Books In My Mailbox (aug-1)

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I know I’m a little later than usual, but I did get a book in my “mailbox” so to speak. Just before the weekend I went over to a friend’s for dinner and we always exchange books whenever we get together. Last time I loaned her my City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and when I asked how she liked it, she said she went out and bought the rest immediately after finishing it.

This time she happened to have a book I’ve been dying to get my hands on:

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

I loved the three Darkest Powers books, and now I can’t wait to begin the first book in the Darkness Rising trilogy. This novel takes place on Vancouver Island and is supposedly about other children from a similar or the same experiment as the previous books. I have heard that after this set, that there will be one more there either combines the two groups or creates a third group of teenagers. I can hardly wait!

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Simple Smile Saturday (July-4)

Today’s simple smile is something that you can only really half-smile at as it is a bit bittersweet: I am now officially finished my three-month long internship at Random House of Canada.

I am glad that I am done my internship as it is time to now move on to the next stage of my life, time to start a job in my chosen career, time to stop being a student and start being an adult. Yet I really hated to leave all those fantastic people behind and I really enjoyed the work I was doing.

When my hours were finished yesterday I was given a thank you card signed by some of the people I’d been working with every day, a book I really wanted to read but there weren’t any extras previously, an honourarium which will afford one more month of rent, plus a bunch of hugs and good wishes.

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Book Review: Wildefire by Karsten Knight

Synopsis: All Ashline ever wanted to do was fit in. Being the adopted Polynesian kid with the rebellious sister made that impossible, so Ashline moves thousands of miles away to a boarding school in the middle of a redwood forest. It doesn’t take long before she and her friends realize they all have special talents… that they are gods and goddesses. And as if her life isn’t crazy enough, Ashline’s sister arrives and makes worse, because wherever Eve is destruction follows.

Author: Karsten has been writing since he was a child. Since then has tried his hand at proofreading and book sales, among other things, before deciding that he was meant to be an author. While he loves football and trying out new restaurants, he always makes time to write. This is his debut novel, but there are two more highly anticipated novels in the works…

Product: The book I received is an ARC, which are occasionally a little more slapdash than the final product. The cover art is fantastic, though it is less detailed than the final product; the back-copy is well written, but on a rather uninspiring brown. Sadly though, after only one reading, the pages were already starting to fall out.

Plot: The story seems a little Percy Jackson-esque, but instead of a summer camp it is a private boarding school. Rather than fighting hell’s monsters and full-gods, the divine crew are up against shadow creatures and mortal-gods.

Character Development: Ashline goes from trying to blend into a wonder-bread neighbourhood but failing, to making friends at boarding school and finally accepting who she is.

Characters: Jackie and Darren are Ashline’s best friends. Jackie is somewhat quirky while Darren is supportive. They create a very human counterpart for Ashline and her divine friends.

Romance: Colt is the kind of boyfriend girls dream of. He’s tall, he’s gorgeous, and he’s completely smitten with Ashline. Colt is romantic, always knows the right thing to say, and makes a date memorable. He finds things that will make Ashline happy and, no matter what she deserves, he never loses interest in her.

Pondering: Why does Serena, the blind freshman who brings the divine five together, vanish for most of the book? After her two pivotal exposition scenes, Serena the Siren only pops in to make her presence known before disappearing again. Why is she not a part of the divine crew when they make a plan to meet since she’s the one who brought them together? And why are there flashes of the little sister?  Is she going to be the main plot of the next book? Ashline was never told who she really is, why not?

Quote: It was one of those oh-shit-what-did-I-just-do moments…

The Verdict: I thought this novel was insanely good! It was all I could do to wait until closer to the on sale date so y’all could just run out and grab it. I definitely am dying in anticipation for the next book from Karsten Knight!

What would you do if you discovered your significant other was a god? 

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Waiting on Wednesday (July-4)

Earlier this past week I had to do a mailing for a book coming out in August. As per usual, I had to read the press kit to see what the book was about and discovered it reminded me a bit of an old TV show I used to love called Joan of Arcadia.

There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff

I was kind of hoping that there would be some extra books so that I could maybe beg to read one, but sadly there wasn’t enough. My boss, whom I seriously question if he is secretly an ex-student of Hogwarts, managed to acquire enough books around the building to finish the mailing. So now I have to wait along with everyone else for this book to hit the shelves…

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Teaser Tuesday (July-4)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading Share the title & author, so that others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.


How Sweet It Is by Sophie Gunn

The perfect man is one who’ll show up once a week, fix stuff around the house, and then split. 

Tay looked at the baby with a man’s confusion, as if he was wondering who was working the remote.

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Kiddie Query

It takes a lot of courage to say your manuscript is finally finished and ready to be sent to agents and publishing companies. Some of the profferings are good and some are terrible. And some are the cutest thing ever…

This ten-year-old sent in the first of thirteen chapters of their novel with a letter. In the letter it asked that the company edit the pages and create a cover (which was specifically detailed as to what it should look like), before sending it back to the author. After the company has made the required changes and cover, the author will let us know if the adjustments are approved of and thus allowed to publish the novel.

A friend said that she’d never have the nerve to do something like that when she was younger, but I thought that a lot of young people are getting published in the past few years and this person probably thought they should try to get published too. I think there is even a publishing company that only publishes the work of children.

I thought this young author was ingenious, really, and I’m all the more tempted to finish up one of my works-in-progress and send it out into the world myself!

As a child would you have been brave enough to send a story you wrote to a publishing company?


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Books In My Mailbox (July-4)

This meme is hosted by The Story Siren.

After watching Harry Potter with two of my friends Saturday evening, the night was still young so we hit up the nearby Walmart to check out their book section, among other things.

Due to my royal obsession -as a child I wanted to be a disney princess- I bought The Doctor Takes a Princess by Leanne Banks, while my friend bought One Day by David Nicholls. Its Canadian publishing company is one of the Random House imprints, plus the movie adaption staring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess is coming out this summer. I am dying to read it and will probably borrow it asap!

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