Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Hi guys! So... I am jetting off again. This time, I will be heading to Walt Disney World for a couple days of fun with my family. I will be practically internet free meaning that this blog will be taking another break for a bit. However, I will have a bunch of reviews when I come back as I am taking a stack of reading for the plane and the long lines.

Books I am Bringing:

Happy reading for now!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Hunger Games Movie Poster

Can't wait.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Abandon and Forever Winners

I apologize that this has been late. My house looks like a war zone because we are packing everything so a new carpet can be put in and the walls repainted. So without further ado, here are the winners.

The winner of a signed ARC of Abandon is:

The winner of a signed ARC of Forever is:

Thanks to all that enter and winners will be notified by email.

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Goddess Test - Aimée Carter

Publisher: Harlequin

Goodreads Summary:
It's always been just Kate and her mom--and now her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.

If she fails...

The Goddess Test is the first e-book I ever read/finished. It was not easy since I partly was reading this on my itouch. It's also the first ARC I got off Netgalley.

The story behind why I choose to request this ARC is simple. It is because I am a sucker for mythology. As a child, I would check out all the books on myths, fairy tales, fables and folk tales the library had. So I was very drawn to this Hades and Persephone retelling.

One of the best things about this novel is the relationship between Kate and her mom. In YA, majority of stories feature absent/dead parents or conflicts with them so it was refreshing to see a different side of the teen-parent relationship. Kate and her mom have a loving relationship and Kate would do anything to keep her mom from dying... include agreeing to Henry's bargain. Sometimes my skeptical self flares up and questions Kate's selfless nature - no way can she be this good! But she is.

Speaking of the bargain, I thought Carter's the creation of tests is a clever twist to add and make this myth more original. However, I had some issue with how easily Kate accepted this world of magic. As well as living with a complete stranger and entering into a bargain with him. Henry never seems fully nuanced to me - he appears to simply react to the events and never exhibits an independence of his own.

Despite some shortcomings, I enjoyed myself and will look forward to the continuing story.

Book Source: E-ARC from Netgalley

Author Website | Indiebound | Goodreads

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Paris in July Challenge

Bonjour readers! I am joining the Paris in July celebration - a month long fete dedication to all things French. Since this is a book blog, most of my revere will take the form of book reviews or book lists. However, there will be occassional slippage into other forms of celebrating including a review of Midnight in Paris and a dedication of one of my upcoming new features - Weekend Loves - to all things France/Parisian. And since I live in SF, the Museum of Modern Art is featuring a Paris Avant-Garde exhibit so there might be a post on that. So stay tuned...

Monday, July 4, 2011

Giveaway: Forever & Abandon

Happy Fourth of July! To celebrate, I am giving away two signed books! They are both ARCs - one of them is already out in hardcover, the other one will be out soon... And they are:


So here are the Official Rules:
  • to enter, please leave a comment with a valid email address
  • entrants must be 13 years or older
  • contest deadline is July 15th, 2011 
  • contest is open to everyone. 
  • one entry per person
Bonne chance!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Summer Secret Santa

Earlier this year, I signed up for the Summer Secret Santa Exchange over at Ruby's Reads where we get a secret summer santa and we send them a book on their wishlist. I recently got my package in the mail. My Secret Santa was Andra and she got me this lovely book:

It's a perfect light book for summer and I am super excited to read this.

Thank you Andra!

P.S. If you are interested, Ruby's Reads will be hosting a fall version of this, so keep an eye out!
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