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Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Little, Brown. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Karou is just another art student in Prague with a sketch book full of characters “gorgeously rendered and deeply strange“: Issa, part serpent; giraffe necked Twiga; Yasri, with a parrot beak; and Brimstone with his great ram’s [...]

BBAW: Community II

Today’s daily topic for Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Community II! My post explaining BBAW. From the BBAW website: “Share your tips for finding and keeping community in book blogging despite the hectic demands made on your time and the overwhelming number of blogs out there. If you’re struggling with finding a community, share your concerns and [...]

Pull Up a Chair, Have a Cup of Blood

Today is the release date for The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey. Now, usually I don’t announce these types of things, but this is special. As you may remember, it was a bit dicey there whether or not the publisher for the Monstrumologist series would commit to a fourth book. Fans made it known [...]

BBAW: Community

Today’s daily topic for Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Community! My post explaining BBAW. From the BBAW website: “highlight a couple of bloggers that have made book blogging a unique experience for you. They can be your mentors, a blogger that encouraged you to try a different kind of book, opened your eyes to a new issue, [...]

Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2011

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Book Blogger Appreciation Week starts tomorrow! It runs from Monday, September 12 (also my sis’s birthday — Happy Birthday, B!) to Friday, September 16. What is Book Blogger Appreciation Week? Let’s step back, first, and ask, what is a book blogger? The answer is simple: it’s someone who blogs about books. About the books they [...]

YALSA NonFiction Award Update

An update on the YALSA NonFiction Award for all of you who are planning on attending Midwinter! From the YALSA Wiki: “Monday, January 23. Morris & Nonfiction Award Program & Presentation from 10:30 AM to noon. Come to this free event and help YALSA celebrate the 2012 honorees and winners for the Morris Award and YA [...]

Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Elisa, Princess of Orovalle, weds Alejandro de Vega, King of Joya d’Arena on her sixteenth birthday. Elisa is not just a princess; she is also the bearer of the blue Godstone, lodged in [...]

A Codex Is Good Enough For Me

Books and ebooks, oh my, oh my. Lots and lots of talk on this one. I’m still in the camp that, just like film and TV didn’t destroy plays but rather resulted in new story experiences, so, too, will ebooks create a new type of storytelling and — like plays — “traditional books,” even if [...]

Review: Isle of Blood

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The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey. Book 3 in the Monstrumologist Series. Simon & Schuster. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: It is February 1889 and thirteen year old Will Henry and his mentor / employer, monstrumologist Pellinore Warthrop, get a special delivery from their old friend Jack Kearns.  The gift is [...]

Hurricane Irene: the follow up

Thanks to Hurricane Irene, I was without power from late Saturday night to sometime on Thursday. I am very, very thankful that the damage from Irene was limited to several days without power and the consequences of no power. Yes, it was frustrating and trying and depressing to have no power; to not be able [...]