January in Review & What’s Coming Up in February

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Already the new year is starting to look promising!  While I started with a few bumps in the beginning of January (being sick) I think (or at least hope) I started the new year off pretty good. 

Young Adult Books Read and Listened to

* Immortal City by Scott Speer   [Review]
* Entice by Carrie Jones    [Review]
* When The Sea Is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen   [Review]
* I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore   [Review]
* Infinity by Sherryiln Kenyon   [Review]
* Burned by Ellen Hopkins  – – saving review for a later date
* Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay  – – saving review for a later date
* Easy by Kerry Hoffmann  – – saving review for a later date
* A Beautiful Need by Suzanne Young  – – saving review for a later date
* Origins by L.J. Smith  – – saving review for a later date

    Children’s Books Read
    * Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport   [Review]
    * Madame for President by Lane Smith – – saving review for a later date
    * Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio – – saving review for a later date
    * The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson – – saving review for a later date
    Next month is going to be CRAZY!  The 2012 YA Saves Reading Challenge is really kicking off, with a new co-host (Andrea from The Busy Bibliophile), who has been a life saver.  With February’s focus being “Love” there is going to be plenty of fun to be had!  Reviews, Interviews, Guest Posts, Book Excerpts, Surprises, and Giveaways!  You don’t want to miss this!!

    On top of co-hosting the YA Saves Reading Challenge I am hosting my first ever book tour for J.F. Jenkin’s new novel, Legend of the Inero Dragon (The Dragon Saga #2) along with partaking in many book tours myself.  And I can’t forget my own meme, YA Saves Sunday; every Sunday in February is full of informative yet fun facts, coinciding with our Reading Challenge.  I almost having something going on every day of the month.  Phew that was tiring to just type that all. 

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    Audiobook Review: Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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    Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Publisher: Macmillan Young Listeners
    (May 19th 2010)
    Audio CD
    Source: Library
    Series: Chronicles of Nick, #1
    Challenges: Audiobook

    At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. Until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

    Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one. A world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

    But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.
    Like starting high school isn’t hard enough. Now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended! How in the world is he supposed to do that? 


    Well that is a long synopsis… but it needs to be – there is plenty going on in this book!  Can I just say I was very pleasantly surprised by this book.  I am not sure is Sherrilyn Kenyon meant to do so or not, but I couldn’t help from laughing while listening to this novel.  Not only are you given zombies, vampires, werewolves, shape shifters and much more, you are treated to a level of sarcasm and wit that is played off perfectly between all the characters.  While I’ve read many reviews of this book, I have to say that this series has become a new favorite!

    Nick is 14. He is not what you would call popular – his father is in jail for gruesome murders, his single mother is a ‘dancer’ of who he lives with in a one bedroom apartment, that can barely be called home.  Having to wear second hand cloths everyday, Nick knows he does not belong with the popular crowd.  But that doesn’t bother Nick.  Having a hard life doesn’t bother Nick either.  He actually has a solid head on his shoulders.  And then his world starts to become very interesting…. his world finds itself full of unnatural creatures and an unnatural ‘destiny’ that literally can save or destroy mankind.

    I couldn’t get enough of Nick’s sarcasm and wit.  I fell in love with many of the characters, their Southern wit and charm – – don’t even get me started on Nick’s mother.  I loved her ups and downs in her over-protectiveness of Nick.  The only downside to this novel (or audiobook in my case) is the vast amounts of characters – Sherrilyn Kenyon has created wonderful and interesting characters, but at times it was very difficult to determine who was who.  However, this at the same time is wonderful since each character is crucial to Nick’s ‘destiny’ and each one is a hoot in themselves. 

    Having learned that The Chronicles of Nick are actually prequels to Sherrilyn Kenyon’s adult series the Dark Hunters, I actually can’t wait to read the rest of this series and even read her adult series (which hardly ever happens).  I found this novel to be nothing short of extreme fun. 

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    Random Reads with I’m Loving Books – February

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    At the beginning of the year I found a lovely blog that I’ve been following daily: I’m Loving Books.  Not only are her reviews and posts a delight to read the blog is just fun to meander through!  Sarah has created a perfect Meme challenge for every book reader – – we all have way too many books on our TBR list.  I know I do (as of now its at 2,013!!) and of course there is no way I can go through all of these books let alone choosing one.  So… this is why I am participating in I’m Loving Books’ Random Reads!

    So for February I am going to be reading:
    #609 – What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson
    (on my TBR list since August 20th 2010 – -ouch!)
    JAMES AND ALEX have barely anything in common anymore—least of all their experiences in high school, where James is a popular senior and Alex is suddenly an outcast. But at home, there is Henry, the precocious 10-year-old across the street, who eagerly befriends them both. And when Alex takes up running, there is James’s friend Nathen, who unites the brothers in moving and unexpected ways.

    Children’s Review: Mr. Badger and His Rose Petal Cake by Francesca Ariadne Harvey Lilley

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    Mr. Badger and His Rose Petal Cake by Francesca Ariadne Harvey Lilley
    Illustrated by John Watling
    Publisher:  Chess Publications
    Published:  April 4th 2011
    Paperback, 24 pages
    Reading Level: 4 and Up

     Mr. Badger and His Rose Petal Cake is a fast paced story featuring a busy badger who, whilst making a cake takes a bump to his head and imagines himself as a snail, pony, and lastly a frog. As the badger slithers, gallops and jumps through the countryside bewildered and confused, his friends try to help him, and bring him home to his set. (But can they rescue the badger? without waking the creature who sleeps, who must never be disturbed!) This beautifully illustrated book is a pleasure to read, with a exciting twist in the tail, and recipe for Rose Petal Cake at the end too.

    Mr. Badger and His Rose Petal Cake is a fun adventurous book that any child would love. Mr. Badger lives in Dingley Dell, a place that is peaceful and quiet. That is, until one day Mr. Badger bumps his head and causes the peaceful balance to waver. After bumping his head Mr. Badger believes he is a snail, a horse and a frog. However, along the way the other residents of Dingley Dell help Mr. Badger return home to safety. Meanwhile, this wavering peaceful balance causes the towns’ monster to wake and stir until a faerie casts a spell to save the day.

    Mr. Badger and His Rose Petal Cake almost has 3 plots going on at once: Mr. Badger is making a cake, getting help from his friends, and the towns’ monster awakes. For adults this is easy to understand; however, for children there might be too much going on at once for complete comprehension. However, readers are engaged by being asked questions and gorgeous drawings that are relateable to children as they look like crayon drawings.

    There is even a nice surprise at the end – a recipe for for Rose Petal Cake, the same cake Mr. Badger makes!

    Releases This Week: January 29th – February 4th

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    Tangled (Torn #2) by Erican O’Rourke (1/31/12)
    Destiny and Deception by Shannon Delany (1/31/12)

    Moonrise (Low Red Moon #2) by Ivy Devlin (1/31/12)
    Incarnate (New Soul #1) by Jodi Meadows (1/31/12) ** 2012 Debut Author

    Lenobia’s Vow (House of Night Novellas #2) by P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast (1/31/12)
    The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark (1/31/12) ** 2012 Debut Author

    Article 5 by Kristen Simmona (1/31/12) ** 2012 Debut Author
    Infamous (Chronicles of Nick #3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (2/1/12)

    Shift (The Protector #2) by M.R. Merrick (2/1/12)
    Until Next Time (The Angel Chronicles #1) by Amy Lignor (2/1/12)

    The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone (2/1/12)

    The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker (2/1/12)
    Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne (2/2/12) **2012 Debut Author

    Young Adult Giveaway Hop (International)

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    As you can tell, I love Young Adult Novels! So what better way to share this love than give away a Young Adult novel?

    But I’m going to let you pick one out!
    A book up to $10 (US dollars) to Book Depository

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    Don’t forget to check out the other blogs in this Giveaway Hop!

    Finding A New Book Lover!

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    I know I say this a lot, but I can never say it enough to tell you how much this is true! One of the best things I love about the Book Blogging world is the support and love offered by fellow Book Bloggers.  I love finding a new Blog and becoming “obsessively” addicted to their blog, their reviews, and all their posts really. One of the most recent being Rachelia @ {Booksih Comforts}. If you haven’t seen her blog you must!  While she may not have been blogging long she has started off with a bang, even reviewing one of my favorite books, C.J. Omololu’s Dirty Little Secrets!

    We all have our own reasons for Book Blogging… What made you decide to start a book review blog?
    I wouldn’t say it was any one thing – I didn’t just wake up and decide to start one, let’s put it that way! I’d been playing with the idea of starting my own book blog for a little less than a year but I just wasn’t sure if I could do it. My perfectionism always seem to get in the way and I was nervous about stepping into an already established community. However, I was reading some AWESOME books and really wanted to discuss them with other bookworms. Around this time a lot of book blogs I read keep reiterating the point that anyone can be a book blogger, that the community was really friendly and that it was a great experience. One of my online friends Katy was also really supportive, and so I decided in December to put all my fears aside and just jump in. So far, I’m glad I did 🙂

    There is a quite a bit of fear in starting and maintaining a Book Blog – you are really put yourself out there in a completely different way.  It takes strength and you certainly show you have that!

    What types of genre(s) do you read the most?
    I read a variety of different genre(s): YA (is that even a genre – or is it a larger category? haha), paranormal, contemporary (YA or adult), and some historical fiction and mystery/suspense. I also enjoy some non-fiction too. I try and rotate what I’m reading so I’m not always reading from the same genre as sometimes it gets a bit too repetitive.

    What are your hopes for your book review blog?
    I would love to start some amazing, thoughtful discussions on my blog between me and my fellow readers. That’s why I started the blog after all! I’m not expecting to become a big blogger and I don’t expect myself to post a review each day of the week. I want to have fun reading and it doesn’t matter to me if that book is an ARC, brand new release or a book that’s been sitting on the shelves for a few years. I guess then my hope is that the blog will connect me with other bookworms and give me a place to call my own on the internet where I can share my love of books. It sounds like I am already half way there!
      
    You are definitely already half way there!!

    How have you found the book blogging community so far?
    I feel like I didn’t join at the greatest of times, haha. I was just starting to post when I began reading about all the author/reviewer/Goodreads drama and frankly, it scared me! I can also be really shy and socially awkward so sometimes I find it hard to reach out to other bloggers. I may really want to jump in on a conversation but feel awkward and don’t want to be rude. Most of the bloggers I follow and have met on Twitter are really nice, even if it’s intimidating because they have a huge following and post amazing content, etc. Making genuine connections and feeling less socially awkward are something I am working on. But generally everyone seems supportive and nice!

    Who are some of your favourite authors?
    I actually don’t have a ton of favourite authors like when I was younger because I’m just getting back into reading more often. My three big ones are J.K Rowling, Ann Brashares, and Jodi Picoult. I’m really liking Myra McEntire and Maureen Johnson right now – they are hilarious on Twitter!

    There you have it folks! A lovely new Book Blogger you must check out! 
    Find Rachelia on her Blog | Twitter | GoodReads

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