Thursday, November 29, 2012

Review: A Tale Dark and Grimm

So, instead of working on scholarship essays or getting much needed sleep (doubles have been awful) here I am to type up a MUCH BELATED review. Well, a couple, actually.

I have a slew of posts written up and ready to go for all of you.

It's just that time of year, guys. Holiday shenanigans make busy busy little bees of us all!

Oh, right. I forgot. I was supposed to tell you all my exciting news! Well, it's exciting to me at any rate. I am now the Youth Fiction Specialist at my local book seller. What does that mean? Well it means I get to spend a huge chunk of my day dealing with tons of books that I would LOVE to read. My TBR list just keeps growing.

I have currently promised myself to read a non-middle grade book next. So I've got my hands on "Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness and "Wicked Widow" by Amanda Quick.

Anyway. Enough chit chat.

On to the review!

* REVIEW *
*"A Tale Dark and Grimm"*
*Clive Barker*
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Title: A Tale Dark and Grimm
Author:
Adam Gidwitz
Genre:
Middlegrade Fabletwist
Publication:
  October 8, 2012
Pages:
  252

Synopsis:
 
In this mischievous and utterly original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches.

 Fairy tales have never been more irreverent or subversive as Hansel and Gretel learn to take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after.








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4/5
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4 out of five. Honestly I have to say that I was a WEE bit disappointed. Just like with "Grimm Legacy" I was really expecting a LOT from this book. I didn't get what I expected but I still REALLY enjoyed it. 



It was a great fable twist that included characters from numerous of the Grimm stories. The writer did manage to write up some rather shocking things and a lot (a lot) of characters died gruesome deaths, but not in an anymore fantastic way that what the brother's Grimm would have put together.



The author utilizes an interesting technique of talking to his audience throughout the book, as though he were a story teller, breaking right before the really gritty parts to let the little ones know it's time to leave the room.


There's nothing cute and cuddly about the main characters Hansel and Gretel. They are two children, afraid of their parents, who run away from home in search of perfect adults who will love them and do them no harm.


Hansel turns into a wolf, gets shot by a hunter, and skinned (though he lives and is just as good as new, no one freak out) and Gretel cuts off her own finger to free a group brother's from a crystal cave. Two of only numerous very shocking situations the two find themselves in.

Alright, it was good shock value, but the reason I have to give it a 4 instead of a 5  is because it could have been so much more than it was. There was room to make the book quite an epic, but I suppose that would have made it less of a middle-grade. All of the stories were short, sweet, and to the point. "They did this, then this, and this happened, the end" sort of thing.

As an adult reading this book there was definitely a lot more to be seen in regards to the psychology of the characters and the philosophy of each of the individual stories within stories.


Anyway. It was most certainly entertaining. A very quick read. I highly recommend it for the entertainment value, especially to those who are fond of the Grimm works.


Amazon: $6.99
Kindle: $6.99
Nook: $6.99

Alright then snowflakes, that's all for today!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Random Tuesday Post! Bookstore Escapade.

Love doves!

Here I am, sitting in our bookstore cafe, my mind racing and reeling with all sorts of thoughts, ideas, and dreams that seem to run around like caffeinated toddlers, bumping into each other, making no sense, having no organization... and just when I think that all of these energetic molecules of thought will have a nap they snap back into action and start blitzkrieging my brain again.

In an attempt to silence the thunder warriors in my head, I've decided to write another blog up for today.

No, you didn't miss anything. The review for Tuesday is right below this post. Shhh. Quiet now. All is well. Look here, I'll even link it for you: The Thief of Always

Stuck in a rut, stuck in a rut. In between life chapters trying to fill this part up with something interesting before the next big step comes up. Then there's all the wondering if the next big step is the right one. The practical side of me has the floor but the dreamy idealist is waving its arms for attention. Battle battle.

Anyway, I've had a lovely little jaunt out and about this morning and I would like to share with you what caught my interest!




THIRTY THINGS 
Every Woman Should Have and Know
 By the Time she Turns 30
Featuring advice, wisdom, and observations from an array of prominent and beloved women, 30 Things is an essential guide (and perfect gift) for women on the brink of thirty--and for those who are already there!

Fifteen years ago, Glamour published a list of distinctive yet universally true must-haves and must-knows for women on the cusp of and beyond the age of thirty titled, "30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She's 30." It became a phenomenon.
Originally penned by Glamour columnist Pamela Redmond Satran, The List found a second life when women began to forward it to one another online, millions of times. It became a viral sensation, misattributed to everyone from Maya Angelou to Hillary Clinton--but there's only one original list, and it stands the test of time. Quirky and profound, The List defines the absolute must-haves (#11: "A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra") and must-knows (#1: "How to fall in love without losing yourself") for grown-up female happiness.

Now, Glamour magazine has gathered together its editors and an incredible group of notable women to expand on each of the items on The List in wise, thoughtful, and intimate essays. Kathy Griffin meditates on knowing when to try harder and when to walk away. Lisa Ling explores the idea that your childhood may not have been perfect, but it's over, and Lauren Conrad shares what she has learned about what she would and wouldn't do for money or love. Other personal insights come from Maya Angelou, Rachel Zoe, Taylor Swift, Katie Couric, Portia de Rossi, Kelly Corrigan, ZZ Packer, Bobbi Brown, Padma Lakshmi, Angie Harmon, and many more.

Along with essays based on The List, writers share their feelings about what the milestone of turning thirty meant to them. 30 Things is the one book women of all ages will turn to for timely and timeless wisdom
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Now I know that many of you readers are not anywhere near 30. But I also know that the rest of you are approaching, have arrived at, or have surpassed that glorious transitional age.

When I picked this book up and considered it, I realized that I am not at all afraid for 30 to approach me. Actually I think I'll be welcoming it with open arms. My 20's have been a myriad of misadventures mixed with an abundant dose of life-lessons and mistakes made and learned from. I've had many happy memories from my 20's as well, and I have 4 more years to make my 20's a decade to remember... fondly.

Alright... up next is a book I think many of you will raise your eyebrows at. 


The Complete History 
of Jack The Ripper


A comprehensive account of London's celebrated East End killer, revised and updated. The murders in London between 1888-91 attributed to Jack the Ripper constitute one of the most mysterious unsolved criminal cases. This story is the result of many years meticulous research. The author reassesses all the evidence and challenges everything we thought we knew about the Victorian serial killer and the vanished East End he terrorized.











 
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Yes. Okay. I admit it's a taaaaad creepy that I run my fingers over this title and then actually pick it up. I embrace my weird, alright? I accept my intrigued curiosity and tolerate its often questionable interests.

Moving on.

This next one will be a book that I know many many of you will be sharing my interest in. 


The Jane Austin
Guide To
Happily Ever After


Have you stopped believing in happily ever after?

Women today are settling for less than we want when it comes to men, relationships, sex, and marriage. But we don’t have to, argues Elizabeth Kantor. Jane Austen can show us how to find the love we really want.

In The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After, Kantor reveals how the examples of Jane Austen heroines such as Elizabeth Bennett, Elinor Dashwood, and Anne Elliot can help us navigate the modern-day minefields of dating, love, relationships, and sex. By following in their footsteps—and steering clear of the sad endings suffered by characters such as Maria Bertram and Charlotte Lucas—modern women can discover the path to lifelong love and true happiness.

Charged with honesty and humor, Kantor's book includes testimonies from modern women, pop culture parallels, the author's personal experiences and, of course, a thorough examination of Austen's beloved novels.

Featuring characters and situations from all of Jane Austen’s books (including unfinished novels, and stories not published in her lifetime), The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After tackles the dating and relationship dilemmas that we face today, and equips modern women to approach our love lives with fresh insights distilled from the novels:

Don’t be a tragic heroine


Pursue Elizabeth Bennet’s "rational happiness” —learn what it is, and how you can find it


Don’t let cynicism steal your happy ending


Why it’s a mistake to look for your "soul mate”


Jane Austen’s skeleton keys to a man’s potential


How you should deal with men who are "afraid of commitment” (from Jane Austen’s eight case studies)


Learn how to arrange your own marriage—by falling in love the Jane Austen way

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I know. Jane Austen fever. It's a screaming epidemic is what it is. You know what though? I don't mind. Jane Austen is COMPLETELY amazing enough to have a cult following in this day and age. So wave your Austen flags my ladies (and gents)! 
I plan on flipping through it before I actually purchase it. It seems like a fun and uplifting read and I actually found it in the "Personal Growth" section while looking for books on optimistic thinking.
Sometimes books just jump out at you... like that Jack the Ripper book. But why are we back on that topic?

Onward!

I did purchase a few things today that have been sitting in my pile for a bit, waiting to be taken home.

I will share all, even though one of the items isn't a book. I won't post synopsis or information; that will all be provided in the official "Book Gathering" post on Sunday. So keep a look out!

I got FOUNDLING for $2.40. Thank you book fairies for this discount blessing!

I'm actually thrilled over this because I purchased "Lamplighter" the second book in this series a few months back. Of course I hadn't realized at the time that it was the second book... but now it doesn't matter! Very excited to have the first part of this series so I can get started.

Here's one that's been on my list for a while so I'm happy to add THE STONE CHILD to my collection. It's a Middlegrade, not very long, but hopefully creeptastic.

And finally our non-book guest for today:

I have never seen this movie. I KNOW, RIGHT? What alternate Universe have I been vacationing in?


Well my darlings, that's all for this random book (mostly) post. I've expelled a bit of energy by writing and I feel a little more at peace. I'm also a lot less hungry thanks to the yummy bag of POPCHIPS that I just inhaled.


Here's to hoping all of you have a great Tuesday!


Until Next Blog,

Read On! 

~A.
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Review: The Thief of Always

Sorry for no "Manic Monday" post yesterday, dolls.

Yesterday WAS manic, so I just didn't have the opportunity.

I finished up "The Replacement" and I can not wait to review it for all of you! However, it's got to wait it's turn and there are other reviews in front of it. *buzzes with anticipation*

41 days until Christmas!!!!

Just thought I'd throw that in there.

Now, on to the Review. 
 

* REVIEW *
*"The Thief of Always"*
*Clive Barker*
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Title: The Thief of Always
Author:
Clive Barker
Genre:
Middlegrade Supernatural Horror
Publication:
  1992
Pages:
  225

Synopsis:
 
 
Mr. Hood's Holiday House has stood for a thousand years, welcoming countless children into its embrace. It is a place of miracles, a blissful round of treats and seasons, where every childhood whim may be satisfied...

There is a price to be paid, of course, but young Harvey Swick, bored with his life and beguiled by Mr. Hood's wonders, does not stop to consider the consequences. It is only when the house shows its darker face when Harvey discovers the pitiful creatures that dwell in its shadows that he comes to doubt Mr. Hood's philanthropy.

The House and its mysterious architect are not about to release their captive without a battle, however. Mr. Hood has ambitions for his new guest, for Harvey's soul burns brighter than any soul he has encountered in a thousand years...



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First off, you've got to love the cover art. Clive Barker is notoriously amazing at creating creepy and sometimes disturbing images that go hand in hand with his literary works.

I first became interested in Clive Barker's books after reading "ABARAT" what seems like millennia ago. Happenstance was the friend that lead me straight to Abarat in the first place, because I certainly wasn't looking for it.

Now that the last book of the Abarat series has been released I found myself wondering what I was going to do when I finished it. So, I started looking for more Clive Barker books. I'd purchased "IMAJICA" some time ago, but never got started. I don't even know where it is... I think in the trunk of my car? Not because I wasn't interested, really, just because it got lost in the chaos of moving here and then there.

I grabbed up "The Thief of Always" after coming across it out of blinking section while realphabetizing at work.

I literally sat in the floor (mostly because my poor hamstrings were tired of squatting at the bottom level) and read the back then promptly stood and took it to "my pile".
 "The Theif of Always" is a trip. It's bloated with darkness crawling underneath every paragraph and the reader finds themselves becoming distinctly uncomfortable with what's going on, long before the main character finds himself realizing that there's something wrong. Bad wrong.

As an adult reading a middlegrade horror you know you're going to be keeping a much different perspective than the children. However, Mr. Barker does a phenomenal job of making the book not only creepy but oddly uplifting. The strength of the main character, who is just a child, is really going to speak to your young reader... well, and the older readers too.

I CRIED AT THE END! OKAY?!

*Breath* Anyway, Clive Barker creates a magical and dangerous world where every day is a new adventure, time passes without a care in the world, and anything you could have ever imagined you wanted is right within your grasp. But there's something rotten in the Holiday House, reeking and rotting in the walls and the attic, breathing it's musty breath throughout the beautiful building that Harvey is beginning to suspect is out for blood... or worse.

Grotesque characters, a mixture of beautiful and unsettling imagery, a strong main role and a moral that's creeping along like invisible ants on your skin throughout the entire book... yes, it's good. Very good.

It's a relatively short book, so there's absolutely no reason why you, reader, wouldn't be able to pick it up and have it read in no time at all. You'll gain the benefit of enjoying a new author (who is well worth reading) without pushing back your original TBR pile too far.

Win win!

I highly highly recommend this book and other Clive Barker works as well.

Enjoy!

Amazon: $9.41
Barne's and Noble: $9.45




That's all for this Tuesday dolls. Have a lovely day... oh... and

GO SEE CLOUD ATLAS!
Holy geez.

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.
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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Book Gathering #14

Hello my dolls!

Today's post has be quick! And late..

I have some AWESOME news that I can't wait to share with all of you! But! I'm going to wait until next week to share it, so you'll just have to sit tight!

For now, enjoy another Auggie-Talk 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

 
 
That's all for today, my darlings.

I've got some reading to finish up then it's off to bed for me to start another busy day.

See you tomorrow for MANIC MONDAY!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.
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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Stardust Saturday

Happy Saturday moonbeams!

Aren't you glad it's the weekend? I hope all of you have relaxing and enjoyable things on your schedule to offset your busy week. Busy on the weekends too? Take a moment for yourself! You gotta slow down, even for just a minute!

Today is "Stardust Saturday" so I'm going to give you guys a WEEK IN REVIEW, a CHALLENGE UPDATE, BOOKS READ THIS WEEK, and then a loose schedule for NEXT WEEK.




 
Week in Review






 
Challenge Updates




7 / 25 books. 28% done!






31 / 24 books. 129% done!

This one has been easy to do. I picked up a lot of new authors this year.






7 / 15 books. 47% done!

I haven't read anymore YA historical fiction just yet. I have a few up on the shelf, but just haven't gotten to them. Fingers crossed I'll get it done before the year is up!




9 / 25 books. 36% done!

I've got a list of these too! I've just been leaning towards the romance and YA fantasy books lately. I need to get working on this! Early Novembe of this year is almost over!



8/ 10 books. 80% done!



 
Books Read This Week





 
Book Goals This Week


What coming up next in your TBR pile?

I'm most excited about getting to DOGSBODY by Diana Wynne Jones. It's one of the few of her books that I haven't read yet and I'm anxious to open it up!

That's all for this Stardust Saturday guys and dolls!

See you tomorrow for BOOK GATHERING!

Until Next Blog, 

Read On!

~A.
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Friday, November 9, 2012

Follow Friday and Review: "Real Murders"

Glorious Friday to you, my readers!

Phenomenal birthday yesterday, I'm still tingling with newness!

Today we have a REVIEW of "Real Murders" by Charlaine Harris.

For those of you who don't know (living under a rock, are you?) Charlaine Harris is author of the SOOKIE STACKHOUSE series which the HBO series "TrueBlood" is loosely based on. The "Aurora Teagarden" mysteries were part of her first series of books written back in the 90's.

Not paranormal and not as interesting as the Sookie Stackhouse series, but if you enjoy her writing style as I do then these books will work for you. 

Anyway, on to the review! Followed by a "FOLLOW FRIDAY".




* REVIEW *
*"Real Murders"*
*Charlaine Harris*
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Title: Real Murders
Author:
Charaline Harris
Genre:
Mystery
Publication:
  December 1, 1990
Pages:
  175

Synopsis:
 


Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side-and crime buffs. One of whom is librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases. It's a harmless pastime-until the night she finds a member killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss. And as other brutal "copycat" killings follow, Roe will have to uncover the person behind the terrifying game, one that casts all the members of Real Murders, herself included, as prime suspects-or potential victims.





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To start off, this rating might be a little higher than what it would have been normally based on content and character dimensions... but Charlaine Harris is one of my favorite authors and I pretty much love her work regardless. Yeah... that's what happens.

Anyway. Aurora Teagarden is NOT Sookie Stackhouse, but that's refreshing. Roe is a bit more on the dull side but she can still be a spitfire and she's just as independent as her literary sister Sookie. The other characters in the book were not really up for getting to know. The reader catches just a glimpse of the surface of each of these characters because Ms. Harris focuses all the attention on the main character, who in all honesty seems kinds of frumpy. 

I can not deny, though, that I read through this book and enjoyed it. The mystery was not epic, but it kept you guessing and thus kept you reading.

Roe is a young woman living under the shadow of her mother, quietly working as a librarian and acting as a landlord to her mother's townhouse tenants. Her best friend is gorgeous and spunky... and miles and miles away and her love life is defunct. The only thing interesting happening in Roe's life now is her meetings with "Real Murders", a club that focuses on true crime.

The motley crew is turned on their heads when Roe discovers the body of one of their members, killed in a too familiar way. 

Suddenly Roe's life is turned upside down and within pages there's a handsome cop and a famous writer vying for her romantic attention. She must not be THAT frumpy after all!

There are definitely some moments where you have to give Ms. Harris credit for going there. You know where there is. That place that makes the reader's muscles draw up somewhere.

Anyway. All in all this book kept me reading and I must admit...normally would have gotten a 3/5 for lack of super spunk, but I just can't do it. I'm riding on the fumes from the last Sookie Stackhouse Novel.

Anyway it's a good read ESPECIALLY if you're a Harris fan! 
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Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by parajunkee and alisoncanread! I hope you'll join this great little Find and Follow party!


WEEKLY QUESTION
Q: Do you mind books with similar ideas to other books? Similar concepts, backgrounds, retellings or pulled-to-publish fanfic?


I normally don't enjoy fanfiction, usually because it's poorly written or based on sexual encounters between particular characters. However, books that are off-shoots of other stories or are twist stories that give the original a bit of a new color are fantastic to me. It takes creativity to take an already awesome original and turn it into something ELSE like "Pride Prejudice and Zombies". Though I haven't read that book, and don't really plan on it, it's a novel concept to change a classic up with paranormal modern-ness to make it new.

Books with similar ideas to other books? Well, take Harry Potter. I love those books. Millions around the world love the Harry Potter books. There were some concepts in Harry Potter that were very very similar to stories previously written by Diana Wynne Jones, years before Harry was even a twinkle in Ms. Rowlings eye.

I do get tired over particular concepts being used over and over and over again, but then there's always that one person that manages to do things a little differently.

You also have to consider the writing style. Sometimes just the style of writing is enough to make a difference between two similar books.

All in all I would say that this is a very GRAY area, and that there is no 'Yes' or 'No' answer that covers all the bases.

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That's all for this Friday my dears!

Everyone have a happy end of the week and I'll see you tomorrow for STARDUST SATURDAY!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Release Crazed and Happy B-Day Me!

Good Thursday my dears!

As of 8:00 this morning I am 26 years old! I feel a strange sense of elation with a side of complacency. Yet I am so happy to welcome my 26th year and I have many many plans for it. Oh indeed.


It's Thursday and so today we have RELEASE CRAZED!!



* Release Crazed #7*

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: Interview With a Vampire: Claudia's Story
Author: Anne Rice
Genre: Adult Paranormal
Release Date: November 20, 2012
Pages: 256
Synopsis:
A richly-illustrated adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, told through the eyes of the vampire Claudia, who was just a little girl when she was turned by the vampire Lestat. Though she spends many years of happiness with her two vampire fathers, she gradually grows discontent with their insistence upon treating her like a little girl, even though she has lived as long as any mortal man...and her lust to kill is certainly no less than theirs...












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Title: Paper Valentine
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Pages: 368

Synopsis:  January 8, 2013

The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.

For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.

Paper Valentine is a hauntingly poetic tale of love and death by the New York Times bestselling author of The Replacement and The Space Between.




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Title: Deadwood
Author: Kell Andrews
Genre: Middlegrade Adventure
Release Date: December 1, 2013
Pages: 264

Synopsis: 
There’s something evil in Deadwood Park.

Martin Cruz hates his rotten new town. Then he gets a message from a tree telling him it’s cursed — and so is he. It’s not just any tree. It’s the Spirit Tree, the ancient beech the high school football team carves to commemorate the home opener. And every year they lose.

But the curse is no game, and it gets worse. Businesses fail. Trees topple like dominos. Sinkholes open up in the streets, swallowing cars and buildings. Even people begin to fade, drained of life.

Martin teams up with know-it-all soccer star Hannah Vaughan. Together they must heal the tree, or be stuck in Deadwood Park at the mercy of the psycho who cursed it.


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Title: Ashes of Twilight
Author: Kassy Tayler

Genre: Dystopian
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Pages: 320

Synopsis: 
Wren MacAvoy works as a coal miner for a domed city that was constructed in the mid-nineteenth century to protect the royal blood line of England when astronomers spotted a comet on a collision course with Earth. Humanity would be saved by the most groundbreaking technology of the time. But after nearly 200 years of life beneath the dome, society has become complacent and the coal is running out.  Plus there are those who wonder, is there life outside the dome or is the world still consumed by fire? When one of Wren's friends escapes the confines of the dome, he is burned alive and put on display as a warning to those seeking to disrupt the dome’s way of life. But Alex’s final words are haunting. “The sky is blue.”  What happens next is a whirlwind of adventure, romance, conspiracy and the struggle to stay alive in a world where nothing is as it seems. Wren unwittingly becomes a catalyst for a revolution that destroys the dome and the only way to survive might be to embrace what the entire society has feared their entire existence.


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Title: Demon's Curse
Author: Alexa Egan

Genre: Historical/Paranormal Romance
Release Date: December 26, 20012
Pages: 400

Synopsis:
A fast-paced and captivating debut—the first in the dark and sexy Imnada Brotherhood series about shape shifters in Regency-era England.

A rising star on the Covent Garden stage, Bianca Parrino believes she has everything she wants. Independence. Wealth. And a life finally free of her violent, abusive husband. But when her close friend, Adam, is murdered, and Bianca is suspected in his death, she is unwittingly drawn into the search for his killer, and soon must question everything she believes—about her friend, about herself, and about a world she never knew existed.

A member of the mysterious race of shape-shifting Imnada and part of an elite military unit, Captain Mac Flannery gathered intelligence during the Napoleonic wars. As a result of a savage massacre, Mac and the men he served with are cursed. Now one of them has been found murdered, and Mac suspects the existence of the Imnada has been discovered at last. His only link to unearthing the truth is the beautiful actress who turns up unexpectedly at Adam’s funeral.

Before long, Mac has more to contend with than Bianca’s overt mistrust, his ill-fated attraction to the haughty and beautiful actress, and his ongoing search for an end to the curse. Because Adam’s killer is back, and Mac is next on his list.






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That's all for today my love doves!

I'll see you all tomorrow with a review of Charlaine Harris' "Real Murders".

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wednesday Wishlist #10

Happy happy Wednesday darlings!

It's my last day to be 25 years old. Tomorrow I'll embark on the new and exciting journey of age 26.

I think I've decided to buy myself a celebratory balloon.

Anyway, that's neither here nor there. TODAY is WEDNESDAY WISHLIST! I also participate in WISHLIST WEDNESDAY by Pen to Paper. You'll find that as well, just read on!






* WEDNESDAY WISHLIST # 10 *

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. 



*Juliet Immortal*
Title:  Juliet Immortal
Author: Stacey Jay
Genre: Classic Retell/ Superatural
Publication: August 9, 2011
Pages: 307

Synopsis:

Fans of Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver and Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush will relish this intense paranormal love story featuring Romeo and Juliet, literary history's most tragic couple, who meet again, not as true lovers, but truly as enemies.
The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.

"These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume."


Why I Want to Read It: I picked this one up while re-alphabetizing the Romance section. My first reactions was "*sigh* more Romeo and Juliet junk".  After reading the small font under the title my second reaction was to turn quickly to the back, read the synopsis, then put it in my purchase pile. Gonna buy it gonna buy it!





*The Weird Sisters*

Title: The Weird Sisters
Author:  Eleanor Brown
Genre: Fiction
Publication:  January 20, 2011
Pages: 320

Synopsis:

A major new talent tackles the complicated terrain of sisters, the power of books, and the places we decide to call home.

There is no problem that a library card can't solve.

The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, we love each other. We just don't happen to like each other very much. But the sisters soon discover that everything they've been running from-one another, their small hometown, and themselves-might offer more than they ever expected.


Why I Want to Read It: I've wanted to pick this one up for a while now but just haven't gotten around to it. I enjoy family-dynamic fiction especially when it's focused on mother-daughter and sister relationships. This one in particular seems both entertaining and moving. Possible chick-movie? We'll see!



*The Paid Companion*

Title: The Paid Companion
Author: Amanda Quick
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication: March 29, 2005
 Pages: 388

Synopsis:

"Once again, the incomparable Quick has whipped up a delectable Regency Romance"(Booklist)—about an ice-cold business agreement that turns into something far more heated.

The Earl of St. Merryn needs a woman. His intentions are purely practical-he simply wants someone sensible and suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks among polite society. He has his own agenda to pursue, and a false fiancée will keep the husband-hunters at bay while he goes about his business. The simplest solution is to hire a paid companion.

Finding the right candidate proves more of a challenge than he expected. But when he encounters Miss Elenora Lodge, the fire in her golden eyes sways him to make a generous offer.

Her sorry financial circumstances-and dreams of a life of independence-convince her to accept. But St. Merryn appears to be hiding a secret or two, and things seem oddly amiss in his gloomy London home. Elenora soon discovers that this lark will be a far more dangerous adventure than she'd been led to believe. And the Earl of St. Merryn will find that the meek and mild companion he'd initially envisioned has become a partner in his quest to catch a killer-and an outspoken belle of the ball who stirs a bothersome passion in his practical heart.


Why I Want to Read It: I stumbled onto Amanda Quick's romance novels at a used book store. After reading it I realized that I'd been missing out for YEARS on her writing. Historical romance? I had no idea you were so amazing! I've since been on the hunt for her more recent books, this being one of them.




*Well Witched*

Title:  Well Wtiched
Author: Frances Hardinge
Genre: Middlegrade Supernatural
Publication: May 27, 2008
Pages: 400

Synopsis:
Ryan and his friends don't think twice about stealing some money from a wishing well. After all, who's really going to miss a few tarnished coins?

The well witch does.

And she demands payback: Now Ryan, Josh, and Chelle must serve her . . . and the wishes that lie rotting at the bottom of her well. Each takes on powers they didn't ask for and don't want. Ryan grows strange bumps--are they "eyes"?--between his knuckles; Chelle starts speaking the secrets of strangers, no matter how awful and bloody; and Josh can suddenly--inexplicably--grant even the darkest of wishes, the kind of wishes that should "never" come true.

Darkly witty, wholly unexpected, and exquisitely sinister, Frances Hardinge's "Well Witched" is one well-cast tale that readers didn't know they were wishing for.

Why I Want to Read It: More middle-grade magical shenanigans! I'm attracted mostly by the unique storyline. Who would have thought that wishes go BAD at the bottom of a well from not being cast? This one seems like it will be a bit on the darker side and few things are more interesting than dark children's fiction.




*Warped*

Title: Warped
Author: Maurissa Guibord
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication: January 11, 2011
Pages:
243

Synopsis:

Tessa doesn't believe in magic. Or Fate. But there's something weird about the dusty unicorn tapestry she discovers in a box of old books. She finds the creature woven within it compelling and frightening. After the tapestry comes into her possession, Tessa experiences dreams of the past and scenes from a brutal hunt that she herself participated in. When she accidentally pulls a thread from the tapestry, Tessa releases a terrible centuries old secret. She also meets William de Chaucy, an irresistible 16th-century nobleman. His fate is as inextricably tied to the tapestry as Tessa's own. Together, they must correct the wrongs of the past. But then the Fates step in, making a tangled mess of Tessa's life. Now everyone she loves will be destroyed unless Tessa does their bidding and defeats a cruel and crafty ancient enemy.
Why I Want to Read It: This story seems so intense and capable of drawing the reader in to a different realm of mind.  The cover art hand-in-hand with the compelling synopsis makes for a combination that's got me aching to get my hands on this book.







* 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 :




 *Scarlet*


Title: Scarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA Fable-twist
Publication: February 5, 2013
Pages: 464

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

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.
Why I want it: Okay. I know it hasn't released yet, but I can't help it. I WANT THIS BOOK! After reading "Cinder",  the first book in this series, I was in constant agony over whether there would be another book. When "Scarlet" was announced I let out a breath and haven't stopped anticipating its release! I haven't read a book that has gripped my attention and entertained me as much as "Cinder" in a long time, so I am very much anxious to read the next part of this great fable-twisting adventure! 



Alright, that's all for today love loves!

I'll see you guys tomorrow with a new RELEASE CRAZED!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

~A.
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