2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Michael has read 1 book toward his goal of 50 books.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Guess That Novel (12)

Guess That Novel is a weekly meme hosted by me, The Subtle Chronicler, ever Wednesdays. The purpose? To put up a random quote from a random book and try to see who the biggest fans are as they try to guess which novel it is from. Sounds easy. If you're the one posting it.

So how about starting last weeks post and announcing the winner?

The backwash from the naming ceremony persisted for several days. ------ disappeared again, and --- spent fruitless hours searching the woods surrounding Marisa Pines, visiting all familiar haunts. When he did find him two days' walk away in a hunter's shelter on the shores of Ghost Lake, ------ wasn't fishing, or hunting, or reading. Just sitting, staring out at the lake.

Funny thing actually, someone, coughJessicacough, answered it with the wrong book title. Tsk tsk. But the winner who first answered it correctly was. . . -drumroll-

Kelli! from I'd So Rather Be Reading! Congratulations! She answered The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. Check out her blog, follow and comment! Do it. Do it now.

Haha, let's step away from crazy dude.

I think it's about the right time to put up this weeks quote.

I was in the gazebo thinking of the photo, thinking of my mother, when ------- got up in the middle of the night and crept across the hall. I watched her as I would a burglar circling a house in a movie. I knew when she turned the knob to my room it would give. I knew she would get in, but what would she do in there? Already my private territory had become a no man's land in the middle of our house. My mother had not touched it.

Just put your answer in here by answering the required questions. If you have a blog put the link on it so I can feature it on the post. If you don't have a blog no worries. But stick around for next week to see who got the answer right! Leave comments on the blog for the hell of it. =D

Tuesday's Novel Spotlight (9)

Yesterday two Sophomore books were released. When I say Sophomore, I mean that they are book 2 of a collection of books. What books were they?

I still haven't exactly read the first books for either. With the exception of actually in the process of reading The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. But I am, nonetheless, really excited for these books. Only because their covers are so friggen intense and the stories are just pure epicness.

So what exactly are they about? Let's find out.

Ascendant by Diana Peterfruend;

Astrid Llewelyn is now a fully-trained unicorn hunter, but she's learning she can't solve all her problems with just a bow and arrow. Her boyfriend Giovanni has decided to leave Rome, the Cloisters is in dire financial straits, her best friend's powers seem to be mysteriously disintegrating, and Astrid fears that school, home, and her hopes of becoming a scientist are nothing but impossible dreams.

So when she's given the opportunity to leave the Cloisters and put her skills to use as part of a scientific quest to discover The Remedy, Astrid leaps at the chance. Finally, she can have exactly what she wants...or can she? At the Gordian Pharmaceuticals headquarters deep in the French countryside, Astrid begins to question everything she thought she believed: her love for Giovanni, her loyalty to the Cloisters, and - most of all - her duty as a hunter. Should Astrid be saving the world from killer unicorns, or saving the unicorns from the world?

The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima;

You can't always run from danger...

Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, Han Alister journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House in Oden's Ford. But leaving the Fells doesn't mean danger isn't far behind. Han is hunted every step of the way by the Bayars, a powerful wizarding family set on reclaiming the amulet Han stole from them. And Mystwerk House has dangers of its own. There, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darker parts of sorcery-but the bargain they make is one Han may regret.

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana'Marianna runs from a forced marriage in the Fells, accompanied by her friend Amon and his triple of cadets. Now, the safest place for Raisa is Wein House, the military academy at Oden's Ford. If Raisa can pass as a regular student, Wein House will offer both sanctuary and the education Raisa needs to succeed as the next Gray Wolf queen.

The Exiled Queen is an epic tale of uncertain friendships, cut-throat politics, and the irresistible power of attraction.

So there you have it. Two awesome must-reads that just came out yesterday. Have you bought them already? Any thoughts on them? Just leave some comments down below and discuss what you think of them.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Introducing Tahlia Newland

Tahlia Newland is going to be a debut author soon enough. She's writing a novel called Lethal Inheritance which will be book one of the four-part Diamond Peak Series. On her website, which I'm checking out right now, she says that she has written scripts for theater in education and a book of short stories for children.

So, she has experience in writing at least. That's already awesome. She's also working on an adult fantasy novel called, Captive.

Aside from all of this she's also a high school teacher and is a mask maker. Mask makers are actually pretty cool and they're also very stylish. I mean I wouldn't put one up on my bedroom wall since I'll feel like they're staring into my soul as I sleep and that scares the crap out of me. But in a living room or such it would be awesome. Aside from that she lives in Australia which I've always wanted to go to.

Now aside from information about her because we don't want to be a stalker, let's talk about her books.

I actually forgot to introduce the titles to the next three sequels. They are, Stalking Shadows, Demon's Grip and Eternal Destiny. Already the titles jump out to me and make me wonder.

They are YA fantasy novels and different. There's no vampires, werewolves and faeries. There's demons and mind powers to name a few. And how she puts it, it's urban mixed in with non-urban. I'd like to see how that plays out.

She promises that it's good and I believe her. That's why I have to check it out. But instead of babbling on, why not tell you what it's about. And this is from her website.

If last night was real then Ariel should be dead, but her mother has disappeared, there are bruise marks on her neck and that hideous beast in the photo looks frighteningly familiar.

When demons kidnap her mother, Ariel is catapulted into a mysterious realm in a hidden layer of reality. Stuck on a rescue mission she doesn't want, she must negotiate an intriguing and unpredictable world where demons who feed on fear are hunting her, and they're aiming to kill.

She needs help fast, but can she trust the quirky old guide who says he can teach her how to fine tune her mind into a powerful weapon? And what should she do about Nick, whose power is more than he or she can handle?

I can't wait until this novel is released because I'll be picking up a copy on the first day. Check her website out over here where she shares the progress of having her novel published and such. And if you want to check out her masks and stuff and are into that, click here . They're really good and awesome.

So yea, keep your eye out for her and help her make it out there into the big world!

Monday's Novel Talk (13)

Finally! Happy Monday Everyone! I finished part of my Psychology homework and thought I deserved a break and posted up a post. So I am. And I've been thinking, Monday's Novel Talk seems very bland and I might need a new name for it. So I shall keep on thinking until I get a new name for it and then BAM!

Anyway onto novel talks. I finished Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder and it was good. I'll try to get more into it with a review later on.

But I finally started The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. I love this author, she is amazing and I just love her stories and ideas and her writing style. I'm only on page 12/13 but already a lot has happened. And I love the magic she creates. But why am I on page 12/13 only?

Because I'm trying to finish smaller books first so that I can finish this pile of books to read. Which means I'm reading The First Escape by G.P. Taylor part of The Dopple Ganger Chronicles. It's part story part graphic novel which is why I'm reading it first. Now, I kind of have an issue with it.

In the back are two quotes from reviews. One of them says;

"The new C.S. Lewis."
-Heaven and Earth Show, BBC

While the other says;

"Hotter than Potter."
-London Times

This made me think that this story was amazing and it gives high expectations to people. Challenging Lewis and Rowling are tough jobs. Both authors created amazing worlds that no one can deny.

And so far, Taylor isn't meeting the challenge. I mean I'm not trying to attack him or anything but he's no where near those two. He is a good author. I'm loving the story and the way it is formatted with the graphic novel in-between is a change I like. But it's not actually UP there with those two authors. But no offence to the author! You're still a good writer!

I'm currently on page 94/95 and I hope to finish it today or at least tomorrow to start book 2. They're really fast reads because like I said they're different. And I do enjoy the story.

And then there's Naked Empire by Terry Goodkind. Which I am still reading! Still on Chapter 17 Page 175. It's not that I've stopped reading because I haven't. I'm just trying to get these smaller books out of the way. And since the show was cancelled I want Richard, Kahlan and Cara to continue in my life. So I'll get back to it once my pile has reduced.

So this is status for today. What have you guys been reading? Leave the comments down below and I'll respond also =D

I also have to get an image for here. Perhaps in a month or so I can ask Leonor for another button xD

In My Mailbox/Book Haul (4)

I know that I'm late, but In My Mailbox is a weekly meme where you talk about and show the books you got for the week. Either in the mail, bought, gotten from the library or given. However way you got them. It's not showing off, just showing people in case they're looking for recommendations. It is hosted by The Story Siren so go check out her blog and if you haven't already, which you should have, follow her!

Anyway, let's see what I got this week. More like last week and the week before. Since sunday passed and I'm showing from the week before also. ANYWAY!

Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey

On Solange's sixteenth birthday, she is going to wake up dead. As if that's not bad enough, she also has to outwit her seven overprotective old brothers, avoid the politics involved with being the only daughter born to an ancient vampire dynasty, and elude Kieran Black - agent of an anti-vampire league who is searching for his father's killer and is intent on staking Solange and her entire family.

Luckily she has her own secret weapon - her human best friend Lucy - who is willing to defend Solange's right to a normal life, whether she's being smothered by her well-intentioned brothers or abducted by a power-hungry queen. Two unlikely alliances are formed in a race to save Solange's eternal life - Lucy and Solange's brother Nicholas, and Solange and Kieran Black - in a dual romance that that is guaranteed to jump start any romance-lover's heart.

A Lesson In Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

A Lesson Before Dying is set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s. Jefferson, a young black man, is an unwitting party to a liquor store shootout in which three men are killed; the only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, who left his hometown for the university, has returned to the plantation school to teach. As he struggles with his decision whether to stay or escape to another state, his aunt and Jefferson's godmother persuade him to visit Jefferson in his cell and impart his learning and his pride to Jefferson before his death. In the end, the two men forge a bond as they come to understand the simple heroism of resisting - and defying - the expected.

So those are the two books I got in the past two weeks. Hearts at Stake I won in a contest and A Lesson Before Dying is for my class in College. -__-

I'm excited about Hearts at Stake though! Sounds really good.

On another note, Leonor has loved me once more and made a button for a Saturday post. So Saturday I have a new post coming up. It's not about books so you'll have to check it out. It's a mix of different posts each Saturday. Sounds wtf but you'll see.

So this is yesterday's post. Which means I have to post today again. I shall get to that. =D

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Guess That Novel (11)

Guess That Novel is a weekly post hosted by me every Wednesdays. Or, I try to make it every Wednesday but things always get in the way and they come out on different days. Yea, excuses, excuses. Blah.

Anyway, last week there wasn't a quote to guess, just a quote so this week we start fresh. -hears cheering in the background-.


Anyway! I have to choose a book to see some quotes so I'll just go ahead and do that as you guys and girls wait. -whistles-

Minutes later, I have found a book!

The backwash from the naming ceremony persisted for several days. ------ disappeared again, and --- spent fruitless hours searching the woods surrounding Marisa Pines, visiting all their familiar haunts. When he did find him two days' walk away in a hunter's shelter on the shores of Ghost Lake, ------ wasn't fishing, or hunting, or reading. Just sitting, staring out at the lake.

So there it goes. Your job? Guess the novel this passage is from and the author. The ------ and --- are two different names although you don't have to guess them. They're just blanked out so it won't give much away.

Like last time, instead of putting the answers in the comments, fill out this form here and if you have a blog, add your blog link so that I can pimp it out on next weeks post.

Also, just because you don't put the answers in the comments doesn't mean you shouldn't. For every comment you leave, I'll give you any cookie of your liking. No one can resist cookies! So, until next week, Happy Guessing!!!

Tuesday's Novel Spotlight (8)

The novel of this week is not really a novel. Technically, it's actually novels. In fact it's about 18 novels although I only own 17. Here's the details. There's three series in one. The first is Deltora Quest which involves eight books. Deltora Shadowlands which is three books. Then Dragon's of Deltora which is four books. The others are stand-alone novels which is just a bestiary for all the monsters and the history of Deltora and some secrets of the past. It's all pretty interesting.

Now, the story behind how I found them. I was in 7th grade when I was sitting in math class and my teacher had a bookcase. Weird, I know. A math class with a bookcase. It's my favorite math class to date. Anyway, she would allow us to read books in class and if we wanted to take them home we would just sign the paper saying what we had and take them, returning them after.

I saw the first eight books there towards the end of the year and began reading them. Mind you they're around 200 pages long each book, so it's really really short. I got up to the seventh book before school ended. And then I went to eighth grade and never read them again. One day, my junior year of High School, I'm sitting in class with a friend who I graduated with in eighth grade and we start talking about our classes before. When we came to the subject of the bookcase in the math class. Turns out he read it also and here we were trying to figure out the names of the books and it was so hard to remember something from years ago.

Finally, I remembered the name with much research and got all the books down. I added them to my list and next thing I know I ordered the first seventeen. I remember it was Summer yet I don't remember which Summer it was. I think it was the Summer from my Junior to Senior transition. But I do remember, because I read mostly at night in the peace and quiet, that I would read from midnight until around two in the morning and finish a book. Sometimes I would finish one book and start the next one. So it took about two weeks to finish them all.

The memories all just flooded back and I remembered certain parts, but because it was years ago, I was shocked at others. I just felt like my childhood was currently going on. Until it stopped then it got snapped into adulthood, which sucks by the way. Now, I know for a fact you guys are all like, "Shut the hell up Mike! What are these books about?!"

Well here it goes you damn snotty people. I'm just kidding, I love you guys.

Books One through Eight, focus on three main characters, going around Deltora and finding a Gem Stone that represents each tribe and land that makes up Deltora. There is;
  • Topaz
  • Ruby
  • Opal
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Emerald
  • Amethyst
  • Diamond
Each gem has a different power and they must be added to a belt that was forged so that Deltora can be saved from the Shadow Lord.

*Look at the name of the gems and look at the name Deltora. You should see something awesome if you actually pay attention to them.*

In the following two series in a series, the main characters go to save the people of Deltora who have been captured and must find the Dragons of Deltora to defeat the Shadow Lord once and for all. But do they really defeat him? Who knows?

They're really good books, really fast read. You can read the first eight in about a day. It's very light read and its usually for grade schoolers. But if you like to read anything for the story, you'll get over the fact that its for the younger generation. A story is a story after all.

The other books like I said, are just more information. A bestiary to find more information of the creatures of Deltora. Tales of Deltora talks about how the Dragons roamed free and how the Gems came to be. Secrets of Deltora, as you can tell, gives us the dirty secrets we all want to know. Like who murdered who in the past. *Shocking*

Before I leave you all to go attend to your business', I would just like to say Congratulations to Veronica and Cristiano for getting to the four months. It's possibly the longest she's ever put up with someone. Except me which has been a few years now. But may you two forever be young and in love. And don't be stupid.

And with this, I bid ye all farewell. Now get out!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Monday's Novel Talk (12)

Good Morning, Good Afternoon and/or Good Evening. Wherever you are, I got you. Or if your in space. . . Wassap!

Anyway, I'm trying to cut down the pile of books in my To Be Read Pile. So I'm reading the smaller books first and then going to the heavy ones after. That way I get most out of the way by this year.

So no change in Naked Empire and The Demon King but I did finish Clockwork Angel which I think I mentioned that I did and have started Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder. So far, how am I liking it?

I haven't read much of the, I'm stuck inside a prison and have to get out, type of stories. My first was Incarceron and this is my second. But I'm liking it. I mean it has its moments where it sounds like a math problem and I'm all like -____- and whenever I read action parts in it, it gets a bit blurry for me. But otherwise, I'm liking it. I'm getting to a good part where people are starting to put themselves in the situation going on. And it's like oh crap! And some characters I'm seriously wondering if they should be trust or not. I'm not sure so I'll have to keep reading.

I'm not that far though, I don't think I've reached Page 100 yet. Or I'm in page 100 or near or something. But I have a question. I have to do homework but I want to clean.

Shall I clean first then do homework? Or shall I do homework then clean? These are the choices haha and I'm stuck on them -__-

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Guess That Novel (10)

Sorry for not posting this week basically. It's been very chaotic and just heart-breaking. Aside from my sister being in the hospital with an anxiety attack, a fellow friend has passed away on Friday.

Not joking around, if you guys could just stop everything for one minute and just have a moment of silence for him. He was a really great guy and he will surely be missed. And it was more than friendship. It's like family.

You see, there's this site called chamberofchat.com and I've been on it for about 5 years. Along with most of the other originals. It's about 5 years old so we've been on since the beginning. And through these 5 years, the originals have been really close. Webcamming and talking and sending gifts to each other and meeting up. He was part of that but now he's not here anymore. He may be physically gone but he will never truly be gone. And I'd like to dedicate this post to him, Landon Woodrow, you will always be on our hearts.

And with that, he would want all of his friends and family to live life as much as we can with him still close by in our hearts. So this is for you, this happiness.

To start off, last weeks quote was....

"He's been living in a cave." Abby took the keyboard back, typed "Irish Travelers" in the Google box, and got 12,000 hits.

The first person to answer and who got it right was, Andrea aka MG from Loud Words & Sounds who said that it was Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton! Awesome job, since the book isn't even out yet =P

But this week we have another quote. But it's not really one to guess.

"To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure." -Albus Dumbledore.

Landon, that's for you because I know right now you're being bad-ass and just rocking out. We love you and one day we'll all be together again.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Tuesday's Novel Spotlight (7)

I have yet to write a review for Incarceron and I have no idea why. For some reason I just can not write a review. Perhaps it is because I keep on thinking of good things to say when there is one particular thing about it that keeps bothering me. And that is what I am going to talk about today. That one specific part that might have ruined everything for me.


There is a scene in Incarceron where Claudia and Jared are looking at these little worlds and see one where there is animals on this land or something. You will only get it if you have read it. But that really bothered me. I thought it was really an odd thing to add to the story. Very tacky and for some reason it did not quite fit.

And now the funny thing is that as I am trying to write this, I can not. For some reason my ideas get blocked as if there is not much to say about this. It is pretty weird and I guess I might as well say how I felt about the book. Since a review is not going to be available soon.

I liked the book. I thought it was a change, it was my first ever book about a prison-like world. I liked the concept and the characters but it was just, I do not know, weird? It is hard to explain something when you have no idea what it is. And it gets me frustrated that I can not say what I want!

Maybe I should re-read the book to get deeper into it. Hmm, -thinks-. And I just noticed that Catherine Fisher's writing style is similar to Herbie Brennan's. And weird enough, both of their books were good but at one point they introduced something that just did not cut it for me.

So, perhaps I do have to read the book again, but I will not do it now. Perhaps next year or so.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

An Explanation

I love how I think I'm full of excuses but it's true! My sister was in the hospital so I didn't post for two days and I was tired and all so I'm going to try to post Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday's posts right now. But in the mean time, I'd like to show you guys a picture of guys touching a girl. It was her birthday so she deserved the attention. Even if it is a bit . . . well you know. I'm the one with the Plaid shirt. And yes someone is behind her.


And this is really pissing me off but the font is not going correct! URG! No matter what I do it'll be HUGE and the same font which I don't even know which font that is because I'll put Arial or Times and it'll be the same crap. -___- Am I seriously the only one experiencing this?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday's Novel Talk (11)

Happy Monday my fellow 203 followers! YAY! I'm getting away from the 100's quicker! Haha! Anyway, aside from my crazy mind I have been reading a bit. Not much because of classes but I'm trying to finish Clockwork Angel really really soon.

I'm on Page 192 and we're supposed to meet Magnus Bane and he's like my favorite character in this world. So I can't wait to see how he's different or the same back in the day. I actually like this set of characters more than I do of the other three. They're just more interesting to me. Or it might just be the time period that makes them even more interesting. No idea. =D Hopefully I'll finish this one this week so I can move on to other books such as
The Demon King and Naked Empire

I feel like I should get another weekly post for Monday's since they tend to be really short. If you guys have any ideas just leave a comment down below. I'll also be thinking of some stuff to post up. More stuff to post up actually haha. So yea, leave comments down below. I always respond to people and interact with you guys.

So until tomorrow! xD

Oh on another note. Some really weird crap has been going on. My post fonts aren't being consistent. I use Arial, Normal. And it keeps changing by itself to different stuff and it's starting to piss me off. =D But is this just me or is others having the same problem?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Book Review: Bitten

I finished this book some time ago and had written a review but it wasn't what I wanted so I waited until I got my spark to change it up. It might be blah now, but it was worse before.

Title: Bitten
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Pages: 436
Rating: E for Exceeds Expectations
Review: I want to feel the excruciating pain of the Change. Be able to run free, and smell things from a mile away. Feel the fear of humans and creatures alike. Taunt them, play with them, let them know that I am able to kill every last one of them without a swift, easy movement. I want to be part of the Pack. Hunt down Mutts who are causing enough trouble to deserve death. I want the curse. I want to be a Werewolf.

Elena is not a teen like other heroines in most novels. She’s in her thirties so that’s a change, possibly for the better. Her mind is not being plagued with thoughts of high school crushes and what she should wear tomorrow and if Bobby is into her and will ask her to the Winter Formal. She grew up with a rough life. Her parents died when she was young and she was moved from foster home to foster home, never finding a place that would keep her long enough. Until she was bitten, then she found a family. The Pack. All she wanted was the perfect life. A life she never had. Kids, a husband, a job. Everything everyone dreamed of. But she can’t. She’s cursed.

Elena is living with her boyfriend Phillip when she receives an urgent call. Mutts are attacking the people in Stonehaven, the land where Elena used to live with the Pack and they need her help to track them down. But not only does her “family” live there, the one who changed her does too. It would be impossible to miss him, even with a bag over her head. You may have guessed it already, but this novel is also a Romance Novel. About 25% of it.

Now, aside from the awesome wolf scenes. There is the occasional human scene where we get to learn more and more about Elena as a person. I do admit that these scenes were a bit slow, I, myself, would rather read about her messing with some human and attempting to kill some evil doers. But a novel can’t be all fun and games. We have to learn about some things the hard way.

But, perhaps that is just me. I’d rather read the werewolf side rather than the human side because I’m a guy. During her werewolf moments it is more about the adrenaline and the hunt. Where her human side is more about the emotions. Not to mention the steamy sex scenes where the guy is described yet not the girl. Talk about let down. Not in a pervish way. I’m a guy, I’d rather read about girls. Not graphic but whatever.

Kelley Armstrong’s writing was a bit of a mix for me. Like I said, when she was in werewolf mode everything was exciting. Only to be brought to a more calmer side during her human mode. It changed too much for me to fully understand and grasp her style. There wasn’t really a consistency with her writing. But how she wrote the story itself, I actually like it. Except for the ending. While it is shocking, it was just another girl novel for me. The way that a certain character was treated, left behind and forgotten broke my heart. Not because I’ve been there before, perhaps it is, but because I feel for people like that. Just because she had a connection with one person doesn’t mean that she should just forget the other.

Perhaps, that’s what threw me off at the end. Aside from the writing, the romance scenes and the ending, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I just don’t think it’s one of her best works though.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Thursday's Author Spotlight (7)

I had the privilege of being able to read a book by an author who is debuting her first YA novel soon, but not her first novel in general. Before I got the book, I thought it would be a good novel but I never expected it to be really good.

Kersten Hamilton surely is an amazing author. Born in High Rolls, New Mexico, in 1958, Hamilton, like many other authors, looks to be younger than she really is. I am beginning to suspect that all authors are part of this cult where they become immortal and trade in their ideas for more years in their lives. I will be part of that one day. =O

Kersten Hamilton, by the age of six, already knew what she wanted to be when she grew up. A writer. How many writers at that age were already able to predict their future? Not many, but she's part of them. And how lucky are we to have her as a writer. To elaborate on the few sentences up top;

I first saw Tyger, Tyger on netgalley and thought it looked interesting. You know the saying, don't judge a book by its cover? Well I sometimes do. Horrible I know, but EVERYONE does it. Anyway, I got interested and looked at what it was about. Goblins. Well there's a change. So I added it to my list of books to read. A week or so later, I received an email from Kersten Hamilton herself. Talking about her book and if I would be able to review a copy for her to read online.

I quickly apologized because reading online is horrible for me. It's not that I don't like it, it's more that I can't do it. It kills my eyesight and I won't be able to see anything for the day. (I wear glasses but never wear them since I need to buy new ones and am too lazy to go.) So a week passed and I worked up the courage, and apologized some more, if there were any actual book form ARC copies of the book. She said she'll ask and she did! Next thing I knew, I had the book in my hand and was super excited.

I finally read the book and HOLY CRAP! I seriously can't wait for it to actually be released in November. It's one of those books where it's all new to you. The story, characters, the villains. Everything was new and exciting to me. And let me tell you, I now love Goblins. I actually always did but now I want to read more of Goblins. I just can't wait until book 2 is released. And book 1 is yet to be released O.o it's that good.

Now you should all go and pre-order a copy of the novel.

Tyger Tyger (November 2010)

Pre-order it or just go out and buy it on the first day. Plus, I'm completely behind her 100% because it's not about vampires. It's a different mythical being all together. That's different, unique and better. Plus Vampires suck. Just saying.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Dude who should be posting say what?

Sorry I didn't post today. Yesterday I forgot to schedule it and today I was super tired to the point that I was falling asleep in class, and then I had so much homework and already I have papers due next week and this just isn't cool. Blah! I'm hating history already -___-

But tomorrow I have class from 8:30-9:50 so I will put up two posts. I will put up today's and tomorrow's. Yes, I have a review for you all. YAY! lol. I still think it sucks, I have to edit it and such. But blah. So yea there's my life in a nutshell now I'm going to go to sleep because I have a major headache. Until tomorrow! Goodnight my followers!!!! XD

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Guess That Novel (9)

My fellow people! How I love you all! My followers count is going up again! YAY! Anyway, I love my classes so far. The first day was great, I got a book bag finally, and am going to buy my books tomorrow. =D

Anyway, I'm starting this Guess That Novel over. Not from 1 but I won't follow the previous one.

So this is how it'll go. I'm giving you a short paragraph and you answer the question, which novel is it from and who wrote it?

"He's been living in a cave." Abby took the keyboard back, typed "Irish Travelers" in the Google box, and got 12,000 hits.

Okay, a hint, the book still hasn't been really released officially. And yes I have read it.

So, to answer this question click this link (thisone) and fill it out. That way no one can copy your answer. No one will know who got it first and no one will know what other people say. But to make me feel better you should still comment down there with whether you think you got it right or not. That'll make me feel a lot better because I love comments.

The true question is, can you Guess That Novel?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Blog Tag! 8 Questions For Me? How Nice!

Reading, Reading & Life tagged everyone who was tagged by MultipleMama. The whole thing is to answer eight question left on their site. Now, for the questions!

Why did you start blogging?
I always loved to read and write and just thought that I could have fun doing both of them by connecting with people. Plus I wanted to entertain people with my awesomeness!

If you could travel anywhere in the world with no restrictions of costs, where would it be and why?
Easy! New Zealand and Scotland for the majestic views. Japan for the culture. Italy, France, Greece and Spain for the wonderful sights and histories. And about everywhere else in the world! I would say Portugal but I go there so often xD

Did you have a teacher in school that had a great influence on your life? If so, what?
Funny you ask that! My 9th grade English teacher who I despised, loathed and hated. Strong words to say about a person but I'm telling you she was horrible. A liar on top of that telling us she was the first fire-lady! YOU LIE! But because she would pick on me, and I vividly remember her calling me a dog and that I was searching for food, I started writing to show her how I'm better than her and everything. And because of that I started writing my novel and it's a huge impact in my life because it's what I want to do. It is my life now.

If you could spend a day with a famous person, who would it be, and what would you do?
Oh dear Merlin, this one is a toughy. There's so many famous people I want to spend a day with. J.K. Rowling because she's amazing and just being around her would be amazing! Evanna Lynch and Emma Watson would be to hang out and talk and chill. Stephenie Meyer to ask her WHY!?!?! I can't narrow this down, it'll keep going on so I shall stop here. =D

Toilet paper - over or under?
What an odd yet entertaining question. Over, if you put it under I will hit you with it. Although it won't hurt but I'll make you fear it! Just kidding, or am I? o.O

Tell about your pets - if any.
4 dogs, all beagles, three females and one male. And two birds, I'm sure they're Parakeets. A female and a male couple. Always kissing and making out and they will not shut up during dinner. Yet when it's over they're really quiet. -__-

Do you live in a small town or a large town? (You don't have to name the town.)
I already have stalkers so who cares. Newark is a pretty big city. And I hate it. Well not all of it just most of it. I'd rather be near some mountains! A lake, some woods and even hills. But no. . . all I see is buildings. Oh and I'm from New Jersey. YEA JOISEY!

Tag! You're it now! Take the same eight questions and make a post with the questions and answers and then tag everyone else. Fill out that form to add your blog so that everyone else can see. Don't be shy, it's fun!

Tuesday's Novel Spotlight (6)

Today is a special day. For one novel that has been talked about all summer has just been released!

Firelight by Sophie Jordan is about this girl with a big secret. She's actually a Dragon who is hiding in the form of a human only because she and others are being hunted by Hunters. Jacinda must live in the human world and adapt to the strangeness around her, or it will be the end of her beautiful life.

Now this seems pretty amazing. A Dragon who is able to hide him/herself as a human. And I'm pretty sure that I read somewhere that each Dragon has a special power. Jacinda is the ability to breath fire. I'm pretty sure that was how it went.

Now, I've never read anything by this author, so while the story might seem amazing the author might not be. But I have faith in her enough to trust her and buy this book. When I get money that is. -__-

I'm also kind of eh because of the old dragon story. Last time I read something about dragons I kind of stopped on book two and never continued. coughEragon&Eldestcough. I haven't read any other dragon novels, although I do have Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke. I still haven't read it though. But hopefully this is good enough.

Like I said the book is released today, so if your buying it, tell us how it is. And I do remember that ARC of this novel have been out already, so if you have read it already tell me what you guys think. Do you think I'll like this novel? Is it worth buying? Does this make dragons look cool?

Leave your comments below! xD

Now I must get ready for class. -dies- History 102, here I come!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Monday's Novel Talk (10)

Hello all. Michael here. For some reason, I've been feeling as if my blog posts have been missing the umph and the hurrah that I gave before. But I'll try to add that back in if I remember how. O.o

Anyway, on to the books I'm reading. The Naked Empire by Terry Goodkind. Still on the same page as last week. Just getting smaller books out of the way. Still haven't actually started reading The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. Although I will read it next. Unless another book gets in the way. -_- I'll try to read it before The Exiled Queen is released.

Anyway, going to the book I am reading at the moment. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare! I'm currently on Page 30, Chapter 2. I've only read a Chapter per night. Sucks, I know but I've been tired. So far, the Prologue and Chapter I have been good enough to grab my attention. I'm already comfortable enough with Cassandra Clare to not feel foreign with any of her works. And since the world is the same as her previous novels it's even better.

So far nothing exciting has happened except demon slayage, dead girl, girl kidnapped, brother missing etc etc. We met some characters like James aka Jem, Will, Tessa and Dark Sisters. All seem full of life and are interesting enough to create the story.

It's still too early to actually go into it but I know what the Clockwork Angel is already. All I want to know is what it holds. =O

Anyway, hopefully I'll finish really, really soon. If you've read any of these novels, comment with your thoughts. Really, comment. I haven't had comments in the longest. So sad haha. Breaking my heart. But I'll see you all tomorrow!

Classes start tomorrow too! Holy crap. . . . -dies-
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