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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

150+ Follower Giveaway!


I now have over 150 followers, and to celebrate I'm going to give a few lucky followers some prizes!

Details:
-Giveaway will last for one month, it begins August 1st.
-The winners will be chosen using rafflecopter.
-This giveaway is International, as long as The Book Depository delivers to you.
-I'll give the winners 72 hours to respond to my email before picking a new one.
-You can enter for each prize pack.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Showcase Sunday (11)


Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books Biscuits and Tea.

I think for the most part I've been good (I keep thinking I've actually bought a few books but I can't remember what they are). Most of them were free ebooks. However, I won Shadow of Night (along with some swag) from A Dream Within A Dream and Beautiful Disaster is the first thing I've ever gotten from Netgalley (mostly because I'm still not quite sure how Netgalley works, and this one didn't need a request).

Empyreal Fate by Rachel Hunter Tour Stop

Description: Filled to the brim with forbidden love, an ancient evil, and a nation in disrepair, Empyreal Fate is a tale of riveting bravery and mortal corruption.

The land of Llathala lingers on the brink of war between men and elves, a dark history surrounding each race. Stirred by tensions of the land, a shadow of the past reemerges, taking precedence in reality and consuming the very soul of mans’ mortal weakness. Darrion, the son of a poor laborer, is ensnared in a hostile world, forced to choose between loyalty to his king or the counsel of the elves. Yet Fate has other plans in store, tying his course to Amarya, an elven royalblood of mysterious quality and unsurpassable beauty. But this forbidden connection incites betrayal from members of their own kin, marking them as traitors to the crown. In a land torn asunder, only Fate’s decree can allow such love to coexist with an ancient enmity.

Behold: A Llathalan Annal: Empyreal Fate – Part One

Monday, July 23, 2012

It's Monday! What are you reading? (7)


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. I've decided that I'll do this meme, every two weeks. Even though it's been a month since the last time I've done this.

Last Month:
Yup just three books... I've been kind of stuck which happens sometimes so just three books.... Wizard's Holiday and Wizards at War both by Diane Duane and one review Grace by R. Rodriguez.

  

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Showcase Sunday (10)


Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books Biscuits and Tea.

Well I've acquired a number of ebooks over the past two weeks and a few books I've won and what not, a book I bought, a few books I got from Summer Book Exchange and one for a review, so I've been rather good these past two weeks.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Grace: An Eternal Beloved Novel by R. Rodriguez (Review)

Description (from Goodreads):
"Grace Elizabeth Coventry has wanted to die since puberty. Since then, she carries out elaborate plans to end her life. She almost succeeds on her eighteenth birthday, but when an outside force emerges to carry out the deed, an inexplicable survival instinct awakens in her. It’s too late, though. Death has already noticed her. As she hangs on for dear life from the ledge of the Skyway Bridge in Chicago, about to give up to her fate, an unexpected stranger appears to save her, only to be challenged by the ultimate threat. In the end, only she has the power to save herself."

Thursday, July 12, 2012

SUMMER READS GIVEAWAY WINNER


a Rafflecopter giveaway

I was hoping to actually do three winners this time around, however, Jessie wasn't careful with her money these two past weeks. So just one this time. (Though I do get paid tomorrow so maybe I'll decided on giving another person a prize.) Anyway, I've sent the winner an email and they have 48 hours to get back to me.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday (2)


Wishlist Wednesday is a meme hosted by Pen to Paper.

This one has been on my wishlist... for I don't know how long. I can't even remember how I stumbled upon it. All I know is that I want it.

Description (from Goodreads): When Soah's impoverished, desperate village decides to sacrifice her to the Water God Habaek to end a long drought, they believe that drowning one beautiful girl will save their entire community and bring much-needed rain. Not only is Soah surprised to be rescued by the Water God - instead of killed - she never imagined she'd be a welcomed guest in Habaek's magical kingdom, where an exciting new life awaits her! Most surprising, however, is the Water God himself... and how very different he is from the monster Soah imagined.

Top Ten Tuesday (7)


I know, I know it isn't Tuesday, but I was too busy doing nothing yesterday. XD

This weekly meme is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a freebie so I looked at the list of things that had been done in the past and decided to do "Books I Just HAD To Buy... But Are Still Sitting On My Bookshelf":


Once Upon a Read-a-Thon Update 2 and a Mini Challenge




Once Upon a Read-a-Thon
Ugh, so yesterday I didn't read as much as I wanted to. Just a chapter or two of Wizards at War by Diane Duane. Let's see if I can do a better job today!

And on to a mini challenge. This challenge comes from Christy at The Reader Bee. Her challenge is: 

 What is your most anticipated book for 2012? 
(It can be an upcoming release, or one that's already been released.)

This for the most part is an easy question. I've been waiting patiently for the past two years for City of Swords by Mary Hoffman (I believe this one will be released sometime next month, I haven't checked the date yet). And not so patiently for the past six months or so for The Traitor Queen by Trudi Canavan (another one that will be released next month).

 


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon Update 1


I'm so proud of myself! This weekend I had planned on finishing Grace by R. Rodriguez and then do a feature (it's gonna be my first feature ya'll!). However, real life got in the way and I did't get to read it :( That's not what I'm proud about, I'm proud about the fact that I finished it last night! Go Jessie! Now to start my reading for the day 2!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Once Upon a Read-A-Thon has started! (And a Mini Challenge)


Once Upon a Read-a-Thon

So I'm off! I have just one goal for the next three days, and that is to finish a book or two. I've been really bad lately, so I'm hoping to get something done. It's kind of an annoying feeling reading a few books and not finishing them in a timely manner, so here goes!

Now on to a mini challenge!

This challenge comes from Bailey at iBBookBlogging. She asks two questions:


What is your favorite cover that has been revealed this summer and why?
I'll be honestly here, I don't really have a favorite, or pay much attention to cover reveals and what not. I tend to be a little late on things like that.

Do you rely on the cover to help you choose whether you want to read a book or not?
I'm gonna be honest here too. Yes, sometimes the cover does help determine whether or not I'll read a book. Usually, however, that only if the author/title is new to me. If I've read about the book or have read other works by that author than it usually doesn't matter to me what a cover looks like.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday (1)


Wishlist Wednesday is a meme hosted by Pen to Paper.

The Swan Kingdom by Zoë Marriott has been on my wishlist... since just before it came out. The reason (only reason really) I want this book, is because The Six Swans was one of my favorite fairy tales growing up. I've never seen a retelling of this fairy tale (it's rather underrated isn't it? Or maybe there are others and I just haven't seen them), so I was really excited to find this.

Description (from Goodreads): A new voice in fantasy weaves a rich, entrancing tale of a girl with powerful healing gifts —- and the courage to use them to save her ailing kingdom. 

Shadows fall across the beautiful, lush kingdom after the queen is attacked by an unnatural beast, and the healing skills of her daughter, Alexandra, cannot save her. Too soon the widowed king is spellbound by a frightening stranger, a woman whose eyes reflect no light. In a terrifying moment, all Alexandra knows disappears, including her beloved brothers, leaving her banished to a barren land. But Alexandra has more gifts than she realizes as she confronts magic, murder, and the strongest of evil forces, and is unflinchingly brave as she struggles to reclaim what is rightfully hers. Fantasy lovers will be held in thrall by this tale full of visual detail, peppered with a formidable destructive force and sweetened with familial and romantic love.


Weigh in Wednesday (8)



Weigh in Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Epilogue. The topic for this weeks meme is: 

Fairytale Retelling vs. Original Fairytale

I'm going to have to say retelling. For one thing they tend to be less depressing than their originals. Whenever I read the Little Mermaid when I was younger I always wondered why she didn't just kill the Prince and his wife. There really seemed to be no reason for the Mermaid to do otherwise, I don't care how much she loved the Prince. Seriously love at first sight? Yes I know there's probably something wrong with the way I think, but I've always believed that a person should put their own health and well-being above others. And, the Prince wasn't that interesting to begin with why did she love him? Let's not even get into other things that annoy me in fairytales, like in Cinderella. Why didn't she just leave? She probably could have found herself a job as a maid and get paid for it. Stupid. And, again, the whole love at first sight thing. Ugh. I like retellings when Cinderella and Prince Charming aren't such tools.

Rants aside. Retellings also give more of an insight to the characters and gives the stories more background than their originals. Unfortunately for me some of my favorite fairytales don't have many retellings of them.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Showcase Sunday (9)


Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books Biscuits and Tea.

Well for the most part I was good this week! Almost all the books are ebooks I got free. I bought one book and I forgot I bought another book last week (or the week before I can't remember).