Archive for January, 2013

Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 25

Jan
20
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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and Amanda @ On a Book Bender shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week. [Description and banner borrowed from On a Book Bender]

The Corner Newsstand
(This week on Creativity’s Corner)

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A New Blog and the Harry Potter Project

Jan
18
2 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Blog Nuts and Bolts


I’m starting a new blog! Obsessed with Creativity will be home to all of my obsessions. I’m hoping to feature posts on music, movies, TV shows, crafting and cooking, as well as the occasional life-happenings type post. There’s no schedule – I’ll just be posting whenever I have something to squee about! I would love to have you join me!





Book Review: Sapphire Blue

Jan
17
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Title: Sapphire Blue (Edelstein Trilogy #2)

Author: Kerstin Gier

Summary: [from GoodReads]

Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.

At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.

My Review

I have been waiting for Sapphire Blue for what seems like forever. I mean, after the first one stopped practically in the middle of a sentence, what was I supposed to do? I love me some time travel, though, so however impatiently I waited it was well worth it.

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Wanted: Post-apocalyptic and Dystopian Fantasy

Jan
16
7 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Wanted
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Thanks to Kristilyn for designing the button!

Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!

You know what I would love to read? A dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic that isn’t tech-centered. Seriously, think about it – Divergent, Matched, Delirium, Glitch, etc. – all based around some kind of technology. It’s pretty clear what YA authors are worried about!

It sounds a little weird, I know, but I can think of a few books that have pulled it off. In Tomorrow’s Magic by Pamela Service all tech died in the apocalypse which allowed magic to resurface. John Ringo’s Council Wars series is more post-apocalyptic but when the tech gives out there are genetically engineered elves, dwarves, centaurs, mermaids etc. still wandering around. I think there’s a lot of potential here for good stories – now someone go write more of them!





Cinder Read-Along

Jan
15
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Cinder Read-Along
I know. I’m crazy. I’m rereading three books already, and I want to add a fourth to that? But, but, BUT! Cinder is THE BEST, and I just got my copy, and I need an excuse to read it (since I now have MY OWN), plus I really REALLY want to! SO, I am joining the Cinder Read-Along! It is being hosted by Tt at Neverending Stories and Alice at Rotten Apple Reads and the schedule is as follows:
Here is the Schedule:
1/15- Read to Chapter 2
1/16- Read to Chapter 4
1/17- Read to Chapter 6
1/18- Read to Chapter 8
1/19- Read to Chapter 10
1/20- Read to Chapter 12
1/21- Read to Chapter 14
1/22- Read to Chapter 16
1/23- Read to Chapter 18
1/24- Read to Chapter 20
1/25- Read to Chapter 22
1/26- Read to Chapter 24
1/27- Read to Chapter 26
1/27- Read to Chapter 28
1/28- Read to Chapter 30
1/29- Read to Chapter 32
1/30- Read to Chapter 34
1/31- Read to Chapter 35
2/2- Read to Chapter 36
2/3- Read to Chapter 37
2/4- Read to Chapter 38
2/5-Done (Last day to tweet) Scarlet by Marissa Meyer Released!
2/6-Winner’sAnnounced!
The best part is 2 winners will be chosen to receive a signed copy of either Cinder or Scarlet at the end! I probably won’t be updating here that much, but I’ll definitely be tweeting about it! Anyway, click the link above to sign up and join us!




Book Review: Dark Star

Jan
15
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Title: Dark Star (Dark Star #1)

Author: Bethany Frenette

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities, so it’s hard for Audrey not to feel safe. That is, until she’s lured into the sweet night air by something human and not human–something with talons and teeth, and a wide, scarlet smile.

Now Audrey knows the truth: her mom doesn’t fight crime at night. She fights Harrowers–livid, merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago. Yet some have managed to escape. And they want Audrey dead, just because of who she is: one of the Kin.

To survive, Audrey will need to sharpen the powers she has always had. When she gets close to someone, dark corners of the person’s memories become her own, and she sometimes even glimpses the future. If Audrey could only get close to Patrick Tigue, a powerful Harrower masquerading as human, she could use her Knowing to discover the Harrowers’ next move. But Leon, her mother’s bossy, infuriatingly attractive sidekick, has other ideas. Lately, he won’t let Audrey out of his sight.

When an unthinkable betrayal puts Minneapolis in terrible danger, Audrey discovers a wild, untamed power within herself. It may be the key to saving her herself, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything–and everyone–she loves.

My Review

There are things about this book that make me very rant-y, so let me make this clear right away: I enjoyed Dark Star. I thought it an incredibly interesting and entertaining book and I would definitely recommend it to others. That said, there were a few things that bothered the cr*p out of me!

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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 24

Jan
13
4 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Clock Rewinders

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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and Amanda @ On a Book Bender shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week. [Description and banner borrowed from On a Book Bender]

The Corner Newsstand
(This week on Creativity’s Corner)

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Discussion Day: Read faster!

Jan
11
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Discussion Day
A while back I came across a discussion post that detailed a way to figure out how many books you’ll read in a lifetime. (Apologies – I no longer remember who originally posted it. If it was you, please let me know, cause I’d love to link you!) The formula was fairly simple:

Average # of books you read per year x (Average life expectancy – your current age) = Total books remaining

I’m not that good at math so I plugged my numbers into a handy-dandy calculator:

15oish x (90ish – almost 24) = approximately 9,900 books!

Wow! That seems like a lot, right? But then I got to thinking about it, and I wasn’t so sure.

Right now, my TBR list on GoodReads is over 600 books. That’s almost 5 years of material right there. Then, add in all the books that I don’t know about yet (plenty!) and all the books that aren’t published or even thought of yet. (Also, I must admit that 150 is a little on the high side. That’s my goal though.) Then consider: in the past year between almost 140 reads (admittedly, probably 20 or so of that re-reads) and the books I added to my TBR list, my net total was up from last year! Suddenly 9,900 doesn’t seem like such a big number – I’m NEVER going to read all the books I want to before I die! Nerd problems, I know, but suddenly I want to drop everything and just spend the rest of my life reading.

My solution? Read faster and live longer! Come on science, I’m counting on you!

How much do you read in a year? How many books do you have left? Does it bother you to think you might never read it all?





Book Review: False Memory

Jan
10
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Title: False Memory (False Memory #1)

Author: Dan Krokos

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 Miranda wakes up alone on a park bench with no memory. In her panic, she releases a mysterious energy that incites pure terror in everyone around her. Except Peter, a boy who isn’t at all surprised by Miranda’s shocking ability.

Left with no choice but to trust this stranger, Miranda discovers she was trained to be a weapon and is part of an elite force of genetically-altered teens who possess flawless combat skills and powers strong enough to destroy a city. But adjusting to her old life isn’t easy—especially with Noah, the boyfriend she can’t remember loving.

Then Miranda uncovers a dark truth that sets her team on the run. Suddenly her past doesn’t seem to matter… when there may not be a future.

My Review

Have you ever read a book that felt like it started in the middle? This one does that – for good reason! – but I’m not sure I liked it. Read more »





Bout of Books 6.0: Page 48 Challenge

Jan
09
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Bout of Books Read-a-Thon
Today’s challenge is hosted by Booking in Heels. The idea is to take the first full sentence on page 48 of whatever you’re currently reading and write a completely different story to it. Since I had a pretty good one, I thought I’d join in. Page 48 of my current read says:

“Unfortunately for that doctor I’d gone to the Serengeti with my parents as a child and witnessed such a pursuit.” – p.48 A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness (trade paperback version)

So many possibilities! What shall we do next?

Unfortunately for that doctor I’d gone to the Serengeti with my parents as a child and witnessed such a pursuit. Several sweaty old men with pot-bellies chasing an elephant was not my idea of noble and never would be, no matter how much he argued. Furthermore, now that I knew where the ivory for his beautiful sculptures had come from, I was absolutely revolted.  To think this kindly old man I had looked up to all my life had such a terribly cruel hobby was devastating.

There! How’s that? Since I haven’t even gotten to page 48 yet, I have no clue how close or far I am from the original, but hey, it was fun :)





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