Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Wednesday Wishlist # 7


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Hello my wee little sunbeams!

Welcome to another WEDNESDAY WISHLIST.


* WEDNESDAY WISHLIST # 7*

Every week Auggie-Talk features WEDNESDAY WISHLIST.  On Wednesday I list 5 books that are on my wish-list along with a little blurb about why I want to read/own them. 

What are you wishing for? Link up at the bottom of this post. At the end of the month there will be a GIVEAWAY for the most wished for book.  

*Sweetly*

Title:
Sweetly
Author: Jackson Pearce
Genre: Fairytale Retelling
Publication: August 23, 2011
Pages: 310

Synopsis: As a child, Gretchen's twin sister was taken by a witch in the woods. Ever since, Gretchen and her brother, Ansel, have felt the long branches of the witch's forest threatening to make them disappear, too.

Years later, when their stepmother casts Gretchen and Ansel out, they find themselves in sleepy Live Oak, South Carolina. They're invited to stay with Sophia Kelly, a beautiful candy maker who molds sugary magic: coveted treats that create confidence, bravery, and passion.

Life seems idyllic and Gretchen and Ansel gradually forget their haunted past -- until Gretchen meets handsome local outcast Samuel. He tells her the witch isn't gone -- it's lurking in the forest, preying on girls every year after Live Oak's infamous chocolate festival, and looking to make Gretchen its next victim. Gretchen is determined to stop running and start fighting back. Yet the further she investigates the mystery of what the witch is and how it chooses its victims, the more she wonders who the real monster is.

Gretchen is certain of only one thing: a monster is coming, and it will never go away hungry.

Why I Want to Read it:
This is the 2nd in the Fables series by Jackson Pearce. The first was "Sisters Red". First of all, the cover is divine. Secondly, this fable-twist sounds AMAZING. Creative, fun, unique. I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on this one.



*The Buddha in the Attic*


Title:
The Buddha in the Attic
Author: Julie Otsuka
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication: August 23, 2011
Pages: 129

Synopsis: Julie Otsuka’s long awaited follow-up to When the Emperor Was Divine (“To watch Emperor catching on with teachers and students in vast numbers is to grasp what must have happened at the outset for novels like Lord of the Flies and To Kill a Mockingbird” —The New York Times) is a tour de force of economy and precision, a novel that tells the story of a group of young women brought over from Japan to San Francisco as ‘picture brides’ nearly a century ago.

In eight incantatory sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces their extraordinary lives, from their arduous journey by boat, where they exchange photographs of their husbands, imagining uncertain futures in an unknown land; to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; to their backbreaking work picking fruit in the fields and scrubbing the floors of white women; to their struggles to master a new language and a new culture; to their experiences in childbirth, and then as mothers, raising children who will ultimately reject their heritage and their history; to the deracinating arrival of war.

In language that has the force and the fury of poetry, Julie Otsuka has written a singularly spellbinding novel about the American dream.

Why I Want to Read It: This seems so compelling. Immigration to America is a topic that I normally enjoy in fiction novels, so this one sets itself up to be pretty decent. I'm looking forward to this one.


*Between the Lines*


Title:
Between the Lines
Author: Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
Genre: a
Publication: June 26, 2012
Pages: 358

Synopsis: What happens when happily ever after... isn’t?

Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.

And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.

Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.


Why I Want to Read It: This one has really been on everyone's  "Must Read" radar lately and I've seen it featured in a few book news magazines. It will be interesting to see what a mother-daughter duo has come up with.


*Rump*


Title:
Rump
Author: Liesl Shurtliff
Genre: Middlegrade Fairytale
Publication: April 13, 2011
Pages: 272

Synopsis: Rump has never known his full name—his mother died before she could tell him. So all his life he's been teased for his half-a-name. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. For Rump discovers he can spin straw into gold. Magical gold.

His best friend Red Riding Hood warns him that magic is dangerous—and she's right! That gold is worth its weight in trouble. And with each thread he spins, Rump weaves himself deeper into a curse.

There's only one way to break the spell: Rump must go on a quest to find his true name, along the way defending himself against pixies, trolls, poison apples, and one beautiful but vile-mannered queen. The odds aren't great for a small boy in a land full of fairytale bullies, but with courage and friendship—and a cheeky sense of humor—Rump just might triumph in the end.


Why I Want to Read It: First of all.... the title is hilarious. I suspect that the rest of the book is just as cute. The cover is fantastic and the dual main-characters are going to offer a lot of different perspective. Yay!


* The College of Magics*

Title: The College of Magics
Author: Caroline Stevermer
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication: October 3, 2002
Pages: 480

Synopsis: Teenager Faris Nallaneen is the heir to the small northern dukedom of Galazon. Too young still to claim her title, her despotic Uncle Brinker has ruled in her place. Now he demands she be sent to Greenlaw College. For her benefit he insists. To keep me out of the way, more like it!

But Greenlaw is not just any school-as Faris and her new best friend Jane discover. At Greenlaw students major in . . . magic.

But it's not all fun and games. When Faris makes an enemy of classmate Menary of Aravill, life could get downright . . . deadly.






Why I Want to Read It: This was recommended to me based on my enjoyment of the Diana Wynne Jones novels. I'm only hoping that they are even half as wonderful, because then I'll have a new author to look out for!!!!



* Wishlist Books I've Obtained*




* Wishlist Wednesday *
(Pen To Paper)  
I've decided to start participating in this fantastic little meme hosted by Pen to Paper. Looks like fun!

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.
CURRENTLY my most wished for book on my wishlist is :



*Between the Lines*



Title:
Between the Lines
Author: Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
Genre: a
Publication: June 26, 2012
Pages: 358

Synopsis: What happens when happily ever after... isn’t?

Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.

And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.

Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.


Well my love doves, that's all for today!

I'll see you tomorrow for another RELEASE CRAZED!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.


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"Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madigascar" Review

Good Tuesday dearlings!

I am so incredibly happy today to host a lovely little tour for Novel Publicity.

Please enjoy!


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About the author:

Tommy Davey spent his youth writing mystery stories and plays, and watching reruns of Three's Company until every line of dialogue was permanently burned into his memory. When not writing, he enjoys traveling to favorite destinations including New York City and Paris, which he plans to feature in future stories. He lives in Toronto, where he was born and raised, with a Norfolk Terrier named Calvin. "Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar" is his first novel. Connect with Tommy on his website, Facebook, Twitter, or GoodReads.





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* REVIEW *
"Cora Flash"
and the Diamond of Madagascar"
*Tommy Davey *
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Title: Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar
Author: Tommy Davey
Genre: Middlegrade Mystery
Publication: February 3, 2012
Pages:  165


Synopsis:


Eleven-year-old Cora Flash is ecstatic when she finally convinces her mom to let her take a train ride by herself to visit a relative in the mountains. Once on board, Cora meets a cast of intriguing characters, and stumbles upon her very own mystery: A valuable diamond has gone missing, and only one of her fellow travellers could have stolen it. It's up to our novice detective to solve the crime before the train reaches its destination – or the thief reaches Cora. This is the first book in the 'Cora Flash' series.
Ages 9-12

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Auggie-Talk Quill Rating
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3/5
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In a word: Cute.

Cora flash is a middlegrade book about a curious little snipe name Cora who finds herself in a big adventure, and a whole lot of trouble, on her very first solo train ride to see her Uncle. A diamond has been stolen and only a handful of people in the dining car are suspects. All seem friendly, all seem incapable of such a dastardly dead! It's up to the Inspector, and of course Cora who has an unassuming presence and thus a useful perspective, to discover the truth behind the missing diamond of Madagascar!

I wouldn't venture to call this middlegrade necessarily. I would actually be more inclined to group this with "chapter books" as far as the intended audience, or at least the one who would enjoy this book the most.

Despite the easy writing style, which is a little too simplistic for adults, the book is the perfect level for children who have grown out of the "My first chapter book" section at their local bookstore but aren't quite advanced enough yet to take on stories in the middlgrade area like "Fablehaven", "Percy Jackson", "Chronicles of the Chrestromanci" or other such books.

There were a few confusing moments in the book where something was said to be done, but then not actually done, such as when Ms. Bronwyn said "We shan't talk about this any longer", regarding the diamond theory, and then immediately following that statement they're all talking about it again, herself included!

I did find Cora to be a little flat... not nearly as curious or troublemaking as I was hoping. Plus, she figured things out awful quickly. I suspect that the book could have been quite a bit longer. But then again, if it had been, it wouldn't quite be fit for the age-group that it was directed towards I suppose. This would make a very cute children's movie also, I suspect.

There are moments of very odd reasoning as to why the group should or shouldn't do something. The person reasoning sounds very serious, but what they are saying seems like a joke.  At any rate, I would have to say that the style of this book is the majority of the reason I'm giving it a 3/5. The plot and the "mystery" of it was actually pretty enjoyable.

Just a note: There is a new and edited version of this book that's a bit more updated than the one that I read. Thus some of the previous errors that I may have mentioned have probably been rectified. Give it a look see!



Things I enjoyed:


This was rather a cute little mystery, and I was guessing at who could have stolen the diamond from the very first. By the first little bit of the book I have to say that my guess was on Abby, even though she was one of my favorite characters by that point!

I'm not going to ruin it of course by telling you who it was, but I can tell you... it'll be a surprise!

The little dog Calvin was a dear thing! I actually found myself wanting the dog for my own while reading. My absolute favorite part of the book was the cute and unexpected exchange between the Inspector and Calvin! Precious Precious!

The characters were quirky and each had their own special personality which I think children will appreciate.

The ending is solid and leads in plenty well to the next mystery in the Cora Flash series which I feel children will be very interested in after reading this first one.

Pick this one up for your little reading fiends!


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That's all for this Tuesday's blog post love doves!

I'll see you tomorrow for WEDNESDAY WISHLIST!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Book Gathering # 12

Hello my happy little blossoms!

Yes yes. I know. You arrive here yesterday only to find no Stardust Saturday post. It's a shame! As of yesterday it is officially 2 weeks until my wedding and It's crazier than a sack of monkeys here. For the next 2 weeks there may be some variation in the schedule, so just keep an eye out. After August 19th, it'll all be mostly back to normal my dears. No worries.

Now, on to the book gathering!



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I'm currently participating in two great haul memes hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

Please give these two lovely blogs a look see and participate in these great meme adventures!

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Auggie-Talk Book Gathering Vlog


 
Bought
(Images and synopses courtesy of GoodReads)


*13 Treasures*


Title: 13 Treasures
Author: MIchelle Harrison
Genre:
  Middlegrade Fantasy
Publication:  April 12, 2012
Pages: 355

Synopsis:   No one else can see the evil fairies that rouse Tanya from her sleep, torturing her at the slightest mention of their existence, but they are as real to the 13-year-old as anything she's ever known. She cannot rid herself of them, nor can she ignore them. But it is her insistence on responding to them that has her banished to her grandmother's secluded countryside manor.

There is much to explore and even more to fear in the woods surrounding the estate. But, the forest isn't the only source of dark secrets, and Tanya soon finds herself entangled in a mystery that could trap her in the fairy realm forever.








*Fablehaven Book #1*


Title: Fablehaven
Author: Ellen Potter
Genre:
  Middlegrade Fantasy
Publication:
  July 1, 2006
Pages:
351

Synopsis:  

For centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite.
Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken — Seth is a bit too curious and reckless for his own good — powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most.

*Dark Vengeance*



Title: Dark Vengeance
Author: Jeff Mariotte
Genre:
  Teen Dark Fantasy
Publication:
  October 4, 2011
Pages: 512

Synopsis:  When a gorgeous stranger seeks refuge at Kerry’s summer-share house, she knows her life is about to change. Daniel Blessing is mysterious and charismatic—and on the run from a powerful witch named Season. Kerry and her friends don’t believe in witches and spells, but Kerry can’t help believing Daniel…and falling for him.

But falling for Daniel pulls her into a feud his family has been waging for generations. A dark feud of passion, magic, and revenge. Which means all of their lives are in serious danger. Because now Season wants Kerry and her friends dead, too.





*Brownies and Broomsticks*

Title: Brownies and Broomsticks
Author: Baily Cates
Genre:
Paranormal Series Mystery
Publication:  May 1, 2012
Pages:
323

Synopsis:   EASY BAKE COVEN


Katie Lightfoot's tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah's quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees.

While working at the Honeybee Bakery—named after Lucy's cat—Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren't just tasty—Aunt Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells!

When a curmudgeonly customer is murdered outside the Honeybee Bakery, Uncle Ben becomes the prime suspect. With the help of handsome journalist Steve Dawes, charming firefighter Declan McCarthy, and a few spells, Katie and Aunt Lucy stir up some toil and trouble to clear Ben's name and find the real killer..



*The Poison Eaters*



Title: The Poison Eaters
Author: Holly Black
Genre:
  YA Mythology, Paranormal
Publication:  April 1, 2010
Pages: 212

Synopsis:   Pick your poison: Vampires, devils, werewolves, faeries, or . . . ? Find them all here in Holly Black’s amazing first collection.

In her debut collection, New York Times best-selling author Holly Black returns to the world of Tithe in two darkly exquisite new tales. Then Black takes readers on a tour of a faerie market and introduces a girl poisonous to the touch and another who challenges the devil to a competitive eating match. Some of these stories have been published in anthologies such as 21 Proms, The Faery Reel, and The Restless Dead, and many have been reprinted in many �Best of ” anthologies.

The Poison Eaters is Holly Black’s much-anticipated first collection, and her ability to stare into the void—and to find humanity and humor there—will speak to young adult and adult readers alike.



ARC
(Images and synopses courtesy of GoodReads)




*The Peculiar*
Title: The Peculiar
Author: Stefan Bachmann
Genre:
  Middlegrade Steampunk/Fantasy
Publication:
  September 18, 2012
Pages: 384

Synopsis:  

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK meets JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL in this gothic steampunk page-turner for readers of all ages.

Bartholomew Kettle won't live long. Changelings never do. The child of a human mother and a faery father, Bartholomew is a secret, despised by both his races. If the English don't hang him for witchcraft, the faerys will do something worse. So his mother keeps him locked away, hidden from the world in the faery slums of Bath.

But one day Bartholomew witnesses a mysterious lady kidnap another changeling through a shadowy portal, and he realizes the danger is closer than ever before. Changelings are surfacing in the rivers, their bodies empty of blood and bone and their skin covered in red markings. A powerful figure sits in the shadows, pushing the pieces in place for some terrible victory. When a sinister faery in a top-hat begins to stalk Bartholomew's steps, he knows it's his turn. Something is coming for him. Something needs him. But when you're a changeling there's no where to run..



Won/Gifted
(Images and synopses courtesy of GoodReads)



*Sovereign Hope*
 

Title: Sovereign Hope
Author: Frankie Rose
Genre:
  YA Paranormal
Publication:
  July 1, 2012
Pages: 391

Synopsis:  

Everyone has a soul

Some are just worth more than others

Farley Hope was seventeen when her mother disappeared. In the last six months not much has changed, except that her eighteenth birthday came and went and still no sign of Moira. Her life is just as complicated as it always was. Since her father died in a car crash before she was even born, she’s officially parentless, and to top it all off she’s still suffering from the hallucinations. Mind-splitting, vivid hallucinations- the kind prone to induce night terrors and leave you whimpering under your covers like a baby.

The last thing on her mind is boys. Farley is on break from St. Judes’ when she meets Daniel. It’s not some casual run in at a party, or even a blind date with friends, though. Daniel is the guy following her in his 1970′s Dodge Charger; the guy standing at her window in the LA lunch hour traffic, trying to persuade her to leave everything behind and follow him. And he's hot as all hell.

The moment Farley lays eyes on Daniel, everything changes. He is cold and withdrawn, but there are cracks in his harsh veneer- cracks that betray the secrets he is trying so hard to hide. Farley is drawn into a world that will shake apart everything she thought she ever knew. There are truths out there that she must learn: that a person’s soul is their only real currency, and there are people who would do anything to take hers; that loving someone can hurt so much more than hating them; but, most importantly, when your future is predestined, there is little you can do to change it.

Farley Hope is prophesied.

Her coming has been awaited for hundreds of years.

She is destined to end the tyranny of the Soul Reavers.

To do so she must die.



For Review


*The Superiors*
 

Title: The Superiors
Author: Lena Hillbrand
Genre:
  Paranormal Dystopia
Publication:  May 4, 2011

Synopsis:  

Although Draven belongs to the master race that has taken over the world from humans, he can’t afford his own human. He clings to the lower rungs of society, struggling to pay rent and obey the strict laws of society. Then one night he captures Cali, a human runaway.

Draven must return the girl, but he can’t stop thinking about her. He returns to feed on her often and begins to remember his own humanity as he spends more time with her. As he learns to sympathize with the human and see her as more than an animal, he struggles to protect her from other Superiors. But Draven can’t keep others from feeding on Cali unless he buys her. He vows to make the purchase, no matter what he has to sacrifice to support a human.

His quest for Cali starts innocently enough, but soon leads him deeper into a tangled web of danger, violence, betrayal and murder.

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That's all for this week's Book Gathering darlings!

See you tomorrow for the updates on what will be going on next month. Technically I'm going to do a STARDUST SATURDAY post on Monday. Along with a.... REVIEW! Dun dun daaaaaa.

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.
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Friday, July 27, 2012

Follow Friday: Required Reading? Twain, Bronte, and Buck

Giveaway Reminders: 200 Follower Giveaway, Manga Series Giveaway, and "Pledged" GiveawayHappy Friday peaches!

There's a fantastic and fun BLOG HOP going on right now! I've got a full box to giveaway for this one. Enjoy!  Lazy Days of Summer Blog Hop

Keeping it simple today with Parajunkee and Alison Can Read's Follow Friday. Enjoy!


Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by parajunkee and alisoncanread! I hope you'll join this great little Find and Follow party!

This Week's Question

Q: Summer Reading. What was your favorite book that you were REQUIRED to read when you were in school?


Oh goodness. Of course I'm going to be going back...way back... trying to remember what was required reading. In all honestly I don't remember ever being assigned a book in school that I truly enjoyed. Most of it had to do with the fact that I wasn't into classics at the time, or at lest not the classics they had us reading.

I can think of several books however that I read for essays and reports that I enjoyed (because I got to pick them out!)

In 8th grade I read "A Connecticut Yankee in King Author's Court" for a book essay.



Let's see... I believe the first time I read "Wuthering Heights" was in Highschool for a project.


I truly did enjoy those two books very much, and out of all of my high school "required" or "project related" reading these are the two I remember the most.

Then in college I remember two books in particular (which I had read in highschool but re-read for for my Chinese History projects) that I loved.


* The Good Earth *
The only book I've ever read more than 2 times.

* East Wind: West Wind
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Both of these titles were written by Pearl S. Buck. Incredible author, incredible woman. "The Good Earth" was the book that launched my love for historical novels and my interest in novels centered around the cultural revolution in China.

Well then, how about you? Can you pick any required reading that you enjoyed from your school days?

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop



Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop
July 27th to August 1st

Hosted by Colorimety & I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
I'm happy to be part of this awesome Hop and hope that you'll join in and check out all of the fantastic blogs that are hosting giveaways the next few days.


GENTLY READ GIVEAWAY


We're all a fan of second hand bookstores, are we not? I am too. Big time. I frequent them and am always finding great reads to hang on to. The thing about it is... sometimes the reads are really worth passing on.

So I decided to do a giveaway of some great, gently read, used books that will be fantastic to finish out the summer with.
All of the books are in good condition, no worries.

The winner of this giveaway will receive all (yes, ALL) of the following books:


All books can be read as stand alone.

*Just Jane*
A novel of Jane Austen's Life


* Goodbye Ms. Chips *

*Chick With a Charm*

*A Cast-Off Coven*



* The Mermaid Chair *

*The White Queen* 


This is a US only giveaway. There will be one winner. The winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize after notification. 

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Good luck and enjoy!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.
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"Haunting Violet" Review and Release Crazed #3

Giveaway Reminders: 200 Follower Giveaway, Manga Series Giveaway, and "Pledged" Giveaway

Happy Thursday sunshines!

It's that time of week again and I'm Release Crazed!!!

How about you?

But first, a review....


* REVIEW *
*"Haunting Violet"*
*Alyxandra Harvey *
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Title:  Haunting Violet
Author:  Alyxandra Harvey
Genre: Paranormal
Publication:  June 21, 2011
Pages:  342

Synopsis:
Violet Willoughby doesn't believe in ghosts. But they believe in her. After spending years participating in her mother's elaborate ruse as a fraudulent medium, Violet is about as skeptical as they come in all matters supernatural. Now that she is being visited by a very persistent ghost, one who suffered a violent death, Violet can no longer ignore her unique ability. She must figure out what this ghost is trying to communicate, and quickly because the killer is still on the loose.


Afraid of ruining her chance to escape her mother's scheming through an advantageous marriage, Violet must keep her ability secret. The only person who can help her is Colin, a friend she's known since childhood, and whom she has grown to love. He understands the true Violet, but helping her on this path means they might never be together. Can Violet find a way to help this ghost without ruining her own chance at a future free of lies?

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4/5
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Another very enjoyable read! I'm happy to have discovered Alyxandra Harvey, and though I'm not quite so sure about her others books and their subject matters I'm very impressed with her writing style and thoroughly enjoyed "Haunting Violet".

Violet is a young woman, the daughter of a crafty, money grubbing mother who is trying to weasel her way into the upper crusts of society by using the old fashioned method of lying through her teeth. She tricks, dupes, and fools grievers, adventure seekers, and spiritualists alike using Violet as an assistant to the madness.

With a medium charlatan for a mother Violet is the last person to believe in spirits, until she is confronted by a very real, very dead,  young girl named Rowena. How did she die? What is she trying to say. Why is this happening? All questions Violet asks herself while trying to maneuver the avalanche that is her mother's disintegrating reputation.

On top of it all she's faced with the very real dilemma of a lucrative marriage proposal from a depthless and wealthy young man vs.  a rough and tumble Irish boy who used to put frogs in her bed.  Colin has been acting less and less irritating of late. Charming even. Bother.

I really liked Violet as a character. She was a girl trapped in her circumstances, but not unwilling to work her way out of them if necessary. She was not overly meepy or standoffish. In general, she was extremely likable and someone who I find I might be very pleased to meet on any given day. Hopeful, strong, and decidedly peculiar she is constantly at war with what is right, what is expected, and what she feels.  However, her character is not so strong of one that it takes away from the story. Other characters are given their time to shine, like Elizabeth.

I adore the Elizabeth character (as she reminds me a little of myself), mostly for her extreme and cheerful loyalty to her best friend Violet who others cast odd looks after. She full of jovial, bubbly, sentiments of how the world should be. She is the perfect companion for Violet's character.

Tabitha is perfectly irritating, but not so much so that you can't stand the girl. The men and boys are equally interesting and boring, while the women are all clucking, strutting, messes of silk and lace.

A few things:

I wish Elizabeth's uncle would have explained himself more regarding his gift. I also wish it would have been explained why in the world Caroline wanted to sabotage a seance. Lastly I wish that there would have been a few more scenes of Violet helping or more deeply interacting with other ghosts other than Roweena and the little ghost dog (the little ghost dog is a majorly cute idea, btw.).

It's definitely a great read and I certainly do recommend it for all of you paranormal, historical, mystery fiction geeks out there.

So, Read Read Read!

Powell's Books: $9.99
Amazon: $9.99
Kindle: $7.99
Nook: $6.97
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* Release Crazed #3*

Release Crazed is a weekly feature on Auggie-Talk where I list 5 upcoming books that I'm really looking forward to. What are you anxiously anticipating?

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Title: Unspoken
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan

Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery
Release Date: September 2012

Pages: 370

Synopsis: Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?



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Title: Skylark
Author: Meagan Spooner

Genre: YA Dystopian
Release Date: August 1, 2012

Pages: 344

Synopsis: Sixteen year-old Lark Ainsley has never seen the sky.

Her world ends at the edge of the vast domed barrier of energy enclosing all that’s left of humanity. For two hundred years the city has sustained this barrier by harvesting its children's innate magical energy when they reach adolescence. When it’s Lark’s turn to be harvested, she finds herself trapped in a nightmarish web of experiments and learns she is something out of legend itself: a Renewable, able to regenerate her own power after it’s been stripped.


Forced to flee the only home she knows to avoid life as a human battery, Lark must fight her way through the terrible wilderness beyond the edge of the world. With the city’s clockwork creations close on her heels and a strange wild boy stalking her in the countryside, she must move quickly if she is to have any hope of survival. She’s heard the stories that somewhere to the west are others like her, hidden in secret – but can she stay alive long enough to find them?



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Title: Eve and Adam
Author: Katherine Applegate

Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: October 2, 2012

Pages: 304

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Evening Spiker lives an affluent life in San Francisco with her mother, EmmaRose, a successful geneticist and owner of Spiker Biotech. Sure, Evening misses her father who died mysteriously, but she’s never really questioned it. Much like how she’s never stopped to think how off it is that she’s never been sick. That is, until she’s struck by a car and is exposed to extensive injuries. Injuries that seem to be healing faster than physically possible.

While recuperating in Spiker Biotech’s lush facilities, she meets Solo Plissken, a very attractive, if off-putting boy her age who spent his life at Spiker Biotech. Like Evening, he’s never questioned anything... until now. Solo drops hints to Evening that something isn’t right, and Emma-Rose may be behind it. Evening puts this out of her mind and begins her summer internship project: To simulate the creation of the perfect boy. With the help of Solo, Evening uncovers secrets so big they could change the world completely.




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Title: Mystic City
Author: Theo Lawrence

Genre: YA Dystopian
Release Date: October 9, 2012

Pages: 352

Synopsis: For fans of Matched, The Hunger Games, X-Men, and Blade Runner comes a tale of a magical city divided. A political rebellion ignited. A love that was meant to last forever.

Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself.




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Title: Touching the Surface
Author: Kimberly Sabatini

Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: October 30, 2012

Pages: 352

Synopsis: Experience the afterlife in this lyrical, paranormal debut novel that will send your heart soaring.When Elliot finds herself dead for the third time, she knows she must have messed up, big-time. She doesn't remember how she landed in the afterlife again, but she knows this is her last chance to get things right.

Elliot just wants to move on, but first she will be forced to face her past and delve into the painful memories she'd rather keep buried. Memories of people she's hurt, people she's betrayed...and people she's killed.

As she pieces together the secrets and mistakes of her past, Elliot must find a way to earn the forgiveness of the person she's hurt most, and reveal the truth about herself to the two boys she loves...even if it means losing them both forever.


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Well, that's all for this week's RELEASE CRAZED my muffins!

I'll see you tomorrow for this July's last FEATURED FRIDAY.

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wednesday Wishlist # 6

Giveaway Reminders: 200 Follower Giveaway, Manga Series Giveaway, and "Pledged" Giveaway  

Hello my wee little sunbeams!

Welcome to another WEDNESDAY WISHLIST.


* WEDNESDAY WISHLIST # 6*

Every week Auggie-Talk features WEDNESDAY WISHLIST.  On Wednesday I list 5 books that are on my wish-list along with a little blurb about why I want to read/own them. 

What are you wishing for? Link up at the bottom of this post. At the end of the month there will be a GIVEAWAY for the most wished for book.  

 *Shatter Me*


Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publication: November 15, 2011
Pages: 338

Synopsis:
   Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

 
Why I Want to Read:
  I'm, weirdly, getting more and more into dystopian literature. It's started to grow on me. This one sounds pretty decent, though I have numerous problems with the cover.

 *Something Strange and Deadly*

Title: Something Strange and Deadly
Author: Susan Dennard
Genre: YA Historical Paranormal Fiction
Publication: July 24, 2012
Pages: 400
Synopsis:
   The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

 
Why I Want to Read:
I don't like zombie books. Period. So I made the absolute decision that I was going to FORCE myself to read one. I mean, I can't really go around screaming that I hate zombie books if I haven't even read any. This one looks as good as any of the others I suppose, and it's highly anticipated by a lot of other bloggers. Might as well!


 *Apothecary*

Title: Apothecary
Author: Maile Meloy
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Publication:  October 4, 2011
Pages: 362

Synopsis:   It’s 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows—a fascinating boy who’s not afraid to stand up to authority and dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin’s father is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary’s sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia, in order to find him, all while keeping it out of the hands of their enemies—Russian spies in possession of nuclear weapons. Discovering and testing potions they never believed could exist, Janie and Benjamin embark on a dangerous race to save the apothecary and prevent impending disaster.


Why I Want to Read:
This seems to have the potential to be a very adventurous middlegrade. Haven't read one of those in a while! 

 *The Possession of Cassie Quinn*

Title: The Possession of Cassie Quinn
Author: Maile Meloy
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Publication:  June 1, 2012
Pages: 200

Synopsis:   A long, dark driveway towards an old farmhouse. A new stepsister with a nasty streak. A little sister who runs off. Something sinister lurking in the woods. Cassie Quinn's new home comes with . . . complications. Cassie never believed in ghosts before. But now she is receiving strange messages, telling her to stay out of the woods. Are the messages just a ploy by her stepsister? Or are they warning her of an evil that stalks the shadows of the woods beyond her home?



Why I Want to Read:
Can you say SPOOKY! And I mean spooky. This cover is chilling! I can only hope that the story inside is just as! 


 *Wicked Autumn*

Title: Wicked Autumn
Author: G.M. Malliet
Genre: Mystery
Publication: September 13, 2011
Pages: 320

Synopsis:
What could be more dangerous than cozy village life in the English countryside?
Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St. Edwold’s in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. The quiet village seems the perfect home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past as an MI5 agent. Now he has found a measure of peace among urban escapees and yoga practitioners, artists and crafters and New Agers. But this new-found serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women’s Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max’s training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play. 

Max has ministered to the community long enough to be familiar with the tangled alliances and animosities among the residents, but this tragedy surprises and confounds him. It is impossible to believe anyone in his lovely village capable of the crime, and yet given the victim, he must acknowledge that almost everyone had probably fantasized about killing Wanda Batton-Smythe.

As the investigation unfolds, Max becomes more intricately involved. Memories he’d rather not revisit are stirred, evoking the demons from the past which led him to Nether Monkslip. In WICKED AUTUMN, G.M. Malliet serves up an irresistible English village—deliciously skewered—a flawed but likeable protagonist, and a brilliantly modern version of the traditional drawing room mystery.



Why I Want to Read:
I needed to pick up a really good mystery. This one is set in an English village full of new-agers, yoga fanatics, and a former M15 agent? This sounds like it could be some amazing fun!



* Wishlist Books I've Obtained*







* Wishlist Wednesday *
(Pen To Paper)  
I've decided to start participating in this fantastic little meme hosted by Pen to Paper. Looks like fun!

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.
CURRENTLY my most wished for book on my wishlist is :








*Scarlet*



Title: Scarlet
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication: February 14, 2012
Pages: 292

Synopsis:
Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance.

Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.

It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

 
Why I Want it: I must continue to feed my addiction to fable twists. Must. Must. Must. Not to mention, this female heroine seems like one I could really follow. She doesn't seem falkey or 'accidentally" special. Seems like she was made to be someone amazing and I'm looking forward to seeing how the author represented her character. I'm also very interested in seeing how Robin is portrayed. Love Robin Hood!



Well, That's all for this week's WEDNESDAY WISHLIST guys and dolls!

See you tomorrow for "Release Crazed" and hopefully a review!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.


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