What to expect when visitng my blog...

I would like to take a minute and share with you what to expect when looking over my blog. This page is an opportunity to share with others what I like to do in my spare time. These activities range from reading, which I need to do more of (have a mountain of books to conquer and I still buy more =)...) making my own greeting cards, ornaments and more.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Season by Sarah MacLean

Title: The Season
Author: Sarah MacLean
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Okay before I share my review I must admit I was a little hesitant to read this book. The whole regency era thing not my speed but a friend of mine kept telling me how much I would love this book because she did. (we don't always see eye to eye on books) So to get my friend Gail (also known as Irish) off my back I bought the book. I began reading the book and at first was like okay it isn't that bad I can probably finish it but as the book went on I become more engulfed in Alexandra's adventures with her two friends.

The book starts off with Alexandra (called Alex by her friends) totally not wanting to join in her season. She doesn't want to be married off to the highest bider. Alex wants to marry for love but her mother makes her attend the balls and shows her off to the eligible men. While attending one of the balls a mystery begins that involves her, her friends and her childhood friend Gavin. Let me just interject here I love Gavin. In my opinion he helped push the story along.

Others that help make the story fun are Alex's brothers. they taunt her but also have to take the same punishment as she does. Her mother feels in some cases that her brothers need to watch out for her. The dialogue between brothers and sister at times is hysterical and make you laugh out loud.

The Season is a wonderful love story with a mystery twist. I highly recommend it be read.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Reviews to come.

How do I get so far behind on my reviews. I mean I just caught up on them or so I thought here is the list of books I have to review. Please bear with me while I catch up on them. I will however rate them so you can get an idea of what I thought about them while you sit patiently for the review. lol
  1. The Season 5 out of 5 (reviewed 7/4/09)
  2. Red Headed Step Child 4 out of 5 (reviewed 7/4/09)
  3. Salt and Silver 5 out of 5 (reviewed 7/4/09)
  4. Necking 4 out of 5 (reviewed 7/4/09)
  5. Evermore 5 out of 5 (reviewed 7/9/09)
  6. Wish you were dead 5 out of 5 (was asked by author to wait until book is released to post review as some things have changed from the ARC I received)
  7. A collection of 6 werewolfe romance stories. 5 out of 5
  8. Handcuffs 4 out of 5
  9. Everybody Poops 4 out of 5 (children's book)
  10. When Snowflakes fall 5 out of 5 (for the photographs)(children's book)
  11. The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl 5 out of 5 stars (added 6/22/09)
  12. Going to Far 4 out of 5 stars (How could I have forgotten this one)
  13. Intertwined 5 out of 5 stars (added 6/29/09)
  14. Demons Not Included 5 out of 5 stars (added 7/6/09)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Gray Apocalypse by James Murdoch

Title: Gray Apocalypse
Author: James Murdoch
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Gray Apocalypse is a sci-fi thriller, told from the beginning from two different view points. One of a man whose job is to save the earth from an asteroid and the other a scientist who has been watching the very same asteroid that the other is trying to stop.

James Murdoch jumps right into the action from the very first page. At first I questioned why would you start with one character and jump to another but as the story progresses you see the two stories merging into one.

Gray Apocalypse is a great sci-fi thriller for those of you are into sci-fi. James Murdoch grabs you from page one and keeps your interest til the very end.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Autism and Me Siblings Stories by Ouisie Shapiro and photos by Steven Vote

Title: Autism and Me Siblings Stories
Author: Ouisie Shapiro
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Autism and me is a wonderful way to introduce people no matter what their age to individuals with Autism. Each page in the book is a short story written by a sibling who has a brother or sister with Autism. Each child shares how they view Autism and what it means to them.

So many times people are afraid of the unknown. And individuals with Autism act differently then those individuals that do not have Autism. Some children may not talk, while others exhibit behaviors while in restaurants or malls. The children in this book show a better understanding and acceptance for Autism.

Ouisie Shapiro did a wonderful job of getting the stories from the families and presenting them in this book. Definite must read for children and adults.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Bedtime with Rollo by David and Seth Bier

Title: Bedtime with Rollo
Authors: David Bier and Seth Bier
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Like I mentioned in an earlier post I met two very nice gentlemen at the BEA they were the co-authors of Bedtime with Rollo and helped keep the peace in my family by giving me not just one book but three. Anywho, I brought two of the books over to my niece and nephew this afternoon with the stuffed Rollo dolls and let me say they absolutely loved the book. The minute I gave it to them they opened it up to look at it and were so excited to see that each book was addressed to them. They also immediately wanted to hear the story so me being the good auntie sat down on the couch with them and read them the story. As I read the story they each held their Rollo stuffed toy and listened. They laughed at the part where the father says he snores. They found that funny and said like daddy. Guess their daddy snores...lol As I read the book I found that it is great way to help children with nightmares. My niece and nephew laughed and had me read the book to them twice that shows me they loved it. And my niece said to me as I was leaving Thank you aunti for Rollo I am going to have him sleep with me tonight to keep the monsters away.

So David and Seth if you read this you have written a great story that I think will help children feel safe again when going to bed.

Thought I would add the website for the Book that way if anyone wants this great book they can check it out at http://www.nightsprytes.com/sd_Home.html

Like watching book trailers? Why not make your own.

While attending the BEA I had the opportunity to attend a Geektastic Party put on by Little Brown Books, there I got to meet lots of amazing bloggers and authors. One author met was Barry Lyga author of the upcoming book Goth Girl Rising due out in October. While chatting with Barry he shared a contest he is having.

Wondering what Barry writes well check out his books here. Now I know the scoop on this contest becuase Barry Lyga told me about it himself. Very exciting. The rules for his contest can be found at Goth Girl Rising Trailer Contest .

Oh one more thing deadline for Barry's contest is July 31. And make sure that you post on Barry's page Where he can see the video. Good luck everyone.

And the best part yet Barry shared with me that everyone who enters will win a prize and the winner will make the book trailer for the upcoming book Goth Girl Rising