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where anytime you have a book open and a cup of coffee within reach is happy hour!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

  • Pub. Date: August 2008
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Sold By: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook, 480pp
  • Sales Rank: 8,044


An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time The narrator of THE GARGOYLE is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows. He crashes into a ravine and suffers horrible burns over much of his body. As he recovers in a burn ward, undergoing the tortures of the damned, he awaits the day when he can leave the hospital and commit carefully planned suicide--for he is now a monster in appearance as well as in soul.
A beautiful and compelling, but clearly unhinged, sculptress of gargoyles by the name of Marianne Engel appears at the foot of his bed and insists that they were once lovers in medieval Germany. In her telling, he was a badly injured mercenary and she was a nun and scribe in the famed monastery of Engelthal who nursed him...

My Review:  Amazing !
This may very well be the best book I have ever read.
This book takes you on an amazing,crazy, heartbreaking, joyful journey .
of the most amazing love,friendship,and terrible life changing events all combined in a story through time.  . This story will keep you enthralled from beginning to end.

I just cannot say enough about it  and don't want to say to much for fear of giving anything away.
I recommend this book to anyone who ask for a good book and to some who don't.

Defiantly 5+ stars

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Mermaid's Mirror by L.K. Madigan

  • Pub. Date: October 2010
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Format: Hardcover, 316pp
  • Sales Rank: 148,739
  • Age Range: 12


Lena has lived her whole life near the beach — walking for miles up and down the shore and breathing the salty air, swimming in the cold water, and watching the surfers ...

My Review:
An adventure filled story about family, love and life choices with a twist.
This book was a quick read for me.The story flowed well and kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next. I also found my self wishing I was closer to the beach so I could enjoy some of the wonderful visions  created by this story.
I have to say this book is well worth reading and would be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
I give this book 4.5 stars!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

Review for Netgally
Teagan Wylltson's best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures--goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty--are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn't worried. Her life isn't in danger. In fact, it's perfect. She's on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She's focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.

Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn's a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he's crazy or he's been haunting Abby's dreams, because he's talking about goblins, too . . . and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby's right.

The goblins are coming.

My Review:
I give Great praise to Kiersten's writing and imagination!
One of the best books I have read this year!! I was swept into Teagans world from page one and just kept wanting more.. I loved all of characters from human to not so human.
This is one of the greatly written books that you can actually hear the characters voices as you read and dream an on going story once you go to sleep.
I only found myself disappointed once and that was only because it was the end of the book!
I am looking forward to further goblin wars books and recommend this book with 5+ STARS.



Product Details

  • Pub. Date: June 2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Format: eBook, 768pp
  • Sales Rank: 2,462
  • Age Range: Young Adult


To lose the game is to lose your life in bestselling author L.J. Smith's THE FORBIDDEN GAME.

My Review: This was overall a good book, a bonus of 3 books in 1 and a nice easy read.
I found it it times to be very entertaining, other times the story seemed to drag but in the end it all wrapped up nicely into a good story about friendship,fear,love,and self sacrafice.
It is a very interesting story idea.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Linger By Maggie Stiefvaters

Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls Series #2)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: July 2010
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Sold By: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales Rank: 303
  • Age Range: Young Adult


In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.
At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love - the light and the dark, the warm and the cold - in a way you will never forget.

My Review:
After reading Shiver I could not wait for this book.
I was not at all disappointed. I enjoyed the follow up on on Sam and Grace as well as Isabel and Cole.
Another great story line with a teen love twist.
Well written,gets you hooked from page one and keeps you there.

Infinity by Sherrily Kenyon

Infinity (Chronicles of Nick Series)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: May 2010
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Format: Hardcover, 480pp
  • Sales Rank: 783
  • Age Range: Young Adult


At fourteen, Nick Gautier is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

My Review:
What a great book!
Having already read all of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter and Dream Hunters books I was looking forward to another great book and I was not at all disappointed. Keynon continued with her excellent writing skills and took Nicks story  to a new level that even kids can enjoy!
I have always loved Nick and it is great to be able to experience this part of his story. I am looking forward to the next book.

Before I fall By Lauren Oliver

Overview -

Before I Fall

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: March 2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Hardcover, 470pp
  • Sales Rank: 2,098
  • Age Range: Young Adult
  • Lexile: 860L What’s This?


"You'll have no choice but to tear through this book!" Jay Asher, author of the New York Times bestseller Thirteen Reasons Why What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?
Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.
Instead, it turns out to be her last.
Then she gets a second chance.
Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death-and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

My Review:
A story about how our behavior and actions can effect others.
I hated Samantha in the beginning,understood her by mid book and Loved her in the end.
We have all been in the shoes of one or all of the characters in this book at one point in life
so it was very easy to identify with the characters.
This book had me angry,happy and sad .
I found this book got better with each page.
A must read!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Shiver By Maggie Stiefvater


Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls Series #1)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: June 2010
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Sold By: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales Rank: 509
  • Age Range: Young Adult


For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

My Review:

Shiver had me hooked from page one.
With an outstanding new look at the werewolf world . A story to make you stop
and think what if you knew you were running out of time. What would you do knowing your love was running out of time?
I fell in love with this story and believe you will fall in love with the story of Sam and Grace as well.
I give it 5 stars and cannot wait for the rest of the story to unfold.

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: March 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Format: eBook, 464pp
  • Sales Rank: 1,804



A thrilling epic about an ancient clash reignited in our time- between a hidden society and heaven's darkest creatures There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Genesis 6:5 Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in upstate New York. Now, at twenty-three, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim. For the secrets these letters guard are desperately coveted by the once-powerful Nephilim, who aim to perpetuate war, subvert the good in humanity, and dominate mankind. Generations of angelologists have devoted their lives to stopping them, and their shared mission, which Evangeline has long been destined to join, reaches from her bucolic abbey on the Hudson to the apex of insular wealth in New York, to the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris and the mountains of Bulgaria. Rich in history, full of mesmerizing characters, and wondrously conceived, Angelology blends biblical lore, the myth of Orpheus and the Miltonic visions of Paradise Lost into a riveting tale of ordinary people engaged in a battle that will determine the fate of the world.

My Review:
This book had a different take on angels than what I have previously read.
While I felt it was slow going in the beginning it quickly progressed in to a great story with strong characters, love,adventure,loss and history.  All the elements needed for a great book.The ending was great and left me hoping for a follow up book.
This is definitely a book I would recommend .