Thursday 24 December 2009

Rebel (UK)/ Wayfarer (US)

Title: Rebel (UK)/Wayfarer (US)
Author: RJ Anderson
Publisher: Orchard UK
Reading level: 9-12yrs old
Rating: 2/5
Other titles in the series: Knife (UK)/Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter (US)

No ordinary fairy tale...
Linden is a feisty faery with a lot on her mind. She her fellow faeries are under threat: their magic is fading, and if they do not act fast, they will die...
When Linden meets Timothy, a human staying in the house opposite her Oak, she knows he can help. Together they embark on a dangerous journey to seek more magic ­ and discover that there is more to fear from other faeries than they could ever have imagined.

This books isn't even suppose to come out until January 7th. I've been waiting for it. I went for a stroll in Waterstone's the other day and look to my side and there it is, Rebel, the book I've been waiting for! I grabbed it quickly and bought before anyone could realize their mistake and take it off the shelf!

I'm NOT sure what I think about this book. It's NOT as good as Knife. I was expecting something MUCH more for this series. It didn't even seem like the same author. I had to check the cover once while reading just to make sure! I'm a faery lover and this book did nothing for me as it's predecessor, Knife did. I wouldn't say it's a sequel. It seems more like a companion novel. It was just OK. Not really a great faery tale. I'd say skip reading Rebel and just read Knife. It's a GREAT faery story, one I LOVED! I just LOVE LOVE LOVED Knife! You don't need to sequel to enjoy it anymore.

"Stay away from the Oak...I saw you poking at it yesterday, when you first got here. It's very old and fragile, and you're big enough to know better. So you can just keep to the house from now on and leave to Oak alone."

Sunday 13 December 2009

My Favorite Gifting Books 2009

Need some book gifting ideas for Christmas? Look no further! Here is a list of my favorite books to gift this year!

The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

It is: The best books on earth. No really...a superb tale of physical adventure, political suspense, and romance.

I'd give it to: Anyone really. My brothers-in-law love it, my sisters love it, and my friends are obsessed with it. Teens and adults alike will LOVE this series!!

Quote: "Happy Hunger Games and may the odds be ever in your favor"

Can You Keep a Secret
by Sophie Kinsella

It is: Hilarious chic lit about a girl who can't keep her secrets to herself.

I'd give it to: Book Clubs, Sisters, friends, females really.

Quote: “And we’ll tell everyone you got your Donna Karan coat from a discount warehouse shop.”

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

It is: A Werewolf love story

I'd give it to: Any fantasy and paranormal lovers. Older teenagers.

Quote: "Am I walking toward something I should be running away from?"

Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter by RJ Anderson

It is: Long ago the faeries mysteriously lost their magic. Knife sets off to find it and save her species.

I'd give it to: Any 9-12 yr old girl, or any adult who loves faeries or fantasy.

Quote: "I only wanted to go out for a little, little while," the faery child pleaded.

Fablehaven Series by Brandon Mull

It is: A secret nature preserve protecting the beings of myth and legend from the outside world.

I'd give it to: Any 9-12 year old who loves Harry Potter. Any adult who loves an adventure!

Favorite Quote: "FABLEHAVEN: None who enter will leave unchanged. Trespassers will be turned to stone."

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

It is: The story of a Time Traveling man and his beloved wife.

I'd give it to: Book Clubs, Best Friends, Mothers. Anyone who loves a good love story with a dramatic twist.

My favorite quote: "Long ago, men went to sea, and women waited for them, standing on the edge of the water, scanning the horizon for the tiny ship. Now I wait for Henry. He vanishes unwillingly, without warning. I wait for him. Each moment that I wait feels like a year, an eternity. Each moment is as slow and transparent as glass. Through each moment I can see infinite moments lined up, waiting. Why has he gone where I cannot follow?"

What books are you GIFTING this Christmas?

Wednesday 9 December 2009

Christmas Books

I really love everything about this time of year. I love all the decorations and the music, movies, and the family time. I even love the Christmas books! They really help me get into the season. Here are a list of my favorites to read this time of year! Along with some new ones I can't wait to read.

Allison is a beautiful young woman, looking for love but never quite able to find it. And even if she could find it, she fears the dark side of her past might ruin everything. On the other had, Christmas is a time of miracles. . . When Allison decides to stay in Provo rather that go home to Australia for Christmas, she has no way of knowing that this holiday season, her life will be changed forever. Oh, yes, love is in the air . . . but so are lingering doubts and ghosts of past regrets. Will the love Allison finds be strong enough to overcome the secrets of her rebellious youth – or will romance once again slip through her finders as it has so often before? Home for Christmas . . . a tender story that illuminated the power of love and shares the miracle of Christmas.

Mark your calendar. It's the Christmas Cookie Club! Every year on the first Monday of December, Marnie and her twelve closest girlfriends gather in the evening with batches of beautifully wrapped homemade cookies. Everyone has to bring a dish, a bottle of wine, and their stories. This year, the stories are especially important. On this evening, at least, they can feel as a group the impulses of sisterly love and conflict, the passion and hopefulness of a new romance, the betrayal and disillusionment some relationships bring, the joys and fears of motherhood, the agony of losing a child, and above all, the love they have for one another. As Marnie says, the Christmas Cookie Club, if it's anything, is a reminder of delight.

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house... for decades families have gathered together to read Clement C. Moore's eternally enchanting holiday poem.

A Christmas Carol is a Victorian morality tale of an old and bitter miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night. If the experience doesn't change Scrooge's ways, he will end up walking the Earth forever being nothing but an invisible and lonely ghost, like his deceased friend Jacob Marley. Mr. Scrooge is a financier/moneychanger who has devoted his life to the accumulation of wealth. He holds anything other than money in contempt, including friendship, love, and the Christmas season.

Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth - four "little women" enduring hardships and enjoying adventures in Civil War New England The charming story of the March sisters, Little Women has been adored by generations. Readers have rooted for Laurie in his pursuit of Jo's hand, cried over little Beth's death, and dreamed of traveling through Europe with old Aunt March and Amy. Future writers have found inspiration in Jo's devotion to her writing. In this simple, enthralling tale, both parts of which are included here, Louisa May Alcott has created four of American literature's most beloved women.

This is the story of a young girl who came from a totally disfunctional family. She thought she hated Christmas, because her family never celebrated it, and she always felt left out at Christmas time. She met her prince charming and through his loving ways, and the influence of his family, she grew to love Christmas, as well as to love him.

Friday 4 December 2009

Book Blogger Holiday Swap

I am participating in the Book Blogger Holiday Swap. I got my presents today!! I couldn't wait to open them. I tried. It didn't work though. I HAD to know what my gifts were.

I got Tithe by Holly Black, I have been REALLY wanting to read this one!! I also got some awesome book marks! One for every month of the year with a little calendar on it! I love them!!!!! They are so cute!!!!!

Thank you so much Kathrin @ Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic!

Thursday 3 December 2009

The Newsstand {5}

The News Stand is a weekly feature.
Here we will dish on tidbits, news, and important things
bookies should know. So scroll down to hear what you can glean from this week.

  • Borders UK are seeking a buyer for their 45 stores while they have started closing down procedures. Sales have started and lets hope they find a buyer. I don't want to lose Borders UK!
  • Prospera Publishing has FREE International shipping this month on all their titles. Some are even signed by the author!!
  • Check out Britain's smallest library! It's in a Red Phone Booth!!
  • Want to meet the 2010 Debut Authors? Check out the Debutantes Ball.
  • Melissa Marr just released the cover of Radiant Shadows, the 4th book in the Wicked Lovely series! I love it!!
  • Who's on the NY Times Best Seller List this week?

What news do YOU have for us?

Wednesday 2 December 2009


I know I've been MIA (missing in action) lately. I've had a disturbing comment or 2 on my blog, and then emails from a BIG book blogger...a REALLY BIG one...that weren't very nice. So it has put me off a bit and made me a bit sad about it all.

I started this book blog because I love to read and my family & friends were always asking me for recommendations. I decided to just put them all in a blog so they could come to one place and see my choices for them. I'm not doing it to copy anyone or try to be the biggest. I like it the way it is. If no one came I'd still do it. I'd do it for myself and my family. I love reading. I want to give away books, even if I have to pay for them, because I want everyone to have the opportunity for good books.

Some people can be mean and hurtful. I promise I'll be better at posting. I've just not felt like it for fear of criticism and rude comments.


...And the books go to...

1. Becca and Fam
2. Kelly DeGarmo

1. Adrienne
2. Becca Pierson

Please send me your mailing address asap so I can get your books out to you. Congrats and enjoy!!

Didn't win? You can order these titles from Prospera Publishing for a limited time for FREE postage! Naked in Knightsbridge is even signed if you order from them!!!!!

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