Thursday, June 25, 2009

My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter. ~Thomas Helm

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Radiant Darkness - Emily Whitman

Let's get this out of the way. I prefer my fantasy urban and gritty. I am definintely more of a Buffy girl.

(Borders) Description: Persephone, a young goddess, leaves home to find romance and independence--and finds herself along the way.

(Barnes & Noble) Synopsis:

He smiles. "Hello."

It's a deep voice. I can feel it reverberate in my chest and echo all the way down to my toes.

I know I should leave, but I don't want to. I want to keep my senses like this forever. I'm all eye, all ear, all skin.

Persephone lives in the most gorgeous place in the world. But her mother's a goddess, as overprotective as she is powerful. Paradise has become a trap. Just when Persephone feels there's no chance of escaping the life that's been planned for her, a mysterious stranger arrives. A stranger who promises something more—something dangerous and exciting—something that spurs Persephone to make a daring choice. A choice that could destroy all she's come to love, even the earth itself.

In a land where a singing river can make you forget your very name, Persephone is forced to discover who—and what—she really is.

Radiant Darkness is, to my taste, fluffy. But if you like your fantasy fae, alternate worlds, myths, legends, fables and etherial, you may really like this book. The writing is good. I just prefer things that are a little more gritty and kick-ass.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.
~Author Unknown

Friday, June 19, 2009

New York Times Bestsellers

Books from the New York Times Best Seller List today. Anything not 12 & up, is not included. (Yep, it's a double negative done correctly.)


1 TWILIGHT: DIRECTOR’S NOTEBOOK, by Catherine Hardwicke. (Little, Brown, $17.99.)
2 THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, by Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Dave McKean. (HarperCollins, $17.99.)
3 THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins. (Scholastic, $17.99.)
4 THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, by Jay Asher. (Razorbill, $16.99.)
5 WINGS, by Aprilynne Pike. (HarperCollins, $16.99.)
6 THE AWAKENING, by Kelley Armstrong. (HarperCollins, $17.99.)
8 HUNGER, by Michael Grant. (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, $17.99.)
9 ONCE DEAD, TWICE SHY, by Kim Harrison. (HarperCollins, $16.99.)
10 SCAT, by Carl Hiaasen. (Random House, $16.99.)


1 THE BOOK THIEF, by Markus Zusak. (Knopf, $11.99.)
2 LOCK AND KEY, by Sarah Dessen. (Speak, $8.99.)
4 THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS, by John Boyne. (Random House, $8.99.)
5 EVERMORE, by Alyson Noël. (St. Martin’s Griffin, $9.95.)
6 TWEAK, by Nic Sheff. (Atheneum, $9.99.)
7 THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN, by Sherman Alexie. Illustrated by Ellen Forney. (Little, Brown, $8.99.)
8 BEAUTIFUL DISASTER, by Kate Brian. (Simon & Schuster, $9.99.)


1 THE TWILIGHT SAGA, by Stephenie Meyer.
5 HOUSE OF NIGHT, by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast.
6 THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, by Cassandra Clare.
7 NIGHT WORLD, by L. J. Smith.
9 PENDRAGON, by D. J. MacHale.

Lots of Fantasy on the lists!!

In the Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan

I have been stalling on reviewing this one, but haven't been able to settle on a quote from the book, there were too many that I want to use. Hell with it. It has zombies. It is good. It is NOT cheesy. Enough said. Not positive, but I expect a sequel.

Description: Mary lives in a small village governed by the religious Sisterhood and bordered with a fence to keep out the Unconsecrated--a horde of the undead. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future--between the one she loves and the one who loves her.

In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best, and the fence that protects her village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth must remain intact. After fence is breached, Mary's world is thrown into chaos, and she must choose between her village and her future.

Buy it.

Strange Angels - Lili St. Crow

Description -
Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.) Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?

Entertaining, fun, and well written. I can't wait to see what Lili St. Crow (Lilith Saint Crow) does next.
Betrayals: A Strange Angels Novel is set to come out Nov 17, 2009. I already have it on pre-order.

Buy it.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Quote o' the Day

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.
~James Bryce