ANNOUNCEMENT
After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.


2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bear with me as I still continue to recover.

Monday, May 23, 2011

And the winner is...

So, the winners of the signed Kiki Hamilton The Faerie Ring bookmarks are:

(drum roll please)
Anna
Gail
John
Donna
TheJay2xA
If you haven't sent me your address yet, I'll email you for the particulars. For those who I do have addresses for, I'll be shipping your bookmarks out within the next couple of days.

Congrats to everybody and happy reading!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday - The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton (and a giveaway!)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are eagerly anticipated.

My "can't-wait-to-read" selection for this week is:

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Don't you just love this cover?
The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

Product Description from Amazon:
Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger.

The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.

Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.

Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…

Doesn't that just sound great? I've been really excited about this book since I first heard about it a couple of months ago and am looking forward to its release. And isn't the cover just lovely?

Here is the book trailer:



Or you can click here to watch the trailer at YouTube.

The Faerie Ring will be released on September 27, 2011 from Tor Teen. You can also follow Kiki and Tor Teen on Twitter, or visit Kiki's blog.

GIVEAWAY!!

Kiki has supplied me with five signed bookmarks to giveaway on my blog in anticipation of the release of The Faerie Ring, and all you have to do to enter is to fill out THIS FORM. Contest will be open internationally, so everybody can enter! I'll leave the entry form open until May 21, 2011, and then I'll randomly select five winners and get their bookmarks mailed out to them!

A great big thanks to Kiki for sending me the bookmarks to giveaway, and good luck to everybody who enters!



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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Four Ms. Bradwells by Meg Waite Clayton

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Title: The Four Ms. Bradwells
Author: Meg Waite Clayton
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780345517081
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Author Website: www.megwaiteclayton.com
Twitter: @MegWClayton
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 5/5 stars

In Meg Waite Clayton's latest, we are again introduced to a group of friends, but instead of watching their friendship grow like we did in The Wednesday Sisters, we find ourselves in the midst of a friendship already decades in the making. Mia, Laney, Betts, and Ginger have been friends since their days in law school, when they were all dubbed "the Ms. Bradwells" by their professor in their very first class at the University of Michigan Law School. We first meet the Four Ms. Bradwells during Senate hearings to appoint Betts to the Supreme Court, except a skeleton in their closet is uncovered from early on in their friendship that may hinder Betts' appointment. This skeleton also raises questions about their friendship and who has kept secrets from who over the years.

Clayton also raises other issues in her book, including those of women's rights, but I'll leave the main issue that she brings to her story a secret, because it is this issue that ties everything together in the book, and I don't want to give it away. Needless to say, the secret has to do with a death, and this is the crux of the skeleton in the friends' closet that they need to overcome. The secret is brought up in the very first chapter so you're not kept waiting, and it's presented in a completely intriguing and compelling manner, making you want to find out what happened.

One of the aspects that I enjoyed most about The Wednesday Sisters that is carried over into The Four Ms. Bradwells is that I felt like I had gotten to know the friends by the end of the book, that they were my friends too. Clayton has a knack for making her characters completely believable and tangible, with all the quirks and imperfections that would make them real people. They have real faults, real problems, aren't perfect, and in this imperfection, she has created honest and true characters.

Do yourself a favor and pick up The Four Ms. Bradwells. It's a refreshing read for early summer and while it does deal with some heavy subjects, it does so in a manner that is easy to read and relatable to the characters. And while you're at it, if you haven't read The Wednesday Sisters, pick that up at the same time. Both books are excellent stories on the power of friendship and what that power can help friends overcome.

Highly recommended.







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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The cuteness! Book trailer - A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

I just found this trailer and it's so cute, I just had to share it!



A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron will be released in paperback on May 24, 2011, from MacMillan.



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Top-Selling Titles in Chicagoland and Milwaukee Last Week

Top-Selling Titles in Chicagoland and Milwaukee Last Week

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Book trailer - The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente, illustrated by Ana Juan

I'm reading this right now and loving it, so I thought I'd share this loverly trailer that I just found. Enjoy!



The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making will be released on May 10, 2011 from MacMillan.



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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sunday Salon 1 V 11 - Getting back to reading and an April recap





Good morning, fellow Salon Members! The telltale signs of Spring: birds singing, cool mornings, warm afternoons, flowers blooming. It's refreshing to finally be saying goodbye to winter for good!

Well, after several months, it looks like I may finally be recovering from the dreaded Reading Slump. April proved to be my best month yet this year with 11 books read!

My reading for the month consisted of:
The Barracks Thief by Tobias Wolff - Purchased on recommendation from David Sedaris at one of his readings... did not live up to the hype he was giving it.

Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles Book 1 by Kevin Hearne - Holy crap, but did I love this book! You can read my review of it here.

The Giver by Lois Lowry - Somehow this one slipped by me over the years, and I'm sorry it took me so long to get around to reading it. What an amazing, thought provoking story!

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney - A new voice in the YA paranormal romance world, and one that I think could stick around for awhile.

Steampunk Quartet: A Tor.com Original by Eileen Gunn - A collection of four short pieces that are based on previous Steampunk works and include main characters based on real people who donated to the Clarion West program, who Eileen Gunn worked into these stories. Clever idea, but not much in the way of substance to any of the stories.

The Four Ms. Bradwells by Meg Waite Clayton - Meg Waite Clayton proves once again (just as she did with The Wednesday Sisters) that she has a keen grasp of the power of friendship between women, even amidst decades old secrets.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver - The first in a new YA dystopian trilogy where love is discovered to be a disease (the amor deliria nervosa) and the US government has discovered a "cure". I ended up enjoying this a lot more than I thought I was going to. Oliver has done a really successful job of world building and created a fully realized backstory and history so that her characters are (un)comfortable in their surroundings. I'm anxious to see where she'll take the story from here.

There was also a handful of graphic novels that I read this month that I won't go into reviewing. I think I'm going to skip the reviews on the graphic novels from now on, unless it is something that reallys stands out for me.

So, there it is - a quick recap of April. It's going to be tough for me to decide on a top book for this month. Hounded, The Four Ms. Bradwells and Delirium all really stood out for me. Maybe I'll just have a three-way tie this month!!

Until next Sunday, happy reading!