Saturday, April 30, 2011

In My Mailbox 4/24-4/30

India Black by Carol K. Carr
Save My Soul by Zoe Winters
Memento Nora by Angie Smibert

This fun weekly meme comes from The Story Siren.
All images come from Goodreads.

Elsewhere Online: April 2011

As you may have guessed from my In My Mailbox posts, I review for another website ( As I cannot post my reviews there and here, but I would still like to count the books I read for the challenges, I am going to have a post like this at the end of the every month listing the books I reviewed and what challenges the went towards.

Author: Kathy Cano-Murillo
Challenges: People of Color, Chick Lit, 100 Books in a Year

Author: Deborah Harkness
Challenges: Horror & Urban Fantasy, iChallenge, Vampire, Chunkster, 100 Books in a Year

Author: Sean Beaudoin
Challenges: Mystery & Suspense, Young Adult Contemporary, 100 Books in a Year

or: Sherrilyn Kenyon & Claudia Campos
Challenges: Manga, 100 Books in a Year

Title: A Thousand Times More Fair
Author: Kenji Yoshino
Challenges: Non-Fiction (Science/Nature), 100 Books in a Year

Title: Huntress
Author: Malinda Lo
Challenges: iChallenge, Fantasy, Chinese Literature, Once Upon a Time, YA LGBT Paranormal, 100 Books in a Year

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Because of Winn-Dixie

Title: Because of Winn-Dixie
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Publisher: Candlewick
ISBN: 0-7636-1605-2
Why Read?: Book Club
Challenges: Young Adult Contemporary, Borrowed, 100 Books in a Year

Thoughts: Normally, I shy away from books about dogs (especially ones for MG), but my book club was reading this, so I had to. I am glad I did. There was a sad part, but unlike some children's classics, this did have (SPOILER ALERT!) a happy ending. DiCamillo has written a heart-filled story about a lonely little girl, her stay dog, and the meaning of friendship.
Rating: 4 stars

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hoppy Easter Extravaganza - WINNER! has spoken and a big congrats go out to...

Tabitha B!

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Grand Guignol Orchestra Vol. 1

Title: Grand Guignol Orchestra 1
Author: Kaori Yuki
Publisher: Viz
ISBN: 978-1-4215-3636-1
Why Read?: For Fun
Challenges: Manga, Horror & Urban Fantasy, 100 Books in a Year

Thoughts: Kaori Yuki is one of my top favorite manga-ka. Her artwork is dark yet detailed and it fits well with her twisted, Gothic tales. Her newest series to hit Stateside is no exception. This is a dark, creepy tale of doll-like zombies and the musicians who have the power to vanquish them. At times it does get a little confusing, but eventually all is laid bare.
Rating: 4 stars

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Most Wanted

Title: Most Wanted
Author: Michele Martinez
Publisher: Harper Torch
ISBN: 978-0-06-072399-6
Why Read?: For Fun
Challenges: Mystery & Suspense, TBR Pile, People of Color, 100 Books in a Year

Thoughts: This is a fast-paced novel that will keep the reader guessing. Martinez expertly draws the reader in and keeps them frantically turning the pages until the end with a tightly plotted suspense storyline. I really can't say more except go pick this gem up today!
Rating: 3 stars

Saturday, April 23, 2011

In My Mailbox 4/17-4/23

The Sweet Scent of Blood by Suzanne McLeod
Eldest by Christopher Paolini
Tattoo: The Awakening by Toni Leland

Swaps on Swap-Bot:
Trying to Save Piggy Sneed by John Irving
Love in the Driest Season by Neely Tucker
100 Poems to Lift Your Spirits by Leslie Pockell

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

This fun weekly meme comes from The Story Siren.
All images come from Goodreads.

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Crime Stories

Title: The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour Vol. 6: The Crime Stories
Author: Louis L'Amour
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 978-0-553-80531-4
Why Read?: For Fun
Challenges: Mystery & Suspense, 100 Books in a Year

Thoughts: The title of this collection is slightly misleading. While many of the stories do deal with crime, quite a few would fall under the category of sports better (especially boxing, which is the what the cover picture portrays). Actually, my favorite story in the whole collection, "Dream Fighter", was one of the boxing stories. I also really enjoyed the noir stories featuring Kip Morgan, the title character from "Dream Fighter". Some of the other stories, though, just were not up my alley, but all were very well-written, as one would expect from an author like L'Amour.
Rating: 3 stars

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Incredible Origins of the Onyx Sun

Title: The Incredible Origins of the Onyx Sun
Author: Christopher Mahoney
Publisher: Pariah
ISBN: 978-0-9795202-4-2
Why Read?: First Reads
Challenges: 100 Books in a Year

Thoughts: The Incredible Origins of the Onyx Sun started out like a fun MG novel aimed at boys of that age. While it did stay firmly rooted in that classification, it began to drag a little once they left Earth. And the origin of the Onyx Sun only took up a bried explaination at the begining. A little tightening of storyline, and this could be a great choice for younger reluctant readers.
Rating: 2 stars

Hoppy Easter Extravaganza Giveaway Hop - US Only

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

In My Mailbox 4/10-4/16

This is Borders' last weekend (for the one by me), so I admit I went a little overboard, but who could resist no book higher than $2.50?

For possible review elsewhere:
Master and Apprentice by Sonya Bateman
Surrender the Dark by L. A. Banks
Rotters by Daniel Kraus
Faerie Winter by Janni Lee Simner
Flip by Martyn Bedford

Swap on Swap-Bot:
The Bourne Sanction by Eric Van Lustbader

Bought at Borders:
Drood by Dan Simmons
The Night Villa by Carol Goodman
Hexbound by Chloe Neill
The Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine
Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelley Hall
The Way to Fairyleland by Belen Ramos
The Devlin Diary by Christi Phillips
A Density of Souls by Christopher Rice
FearScape by Simon Holt
The Named by Marianne Curley
The Dark by Marianne Curley
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire
The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman

This fun weekly meme comes from The Story Siren.
All images come from Goodreads.

YA LGBT Paranormal Challenge

As Huntress is next in my TBR pile (and because I think this is a great topic for a challenge), I decided to join Mission to Read's YA LGBT Paranormal Challenge. As I do only currently have the 1 book on my shelf, I am doing the Just Curious level (1 book).

1. Huntress by Malinda Lo

Saturday, April 9, 2011

In My Mailbox 4/3-4/9

I did a LOT of shopping at Borders this week - they are almost closed :( ! We did get two tall bookshelves from there, also.

For possible review elsewhere (
The Stormchasers by Jenna Blum
Eona by Alison Goodman
In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard
Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Swaps on Swap-Bot:
Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

Trades for on
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

Bought at Borders:
What Alice Knew by Paula Marantz Cohen
Poison by Sara Poole
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
Daughters of the Witching Hill by Mary Sharratt
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Next Queen of Heaven by Gregory Maguire
Star of the Morning by Lynn Kurland

This fun weekly meme comes from The Story Siren.
All images come from Goodreads.