Wednesday, September 30, 2009
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.
Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.
Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.
Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.
Reason: I've seen this around a lot and have had it on my TBR list for a good while now. I think I even featured it on a Friday Finds post not too long ago...
It sounds like it's gonna be G-O-O-D!! Don't you think?? I'm super curious as to what happened to Thomas...
Cover Discussion: I like it. Definitely makes me curious.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Synopsis [from bn.com]:
In the Tudor Court of 1518, your friends and enemies can be one and the same...
During the annual celebration of the Order of the Garter, Sir Michael Devereaux arrives in King Henry VIII's court on a mission for his benefactor. The celebration's endless feats and sumptuous women delight the charismatic newcomer, who becomes captivated by the enigmatic Princess Renée of France. But evil, it seems, has followed Michael to the court. Shortly after his arrival, an unknown killer claims several victims, including the Queen's lady-in-waiting, and the powerful Cardinal Wolsey asks Michael to help with the investigation. As he searches for the killer, Michael is haunted by disturbing images of the victims—flashes of violence that lead him to doubt his own sanity. Michael soon realizes that the key to solving the crime is connected to both the Pope's Imperial vault in Rome and a mystery from Michael's own past—revealing a secret that is so damning, it could forever alter the future of mankind.
Powerfully evocative and steeped with detail from the breathtaking era of the Tudors, Royal Blood is historical storytelling at its richest—an unforgettable tale of intrigue, passion, and danger.
Holy crap - this book took me forever to read. Not that it wasn't good...it just really gave me a hard time. I suppose it's because I'm not that historical savvy yet. Not that I ever will be, I just haven't read that many historical books. This is also my first novel by Rona Sharon. So maybe that had something to do with it...I don't really know. That and maybe the fact that it was a fat ass book lol
As I mentioned in the above paragraph, I'm not a historical fiction pro. To me, Rona Sharon did a most excellent job in detailing and setting up the 16th century Tudor England. I'm not familar with Henry VII and the court politics and intrigue of that time. What can I say? I avoided European History in high school and took U.S. History again in college. Basically, I have no idea what went down in Europe unless it concerned the U.S. ... And even then I'm still a bit fuzzy. All I know is that ROYAL BLOOD's premise interested me immensly. And I must say I wasn't disappointed.
Michael Devereaux is on a mission. Traveling from Ireland, Michael is out to make a name for himself at Henry VII's annual Order of the Garter celebration. His benefactor Lord Tyrone has warned him of the dangers of court politics and told him to be careful. He tells Michael that it's great to be loved and wanted but not to fall in love. It will only complicate things for him. Michael has no problem with that... until he sets eyes on Princess Renee de Valois of France.
Renee is a fiery minx of a woman. The sister of the Queen of France and the daughter of the previous King, Renee is sent on a mission of her own pretty much against her will by the current King of France and Cardinal Medici. It is when the two paths cross that Michael and Renee are both sucked into a whirlwind of murder, mystery, betrayal, and romance that will keep you wanting more.
I remember when I first accepted the inquiry for review, I don't think I knew there was going to be any paranormal element in the book. I mean the back of the book doesn't even mention it. And I can't remember how I found out about the paranormal part but I know I knew about it before I opened the book. And it was a delightful addition. The vampire lore had a few new twists that added a different feel against the brilliant historical setting Rona Sharon created.
I found the first half of the book enjoyable - although slow. I must admit it took me a great while to get used to the feel of Michael and Renee's world. But I don't necessarily fault Rona's writing. I think it might have been the fact that I'm a historical newbie. Another thing I had trouble with was keeping some of the characters straight... another thing I can't really fault Rona for. Again, that may just be me.
Overall though, when I turned the last page, I found myself really liking ROYAL BLOOD. I'm sure true historical fans will appreciate the detail and depth Rona Sharon has written with. And even non-historical fans will love the characters and the paranormal feel towards the end. I highly recommend this one. I wish there was a sequel to it =) Regardless I'll be checking out more of Rona's books when I get the chance.
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Monday, September 28, 2009
Book one in the Alien Huntress series
They are ice and fire.
The Stepsister Scheme :: Jim C. Hines
Book one in the Tristan and Isolde series
In the golden time of Arthur and Guenevere, the Island of the West shines like an emerald in the sea—one of the last strongholds of Goddess-worship and Mother-right. Isolde is the only daughter and heiress of Ireland's great ruling queen, a lady as passionate in battle as she is in love. La Belle Isolde, like her mother, is famed for her beauty, but she is a healer instead of a warrior, "of all surgeons, the best among the isles." A natural peacemaker, Isolde is struggling to save Ireland from a war waged by her dangerously reckless mother. The Queen is influenced by her lover, Sir Marhaus, who urges her to invade neighboring Cornwall and claim it for her own, a foolhardy move Isolde is determined to prevent. But she is unable to stop them. King Mark of Cornwall sends forth his own champion to do battle with the Irish—Sir Tristan of Lyonesse—a young, untested knight with a mysterious past. A member of the Round Table, Tristan has returned to the land of his birth after many years in exile, only to face Ireland's fiercest champion in combat. When he lies victorious but near death on the field of battle, Tristan knows that his only hope of survival lies to the West. He must be taken to Ireland to be healed, but he must go in disguise—for if the Queen finds out who killed her beloved, he will follow Marhaus into the spirit world. His men smuggle him into the Queen's fort at Dubh Lein, and beg the princess to save him.
From Contests/Giveaways & Misc:
(Thanks Tina from FantasticBookReview!!)
Fans of urban fantasy should prepare for a new kind of vampire-one that feeds off of tears instead of blood. Descended from an ancient line of creatures that gain their energy from human tears, Cassandra Gray depends on human sorrow to live. Only Cass has grown tired of living this life and wants to live like a human, especially now that she's met someone worth fighting for.
Book one in the Hunger Games series
Catching Fire :: Suzanne Collins
Book two in the Hunger Games series
(Thanks again to Book Chick City!!)
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.
**This was supposed to be posted yesterday (Sunday) sorry for my tardiness...
Happy Reading Everyone <3
Books Gobbled Last Week:
Royal Blood :: Rona Sharon
The Sari Shop Widow :: Shobhan Bantwal
Gobbling Down This Week:
Everything Sucks :: Hannah Friedman
Testimony :: Anita Shreve
-I didn't even post last week -GAHH!! I'm sorry dears. But no worries because I didn't finish ONE FREAKING BOOK!!! =(
-I finally got through ROYAL BLOOD, and the review is coming soon, I promise.
-THE SARI SHOP WIDOW's review won't be coming until the end of October as part of a blog tour so be on the lookout (It was good!! There might even be a giveaway involved *hinthint*)
-So sorry about my non-existant posting habits... not enough free time at home -or work for that matter- to sit down and do my stuff. It frustrates me... Just wanted to apologize though.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
I love Sherrilyn Kenyon, truly I do. All of her series border on pure awesome-ness. If you haven't read a book by her you seriously need to my friend. Why not start with this beautiful specimen on the right----->
Born of Night is the first in a new 3-book series called The League. You can either pre-order it or just wait 3 days and go out and by it. Yes folks, September 29th is the release date. Can I get a collective YAY! =)
In the Ichidian Universe, The League and their ruthless assassins rule all. Expertly trained and highly valued, the League Assassins are the backbone of the government. But not even the League is immune to corruption . . .
Command Assassin Nykyrian Quikiades once turned his back on the League—and has been hunted by them ever since. Though many have tried, none can kill him or stop him from completing his current mission: to protect Kiara Zamir, a woman whose father’s political alliance has made her a target.
As her world becomes even deadlier, Kiara must entrust her life to the same kind of beast who once killed her mother and left her for dead. Old enemies and new threaten them both and the only way they can survive is to overcome their suspicions and learn to trust in the very ones who threaten them the most: each other.
And just so you know the next two books: Born of Fire & Born of Ice is available for pre-order as well!!
Ahh, I think they are so pretty =) Pretty in a fierce awesome way of course...
Are you a Kenyon fan?
If you have a favorite book by her or character let me know so we can compare notes =) I myself love Ash...however after Acheron he kind of lost some of his mesmerizing appeal... Still if I had to pick a Dark-Hunter to lurve it would be him!!
Check the trailer!!:
Click here to read the first 9 Chapters of 'Born of Night'.
Friday, September 25, 2009
I usually add a lot of books on my TBR list throughout the week. This is just a small glimpse into the ones that were added on recently.
Please let me know your thoughts on a book you've read from the list. Or tell me about a good book you've found this week.
My Finds This Week:
Thursday, September 24, 2009
1. Visit one of the following (awesome) t-shirt companies and choose your favorite out of the newest batch.
2. Post your pick on your blog so we can all contemplate emptying our pockets for it.
Make sure to leave a link to the page you got it from so we can visit.
3. Come back here and leave a link to your post.
4. Show other fellow t-shirt junkies love by commenting on their choice.
Today I visited Snorg Tees to see the newest shirts they have available and came across my pick for this week. I'm in Calculus now and I just had to chuckle at this shirt. I'm very interested in buying it, actually.
I hate limits just so everyone knows...
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
With just one touch, Jessa Bellamy can see anyone’s darkest secrets, thanks to whoever tampered with her genes. What she doesn’t know is that a biotech company has discovered her talent and intends to kill her and harvest her priceless DNA...
Gaven Matthias is forced to abduct Jessa himself so he can protect her, but Jessa has a hard time believing the one man whose secrets she can’t read. As a monstrous assassin closes in and forces them to run, Jessa will have to find another way to discover if Matthias is her greatest ally—or her deadliest enemy.
Reason: Because Lynn Viehl wrote it, basically. I'm such a huge fan of her Darkyn series. The new Kyndred books will be expanding more into her Darkyn world. I'm super excited to read this one!!!
Cover Discussion: One word: YUM! =)
Shadowlight: A Novel of the Kyndred will be released October 6th!
What are you waiting on this week?
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Sunday, September 20, 2009
Dead Witch Walking :: Kim Harrison
Book one in the Rachel Morgan series
Sexy bounty hunter and witch Rachel Morgan prowls the dark streets of Cincinnati, keeping tabs on the vampires and other creatures of the supernatural who prey on the city's innocent and vulnerable inhabitants.