Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday for April 29th

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at “Should Be Reading.” Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

In the Far Isles it was night, and the new bruise that blossomed in the sky would not be visible till dawn. It wasn’t like the others. Indeed, it soon engulfed the others – all of them lost in its dark sprawl. From horizon to horizon it spread, deeper than indigo, nearly as black as the night sky itself. It was more than color, this bruise. It was warp, it was suction. Eidolon of the dancing eyes had said the sky was tired, and ached. She had downplayed the matter.

The sky was failing.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

This was a fair bit more than two sentences, but I love this description here! I still don’t quite know what’s going on with the sky, since it’s only happening in one place which is kind of off to the side of the central storyline, but you can tell it’s going to be a big deal. Can’t wait to figure it all out.

Please leave your teasers in comments!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday for April 23rd

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How is it Wednesday already?!? I swear, life moves by so fast!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at “Should Be Writing.” Three questions, three answers. Go!

What are you currently reading?

Currently reading Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor. This is the final book in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, so I’m really excited to read it. I’m only a few chapters in and things are already picking up speed like crazy. This should be one hell of a ride!

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished Shadowbound by Dianne Sylvan the most recent release in her Shadow World series and OH MY GOODNESS!!! This woman knows how to tell a story and how to write vampires so that they don’t sound overused and overdone. I love her books and each one gets more and more complicated. It’s awesome!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I always hate this question, because right now, I have no idea. I have a whole shelf full of stuff that I’ve bought and haven’t read which I should probably get to at some point. Or I also have the Otherworld series by Yasmine Galenorn that I’d really like to try and finish this year. I might go back and read some of those for a while before I bounce over to something new.

There are my answers for the week! Please leave yours in comments!

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday for April 22nd

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at “Should Be Reading.” Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Miranda was finally starting to understand what their relationship really was: more than friendship, less than romance, deeper than either; mutual acceptance and comfort between two people who had, by a miracle, come to love each other through trial by fire. He had been her solid ground when David died, and her shoulder was the only one he wasn’t afraid to lean on.

Shadowbound by Dianne Sylvan

I love this series so much!

Please leave your teasers in comments!

Books I've Read

Book Review: Embrace the Night by Norah Wilson and Heather Doherty

Have you ever finished a book and just said AAAAHHHHHHGHGGH! Yeah. Here’s my review of Embrace the Night by Norah Wilson and Heather Doherty.

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As I suspected, this book focuses more on Brooke, the third of the girls who discovered how to “cast out” from the attic of their dorm at Harvell House (for a definition of “casting out,” see my Enter the Night review). Brooke’s issues mostly have to do with her feeling like an outcast. Her mother has chosen her new husband, a very strict man with whom Brooke doesn’t get along at all, over Brooke and all her potentially embarrassing problems. Brooke’s ex-boyfriend Seth had broken up with her, only to replace her with someone his family would find more appropriate. But it’s the last straw for Brooke when she thinks that Alex and Maryanne have left her out of a big discovery. These are supposed to be her friends, her sisters, the people who accept her for who she is – and they’ve been keeping secrets.

In short, Brooke has a melt down. She goes up to the attic and casts out, leaving her physical body behind and revelling in the freedom of being in her cast form. Except it doesn’t work. She’s still really angry which, as we’ve seen before, does nothing good for her impulse control. She does the one thing that she thinks will teach Alex and Maryanne a lesson – she breaks the window.

Until now, this has been the only way for them to both cast out of their bodies and to return to their bodies. Now they are stuck in cast form with no way to get back. When they are in cast form, they can speak to one another, but no one else can hear them. To make matters worse, the whole town is up in arms about the “Hellers,” hunting down what they think are demons from hell, trying to find anything to take them down permanently.

The girls have limited resources and even fewer allies, most of which they barely trust. Plus, being in their cast form is tiring them slowly, not to mention what’s happening to their physical bodies, which grow weaker and weaker from non-use. They have to figure out a way to get back in, but how?

I love this series, I really do. It’s so so so so good. I liked reading more about Brooke’s character, since before this I really didn’t like her. She seemed very confident to the point of being cocky, but that’s mostly an act to hide how hurt and rejected she usually feels. She’s still not my favorite character, and she still does some pretty bad things, but I understand where she’s coming from more and, as a result, like her a bit better. This whole book is full of suspense and dread – they’re really in trouble now and there’s no way in sight (at least at first) to do anything about it.

I was so frustrated by the end of this book though! I thought for sure that this was a trilogy, that this would be the final conclusion. Nope! There is another book,  which is only listed on the author’s website, called Forever the Night, supposedly coming out Spring of 2014. It doesn’t show up anywhere else, not on GoodReads, not on Amazon for pre-order. I hope this book will be out soon because, holy crap, Embrace the Night ended on a cliffhanger! I need to know what happens! Now! Seriously though, this series is excellent and keeps on getting better. You should definitely give it a read.

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HP Chapter-A-Long: Sorcerer’s Stone Chapter 4

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Chapter 4 – The Keeper of the Keys

I love this chapter, I really do! The Dursleys needed to be put in their place and, gosh darn it, Hagrid is the perfect person to do it!

And besides, it’s Hagrid! Hagrid Hagrid Hagrid! I love Hagrid, I truly do.

But let’s start this off by looking at it from Harry and the Dursley’s point of view. Something is banging on the door, so hard that the door completely falls off the hinges and crashes to the floor. Then this enormous man comes through said door and asks for a cup of tea. I might be a little freaked out about this, especially since he recognizes Harry immediately.

I also found in incredibly funny that Vernon is packing. Have you ever seen anyone less likely to know how to handle a gun?

Vernon tells Hagrid in no uncertain terms to leave, but Hagrid will have none of it. He destroys the gun, showing just how strong and powerful he is – don’t let those friendly crinkly eyes fool you. Sure, he’s a big ole teddy bear, but if you get on his bad side, Hagrid can tear you apart.

This part of the chapter also begins the list of things that Hagrid manages to fit into the pockets of his coat. This is one amazing coat and we’re going to keep a tally of what all he can pull out of that thing.

  • A slightly squashed box containing a birthday cake
  • A copper kettle
  • A package of sausages
  • A fireplace poker
  • A teapot
  • Several mugs
  • A bottle of booze

Harry is, of course, confused by all this. Hagrid explains that he’s the Keeper of Keys for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which just confuses Harry even more. He has no idea what Hagrid is talking about. And now we have another example of why, even though Hagrid is a sweetheart, you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

Hagrid is livid when he discovers that the Dursleys have kept Harry completely in the dark about his past, about what he is, and particularly about who his parents were and what they did. Vernon tries to step in, but you really don’t want to try and interrupt Hagrid, now do you?

“Harry – yer a wizard.”

And now Harry’s life will completely change. Hagrid gives him a copy of the letter that Harry has been trying so hard to receive (and now its addressed to “Mr. H. Potter, The Floor, Hut-on-the-Rock, The Sea” – this will never stop being funny). It is the now famous Hogwarts letter, the one eleven year olds all over the world now hope to get. Oh, and we need  to add a few more things to our list of what’s in Hagrid’s coat.

  • Harry’s Hogwarts letter
  • An owl
  • A roll of parchment
  • A quill

The Dursleys give one more try to reassert their . . . something. Vernon says that Harry is not going to wizard school and, when questioned further, Petunia looses it. She vents her feelings about her sister, who was clearly the favorite in their family growing up (and for good reason it seems), about how she was accepted into Hogwarts and always came home doing weird things. Petunia thought Lilly was a freak and hated the fact that everyone else loved that Lilly could do magic. Petunia also lets slip that the Potters got “blown up” instead of dying in a car crash, which leads Hagrid to explain to Harry what really happened to his parents.

I can’t imagine what this was like for Harry. It’s sad enough to be orphaned, to loose both of your parents before you can even remember their faces. It’s bad enough to be left with horrible family members that treat you like dirt. But then to find out that your parents were murdered by the equivalent of Wizard Hitler, who tried to also kill you, and for some reason couldn’t do it. Something about Harry completely destroyed Wizard Hitler (or Voldemort, which is his actual name). Oh, and by the way Harry, you’re completely famous.

As Hagrid keeps talking, Harry realizes that a number of things are starting to make more sense – how he had been able to do seemingly impossible things whenever he was angry or scared (remember the snake at the zoo!!). Of course, Vernon has to be there to mess it all up. He insists that Harry will not be going to school, finally taking things a step too far.

“I AM NOT PAYING FOR SOME CRACKPOT OLD FOOL TO TEACH HIM MAGIC TRICKS!” yelled Uncle Vernon.

But he had finally gone too far. Hagrid seized his umbrella and whirled it over his head, “NEVER – ” he thundered, ” – INSULT – ALBUS – DUMBLEDORE – IN – FRONT – OF – ME!”

While I would have loved to see Hagrid do something to Vernon, who clearly needs to be taken down a peg or two (or five), Hagrid instead gives Dudley a nice curly pigs tail. That’s it for the Dursleys. They scream and run into the next room, slamming the door. Hagrid tells Harry that he really isn’t supposed to do magic because he was expelled from Hogwarts in his third year. Harry asks why, but Hagrid changes the subject. He gives Harry is coat to use as a blanket, which leaves us with the last thing to add to our list of stuff Hagrid has in his coat.

  • mice

I’m a little concerned for these mice, since Hagrid usually carries an owl as well. But that brings us to the end of the chapter. Next week, we’ll read chapter 5!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday for April 16th

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at “Should Be Reading.” Three questions, three answers. Go!

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Shadowflame by Dianne Sylvan. This is book two in the Shadow World series. Book five, Shadowbound, just came out at the end of last month and I just bought it yesterday. You know what that means – time for a series re-read! I’ve read the first book, Queen of Shadows, several times, but not the last few books. Those have only been read once or twice, and it’s been over a year. With all the stuff I read, there’s no way I remember all the details. But since I love this series so much, a re-read is certainly not a problem!

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished Embrace the Night by Norah Wilson and Heather Doherty and I’m so disappointed! I really thought this was the last book in what I thought was a trilogy, but there is a book four that will (hopefully) be out soon. There isn’t a release date for it that I could find. This series has been awesome, but this book ended on such a cliffhanger and I need to know what will happen! Now! Seriously!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Obviously I will be continuing in the Shadow World series, with Shadow’s Fall and Of Shadow Born. And then Shadowbound, which I can’t wait to read. After that, I will probably read Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor. This book is definitely the end of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series, so that’s good. No more cliffhangers! I loved the first two books of this series, so I’m hoping the conclusion will be awesome.

There are my WWW answers for the week! Please leave yours in comments!

Teaser Tuesday · Top Ten Tuesdays

Teaser and Top Ten Tuesday for April 15th

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at “Should Be Reading.” Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“I think we’re well beyond what’s believable and what isn’t.”

“I think we circled back and kicked believable’s arse up to its elbows!”

Embrace the Night by Norah Wilson and Heather Doherty

I am so frustrated right now. I finished what I thought was the last book in this series, and guess what? THIS ISN’T THE LAST BOOK! There’s another one (which is the last book) that isn’t out yet. I can’t find any information as to when it will be out. And this last one ended on such a cliffhanger!!! AGHH!!

Ahem.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the folks over at “The Broke and the Bookish.” This week’s topic:

Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren’t Books) That I’d Like To Own

What do I want? So many things! This morning, I came up with seven things, some more attainable than others. But hey, dream big!

1. New book shelves – My shelves are getting so cluttered. I need to reorganize some things, but I also don’t want to have to get rid of that many books. I would love to have floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in my office, along with a ladder on wheels like they have in old libraries.

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2. A bookstore – I have always wanted to own a little indie bookstore, especially one as fun and funky as Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh. I love that place! This is a big pipe dream for me. Maybe it will happen? One day?

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3. Tessa’s Clockwork Angel Pendant – Finally, something I could actually afford! This is a replica from Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices trilogy and it is beautiful. Find it for sale here.

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4. TFiOS Okay Sweatshirt – I really need to re-read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I love that book, and what better way to show my love than to wear the sweatshirt! I love sweatshirts anyway. You can find this at DFTBA’s website.

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5. Hermione Granger’s Wand – There are so many replica wands out there from the Harry Potter series, but I’ve always loved Hermione’s. It’s so pretty! Lots of places to find it.

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6. Ravenclaw Quidditch shirt – One more Harry Potter thing (I swear I could make a list of just HP swag that I want). I saw this a few years ago and I adore it. I love how it looks like a regular school P.E. shirt!

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7. Sting Letter Opener – Just like there are replica Harry Potter wands, there are replica swords from The Lord of the Rings. Do I have any place to put a sword? Not really. But I use letter openers all the time at work! So this one is practical! And Barnes & Noble has it!

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8. District 12 Bracelet – Found this on Think Geek and LOVE IT!

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