TTT Thursday: Cuddly but Deadly

TTT Thursday: Cuddly but Deadly

Did you like Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races? If you did, you are in the majority. That book has inspired serious loyalty in it’s fans. I enjoyed it immensely, but perhaps not to the degree everyone else has. You can check out my review and see for yourself.  Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon In The Scorpio races, the Cappail Uisce come on land every November and the bravest Thisby Islanders catch them for the race. The luckiest racers live through it, other die trying. Puck Connolly never wanted to race, but this year, due to circumstances beyond her control, she has to. Sean Kendrick races every year and wishes he didn’t. What I really loved about the book was the Water Horses and how deadly they were. I really enjoyed how the author took a much loved animal and turned it on its head. She turned horses, a beautiful, noble animal that every little girl loves into something to be feared. The Cappail Uisce are wild and uncontrollable. They are both magical and horrifying. If you liked The Scorpio Races, then you might like… Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon In Rampant, unicorns are real. However, everything you think you know about them is wrong. Unicorns aren’t beautiful, peaceful, magical creatures. No, they are ravenous, indiscriminate killers who love human flesh. Luckily, there is a secret sect of girls uniquely suited […]

Posted June 25, 2015 by Emily in IFTTT Thursday / 0 Comments
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ARC Review: Starflight by Melissa Landers

ARC Review: Starflight by Melissa Landers

Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the outer realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world–and each other–the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe. Thoughts: I posted the actual book summary from the back of the book, because in my […]

Posted June 23, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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TTT Thursday: Gritty Steampunky Westerny Fantasy

TTT Thursday: Gritty Steampunky Westerny Fantasy

I really struggled with this post, because the comparison IÂ’m about to make has been done and done. However, IÂ’m still going to do it. 1. It really is the best comparison. Both these books are very good and comparing them honors them both. 2. IÂ’ve thought and thought and I really canÂ’t come up with anything better. I try to compare a well-known book to a book that deserves to be known better and both of these books fit perfectly into those categories. 3. You probably donÂ’t know about this book and you should. You really really should. The Gunslinger, by Stephen King begins “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” You really canÂ’t go wrong with a beginning that strong. This book was written as a short story sparked The Dark Tower series, which King considers his magnum opus. The Gunslinger is good and has some quotable one liners, but my favorite has always been The Drawing of the Three. Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon In the drawing of the three, Roland, the last Gunslinger ventures through doors into New York at different time periods. Each door leads him to meet different people who will help him on his way to the Dark Tower. The Drawing of the three is a small part of RolandÂ’s quest to the Dark Tower but it is the chapter where […]

Posted June 18, 2015 by Emily in IFTTT Thursday / 0 Comments
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Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis On the island of Thisby, the water horses come every November. Only the bravest or the most foolhardy attempt to capture the Capaill Usice. Its dangerous work and its all for nothing if they can’t enter the races. On Thisby, people live for November and the Scorpio Races or they die trying. Puck Connolly never wanted to ride in the races. All she has ever wanted is to live on Thisby and for everything to stay the same. Them her brother Gabe shocks her by saying he’s leaving for the mainland. Everything is changing so quickly. She never wanted to race but now she has no other choice. Sean Kendrick has won the Scorpio Races four times. While other people race for the money or for the prestige, he has reasons of his own. Sean might race every year and win but he wishes that he didn’t have to. There’s one thing on Earth that Sean longs for and its the one thing he can’t have. Thoughts Everyone loves this book and can’t say enough good things about it. Since I started blogging, I’ve heard it recommended more often than any other book. Since I hadn’t read it yet, I was very excited when I found it at the library. People are scrambling to collect Maggie Stiefvater’s ARCs on #booktrade like they are […]

Posted June 16, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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TTT Thursday: Books that make me laugh

TTT Thursday: Books that make me laugh

DON’T PANIC If you just finished HHGG and you don’t know  what to do with the rest of your life, its OK. I have another option for you. Librarything | GoodReads | Amazon  First of all, if you haven’t read Douglas Adams’ classic space adventure that catalogs Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect’s adventures thumbing it across the Universe, stop reading this and go read that. You will thank me.  The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is witty and timeless. If you are a fan of any British comedies (Monty Python, IT Crowd, Black books) you will definitely love this series of books. Its also fairly ubiquitous. Most people know and love HHGG. So if you like this, then you might like… Librarything | GoodReads | Amazon In Another Fine Myth, Skeeve is a Magician’s apprentice. At least he was until an assassin killed his Magician just as he completes summoning a demon. Luckily the demon doesn’t want to kill Skeeve at all. It turns out that Demon is just a short name for Dimensional Traveler. There are unlimited dimensions all with Magicians of their own. This particular Demon, Aahz,  a PerVECT from the Dimension Perv, is more than willing to take Skeeve on as his own apprentice. Even if Skeeve is just a Klahd. Let me warn you, Robert Asprin loves puns. I’ve never been a huge fan of puns […]

Posted June 11, 2015 by Emily in IFTTT Thursday / 0 Comments
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Review: The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

Review: The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis Demons are real and the only thing standing between people and demon possession is the Church. In exchange for this protection the church now rules the country with complete control.  Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom  long  ago. Nina has spent her whole life determined to keep Mellie safe and in school but a change in circumstance upsets her carefully balanced world. Suddenly, instead of trying to find work to pay for school uniforms, she is trying to find a place to hide. Nina is forced to trust in Finn, a boy she just met to keep her safe but she hasn’t trusted anyone in longer than she can remember. Luckily Finn needs her just as much as she needs him.   Thoughts Rachel Vincent’s book My Soul to Take was the first ARC I ever received. I’ve been a huge fan of Rachel Vincent’s writing ever since reading that first book. Her newest novel is no exception. The writing style focuses on the action, not the possibility of romance between the characters and that’s exactly the way it should  be. This […]

Posted June 9, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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TTT Thursday: Live

TTT Thursday: Live

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenLibrarything | Goodreads | Amazon Now there’s a movie. Everyone has heard of The Fault in our Stars. Still, I loved this book. I read it before the movie came out and I didn’t know much about it. Since I didn’t know much about it I was finishing it up on an airplane. If you’ve read this book, then you know. If you don’t, I will just tell you. I bawled. I unabashedly cried my eyes out while I kept getting sideways glances from the people sitting around me. Be warned, read this book in the comfort of your own home. The main theme in The Fault in our Stars is living every day as if its your last. For Hazel Lancaster, any day might actually be her last. She has Thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs and she is dying. She has given up, she knows she is going to die but don’t know when so she just continues on waiting for the inevitable. Forced by her parents to attend a support group for cancer survivors at a local church, she meets Augustus Waters. If you liked The Fault in Our Stars, you might like: Every Day by David Levithan Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon In Every Day by David Levithan, every day is always different for A. Every single day, […]

Posted June 4, 2015 by Emily in IFTTT Thursday / 0 Comments
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Review: Drowning is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley

Review: Drowning is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley

Title: Drowning Is Inevitable Author: Shalanda Stanley Genre: YA Format: Paperrback, 288 Pages Publishing Information: 9/8/15 by Knopf Books for Young Readers Source: Free ARC from TLA Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis Olivia has spent her whole live trying to escape from out from under her dead mother’s shadow. She lives with her grandmother, who regularly calls her by her mothers name, “Lillian”. She sleeps in her mother’s perfectly preserved bedroom.  Even when she tries to rebel the entire town thinks she is just acting like her mother. The only people that understand are her best friend, Jamie, her on-again off-again boyfriend, Max, and their friend Maggie. Everything changes when Jamie has a final, horrible fight with his abuse father. Without options, Olivia draws her friends close and runs. Thoughts I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction so this was a a little bit of a stretch for me. I’m really enjoying reading through all the different books I got at TLA, because I’m reading books that I wouldn’t normally pick up. Even if it wasn’t the kind of book I would choose for myself, I’m glad I read it. Olivia really struggled in this book. Every decision that she makes is colored by her mother’s short life and death. Her grandmother, who she lives with, has dementia and thinks that she is her mother. Her father can’t bear to look at her because […]

Posted June 2, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Love your Library!

ArmchairBEA had a theme for yesterday that was called Love your Library. It really struck a chord with me because I think libraries are so important. I love my library and I’m there at least once a week. I’m always shocked and amazed by all the services that they provide. You’d think I would be used to it by now, but there’s always something new going on. When was the last time you went to your local library? TodayÂ’s library is nothing like the library of your childhood. ItÂ’s better!  In the last 10 years, I have moved ten times to four different states. One of the first things I like to do when I move to a new town is visit the local library. There are always services that help me settle in. Because IÂ’ve moved so much, that gives me an idea of what features you can find at any given library. By using the library wisely, I can read almost any book that I can think of either in paper or ebook format, completely free and this is only the beginning. Basic Features that are available at every library that IÂ’ve ever been to You can check out books. Duh. ItÂ’s a library Book Requests! You can search for books online and have them delivered to your library. This is my #1 most used feature. I […]

Posted May 28, 2015 by Emily in Special Feature / 0 Comments
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ArmChairBEA 2015: Introduction

ArmChairBEA 2015: Introduction

A lot of book bloggers are at the Book Expo America this week. This is an amazing, holy grail book event. It has tons of author signings and I am super jealous that I am not there. This is despite the fact that I only found out about it last week! So instead I’m participating in ArmchairBEA, a way for me to connect with fellow blogger and meet other people who are really interested in reading a books. I chose 5 questions from the ArmchairBEA Introduction page to answer. 1. Tell us a bit about yourself: How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging? My name is Emily, which I’m sure comes as a shock to most of you. My alter ego is a teacher of blind students and I have a huge passion for braille literacy. I love to read and I want to share that with my students. Did you know that there is a braille literacy crisis in America today? Less than 10 % of blind and visually impaired students are learning it. That’s why I love and feel my job is very important.I got into blogging just a month ago! I went to the Texas Library Association Conference and came home with over 50 books and ARCs. After that happened, I really wanted a way that I […]

Posted May 27, 2015 by Emily in Special Feature / 5 Comments
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