Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Watch for it Wednesday

This month theme is Teen books so staying with that here are the books
Title : Partials                                                        Author : Dan Wells                                               Summary:   The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic in training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws threaten to launch what’s left of humanity into civil war, and she’s not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will discover that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.

    There are 2 reasons I want to read this book fisrt I love the cover second I remeber the first "Terminator" movie . I have several of Dan Wells books I have not read them yet but look forward to reading them soon.

Release Date Feb 28th

This book is hardcover and because I  have to buy 2 copies of each book I prefer paperback

Title : Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth

Summary :
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Hear a ton of good things about this book and looking forward to reading it

Release date  Feb 28 th


February's Reads

This month is Young adult book . Reading them with my son. We picked 4 books we are hoping are as good as the hype. Here we go

TITLE:  Lockdown                                                                        
AUTHOR: Alexander Gordon Smith

GOODREAD'S SUMMARY: Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below. And behind everything is the mysterious, all-powerful warden, a man as cruel and dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison.

Together with a bunch of inmates—some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers—Alex plans an escape. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose, Alex’s actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that’s hidden from the eyes of the world.

WHY WE PICKED THIS BOOK : My son and I both like the summary. Horror and adventure. My biggest selling point no vampires. I like vampires but my son seem to think that is the only type of book worth reading. I am trying to show him there are other things out there.

ARE WE LOOKING FORWARD TO READING:  Yes, if the book is half as good as the descripstion we will enjoy it and read the series.

TITLE: Wereling
AUTHOR: Steve Feasey

SUMMARY: Fourteen-year-old Trey Laporte is not a kid anymore. Not after the day he wakes up in agony—retina-splitting, vomit-inducing agony. His clothes are torn. His room is trashed.
Enter Lucien Charron, the mysterious, long-lost “uncle” with freakish fire-flecked eyes and skin that blisters in the sun. Suddenly, Trey finds himself living in a luxury penthouse at the heart of a strange and sinister empire built on the powers of the Netherworld—vampires, demons, sorcerers, and djinn.
And there is a girl—Alexa Charron—who is half vampire, half human, and insanely pretty, with powers all of her own. Trey is falling for her.
Trey is training night and day to control the newly discovered power lurking inside him. Now, demons are closing in on every side, and the most psychopathic bloodsucker to rock the Netherworld wants to destroy him. Above all, he must face one terrifying question:
Is he a boy . . . or is he a beast?

WHY WE CHOSE THIS BOOK: I loved the cover. My son liked the summary and asked if we could read it. I said yes. Trying to encourage him to read more and put down the game controllers. Letting him know I trust his choices too.

AM I LOOKING FORWARD TO READING :Yes, hoping it is good I don't want my son to stop reading.


TITLE: The Replacement                                                              
 AUTHOR: Brenna Yovanoff

SUMMARY: Mackie Doyle is The Replacement—left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. He has been raised among us. But he is not one of us. Now, he must face the dark creatures of the slag heaps from which he came and find his rightful place—in our world or theirs.

Why we chose this book: We both loved the dark and dangerous cover.

 Are we looking forward to reading: Yes, every review I have read is so great I expect this book to be wonderful.


TITLE : The Hunger Games                                                           AUTHOR : Suzanne Collins                                                            Summary: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister Primrose, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before — and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love 

Why we chose this book:  My son loves this book. He read it in school and wants to read it again. I have never read the book.

Are we looking forward to reading it : Yes, he is excited to read it again and even more excited to have me reading it. He is very thrilled that he is turning me on to one of his favorite books. 

Monday, January 30, 2012

Update Monday #2

Well, it is Monday again. In 2 days it will be February 1 st.  I will be posting my reads for the month on the first and this month it is Teen Month. As you know I read books with my kids and discuss them with the kids. Unlike me it takes them longer to read a book than it does me. My son has been reading the first book in our selection and is almost done. I will post our reviews at the end of the month. I also have been reading like a fiend to get caught up on this months reads. I fell behind because of an illness and unexpected traveling this month but I got 2 books down and half way through the third I will post my review of the two books I did read on the first and will finish the reads by the end of next month. So a busy month for me. Reading wise. We also have a give-away this month of an e-book I am also reading that and will post on that in two weeks after I finish it and when it is closer to the date of the give-away the 27th.  Well have to get back to reading. Type at you latter.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Watch for it Wednesday

Well this is the day Ilist book that are not yet released and I want to read. Again they are mysteries I want to read.

TITLE: Heart of a Killer
AUTHOR: David Rosenfelt

Summary : Jamie Wagner is a young lawyer who is happy to be flying under the radar at a large firm. It’s not that he isn’t smart. He is. It’s just that hard work, not to mention the whole legal thing, isn’t exactly his passion. Underachiever? A little. Content? Right up until the firm puts him on a case that turns his whole world upside down.

Sheryl Harrison has served four years of a thirty-year murder sentence for killing her husband, who she claims was abusive. The case is settled---there shouldn’t be anything for Jamie to do---except Sheryl’s fourteen-year-old daughter, Karen, is sick. She has a congenital heart defect and will die without a transplant. Her blood type is rare, making their chances of finding a matching donor remote at best. Sheryl wants to be that donor for her daughter, and Jamie is in way over his head. Suicide, no matter the motive, is illegal. So with Sheryl on suicide watch, Jamie’s only shot at helping her and saving Karen is to reopen the murder case, prove Sheryl’s innocence, and get her freed so that she can pursue her plan on her own.

why I like this book: I love hardcore mysteries and new to authors (in general or to me) the description grabbed me and I knew I would be waiting for this book .

Release Date: of course it is Valentines day what a great day to read about a killer
 Title: gone with a handsomer man 
Author: Michael  Lee West
Take one out-of-work pastry chef . . .
Teeny Templeton believes that her life is finally on track. She’s getting married, she’s baking her own wedding cake, and she’s leaving her troubled past behind. And then? She finds her fiancĂ© playing naked badminton with a couple of gorgeous, skanky chicks.
Add a whole lot of trouble . . .
Needless to say, the wedding is off. Adding insult to injury, her fiancĂ© slaps a restraining order on her. When he’s found dead a few days later, all fingers point to Teeny.
And stir like crazy!
Her only hope is through an old boyfriend-turned-lawyer, the guy who broke her heart a decade ago. But dredging up the past brings more than skeletons out of the closet, and Teeny doesn’t know who she can trust. With evidence mounting and the heat turning up, Teeny must also figure out where to live, how to support herself, how to clear her name, and how to protect her heart.

Why I chose this book: The description looks like it will be a fun read. A cozy mystery. I like to take a break from the hardboiled mysteries sometimes and this look like it will be a lighter read.

Release Date:  Another good read for Feb. 14th Looking forward to reading both of these books soon

Monday, January 23, 2012

Update Monday

Because of my fathers illness and my traveling to see him. I am behind on my reading but now that I am home I plan on reading a lot more. This is just an update to let you know what is going on and what is coming up. I have finished one book this month so far I am afraid I will not finish all four but I do plan to finish at least 2 and get half-way through the third before listing the Feburary reads. I also have done the first Watch for it Wendesday and E book Friday. I would like feed back on what my followers think about the new approach to blogging more. Hit or Miss? As I said before I will also be hosting a giveaway  Feburary 17th - 27th.  I am hoping to attrack more followers with this giveaway. I am thankful for my followers now but I can attract more and better giveaways if my blog is bigger. I think that is all for this update. I have to go back to reading now.

Friday, January 20, 2012

E- book Friday

Ok here is the first e- book I am reading this month

The Title of this book is Prophecy by Shay Hardman

Not much more to tell you about it I could not find a descripsion or cover any place sorry. I will post my review in my reads in a few days . Talk to you then

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Watch for it Wednesday

This is the first post like on this blog. I am picking four yet to be published books that I want to read when they are released.
  I am keeping with this months reads these are all adult books for my reading list. They are all mysteries.

TITLE: Unwanted                                     AUTHOR: Kristina Ohlsson

I picked this book OK I must admit for the cover. I loved the cover alone.

The book is going to be released on Feb. 28th

In the middle of a rainy Swedish summer, a little girl is abducted from a crowded train. Despite hundreds of potential witnesses, no one noticed when the girl was taken, and, in what seems to be merely a coincidence, her mother has been left behind at the previous station. Inspector Frederika Bergman and her team of federal investigators are called in and assigned to what at first seems to be a classic custody dispute.
But when the child is found dead in the far north of Sweden with the word “unwanted” scribbled on her forehead, the case soon turns into the investigation team’s worst nightmare—the pursuit of a brilliant and ruthless killer.

I must admit it is dark even for me but I really want to read it.

TITLE:The Dark Rose                     AUTHOR: Erin Kelly                                 SUMMARY: Paul was led into a life of crime by his boyhood protector, a bully named Daniel; but one night, what started as a petty theft turned into a grisly murder. Now, at nineteen, Paul must bear witness against his friend to avoid prison. Louisa's own dark secrets led her to flee a desperate infatuation gone wrong many years before. Now she spends her days steeped in history, renovating the grounds of a crumbling Elizabethan garden. But her fragile peace is shattered when she meets Paul; he's the spitting image of the one person she never thought she'd see again.

These two, scarred and solitary, begin a secret affair. Louisa starts to believe she can again find the happiness she had given up on. But neither of them can outrun his violent past.

A story of secrets and guilt set among the ruins of a sixteenth- century English garden, The Dark Rose explores the extremes of obsessive love and loyalty, devotion and desperation. Like Kelly's critically acclaimed debut novel, The Poison Tree, this fantastically creepy, atmospheric novel thrills until the final shocking moments.

I liked the cover but loved the description, This book is being released on Feb. 2nd

and the last book is
TITLE: Illusion                                                             AUTHOR:Frank Peretti                                                 SUMMARY:        Dane and Mandy Collins have been a popular magic act for close to 30 years. In their late fifties, they plan to retire but their plans are devastated by a fiery car wreck. Dane awakens in a hospital and learns that Mandy is dead. As he reflects on their life together and how they first met at a magic show, we see nineteen-year-old Mandy in a flashback:
Mandy and two friends are visiting a county fair in Idaho when they happen upon a theater where a magician will be doing a show in an hour. While waiting to see the show, young Mandy appears to falls asleep, then awakes abruptly. She fell asleep in 1970; it is now 2010. Distraught, she is picked up by security personnel. She winds up in a mental hospital, where no one is sure who she is or where she came from.?
Mandy escapes from the hospital. Alone, penniless, and mystified by her circumstances, she takes shelter with a charitable family and begins eking out a dime by performing magic for anyone who will stop, watch, and leave a tip. She winds up doing a weekly magic act at a local coffeehouse.
A friend tells Dane there’s an act he ought to see. Dane has retired but agrees to watch the girl perform. He is transfixed by the magic he sees, illusions that even he, a seasoned professional, cannot readily explain. But more than anything, he is emotionally devastated by this nineteen-year-old who is in every respect identical to the young beauty he first met some forty years earlier.
When Mandy and Dane reunite, they must decide what their future is…and uncover the conspiracy behind their meeting; the strange, supernatural bent to Mandy's magic; and who is following them.?

This book is a little different than the books I usually read but the description has me enticed. I think this will be an interesting read .

This book is going to be released March 6th. That gives me time to clear some room on my shelves.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Review Girl: 400 Followers Giveaway!!!

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

January Reads

I have my reads all set for January.

       TITLE Jack & Jill                                                                       Author James Patterson                                                            SUMMARY: Someone kills one of the most powerful men in the U.S. Senate--and the whole world is watching. Someone murders a small black girl on the mean streets of Washington-- and no one seems to care. But only D.C. homicide cop Alex Cross suspects that the evil striking down both the high and the low wears the same shocking face. Now in his most terrifying case, Cross must stop a deadly force before it destroys the very foundation of this nation....
Why I chose this book: Okay lets face it. I think I am the only person in the world that may not have read all of the Alex Cross series. I saw the movies and thought they were okay. Nothing special. I picked up a used copy of "Along Came A Spider" and could not put it down.So I am reading them all in order this is #3 of the Alex Cross series
Am I looking forward to reading this: Yes the first two books were 100 times better than the movies and I am ashamed to say that kept me aways from the books . Now I am trying to make up for lost time. 

Title: Fear Itself                                                                               Author: Jonathan Nasaw                                                                       Summary: Is it possible to be scared to death ? FBI Special Agent E.L. Pender thinks so - when a man afraid of heights falls nineteen stories to his death and a woman terrified of blood is found with her wrists slashed. Could it be that the apparent suicides are actually the work of a twisted psychopath?                                                                                        To stop him, Pender joins forces with Investigative Specialist Linda Abruzzi, and before long they find themselves facing their own worst terrors-- and a madman who is as immune to fear as he is fascinated by it.
Why I chose this book:  I love books about murder and mysteries. I have seen this authors several times but this is the first book I am reading by him.

Am I looking forward to reading: Yes I always searching for new authors. I love the back summary and I am hoping the book lives up to it.

Title Immoral                                                                                  Author Brian Freeman                                                                     Summary Lieutenant Jonathan Stride knows it's not a moral world. One teenage girl has already disappeared on his watch, leaving behind no body, no killer, and no justice. Now, when another girl goes missing on a cold night in Minnesota, Stride must relive his worst nightmare............
Why I chose this book: Again an author I have seen but never read, I wanted to try some new to me authors. This is also on my shelf for over a year

Am I looking forward to reading: Yes I am for two reasons a new author and new series I like to follow a story that goes on for more than one book it gives me deeper feeling for the main characters.


Title: An Ice Cold Grave                                                                Author: Charlaine Harris                                                                Summary: Harper Connelly heads to Doraville, North Carolina, to find a missing boy- one of several teenage boys who have disappeared over the last five years. And all of them are calling for Harper. She finds them -- buried in the frozen ground. All Harper wants is to get out of town before she's caught in the media storm, until she herself is attacked. Soon, Harper will learn more than she cared to about the dark mysteries and long - hidden secrets of Doraville - knowledge of the dead that makes her the next in line to end up in an ice cold grave.......
Why I chose this book:  I have read most of the Sookie Stackhouse books and the first two in this series and I loved them. They are quick reads and very entertaining

Am I looking forward to reading:  Yes I am for the reasons I listed above. I like the authors writing style and how her character seem to jump off the page. She makes them believable.