Thursday, September 18, 2014

Question of the Week - Have you started any good craft projects lately?

I’ve started latch hooking, it’s actually kind of fun. Here’s the kit I started with:

I’ll be sure to post it on here when I finish. :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday - Afterworlds

"Waiting On"  Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on...  

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Check out the description from Goodreads:

"Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she's made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy's novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the 'Afterworld' to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved - and terrifying - stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most."

Now this looks like one heck of an interesting book. It looks like it’ll be very meta which could be either extremely good or extremely bad. I’ve loved everything I’ve read of Westerfeld’s so I hope this book is great.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mini Review - Landline

4 gnomes out of 5 gnomes

This book was pretty darn great. I found it a little hard to commiserate with Georgie’s character at first but the more I read, the more I liked her. Then the fun really starts when the magic phone is thrown into the mix. Seeing both the past of Georgie and the present makes you see how choices might just change everything.

There are some fun characters and great situations including a surprise involving pugs. The family dynamics are really well done. The ending was good I think I just wanted more from it and to maybe see more from her husband Neal's point of view.

Overall a relationship book with quite the interesting twist that's definitely worth reading.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mini Review - Outlander

5 out of 5 gnomes

I’ll admit, the giant size of this book, the number of books in this series, and the fact that it was first released in 1991 (when I was in first grade) made me hesitant to read the series. Once I became a book blogger though and heard great things about it and then when the TV show started I knew I wanted to read it.

At first I just read enough to keep up with the TV show but then once I got to a certain point I just had to keep reading. It has a little bit of everything: time travel, romance, surprising characters, witch craft, and a plethora of awesome characters.

Claire’s story is well done and I don’t plan to read the second book right away I just might wait until the second season of the TV show starts. I love contrasting between the book and what happens on the show.

Overall I would definitely recommend checking out this series both in book and TV form.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

4th Blogiversary - New Winner

I haven’t heard back from the first winner so the new winner is TayteH

Congrats and please email or reply here as soon as possible. :)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Weekend Read -The Blood Cell

I love the 12th Doctor so much so far. I’m about halfway through the book and it’s really good so far, I like the tone of it all and it really does feel like a part of the show.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Review - Sacrifice

Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

* ARC read via NetGalley
* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)
5 out of 5 gnomes

I love everything about this series and have had a lot of fun getting to read about this intriguing group of brothers and the people they love. This is another series that I’m sad to see end and hope that the author writes more about them in the future.

With the title being Sacrifice, I’m sure you can infer that there are indeed plenty of sacrifices in the story. You’ll see many kinds of sacrifices and one towards the end is undeniably sad.

The story moves fast so there is not a lot of time to just sit back and breathe. Overall I loved that the events in this series happened over such a short amount of time. Let’s just say that you will feel a myriad of emotions while reading.

The author actually answered my question on Goodreads too (which was awesome :) ) Here’s what I asked and the answer:

Gecky Boz
Gecky Boz asked Brigid Kemmerer:

Hi, I loved Sacrifice and how many sacrifices you showed in the story even the one towards the end that made me cry. :) The end was great and like you said in the earlier question on here I'm glad you kept the ending open because it was a good place to stop but you can always go back to it. My question I was wondering about is if James might be an elemental or if you ever thought about making him one?

This answer contains spoilers… [I thought about making him an elemental, but it just didn't work for the story. I was originally planning to having James get kidnapped by the Guides instead of Calla, but I was writing this while pregnant and immediately after having a baby, and the thought of putting a child in peril was way too much for my poor, abused hormones. I also thought about making Hannah's father an elemental, but I was up against a deadline and I couldn't explore that option sufficiently, so I took it out. I deliberately left the story open ended so I can revisit this "universe" in the future. (hide spoiler)]
I would highly recommend this series because of how fun yet intense it all is and because of how much you’ll find yourself caring about all of the characters.