Again, I’ve spent a little over $20 on books in the past two days. Granted I could spend $20 on just one book, the point is, I don’t need more books at the current. But, they were on sale… so that makes it okay, right?
These first three books were actually on the buy 2 get 1 free shelf at Books-a-million, so I’m happy with this buy. That’s why I don’t usually go to Books-a-Million, waste tons of money. Anyway! I’d been waiting to buy A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson. Then I also found two books I never knew existed: Ingledove by Marly Youmans and Slacker Girl by Alexander Koslow. The first is about twins whose mother dies and their town is flooded. They go to visit her grave and find a new inscription that reads “A daughter of Adantis.” This leads them into a magical world and Ingledove must find a mysterious man and use all her strength to save her brother. Just my style. The second is actually nothing resembling my usual style. It’s obvious Chick-lit. It made a Breakfast at Tiffany’s reference and my heart was won.
The red on in this picture, The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper, was also on sale at Books-a-million. It, of course, intrigued my Shakespeare loving mind and I really can’t wait to read it. It’s about a girl who vows to never love again. She has a strong adoration of Shakespeare and gets to go to Verona to study. In Verona the other Scholars and the city make her question that vow. It’s very Teen Chick-lit-y, but I love Shakespeare, so I couldn’t pass it up. The other book here is another of my most vivid loves: Tea! 20,000 Secrets of Tea by Victoria Zak seems a promising cookbook of sorts that discusses not only delicious tea, but the health benefits of the various herbs. Prepare for many a review.
Aside from my shopping news, I haven’t much else to say in this post. I do think I’ll start some of my bookish memes from my old blog again. I enjoy sharing my books. I’m also going to be looking for other memes as well. Try to post a meme at least 4 days out of the week (only two bookish memes, I promise.)
Are there any memes you particularly like, to participate or just to read? Let me know in the comments! ❤
“Oh, sure. Duncan’s father is supposed to be one.”
“That’s what Melissa told me. But you shouldn’t call them that. Just say they’re gay.”
–Charles de Lint
–Charles de Lint
“‘A fairy tale,’ he says, ‘is a story we wish were true.’”
“The thing about unrequited love is that it doesn’t tend to go away.”
“Darkness is in everyone… In me, in you, in [them] and everyone. And so is light. Darkness is a choice, a path. Every day we all have to make the choice, to choose good, choose light. We make the choice against darkness, against evil, every day, a thousand times a day, our whole lives.”
This is a good, but long book by Cate Tiernan. Granted it is four books in one volume, it reads like one book. I really wish I had read them as four different books. I got kind of bogged down in the length simply because my attention span is horrible. I really did love the twins and the characters. I liked the plot and really loved that Tiernan changed points of view between first person (Thais) to first person (Clio) to third person. It did help keep my attention and thought it was neat to see all sides.
Clio is beautiful, popular, and powerful. Living in New Orleans with her grandmother, she’s grown up knowing she was a witch and learning to use her magick. Que Thais. Thias’s father dies unexpectedly while she is away on vacation. When she is returns she’s swept into the courts and is put in the custody of a woman she’s never heard of, as were her father’s orders. Axelle is abnormal and whisks Thais off to New Orleans, away from all she’s ever known. There she gets enrolled in school and the first day, she finds herself staring into her own face on another girl. From there, Thais is rushed into a world where she has a twin sister, powerful magickal abilities, and a group of witches who need her. The girls have to learn quickly who to help, who can be trusted, and most importantly how to help eachother.
I greatly enjoyed this book. I really think anyone who likes stories of witches will enjoy this. It’s really nice if you like New Orleans or know some about it. I especially adore seeing Thais’s view on summer and live in the deep south after coming from northern states. Like I said, I think most people who love witches will love Cate Tiernan’s take on them.
“Preps are like cheerleaders, only with less jumping.”
“In case you haven’t noticed, my whole existence is one big flaw.”
All I have to say about this book is Oh. My. God! This book is absolutely fabulous! I read it in about 24 hours. I absolutely could not put it down. Mrs. Alender has such an excellent way of writing. It’s easy to follow but still manages to draw you in. It had me jumping at every little noise and nearly screaming to warn or help the characters.
Alexis isn’t popular, in fact, she’s kind of anti-popular. Every one at school is either afraid of her or constantly, but secretly, mocking her. At home Alexis’s parents are a bit preoccupied with anything but their daughters. That just leaves Kasey, Alexis’s baby sister who is so timid, shy, and unique. Kasey collects dolls. Did I collects? More like she hoards them. That’s all fine and dandy until timid little Kasey starts becoming a more secretive, angry girl. Then things start happening in their old house. Doors close by themselves, water boils on burners that have yet to be turned on, cold air blows from an air conditioner that’s turned off leaving the house in near arctic temperatures. That’s just the beginning. Alexis starts to notice Kasey is changing too, more than just secretive and angry (which can be attributed to early teens). Kasey’s eyes, usually a beautiful blue, sometimes are a deep green. Kasey also starts using strange, old-fashioned language. Something is definitely wrong and Alexis (with the helps of an unlikely friend) is the only one who can save her sister, but is the bond of sisters stronger than whatever has the house?
I recommend this book to everyone! Well, everyone who enjoys paranormal fiction, ghosts, creepy doll collections, etc. I absolutely can’t wait to get the next in the series, From Bad to Cursed. With the amazingness of this book, the sequel can only be brilliant as well. This is definitely a 5/5!
“No wolf falters before the bite
“Look no farther than your hand
Make a choice and take a stand.”
This is a sweet book about a young girl faced with a new environment bent on changing her. It’s a good book, but not really exciting. There are a few scenes when you worry for the girls’ safety, but mostly it’s about the girls at school. I personally was able to put it down and walk away no problem. I certainly didn’t want to abandon it, but I wasn’t dying to see how it would end either.
Miri is a young girl who doesn’t feel she quite fits in her mountain village home. Down in the Lowlands is a prince ready to marry, and the Priests will declare where she is to come from. The entire kingdom, and the province itself, we’re surprised to hear Mount Eskel would produce the next princess. With this announcement, an academy is set up, per the King’s orders, and all girls age 8-16 are forced to attend. Learning to read, write, curtsy, and survive. When trouble comes to Mount Eskel’s academy, only Miri, the outcast, can save them all.
Shannon Hale has won a Newbery Honor award for this novel. It’s a good relaxed reading. I suggest it if you like strange but not overly active or exciting novels. I think it’s a good summer read for under a tree.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson