Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.
I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.
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So, as I said in my last review, I have read a lot of retellings. They are kind of a thing of mine.
I also see that I am only 5 followers away from the 400 followers milestone.
In honor of these two lovely things, I am putting together a fairy-tale giveaway. The lucky winner will win a box of awesomeness:
3 books of my choice that are thematically related to fairy tales. These will not necessarily be YA, they will not necessarily be light and fluffy, and they will absolutely be books I loved.
Some bookish paraphernalia, including some sort of handmade bookmark.
Something delicious from a local chocolatier Moonstruck Chocolates (which has sort of a fairy-tale-esque name, doesn't it).
So, how do you enter? Comment on this post. Send me a PM. Drawing will occur two days after I reach the 400 follower mark.
Only followers are eligible to win.
I apologize - I didn't even consider international friends. Because of shipping costs, I need to limit this to folks in the U.S.
"Alas! Fair dames, your hopes are vain!
My harp has lost the enchanting strain,
Its lightness would my age reprove:
My hairs are grey, my limbs are old
My heart is dead, my veins are cold;
I many not, must not, sing of love."
Canto II XXX
The only book I've read not for school that was not written in prose and was not poetry. Very interesting.
I have to give him credit. Going into it I thought it would be more biased than it actually was. He did a great job of separating himself from what he already knew and trying to understand the things he didn't. I don't know if I could have been so forgiving to some of the things he witnessed. Also I think it would be a whole different experience for a woman (not to mention the fact that I was raised Catholic).
But Roose takes a very open-minded stance, but he does this without losing himself. Many of the passages he wrote, I could feel the struggle within him between what he thought he knew about Liberty students and what he was seeing before his eyes.
If you are at all interested in religion and the perception thereof in modern American society, this is a great book, especially for the college sect. It was something I could relate to while learning a lot about a major religious demographic that I know next to nothing about.
Originally posted on GR in Aug 2010
I can get over a lot of things in a lot of books if the books ending leaves me feeling satisfied. I was enjoying this book, the cracktastic feel of it, the villain, the setting. Then the "climax", if you can even call it that, happened and it left me feeling betrayed. Where was my overall revelation that I have come to expect at the end of a Langdon novel?
Well I guess that's not entirely true. There was a reveal, but it was so unexpectedly banal that I was shocked an convinced myself that it couldn't be all. But it was. The last 50 pages or so of the book were so anticlimactic, it stole whatever good I had enjoyed from the beginning.
Originally posted on GR in November 2009
So this is the final book in this trilogy. I honestly am reading it just so I can say I finished it. I don't find much enjoyment out of this series really. Well a teeny part of me wants to know what is going to happen so there is that to. So I am going to use this post to snark the hell out of it. Legitimate snarking FTW.
3/6/14 - 10 out of 352 pages.
(paraprased) "It not his fault for tricking me and doing the completely horrid thing he did. It's mine for trusting him" Urgh.
"a bunch of girls playing some sort of game that involved tagging and freezing" um. That would be freeze tag. Are people not familiar with this?
3/6/14 - 102 of 352 pages
I've now read a little under a third of this book, and nothing really has happened. I've found out like 2 things. This reads like I am watching a bad scifi movie. This series could have been good. Why could it not have been a cool rewrite of Hades/Persephone? I really want to read one of those.
Julia's Note: The new website going forward is on Tumblr. I love this!!
Another sampling can be found here.
Originally published on GR in Jan 2010
Page 75 - 21.19%
"Anthony glared ...for good measure at Miss Sheffield, who was looking at him as if he'd just despoiled ten virgins in her presence"
Page 152 - 42.94%
For future reference, "mallet of death" match is chapter 10.
Page 345 - 97.46%
"Love isn't about being afraid that it will all be snatched away. Love's about finding the one person who makes your heart complete, who makes you a better person than you ever dreamed you could be. It's about looking into the eyes of your wife and knowing all the way to your bones, that she's simply the best person you've ever known.
Fantasy Lover is the first in The Dark-Hunter series. Well, I would call it more of a prequel to the series because it stands alone quite nicely and really doesn't have any part in the mythos of the Dark-Hunters. It does the following: 1)sets up the thoughts that the gods are a part of life, even still today 2)mentions the character of the real first Dark-Hunter book a couple of times.
The premise is interesting. Ancient Greek sex slave, yours for a month! And the characters are very well rounded. Some of the secondary characters I love to death. Take for instance Cupid and Psyche, the bikers. Cupid, excuse me, Eros wears his bow on a little necklace!
If you like romance novels that have humor in them and a little bit of the super natural, I recommend this book. There is no commitment to the rest of the series as it wraps up quite nicely at the end.
Originally posted on GR in July 2010.
I am a sucker for a hero/villain romance. I didn't realize it til this book, but something about it just turns my engines in the right way. My Lady Quicksilver is a great example of a opposites attract story.
I'm actually going to do my SCORE even more out of order then usual. I'll stick the overview at the top as sort of a TL;DR for you all. If it interests you, you can read the rest under the jump.
This one is probably my favorite of the four books. It's just a gripping story, interesting and unique to the world leads, sexy sexy times and only one or two eye rolling tropes. I love this steampunk world and I can't wait to read more in it. If you as a lover of steampunk have not read this series yet, yeah get on that. If you just want to read this one, I'd say it's doable but some of the terms may only be sparsely explained and there are other plot threads from the past book referenced. Nothing that would spoil the other two if you read them out of order though. But yeah, I heart this one.
I didn't know what to expect as I first started to read it, but as I continued on through the book, I became more attached to all the characters and the story they were trying to tell. Very unique and well executed way of telling this story. I am definitely going to check out Foer's other books.
Originally posted on GR in Dec 2011
So as I think you guys know, I am moving my GR library over by hand. I came across this book, The Lords of Discipline, which I remember loving reading in my high school classic and modern novels class. I would have read that in early 2005. So I go into the data expecting to see no read date. Wrong.
There is one from June 2010, the day I got my current job was the start date and it said I finished in July. I have no recollection at all of rereading this, nor did I mark it as such anywhere... nor did I put it on the 2010 shelf.
I was wondering if it was a bug, but damn if that isnt an oddly specific one. Why would I have put these dates there? I would have remembered rereading this book. This would have been around the time tat I just bought my nook.
Urgh, this is really bothering me. The only way I could have reread this is getting it from the library. No... no. I know I didn't reread this. Because this was ALSO the time I started a book blog. And I would have put it on there...
So I am going to end this 3am ramble to say, regardless of if I reread this book in 2010, I need to read it now in 2014, because it was that good.
And well... just in case... so I have a record of whatever the hell this is, I reread this from June 21st to July 18 2010. URG DAMN IT WHY DONT I REMEMBER THIS!? HOW DID I HAVE TIME?
My reads this month. Two excellent, one not too bad, and one minorly infuriating. So not too bad of a month I would say. March is already off to hell of a start as I had to rapidly read before library books were due.One more before Friday!
By the way, I freaking love picmonkey! Best collage site ever.
And I also love that cover from Murder on the Orient Express. So awesome.
I've been sitting here in front of my computer just kind of staring and unsure about what to write on this one. The whole series felt kinda of "meh" for me, but somehow interesting enough to not abandon it. Maybe it was the pretty covers.
Let's see if I can just focus on this book. Something about it was just off, but I feel like I have felt that the whole series. The world building, while better and more explained than the first book, is still subpar. I don't understand the rule of this world. I don't understand people's interactions. I don't understand why certain things came to be.
Ana and Sam don't really progress much as a couple in this, which was one of my favorite things about the last two books. Actually a lot of their interactions are repetitive and mundane. Them and two secondary characters go on a quest for much of this book, but again it just feels off.
The characters themselves aren't well developed, but developed enough not to bug me, if that makes any sense. The plot leads up to one final battle which was hella anticlimactic.
The ending itself, the thing the whole series was building to, made no sense to me. Like it was all euphamistic and unclear (sort of like the worlfbuilding). There also was this deus ex machina that didn't make any sense, though it was attempted to be explained the whole book. The worst part about the ending is I still dont understand what happened! It was never made clear or the narration just sucked or something.
Outside of the covers there is one thing that I really like about this series and that is all the philosophical discussions seeping in regarding reincarnation and death. Death especially isnt something that is often explored in YA novels and this one does bring up points that I think can help challenge young people to form their own opinions on it. That is something I think this book does really well.
However, that said(show spoiler)
This whole series just felt like I turned on a movie on SciFi and watched it for a few hours before forgetting everything about it. That is how this series is for me: just entertaining enough in the moment of reading it, but soon forgotten after. The only bright spot are the covers and the theme of death and reincarnation.
Do I recommend the series? There are better ones out there... I am sure there are better ones out there that deal with reincarnation as well. I seem to be in the massive minority when it comes to rating this book though, so if you liked the others in the series this one is probably up your ally. But if I had to only recommend one YA series for someone to start with a scifi/fantasy aspect, it's not this one (its the Lunar Chronicles).
3/1/14 - 142 out of 418 pages.
I've lived a hundred lifetimes, Ana. I've loved before, been lonely, ached for what I couldn't have. I've always made sure to fill every lifetime with what I can, because I've seen others grow complacent and weary. I've seen them move from living to existing. I've been tempted down that path myself, because it sometimes looks easier than this constant caring and trying to grow and change and be more that I am.
I've also lived long enough to understand that there are few things more important than being with the people you care about most. And that's you. Ana. What good is reincarnation if I don't have you?
- Sam, pg 141-142
I totally enjoyed reading this book. It is the first time in a college class that I have enjoyed the text book.
I had this on my DNF shelf, which is totally misleading. I didn't finish it because I ran out of time that year. I have the book sitting on my bookshelf, waiting to be continued.
This book is about how to engineer answers out of people to hack into what you want. It is creepy how easy it is to get the answers the hackers want. This story was pretty cool!
I can't wait until I go back and finish it.
Originally posted in 2012 on GR. As of today (Feb 2014) I have not read any more of it, but I really want to. Moving this review over makes me want to go grab it now. Kevin Mitnick is an interesting person and and interesting story teller. Or teller like it is... Anyway this is a good one if you have ever been interested in hacking or social engineering.
I would recommend this book for women who have never traveled before, whether going solo or not. But as someone who has traveled internationally before, I didn't really learn much. I found myself skimming over the sections on passport and visas.
The anecdotes were my favorite part. That and the list of helpful websites that I will be copying down before I return it to the library.
I was just expecting there to be more wisdom for the traveler who is not new to traveling but new to the solo part. Also, there are not really that many tips for business travelers so if you are looking for that, this book won't help much.
Originally posted on GR in June 2010... oh, just seeing this title makes me want to take off for places unknown. Solo travel still scares the bajeezus out of me though.