Thursday, May 31, 2012

Book Jukebox

I know there are a couple of other bloggers who have a similar feature to this on their blogs but I don't remember where I've seen it because I've been away from blogging for such a long time.  Like, while Rebecca stuck around and still read blogs etc, I strayed from the internet for the entire hiatus.  But whatever, I'm not here to talk about that.  I'm here to talk about books and music.  So most of the time when I read a book I get a song or two stuck in my head that I associate with the book and this is what I am going to be sharing with you each week.

First up we have Every You, Every Me by David Levithan

Really super obvious, but the song I had stuck in my head the entire time I read this book was this:

I'm still debating over whether the song suits the book but in some ways my whole associating this song with Cruel Intentions doesn't help either.  I think it kind of does because I assume the song is talking about various sides of a person which both the book and the movie have too right?  That's what I think anyway.  Let me know what you think!!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Thriller 3: Love is Murder Anthology

Title: Thriller 3: Love is Murder

Editor: Sandra Brown

Contributing Authors: 

Prepare for heart-racing suspense in this original collection by thirty of the hottest bestselling authors and new voices writing romance suspense today.

Go on vacation with Allison Brennan's Lucy Kincaid, where she saves a man from drowning, only to discover he is in far greater danger on land. Meet Roxanne St. Claire's "bullet catcher"—bodyguard Donovan Rush—who may have met his match in the sexually charged "Diamond Drop." Debut author William Simon shows us what happens when the granddaughter of the president of the United States is kidnapped. And Lee Child's pitch-perfect "I Heard a Romantic Story" puts a whole new spin on Love Is Murder.Bodyguards, vigilantes, stalkers, serial killers, women (and men!) in jeopardy, cops, thieves, P.I.s, killers—these all-new stories will keep you thrilled and chilled late into the night.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: What an amazing short story anthology.  After finishing this book it’s going to be hard to find a book with one great author in it let alone the 30 odd in this one.

This book obviously has some very high calibre authors many of them are names I know very well and usually when I read a short story anthology by various authors I find some that aren’t very good but in this book I loved every single story.  They are all extremely well written and well thought out.  They’re all absolutely brilliant.

I really liked Sandra Brown’s commentary before each story.  It was short and to the point and peaked my interest in ever story.

This being the third anthology and the third I read I feel as though it was even better than the previous two anthologies.

Oftentimes it’s hard to talk about short story anthologies because some of the stories are bad, some are good, you’re not sure whether to talk about each individual story and what you thought of it.  As I was reading this one I was trying to figure out this for myself but every story I came upon was amazing.

If there was one thing that I got out of this book was entertainment.  I feel as though every single story had entertainment value.  Some of the stories I thought they were a little odd to start with but once I had gotten to the end it all made sense and it wasn’t awful anymore.

All that being said, just go read this book.  I don’t care if you don’t like short stories, this is one anthology that is definitely worth reading.

Source: NetGalley

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

In Which We Make Our Return

After taking a month off we have returned.  It was nice to not be blogging for a while.  I feel that sometimes it’s good to take some time out because otherwise you start to get burnt out.  We took this time to just sit back and think about the blog, blogging in general, and reading.

I know that for me it was a good time to take a break from blogging as I was in a book reading slump during May.  I just didn’t really feel like reading for the majority of May and it sucked majorly.  I just reached this point where I didn’t really know what to read next and I didn’t know what I felt like reading.

That being said, we’ve come back to blogging with some new ideas about the blog.

The first one of these is that we have been a YA majority blog with some adult books thrown in here and there.  Now that our reading tastes have changed I have to say that while we will still be reading and reviewing YA books, I’m going to be reading and reviewing a lot more adult books.

Scarlett will not be reviewing books by herself anymore.  We have a lot of fun doing the joint reviews together and she manages to find things to say when the review is more like a discussion about the book but if it’s just her reviewing the book she doesn’t find it to be easy to put into words.  Scarlett will however, be running the contests and any author related interactions i.e interviews or guest posts as she has a lot of fun doing that.

The third change is that we will be accepting a very limited number of books for review.  We’ve updated our review policy and made it more applicable to us.

That’s pretty much it I think, except that I’m going to be writing more of these sorts of personal posts because I’ve really been enjoying writing things like this lately.

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Binding by L. Filloon

Title: The Binding

Author: L. Filloon

Published: 11 December 2011

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Pages: 284

Summary: Two nights after her eighteenth birthday, Lily is attacked while out jogging, but is saved by Tharin Lunar, a Sidhe prince. When she discovers that her attacker is her own brother, Lucas, who disappeared four years ago, Lily refuses to believe that her brother would truly hurt her and becomes determined to find Lucas and bring him home. Lily finds that Lucas’ disappearance is somehow tied to Tharin; so when he informs her that she is his betrothed and must return with him to Velesi, fulfill a treaty between their families and unite the two strongest clans through their marriage, Lily agrees. However, she’s not going to Velesi for a wedding, but to bring home her only family, Lucas.

On their journey to the borders of Velesi, the realm of the Thirteen Clans, they’re pursued by a Sidhe assassin group call the Ange, meet with an ogre crime lord that ends badly, deal with a sleazy troll motel manager, and when they discover that there’s a bounty on their heads, they must keep one step ahead of every assassin, bounty hunter and low-life criminal in Velesi.
Protecting Lily has become the biggest challenge of Tharin’s life. Lucky for him he has help in the form of his twin brother, Tolan, Lily’s best friend Julia and his three bodyguard cousins.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: If there is one thing I love that doesn’t get much exposure, it’s elves.  I absolutely loved elves so when I found out this book was about elves I was super excited!

The plot is really fast-paced and when I started the book I didn’t really enjoy it all that much.  However, the more I read the less I could pull myself away from the book and I found myself really liking the book by the end.

I liked Lily for the most part even though I thought she cried all the time and it was kind of annoying.  I liked Tharin too, he seemed pretty awesome.  I thought that Thorin and Julia were interesting as well but I was more interested in learning more about Lily and Tharin.

One thing that kind of annoyed me a little about The Binding is that it had really short chapters and changed perspectives between each chapter so you would get a really fast glimpse into Lily’s mind, then a fast glimpse into Tharin’s mind.  Then later on the chapters didn’t alternate that often and so I really had to check whose perspective it was from or I would get confused.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Binding and I’m interested in seeing what happens next considering the ending of this one.  I thought the elf spin was pretty awesome too.