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1LadyViolet
Edited: Nov 21, 2010, 8:28am Top

Wahey Second thread folks! I'm properly amazed since I made it through the whole *year* in 2009 with only 160 posts on my thread and now I'm joining the multiple thread people! :D

For anyone interested in 2009's reads link is here

For my First 2010 thread link is here

For my Books off the Shelf Challenge where I'm trying to cut down my TBR pile by 50 by reading at least 5 books a month bought *before* December 1st 2009 link is here

LadyV's List for 2010
January

1. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien (2/1/2010 AM)
2. Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris (3/1/2010 AM)
3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (5/1/2010 AM)
4. The Gift by Alison Croggon (6/1/2010 AM)
5. The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth by Brian Sibley (7/1/2010 AM)
6. Darke Academy: Secret Lives by Gabriella Poole (9/1/2010 AM)
7. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (9/1/2010 AM)
8. The Marsh King's Daughter by Elizabeth Chadwick (11/1/2010 AM)
9. Dingo by Charles de Lint (11/1/2010 PM)
10. The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander (13/1/2010 AM)
11. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (16/1/2010 AM)
12. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (17/1/2010 AM)
13. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (20/1/2010 AM)
14. A Place beyond Courage by Elizabeth Chadwick (21/1/2010 AM)
15. Pagan's Vows by Catherine Jinks (22/1/2010 AM)
16. Alanna: L'Epreuve by Tamora Pierce (23/1/2010 PM)
17. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (27/1/2010 AM)
18. Fallen by Lauren Kate (28/1/2010 AM)
19. The Secret Circle vol. 1 by L.J. Smith (28/1/2010 PM)
20. The Secret Circle vol. 2 by L.J. Smith (29/1/2010 PM)
21. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (30/1/2010 AM)
22. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (31/1/2010 AM)
23. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (31/1/2010 PM)

February
24. The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson (4/2/2010 PM)
25. World Without End by Ken Follett (7/2/2010 PM)
26. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (14/2/2010 PM)
27. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula le Guin (15/2/2010 AM)
28. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (16/2/2010 PM)
29. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks (17/2/2010 AM)
30. Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye by Alison Goodman (18/2/2010 AM)
31. The Laurentine Spy by Emily Gee (19/2/2010 AM)
32. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris (20/2/2010 AM)
33. All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris (24/2/2010 AM)
34. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks (25/2/2010 AM)
35. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (25/2/2010 AM)
36. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier (27/2/2010 AM)
37. From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris (28/2/2010 AM)

March
38. Sabriel by Garth Nix (2/3/2010 AM)
39. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (2/3/2010 PM)
40. The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott (3/3/2010 AM)
41. Little (grrl) Lost by Charles de Lint (4/3/2010 AM)
42. Gone by Michael Grant (5/3/2010 AM)
43. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (9/3/2010 AM)
44. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (10/3/2010 PM)
45. Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan (11/3/2010 AM)
46. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (15/3/2010 AM)
47. A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker (19/3/2010 AM)
48. Before I fall by Lauren Oliver (20/3/2010 PM)
49. Hunger by Michael Grant (22/3/2010 AM)
50. Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (24/3/2010 PM)
51. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien (24/3/2010 PM)
52. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine (26/3/2010 AM)
53. Castle Dor by Daphne du Maurier (27/3/2010 PM)
54. Magic under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore (29/3/2010 PM)
55. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (30/3/2010 AM)
56. The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty (31/3/2010 AM)

April
57. Beastly by Alex Flinn (1/4/2010 AM)
58. Adored by Cecily von Ziegesar (3/4/2010 AM)
59. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (6/4/2010 AM)
60. The Vampire Diaries vol. 2 by L.J. Smith (7/4/2010 AM)
61. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (8/4/2010 AM)
62. Heart of Stone by C.E. Murphy (8/4/2010 PM)
63. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (9/4/2010 PM)
64. The White Mare by Jules Watson (10/4/2010 AM)
65. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (11/4/2010 AM)
66. Take a Chance on me by Cecily von Ziegesar (14/4/2010 AM)
67. Beauty by Robin Mckinley (15/4/2010 AM)
68. Boys R Us by Lisi Harrison (15/4/2010 PM)
69. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (16/4/2010 AM)
70. The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander (17/4/2010 PM)
71. Spindle's End by Robin Mckinley (22/4/2010 AM)
72. Ash by Malinda Lo (23/4/2010 AM)
73. Frenchman's Creek by Daphne du Maurier (23/4/2010 PM)
74. The Splendour Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore (24/4/2010 AM)
75. The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander (25/4/2010 AM)
76. Memories and Adventures by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (29/4/2010 AM)

May
77. Looking for Alaska by John Green (2/5/2010 PM)
78. Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick (3/5/2010 PM)
79. Becoming Bindy Mackenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty (4/5/2010 AM)
80. Dreaming of Amelia by Jaclyn Moriarty (9/5/2010 AM)
81. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong (10/5/2010 AM)
82. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (11/5/2010 AM)
83. Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander (11/5/2010 PM)
84. The Birds and other Stories by Daphne du Maurier (14/5/2010 AM)
85. Fade Out by Rachel Caine (15/5/2010 AM)
86. Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty (15/5/2010 PM)
87. Company of Liars by Karen Maitland (18/5/2010 AM)
88. Pride by Rachel Vincent (19/5/2010 PM)
89. A Memoir of Jane Austen by James Austen-Leigh (19/5/2010 PM)
90. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (20/5/2010 AM)
91. The High King by Lloyd Alexander (21/5/2010 AM)
92. Forget You by Jennifer Echols (26/5/2010 PM)
93. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead (29/5/2010 AM)
94. The Taste of Sorrow by Jude Morgan (29/5/2010 AM)
95. Paper Towns by John Green (30/5/2010 AM)

June
96. Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris (1/6/2010 AM)
97. Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine (3/6/2010 AM)
98. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (6/6/2010 PM)
99. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (12/6/2010 AM)
100. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (15/6/2010 AM)
101. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray (16/6/2010 AM)
102. Last Chance by Sarah Dessen (17/6/2010 AM)
103. Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris (18/6/2010 AM)
104. The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (21/6/2010 AM)
105. Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon (28/6/2010 PM)
106. The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier (30/6/2010 PM)

July
107. His Last Bow by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1/7/2010 PM)
108. The Oracle of Dating by Allison van Diepen (7/7/2010 AM)
109. An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris (8/7/2010 AM)
110. Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder (8/7/2010 PM)
111. The Princess and the Pauper by Kate Brian (10/7/2010 AM)
112. Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder (11/7/2010 AM)
113. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen (13/7/2010 AM)
114. A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn (14/7/2010 AM)
115. Cracked up to Be by Courtney Summers (16/7/2010 AM)
116. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris (17/7/2010 AM)
117. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (19/7/2010 AM)
118. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (20/7/2010 AM)
119. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (22/7/2010 AM)
120. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (26/7/2010 AM)
121. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (26/7/2010 PM)
122. The Summer I turned Pretty by Jenny Han (27/7/2010 AM)
123. The Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin (28/7/2010 AM)
124. Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith (29/7/2010 PM)
125. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (30/7/2010 PM)
126. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (31/7/2010 AM)

August
127. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (1/8/2010 AM)
128. Prey by Rachel Vincent (1/8/2010 PM)
129. By Midnight by Mia James (2/8/2010 AM)
130. Emma by Jane Austen (4/8/2010 PM)
131. Something like Fate by Susane Colasanti (4/8/2010 PM)
132. Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols (7/8/2010 PM)
133. The Poison Throne by Celine Kiernan (9/8/2010 AM)
134. Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt (10/8/2010 AM)
135. The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith (12/8/2010 AM)
136. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (13/8/2010 AM)
137. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (14/8/2010 AM)
138. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (17/8/2010 PM)
139. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (18/8/2010 PM)
140. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma (23/8/2010 AM)
141. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow (26/8/2010 AM)
142. Mockingjay by Suzanna Collins (27/8/2010 AM)
143. I'd Tell you I love you, but then I'd have to Kill you by Ally Carter (29/8/2010 AM)

September
144. Cross my Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter (6/9/2010 AM)
145. The Alchemist's Daughter by Katherine McMahon (6/9/2010 PM)
146. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris (7/9/2010 AM)
147. Scarlett Dedd by Cathy Brett (8/9/2010 AM)
148. Everlost by Neal Shusterman (11/9/2010 AM)
149. First Test by Tamora Pierce (13/9/2010 AM)
150. Page by Tamora Pierce (13/9/2010 PM)
151. Squire by Tamora Pierce (14/9/2010 AM)
152. Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder (18/9/2010 AM)
153. Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles (19/9/2010 AM)
154. Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder (19/9/2010 PM)
155. Red-Headed Stepchile by Jaye Wells (20/9/2010 PM)
156. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary-Ann Shaffer (22/9/2010 AM)
157. Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce (25/9/2010 AM)
158. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (26/9/2010 PM)
159. Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce (26/9/2010 PM)
160. Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce (27/9/2010 PM)
161. The Mage in Black by Jaye Wells (28/9/2010 PM)
162. Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (29/9/2010 PM)
163. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (30/9/2010 AM)

October
164. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis (4/10/2010 AM)
165. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (6/10/2010 AM)
166. Angel by L.A. Weatherly (12/10/2010 AM)
167. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (13/10/2010 AM)
168. If I Stay by Gayle Forman (14/10/2010 AM)
169. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (15/10/2010 AM)
170. The Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (16/10/2010 PM)
171. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (18/10/2010 AM)
172. World War Z by Max Brooks (22/10/2010 PM)
173. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler (23/10/2010 PM)
174. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (24/10/2010 AM)
175. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (26/10/2010 AM)
176. Finding Sky by Joss Stirling (31/10/2010 AM)

November
177. J.R.R. Tolkien: a biography by Humphrey Carpenter (9/11/2010 AM)
178. As You Wish by Jackson Pearce (10/11/2010 AM)
179. The Ambassador's Mission by Trudi Canavan (11/11/2010 PM)
180. Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles (13/11/2010 AM)
181. No and Me by Delphine de Vigan (15/11/2010 AM)
182. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead (18/11/2010 AM)
183. The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood (20/11/2010 AM)
184. Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble (21/11/2010 AM)

On with the madness!

2elliepotten
Edited: Mar 20, 2010, 11:09am Top

Bloody hell woman, each month of your reading puts my whole year so far to shame! It's even worse looking at the whole list than it is seeing twenty reviews arriving at once! :-(

*huffily stars the Evil Temptress and wonders how many stimulants she would need to read, like, four books TONIGHT to push in the right direction*

3LadyViolet
Mar 20, 2010, 12:30pm Top

Ellie - I apologise heartily for being a lazy individual with far too much time on my hands that I should be using more productively :P But alas I cannot promise that I'll slow my reading down any time soon- around May I will probably get very little done though since I'll have my exams to revise for.

On a more random note I want to have a stern word with the chap at Kelloggs who came up with their new cereal Krave cos it's so darn addictive that I'm munching through a box dry! *sighs*

4souloftherose
Mar 20, 2010, 12:52pm Top

Hi Lady V

I was lured over here by the promise of tea and biscuits on the new thread! *Looks around hopefully*

5LadyViolet
Mar 20, 2010, 1:08pm Top

>4 souloftherose: Nice have you here souloftherose!
Well I'll just pop to the kitchen to get the kettle boiled but in the meantime here's a nice platter of biscuits
*plonks plate down on table*
mm chocolate digestives... :P Tell the plate what type of biscuit or snack food you want and it'll appear (I stole it from Hogwarts ;-) )

6souloftherose
Mar 20, 2010, 1:55pm Top

Oooh - chocolate digestives!

7alcottacre
Mar 20, 2010, 9:03pm Top

Welcome to the multithread club, Rachel!

I will pass on the chocolate digestives, but I will accept the cup of tea, thank you kindly.

8LadyViolet
Mar 20, 2010, 9:47pm Top

Evening All! Time for some more reviews while I'm all awake and whatnot.

47. A Match made in High School by Kristin Walker
I'd been seeing this mentioned on various book blogs that I follow and thought it looked suitably interesting and I broke my no-books ban to order it off amazon along with the book I'll be reviewing next ;-)
A very entertaining and amusing book, the concept of a fake-marriage programme was guaranteed to produce hilarious reactions and with the mixture of characters that Kristin created didn't fail to make me giggle.
Although the main character Fiona is actually a tad unlikeable for chunks of the book (her I-don't-care attitude was taken a little far sometimes) she is bitingly witty at times and I loved the antagonistic relationship between her and Todd, the jerk she gets paired with for the marriage assignment. She could have dealt with people in a less abrupt fashion and been less judgmental but no one can be perfect and at least she does improve over the course of the story. It made me cringe a few times as I recognised some of my own less appealing characteristics in Fiona.
The other characters were somewhat more original than in some teen high school novels. The supposedly perfect cheerleader "bitch" was flawed and Todd the prize jerk did actually have something else to him other than smarmy innuendo. The real shock was regarding Gabe (Fiona's crush for-eva!) which I shan't explain as it'll spoil things ;)
Overall a very fun, light read - Fiona may not be wholly likeable as a person but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story. Recommended.
ALSO- it may be *really* random but I loved how floppy the binding of this book was, you know the really soft binding that's basically impossible to put a crack in? Yea I could sit around just wafting the book about for the childish glee of it.

48. Before I fall by Lauren Oliver
Another book I'd heard about from the blogs and WOW was it worth it!
Sam Kingston has to keep reliving the day she dies and every time she wakes up she finds out something new about the people around her and she tries to make a difference even though tomorrow will be today again and Sam will be the only one who remembers.
A very moving story about life and the little things which can make such a huge difference. You can feel for Sam throughout the book even though some of the things she and her friends did were somewhat reprehensible you can see that they're all flawed in their own way and it's still possible to sympathise with them.
I found Kent to be a really sweet guy and I loved the way him and Sam interacted over the 7 days and the subtle developments in Sam's feelings towards him.
The ending was incredibly bittersweet yet strangely satisfying and the book as a whole is beautifully written. I had the urge to go straight back to the start and re-read it when I finished to savour it a little longer.
Highly Recommended.

Now that it's taken me nearly 2 hours to write that lot I'd better get to bed.

9elkiedee
Mar 20, 2010, 10:49pm Top

Congratulations on getting to thread 2. I think there's going to be far more people with multiple threads and more of them per person this year than last. Before I Fall does sound rather tempting.

10souloftherose
Mar 21, 2010, 7:18am Top

"I broke my no-books ban to order it off amazon"

I'm glad it's not just me, I can keep my no books ban for about a week before I crack!

Before I Fall is already on the wishlist. Glad you enjoyed it so much!

11elliepotten
Mar 21, 2010, 5:43pm Top

It may be *really* random but I loved how floppy the binding of this book was, you know the really soft binding that's basically impossible to put a crack in? Yea I could sit around just wafting the book about for the childish glee of it.

Hehe, that made me smile! It's usually American bindings, I think? It always seems to be when we get them in the shop, anyway... They're so much fun to play with (yes, I waft them too!) but I'm always wary of mucking up the COVER instead of the SPINE and I'm never quite sure if I like it or not when it comes to a 'keeper'!

12LadyViolet
Mar 21, 2010, 6:26pm Top

Yea I have several American books with similar binding but I don't think that I've put any creases into the covers... who knows, they're at home and I'm not.
I'm glad I'm not the only person who likes waving them about (it's always nice to know other people share my insanity :P)
How goes Monte Cristo Ellie?

13katelisim
Mar 21, 2010, 6:49pm Top

I didn't know that floppy bindings weren't common everywhere. . . about 1/3 of my paperbacks are like that. I like them better that way, seems like they're less likely to have a horrible death if they can 'bend' a bit with whatever may possibly attack it, i.e. the things in my backpack.

14lunacat
Mar 22, 2010, 3:21pm Top

I love floppy bindings as well and they're definitely an American thing. I don't have very many though!

15JessicaLouise23
Mar 24, 2010, 12:39pm Top

Ah found your second thread Rach! and I'm glad you loved Before I fall told ya it was good ;)

Hehe I remember our old convos about the awesomeness of floppy books, gotta love the American paperbacks!

16LadyViolet
Mar 24, 2010, 1:02pm Top

Yea I remember when I bought Untamed that I squeed about the floppy binding to you :P
Indeed it was amazing! I can't wait to see what she writes next.

17LadyViolet
Mar 26, 2010, 12:06am Top

So... even though it is currently 2:30 in the morning I am wide awake and should technically be doing my "Personal Development Planning File" for French (in french) since it's due by 4pm er.. today - but I've been procrastinating it while I packed up all my stuff to go home for Easter *yay!!* and to put it off just a little longer I'll catch up on the four reviews I've now got outstanding.

49. Hunger by Michael Grant
This is the second book in the Gone series (I've heard a rumour that it's supposed to be a six-part series - vrai ou faux?)
It's now 3 months since the FAYZ began and the kids are starting to get hungry. More strange creatures are appearing the future is looking bleak, not to mention the fact that Caine and Drake have reappeared to harass Sam and the other Perdido Beach kids. But worst of all, the Darkness hidden underground is stirring hungering for power.
This book was another cracking adventure as some of the questions raised in Gone are answered but then several more get raised over the course of the story - like what the heck are the kids going to do when the food runs out entirely and SPOILERhow are they going to manage now without power?
Plus the little snippet of the third book Lies at the end got me wondering BIG TIME about what on earth the FAYZ actually is and where all the adults actually went *strokes metaphorical beard ponderously*
Anyway I really liked the changes that the characters went through during the book- Sam working so hard to maintain the community almost to the point of having a nervous breakdown, Astrid coping with Little Pete and the weirds things happening around him etc. It was also good to learn more about the other characters who joined the Perdido Beach group - Brianna "The Breeze" and Dekka who could turn off gravity in a small area.
Overall it was a brilliant sequel to Gone and I'm very much looking forward to reading Lies whenever it's gonna come out in the UK (soon please would be lovely) although I may have to wait until either my library has it or the paperback comes out since I rather want to have this series in paperback *nerd-out*

50. Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
I was intending to have Return of the King as my 50th read but my whims conspired against me and I was unable to put this down once I started so tada! It's my 50th book of the year!
I am thoroughly enjoying this series I have to say since Percy is maturing over the course of the books it is rather amusing at times to see him dealing with the usual angst that a teenage boy must go through especially when it comes to Annabeth :P
This fourth book sees Percy & Co. off to find the workshop of Daedalus at the centre of his enormous Labyrinth which stretches underneath the whole of North America (well it certainly seems to). They're trying to find Ariadne's string before Luke and his hoard of evil minions because if they find it they can navigate the bewildering labyrinth easily and attack Camp Half-blood.
A fresh array of evil mythical beasties appear along the way to hinder and harm Percy's group and the interesting run-in with Rachel Dare (the mortal who Percy met in the last book and can see through the Mist) proves to be very useful for their attempts to navigate the Labyrinth.
Percy is definitely growing up more now and learning new things about his powers but as his 16th birthday is creeping ever closer the prophecy is soon going to be looming over everything.
Another solid fun read and I'm very interested to see how it's all going to end in the fifth book.

51. Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
I had wanted this to be number 50 since the 1st book was my 150th book of last year and the 2nd my first for 2010 so I wanted to keep the pattern going - only I failed. Ah well never mind.
I still find it bizarre going from the films to the books since where RotK starts in the book is about an hour or so into the third film because the chapters with Shelob and the confrontation with Saruman were shunted from the second film to the beginning of the third for timeline continuity reasons (When Pippin arrives at Minas Tirith, Frodo & Sam haven't yet reached the Morgal Vale)
I'm loving Merry and Pippin more and more during this book, they're definitely my favourite characters and it seemed like most of the fifth book focused on one of the pair if we weren't following Aragorn down the Paths of the Dead. I also rather liked the character Beregond who was the guard who Pippin befriended in Minas Tirith - he was a sensible chap who actually played a fair part in preventing the premature death of Faramir at the hands of Lord Denethor- crackpot extraordinaire- twas a shame that Beregond was left out of the film because he was interesting to my eyes.
It becomes apparent in the books how much time passes between events, in the second half of the book Frodo & Sam are actually in Mordor for what almost seems like two weeks making their way from Cirith Ungol to Mount Doom. It takes the small army led by Aragorn a week to march to assault the Black Gates from Minas Tirith and heck knows how long it takes everyone to meander their way back towards the Shire.
In a way I'm glad that the Scouring of the Shire chapter was left out of the film because it would have been so heart-breaking to see them all go through so much and then come back home to find the once beautiful Shire all dug up and controlled by ruffians (loved how many times that was used)- by keeping it unmarred in the film gives it a nice feel of being a bookend to the film trilogy since we start out in the gorgeous, green Shire and we finish there with everything just as it's been for years. Don't get me wrong I do like the chapter in the book as it's brilliant to see the Hobbits getting their war faces on, if you like, and standing up for themselves against the Big Folk but it's just so sad that after everything Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin have been through they can't come home and find comfort in what they once loved as it's been ruined in their absense.
I have loved reading this trilogy as it is one of those marvelous works that stick with you and will no doubt yield new things with every successive re-read (believe me I will be re-reading this next year). I was actually close to tears reading the last pages as I can vividly recall the scene as it's shown in the film - quite accurately to the book- with the ship sailing into the West and Sam coming home to his wife and daughter with the exact same last line "Well, I'm back". So beautiful and moving.
I am hoping to read some of the other material from Middle-Earth in the near future and I may try my luck with the Silmarillion and see if I can cope with the denseness of Elvish History.
It has been fantastic reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy and I would recommend it to anyone :D

52. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
I decided to whizz through this earlier since I bought new copies of the first four books of the Morganville Vampires series so I could buy the newest books and have the earlier ones matching (Cos I'm seriously weird like that).
I really like this series although when I read it for the first time I damn well nearly died from all the cliff-hangers at the end of each book. Everytime I reached that last page I had to restrain myself from flinging the book across the room in frustration and impatience. Thankfully at the end of the sixth book the story arc came to an end and it finished cleanly, although the cliffies may make a comeback in the 7th book as it's starting a new story arc *chews hand nervously*
Anyway I'm rambling, this book is the first in the series and we meet Claire Danvers the sixteen-year old brainiac who's starting college *very* early at Texas Prairie University which is situated in the rather strange town of Morganville. Claire gets on the bad side of some mean girls (who are erring on the psycho end of the bully spectrum) and ends up moving into the Glass House to escape them. Her housemates are a rather intriguing group; Michael who owns the house only seems to be around at night, Eve who dresses like a goth to the extreme and Shane the cute and rather lazy guy who Claire starts to fall for. When she moves in Claire doesn't quite realise the situation she's getting herself into because she doesn't know the major secret which all the non-student residents of Morganville have known for years - the Vampires run this town and you don't want to mess with them.
This is a fun, fast-paced book with numerous shocks and surprises along the way and with the stonker of a cliff-hanger at the end I'd recommend that if you were gonna start reading this series to have at least the next two books to hand as you *will* want to know what happens next straight away.

haha! all done and now it's 4:05am and I still haven't done my PDP file :( *le sigh* I think it might be time to hit the caffeine and go for an all-nighter.

18alcottacre
Mar 26, 2010, 12:33am Top

#17: I really wish my local library would get the Michael Grant books. I would love to read them!

Good luck with the French paper.

19elliepotten
Mar 27, 2010, 11:55am Top

The Count of Monte Cristo isn't going anywhere Rach - I've been sidetracked and dragged under so it's sitting on one side awaiting my return to the land of the living, as it were...

I think the Penguin Modern Classics (is it the modern ones? - not the Popular ones or the black ones, the ones with arty pics on the front) have started doing the whole 'floppy binding' thing too... You'll have to watch out for them! Stuff like Lolita, Kes, Brideshead, Henry Miller, those kinds of classics.

20stephxsu
Mar 28, 2010, 12:41am Top

I'm catching up. I've noticed the UK non-floppy bindings in my copy of Lucy Christopher's Stolen. Quite disconcerting for the floppy-binding American me! I cringe whenever I damage my books so it was weird to hold a UK book and just watch the spine... do its own thing... :)

And Lies needs to come out right NOW!

21LadyViolet
Mar 28, 2010, 7:21am Top

>Steph I'm the same with my books, any damage to them is abhorrent to me so I'm always super careful that I don't open them too wide so I don't put cracks in the spine. Although I damn well nearly cried when I saw what my suitcase had done to my copy of Eon when I got back after visiting my boyfriend in Oxford - there was a hole in the lining where a screw had worn through and the spine of Eon had been pressed up against it leaving a circle where the cover had been scraped off. Thankfully it didn't damage the actual binding but I was so annoyed since it was a brand-new book and already damaged. I can live with it though since it would be daft to buy a new copy just for a bit of spine wear.

Yes Lies really does need to hurry up already since I am *dying* to know what the heck is going on because Orsay has well and truly got my attention from that little snippet at the end of Hunger *waaah!*

22LadyViolet
Mar 29, 2010, 5:30pm Top

Although I should be doing some research for my *next* essay I really can't be bothered with it anymore tonight so I'm going to get my two outstanding reviews done and get an earlyish night methinks.

53. Castle Dor by Daphne du Maurier
This is my March du Maurier and was interesting enough although it didn't have quite as much lyrical creepiness as the other books that I've read by her. But that being said it's not wholly surprising since this book was started by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch and since I didn't notice where the hand-off from Q to du Maurier was it's possible that she was imitating his style so as to not throw the readers with an abrupt change.
If you happen to know the Cornish legend of Tristan and Iseult then this book will be fairly intriguing- even if you don't this is still a very enjoyable story.
A chance meeting of Breton onion seller Amyot Trestane and Linnet Lewarne, a married woman, sparks off this love story which seems to reach back through time into legend. Doctor Carfax, who is the viewpoint character for portions of the book, is actually studying different accounts of the legend of Tristan and Iseult and a feeling of dread builds as the lives of Amyot and Linnet begin to imitate those of the doomed lovers.
There was a slightly magical quality about the bond between Amyot and Linnet as at times they knew things that they weren't expected to know and had an odd sixth sense for each other which made things that bit more eerie.
Overall it wasn't as mind-blowing and creepy as du Maurier's other books and I didn't really feel the romance all that much so that lessened the impact of the ending somewhat but it was still a good read and I would recommend it to others.

I'm going to do the other review tomorrow now as I'm already half-asleep so it's early night time!

23LadyViolet
Apr 1, 2010, 8:30am Top

Oops now I'm four books behind with my reviews- I shall get to those this weekend hopefully. Just doing a quick post with a general overview of March's reading.

Books Read: 19
BotS reads: 3
Borrowed Books: 10 (gotta stop going to the library)
Books Bought: 17 (3 were Bookmooches and One was for a Uni class)

Top 3 Reads
Count of Monte Cristo - Totally worth reading until 5am
Before I fall - Nearly flipped back to the start to re-read immediately
Return of the King - I love Samwise Gamgee :) (and Merry & Pippin of course)

Genre Overview
Fantasy: 11
Classics: 2
Teen: 4
Dystopian: 2

Currently Reading
The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Memories and Adventures (I'm noting a theme here)

I think this month I shall have to try and read more Historical Fiction, more of the classics i'm accumulating and get my TBR pile whittled down and stop reading so many library books!

24alcottacre
Apr 1, 2010, 8:37am Top

#22: Rachel, would you do me a favor and post your best reads for March to the 'Best Reads' thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/88150. Thanks! I appreciate it.

25LadyViolet
Apr 1, 2010, 8:45am Top

Indeed I shall Stasia :)

26alcottacre
Apr 1, 2010, 8:49am Top

Thanks!

27LadyViolet
Apr 3, 2010, 1:07pm Top

Ok I'm definitely going to have to get caught up on reviews or I'm going to fall waaay behind seeing as it's the holidays so I have more time on my hands than is good for me.

54. Magic under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
I found this in the public library in my hometown (which is remarkable because it isn't always that great for teen fiction but it's getting better) I'd heard about it because of the controversy with the US cover and thought the story seemed interesting enough to give it a go.
It was a sweet magical fantasy with the intriguing concept of a faery prince being trapped in a clockwork body although I found the general aura of the world to be slightly confusing. To me the world in which the story was set felt like a Victorian-era colony like India with the prejudices towards the native people, but that was until they mentioned how they have electricity and motor cars- huh? I know this is a fantasy but it just seemed odd to me to mix older, more rustic elements with modern 20th century technology. Also the almost casual mention of faeries and how they've been conflicting with the humans for years seemed a bit unexplained.
I did enjoy the story but I felt it wasn't terribly well-written and since the major plotline wasn't resolved it's apparent that it's going to have a sequel which I shall probably not be reading unless i find a library copy in the future. Overall opinion - meh.

55. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Another find in the library and I liked this much more than my last read.
Ginny was looking at a rather boring summer until she received a package of letters from her Aunt Peg who ran off to England many years ago. She sends her a plane ticket and tells her to come to London as soon as possible - the slightly confusing part for Ginny is that her Aunt has been dead for 3 months.
The thirteen blue envelopes in the package contain letters giving her tasks to complete which leads Ginny on a whirlwind adventure across Europe, meeting new and sometimes strange people she learns more about her Aunt and how to cope with her death.
This was a fun and entertaining read and I'd be tempted to buy myself a copy to re-read in the future. Recommended.

Sorry I'll finish up the rest of the reviews later on but since the new series of Doctor Who is going to start in 10 minutes I have to get myself downstairs STAT! :P

28alcottacre
Apr 3, 2010, 11:42pm Top

#27: I think I will skip Magic Under Glass. 13 Little Blue Envelopes is already in the BlackHole, so nothing new for me today. Whew! Dodged a book bullet.

29LadyViolet
Apr 8, 2010, 9:51am Top

Ok since I'm now a good six or so books behind with my reviews I shall just do one of my bulk batch quick fire reviews.

56. The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
Exceedingly fun teen read, two schools are running a pen pal program between the students and this book is made up of the letters, diaries, notebooks etc from Emily, Lydia and Cassie to their pen pals at Brookfield High School. Lots of laughs, pranks with a dash of romance and a dollop of mystery make this just brilliant to read and even on the third or fourth re-read I love it just as much as I did when I first picked it up. Highly Recommended.

57. Beastly by Alex Flinn
Borrowed this from my sister without her knowledge (she was at school and I had time on my hands which admittedly should have been used more wisely- but I'm an idiot).
A fun re-telling of the story of Beauty and the Beast told interestingly from the perspective of the Beast. I really liked seeing how Kyle's personality changed over the course of his exile and his friendship with Lindy - the girl who he sort of kidnaps from her father who is a drug addict and probably a worse care-giver than Kyle would be.
I really quite liked this story and the film adaptation is coming out later this year although I'm slightly dubious about it as I am about most book-film adaptions. But in any case the book I can warmly recommend to people who enjoy fairytale re-tellings.

58. Adored by Cecily von Ziegesar
This is the 8th It Girl book which follows Gossip Girl's Jenny Humphrey's life at her new boarding school Waverly Prep. I like these type of books for the quick, fun and often bitchily exciting stories when I need something easy to clear my head. Plus it's also a book I can count towards my Books off the Shelf challenge. Only really recommended to the people who've already read the other It Girl books (I'd feel guilty about lumping other people with a whole series to read :P)

59. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Another collection of short stories following the great detective. Chronicles from Holmes' miraculous reappearance after three years of being supposed dead from a fall during his fight with Doctor Moriarty at the top of Reichenbach Falls. As always the various cases mentioned in this book are bizarre and bewildering to all except Holmes who astounds us again and again when he solves the mystery from the merest clues. A great read for fans of Holmes- recommended.

60. The Vampire Diaries: The Fury and Dark Reunion by L.J. Smith
Another book for my BotS challenge. The second volume of the original Vampire Diaries stories which weirdly I liked better than the first. Elena has gone through some rather tough times and I found her much more likeable this time round. The first story in this volume ends with a rather interesting twist which I didn't foresee at all and the ending to the second story was even more inexplicable although it was satisfying to my inner romantic who lives for happy(ish) endings. I'm hoping the new trilogy of books will shed some light on the strange goings-on in Fell's Church and Elena's general situation. Recommended.

61. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
I fancied a re-read of this last night and devoured in a few hours. As always this beautifully lyrical fairytale story captured my heart like it did when I read for the first time last year and I do believe that I will never tire of re-reading about Isi and Geric (who I rather like :P). I can't wait to read the fourth book in this series when it comes out this summer. Highly Recommended.

Well finally! I'm all caught up and now I can hopefully get some proper work done before the entire Easter Holidays has disappeared *eep!*

30Luxx
Apr 8, 2010, 10:08am Top

I read the first volume of The Vampire Diaries when I was a teenager, and just picked up the next volume a week ago. It'll be interesting to get back to it a decade later. I'm glad to hear that the series improves!

31LadyViolet
Apr 8, 2010, 10:16am Top

>Luxx You may want to re-read the first book before jumping into the second, or at least re-read the last few chapters since I had forgotten what happened at the end of the Struggle and was a tad confused for a little while until I refreshed my memory. It was probably due to how quickly I read the first book last year that I didn't remember all the details.

32JessicaLouise23
Apr 8, 2010, 11:19am Top

Have you been watching The vampire diaries TV show Rach? I'm addicted its actually really good and its made me want to read the books now although I heard that there not really that similar.

33LadyViolet
Apr 8, 2010, 11:58am Top

I haven't been watching the show since I don't have a TV in Aber and knowing that there are differences from the book puts me off cos I'm a horrible purist when it comes to these things :P My sister likes the tv series though but she stopped reading the books. Maybe I'll give it a look at some point who knows?

34JessicaLouise23
Apr 8, 2010, 12:13pm Top

Ah its so good you should give it a try at some point maybe after your finished with the books?

35Fourpawz2
Apr 8, 2010, 12:23pm Top

Harking back to messages 5 through 7 - what in tarnation are "chocolate digestives"? I get that they are snacks of some kind, but what exactly are they? I know they do not sound very good - at least to me. In fact they sound rather more like something you ingest in order to get rid of some filthy gut problem rather than for enjoyment's sake. Please enlighten.

36elkiedee
Apr 9, 2010, 12:08pm Top

Chocolate digestives are a kind of cookie (or biscuit in UK English) - digestive biscuits are quite plain cookies, chocolate ones are still plain, but have a layer of chocolate on top. I don't buy them because I have other preferred cookies, but will eat them if offered.

37_Zoe_
Apr 9, 2010, 4:17pm Top

I re-read The Vampire Diaries in preparation for the start of the new trilogy, because I barely remembered anything. And I found myself wishing that she had stopped with the third book like she initially intended, because I thought the ending was beautiful and perfect. The fourth book seemed like sort of a stretch.

And after that experience, I've been a bit afraid to read the new trilogy, so I haven't read the first one yet even though I bought it immediately in hardcover when it came out more than a year ago... Sigh.

38LadyViolet
Apr 9, 2010, 4:31pm Top

>Zoe I agree the ending of the third book would have been a good place to end things since it had a sense of finality for at least some of the characters. The fourth book was somewhat more bewildering although since I bought the first book of the new trilogy today I'm hoping that these new stories will explain what the heck is going on. I do want to read all three books just because I've got completist syndrome when it comes to L.J. Smith's books and once I've got the rest of the Vampire Diaries books all I need is the Forbidden Game bind-up and Strange Fate *grrr boo hiss* which has been pushed back to April NEXT year! to complete my collection of all her series.

39LadyViolet
Apr 13, 2010, 5:57pm Top

Oops I've fallen behind again! For all I've mucked about for the last week you'd think I'd find enough time to write up a few measly reviews!

62. Heart of Stone by C.E. Murphy
This was the e-book that I won in March's LTER batch and since I had to do a proper review for that I shall copy and paste it for you.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I won the e-book of this from the Early Reviewer program but I was very pleasantly surprised to find this Urban fantasy story to be really rather good.
Margrit is a lawyer who likes to go running at night which is perhaps not the most sensible thing to be doing in Central Park. One night she meets a very tall, pale and handsome man who later appears to be the main suspect in the murder of a young woman who was killed in the Park not long after Margrit saw him. Very quickly she's caught up in events she doesn't quite understand and faced with creatures she never dreamed possible.
I found the concept of Gargoyles as supernatural creatures absolutely brilliant and one I'd never seen before in any fantasy book I've read, I also though the other Old Races to be equally interesting and I'm wondering whether there'll be more about them in the next book (I believe this is the first in a series which I may have to invest in). Alban is a fascinating character and his relationship with Margrit really sizzled at times without dissolving into out-and-out raunchiness. I really liked Margrit - despite her rather irritatingly spelt name which made me want to giggle quite often because if anyone's ever watched the UK comedy show Little Britain you may know what I mean ("Margrit! Margrit!) She was a real feisty gal although she was perhaps foolhardy at times with some of the decisions she made but I admired her fearless attitude towards things that wouldn't probably freak the hell out of other people.
There was something about Murphy's writing style that really grabbed me and kept me reading when I really shouldn't have been and I'm really curious to see where things will go in the next book.
So considering how earlier this afternoon I had very little idea what this book was about I really enjoyed reading it and would gladly recommend it and I'm certainly going to buy myself a physical copy in the near future.

63. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
I bought this last friday after been literally *ordered* to read it by the lovely Jess and since I'm not in the habit of doubting her opinion when it comes to books (We have an alarming number of books in common) I made sure I picked it up when I happened upon a Waterstones store. Since I was out for the day with my mum & sister I managed to get a lot of it read whilst waiting for them to finish in Primark *shudders* I may have looked rather odd being sat on the floor next to an escalator reading but frankly I didn't care.
This book was a sort of mish-mash of Romeo & Juliet and Pride & Prejudice because of the two main characters Brittany and Alex being from completely opposite backgrounds and having rather prejudiced views of each other who when forced to work together in chemistry being to see the hidden depths that no one else knows about.
I loved the chemistry between Alex and Brittany, the biting remarks and sexual tension added a real spark to their dialogue and the supporting characters like Paco, Isa, Shelley etc were just as developed and interesting as the main two.
The action was exciting and fast-paced although I found the last few chapters to be quite rushed and we sort of gallop to the finish after taking the rest of the story at a nice canter. I also think that the epilogue was perhaps a bit too much and erred on the side of cheesy and reminded me heavily of the end of Deathly Hallows (hope that's not too spoilery).
But overall this was a fantastic YA read that I devoured before I even got home from my day out on Friday (much to my dad's displeasure who'd been planning on confiscating my new books in an attempt to direct my attention back to my work...erm perhaps not). I would highly recommend this to others and I'm rather interested in reading some of Elkeles' other works.

64. The White Mare by Jules Watson
This was a book I got from BookMooch a couple of weeks back and I started it on Friday in the car journey to the shopping centre we went to (yay for no car sickness! :P).
It was a very interesting Historical Fiction with a slight smidgen of fantasy set in the 1st Century AD in Scotland where Celtic tribes ruled over their own territories just before the Roman soldiers stationed in Britannia decided that they wanted all of the island and marched north.
The Story follows Rhiann who is a Priestess and the heir to the Epiini? tribe whose land is on the western side of Alba (what they called Scotland at that time). Soon after her uncle the King dies an Irish prince and the band of warriors who accompanied him were shipwrecked on the shore. They were given shelter by Rhiann's tribe and since it appeared that Eremon, the prince, could bring many warriors to fight for the Epiini the tribe's council arranged a marriage between him and Rhiann- much to her disgust.
As the story unfolds the Roman threat becomes more pronounced and Rhiann learns who are the enemies to her tribe and who they might ally themselves with to protect their territories.
This is the first book in a trilogy and what a cracking start! An epic story with romance, lies and action and some very interesting characters. I stayed up stupidly late to finish this after I got back from shopping and frankly I don't regret it at all- well I never do really ;-) Highly Recommended.

65. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
This was another book that I bought on Friday since I'd heard interesting things about it although I don't think I quite knew what it was about.
Mary is an teen in a village which is totally isolated because of the Forest of Hands and Teeth which surrounds it and is full of the Unconsecrated (read: Zombies) whose constant moans and groans provide the soundtrack to the villager's lives. Anyone who strays too close to the metal fence encircling the village are at risk of being bitten and infected by the Unconsecrated which leads to either death before you turn or undeath as you're released from the village after the Return.
Mary has lost both of her parents and her brother doesn't want her living in his house anymore and since no one has spoken for her to marry she joins the Sisterhood who are the spiritual centre of the village. The Sisters have some strange knowledge about the Unconsecrated but before Mary has a chance to find out- Zombie Attack!!!
Although the story had a brilliant concept from the outset the actual progression of events got rather confusing and by the end there was a plethora of questions frustratingly left unanswered. Also there seemed to be rather a lot of doom and gloom which meant that the number of human characters constantly got lower over the course of the story. Although I thought the quasi-relationship between Mary and Travis was quite sweet Carrie Ryan seemed determined to never cut Mary a break and the inevitable happens - was that vague and unspoilery enough?
Overall what could have been a really good story just turned out, well rather meh and I've heard mixed reviews about the sequel The Dead-Tossed Waves so who knows what I'll do?

Yay all caught up! Now I'd better get some more of my spanish work done before my parents do actually blow a gasket and beat me with something (which I would deserve for being a lazy git)

40mamzel
Apr 13, 2010, 6:30pm Top

When I read Ryan's book I kept getting pictures from Night of the Living Dead and Shawn of the Dead out of my head (shuffling...moaning...shuffling...moaning).

41mamzel
Apr 13, 2010, 6:32pm Top

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42nancyewhite
Apr 13, 2010, 6:39pm Top

I'm interested in the Ryan book, and I have no idea why. It isn't a genre I love and there are mixed reviews. I think there is something compelling about the title.

43LadyViolet
Edited: Apr 22, 2010, 12:42pm Top

More reviews and I shall do some much-needed work!

66. The Carlyles: Take a Chance on Me by Cecily von Ziegesar
Since I had a spot of free time I thought I'd try and get several of my easy YA TBRs of my shelf and this was the latest Gossip Girl: the Carlyles that I had lying about. Rather "meh" brain candy at best and I actually noticed for the first time that The Carlyles books are not even written by Cecily von Ziegesar but by another woman who's only credited inside the book not on the cover. I only really read this so I could have another book for my BotS challenge and I reckon that I'm not going to buy the next book in the series.

67. Beauty by Robin Mckinley
I was rather chuffed at my finding a copy of this in my local BHF store (although it is a proof copy that probably shouldn't have been resold- but never mind).
A lovely re-telling of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast - in this version Beauty is actually a nickname and not a very well liked one at that. Beauty is the youngest of her three sisters and also the shortest and plainest so her nickname is a constant reminder of how her sisters Hope and Grace are better than her. When their father's merchant business takes a disastrous turn for the worse the family has to move away from the city to a quiet village in the north. They live a simple life for nearly two years when they receive news that one of Beauty's father's ships has returned to port after years of being presumed lost- her father travels to the city to meet the sailors who made it back and when he returns he gets lost in the huge forest near to the village. After wandering around for several hours he comes across a huge castle and stays the night where he's tended to most splendidly by a host of invisible servants. In the morning he looks around the gardens and comes across a beautiful rose garden, he'd promised to bring Beauty back some rose seeds from the city but couldn't find any so he plucked a rose with the intention of giving it to her instead. Big Mistake - the Beast then appears, furious that he would thank his hospitality by stealing from his gardens. He demanded that he return in a month with one of his daughters to stay with him in his castle in exchange for his leaving unharmed.
I really enjoyed this fairytale and I'm growing rather fond of Robin Mckinley's style. Definitely recommended.

68. Boys R Us by Lisi Harrison
Another quick YA read for my BotS challenge. This is the 11th book in the Clique series which admittedly is a fair bit too young for me now although it wasn't when I first started reading it. That being said I do sort of enjoy reading these books for the fun, bitchy cliquey aspect and I have grown rather fond of the characters over time, but eventually I will probably remove these books from my library although I don't reckon I'm going to be able to foist them upon my sister :P
Light, girly read in keeping with the previous books in this series - only really worth a look if you happen to be 13 or 14 or have read the other books already.

69. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
I fancied a re-read of this last night before I came back to uni today. I'll post the link to my review from last year as my thoughts and feelings towards this book have not altered from the adoration that I have for it.
review for Poison Study

44JessicaLouise23
Apr 19, 2010, 12:02pm Top

Hey Rach, I just read your review for The Forest of Hands and Teeth and what you said about The Dead-Tossed Waves. I *loved* The Dead-Tossed Waves but there do seem to be loads of mixed reviews about it. So just thought I'd give you my opinion, but maybe if your unsure wait for it to come out in paperback or see if it comes on offer?

45LadyViolet
Apr 19, 2010, 12:28pm Top

Hey, well I trust your opinion but I think I'll probably wait until the paperback comes out as I'm not in a massive hurry to read it at the moment (plus I really shouldn't be reading much over the next month anyway cos I have exams at the end of May) and I don't want to fork out for a hardback of a book that I may not love.

46JessicaLouise23
Apr 19, 2010, 1:04pm Top

Yeah tis a bit risky wait for the paperback me thinks :) or keep your eyes peeled in the library and charity shops? You never know you might get lucky!

47LadyViolet
Apr 23, 2010, 7:52pm Top

GOD DAMN MY COMPUTER TO HELL!!!!
I spent literally *hours* writing up the reviews for the last three books I'd read and just when I was nearly finished my internet browser decided to freaking crash *ARGH!!!!*
I am *not* writing them again - not on your nelly!

70. The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
Fun read, interested to see where the series goes over the next few books.

71. Spindle's End by Robin Mckinley
Lovely re-telling of Sleeping Beauty although I do believe that 21 names is a tad too many for a baby - can you imagine the chaos at the wedding when it comes to the vows??

72. Ash by Malinda Lo
Beautiful and unexpectedly original Cinderella re-telling where the prince is not the love interest and one of the step-sisters actually turns out to be rather nice.

THERE! Gosh I'm annoyed, it took me so pigging long to write what I had before and then my daft computer decided it doesn't want to let me watch Mock the Week any more and closes >:(
I'll do my review for Frenchman's Creek another day as I don't want to sum it up in a vaguely sarcastic one-liner - it deserves much more than that.

48justchris
Apr 23, 2010, 9:36pm Top

@47: Sorry to hear about the technical aggravation. I manage to lose the occasional long review too. Number 70 is the only one that I've read, though I've enjoyed other works by Robin McKinley. And who knows, I may actually have read and forgotten Spindle's End in my youth. Ash sounds lovely.

49elkiedee
Apr 23, 2010, 9:37pm Top

That's very annoying isn't it? Could you try writing up your reading offline and saving regularly. Or doing multiple posts with a review each?

50alcottacre
Apr 24, 2010, 1:45am Top

#47: I know how it feels, Rachel, so you have my complete sympathy!

51RedBowlingBallRuth
Apr 24, 2010, 6:16am Top

Oh, Beauty looks good, I'm going to have locate a copy. I just love Disney's Beauty and the Beast, it's my very favourite Disney movie. :)

52alcottacre
Apr 24, 2010, 6:27am Top

#51: Beauty and the Beast is my favorite animated Disney movie too. I bought it several years ago for myself for Christmas.

53elliepotten
Apr 27, 2010, 9:22am Top

Oh Rach, I feel for you - why is it always at the end of the longest reviews or most involved emails that technology decides it doesn't love us any more? You can practically hear the MWAHAHAHAHA as it pauses ominously right before it conks out... you hold your breath, cross everything that can be crossed.... and NOOOOOOOO!!!

Adding Spindle's End to Mount TBR...

54LadyViolet
Apr 27, 2010, 9:53am Top

Yea I'm pretty sure that the original post was going to be the longest I'd ever done... until the evil creature that is my laptop decided to thwart my efforts *grumble, whinge* I did swear profusely at it for about ten minutes before dashing off those very much shortened reviews out of frustration.
I am a couple of reviews behind and I've actually reached 75 books for the year already! I will update soonish, hopefully :-)

55alcottacre
Apr 27, 2010, 10:25am Top




Congratulations on reaching 75, Rachel!

56drneutron
Apr 27, 2010, 1:58pm Top

Well, I was going to wait for the reviews to catch up, but since Stasia has already posted the bouncy guy...Congrats!

57elliepotten
Apr 27, 2010, 2:57pm Top

Congrats Rachel - though knowing you it was hardly a surprise that you've hit 75 in APRIL, now, was it?! :-)
Looking forward to seeing where the rest of the year takes you...

58LadyViolet
Apr 27, 2010, 3:19pm Top

Hehe Indeed Ellie at the rate I'm going I'm gonna hit 100 books next month and then 25 book milestones each month after that although considering how I have my first year exams next month (I have two speaking exams in two weeks *eep*) I probably won't read that much in May. So maybe I'll have to make up for time in June when I'm feeling footloose and fancy-free ;-)

Thanks for that Stasia, it makes me giggle :D

Oh and I really will put up reviews...soon promise

59Cpassmore
Apr 27, 2010, 7:23pm Top

WOW! I thought I was doing so well, keeping on track to finish 25 this month just to make it to the 75 this year... Congratulations! And since you posted on my thread, you sparked my interest to check out yours. You have read quite a few books I am interested in reading and will now have to gauge if I will like them based on your reviews. I wasn't sure about Before I Fall but I think I will try it now.

Oh and by the way, The Last Olympian is the absolute best in the series!

I have seen recommendations based on my books for me to read The Forest of Hands and Teeth, but every time I read the back in the store, I'm just not that interested. After reading your review I'm glad I didn't waste my time.

I don't think I can sit here and read all your posts on your threads right now unfortunately, but I may have to at some point, being you have read so many good books.

At the least, you are starred now!

60LadyViolet
Apr 28, 2010, 6:01pm Top

>59 Cpassmore: Cpassmore I'm hoping to read The Last Olympian soonish but it will depend on whether my local library or one within the InterLibrary Loan area has a copy as I've resisted buying my own copies just in case I didn't like the series.

61Whisper1
Apr 28, 2010, 6:14pm Top

Writing reviews and then the computer crashing before they are posted!!!! Ugh...that happened to me a few nights ago....It is so very frustrating.

62JessicaLouise23
Apr 30, 2010, 12:47pm Top

Congrats on reaching the 75 ALREADY hun :D Keep going it'll be interesting to see how many you get read at the end of the year!

63LadyViolet
May 2, 2010, 9:39pm Top

Right these reviews are loooong overdue and I've now lost the motivation to spend ages writing them so I'll be brief.

73. Frenchman's Creek by Daphne du Maurier
Although reputed to be one of her "fluffier and more romantic" books I really enjoyed this possibly more than Castle Dor which was last month's read. Dona is wonderfully feisty although could perhaps do with being reminded of her parental responsibilities more often. William... ah dear William - Loved him even though he wasn't even the romantic interest!! Brilliantly impertinent and the banter between him and Dona was wonderful to read. I also loved the whole pirate element to the book - something about pirates is so randomly romantic so long as you don't think about what real 17th century pirates were like ;-)
Overall this is probably one of my top 3 du Maurier books, along with Rebecca and Jamaica Inn. Up in May is The Birds and other stories cos it'll be easier to read in chunks.

74. The Splendour Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Strangely bewitching book that has a supernatural element which doesn't really become clear until two thirds of the way through the story. I found Sylvie to be quite an interesting and likeable character although the amount of focus on her dog could have been lessened considerably (I know she's cute but really save the pages). I also really liked the character of Rhys because of him being Welsh (I live in Wales ergo I'm becoming more fond of the accent :P) I'll take curly-haired welsh lad over blonde macho southern guy any day ;-)
There was a slight creepiness to this book with the whole ghostly business and Davis-Maddox history was interesting but I'm not sure if everything was fully explained by the end of it all - maybe there will be a sequel, who knows?
Anyhow I really enjoyed this and read it basically in one go so I do recommend it even though my description was pretty pants - sorry it's nearly 2am and I should be asleep.

75. The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander
This is third Chronicles of Prydain book which we're reading as a Group in the 75er's (although I've fallen waaay behind due to the lack of book 2 on the west coast of Wales until recently).
So in this book it's time for Eilowny to travel to the island of Mona to learn how to be a princess after spending several years? (I'm unsure as to how big the time gaps are in between each book - how old are Taran and Eilonwy supposed to be in this book?) living rather like a ragamuffin in Caer Dallben. Taran and Gurgi accompany her to the island with the intention of returning shortly after she's settled in the palace of King Rhuddlum. But problems quickly arise when Taran learns that Achren (evil sorceress lady supposedly but apparently not killed in The Book of Three ) is coming to the island with the express purpose of making mischief involving a great deal of danger to Eilonwy.
I liked how Taran is now very clearly maturing as his feelings for Eilonwy develop in ways that even he doesn't fully understand but I admired him considerably for his ability to overcome pride and make an oath to be loyal to the buffoon who could potentially be married to her in the future. No offence to Prince Rhun, he was sweet and did actually show some backbone when it mattered but his idiocy irked me most of the time and like Taran shows marvelously you have to indulge him with carefully condescending patience.
I think I also liked Eilonwy a bit more by the end - before this book her near constant chattering has gotten on my nerves but I think she's turning out to be slightly less of a scold and she's appreciating Taran more than just as an "assistant pig-keeper".
So once again another solidly enjoyable fantasy read, I'm really liking this series so I'm looking forward to reading Taran Wanderer in the near future. Yay 75 books!!! :D

76. Memories and Adventures by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
It has taken me a *long* time but finally I finished my first non-fiction book (That's not uni-related) of the year, hopefully it won't be my last. Twas an interesting read although I had to digest it in single chapter sized chunks . Conan Doyle did a heck of a lot of stuff during his life, met a crazy amount of people, and held quite a lot of sway in important matters at the end of the 19th century and into the beginning of the 20th. It would take me far too long to enumerate all of his achievements but I shall say that there's definitely a lot more to the man behind Sherlock Holmes than meets the eye. Recommended if you like biographies/autobiographies and/or the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

April Overview
Books Read: 20
Books Owned: 18
Bots: 5 (woohoo hit my target for the month!)
Re-reads: 2
Books Bought: 15 (edit- shucks I was only looking at the TBR collection so it's not 9 at all)
Books Won: 1 My second ER book which I received in April

Genre Breakdown
The vast majority of the month's reads were YA but I had:
Fairytale retellings: 5
Fantasy: 8
Teen: 4
Historical Fiction: 1
Mystery: 1
Classic: 1
Non-fiction: 1

Top Three Reads in April
Frenchman's Creek - Daphne du Maurier
The White Mare - Jules Watson
Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles

(my two 5 stars reads of the month were both re-reads and therefore don't count in my eyes :P)

There we go all the reviews for April done plus a nice little sum-up for y'all. Now I shall go to bed and hope like heck that I can get a load of my essay done tomorrow even if I am going to sleep at twenty to 3 in the morning.

64Whisper1
May 2, 2010, 9:42pm Top

Congratulations on reaching the goal for our 75 challenge...

65alcottacre
Edited: May 3, 2010, 1:20am Top

#63: Adding Frenchman's Creek, The Splendour Falls, and Memories and Adventures to the BlackHole.

I am doing the group read of the Chronicles of Prydain, so I have already read that one or you would have gotten me with that one as well :)

ETA: If you are interested in learning more about Arthur Conan Doyle, Rachel, I would recommend Arthur Conan Doyle: His Life in Letters. I found it very interesting when I read it a couple of years ago. You are right - there was a lot more to the man than just Sherlock Holmes.

66elliepotten
May 3, 2010, 6:25am Top

Glad you liked Frenchman's Creek Rachel - wasn't William fantastic? And there was definitely something deliciously Mills and Boon about that pirate... Floating around on the creek in a beautiful ship, being all artistic and strong and handsome, mmmmmm. *floats off into a romantic daydream*

67LadyViolet
May 3, 2010, 8:33am Top

>65 alcottacre: Ooh thanks Stasia I'll have to keep a look out for that. It is remarkable to think how much Conan Doyle actually wrote other than his fiction and how much his disliked the thought of being remembered only for his Sherlock Holmes stories.

>66 elliepotten: Ellie indeed William is brilliant I think he was my favourite character in the whole book, even with the terribly romantic Pirate ;-)

68alcottacre
May 3, 2010, 8:40am Top

#67: how much his disliked the thought of being remembered only for his Sherlock Holmes stories

That comes across very well in his correspondence.

69JessicaLouise23
May 7, 2010, 11:24am Top

Oooh I may have to get Frenchman's Creek soon sounds good :)

70LadyViolet
May 7, 2010, 2:28pm Top

Oooh yes do.. tis lovely and romantic which is quite different from the rather creepy mood of Rebecca , Jamaica Inn and My Cousin Rachel

Oh dear I do believe I'm 3 reviews behind again *sigh*

71avatiakh
May 7, 2010, 9:20pm Top

Catching up on your thread, love what you've been reading and agree about the internet crashing only when you have spent a large amount of time putting together a thoughtful review - happened to me a few times too.
I'm adding Before I Fall to the wishlist.

72JessicaLouise23
May 10, 2010, 12:06pm Top

Dreaming of Amelia sounds interesting so I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on that one. And on The Reckoning, duh. I just read Jamaica Inn. Think I’ll have to get Frenchman's Creek real soon!

73LadyViolet
Edited: May 12, 2010, 4:40pm Top

Okies now I am *seriously* behind on reviews so I'll do my best to get caught up although I should really be finishing the essay which I need to hand in. Gah better get cracking!

77. Looking for Alaska by John Green
Although I had heard of John Green before I wasn't all that fussed about having a look at his books that is until I discovered the Youtube channel that he and his brother Hank have called The Vlogbrothers which is not only rather informative but crazy funny and nerdy (seriously check it out).
So after wasting a large chunk of time watching loads of their videos I was suddenly struck with the urge to get hold of one of John's books and have a read - luckily while I was in Oxford at the end of April I found a copy in the Oxfam bookshop *all hail the awesome*. I read it all on the train back to Aber and I was like WOW!
It's basically a coming-of-age story which is jam-packed with humour, quirkiness and all the obsessive energy that accompanies first love. Miles has transferred to the boarding school his father went to for his high school years. He's never really had proper friends, preferring to find comfort in the last words of famous people so when he arrives at Culver Creek he's very much surprised to find people who befriend him and completely change his perspective on life. The most vibrant impact on his life is Alaska Young, the zany outrageous girl who quickly steals Miles' heart even though she already has a boyfriend.
There's also a raw shock of emotion in the middle of the story which is ominously hinted at in the chapter headers but still completely unexpected and the rest of the story is spent recovering from what happens and working out *why* it happened.
Considering that the book is only 260 pages long it packs quite a punch and can really make you think about what affects people's choices and why we do certain things. Miles, the Colonel and Alaska are all wonderfully vivid characters and totally original and you can really feel for all of them as they go through their individual struggles.
This book was a joy to read and I'll definitely be buying copies of his other books in the near future.

78. Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick
I had been reading this for several days before I went to Oxford and when I got back I finished it off.
Once again this was a great medieval story set over the years when Stephen and Matilda were fighting over the throne up to when Henry II was a man grown and probably not too far off from having Thomas Beckett killed.
The story focuses on two families living somewhere around the Welsh borderlands - the FitzWarins and the de Dinans. Brunin, the eldest son of Fulke Fitzwarin is sent to live in the castle of Joscelin de Dinan, who is an old friend of his fathers, to become a squire. During his time there he becomes close friends with Joscelin's youngest daughter Hawise who is a wild and unruly child. The two grow up together along with Joscelin's foster child Marion who has deluded herself into believing that eventually Brunin will be her husband. As the fight between Prince Henry and Stephen continues Gilbert de Lacy , who claims rightful ownership of Joscelin's castle at Ludlow, grows to be even more of a threat to the family. Brunin has to fight for what could soon be his inheritance as both his parent's and Hawise's are vying for a marriage between them.
I find it nearly impossible to give a decent description of Elizabeth's books as they are so rich and complex that it would take ages to write out. I have yet to find one of her books which I *don't* like as she makes the medieval times come alive with such fabulous characters that are based off real historical figures (with some authorial license of course). Brunin and Hawise are brilliant protagonists and I thoroughly enjoyed their interactions throughout the book. The character I both pitied and despised was Marion as she was not so stupid as to misunderstand what her actions would do but the fact that she clung to her belief that she might get the dream she wanted made you want to shake her sensible. I do believe she deserved her ending although she was quite pitiable by the end due to the misery she wrought upon herself through stupidity and naivety.
Overall another fabulous book by Elizabeth and I'll whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone - one of these days I wonder if I'll actually dislike something she writes??

74LadyViolet
Edited: May 12, 2010, 6:16pm Top

I'm going on to another post to save me editing the same one 5 times.

79. Becoming Bindy Mackenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty
This is only actually the second book I've read by Moriarty but I am in fact in love with her writing style. Her books are made up of letters, diary entries, emails, memos etc. so you get a rather limited viewpoint of what's going on in the story but it is a really interesting way to read a story as you are right inside the main character's head - in this case Bindy Mackenzie who plays a very minor role in Finding Cassie Crazy but this time we spend the majority of the book seeing the world of high school through her eyes. She's crazy smart but has slight issues with being judgemental and misunderstanding her peers' opinions of her. During Year 11 Bindy and the other kids in her year have to go to Friendship and Development meetings AKA FAD. Bindy is in a group with people who she quickly assumes don't like her and she sets out to show them all how mean and petty they are - with somewhat disastrous results.
As strange things begin to happen Bindy finds that she has no one to help her when she really needs friends and an emergency wake-up call. Luckily a retreat with the FAD group shows Bindy her mistakes and she makes amends with Emily, Toby, Astrid, Sergio, Briony, Elizabeth and Finnegan and not a moment too soon as sinister events occur which threaten Bindy with almost fatal consequences...
As much as I loved Em, Lydia and Cassie from Finding Cassie Crazy I found myself loving Bindy Mackenzie even more despite her behaviour early on in the story. She's funny, kind (although perhaps not quite sensitive to when her offers of help are unwanted) and you really feel for her as she struggles to understand what's happening to her over the year. The unusual plot twist was fantastic and it really added an outrageous element to what seemed like a normal high school drama story. This will be another book that I'd gladly re-read whenever I need a funny, crazy story to brighten my day and I'll certainly recommend it - you don't need to read Finding Cassie Crazy to understand everything although you'll get the flavour of Moriarty's style by reading that one first.

80. Dreaming of Amelia by Jaclyn Moriarty
This is Moriarty's newest book and is another one in the Ashbury High School "series" (it's not so rigid a series that you have to read each book in order although it does help as certain references to earlier books will make more sense during this book if you have read them)
It is the beginning of Year 12 which is the most important year for the Ashbury students as they have to take their HSC (Higher School Certificate) at the end of the year which has a large effect on the direction their future career takes.
This book is told mostly through the extracts from the exam essays for English on the topic of Gothic literature written by several characters some familiar (Emily, Lydia from FCC and Toby from BBM) and some new - Riley and Amelia are the mysterious couple who transfer to Ashbury at the start of the year on scholarship and everyone is instantly struck by their ethereal presence and want to be their friend. Interspersed between the exam extracts are emails and memos between member of the scholarship board who discuss Riley and Amelia's progress or lack of it and also there are posts from the blog that Emily has to do for her english class over the year.
Throughout this story there is the theme of ghosts and gothic-ness which creates a rather creepy atmosphere as we find out things about Riley & Amelia and also about the history of Castle Hill through the letters of Tom Kincaid which Toby is writing out in his exam. Strangely though the events of 1812 have an effect on the present day as the tensions growing over the year reach a head after the English exam during a storm in Castle Hill's Heritage Park.
On the whole I really enjoyed this book, in particular Lydia's parts and her feelings for Seb (the guy she met in FCC) and Toby's history research. For some reason I couldn't really understand the relationship between Riley and Amelia because of the epistolary format their interactions were never really seen so I didn't really feel invested in them as a couple. Also Emily's obsession with them kind of got a wee bit irritating as does her constant misuse of vocabulary (I know it's an Emily quirk that's been in the other books but I get rather testy about it in real life so I want to shake her a bit when she does it). What slightly disappointed me was the general lack of Bindy in this book, she's only directly involved a couple of times when she comments on Emily's blog but other than that she's not featured at all. She became one of my favourite Ashbury characters in BBM so I was a little miffed that there's hardly any Bindy moments in DoA - twas a shame and means that this book is perhaps my least favourite of the 3 Moriarty books that I've read.
That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it- I really did but I would have liked more Bindy and a slightly calmer Emily. It was also rather long - a full 100 pages more than BBM so perhaps a bit more editing was in order to rectify any dragging.
So in Conclusion - a solid read with a mixture of laughs, drama and ghostly mystery well worth the read :) Also I should mention that the title for this in the US is The Ghosts of Ashbury High and I don't think it's being released until June just in case folk get befuddled when they can't find it.

That's all the reviews I have time for tonight (good grief it's taken me over 2 hours to do these four!) I shall get the other three done in due course when I've done my essay tomorrow

75alcottacre
May 12, 2010, 7:46pm Top

#73: I really enjoy John Green's books, Rachel, so I hope you get a chance to read more of them.

I wish my local library had some of Elizabeth Chadwick's books. They look right up my alley!

76LadyViolet
May 12, 2010, 8:08pm Top

>75 alcottacre: I definitely plan on reading some more of his stuff, I've been eyeing up Paper Towns on Amazon which has been recently released over here, it may accidentally *fall* into my basket one day soon ;-)
How odd though that your library doesn't have any Chadwick books as I'm pretty positive they've been released in the US so you'd think they would have at least one!

77alcottacre
May 13, 2010, 1:27am Top

#76: The only and only of Chadwick's titles that my local library had is now billed as 'lost,' which makes me wonder why it is still showing up in the card catalog!

78elliepotten
May 13, 2010, 11:07am Top

Adding John Green to my list of 'authors to watch out for'... and probably adding a book or two to my wishlist to start me off!

79LadyViolet
May 18, 2010, 2:41pm Top

Okey dokes I have quite a few books to review but I have little to no energy to review them properly at this time so it'll be just one liners I'm afraid.

81. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
Third Darkest Powers book, fun paranormal fantasy although the ending left things a bit open and I don't know if there's gonna be another book. But still recommended.

82. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Interesting dystopian novel, short yet raises some very pertinent questions about how much of ourselves is needed for us to be classed as human. Recommended

83. Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander
4th book in the Chronicles of Prydain and my favourite so far. Taran and Gurgi roaming the country searching for Taran's parents with no wittering from Eilonwy! (Sorry I just find her a tad too annoying for my taste). Warmly Recommended.

84. The Birds and other Stories by Daphne du Maurier
My May du Maurier. You will never look at any bird the same after reading the title short story *shudders* twas scarily creepy and the other stories were equally eerie and mysterious. Recommended for those who like creepy short stories or Daphne's work in general.

85. Fade Out by Rachel Caine
7th Morganville Vampires book. Everything is bizarrely calm ... for a little while anyway. Loved Myrddin and his fluffy vampire bunny slippers (seriously it's funny as heck). Thankfully no evil cliffhangers and I will happily read the next book in my own time. Recommended for fans of the series.

86. Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty
Jaclyn's first book. Brilliantly funny epistolary novel. Elizabeth Clarry talks to her mum through notes on the fridge, has to write to a complete stranger as part of her English class and her best friend Celia has ran away again- does the madness ever end? Really enjoyed this like all of Jaclyn's other books, highly recommended.

87. Company of Liars by Karen Maitland
IT'S FINALLY FINISHED!! I've had this in my "currently reading" collection since August of last year when I started it but then got distracted (as is easily done when you have as many books as I do) so last week I went back to the start and have now finished it after 7 months. Wonderful historical fiction set in 1348 as the plague breaks out in England. A rag-tag bunch of people come together to form a very bizarre company as they try to outrun the plague and their own pasts. But fate has something planned for them to expose their lies and punish accordingly. Quite creepy and mysterious and somewhat surprising to learn what some of the company's secrets are - highly recommended.

Voila all done! I'm glad that's caught up although no doubt I'll have soon read more books and fall behind again but I have only just over 2 weeks until I go home for the summer and then I can read as much as I want!!! *happy dance*

80alcottacre
May 19, 2010, 12:54am Top

Happy dance for Rachel!

81dk_phoenix
May 19, 2010, 9:09am Top

I don't think I congratulated you yet for reaching the goal... so congrats! :)

Also, glad to see you liked The Adoration of Jenna Fox, I read that one this year as well.

82souloftherose
May 20, 2010, 3:51pm Top

#79 Glad you enjoyed The Birds and Other Stories, I found them deliciously creepy when I read them.

Company of Liars sounds good, I will look out for that one!

83avatiakh
May 20, 2010, 7:11pm Top

I have a copy of Company of Liars lying around, and this is the first review I've read, so i'm glad that you liked it. There's always one or two books that seem to take forever to read. My next book is American Gods which I started a few years ago and put down and never got back to, now I must try and read it by the end of May for the TIOLI challenge.

84LadyViolet
May 21, 2010, 7:37am Top

>83 avatiakh: I have American Gods at home waiting to be Read and I think it'll qualify for my Books off the Shelf Challenge so maybe once my exams are over and I'm back home I'll settle down with that chunkster of a book ;-)

85JessicaLouise23
May 21, 2010, 11:27am Top

Hmm do you think I would like Company of Liars Rach? I'm thinking about checking it out...

86LadyViolet
May 21, 2010, 11:57am Top

Hmm well I reckon you would - you liked Heart-shaped box didn't you? This isn't quite as scary and creepy as that but it does have a sinister edge to it and all the characters are intriguingly different. It's kind of a medieval psychological thriller where you don't know who to trust with the plague thrown in for added tension.

87JessicaLouise23
May 21, 2010, 12:16pm Top

Ah I think I'll get it then it does sound rather good, the blurb sounds awesome and makes me want it so bad! Oh Oh and I finally replied to your email :-)

88LadyViolet
May 26, 2010, 4:16pm Top

Blimey I hardly know what's up with me! Recently I've had any inclination to update this thread although I am about 5 reviews behind. I'll only do brief one-liners now and I won't review my latest read as I need to stew over it a bit longer cos I have to write it up properly for my blog.

88. Pride by Rachel Vincent
3rd book in the Werecats/Faythe Saunders series - loved it! Faythe is a kick-ass heroine with claws and I can't wait to read the next book in the series. Very Warmly Recommended.

89. A Memoir of Jane Austen by James Austen-Leigh
Rather interesting account of Jane's Life as written by her nephew several decades after her death. Also contained the two unfinished stories The Watsons and Lady Susan plus the original last chapter of Persuasion. Recommended for Austenites.

90. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Another great book from John Green. Colin is a former child prodigy who has been dumped 19 times all by girls called Katherine. He goes on a summer roadtrip with his best friend and meets a girl called Lindsey who helps him work on his Theorem for why his relationships with the Katherines never last. Wonderfully witty and intelligent and I highly recommend it

91. The High King by Lloyd Alexander
Last book in the Chronicles of Prydain. Overall I'm rather pleased with how things ended although I found Eilonwy irritating right to the last. Taran has been such a wonderful hero and you really feel for him throughout the series as he learns about himself and what he wants from life. There was a bit of Deathly Hallows syndrome going on in this book- you know, random important character deaths that happen so fast you're like "wait, hold up, what the hell just happened??" but since the core group of main characters were fine I didn't mind *too* much. I shall also use another fantasy series to personify the ending of the High King - twas rather like the Grey Havens scene in Return of the King though I won't say which characters were the ones taking the boats ;-) A satisfying end to the series but I still think that Taran Wanderer is my favourite out of the series (not just because of the lack of Eilonwy :P). Warmly Recommended.

You shall be able to find my opinion on my latest read Forget You by Jennifer Echols by Friday hopefully, I'm reading it a second time while I can just to fix in my mind how fabulous it is.

89alcottacre
May 26, 2010, 11:38pm Top

I cannot wait to see your review of the Echols book. It must be a dandy!

90elliepotten
May 29, 2010, 10:43am Top

Adding Company of Liars and An Abundance of Katherines the the wishlist, prontissimo... Now, to work out where to direct my birthday Amazon vouchers first! *giggles excitedly*

91LadyViolet
May 29, 2010, 11:00am Top

Hehe Oh the excitement of trying to decide what to buy first when you've got a load of vouchers! It's going to be hilarious to see what I'll do in October on my birthday cos it's likely that folk will just give me vouchers since I have no need of anything else (as far as I'm concerned :P). But on the other hand my mum might try and stop me from buying truckloads of books when I'm supposed to be doing my Uni work and make people give me other random presents :S Ooer what a conundrum

92elliepotten
May 29, 2010, 5:33pm Top

So far £30 in Amazon vouchers and £120 in cash to play with... but like you, my mum is hovering over me threatening to smite me if I try to sneak in any more books until I've read a few!

93JessicaLouise23
May 31, 2010, 12:49pm Top

Oooh I can't wait to see what you buy with your birthday money Ellie, very envious of you right now seems as I’m trying to save up to decorate my room :| Rach stop reading awesome sounding books and making me want them will you!? ;-) Also review spirit bound!!! eeeeekkkkkkkkkk! :P

94alcottacre
May 31, 2010, 12:52pm Top

Rach stop reading awesome sounding books and making me want them will you!? ;-) Also review spirit bound!!!

You have a demanding cousin, Rachel!

95LadyViolet
May 31, 2010, 1:08pm Top

>Stasia if only Jess was actually my cousin it would account for how scarily similar we are at times :P

>Jess erm sorry but no *evil laugh* I will don't worry although it's gonna be all *squee* and no helpful info. Oh have you seen my Forget You Review on ze blog ? It's a monster!!

96alcottacre
May 31, 2010, 1:15pm Top

#95: I wonder why I thought you 2 were cousins? Oh well, my bad! Sorry!!

97LadyViolet
May 31, 2010, 1:18pm Top

It's fine Stasia - we got mistaken for sisters one time we were in a taxi and that was the first time we'd actually seen each other face-to-face! That was a funny moment since we don't look terribly alike (it makes me giggle just remembering it!)

98alcottacre
May 31, 2010, 1:20pm Top

You guys could just 'honorarily' adopt each other :)

99LadyViolet
May 31, 2010, 1:25pm Top

Frankly I reckon that's a fab idea since we are almost Twins when it comes to books, I have over half of Jess's library in common with her which is something like 170ish books.
Jess - would you mind terribly if I started referring to you as my older-by-7months Twin Sister? :P

100alcottacre
May 31, 2010, 1:29pm Top

LOL!

101JessicaLouise23
May 31, 2010, 1:37pm Top

Ah how I wish we *were* related. We are in soul though Rach just not in body! It’s crazy how everyone thinks were family though makes me chuckle :)

102LadyViolet
Jun 3, 2010, 6:39pm Top

Aww bugger it I'm 6 reviews behind again!!

92. Forget You by Jennifer Echols
This was an ARC I borrowed as it were, I signed up for a book tour on another book blog and when it came to be my turn to read it I went slightly mental and read it twice in one day. (Just to be thorough). Since the review I wrote for it is *so* ridiculously enormous I'm not gonna copy and paste it here I'll just link you to the blog post here

93. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Wow, there's not a lot I can say about the plot without spoiling the first four books and I'd hate to do that to someone who hasn't yet read this ah-mazing series!
To sum up briefly my thoughts on this 5th book in the Vampire Academy series - Awesome, ZOMG, YAY, What?!? Noooo!!!, *Sob*, *humph!*, *Swoon*, WTF?, Dang it!
Yup I'm deadly serious- that basically summarises the emotions I went through reading this book. My heart was racing for most of the time I was reading and certain events literally made you want to give Rose (the main character and all-around kick-ass gal) a big cuddle.
By the end I was so gobsmacked as I have *no* clue as to where Richelle Mead is planning to go with this series and the next book is the last one so it could all go wonderfully or horribly wrong very, very quickly.
I actually adore this series, it's one of the best Vampire series out there and my word does it make you impatient for the next book- which isn't coming out until December (which is kinda good cos it could have been next year or something equally horrifying).
So if you do read this series, get this NOW!! If you don't read this series, then what are you waiting for?!? Get on it!!

Right I'll just leave you with those two tonight as I need to get back to packing up my room - I don't have enough boxes!! :S

103katelisim
Jun 3, 2010, 6:46pm Top

@93- Haha, best summary ever :P I've had the first two of the series on my shelf for about a year now. . . Been meaning to get to them. I should probably move them to the front of a shelf where I can see them, increase the 'soon' likelihood of reading it.

104LadyViolet
Jun 3, 2010, 6:58pm Top

>Kate -Yes move those books where you can see them!!! You'll be lucky if you only start reading them now then you won't have to suffer all the agony of long waits between books :P

105alcottacre
Jun 4, 2010, 12:04am Top

Good luck with the packing up - and locating more boxes!!

106elliepotten
Jun 4, 2010, 10:48am Top

Wow Rach - your blog's looking fantastic! How far it's come since last time I dropped by... I've favourited it and I'll be going in for a good look when I get home from work, so get the kettle on for me over there, k?

107LadyViolet
Jun 4, 2010, 4:05pm Top

Wow it is freaking good to be home! After a rather hectic morning of cleaning the flat til it basically sparkled (I really want the £100 security deposit back so I'm not taking any chances of something being deducted cos it was messy) and a 3 hour car journey in sweltering mugginess I am finally back home and it's now probably going to take me 3 weeks to unpack everything and I realise now how serious my shelving problem is - I have 100+ books to fit somewhere... and not much space :S gah!

>Ellie thanks! I had a re-vamp back at the start of May and put a bit more effort into posting this month although my reviews still kinda suck which is kinda bad since the blog is not going to be able to really grow without people actually thinking my reviews are any use. Once I'm all settled back at home I'll concentrate more on the blog.

108alcottacre
Jun 5, 2010, 12:23am Top

Glad you made it home safely, Rachel!

109LadyViolet
Jun 12, 2010, 10:17am Top

Gawd I'm so lazy!! I haven't updated this thread in a week!! I've still not caught up on reviews and I've not even been reading that much! *sigh* I am bloody useless really.
Last night I finished re-reading a Great and Terrible Beauty which is my 99th book of the year so hopefully I'll hit 100 before I head off to Barbados next week. I will do a quick-fire review catch-up in a little while but first I need to get a few things done so I don't feel quite like my entire day has been wasted.

110LadyViolet
Jun 12, 2010, 11:28am Top

Okies here we go super-speedy review catch-up!

94. The Taste of Sorrow by Jude Morgan
Interesting and enjoyable fictionalised telling of the lives of the Bronte family. Recommended.

95. Paper Towns by John Green
Another brilliantly witty coming-of-age story. Highly recommended

96. Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris
V.interesting first book in the Harper Connoly series - great supernatural concept. Recommended

97. Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine
8th Morganville vampires books. Another fun adventure, this time we actually see the gang trying to cope outside of Morganville. Looking forward to the next book. Recommended.

98. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Rather random re-read of this children's classic, wonderfully heart-warming despite the odd wince-inducing comments of a casually racist manner i.e. "The natives (of India) are not people!" - eek you couldn't get away with that nowadays. Recommended.

99. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
I decided to re-read this after probably 2 years so that I can finally read the second and third books. Still a rich and magical historical story which is very enjoyable. Recommended.

YEA! that was quite possibly the fastest I've done a review post, it usually takes me upwards of an hour to write these things so I'm quite pleased with myself. Now I've just got to finish *ONE* more book to reach 100 for the year so far. I reckon that by the year's end I'll get to 200 which is a reasonable target for me. *happy dances*

111alcottacre
Jun 12, 2010, 11:26pm Top

Barbados, huh? Have a great trip! Pack lots of suntan lotion (not to mention books).

112LadyViolet
Jun 13, 2010, 12:45pm Top

Yea I'm well covered on the suntan cream front (the perks of having a v.diligent mother) but it's gonna take me a while to figure out how many books I'll need and how many I can get away with in my luggage as I have weight restrictions to keep under.

113alcottacre
Jun 14, 2010, 12:36am Top

Good luck with the books. Deciding on which ones to take is probably the hardest part of packing!

114Donna828
Jun 19, 2010, 10:30am Top

Rachel, I hope you're lying on a beach right now reading your way to 200 books! I just have to delurk to say how much I enjoyed the "cousin/sister" talk upthread. My best friend and I are frequently mistaken for sisters, which I think is the most wonderful thing as I don't have a sister in real life. It's such a blessing when we can make a connection like that outside of our family.

115LadyViolet
Jun 19, 2010, 4:31pm Top

>Donna I'm not on the beach just yet but I'll be flying out on Monday and I'm hoping I will have enough books to last me the two weeks :S

116LadyViolet
Jun 20, 2010, 2:05am Top

Right since I've stayed up all night for the third time this year (I should probably not keep doing it at times when being well-rested is gonna be fairly important) I'm gonna catch up on reviews here before I'm disconnected from my computer for two weeks *le gasp!* I don't quite know how I'll manage but hopefully the books I have will sustain me.

100. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
This took me a while to finish being a serious chunkster but eventually I powered through the rest and what a great read! I'll link you to the review I did on my blog as I can't be bothered to copy it all over (I wrote quite a bit)
Review is here

101. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
2nd book in the Gemma Doyle trilogy. The action moves to London over the Christmas break where Gemma, Felicity and Ann have problems to deal with both in the Real World and the Realms. Very Enjoyable sequel in this Historical/Supernatural series. Recommended.

102. Last Chance by Sarah Dessen
A quick summer read, I read this for the first time last year and rather weirdly it was my 101st book but my thoughts from then are... ah I have realised that I never did a proper review of this so maybe I'll have to do several reviews afresh while I'm away. But anyway a very enjoyable read, highly recommended.

103. Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris
2nd book in Harper Conolly series. Continues from just after the first book left off. Harper and her brother Tolliver go to Memphis to do a demonstration of her gift for a college class (The professor of which is assuming she's a fraud). When "reading" a grave she finds that there's two bodies inside, one of which is the body of a young girl she was hired to find last year and failed. Once again Harper is under suspicion and she'll have to figure out who's behind the girl's death before someone else gets hurt.
I'm really enjoying this series and it's quite irritating that the fourth book is only recently out and in hardback because I'd rather have the whole series in the little mass market paperbacks. But never mind, I warmly recommend these books, if the Sookie Stackhouse books are just *too* racy for your liking then the Harper Connolly mysteries are a great alternative.

And there we go! that's everything nicely up-to-date and if all goes to plan I shall actually do proper reviews of everything I read while away so that I can come back and post them up on my blog with minimal effort.
See y'all soon!

117alcottacre
Jun 20, 2010, 2:06am Top

Two weeks with no computer? Oh no!

Have a wonderful trip, Rachel!

118LadyViolet
Jun 20, 2010, 2:11am Top

I know, the thought is vaguely horrifying to me but I reckon the time will go quite fast since this whole year is flying by faster than I realise :S All too soon it'll be October and I'll turn 20 *eep*
Thanks Stasia I hope I will :)

119alcottacre
Jun 20, 2010, 2:13am Top

#118: I am getting dangerously close to the big 5-0. Trust me, 20 is nothing :)

120JessicaLouise23
Jun 21, 2010, 12:09pm Top

Aww that was really sweet Donna828 and your right :)

I'm gonna miss you Rach!!! :( I know you've gone already and won't read this till you back but still. Hope you have a wonderful time!

121elliepotten
Edited: Jun 21, 2010, 4:40pm Top

Ditto! Since it's late Monday night I'm assuming you might have gone by now, but I'll say it anyway. Have a WONDERFUL TIME, take MANY PHOTOS, and read, and drink cocktails, and then come home and tell us ALL ABOUT IT! *sighs longingly at the thought of Barbados*

ETA: Oh, and despite you maybe not even being here right now, you've managed to add about four more books to my wishlist in this last few messages - I know you like to keep up your track record! :-)

122LadyViolet
Jul 11, 2010, 4:04pm Top

Ack crap! I've ignored this thread for so long that I'm now 9!! reviews behind!! Dang it I'll have to sacrifice decent reviews for the time being (I may come back and write proper ones to go up on ze blog) and just get it bloody done!

104. The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
One of the remaining Sherlock Holmes books that I have to read. Interesting two part story of a murder that's not quite as straightforward as it seems and the events which occurred before that forced the murder victim to flee his home in America. Recommended.

105. Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon
Fantastic time-travel romance, Claire Randalls is somehow transported back to 18th century Scotland where she meets Jamie MacTavish and her life changes forever. Wonderfully passionate and I'm very intrigued to find out what happens in the next book. Highly Recommended.

106. The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
June du Maurier book. Another time travel-esque story (I chose it on purpose). This time it's a hallucinogenic drug which sends Dick, the main character, into 13th century Cornwall as a passive observer although he moves about in the modern world while "tripping" so he often wakes up in odd places. Interesting concept and as always du Maurier's writing is fantastically descriptive. Recommended.

107. His Last Bow by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Another 8 cases tackled by the Great Detective. As usual the police and Watson are amazed when Holmes solves the peculiar mysteries from the most insignificant clues - one of these days I really would like to see Watson solve something by himself and Holmes *not* act like a condescending prig when he spots something no one else does. I do really enjoy the stories but Holmes' snobbish superiority does start to grate after a while. Recommended.

Right I'll do the rest at another time cos I'm shattered and I have to get up *insanely* early tomorrow to take my mum to the train station before I throw myself on the mercy of the M6 traffic Gods *chews hand*. Eeeee can't wait !!

123LadyViolet
Edited: Jul 20, 2010, 3:25pm Top

Gah! Crap So so bad at updating this thread!! I've got to stop reading so much cos I can't get my reviews up-to date before I've read another 6 books or something. :S

Right here we go, fast as I can (some book may get proper reviews written for them in time so they can go up on the blog)

108. The Oracle of Dating by Allison van Diepen
This was and LTER e-book which I read in an afternoon, my official review is only short because I didn't have much to say about it. Cute and fun at the time, but not something that stays with you afterwards. My Review

109. An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris
I am really loving this series, Harper and Tolliver are great characters and the whole idea of Harper being able to sense the dead is fascinating. Some interesting developments in this book. Can't wait to read the fourth book. Warmly recommended.

110. Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
Re-read. I love the Study trilogy and they're such fab books when you want something to re-read. Yelena is learning about her magic in Sitia but when she hears that someone is murdering young girls she'll do everything she can to stop him. Highly Recommended.

111. The Princess and the Pauper by Kate Brian
Fun, girly read. Princess Carina of Vineland and Julia look freakily alike so when the Princess is on her good-will trip to LA, Julia's hometown, she offers Julia the opportunity to be her for a night so that she can meet a guy at his band's concert instead of going to the Embassy Ball she *should* be attending. Julia has only a short time to learn how to act like the Princess and with so much to remember, will she pull it off?
This is one of those great feel-good reads with interesting and funny characters and a well-done take on a oft-used concept. Warmly Recommended.

112. Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
Well once you've read the first two books in a trilogy you're kinda obliged to re-read the last one too. The stakes have upped in this final book, a even bigger threat than the Soulstealer has emerged and Yelena has a hard fight ahead of her if she wants to prevent all-out war between Sitia and Ixia. I just adore Snyder's writing and the wonderful characters she creates and I think it'd be just dandy if after she's finished the Opal Cowan trilogy to do another Ixia/Sitia trilogy but maybe following Janco and Ari cos those two are ah-mazing and then you can get away with having Valek appearing lots *giggles*. Sorry gushing slightly. So yea highly recommended.

113. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
I'm in the process of reviewing this properly for my blog but since it was *such* an emotionally charged read I'm finding it extremely hard to write what I want to say. All I can say here is thank you to Jess for lending me her copy to read and this *massive hug* is for you because your strength amazes me and I don't know how you coped. But the fact that you did makes you an inspiration to me.
This is not usual Dessen happy-summer-romance that you're used to, it's shocking, emotionally disturbing and feels so real that you want to cry knowing that so many girls and women suffer what Caitlin did. But it's a book that *needs* to be read because I would hate myself if I found out that a friend of mine was in Caitlin's situation and I hadn't noticed anything or thought to ask her how she was doing until things got as bad as they did at the end of Dreamland. Highly Recommended.

114. A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
A much lighter read after the heart-wrencher that was the Dessen book. This was a modern re-telling of the classic Sleeping Beauty story where the Princess Talia of Euphrasia is a 17th century princess who is kept away from spindles until the day before her sixteenth birthday when she is tricked into pricking her finger on one. Three centuries later an American boy Jack is on a cultural tour of Europe when he stumbles across a deserted town surrounded by massive brambles and finds a beautiful girl sleeping in a tower. Obviously he does the daft thing of kissing her and wakes her up along with the rest of the townspeople. Now he's surrounded by lots of angry Euphrasians who've lost three hundred years without realising a thing.
This was a really fun book as you watch Talia trying to cope with the enormous changes from her time to Jack's modern times and it's pretty darn funny at times. I'm quite looking forward to Alex Flinn's next book Cloaked whenever it's coming out (probably next year). Warmly Recommended.


I'll finish the last few reviews tomorrow or something as I rather fancy watching some dvds now.

124elliepotten
Jul 20, 2010, 2:12pm Top

Remembered quite liking The House on the Strand, though nowhere near as much as Rebecca a few years later... definitely needs rereading soon, methinks. And I must find a copy of Cross Stitch too... Oh, and that Charlaine Harris series, obviously... darn it!

Went into the Ashgate Hospice shop today on my way past - the one next to the sweet shop, and the cheapest of the three charity shops - and found it all beautifully revamped since last time I went in. Three books for £3.50: the first Luxe novel, a nearly-pristine Philip Hoare's Leviathan, or The Whale and a hardback Everyman copy of Tom Jones... Very excellent. And they had these glorious hat box-type things with beautiful 'elegant woman' designs, I may have had a little drool over them as well before I hurried off to run my errands!

125alcottacre
Jul 20, 2010, 2:19pm Top

#122: I love the Outlander series (that is what it is called here in the States, rather than Cross Stitch). You have some good reading ahead of you, Rachel!

126LadyViolet
Jul 20, 2010, 3:32pm Top

>Ellie wha?? where was that shop?!? I don't remember going into that one! dang it! Oh and if you happen to know where a branch of the Works is I got the first three books of the Harper Connelly series from there for £5!! And several other branches that I've been to have had them as well so you could get lucky ;-) Soo helpful aren't I?

>Stasia Oh I know, although if I avoid buying copies of the sequels off amazon it'll probably take me a while to catch up cos I rarely see Gabaldon books in the charity shops that I like to haunt so it could take a long time to round up all 7 books. Who knows maybe the book gods will be nice to me :P

127alcottacre
Jul 20, 2010, 3:45pm Top

#126: In case you are interested, Gabaldon does have a page on LT. She lists the books in her personal library there.

128avatiakh
Jul 20, 2010, 3:53pm Top

Wow, you've really been reading a lot. I haven't heard of Maria V. Snyder before, will have to rectify that, also need to read Dreamland, that sounds like a must read. I enjoyed A Kiss in Time too as well as her Beastly, fun reads to fill the gaps!
I didn't know The house on the Strand was a time-travel book, I'll be moving it up. Lastly I have to add that I've only read the first Cross stitch book, which I loved. I couldn't get into the second one, my mother was a fan and gave me the first 4 or 5 books, but my interest lagged completely after about 50 pages.

129elliepotten
Jul 20, 2010, 4:14pm Top

Rachel - you remember where we stopped and I pointed out the direction of Mind, Help the Aged, and asked if the sweet shop looked open right before that lorry pulled across? Well, it's just round there. It used to be rubbish, worth a quick look obviously but pretty bad nonetheless! I think I'll be making little detours in there more often, since it's so close to the Co-Op and Help the Aged, and right on the short cut to the PO!

130LadyViolet
Jul 20, 2010, 4:31pm Top

>Ellie , ah right we probably just missed it in our wanderings, darn. Hehe covert detours and long-winding routes back to the shop so your mum doesn't know where you've been? :P

131elliepotten
Jul 20, 2010, 4:46pm Top

Nah, I told her there had been a long line in the post office... And I dumped my handbag on top of the books, in the carrier bag I used to take the parcels to the PO, and told her it was just easier to carry that way, since I was carrying a box of chips in the other hand. Hid them beautifully! I actually 'fessed up a bit later, yet managed to sneak out Stephenie Meyer's The Host, a plague-type thriller novel (Stephen will love that) and three Stephen King books in the same bag when we came home... *evil cackle*

132LadyViolet
Jul 20, 2010, 4:52pm Top

Oh you devious woman! :P The Host is actually pretty good although the beginning is as slow as sludge apparently so if the first 50 pages feels endless just stick with it as it does get surprisingly better.
I'm gonna have load of fun soon when my amazon parcel arrives trying to get it past my dad, since he's at home all day at the mo and I think he's gonna notice when the postman rings the doorbell to hand over my 5 book parcel :S eurgh I may have to stake out the drive to catch the postie before he gets to the house . *plots*

133elliepotten
Jul 20, 2010, 7:08pm Top

Stake-outs are good, worked for me anyway! Good luck! Will persevere with The Host - I stole it, after all, so no money wasted if it doesn't utterly captivate and entrance me! :-)

134JessicaLouise23
Jul 24, 2010, 5:32pm Top

Aww Rachel! *wipes away tear* I really wish I had a friend as good as you to help me through those times, but I'm also glad you wern't around to see all of that. Can't wait for your review on the blog!

All this talk of Cross stitch makes me want to read my copy! The size and number of books is putting me off a little bit though! BIG commitment to read such a big series!

Ellie- The host gets better! and Yay for getting some King books I need to read some more of his soon as I really do love his writing.

135LadyViolet
Aug 5, 2010, 6:50pm Top

Balls, I've got so insanely far behind now that I'm literally gonna give my thoughts on the 17!! books I've read since last updating in less than 10 words

115. Cracked up to Be by Courtney Summers
Surprisingly good, despite bitchy, flawed protagonist. Warmly Recommended.

116. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
Sookie's having a crap year. Still love this series, Recommended

117. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Scarily good dystopia. Heart-wrenching ending. Highly Recommended

118. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Amazingly beautiful story, lovely characters and format. Highly Recommended

119. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Interesting paranormal read, I'm interested in continuing with series. Recommended

120. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Wonderful book, re-read, officially reviewed here. Highly Recommended

121. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Exciting sequel to Shiver. Reviewed here. Highly Recommended

122. The Summer I turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Cute summer read, not amazing though. Meh

123. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
Fantastic fun read, 3rd or 4th re-read. Love it. Highly recommended

124. Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Surprisingly good paranormal romance, vamps and angels. Warmly recommended.

125. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Random re-read. Still great fun, Jace rocks. Warmly Recommended

126. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Another re-read. Increasing tension *squee*. Warmly Recommended

127. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Fab finish to trilogy. *sigh* Jace... Warmly Recommended

128. Prey by Rachel Vincent
LOVE this series, book 4 Werecats. Warmly Recommended

129. By Midnight by Mia James
Alrightish Brit vamp story, hoping for improvement next book.

130. Emma by Jane Austen
Brilliant classic romance, *sigh* Mr Knightley :) Highly Recommended

131. Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti
Cute summery read, some great characters. Warmly Recommended.

Oh my god that is a lot of books! remind me never to let things get this bad again!
A thousand apologies for all the blue words! :P

136katelisim
Aug 5, 2010, 7:05pm Top

I love the mortal instruments books! Are you getting the first of the Infernal Devices prequel series, Clockwork Angel. It comes out here on the 31! I'm super excited :D

137LadyViolet
Aug 5, 2010, 7:53pm Top

Yea I've been taunted by that book all over the blogosphere for months so I'll probably either pre-order it or get my parents to buy it while they're in Florida later this month :P

138Ape
Edited: Aug 5, 2010, 8:01pm Top

Congratulations on reaching 75 books, 56 books and 4 months ago! Hehe.

Errr, I guess what I mean to say is...hello!

I'm mostly just here to plague your thread, I apologize! I feel justified though, you got to see Ellie and The Shop, and I have no other way to vent my raging jealousy! :)

139LadyViolet
Aug 5, 2010, 8:15pm Top

Hey , no problem plague away! I think Jess and I are the envy of pretty much everyone who knows about Ellie and The Shop :P

140alcottacre
Aug 5, 2010, 11:42pm Top

I suffer from the envy problem too. One of these days I will get to Ellie's shop though.

141avatiakh
Aug 6, 2010, 12:48am Top

Great way to catchup - I loved the Noughts and Crosses series and I really need to read the mortal instruments books as well as Shiver.

142Ape
Aug 6, 2010, 7:42pm Top

Hey , no problem plague away!

Careful what you wish for! :)

143JessicaLouise23
Aug 8, 2010, 2:33pm Top

Do any of you know that we're going to visit Ellie and the shop again at the end of the month? *waits for glares of jealousy :P *

144LadyViolet
Aug 8, 2010, 4:28pm Top

Jess don't bait the nice folk, we don't wanna be egged out of the thread! :P
Oh and I literally rofled at what you said to Stephen on your thread, I should girly things up a bit in here to make it more intimidating but I'm really not like that. I'll just keep the cricket bat by the door for dealing with miscreants ;-)

145MusicLessons
Aug 8, 2010, 4:29pm Top

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146Ape
Aug 8, 2010, 5:16pm Top

No fair, I wanna go. You can stuff me in a crate, or a cardboard box, or even a large bag, and sneak me into the country. I won't say a peep, promise!

147LadyViolet
Aug 8, 2010, 5:37pm Top

Hehe aww, we need to get cracking on a tunnel from the shop to the East Coast of America and arrange transport to the tunnel entrance so that y'all on the wrong side of pond can sneak over without paying for plane tickets :P

148katelisim
Aug 8, 2010, 5:50pm Top

Who is this magnificent Ellie and her shop I keep happening upon on the threads? So much love and jealousy around it. . .

149Ape
Aug 8, 2010, 8:23pm Top

148: Ellie's thread can be found here, and she OWNS A USED BOOKSTORE!! Yep, she's the coolest. ;)

147: That would be very helpful! Actually, the tunnel doesn't have to go all the way from America to The Shop. See, I got a plan. We can just dig holes a mile or so deep, and then tunnel them into the ocean. It would be much less digging! Then we just buy a submarine, and we can travel that way!

...of course, plane tickets would probably be cheaper than a submarine, but we'll work that part out when we get there. First, start digging! :)

150alcottacre
Aug 9, 2010, 12:58am Top

Stephen, I think you and I need to concentrate on the digging. I cannot possibly afford a submarine!

151Ape
Aug 9, 2010, 7:34am Top

I'm sure we could find an old used one in a military junk yard somewhere. Surely we could patch up the rusty parts so it won't leak, heh heh...

152alcottacre
Aug 9, 2010, 7:37am Top

And are you going to take it out and prove it does not leak? I have kids (and grandkids for that matter!)

153Ape
Aug 9, 2010, 7:55am Top

152: You don't trust me, Stasia?

...

Fine, I'll test it...

154alcottacre
Aug 9, 2010, 7:56am Top

Trust you, yes. Trust the sub, no.

...

That's what I am afraid of!

155JessicaLouise23
Aug 9, 2010, 12:13pm Top

I want you two to come to England to visit us! A day at Ellie’s shop with Lters would be bliss. You do know we have awesome tea and cakes too right? England’s such a small place that I very fortunately live only an hours drive away from the lovely Rachel and an hour and 45 away from Ellie so expect many more trips that drive you insane with jealousy in the future ;)

156catherinestead
Aug 9, 2010, 12:45pm Top

Not small enough. *grump* I must be about 6 hours away from Ellie's shop.

157alcottacre
Aug 9, 2010, 6:16pm Top

#156: Still closer than me, Caty :(

158elliepotten
Aug 11, 2010, 11:05am Top

Awww, you guys... my head is going to swell so much I'll be knocking books off the shelves left, right and centre... Well, actually, I already keep thwacking myself on stuff, I always have a good shiner on a knee or shin or elbow!

159LadyViolet
Aug 16, 2010, 10:52am Top

Right Good afternoon folks! Since it's sunny I'm sat on my drive in a comfy garden chair in wonderfully summery apparel with my laptop on my knee and I'm gonna get my thread updated since it's rather overdue! I'm in a really productive mood, I've already done the ton of washing-up my parents left before they went away *ooh plane flying overhead* ahem and I've also finished reviewing quite possibly the most awesome book I've read so far this year! But I'm rambling let's get updating shall we?

132. Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols
Fun, cute bind-up of two stories by the wonderful Jennifer. A fab summer read although it wasn't quite as amazing as Forget You. Warmly Recommended

133. The Poison Throne by Celine Kiernan
Very intriguing Historical Fantasy, first in a trilogy and I'm looking forward to reading the next book. Warmly Recommended.

134. Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
(Title link goes to Work page cos Touchstone is whack)
Fun and enjoyable road trip with a good dose of romantic tension. Ending felt a bit rushed but twas rather good overall. Warmly Recommended.

135. The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith
Wonderfully creepy new bind-up, a birthday game goes horribly wrong - we're talking Jumanji levels of bad with a bad-ass Shadowman running the show and he's a law unto himself. I've got a review coming on Wednesday up on ze blog so check that out.

136. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Dude this was brilliant - I'm just gonna refer you to my blog review here I'm not typing it all out again no matter how much I love y'all.

137. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Words can't describe how fugging fantastic this was - well ok these words can with a degree of coherency. So highly recommended that I'm gonna have to disown you if you don't read it :P

There we go! I'm not close to finishing anything atm but hopefully tonight I'll get The Hunger Games re-read.
Now I'm so fecking hungry that I'm gonna go grab something *skips off into house*

160alcottacre
Aug 16, 2010, 6:04pm Top

#159: I have got both The Maze Runner and The Knife of Letting Go here. I am going to have to move them up the stack!

161avatiakh
Aug 16, 2010, 8:21pm Top

I have the first two books of The Poison Throne so am glad to know you enjoyed it. Loved the Patrick Ness trilogy and glad to see another convert. I put The Maze Runner on my tbr after reading your blog comments.
Anyway better get back to reading Un Lun Dun which is so far not really doing it for me.

162chinquapin
Aug 17, 2010, 1:57am Top

Great reviews...I added The Poison Throne, The Maze Runner, and The Knife of Never Letting Go to my burgeoning TBR list. I am always on the lookout for good young adult novels, and I tend to like the dystopian ones.

163elliepotten
Aug 17, 2010, 8:46am Top

STOP ADDING STUFF TO MY WISHLIST! And I haven't even read The Hunger Games yet but your bloggish enthusiasm MADE ME go and order Catching Fire and Mockingjay, to arrive together after The Big Day. *quickly goes back to her ER reading before any more books spontaneously leap into her Amazon basket*

164LadyViolet
Aug 17, 2010, 1:04pm Top

*evil cackle* hehe my work here is done :P I'm doing my darnedest to spread the awesomeness that is the Hunger Games to anyone and everyone cos frankly it is one of the best series eva!!

Random aside: when I read this I honestly started giggling and had the oddest image of Ellie shouting it at her laptop in the style of Johnny Depp in the 1st PotC film yelling "STOP BLOWING HOLES IN MY SHIP!" It's totally bizarre but my mind just presented with me it.

I shall leave you now in order to get some dinner cos just eating Crunchy Nut is not gonna cut it.

165katelisim
Aug 17, 2010, 1:48pm Top

lol, I haven't read HG yet either, but stumbled upon it at HPB. As everyone has been amazed by it, I figured it was astonishing no one grabbed it yet. Then awhile later CF was there too. I must have gotten there right after they shelved them. . .

166avatiakh
Aug 17, 2010, 3:35pm Top

#164 - I took that as a given - my copy of Mockingjay has been on preorder for a while. Poor Ellie, some books are just plain mandatory.

167JessicaLouise23
Aug 19, 2010, 1:59pm Top

The hunger games trilogy is indeed mandatory!

168LadyViolet
Edited: Sep 5, 2010, 5:20pm Top

OK folks I'm finally updating this place - god I suck at this!! I focus so much on my blog that my poor wee thread just gets left by the wayside :(
Thankfully the last few weeks have been pretty sparse in terms of books read, since I linked y'all to my review of the Knife of Never Letting Go I've only read 6 Books!! I know it's terrible. But anyways I'd best get on with the flash reviews before I go to bed cos I am *beat*!

138. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Amazing dystopian fiction, if you haven't already read it then WHY THE HELL NOT?? Mandatory Reading.

139. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
2nd book in trilogy, awesome but not-quite-as-much-as-HG. Highly Recommended

140. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Intensely powerful book, incest has never been so intriguing. My Review is Here Highly Recommended

141. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
Interesting new paranormal series, good start to series. Warmly Recommended

142. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
The one we've all been waiting for, slightly disappointing and I may have to re-read cos my goldfish memory blanked out on some bits it seems but it's still such an awesome series and it's good to have some closure. I'll be doing a review of the trilogy as a whole *Eventually* = read as whenever I get round to it. Highly Recommended

143. I'd Tell you I love you by Ally Carter
First Gallagher Girl book, great spygirl series. Lot of fun and laughs, teen boy traumas mixed with supergenius spy school. What's not to love? Warmly Recommended.

See that's all I've read since I last updated, I don't know what's wrong with me! I have PABS (Post Awesome Book Syndrome) methinks which is making me not able to finish anything at the moment. I keep picking up books and reading bits of them but then not really having the inclination to finish them. Gah and I've just have like 20 new books plus the 3 library books I gotta read!

Well I gotta split so laters! :)

169Ape
Sep 5, 2010, 6:57pm Top

Can you believe I had never even heard of this Hunger Games trilogy until...well, a week or so ago? I am completely oblivious to what other people are reading. I guess I just live in my own little world when it comes to books.

My library has them but there is an endless waiting list so...not sure if I'll be able to get my hands on them or not.

170elliepotten
Sep 6, 2010, 7:17am Top

Hey, if I'm being threatened with bodily harm if I don't get reading them, I don't see why you should get away with it! Get on that waiting list, pronto!

171JessicaLouise23
Sep 6, 2010, 1:00pm Top

*Pokes Stephen and Ellie towards The Hunger Games*

172Ape
Sep 6, 2010, 1:05pm Top

But...but the waiting list is endless. :(

They seem interesint though, and right up my alley with the dystopian stuff, soooo...I'm sure I'll get around to them...eventually...

173LadyViolet
Sep 6, 2010, 1:28pm Top

*shoves Ellie and Stephen towards The Hunger Games* If you never get on the waiting list then it *will* seem endless. If you're on the list eventually you will be at the top of it! I'm sure you've got plenty to read in the meantime right?

Ellie you have no excuse - get to it already :P

174katelisim
Sep 6, 2010, 2:36pm Top

. . . I've had my copy for over a year. . . and all the praise and people telling me to read it has deterred me. If I lived near either of you, Ellie or Stephen, I would lend you my copy that stares me down, giving me the nervous guilties.

175elliepotten
Sep 6, 2010, 4:08pm Top

It's alright - she means it when she says I have no excuse... I have all three sitting on my shelves! *looks red-faced* Winter might be the best time to read them - two days off a week + hardly any customers = perfect reading time. Fingers crossed!

176LadyViolet
Sep 10, 2010, 5:28pm Top

Ok so I know that I have books to do at least *some* kind of review effort for but I thought I'd let folk know that I've decided to sign myself up for a heart attack this November.
Yep that's right I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year! Since I get continually frustrated with myself when I never seem to write out my story ideas I'm hoping that trying the insane task of writing 50,000 words in 30 days will give me the boot up the arse that I need to stop whining like a bitch and JFDI (just fecking do it!).
Although it doesn't start until Nov 1st I'm already starting with planning, character development etc. cos if I don't have prep work done ahead of time - I *will* lose the plot completely.
So consider this an early warning that my reading could drop off dramatically from possibly the middle of October until December because when it comes to balancing Uni Work, NaNo and reading the uni stuff will come first and any time left over from that will be devoted entirely to keeping up the word count.
I shall keep you lovely people updated on here and also on my blog (which may also get horribly neglected during that time) so any motivational tools and support is most welcome :D
But anyway I'm gonna get back to working on my character profiles toodles!

177elliepotten
Sep 10, 2010, 6:34pm Top

Can someone PLEASE tell me what NaNoWriMo means!! Something November Writing Month? People kept mentioning it last year and all I could think was, 'oh yeah, that writing thing that means everyone's disappeared into the ether for a bit'... ;-)

178Ape
Sep 10, 2010, 6:43pm Top

Ellie: "National Novel Writing Month" according to Google.

Sounds like fun...I haven't written anything since high school, even though I always sit up suddenly and get that "Oooh! That sounds like a great idea for a novel!" feeling. Bah, but who has the time? :P

179avatiakh
Sep 10, 2010, 7:24pm Top

Good luck with your prep for NaNoWriMo and for uni in general. I used to help with admin on some writing competitions (for previously unpublished writers) and strongly suggest that you seek some out as they give you a goal/deadline to work towards. Only one winner, but sometimes the publisher/sponsor will also follow up on a few of the other promising manuscripts.

180catherinestead
Sep 10, 2010, 8:38pm Top

Stephen, it is fun. I lost interest in my story last year and gave up at the ... hmmm. Can't remember. 12,000 word mark? 10k maybe? Before that, probably, now that I think about it. Don't even remember where it is in the computer to look it up. But the year before I did 97,000 words in November, finished my first draft (which I still haven't revised) on about the 29th, and had a great time.

Haven't decided whether to do it this year or not.

Rachel, if you haven't come across is already, there there is a group somewhere around here for LTers doing NaNo.

...

Aha! There it is. And assuming you're new to NaNo and don't know about it already, I recommend having a look through the forums on their site (when it all really gets going) for local groups and/or groups of people writing similar things: everyone there is always very encouraging.

181katelisim
Sep 10, 2010, 9:27pm Top

NaNo is fun, but I never finish. I'm more of a flash/short fiction gal, so once I hit 2,000 words it's a pretty tough fight to keep going. I'd be much happier if it were in the summer when I actually had spare time, but thems the chips. As CatyM said, there are plenty LTers on there and you can friend people to follow their stories/progress too.

Good Luck! (on classes too! it gets to be such a time management crisis with both)

182alcottacre
Sep 11, 2010, 11:43pm Top

Good luck with NaNoWriMo, Rachel!

183LadyViolet
Sep 14, 2010, 12:54pm Top

Gah I've let things get slightly out of hand and now I'm 7 or 8 reviews behind :S I am hopefully gonna do proper reviews for some of the following books so I'll just stick to one-liners here.

144. Cross my Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
Second book in this fun and creative series. This time the Gallagher Girls have to learn to work with boys from another school for spies. General boy drama ensues. Warmly Recommended.

145. The Alchemist's Daughter by Katherine McMahon
Interesting historical fiction although it took me far too long to finish. Guardedly recommended

146. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
10th book in Sookie Stackhouse series. She's still recovering from the events of the previous book and of course something bad is not far around the corner so she has to deal with more trouble after she lets Alcide's werewolf pack roam about on her land and a few days later a body turns up. Yummy paranormal goodness. Recommended for fans of the series.

147. Scarlett Dedd by Cathy Brett
Really cool and funky graphic-style book that I won and reviewed on my blog here

148. Everlost by Neal Shusterman
Interesting supernatural read. Allie and Nick died in a car accident and are now wandering around the strange world of Everlost where children are stuck in a half-way state between life and death. Monsters and eerily wise children roam the surreal landscape that is populated by buildings that have been destroyed or forgotten in the real world. This is the first in a trilogy. Warmly recommended.

149. First Test by Tamora Pierce
I had a mad craving to re-read the Protector of the Small quartet. I'll be reviewing all four books properly soonish. Highly Recommended.

150. Page by Tamora Pierce
Second book in the Protector of the Small quartet. My only qualm with the first two books in this series is that they're just rather too short and it takes me little more than an hour to zip through them. They're still awesome books though. Highly Recommended

151. Squire by Tamora Pierce
My favourite book out the quartet. Luckily it's a lot longer than Page although I still always wish that Tammy's books were longer since I just can' get enough of her awesome characters and the stories. Highly Recommended.

Ok now that's done and it's taken me a stupid amount of time (I'm talking hours) I've gotta dash and get dinner ready (i.e. operate the microwave :P)

184elliepotten
Sep 14, 2010, 3:03pm Top

Hmmm, dinner. What shall I have, what shall I have? Naturally, I have bread and pancakes and teacakes spilling off the worktop and a fridge groaning with 'sod it, it's the holidays' pork pie, deli fillers and smoked salmon - and I don't fancy any of it! *potters off to take another look and see if she can't muster a bit of enthusiasm for something*

185dk_phoenix
Sep 14, 2010, 3:18pm Top

NaNoNaNoNaNO!!!

I'm the ML for my region for NaNoWriMo, and this will be my fourth year participating. So, I'm here to cheer you on for deciding to take the plunge!!! I highly recommend the forums (you can get lost in there for hours, I assure you), especially the Word War area. And if you can, hook up with a local NaNo group and go to a few gatherings... it's a lot of fun to just sit around with a group of fellow Wrimos, everyone type-typing away at their computers and guzzling caffeinated beverages like their lives depend on it!

If you want, you can add me as a NaNo Buddy on the website... my user name is dark_phoenix :)

Good luck planning & plotting! Do you know what genre you'd like to write in?

186Ape
Sep 14, 2010, 3:32pm Top

Congrats and congratulations for completing the challenge a 2nd time, Rachel! :)

187LadyViolet
Sep 14, 2010, 3:57pm Top

Lol Ellie I'm like that - our house is chock full of food but all I keep eating is Crunchy Nut cereal since nothing else appeals to me :P

DK - cheers for the support, I've already been spending hours pottering around the forums but not posting much (it's pointless since they're gonna reboot them in two weeks so I'll start posting with a fervour then ) Hopefully there will be at least *some* people doing NaNo near me, since I'll be in an isolated university town it'll be hard for me to get to any gatherings .
Consider yourself buddied :)
The idea I'm planning to use is gonna be sort of Urban fantasy/paranormal-esque although it'll be slightly more skewed towards the adult end of things since my characters are in their early 20's (yay no teen angst :P).

Stephen - thank ye kind sir. I was hoping to have reached 150 back in August but with June being a slow month and then having a slump during the last week of August and first week of September my progress was impeded. *shrugs* so long as I reach 200 by the year's end I'll be happy.

188Ape
Sep 14, 2010, 4:16pm Top

*shrugs* so long as I reach 200 by the year's end I'll be happy.

Lofty goals! If I read 200 books in a year I'd have a heart attack or something.

189JessicaLouise23
Sep 16, 2010, 12:49pm Top

Lol I know what you mean Ape man!

190PamFamilyLibrary
Edited: Sep 25, 2010, 6:30am Top

#183,

Love Tamora, Lady V. Could not get into Everlost though it's possible I didn't give it enough of an opportunity.

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edited for major typu

191LadyViolet
Edited: Sep 30, 2010, 1:11pm Top

Oh ye gods, I have never been so glad in all my life to have internet. I shall never again take for granted having broadband at home, I've been offline for two weeks and it feels like an eternity. But never fear I am now back and unfortunately up to my neck in reviews to be done. I will actually be writing several over the next few days cos I'm doing a Favourites Fortnight event over my bloggy-blog so I've re-read a collection of some of my all-times favs. I hope folk will be so kind as to check them out once they go live :D

Stephen - lofty as 200 may be I'm well on track to reach my target. I read my 163rd book this morning and what a gem it was.
Jess thanks so much for making me buy Twenty Boy Summer did you find yourself wanting to burst into tears through most of it? Or was it just me being an emotional mess?
EDIT: Jess for some reason I thought you'd read it but after inspecting your catalogue I find it's in your TBR collection! Gah now I *know* the world is coming to an end - my sister read it before either of us! :O I think we need to hang our heads in shame, and you need to read it like, yesterday :P

192alcottacre
Sep 30, 2010, 9:32pm Top

#191: Glad to see you back, Rachel!

193elliepotten
Oct 1, 2010, 10:58am Top

Welcome back to the fold! I'll be looking forward to those reviews... I've got two to write now - I can't get on the blog at work without the computer throwing a hissy fit, so I've taken to either scribbling them on paper, or writing them in Hotmail and emailing them to myself. Then I can just copy and paste, and format everything, when I get home. Unfortunately today I really can't be bothered to do that either - it's such a rainy, sleepy, headachy kind of day - so I think I'll see how I get on tonight/tomorrow and start them then! Don't reviews just SUCK sometimes, when you really wish you could just quietly skip one BUT YOU CAN'T?

194LadyViolet
Oct 1, 2010, 12:08pm Top

Hey Elliekins *random nickname time*
I've gotta get at least one done tonight so I can schedule it for tomorrow but I wrote out a fair bit while I was having a cuppa up at the Uni so it shouldn't take me too long. I was in one of those "But there's no point getting up early cos it's raining" moods this morning so I didn't haul my lazy carcass out of bed until nearly 11 . Luckily (sort of) for me I read so much that it's practically impossible for me to review *every* book I read cos I'd spend nearly all my time writing reviews for books that I read several books ago, if that makes sense.

195elkiedee
Oct 1, 2010, 12:55pm Top

I know that feeling very well, Rachel.

196elliepotten
Oct 2, 2010, 6:42am Top

The problem for me is that the quickest books are the easiest to review... The longer, older, or more complex ones that you WANT to review are also the hardest, it seems. Take Frankenstein... now that is one complex little story! There's a lot happening, stories within stories, politics and science and social ideas - not to mention the fact that so many people have read it before that there's more pressure to do a good job, sometimes. Ditto books like Forbidden that blow you away to such an extent that you wonder how you will ever do it justice - and more to the point, do it justice without anyone immediately throwing in the towel when you mention the subject matter. Yikes.

Well, I've made some notes for Frankenstein so I'll get started. That's always the worst part. And after that one, Eating for England should be a doddle!

197JessicaLouise23
Oct 3, 2010, 7:02am Top

Rach- Nooo I just made you buy it because it sounds so awesome and because I’d heard nothing but rave reviews for it! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I might not get round to reading it until next summer now as I just don’t want to read any summer books during winter it makes me jealous!

Ellie- I know exactly what you mean. If I just feel meh about a book and don’t feel like I have anything to contribute towards it that hasn’t already been said I don’t particularly want to review it but feel like I should in case the review police hunt me down! Plus I guess it could help someone so I always review everything I read anyway even if I don’t feel like I have much to say about it.

It feels like I’ve been doing a lot of blogging lately and not enough reading. Don’t get me wrong I love doing my blog but sometimes I feel like just fobbing it off for a week or so so that I can spend all of my free time reading!

198elliepotten
Oct 7, 2010, 5:45am Top

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RACHEL! I'm going round leaving messages everywhere, I'm like a birthday stalker! :-)

199Ape
Oct 7, 2010, 8:32am Top

Oh, I'm so envious. A stalker for your birthday, lucky you! Happy Birthday!

200JessicaLouise23
Oct 7, 2010, 12:57pm Top

Just because I can...HAPPY BIRTHDAY! love you xx

201Donna828
Oct 7, 2010, 2:32pm Top

Hi Rachel,
You're burning up the books this year...metaphorically speaking, of course. Glad your internet woes are over. Most of all, I'm stopping by to wish you a Happy Birthday!!! I hope it involves cake, ice cream, and new books!

202LadyViolet
Oct 7, 2010, 2:57pm Top

Donna - my flatmates have bought me a chocolate swiss roll (which is basically cake) which I'll probably start in a bit once I've got this pesky translation done *sigh*. Alas no ice cream but there are a *lot* of new books :P

Ellie - fab Jess was my original stalker and you're my new one! :P (don't worry Jess I'm not replacing you *huggles* love you too hun)

Stephen - hey you may get your own stalker next birthday! ;)

203Ape
Oct 7, 2010, 3:06pm Top

Awww! That's like telling a kid maybe Santa will get them that toy they want for christmas when it's only JUNE. I can't wait that long! :P

204katelisim
Oct 7, 2010, 5:30pm Top

Stephen, for a moment reading that line I had to stop with an evil sinister smile and giggle. . . for this is what I read: Awww! That's like telling a kid maybe Santa will get them . . . nothing more after that. And that awww. . . it was in a 'aw what a cute baby voice' not a shucks voice.

. . . . Kidnap the Sandy Claws, beat him with a stick. Lock him up for ninety years, see what makes him tick. Kidnap the Sandy Claws, chop him into bits
Mr. Oogie Boogie is sure to get his kicks. :P

*Le sigh, my mind is extra meander-y today

205Ape
Oct 7, 2010, 5:43pm Top

Oh oh oh! Katie, I LOVE THAT SONG! I love that whole movie, in fact. We actually used to watch it every Christmas at my house. Yeah, I know, most families choose a rather different kind of movie, but we loved that one! :)

206katelisim
Oct 7, 2010, 5:48pm Top

:D
We would watch it every Christmas too!!! And Halloween with Hocus Pocus! I have a few different versions of the soundtrack and I play them at work during those holidays :D :D :D

207Ape
Oct 7, 2010, 6:37pm Top

I'm starting to think you are my sister using a different online screen name, because Hocus Pocus was our Halloween movie too!

Wait wait wait, I get it, you're my birthday stalker! Hurray. :)

208katelisim
Oct 7, 2010, 8:24pm Top

Haha! Since I don't know when your birthday is, it's more like holiday stalker :P

209LadyViolet
Oct 12, 2010, 3:05pm Top

*kicks thread so Jess can find it* :P
I've been sooo bad at updating this thread with reviews I'm not even sure how many I have to at least mention I've read :S
*Sooo* tired!!

210alcottacre
Oct 12, 2010, 3:49pm Top

#209: So rather than kick yourself about not doing the review, just list the books! No sense in feeling guilty about something that should be fun :)

211LadyViolet
Oct 12, 2010, 4:46pm Top

Indeed Stasia you are right. Listing away!!

152. Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder
Quick re-read before I got to the last book in the trilogy.

153. Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
Read on the orders of my tyrannical sister who'd *shock horror* read it before me!!

154. Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder
Enjoyable end to the trilogy *mmm* Valek :P

155. Red-headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells
Very interesting start to newish paranormal series - all red-heads are vampires ;-)

156. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary-Ann Shaffer
Re-read for a blog event called Favs Fortnight. Review here

157. Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce
Another re-read also for said event (a lot of re-reads that week). Insanely lengthy review of whole quartet here

158. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Ditto and my (significantly shorter) review is here

159. Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
Ditto, etc, et. al and review can be located aboot here

160. Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce
Another re-read. I was gonna do a review for this but I've mentally ran my reviewing ability into the ground so it's probably not gonna happen. But it is an amazing book so READ IT!

161. The Mage in Black by Jaye Wells
Second book in this series, some new developments although I've gotta wait until next year to see where it's going.

162. Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Fabulous fantasy novel, funny, magical with a lovely dollop of believable romance.

163. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Fantastic YA book, that tugged on my heart-strings so often that I spent the whole time fighting not to cry.

164. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
Re-read of my Favourite Narnia book. Is it odd that all the Christian symbolism bothers me more now that I'm old enough to spot it?

165. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Re-read, as always leaves me sobbing my heart out for the last 50 pages or so. Beautiful book nevertheless.

166. Angel by L.A. Weatherly (ignore touchstone)
Seriously one of the best Angel books I've ever read, such a fantastic concept with the angels as the bad guys.

So there you go! This month has been very slow going so far, only 3 books and one of those was last night (which is partly why I'm so tired now). I'm hoping to get back on track for my 200 books in 2010 target soon but it's not looking good since in November I'm gonna be going out of my mind with NaNoWriMo and uni work so reading will be off the agenda. :(

212alcottacre
Oct 12, 2010, 4:49pm Top

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is my favorite Narnia book as well.

Now see, it was not too hard to go back and just list them, was it?

213Ape
Oct 12, 2010, 5:31pm Top

211: You have nothing to be ashamed of, look how many books you've read alredy! :)

And you might still get that 200 book goal yet. 34 to go with 3 months to read them? That's not too bad huh?

214elliepotten
Oct 13, 2010, 11:11am Top

BLOODY HELL WOMAN! See, I tripped over to your thread to see you and there's the posting equivalent of a bookish machine gun pelting me with temptation!

Good job I already bought those Wells novels, isn't it? I think I might order Angel though - Jess had me teetering on the edge and you've shoved me over! I HOPE YOU'RE HAPPY! *flounces off to Amazon*

215LadyViolet
Oct 13, 2010, 11:32am Top

LOL it's not just Stasia firing off book bullets :P
Yea you kinda have to get Angel or Jess might throw a wobbly, she threatened me with some form of physical harm if I didn't read it straight-away ;-)
Oh pshaw! you wanted to get it anyway so don't act like it's such a hardship :P

216JessicaLouise23
Oct 13, 2010, 12:24pm Top

Mwa ha ha! My work here is done *evil face*

217Ape
Oct 13, 2010, 1:57pm Top

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218Ape
Oct 13, 2010, 1:57pm Top

Haha, you three are too funny!

219LadyViolet
Edited: Nov 9, 2010, 4:51pm Top

First off can I just say "oops" I honestly did not realise what I'd done.
In the past five days I have read... five books *blushes* It's only when I looked properly at my book journal that I noticed I finished a book on the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and another just a short while ago on the 16th :S
I've been book binging! I felt so disappointed that I'd only read 2 books being nearly two weeks into October that I went a little mad and this happened!
I apologise Ellie but you're gonna get a few more books to add to the wishlist :P

167. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
This funky paranormal debut follows Evie who is the only human who can see through the glamours which disguise their true appearances from the unsuspecting mortals. Since she was 8 she's been working as a locator and tagger for the International Paranormal Containment Agency which works to keep tabs on as many Paranormals as they can. Told from the bubbly perspective of 16 yr old Evie we see her kick ass against smug vampires who underestimate the power of a girl with a pink Taser and grin at her outright wonder at normal teenagers since she's never had the childhood she should.
A fab paranormal adventure with a rather sweet half-water nymph half-human boy called Lend :P I'll admit that I was a tad confused at a few points but since there's potential for a sequel maybe things will become completely clear then *hint hint*
Overall a great fun read. Highly recommended.

168. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
If you were in an accident that took the rest of your family and were left between life and death would you choose to stay or to move on? Mia has to make that choice and this book follows her through her past memories of her family and the present where her grandparents and friends are trying to persuade her to stay. It was such a beautiful and heart-breaking story and I was actually in tears by the end of the story. It's fairly short but packs a serious punch. If you've not read it then I seriously suggest you do. Highly recommended.

I'll finish up the rest of the reviews tomorrow since I'm a tad distracted at the moment by Family Guy :P I'm not all that good at multitasking.

220Luxx
Oct 16, 2010, 6:50pm Top

Paranormalcy sounds like just the entertainment I'm looking for. Great!

221alcottacre
Oct 17, 2010, 1:33am Top

#219: Adding Paranormalcy to the BlackHole. If I Stay is already there.

Thanks for the reviews and recommendations, Rachel!

222elliepotten
Oct 17, 2010, 4:49pm Top

Paranormalcy is already on the wishlist Rach - I think I'm safe, for once!

223souloftherose
Oct 17, 2010, 5:35pm Top

Catching up! Favourites fortnight sounds like good fun! Tamora Pierce is on my list of authors I need to read...

224JessicaLouise23
Oct 21, 2010, 10:23am Top

Really need to read Paranormalcy soon and I agree If I stay is amazing and everybody should read it like now!

225LadyViolet
Oct 23, 2010, 7:59pm Top

Gack! Behind still with reviews!! Gotta do 'em quick-fire!

169. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Finally finished the Percy Jackson series, thought the ending was a bit cheating but overall I found it really fun. I'll probably read the new series. Recommended.

170. The Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Wonderful re-telling of the 12 dancing princesses fairy tale. Warmly Recommended.

171. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
First book in her new Infernal Devices series. Fun action-packed steampunk adventure. Handsome boys and witty one-liners abound although I'm firmly Team Jem :P Warmly Recommended.

172. World War Z by Max Brooks
So awesome I wrote a proper review for ze blog and actually uploaded it to LT -> check it out here

173. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
After the zombies I needed something light and distinctly normal so this fun and surprisingly good book fit the bill quite nicely. I may review it properly soon for the sake of any Austen fans who like reading related books. Recommended.

HA! I'm up-to-date! Now I shall sleep cos it's 1am and I think I'm getting a headache (although that could because I need my eyes testing again). Night y'all.

226drneutron
Oct 23, 2010, 9:33pm Top

I really, really need to read the Infernal Devices series...

227alcottacre
Oct 24, 2010, 12:27am Top

Hope the headaches stays away, Rachel!

Glad to see you enjoyed World War Z. I loved that one!

228elliepotten
Oct 24, 2010, 6:15am Top

No! No headaches! The bane of book-lovers everywhere...

Right, in order:
Rick Riordan - got to actually start the series first... safe
Midnight Ball - already on the wishlist... possible danger
Clockwork Angel - keeps hopping on and off the wishlist... possible danger
That Z Book - was forced to order it by combined peer pressure... DARN YOU!
Jane Austen Addict - oh, thank god, I've got it already...! safest of them all

229Ape
Oct 24, 2010, 6:25am Top

I'm also glad you liked World War Z, Rachel. Your review is terrific! :)

230elliepotten
Oct 24, 2010, 5:33pm Top

Just dropping by to say WELL DONE ON YOUR HOT REVIEW!!!!

231dk_phoenix
Oct 24, 2010, 10:41pm Top

You've read some great books lately! I think I have most of your latest batch already on the wishlist, though... *phew*

232katelisim
Oct 24, 2010, 11:14pm Top

gah, I'm sooooo antsy to read Clockwork. . . if only I had time. Winter break at latest. Glad to hear it's good (:D)^10000

233LadyViolet
Nov 9, 2010, 5:35pm Top

*boots thread up from obscurity*
Bugger I've ignored this for nearly two weeks but then I haven't exactly done much reading since last updating. Quick review time!

174. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
A fun if somewhat short fantasy novel. Very intriguing main character/narrator and great start to what seems like a excellent series. Warmly Recommended.

175. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
I can't do much better a job of reviewing this than Jess did. But bloody hell it was good. Brilliantly researched and so detailed. I read it straight through in less than 3 hours and damn it if I didn't want to re-read it straight away. The contemporary story blended fabulously with the historical diary entries and by the end my heart was pounding from the excitement. Wonderful characters and beautiful writing. Highly Recommended (Ellie that means *you* :P)

176. Finding Sky by Joss Stirling
Sky is an English girl who moves to a small American town in Colorado. Trying to fit in with the American high school system she notices the resident bad-but-brilliant boy Zed Benedict who she initially dislikes because of the strange way he seems to be in her head and making high-handed declarations about things that confuse her immensely. A highly original paranormal fantasy with great characters and I love the whole English-girl-goes-to-America concept. But it's obviously more than that with the intriguing Savants and their powers and the dynamics within that community. I hope there's going to be a sequel. Warmly Recommended.

177. J.R.R. Tolkien: A biography by Humphrey Carpenter
I bought this on Saturday while in Oxford and literally devoured it. I have never seen such a brilliantly readable biography like this. Tolkien's life was so fascinating despite its apparent ordinariness and the way Carpenter has written this is almost like a story itself. The best non-fiction book I've read all year and probably the most entertaining biography I am ever going to read. Highly Recommended.

There we go! Only one book read in November so far but I'm part-way through two books and I may finish on of those tonight. I'm kind of behind in Nanowrimo at the moment or rather I've lost the day of writing that I had more than the recommended word count. Now I need to catch up several thousand words to give myself the leeway to have slack days.

234Ape
Nov 9, 2010, 8:14pm Top

Hey look, it's that one girl...what's her name? It's been so long since I last saw her, I'm afraid I...OH! Rachel! Yes, that's it, Rachel also known as Rach. How are you doing? :P

235katelisim
Nov 9, 2010, 8:27pm Top

Ah, but it's much more reading than I manage to get done. Stayed up late to read last night and now I can barely stay awake. . . and it's only 7:30! I sure hope I'm not losing my insomnia. . . :P

236LadyViolet
Nov 9, 2010, 8:47pm Top

I Oh har har apeman i've been busy trying to write a novel i'll have you know :P
that and i'm interminably lazy lol.
Kate I know exactly what you mean! if i stay up past one in the morning reading i am totally shattered all the next day! i'm turning into such an old lady lol

237Ape
Nov 9, 2010, 8:57pm Top

Oh, right. I forgot about that whole November novel-writing thing. And laziness...well, I certainly understand where you are coming from there. Still, that only exonerates you for one week. Two is inexcusable! :P

238alcottacre
Nov 10, 2010, 1:31am Top

Glad to see you pop your head in, Rachel!

239drneutron
Nov 10, 2010, 9:09am Top

At first blush, that just sounds so wrong. :)

240LadyViolet
Nov 18, 2010, 5:34pm Top

*drags semi-conscious carcass into thread*
So yea... hey :) Since my Nano novel has effectively been shelved now (due to work constraints that I'm not really addressing, imminent lack of outline and general exhaustion) I thought I'd come and tell y'all what I've read since I last updated.

178. As You Wish by Jackson Pearce
A really fun and sweet magical fantasy, where the main character Viola feels so much of an outsider that her wish to belong actually draws the attention of a Jinn who gets to grant her three wishes! But unlike some people Viola doesn't just make her three silly wishes right away so the Jinn can go home again (there is an *awesome* concept behind the Jinn race), no she wants to think about them carefully so they actually mean something and are not wasted. The waiting is rather agonising for Jinn (that's not technically his name but Viola wanted to call him *something*) since everyday he stays on earth he gets older and everyday he gets to know Viola better it's getting harder to want to leave.
The characters in this were so wonderful, Viola is sweet, kind and so mature about the whole wishes thing that she really wants to ask for the things that will truly make her happy. Jinn is well -*hot*- exotic-looking, curly dark hair and has a fab sense of humour, he is so dang cute sometimes worrying about the seconds passing and his life getting shorter (by tiny amounts). There's a hilarious scene where he gets so fretful about his hair being "longer than it has ever been" that Viola offers to cut it for him. It's barely a cm or 2 longer so she's a little bewildered where to start, in the end Jinn decides to try out the long hair :P
I also loved Viola's best friend-turned boyfriend-turned gay, Lawrence. Despite knowing that he broke Viola's heart he still cares about her a lot and how they manage to work as "just friends" is so amazing and I think Viola is so strong for it.
Overall it was such a lovely story, with a fab fantasy concept and the message of "not needing 3 wishes to belong" doesn't feel hammy at all thanks to Jackson's awesome writing. Plus I got a massive craving to watch/read The Princess Bride when it finally clicked that the whole freaking title is a nod to Wesley (Just his eyes when he says "As you wish" *melts*). I have no idea if it was intended that way but I'd rather like to think it was :P
So yea, great book and I can't wait to read the other Jackson book I have. Highly recommended.

179. The Ambassador's Mission by Trudi Canavan
This is the first in her new trilogy which takes place 20 years after the end of her Black Magician trilogy. I won't say a lot about the plot cos it will spoil the previous books *really* badly. But I loved seeing some the characters that we met before especially Lord Dannyl cos I reckon he's my favourite. I really liked how the story expanded on the knowledge we've gained over all the books set in this world and I'm sure all the questions I have about the history and magic will get answered over the course of this trilogy.
You do need to have read the first trilogy and maybe even the prequel book before getting to this or you'll be somewhat confused by references to things that happened in earlier books.
A very interesting new addition to this fantasy world, warmly Recommended.

180. Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
I got forced to pick this up sooner than I might have done, by my tyrannical sister who wanted me to send it home to her so she could read it. It was birthday book given to me *by* my sister and she was demanding it before I had a chance to read it! (I've created such a monster in her). So I said I'd read it straight away and mail it ASAP.
I loved Simone's other books and this was another brilliant story, Caleb and Maggie are the two people who by all rights should stay far apart from each other since Caleb went to jail for hitting Maggie with his car, leaving her to suffer through a year of torturous physical therapy. But when Caleb is released from jail they find themselves thrown together by unlikely circumstances and they become each other's rock - the only person they can trust to understand what the other is going through.
I officially adore Caleb, he's working the bad-boy-secretly-caring-underneath persona wonderfully and what we find out about his character during the book make him even more awesome in my eyes. Maggie has had a ton of shit to deal with in the last year and I think she's trooper for getting through it but sometimes I agree with Mrs Reynolds (the fab old lady they both end up helping out) - just cos Doctors tell you that you can't do something why should you listen? Maggie tells herself that she's lame and not going to ever get completely better because she thinks it's a fact but Mrs Reynolds makes her realise that only *you* can tell yourself whether you're gonna walk properly again or play tennis etc.
I really loved this book, Simone's writing is as always fantastic and I loved the characters although I reckon that Mrs Reynolds stole the show for me (I wanted to adopt her as my grannie she was that awesome). The ending made me desperate to get my hands on the second book ASAP so I'll get on that soonish methinks.
So if you've read Simone's Perfect Chemistry you are gonna *love* this and even if you haven't then read it anyway cos I still think you'll really enjoy it. Highly Recommended.
Oh and you know what? My sister couldn't wait for me to mail the book and bought the e-book instead and read both this *and* Return to Paradise in a few days. Yea I'm the proud sister of a fledgling book lover :D

181. No and Me by Delphine de Vigan
This was a really interesting and quirky read that I kind of wish I could read in its original French. Lou has to do a presentation at school and she says she's gonna do it on the homeless with interviews and whatnot. But since she made up the idea on the spot she now has to find an actual homeless person to interview (Although in Paris that's not too hard to do as there's a disturbing number of people who are "sans-domicile"). That's how she meets No, an 18yr old girl who spends her time moving around from shelter to shelter trying to scrap together enough money to buy her next meal.
As Lou gets to know No she feels like she should do something to help her since she helps her learn all the stuff for her presentation. So she brings her home to live with her and her rather-fractured family. While she's living with them No slowly improves and actually helps Lou's mum to get better since after her second child died in infancy she'd hardly left the house or interacted with her remaining daughter at all.
For such a short book (only just over 200 pages) it really has quite a bit going on, the cast of characters feel beautifully real and the writing is light despite the rather serious stuff it talks about. I'm still not quite sure how I felt about the story as a whole but I will say that it was a very interesting read and I would recommend it :)

182. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mea
Since this is under embargo until it's release date on Decemeber 7th all I can say is;
It came, I read it in 3 and half hours and now I must bite my tongue until such time that I can talk about it. God help me.

There we go, all caught up :)
Now if you'll excuse me I'm gonna go watch Princess Bride in bed.

241katelisim
Nov 18, 2010, 6:02pm Top

Lol, Is your tongue still there?!? You might want to settle with eating large spoonfuls of peanut butter to keep it intact :P

As You Wish looks fun, I may have to track that down sometime.

242LadyViolet
Nov 18, 2010, 6:18pm Top

Yea it is gonna take some *Serious* willpower to not shriek about the book so if anyone spots steam coming from my ears - step back I am probably about to explode as the stress of holding my thoughts in reaches critical point :P

243alcottacre
Nov 19, 2010, 12:51am Top

I am glad you enjoyed the first book in Canavan's new trilogy. I enjoyed the other trilogy and cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of the new book.

244Ape
Nov 19, 2010, 10:35am Top

Oh, Trudi Canavan! The Black Magician trilogy is one of my favorite fantasy series! :)

245LadyViolet
Nov 22, 2010, 8:00pm Top

Stasia - when the 1st book comes out in a reasonably sized paperback I'll be buying my own copy, the hardcover copy is just so dang massive and expensive that it's too bulky to bother with unless you're fine reading it at home.

Stephen - Yea I do really like Trudi's books in general. Have you read her Age of Five trilogy? Lol I always found that so odd, I expected five books you know?

Anywho I did a full-blown review of one of my recent reads so I'll post it over here for y'all as well.

181. The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood
I had seen this book floating around on the blogosphere at some point and thought it sounded rather interesting so when I found a copy I picked it up and gave it a try.

It's quite a short book so didn't take me very long to get through. At first it feels rather similar to the Alchemist's Daughter by Katherine McMahon in that the main character Jessamine is a young girl who's been raised by just her father, isolated from the outside world while he pursues a cure-all medicine made from poisonous plants in the 18th Century (c.f. Emilie who is only slightly older, raised by her father who studies alchemy in the 18th Century and keeps her tucked away in their estate). But it's there that the similarities end.

Jessamine is a very sweet and caring character although I do sympathise with her feelings of exasperation towards her father who still treats her like a child although at 16 and a very sheltered 16 at that her father is sort of right. She's not completely ignorant since she helps her father tend to the gardens and can manage a house pretty darn well for her age, but she's still very naive about the world and not highly educated (unlike Emilie in A's D). She's given the task at the start of the book to tend to some belladonna berries (*very* poisonous little buggers) so that her father can plant them in his locked garden where he keeps rare and exotic and incredibly deadly plants.

Not long into the story a rather strange boy is foisted onto Jessamine's father because he is reported to have somehow cured a bunch of mad people by putting something into their tea (the drinking sort btw). Being a botantist he's naturally very interested by this and agrees to look after the boy - Weed. At first he's very shy and stays hidden away in the coal box but Jessamine manages to coax him out and begins to feed him up. After a rather weed-like growth spurt it seems that he's actually close to her own age and not too bad-looking either :P

I found Jessamine and Weed's growth of friendship really quite nice and pleasant. Like any other young girl deprived of contact with children and especially boys of her own age, Jessamine gets rather flustered in her feelings towards Weed which isn't helped at all by his bizarre behaviour sometimes.

Without spoiling too much about the plot I shall just say that about half-way through things start to get a little weird like the story just melts into this vaguely trippy fantastical other dimension and another completely unexpected aspect appears. I'm still not entirely sure how I felt about the new developments but they definitely added a intriguing element to what was previously just a simple historical fiction novel.

Overall I did find the book very enjoyable and I believe that it is to be part of a series so I'd certainly be interested in seeing where things go after the somewhat abrupt ending. I really liked Jessamine and Weed's chemistry and the whole element of poison plants was lovely and spooky (the idea was actually thought of by the Duchess of Buckingham who owns the castle and poison garden mentioned in the book).

So if you want a quick, easy historical novel with a creepy dash of the fae then look no further!

Thar you go! I'll hopefully be doing a proper review of Dreaming Anastasia soonish (Watch out Ellie- wait you've already bought it :P) so keep an eye out for that!
Now if you'll excuse me I need some sleep cos I really ought to try and get out of bed at a reasonable time tomorrow... HA! (dude it ain't gonna happen really)

246Ape
Nov 23, 2010, 7:53am Top

My library doesn't carry the Age of Five trilogy, unfortunately, so I haven't had a chance to read it yet. It's on my long-term wishlist though. :)

247alcottacre
Nov 23, 2010, 9:44am Top

#246: My local library does not have it either, Stephen. *sigh*

248LadyViolet
Nov 24, 2010, 6:23pm Top

Fellow LibraryThingers I need some advice cos I'm going out of my mind and I don't know what to do. I am really not enjoying my university course anymore and damn it I wanna go home, of course 11pm is a terrible time to break down over this since there's nothing I can do about it apart from stress my mum out more than she already is by sending her a rather distressed email which she may not see until tomorrow morning.
I don't want to wake up my flatmate since she has classes tomorrow but I know I'm not gonna be able to sleep in the state I'm in right now so I could really use a cyberhug or twelve.
What do people think I should do? If I go to one of my tutors tomorrow and say "I want to drop out of Uni" what the hell are they gonna think? I can't stand wasting my time here too uncaring to do my work when I could be getting a permanent job which yea may not pay all too well but then I'll have a routine to structure my time so I won't feel so freaking useless like I do sitting around my flat at the moment. I'd rather drop out than spend 2 more years on a degree which I'll do poorly on because I'm not interested by it anymore.
Help?

249avatiakh
Nov 24, 2010, 6:40pm Top

Oh Rachel - it's seems to be a given for most of us to have anxious times like these, maybe you could consider dropping a couple of papers or is it too late to switch to 1 or 2 that are of more interest? What about trying for a compromise like part time uni/part time work, it takes longer to get the degree but you'll be getting work experience at the same time. Don't do anything too drastic till you've seen your tutor and talked it over with your mum as there are lots of options that don't include a total drop out.
Did you do a gap year?

250LadyViolet
Nov 24, 2010, 6:56pm Top

I can't actually drop certain modules because of the credit requirements and cos of how the UK uni system works, I have four different classes a week for each one of my language modules and each class has it's own separate workload :(
I didn't do a gap year but my degree has a year abroad next year anyway.
But what do I do about the work that I have to hand in tomorrow? Do i finish it and go to the classes like normal even if I may be leaving soon after? I know this is gonna stress my mum out *waay* more than she needs right now but I would rather not get to the end of the Christmas hols and be like "I don't want to go back" because it'll be all the more stressful to sort everything out then.

251avatiakh
Nov 24, 2010, 7:17pm Top

You could try for an extension first thing in the morning for your work, you are obviously under pressure. I remember from your earlier posts that you stayed home all holidays, sounds like you need to have some sort of respite weekend and blow out some of the cobwebs - maybe somewhere where your language learning comes in useful?
I suffered through 3 years of practical chemistry study when I left school, knowing that I should have done an arts course, but wanted to earn money for travelling so stuck it out, I kept changing my job instead and ended up working in quality control at a brewery, my most 'impressive' sounding job.
Definitely get some advice tomorrow, you are not the first student to feel like this and I think it's fine to feel the need to reassess your study goals.

252catherinestead
Nov 24, 2010, 7:48pm Top

Firstly: (((hugs)))

Next: Like Kerry said, talk it through with your tutor. They will be very well used to students wanting to change courses, drop courses or drop out completely. They will not be horrified. They will be helpful. Go into the conversation with an open mind about staying or going or switching courses. I suggest you go to classes as normal until you have made a definite decision about what you are going to do - but talk this through with your tutor.

Know that dropping out will not ruin your life - but neither will persevering for a few weeks with modules that bore you in order to get the credits to transfer to something that interests you more. Only you can decide which is the right path for you to take, but do let your tutors help you to make an informed decision.

Lastly: (((more hugs)))

253cameling
Nov 24, 2010, 7:56pm Top

I would definitely ask for an extension in the morning and then speak with your tutor. Rather than dropping out altogether, have you considered taking a semester off to rethink your major? Is there perhaps another degree that you would be happier studying for?

Don't get too stressed out ... like Kerry says, you're not the first student to feel like this. When I was at Uni, one of my dorm mates took a gap year, another friend took a semester off to take up an internship at a company and discovered what she could do with her degree if she finished it, and came back with renewed enthusiasm for her courses.

*sending you a great big comforting hug* Take your time to think about all your options before deciding.

254SqueakyChu
Nov 24, 2010, 8:13pm Top

Hi Rachel,

Yours is a super tough situation to be in. My grown kids (all three of them) had similar issues when in college. My daughter called me once from college at 1am to tell me that she was dropping a course that was her intended major. My older son asked if he could go on antidepressant medicine because he was failing an accounting course and was too stressed out. My younger son simply stopped taking college courses. Later, when things are better with you, send me a message, and I'll tell you about my three kids and their outcomes.

Back to you. You're super-stressed! I like the idea that others mentioned of asking for an extension on the work that is due tomorrow. I'd suggest talking to a counselor and to your mother first before taking any drastic steps. Don't do anything in a frenzy that you might regret later.

You really have many options. You can continue at school the same as you are now and later take a semester off to work. You can drop (simply stop) some courses and complete the ones you like and in which you think you'll be successfull. You can simply stop now and find a job.

I think the answer lies in your heart. Only you know what will make you feel less stressed and happier. It will help, though, if you take the time to make that decision with the support of others.

{{{hugs}}}

255-Cee-
Nov 24, 2010, 8:20pm Top

(((((((Rachel))))))

Whatever decision you make... it's not the end of the world.
You'll be fine because you care and are thinking this through.

Hoping you gets lots of loving support!

Claudia

256ronincats
Nov 24, 2010, 10:59pm Top

As others have said, although it feels appalling and urgent to you right now, this is not an uncommon crisis for students to go through. At this time of semester with the pressure on, a deep-seated need for relief and escape surfaces with intensity. This is NOT to minimize your feelings! They are real and they are intense. But--don't do anything irrevocable while in their grip. Quitting may or may not be the thing to do for you. But while you are feeling so intensely, you cannot make good decisions; you can only react. So I agree with the advice to talk with your advisor and give yourself some time to really think it through. Finish the semester if at all possible while informing yourself about all potential alternatives. Wait until you feel back in control before making any decisions. And get some love and support in the meantime!!!

We're all here for you.

257drneutron
Nov 24, 2010, 11:12pm Top

I completely agree you should do what needs to be done to get through the immediate situation, then take time to consider before you decide. As others have said, your tutors are very familiar with what you're going through and can help you sort through things.

It's not unusual for students to change their studies or take a break. My son had a bad first year at college, came home and took a year at a small local college to think about things, and has now moved to a different, big name university in a field he's really interested in. He's very happy now and is succeeding quite nicely.

Also, while it's likely the situation will stress your mom, what she really wants is for you to be successful. Talk with her, I think she'll understand.

258alcottacre
Nov 25, 2010, 4:11am Top

I cannot add any better advice than what others have said, Rachel. Take your time and make the right decision for you.

259bohemima
Nov 25, 2010, 9:00am Top

{{{{{{{{{{{{{Rachel}}}}}}}}}}

Can't add to the advice already given, but perhaps it helps just a tiny bit to know that we all care about what's happening to you and we truly understand. Much love to you and sincere hopes that you'll be able to resolve this in teh way that's best for you.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooooooooooooooooo from Gail

260Ape
Nov 25, 2010, 7:03pm Top

I'll leave the advice-offering to those more wise than myself. I just want to give you a big, warm, furry ape-hug.

{{{{{Hugs Rachel}}}}}

I hope whatever you decide to do works out for the best. You know you can turn to use whenever you need support or someone to talk to!

261AMQS
Nov 25, 2010, 7:32pm Top

Hugs and best wishes to you. I remember having similar thoughts, so you're not alone!

262elkiedee
Nov 26, 2010, 7:19am Top

How do you feel about the year abroad part of your course? If you're looking forward to it, I'd hang on in there for this year, it will be a really big change, bad or good. If you're dreading it, that obviously affects your decision.

263elkiedee
Nov 26, 2010, 7:20am Top

And contact any student counselling service your uni has.

264richardderus
Nov 26, 2010, 8:29am Top

Rach, I'm reliably informed that you're not having a good time just now.

{{{Rachel}}}

Roni and Jim and Madeline and Caroline and Caty and and and (!) have all given you excellent advice. I'll chime in with an echo of Roni in #256: We're here to support you, collectively and individually. Vent! Cry! Ask advice! Whatever we can do, I assure you, we will. No problem too big for support.

{{{Rachel}}}
and a *smooch* just because

265LadyViolet
Nov 26, 2010, 8:50am Top

Thank you everyone for your wonderful advice and cyber hugs y'all are the best support group a girl could ask for :).
I'm currently at home for the weekend to discuss where I go from here with my parents and I have a meeting booked for next tuesday with one of my tutors so hopefully I will know what the fandazzle is going on in my head by then.

266LadyViolet
Nov 26, 2010, 6:42pm Top

Ok folks time to move on to my last thread of the year!
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