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Saturday, January 30, 2016

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Happy Saturday Bibliobabes!




I know! I know! Don't hate me!

I've been sick reader beans. You'd think that would mean lots and lots of time lazing around writing up reviews and reading. Nope. Nope. It meant sleeping and wandering aimlessly around the house trying to stop thinking about the possibility of vomiting, all while feeling HUNGRY but having no desire to eat anything except crackers.

Yeah, it's been a fun week.

THANKFULLY! I'm feeling better. Which is good, because I'm behind on EVERYTHING.

I've got reviews backed up out the wazoo, so be prepared for a string of those. Today I just wanted to remind you that there are only 2 DAYS LEFT to enter to win the February crate from OwlCrate!

For your convenience I'm reposting the Rafflecopter! 

Love you guys and thanks for your support so far this year! Again, there's LOTS AND LOTS of really awesome stuff that's going to be happening, and I can't wait to tell you! For now though... here's your chance to win the ultimate subscription box!!

Good Luck!

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Auggie is the 29 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. Not so secrety secret: She's been known to consume too much caffeine leading to hyperactive rants about her heinous lack of shelving and the high likelihood that Hermione Granger is her spirit animal.




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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - 10 Books I Recently Added to my TBR

Happy Tuesday, Bibliobabes!

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Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. For future Top Ten Tuesday topics & info on how to participate, click here!

This week's top ten topic is: 
  Top Ten Books I Recently Added to my TBR

Click on Each Book Cover to go to its Goodreads Page 


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"First Life" by Gena Showalter- I'd marked this one To-Read when I first found out about it around the end of last year. It officially landed on my TBR list when I got approved for the title on NetGalley. It's  hefty one! 480 pages!

"Black Five" by Lynn Bailey - This was another NetGalley find. It looked deliciously dark! Unsure if it's a MG or a YA, but we'll soon find out! Marked it TBR earlier this year.

"Stone Field" by Christy Lenzi - NetGalley, again. This one is a retelling of Wuthering Heights, one of my favorite stories. I love discovering new reads on NG!

"The Executioner's Daughter" Jane Hardstaff- Edelweiss discovery. Historical fiction set in Tudor era, about the young daughter of an Executioner who basically says "Enough of this!" and runs away to discover her past and probably herself. Looked very interesting.

"Dragonfly in Amber" by Diana Gabaldon - I purchased "Outlander" sometime in December and recently started reading it. About 200 pages in I realized that this was going to be a series I kept reading. So, I added "Dragonfly in Amber" to my TBR!

"The Serpent's Shadow" by Mercedes Lackey - I remember reading "The Fire Rose", the first in the Elemental Masters" series, a long while back. I really enjoyed it, but had no idea it was a series! A FAIRYTALE RETELLING SERIES! So, this beauty (second in the series) is now on my TBR.

"Midnight Crossroad" by Charlaine Harris - I've been putting off reading this one. Not sure why. Possibly because I'm worried it won't be as awesome as the Sookie Stackhouse novels and I'll be disappointed. However, I recently picked this one up and told myself it was time to go exploring!

"A Game of Thrones" by George R. R. Martin - I never had much intention to read this. I hadn't really heard much about it until the TV series became popular and then it was this huge thing. Still no interest... then, a few people whose reading tastes I trust proclaimed it was a fantastic book and I decided it was time to add this one to my TBR.

"Labyrinth" by A.C.H Smith - With the passing of David Bowie this past week, "The Labyrinth" was on my mind a lot. That movie an epic part of my growing up years. I think Jareth was among one of the first fictional characters I ever felt tingles for. I knew there was an adaptation, but it was impossible to find in an affordable price range. Luckily, they've republished it and I snagged it for $10 on the kindle. Looking forward very much to this one. Will definitely be searching out an actual physical copy at some point.

"Wildwood Dancing" by Juliet Marillier - This came highly recommended by quite a few readers. I picked it up randomly last year from the Library, but never got to it and it just dropped off my radar. Found it again in a completely different library and decided I'd give it a try, so it's back on my TBR.


What books have you added to your pile recently?





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Auggie is the 29 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. Not so secrety secret: She's been known to consume too much caffeine leading to hyperactive rants about her heinous lack of shelving and the high likelihood that Hermione Granger is her spirit animal.


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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Review: "Scarlet" by Marissa Meyer




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It's the first review of the year! I went through all of the books that I hadn't reviewed last year and I made a decision, I'm not going to back track on them. The Reviews for 2016 will be all for books that I read this year.

There are some very very exciting things happening for me already, but as per my New Years Resolution, I'm not going to let the blog get off kilter again. So I've created a schedule and have many lovely things set to be posted!

Just an FYI: The "REVIEWS 2016" tab will not be available for another week or so, as I'll be trying to redesign the"Books!" page.

So here it is! First review of 2016!


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Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA Retelling
Publication: February 5, 2013
Pages: 452

Synopsis:

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

                 

A very solid 4/5 for me.

Little Red Riding Hood Retelling.

Scarlet is the grand-daughter of a veteran pilot, one with an incredible secret. When grandmother is kidnapped by a seemingly rogue group of ruffians, Scarlet swears she'll do everything she can to track the monsters down and rescue her only real family.  Enter Wolfe, a man of obvious strength and questionable stability. He's been beating guys bloody in brawls right before Scarlet's eyes, and seems to be in with the group of crazies that absconded with her grandmere, but he's offering help and she has no other choice.

Off they go to uncover the secrets of Wolfe's clan and rescue Scarlet's grandmother, who may be key to Cinder's past.

First off, I have to admit that Scarlet was not as good as Cinder. It took me well over half the book to really get in to Scarlet's story enough to actually care about the character. Wolfe was much more interesting, because there was mystery and depth to him. Scarlets character was very "everything on the table". The reader knew who Scarlet was as a person pretty much in the very beginning. No surprises, no wondering "What's she really all about?". A bit flat.

I was much more interested in what was going on with Cinder throughout the majority of this second installment. What's her plan? What danger is she in now? How is she going to get herself out of THIS mess? How will this change her? Will she uncover her past?  All of these pressing questions going through my mind while I'm slogging through a train ride with Scarlet and Wolfe.

Thankfully, when I expressed my distress to the book community I received a lot of feedback concluding that "Scarlet" was many a reader's least favorite book in the Lunar Chronicles series. I was promised that it would get better and encouraged to stick it through.

True to the feedback, around 3/4 of the way through Scarlet and Wolfe's storyline FINALLY got good and I was rooting for them in tandem with cheering for Cinder and her team.

The entire while I'm hating on the Lunar Queen and grasping my stomach over the atrocities she commits without even a twitch of the eye. Psycho, thy name is Levana. It was most interesting to discover that the Queen has some truly gnarly things in store for Cinder and her crew including a genetically altered soldiers who are nearly more animal than anything else. *shudder*

Though it took me a long time to love Scarlet, I eventually relented and found my soft spot for the red-headed spitfire pilot.

This book, like "Cinder", was phenomenally penned and the world building was spectacular.

I'm very much looking forward to the 3rd book in the series, "Cress".



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Auggie is the 29 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. Not so secrety secret: She's been known to consume too much caffeine leading to hyperactive rants about her heinous lack of shelving and the high likelihood that Hermione Granger is her spirit animal.


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Saturday, January 16, 2016

$250 Giveaway! Dreaming of Cash! - Jan 16-30


Happy Saturday, Bibliogeeks! 

 Dreaming of Cash

I'M SO EXCITED to bring you another fantabulous giveaway! I and a bunch of other awesome people got together to bring you a chance to win $250! To do with whatever your ickle heart desires!

This great giveaway was orchestrated by the magnificent Kathy over at I Am A Reader.

You've got until Jan. 30th to enter!


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Auggie is the 29 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. Not so secrety secret: She's been known to consume too much caffeine leading to hyperactive rants about her heinous lack of shelving and the high likelihood that Hermione Granger is her spirit animal.


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