Thursday, April 29, 2010

Amazon Associates doesn't work on this computer . . .

and since my other computer is doing this really annoying thing in which you press a key on the keyboard and nothing happens, I'm stuck using this one.

So, I would like to remind you of the Contest.

Today is the 29th.  Tomorrow will be the 30th.  The next day will be May 1st.  You will not be able to enter the contest then.  Just today and tomorrow.
So, if you want to win the bookmarks, leave a comment.  Become and official follower.  Buy a book through one of my amazon links.
And look forward to the contest in May.  It's pretty freaking exciting.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

LOOK AT ALL THE STUFF COMING OUT THIS YEAR!!!!!

Yup, the fifth Vampire Academy book comes out May 18.  That's like, less than a month away!
Burned, the seventh in the House of Night series, will be released in two days!  Yup, it comes out on April 27.
Dark Flame, the next in the Immortals series, will be out June22!
My Soul to Keep, third in the Soul Screamers series, will be out June 1.







Yes, I KNOW we've already read Twilight, but this is a related novella!  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer will be out on June 5th.


Sisters Red, the second novel by Jackson Pearce, will be out on June 7th.  This was recently reviewed and is considered top notch, so you definitely want to pre-order this one.

Linger, sequel to Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater, will be out on July 20.  This has wolves in it, so it must be good.

The third and final volume of the ever magnificent Hunger Games series, Mockingjay, will be out on August 24.  You DEFINITELY want this one.

The sequel to Fallen, reviewed earlier this year, will be out on September 28. Torment also sports such a pretty cover you may want to buy it and stick it in a glass case even if you don't want to read it.

The fifth in the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz, will be released on October 5.
The sequel to Beautiful Creatures, released late last year and reviewed earlier this year, will be released on October 26.
Finally, the sequel to Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush, will be released November 16.







I realize that I have not been able to read ALL of the prequels to these books, but feel free to read them and tell me if they're good.  And don't forget to pre-order them!

Also, the contest will be open for five more days.  If you have not entered, do it now!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Beauty - Robin McKinley

Remember how I said that Robin McKinley wrote that book Sunshine and it was a really good vampire story?
Well, she also wrote this book, and it's a really good Beauty and the Beast story.
Beauty is actually the plainest of her sisters, and her real name is Honor, but as a child said she'd rather be Beauty, and it stuck.
Her other two sisters are gloriously beautiful, so Beauty just reads lots of books, kinda like in the Disney version that has so many plot holes I could write a book about them. Yes, but for some reason I watch it anyway.
But this book!  It doesn't have twenty million plot holes!  It's good!
It's not particularly long, so you can read it in a day if you are so inclined.  It has Beauty, and she does the whole 'oh crap i'm stuck in a castle with a beast who wants to marry me' thing, and well, you know the basic plot.  But it works; she eventually trusts the beast and decides to marry him, and (no I'm not spoiling it, you know how the tale goes already) they live happily in this realm that is not quite in their world but in another, unlike the Disney version that has so many plot holes I could write a book about them (I mean, how could this village not know there's a prince living a few miles away?  And what the hell is he the prince of?  And what happened to his parents?).
So yes, this one makes more sense.  And amazingly enough, this was Robin McKinley's FIRST novel!  She wrote it ages ago!  And then she wrote another Beauty and the Beast novel, Rose Daughter, which didn't enthrall me as much because the Beauty character was obsessed with flowers.  I mean, I have a black thumb, I can't make any plant stay alive, so I wasn't so into this 'oh look i make all the flowers grow fa la la la la' thing.  But if you like flowers a lot, you might like it too.
Oh, and let me remind you again of the contest.
You have until the end of the month to enter.
Oh, and by the way, I finished all those cranes.  Yup, 1000 and more.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Pre-order Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Yeah, that cover art is awesome.
And this is a fairy tale based novel too!
It's probably one of the most creative twists on a fairy tale I've ever seen--it's Little Red Riding Hood . . . with werewolves.
Only, well, Grandma dies.  And so these two sisters, Scarlett and Rosie, devote their lives to killing werewolves like the one that killed their Grandma and almost killed Rosie.
Scarlett, amazingly enough, is a really tough, battle-scarred, badass.  Totally unlike most people named Scarlett, who are all pretty and skanky (like that Scarlett O'Hara manipulative slut from Gone with the Wind).  It's a nice play on words; Scarlett is covered in scars!  And only has one eye!  Totally badass and doesn't even care that she's not some gorgeous dragonfly girl; her whole life is about killing Fenris (werewolves).  Her sister Rosie often joins in the fun, and is better bait since she has no scars and is the pretty little one.
Now, this is very different from Jackson Pearce's first book, As You Wish, which was on of the first reviewed on this blog in January.  It is much more mature, has a prettier cover, is published by a different company, and the storyline is extremely different.
There is a love interest story in with the kicking ass parts, involving a friend of the sisters, and it does come out slightly triangular, but isn't as major an issues as Scarlett trying to kill the Fenris who seem to be getting stronger.
Seriously though, if you like kickass babes as much as I do, and supernatural elements, and fairy tales, you will definitely like this book.  However, it does not come out until June 7th (yes I got an ARC, I'm special, go me, don't be too jealous).  Of course, if you check out Jackson Pearce's youtube channel, which is shown down on the right side, you will see that she is having a giveaway this month in which you could win one!  And a bunch of other stuff, because that's how Jackson is; always ready to give people good stuff.  However, even if you don't win, you have something to look forward to in June., which is the best month of the year because it is when I was born.
Oh, and don't forget my contest.  It is still going on. And look out for next month's contest too.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Fairy Tale Time! Daughter of the Forest - Juliet Marillier

Taking a break from vampires, I said, 'oh how I love books based on fairy tales; i think i shall review some.'
And since one of the bookmarks in the prize pack is signed by this author, I felt it was my holy duty to review her first book, and my personal favorite of hers.
This is a version of The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen, or The Six Swans by the Brothers Grimm, though Andersen's version is a bit better known.  Only, it's set in Ireland and England way back in the day.
It starts out with Sorcha, an Irish lord's daughter.  She is the youngest of seven children, the rest of them being boys, and is loved dearly by them.  Her father marries another woman, who is a right bitch, as that is how it is in Fairy Tale World, and she turns all the boys into swans by day, and they can only be human at night.
If you know the story, you'll know that to break the spell, Sorcha has to sew them shirts made of nettles and not speak to anyone until she is done.
Which really sucks for her, cause nettles sting, and sometimes it's really hard to shut up.  I know this from personal experience.
But Sorcha is pretty strong, and when she ends up in England, because this English lord is trying to protect her because she saved him at one point, he falls in love with her in the face of adversity.
If you know how the fairy tale goes, you don't need much more information about the book, except to know that is beautifully written and engrossing, and it has sequels.
No, the sequels are not based on fairy tales.  But they're pretty good, so you might like them too.
Son of the Shadows
Child of the Prophecy
Heir to Sevenwaters

I loved Daughter of the Forest so much I drew this picture:
Yes, that is Sorcha.
And this is Juliet Marillier's website! www.julietmarillier.com

She's written a bunch more books, like Wolfskin, which has the SIGNED bookmark in the PRIZE for the month, and she lives in Australia.
You should read this one, if no other, because it is sooo goooood.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

As promised . . . the bookmarks in full color!

Here is the PRIZE.  Now, you have until April 30 to enter, so that's LOADS of time.  I will remind you periodically, and yes, there will be more reviews, and later on, I'll have ACTUAL BOOKS as prizes!
So, SIX bookmarks.  If you're the kind of person who reads 27,000 books at once, this could help you out. 
Now, the Wolfskin one is especially nice, because only 100 were printed, and the back is signed by Juliet Marillier (it is number 44 of 100).  Also it's pretty.  So you're not likely to find another anywhere, unless you know Juliet personally, which you probably don't.  I only have it because I'm special.  But now you can be special!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Yay! Contest Time!

In my infinite wisdom, I have decided to hold a contest for readers of this blog.
I have a fantasy bookmark collection, which consists of three Lord of the Rings bookmarks, two David Deen (the artist) bookmarks, one Janny Wurtz bookmark (she writes and illustrates all her novels), and one SIGNED bookmark.
Yes, a Signed Bookmark.
This bookmark is for Juliet Marillier's book Wolfskin.  And she signed it.  And it's pretty!
I will in all likelihood review Juliet Marillier's first book, Daughter of the Forest, in the near future, because it's fairy tale based, and I go for that.
So now, I know you are wondering, 'how do I enter?'
There are a number of ways.  You can:
1. Become a follower
2. Convince someone else to become a follower and have them leave a comment that YOU referred them, meaning that both of you are entered
3. Purchase one of my books through the Amazon link and leave a comment (this one counts for TWO entries)
4. Post links to this blog on other sites including but not limited to facebook, message boards, myspace, livejournal, blogger, etc, and then leave a comment so that I know you did it and I can go looksee
5. Tell everyone you know that I am the greatest person in the world.

So.  There you have it.  I will make another post with PICTURES of the bookmarks soon, so that you can see what you're getting. And of course, doing more than one of these things gives you more entries, and the winner will be chosen randomly.
And I ship WORLDWIDE.  For FREE.  Meaning no matter where you are, you win it all for the cost of nothing (unless you purchased a book, and in that case I will say LOVE FOREVER)!

Oh, and I will have MORE CONTESTS coming up soon, some of which you might wet your pants for.  Maybe.  Because that's how much I care.
So enter away.  And remember that every follower is bloody brilliant in my eyes.  Even if you're not an author (though I do love seeing authors following of course).

Saturday, April 3, 2010

My apologies

I'm sorry, but I have not been reading much lately, because I was inspired by the failure of this little Japanese girl.
Yes, you know the one, she got radiation sickness and died, and a lot of people were really sad about it and sometimes just telling people about it makes them sad.
Because honestly, it is sad when little girls die of radiation sickness.  There's just no getting around that fact.
However, before little Sadako died horribly, she was trying to fold 1000 paper cranes, but she only got up to 644.  This is unfortunate because when you fold 1000 paper cranes, you get a wish.  Good luck.  Health.  Etc.
And apparently, the Noble Crane does not hand out consolation prizes for a 'real good effort.'
So now I'm about to tell the Noble Crane what for.  I am going to fold 1000 of those paper birds, and then I'm going to do ONE more.  And then I'll probably fold some dragons and phoenixes because they could probably singlehandedly beat up all 1001 of those cranes.  And a unicorn too, because unicorns like little girls (perhaps Sadako should have folded 1000 paper unicorns instead?).
Anyhow, I have hundreds of these little origami cranes in boxes, and they have pretty little patterns and it looks like nice big boxes of pretty little patterned insanity.
But if you have not read about Sadako, then you should.  The hardback copy featured is the one I remember because it has the little girl on the cover, and I think little Asian girls are the Most Adorable Things in the Entire World.  But yes, there are paperback copies too.  And this other book about a statue honoring Sadako and the other kids who died from radiation sickness: One Thousand Paper Cranes: The Story of Sadako and the Children's Peace Statue
Or if you want to show the Noble Crane what for too, here's a pack of paper. It's only 49 sheets, but it'll get you started.