Friday, September 28, 2012

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 to have kidnapped her and that means Lizzie Rose and Parsefall are in the middle of it. They uncover what Grisini really is capable of and go in search of a way out of their situation but they just end up running into a trap by an evil witch who needs very much a child to save her whether they want to or not.

Review:
A book about puppets. Not your usual read. I didn't really think about what I was going to get myself into with this book. I only really remembered reading the summary and coming away with puppets and a witch so I was sold. Who gets to read about puppeteers ever? I enjoyed the concept of the puppets way more than I expected. It made the story original but as I was reading it and gasping at a particular part in the book I realized how original it was. It revealed a whole new world that kids and adults alike can imagine as their own.

Clara's mother is so glum all the time. She does have a reason but really I felt I would have run away if I were Clara a long time ago... She assumes the worst about her and she never gives her the benefit of the doubt. Clara of course is the perfect angel. I'm serious. All throughout she's even nicer than Lizzie Rose but I will get to her later. Clara forms a bond with Parsefall that makes me giddy. You might not think so when I describe Parsefall as being a dirty thieving boy who never showers and has only 9 fingers. Yep. It's a bit freaky when you first learn about the nine fingers but Parsefall was my favorite character. I seriously wanted to hug him sometimes but others I wanted Lizzie Rose to force him to take a bath. Not me. From what I can tell he took a bath like three times maybe so I doubt he would obey me...

Lizzie Rose was a bit uppity to me every now and then only because she tried to take on too much and blamed Parsefall for being lazy (remember he is my favorite so I will always side with him). I don't mean that I didn't like her because she was responsible. In time I did grow to like her and just really wished for her to not act so noble all the time. You are a kid! You are allowed to act like one and make mistakes. She was albeit very essential to the dynamic of the story because without her I doubt Parsefall could survive. Parsefall might survive but he wouldn't nearly be as well off. She did show remarkable restraint as well during the book with the even more evil character than Grisini - the witch!

The story is told through the perspective of many of the characters and especially in one in particular which was the witch. She is dying and complains of her pain and dreams of fire. She knows she will burn and even if it might hurt her pride she must find out what Grisini meant by unless. Grisini is kind of like the adult version of Parsefall only in that he's a thief and is also very very dirty. He and the witch, Cassandra, are absolutely horrible people. I didn't feel any sorrow for them. I felt somewhat pity for Cassandra but all in all... no. They both deserve their miserable lives.

When I went on Goodreads I discovered a couple of bad  and some so so reviews here and there and I was shocked! This book was told masterfully. The characters are devised in such a way that you can't help but feel like you know them or at least want to know them (I'm talking about the kids. The others not so much.). Parsefall was just the best and he completely sucked me into his story or at least the mystery of it for the most part. Why oh why would anyone think this book was less than great!? Children of the world read this book and become amazed! I loved this book from beginning to end and I now must go in search of other books by Schlitz. You Schlitz, are doing everything right.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

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 agree with me that you sometimes feel pressured to blog all the time which I have for no reason.

There are three things that I really love about blogging. One is how many books I discover by not only finding books on Goodreads but NetGalley, and indie authors but with other blogs. I love comments too. I get really happy when I get comments like I know others do. And the final thing is making friends with all these other bloggers. The blogging world is like a family and that's how I think of it. Sometimes you get stressed out with blogging and I have been like I said critical of what I write especially since a lot of others are so good at it and get more response from other bloggers right away. But I know my blog is again growing and it will continue to grow. It may be gradual but it doesn't really mattered because I love reading and being able to share my reads with the world. It's also not just a teen blog or a children's blog or even a blog for adult's. It's everything and I love it that way.

So I just wanted to say thanks for following or even just viewing one time at a regular girl's reading blog. It's been pretty fun and I can't wait to see how my blog is going to be in another year's time. So many possibilities...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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 force by a guy. When she looks up into his eyes she feels no pain. In a world and time where Acacia is not allowed to love she finds her one and true match.

My Review:
I wanted to shake Acacia a lot throughout the book because she seemed way too needy and her love with this guy Josh was definitely Instalove. It actually makes sense because as a goddess of love, love should be more powerful for her right? But it was all too much and I couldn't connect with her character. Josh accused her a lot of not liking him which I could never understand because they just met each other! They were both wary of the relationship and Acacia needed to be more sure of herself. At least a little for me to like her.

Allana is the motherly type to her and tries to reassure her all the time. She also wants her to be happy so she kind of contradicts herself. She is constantly fighting with Amora. Amora is like the big sister of the dynamic. She's always up late and with guys. She turned foul when Eros rejected her and likes to taunt Acacia all the time. I've got to say, she's consistent.

The plot is what made me keep reading. I couldn't even imagine at the end where it was going or what was going to happen. It didn't make me like Acacia's character any more but I was too captured by the story and literally biting my finger nails in anticipation. I would say this series has great potential as long as Acacia becomes stronger but I don't know about that in the next book... it just gets very interesting and I'll try to leave it at that.

I love when authors are able to give their own spin on any type of mythology but especially Greek mythology. Percy made me fall in love with Greek mythology so the book instantly got my attention. Davies was able to craft a different spin on Greek mythology and it grabbed me. Although I really didn't like Acacia I still would want to see where she takes the story.

Author Interview

Question: What drew you to write about Greek Mythology?
Answer: Greek Mythology is fascinating to me! It is full of mystery, deceit, and adventures all in the most opulent and grand of settings. I was enthralled by the myths I read and wanted to create my own part of that world.

Question: Who's your favorite god or goddess?
Answer: Athena I think or Persephone.

Question: Who was your favorite character to write about?
Answer: I think the baddies are always the most fun to create so I enjoyed writing about Amora and Hades. I lied writing about characters with strong emotions such as Allana's heartbreak or Persephone's despair.

Question: Do any of your characters resemble you?
Answer: Some of the readers who know me and my friends have said they can pick parts of me and my best friends out in all the characters. I think every character will have a part of me in them especially their tastes.

Question: How did you come up with the three goddesses names?
Answer: I drove past a spa called 'Acacia' which is how I got that name and then I always knew I wanted to use Amore and just changed the e to an a. After that I wanted to have all the names beginning with A and the same rhythm so I found Allana.

Question: What is your typical day as a writer?
Answer: I have a two year old so my typical day involves running around after him until he either naps then I can write or when his dad comes back from work I can do some writing! I'm forever finding inspiration and end up taking notes throughout the day from things I see while we are out or lyrics I hear in music and then I try to make sense of them at night!

Question: What can we expect in the next book? Any more surprises?
Answer: The next book is probably much darker than the first as Acacia is a lot stronger and is now involved in her own set of lies rather than those of the ones around her. There is also a major characters death which shakes things up a bit!

Question: What were some of your favorite books growing up?
Answer: I'm still read loads now and quite often start a book and finish it that day, which is why I end up so distracted from writing! My favourite books to read are The Demon Trappers Series, The Covenant Series and some stand alone books like Memoirs of a geisha or The Book Thief.

Question: What book influenced you to write?
Answer: Parts of all books I read influence me either in things to avoid doing or things to try.

Question: Would you like to say anything to your present and future readers?
Answer: Thank you to all present readers who have given my book a chance and to any future readers I hope if you do delve into Acacia's world that you enjoy it.

Extra thanks for the author letting me read her book AND for answering my questions. I personally think that Artemis (shout out!) is the best goddess out there. I am actually excited to see Acacia become stronger! As well as a main character perishing. That sounds cruel but what I love about books the most are cliffhangers or in this case something that will keep me guessing.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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 anyway...

Question: Several of the characters in this book turned out to be very different than they first appear. What characters were you surprised by (if any), and what did they do that surprised you?

Answer: At first I was going to say that nobody really surprised me until I read Andrea's answer. I totally forgot about her dad. I knew that Lord Asriel was tough on Lyra but I had no idea that he would be that cruel. I mean what is this guys problem? Not only that but he doesn't go to the other world with his daughter. I think I could accept the betrayal of him trying to get rid of Dust but I can't accept him being such an appalling father! I hope Lyra shows him up.

Question: In the end, Lyra and Pantalaimon "walked into the sky." If you haven't yet read The Subtle Knife, what kind of other world do you think they're going to end up in? If you have read The Subtle Knife, or if you know where they end up already, (or if you just want to answer this part of the question) what kind of dimension or other world would you want to end up in if you were in Lyra's place? A futuristic city, an underwater realm, a type of heaven, etc?

Answer: I imagine them going to a palace. Something like the Taj Mahal. It may be because of the next books cover... I don't know. I imagine a possible jungle surrounding the city where the government isn't as great as it is in her world. They are harsh and maybe they try to put Lyra away for heresy or something like that. They could be friendly but I am really thinking negative because I doubt things will get any easier for Lyra and Pan.

Monday, September 24, 2012

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 has become. Only with each other can they find a way out of their dire situations but at what cost?

My Review:
Coming into this book I really only thought it was about this assassin girl and had no idea about the supernatural aspect of the book which caught me off guard in a good way. The book is told through Kala's POV and then at the same time what Chris felt or thought when he saw her. He also was in The Pastures where I thought was like heaven but I was oh so wrong. It's an after-life but not a very good one. So he talks about his POV there too.

Things get crazy with Chris. By just touching you he can cut you so in a matter of minutes this invisible person can kill you. Then there's the whole thing with The Sheol. What I came out thinking what it was is that it's the darkness inside of you. The Company are the bad guys and are run by The Sheol. Kala doesn't know this, she just reports to this dark "father figure" that I doubt I'm pronouncing his name right - Nachtmahr. Sounds like he's a scary Russian. He is at least scary with his evil grins. Kala is too afraid to stand up to him because she knows that means certain death for her. This killer wasn't being very proactive in saving her own skin right about now.

At times I just got furious at Kala. She just kept on killing people! STOP THAT! For no reason she killed this one guy. She may have had a reason but she didn't have enough evidence. It was messed up. Otherwise I liked her badass character. She could be very scary in her own way when she wanted to and very vulnerable too. As you may have guessed I like the cover but I love the second cover showcased below. I didn't think it could get any better! Although it does look like she has no shirt on in both...

Kala was usually running away but she took control when she needed to. She did rely on Chris for a couple of things which I thought was just plain wrong. She did think a lot of what a horrible person she is and how could she ask him to do anything for her so I guess she makes up for it. I kind of felt bad for her but she had this very...not really cold... but something along those lines demeanor. She was shocked a lot to see Chris appear to her but I would be freaking out way more than her. She did freak out a lot but I am way too easily terrified especially if I saw my ex-fiancee who was supposed to be dead!

I really felt awful about Chris. He never did anything wrong and now he's stuck forever. He feels some sympathy towards Kala because hey, he did love her right? When he felt like killing her I couldn't get mad at him because it is what she deserves. She should have helped him out. Now he's this sad glowing ghost person who's conflicted on how he feels about his once love. When he does get crazy I absolutely love it. The supernatural part to the story gave me a unique spin on a story that I thought I knew before I read it. That goes to show you never to assume. I'm always falling for that.

It'll be great to see what the author does in the next book: The Flawless. The Flawless are the good guys by the way but I don't see them acting so good... I was really impressed with this book and in the short amount of pages it was able to make me feel that way which is great. I'd seriously try to check this book out if you like the supernatural/action types of books. Thanks to the author for letting me read the book.

About the Author:
"I'm a new author living in the UK. I spend most of my time writing but when I am not doing that I'm stuck in my own world creating new stories (which I must admit seems better than staying in the real world). I love reading and enjoy nothing more than curling up with a good book and getting lost in the story for an hour or more..." -Author Bio on Goodreads

Visit her at her website: http://miahoddell.blogspot.co.uk/
Follow her on twitter: https://twitter.com/MiaHoddell
Visit her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mia-Hoddell-Author/421368247889610





The second book in The Wanderer Trilogy: The Flawless
Summary - Don't look if you haven't read the first book and don't want to get anything ruined!

"A battle is going to a arise soon; The Sheol and The Flawless will come together but only one can survive to continue their manipulation of humankind. The Wanderers have to decide whether to summon the courage to fight so they can save themselves from eternal unrest or whether they like being lost, immortal souls. Nachtmahr is upgrading his Sturmmen to create more ruthless and efficient killers due to interference from The Sheol, while Kala is becoming darker; her rage consuming her as she strives to fulfill her own personal mission...Kill Nachtmahr." -Goodreads Summary




Saturday, September 22, 2012

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
Gentlemen by Michael Northrop
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by by Mark Twain
Something Maybe by Elizabeth Scott
How Not To Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler
Give up the Ghost by Megan Crewe
The Golden Compass Trilogy by Philip Pullman

Sheesh... So many books, so little time. I'm going to try my best. I'll be reading and reviewing a couple of books I have received through authors, my last book club read, The Golden Compass discussion I missed and possible book review, and a NetGalley read this week. Whenever I don't read for a while I forget how great it is to read so I need to read more. There will most likely, knowing me, other books added to this list later. I will post an update about half way through and a wrap up of what I've read. This should be a fun challenge.

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 she's going to make the scholarship kids and the rich kids equal. She's going to be a modern-day Robin Hood. But when thefts are being inspected into the Glitterati are looking for revenge. Who will she turn to for help?

My Review:
The cover actually makes this book seem way more materialistic than it actually is. I mean the Glitterati are very materialistic and Willa gets a little selfish there for a while but that's not what the book is about. Love the cover anyway. A modern day Robin Hood is what this is about. I love that it's about giving to the poor by stealing from the rich. It's not like those girls deserved any of it and I would have never felt bad for them. Maybe for me when thinking of what would happen if I ever got caught but that's about it. It's like the revenge every high schooler wants but can never do. She's very kickass that way.

Willa gets in with the Glitterati by befriending the only nice one out of them: Cherise. Cherise just kills me. She was with these girls that were so very beneath her. Willa was too but it took a while for her to catch on. It wouldn't have taken me long because I'm not a beautiful blonde. I found that very stereotypical as well as who the Glitterati were making fun of - the Mexicans. I really don't even know if they said they were Mexican. They could just be Hispanic but maybe I missed that. Anyways it annoyed me to no end. That's why I was waiting anxiously for Willa to take some action and get some justice for those girls.

Willa befriends Tre who is an outsider. He shows her all the tricks and trades of being a thief. He's this big teddy bear to me. He was also kind of stereotypical. I mean the black guy has to be the thief? That's messed up. I'm probably just thinking about this way too much but it did irritate me a little bit. Tre was in his own way a nice friend and warned Willa. I wish I would have seen more of him.

Now we get to the love interest - Aiden. Aiden is this typical smooth talker but he was nothing but a good person and he stood up for what he believed in even if he had a massive amount of money. Willa would get all crazy when he's around which makes sense but girl! calm down. Willa had her moments where she can be selfish but overall she always tried to do the right thing and I never thought she was doing them out of spite. She was stealing because those girls deserve it. I know there's a whole bunch of ethics that can be thrown at this logic but it was a nice thing to read about. Standing up for the weaker kids.

Her mom was never there! She gets mad at her when she is to blame as well. She never talked with her mother and when Willa needed her she never could count on her. Her mom was out and about with some guy who remains a mystery for most of the book. Willa herself was a likable character with an awesome name. She has this vintage bike that I was eyeing all throughout the book. The upcoming series reminds me of The Lying Game series and I can see it becoming as popular as those series and others like it. The concept is crazy good and the mystery in it provides us with an extra layer to the already exciting story. I really want to know what happens with her and the Glitterati. That could get interesting. This is a great new series prefect for every teen girl who loves kickass girls.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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 he sleeps and scrutinizing his new change. His brother is also a pianist and he's encouraged a lot by Jerri to practice and be with his other nerdy friends. So you got the mother and a brother but where's the dad? The dad's dead. His dad committed suicide and Felton found him. Everything is changing around Felton. Will he lose his best friend? Will he get the girl? Will he become a football player? Or is he destined to stay a squirrel nut all of his life?

My Review:
I wrote a lot of squirrel nuts in there and you might be wondering what exactly a squirrel nut is. Felton is a squirrel nut. He says the wrong things at the wrong time always. He's also very jumpy and when you read the narrative of his life you wonder if he has ADD. I really didn't see this character coming. When I think of YA Sports books I think of strong personalities but I also think of people like Danny from Mexican Whiteboy. He was quiet but he had this certain strength inside of him. Felton... I found him slow... He even said he thought he might be so I'm not making things up. I seriously felt like he had ADD. So it wasn't what I expected at all. It took me a while to get used to him and even then I really wanted to tell him to calm down.

I did love that he had a "Jew Fro" and would have liked to see it on the cover so I knew exactly what it was. I probably kind of do because since my hair is so curly in my early years I had a "Fro". My brother called it Afro Thunder. God my brother is weird... and coincidentally so is his brother. He's brother has issues... in the beginning he was really jealous of Aleah's talent and preceded to say how much he hates her. He sounded psycho. He got even weirder later on but he had a reason.

Felton's mom goes a little crazy and no one really knows why. His brother is the only one trying to figure it out while he's hanging out with football player friends. He has a couple of new friends including Cody who I absolutely think is the greatest guy. He always has Felton's back and is concerned for his well-being. I wish there was more of him in the story.

Aleah is completely different than Felton. She's very intelligent and has great talent. They make an odd couple. She does act a bit like a kid herself and I like her in the mix of things. She brings balance to him. I honestly didn't like Felton's character too much and I can't help it. I liked the book but his character just killed me sometimes. A lot of people thought he was hilarious in other reviews but to me he was anything but. It was a good read. I just wished I would have connected with his character more.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

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 mundane lives (I'm basing this on the way he describes them and how they talk to each other). You could kind of consider of him like his parents. It's the friend's he makes that are outrageously so unlike him that makes you think he's not.

He meets his first love on the first day of school. She just comes up to him and starts talking and vanishes just as fast. She will do that a lot which increasingly vexed me. Her name: Janet Tomalin. I initially liked her and thought that feeling would remain. She did have "white framed rhinestone-studded sunglasses" which instantly made me like her and don't ask me why. They hung out a lot but I really didn't hear his voice in the friendship. He was quickly friend zoned which when it happened I quickly wanted to pat him on the head and just shake my head and sigh. Still by this point I liked Janet. By the middle I realized what a mindless being she was. She was all me, me, me. And I was thinking how much she didn't deserve Brad. She had some issues as well. As far as first love goes Brad sure knew how to pick them.

"When I was a little girl, my grandmother would always tell me not to 'mess around with them boys.' I should have listened to her. I like being single, really I do; I'm just not very good at it. I can't live without the applause."

Like Janet there was another character that had a big personality and had a quite a lot of money to spend who he became friends with right away. I think that could never possibly happen especially since he's like who is and he winds up with these two crazy girls to be friends with him. Anyway Heather, this green haired fouled mouth girl, along with Andy, this philosophical and other foul mouthed guy, are the first real two friends he meets. Andy is a pretty much a jerk to women and I did not appreciate his antics. He is a pretty loyal friend so I will give him that.

Heather is the one I really want to talk about. I did not start out liking her so much but I ended up wanting to give her a great big hug because she is truly awesome. She and Andy warn Brad about Janet and she constantly bad mouths her. Eventually by the time I end up really disliking Janet I really like Heather. I don't know why I didn't completely like her in the beginning. I love girls with spunk. She is all fire and then you see her other side and that's where I want to go hug her.

This book mentioned a bunch of movies and songs some of which I intend on seeing and some songs I listened to and as you probably noticed there is a cassette tape on the cover so there had to be some music on here. Brad writes for a newspaper albeit not anyone thinks is very good but they like his reviews. He does ones on CD's and the movies. He and his friends or Janet go out and watch movies a lot. I wonder why the author decided to do that but I appreciate having a list of movies I have to watch now.

I thought this book was brilliant. Brad's narration was what made me really end up liking him even if for the majority of the book I felt he was in the shadows of his life. He never really changed but he did grow if that makes any sense. My only small complaint about this book was it was too long. How can it be too long!? It just felt like it. See? It's small especially since I really liked the book and others might think I am crazy. Robinson created a couple of complex characters and did so with great writing ability and I am being absolutely honest when I'm saying that this book was a really great read.

About the Author
Stephen Robinson graduated from the University of Georgia in 1996. He has lived in many places but feels at home somewhere else. He's written for newspapers and magazines. Mahogany Slade is his first work of fiction.
You can visit him at his website
Giveaway Info
"Mahogany Slade," by Stephen Robinson, is about first love, that moment when your favorite songs suddenly make sense because they're now about someone else.
Post a note on the wall of the "Mahogany Slade" Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/mahoganysladebook) telling us what song or movie will always remind you of your own Mahogany Slade... even if it's been years since you met.
The author will give a copy of "Mahogany Slade" to his 10 favorite posts.


Thanks to Sage for making this tour possible and putting me on it!




Saturday, September 15, 2012

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 to help her do it!

You know how I'm not the biggest fan of classics? I couldn't bear to live in a time where that's all I could read. I'd probably be used to the words but nevertheless it would be torture for me now. Florence was scared a lot in this story and all you did was feel bad for her and her situation. She's an orphan, she had to go live in a not so pleasant orphanage, and now a ghost is trying to make her do things she doesn't want to. She's supposed to look a lot like Sophia and I initially thought the story was about Sophia finding a way to take over her body. I think that sounds like a fun read but alas it didn't go that way.

Her aunt was a real pain on my behind. She's one those characters that if you could you would take a swing at her. Nothing was ever enough for her. I'm sure she has wrinkles from all that frowning... Her uncle was a very nice guy and I'm happy that Florence was able to at least have someone who didn't detest her. I would be thinking too if I was her if it was really better at the orphanage than this crummy old place. I mean if I could read books all day I would be as happy as can be but I can't deal with people like her aunt. I don't deal with witchiness.

At times I did like the story and where it was going. I was anxious to meet her cousin, James, already. She was a very curious girl and that could lead to many great discovers or troubles for our narrator which it did. She was a great character but the book wasn't really spooky. It was a little bit scary for the sake of Florence but it was more depressing than scary for me. And it's not Florence's situation either. It was really the very end that just made me think this book is way too sad to read if you are a child. I could have seen it going a much different path but it ended up being just an okay book for me at the end.

Friday, September 14, 2012

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't feel any sympathy with her if she doesn't for her own daughter. Pan is the obvious choice. But I rather enjoyed him in the movie and not only that but in Part 1. Maybe it's just me but I hardly hear him talk and that's a shame. Ultimately I go with who I usually go with and that is the main character, Lyra. Since we spend more time with main characters that's who I usually like the most unless there is a supporting person who out shines them in my eyes. Lyra because she's got fire in her. I love when I read about a girl who's not afraid to stand up for what's right. She's a kid but she just goes for it. Need to save some kids from being left without a daemon? Lyra will go. Need to go up against a huge bear? Lyra will do it. Find's out her mother is evil and has the guts to leave? That'll be Lyra for you.

Question: One of the bigger topics for debate revolve around Lyra and her likability. Do you like her? What are your opinions of her, her character and her actions? (Bonus: Based on this opinion, what do you think Pantalaimon will settle as?)

Answer: Well if she's my favorite character so I would say that I do like her. I will comment on how you didn't like her. She acts tough. That's just her nature and even if she does she is still a kid. I don't find her antics annoying myself but I guess I can see your point of view. I would have never thought of Pan not settling. You've got my mind reeling. I would have thought Pan would settle as a tiger, leopard, or some sort of big cat.

Question: Have read two thirds of the book now, what has been your favorite scene and why? Keep in mind that Part II ends with the children escaping The Station in Bolvanger and the battle that ensues between the Gyptians and the Tartars/Gobblers.

Answer: I think the most dramatic scene is my most favorite. It's to me when she's just about to be cut but her mother stops it. It's the only time I see some sort of concern for her daughter. Unfortunately she just thinks about the alethiometer when she wakes up which just makes me sad. Adults just simply suck sometimes in books.

Question: (Optional) In Part II, Lyra befriends Jerry, a seaman who explains that one's daemon settles into a shape/form once the human's personality is determined and settles - a loyal and trustworthy person, for example with a labrador retriever daemon. Take a look at yourself, your personality and describe what you might think your daemon's final form would be. Is this the same/similar or different from what you chose in Part 1? 

Answer: I actually put what I would like to be in the last discussion part. I am shy but I'm not terribly so so I wouldn't say turtle. I'd probably end up being a small furry animal. I am a bit of a worrier but I could be worse. So maybe a nervous or jumpy animal like a rabbit... I am not up all night but for the sake of picking something I think I will go with a hedgehog. They have things that protect themselves and I'm a bit protective of myself. I probably will never figure out a good one but a hedgehog is as close as I will get plus it's cute as can be!

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.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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 name is August and there is a couple of other month names in there too. Where is her dad? He is a restless traveler and his sister hasn't even seen him in a year. He left her mom for a carnival singer... He's one of those guys that could win you over with a smile and that's just the way he was with her mom. Her mom I thought wasn't so great. I mean she sent letters over but she was being very demanding of her. She does leave her off in a place with complete strangers to her and she expects a 14 year old to act like nothing is wrong? I noticed that Garnet actually only seemed angry with her mother. She actually had a nice time with her family.

So there's her Aunt June who is looking for God and she takes her to a different church every Sunday. She's a very happy go lucky person. The type of person that exudes warmth. Her son Emory on the other hand... he's just angry with the world while his younger brother Avery is such a sweetheart to her. He says these dumb little jokes that everyone laughs at just to be nice which I don't understand only because when they really laugh at somebody's joke it isn't very funny. Then she has her uncle who doesn't really seem to like her and hasn't even said a word to her like she's a burden.

Now we get to the good part. The boy. This is like a Flipped romance. It's purely sweet. Holding hands and they hung out at church functions so you get the idea that I really do mean a sweet romance. The religious portion isn't like a really big deal if say you weren't religious. I mean they did go to church but it didn't throw anything at your face. I enjoyed this book but was somewhat displeased. There were two moments, big moments, where I thought the author rushed the story way too much and it's a shame because the book is great and if it wasn't rushed on those parts it would have been perfect. I also semi have a problem with Garnet. I did like her character especially since she was so nice to her neighbor who wasn't all that right in the head. She tried to be a good person and never caused trouble and then she had a little bit of fire in her but she acted angry with her mother for dumping her with her family but she never once was unhappy. She was mad at her mother but she never was lonely... Ugh. How to explain this? Her emotions just didn't seem real. It's basically like when you say one thing and do the other. Otherwise she was a likable character. I immensely enjoyed the book. All I really needed was for the author not to rush!

Monday, September 10, 2012

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.


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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!


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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 the news on award finalists and winners. She reviews just like me only I review Adult books too. This might be my top favorite site for all things kids lit.



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Jules works at Kirkus Reviews and that gives her chance to discover all these wonderful books primarily picture books. There is always interviews to be read and what I love most about this blog is the illustrations. She gets to meet all these children's illustrators and she shows us their work. I can spend awhile on there just looking through illustrations.


An illustration found on DMS

DMS is hosted by two book blogging author's and they have a  book out! This is where I want to go to shake up my book blog reading routine. They post riddles on Monday's which will eventually be revealed to what the theme of the week is. There's a review and interview after that! They review children's books (Yes, I read a lot of children's books) and always have some new riddle to add each week that I can never get! They just interviewed Elise Broach which I was giddy to read about here.


Christina's Blogger Profile

Oh man what can I say about Christina? I come to her blog for her her witty remarks. Her reviews are long and plentiful and I just love that. She reviews YA all the time but recently got into doing reviews for picture books. She does this Cover Snark post every once in a while and I love reading her side notes on the covers she puts up. She's just fantastic and I wish I could find more reviewers like her.



There are so many bloggers out there especially ones that I just met. How I envy their blogs and posts. All you bloggers out there are awesome and I couldn't be more happier to find you. It's just so great to have people like you who actually like reading and I get to discover new books with you. It's almost been w year and I am so happy that I started this blog and discovered so many great blogs out there. There will be some more posts about blogger appreciation week that I hope you guys enjoy!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

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 protective? And to what lengths is Rachel willing to go in order to do what she thinks is right?" -Goodreads Summary

I found this from a fellow blogger but I can't remember where! I have seen it before. She just jogged my memory.

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
"Locked in a coffin-like darkness, there is nothing to distract me from my memories of killing  Reyad. He deserved to die--but according to law, so do I. Her in Ixia, the punishment for murder is death. And now I wait for the hangman's noose. But the same law that condemns me may also save me. Ixia's food taster--chosen to ensure that the Commander's food is not poisoned--has died. And by law, the next prisoner who is scheduled to be executed--me-- must be offered the position." -Goodreads Summary

I found this from a Goodreads Friend







The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepard
"London, 1894. Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself--working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns her father is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations were true.

Juliet is accompanied by the doctor's handsome young assistant and an enigmatic castaway, who both attract Juliet for very different reasons. They travel to the island only to discover the depths of her father's madness: he has created animals that have been vivisected to resemble, speak, and behave as humans. Worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitant's. Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape the island, even though her horror is mixed with her own scientific curiosity. As the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius--and madness-- in her own blood." -Goodreads Summary

I found this from fellow blogger: A Reader of Fictions

Pivot Point by Kasie West
"Addison Coleman's life is one big "What if?" As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It's the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie's parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with-her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the "Norms," or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it's not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school-but she never wanted to be a quarterback's girlfriend. When Addie's father is asked to consult on a murder in the compound, she's unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she hold dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she's willing to live through... and who she can't live without." -Goodreads Summary

I found this from a website: Goodreads

Splintered by A.G. Howard
"Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers--precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll'd Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother's mental health takes a turn for the worse. Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice's tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice's mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own."    -Goodreads Summary

I found this from the website: Goodreads

Mind Games by Kiersten White
"Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her--except where her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways... or risking each other's lives by refusing to obey." -Goodreads Summary

I found this from a website: Goodreads






So many beautiful covers! Especially the Wonderland book Splintered. And Kiersten White is making a new series! Goodreads has been good to me.

Found anything exciting you want to share?

What do you think about the books on here?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

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 cute, but she was starting to be seriously beautiful. -The Last Olympian 

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 boy you do not deserve to be felt sorry over because this book is written from his side of the story and I thought that was what he was doing. Other times he knew that he messed up his life but also that he was okay with it.

I may have sounded like I thought the girl he was engaged to deserved his lack of interest but no. The narrator should have learned to stop acting like it's such a big deal to have sex right this second! He explains how it is commonplace to go to a brothel and have mistresses on the side. I found it so weird that his future wife who is so pious was okay with that because even if he's engaged to me it's okay to sleep around on the side? She needed to get a clue. It wasn't only that that was the problem with his new found love it was that she was black so the times didn't really help much or it would have ended differently.

The girl gives a false name to him. All of the women at the brothel have false names and even though eventually you get to learn his name you never do her. He calls her his doe in french. There are parts that have just conversation inf french. The narrator tells you to go to Google it which I found amusing and which I did but don't worry it's like a couple of sentences and that is it. Sometimes he even translates it for you. Anyways we will call her Doe and she is supposed to be this very beautiful woman that he instantly fell in love with. They do talk so it's not just physical but I wonder her motives still for being with him. He had money and he gave her anything she wanted. He mentions how she seems to have been hurt by earlier promises so I'm thinking if she is used to all the promises and just decides to milk him for all he's got. I don't think she loves him as much as he does. She has way too much of an air of mystery. Those are the dangerous ones and I could have told the narrator that. That's what you get for not thinking with your head...

The narrator is writing this all in present time and I liked the contrast between he's intelligent side and then talking about how good we have it now or something to that effect. It was at least interesting. Then things all sort of complicated with their lives. It went somewhere that I did not expect and made me wonder if... hmm... I won't give it away. I ended up really enjoying this book and I am so happy that I did because it goes to show you how good indie books can be. And even though the narrator acted like a hopeless fool I still liked reading his tale and wondering where it would go. And anyways don't we always root for the hopeless romantics? I sure do because I happen to be one. This book is for all those romantic reads lovers and is for adults. It didn't go into anything sex wise which I appreciate but I don't think I would classify it as anything other than adult romance. Well also, supernatural and historical fiction... So I'm really happy with how this book turned out and would love to read the second volume when it comes out. 

About The Author
"I was born in Spokane, Washington, smackdab in the middle of the 80s. I attended Mt Spokane High School and Spokane Community College, and then after a failed marriage moved to The Netherlands, where I have lived for almost five years now. I currently study International Public Management and I live with my boyfriend and out dog.

As for my likes? Well, even though it isn't very intellectual of me, the time that I don't spend working or writing I am most likely to be playing on my PS3. I also love reading, of course, and I have a stack of books so tall it obstructs the window next to my bed. Lately I have been getting into vintage vinyl, but I'm not like, hip or anything. I don't listen to club covers of Yaz or anything, mostly Fleetwood Mac and Heart and Elton John."   -Via Goodreads Author Profile

If you want to know more about the author and this book go visit her at her website and you can go visit her twitter account as well. Thanks to the author for letting me read and review her book!

Friday, September 7, 2012

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 of their soul. I would think they are important to surviving especially if they die you die and vice versa. I know having a bond forever is like companionship but it's a very important aspect to the daemons and human relationship. They always have each other's back.

I would worry if I had a daemon of my own because I get side tracked and I'm one of those people that zone in and out of conversations or other things. My daemon would probably get stuck somewhere and I have to go get it out of a situation and I would probably make it worse... but I would want  a daemon. I actually like the prospect of having someone there for you all the time. They're animals so it's not as a big deal if they were humans going to say like the bathroom with me or sleeping in my bed. It depends for me as well. If the daemon had something to do with my personality it would probably be a mouse or some other small defenseless creature. If I had a choice of what it would be there are two choices I would love to have. A fox or a wolf. They are the best animals and I would look so awesome with them.

Side Note Question: What if your animal gets stuck as like a dolphin? Would you have to stay near water at all times so it could live?

Side Note Answer: I'm thinking how in the movie there was no animals that were just for the water even for the gyptians. I think that the animal has to be one that can be always with you so I doubt they would be able to just be in water. It's just impractical.

Side Note Question #2: How in the heck do you pronounce daemon? Is it just like demon? Or is it like I've been saying it; day-ee-mon? Or something different?

Side Note Answer #2: I'm pretty sure the movie said demon. I have been admittedly saying it your way. I think the whole problem the Catholic church had with the movie because it had demons... I looked it up and apparently you do say it demon.

Question: There is a lot of controversy surrounding the His Dark Materials series. Have you seen any kind of controversial subjects thus far in the book? If so, what are they?

Answer: Like I stated before I think it's all about having a demon as a companion. I am Catholic but I don't think Pullman was bothering about the patriarchal of the church. I think he was being more general. How church is taking over in issues that should not have anything to do with government.

Question: In Part One of The Golden Compass, we learn so much about this world and the plot of the novel, and yet somehow there are already several plot twists. Did you anticipate any of the plot twists? Or did they all take you by complete surprise?

Answer: I watched the movie first so I know the story all ready. My mom says how she knew Mrs. Coulter was her mother. In the movie she actually tells her so until I read the book I doubted it. So that was completely shocking as wells as who her father is. I don't remember about the Oblation Board in the movie. I don't think they made it a big deal so that was interesting. 

So what do you think about the first 9 chapters?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

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.