Note to self: STOP BUYING BOOKS!

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! ❤

Little (Grrl) Lost: A Book Review

“Have you ever seen a fairy?”
“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
Language is the oldest of magics.
–Charles de Lint
If you’re looking for a neat story about often forgotten creatures Charles de Lint’s Little (Grrrl) LOST is perfect for you. I greatly enjoyed reading it. It was an excellent break from the books I usually read. De Lint truly did a wonderful job on this one.
It’s the story of a friendship like no other. T.J. (the Big) moves into a new house from the country and thinks she has mice. Imagine her surprise when a door in her wall opens and out steps, not a mouse, but a 6 inch tall girl. Elizabeth (the Little) is dreadfully misunderstood by her parents and so positive she doesn’t need them. Despite being so small, Elizabeth is courageous, even if she does have an attitude problem. Their friendship is troubled and that’s just the beginning!
I highly suggest this book to anyone who enjoys books about friendship, outcasts/misunderstood people, or various mythical creatures. Charles de Lint is an excellent YA novelist. The story isn’t at all hard to read and makes for great leisure, easy reading. I personally can’t wait to read another of his wonderful novels.

Oh. My. Gods.: A Book Review

“‘A fairy tale,’ he says, ‘is a story we wish were true.’”

I loved this book! It was quirky and girly and a nice break from witches/werewolves/etc. While I adore my normal genre of books, I enjoy the girlier side as well. It did bother me a bit that I had a history in the study of greek mythology, thus some “surprises” were obvious to me but the characters hadn’t figured it out yet. Aside from that, I really really enjoyed it.
Phoebe is just a normal girl. Track team girl, but normal. She lives alone with her mother in California and has her whole life planned out. That is, until her mother goes to a family reunion to visit Phoebe’s late father’s family and brings home an engagement! Once school is out Phoebe is pulled from all she knows and taken to a pricate island in Greece. On the island is the academy that her new step-father runs, but the students are… special. They are all the desendants of greek gods. Her only hope to continue on the path to the life she had planned is to gain scholarship to her dream college, but that is only possible if she runs excellently on the track team. She has to be better than everyone else, better than demi-gods. And you thought your high school was hell.
I’ve said it before, and I say it again, I love this book! It was clever and sweet and not too serious. It’s a wonderful read if you like greek mythology, super humans, etc. I, personally, cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel, Goddess Bootcamp.

Balefire: A Book Review

“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.

The Two Princesses of Bamarre: A Book Review

“Tarry with me, my love, at my side.”
-Gail Carson Levine
I haven’t enough words to put the praise I have for Gail Carson Levine into. Until now, I had only read her most well-known novel, Ella Enchanted, and it was my favorite. Recently I was lucky enough to find two of her other books at a used bookstore. I got decent copies of Fairest and The Two Princesses of Bamarre. The later I read first and absolutely loved it!
Princess Adelina is a shy, timid little princess. Princess Meryl, Adelina’s sister, is more of an adventure loving, courageous, strong willed princess. Princess Meryl always planned to find the cure to the Gray Death and to protect her sister. When the tables are turned and Meryl gets the Gray Death, it’s up to Adelina to leave the warmth and safety of her castle home in hopes to save her sister. Can a shy little princess become a hero? Or with Bamarre lose both the princesses?
I absolutely loved the fairytale way Levine tells this story! Such a beautifully spun new tale for the ages. It’s so wonderful to read a standalone novel and it’s even better that it was amazing. While Ella’s story still remains my favorite, this book is certainly towards the top of my list of favorite full novel fairy tales.

Secret Society: A Book Review

“Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.”
qtd. by Tom Dolby
“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”
qtd. by Tom Dolby
This is one of those books you cannot put down! It may take a few pages but the reader learns to love (or hate) the four main characters: Pheobe, Lauren, Nick, and Patch. This is an excellent debut novel and I expect to see amazing things from him. I’m eagerly awaiting to get my hands on the sequel.
Pheobe just moved to town with her mom. She doesn’t quite fit in at Chadwick, but she’s determined to make her New York life exactly what she dreamed it to be. Lauren is a girl thrust into the life a socialite by her mother. Definite Fashionista , Lauren is positive and loves a good time, or she used to. Nick is a little rich boy who is always in the spotlight because of his family. But the spotlight comes with responsibilities, ones he may not be quite ready for. Patch is nothing like the others. He’s an aspiring film maker, but not blessed with wealth. He’d do anything for his chance to shine. These four seem to have nothing in common but their school, but they have one thing in common: The Society.
I really adored this book. Especially towards the end I refused to put it down! I grew to love and hate various characters and some of then turned out to be nothing I expected. I suggest this book to everyone! Especially if you like conspiracy, rebellion, secret society type books.

Bad Girls Don’t Die: A Book Review

“Preps are like cheerleaders, only with less jumping.”
-Katie Alender
“In case you haven’t noticed, my whole existence is one big flaw.”
-Katie Alender

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!

Princess Academy: A Book Review

“No wolf falters before the bite
So strike.”
–Shannon Hale
“Look no farther than your hand
Make a choice and take a stand.”
–Shannon Hale

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.

Shadowland: A Book Review

*Spoilers to first two books!!*
“We are all connected, all of us made of the same vibrating source. But while some energy leaves you cold & some leaves you lukewarm, the one that you’re destined for? It feels like this.”
–Alyson Noёl
“Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

The second quote above basically sums up Alyson Noёl’s third Immortals book, Shadowland. As always Noёl does an amazing job with this new mini-mythology she’s invented. If you have not read the first two books (Evermore and Blue Moon) I highly suggest them. (Also don’t read my synopsis if you haven’t read them.)
Ever’s been through a lot recently. Losing her parents, moving in with her aunt, new friends, and, of course, Damen and all that comes with him. Since meeting her soul mate, she’s learned so much. One major thing is to never trust Roman or any rogue immortal. Thanks to him, she can now never touch her love, lest he will perish. Not only is Roman causing problems, but Haven and Sabine are both suspicious. Sabine is insisting Ever get a job. Cue Jude, a sexy surfer boy, and Ever’s new boss. Still having to protect herself and those she loves from Roman, Ever also has to find a way to fix the trouble Roman tricked her into causing. The drama continues!
I absolutely love this book! Of the three I’ve read, this has to be my favorite (or at least tied with the first). Noёl carries the story on and leaves much open for a promising continuation! I cannot wait to read the next : Dark Flame.