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Old 02-18-2013, 09:16 AM   #871
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I am just about done with Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. It was a YA vampire book-- I never thought I would like another one of those, but this one was really good. I might actually read the sequel. It's also going to be a movie.

I never got into Beautiful Creatures, and the movie looks.... terrible. Usually a trailer makes me want to see a movie, but that trailer turned me off completely!

Immortal Rules was my 7 of 50-- I probably won't end up making my goal because I'm trying to write a new one by March, then I have to edit my contracted one by April and write the contracted sequel by October... it will be insanity.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:22 AM   #872
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Ugh...so I've been wanting to read something light and fun, and having no luck finding anything! I even started one of those Stephanie bond books, but it just wasn't for me. So, I decided to go back and read some of my tried and true fluff, and that's Stephanie plum! When I first got my kindle, I read her books back to back to back(I'd polish them off in a couple of hours!), so I decided to read one for the money again, and go from there- I might just retread them all! So book 9 for me is going to be one for the money by Janet evanovich!
If you want a light-hearted read, you may want to try any of the Jeremy Clarkson books. He's a presenter on the British version of Top Gear, but he also writes non-car-related columns for the Sunday Times.

Clarkson is funny, irreverent, and is an equal-opportunity county-basher (but I have to admit, the, US and France seem to bear the brunt.)

His own country's goverment isn't spared either. The UK is considering instituting a national oath, much like our Pledge of Allegiance. After much questioning of possibilities, he decides that HP Sauce is the last true British food invention, so he devises this pledge: "I pledge allegiance to the sauce of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, and to the nation for which it stands, one sauce, with two distinct flavors, with nourishment and joy for all."
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Each essay stands on its own, and it's easy to put down and pick up again later. After all the murder and mayhem in the Louise Penny novels this is a welcome break.

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Old 02-18-2013, 11:32 AM   #873
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If you want a light-hearted read, you may want to try any of the Jeremy Clarkson books. He's a presenter on the British version of Top Gear, but he also writes non-car-related columns for the Sunday Times.

Clarkson is funny, irreverent, and is an equal-opportunity county-basher (but I have to admit, the, US and France seem to bear the brunt.)

His own country's goverment isn't spared either. The UK is considering instituting a national oath, much like our Pledge of Allegiance. After much questioning of possibilities, he decides that HP Sauce is the last true British food invention, so he devises this pledge: "I pledge allegiance to the sauce of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, and to the nation for which it stands, one sauce, with two distinct flavors, with nourishment and joy for all."
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Each essay stands on its own, and it's easy to put down and pick up again later. After all the murder and mayhem in the Louise Penny novels this is a welcome break.

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Old 02-18-2013, 01:24 PM   #874
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Finished book #8: The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

This is a YA book & I enjoyed it. It has a variety of creatures; sorcerers, vampires, were animals, undead, beasts along w/2 teenage twins that are pulled into this world by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I was drawn to this b/c of Nicholas Flamel & the sorcerer's stone from the Harry Potter series 1st book. I was surprised to find out that Nicholas Flamel did really exist in our world & there is a theory that he & his wife did actually use the sorcerer's stone to make the elixir of life. This is the 1st book in a 6 book series & I will read the rest too. This is also going to be a movie.

Twin 15-year-old siblings Sophie and Josh Newman take summer jobs in San Francisco across the street from one another: she at a coffee shop, he at a bookstore owned by Nick and Perry Fleming. In the very first chapter, armed goons garbed in black with "dead-looking skin and... marble eyes" (actually Golems) storm the bookshop, take Perry hostage and swipe a rare Book (but not before Josh snatches its two most important pages). The stolen volume is the Codex, an ancient text of magical wisdom. Nick Fleming is really Nicholas Flamel, the 14th-century alchemist who could turn base metal into gold, and make a potion that ensures immortality. Sophie and Josh learn that they are mentioned in the Codex's prophecies. Mayhem ensues, as Irish author Scott draws on a wide knowledge of world mythology to stage a battle between the Dark Elders and their hired gun—Dr. John Dee—against the forces of good, led by Flamel and the twins. Not only do they need the Codex back to stop Dee and company, but the immortality potion must be brewed afresh every month. Time is running out, literally, for the Flamels. This book proceeds at a breakneck pace, and populated by the likes of werewolves and vampires.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:34 PM   #875
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I'm going through this thread from the beginning to get ideas...

I didn't realize there was a format we were following for reviewing! Sorry!

Also....Is there a Goodreads group for us? If so what is it called?
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I'm going through this thread from the beginning to get ideas...

I didn't realize there was a format we were following for reviewing! Sorry!

Also....Is there a Goodreads group for us? If so what is it called?
I don't think there is one yet but let's create one
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:35 PM   #877
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I don't think there is one yet but let's create one
There is, but I'm not sure what its called. I'm sure someone will be along who can tell you.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:51 PM   #878
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:32 PM   #879
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So I got a late start, but I finished my first book of the year. I originally started with "The Night Circus", but I couldn't get into it for some reason. I haven't read any novels for over a year so it was a slow start. I went to the library this past Thursday to pick up a couple of books that I knew would be quick light reads before I tried The Night Circus again. "The Shoemaker's Wife" was on the Rapid Read shelf (allowed on loan for only one week) and it was on my Goodreads 'to read' list.

Book 1 of 20 - "The Shoemaker's Wife" (4 out of 5 stars)
I loved this book, and read it during every free minute I had. In fact, I just finished reading it. It was a beautifully written story and the details of life in Italy and New York took me back in time to places I would like to have seen. The characters were well developed and likeable. I only gave it 4 stars because I think the ending dragged on quite a bit, and in my opinion should have ended much sooner than it did. I found myself reading the last 30 or so pages without the same intensity as I had with the rest of the book. Overall... I laughed, I cried, I loved...
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Finished book #8: The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

This is a YA book & I enjoyed it. It has a variety of creatures; sorcerers, vampires, were animals, undead, beasts along w/2 teenage twins that are pulled into this world by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I was drawn to this b/c of Nicholas Flamel & the sorcerer's stone from the Harry Potter series 1st book. I was surprised to find out that Nicholas Flamel did really exist in our world & there is a theory that he & his wife did actually use the sorcerer's stone to make the elixir of life. This is the 1st book in a 6 book series & I will read the rest too. This is also going to be a movie.

Twin 15-year-old siblings Sophie and Josh Newman take summer jobs in San Francisco across the street from one another: she at a coffee shop, he at a bookstore owned by Nick and Perry Fleming. In the very first chapter, armed goons garbed in black with "dead-looking skin and... marble eyes" (actually Golems) storm the bookshop, take Perry hostage and swipe a rare Book (but not before Josh snatches its two most important pages). The stolen volume is the Codex, an ancient text of magical wisdom. Nick Fleming is really Nicholas Flamel, the 14th-century alchemist who could turn base metal into gold, and make a potion that ensures immortality. Sophie and Josh learn that they are mentioned in the Codex's prophecies. Mayhem ensues, as Irish author Scott draws on a wide knowledge of world mythology to stage a battle between the Dark Elders and their hired gun—Dr. John Dee—against the forces of good, led by Flamel and the twins. Not only do they need the Codex back to stop Dee and company, but the immortality potion must be brewed afresh every month. Time is running out, literally, for the Flamels. This book proceeds at a breakneck pace, and populated by the likes of werewolves and vampires.
i'm adding this to my to-read list! thanks
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Goal - 20, but I need to bump that up to 30 I think!

#7 - The Death Trials - James Dashner -YA series, post-global warming world kind of book. Eh, I loved the first and raced through it and the 2nd was ok. The last book did not wrap things up as surprisingly or as neatly as I'd prefer. It's a YA series so maybe the closure was fine for the age group.

#8 - Sweethearts - Sara Yarr - YA book, short read. I think this was a pixelofink discount pick but I rented it from the library. Bittersweet, held my attention. Two outcast kids, a bad thing happens, they are not together anymore, life goes on for one as a teen. It's hard to give a review without giving away the plot.

#9 - To be Sung Underwater - Thomas McNeal - LOVED this book. Girl grows up, moves, first love, then life changed her path. She looks back to see what might have been. Again, I hate to say much because sometimes I don't want too know much before I read a book. Started this yesterday and had soo much trouble putting it down. Beautifully written & stays with you after finishing. If anyone reads this, would love a message since there's one part I'm dying to discuss and have no one to share about it!

I will say that I don't have to have a happy ending to love a book but I'm ready for one now. Up next, something light because I need it!
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:38 PM   #884
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Just finished up #3- Whole Lotta Trouble by Stephanie Bond. I already gave a synopsis up thread(now I know the format so from now on I'll do the #, book, synopsis, review thing).

I thought it was okay. The first few Stephanie Bond books I read I really liked! This was just meh....

On to #4!
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Read #30 New York Valentine by Carmen Reid.

I have finished this Carmen Reid series now. Light and easy reads.
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