December 2012 Page Count Contest

I’m participating in Reading Angel’s page count contest. It’s a fun way to push yourself to read more. My goal for December is 7,000 pages.

Title Author Date Finished Page Count
Sister Queens Julia Fox 12/08/12 480
ReVamped Ada Adams 12/13/12 298
ReAwakened Ada Adams 12/13/12 337
Debris Dreams David Colby 12/16/12 292
Delusion Laura L. Sullivan 12/18/12 341
The Six Wives of Henry VIII Alison Weir 12/19/12 656
Fall to Pieces Vahini Naidoo 12/19/12 314
The Children of Henry VIII Alison Weir 12/23/12 416
Innocent Traitor Alison Weir 12/24/12 407
The Lady Elizabeth Alison Weir 12/25/12 512
Velveteen Daniel Marks 12/26/12 450
The Madman’s Daughter Megan Sheperd 12/27/12 432
The Shadow Society Marie Rutkoski 12/30/12 416
The Life of Elizabeth I Alison Weir 12/31/12 560
       

Running count: 5,351

– leeanna

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #34 ( #IMWAYR )

Last Week’s Reads:
Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
The Second Short Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

This Week’s Reads:
The Red Chamber by Pauline A. Chen♦♦

So. I finally read the Twilight series. I have a lot of thoughts, and I’m debating if I should post or not. I kind of want to make a video, but I can already see tons of negative votes and bad reactions coming my way if I do.

It’s kind of funny, though, because I read a lot of the saga standing in line at Black Friday sales. I first picked up Twilight when I was waiting in line for World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King a few years ago.

Review books received from:
The Red Chamber: Amazon Vine

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Journey.

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

the friday societyThe Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
Release Date: December 6th, 2012

An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns –and the heroines who use them all.

Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician’s assistant. The three young women’s lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It’s up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.

Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures. (summary from goodreads)

If you’ve been a reader here for long, you know I have a thing for kick butt heroines. The Friday Society has three!

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Twitter @AdrienneKress

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

– leeanna

Blog Tour Review: Troll Or Derby by Red Tash

Today I am the stop on the Troll Or Derby blog tour, hosted by The Readiacs Reviews.

Info:
Title: Troll Or Derby
Author: Red Tash
Release Date: June 14, 2012
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: Author for blog tour
Series? Yes, #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, LGBT
Page Count: 263

Summary:

In Troll Or Derby, fifteen-year-old Roller Deb is singled out by town bullies for both her skates, and for being different. When her popular homecoming queen of a sister is kidnapped by a scuzzy drug dealer, Deb must flee the trailer park in which she’s grown up, and rescue her. Along the way, Deb becomes enmeshed in the magical realm of trolls and fairies, and the blood-thirsty version of roller derby at which these beings excel. But spending too much time among the fairies comes with a price. Will Deb choose to save her sister, with the aid of a mysterious troll? Or will she be lost to the lures of roller derby, and the blonde temptress April, forever? (summary from goodreads)

My Review:
It’s hard to find the words to describe Troll Or Derby, so I think I’ll go with a list for a review. It’s hard in a good way, though. This book sums up everything I love about indie — it’s crazy and creative, with lots of things conventional authors wouldn’t touch with a ten foot unicorn horn.

What I liked:
Troll Or Derby is one of a kind. I know it’s one of those books that will pop into my mind weeks from now.
♥ Harlow. I’ve always had a soft spot for trolls — probably from my years of World of Warcraft — and Harlow is an interesting one. He’s unlike others of his race, and is a sweet guy, tusks and all. I don’t want to say too much about his story, but it was one I enjoyed reading as it unfolded.
♥ Roller Deb is as far from the typical female heroine as you can get. Her driving ambition in life is to be on a roller derby team. She comes from a white trash family, and this is where Troll Or Derby dives into a lot of dark topics, such as drug abuse, bullying, and neglectful parents.
Troll Or Derby is told in alternating points of view, and while that doesn’t always work for me, here it did. Deb tells most of the story, with Harlow giving some insight into the crazy world of fairies and trolls.
♥ I had no clue how the book would end, or even where it was going, for a lot of it. That’s always something I enjoy. Along with that, Troll Or Derby is FAST. It zips along, just like Deb on her skates.
♥ The author, Red Tash, has a great writing style. She takes everything you know about fairies and trolls and reinvents it with a modern twist. For example, only 1% of trolls live under bridges. The 1%! There’s a sense of humor throughout the book too, which helps break up some of the darkness.

What I didn’t like:
— I still had some questions at the end of the book, such as why Dave and McJagger wanted Gennifer.
— I wanted to find out more about April, and her motives, too.
— I sometimes had trouble connecting with the characters. With the speediness of the plot, character development was occasionally sacrificed.

Overall, Troll Or Derby is a book I’d recommend. Check it out if you’re looking for something different.

Rating: 4 owls

Socialize with the author:
Red Tash:
Website
Twitter @RedTashBooks

– leeanna

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #33 ( #IMWAYR )

Last Week’s Reads:
Troll Or Derby by Red Tash♦♦

This Week’s Reads:
Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey

Tomorrow I’ll be a stop on the Troll Or Derby blog tour, so you can check back then to find out what I thought about it. TL;DR: very cool book!

I’m still reading Kushiel’s Avatar, although I’m almost finished. I think I will read the next Kushiel trilogy after, the Imriel trilogy for those of you who have read the books. I actually haven’t read them, because Phedre is far and above my favorite, but long books are good for the treadmill.

I have a long weekend thanks to Thanksgiving (hah!) so I am hoping I at last have the opportunity to get caught up on reading, reviews, and writing. Have a good Turkey Day, ya’ll.

Review books received from:
Troll Or Derby: Author for blog tour

Thank you! ♥

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Journey.

The YA linky list for It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts.

– leeanna

Waiting on Wednesday: Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black

dance of shadowsDance of Shadows by Yelena Black
Release Date: February 12th 2013

Vanessa Adler isn’t so sure she really belongs at the School of American Ballet. But dance runs in her family. It’s been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. Her grandmother and mother were prima ballerinas, and her older sister Margaret was, too. That is, until Margaret mysteriously disappeared from school three years ago. Vanessa is heir to the family’s gift and the only person who can fulfill her sister’s destiny. She has no choice.

But she never could have guessed how dangerous the school is. The infamous choreographer, Josef, isn’t just ruthless with his pupils, he guards a sinister secret, one in which the school’s dancers—prized for their beauty, grace, and discipline—become pawns in a world of dark, deadly demons. (summary from goodreads)

I LOVE this cover. It’s another one I could stare at all day long. Happily, Dance of Shadows also has some other things I like, including a story set at a school, ballet, and demons. It sounds like a winner for sure.

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

– leeanna

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #32 ( #IMWAYR )

Last Week’s Reads:
Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas♦♦
Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs♦♦

This Week’s Reads:
Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey

I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things, I think. I have some writing commitments to finish by the end of the month, so I might slow down again, but I’m hoping I can keep cramming everything in. I owe a lot of reviews, so I really want to get those done as soon as I can. I actually made a schedule of what I needed to do, but that all went up in the air when I switched jobs and moved.

I’m still deep into Kushiel’s Chosen. I tend to read Kushiel’s Dart, the first in the trilogy, every year or so, but I don’t reread the whole trilogy as often. r

Review books received from:
Luminosity: Entangled Teen for blog tour
Greta and the Goblin King: Entangled Teen for blog tour

Thank you! ♥

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Journey.

The YA linky list for It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts.

– leeanna

Blog Tour Review: Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs

Today I am one of the stops on the tour for Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs. This tour is hosted by Shane @ Itching for Books.

greta and the goblin kingInfo:
Title: Greta and the Goblin King
Author: Chloe Jacobs
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: Publisher for blog tour
Series? Mylena Chronicles #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Page Count: 290

Summary:

While trying to save her brother from a witch’s fire four years ago, Greta was thrown in herself, falling through a portal to Mylena, a dangerous world where humans are the enemy and every ogre, ghoul, and goblin has a dark side that comes out with the eclipse.

To survive, Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young goblin king, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her will to escape.

But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. An ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal, and with the next eclipse mere days away, every bloodthirsty creature in the realm is after her—including Isaac. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back… (summary from goodreads)

My Review:
I participated in the cover reveal for Greta and the Goblin King, so I was excited when signups came for the blog tour, and I got on it. So far, I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read by Entangled Teen, and this one is no different.

Greta and the Goblin King is a strong YA fantasy. Chloe Jacobs has some really creative ideas. The worldbuilding for Mylena was nicely done — humans are the villains here, because they brought a curse to Mylena, causing never-ending winter. Greta wasn’t born in Mylena, but ended up there, and has had to conceal her true identity for the last four years. It hasn’t been a picnic — far from it, actually.

Taken in by Luke, a wood sprite and famous bounty hunter, Greta became a bounty hunter herself. She’s so far from the girl she used to be she barely recognizes herself, and after four years in Mylena, she’s starting to forget Earth and her past life.

Greta reminded me of a younger urban fantasy or paranormal romance heroine: stubborn, kick arse, and skilled. I liked her character, a lot.

When Luke is murdered, Greta sets off to find his killer, in a journey that reminded me a bit of Star Wars — in a good way.

I was 75 pages into Greta and the Goblin King before I knew it, and I just kept going. I finished the book in one sitting, and I can’t wait for the next! Chloe’s writing is extremely easy to read, and quite enjoyable. I also liked that the book was written from the third-person point of view, unlike a lot of YA books. I still got a good view into Greta’s mind.

I did have some trouble with the romance between Greta and Isaac. At the start of the book, Greta keeps telling herself never to trust Isaac, because he fooled her. And it’s dangerous, for her to have any interest in him, because he knows her secret. Their relationship changed and developed too fast for me. But the romance wasn’t a huge part of the book, so it didn’t bother me too much. I’m just hoping there’s not a big love triangle in the next book, because it’s sort of hinted at.

My favorite part of Greta and the Goblin King is probably the worldbuilding and mythology. As I said, Chloe Jacobs has some creative ideas, and I can’t wait to find out more about Mylena. I usually think of goblins as baby ogres: green and stupid, so it was nice to see such a different spin on them in this book.

Rating: 4 owls

Socialize with the author:
Chloe Jacobs:
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Twitter @jacobs_chloe

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– leeanna

Blog Tour Review: Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas (and giveaway!)

Today I am one of the stops on the tour for Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas. This tour is hosted by Shane @ Itching for Books.

luminosity Info:
Title: Luminosity
Author: Stephanie Thomas
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: Publisher for blog tour
Series? The Raven Chronicles #1
Genre: YA, Post-Apocalyptic, Fantasy, Romance
Page Count: 296

Summary:

My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them win.

My Review:
I took part in the cover reveal for Luminosity and ever since then, I wanted to read it. I jumped at the chance to be on the blog tour, because I wanted to read it before everyone else.

The cover of the book is what drew me in first, along with the blurb. I wanted to know more about the mysterious wings on the girl’s eyes. To my pleasure, the raven’s wings were explained immediately at the start of Luminosity. I LOVE when there’s a connection between the cover and the text — yes, I know authors don’t have much control or say in their covers, but it always makes me happy when it occurs.

I read Luminosity in one sitting. I was hooked as soon as I learned that the main character, Beatrice, was taken away from her parents as a baby because she is a Seer. I’m a sucker for anything that’s dystopian or post-apocalyptic, and combine that with special powers? Win!

Stephanie’s writing is very easy to read, and almost always flows smoothly. There are some heavy information dumps, but that’s inevitable, and I’m the type of reader who likes to know as much as I can about a world and its history. However, I didn’t feel like I knew the whole story at the start, which would have spoiled the book. So there was a good balance between information and action.

The concept of Seers (see into the future) and Dreamcatchers (see into the past) is a neat one. I liked how the Dreamcatchers came about — I definitely didn’t expect that explanation. And the glimpses we get of the Dreamcatchers, through Beatrice’s Visions, are intriguing. I can’t wait to find out more about them.

I’m looking forward to the next book, Evanescence! Luminosity is a great debut, and I’m sure book two in the trilogy will be good.

Rating: 4 owls

Socialize with the author:
Stephanie Thomas:
Website
Twitter @stephthomasbook

Giveaway:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

– leeanna

Waiting on Wednesday: Elemental by Antony John

elementalElemental by Antony John
Release Date: November 21st 2012

Sixteen-year-old Thomas has always been an outsider. The first child born without the power of an Element—earth, water, wind or fire—he has little to offer his tiny, remote Outer Banks colony. Or so the Guardians would have him believe.

In the wake of an unforeseen storm, desperate pirates kidnap the Guardians, intent on claiming the island as their own. Caught between the plague-ridden mainland and the advancing pirates, Thomas and his friends fight for survival in the battered remains of a mysterious abandoned settlement. But the secrets they unearth will turn Thomas’ world upside-down, and bring to light not only a treacherous past but also a future more dangerous than he can possibly imagine. (summary from goodreads)

I can’t remember how I stumbled across this book. I adore dystopians, and I’m liking that this one is from a boy’s perspective. I’ve also liked magical powers based on the elements for as long as I can remember. I’m eager to see how it all mixes together.

Posting early since I have a blog tour stop tomorrow!

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

– leeanna