Thursday, May 27, 2010

Armchair BEA

BEA 2010 is officially underway in New York City and boy do I wish I could be there. But for all of you out there who (like me) can't afford to go or just couldn't make it to NYC there is still a way to participate in a virtual fashion:  Armchair BEA!

There is a twitter party tonight  at 8-10 pm EST where you can meet & chat with other bloggers about books, ARC's you most want from BEA,  authors you'd most like to meet, and other fun bookish things :)
So join in if you're interested & come participate by using the #ArmchairBEA hashtag, and you can learn more by visiting:



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Review--Graphic Novel/Comic: Bayou by Jeremy Love

As an adult, I rarely get excited about comics anymore. Either I love the artwork but hate the weak storyline, or love story but can't stand the lousy excuse for art accompanying it. Bayou by Jeremy Love ails from neither of these. It is one of the most beautifully illustrated stories I've ever seen, and has characters and plotlines that just get awesomely curiouser and curiouser! 

I stumbled upon the site for Zuda Comics (an imprint of DC Comics) back around late 2007/early 2008 to find Bayou as a webcomic that was released bit by bit in a series of posts.  However, I'm really not so good at patience or at visiting a site over and over again on a regular basis just to get one chapter of a story at a time. My brain really needs to have it all at once or I end up forgetting what happened before, then get confused where I am in the story. So I followed for a while but got distracted. 


This year I realized that Bayou is now published and volume 1 came out in 2009 so I was able to snatch it right up. I love this crazy, almost mythical story set in 1933 Charon, Mississippi. It follows Lee Wagstaff, the daughter of a black sharecropper wrongly accused of a crime, and is uniquely written to feel magical, just like mythos of "the South". So check out the Zuda website and the webcomic Bayou at http://www.zudacomics.com/bayou or look for the print version in bookstores. I'm looking forward to getting volume 2 when it's finally released in January 11, 2011. 

It truly is an amazing piece of work!
~Bella

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Earlier this month I was upset that I hadn't had time or money to go get the new Charlaine Harris book yet, but while looking at twitter I'd seen the following tweet from Jeaniene Frost:

OMG I think I just fainted! Charlaine Harris on what fictional character she would most like to marry: http://bit.ly/biRbz4 10:01 PM May 4th via web


What fictional character would you most like to marry?
Ha! Hmmm. Mr. Rochester? Darcy? Nope. Oh, I know! Bones, from Jeaniene Frost’s books.

Right there I decided that book 1 of the Night Huntress series was my next book to read. What's funny is I had already checked out Halfway to the Grave from my library but I just hadn't cracked it open yet. 

 
 
published: November 1st 2007 by Avon 
details: Mass Market Paperback, 358 pages
isbn: 0061245089    (isbn13: 9780061245084)
















Cat is 22, a vampire/human hybrid, and out to stake as many of the undead as she can in an attempt to get lucky and kill the vampire that attacked her mother and fathered her. All her life she's been an outcast in a small town and Cat uses her vengeance to try and make up for her very existence. She carries the burden of self-hate and doesn't even realize it until one night she bumps into a vampire stronger than any other she's met before named Bones. He is one scary-ass dude but he's also someone who challenges Cat's narrow worldview. His behavior is contradictory to everything her mother has ever told her about vampires and it forces her to reevaluate everything she thinks she knows, including love.  

I've only read book 1 in the Night Huntress series so far, so I'm sure there's a lot more I'm missing but so far so good! Already Bones has me smitten with his lovely British accent and charisma. Plus, who could resist a man who loves that deeply?! 

"I can't just let us go our separate ways, Kitten, because I am in love with you. I love you."
"If you run from me, I'll chase you. And I'll find you..."
~Bones, Halfway to the Grave

Though this isn't the first time I read a book because it's been mentioned by an author I love,  it's the first time I actually was able to read it so quickly because the book was already in my house :P
When Stephanie Meyer mentioned The Hunger Games a couple years ago I picked it up and was glad I did! Team Gale!! I also have gotten a number of books based on Melissa Marr's tweets too; she always has some interesting book mentions.
Anybody else pick up books based on what authors you like suggest, or because you see their blurbs on other books?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Review: Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris


 
Sookie Stackhouse has finally settled into a relationship with the Viking vampire Eric, and her errant brother Jason seems to have his life in order, too. But all the other people in Sookie’s life – Eric himself, her former lover Bill, her friend and boss Sam – are having family problems. Eric’s maker shows up with Eric’s ‘brother’ in tow, the ailing Bill can only be healed by a blood sibling, and Sam’s brother’s marriage is about to take place... or will it? The furor raised by the coming out of the two-natured has yet to settle; some people are just not ready to sit down to dinner with a man who turns into a dog. And Sookie herself is still recovering from her last ordeal. She’s definitely improving, physically and mentally, but she’s always going to have some dark moments now. The werewolves tell her that there have been strange and ominous passers-by in the Stackhouse woods; now Sookie is about to come face-to-face with one of her more distant relatives... 
summary via goodreads.com


published: May 4th 2010 by Ace Hardcover (first published 2010)

details: Hardcover, 311 pages
isbn: 0441018645  (isbn13: 9780441018642)


Charlaine Harris is without a doubt one of my favorite writers. She can draw me into a story like no one else, and I always feel like I'm living through her books rather than just reading them. This book was no exception for me. It picks right up after the events of book 9, Dead and Gone, and Sookie is dealing with all her physical and emotional trauma scars from when she was tortured in the Fae War. She's also still reeling from the deaths of Tray and Claudine, and is a changed person because of all she's been through. Even Bill is despondent and not recovering from the injuries he sustained from fighting the fae. Though Sookie's life is in recovery mode, I was happy as a reader to see a lot more of Eric :)
I loved seeing Sookie and Eric discuss their relationship, and being able to see who Eric really is as a partner and lover.  All the drama of the Sookie Stackhouse world we've come to know and love is there and the book ends on a "positively Shakespearean" note, as Sookie herself perfectly puts it. 

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

IncOnceivable! ~Vizzini, The Princess Bride

I am soooo honored to accept the One Lovely Blog award from Elizabeth at Swords for Fighting!!


I'm still fairly new to the book blogging world (I started just before New Year's Eve 2009) and often feel like I don't know what I'm doing! lol 
But I work hard to make my blog look as nice as possible and hope that maybe a few peeps will maybe see something interesting when they stop by. I'm learning every day that I look at fellow bloggers, and every time I experiment with a new post. Though I'm far from technically savvy, I love this part of the process and feel grateful for every follower and visitor that happens across my page and takes the time to read or comment. 


Details for the award:
1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
2. Pass the award to other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
3. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.


And now, here are some incredibly kicK-ass blogs I'd like to bestow with the One Lovely Blog Award:

~ The Book Vixen       
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~ Precious @ Fragments of Life
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~ Heather @ Darkly Reading






~ Leilani @ Leilani Loves Books
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Review: The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan


"Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves." --summary via goodreads.com  

 AHHH! Just finished this book 3 nights ago and it's been percolating in my brain the whole time. If you like dark and dystopic, or zombies, or YA series with some postapocalyptic romance, you should definitely read these books. I love the story's mythologic feel, and how it built so perfectly on book 1's story, The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Gabrielle, or Gabry for short, is the daughter of Mary from book 1. Gabry's upbringing was so different from Mary's, yet she still dealt with a lot of the same issues and circumstances. And though Mary is no longer the story's focus, I liked how well Carrie Ryan tied both her and Gabry's life together in a web of shared relationships and experiences.
It's sort of crazy how one bad thing after another keeps happening to Gabrielle and she often blames her self too, but it's just the dark reality of her world after The Return. She learns to survive and navigate relationships, trauma, and finds that family and love are more than just the traditional ties of blood. It really is a multi-faceted story and I can't wait for book 3, The Dark and Hollow Places!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Review: What's New, Cupcake? by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson

This book has the most beautiful photos! I'm sooo not a whiz in the kitchen so I didn't attempt any of the recipes, but I love foodie stuff. Plus, now I know what some of the people in my family (who are fancy cooks) will be getting for Christmas this year! (mom's not one so it won't be a mother's day gift, lol)




Paperback: 240 pages 
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; April 1, 2010
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 054724181X 
ISBN-13: 978-0547241814 


Look how awesome these apple cupcakes are! There's also some cute ants you can make and honestly, if I put my mind to it, I could probably pull it off and make 'em. The directions are clear and the steps are even shown in photos to demonstrate. I just need to get me some baking utensils! So it'll be a while before I attempt it, but when I do I'll share the pics even if they come out crooked  :)



Any of y'all ever make baked goods like this?

 



Sunday, May 2, 2010

And the winner of Silver Bourne is....

I Heart Book Gossip!

Congratulations! I will be emailing you shortly :D 
You have 48 hrs (until 11:59pm CST at the end of Tuesday 05/04) to reply.

I was planning on being fancy and using random.org or something but ended up doing it old school to keep it simple:


yup, I drew a number from a box, lol
Thanks for everybody who entered. I'll be doing another giveaway soon as well. I just need to figure out what book to do next. Maybe an ARC? I have a couple so I'll look 'em over and see if I have anything exciting :)