Saturday, January 3, 2015

[Review] The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye
J. D. Salinger
Classic
Published: 1951
Format: paperback
Pages: 277
Source: Read for School
Rating: 4 of 5

Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists.

It begins, "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them."

His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive) capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation.


This book is not what I expected when I dove into it. What I thought I was getting into was a whiny teenage over reaction. And while all of that is true, there is so much more to be said. Holden is not simply a boy that doesn't understand. He sees things with a deeper meaning. In many respects, he is a very emotional boy. His adventures are crazy, to say the least. But then, Holden doesn't seem to be the most stable minded person. He is angsty all across the board. Many people say they dislike his character, putting him off as complaining too much. In my opinion, it is tolerable. In fact, I even find it amusing. I would even go so far as to say that all of Holden's complaining is heartwarming, in some regards.
I would urge people to give this book a chance. I went into it expecting to dislike it and I was pleasantly surprised to find it to be the opposite.


Final Rating:
4 of 5

stars

[Review] Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

Mystic City
Theo Lawrence
YA Paranormal Dystopian
[Mystic City #1]
Published: October 9th 2012 (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
Format: ebook
Pages: 384
Source: Bought
Rating: 3.5 of 5

A magical city divided. A political rebellion ignited. A love that was meant to last forever.

Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself.

In a post-apocalyptic Manhattan, two feuding families rule: the Rose's and the Foster's. Aria Rose, daughter to a high ranking official, has an easy life. Yet, even so, it feels empty. That is where Hunter is concerned. His life is one very opposite to her's, and that draws her in.
The writing of Lawrence is lovely and well done. There isn't too much happening at once and it is all very understandable. The characters have a very classic Romeo and Juliet feel to them. There isn't all that much to say about it. It is a very standard story. The difference comes in with the usage of magic. The story is added to with this feature.
Final Rating:
3.5 of 5

stars & 1/2

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Blog Tour: Cast of Stones



On Tour with Prism Book Tours


A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword, #1)A Cast of Stones

by Patrick Carr

Paperback, 400 pages

Expected Publication: February 1st 2013 by Bethany House Publishers



Premise:



In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol Stone's search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Desperate for coin, Errol volunteers to deliver them but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he's joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom. 


Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom's dynasty is near an end and a new king must be selected. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight, and come to know his God in order to survive a journey to discover his destiny.




Available 2/1/13:



About the Author:





Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.



Awards: ACFW Genesis Competition 2010 Finalist for “A Cast of Stones” in Speculative Fiction.



Find & Follow:




Herbwomen

Goals:
The herbwomen, since they were barely tolerated by the church, offered a point of tension between Errol and the priest, Martin. This tension is exacerbated by Errol’s history with the local pries of Callowford, Pater Antil, who’s been trying to beat Errol into sobriety for the past five years. Later in the story, we discover that Martin, though he doesn’t agree with the herbwomen theologically, has tried to protect them from the persecution of the church, most notably the Abbot of Windridge, Morin Caska.

So all of this multi-layered tension comes into play as Errol and Martin, along with Luis and Cruk, make their way to Erinon. It offered me the chance to portray Martin as a man of some complexity. That appealed to me because I could use that complexity to highlight the fact that Martin was keeping secrets, several secrets, from Errol. It also allowed me to illustrate some of Martin’s character defects. We discover Martin has something of a temper which lead to his demotion at one point.

We see a bit more of the herbwomen in the second book of the series, “The Hero’s Lot,” when we discover why they’re in Callowford. In keeping with the main character theme of the book, “Everyone has secrets,” we find that the herbwomen had perhaps the biggest secret of all.


Tour-Wide Giveaway:



Grand Prize (USA & Canada):  Print copy of entire series of three books (#2 & #3 as they are published) + A Cast of Stones Mug + Lend your name to a character in book #3!!



2nd Prize (USA & Canada): Print copy of A Cast of Stones



International Entries: eCopy of A Cast of Stones









Open only to those who can legally enter. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Burgandy Ice @ Colorimetry and sponsored by Bethany House & the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.





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Only on this Tour... the author shares the Creation, his Goals, some Visuals and Excerpts on each of these mini-themes:



The Herbwomen of secret lore
The World of The Staff & the Sword
The Readers of the cast lots
The Watchmen, elite warriors
The Clergy of power





Catch the entire Tour!!



LAUNCH-DAY BLAST! 
1/23 - Backing Books - Herbwomen
1/24 – Christian NovelsReviewWorld
1/25 – I Am a Reader, Not a WriterReaders

1/27 – Reads to ReelsWatchmen
1/28 – LDS & Lovin’ It - Clergy
1/29 – Proud Book Nerd - World
1/30 – Open the Page - Herbwomen
1/31 – Wonderings of One PersonReview - Readers
2/1 – RELEASE-DAY BLAST! 

2/3 – Simple Wyrdings - Watchmen
2/4 – Bookworm Lisa – Review – Clergy
2/5 – Passion & LifeReaders
2/6 – Kari’s Crowded Bookshelf – Review Herbwomen
2/7 – Coffee, Books & Me - Readers
2/8 – Backing Books – Review – World

2/10 – Letters to the Cosmos - Watchmen
2/11 – Jill WilliamsonReview – Clergy
2/12 – ADD Librarian Herbwomen
2/13 – Worthy 2 ReadReviewWatchmen
2/14 – Hey, Tara!World
2/15 – Pieces of WhimsyReview - Readers

2/17 – CTF DevourerReviewClergy
2/18 – Pause Time - Readers
2/19 – A Backwards StoryReviewWorld
2/19 - Christy’s Cozy CornerHerbwomen
2/20 – Min Reads & ReviewsReview Watchmen
2/21 – FINALE BLAST, Winner
announced








Saturday, January 26, 2013

Liebster Award! ♥

The rules of the Liebster Award are as follows:



1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you;

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees.

3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen. (No tag backs)

4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog.


Thanks do much to A Bookish Escape for nominating me for the this award! It really means a lot to me. =)



11 Random Things About Myself

1. I love nail polish! I have a big collection.
2. I also collect Japanese stuff, like sake cups and music boxes.
3. Pokemon is something dear to me.
4. I hate sports: doing them and watching them.
5. There is nothing worse than the cold.
6. Sometimes I sing in the shower.
7. I really like video games, especially RPGs.
8. Even so, I have barely ever completed a game to the end.
9. Writing is another passion of mine, but one I don't participate in as often as I'd like to.
10. I wish I had more time for reading.
11. I'm from Florida! ♥ But I don't live there anymore...


11 Questions from my Nominator

1. Why did you start book blogging?
I love to read and I wanted to participate with others and share my thoughts.

2. What is your favorite book genre?
Fantasy, hands down!

3. How did you come up with the name of your blog?
I just thought about it for a while. There is nothing special about it.

4. What are your top 3 favorite book blogs?
Hm, I really love Danasqaure, Pure Imagination, and The Bookshelves. But there are plenty more.

5. Who is your favorite author?
A tie between Edith Pattou and Julie Kagawa.

6. What do you love about book blogging?
I love that others can share their thoughts with me, and I can share mine with them. The book blogging community is one of the nicest I've ever seen, and I've been through a lot.

7. What do you dislike about book blogging?
I hate the pressure. xD I am not the most adept person when it comes to doing thing on time or on a schedule, so I have a really difficult time when keeping up to date.

8. What is you favorite Meme?
My favorite meme is Stacking the Shelves. Though, I really love to see what others get than share my own haul.

9. What was your favorite book(s) of 2012?
I loved all the books I read in 2012 besides Divergent. To pin one down, how about, Cinder by Melissa Meyer.

10. How did you come up with the theme or design for your blog?
All of my themes are blue, pink, and white/gray. I did not want this to be an exception. I have been through a lot of changes, but I like the current theme the best. It is light and inviting. ♥

11. Are you participating in any reading challenges this year? If so, which ones?
You can check out my challenges here.



My Nominee's
1. Backing Books
2. Michelle @ Lipstik & Literature
3.

11 Questions for my Nominee's

1. What are some pet peeves you have when reading a book?
2. What is your favorite genre?
3. Are you participating in any challenges this year?
4. What is your absolute favorite book cover?
5. What is your favorite place to read?
6. Do you like to listen to music when you read?
7. If you could live in one world from a book, which would you choose and why?
8. Do you prefer first or third person Point of View? Why?
9. Why do you enjoy book blogging?
10. Why do you enjoy reading?
11. What is the best book you read in 2012?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

[Review] Blog Tour: Starflower


Tour Schedule

Starflower
Anne Elisabeth Stengl
[Tales of Goldstone Wood #4]
YA Fantasy
Published: November 1st 2012 (Bethany House)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
Source: Received for review
Rating: 4 of 5

When a cursed dragon-witch kidnaps the lovely Lady Gleamdren, Eanrin sets boldly forth on a rescue mission...and a race against his rival for Gleamdren's favor. Intent upon his quest, the last thing the immortal Faerie needs is to become mixed up with the troubles of an insignificant mortal.
But when he stumbles upon a maiden trapped in an enchanted sleep, he cannot leave her alone in the dangerous Wood Between. One waking kiss later, Eanrin suddenly finds his story entangled with that of young Starflower. A strange link exists between this mortal girl and the dragon-witch. Will Starflower prove the key to Lady Gleamdren's rescue? Or will the dark power from which she flees destroy both her and her rescuer?


This book if amaaazing! Seriously, it's right up my alley. I love fantasy! ♥ And the cover is to die for! It's BLUE: my favorite color! Ugh, this book is perfect!

The story starts out with little reserve. There is always something going on and never a boring second. The writing style is fantastic, with words flowing gracefully over the pages. And don't even get me started on the worldbuilding.

Eanrin is really unique in that he is a poet/bard. I have personally never read a book with a poet as the main character, but I find that I like it. He is also quite entertaining! Hearts for him! On his journey to find Lady Gleamdren, he stumbles across a girl named Starflower that is trapped in slumber. He figures out how to wake her and they travel together to find Eanrin's Lady.

Even though I have not read the other books in the series, this book has convinced me to. I can not stress enough how much I loved this book.

I definitely recommend this book for lovers of fantasy. The book is jammed packed with it. I couldn't get enough.

Final Rating:
4.5 of 5


1/2




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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Leap Frog Follow Hop

Leap Frog Follow Hop

~Make a post! Easy right? Answer the weekly question, grab our button, and copy the code for the linky list we have posted.
~Get the post URL, copy it, and enter the linky list.
~The point of the meme is "leap frog" so it is a requirement to follow the person in front of you on the list! Not everyone, but the person directly before you. (And the hosts!)
~Leave a comment on the post of whomever you follow, talking about the question and telling them you followed. (So they can follow you back!)
~After you do the mandatory follows, you can then go around and comment/follow on anyone on the list!
~This runs for the ENTIRE week, meaning you have the entire week to go around and follow/enter.
~Follow anyone who follows you back! Even if it's later in the week!

The Question:

If you could be best friends with any character from any book who would it be and why?

The Answer:
I would want to be friends with Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. She is very intelligent and passionate about the things she loves. She is also very dependable. I would want to have a friend like that.

WoW (5)



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


I've been lusting after this book ever since I saw it. The story sound really interesting! Click the cover to be linked to Goodreads.




Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.

Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.


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