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Monday, November 28, 2011

100 Visitors!!

Just wanted to thank everyone who has visited the blog. I've hit 100 visitors and that is amazing. I am finishing up 1st to Die by James Patterson and will review that, but it might be some time before I do too many updates since the semester is winding down and I have two large projects and a final to take. So please keep coming back and check out the youtube channel.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Maze Runner Review

WOW!!! This book left me with only the word wow. It was that kind of book. I am starting to feel like dystopian novels might be my genre of choice. I've only read 6 so far, but all of them have been good. I am sure there are some poorly written ones out there, but I haven't read them yet.

Synopsis: It's a bit hard to explain this book in my own words I tried on my video review so I am going to leave you with the synopsis goodreads has because I think it does a good job of it.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. 

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.


Review: As I mentioned before this book just left me with the word wow. I found it to be a great book about a group of young boys and a girl trying to solve a problem to escape the Glade. I am honestly that someone thinks that a group of teenagers could work together like this, but I am sure it is possible.  I think the concept was really good I am looking forward to read the rest of the series. 


This is one of the few books I have read with a male being the main character and it was easy for me to relate to him. I read most books it seems with a female main character so this change was not hindered for me. I enjoyed this book as is, though I do wonder if things would have been different if the Glade was girls only instead of boys. 


I gave this book 5 stars on goodreads, because it is that great of a book in my mind. I could easily pick it up and read it again and still enjoy the story. I think it's a very interesting concept. 







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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Devil Bones Review

Add another log to the fire I have finished another book. With mystery/crime books I never know how quickly I will get through them. Sometimes I get so into the book I read it as fast as I can, others I read for a few hours a day and it takes me a week or more to finish. This one only took me a few days.

This will be my first review on the blog of the  Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs. So I will give you a little synopsis of the series so you understand what's going on. This may contain spoilers if you have not read the series. Temperance Brennan is a 40 something forensic anthropologist. She teaches as a North Caroline University and works for the ME's office in Charlotte. She also works in Montreal for their ME's office as well. She is divorced, recovering alcoholic and always getting into trouble. She has an on again off again relationship with detective in Montreal name Andrew Ryan. I think that sums the series up.

Synopsis: This book is the 11th book in the series. The previous books mostly take place in Montreal, with a few exceptions. This is one of them. This book takes place in Charlotte, where Dr. Brennan spends half her time. Dr. Brennan is called to a house, where there is a skeleton found is a sub-basement. Further inspection shows that's not only is there bones, but two cauldrons and signs of some kind of ritual had taken place here.

As the story gone on there is a politician who is preaching about satan worshiping and how police cannot do their job and so on. Typical bible thumping speeches that gets Temperance in trouble. Then there's another body that is found without it's head that gives Temperance trouble in figuring out what happened to him.

There seems to be multiple stories in this book, but only one seems to flow. Also, her love interest comes to pay respects to a fallen officer, but had no real significance to the story.

Review: This book was alright. Not the best of the series.  I had read a few reviews before reading this one, where people complained about how much description she did about who she was and the city of Charlotte and it's history. She does this in all the books, but I don't know if because the read some reviews that I noticed how long winded they were or if they they really were a bit over done. I like when she does this to a point. Once you got past that the book was good.

There was two cases that they kept trying to tie together, that ended up having nothing to do with each other. The first one took a backstory and really just ended. They did explain it all, but it was just done rushed I think.

I also wasn't sure what Ryan was suppose to be doing in this book. He shows up magically towards the last fourth of the book and nothing is resolved between him and Temperance. He does save her life and another detective's life, but other than that he seems kind of thrown in here. I was wondering in this book how Reichs was going to continue the break-up/romance between these two, but it was done poorly. I get that she wasn't sure how she felt, but they didn't even discussion what happened and how it made them feel. Nothing was done about it.

I gave this book 3 stars on goodreads. I think I have given the other books 4 or 5 stars, but with the lack of a strong case that was compelling, the long winded descriptions of Charlotte, her job and the history of the town, plus the lack of a need for Ryan, it wasn't her best work. Even with those bad points I still want to read the next book to see if Ryan and Temperance figure their relationship out, or if that keeps getting thrown back to get people to keep buying the books.




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Video review to come

Thursday, November 17, 2011

So I found tons of videos people have done with 6 question about The Hunger Games book and then tagged other people to do it. I couldn't pass it up. So here's my video and I will post the questions. If you do booktube videos go ahead and do this one, and if not you can leave me comments on here with your answers for the questions.


Questions:
1. How did you discover the series?
2. Favourite book?
3. Peeta/Gale?
4. Favourite character?
5. Least Favourite Character?
6. Character that's most like you?


After watching a few other videos I wanted to change some of my answers, but that's not really fair. I did forget about some characters until other people mentioned them. Eh it's okay. I hope you enjoy the video and try this out for yourself.



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rating System

I have finally come up with a visual rating system for the blog. I will use nautical stars as my system. Yes, I know it's over represented, but I have to admit I love this symbol and love maps that have this star. So here is the chart of what each level means. Let me know what you think it took some time to get this together. I cannot put this on the side bar because I would have to shrink it and it would loose the quality of the image.



Kindle vs Book

I did a 15 minute video on the pro's and con's for the Kindle, which can be used for other e-readers, but since I do not have nor have used the others it is very one sided on the Kindle.

I know a lot of people hold off on the e-reader because they love books and there is some talk that these e-readers will be the end to books, bookstores and libraries. I doubt that, but I know that there are people who just don't see the appeal. I personally didn't either, even though when the Kindle first came out I did not have time to read for fun. It was a few years later when I stated thinking that I might look into getting one to get me back into reading.

Christmas of last year I got one from my mom and along with a $25 giftcard to buy books for it. I had a blast finding all these free books and books I had wanted to read, but ever got around to buying them or reading them. I started to read more often and find time to read when I didn't have a huge load of schoolwork. I also decided to do the 50 books in a year challenge on GoodReads, which you can see on the side bar my progress. I started off real strong, but this last several months I haven't had a lot of time to read.

So here's my list of pro's and con's. Feel free to add to them or contact me with any questions you might have if you are considering getting a Kindle.

Pro's:
-lightweight
-Holds over 3,000 books
-Can subscribe to newspapers
-Adjustable font size (not mention in video)
-No glare while in use outdoors
-Tons of free books to download
-You can sample a chapter or several before you buy
-Long battery life
-Books are usually cheaper in the Kindle format


Con's:
- No backlight
-Some of the characters don't show up instead you would get %%%39304 for the sale.
-Doesn't look as nice as a book and the book cover


So those are my pro's and con's for the Kindle. Hope you like it.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Book for Soldiers

I just wanted to point everyone's attention to a new button on the side bar. It's the Books for Soldiers button. I happen to see a friend post this link on facebook and because I do have current and former soldiers in my family I thought I would share this. What this is, is a site where soldiers will put in a request for books, but you can also send care packages with other stuff. All you need to do is register and then go through the form and find a request you can fulfill.

I always mean to do something for our service men and women and it is odd that today of all days I saw this link because today was my aunt's funeral and my cousin who's a Marine was there and I hardly ever get to see him. He served two tours in Iraq and it reminds me how little I do, when my family goes through what so many do as well.

So if you want to give back check out the site and register and try to give some soldiers some much needed reading material. I hope to find someone or books that I have I can give someone. They can be used if in good condition of you can buy the book and then send it to them. So please check it out!!
http://booksforsoldiers.com

Monday, November 14, 2011

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Review

Yes, someone got the bright idea to take a classic Jane Austin book and invade it with zombies. I am sure a lot of classic lovers are outranged by this. I somehow missed the hype of this book and only found out about it when I passed by it in the store and had to do a double take because a zombified 1800th English Woman is not a common book cover.

Synopsis: The Bennent Sisters are train fighters. They know how to kill the zombies, but do they know how to fall in love and fight for it? The book is Jane Austin's masterpiece, but with one twist not only do the sisters have to figure out love and giving up fighting, but how to protect their beloved country from zombies.

Review: It's really hard to write a synopsis for this book and even harder to do a review. I have not read Pride and Prejudice all the way through, but I have seen the movie and various BBC renditions of it. So I know the basic plot line. It sort of seems like a slap in the face to rewrite a classic with zombies. I guess for some people it makes classics fun to read, but a horror to others.

I felt like the parts of the book where she's talking about her training and loyalty to her master was very forced. It was like having to hear someone brag about meeting the president or something. It just seemed unneeded.

I gave this book 3 stars on goodreads, but it probably should have been given 2 stars. It was an okay book, the zombies were basic brainless dead in search for brains. I haven't read too many zombie books, but this one is probably one of the lesser ones. It seemed more like a joke than a serious book.

One of the weirdest lines and I am going to paraphrase was about Jesus coming back to earth with Excalibur to kill the zombies..... WHAT?! Why would he use that sword? That line just seemed very random and had nothing to do with the rest of the book.

So it was an okay book. I am not sure if the other classics will be much better. Probably not. At least I have taken this book off my to read pile.

And this book is suppose to be turned into a movie. If I remember right Emma Stone is suppose to play the lead role.



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The Hunger Games Trailer

So yes, I know this is a book blog, but this movie is probably one of the books I have been looking forward to see as a movie. While I agree that the book is always better sometimes I enjoy to see it in a movie because there are times my mind cannot grasp what is being described in the book. I am not sure why, but there are parts of this book I tried to picture, but it was hard.

I like some fans are a bit annoyed at it being compared to Twilight. I think what they are trying to say is that it will be as big as Twilight, but not the story lines. They are completely different in my opinion. Bella isn't strong or a fighter like Katniss is. I had trouble relating to Bella were as Katniss was a girl I would want to be.

The Hunger Games is a dystopia book about a society where each region is responsible for one resource. District 12 is coal and that is because it is located what was once known as Kentucky if I remember right. Every year all the children 12 to 18 have their names put in a jar to be selected as a Tribute to fight in the hunger games. Because there was a huge war and the Capital was unhappy with their citizens rising up against them as punishment one girl and one boy from each of the 12 districts will compete. I will leave it as that so as not to spoil the movie or the book.

Here's the trailer:




My reaction of the trailer was extremely positive. I woke up just to watch it debut on Good Morning America because I have been looking forward to this movie as I had mention before. I was not sure what they were going to put in the trailer, but from what I saw they are keeping very close to the book. I am sure there is some parts that will be left out, but I think this one won't stray too far from the books. 

I was glad to see the reaping scenes, because that was one area I did have trouble imagining and now I feel like I understand it a bit better. To be honest I had a completely different image of District 12, I think my idea of it was more like small village in like 1800 England. I am not sure why I pictured it like this, but what I saw in the trailer was what I think how it was suppose to look. 

I also liked that it gave us enough to be excited by, but not spoil too much of the movie. Even though those of us who read the books knows what happens it is still good to be surprised to see how the filmed it. I know I would have been made if they showed more of the games. They left out some of the romance out of the trailer, which I liked because while there is some, it is not as important I feel than others. 

I think they gave a nice introduction to the main characters and anyone who sees this will feel like they know of what is going on without feeling like the trailer spoiled it. I know I hate to see movies after I realized that all the funny parts were in the trailer. 

So watch the trailer and if you have read the book let me know if it met your expectations. If you haven't let me know if it got your attention to want to see the movie and/or read the book. 

Oh and if you want to have it on your computer, the itunes movie trailer site has it for download!!! http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/lions_gate/thehungergames/


And here's my own video comments about the trailer





NaNoWriMo

Anyone doing it this year? I had started and had a novel idea that I never tried to write years ago. I was about a week in and 10,000 words written, when I decided to stop. My aunt had passed away unexpectedly and my story deals with an angel, my aunt was very religious. It just didn't seem right to continue on with the novel. I have thought about trying to keep moving on, but the story is crap and there is not saving it. Plus, there's another book I was writing that to me had better potential so be a good book someday that was on my mind.

I have noticed that a lot of people who love to read also love to write. Well not all of us, I use to want to be a writer, but for a while my creative juices in writing has been dried up. I wonder who else is doing NaNoWriMo this year or does it at all and finds it satisfying? And yes, the title of this blog did come from the other book that has been on my mind. Maybe I'll post a excerpt of it on here one day, but when I feel it is right. If you would like me to do that just let me know.

For now I am content on trying to work on my crime analysis projects and finish Pride and Prejudice and Zombies!! Good luck to those of you who do try to write 50,000 words + in one month.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

To Be Read Pile Challenge



A friend of mine is doing this and I figured I might as well do this as well. While I do have my kindle,but I have loads of books sitting on my bookshelf. This starts next year and with the fact I still have some credit left at the use book store and both my birthday and Christmas coming up I am sure I will have lots of books to add. So here's the rules via the host's blog:

Welcome to 2012 TBR PILE Reading Challenge!!!

We all have those books. We buy them, win them, they're gifted to us.. Then we put them up on a bookshelf and there they stay, collecting dust, waiting for the time when we'll finally decide to pick them up..

Join us on a quest to dust off your TBR Pile and read all the books you've been telling yourself you'll read next time you'll get a chance.. This is your chance! And we've got PRIZES!!! :D

Challenge guidelines: 

  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012.
  2. As we would like to see quality reviews linked up to our monthly wrap-ups, only bloggers can enter. Sorry about that!
  3. Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it is a book that's been sitting on your shelf for some time now. Only books released in 2011 and earlier! NO ARCs and 2012 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed!
  4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2012 TBR PILE Reading Challenge (You need to include the info + host list + challenge button. You can also grab the button code and add it to your sidebar!)
  6. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2012, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
  8. At the end of each month one of the hosts will post a wrap-up. Every wrap-up will have it'sunique theme, a mini-challenge, a giveaway and place for you to link up your reviews from this monthFor each review you link up, you will get one entry in a drawing of one book of choice from Book Depository. It's open to INTERNATIONALS. For participating in the mini-challengeyou will get +1 entry.
  9. If you miss a wrap-up post + giveaway, you can link up your reviews next month. Do not, however, try to link up one review twice - we will be checking ;)
  10. December is a wrap-up for the whole year. All the book reviews you linked up January-November + the ones you'll link up in December will be entered into a HUGE giveaway - 12 books, 12 winners, INTERNATIONAL. 
  11. You don't have to follow all the hosts to join the challenge, but you do have to follow all of us to be entered in giveaways!
Levels:

1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - A Sweet Kiss
31-40 - Love At First Sight
41-50 - Married With Children

Hosts: 
Evie from Bookish - http://www.evie-bookish.blogspot.com @SeoEvie
Nicole from All I Ever Read - http://www.nicoleabouttown.com/ @Nicoleabouttown
Bonnie from Hands and Home - http://www.handsandhome.ca/ @HandsHomeBlog
Donna from Book Passion For Life - http://bookpassionforlife.blogspot.com/ @BookPforLife
Caitlin from WatchYA Reading - http://whatchyareading.net @caitlingss
Rie from Mission To Read - http://missiontoread.com/ @missiontoread
Vicky from Books, Biscuits & Tea -http://booksbiscuitsandtea.blogspot.com/ @alouetteuette 
Christa from Hooked On Books - http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com @ChristasBooks
Jenna from Fans Of Fiction - http://fansoffiction.blogspot.com/ @fansoffiction
Angel from Mermaids Vision - http://mermaidvision.wordpress.com @mermaidvisions



Wrap-up POST Schedule:

January - Donna (Theme: Let It Snow + Book Cover Challenge)
February - Nicole (Theme: Un-requited Love/Love Gone Wrong + Advice Column Challenge)
March - Rie (Theme: Green or Pinched + Green Cover Challenge)
April  Bonnie (Theme: Easter + Mini Challenge)
May - Christa (Theme: MayDay - Disaster Books! + Cover Disaster Challenge)
June - Jenna ( Theme: Camping + Sentence Challenge)
July - Rie (Theme: International Day + Cover Comparison Challenge)
August - Angel (Theme: Summer Memories + Send Your Fav Character On Vacation Challenge)
September - Nicole (Theme: Life Changing Books + Mini Challenge)
October - Caitlin (Theme: Thanksgiving Theme + Share-A-Book Challenge)
November - Vicky (Theme: Spooky Halloween + Book Puzzle Challenge)
December - Evie (Theme: Xmas Bliss + Book Bachelor Challenge)



So what do I have on my list? Well it could always change, but here's what I know for sure I have just waiting to be picked up. 

-Betsy Ross and the Making of America by Malra R. Miller
-P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
-The Irish Americans by Jay P. Dolan
-First to Die by James Patterson

I am sure more will find their way into my list. We'll see how I do since next year will include some crazy courses. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Discussion: What To Do With Unwanted Books?

I am sure we all have a pile of books we either don't want anymore or after reading you don't want to keep. So what do you?  One thing I do is take the books to Bookmans and trade what books they will take. They give you a dollar amount for store credit and you can buy anything in there store with it. I've boughten several books this way. The books that I just cannot get rid of is what I am not sure what to do with.

Some I wouldn't mind donating, but others I would like to make sure I get something for them or they find a good home. I know at one point there was some kind of website where you would register a book and then leave it somewhere and when the person found it they would make a note on the website that they found it. I am not sure if that still exists. There's also swap.com where you can swap with people, which is nice, but still doesn't help if you have books you just cannot get rid of.

I know some people recycle them into some kind of craft. Which is cool, but whatever you don't want to do that? I really do not have any suggestions, but maybe some of you do. Let me know what you do. You can e-mail me, comment or do a video if that works for you. Please let me know because I am sure there are plenty of others who are stuck with books they would like to free up your bookshelf for more books.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bodies We've Buried Review

So CSI is a big thing now. And yes, I do like to watch the shows and a part of me wants to be a CSI I know there's is little reality to what those shows portray. With that said this book is a nice introduction into some simple things a CSI does or needs to learn to be somewhat successful. I spotted this book at Bookmans while I was waiting for them to go through the books I brought in and I knew I had to read this. I am a criminal justice and criminology major and while I am not sure what area I would like to get into, forensics does interest me a bit. So I bought this book hoping it would help.

Synopsis: The National Forensic Academy trains law enforcement officials how to collect and analysis the evidence found at a crime scene. They spend 10 weeks learning how to process a scene, take photos, get fingerprints, how bombs work, and everything they will need to know in order to help their own investigations or start a forensic unit in their department.

The book is written by two of the employees who from the start has to come up with legal ways to recreate crime scenes so the students will get actual hands on experience and know what to look for. Their story tells us how the pros really do it and why it's not as simple as TV makes this job to be.

Review: After reading this book, I am pretty certain forensics is not for me. While I understand it's importance I am not a scientific mind, even though I work with plenty of people who are. I think it was a great idea for me to pick this books up.

My favorite thing about the book was reading about how the two authors went about getting enough blood for recreating murder scenes, house fires and other scenarios their students are likely to experience. You can tell that this training course is well worth it, when some programs on just one topics just lecture their students.

I gave this book 3 stars. The reason for it that some of the science was a bit over my head. They did try to explain it and neither author has a science background. I just did not understand it all. Though if they did spend the time to explain ever little thing, that would take away from the book itself.

So it was a good book, a nice read and I think is a must for anyone even thinking about forensics or crime scene investigation.




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World War Z Review

If you are a fan of zombies or just want to survive that zombie apocalypse, then this book is a must read. The man who taught you how to survive those nasty zombies now gives us survivors' account of the events leading up to, surrounding and after World War Z. Who knew there would ever be an oral history about a zombie war?

Synopsis: This book is several first hand accounts about the war with zombies. When people first noticed something was wrong, how we fought, and how we rebuild. It has survivors from all over the world of different economic class or jobs telling the main character their stories.

Review: I am not big on zombies. Or at least I never was until I started to watch The Walking Dead. I have a lot of friends who are obsessed with zombies and have Max Brook's other book practically memorized. I honestly never thought about reading books like this one until I heard this was being turned into a movie. As I was looking at some of the images I decided that it was time to read this book.

Since I was a history major I enjoy history books. Yes, but not all of them are boring. Since switching majors I haven't read too many recently. This book was written like some of the WWII narratives I have read. It's a very interesting concept and done very well. The only issue is he does mentioned some people without much reference to them, except in notes in the back of the book. And since this is a fictional book, even though you feel like it's all real by reading this, it's a bit hard to understand all that is going on. We know what happened at Pearl Harbor so when we read a book about it we can visualize it well. With this book I found it a big hard.

What I loved about this book is how it takes a fear/excitement people haven been obsessing over and shows us what could happen if it did come true. Kind of like movies about the bird flu.

I gave this book 4 stars because like I mentioned the story was good, but some of it I had trouble following what was being discussed since it was written like the audience knew everything that had happen before reading this book.



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My Top 10 Favorite Books

Since my interests in books is all over the place here's my top ten list of my all time favorite books.

1. Little Women









2. Johnny Tremain









3. The Giver









4. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo









5. The Book Thief









6. Number the Stars









7. The Phantom of the Opera









8. The Hunger Games









9. The Swan Thieves









10. A Separate Peace

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Intro Video

I decided to do an intro video since to do video updates as well as blogs. Enjoy and let me know what you think.


Review, Contest and Giveaway Policy

If you are an author and would like me to review your book please send me an e-mail at FallenMurphy@gmail.com. When you e-mail me please include the book tile, number of pages, genre or genres of the book, when you would like the review done by. Please follow the guidelines below

What Books I Will Review
I will read just about anything I enjoy mystery, crime, paranormal/supernatural books, but those are not my only likes. If you have a book that seems up my alley then please contact me. I will even review children books since I have a son and I think moms would like to know what books to buy for their children. I am not into books that are like Twilight, but if you think I am judging too harshly then let me know. I am willing to try to read through your book and maybe you can change my mind about paranormal romance. I will not read and review erotica. It's not my thing and I can handle it in books if it's like here and there, but not if the entire book is about it. That encloses those smutty grocery store romance novels. Not my thing.

I have a Kindle, but not sure how you can send your book to me via that so an actual copy of your book is probably the best method. While I have mostly switch to the Kindle for doing a review for you I would like to have the actual book so I can comment on the cover and layout of the book, since not everyone has access to an e-reader.

What You Can Expect From Me
Since I am a college student and a single mom my time to read books is very limited. With that said I will try to read your book in 30 day from when I receive it and it will be put on the top of my to read pile. Once I have read it I will type my review for you in an e-mail and on my blog. I will also at some point will try to include it in a video review unless you prefer I don't.

I will give an honest review of the book. What I liked or didn't like about it. How many stars I rate it and other important aspects of the book I think my fellow readers or those who are interested in the book may want to know. It doesn't matter how much you beg me I will give it my opinion. Just because I did not like the book, doesn't mean your book is horrible. It just might not be a that speaks to me.

If you have a book or books you want to be give away to my readers send me an e-mail letting me know how many books you have. I would prefer that I have read the book first, but if that is not possible I will give the books away and save one for myself to read and review.

When you do e-mail me I will send you my address so you can send the books to me. Please use my address to only send books or other items that you let me know ahead of time. Do not sell or give away my address to others without my permission.

Giveaways
Everyone loves getting free stuff or wining. With that send each giveaway's rules will be post on the blog entry since the rules could be different. It could be a contest to see who has the best answer, a random comment selection or the first people to comment. So read the rules. If you do not follow them you are disqualified from that giveaway/contest only. If your actions are rude, insulting or in anyway not positive you will be banned from any giveaways on this site. I don't want to be mean, but there's no reason to be mean over a giveaway. So be polite and on your best behavior. 

If you are a winner I will announce it on the blog entry of the giveaway. Please make sure you have a link to your e-mail address so I can e-mail you and not only let you know you have won, but that I need your address to send you your prize. You will have one week from when I notify you about wining to send me your address. If you fail to send it to me, or respond I will select a new winner. I will try to get your prize to you in one week from when I receive your address, but if an issue arrises I will contact you and let you know the situation and when you can expect the book. I will insure the book and have delivery conformation, but I am not responsible if the USPS or who ever I have send the prize looses your package. 


Notes
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Review: Dead to the World

Let me start by telling you all that YA paranormal romance is one genre I stay as far away as possible. I only started reading these books because I started to watch the show True Blood and I was curious on how similar the two are. I started reading both Temperance Brennan and Rizzoli &Isles series because they are based on TV shows I like to watch.

I'm not a huge fan of True Blood, I just find it interesting how the situation of the vampires are how it is different from a lot of other vampire books. I do not like Twilight and I find that series has ruin vampires for me. I always enjoyed the Dracual version of the myth and how people feared vampires and wanted to kill them. Not wanting to have sex with them. So with that said take note when I review any book about vampires.

Synopsis: Sookie Stackhouse is not like everyone else, she's a telepath. She can heard people's thoughts and it makes her an outcast. She has had bad luck with being a pawn in vampires and the supernatural community in Louisiana, which she seems to get beaten up or nearly killed. On her way home from work she encounters a half naked man running. It ends up being Eric Northman, a vampire she knows. She tries to get him to get in her car, but there's one problem, he's lost his memory. Sookie now has to hid Eric in her house because Wiccans, who put the memory loss spell on him, are after him.

Sookie now has gotten herself into trouble and not only has to hide Eric, but her brother, Jason has gone missing and she is trying to find out what happened to him and if the two events are related.

Review: This is the 4th book to the series and since I just started this blog I will tell you that this series is good. I like the books better than the TVshow, but I've always like the books better than the movie or show with a few exceptions. These books are very easy to read and do a much better job at creating this world of vampires who like along side with humans. I also like how they make you think if vampires really exists what else is really out there as well.

This book is like the others. Easy to read and the story line does not disappoint. Even when you know not every issue has been solved you are still surprised to see the book does not end until ever piece of the puzzle is in place. There's not cliff hangers at the end of the book nor are you screaming at how quickly things get wrapped up. There's a decent timeline and you are thankful for it.

I enjoyed this book and I gave it 5 stars on goodreads. Which I seem to either rate books too high or too low for most people, but I think it deserves those 5 stars. It was a good book that told a great story.

Edited to Add Video: I added a quick video review as well. Enjoy and do subscribe to my channel. You'll get both book reviews and horror movie reviews.


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My Genres of Choice

It's really hard to classify what kind of books I enjoy reading. I look more at the individual book or series than the genre it belongs to. I have enjoyed the Millineum Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest and The Girl Who Played with Fire), The Hunger Game Trilogy, The Da Vinci Code, Kathy Reich's Temperance Brennan Series, Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles Series, the classics, Sookie Stackhouse Series, The Giver, history/biography books and that's probably a decent list.

I am not one who will completely ignore a genre, but there are books I will refuse to read ie. Twilight Series. I know a lot of people love the series, but as a horror fan it makes me want to vomit. I only got half way through the book when I had to stop reading.

On Reading

I use to spend my free time reading. Once college started I lost time to be able to read for fun. I have tried to get back into reading, but sometimes it just did not work out. For christmas this year I got a Kindle. I am in no way getting rid of books. I still love them and won't completely switch to ebooks. What the Kindle does help me is read books faster. I am not sure why, but when I read on my Kindle I sometimes feel like I am flying through a book. When I read a book I sometimes feel like the book or chapter is dragging. I am not sure why this it, but it's true.

This is my attempt at doing a book review blog. I say attempt because I have several blogs I have tried to start and most of the time I give up. While I am finding more time to read and I am trying to read 50 books this year, to date I have finished 33 book. Most of what I have been reading are crime, mystery books, but I have read some YA books and others that do not fit your typical genre.

So feel free to give my suggestions on books to read. I have a goodreads account you can add me and I am thinking about doing videos like I do on my horror movie blog. Let me know if you like that idea or not.


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