Monday, April 30, 2012

In My Mailbox April 2012

Books I bought this month:

  1. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
  2. The Vampire Diaries: Stephan's Diaries: The Ripper by L. J. Smith
  3. The Vampire Diaries: Stephan's Diaries: The Asylum by L. J. Smith
  4. The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
  5. The Morganville Vampires: Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
  6. The Vampire Diaries - The Hunters: Moonsong by L. J. Smith
  7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Books I won via goodreads giveaways:

  1. A Lost Argument by Therese Doucet
  2. The Whipping Club by Deborah Henry
  3. Once Upon a Gypsy Moon by Michael C. Hurley
  4. We Bury a Landscape by Kristine Ong Muslim
  5. Gentleman Companion Two by Patricia Kay
  6. The Patriot Paradox by William Esmont
  7. The Sunny Hours by Rosemarie Dalheim
  8. More Deaths Than One by Bryan Islip

Well this is all I got this month the links are to the books on the goodreads website so you can check the book out and see if you want to read them yourself.

The Patriot Paradox by William Esmont

4/5 Stars

Ex-CIA analyst Kurt Vetter and enigmatic foreign agent Amanda Carter race across Europe in a quest to unearth the truth behind the murder of Kurt's brother. Trying desperately to stay ahead of a government that has forsaken them, they discover a conspiracy that threatens the very foundation of world stability. The clock is ticking and Kurt and Amanda must find a way to halt the plot before millions die.

At the moment I am into my crime novels (after watching some many crime solving shows) so I was glad to win this book.  

This novel is book one in the series The Reluctant Hero.  With it being a short book I wondered how much action was going to be in it and was surprised to find out that for a short novel there is so much packed in that you don’t get a break.  It is a moving novel especially while reading about the suffering Kurt is going through with his brother but the character didn’t really seem to grow.  The plot though is amazing and the action goes at just the right pace.

The ending of this novel is a little in the predictable side, but as a thriller it comes to a good end and make’s me want to read the sequel which I am waiting to see if I win on good reads if not I will defiantly have to buy it as soon as I can.

Currently Reading: Switched - Amanda Hocking
Read in 2012: 6/20

Sunday, April 29, 2012

In My Mailbox Idea

I have been watching the story sirens youtube videos called In My Mailbox so I was thinking of doing a monthly post on the last day of every month with a list of books I have bought, won or been given. obviously with just coming up with this idea the April one will be late as I need to find all the book I got this month.  I think I will post my In My Mailbox (IMM) for April on Thursday, May 3rd because it's my day of college and I will have more time to find the books and because Legacy is due on the 4th so I won't want to do anything other than read that.

Currently Reading: Switched - Amanda Hocking
Read in 2012: 6/20

Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Lost Argument - Therese Doucet

2/5 Stars

The summer after her freshman year at all-Mormon Brigham Young University, Marguerite Farnsworth falls in love with philosophy by way of falling in love with an atheist philosophy student. Her search for Truth (with a capital T), God, the meaning of life, and a boyfriend leads her away from religious belief, but along the way she learns there are things even atheists can have faith in.

I enjoyed how the journey unfolded, but the switching back and forth from first person to third person isn't something I like but other than that it was a good read.

Currently Reading: Switched - Amanda Hocking
Read in 2012: 6/20

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Complete Set of Morganville Vampire Books

My mum found The Morganville Vampires: Glass House book on Monday while in town and go it for my so I now have the full set yey.

Currently reading: Switched - Amanda Hocking
Read in 2012: 6/20

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Sunny Hours - Rosemarie Dalheim

3/5 Stars

Born in Hannover in 1924, Rosemarie Dalheim and her family moved to England three years later. With a flourishing business employing five people, the Dalheims were considered ‘desirable aliens’ and soon granted permanent residence. Settling in Hull, life felt safe and secure in those sunny, pre-war days. 

However, with Hitler’s rise to power and the growing tension and hostility within Europe, Rosemarie and her family suddenly fell under suspicion and scrutiny, even by former friends and colleagues. Having a German accent in England was now a very undesirable thing indeed.

Despite attempting to maintain a sense of normality and stability in those challenging times, the inevitable finally happened – war broke out and the Dalheims were interned in a camp on the Isle of Man. 

The Sunny Hours is a tale of divided loyalties, and the struggle for acceptance and belonging. With warmth and humour Rosemarie Dalheim recounts the confusion and uncertainty of a young girl, feeling both British and German, growing up in Britain during World War II.

An amazingly well written story of a German child's experience of being interned in Britain during WWII, and a glimpse of the start of Nazi Germany through the innocent eyes of a child.

Currently Reading: Switched - Amanda Hocking
Read in 2012: 5/20

Saturday, April 21, 2012

We Bury a Landscape - Kristine Ong Muslim

3/5 Stars

We Bury the Landscape is an exhibition of literary art. Ekphrasis, collected. One hundred flash fictions and prose poems presented to view. From the visual to the textual, transmuting before the gallery-goer’s gaze, the shifting contours of curator Kristine Ong Muslim’s surreal panorama delineate the unconventional, the unexpected, and the unnatural. Traversing this visionary vista’s panoply of “rooms of unfinished lives,” the reader unearths and examines and reanimates—revealing the transcendent uncanniness that subsists underfoot.

When I first looked at this book I thought 'oh I probably won't read this' I'm not a fan of poetry but when I actually got round to reading it I found it wasn't poems it was actually very short stories about paintings.  I like how the author looked at many different paintings to come up with these short stories.

Currently Reading: Interview with the Daredevil by Nicola Marsh
Read in 2012: 5/20

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Revealing Rexa - Ella Stradling

4/5 Stars

Legend tells of a great king, who used a magical charm to vanquish a terrible foe. Now the magic is lost and the ancient enemy is back.

Five years ago, Miyam was dragged away from the life she loved, as a revealer in training, to live with a father she hardly knew. When her father is murdered, her mundane world is thrown into turmoil once again.

A dark horde stands sizzling in the sunlight and travels by night, burning everything in its path. The queen lies dying and a pair of amulets, holding the souls of King Rexa and his beloved wife, must be reunited. The fate of the free world is in jeopardy and the blazing sky shall herald their coming.

This book was worth reading it kept my attention throughout.  It had everything you could want in a fantasy adventure.  Romance and intrigue, it had a fast pace and there was no dull moment.  The characters all had their own unique personalities.  The author truly captivated me with this book and the romance provided was satisfying enough to my needs that it did not need any heavy sex scenes

This novel came to an enjoyable close.  When it came to the end, it made me want to buy the next book in the series Awakening Sands because I enjoyed the book so much, and because it ends in a cliff-hanger.

Revealing Rexa, begins with the search for a lost amulet.  It must be reunited with the other that it belongs with.  The two were created for a King and Queen long ago, and after they died, their souls were bound to the amulets, along with the great powers that they held.  It was meant for the succeeding Kings and Queens to wear in order to protect the land and rule it honourably.  Unfortunately, the King’s amulet got lost and hadn’t been seen since.  The queen’s has continued to pass through the generations, allowing for some protection of the people, but now that magic alone is not enough.  There are dark forces at work that want to destroy the amulets and all of those who are living in the kingdom.

This forces the royal houses to seek help from a class of people, Revealers, who wield magic and are experienced in fighting and carrying out important missions.  Sand, one of the most powerful among this class, is tasked to aid the Queen and future King in their quest.  Along with them is Miyam, a woman with her own powers, and secrets.  Together they embark on a dangerous journey that will take them across the land into places few have travelled or even seen before.  They are the only ones who may be successful before the dark forces take over.

Currently Reading: Interview with the Daredevil by Nicola Marsh
Read in 2012: 5/20
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