0= 0 stars (..is this possible?)
1/2 = half a star (i can't believe i read this)
* = 1 star (waste of time)
* 1/2 = 1 and a half stars (ehh..)
** = 2 stars (could have been better)
** 1/2 = 2 and a half stars (an ok read)
*** = 3 stars (a worthwhile read)
*** 1/2 = 3 and a half stars (a good read)
**** = 4 stars (a very good read)
**** 1/2 = 4 and a half stars (a great read)
***** = 5 stars (best of the best)
Favorite Friday is a weekly meme that features bloggers/authors and their favorites things!
It's time for another edition of Favorite Friday! This week I'm excited to have Kari from A Good Addiction.
It’s always a warm and fuzzies kind of thing when you get to take control of someone else’s blog. Must mean they like you and stuff. Yay. So besides the fact that I think Sherry is kinda awesome, I also think the X-Files are fantastic.
I’ve seen every episode, most of them multiple times. I own seasons 1-5 on DVD… and will eventually get the rest although I admit, the show lost quite a bit of spark when Mulder wasn’t so front and center. Doggit just wasn’t the same, not to mention, it wasn’t until after Mulder left that Scully started being all, oh there must be something besides a logical, scientific explanation. I mean so what if for years, I negated everything Mulder said even if in the end, he was always right with his not rational explanation. But barring that… and ignoring the fact that Fox Mulder was a bit of a hottie back in the day…
This show was awesome. A few of the episodes even creeped me out, like the moth people one? Those suckers are invisible and have freaky red eyes and they hide under your bed and wait. They pull you underground. They want to kill you. How do you fight off such things? Oh wait, for the most part, you don't. Or what about Eugene Tooms, who could squeeze through like anything? He was his own brand of creepy, as was the Flukeman. I could go on but… ten seasons is a lot to cover.
And this was all early 90s when TV graphics, etc weren’t what they are now. I admit the latest X-Files movie disappointed me…. it was less X-Files and more let’s see how demented we can be… but if they redid some of the earlier eps, man. It’d be freaky awesome.
So there you have it. I haven't watched the X-Files before so maybe I will go check it out! Thanks so much for sharing one of your favorite things Kari! :)
Make sure you come back next week to learn about the favorite things of another blogger!
Published by Margaret K. McElderry (Simon & Schuster)
Hardcover, 496 Pages
Source: ARC(from another blogger)
Summary from Goodreads:
"Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: Jem, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all."
My Review: *****+ = 5+ Stars
I have been eagerly awaiting Clockwork Angel since Cassandra Clare first made the announcement that a prequel series would be released. As a *HUGE* fan of her Mortal Instruments Series, I knew it would feel wonderful to slip back into this imaginative world that she created. I had my worries, of course, that Clockwork Angel just wouldn't compare to the MI series, which is my favorite series of all time(tied with Harry Potter).
Clockwork Angel was everything I hoped it would be and more. While it clearly welcomes us back into the world that we came to love, the story is entirely it's own and not the same as any of the MI books, as I feared might happen.
It's a new environment, location, characters and story. Tessa stands out as quite a unique character, that I can't wait to learn more about. As for Will & Jem, whom we have heard so much about, I'm afraid I can't state which team I am yet. Both boys have their qualities and faults. I really loved the connections to the MI series, such as the same terms(clave, institution, etc.) and similar names. It was enough to connect the two stories but it wasn't too much that it conflicted in any way.
I can say that I imagine this series, once complete, will be with The Mortal Instruments at the top of my favorites list. While I didn't want it to end, and I am dying for more, the story didn't leave me hanging too badly. Of course I want more, and I want it now, but that's because it's amazingly awesome and not because of a cruel cliffhanger.
Amazingly, I don't know if I am more excited for City of Fallen Angels, or the next installment in the Infernal Devices.
I still hold strong in my opinion that Cassandra Clare is an outstanding author that will always give us entertaining and enjoyable material. I *still* look forward to anything/everything she will come out with.
Mark your calendars, Clockwork Angel hits stores August 31st.
*Have you read Clockwork Angel yet? Were you disappointed, surprised....??
Time is ticking done until the final installment to The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay, is released.
In case you missed it, check out the newly released trailer for the hotly anticipated title.
Also available now is The Official Hunger Games Fan Page. Go browse the page now to interact with others who are waiting for Mockingjay. There is plenty to do there, including polls, sample chapters to the first two books, videos, gallerys and more.
So, in honor of Mockingjay being less than a month away, I've decided to hold a giveaway.
One winner will receive a hardcover copy of The Hunger Games & a hardcover copy of Catching Fire.
Unfortunately I can't afford to send packages oversees, so this giveaway is for US/Canada only.
Extra entries for following and speading the news about this contest.
In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, which was inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie.
I haven't done an IMM in weeks. Like 4. It just seems silly to do an IMM for 1 book so I just wait until I have a decent amount of books and then I do it. So this is the combination of 4 weeks worth of books.
Passing Strange by Daniel Waters
Emma and the Vampires by Wayne Johnson
Songs of a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson
The Plague by Joanne Dahme
The Eternal Kiss by many, many authors
Cathy's Book by Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman
Not Pictured: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Special thanks to Leanne and Non Fiction Books, Paul, Liz and Sourcebooks, Perseus Book Group, and Simon and Schuster
Radiance by Alyson Noel(signed)
White Cat by Holly Black Postcard
Special Thanks to AliseonLife!
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Many thanks to my best friend for giving me my most anticipated book for this year!
From Eric Luper:
Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto(signed)
Thanks so much Eric! :)
So those are my books from the past month. My nose is already stuck in Clockwork Angel, are any of you surprised??
Hey everyone! I loved this idea that Sherry had and I'm honored to stop by and share my favorite things.
I LOVE reading, well duh! since I have a book blog that was quite obvious wasn't it? Ok, how about some other of my favorite things like drawing? I have always loved drawing and even though I haven't done it in a while I do love it so. I draw abstract patterns and women's clothes =)
I have a few addictions in life besides reading, when I'm with a book I just need to have some MUSIC on or a TV show on... It is a physiological need to have sound in my environment that I can't quite explain, but it's true.
Now, there are other random things that I can say are my favorite, like: Walking in the rain, the night sky, talking on the phone with my best friend, odd numbers, flipping the pages of a new book and smelling them...
Well, I guess that's it, that's for stopping by and reading about my favorite things. What are yours?
Thanks for stopping by Larissa! That's it for this week. See you next friday here on Favorite Friday!
The latest contest here at Flipping Pages has come to an end. I have randomly selected two winners, who will each receive a paperback copy of Sea Change by Aimee Friedman, courtesy Big Honcho Media/Scholastic.
And the winners are......
Reading Angel (email starting dukesangel002)
Jacinda (email starting jacindahinton)
Wooohooo! Congrats you two! I will be emailing you very shortly and you have 48 hours to claim your prize and send your mailing address. Your mailing addressess will be forwarded to the publisher who will be sending out your copies.
Hey everyone! Just a quick update on how my book donation is going. I've received a total of 4 packages, and a know of a few that are being sent out or will be here soon. As for the others, if you haven't sent them out, no worries. Don't not send them out because it's past the deadline. I want to give these girls as many books as possible. Just send them out when you can and once I get them all I will post the final total.
Also, my cover for Princess Bookies Remake a Cover Contest made it into the second round. Voting is going on now, and the top 10 will move on again. Voting for this round ends Saturday afternoon so head on over now and get your vote in.
My cover is #14! :)
One last thing! My Sea Change giveaway ends tonight at Midnight. There will be 2 winners so if you haven't entered yet, better hurry!
So my mom has been asking for a while now to start a blog with her, and we have. Everything is just starting out but we have the name and blog set up. Go check it out and welcome my mom to the blogosphere. Follow us while you're at it, right now we only have 1 follower(me!) lol :P
And no worries, this is still my main blog. We just wanted to do one together too.
The giveaway on my blog for a $100 CSN Gift Certificate has ended.
The winner is very lucky because I could buy a lot of stuff with 100 dollars.. ;)
OK drumroll please....
.......ok enough of that nonsense.
Sandra! Congrats Sandra! (email starting wrotek5) You have been emailed and you have 48 hours to respond(from last night). Once you get back to me in that time frame I will send the certificate code along, so if you're seeing this check your email/junk folder.
Ok that's it for right now. Check back later for a guest post from an upcoming debut MG author! :)
(Thanks to Larissa for my new button! I'll leave it in the sidebar and if you want to start Favorite Friday you can grab my button and just be sure to credit me!)
Favorite Friday is a meme that focuses on the favorite things of our fellow bloggers or authors!
This week Emily aka Willowraven from Red House Books is here to share some of her favorite things.
One of my favorite things is the beach.
I grew up on an island, literally surrounded by water at all times. As a kid, every summer, I took swimming lessons at the local pool during the week and almost every weekend I was at the beach! The sun was always so warm and the water was always freezing. Didn't matter what time of year it was. We all blamed it on 'that Gulf Stream thing' even though none of us kids really knew what that meant.
Going to the beach was a simple affair in my family. Some blankets, maybe a chair or two, shovels and buckets (of course) and that was about it. Finding the perfect spot was always tricky. We wanted to be close enough to the water to hear the waves and smell the salt but not too far away from the boardwalk. As soon as we settled down, I would start digging. Sandcastles really weren't my thing - I left that to my dad or cousin. What I wanted was the moat. Close enough to the water, if you dug down to just the right depth, your hole would fill up with sea water. I thought it was the coolest thing ever!
There are tons of beaches on Long Island but there was really only one we ever went to. Jones Beach. Lots of sand, mild waves, mile of boardwalk, lots of food and it even had a mini golf! Tons of sea shells to collect (I still have a bunch) and the sunsets? Beautiful!
I miss the beach and I miss the water. I never would have though I would come to live in an (almost) land locked state and I never realized how much I took the water for granted. I still love the beach, even though I don't see it nearly enough these days. My family is still on Long Island and even though this summer is supper busy for me, I'm thinking a trip to the beach is in order - it's been too long!
Thanks so much for stopping by Emily!
In case you missed it, Emily is hosting a Blogoversary! Mega Contest! There's lots of asesome prizes so make sure you go check it out! :)
I have some winners to announce! There were 14 people total who helped support St. Anne's by donating books. I appreciate your help so much. All of the books aren't in yet but the total is estimated at around 185 right now. I'll be sure to post a pic of all the books and the exact total once I know for sure.
So here's the four prizes that will be randomly doled out.
The first person picked gets to choose and so on and so forth. I will email the winners one by one.
-Signed copy of Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto by Eric Luper
-$10 Amazon E-giftcard
-$10 Border's Giftcard
-$10 Barnes and Noble Giftcard
Winners in order that they were randomly chosen:
Lily O.(email starting neversleeping)
Alyssa, Jake and Gregory K
Adrienne S.(email starting adrienneelizbth)
Morgan B. (email starting morganbaden)
Since this was a different type of contest the winners have 4 days to send their choice to me after I email them.
Hey everyone! I've been kind of absent lately besides posting a few contests and I just want to apologize. My schedule has been a whole lot of crazyness and I havent had time to actually read for a while(which makes me very sad!).
Last week I went on a mini vacation with my boyfriend down to Atlantic City. Some of you already saw that Eleni from La Femme Readers was on vacation there with her fiance and no its not a coincidence we were both there at the same time! I went to hang out with her, and the four of us had a great time. Of course I only got to stay until Tuesday night because we had to drive(when I say we I mean my boyfriend) back home because I had to work Wednesday morning.
Here's some pics!
(Eleni, Me, My boyfriend George, Eleni's fiance Fir)
The Carnival on the boardwalk.
Me being random at Ripley's Believe it or Not.
Some random surfer, hes pretty good huh?
Other than that I've been working and watching my neice a lot. I've been freaking exhausted lately from the overnights and early mornings at work, not to mention going into work after 2 and a half hours of sleep when I got in from Atlantic City.
So once again I apologize for the lack of reviews. I promise this is still a book review blog and I will work on getting some books read.
On a side note, for those of you who filled out the forms to donate books to the girls at St. Anne's, please have them sent out by July 12th. I will be selecteing winners tomorrow of the three gift cards and the signed book.
Also, 500 followers contest winners, I will be mailing your prizes out on friday! I have so much going on I haven't been able to make it to the post office yet! Sorry!
And in case you missed it, I currently have two giveaways going on.
My 500 followers contest has come to a close. Along the way I picked up 113 new followers so thanks very much everyone! I never thought after 10 months of blogging I would have so many! :P
Oh you guys probably want to know who won, huh?
Well total there were 240 entrants. I'm really glad I didn't do extra entries, I really hate adding them up lol.
The winners were all selected randomly using random.org. First I randomized the number of entrants, then I randomly selected a number between 1 and 240. It was as if all the names were thrown in a hat and I selected three. I just don't have time for that.
In first place with 3 picks is: Heather (email starting abiibliophilesparadise@)
In second place with 2 picks is: Violet (email starting theeagerreaders@)
In third place with 1 pick is: Alyssa (email starting theshadyglade@)
I will be emailing the 1st winner shortly who will pick first, and then so on and so on. You have 48 hours to get back to me or a new winner will be selected! :)
Again here are the books they get to choose from:
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey
The Agency 2: The Body at the Tower by Y.S. Lee
Congrats to the winners!
Don't forget to check out my other giveaways going on now!
In support of the paperback release of Sea Change by Aimee Friedman, I have a giveaway for you all!
About the book:
"Sixteen-year-old Miranda Merchant is great at science...and not so great with boys. After major drama with her (now ex) boyfriend, she's happy to be spending the summer on small, mysterious Selkie Island, helping her mother sort out her late grandmother's estate.
On the lush, beautiful island, Miranda finds new friends and a community with a mystical history, presenting her with facts her logical, scientific mind can't make sense of. She also meets Leo, who challenges everything she thought she knew about boys, romance...and reality.
Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something that she never could have imagined?"
About the Author:
Aimee Friedman is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for young adults, including South Beach, French Kiss, Hollywood Hills, A Novel Idea, and, most recently, The Year My Sister Got Lucky. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Aimee attended the Bronx High School of Science, but she always wanted to be a writer, never a scientist. Though she does not know how to swim, she loves living on the island of Manhattan, where she also works as a book editor.