was a lot better than I even thought it was going to be! I not only fell in love with the characters, but I fell in love with the story. I connected with the characters very easily, which was a bit shocking, and the relationships between the characters is easy to believe. I've read a few books lately where I felt either disconnected from the characters or the characters were disconnected from the story. I'm happy to say, this was not one of those times! Duncan does an amazing job of showing the emotions of all the characters in 'Released.' You can feel their pain as you read, or their happiness. Their success' and failures.

'Released' tells the story of Abby, her brother Carter, and her long time crush (and Carter's best friend) Max. They lost both of their parents, mom when they were younger, and dad from the demon apocalypse. 'Released' is basically their struggle for survival against the thousands of demons, hell hounds, gremlins, and completely insane people while they travel to a military safe zone in New Mexico. They have to travel across the Country but, luckily for them, they have some experience. Along the way they meet some....interesting people. They rescue a girl named Taya and she quickly becomes a part of their group.

Duncan did an amazing job writing 'Released.' It's one of those books that you can feel as you're reading it. When they are being attacked by a demon, you can feel their fear just from the way Duncan writes. I'm definitely in love with character Abby and I can't wait to read book 2 in the series! I will definitely be keeping an eye out for that especially with the way things ended in 'Released.'

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Reading Level: Young Adult

Paperback (ARC): 320 Pages

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Release Date: September 27, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-312-59056-7

My Rating: 4/5
In this thrilling first installment, a violent battle separates two young lovers on a ship bound for New Earth. Will they find a way back to their ship-and each other? And most importantly, will the survive and preserve the future of the human race?

When I first started reading 'Glow' I thought it was similar to 'Across The Universe' by Beth Revis. However, the more I read, the more I realized how entirely different the two books are. 'Glow' jumps right into action within the first couple of chapters. And it's one of those books that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire book! The book never really dragged for me but my opinion started to change a little towards the end.

'Glow' is the story of Keiran and Waverly. Two children on the spaceship Empyrean on a route to New Earth. That's why I felt it was similar to 'Across The Universe' and for those reasons alone. 'Glow' quickly distinguishes itself as an action packed, enticing read, that is unlike any other. I literally have not read a book even remotely close to 'Glow.'

Ryan sets herself apart from her competition in a fierce way. She is a notable up and coming and I'm very interested to read the rest of the series. I was completely enthralled in 'Glow' from about a third of the way in and couldn't put it down after. I quickly jumped into Ryan's world and loved every minute of it! It's a fantastic story with awesome characters and an incredible story line. And her ability to make you anxious to keep reading and building suspense, incredible! I will definitely be on the look out for the next book in the series and I think everyone should check out 'Glow' on September 27th.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted over at The Story Siren.

This week I received:
For Review:


Oriana's Eyes by Celeste Simone

Released by Megan Duncan

RAK:
The Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck-thank you Lacey @ Owl Love You Books! :)


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Reading Level: Young Adult

 Paperback: 304 Pages

Publisher: Razorbill

ISBN-10: 1595142517
ISBN-13: 978-1595142511

My Rating: 3/5
The Real World is a frightening place. Just ask sixteen-year-old Dru Anderson, a tough girl who has taken down her fair share of bad guys. She's armed, dangerous, and ready to kill first and ask questions later. So it's gonna take her a while to figure out who she can trust...
Dru Anderson has been "strange" for as long as she can remember, traveling from town to town with her father to hunt the things that go bump in the night. It's a weird life, but a good one-until it all explodes in an icy, broken-down Dakota town, when a hungry zombie bursts through her kitchen door. Alone, terrified, and trapped, Dru's going to need every inch of her wit and training to stay alive. The monsters have decided to hunt back-and this time, Dru's on their menu. Chances oh survival? Slim to none.

'Strange Angels' by Lili St. Crow was really slow for me. I didn't get into it right away and at times, it felt like it really dragged. I thought I'd check it out because I saw it advertised in the back of one of my 'Vampire Academy' books. So, I checked it out but I didn't think it was really a series for me. I love the show 'Supernatural' which is what this book sort of reminds me of. It's like a mix of 'Supernatural,' 'Twilight' and 'Vampire Academy.' The ending of 'Strange Angels' changed my opinion of the book though. I was contemplating giving this book a lower rating but I liked the ending. And it's because of it, that I'll be getting the next book in the series.

'Strange Angels' is the story of Dru Anderson. Her mother died when she was very young, and her father is a hunter of the supernatural. He goes after all things from Suckers to Zombies. Dru is used to moving so, when her father moves her from Florida to Dakota, it's no surprise. What is a surprise, is that her father doesn't come home one night. While Dru is at school, she meets a boy named Graves. Graves becomes her savior in many ways. And he is always a strong point for her. He gives up and does a lot for her. It's a good story but I felt that it was a little slow for me. The end of the book had a lot going on but for me, everything else was a little slow.

I really didn't think that the ending would have changed the way I felt about the book. While I liked the characters, I couldn't really connect with them. It was difficult. However, they were interesting and all have very distinct qualities that set them apart. There is good character development, and in the end you are left with questions. Now that I've finished reading 'Strange Angels' I want to know what happens next. How tough will Dru really be? What happens with Christophe? Will we learn more about Dru's mom? I have lots of questions. And it's because of that, that I will definitely be getting book 2, 'Betrayals.'

Thursday, August 11, 2011

And I'm back!

Just wanted to let everyone know that, I'm home from vacation. I got in really late last night but I'm home. I have some awesome stuff going on in the next few weeks and a couple of those things will be giveaways. I hope to have an author interview or two! And some reviews, of course. But, I'd like to take today to recuperate and do some laundry! Just wanted to let everyone know I'm back! : )

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Vacation!

Hey guys, I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm going on vacation for a week. I'll be camping in Canada and I won't be back until next Thursday! So I won't be able to post anything until I get back on Thursday.
But, when I get back I'm planning on having a giveaway because I just realized that I didn't have my 200 follower giveaway yet! AH! And I'm SO excited to be over 200 followers, thank you! :)
So, next Thursday, watch out for an awesome giveaway! See you all then! :)

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

Reading Level: Young Adult

Paperback (ARC): 400 Pages

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: September 27, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-06-199056-6

My Rating: 5/5
Skye first sees dark, charming Asher and golden, reserved Devin on the night of her seventeenth birthday. She has no idea what they want, or why they seem to follow her every move. They even know things about her that strangers could never know. Soon she begins to question not just the identity of the two boys, but also the truth about her own past.
Skye's torn between the one she can't help falling for and the one she can't stay away from. The consequences of her choice will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine.

'A Beautiful Dark' by Jocelyn Davies is one of the most amazing reads that I've experienced in a long time. I literally just finished reading it and I jumped right on the computer to write this review. It catches your interest from the start and holds it. And the ending, WOW! 'A Beautiful Dark' is incredible and I can definitely see myself reading it again and again! Jocelyn Davies delivered with 'A Beautiful Dark,' I'm still trying to stop reeling from all the excitement!

I won't say much about 'A Beautiful Dark' because it's an ARC. But, I will say, it was fantastic. I haven't been so in love with a book since Twilight, or The Hunger Games! 'A Beautiful Dark' is about a teenage girl named Skye. She has a very tragic story. She doesn't really doesn't date much, but she doesn't have that typical "average teenage girl" thing that you see in so many books lately. She's opinionated, thinks logically, and is all around, an amazing character!

I think that everyone should put 'A Beautiful Dark' by Jocelyn Davies on their wish list. For me, it's an absolute must have! I was completely captivated by it through the entire read. Davies has an incredible writing style that hooks into you and makes you want to read more and more! This is her debut novel, and wow, did she make an entrance onto the YA scene. Everyone will love 'A Beautiful Dark' especially fans of 'Fallen' and 'Twilight.'

Sunday, July 31, 2011

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by The Story Siren,

This week I received:
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

and from Random Buzzers:
Faerie Winter by Jamie Lee Simner


What did you receive in your mailbox?

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver


Reading Level: Young Adult

Paperback: 368 Pages

St. Martin's Griffin: February 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-312-61478-0

My Rating: 3/5
Seventeen-year-old Rile, the only daughter of legendary demon trapper Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father's footsteps. The good news is, with human society seriously disrupted by economic upheaval and Lucifer increasing the number of demons in all major cities, Atlanta's local Trappers Guild needs all the help it can get-even from a girl. When she's not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice Simon, Riley's out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devils-Grade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life's about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen.
But the a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley's routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood. And as if that wasn't bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart-and her life?

'The Demon Trapper's Daughter' by Jana Oliver was not what I expected. I actually don't even know what I really expected from it but that wasn't it. I felt very disconnected from the characters. I just couldn't...click with them. There was no appeal for me. The story line was decent. There were a few things I didn't like and a few things I did like.

The story is about Riley, a high school girl who is an apprentice demon trapper. Her father is also a demon trapper and her long time crush, Beck. Riley has experienced a lot of heartache and loss in her life and it continues throughout 'The Demon Trapper's Daughter.' Riley was a confusing character for me. She never really stuck with one personality throughout the book. At one point, she was a valley girl and all "omigod, did you see that totally cute guy? He's so amazing!" And then other times, she's completely mature and grownup. She doesn't talk like some love struck teenage girl. Sometimes she hates everyone, then she loves them. And I never really felt the love interest buildup the way I do in some books. However Riley's demon fighting, and Becks, is always a good time!

Well 'The Demon Trapper's Daughter' is not one of my favorite books, I still liked it. I thought it had some endearing qualities and had some annoyingly redundant aspects. I'll still be picking up the next book in the series which I think is set to come out in August. But it's definitely not on the top of my "most wanted" list.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Follow My Book Blog Friday

Follow My Book Blog Friday is a weekly even hosted by Parajunkee's View






This week's question is:

Q. Let's step away from books for a second and get personal. What T-Shirt slogan best describes you?

It's hard to find a t-shirt that matches me...but I think this one explains just how deep my love for it is LOL:


This shirt is from Busted Tees

Love this week's question! Can't wait to see everyone's t-shirt! hehe.



Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly even hosted by Breaking the Spine.


My WoW pick this week is:
Bloodlines
By: Richelle Mead
Publication Date: August 23, 2011
From Amazon:
When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.

What are you Waiting on this week? Don't forget to leave links! :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Reading Level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 391 Pages

Publisher: Scholastic

ISBN-13: 978-0-439-02349-8
ISBN-10: 0-439-02349-1

My Rating: 5/5

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark, are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol-a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

'Catching Fire' is the second book in 'The Hunger Games' series by Suzanne Collins. I fell in love with 'The Hunger Games' and all the characters. All this book did, was make me love it more! 'The Hunger Games' is one of the most incredible series I've read to date. I love it! Collins came up with an incredible series and I'm thankful I get to live in that world if even for a short time!

'Catching Fire' is the continuing story of Katniss Everdeen. She is doing a tour through the 12 districts with Peeta for being the Victors of the 74th Hunger Games. Life isn't much better for her though. She still seems really depressed and she's torn between Gale and Peeta. I love how Collins broke down her struggle in this book for Peeta and Gale. If she chooses Peeta, she's doing what the Capitol wants. If she choose Gale, she's choosing to rebel and will put her life and the life of everyone she loves in jeopardy. And then there is a crazy twist in 'Catching Fire,' actually there is a couple twists.

Collins did an amazing job continuing the story of Katniss. I love the series so much! I really can't even describe how much I love it! haha. I know that 'Hunger Game's is being made into a movie so I'm really anxious to see it! And I'm really anxious to read the last book in the series, 'Mockingjay.' As for 'Catching Fire,' it's amazing!!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Vacation!

I just wanted to write a post and let everyone know that I'm going to be gone from today until Monday. So I won't be able to post on my blog till Tuesday! : ( Sorry guys! I thought I should come on and let everyone know that I'll be away and I didn't just stop blogging haha.
Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and if you live down near my end (NY) try to stay out of that heat! UGH!

Happy Reading! :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Blog Tour & Guest Post: Mishap & Mayhem by M.M. Shelley

















Blurb:

For centuries magical beings have hidden in the darkness, waiting. Some good, some evil. A battle is brewing, and only twins, Grasiella and Tatiana, have the power to stop it.

Buy links: 
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Bio:  

M.M. Shelley is a storyteller, wordsmith and dreamer. MISHAP AND MAYHEM, a captivating story of faerie's and magic, is her debut novel. She has traveled the world extensively in search of the magic which is often overlooked in every day life. M.M. Shelley is a native of southern California, and a student of mythology from which she gets much inspiration.


By the Sea Shore


The sea has always fascinated me; I think it has to do with the fact that it is so massive and filled with ancient stories. There are stories of pirates who had fought and died on the seas, forbidden romances, and romance lost. Stories of ghost who haunt lighthouses and lighthouse keepers with strange disappearances, stories of betrayal and revenge, wars won and lost.


My love for the sea is what inspired me to write a fantasy that involved the sea. Hawaii was the perfect setting for my story, I found the history to be so rich and I also don’t believe it’s shared enough. The islands are filled with some great stories of mythology and folklore.


When I first started talking to my friends and family about my story most of them thought that Hawaii was an odd place for a fantasy. I stuck with my ideas and I wrote Mishap & Mayhem, the story of twins Grasiella and Tatiana who visit their grandmother over the summer. I myself spent a summer with my grandparents and have some of the best memories. No, they didn’t live in Hawaii, but that was okay.

My grandfather did tell me stories, some of them about the sea. My grandfather use to go fishing some weekends and there is one story he told that was about a fisherman. The fisherman took his boat out real early one morning before there was light; he always went out into the sea alone, he liked the solitude.
He set up his nets like he normal did and turned away. There was a splash in the water near his boat; this got his attention because it was so close to his boat. He looked for his flash light to check the water, but it wasn’t in the place it should be. In his pocket was a lighter, he pulled it out giving it a flick as he held it over the water leaning over as he did so.

A mermaid was caught in the bindings of the nets. The fisherman was so surprised that he dropped the lighter into the sea. Before the fire extinguished it burnt the net giving the mermaid enough slack to break her way free. She did not disappear into the water; instead she reached for the fisherman and said to him, “You will not be catching any fish today or any day.” The fisherman would have been dragged into the sea below if he did not quickly pull out a pocket knife and fight the mermaid off.


My grandfather ended his story with this advice, “There are two things you make sure you have with you when you go fishing. A pocket knife and a beer, because with the one you never know what’s out in those waters and the other, at least you could always say you weren’t sober and couldn’t be sure.”

Thanks to Fay-Bay’s Books for letting me share with you all today. Please share with me what stories are some of your favorites. You can also find me over at my blog: mmshelley.blogspot.com and on twitter @MM_Shelley


Much love,
M.M. Shelley