Saturday, January 21, 2012

I've moved!

So after a lot of messing around and trying things out, I've decided to move to Wordpress. That's where my updates are right now. I'm still working on getting my domain mapped there, but I should have the bulk of it worked out in the next couple of days.

Anyway, I would LOVE it if you would come visit me there and follow in whatever way is best for you. I'd hate to lose some of you.

This page should redirect, but if you're tired of waiting just click the link below.

http://owltellyouaboutit.com

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Join the fight! #StopSOPA

For those of you who subscribe by email or to the feed, I'm particiating in the blackout today. You can join the fight by visiting http://americancensorship.org and signing the petition.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Hallowed

Title: Hallowed
Author: Cynthia Hand
Series: Unearthly
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: 1/17/2012
Page Number: 416 pages
Format: ARC
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Paranormal
Challenges: N/A
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
Purchase: Book Depository | Kindle Edition | NOOK Book | Kobo
Rating: 4/5

For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn’t prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

Things start up about where they left off in Unearthly, but I had to reacquaint myself with the world to get into the story, so it took me a few chapters. Of course, the second I got a fill of Tucker, I warmed up to the book. Then, there’s just so much going on in Clara’s life. It was hard to stop reading and make myself go to sleep at night.

Clara’s such a great character. I was worried in the beginning about her relationship with Tucker. Don’t get me wrong, I love them. I just didn’t want it to become one of those obsessive romances that are often in YA novels. It didn’t get that far though. Fortunately, it just felt like first love as teen. There’s something very intense about it, but not desperate. It was a good dynamic. I was upset about the problems they were facing and I’m eager to see what will happen there in the next book. I’m Team Tucker all the way and I don’t like Christian complicating things. I still haven’t warmed up to Christian. I read some reviews where people said they started to like Christian more in this book, but I just didn’t get there. It’s not that I don’t like him. I’m just kind of indifferent. It was nice to have some new characters though. I also liked learning a little more about Samjeeza and the Black Wings.

There were some pretty intense revelations in this book that came along with the new characters. I think that’s why this book has gotten so much praise already. Sequels can sometimes fizzle, but this one really went to the next level. It just pumps me up for the next book.

Now, for the warning: this book is so sad. SUPER SAD. There are some really heartbreaking moments and if you’re an emotional reader, you might need some tissues. The good thing is that I was never totally overwhelmed by the sad events. I hate it when books depress me and never bring me out of that mode. There are definitely some things I’m not happy about, but I have faith that Cynthia Hand will take me to a new level again in the next book. Bravo! I’m ready for more!

I almost never quote books, but this one made me giggle:

I did get so wigged out that I sneaked out to his house a couple of times in the middle of the night to watch over him while he slept, just in case, I don’t know, his comic book collection decided to spontaneously combust. This was dumb and admittedly creepy in an Edward Cullen kind of way, but it was the only thing I could think to do.

Gotta love Clara!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

John Green! Yay!

Okay, so I've been hoping for this for the past two years(ish). I read all of John Green's books in 2010 and fell in love. I mean, he's seriously one of my favorite authors. I devour his books like crazy. When I heard he would be visiting nearby, I had to go. I called and got my tickets and will be seeing him tonight in Atlanta with my boyfriend. It turns out he's actuall coming to Birmingham too, but since I was coming to Atlanta anyway (it's Ben's birthday weekend) it doesn't matter.

Will any other bloggers be there tonight? I'd love to meet you. I'll be the one with really short hair and super tall boyfriend wearing glasses.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Christmas Wedding

Title: The Christmas Wedding
Authors: James Patterson and Richard DiLallo
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Release Date: 10/17/2011
Page Number: 266 pages
Format: Hardcover
Genres: Fiction, Holiday/Christmas
Challenges: TBR Challenge
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Book Depository | Kindle Edition | NOOK Book | Kobo
Rating: 3/5

The tree is decorated, the cookies are baked, and the packages are wrapped, but the biggest celebration this Christmas is Gaby Summerhill's wedding. Since her husband died three years ago, Gaby's four children have drifted apart, each consumed by the turbulence of their own lives. They haven't celebrated Christmas together since their father's death, but when Gaby announces that she's getting married--and that the groom will remain a secret until the wedding day--she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays.

But the wedding isn't Gaby's only surprise--she has one more gift for her children, and it could change all their lives forever.

This book was sort of weird. Gaby was quirky so that made the book quirky, but it wasn't exactly in a good way. It was just strange. Gaby's life was a little too perfect and her kids had all these problems. Still, it was easy and cute sometimes so I think the three star rating is pretty deserved.

First of all, I really like Gaby. I think she's kind of awesome, but she's also totally insane to lead three guys on like that. I can't believe they went along with it. I know they're just like, "oh, that's just how Gaby is," but it bothered me that they let themselves be strung along knowing the probability that they could be turned down in the end. It seems a little far fetched to me. You'd think they'd be mad about it. Also, I just can't see these tree guys sitting around ignoring the fact that they're in love with her for so long. It's just... weird.

Her kids were definitely the more interesting part, particularly Emily and Claire. Claire has this awful husband who she can never depend on for anything. The whole time I was thinking "why on earth are you with this guy?" It was hard to watch her bottle her unhappiness up the way she did. She says something about how that's what Summerhill women do, but it just sounds unhealthy. Emily is dealing with some sexual harassment issues, and that seemed a little much too. I mean, I know that happens, but it's a little more rare than it used to be because there are so many consequences. That was also a situation it was hard to swallow. I was just hoping these two women would wake up and realize that they can do something about their situations. The whole ordeal with her other daughter's husband got to me. That kind of stuff kits close to home with my dad being sick. It's so easy for me to get all choked up and sad when I'm reading stuff like that.

Overall, there were some parts I thought were well done. I think what I didn't like was the overall tone of the book. It just didn't work for me. It felt a little unorganized or something. It's hard to explain. Anyway, I'd say read it if you think it sounds interesting, but maybe pick it up at the library.

TGIF: 2012 Must Reads

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Which books are at the top of your list to be read this year (new or old releases)?


 Definitely The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I mean, he is my favorite author, after all. I was so pumped when I heard about this! I know I'm going to love it and probably cry. Best part of reading this book is going to meet John in Atlanta! I can't wait! I'm going to bring my copy of Paper Towns for him to sign, as well. Hopefully, I can get a picture too. This is seriously the coolest thing ever. I can't believe I'm going to meet him! I've been in love with his books for the past two years and I've been waiting for this opportunity.

The past two weeks on the blog...

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Moonlight and Oranges + Giveaway!

Title: Moonlight and Oranges
Author: Elise Stephens
Publisher: Booktrope
Date: November 1, 2011
Page Number: 187 pages
Format: ePub
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Young Adult, Paranormal, Mythology
Challenges: E-book Challenge
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Book Depository | Kindle Edition | NOOK Book
Rating: 4/5

Lorona Connelly is ready for a change from her carefully planned, bookish life. When sparks fly at a costume party, she embraces a chance for romance with the handsome Kestrin Feather. However, she quickly realizes that even love and destiny may not be enough to overcome the reality of an overprotective mother-in-law and Kestrin's long, tarnished history of relationships.

When Lorona's curiosity leads her to Kestrin's journal, doubt plagues them both with insecurities and threatens the relationship. Can true love overcome the odds, or was their whirlwind romance just a frivolous crush? Author Elise Stephens shares a journey of young love, fate, and wounded trust in the story of Lorona and Kestrin, a couple who must learn to overcome their fears to share a life together.

A lovely retelling of a Greek myth. I don't know too much about Greek myths so I was thankful for the author's note explaining the original story. It's good to know what has been changed or added in. I will admit that I found the book kind of strange at first, but once it got going, it was really well done.

I adored Lorona and Kestrin. They both had their flaws and made their mistakes, but they both openly claimed those flaws and tried to correct their mistakes. Lorona is shy type, but has a lot of courage hiding in her heart and her trials in this book really bring that part out in her. Kestrin is a great guy deep down, despite his past, and Lorona sees that. They have a great relationship and they both really see wonderful parts of each other. It's an important element needed to make the story work. Their romance might seem a little rushed, but the falling in love part isn't really the point of the story. The story is more about love overcoming obstacles and fractured trust.

Kestrin's mother, Amanda, is the character to look out for. What a perfectly disturbed woman. I understand that a lot of it has to do with the myth and the goddess she represents, but wow. Some of the things she does are just crazy. It's hard to see why she and Kestrin were so close in the first place.

The plot was a little slow at first, but about a third of the way in, it grabbed me, and the climax of the story had me on the edge of my seat. It's a great myth, and I really love this retelling. I think it has the perfect mixture of the original story and modern day changes. My favorite part is Kestrin's journal and how that represents who he is. Lorona wants to know more about him and peeks into his life behind his back instead of asking, just how Psyche peeked at Eros's face while he slept.

It's a great debut that will keep you glued to the page and give you the warm fuzzies. The e-book editions are pretty cheap, and I think it's worth the price so be sure to check it out.

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