Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Theres Another One!

Please Note: This post contains MASSIVE SPOILERS for Taken By Storm.

Wow, I just got massive butterflies in my stomach at the thought that this book actually existed! I read Taken By Storm in April and while I was taken in by it, I was almost annoyed by it and it's obvious inflection that religious people and non-religious people can't have a relationship. Even now I'm wondering if Unbroken Connection will let me down once again.

In a way I hope that Leesie and Michael get together, and in another way I really don't because they kind of realised in the last book that it wouldn't work.

We Shall See....

Monday, August 30, 2010


That shall be my view for the next six weeks! (and no, that photo is in no way enhanced...the water actually looks like that!)

What does that mean for the blog?

Well, posting will still occur but will be erratic, hopefully with my mounds of free time and a possible internet connection I will still be able to post, but this is a family getaway, so I am expected to socialise as well.

Reading wise:
I have been restricted with the amount of books I am allowed to take :( so I had to take this into my own hands and pad my suitcases with books unbeknowenst to my mum. So far I have packed in:

  • Just After Sunset by Stephen King
  • The Host by Stephanie Meyer
  • Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
  • Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
  • Night Rising by Chris Marie Green
  • Bleed for Me by Michael Robotham
  • The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K Hamilton 
  • Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton
  • Circus of the Damned by Laurell K Hamilton
  • The Birthing House by Christopher Ransom 
But I still have my legitimate book bag to fill! So I need to decide which books I need to take with me, suggestions are appreciated and welcome.

Also on the going list is:
  • Need by Carrie Jones
  • Lament by Maggie Steifvater 
  • Darkborn by Alison Sinclair
  • Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice
New Books:
  • Lover Revealed by J. R. Ward
  • Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
    I think I am going to try and take about 10 more - hey! six weeks is a long time! - I have worked out that with four days of car travel, that's four large books for each of those days plus an additional book for every second day after that.

    8 travel days in total = 8 books
    6 weeks = 42 days - 8 (for travel) = 34/2 = 17 books
    17 + 8 = 25 books total

    I can make all of that fit somewhere, I will stick to the smaller adult novels so I can pack more in :D...no culling my TBR to 11 more books that I want to take...

    I will add to the list as I decide...

    Sunday, August 29, 2010

    Book Review: Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz

    Review: Blue Bloods
    Series: Blue Bloods – Book 1
    Author: Melissa De La Cruz
    No of Pages: 302
    Release Date: 27 March 2007


    And they rule Manhattan from the trendy uptown clubs to the downtown boutiques. Fifteen-year-old Schuyler Van Allen has never quite fit in at her exclusive prep school – she’s more of a vintage than a Versace girl – but that’s all about to change...

    Because Schuyler has just found out she’s a Blue Blood. The Blue Bloods are the city’s glamorous and secret vampire elite. They’re young, beautiful and powerful. But now they’re being murdered. And Schuyler must find out who – or what – is behind it, before she’s next.

    My Thoughts:

    Gossip Girl meets Twilight, and dies.

    Blue Bloods follows the lives of the New York teen socialite scene, that scene being full of vampires. Primarily focusing on Schuyler Van Allen, a fifteen year old girl whose family was once powerful, but is now poor, both her parents have died and she is being raised by her Grandmother.

    After finding out she is a Blue Blood, Schuyler also finds out that the Blue Bloods are being killed off, and not in a it’s-ok-because-we-will-regenerate-later-on kind of a way, but in a dead-and-not-coming-back way.

    Blue Bloods had a suck you in element that made you want to keep reading, but now that I think back to what I felt during and after reading it, well, I’m not entirely impressed.

    Why? Because the characters were under-developed and changed too much, Schuyler was completely unlikeable and a lot of the concept was just confusing. No one is really related because they are all actually fallen angels who are trying to get back to heaven because it is their “right”, oh and twins are in love with each other.

    What absolutely killed Schuyler for me was not only the fact that she “dressed like a street urchin” but was still beautiful underneath (please), but she was actually filthy in the way that she “hadn’t washed her hair in a few weeks anyway”. I’m sorry, but eww, and she was picked to be a model looking like that? Hello, unrealistic. And of course, she is the only one who can solve the mystery of who is killing the Blue Bloods, because no one else is capable...uh-huh.

    The characters reactions were forced and they were all a little too superficial for being so old, they didn’t care about the right things, only who was going to the next party and what they should wear.

    The name dropping was atrocious and the wrong things were described. I’m sorry but I don’t care about what the nuts at the table looked like. Sure New York is pretty, but I’m not an architect, and I don’t care about the swirling on a fence that has nothing to do with anything.

    But is this the next Twilight? Because even now as I describe all the wrongness, I want to go back, yet I don’t know why. Maybe I’m hoping Schuyler will die.

    Others in this Series:
    The Van Allen Legacy
    Misguided Angel

    Wednesday, August 25, 2010

    Book Review: Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure by Allan Richard Shickman

    Review: Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure
    Series: Zan-Gah – Book 1
    Author: Allan Richard Shickman
    No of Pages: 148
    Release Date: 15 July 2007

    Zan-Gah: A prehistoric adventures has only begun. Pressed by love for his brother and a bad experience, the hero undertakes a quest which leads to captivity, conflict, love, and triumph. In three years, Zan-Gah passes from uncertain boyhood to a tried and proven manhood and a role of leadership among his people. This dramatic and impassioned story will thrill and deeply move young adults and older readers. They will dream of Zan-Gah at night, and remember it all of their lives!

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    My Thoughts:

    Zan-Gah was interesting, but the use of too many exclamation marks made it hard for me to take it seriously.

    Zan-Gah is set in prehistoric times following the story of a young boy living with his clan. After dealing the killing blow to a lion when he is a young boy, Zan-Gah is respected within his tribe as a trusted, reliable member.

    As time passes he decides to go on a journey in remembrance of his lost twin brother Dael. Taking the route of a trip planned when they were younger. He has a small hope that he might find his twin after a dream he has, but he doesn’t put a lot of faith in the journey.

    On his way Zan-Gah invents the sling, makes some new friends and allies and becomes respected by the leader of one of the most powerful tribes in the land.

    He also comes across dangerous yet beautiful land, inhabited by the Wasp People. The Wasp People get their name from imitating the behaviour of wasps. Zan-Gah is captured by them and held until he finds a way to escape to continue on his journey.

    Zan-Gah was an interesting read. The storyline was a good one and the imagery was absolutely fantastic. Shickman made me believe that what Zan went through is believable for his time, even though he is so young. We didn’t get too much insight into any of the other characters though, which is understandable because of his constant travelling, but it still.

    The only thing that really detracts from this story is the writing style. The storyline, however good is all over the place, the time jumps are hard to follow as they go not only forward unexpectedly, but backward. I think that if I had been younger, this would not have affected me as much as it did, but the style made it extremely hard for me to get as immersed into Zan-Gah as what might have been possible.

    Entire chapters were pure information dumps about people that didn’t really matter to the story, or about a time long passed in which it gave us a tiny insight into a lesser character that only gets a paragraph worth of notice in the main stream story.
    What I did like about the writing though was the lack of dialogue, Shickman managed to make me feel fond of Zan-Gah without really hearing his voice. Only his feelings and actions were portrayed and it made it more believable, because being pre-historic, you can’t imagine them having an extensive vocabulary.

    Zan-Gah is definitely a middle grade book, very suitable for young people looking for a quick read about an unexplored topic.

    Others in this series:
    Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country

    Tuesday, August 24, 2010

    What should I read next? Round 2 - The Votes are In

    Once again, thanks to all who voted on what I should read next. This round we had a very clear winner which either means that this book is great or I need to be more diverse :D

    And the winner is: LAMENT by MAGGIE STIEFVATER

    In second place is: NEED by CARRIE JONES

    Thank you to all for your participation.

    Sunday, August 22, 2010

    My Two Cents: Words Hurt

    The review for A Season of Eden went up yesterday and as we could tell, I had an issue with it.
    A niggling issue I have with A Season of Eden didn't get alot of mention in my review because even as I read the story, I knew I would be writing this post.

    What was the issue? The overuse, and illuse of the word: Retard

    Now of course it is understandable that in a teenage book the characters would use teenage terms. But the use of this term really grates on my nerves as even if you are writing for the mind of a teenager, many other words could have been used.

    Definition: a generalized disorder, characterized by significantly impaired cognitive functioning and deficits in two or more adaptive behaviors with onset before the age of 18.

    Now, I don't expect anyone who hasn't been affected in their everyday life by someone who is "special" to even begin to understand how offensive it is to use the word "retard" as a derogatory term.

    But guess what, I do know what it feels like.

    My younger brother is what you may call "retarded", after a stroke at birth he developed a little slower than others. But I can tell you now that he is not only the nicest, gentlest, caring human beings I've ever met, he also isn't stupid. The look on his face everytime he hears someone using the term "retard" is absolutely heart-breaking.

    Knowing how that affects not only a child but his family and friends, it really disgusts me when people use the term "retard". For a mature adult to do it though, that just sets a bad example.

    Do we make fun of people with cancer? It feels wrong to even contemplate making such a joke, doesn't it?
    Well then why is it ok to make fun of retards? Why is it ok to throw the term around so easily. Is retardation not a sickness? Is retardation beneath those that feel the need to insult people with such a term?

    There are going to be those that don't take anything from this post, and guess what...Karma's a Bitch.

    For those that do take these words in though, think about what you're saying the next time you go to say it.

    Saturday, August 21, 2010

    Book Review: A Season of Eden by J.M Warwick

    Review: A Season of Eden
    Author: J.M Warwick
    No of Pages: 234
    Release Date: 20 October 2008


    I let the door silently close at my back. He stared at me, and a taut quiet stretched between us.

    "I like hearing you play," I said, moving toward him.

    He turned, in sync with my slow approach. He looked up at me but didn't say anything. I rested my clammy hand on the cold, slick body of the baby grand. "May I?"

    The muscles in his throat shifted, then he swallowed. "Eden."

    My knees weakened, like a soft tickling kiss had just been blown against the backs of them. "Is it okay?" I asked.

    His gaze held mine like two hands joined. He understood what I was really asking.

    "Let me stay," I said. "Please."

    "You're going to get me in trouble," he said.

    My Thoughts:

    A Season of Eden is fluff, about as significant as the fluff on Leesa’s head

    We follow the story of Eden, a senior in her last year of high school. Taking music class because it is an “Easy A” she doesn’t expect there to be a last minute change in teachers. Replacing the old teacher is Mr. Christian a vibrant, passionate, young man who brings the love for music back into the music group.

    The first time Eden sees Mr. Christian she falls for him, not in the normal “crush” way, but in what she thinks is love. That there is understandable, what’s not is Mr. James Christian’s reaction, after working so hard during school, taking extra classes so he could get into college sooner, pushing away everything in his life to focus on getting to where he wants to be, he literally throws it all away for some chick he just met by meeting up with her for coffee. I’m sorry, but that just isn’t believable.

    Eden as a character I liked. She wasn’t an exceptional stand-out but she was higher up on the maturity scale than some. She’s had hardship, losing her mother, subsequently losing her father to another woman in his own grief, the depression that followed that. But for all the hardship that Eden seems to have gone through, she hasn’t become a better person because of it.

    James as a character I liked because of the hotness factor, but that is about it. For being a teacher, he is extremely immature, even more immature than his students. Not only did he put his job on the line by seeing one of his students, when he was around Eden, he acted like a child. The killer for me was when he blamed their age difference for their problems.

    Uh, excuse me, 4 years isn’t a difference, if you had paid attention in Physical Development you’d know that she is technically as old in the brain as you are. Only immature people blame age and it really annoyed me that he would use an excuse like that, just because he realised too late that he was in over his head.

    There was no growth in any of the characters, a relationship never blossomed between the mains in my opinion, it was just a lot of sneaking around and frustrating arguments. Eden didn’t grow even when she had the chance, she was still as nasty to Leesa as before, even after finding out that Leesa was sick again, she still didn’t care. Her “best friend” was a backstabber, latching on to Eden’s ex and then after catching him cheating, still falling all over herself to be noticed by him.

    Whilst enjoying the writing (even though the excessive use of the word “retard” grated on my nerves) and the story during the time that I was reading A Season of Eden, I came out of it extremely unfulfilled and empty. While I refuse to give spoilers...the ending was crap, following in the footsteps of the entire plot, nothing happened. There was no closure, and it was disappointing.

    Friday, August 20, 2010

    Something to make us feel better...

    The world doesn't seem as happy anymore. Sometimes we need something to cheer us up. This song always does it for me.

    I believe the sun should never set upon an argument
    I believe we place our happiness in other people's hands
    I believe that junk food tastes so good because it's bad for you
    I believe your parents did the best job they knew how to do
    I believe that beauty magazines promote low self esteem
    I believe I'm loved when I'm completely by myself alone

    I believe in Karma what you give is what you get returned
    I believe you can't appreciate real love 'til you've been burned
    I believe the grass is no more greener on the other side
    I believe you don't know what you've got until you say goodbye

    I believe you can't control or choose your sexuality
    I believe that trust is more important than monogamy
    I believe your most attractive features are your heart and soul
    I believe that family is worth more than money or gold
    I believe the struggle for financial freedom is unfair
    I believe the only ones who disagree are millionaires

    I believe in Karma what you give is what you get returned
    I believe you can't appreciate real love 'til you've been burned
    I believe the grass is no more greener on the other side
    I believe you don't know what you've got until you say goodbye

     I believe forgiveness is the key to your own happiness
    I believe that wedded bliss negates the need to be undressed
    I believe that God does not endorse tv evangelists
    I believe in love surviving death into eternity

    I believe in Karma what you give is what you get returned
    I believe you can't appreciate real love 'til you've been burned
    I believe the grass is no more greener on the other side
    I believe you don't know what you've got until you say goodbye(Repeat 2)
    Until you say goodbye
    Oh no no no no no ( Repeats itself many times fading)

    Thursday, August 19, 2010

    Question of the Week: What do you look for in a book?

    *Monday's Question of the Day is hosted by Eleni at La Femme Readers*

    Question: What are the key components you look for in a book?

    My Answer: Hmmm, this one made me really think this week. I suppose it would have to come down to a good cover one that catches my eye and draws me in, if the cover is only okay, it will depend on a good blurb. If a book has neither of those things, well I won't pick it up.

    A paranormal aspect will always help the case but it's not a gurantee anymore. Anything with the name Frost or Hobb on it is a definite...

    Wednesday, August 18, 2010

    Book Review: Tracking the Tempest by Nicole Peeler

    Review: Tracking the Tempest
    Series: Jane True – Book 2
    Author: Nicole Peeler
    No of Pages: 350
    Release Date: 1 July 2010


    Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and Ryu - Jane's bloodsucking boyfriend - can't let a major holiday go by without getting all gratuitous. An overwhelming dose of boyfriend interference and a last-minute ticket to Boston later, and Jane's life is thrown off course.

    Ryu's well-intentioned plans create mayhem, and Jane winds up embroiled in an investigation involving a spree of gruesome killings. All the evidence points towards another Halfling, much to Jane's surprise...

    My Thoughts:

    Back into the crazy world of Jane True, and the story is only getting better.

    Our story picks up about four months on since the end of the last book. Jane is learning how to use her magic and although she hasn’t mastered a lot of offensive magic, she is getting quite good at shields under the watchful eye of Nell the Gnome.

    This adventure really starts in Boston after she goes to visit Ryu the sexy vampire. A rogue Halfling is on the loose and death by fire has become a recent occurance in the world of supes. After getting tangled up in the mess and the Halfling taking a liking to Jane she helps out with trying to solve the case.

    Jane is once again hilarious with her internal monologue. She is also intelligent enough to spot things overlooked by others. The development of her powers in Tracking the Tempest definitely adds a whole new element to listening to how her brain works.

    Ryu I didn’t like in this one, he was very condescending to Jane in front of his collegues and even Jane wondered at a point in time if we were now seeing the real Ryu. He became an arrogant pig and in hindsight makes some of his actions from Tempest Rising a little clearer.

    Anyan, completely swoonworthy once again with his all maleness and complete gentleness, with Jane starting to gravitate towards him especially furthering their friendship as he took over her training in Boston was really sweet especially after the way Ryu was treating her.

    We also have a plethora of new characters introduced in the form of Ryu’s investigative team. Caleb the pantless satyr was constantly good for a laugh and very adept at healing all of the teams various injuries, Daoud the guy with the general store in his pants and Julian the Halfling recharger were all excellent additions to the cast of characters and I definitely hope to see them reappear later on.

    Tracking the Tempest had me in fits of laughter once again with Janes thoughts and the new characters various one liners. The underlying mystery carrying on from Tempest Rising added extra levels to Tracking the Tempest and that mystery alone will have me drooling for more. I once again cannot wait until the next instalment of this awesome series, Tempest’s Legacy.

    Also in this series:
    Tempest Rising
    Tempest's Legacy
    Eye of the Tempest
    Tempest's Fury

    Tuesday, August 17, 2010

    My Two Cents: 10 things that make me Happy

    I got this idea from Julie at My Five Monkeys and like her I will be counting down to the best one.

    10. Chocolate
    9. Seeing the number on the scales go down/stay the same
    8. Sitting in my car
    7. As of this second - Only 2 weeks to go until my holiday in Queensland!
    6. Gazing at my bookshelf
    5. Free time to play Sims 3
    4. Getting books in the mail
    3. Looking at the stack of books sitting on my desk
    2. Seeing my cat curled up on my bed when I get home and also waking up to find her curled up next to me in the morning.
    1. Fridays - because that means I get to see my gorgeous boyfriend

    Monday, August 16, 2010

    A Look at My BookShelf

    Okie dokie, so I reorganised my bookshelf a little the other day and I thought I'd show you how it's going. My how it's changed from Dec 09.

    With my new obsession with buying books...well, you'll see...

    This is the shelf as a whole. I only have one bookshelf so I kind of have to make space for everything.

    This is my all my "real life" stuff, accounting books dictionaries, tax stuff. Circled in red is the only book in the world that I deem fit to burn...the Australian Tax Handbook 2010. I hate that thing so much that it really doesn't deserve to be on my beautiful shelf, I think I will burn it someday.

    This is my favourite shelf. Every book I love has it's place here as well as some others that are just there to add colour. But it is definitely my favourite shelf. Robin Hobb, Jeaniene Frost, Richelle Mead, Jennifer Echols and The Sookie Stackhouse mysteries can all be found here.

    Now we see the disorder...the two front stacks are TBRs, behind there are Twilight books, Lemony Snicket and Harry Potter and um..I'm not too sure what else...haven't looked behind there in a while...

    More TBR and random books I'm not really sure what to do with...I kind of liked them...but if I really needed the space...well they aren't on the safest shelf in the world...You can also see my Horrible Histories. I love the Horrible Histories magazines...they are definitely safe, I spent ages collecting them all and organising them.

    More TBR (on the floor) behind there is a pile of books I am going to get rid of when I get the chance. My scrapbook is also there and some horoscopy stuff (I'm into that kind of thing).

    So that's my shelf. I love it and my mum cringes when she sees it but it's mine and it will continue to be loaded up until it can be loaded no more. I have another cupboard I am going to convert into a bookshelf if I ever run out of space, but I don't need to worry about that yet, I can triple stack those shelves if I really want to.

    You may have noticed that I have quite a few TBR piles in there, so out of curiosity I lined them up on my desk just to see what it looked like.

    Those are in piles of 10...there are five piles...52 books total...remember when I used to have a TBR drawer? Ya...that's no longer a TBR Drawer...it's become the review draw now because it just wouldn't fit any more books in there...

    It took me ages to stack these books so that they didn't fall down...
    Yep, 5 feet high, impressive really. I'm proud that it actually stayed standing by itself. It was wobbling all over the place for a while...you know...my little brother is 5ft...

    Sunday, August 15, 2010

    Book Review: Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of "The Little Mermaid" by Debbie Viguie

    Review: Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of "The Little Mermaid"
    Author: Debbie Viguie
    No of Pages: 198
    Release Date: 24 October 2006

    In a quiet fishing village, one lone fisherman rescued a child from the sea seventeen years ago. He and his wife raised the girl, Pearl, as their own daughter, never allowing themselves to wonder long about where she came from -- or notice her silver hair, usually pale skin, and wide, dark blue eyes.

    Pearl grows from a mysterious child into an unusual young woman, not always welcomed in the village. As all the other girls her age find husbands, she has only one friend to ease her loneliness. One very special, secret companion: Prince James.

    But their friendship is shaken when trouble erupts in the kingdom -- a conspiracy against the royal family combines with an evil enchantment from beneath the sea. Now, just when Pearl and James need each other most, bewitching magic and hints about Pearl's past threaten to tear them apart...forever.

    My Thoughts:

    The Little Mermaid is one of my favourite fairytales and Midnight Pearls did it justice in its own way.

    Pearl was found at sea by her father when she was five years old; she always knew she was different based purely on her looks and her troubles with walking. Not many people have silver-blue hair and trip over absolutely everything.

    It has been hard for Pearl, growing up shunned by most and gawked at by the rest. The only person who doesn’t treat her differently is Prince James, her best friend. Their friendship developed at a young age but always kept a secret.

    The friendship is tested though with the arrival of Kaye. Kaye is the real Little Mermaid, being the woman who traded her tail for legs after falling in love with the prince. This devastates Pearl at first because she is starting to fall in love with him.

    Midnight Pearls tells the story from the land dwellers point of view instead of the mer-peoples. A lot of people think that Pearl is the Little Mermaid but it is clear about a third of the way through that she isn’t. She is an extra character that was turned into a main. Friend to the Prince who falls in love with a mermaid who saves his life.

    The story is what sticks in my mind when it comes to Midnight Pearls; the characters are just blips of info dumps. It is interesting reading The Little Mermaid from a completely different view, and the story is definitely engaging.

    What detract the most from Midnight Pearls though is the drawn out beginning and the lightning fast finish. We spent half the book on Pearl and her problems and the last quarter on the actual Little Mermaid story. Everything happens so quickly that it leaves you definitely wanting more, but not in the best of ways.

    Midnight Pearls is a very quick read and a nice fresh perspective on a classic. Nice and light, good for a beach read, if you feel like having mermaid fantasies for the rest of the day.

    Saturday, August 14, 2010

    What should I read next? Round 2

    Okie dokie so a couple of months ago I asked you guys to help choose which books I would read next.

    The winners were:

    Interview With The Vampire
    Blue Bloods

    Stray as you know I have read and loved! Interview I am struggling with a little (I still haven't finished it) and Blue Bloods I started last week and really enjoyed (the review will be up soon).

    So now we have our next five choices.

    Darkborn by Alison Sinclair

    The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

    Need by Carrie Jones

    Lament by Maggie Steifvater

    What's A Ghoul to Do? by Victoria Laurie

    So, there are the choices. I will put a poll up as well and whatever you guys pick...will be what I read next.

    Thursday, August 12, 2010

    Question of the Week: Do you reviews affect your buying?

    Monday's Question of the Day is hosted by Eleni at La Femme Readers

    Question: How influential are reviews when selecting a book to read?(Thanks to Brain Candy Book Reviews for the question idea!)

    My Answer: Usually I find new books to read through reviewers. It usually only takes one positive review for my attention to be brought to a book. Then if the cover appeals to me...I will most likely buy it. If however the cover doesn't appeal to me...well...I probably won't.

    We know how judgemental I am of book covers darlings....

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010

    Award Time!: The Versatile Blogger Award

    Yeay! I got an award! Much thanks go to the awesomeness that is
    Here's how the award works:
    1) Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.
    2) Share 7 things about yourself.
    3) Pass the award along to 15 blogger's who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason
    ( in no particular order)
    4) Contact the blogger's you have picked and let them know about the award!
    7 things about me:
    1. I HATE Spiders! I'm even scared of killing them! Because I'm scared that word will get back to the other spiders and they'll come after me...
    2. I have only ever had one accident whilst driving...I pulled out on a bus...and it hit me - that is not including stationary things I have hit...because I didn't do any damage with those things :D
    3. I have a driving playlist that keeps me calm...and stops me from speeding. A mix of Michael Buble and Hoobastank.
    4. I have failed two exams in my life. Tax and a Yr 8 maths exam :(
    5. I LOVE Cadbury's Marble chocolate! It is my favourite and I can sit down to a family block on a regular occasion
    6. I hate bookmarks! They annoy me because I don't actually need them. Any bookmarks I get signed I put in my scrapbook for safe keeping.
    7. I love reading in odd positions - usually involving lying on my back with my legs propped against the wall...or sticking out of the car window (one of my favourites...so comfy!)
    And the award goes to (I haven't been discovering lately...but these are my latest obsessions):

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    Droolworthy Covers: Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer

    I really like this cover...when I first looked at it though...I thought: Far out, how could anyone think that is attractive.

    What am I on about? The eyeliner.

    Yeah sure, big eyes. Emphasise the eyes. Bring out the colour.

    But this is just...eww in my books.

    This is for teens. yes?

    We want teens to think that's pretty?

    I thought that was pretty when I was fourteen...but I just don't have the eyes for eyeliner...it looks weird on me.

    But that just detracts from the whole cover by making her look like a sixteen year old who is trying to sneak into a uni party.

    Gorgeous cover otherwise...but the eyeliner....


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