Review: Graceling | K. Cashore

Review: Graceling | K. Cashore

What it’s about: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight – she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace – or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away… Me While Reading: Seriously, I could not put this one down; it was one of those books I felt it perfectly reasonable to pick it up knowing I only had enough time for a page or two. What I thought: This was one of those books that is a bit daunting; not only is it almost 500 pages, it’s the start of a 3 book series with each successive book being 400+ pages as well! Luckily, this book hooked me from […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Worlds/Characters I Don't Want to Trade With

Top Ten Tuesday: Worlds/Characters I Don't Want to Trade With

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is as follows: Top 10 worlds you’d never want to live in and/or characters you wouldn’t want to trade places with. I’m going to do 5 of each, because I don’t think I’ve read enough fantasy books to choose 10 worlds. Top 5 Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In: 1. Veronica Roth’s dystopian Chicago. Nooooo thank you, ma’am. 2. Narnia, prior to the arrival of Lucy/Edmond/Peter/Susan. It was winter … for hundreds of years. You have *got* to be kidding me. 3. Westeros. This one is sort-of cheating, because I haven’t read the books/seen the show. BUT. I’ve heard things. Oh my goodness, have I… *shudders* 4. Pre-Harry Potter Wizarding World. (This is just a VERY specific 5-10 year time frame though. I would be all about going to Hogwarts and being apart of Dumbledore’s Army, and generally giving Death Eaters the what-for. I just don’t know if I would have wanted to do it prior to curse-rebounding-sending He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named into a tree in Albania, that’s all. Post this, there was hope in the form of Harry Potter and the knowledge that Voldemort could be defeated. I think […]

Book People Talk Movies: Amelie

Book People Talk Movies: Amelie

This is the first of what hopefully becomes a weekly thing – Book People Talking Movies! (If you’d like more info, please click here! No, really! Click it!) The first movie I would love to share with people is Amelie. I really hope most of you have already seen this, because it is simply wonderful! How I found this movie: A few years ago my boyfriend and I were walking through Target and happened to be in the movies section. There was a movie called “Amelie” on sale. He asked me if I had ever seen it, and I said no. He looked at me like I must have been crazy, picked it up, bought it, and our plans for that night had been decided! It quickly became one of my most favorite movies. Even though it is in French, the subtitles take nothing away from this beautiful film. It has everything you could want: quirk, romance, humor, mystery, and some incredibly heartwarming scenes. Some Quotes: “At least you’ll never be a vegetable. Even artichokes have hearts.” “Amelie has a strange feeling of absolute harmony. It’s a perfect moment. A soft light, a scent in the air, the quiet murmur […]

Bringing Books Back: The Radleys

Bringing Books Back: The Radleys

Originally read: September 22 to 24, 2011 What it’s about: Just about everyone knows a family like the Radleys. Many of us grew up next door to one. They are a modern family, averagely content, averagely dysfunctional, living in a staid and quiet suburban English town. Peter is an overworked doctor whose wife, Helen, has become increasingly remote and uncommunicative. Rowan, their teenage son, is being bullied at school, and their anemic daughter, Clara, has recently become a vegan. They are typical, that is, save for one devastating exception: Peter and Helen are vampires and have—for seventeen years—been abstaining by choice from a life of chasing blood in the hope that their children could live normal lives. One night, Clara finds herself driven to commit a shocking—and disturbingly satisfying—act of violence, and her parents are forced to explain their history of shadows and lies. A police investigation is launched that uncovers a richness of vampire history heretofore unknown to the general public. And when the malevolent and alluring Uncle Will, a practicing vampire, arrives to throw the police off Clara’s trail, he winds up throwing the whole house into temptation and turmoil and unleashing a host of dark secrets that threaten […]

Top Ten Tuesday: My Reading Wishlist

Top Ten Tuesday: My Reading Wishlist

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is about our reading wishlist. What do we wish authors would write about? Who do we wish they would write about? I found it a little tough to find 10 things I wanted authors to write about that aren’t already out there, so I’m going to modify just a little bit. (**Note: Obviously is it most definitely not Tuesday. Take a mild cold, throw in 2 weird snow days, a migraine like no other, and what do you get? A 2 day delay in the release of your Top Ten Tuesday. Ugh.) Five Things I want authors to write about: 1. More historical fiction that does not center around WWI, WWII, or the Jazz Age. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading about these, but I’ve read *so* many! There are so many other wonderful time periods out there, just waiting to be discovered! 2. More chain-link narration novels. The best example I have for this style of writing is Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad Novels. All of the novels center around the Dublin Murder Squad (duh), but they are narrated by a different character every time, and can go […]

Review: A Stitch in Time | A. James

Review: A Stitch in Time | A. James

What it’s About: A stitch in time saves nine… or does it? Sarah Yates is a thirty something history teacher, divorced, disillusioned and desperate to have more excitement in her life. Making all her dreams come true seems about as likely as climbing Everest in stilettos. Then one evening the door bell rings and the handsome and mysterious John Needler brings more excitement than Sarah could ever have imagined. John wants Sarah to go back in time… Sarah is whisked from the Sheffield Blitz to the suffragette movement in London to the Old American West, trying to make sure people find their happy endings. The only question is, will she ever be able to find hers? Me While Reading: This book just felt like sitting outside on a sunny day. There were definitely darker bits, but overall it was just very charming. What I thought: I thought the premise of the book was really interesting, and unlike anything I’d ever really come across before. Sarah finds out early on in the novel that she is a Stitch, someone who is able to go back in time to fix “tears” in the fabric of time. Each tear she fixes saves at […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Debuts I'm Interested In

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Debuts I'm Interested In

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, which is, as always, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, asked us for our Top 10 2014 debuts we’re excited for. I had to alter this one a little bit, because I had a hard time finding 10 published in 2014. There are quite a few that I’m interested in from previous years though, so I’ve added those instead. If any of the covers strike your fancy, simply click on them to go to the Goodreads page for that book!            Honorable Mention: