Thursday, August 30, 2012

Release Crazed!

From Previous Post (it wasn't up long enough so I'm posting it again)

I have done something extremely careless, readers, and I owe an apology to Pen to Paper. I link up every week to the "Wishlist Wednesday" that this blog features. Up until recently I have posted all the necessary things to adhere to the rules of the meme. However, lately my brain has been out on a little vacation and I haven't been posting the proper information required to participate in the meme.

I absolutely apologize for this and if the owner will allow me participate then I will not forget to do this again.

I can promise that I was not trying to step on anyone's toes and didn't even think about what it looked like when I linked up at a meme that directed others to my own meme without mentioning the other. Now that I think back on it, it's so obvious that I feel quite like a fool and I can not apologize enough.

~Auggie


Howdy my little moonbeams!

It's Thursday and I'm still getting back into the swing of things. Still no internet connection at the chateau. I'm hogging the internet at work to get this written up.

Just a few announcements:

The WINNER of the PUZZLE TITLE Giveaway is ANGELINA N.  Congrats! The answer to the Puzzle was "Fire and Hemlock" by Diana Wynne Jones.

Alright. Now the MANGA SERIES giveaway and the PLEDGED giveaway both end in a few days. Once those are over and all of my previous giveaway prizes have been sent out then I'll be starting a new group of giveaways for September and the fall season.



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* Release Crazed #6*

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: Pulse
Author: Patrick Carman

Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: February 26, 20013
Pages: 320

Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Patrick Carman, a teen fantasy-adventure of epic proportions. In 2051, some teens have a “pulse,” the power to move objects with their minds. Compulsively readable, with thrilling action scenes and a tender love story.

The year is 2051, and the world is still recognizable. With the help of her mysterious classmate Dylan Gilmore, Faith Daniels discovers that she can move objects with her mind. This telekinetic ability is called a “pulse,” and Dylan has the talent, too.

In riveting action scenes, Faith demonstrates her ability to use her pulse against a group of telekinesis masters so powerful they will flatten their enemies by uprooting street lights, moving boulders, and changing the course of a hurtling hammer so that it becomes a deadly weapon. But even with great talent, the mind—and the heart—can be difficult to control. If Faith wants to join forces with Dylan and save the world, she’ll have to harness the power of both.

Patrick Carman’s Pulse trilogy is a stunning, action-filled triumph about the power of the mind—and the power of love.







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Title: Moonrise
Author: Ivy Devlin

Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: January 7, 2014

Pages: 256

Synopsis:  

Avery and Ben are just beginning to explore the depth of the bond that links them. Their ability to sense each others' feelings and Avery's mysterious connection to the forest mean that their love is unlike any other. But even such a perfect bond can be strained by jealousy, and when Hope, a gorgeous girl from Ben's old life, arrives in town, Avery can't help but feel threatened. And in more ways than one-because someone is trying to kill her, again. Also new in town are a pair of Hunters-men who know about werewolves and who seek only to destroy what they can't understand. Hope is connected to the Hunters somehow, but by the time Avery figures out her secret, it's too late-and someone will pay with their life. With the glowing, emotional language that made Low Red Moon such an irresistible read, Moonrise ups the romantic stakes with a heart-tugging sacrifice that testifies to the power of love.



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Title: Magisterium
Author: Jeff Hirsch

Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Release Date: October 1, 2012

Pages: 320

Synopsis: 

On one side of the Rift is a technological paradise without famine or want. On the other side is a mystery.

Sixteen-year-old Glenn Morgan has lived next to the Rift her entire life and has no idea of what might be on the other side of it. Glenn's only friend, Kevin, insists the fence holds back a world of monsters and witchcraft, but magic isn't for Glenn. She has enough problems with reality: Glenn's mother disappeared when she was six, and soon after, she lost her scientist father to his all-consuming work on the mysterious Project. Glenn buries herself in her studies and dreams about the day she can escape. But when her father's work leads to his arrest, he gives Glenn a simple metal bracelet that will send Glenn and Kevin on the run---with only one place to go.
With MAGISTERIUM, Jeff Hirsch brings us the story of a complex, captivating world that will leave readers breathless until the very last page.



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Title: Iron Hearted Violet
Author: Kelly Barnhill

Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Release Date: October 9, 2012
Pages: 432

Synopsis: 

The end of their world begins with a story.
This one.


In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless. This isn't most fairy tales.


Princess Violet is plain, reckless, and quite possibly too clever for her own good. Particularly when it comes to telling stories. One day she and her best friend, Demetrius, stumble upon a hidden room and find a peculiar book. A forbidden book. It tells a story of an evil being -- called the Nybbas -- imprisoned in their world. The story cannot be true -- not really. But then the whispers start. Violet and Demetrius, along with an ancient, scarred dragon, may hold the key to the Nybbas's triumph . . . or its demise. It all depends on how they tell the story. After all, stories make their own rules.


Iron Hearted Violet is a story of a princess unlike any other. It is a story of the last dragon in existence, deathly afraid of its own reflection. Above all, it is a story about the power of stories, our belief in them, and how one enchanted tale changed the course of an entire kingdom.



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Title: The Suburban Strange
Author: Nathan Kotecki

Genre: YA Mythology
Release Date: October 2, 2012

Pages: 368

Synopsis:

Shy Celia Balaustine is new to Suburban High, but a mysterious group of sophomores called the Rosary has befriended her. Friends aside, Celia soon discovers something is not quite right at Suburban. Girls at the school begin having near-fatal accidents on the eve of their sixteenth birthdays. Who is causing the accidents, and why? As Celia’s own birthday approaches, she is inexorably drawn into an underground conflict between good and evil—the Kind and the Unkind—that bubbles beneath Suburban High. Plentiful references to music and art—along with the intriguing underworld mythology—make this supernatural series debut a page-turner.



That's all for today love doves!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!



~A.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday Wishlist (FINALLY) and Some Badlike News

UPDATE:

I have done something extremely careless, readers, and I owe an apology to Pen to Paper. I link up every week to the "Wishlist Wednesday" that this blog features. Up until recently I have posted all the necessary things to adhere to the rules of the meme. However, lately my brain has been out on a little vacation and I haven't been posting the proper information required to participate in the meme.

I absolutely apologize for this and if the owner will allow me participate then I will not forget to do this again.

I can promise that I was not trying to step on anyone's toes and didn't even think about what it looked like when I linked up at a meme that directed others to my own meme without mentioning the other. Now that I think back on it, it's so obvious that I feel quite like a fool and I can not apologize enough.

~Auggie



Bad news my bumble bees!

The internet people came out today and told us that they couldn't provide us with service because of....pine trees. Yes, that's right. Pine trees. So, we had to go with our absolute last option (expensive, but at least we'll have internet that works by dog!) and we now will be without internet until the 5th of September.

I HATE HATE HATE that!

I'm accessing internet from work now and plan on coming up here FREQUENTLY between now and the 5th *sigh* so I can start catching up. Some contests have ended and I need to announce winners for those! Yip yip!





Anyway. Let's get things started here with a WEDNESDAY WISHLIST (finally!)

Welcome to another WEDNESDAY WISHLIST.



* WEDNESDAY WISHLIST # 9 *

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.  






*The Empty Glass*

Title:  The Empty Glass
Author: J.T. Baker
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Publication: July 19, 2012
Pages: 336

Synopsis:

In the early-morning hours of August 5, 1962, Los Angeles County deputy coroner Ben Fitzgerald arrives at the home of the world's most famous movie star, now lying dead in her bedroom, naked and still clutching a telephone.  There he discovers The Book of Secrets - Marilyn Monroe's diary - revealing a doomed love affair with a man she refers to only as "The General."  In the following days, Ben unravels a wide-ranging cover-up and some heartbreaking truths about the fragile, luminous woman behind the celebrity.  Soon the sinister and surreal accounts in The Book of Secrets bleed into Ben's own life, and he finds himself, like Monroe, trapped in a deepening paranoid conspiracy.  The Empty Glass is an unforgettable combination of the riveting facts and legendary theories that have dogged Monroe, the Kennedy's, the Mafia, and even the CIA for decades.  It is an exciting debut from a remarkable new thriller writer.

Why I Want to Read It: I'm somewhat interested in Monroe. I've never been a huge fan, but I think that she was a tragic woman who got in too deep and was unable to sustain. She's becoming more and more popular again lately and this book in particular appeals to me. It may not be a non-fiction work but at least you'll be seeing a side that wasn't all starlight and evening cocktails.



*The Bad Beginning*

Title: The Bad Beginning 
Author: Lemony Snicket
Genre: Midlegrade Fantasy
Publication: September 30, 1999
Pages: 176

Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket


Why I Want to Read It: I've wanted to begin Lemony Snicket's series for a while now but I just haven't picked up the first book. I keep crossing it at work and my fingers are itching to get a hold of it and start!



*Happy Hour at Casa Dracula*

Title: Happy Hour at Casa Dracula
Author: Marta Acosta
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication: July 4, 2006
Pages: 320

Synopsis:

Latina Ivy League grad Milagro de Los Santos can't find her place in the world or a man to go with it. Then one night, at a book party for her pretentious ex-boyfriend, she meets an oddly attractive man. After she is bitten while kissing him, she falls ill and is squirreled away to his family's estate to recover. Vampires don't exist in this day and age -- or do they? As Milagro falls for a fabulously inappropriate man, she finds herself caught between a family who has accepted her as one of their own and a shady organization that refuses to let the undead live and love in peace.

Why I Want to Read It: I'm just in the middle of Acosta's book "Dark Companion" which I expected to dislike. However, I LOVE the book! So, I thought I would look into her other works. I'm very excited to soon (hopefully) be snatching up this first book in the series. 



*Let's Pretend this Never Happened*

Title:  Let's Pretend this Never Happened
Author: Tessa Gratton
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication: April 17, 2012
Pages: 318

Synopsis:

For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris—Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut.

Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives—the ones we’d like to pretend never happened—are in fact the ones that define us. In the #1 New York Times bestseller, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor. Chapters include: “Stanley the Magical, Talking Squirrel”; “A Series of Angry Post-It Notes to My Husband”; “My Vagina Is Fine. Thanks for Asking”; “And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane.” Pictures with captions (no one would believe these things without proof) accompany the text.

Why I Want to Read It: When I laugh from just reading the synopsis then I know I need to pick up that book.



*Thresholds*

Title: Thresholds
Author: Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Publication: August 5, 2010
Pages: 243

Synopsis:

Maya's family has just moved from Idaho to Spores Ferry, Oregon. She?s nervous about starting middle school and making new friends, but soon that?s the last thing on her mind. First, a fairy flies into her room. Then it turns out that the kids in the apartment building next door do magic, and their basement is full of portals to other worlds. She?s bursting with new experiences and delight . . . and secrets, because she can?t breathe a word to her family, not even when she winds up taking care of an alien! Imagine the family in Ingrid Law?s Savvy seen through the eyes of a young Ray Bradbury. Cross the Threshold!
Why I Want to Read It: You know me! Always looking for another great middlegrade fantasy book. This one is a series so that's a plus! Not to mention the cover art is spectacular (though a little fuzzy... sorry about that). 





* Wishlist Wednesday *
(Pen To Paper)  
I participate in this fantastic little meme hosted by Pen to Paper.

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 :




 *I, Coriander*


Title: I, Coriander
Author: Sally Gardner
Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Publication: March 1, 2007
Pages: 275

Synopsis:
In this exceptionally well-crafted tale, Coriander tells the story of her childhood in seventeenth-century London, and of her discovery that she has inherited magical powers from her mother, who was a fairy princess. But her mother's sudden death brings on a dark time for Coriander, and after mourning her beloved mother and dealing with the disappearance of her father and the wrath of her evil stepmother, Coriander finds herself locked in a chest with no hope of escape and no will to survive. But when a bright light beckons to her, it is then that Coriander's journey truly begins. Beautifully written, this magical and luminous story is destined to become a children's classic.
Why I want it: I'm still after this one guys! I haven't been able to find it at my local bookstore so I'm going to have to order it in, but I think this is the next one on the list!



Alright, that's all for today love loves! I can't wait to start updating more because I have TONS to tell you and catch up with.

Everyone just sit tight. We're gettin' this show on the road again!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.





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Monday, August 27, 2012

ALMOST THERE!

Hey all!

Just wanted to make a quick announcement. Obviously you've noticed that I haven't been posting lately.

I HAVE NO INTERNET!!!!


Hopefully we'll have a bit of a late post up Wednesday and then Auggie-Talk will be back in business!

Thank you guys for being patient!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.
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Monday, August 13, 2012

Bout of Books Mini-Challenge

Good Monday all of you readers out there!

I'm so so sorry that we have a late post this morning for the Bout of Books Mini-Challenge. We've been experiencing some internet glitches here at our vacation getaway. Thanks for being patient.

Anyhoodles!

Remember, the challenge only lasts 24 hours! Since I started late I'll not choose someone until 9 tomorrow morning. So you have plenty of time to join the fun!

Visit BOUT OF BOOKS!

Today's challenge is:

Bout of Books Mini-Challenge
My Literary Best Friend!


Everyone has that one character. The character that they know they could relate to, get along with, have fun with, and laugh with. A literary BFF!

Tell us who your literary BFF is and why they're your always friend. What do you guys do together? What do you talk about? Get creative and let us know who your Literary Best Friend is!

PRIZES


One random commenter will be chosen to receive their choice of a book from the Book Depository (up to $15).

The most creative post will receive
swag featuring their BFF character!!!


Alright guys. Let us know! Literary BFF!!!

CONTEST IS OVER! Thank you guys for so many fantastic entries! I'm excited to choose the winners. It's going to be a tough one. SO MANY good and creative ideas!


Until Next Post,

Read On!

~A.
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Priase of Motherhood by Phil Jourdan



Happy Friday lovelings!

I've got my wedding rehearsal to skip to here in *checks watch* soon. So I just want to share with you guys an author interview with and guest post by Phil Jourdan, the author of Praise of Motherhood.

Starting tomorrow I'm going to be a bit out of pocket! (Yay! Wedding!) Feel free to continue to send me e-mails and comment. I'll check the blog and my e-mail account a few times throughout this next week to respond to any of you.

Anyway. Enough with that! On to PRAISE OF MOTHERHOOD!!!!


Praise of Motherhood
by Paul Jourdan





Please enjoy this guest post by Phil Jourdan, author of the touching memoir, Praise of Motherhood. Then read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including $500 in Amazon gift cards and 5 autographed copies of the book.


The Story behind this Real-Life Story
by Phil Jourdan



Back in late 2009, when I began working on Praise of Motherhood, I had envisioned a book very different from what I ended up submitting to my publisher. I'd just lost the woman who'd raised me, and when I wasn't sitting around numb and brooding, I was frantically trying to contain the universe of loss and suffering in a single Word document on my laptop.

I wanted to write a book that expressed the impossibility of letting go. We're often told, when someone close to us dies, that we have to move on, that things will get better. I couldn't accept this back then: I didn't think it was possible to let go of my mother, who had been so patient and kind during my weird teenage years.

The first two versions were entirely different from each other in form and tone, but they did have a certain delight in chaos in common. I was mourning the only way I knew how: by adopting a hundred different voices, each trying to say something about my mother that the others couldn't say. One chapter was pure dialogue; another was a series of letters; for a while I wrote in breathless page-long paragraphs because it was the only way I could feel "honest" about what I felt. I'd swing from rage to self-pity to sadness to bliss to sheer bafflement.

It was only when I decided to turn this book into something that others could actually read without going insane that I figured out how to structure a book like this. I cut a great number chapters because they were "honest" but unhelpful. I tried to make myself a sort of antagonist, so my mother's qualities as a human being could be emphasized. I left things relatively ambiguous instead of offering anything like words of wisdom to my readers. I tried to leave the book as open as the wound that stayed after my mother died.

This has irritated some people. They ask why I don't provide a real sense of what my mother was like on a day-to-day basis, or why I focused so much on how she affected my life instead of just writing about her, as a person in her own right. Fair questions — but I never set out to just "write about my mom". I wanted to write about the struggle of losing her, and what made losing her so painful. That's why I ask questions in the book that I never really answer: because I was never able to answer them myself. They are questions that will remain.

Praise of Motherhood isn't a book praising all mothers across all ages. It's not meant to praise the idea of "motherhood" itself as some glorious ideal. I wrote this book because I wanted to transmit something of my mother to those who didn't know her; those who, perhaps, need to hear that it's okay to say you love your mommy and you wish she could still be here when you feel like crying.



Please enjoy this interview with Phil Jourdan, author of the touching memoir, Praise of Motherhood. Then read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including $500 in Amazon gift cards and 5 autographed copies of the book.



1. Who was your mother?

Hey, perhaps the obvious thing is that she was the single greatest person in my life--a woman who set everything aside to help me when I went through a few rocky years, a lover of animals and nature, a professor of mathematics and computer science who worked because she needed something to do…

She was that lady who'd bring clothes out to the homeless people in the streets when it was cold. She spoke Portuguese, French, English, and Russian fluently. She took people into her life and made them stronger, happier. She drove very carefully.

She was one person among many to die from something as trivial and terrible as an aneurysm; just one out of all the people who died on November 11th, 2009, for no reason, and without saying goodbye to any of us.

And, now, she's the subject of my book.

2. Who are you?

I'm a bearded, forever-anxious guy in his mid-twenties living in the UK. I'm working on a PhD in Literature and Religion. I have a band, I run a press, I write articles for various publications, and I pace around a lot when I talk about things that interest me.

3. Why did you write Praise of Motherhood?

Because I couldn't bear the idea that my mother's death might be just another sad event in the lives of a few people. I wanted my mother to be remembered somehow — not just by those who knew her, but by those who could end up wishing they had known her.

It's not easy losing a parent, and I wanted to write my way out of some dark places. To focus on the good things. To remember with gratitude the way she did everything she could to make her children feel okay.

4. Were you a mama's boy?

Of course, I was. She was worth the teasing from my young classmates. I loved her even when I was furiously angry with her.

5. When were you furiously angry?

From the age of 14 to 16, I was so psychologically unstable that I had to leave school for a while to stay in a private clinic and "recover" — which means they pumped me full of medication and made me sleep for a few weeks. This happened twice. My mother's support was crucial back then, because I was a mess. I hallucinated, I was paranoid, and I wanted to die. Of course, like any screwed up kid, I took it out on my mom.

I'd get so angry that I couldn't breathe. Everything seemed to hurt me--physically and emotionally. Because I trusted my mother so much, I took her for granted, too. I knew she wouldn't abandon me if I broke down or lashed out. She was a saint about my outbursts.

6. Is that what Praise of Motherhood is about?

In part. What you'll find in Praise of Motherhood is a series of short chapters on various ways I related to my mother. Let me be clear that it's not a book about mothers in general. It's a memoir about my relationship with my mother, before and after her death. It deals with my weird adolescence, then it moves on to questions about her private life that I'll never be able to answer, and then it turns toward fiction. I imagine a world in which mother didn't die on that day. I try to reconstruct conversations I had with her and my father. Then I end the book because I could go on forever and I think it's best to be brief.

7. What was it like to show the book to your family?

It was less terrible than I'd anticipated. My great fear was that someone might object to the way I'd written it. It's not "conventional" — there's a scene in which I imagine my mother breaking into pieces and my sister and I have to tape her back together before she accuses me of having killed her. That scene worried me: what if my sister hated it?

I'm happy to say it all went well. My sister found that chapter moving, and my grandparents each expressed their support. My father, who hadn't been married to my mother for over a decade, was equally moved and helped me through the various drafts.

8. Is everything you write in Praise of Motherhood true?

If you read it, you'll see that some of it is obviously fiction. I don't think the right distinction here is between fiction and nonfiction; it's between truthfulness and untruthfulness. The book is certainly truthful: if I make things up, as in the chapter where I imagine what my mother's "secret life" as an occasional spy might have been like, it's to show what I think about when I wonder about her as a private person. I paint myself pretty much as I was back then: irritable, self-involved, afraid. I paint my mother just as she was: patient, terrified of losing her child, and often helpless but willing to do anything.

The events that I depict in the more "conventional" chapters are true. The dialogue is obviously not going to represent exactly what was said, but the spirit of the past is contained within it.

9. Who is this book for?

It's for people who have lost someone they loved and want to know how someone else handled their pain.

It's for parents who need a reminder that their children can and will end up appreciating all the sacrifices, all the patience, all the secret suffering.

And it's for anyone who is interested in teenage depression, psychosis and anxiety, and wants to read a memoir about how those conditions affect family relationships.

10. What's next?

A novel that begins with a mother's funeral… and then goes in a totally new direction. I started it just as I was wrapping up Praise of Motherhood, and I was ready to let go of those memories for a while, but the image of my mother's coffin going into the earth has stayed with me so vividly that I had to begin a work of fiction with it. But beyond that, it's an entirely different thing.



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About the book: Praise of Motherhood is a son's tribute to the woman who not only gave him life, but helped him live: through various psychotic breakdowns, tumultuous teenage years, and years of feeling out of place in the world. Get it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

About the author: Phil Jourdan fronts the lit-rock band Paris and the Hiltons, runs the fiction press Perfect Edge Books, and occasionally works on a PhD. Visit Phil on his blog, music site, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.



That's all for today my love doves!

See you tomorrow for STARDUST SATURDAY!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wednesday Wishlist and SWUR Update

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

Happy Wednesday dearlings.

Today is another WEDNESDAY WISHLIST. You know what to do. Link up with your wishlist for this week! Most requested book will go up for a giveaway!

Welcome to another WEDNESDAY WISHLIST.


* WEDNESDAY WISHLIST # 8 *

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.  

*I, Coriander*

Title: I, Coriander
Author: Sally Gardner
Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Publication: March 1, 2007
Pages: 275

Synopsis:

In this exceptionally well-crafted tale, Coriander tells the story of her childhood in seventeenth-century London, and of her discovery that she has inherited magical powers from her mother, who was a fairy princess. But her mother's sudden death brings on a dark time for Coriander, and after mourning her beloved mother and dealing with the disappearance of her father and the wrath of her evil stepmother, Coriander finds herself locked in a chest with no hope of escape and no will to survive. But when a bright light beckons to her, it is then that Coriander's journey truly begins. Beautifully written, this magical and luminous story is destined to become a children's classic.


Why I Want to Read it:
I truly enjoyed Polly Shulman's "The Grimm Legacy" and this was one of the books that the author recommended to readers. Aside from the fact that the cover is simply gorgeous this book looks haunting, magical, and full of promise. I'm definitely looking forward to getting a hold of this one.



*The Books of Elsewhere*

Title: The Books of Elsewhere
Author: Jacqueline West
Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Publication: June 14, 2011
Pages: 272

Synopsis: When eleven-year-old Olive moves into a crumbling Victorian mansion with her parents, she knows there's something strange about the house - especially the odd antique paintings covering the walls. And when she puts on a pair of old spectacles, she discovers the strangest thing yet: She can travel inside the paintings, to a spooky world that's full of dark shadows. Add to that three talking cats, who live in the house and seem to be keeping secrets of their own, and Olive soon finds herself confronting a dark and dangerous power that wants to get rid of her by any means necessary. It's up to Olive to save the house from the dark shadows, before the lights go out for good.

Why I Want to Read It: This seems rather akin to Coraline by Neil Gaiman. I loved that book so immensely that I'll jump at anything that seems even remotely similar! This one does, certainly. Again, cover is brilliant! Love it!
*Clarity*




Title: Clairty
Author: Kim Harrington
Genre: YA Supernatural
Publication: February 1, 2012
Pages: 256

Synopsis:

Don't close your eyes. Except when the truth is too dark to bear.

Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It's a gift.

And a curse.

When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare's ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case -- but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare's brother -- who has supernatural gifts of his own -- becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?


Why I Want to Read It: Clarity is promising to be "not just your average teen highschool drama". I really hope it delivers on that because I'm becoming increasingly bored with the redundancy of teen fiction centered in the high-school area these days.

I do wonder though. What the heck is up with the name "Gabriel"
. Yes Gabriel is the name of an archangel and thus must be awesome, but surely we can find other names for the lead-hunk in teen fiction?



*Blood Magic*

Title:  Blood Magic
Author: Tessa Gratton
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication: May 24, 2011
Pages: 405

Synopsis:

It starts off simply.

Draw a circle... place a dead leaf in the center... sprinkle some salt... recite a little Latin... add a drop of blood...

Maybe that last part isn’t exactly simple. Yet somehow it feels right to Silla Kennicott. And nothing in her life has felt remotely right since her parents’ horrific deaths. She’s willing to do anything to uncover the truth about her family—even try a few spells from the mysterious book that arrived on her doorstep ... and spill some blood.

The book isn’t the only recent arrival in Silla’s life. There’s Nick Pardee, the new guy next door who may have seen Silla casting a spell. She’s not sure what he saw and is afraid to find out. But as they spend more time together, Silla realizes this may not be Nick’s first encounter with Blood Magic. Brought together by a combination of fate and chemistry, Silla and Nick can’t deny their attraction. And they can’t ignore the dark presence lurking nearby—waiting to reclaim the book and all its power.


Why I Want to Read It: I was looking for a darker teen-fiction. After "Fallen" left me so down over the lack of a possibility regarding a GOOD dark teen fiction I kind of stopped looking for one. But, I guess it's time to get back up in the saddle and try again! This one...hm. I don't know. Fingers crossed!


* Hereafter*
Title: Hereafter
Author: Tara Hudson
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication: June 7, 2011
Pages: 404

Synopsis: Can there truly be love after death?
Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life--or her actual death--she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but "will" him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, "Hereafter" is a sensation you won't want to miss.

Why I Want to Read It:
Honestly, not a huge bunch of reasons I want to read this other than it looks interesting and I long for a good ghost-story.




SUMMER WRAP UP READ-A-THON





Today is the fifth day for the SUMMER WRAP-UP READ-A-THON hosted by Some Like it Paranormal and In Between Writing and Reading.

There are going to be lots of fun challenges and posts, so keep up!


Read-A-Thon Books Read


Currently Reading


Current Page (as of this morning) 105
22% done. I lost interest in this one...Gonna have to pick it up later.



Current Page (as of this morning) 100.

SWUR Mini Challenge!


Today's challenge is the "Book Couple" challenge hosted by Winged Reviews.

The object is to pick two characters from two different books that you think would make a good couple. Then, it's time for a summer date! Create a perfect date for your new pair.

Fun stuff! Let's get started, then.

I believe I would pick...
Charlie Bone and Kendra Sorenson. *News Broadcaster Mode* Yes, ladies and gentlemen we have an adorable little young couple here. Barely teenagers both of them, so we're expecting a shy, awkward, and completely adorable get together tonight.

Charlie Bone, from Jenny Nimmo's "Charlie Bone" series has gotten up the courage to ask Kendra Sorenson from Brandon Mull's "FableHaven" out on a little excursion to the local park between their books. What's this? Charlie's mother has given him a packed picnic basket? How lovely! And Kendra has brought a lovely little quilt.

The faeries from Fablehaven are happily setting things up while Charlie and Kendra say their hellos.

We're off to a beautiful start here ladies and gentlemen. The two are actually smiling! Wait. What's this? A lightening storm? No...no... it looks like one of Charlie's friends is rushing into the mix before they even have their sandwiches. He's waving wildly. Something about... wait... there's interference. King?... Damage?... Bloor?  We've lost audio! Charlie's friend is really emitting some heavy electrical bursts!

The kid is handing Charlie a picture. Charlie is saying something hastily to Kendra now. What's this! Kendra has just kissed Charlie Bone on the cheek! I REPEAT! CHARLIE BONE HAS JUST BEEN GIVEN A KISS! Now he's gone! Disappeared into a picture frame!

Charlie's stormy friend is motioning to Kendra now. Out of the woods! What's that!? A GOLEM? Running at full speed! It's snatched up Kendra and the storm boy! Like a hurricane it's all wind, thunder, and shaking ground here as the Golem runs off with the two youngsters back into the woods!

They're gone! WOW! It has been an INCREDIBLE series of events here ladies and gentlemen! I expected no less from the Bone-Sorenson date!!!!!!! TRULY REMARKABLE! *swats a faerie out of her hair*







That's all for today's Wednesday Wishlist love doves!

See you tomorrow for RELEASE CRAZED!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.




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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Summer Wrap-Up Read-a-thon Update and Middlethoughts

Hey my little love bugs!

Things are getting insane here, and as you can probably guess... I have very little computer time.

I'm doing my best to participate in the Read-a-thon this week, but I think I might have put a bit too much on my plate. Anyone ever seen a bridezilla? Yeeeeah. I'm turning in to one just 4 days out. *facepalm*

I've been so calm up until now! Blast last minute debacles!

Anyhoodles.

Remember: there is NO Trilogy Tuesday today.

I'll give you a SWUR update and a synopsis/what I think so far of "GRACELING" by Kristin Cashore.



SUMMER WRAP UP READ-A-THON




Today is the fourth day for the SUMMER WRAP-UP READ-A-THON hosted by Some Like it Paranormal and In Between Writing and Reading.

There are going to be lots of fun challenges and posts, so keep up!


Read-A-Thon Books Read


Currently Reading

Current Page (as of this morning) 107
33% done



Current Page (as of this morning) 105
22% done




SWUR Mini Challenge!


I'm also participating in a fantastic little mini challenge by Pearl the Book Girl.

The challenge: Create a title puzzle! Guess the book from the image puzzle below!




Enter Rafflecopter with your guess. One lucky commenter will receive the title referenced via the Book Depository. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway



The So Far


I chose this month's TRILOGY for Trilogy Tuesday based on the fact that I'd never read any of the books. I was sure it would give me enough oomph to grab it off of my TBR pile and read through it.


Title: Graceling
Author: Kristin Cashore
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published:  October 1, 2008
Pages: 472
   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 . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

     With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.


I'm not very far though the first one just yet. Just a little over 100 pages but here are my thoughts so far:

Interseting.

The main character is so far decent, though a little stereotypical female hero at this point. Stand offish, masculine with a soft side (though, of course, beautiful).

The authors writing style is so far average. Not fantastic, but not horrible either. I'm expecting to find that my feelings will change to the positive as the books goes on because the story itself is very promising.

The greatest annoyance up to this part are the names of the characters. They're so random and mismatchy and peculiar that it's hard to remember who is who and what is what. There are even a few names that it seems the author picked by slamming her fingers down on a keyboard randomly and documenting the results.

Anyway. I reserve absolute judgement until I'm finished with the book. At this point I'd say I feel a 3, but that could turn around to a 5 by next week. We'll see!!!


Well, that's all for today readerlings!



Don't forget to guess the title puzzle for a chance to win the title via the Book Depository!


See you tomorrow for Wednesday Wishlist and another SWUR update!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.
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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Book Gathering # 13 and Summer Wrap Up Read-a-thon update!

No Book Gathering Vlog this week, lovelies. I don't have much to show off and I've been too busy this week getting things prepared. Next week will be even busier! Geez!

Anyway, today will just be the regular synopses posts for Book Gathering and also an update on the Summer Wrap-Up Read-A-Thon.



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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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For Review


* FORSAKEN*

Title: Forsaken
Author: Andrew Van Wey
Genre: Dark Supernatural
Publication: September 8, 2011
Pages: 375


Synopsis: The painting loomed, large and foreboding. At a little over six feet tall and five feet wide, it wasn’t the strangest he’d ever seen, but close. A girl with a wounded, sack-like face; a boy with pinhole eyes and a cruel sneer; and a distant shadow peering out from behind a dying tree, all stared back at him.

Yet it wasn’t only the subjects that challenged him, but the note that came with the anonymous painting.

"Here in Art, Denial."

For professor Daniel Rineheart, these four words herald a riddle that sets off a surreal nightmare. Where objects from his past manifest in canvas and oil. Where painted clocks tick-tock away in the dark hours before dawn and a missing dog whimpers from between the walls. Where the painted subjects themselves leave the canvas to stalk the halls of his once quiet house.

And where all answers lead back to a blind artist and an impossible creation, one that threatens to destroy his family and devour his sanity.

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FORSAKEN is a dark novel, a throwback to the haunted tales that slowly boil and get beneath the skin, sticking with the reader far after the pages are closed and the story's concluded. It's a dark tale that blends the line between the psychological and the supernatural, and challenges the reader to descend into a maddening world where past and present blend together, where the blind see far beyond the living veil, and where evil comes alive in oil and art.


*Under the Desert Moon*


Title: Under the Desert Moon
Author: Emma Maede
Genre: Paranormal
Publication: August 2012
Pages: 205

Synopsis:
17 year old Erin Harris spends her time daydreaming, hoping to escape her small town life in Copperfield, Arizona. When a movie crew arrives unexpectedly to shoot a vampire film over the summer, Erin’s small town world changes forever. Erin is positive she has seen the star, James Linkin before in a thirty year old TV show. He hasn’t aged a day. How is this possible? Erin is determined to find out, but how will James handle the scrutiny of an all too intelligent teenage girl?





























SUMMER WRAP UP READ-A-THON




Today is the first day for the SUMMER WRAP-UP READ-A-THON hosted by Some Like it Paranormal and In Between Writing and Reading.

There are going to be lots of fun challenges and posts, so keep up!

Today is a bit of a recap. Yesterday I read "Fablehaven" by Brandon Mull and began "Graceling" by Kristin Cashore.


Let's have fun!

Read-A-Thon Books Read

Currently Reading



Read-a-thon MINI CHALLENGE!

This one is hosted by Skyway Avenue.

Rewrite a Synopsis

Okay, pretty straightforward. You just have to pick a synopsis from one of the books you have this week and rewrite the synopsis for it. Fun! 

Here goes nothin!

FABLEHAVEN

17 days in the middle of nowhere with grandparents they hardly know? It wasn't how Seth and Kendra were expecting to spend their mid-summer.  The sign that read "All trespassers will be turned to stone" just outside the property line didn't do much to help them feel better either.

But something is strange in Fablehaven. What's with all the exotic animals? The obviously different but kind Lena? Where is Grandma? And what's up with the milk? The questions pile up and the only method of answering them seems to be breaking the biggest rule that Grandpa has laid down: "Don't go into the woods."

Kendra and Seth will need all of their wits, all of their courage, and all of their hope to battle the host of enemies that they find when the rules are finally broken. The line between friend and foe is blurred as they fraternize with faeries, bargain with trolls, and plead with naiads all to stop an ancient evil from wreaking havoc on Fablehaven. Again.


That's all for this Sunday love doves!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.
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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Stardust Saturday and Summer Wrap-up Read-a-Thon

Happy Saturday my Sunflowers!

Lots of information to share, so let's get started!



 
Week in Review

Feature and Follow Friday: Neil Gaiman
Pledged Tour: Meet Seth and Erin (Excerpt)
Release Crazed and "The Poison Eaters" Review
August R.A.K!
Wednesday Wishlist # 7
Blog Tour "Cora Flash" Review
Book Gathering #12


Challenge Updates


5 / 25 books. 20% done!


I have quite a few "Witchy" books in my TBR pile, but I haven't gotten to any of them yet. Can't wait to see this bar start going up!




22 / 24 books. 92% done!

This one has been the easiest one so far. I haven't had any trouble picking up new authors. So many good ones out there!





7 / 15 books. 47% done!

Thankfully I'm a huge Historical fiction fan. YA historical fiction is a bit more popular now than it was back in my teen years. I'm glad about this. Very glad.




4 / 25 books. 16% done!

I've read plenty of mysterious and suspenseful books, but none that I could justify as an actual MYSTERY or SUSPENSE book. So I haven't been counting them.




5/ 10 books. 50% done!



Books Read This Week






 Next Week!


Next week is going to be a bit of a crazy week, dears! It's the week before my wedding so there's a lot of stuff going on. I will be actively posting as much as possible so don't expect me to just disappear!

I have it set up wonderfully to where the blog will still be running smoothly. So no worries!

There WILL BE reviews this next week, everyone. So keep a look out!

TRILOGY TUESDAY ANNOUNCEMENT

August's TRILOGY is:

THE GRACELING REALM (The Seven Kingdoms) TRILOGY
by Kristin Cashore



Here is the general schedule:

August 7th :  No Trilogy Tuesday
(Wedding Preparation. Too much going on!)



August 14: Graceling Review


August 21: FIRE review

August 28: BITTERBLUE review




SUMMER WRAP UP READ-A-THON






Today is the first day for the SUMMER WRAP-UP READ-A-THON hosted by Some Like it Paranormal and In Between Writing and Reading.

There are going to be lots of fun challenges and posts, so keep up!

Today I'm going to post my goals for the read-a-thon. At the end of each post this week I will post my progress and any participation in the mini-challenges.

Let's have fun!

Read-A-Thon Goals


E-Books




That's a lot, I know. I'm giving myself kind of a heavy goal so that I'll push myself to read as much as possible, because next week I won't be reading much at all! I promised Mr. J I'd keep my nose out of a book for the majority of the time!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.
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