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TGIF at G Reads! (1)

Thanks to G Reads! for hosting! And TGIF! The question this week:Gateway Books: Which particular books opened you up to a new genre? There are so many, but I’ve narrowed them down.  The Lightning Thief by Rick RiordanSure, I could go back even farther and say Harry Potter, but Harry Potter didn’t exactly open me up to this genre. Harry Potter is a force and after reading it, I didn’t think oh, I have to go read more of these types of books.But The Lightning Thief did.Riordan’s tale of young Percy and his gang of demi-gods was an entertaining and wild adventure. The clever retelling of the gods on Olympus and their never ending battle was exciting and fresh.I sent it to my Mom to read. And she still loves talking about it. The Long Goodbye by Raymond ChandlerYou can’t go wrong with Mr. Chandler. His writing style, unique and synonymous with the genre, is beautifully crafted in this novel. I know, I know. The Big Sleep is perhaps his most well known, and I did read that one first, but nothing stole my heart like The Long Goodbye.Chandler at his best and the first author to trap me into the world of pulp fiction. Pleasure Unbound by Larissa IoneCan you believe I found the fourth book in this series at Target? There I was browsing the books section minding my...

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Book Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Scorpio Races Author: Maggie Stiefvater Publisher: Scholastic Publication Date: October 2011 Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Fantasy Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone Synopsis can be found here. Review:  Sean Kendrick, the reigning champ of the Scorpio Races, is young, strong and mysterious. His quiet strength keeps him detached from everyone except his beautiful water horse who knows him better than anyone else. Puck Connolly has a family she is struggling to keep together and enters the competition as the first girl to do so. Met with superstition and skepticism, she has to be the strongest rider out there. Her life depends on it. Puck and Sean start out as competitors, but quickly become friends and maybe something more. I’ve read all of Maggie Stiefvater’s novels, starting with Shiver. I was surprised to find I really enjoyed her novels Ballad and Lament, as I’m not a big “fairytale” person. And I wasn’t sure what I would find when I started The Scorpio Races. I was blown away. This is by far, my favorite Stiefvater novel. The richness of the island, the beauty of the location and the history and character of the setting drew me in. The descriptions of the water horses were both fascinating and dangerous. Mysterious and wild creatures, they over take the book symbolizing life, death and all that is in between. Puck is a spunky,...

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YA Author Signing- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Happy Halloween everyone!Hope you have a wonderful, safe and candy filled holiday.Now, here’s my treat I wanted to share with you! On October 21st, I snuck out of work early (yes, again) and drove (like the wind I tell you!) to Montrose, CA. Once Upon A Time Bookstore was my destination! Because they were hosting Maggie Stiefvater on “The Scorpio Races” book tour! Once Upon A Time’s window display Books ready for the taking! There were a lot of us! I brought a very excited friend, L and she was blown away by how cute Maggie was. My hubby also came, as photographer! And I met my friends K, AllyBee and Alethea from Read Now Sleep Later there! We witnessed the fun, frenzy and craziness that is a Maggie signing. I realized halfway through it was hard to get a clear shot of Maggie because she’s very animated and moves around a bunch. So here are the best shots. She gave a wonderful speech about writing her novels.And below is a pic my hubby took! Review of The Scorpio Races to come November 3rd so check back! You can follow Maggie on twitter @mstiefvater or check out her website at Maggie...

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Shelf Candy (2)

Thanks to Five Alarm Book Reviews for hosting Shelf Candy every Saturday! My shelf candy for this Saturday is: As I openly have confessed in the past, I do buy books based on their covers. This one could not get away!! I had seen it before, but those times my arms were already filled, so I always reluctantly put it down promising myself the next time I would go back for it. Finally, I did. The full pink cotton candy lips against the frosty rock candy sugar or salt and pale grey skin is killer. Add the pink tasty writing and I felt the cover jump out at me every time I saw it.Add to that the awesome reviews I’ve read, and this was definitely one I had to check...

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Book Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot

Title: Abandon Author: Meg Cabot Publisher: Point Publication Date: April 2011 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Retelling Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One Synopsis can be found here. Review: Well, Meg Cabot has done it again. I’m a big fan of her Young Adult series The Princess Diaries and her Insatiable adult novel. (If you haven’t checked those out, please do. I especially enjoyed the first three audio books in the series, which are read by Anne Hathaway. Classic.) This trip down paranormal lane, Cabot has decided to follow the life of young Pierce. Having died when she was younger and brought back to life, death seems to follow her everywhere. Death in the form of a good-looking boy who hangs around cemeteries. But this is no ordinary girl falling in love with death. Oh no. This is more than that. This is a retelling of the famous story of dear Persephone and her kidnapping to the Underworld. You know Persephone, right? Girl catches the eye of a god, Hades, and he kidnaps her, forcing her to live with him in the Underworld. Finally, the other gods intervene. Persephone must live outside of the Underworld four months of the year- corresponding to the seasons.  You can find more info on dear Persephone here. Cabot does a wonderful job retelling the story, fleshing out her characters and creating fun “I didn’t see...

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Kimberly Kimberly majored in Songwriting and currently works full time in the music industry. When she's not listening to music, knitting or writing, you can find her outside reading her favorite genres: Young Adult, Adult Fiction, Mystery, and Romance.


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