Monday, 31 January 2011

It's Monday! What are you reading?

This is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey! You talk about what books you have read and which you are and will be reading! I haven't finished a lot of books last week, only one, but I started a lot! Here are some!!
I finished:
The Witches Lottery (Enchanted Island Series)
I finished this book last week and I actually started and finished it within a day. That's how I read people. It's really refreshing to read about magic once again amidst all these vampire and werewolve-books. Here's my review!! Definitly have a read through it, the book was really nice.

I'm now reading:
Sacrifice (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, Book 5)
For anyone who's familiar and in love with the Star Wars Extended Universe: YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS SERIES!!! Jacen is the main character. He's Leia's and Han's son. Just to give you a quick backdrop to this:
Han and Leia got married and had a son, Anakin. He died. They also have twins, Jacen and Jaina. Jacen is turning evil, a bit like his grandfather!
Luke married Mara Jade, a former assasin. They have a son Ben, who is Jcen's apprentice. Now that we're talking about Star Wars, here's a blog that ruminated about the Jedi Code!! It's just tarting, but pretty good!! Check it out! (Shameless Plug!! XD)

The Hawk And His Boy (The Tormay Trilogy)
I got send this book by the author to review. I'm completely flodded with review-requests but I just can't put this one down to read the others. It's amazing. The author clearly put a lot of work into this book and its history. Obviously I can't wait to finish it and I hope C.H. Bunn will send me the other two books as well!!

So how about you? What have you read?

Sunday, 30 January 2011

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. What you do is you sum up the books you received, you read, etc. So, here we go:
This week I got:
  • 'The Five Books of Moses' by God knows who. The pictures left and below should give you an impression of the awesomness that is this book.
  • 'The Best American Short Stories 1945' edited by Martha Foley'
  • 'The Shakespeare Manuscript' by Stewart Buettner. Definitly check out the link, cause that is one cool website!
  • 'Oedipus Trilogy' (play) by Sophocles. I translated some of this during my Greek studies and I absolutly love Antigone.
  • 'The Moonstone' by Wilkie Collins. The first English detective novel is now mine!

 As you can see I mainly got myself classics again, but you can't go wrong with classics, because if they were bad they wouldn't have survived over time. Oedipus is probably my favourite Greek tragedy. It is so trgic and beautiful and I could never really blame Oedipus for anything that happened to him, not even marrying and impregnating his mother. But my favourite character is definitly Antigone. She is one strong woman!

I have been reading 'The Hawk And His Boy' by Stewart Buettner for a couple of days now and I love it! In his best moments, and there are a lot of good moments, you are completely inside of the story. If that makes any sense.

So what books did you get this week and what have you been reading? Do you have a favourite Greek tragedy? 

Shout out and GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCED!!!

I'd like to draw your attention to Laurie Bowler's new blog: http://officialblogofauthorlauriebowler.blogspot.com/

If you're a fan this is where you need to go for the newest updates on her books and reviews of her favourite books. Next to this I'd also like to announce the winner of the Laurie Bowler Giveaway:

Congratulations to Natalie!! You'll be contacted by Laurie herself!!

I'll announce the winner of the Tammie Clarke Gibbs Giveaway in the next couple of days!!

Saturday, 29 January 2011

I got an AMAZING book today!!


When I say amazing I usually mean AMAZING!!! And I love this book, although I'm not too sure about what other people'll think of it! It's a Bible, but it's a cool Bible. (I wanted to Caps Lock cool, but that would have been over the top, wouldn't it?)

I know a Bible doens't really count as cool anymore, but if it's a realy pretty Bible I think it does. This one has the ancient biblical-Hebrew on the right page and a German translation on the left page. As you may or may not know Hebrew is read from right to left instead of left to right like our alphabet. Just to give you an example, in case this confuses you on a Saturday night:

Our Alphabet: Universe in Words
Hebrew Alphabet: sdorW ni esrevinU

This needs some getting used to, but while I still lived in the Netherlands I learned some of it. The book is almost 90 years old and has a beautiful blue cover. I don't have my camera with me this weekend, but I'll post pictures of it on Monday. I was so exited when I saw it on an antique market this morning that I simply had to buy it.

I also bought a book which collected the best short stories written and publishe din 1945. It was the first time this little book was published again, because of the War the presses had ben stopped. There are some lovely stories in there and I'll definitly write about some of them in the future. The first one of them is 'How the Devil Came Down Division Street' by Nelson Algren. In it, the narrator tells us about how Roman Orlov started drinking. It's a heartbreaking story, especially towards the end!

Have you bought any books lately you're especially proud of??

Friday, 28 January 2011

Follow Friday & Book Blogger Hop!

It's that time of the week again and everyone who doesn't have to work over the weekend can rejoice! Unlike me you might be able to stay in bed until 1 PM tomorrow!
Book Blogger Hop
On to this weeks BBH. This meme is hosted by Crazy for Books and this weeks question is:

What book are you most looking forward to seeing published in 2011 and why?
I think I already talked about this book a lot, but I'm just sooo exited!!! The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It will be released 9th of June and I can't wait. I love everything that is written by Zafon. His style is simply amazing. He knows how to create tension and atmosphere and keep it throughout 300 pages. I seriously loose contact with the rest of the world when I read one of his books. And with this one probably won't be any different!


Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View and this weeks question is:
What is/was your favourite subject in school?

When I still lived in the Netherlands I did Greek, Latin and Hebrew and I liked those a lot. Don't get me wrong, I hated grammar, but the ability to read stories in the language they were written was something I desperatly wanted. Now my favourite subject is probably English, History or Religious Studies. I know that those are three of my four AS-levels, but they are so interlinked!

How about you???

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Review: The Witches Lottery by Krystal McLaughlin

Sophia has gone through a massive trauma: she has lost her parents. And now she is being shipped of to an aunt she has never heard of who lives on a remote island she has never heard of. She is suffering from strange dreams that show her a future she would never wish for herself. In those dreams she is heartbroken and betrayed. While her brother Drew is waiting for her she has a terrifying experience. She is visited by a dark and handsome stranger that seems to know her awfully well.

Krystal has come to give us a story about wizards and witches instead of vampires, werewolves and ordinary people.
He however disappears and she forgets all about it. When arriving they are picked up by the most annoying and gorgeous boy Sophia ever knew, Falen. He takes them to the island, which is called Enchanted Island. Sophia and Drew immediately feel at home and Sophia recognizes the house from her dreams. Their aunt, Celeste, is an incredibly nice woman, even though their family friend Jack seems to hate her. During the next days strange things happen around her and Sophia finds out more and more about her past and possible future.

I truly enjoyed this story and actually finished it in two days. McLaughlin clearly put a lot of effort into describing Sophia’s emotions at her parents’ loss. I actually felt myself react to her loss as I would to someone “real” losing their parents. Her dreams really stand out from the rest of the book. They are beautifully written and evoke beautiful, yet dark, images. It’s the same for the cemetery in which the finale of the novel happens. It is dark, it is scary and it works!

The other characters were all very unique. McLaughlin has found her own sort of magic, in which each magician has his or her own niche. For example, Falen is a Leprechaun, which means he can influence weather. This is very different from the magic you usually read about and it is very enjoyable. Teagon, the “bad guy”, is this dark, tall, dangerous and handsome stranger that everybody dreams of meeting, but doesn’t really want to.

I give this book…



3 UNIVERSES!!!
I hope there’s a sequel to this book, because in no way is this story finished!!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Lyrical Tuesday

The idea/rules:
  • Think of a song that has inspired you
  • Choose two sentences
  • Explain what they mean to you
  • Post a link to the song
  • Post the Button below and enter the Linkylist below.
  • Be nice and visit other people on the list!
Click here to enter your link and view the list

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So this week's song is: Faithfully by Journey (I know, Journey again).
  • Through space and time
    Always another shore
    Wondering where I am
    Lost without you
    I think in this time where travelling has become much easier distance tears up a lot more relationships. I mean, it's the most used reaosn in Hollywood for couples splitting and I wouldn't be surprised if ti was the same for "noraml" people.
  • Two strangers learn to fall in love again
    I get the joy of rediscovering you
    This is simply beautiful. In relationships you get this period in which you don't know what to do with each other. If you can approach that the way the song does than you have yourself one fine relationship.



So what's your song this week? And why??

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Who would you be?




This post was inspired by the blog Fantasy Casting, which is a really great blog. So, if I could choose any character, who would I be?

I'd love to be Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings. I think she is an incredible woman that has endured so much pain and is yet able to give love and help to those that need it. And a woman that is willing to fight for her life instead of letting other people do it for her is always amazing. And also, she seems so free. Not of burden, but of spirit. She probably has to conform to society's rules, but she has an independent spirit that will not bow down to anyone. Writing this even makes me yearn for being her. It sounds kind of freakish, but I would give up a lot (not everything) to be her. And yes, I fully realise she is not real and that living in the situation she would have if she had been real wouldn't have been very glamorous and/or nice.


Another character I'd love to be is Leslie Burke as played by AnnaSophia Robb in the movie 'A Bridge to Terabithia'. I just love her. I'd like to believe I have the same ability to create fantasy around me as she has. But I think everyone has that ability, people just forget or are ashamed of the fact. I actually cried when I saw the movie last time and when I say cry I don't mean one single tear. It started somewhere around the end of the film when leslie dies. Those couple of scenes just break me. If it wasn't for the fact that I wasn't alone I would have been crying my soul out. It actually physically hurt trying to hold back the tears.
So how about you?

Review: House of Dark Shadows, by Robert Liparulo

book cover of 
House of Dark Shadows 
 (Dreamhouse Kings, book 1)
by
Robert Liparulo

I am incredibly ashamed to admit that I only got this book for my Kindle because it was free. Usually I'm not that cheap, but hey, I'm a Kindle Newbie! Actually, now that we're talking about my Kindle, I got myself a huge virus by downloading E-books!!! Back to the book:

In the beginning I thought this was a children's book, but as it developed I just couldn't put my Kindle down. It starts of with Xander's family moving to a little village in the middle of nowhere called Pinedale. Xander is convinced this move will mean the death of his aspirations of becoming a director. While searching for a house they find an old house that is in need of some serious repairs!

When checking out the house Xander gets the awful feeling the house has a terrible history. Voices seem to come from different places then where the people are they belong to and when visiting a real estate person he finds out that a woman disappeared in the house and shortly after the entire family. The father was suspected of having murdered them all.

Xander does however want to live in the house and they move in shortly afterwards. He has confided in his younger brother, David, and they are shocked when they find out that a closet in their new room leads to a locker in their new high school. Together they snoop around the house more.

Eventually they find a secret passage, that leads to a long hall with many doors. Each door leads to a room. Each room has a theme and Xander and David enter a Gladiator-inspired room. Xander puts on some of the weapons and armor and magically a door opens that was before locked. When he goes in the door disappears and he finds himself in the Colosseum of 1500 years ago. He is one of the two remaining gladiators and has to fight for his life. His father saves him just in time.

Strange things happen and the book only gets more exiting. This book had me on the edge of my seat. While I was supposed to be studying for my history-exam I kept on reading and reading. Xander's aspiration of becoming a movie director is amazing, because he keeps on comparing situations to movies. His brother David is an amazing character. Xander is the more careful one, while David wants to try everything that could be dangerous. Together they make a perfect team to discover all the house;s terrible secrets and are very enjoyable for the reader.
My favourite character is probably David, because he has this will to live and enjoy that I sometimes miss in a lot of characters.

My favourite scene of the book is probably where they discover a sort of magical meadow near their house. They seem to have super speed and strength there and the air seems thinner. A lot of stories have meadows in them, but they usually fail in impressing me, just like the meadow in Twilight. This one however is really well-written.

Robert Liparulo has a very clear style of writing that is very pleasant to read. His characters are multi-layered, yet straight forward. In his best moments he reminds me of Carlos Ruiz Zafon, which is a very big compliment coming from me! When reading the book you can't help but be drawn into the story. When you're not reading you are still thinking about it, about how it will go on, what will happen.

First sentence (Prologue): 'The walls of the house absorbed the woman's screams, until they felt to her as muffled and pointless as yelling underwater.'

I give this book...


4 Universes!!

I'm now actually praying to get my hands on the sequels to this book as there is so much left, so you'll read the reviews on those as soon as I got and read them!

Is there a sequel to a book you can't wait to get your hands on?

Interview: Tammie Clarke Gibbs + Giveaway




The author of the amazing, romantic time-travelling novel 'Island of Secrets', Tammie Clarke Gibbs has blessed me with an interview and a giveaway. In case you don't remember my review of the novel: go here!


Check out Tammie on:
Links to her books:
When did you first decide you wanted to write books?
I’ve always loved to read. In fact, I use to get into trouble because I’d set the table with a book in my hand! When I was a junior in high school I was required to take a short story class. I thought we’d be reading short stories, but instead we were required to write a short story each week. After I’d written my first short story and turned it in the teacher told me I had found what I should do with the rest of my life. Pretty serious talk… but he did force me to think and I realized I really enjoyed writing those stories each week. The fact that he shared my stories with the faculty each week and I was met with enthusiastic encouragement helped me realize I wanted to be an author.

How do you approach writing?
When I graduated from high school I wanted to be realistic so I went to a writer’s conference and had my work critiqued by Science Fiction Author, Michael Bishop who had recently won the Nebula Award. I was encouraged by him and thus began many years of writing, publishing non-ficiton and magazines, but publication of my fiction eluded me… I had very little patience for the process and many have said that I have been more afraid to succeed than to fail which might be true. ISLAND OF SECRETS was actually critiqued as part of the INSIDE SESSIONS program where Nanscy Neiman, former Warner Books and Penguin Putnam Publisher, with a 30 publishing career read my work. Ms. Neiman was the publisher for SCARLETT, BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, and other notable books. Needless to say I was shocked that she liked it enough to have sent it to Penguin Putnam under her own letter to some colleagues. Unfortunately, at the time the publishing industry was recovering from 911 and after around 7 months was unable to sign me as I was a new author. So.. it’s been a long time coming but finally folks can read ISLAND OF SECRETS and I couldn’t be more excited!

It is a real shocker when you find out about Lila’s connection to Leigh Island. Was this something you had planned from the beginning or did it come to you while writing?
Nope, this part of the plot was there from the beginning. It is pretty much central to the whole story. I have no idea, how some of the plot even happened. I guess the characters got carried away.

Do you have a target audience and if yes, do you adapt your writing to them?
 I guess if I have a target audience it would be readers who enjoy books that make them think while keeping them entertained. I love books with plot. I love love stories too, don’t get me wrong, but for me the love story is strengthened by a good plot, one that helps make the characters more real to the reader. I have a Mid-Western Historical Romance coming out soon so I write a variety of types of books, but one thing readers will always find in my books are plot and suspense. I love a good mystery and I love books that keep you guessing from page 1 til the end. I hope my new readers will enjoy the variety.
Did you want to write a time-travel novel or did it just fit with the beautiful love-story between Shane and Lila?
Yes, I love time travel romance. I guess for me they are similar to the Disney fairy tales I grew up with. Since I love reading them I really wanted to write one and it just so happened that Shane and Lila’s story was a perfect fit. And, thank you for calling it a beautiful love story….

What is the first book you remember reading?
I don’t remember the title, but I read everything that Betty Cavana wrote! I can remember taking a quilt out into the yard and reading under the trees for hours during summer break.

Does your current job bring you in touch with stories that could be turned into novels?
 I am a Realtor so yes, I’m accumulating lots of ideas that will be eventually used in my novels. I love that I get to see inside some of the very best homes and some of the worst homes!

And some extra news:
Tammie has a cool little books that just came out. It's called  'The Everyday Romantic: The Ultimate Guide to Romantic Rendezvous, Gifts and More'. It's non-fiction and is being launched for the upcoming Valentines Day. It's only .99 on Kindle, so go check it out!

Now, on to the Giveaway!
Tammie is giving away a E-book copy of her novel  'Island of Secrets'. The only conditions are:
  • Promise to enjoy the book
  • Optional: Be a follower of this blog/mention it on your twitter/do something crazy
And don't forget your email in the comment!!!

Friday, 21 January 2011

New!


So, I came home today, completely ready for the weekend. And I open my door and I find: two books, waiting for me. So I thought I'd introduce you two my two youngest babies:

Polyxena, A Story Of Troy by H. Allenger. I'm an absolute fan of Greek Mythology and "studied" Ancient Greek for almost 4 years. I didn't spend as much time on the grammar as I should have, but I did translate parts of the Iliad and the Odysee. I memorized characters from the two works and used to question everyone about Achiles' son and Pallas Athena's mother.

Anyway, the possibility to read and review this book came along and I would never pass an opportunity to read something about Troy and its amazing history.





The other book I received was The Survivor by Sean Slater.
The summary is amazing, so here you go:

In his first hour back from a six-moth leave of absence, Detective Jacob Striker's day quickly turns into a nightmare. He is barely on scene five minuted at his daughter's high school when he encounters an Active Shooter situation. Three men wearing hockey-masks - Black, White and Red - have stormed the school with firearms and are killing indiscriminately. Striker takes immediate action.

Within minuted, two of the gunmen are dead and Striker is close to ending the violence. But before Striker can react, Red Mask flees - and escapes. Against the clock, Striker investigates the killings for which there is no known motive and no suspect. Soon his investigation takes him to darker places, and he realizes that everything at Saint Patrick's High is not as it appears. The closer he gets tot he truth, the more dangerous the world becomes. Until Striker himself is in the linke of fire.
Next to receiving theset wo I got myself another detective/thriller:
The Rosary Girls by Richard Montanari. And again, I think this is a special trait of detective books, the summary is great! So, here you go:
GOD HELP THEM ...In the most brutal killing crusade Philadelpia has seen in years, a series of young Catholic women are found dead, their bodies mutilated and their hands bolted together. Each clutches a rosary in her lifeless grasp.
Veteran cop Kevin Byrne and his rookie partner Jessica Balzano set out to hunt down the elusive killer, who leads them deeper and deeper into the abyss of a madman's epravtiy. Suspects appear before them like bad dreams - and vanish just as quickly. While the body count rises, Easter is fast approaching:the day of resurrection and of the last roasry to be counted ...

Doesn't that sound exciting? What I was wondering, am I the only one who gets nightmares from the killers in detective-novels? I know that the ones on screen can be worse, but book charcacters, for me, sometimes go beyond that.

So, what new books have you gotten that you forgot to tell us about?? 

Follow Friday and upcoming Giveaway

And here we go again!! (I have to admit I missed blogging, so forgive me if I wirte an awful lot!)

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and here's the Follow Friday question:

Who do you cheer for?

See, I have a problem when it comes to cheering for people during sport events, especially Soccer World and European Championships.
I am half German/half Dutch, so that makes two teams I should support. Now I live in London, which means I wouldn't be able to walk across the street unharmed.
Next to this, I usually fall in love with an entire team or two during the WC, which makes a total of 5 teams.
But secretly I have a crush on the German team. I was so pissed when they lost to Spain last summer I could barely enjoy the fact that the Netherlands were finalists!!


So, for some administrative stuff: The Laurie Bowler Giveaway is closed!!
BUT, I have anothe one coming up tomorrow with the amazing Tammie Clarke Gibbs!

 So, who do you cheer for?

I'm back!!

I survived my exam so I'm ready to return to the blogosphere!! I'll be participating in Follow Friday and Book Blogger Hop, post some overdue reviews and I have another interview/giveaway coming up!

Before ym exam I had thought about a lot of different ways of how I might cheat, but concluded it wouldn't actually help me. But while browsing for ideas I found this one and that must definitly be the best! Because I don't want this picture to be the first thing people see when they come unto my blog you'll have to click on the see more!

Monday, 17 January 2011

It's Monday, what are you reading?

Deeper Water (Tides of Truth Series, Book 1)
It's Monday and already I'm failing my 'no blogging during exams'-resolution!! Anyway, I have been reading an amazing book!! To be honest, I just got this book for my Kindle because it was free, just like a great other one I'll review somewhere this week. And I was positively surprised! I haven't finished it yet, but this is the basic story:
A girl called Tammy has been raised in a very Christian way. She prayes to God for advice on basically anything. She has, thanks to God, accepted a sumemr clerkship at a lawfirm in Savanah!

The book is called: Deeper Water (Tides of Truth Series). I really enjoy it! Tammy (or Tami as she calls herself. She changed her name secretly, without asking God or her parents.)

Next week hopefully I'll start:
In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Jiminy Davis abruptly quits law school and flees Chicago for her grandmother Willa's farm in rural Mississippi. In search of peace and quiet, Jiminy instead stumbles upon more trouble and turmoil than she ever knew existed.


She is shocked to discover there was once another Jiminy - the daughter of her grandmother's longtime housekeeper, Lyn - who was murdered along with Lyn's husband four decades earlier in a civil rights-era hate crime. With the help of Lyn's nephew Bo, Jiminy sets out to solve the long-ago murder, to the dismay of those who would prefer to let sleeping dogs lie.

In Sweet Jiminy, readers will find a lively and compelling story filled with authentic and genuine Southern characters.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Congratulations to ....

I'd like to congratulate Channon on winning the Keta Diablo Giveaway! If I'm correct you have en email from me in your mailbox! Thanks to everyone who entered! Hope you have a great weekend!!!

Follow Friday & Book Blogger Hop


Quick note: Please take a look at the giveaway below! Laurie Bowler has graciously promised to give away a copy of Moon Rising and Sunrise to Sunset to one lucky winner!!

Book Blogger HopLet's do the BBH first! This is hosted by Crazy for Books. The question is:

Why do you read the genre you read? What draws you to it?
Well, my favourite genre is fantasy and probably most the books I read are from that genre. Somehow reading fantasy gives me an entire new outlook on life. The following might make you think I'm crazy, but please, just bare with me.

 I remember reading a book about this young woman, who at a certain point in the book stood atop of a cliff. The sea was splashing up and the wind blew ferociously. I can remember sitting on my bed, cross-legged, closed eyes, imagining that exact scene. I could almost taste the salty sea and feel the wind. This is why I read fantasy, because it transports me into a completely different world, even when I'm not reading!

For the FF:
This is hosted by Parajunkee! This weeks question is:

What makes up your non-human family?
Well, my dad's girlfriend has the cutest dog ever. So that's one. I had a recent, mechanic addition to my family: my Kindle. He'sonly 3 days old, but has already acquired a quite large amount of books for someone so young.

Next to that my stuffed bear is probably part of my family as well. It's just sitting on the far end of the bed and isn't really used anymore. But it feels right to have him there, especially when I get really emotional!

So how about you??

Review: Sunrise to Sunset by Laurie Bowler

For everyone who hasn't read my review of Moon Rising, I gave it four stars. This, Sunrise to Sunset, it the sequel, in which we witness all of Nessy's adventures, now that she has woken up from being transformed into a real vampire, instead of the Gulon/human/vampire-mix she was in MR. But wait, she still is unique. This book only makes you want more. Read the reviews for both books and enter the giveaway!

Nessy awakes from her unconscious state, with no memory of who she is or her purpose in life. Charles struggles as he tries to provide her with as much information as he can about herself. Saddened and concerned, he eventually tells her about her former life, and true immortal state. Dismayed, a still unconvinced Hera takes Nessy back to the past in the form of the Gulon. There she meets other Gulons who had come to their aid, along with the covens that were gathered, hoping to glimpse their new queen and ruler of the underworld, little does Nessy realise that person is her!

The continued threat and battles from the detested and sinister Tellis coven waged on, as they joined forces with a vicious and blood thirsty coven known for their violent massacres and barbaric ways of feeding, in a desperate attempt to retain possession and control of their once dominance.

Nessy has to battle her adversaries in order to protect the human race from extinction. Moreover, she has to protect her title as Queen and ruler of not only vampiredom; but for the good of the immortal race and the mortals. With Charles, Hera and the Gulons, they must succeed despite Nessy’s loss of memory.
I took this summary from Laurie's website, because after reading my own I was afraid to give away to much of the story! I really liked Moon Rising and was really exited to read its sequel!

I really liked the introduction of new characters! Especially Carter, who is turned into a vampire halfway through the book. His reaction to all his new powers would be mine! The introduction of the Cassis-coven was also really good. It is the complete opposite to the Eaves-coven. They are gross, cruel and don't clean up after their kills. This boo kwas a real opportunity for Nessy to grow, although I still feel as if Charles is making a lot of decisions for her.

The relationship between Hera and Melody (Charles' niece) is heart-warming and shows a different side of the Gulon. They were always very friendly and understanding and now that the others packs have been introduced you can see a different, stricter side.

I felt as if Laurie had to many good ideas for one book, causing some confusion at times. A lot of things are happening, which is good because the pace needs to be high if you want to keep everyone interested, but sometimes it all happened to fast, leading to me being confused about what time it was in the book and making it seem chaotic.
As I mentioned above I think Nessy needs to be a little more independent, but I can see why the author wrote her the way she is. She just woke up and there isn't a lot of time to explain everything and instruct her.

A scene I really enjoyed was the scene where Charles and nessy were at the beach and simply enjoyed the sea. This leads me to something else:
I really like the fact that Nessy is part human, part vampire and part Gulon and that her DNA keeps on changing. It is something new that I haven't read in other vampire-books and makes it original.

I give this book ....
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3/4 Universes!!!
I did like this book and the only thing that kept me from giving it 4 Universes is that it was too much for one book. If you introduce too much characters and name them before you really know them that leads to some confusion, at least with me!

How do you feel about the book??

Interview + Giveaway with Laurie Bowler

I am very happy to have had the opportunity to interview Laurie Bowler, the author of Moon Rising and Sunrise to Sunset! And next to thsi she has agreed to do a giveaway of both her books (E-books)!!! And there is only one condition:

Solemnly swear you'll enjoy yourself while reading the book!
And plese leave your email-adress in the comment! :P
So, on to the interview:

Hey Laurie, why don’t you introduce yourself first?

Hi, I am the author of the Moon Rising series, the sequel has just been released Sunrise to Sunset and will be quickly followed by another. I work as a full time teacher to adults to further their careers and write in the evenings and at weekends. I’m also a mother of one adorable little girl who I love to spend as much as I can with, she is my angel.

I also have many other titles coming out this year, and I hope they will just as successful as Moon Rising has been, it’s all so exciting and new to me. I started writing in November 2009 and I have been writing non-stop since then.

Moon Rising has gotten great reviews! How does that make you feel?
All the reviews on Moon Rising have been wonderful, and have boosted my confidence in writing and my ability to create stories that people want to read. I am ecstatic with the response, I have had some ‘negative’ responses but I see them as adding to the reality of writing and the story itself. Overall it has been a success for me and I am very proud.

Where do you get your inspiration from when writing?
I’ve been asked this question many times, and I simply don’t know. My ideas appear at unexpected times and places even when I’m at work and I write them down to work on when I’m home. I guess I have a huge imagination that’s unstoppable!!!

When did the book come to live for you?
Moon Rising came to life when the reviews started being placed on amazon.com and goodread.com. It’s been an adventure, and an amazing story in itself (but I won’t write about myself!). Nessy is very unique in the way she’s made and brought into the vampire world, I loved writing her character. Golden Horizons which is due out in the next couple of months, Nessy takes complete control which is amazing because so far everyone else has been her strength but I wanted to write something else into her character.

Have you always been a fan of vampires and stories about them?
On the contrary no I haven’t, I’m actually a fan of Danielle Steele and Virginia Andrews, the first vampire book I read was actually part of some Mills and Boon collection but I can’t remember what it was called, I borrowed it from my friend when I ran out of new books to read and from that day I was intrigued by the mystical difference of the vampires.

Your book is very different from Twilight, but where you inspired by those books and/or movie?
I have been waiting for this question!! In all honesty, no I wasn’t although Twilight is a good series and the films are good (especially Robert Pattinson) none of my books are inspired by this series.


What would you advise young writers?
Keep going and never give up on your dreams or the ability to write. No matter how many negative or critical reviews you get (and they hurt when you read them for the first time) do not give up, rise above them and think to yourself that you cannot please everyone but if you please even 1 person you have yourself a fan which will grow every single day.

What was your favourite book growing up?
I cannot answer this question without giving you a list that will be never ending. When I was growing up I was the one who would sit in the corner of the lounge with a book in my lap, I have always loved reading and I read anything and everything that I could grab. While my sisters and brothers were watching TV programmes I was engrossed inside a book, occasionally my mother had to remind me to eat!!

So, don't forget to enter the giveaway!!! Post a comment, promise to enjoy the book and don't forget your email-adress!!

Thursday, 13 January 2011

The giveaway is CLOSED!!! But don't despair!!!

The giveaway for Keta Diablo's book 'Where the Rain is Made' has closed!! I will most likely announce the winner on Saturday!!!

But (and it's a big but!)

Tomorrow there will be a new review, a new interview and a new giveaway!! All about Laurie Bowler and her books Moon Rising and Sunrise to Sunset!!!

Thanks for everyone who entered the previous giveaway!!!

Little note:
I won't be posting as much as I am used to the coming week because of upcoming exams! I will participate in the weekly memes, but that;s probably about it!

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Music

I was looking around on Carlos Ruiz Zafon's website and I found the most amazing thing! Here it comes ...

He has been composing music to his book 'The Shadow of the Wind' & 'The Angel's Game'! These links leads to his website, where you can download them for free!!! Did you hear that?? FREE!!! There is however, of course, a copyright on them!

The reason I am so excited about this is because it links back to a post I did some time ago on music and soundtracks. I wondered whether books needed soundtracks to, since it was the only advantage that movies had over books, in my opinion.
And now I find that one of my favourite authors agrees, sort of. The music is actually really beautiful and I like it very much. At this moment I'm downloading all of them and I just thought I should share this with you.
My favourite piece is either 'The Shadow of the Wind' or 'The Cementary of Forgotten Books' although I do love 'Fermin & Daniel save the Day'. I have to gush for a moment, so please bare with me.
I know that there are a lot of books that use an old library or something like that. Even Harry Potter has a room of that sort, but the Cementary of Forgotten Books is something completely different. As a lover of old books and as an adoptee of lonely, forgotten books I fell in love with this Cementary the first moment I read about this. I remember the moment very clearly. I had just got the book and I had immediately started reading. When young Daniel stepped into this world of books, I almost had to cry. It was a beautiful moment!

Have a listen to some of the songs and tell me what you think!!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

It's that time of the week again! WoW is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.


The book I can't wait for this weel/month/year is: The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
The book begins with a chase through the streets of Calcutta in May 1916. Lieutenant Peake pauses for breath outside the ruins of the Jheeter's Gate station knowing that he only has a few hours to live. Inside his overcoat he is sheltering two newborn babies - twins, a boy and a girl. Pursued by his would-be assassins, Peake runs at full tilt to the house of Aryami Bose, to whom he entrusts the children. In 1932 we meet the boy, Ben, and his group of friends the night before they are due to leave St Patricks orphanage. They have formed a secret club, The Chowbar Society, that meets each week at midnight in the old ruin they have christened The Midnight Palace. Their final meeting is due that evening but then Aryami Bose turns up at the orphanage with Sheere, Ben's sister, and tells them the story of the parents they never knew. Their father was an engineer and writer who died in tragic circumstances at the inauguration of Jheeter's Gate station. But as the novel unfolds, there is more to this story than meets the eye and they are lured by a shadowy figure from the past into a final showdown in the ruins.
Summary from Amazon.
I loved The Shadow of the Wind and I'm re-reading the Angel's Game right now! Carlos Ruiz Zafon has an amazing talent for descriptive writing! His books seriously have me on the edge of my seat. This is probably his first "real" book that doesn't take place in Barcelona, Spain. I read The Prince of the Mist, which is an AMAZING book that he wrote for young adults. It is soo tragic and I have been working on the review for ages now, because I can't give it the essence I want it to have!

Anyway, what are you waiting for?

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Teaser Tuesday

It's Tuesday again!!! So:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two teaser sentences from that page!!
  • Be careful not to include spoilers!
This meme is hosted by MizB at Should be Reading!
I bought this book about an hour ago and it's called The Shakespeare Secret, by J.L. Carrell. I saw a book with Shakespeare in the title and it looked serial killer-like, so I thought: That's my book!! I read the prologue while walking home and almost got run over twwice by a car. Anyway, here's the Teaser:


The Shakespeare Secret
'"But there wasn't," said Sir Henry. "Count your blessings. Perhaps Inspector Grimmest thinks the killer is only concerned with books,. Perhaps he thinks that since Shakespeare's not home, as our friend put it, the Abbey doesn't count. Perhaps the dean just said no."'

Page 290
Leave a comment below with the link to your TT or the teasers and I'll try and come by and comment!! And don't forget to check out the Lyrical Tuesday-post above!!

Monday, 10 January 2011

A 100 Followers!!!

WOW!!
I got a 100 followers!! I hadn't imagines when I started blogging that I'd have a 100 followers!! As a surprise and treat Keta and I have decided to keep the giveaway open for a little longer!
Hop over here and enter!!!
When I get up to a 150 followers I will try and come up with something fun!!! :P

And I want to thank Nina B. over at Brush up On Your Reading for giving me the Stylish Blogger Award!!

Quote to begin my Week

I find myself searching for a great quote on Mondays, just to get me started! If it's the same for you do the following thing:
  • Make a post titled: Quote to begin my Week
  • Copy the Quote below or find your own (this link might help)
  • Copy the picture and link back here
  • Put the quote in your sidebar for this week
  • Don't forget to comment so I can check out your Quote!!

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice... and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.
Gilbert Highet
So don't forget to comment!! Have fun quote-hunting!!

Sunday, 9 January 2011

In My Mailbox

I had an amazing week so far, especially on the Kindle-side of the books!! I requested a huge amount og books on NetGalley and bought some today!!

We went to an antique-market today and I bought two very special book,s at least to me! I'll post more about them tomorrow, but just wanted to say very quickly that both of them are about King Arthur and his knights and wife. Both of them are about a 100 years old, which is so cool! Anyway, one of the books i got was:

Shadow Man by Cody Mcfadyen! This is, I think, the first book in the Smoky Barret-series and I reviewd one of the others a while ago, called The Darker Side. I started reading this book on the way back and it is GOOD!!! Seriously, this book has me freaking out already!! I'll definitly review it once I finish it!

So, for the E-Books I made a "collage/thingy" below, because it's easier than posting all the covers! Here's a list:

  • Harlem is Nowhere, by Shariga Rhodes-Pitts
  • Okay for Now, by Gary D. Schmidt
  • The Needle, by Jenniger Grotz (Poetry)
  • The Hanging Wood, by Martin Edwards
  • Pearl in the Sand, by Tessa Afshar
  • Lost Voices by Sarah Porter (It's about Mermaids, and I love mermaids!)
  • The World Above, by Kent Stetson
  • Anterooms, by Richard Wilbur (Poetry)
  • A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman, by Maragret Drabble (Short Stories)
  • The Diviner Tale, by Bradford Morrow
  • We, The Drowned, by Carsten Jensen
I've got some more coming in hopefully, so once they deliver my Kindle I'll be flipping busy reading!!!
So what books did you get this week??

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Reminder!!

I'd like to remind everyone of the giveaway!!


It has sort of been lost between the Book Blogger Hop and the FF!! Check out the interview and giveaway here!! You still have an entire day to enter!!
This is what one of the readers had to say about the book anfd the author:

Where The Rain Is Made is a touching, compelling book and one everyone should read. Keta does historical romance like no one else.


I read this book a couple of months ago and it has stayed with me. Unbelievable! Again, Keta, hats off to you. I want to be you when I grow up
Hop over to the original post and see the instructions there!!

Friday, 7 January 2011

Book Blogger Hop

And the Book Blogger Hop also came back!! Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books and this weeks question is:

What book influenced you or changed your life? How did it influence/ change you?


That's an easy one! J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion definitly changed my life, along with The Lord of the Rings. He created an entire world, based on Old Scandinavian tales and Old English and thereby reinvented the fantasy-genre. He wrote an Ur-fantasy book, that contains so many links to so many different old books, like the Bible and Beowulf.
It just showed me how much more writing can be than just words. Tolkien put so much morality and ethics into his works. He has inspired so many people with his work and has shown that fantasy can be a new way of looking at reality!

So what book inspired you? And don't forget to enter the giveaway!!!

Follow Friday

Whooo!! The FF is back!!



Anway FF is hosted by Parajunkee's View and this weeks question is:
What book(s) have you discovered lately from someone's book blog?
Well, I noticed that a lot of people were reviewing Matched by Ally Condie. Most of the reviews were really positive and I decided to get it myself, so I'm still in the process of getting it!

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.


Next to that I found Nefertiti by Michelle Moran on All Things Historical Fiction. It sounds like a great book and I love Egypt and its history. I was in Berlin in October and went to the exhibition on Nefertiti and it was amazing!

This fictionalized life of the notorious queen is told from the point of view of her younger sister, Mutnodjmet. In 1351 B.C., Prince Amunhotep secretly kills his older brother and becomes next in line to Egypt's throne: he's 17, and the 15-year-old Nefertiti soon becomes his chief wife. He already has a wife, but Kiya's blood is not as royal, nor is she as bewitching as Nefertiti. As Mutnodjmet, two years younger than her sister, looks on (and falls in love), Amunhotep and the equally ambitious Nefertiti worship a different main god, displace the priests who control Egypt's wealth and begin building a city that boasts the royal likenesses chiseled in stone. Things get tense when Kiya has sons and the popular Nefertiti has only daughters, and they come to a boil when the army is used to build temples to the pharaoh and his queen instead of protecting Egypt's borders. Though sometimes big events are telegraphed, Moran, who lives in California and is making her U.S. debut, gets the details just right, and there are still plenty of surprises in an epic that brings an ancient world to life. (July)

I'd like to remind everyone of the Giveaway!! It's the post below and you can win an E-book version of Keta Diablo's novel 'Where the Rain is Made'!

So what book have you found?