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Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Title: Splendors and Glooms
Author: Laura Amy Schlitz
Stand Alone
Format-ebook
Published: August 28th 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages: 388
Source: NetGalley

Overview:
Clara Wintermute appears to have the good life. She is bestowed with presents galore, lives in a mansion for a home, and is given the most grand party by her parents for her twelfth birthday. But Clara is not a happy child. She must always remain quite and reserved. She does so for the sake of her parents but more for her mother. Her home is a trap that she must endure as a result of the guilt she feels in her heart.

Lizzie Rose trudges up and down the London streets with her adoptive brother Parsefall and her guardian Grisini. They arrive at a birthday party for Clara Wintermute and give her the best play she could imagine. The play is presented with puppets. She is enthralled with the puppets because they are unlike anything she has seen ever before. The next day, she is nowhere to be found. Grisini is suspected…

1st Blogoversary

One year ago today I created She's Got Books on Her Mind. Why did I create it? I had been viewing blogs for a good while (maybe a year or two) and I finally decided to create my own book blog. I really didn't know what I was getting into myself. I've learned a lot and even though my writing isn't where I want it to be I think I've improved. The blog is still growing like me and hopefully one day I will stick with a background (I doubt it). I know I may have not come in with a game plan because the only really thing I wanted to do was have fun with it I think I'm a little more in the know (whatever that means).

Throughout the last couple of months I've sometimes felt that I really need to get followers or get comments which wasn't the purpose of my blog. I know I need to chill with that and realize it's for fun! Which it is and I've slowly been less critical of my blog and will take it wherever it wants to go. I'm sure other bloggers will ag…

Any Love But Mine by Debbie Davies

Title: Any Love But Mine
Author: Debbie Davies
Series: Book #1
Format: Epub
Published: March 3rd 2012
Publisher: Night Publishing
Pages: 159
Source: Author

Overview: 
Acacia was created for Eros, the god of love, but she was dismissed and sent to Earth to use people's auras to find the right match for them. She on the other hand is not allowed to love. Just because Eros doesn't want her doesn't mean he will give her up and stop owning her like he does the two others who came before her - Allana and Amora. Allana had the unfortunate luck to be created in love with Eros while the other two have not.

The goddesses were created for Eros because he couldn't have his one true love - Psyche. So he decided after Acacia was made if he couldn't love no one could. He's giving Zeus a year to right what was done wrong to him, if not there will be chaos on Earth. Acacia meanwhile is stuck in high school trying to find the right matches for teenagers when she is hit full forc…

Discussion: Chapters 18-23 of Golden Compass #HDMReadalong

The His Dark Materials Readalong is hosted by The Overstuffed Bookcase and The Daily Bookmark. I know I'm late but this last Friday Andrea at The Overstuffed Bookcase posted the last of the discussion questions for The Golden Compass before we move on to the next book.
Question: Without trying to get too political, did some of the events in the book seem controversial to you? What parts were they? And did they bother you or did you just see them as part of the story?

Answer: What struck me as controversial was when Lyra was talking to the then king about baptism and becoming Christian. How bears can't become Christian in their world even though they can speak. They have no souls according to the Church. I honestly think that some animals do have souls especially the ones that people connect to. Like that lion who knew it's handlers and when living on it's own for a while hugged his friends all the same. Dogs dream so they must have a soul. Well those are all my opinions…

The Sheol by Mia Hoddell

Title: The Sheol
Author: Mia Hoddell
Trilogy: Book #1 (The Wanderer Trilogy)
Format: Mobi
Published: April 2012
Publisher: Mia Hoddell via Smashwords
Pages: 120
Source: Author

Overview:
Kala just came away from killing her now ex-fiancee after she was ordered to. He was already going to die her boss rationalized. Why let him suffer? Kala, a trained killer, has reached her breaking point. She's had to be with The Company since she was 4 years old after her parents left her in the snow. She's been okay up till now but after she murdered her own fiancee she needs to run away. But how?

Chris was murdered by his fiancee who he loved dearly. Now he has this rage built up inside him that makes him want to kill her but there's also this sadness he feels when he sees her so unlike herself. She's finally able to show some emotion. He wants her out of The Company and will try anything to help her. However, whenever he reveals himself to her she has this horrified look at what he …

2012 Fall Into Reading

How I love challenges. I decided to join this challenge after seeing it at rinn reads. This particular challenge is hosted by Callapidder Days. It runs from today (September 22nd) to December 21st. This will keep me in line with what I need to read which will be comprised of books I get from the library, books given to me by authors, and NetGalley reads. I haven't been on the ball for a while so this should keep me focused. The books read and reviewed won't necessarily be in this order.

My List: The Sheol by Mia Hoddell Blue Violet by Abigail Owen Roost by Jasmine Winterson Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz Freakling by Lana Krumwiede Will Love 4 Crumbs by Jonna Iven The Emerald City by J.A. Beard Sign Language by Amy Ackley Two and Twenty Dark Tales Broxo by Zack Giallongo Born Round by Frank Bruni Crash by Jerry Spinelli Ever by Jessa Russo Schooled by Gordan Korman Enchanted by Alethea Kontis Vamped by Lucienne Diver This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel Fairest by Gail Carsen Levine Ge…

Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig

Title: Pretty Crooked
Author: Elisa Ludwig
Series: Book #1
Format: Hardcover
Published: March 13th 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
Pages: 360
Source: Library

Overview:
Willa's mother is an artist so it's safe to say they had a lot of cash flow problems but suddenly her mom hits it big and with her Willa does too. Willa has never lived in a place with such beautiful sights like her new home town. After living in as many places as she's been it's nice to finally have an actual home she'll stay in longer than a couple of months.

Her new life gives her access to the top school: Valley Prep where she meets the Glitterati. She at first sees as this fashion forward group that she's wary of only because they are the popular girls. But they take her in and show her a whole different world filled with luxurious clothes, the best parties, and cute boys. It's only when she finds out who they really are that she decides that sh…

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

Title: Stupid Fast
Author: Geoff Herbach
Stand Alone
Format: E-Book
Published: June 1st 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 245
Source: Own

Overview:
Felton Reinstein has suddenly gone from being small, skinny, and being a squirrel nut to this big, really hairy, and now he might possibly be a football player in High School. He can run circles around the honkies (that's what he calls the locals) now that he's stupid fast.

Felton now finds himself in the most peculiar situation. While his best friend is away he is being talked to by the former football players that used to make fun of him and not only that but want to play with him! His friend's house is being rented out and it contains the most beautiful world famous teenage pianist who actually likes him.

The Reinstein household consists of his mom who he has to call by her first name, Jerri. She's the yoga holistic hippie type of person. She's acting even weirder than usual. She's always watching him while…

Blog Tour: Mahogany Slade by Stephen Robinson

You may or may not have noticed a banner on the side of She's Got Books on Her Mind of a blog tour coming up. Well today's the day that I share with you my take on Robinson's Mahogany Slade.

You won't immediately figure out who Mahogany Slade is and I won't ruin it for you. The person is a very important part of the book but then they are not. I love the name anyway really because of Effie Trinket but I digress. This story brings us back to 1992 which was the year our main character, Brad, is going to his first year in college. I love how I'm finding books about the college years since I just started to go. Brad is what you would call a geek. Well at least he looks that way to me with his clean unwrinkled khaki pants and nicely pressed shirt. I will come to love this about him.

He doesn't really know who he is and really do we know at this age? He considers himself a disappointment to his parents and thankfully they hardly appear because they have oh so mun…

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn

Florence is going to finally get away from Mrs. Medleycoate's Home for Orphan Girls. Even more importantly from Mrs. Medleycoate herself. She will miss her friends but she will finally have new clothes and warm meals. She also has two cousins that she intends on befriending. She's an ordinary type of girl who loves to read all the big classics like Great Expectations and Pride and Prejudice. Her aunt wants to hear nothing of it. Nothing of her because she actually only has one cousin left. Sophia died last year and she was so ever cherished and spoiled rotten by her Aunt Eugenie. She was talented, beautiful, and clever. She had grace and style and... you get the idea. Her uncle on the on the hand does say how everyone isn't perfect...

Now where is that other cousin? He's up in his room all thin and pale almost like a ghost or maybe like he's seen a ghost... Sophia is still around and out for revenge. Her brother must die and she has decided that Florence is going …

Discussion: Chapters: 10-17 of Golden Compass #HDMReadalong

It's the second discussion day for the His Dark Materials Readalong. This week the questions were made by  The Daily Bookmark. Remember if you haven't read The Golden Compass tread lightly when reading this post because you might get some spoilers!
Question: We have met a large cast of characters now, many with names I find difficult to pronounce! There are people that have come into Lyra's life for good, some for bad, some with motives yet to be determined. Of all the characters, who's your favorite and why?
Answer: Sheesh... there are a couple of characters I like. I, like you, sometimes prefer the villains so I do really like Mrs. Coulter and her role in the story. I find it troublesome how she hasn't told her she's her mother yet. I expected it to happen already like in the movie but now I'm starting to wonder if she will ever tell her herself... She doesn't seem as concerned with her well being even though she helped her out in the end. I just don&#…

2012 Book Blogger Appreciation Week - Friday

Well this week was a bust. We are supposed to  reflect back on what this week was like and what we learned but I didn't have much time at all to even think about what I could have learned. Finally my two exams are over so I can read and review again. At least I was able to make a post on Monday for Book Blogger Appreciation Week. I did have time to think about how it's almost been a year that my blog's been up and running and I'll have to write a post on that day reflecting back on my blog experience. So I'll really be doing this post in about a week or more. Well I'm off to read! Hope you had a better week than I did.

A Month of Sundays by Ruth White

Garnet hasn't has the best life around. She's had to wear hand me downs, live on top of a grocery store, and her father deserted her before she ever was even born. Her mother refuses to get any help from her father even if it'll better her life. Instead of doing that she decided to just dump her with her father's sister (her aunt) that she's never met before and go gallivanting off to Florida with her friend Lily to go find a job. Her mother promises to get enough money as soon as she can and send her bus fare but that doesn't make Garnet go running to write her a letter back especially when she starts even liking spending time with her family, being to wear new clothes, having a room to herself, and even meeting a cute boy.

Garnet's actual name is April. Her whole name is April Garnet Rose. but her mom's always called her Garnet so that's what she goes by. There's a tradition of month names in the Rose family so that's why her dad's na…

2012 Book Blogger Appreciation Week- Monday

It's book blogger appreciation week! I didn't get to participate in the last one because well I didn't have a blog yet. There are no awards this year but I'll be discussing with you guys today some of the great blogs I've come across that I check daily.

21 Pages

21 pages has to be the first book blog I think I ever came across and if not it's the one I stuck with. She blogs about YA books and I actually have read a couple of books because she liked them so much. She also has taken to writing about reading in general and what it means to be a reader for her. She hasn't posted in a little while but I blame that on school... Anyways it doesn't stop me from checking her site all the time!

Waking Brain Cells

I've been going to check out reviews for kids lit from Waking Brain Cells for years! It's unbelievable how many books I found through Tasha especially of how many diverse books she shows you. She also has a smattering of YA in there and I get all …

Book Discoveries #2

I started this little ritual two weeks ago. I don't know if it's going to be every two weeks or not still. The last post if you see is randomly all white. Apparently I cannot copy and paste anything any longer because that will happen. Oh well! Hope I can get you to discover some new books!

The Line by Teri Hall
"An invisible, uncrossable physical barrier encloses the United States. The Line is the part of the border that lopped off the part of the country, dooming the inhabitants to an unknown fate when the enemy used a banned weapon. It's said that bizarre creatures and superhumans live on the other side, in Away. Nobody except tough old Ms. Moore would ever live next to the Line.

Nobody nut Rachel and her mother, who went to live there after Rachel's dad died in the last war. It's a safe, quiet life. Until Rachel finds a mysterious recorded message that can only have come from Away. The voice is asking for help.

Who sent the message? Why is her mother so protec…

30 Day Book Challenge Day-8

This challenge is hosted by In Between
8-Favorite Quotes From Books
"What I need to survive is not Gale's fire kindled with rage and hatred. I have plenty of fire myself. What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again and only Peeta can give me that. So after when he whispers,"You love me. Real or not real?" I tell him, "Real." -Mockingjay
"I look up after the last chord and smile. I tell Anthony Barellan to shove it up his arse, and I see Dad clapping his hands off. I give him a little wave to show him it's okay to be happy. I give him a little smile to show him what it looks like." -A Little Wanting Song
"I found myself staring at her, which was stupid since I'd seen her a billion times. Still, she seemed so much more mature. It was kind of intimidating. I mean, sure, she'd always been…

I Couldn't Help It!

I can't help but change my blog. I like having all the things on the side. I like the clutter but it doesn't look like clutter to me. It looks like it's my blog now. You can yell but I will forever be changing my blog. I get bored easily and I will stop commenting about blog background changes because they are inevitable. I know I sound wishy washy but I can't help it! Just look at the title and know that it's still the same old She's Got Books on Her Mind but with a different background. Always.

Our Blissful Bayou Beginnings by Danielle Peterson

Duck and Doe are immortal. That's of course not their real names but pet names for each other. This story is all about their devoted love to each other and how they became forever human or a better word for it... undead. The narrator is the man in the situation. He is a lawyer who lives in Louisiana hence Our Blissful Bayou Beginnings. He is set to marry this mousy devout and as you can guess uppity woman. He is around in a time where you can't just sleep with anyone so easily so he goes to a brothel where he meets the most cunning and beautiful woman. She captures his heart in her hands and doesn't let go and therein lies the problem.

Starting the book the narrator to me sounded like I wouldn't like him at all. It's more of the way he spoke about his situation using words like he is high class and then I got into it and realized that that is the best approach with him because he has been living 200+ years. There were some times where I was raising my eyebrow like…

Discussion: Chapters 1-9 of Golden Compass #HDMReadalong

Part of this readalong I'm taking part in is discussion questions. This week The Overstuffed Bookcase put up the discussion questions and answered them on her blog. So over here I'm answering the questions in my own way. Remember this is chapters 1-9 of The Golden Compass so if you haven't read it tread lightly.
The Golden Compass: Chapters 1-9 (Part One: Oxford)
Question: In Lyra's world, humans have daemons, little creatures that take animal forms, who are connected to the humans in certain ways. The daemons are kind of like an extension of the human. They can detect each other's feelings, and when one gets hurt, the other feels it as well. Do you think that these creatures serve a purpose in this world, other than companionship? And would you want a daemon of your own? The daemons apparently stay in one form once their human is past a certain age. What form do you think your daemon would take once you became of age?
Answer: The daemons are a part of them so a part…

30 Day Book Challenge Day-6

This challenge is hosted by In Between
6-Favorite Authors  Tell me yours in the comment section!
I think I said it too many times to count but any author who writes four books that I really like I consider them one of my favorite authors. You can look this up in the About Me section but here are my TWO most favorite authors.
Robert Cormier
I am in LOVE with Robert Cormier's books. They are so plot twisting and just because they are the main character doesn't mean they will have a happy ending. Some really messed up plots and books but they are so fantastic!

Rick Riordan Rick Riordan made me and I'm sure anyone who reads his book fall in love with Greek Mythology with the funny and bad lucked Percy Jackson. There was only one book that I was disappointed in but other than that I am completely thrilled that I got The Lightning Thief at a book fair.