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Archive for October, 2011

In My Mail Box

Books I Purchased:

Ghost at Work by Carolyn Hart

Under the Dome by Stephen King ($5 in the bargain pile – I couldn’t resist)

Dark Side of the Mirror by RL Austin (.99 at Barnes and Noble)

Seed by Ania Ahlborn (.99 at Barnes and Noble)

Shada by Craig Hansen (.99 at Barnes and Noble)

Cameo the Assassin by Dawn McCullough-White (.99 at Barnes and Noble)

Road Rash by Simon Wood (.99 at Amazon)

Books I Won:

Black Light by Patrick Melton from Good Reads

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi from Good Reads

The Peculiar Superpowers of Eleanor Armstrong by KA Schloegel from Velvet at VVB32 Reads

Hunters by Gregory Marshall Smith from Bev at The Wormhole

Legend of the Ociena Dragon and Vala: Agendas by JF Jenkins  from her blog giveaway.

Witches and The Bull Years by Phil Stern from Darlene at Darlene’s Book Nook

The Experiment in Terror Series by Karina Hall from Sarah at I’m Loving Books

Books for Review:

Keeping Cooper by Samantha Masone (Requested by Author)

Crushed Sugar, Sugar Rush, & Sweet Bytes by Kimber An (Requested by Author)

The Prize: Tales From a Revolution: Vermont by Lars DH Hedbor (Requested by Author)

BPRD: Being Human from Dark Horse Comics (NetGalley)

Infestation: Outbreak from Idea & Design Works (NetGalley)

 

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Return to Exile – Revised

I originally got a copy of this book from the Simon & Schuster Galley Grab but I didn’t get to finish it before my time expired. I lucked out and got a copy from the Amazon Vine Program. Here is the revised/finished review.

Return to Exile by EJ Patten

5 stars

(Excerpt from Good Reads) ONE BOY. UNTOLD ENEMIES. A WHOLE WORLD TO SAVE. TIME IS RUNNING OUT.

Eleven years ago, a shattered band of ancient hunters captured an unimaginable evil and Phineas T. Pimiscule rescued his nephew, Sky, from the wreckage of that great battle. For eleven years, Sky Weathers has studied traps, puzzles, science, and the secret lore of the Hunters of Legend, believing it all a game. For eleven years, Sky and his family have hidden from dark enemies while, unbeknownst to Sky, his uncle Phineas sacrificed everything to protect them. For eleven years, Sky Weathers has known nothing of that day. But on the eve of Sky’s twelfth birthday and his family’s long-awaited return to Exile, everything changes. Phineas has disappeared, and Sky finds himself forced to confront the mysterious secrets he’s denied for so long: why did his family leave Exile on that day so long ago? What, exactly, has Phineas been preparing him for? And, the biggest mystery of all, who is Sky really and why does everyone want to kill him?!

It is Sky’s twelfth birthday but it is the worst birthday ever. His uncle Phineas goes missing and he has to move to Exile. Now he feels like something is wrong. When he follows his father onto Phineas’ property, he is attacked by creatures that he though were just stories in books that Phineas gave him years ago. A shifter and three cloaked people save Sky from these creatures.

The next day, Sky learns that kids his age are the ones that saved him and they have no knowledge of what they are fighting. They have created their weapons from the trash dumped in caves below Phineas’ property. Sky is a great asset to them since he knows about the creatures that they are fighting.

The hunters that Sky grew up learning about are no longer around. Now the kids are going to have to work together to keep the prison from being unlocked and deal with the disappearances of local children all the while relying on Sky and his stories. Sky also has to work with Errand, a boy that can help him talk to the monsters with his hunters mark but Sky is the only on that can see him. But Errand abandon’s Sky when Sky needs him that most.

I loved this story. All the hunters that are supposed to keep the regular people safe have disappeared and left the kids to use trash to make tools in their fight against the monsters. Sky gets his eyes opened about what defines a Monster. And the ending leaves it open for several more books to come.

I got sucked into the book and couldn’t put it down. This is geared to younger teens but any one of any age will enjoy it. I recommend this to anyone that enjoys fantasy and young adult books.

I received this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.

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The publisher is having a $2.99 sale from October 24 through 31 for this book.

God’s Eye by A.J. Scudiers.

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Katharine Geryon is living the life her family name has dictated, and why not? After all, it has given her a good job in the family company and a fine life with all the things she should want. But all that changes as increasingly disturbing events begin to occur: soot stains on the carpet, glimpses of strange black animals, and cryptic messages written on her bathroom mirror. Baffled and afraid, Katharine begins to doubt her own sanity.

At the same time, two charismatic men enter her life: Allistair, her new assistant at work, and Zachary, a well-heeled neighbor who just moved into her building. Katharine soon finds each of them inextricably entangled in her affairs. As her life becomes stranger and her dreams more terrifying, she realizes neither man is what he seems and that she’s caught in something far beyond her own comprehension. For the first time, she must reach beyond her own boundaries. There Katharine forges her first true friendship with Margot, a librarian who helps her discover what these men really are, why she’s drawn to them, and what they want with her.

The answer places Katharine in the middle of a fierce battle that forces her to decide between the two men fighting for her soul.

In the end, only one can be saved, but all three will be judged.

I just started reading this book. I have gotten sucked into the story and cannot wait to find out what happens next. I will be getting a review for it up shortly.

If you are interested in purchasing God’s Eye, check out Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Just remember that the Halloween Special Ends 10/31.

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Rumpel

Rumpel by Eileen Cruz Coleman

3 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Rumpel is the dark and quirky retelling of the Brothers Grimm Rumpelstiltskin.

When foreigners arrive on an island beach in search of a lost spinning wheel which they believe rightfully belongs to them and on which their very existence depends, the island inhabitants are thrust into a course of events during which some will become allies and others will turn against their own and Elizabeth Miller must defend her unborn child from a vengeful troll.

Rumpel follows several people but is based around the classic story Rumpelstiltskin. This is a darker, more mature version that we grew up with. Rumpel is a troll that had a wife and child that have passed. Through a series of misfortunes, he has come across the opportunity to reclaim a child as his.

Elizabeth is Rumpel’s target. She has been friendlier than she should have with the prince and is now with child. But being the target of Rumpel’s obsession and the king’s desire for an heir don’t mean things are going to be easy for her.

At the same time, the county of Niapson has people in the Rodavlas harbor. The Rodavlas king thinks they are looking for fish. The truth is they are looking for a spinning wheel that turns straw to gold. Niapson’s people are slowly starving to death and have been for about a hundred years. They know that the spinning wheel is in Rodavlas and they are prepared to go to war for it.

Once I figured out who was who and what was going on, I did like the story. It is a great retelling of the classic story. I really liked the background to Rumpel’s obsession with Elizabeth’s unborn child.

But, the story was very choppy. It took me about four or five chapters to figure out who was who. It also bounced around a lot. One moment we are talking about a woman that has a child by Rumpel, then we go to Elizabeth sneaking around with the prince, to Rumpel’s history, and I have still to figure out what is going on with spirits and their abilities being taken away from them.

I really feel with more editing to make everything flow better this book would be much better than it turned out to be.

I received this book for free from Book Rooster in exchange for an honest review.

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In My Mailbox

Books I Bought:

Fallen by Traci L. Slatton

The Sable City by M Edward McNally

The Shadow Stone by Regan Black

Mile 81 by Stephen King

Entanglements by PR Mason

Hard Day’s Knight by John Hartness

Books I Won:

Diamonds and Toads by KE Saxon from Sarah at Workaday Reads.

What Would Satan Do? by Anthony Miller from Library Things.

Through the Portal by Justin Dennis from Kathy at I’m a Reader Not a Writer.

Tuesday’s Child by Dale Mayer from Sarah at Workaday Reads.

 

I went through my TBR list and just learned that my list has had a big chunk of it disappear. So, I spent most of today reloading my books onto my new Kindle, the last one’s screen took a dump, and repairing my list. It never fails, every step ahead I take, I get knocked two back.

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Doodling

Doodling by Jonathan Gould

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Neville Lansdowne fell off the world.

Actually he did not so much fall off as let go. The world had been moving so quickly lately and Neville was finding it almost impossible to keep up.

Doodling is an engaging comic fantasy, which relates the events that befall Neville after he finds himself abandoned by the world and adrift in the middle of an asteroid field. Douglas Adams meets Lewis Carroll (with just a touch of Gulliver’s Travels) as Neville wanders through his new home, meeting a variety of eccentric characters and experiencing some most unexpected adventures.

Neville is struggling to get through the fast paced world when he is suddenly thrown off. When he realizes what happens, he makes his was to an asteroid field. He wants to claim one of the asteroids as his new home. On the first asteroid, he draws out the border of his little world and names it. But then he realizes that someone is going to have to run his world since he doesn’t want to be in a position of power. After appointing a rock as the leader, he leaves the asteroid and starts wandering around the asteroid belt. He meets a group of people that worship a toaster. Then he meets a lady on a strange asteroid that goes everywhere but in a straight line.

When he stumbles upon a little paradise run by an astophysist, he learns that the world is spinning so fast that it is going to fall off it’s orbit and go straight through the asteroid belt. Now Neville has to find some way to stop that from happening.

This was a cute little story. I loved the different people that Neville meets and what keeps them entertained. It shows how everything is going by so fast that sometimes we need to stop and smell the roses. Neville, the reluctant leader, even steps up. I’m going to keep my eyes out for more stories from Jonathan Gould.

I received this book for free from the author.

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I meant to try and post this Sunday or Monday. It didn’t happen and I’m beyond late.

So, for last week:

I won:

Seers by Heather Frost from Darcus Murray at Starcrossed.

Memory’s Wake by Selina Fenech from Amanda “Coranne” at One Minute Books.

Primacy by JE Fishman from Wendy Hines at Minding Spot.

Snagged from Simon and Schuster’s Galley Grab

The Always War by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

Trance by Kelly Meding

The Little Book of Diet Help by Kimberly Willis

I bought:

The Kiss by Katheryn Reines

Flight of the Phoenix by RL LaFevers

Hallow’s Eve by Sarah Diemer

Dead People by Edie Ramer

Meant to Be by Tiffany King

Paradox by Patti Roberts

Bunny Attack! by De Kenyon

The Color of Magic by Terry Prachett (Pre-Ordered)

There were a ton of free books issued and I admit that I went a little bonkers, 25 books, but that’s pretty good since there were over 200 released just for Nook. Thank fully there have not been that many released this week.

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