Book Review: The Ship of Lost Souls by Rachelle Delaney

Synopsis: Jem and his uncle come to explore the islands in search for treasure only to be captured by pirates the day they arrive. Then the pirates are attacked by ghost pirates, except they aren’t really ghosts but children and teens who were trying to rescue Jem.  Can the Lost Souls find the treasure before the other pirates do?

Author: Rachelle Delaney is a debut author from Vancouver, British Columbia (Yes, another Canadian!). Her writing style is just right for the expected readership of kids from 8 and up.

The Product: There seems to be a few different versions of this book, but the one read consisted of kids hanging of the sides of a ship while at sea.  It was technically well done –you can tell the designer had skills- but it wasn’t totally aesthetically pleasing.  The font is in a larger print and the format is double-spaced, probably easier reading for children who are easily distract- ooooh, shiny!

The Hook: Even though this is a kid’s book, I know I was curious about how children came to be in charge of a ship and were sailing the seas as pirates. If you’re not dreaming of growing up to be a ballerina or a firefighter while growing up, you’re probably planning on running away to pillage and plunder as a pirate!

Quote: “A jolly life we lead upon the fair and sparkling sea, I wont go back; forevermore a pirate I will be.”

The Verdict: Read it to your kids, to your little sibs, or even read it for yourself. It’s a cute story and I’ll be looking for the second of the series when it comes out.

Did you ever want to be a pirate? Why or why not?



Previous Reviews: The ReckoningSheer Delights


Waiting On Wednesday (Mar-1)

As most of you know, I am a very broke college student and thus rely on the library for new reads. I’ll eventually buy the books I know I will read over and over again, but that time is not now.

The Iron Witch
By Karen MaHoney

I have been checking and checking to see if the local library -and even the library back home!- has gotten this book in, but no such luck. Not that I know how I’d even get the book should it come in back home *L0L* I will remain ever hopeful that it will happen soon as this book already hit the shelves in February.

By Lauren DeStefano

This book is coming out later this month, but the library has already pre-ordered it. I live in dread to see what number I shall be as there are other items with over five-hundred in line for them. That’s what you get for living in a big city i suppose: more book choices, but long wait times.

So there you have it, the books I’m waiting for this week. What are you waiting for?



Previous Waiting On Wednesday: Feb-1Feb-2

Teaser Tuesday (Mar-1)

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


Majix: Notes from a Serious Teen Witch by Douglas Rees

Never write a check with your mouth that you can’t cover with your ass.

I am in real danger. Either I will be burned alive or be bored to death.



Previous Teasers: Feb-1Feb-2Feb-3

House of Random

Have you read my related IMM about the books Random House gave me?

As I mentioned the other day in my IMM post, I went to Random House Canada on Thursday as part of a “school field trip”. My entire program –which is less than 65 people BTW- was divided into small groups and sent to various publishers who specialized in Educational, Trade, or Childrens’ publishing.

Only eight of us girls were the chosen few to go to Random House, which is Trade. Well, first we stopped for lunch to get some delicious pizza.

I have to say that it was probably the best classroom excursion I’ve been on all year! I’m not counting volunteering at Word on the Street or the Giller Light Bash, as those were events, but Random House is right up there.

First we were brought into a boardroom and stuffed with timbits (for non-Canadians these are also donut-holes) while listening to various employees from different departments and imprints.

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Then we were taken on a tour of the office that is three-quarters of an entire floor. I had been chatting with some of the online department via twitter, so I got to meet them. We waved at one of the guest speakers we had in class the previous week, and the guy who was coming to our class as a guest speaker the next day!

We were brought back into the boardroom and given gift bags! Each of us was  three books: a hardcover, a trade fiction, and the ARC for a book already out, as you’ve seen in my IMM yesterday. One was signed!

I had been eyeing up the novel since I found out about it and they gave it to me *happy dance* Not everyone got the book I wanted and received; there was also a book from Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld. I might borrow that from one of the other girls…  I wasn’t the only one to get a book I had been wanting; another girl was dying to read the book we were given the ARC of. It’s an unedited version, but I’m sure it is close enough to the final result.

Between the talk we had with Adria at Random House and Scott, the guest speaker the next day, I have become a bit interested in the publicity department. They were such interesting and energetic speakers that the job seemed like it might be fun! So not only am I going to apply for my “dream job” that I always wanted, but I am going to apply at Random House too for both their editorial and publicity departments.

Yes, I would like to do my internship at my “dream job” to see if it remains my dream, but thanks to Thursday’s field trip I am now have a much more open mind as to where I want to end up…

If you could work at any publishing company, which would you choose?



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Books In My Mailbox (Feb-5)

This meme is hosted by The Story Siren

As some of you may know, I had the pleasure of visiting Random House Canada this past week. I’ll tell you a little more about it either tomorrow or next Monday, but the relevant part for today -seeing as it’s IMM day- is the parting gift they gave each of us! You will not believe how excited each of us were when we were handed a “gift bag” containing three books that the company publishes!!!

The Bells -Richard Harvell
Angelology – Danielle Trussoni
A Cold Night For Alligators – Nick Crowe (arc)

A Cold Night for Alligators is the ARC version of a book that I believe has already had its pub date. I think it is tres kewl as it is my first ARC, after a fashion. Now, at some point,  I shall just need to get an ARC before the book is published to make everything perfect *L0L*

I had been looking at Angelology for a while now, thinking I wanted to read it, and -low and behold- it was in my bag! It has a beyond gorgeously metallic cover that wraps around over the spine, and a really rough texture that I can’t stop rubbing my fingers over.

The other book I can’t stop touching is The Bells, for the red ribbon is raised and given spot varnish. Every time you pet the book, you can feel all the lumps and gloss. And, unobservant me, never noticed one tiny thing when I was looking at the book after receiving it…

When I opened the cover to read the dust jacket flap I wondered why there were some pages stuck under it, but never thought twice about it. Taking the book out again to write this post I realized that it opened to the title page. THE SIGNED TITLE PAGE! That’s right, Richard Harvell had autographed my book making it the second author signature I have ever received *happy dance*

So what did you get in your mailbox?



Previous IMM: Feb-1Feb-2Feb-3Feb-4

Simple Smile Saturday (Feb-3)

Thanks to Jen Armentrout and hannahelt, I came up with this meme. They claimed I get excited over the simplest things, so I decided that every Saturday I would post something “simple” that I get excited over just to prove that the smallest things really do make you smile :0)

Today’s smile is… Fuzzy Socks!

I was up until 4am chatting with Carissa, and have slept in until 11am. When I woke up and put my feet on the cold, fake wood floor… Well, it’s not my idea of a pleasant awakening. I don’t have a pair of slippers, so what I put on are my fuzzy socks!

The left pair are my Christmas socks which I bought myself this past year. They are identical to a pair I had been given prior but wore a hole in the bottoms. Someone told me they were Elmo in a blender or some such, but isn’t he navy?

The right is my blue spotted cow which was part of a set my mum gave me this past Christmas. She bought them because there was a solid black pair and she thought those would match the black and grey plaid pajama boxers she also bought me.

What made you smile today?



Previous Simple Smiles: Heart SocksValentine’s Day Card

Book Review: The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

Have you read my review on the previous books of this trilogy?
The Summoning and The Awakening

Warning: may include spoilers

Synopsis: Chloe and her friends are still on the run, still in danger, and still having issues controlling their powers. Throughout it all, Chloe has to decide which brother she likes more: the socially acceptable cutie or the grumpy werewolf.  Chloe is ready to take a stand and fight for her heart, her friends, and her family.

Theme: In this final novel of the Darkest Powers trilogy there is an underlying running thread about social acceptance.  In fact, it flows throughout the entire trilogy. Chloe trying to fit in with her friends by pretending to have a crush on a boy. Chloe trying to come to terms with a mental illness and discovers how terrifying a psychological disorder is for others. Chloe learning to accept the different powers each teenager has rather than fearing them. Chloe having to choose between her feelings and fitting in with her friends. In the end, the only way to be truly happy is to be true to yourself.

Quote: “You know how blind people need seeing-eye dogs? Well, apparently werewolves could really use door-opening poltergeists.”

The Verdict: Go out and buy The Gathering, the first book of the Darkness Rising trilogy.  I can’t get enough of this series!

If you had to choose between someone who is socially accepted, but you didn’t love or the person you did love, but could cause you to become an outcast, what would you do?

Previous Reviews: The SummoningThe Awakening