Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Top Ten Favorite Heroines

  POOR TORI IS HAVING SURGERY SOON and is all sickly. 

Any sunshiny words of encouragement for her to
help her through her time of suck are greatly appreciated. 

 Her surgery is the beginning of March so send her lots
and lots of fluffy thoughts to get her healed up ASAP!

Don't worry, she's going to be right as rain! But she's taking a well-needed restup and will be back with AuggieTalk as soon as she can. She sends her love to all of you!!!

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

This week's top ten topic is: 
My Favorite Heroines


1. Felicity Pickle - From "A Snicker of Magic" - I can hardly explain to you how much I love Felicity. She can SEE spoken words. They float, fly, slink, and run around her all day long and she takes them, saves them, and turns them into something extraordinary. She's the daughter of a single mom that can't seem to stay in one place very long but this girl is bright, and sunny, and full of magic despite it. The love inside Fleciity is unreal and she is one of the most magical gals I've ever had the pleasure of getting to know through a book.

2. Sophie Hatter - From "Howls Moving Castle" - This woman is unstoppable. Shy, quiet, and generally uninterested in the world outside her little hat shop... That is until a jealous witch turns her into an 80 year old lady! Does Sophie freak out? Nope. She just kind of casually goes out to find a new life, runs into the evil wizard's moving castle, and makes herself right at home without permission. She has zero trouble making friends with a fire demon, outsmarts (and befriends) the witch who cursed her, goes up against some pretty crazy beasties, and endears herself to Wizard Howl.

Most amazing thing? Sophie is so incredibly awesome that even while looking like an 80 year old grandma the young and handsome Wizard Howl falls in love with her. You rock so hard, Sophie.


3. Sookie Stackhouse - From "Sookie Stackhouse Series" - This gal has faced down the meanest of the mean, all with a polite southern smile and a "get the hell off my lawn" attitude. She's comfortable with her body, is a shameless sun worshiper, and won't take any of your nonsense, I don't care if you're a demon/fairy/vampire/king, thank you very much. Sexy, sassy, and no-nonsense. I love this girl!


4. Maree - From "Deep Secret" - She is so incredibly awkward and initially just genuinely unlikeable. On the surface she's a take-no-bullcrap killjoy who is very likely to not care about anyone except for herself and her cousin. What she actually is, underneath all that outer misery, is the kind of woman who follows her gut instincts and does what she feels is right regardless of whether or not its against the rules. She also tends to love very strongly and is a powerful character despite some of her initially off putting characteristics.

Basically she's a warm hug disguised as sandpaper. I rather like her.


5. Meg Murry - From "A Wrinkle in Time".  This girl has no idea how awesome she is. What's phenomenal is that she's a totally regular gal. She gets confused, afraid, and is unsure about things. She's not extremely athletic, or prom queen gorgeous, but she's open-minded, and loving, and CURIOUS. When adventure comes to her she goes with it and experiences some of the most extraordinary things just by being herself.


6. Coraline - From "Coraline" This is a case of an average kid facing extraordinarily horrifying (and I mean sewing buttons into eyes horrifying) circumstances and rising to the challenge for the sake of her family. The fact that she's overly curious, a bit naughty, and a little selfish isn't anything special. She's a kid. But those characteristics dissolve into strength, courage, and even kindness when things get difficult. Probably why she didn't end up as another ghost in the closet.


7. Jane- From "Jane Eyre" - I love Jane mostly because I don't think I could ever be strong enough to make it through the things she did without becoming increasingly bitter and disagreeable. I'd say she's a pretty awesome representation of how a human being should be. Kind and true to themselves. She could have totally given up her principals and gone off to live with Rochester despite the fact they couldn't marry. She could have also married the luke-warm missionary. She did neither of these things because she wasn't willing to betray herself and her desires for something less. This girl definitely lives by her heart. That makes her quite lovely.


8. Candy Quackenbush - From "Abarat" - Who could not love a girl with a name like that? Candy is just as interesting as her name and learning to navigate an alternate world that is equal parts beautiful, fascinating, and terrifying. Her ability to make friends and overcome obstacles despite all of the weird and miserable things seeming to happen around her is pretty inspiring.


9. Lady Murasaki - From "The Diary of Lady Murasaki". This woman is just freakin' awesome. Not only is her own personal diary extremely interesting and engaging but she WROTE THE FIRST NOVEL. Yeah, that's right. A kick rear Japanese lady wrote the first ever novel, "The Tale of Genji".  And it's great.

She's the real deal people!


10. Annabeth - From " Percy Jackson and the Olympians" and "Heroes of Olympus" - This one is kind of a "Duh". The girl is the daughter of Greek Goddess Athena (the female equal to Zeus!). She's just kick butt. Do I really have to explain this?

What are your top tens this week?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #4

Hello bliblio friendship!

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

22465597Title: Vanishing Girls
Author:  Lauren Oliver
Genre: Contemporary YA
Publication: March 10, 2015
Pages:  368


New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

"Alarming and uplifting, a rare psychological thriller that has a kind heart at its center. Read it with all the lights on." -- E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars.

What are YOU not so patiently waiting for?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Top Ten Bookish Problems I Have

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

This week's top ten topic is: 
Top Ten Bookish Problems I have

  1. Dust Jackets - Do I keep them on? Use them as a bookmark? Take them of while reading and them put them back on? Take them off forever so they'll be in pristine condition for collection? Frame them and hang them up on a wall to create appealing and edgy wall art? Decoupage? I just don't even know anymore. 
2. Feeling like my life is so very boring - Yes, yes. There are times when I finish a book and just lay on my couch in abject misery because my life just doesn't seem quite as interesting as the lives of characters I read about. Why can't I have a walking castle? A floating city? A white rabbit running around my heels yelling about time?! Why are there no alternate universes? No Time travel? Magic powers? I WANT TO WEAR A PRETTY DRESS! Yeah.  I get pretty down until I remember I have coffee on. That usually perks me right up. I am potentially too easy to please.
3. Movies based off Books (MBOB) - I usually always love the book more (except in the case of Twilight), though there have been some ones that I really enjoyed.  Many of them, however, have been ABSOLUTE CRAP! So now I have anxiety over MBOBs. Should I go see it? Will I be mad for the next month after watching? Do I mind potentially wasting $11.50 on a ticket? Can someone PLEASE tell me why no one can EVER cast the characters correctly? I mean COME ON!

4. Comfort - There is an optimal comfort position while reading. I just have no idea what it is. 

5.  FLOW - Okay, let me explain this quickly. Flow is that awesome, and real, psychological thing that actually happens to you when you read a book you're really into. The "getting lost in a good book" thing? That's called "Flow" and it's addicting. So...very...addicting. I want to experience Flow with every book but it seems like, out of all the books I read in a year, only a handful of them really really get me there. It's a constant quest.

For all of you academic types out there who want to know more about this, read: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (that is a real name).

6. Not Enough Time - The average adult is believed to read something around 5 books a year (No Joke), but what about those of us who try to squeeze in 100 reads per annum? Even if we live to be 100 years old, and even if we started reading at exactly 5 years old, we would only read 9,500 books in our lifetime. THAT IS NOT ENOUGH. I have seen people on goodreads with near that many on their "Too Read" shelf and that doesn't even include books that haven't been published yet!

Really makes you rethink that TBR situation, doesn't it.

7.  Book Covers - Oh, my constant love-hate relationship with covers. I prefer covers that don't picture faces of people because it throws a wrench in my imagination and I have trouble creating my own image for the characters, which means I don't connect as well with the them. Not to mention... if your protagonist is "dark skinned, with caramel hair" then why, oh why, is your cover picture of a PALE WHITE GIRL WITH RED HAIR AND FRECKLES? EXPLAIN YOURSELVES!

No, really. I need a 2,000 word expository essay about how this is even remotely okay on my desk by noon. That gives you 3 hours,  sunshine. I'll be waiting.

8. No One Is Paying Me To Read - And this is a problem. I'm a graduate student. My pockets are nearly always empty because Grad school is...what word am I looking for? Hm....oh yeah! EXPENSIVE *deep calming breath*

But really, I can hardly even stand walking into a bookstore these days because I can't justify my purchases with all of the TBR nonsense I have going on back at the house. I also kind of have to eat. That's why I love that Amazon Prime now covers some USED BOOK purchases. $1.5 for a book with free shipping? Yeeehaw, baby!

9. Shelf Space - I live in a very very very tiny state. With very very very tiny apartments. As many of you, the number of books I have points casually to my insanity. My Booksanity. My Inbooksanity? Well, they call it Bibliomania. So there you go. 

Cinderblocks and woodplanks make for very fun shelving.

10.  Bookmarks - I don't use them. I own them, but just because they're pretty. I'll buy a new one and think to myself "Now that I have this pretty bookmark, I'll actually stop dogearing my pages!". Not so. 

Yes. I dogear. No, I do not dogear books that aren't mine (library or otherwise borrowed), so calm down, Betsy. 

What are your Top 10 bookish problems? I'd love to know!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Author Guest Post: Rachael Stapleton "Curse of The Purple Delhi Sapphire"

Title: Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire
Temple of Indra Series
Book Two
Author: Rachael Stapleton
Genre: Mystery, Adventure, Romance
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Date of Publication: February 3rd, 2015
Print Length: 215 pages
Word Count: 66, 400

Cover Artist: Rebecca Boyd

Book Description:

As a librarian, Sophia Marcil loved reading, especially books about ancient curses and reincarnation, but she never imagined the legend of the Purple Delhi Sapphire was true until she inherited it and was transported back to a past life where she was murdered. Now she knows that not only is reincarnation real, but so is the devil’s magic locked inside the precious gem. Just as she’s about to tell her boyfriend Cullen about it, he proposes with an engagement ring made from a piece of the very sapphire that’s cursed her. Reeling from the shock and surrounded by his family, she allows him to place it on her ring finger. As soon as it touches her skin, she feels herself being wrenched back in time.

Before she knows it, she’s wandering the hallway of an old Victorian house in the body of her great aunt. Unfortunately, her nemesis has also reincarnated in 1920—as one of her family members. Sophia struggles to locate the Purple Delhi Sapphire in time to prevent the deaths of those she loves, but she fails and returns to her present-day life, to the precise moment she left, with a deep understanding that her killer’s soul is also tied to the sapphire and every life she has, he is resurrected as someone close to her.

Her stalker ex-boyfriend Nick seems like a prime candidate this time but she’s convinced she’s a step ahead of him, thanks to a tip from a medium, she knows that if she uses the magic of the stone correctly she can trap Nick’s soul in the sapphire and save herself. But when Nick is murdered, she finds evidence that has her questioning everything she thought she knew.

Is Cullen husband material or is history doomed to repeat itself?

Available at Amazon
About the Author:

Rachel Stapleton spent her youth cultivating a vivid imagination inside the book lined walls of an old Victorian library where she consumed everything from mystery to biography, creating magical worlds, hidden elevators, and secret spiral staircases. At sixteen, she penned a column for the local newspaper and in 2006, wrote her first book featuring an adventurous librarian.

She lives in a Second Empire Victorian with her husband and two children in Ontario and enjoys writing in the comforts of aged wood and arched dormers. She is the author of The Temple of Indra’s Jewel and is currently working on a third book in the Temple of Indra series.

Visit her website and follow her on social media or sign up at www.rachaelstapleton.com to receive email updates.

Author Rachael Stapleton’s Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire Soundtrack & Character Theme Songs

Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire is a captivating novel that crosses genres and time periods to deliver a sinister tale of love, obsession and reincarnation.

We asked Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire’s author Rachael Stapleton to imagine her dream soundtrack for Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire then we asked her to tell us what song she saw playing the first time her main characters appeared on screen, here's what she told us.

R: Music plays an important role in everyone’s life. We all have musical memories that help us identify our teen years, our twenties, and today? If I had to choose a soundtrack to fit my novel, this is what I would choose. The funny part is I can't listen to music at all when I write. So these songs are chosen at random and out of order.


Sophia Marcil would be played by Minka Kelly
Sophia’s song has to be – Once Upon a Dream by Lana Del Ray 
Favorite Indulgence: Shiraz, Chocolate & Books


Cullen O’Kelly would be played by Alex-O-Loughlin
Cullen’s song has to be – Galway Girl by Steve Earle
Favorite Indulgence: Guinness, Sophia & Architecture Magazines


The Stalker I won’t reveal the identity but I will say it would be a toss-up between Polly Wants a Cracker by Nirvana and Living Room by Tegan and Sara
Favorite Indulgence: Sweet Killarney Pipe Tobacco, Whisky & Spying

Leslie would be played by Isla Fisher
Leslie’s song would be – All the Small Things by Blink 182
Favorite Indulgence: Vodka, Men & Books


Temple of Indra Series: Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire

Dream Soundtrack

1.      Laid James
2.     Little Red Corvette Prince
3.      Serial Killer Lana Del Ray
4.     All the Small Things Blink 182
5.      Used To Love Her Guns and Roses
6.     Die Die Die, My Darlings The Misfits
7.      Young and Beautiful Lana Del Ray
8.     Once Upon a Dream Lana Del Ray
9.     Born to Die Lana Del Ray
10.   Whiskey in the Jar The Dubliners
11.    Galway Girl Steve Earle
12.   Love You ‘Til The End The Pogues
13.   Ghost Ella Henderson
14.   Something in the Water Carrie Underwood
15.   Book Club Arkells
17.   Take Me To Church Hozier
18.   Rape Me Nirvana
19.   Polly Wants a Cracker Nirvana
20.  Living Room Tegan and Sara
21.   Kiss With a Fist Florence and the Machine
22.  Ghost Depeche Mode

Are there any other new releases on the horizon?

I have a short story—a prequel to how Sophia and Cullen met called DINNER IN THE DARK that was just released Solstice Publishing’s Valentine’s Day Anthology, The Food of Love. There are several delicious recipes in it including mine for Dill Pickle soup. http://www.amazon.com/The-Food-Love-Solstice-Publishing-ebook/dp/B00T98IXR6

What’s up next for you?

THE CREATIVELY GREEN WRITE AT HOME MOM.  http://www.creativelygreen.blogspot.ca/. Stop by and enter the #Rafflecopter contest. The tour runs until the 23rd. All stops are listed and linked on the media page of my website www.rachaelstapleton.com.

Thank you for joining me today. One final question, where can my readers purchase your book(s)?

Tour giveaway

10 E-Copies of The Temple of Indra’s Jewel. (The first book in the series.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Tori Review: "Mythos" by Vrinda Pendred


Title: Mythos
Author: Vrinda Pendred
Genre: Fantasy/Supernatural
Publication: January 1, 2013


17-year-old Itzel Loveguard has a secret. The stories she can’t seem to stop writing...sometimes they come true. And now she thinks she may have killed her own father.

But she’s not the only one. Her estranged half-brother Oz and his unfailingly charming friend Seth can do things too. And so can the handsome grey-eyed boy, who seems to have stepped right out of Itzy’s dreams and has been travelling to London in search of the mysterious black pulse.

Suddenly, Itzy is flung on an emotional journey as she struggles to come to terms with her traumatic past – and it leads her into a strange new world of magic and mythology.

Now she finds herself questioning everything she’s ever believed...and wondering who her father thought was coming for her

Whew…that was entirely unexpected. I don’t know that I have read anything quite like Mythos in well…ever. I was sucked in so completely that I might as well have been hypnotized and solidly glued to my chair. Maybe throw in a little duct tape for good measure. There was no putting this book down. I would contemplate a snack break and think that I would stop after just one more chapter for a trip to the fridge. Nope. No dice. Just-one-more-chapter turned into ten and I found myself ignoring the embarrassingly loud growling of my belly to continue my dalliance within the world that Vrinda Pendred so uniquely crafted and set before me.

Pendred has a way of creating scenes with such an artistic hand that I can close my eyes and watch powers manifest like vibrant hues being stitched across a canvas with all the elegance of a pianist at work. I was transfixed. I was haunted. But most of all, I was surprisingly moved. I came away from this read feeling as if my mind actually bent a little. Strange to be sure. But appealing nonetheless.

Itzel Loveguard. Let’s ignore for a moment the bizarrely awesome character name that shall stick with me for years and concentrate on her ability. Her writing has the power to make things happen. I was, sadly, a little jealous. Who hasn’t secretly wished for that power? I know I have on many, many occasions. I enjoyed watching Itzy…transform, as blossom is just not the correct word for her metamorphosis throughout the book.

However, I have to say…my one and only complaint was the romantic aspect of the plot. I feel as if perhaps, instead of a love triangle, the reader is presented with a square instead. The addition of one too many guys orbiting Itzy made for a whiplash effect when her mind and heart finally worked out where it was supposed to stay.

4 quills to Mythos! I will certainly be interested to see just how much the next installment of The Descendants series can knock me off my axis.

Happy Reading!


  Tori is a  24 year old tiny oddball of a woman who ardently loves rainy days and festive repartee. A college graduate, she holds a degree in communications with an emphasis on writing for media. Tori is currently an Assistant librarian working towards getting her Master's in Library Science. You will not find it surprising that this Auggie-Talk Co-Blogger is a passionate devotee of impulsive bookstore perusing and reading far past the point of exhaustion.