Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Review - Zombie Kid Diaries#1 - Fred Perry


Playing Dead (Zombie Kid Diaries, #1) Title: Playing Dead
Author:Fred Perry
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Publication: July 3rd 2012, Antarctic Press
Pages: 128 pages, Paperback
Source: Thank you to Antarctic Press and Netgalley for providing me with this book to review


Middle school is horrific enough for any 5th grader's first day. But for Bill Dookes, it's a festering, rotting, undead nightmare! Since Bill's deadbeat dad got arrested trying to burn the house down for the insurance, Mom's had to make ends meet by volunteering to various medical research companies for cash. This would be fine if she hadn't brought home a mysterious zombie virus! Now Bill has to deal with skin problems and body chemistry changes that make puberty look like a walk in the park! And then there's his ever-growing appetite for BRAINS!
When I requested the Zombie Kid Diaries via Netgalley, I thought it looked super-cute, funny and interesting. It wasn't one of those things. I finished it in less than two hours and when I finished It, I felt like I had not read or accomplished anything by reading this book.


It was way too fast-paced and nothing was explained. When he realized he was a zombie, he just had a few symptoms and then it was sprung upon us that he figured out he was a zombie. The main character, Billy, just took it with ease, I know this is middle-grade fiction' but the author could have put a bit more effort into the character's thoughts and emotions. Also, there are some brilliant Middle-grade novels out there that I treasure and that I really enjoyed, but this felt like listening to a blank piece of paper ramble on about his life, which only contained of video games and "road kill" meals. From the blurb, I expected the book to be about him adjusting to life as a zombie, but no, the book only talked about him playing video games with a few extra happenings thrown in here and there.


There was no plot structure, no third-dimensional characters, no involved supporting characters and nothing humorous at all involved in the book. There wasn't much I liked about it, the one positive thing is the drawings. The drawings were quite cute, but unfortunately I'm not judging it by its illustrations, but by the written word. This book shouldn't be compared to the fabulous Diaryof A Wimpy Kid series, at all! It wasn't funny or as well-written as the Diary of A Wimpy Kid series.


Overall, a good idea that wasn't brought to its full potential. Could have been so much more. The plot stayed the same, the characters were boring and it wasn't what I was expecting. I would recommend this to boys 7-9 years of age.


I give it: 1 CUPCAKE!








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Review - The Goddess Legacy - Aimee Carter


Title: The Goddess Legacy
Author: Aimee Carter
Genre: Young Adult, Greek Mythology
Publication: July 31st 2012, Harlequin Teen
Pages: Kindle edition
Source: Thank you to Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for providing me with this to review.


For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimé e Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows. Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness...Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal...Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another...James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others-but never knew true loss before...Henry/Hades's solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope...Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to survive throughout the ages
I love Greek mythology, it's exciting enough on its own but when it's intertwined in a modern retelling of the Greek gods,it's even better! I've heard amazing reviews on the Goddess Test series by Aimee Carter and when an opportunity arose to review the Goddess Legacy, I readily accepted - and I'm glad I did! The stories displayed so many emotions. There was love, hate, betrayal, deep, fresh hurt, jealousy and everything in between. The stories were beautifully told and I now finally know why the gods behaved the way they did. I also liked how Aimee Carter told each of their stories in their own voice. The characters were brought to life and I loved that. I haven't read The Goddess Test yet or it's sequel and I'm glad I read the Goddess Legacy before so I could get an insight on their stories that shaped and defined them into the gods Kate Winters knew.


In the first story we were introduced to Hera. I sympathized for her when she felt that no one loved her and that no one cared and I was furious towards Zeus for what he did to her, but then again, Hera was too blame, as she knew what he was like and she shouldn't have trusted him so easily. In the beginning of her story, I wasn't gripped from the first page as I was with the others, but as I continued reading I was pulled in and was left hungrily wanting more. You can really see the changes in Hera from when her story started and to where her story ended.


The second story was told from Aphrodite's point of view. I've  never thought much of Aphrodite, I must admit. I always thought of her as nothing but a pretty-faced airhead, but she has a whole lot more to her than I thought. I liked her story because I got to know her a whole lot better, I finally learnt why she was the goddess of loved and why she cheated on the two men she loved the most. It was also really sweet to see her love for Eros, and I would never have imagined her as a mother, but she turned out to be a pretty good one. A sweet, happy story or love and being true to yourself.


The third story was Persephone's. I wasn't expecting her story to be like that all. I thought she would be a sweet and loving person, in some ways she was, but what I wasn't expecting was her unending selfishness. At parts in the story I was wondering if she even cared about anyone but herself. In the beginning I sympathized for her, but as the story progressed, I felt myself hating her a bit. She kept breaking Hades down and it was heart-breaking to see how she constantly wore him down. The ending was quite shocking and I'm still coming to grips with it, she did surprise me, because FINALLY she showed some care, love and selflessness. Not towards Hades, however, but to the one she loved. Her story was really interesting and at parts I felt such pain, not for her, but for Hades.


The fourth story was about Hermes. I neve r really knew him as much as the other gods, he got a lot of mention at parts in the Percy Jackson series, and to be honest, I always thought he was a bit of jerk, but I was way wrong. The could feel all the emotions churning inside l him, the anger, the hurt, the disappointment, the resentment, the guilt, the curiosity and the love. The sensitivity and gentleness he showed towards Tuck and the boys was stunning, the way he wanted to be part of their family. I loved the relationship between him and Tuck, it was far from insta-love and I liked how it slowly built up, ending in love...and tradegy. Towards the end it was just heart-breaking, you could feel the guilt and sorrow rolling off the pages. I just wanted to hug him and let him know he did what he could. The end was stunning and rounded off perfectly. There were lots of shockers that I did not see coming.


The last story was by Hades. There were tears in my eyes at parts in the story and you experience first-hand all the pain, grief and guilt he has endured. He was amazing to love Persephone the way he did, even when she wrenched his heart out and stomped on it. I loved how at the end you finally see a glimpse of happiness and hopefullness in his eyes. A heart-wrenching, grief-stricken tale, you'll end up loving him.


Overall this was a fantastic collection of novellas. The drama that unfolds is priceless, five wonderful stories of love, loss betrayal, jealousy and happiness. A must read.


I give it: 5/5 CUPCAKES!


















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Monday, 30 July 2012

Hi guys!

I might not be blogging for a couple of days or so as I have come down with the flu. :( I hope to be better soon and I have LOTS of exciting posts coming up! :)

Have a great week!
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Sunday, 29 July 2012

Stacking the Shelves #10

Yay! It's my 10th Stacking the Shelves post! :) This meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

I got another absolutely lovely haul this week and I am super excited to start reading them all! :) Leave me a link and I'll stop by! :)

For review:
1. Celtic Run - Sean Vogel
Celtic Run
While in Ireland on a class trip, Jake stumbles upon the first clue to a treasure missing from the Spanish Armada. Jake sees the riches as his chance to buy back the family sailboat and restore a piece of the life he enjoyed before his father was critically injured in an accident. Desperate to find the treasure, Jake teams up with Zach, his nemesis and class bully, and two girls in a clue-hunting chase across the Dingle Peninsula. Dodging would-be thieves, exchanging wisecracks with Zach, and concocting ingenious devices to get them out of scrapes, Jake leads the team as they connect piece after piece to the more than 400-year-old mystery. Jake, a 14-year-old gadget whiz, didn't plan on a summer full of treasure, thieves, and danger. He just got lucky.

2. The Broken Lands  - Kate Milford
The Broken Lands
 A crossroads can be a place of great power. So begins this deliciously spine-tingling prequel to Kate Milford’s The Boneshaker, set in the colorful world of nineteenth-century Coney Island and New York City. Few crossroads compare to the one being formed by the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River, and as the bridge’s construction progresses, forces of unimaginable evil seek to bend that power to their advantage. Only two orphans with unusual skills stand in their way. Can the teenagers Sam, a card sharp, and Jin, a fireworks expert, stop them before it’s too late? Here is a richly textured, slow-burning thriller about friendship, courage, and the age-old fight between good and evil.




3. Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave -Derron R Hicks
Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave
 Twelve-year-old Colophon Letterford has a serious mystery on her hands. Will she discover the link between her family’s literary legacy and Shakespeare’s tomb before it’s too late? Antique paintings, secret passages, locked mausoleums, a four-hundred-year-old treasure, and a cast of quirky (and some ignoble) characters all add up to a fun original adventure. Readers will revel in a whirlwind journey through literary time and space in real-world locales from Mont St. Michel to Stratford-Upon-Avon to Central Park! 






4.Speechless - Hannah Harrington
Speechless
The story of a girl named Chelsea Knot who takes a voluntary oath of silence after her gossip-mongering ways yield unexpected consequences…
Saying she’s sorry isn’t enough. 












 5. The Enchanted Truth - Kim Petrie
The Enchanted Truth
In this humorous and insightful tale, a modern day princess finds herself single and asking for magical intervention to change her sorry love life. Rather than casting a spell to bring Prince Charming to her rescue, a savvy fairy godmother gives the tenderhearted damsel an unexpected gift. By entrusting her true thoughts and desires to an unlikely confidant, the young royal soon discovers that the person who could make her life everything she dreamed it would be has been with her all along.
As author Kym Petrie herself realized, every woman needs a froggy friend and a secret journal—and enough adventures with the girls to keep her heart pounding and her mind racing. Life is meant to be about happy beginnings . . . you can never have enough of them.

Bought: SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THESE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1. The Giver - Lois Lowry
The Giver (The Giver, #1)
 Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back. 









 2. The two princess of Bamarre - Gail Carson Levine
The Two Princesses of Bamarre
 Twelve-year-old Addie admires her older sister Meryl, who aspires to rid the kingdom of Bamarre of gryphons, specters, and ogres. Addie, on the other hand, is fearful even of spiders and depends on Meryl for courage and protection. Waving her sword Bloodbiter, the older girl declaims in the garden from the heroic epic of Drualt to a thrilled audience of Addie, their governess, and the young sorcerer Rhys. 
But when Meryl falls ill with the dreaded Gray Death, Addie must gather her courage and set off alone on a quest to find the cure and save her beloved sister. Addie takes the seven-league boots and magic spyglass left to her by her mother and the enchanted tablecloth and cloak given to her by Rhys—along with a shy declaration of his love. She prevails in encounters with tricky specters (spiders too) and outwits a wickedly personable dragon in adventures touched with romance and a bittersweet ending.

3. The ghost of Thomas Kempe
The Ghost of Thomas Kempe
The ghost of a seventeenth-century sorcerer emerges as a poltergeist and attempts to make young James his apprentice. Illustrated by Anthony Maitland.














 4. Tales of the Greek Heroes - Roger Lancelyn Green
Tales Of The Greek Heroes (Film Tie In)
 Some of the oldest and most famous stories in the world?the adventures of Perseus, the labors of Heracles, the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts?are vividly retold in this single, connected narrative of the Heroic Age, from the coming of the Immortals to the first fall of Troy. With fresh dialogue and a brisk pace, the myths of this version are enthrallingly vivid. 










5. The trumpet of the swan - E.B. White
The Trumpet of the Swan
 This beloved classic, first published 40 years ago, is now available with new illustrations by a Caldecott Honor artist. Marcellino's drawings bring to life the determination of a trumpeter swan who comes into the world lacking a voice.













 6. Jane - April Lindner
Jane
 Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance.
But there’s a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane’s much-envied relationship with Nico is soon tested by an agonizing secret from his past. Torn between her feelings for Nico and his fateful secret, Jane must decide: Does being true to herself mean giving up on true love?
An irresistible romance interwoven with a darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers. 

 7. An Elephant in the Garden - Michael Morpurgo
An Elephant In The Garden
 Lizzie and Karl's mother is a zoo keeper; the family has become attached to an orphaned elephant named Marlene, who will be destroyed as a precautionary measure so she and the other animals don't run wild should the zoo be hit by bombs. The family persuades the zoo director to let Marlene stay in their garden instead. When the city is bombed, the family flees with thousands of others, but how can they walk the same route when they have an elephant in tow, and keep themselves safe? Along the way, they meet Peter, a Canadian navigator who risks his own capture to save the family. As Michael Morpurgo writes in an author's note, " An Elephant in the Garden" is inspired by historical truths, and by his admiration for elephants, "the noblest and wisest and most sensitive of all creatures." Here is a story that brings together an unlikely group of survivors whose faith in kindness and love proves the best weapon of all


 8. Wither - Lauren Destefano
Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)
 By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

 9. Ruby Redfort - Lauren Child
Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes
 Everyone knows that Clarice Bean is exceptionordinarily keen about the Ruby Redfort books. Now in her own starring role, this genius code-cracker and daring detective, along with her sidekick butler, Hitch, work for a secret crime-busting organization called Spectrum. Ruby gets into lots of scrapes with evil villains, like being trapped in a giant hourglass or held over a flaming volcano, but shes always ice-cool in a crisis. Just take a classic screwball comedy, add heaps of breathtaking action, and multiply it by Lauren Childs writing genius, and what have you got? Only the most exciting middle-grade series since, like, ever.






 10. The Lying Game - Sara Shepard
The Lying Game (The Lying Game, #1)
 I had a life anyone would kill for. Then someone did.I may not remember much, but I know I led a charmed life. Even in death I’m getting something no one else does: an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never got to meet. Now, in order to figure out what happened to me, Emma needs to become me. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Hug my parents good night like she’s their daughter? And can she keep up the charade even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?Let the lying game begin.








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Saturday, 28 July 2012

A Reading Daydreamer's 270 Followers Giveaway

A Reading DaydreamerHi everyone!


You all know Beverley from the A Reading Daydreamer right? Well I just wanted to let you know she is hosting an AWESOME giveaway! You can win a book of your choice, under $11 from the Book Depository! So head on over and enter! There will be 2 winners. The rest of the rules are here.


Have a great day! And good luck! :)
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Friday, 27 July 2012

Feature and Follow Friday #2

FF 2012 Feature & Follow #107

Happy Friday! Hope you have a great weekend! :) I've had a great week and I hope you have to! :)

This week's question is...:

Q: Summer Reading. What was your favorite book that you were REQUIRED to read when you were in school?

A: Well, I haven't graduated or anything yet (I'm still far from it) but my most favourite that I've had to read so far, would have to be The Butterfly Lion, it's a beautiful story, told by an amazing author and I just love it. Anyone who loves animal stories that are heart-warming must read it.

The Butterfly Lion - Michael Morpurgo
The Butterfly Lion
After Bertie rescues an orphaned lion cub from the African veld, they are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion that ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.











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Thursday, 26 July 2012

The Time Will Come #3

I have decided to participate in this excellent meme by Books for Company.
   

                                      
     The Time Will Come 

Every Thursday we will list a book that we really want to/keep meaning to read that we have bought or that we have for review, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet.
~
Want to join in?
- Pick a book you have been meaning to read
- Do a post telling us about the book 
- Link the post up in the linky
- Visit the other blogs!
The Broken Lands - Kate Milford
The Broken Lands
A crossroads can be a place of great power. So begins this deliciously spine-tingling prequel to Kate Milford’s The Boneshaker, set in the colorful world of nineteenth-century Coney Island and New York City. Few crossroads compare to the one being formed by the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River, and as the bridge’s construction progresses, forces of unimaginable evil seek to bend that power to their advantage. Only two orphans with unusual skills stand in their way. Can the teenagers Sam, a card sharp, and Jin, a fireworks expert, stop them before it’s too late? Here is a richly textured, slow-burning thriller about friendship, courage, and the age-old fight between good and evil.
I, personally, think this looks fantastic! It has an intriguing premise and a gorgeous cover! Leave me link to your post and I'll stop by! :)
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From the Review Pile #5


This is a meme I participate in called From the Review Pile, hosted by Stepping Out of the Page. Basically it is a meme, where you pick one book (or two!) that you have been meaning to read/review for a while, but haven't yet gotten around to it. It will also give the book some extra publicity. :) 


This week I am showcasing: My name is Olivia and I can't do anything about it! :)


My Name is Olivia and I can't do anything About It - Jowi Schmitz
My Name is Olivia...and I Can't Do Anything About It
Olivia is ten years old. Her first big problem is that her mother has died. The second big problem is that her father doesn't really know how to go on living. 
Olivia and her father's home is a small boat sitting in the garden of a barbershop. "Temporarily," says her dad. But how long is "temporarily?" Olivia is in a new community, going to a new school, and has to figure out on her own how to grow up with the new normal of no mother and a father who is physically present but psychologically distant. Olivia is strong, though, and shores up both her home and her family with an incontrovertible sense of humor. 
Smart for her age and vulnerable, brave and funny - Olivia will steal your heart. Olivia comes from the literary line that includes Cassandra Mortmain of I Capture the Castle and Opal Buloni of Because of Winn Dixie.
This looks like a heart-wrenching tale and I can NOT wait to read it! :)


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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Review - Jenny Q, Stitched Up - Pauline McLynn

jacket image for Jenny Q, Stitched Up by Pauline McLynn
Title: Jenny Q, Stitched Up
Author: Pauline McLynn
Genre: Young Adult, Juvenile Fiction
Publication: Puffin Books, 7 June 2012
Pages: 246 Pages, Paperback
Source: Thank you to Penguin Publishers for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review! :)

Right, here's how things are . . . My mother is pregnant. I shizz you not. My mum will be going around with a bump for all to see that she's still, well, shagging. Oh god I can't bear it - talk about a stitch-up.THEN there's Stevie Lee Bolton - every time I see him I'm like a stunned goldfish and just stand there with my mouth opening and closing.
So between my untakebackably embarrassing family and a certain Stevie Lee, how will I be ready for Teen Factor X - not even my friends know about my dodgy yodelings and secret obsession with becoming a star . . .
Jenny Q, Stitched Up! Is a fantastically funny new book, the main character is a 13 year old girl, so there are lots of laughs (and cringe-worthy moments) along the way! :)

I really enjoyed it. It was a refreshing change to see and read a book that was clean, sparkly and funny, unlike the other dark juvenile/YA fiction you usually see on the shelves!

The cover is gorgeous, when I received Jenny Q, Stitched Up! for review I was immediately interested. The premise was good and the cover was stunning :) I love how the cover looks like the front of a knitted jersey, and how the symbols (under garments, musical notes, dogs) all apply to the book. Its a cute, original idea.

I loved Jenny, she was spunky, funny, smart and brave. She really changed throughout the book and I liked that. In the beginning she was less mature but she grew throughout the book which was great to see.

She was quite hilarious at times and I would my find myself laughing out loud. The scraps she can get into are priceless!

The supporting characters were interesting, I would have liked it however if the author had added a little bit more information on them. Like, how they looked, some interesting facts on them their hobbies etc.

The plot kept me gripped and turning the pages, I finished it in a day. There were lots of different things happening at once, which sometimes I found a bit distracting, such as her appearance on TV, her mom's pregnancy, her crushes, physical differences. But in the end it all tied up well together to create a highly entertaining novel. :)

Jenny Q, Stitched Up was a unique, funny novel. The plot kept me interested and laughing along the way. I think some of the characters were under developed but it wasn't a major issue. A great book to read if you enjoy contemporary reads, that will have you laughing, smiling and blushing in sympathy for Jenny a long the way.
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Waiting on Wednesday #9


Title: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
Author: Rachel Harris
Publication Date: September 11th 2012
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze
Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore
Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?
I can't wait to read this! I will be doing a review/blog tour stop for this on the 31st of August! :) Leave me link and I'll sotp by! :) 

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

WWW Wednesday #9


WWW Wednesdays is a weekly book meme that is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
My answers:
What are you currently reading:
The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter
The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test, #2.5)
For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimé e Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows. 
Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness...
Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal...
Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another...
James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others-but never knew true loss before...
Henry/Hades's solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope...
Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to survive throughout the ages.
What did you recently finish reading:
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series--dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
What do you think you'll read next:
Zombie Kid Diaries #1 by Fred Perry
Playing Dead (Zombie Kid Diaries, #1)
 Middle school is horrific enough for any 5th grader's first day. But for Bill Dookes, it's a festering, rotting, undead nightmare! Since Bill's deadbeat dad got arrested trying to burn the house down for the insurance, Mom's had to make ends meet by volunteering to various medical research companies for cash. This would be fine if she hadn't brought home a mysterious zombie virus! Now Bill has to deal with skin problems and body chemistry changes that make puberty look like a walk in the park! And then there's his ever-growing appetite for BRAINS!

I am trying to be more organized with my reading and I now have it pretty much planned out for what I'll be reading for the next few months! :) Leave me a link and I'll stop by! :)


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Teaser Tuesday #6

Teaser Tuesday #6
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly book meme that is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
The Goddess Legacy - Aimee Carter
The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test, #2.5)
For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimé e Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows. 
Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness...
Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal...
Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another...
James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others-but never knew true loss before...
Henry/Hades's solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope...
Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to survive throughout the ages.

I'm really enjoying this! In the beginning I wasn't enjoying it much, but I am loving it at the moment!:)
Here is my teaser from location 590 of 4109. :)


"The way Zeus had spoken to her. The way he'd  held her hands. My insides twisted with dread."What did you do Demeter?" I whispered. She reached for me, but I pulled away, and she broke down once more. "I'm so sorry Hera. I wasn't thinking. He offered, and-"


I hope that entices you to read it! :) Have a great week! :)
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Monday, 23 July 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #4

Hello! Here is my Monday post, if you participate in this meme, leave a link and I'll stop by! :) I will also do a wrap-up of last week! :)
                                         Hosted by Book Journey.
What Happened last week on Blog of a Bookaholic:

What is coming up this week:
Divergent by Veronica Roth review
The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter Review
Teaser Tuesday #6
WWW Wednesday #9
Waiting on Wednesday #9
From the Review Pile #4
The Time Will Come #3
Friday Finds #5
Stacking the Shelves #10
The Zombie Kid Diaries #1 Review

What I finished this week:
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Pushing the Limits
SO WRONG FOR EACH OTHER...AND YET SO RIGHT.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.
But when Noah Hutchins--the smoking hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket--explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.
Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.


New Firsts by Diana Gallagher
New FirstsClaudia and Monica are brand new freshmen at Pine Creek High, and they are finding that relationships sometimes change as you grow up--will high school pull them apart or will they remain best friends?













Undercover girl, Secrets by Christine Harris
Secrets (Undercover Girl, #1)Jesse Sharpe is no ordinary kid. She's an orphan, a genius, and a secret agent. Jesse has been assigned by C2--the mysterious organization that raised her and taught her to be a spy--to protect another girl from a kidnap attempt. Jesse will have to trail suspects, plant listening devices, crack codes, and kick occasional bad guy butt. What Jesse doesn't know is whether she can trust C2 and the information she has been given--or if someone within the organization is trying to blow her cover.




Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent (Divergent, #1)In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series--dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
What I'm currently reading:
The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter
The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test, #2.5)For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aime e Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows. Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness....
Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal....
Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another....James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others-but never knew true loss before....
Henry/Hades's solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope....


Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to 
survive throughout the ages.
What I will read next:
Playing Dead, Zombie Kid Diaries by Fred Perry
Playing Dead (Zombie Kid Diaries, #1)Middle school is horrific enough for any 5th grader's first day. But for Bill Dookes, it's a festering, rotting, undead nightmare! Since Bill's deadbeat dad got arrested trying to burn the house down for the insurance, Mom's had to make ends meet by volunteering to various medical research companies for cash. This would be fine if she hadn't brought home a mysterious zombie virus! Now Bill has to deal with skin problems and body chemistry changes that make puberty look like a walk in the park! And then there's his ever-growing appetite for BRAINS!








So this is my week in books! :) 

Happy reading! :)


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