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28 May 2014 @ 03:54 pm
This is #ireadYA week, and for those who haven't noticed, I read YA. To celebrate, I'm recommending 16 of my favorite YA fantasies. This was a HARD list for me to make, and I only allowed myself one series per author, but as a general rule I love everything these authors have done! In no particular order:


1. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
3. The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
5. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
6. Every Day by David David Levithan
7. going Bovine by Libba Bray
8. Mistwood by Leah Cypess
9. The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness
10. White Cat by Holly Black
11. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
12. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
13. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
14. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
15. The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
16. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Hanson ~ Lost Without You
13 January 2012 @ 05:13 pm


1. INHERITANCE ~ Christopher Paolini
2. GRACELING ~ Kristin Cashore
5. A MILLION SUNS ~ Beth Revis
6. STARCROSSED ~ Josephine Angelini
7. FIRE ~ Kristin Cashore
8. INCARCERON ~ Catherine Fisher
10. WITHER ~ Lauren DeStefano
11. THE NAME OF THE STAR ~ Maureen Johnson
12. FEVER ~ Lauren DeStefano
13. THE GODDESS TEST ~ Aimee Carter
14. THE GODDESS HUNT ~ Aimee Carter
15. POSSESSION ~ Elana Johnson
17. THE HUNGER GAMES ~ Suzanne Collins
18. CITY OF BONES ~ Cassandra Clare
20. CITY OF ASHES ~ Cassandra Clare
22. CITY OF GLASS ~ Cassandra Clare
23. WHITE CAT ~ Holly Black
24. RED GLOVE ~ Holly Black
25. BLACK HEART ~ Holly Black
26. CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS ~ Cassandra Clare
27. THINKING STRAIGHT ~ Robin Reardon
28. DIVERGENT ~ Veronica Roth
29. CITY OF LOST SOULS ~ Cassandra Clare
30. INSURGENT ~ Veronica Roth
31. LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR ~ Stefanie Perkins
32. BITTERBLUE ~ Kristin Cashore
33. GLIMMERGLASS ~ Jenna Black
34. REMEDIAL MAGIC ~ Jenna Black
35. SHADOWSPELL ~ Jenna Black
36. SIRENSONG ~ Jenna Black
37. GUILTY PLEASURES ~ Laurell K. Hamilton
38. THE LAUGHING CORPSE ~ Laurell K. Hamilton
39. CIRCUS OF THE DAMNED ~ Laurell K. Hamilton
40. THE LUNATIC CAFE ~ Laurell K. Hamilton
41. BLOODY BONES ~ Laurell K. Hamilton
42. THE KILLING DANCE ~ Laurell K. Hamilton
43. BURNT OFFERINGS ~ Laurell K. Hamilton
44. BLUE MOON ~ Laurell K. Hamilton
45. MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH ~ Bethany Griffin
46. ONCE A WITCH ~ Carolyn MacCollough
47. TREASURE ISLAND ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
48. BAD BOY ~ Walter Dean Myers
49. ALWAYS A WITCH ~ Carolyn MacCollough
51. EVERY DAY ~ David Levithan
52. TEAM HUMAN ~ Sarah Rees Brennan
53. LIES BENEATH ~ Anne Greenwood Brown
54. CARNIVAL OF SOULS ~ Melissa Marr
56. UNSPOKEN ~ Sarah Rees Brennan


1. 01/07/2012 INHERITANCE by Christopher Paolini (Read on Nook)
2. 01/09/2012 GRACELING by Kristin Cashore (Reread aloud on Nook)
3. 01/11/2012 THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green (read on Nook)
4. 01/15/2012 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis (reread on Nook)
5. 01/16/2012 A MILLION SUNS by Beth Revis (read on Nook)
6. 01/19/2012 STARCROSSED by Josephine Angelini (read on Nook)
7. 02/06/2012 FIRE by Kristin Cashore (Read aloud on Nook)
8. 02/09/2012 INCARCERON by Catherine Fisher (Read on Nook)
9. 02/11/2012 THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin (Read aloud on Nook)
10. 02/22/2012 WITHER by Lauren DeStefano (Reread on Nook)
11. 02/22/2012 THE NAME OF THE STAR by Maureen Johnson (read aloud on Nook)
12. 03/01/2012 FEVER by Lauren DeStefano (Read on Nook)
13. 03/03/2011 THE GODDESS TEST by Aimee Carter (Read on Nook)
14. 03/04/2012 THE GODDESS HUNT by Aimee Carter (Read on Nook)
15. 03/10/2012 POSSESSION by Elana Johnson
16. 03/15/2012 AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES by John Green (Reread Paperback)
17. 0322/2012 THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins (Read aloud Hardback)
18. 04/04/2012 CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare (Reread via audiobook)
19. 04/08/2012 GODDESS INTURRUPTED by Aimee Carter (Read on Nook)
20. 04/12/2012 CITY OF ASHES by Cassandra Clare (Reread via audiobook & nook)
21. 04/16/2012 TEN THINGS WE DID by Sarah Mlynowski (Read on Nook)
22. 04/20/2012 CITY OF GLASS by Cassandra Clare (Reread via audiobook & Nook)

2012 Stats
Previously Read Books Reread in 2012: 5
Books Read by New-To-Me Authors: 3
23 May 2011 @ 04:48 pm
Want a personalized ARC of  Lauren DeStefano's amazing YA dystopian novel WITHER or the (ZOMG I WANT IT!) sequel FEVER?! Yeah?


Current Mood: artisticartistic
Current Music: Joe Brooks ~ Hello Mr. Sun
09 January 2011 @ 08:06 pm

1. BLOOD PROMISE ~ Richelle Mead
2. I AM NUMBER FOUR ~ Pittacus Lore
4. SPIRIT BOUND ~ Richelle Mead
5. LAST SACRIFICE ~ Richelle Mead
6. UNWIND ~ Neal Shusterman
7. DELIRIUM ~ Lauren Oliver
9. CRYER'S CROSS ~ Lisa McMann
10. A TOUCH MORTAL ~ Leah Clifford
11. ARTEMIS FOWL ~ Eoin Colfer
12. RED RIDING HOOD ~ Sarah Blakely-Cartwright
13. DESIRES OF THE DEAD ~ Kimberly Derting
14. WITHER ~ Lauren DeStefano
15. RED GLOVE ~ Holly Black
16. CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS ~ Cassandra Clare
17. THE GATHERING ~ Kelley Armstrong
18. ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS ~ Stephanie Perkins
19. INVINCIBLE SUMMER ~ Hannah Moscowitz
20. GRAVEMINDER ~ Melissa Marr
21. MISTWOOD ~ Leah Cypess  
22. NIGHTSPELL ~ Leah Cypess
23. SHINE ~ Lauren Myracle
24. THE DEMON'S LEXICON ~ Sarah Rees Brennan
25. THE DEMON'S COVENANT ~ Sarah Rees Brennan
26. THE DEMON'S SURRENDER ~ Sarah Rees Brennan
27. DIE FOR ME ~ Amy Plum
28. HOURGLASS ~ Myra McEntire
30. SUITE SCARLETT ~ Maureen Johnson
31. SHIVER ~ Maggie Stiefvater
32. BEAUTY QUEENS ~ Libba Bray
33. THE CONTENDER ~ Robert Lipsyte
34. THE GREATEST: MUHAMMED ALI ~ Walter Dean Myers
35. DIVERGENT ~ Veronica Roth
36. THE SLEDDING HILL ~ Chris Crutcher
37. CLOCKWORK ANGEL ~ Cassandra Clare
38. CLOCKWORK PRINCE ~ Cassandra Clare
39. LINGER ~ Maggie Stiefvater
40. FOREVER ~ Maggie Stiefvater
41. ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD ~ Kendare Blake
42. CHIME ~ Franny Billingsley
44. THE ASK AND THE ANSWER ~ Patrick Ness
45. WITCH EYES ~ Scott Tracey
46. MONSTERS OF MEN ~ Patrick Ness
47. THE NEW WORLD ~ Patrick Ness
48. FLESH WHICH IS NOT FLESH ~ Jessica Verday
49. MATCHED ~ Ally Condie
51. ERAGON ~ Christopher Paolini
52. CROSSED ~ Ally Condie
53. ELDEST ~ Christopher Paolini
01. 01/03/2011   BLOOD PROMISE by Richelle Mead (read on Nook)
02. 01/10/2011   I AM NUMBER FOUR by Pittacus Lore.(read aloud with Ande)
03. 01/10/2011   LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green (re-read on Nook)
04. 01/15/2011  SPIRIT BOUND by Richelle Mead (read on Nook)
05. 01/29/2011  LAST SACRIFICE by Richelle Mead (read on Nook)
06. 02/01/2011  UNWIND by Neal Shusterman (Hardback read aloud with Ande)
07. 02/04/2011  DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver (read aloud with Ande on Nook)
08. 02/07/2011 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis (read on Nook)
09. 02/16/2010 CRYER'S CROSS by Lisa McMann (hardback)
10. 03/08/2011 A TOUCH MORTAL by Leah Clifford (read on Nook)
11. 03/09/2011 ARTEMIS FOWL by  Eoin Colfer (read on Nook)
12. 03/14/2011 RED RIDING HOOD by Sarah Blakely-Cartwright (read on Nook)
13. 03/16/2011 DESIRES OF THE DEAD by Kimberly Derting (read on Nook)14. 03/17/2011 WITHER by Lauren DeStefano (ARC)
15. 04/04/2011 RED GLOVE by Holly Black (read on Nook)
16. 04/05/2011 CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS by Cassandra Clare (read on Nook)
17. 04/14/2011 THE GATHERING by Kelley Armstrong (read on Nook)
18. 04/26/2011 ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins (read on Nook)
19. 04/29/2011 INVINCIBLE SUMMER by Hannah Moscowitz (paperback)
20. 05/31/2011 GRAVEMINDER by Melissa Marr (read on Nook)
21. 06/02/2011 MISTWOOD by Leah Cypess (reread on Nook)
22. 06/04/2011 NIGHTSPELL by Leah Cypess (read on Nook)
23. 06/08/2011 SHINE by Lauren Myracle (read on Nook)
24. 06/15/2011 THE DEMON'S LEXICON by Sarah Rees Brennan (reread on Nook)
25. 06/18/2011 THE DEMON'S COVENANT by Sarah Rees Brennan (reread on Nook)
26. 06/20/2011 THE DEMON'S SURRENDER by Sarah Rees Brennan (read on Nook)
27. 06/22/2011 DIE FOR ME by Amy Plum (read on Nook)
28. 07/08/2011 HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire (read on Nook)
29. 07/10/2011 HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by JK Rowling (reread aloud w/ Ande)
30. 07/19/2011 SUITE SCARLETT by Maureen Johnson (read on Nook)
31. 08/08/2011 SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater (read on Nook)
32. 08/13/2011 BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray (read aloud with Ande on Nook)
33. 08/15/2011 THE CONTENDER by Robert Lipsyte (paperback)
34. 08/18/2011 THE GREATEST: MUHAMMED ALI by Walter Dean Myers (paperback)
35. 08/24/2001 DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth (read aloud with Ande on Nook)
36. 08/29/2011 THE SLEDDING HILL by Chris Crutcher (read aloud with Ande on Nook)
37. 09/08/2011  CLOCKWORK ANGEL by Cassandra Clare (reread on Nook)
38. 09/09/2011 CLOCKWORK PRINCE by Cassandra Clare (ARC!!)
39. 09/20/2011 LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater (read on Nook)
40. 09/23/2011 FOREVER by Maggie Stiefvater (read on Nook)
41. 09/25/2011 ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD by Kendare Blake (read on Nook)
42. 09/29/2011 CHIME by Franny Billingsley (Nook)
43. 10/02/2011 WITCH EYES by Scott Tracey (read aloud with Ande on Nook)
43. 10/02/2011 THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO by Patrick Ness (Nook)
44. 10/03/2011 THE ASK AND THE ANSWER   by Patrick Ness (Nook)
45. 10/07/2011 MONSTERS OF MEN by Patrick Ness (Nook)
46. 10/08/2011 THE NEW WORLD ~ by Patrick Ness (Nook)
47. 10/09/2011 FLESH WHICH IS NOT FLESH ~ Jessica Verday (Nook)
48. 11/23/2011 MATCHED ~ Ally Condie (reread) Read aloud with Ande
49. 11/25/2011 ERAGON by Christopher Paolini (reread) combo Nook and Audiobook
50. 11/??/2011 CROSSED by Ally Condie read aloud on Nook with Ande
51. 12/16/2011 ELDEST by Christopher Paolini (reread) combo Nook & Audiobook
Current Mood: amusedamused
03 June 2010 @ 06:02 pm

Let me preface this by saying this review is spoiler free! I wouldn’t dream of taking one drop of surprise away from you, so rest assured you can read on without fear.

Now, I’ve made no bones about the fact that my absolute favorite book of all time is CITY OF GLASS, and that my favorite author is -you guessed it - Cassandra Clare.  You have to realize then, that I had very high expectations for the first book in her new THE INFERNAL DEVICES trilogy, CLOCKWORK ANGEL. Add to that knowledge that this book incorporates elements of Steampunk! (a fixation of mine for ages) and you’re starting to see that the expectations I held were not only very high, they were ridiculously high, insurmountably high, so very VERY high that it seemed completely impossible CLOCKWORK ANGEL could skim the surface of what I was hoping and expecting it to be.

It wasn’t as good as I’d hoped. It was SO MUCH BETTER!

You may doubt me right now. I’ve heard and read a lot of different people say they worry they won’t love this series the way they loved THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS books.  (And if you haven’t yet read those, I shoo you forcefully away with the strict instruction to buy and read them IMMEDIATELY… don’t bother checking them out from the library. You’re going to want your own copies. Trust me.)  Here’s the deal. What was it you so loved about the TMI books? Whatever your answer was, I can almost guarantee you that element features in CLOCKWORK ANGEL, too.

I’m not going to bother with a broad summary of the intro or hook of this story line. Doubtless you’ve read those already. You know that the story centers around a young warlock named Tessa Gray who travels from her native New York to London to find her brother in 1878. What you don’t know, and what I am going to tell you, is the reason WHY you’re going to love this book. The answer to that lies in the prose of CLOCKWORK ANGEL, itself:

 “There was something particular and beautiful about the way the stele scrawled – not like ink flowing from a pen, but more as if the lines had always been there, and Will was uncovering them.”

When I read this, it made me pause. Not just because I enjoyed the imagery it evoked, but because it seemed such an apt description of Cassandra Clare’s writing itself. It’s exactly the way reading her work feels: not as if she’s creating this fantastical world with ingenious plots, unforgettable characters, and glittering prose, but as if she is simply uncovering these things for the reader.  Her characters are so alive – so real and round – it’s impossible not to love and hurt right along with them. The themes and the plot are perfectly balanced: gritty and modern without ever having to try too hard to be edgy. The romance and relationships are just as complicated in this series as the last (though that probably sounds unlikely to you, trust me!) and the twists will have you speeding to the end of the pages and then cursing the publishing industry that the wait for book two is so painfully long!

So you can stop worrying now, and give your readership trust over to Cassandra Clare. She hasn’t let us down yet, and CLOCKWORK ANGEL is no exception. My advice?  Clear  your schedule for August 31st, you aren’t going to be able to put this one down!

12 February 2010 @ 12:29 pm

Since this is my only unlocked post, and because it previously said. "Friends only, comment to be added." the journal rating meme rated my journal as elementary reading level. That irked me, and led me to write the following ridiculous rephrasing of "Friends only, comment to be added.":
Amicable individuals that have previously made my acquaintance are henceforth the only individuals allowed permission to view the musings and transcriptions of thoughts located at this particular congregation of my most personal thoughts. I request that you leave correspondence at this location should you desire to affiliate with aforementioned individuals.


My journal is now rated as High School reading level. See? Using superfluous wording does make you sound like a butt wipe more intelligent. At least the internet thinks so.

This has been a long time coming. Drop me a comment and tell me where I know you from (fandom, life, whatever) and we'll go from there 

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Current Location: locking all my old posts ;)
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Breaktown ~ Hanson
19 January 2010 @ 09:21 am
Flipping through my lastfm account earlier, I thought it would be interesting to see how many bands I've actually seen since I opened up that account and started keeping track. I wish I had a record of all the shows before that, because I can't even guess how manys gigs Greg and I hit in the pre-kid days. But, just for giggles, here's a (mostly) complete list of the past 2.5 years or so! I have several first time shows coming up that I'm crazy psyched for (STEVE MOAKLER! BEN RECTOR!) and several bands I'm seeing again soon that I can't wait for (SLEEPERSTAR, TYRONE WELLS, ERNIE HALTER!) Bring on the music!

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Current Music: Graham Colton - Raining Where You Are | Powered by Last.fm
So, for those of you who don't know, andreaeducator  and I head up Sleeperstar's Street Team. They played a sold out show last Wednesday, and I wrote up a review for the Support Squad! If you have a minute, check it out. If you have two, I'd love you forever for leaving a comment!

Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Sleeperstar - Wherever You Go | Powered by Last.fm
04 January 2010 @ 05:35 pm

So. I may or may not have failed miserably at last years 100 books goal. I blame that on the fact that my bestest friend lived here for eight out of those twelve months, and we were too busy concerting, writing, and being generally awesome to do much reading. She left though, right before Christmas, so I'm back to having ample time to bury myself into the fictional worlds of others. This year -- as I did the year before last -- I expect to exceed my goal of 100. I also plan to blog at least twice a week, so here's hoping I can get back into the swing of LJ! And now, without further ado, I present to you my reading list for 2010.

1. Hold Still ~ Nina LaCour
2. David Inside Out ~ Lee Bantle
3. Going Bovine ~ Libba Bray
4. Sprout ~ Dale Peck
5. Beautiful Creatures ~ Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
6. How I Paid for College ~ Marc Acito
7. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief ~ Rick Riordan
8. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters ~ Rick Riordan
9. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Titan's Curse ~ Rick Riordan
10. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: Battle of the Labyrinth ~ Rick Riordan
11. The Secret Year ~ Jennifer Hubbard
12. Attack of the Theater People ~ Marc Acito
13. The Last Olympian ~ Rick Riordan
14. Before I Fall ~ Lauren Oliver
16. DEVIL'S KISS by Sarwat Chadda
17. WILL GRAYSON/WILL GRAYSON ~ David Levithan & John Green
18. WHITE CAT by Holly Black (x2)
19. BEASTLY by Alex Flinn
20. THE DEMON'S COVENANT ~ Sarah Rees Brennan (x2)
21. LAMENT ~ Maggie Stiefvater
22. SHADE ~ Jeri Smith-Ready
23. CLOCKWORK ANGEL ~ Cassandra Clare (x2)
24. RAISED BY WOLVES ~ Jennifer Lynn Barnes
25. FALLEN ~ Lauren Kate
26. MATCHED ~ Ally Condie
27. FORBIDDEN ~ Tabitha Suzuma
28. WICKED LOVELY ~ Melissa Marr
29. INK EXCHANGE ~ Melissa Marr
30. THE BODY FINDER ~ Kimberly Derting
31. THE HUNGER GAMES ~ Suzanne Collins
33. CATCHING FIRE ~ Suzanne Collins
34. MOCKINGJAY ~ Suzanne Collins
35. THE REPLACEMENT ~ Brenna Yovanoff
36. THE SUMMONING ~ Kelley Armstrong
37. CITY OF BONES ~ Cassandra Clare
38. THE AWAKENING ~ Kelley Armstrong
39. THE RECKONING ~ Kelley Armstrong
40. GLASS HOUSES ~ Rachel Caine
41. MISTWOOD ~ Leah Cypess
42. PARANORMALCY ~ Kiersten White
43. DEADLINE ~ Chris Crutcher
44. PAPER TOWNS ~ John Green
45. TORMENT ~ Lauren Kate
46. CITY OF ASHES ~ Cassandra Clare
47. POISON STUDY ~ Maria V. Snyder
48. ASSASSIN STUDY ~ Maria V Snyder
49. MAGIC STUDY ~ Maria V. Snyder
51. VAMPIRE ACADEMY ~ Richelle Mead
52. FROSTBITE ~ Richelle Mead
53. SHADOW KISS ~ Richelle Mead
54. CITY OF GLASS ~ Cassandra Clare


1. 01/02/2010  Hold Still by Nina LaCour
Im not sure what my deal is with books like these at the New Year. (Last year's book #1 was 13 Reasons Why.) Like 13RW, Hold Still deals with teen suicide. In this book the main character, Caitlin, has just lost her best friend to suicide. As she's in the process of coming to terms with her own guilt and loss, she discovers that Ingrid left her journal under her bed as a farewell. The prose and the story are both haunting, and while this book was downright painful to read at points, it was well worth the hurt. Highly recommended!
2. 01/06/2010 David Inside Out by Lee Bantle
3. 01/14/2010 Going Bovine by Libba Bray

4. 1/15/2010 Sprout by Dale Peck

5. 1/24/2010 Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

6. 2/1/2010 How I Paid for College by Marc Acito

7. 2/9/2019 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

8. 2/12/2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

9. 2/22/2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan

10. 2/ 23/2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

11. 2/25/2010 The Secret year by Jennifer Hubbard

12. 2/28/2010 Attack of the Theater People ~ Marc Acito

13. 3/08/2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

14. 03/14/2010 BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver
15. 03/23/2010 THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH by Carrie Ryan
This was a reread of the book

16. 04/18/2010 DEVIL'S KISS by Sarwat Chadda


17. WILL GRAYSON/WILL GRAYSON by David Levithan and John Green

18. 05/07/2010 WHITE CAT by Holly Black

19. 05/16/2010 BEASTLY by Alex Flinn

20. 05/24/2010 THE DEMON'S COVENANT by Sarah Rees Brennan
FLAIL FLAIL FLAIL....the thought of waiting a whole year for the conclusion to this trilogy is PAINFUL

21. 05/25/2010 LAMENT by Maggie Stiefvater

22. 05/31/2010 SHADE by Jeri Smith Ready

23. 06/03/2010 CLOCKWORK ANGEL by Cassandra Clare

24. 06/14/2010 RAISED BY WOLVES by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
25. 08/01/2010 FALLEN by Lauren Kate

26. 08/06/2010 MATCHED by Ally Condie
27. 08/07/2010 FORBIDDEN by Tabitha Suzuma

28. 08/07/2010 WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr

29. 08/12/2010 INK EXCHANGE by Melissa Marr
30. 08/13/2010 THE BODY FINDER by Kimberly Derting

31. 08/23/2010 THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins
32. 08/26/2010 THE DEAD TOSSED WAVES by Carrie Ryan
33. 08/27/2010 CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins
34. 08/30/2010 MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins
35. 09/02/2010 THE REPLACEMENT by Brenna Yovanoff

36. 09/05/2010 THE SUMMONING by Kelley Armstrong

37. 09/23/2010 CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare
38. 10/02/2010 THE AWAKENING by Kelley Armstrong

39. 10/06/2010 THE RECKONING by Kelley Armstrong

40. 10/07/2010 GLASS HOUSES by Rachel Caine

41. 10/17/2010 MISTWOOD by Leah Cypess

42. 10/24/2010 PARANORMALCY by Kiersten White

43. 10/25/2010 DEADLINE by Chris Crutcher

44. 10/26/2010 PAPER TOWNS by John Green
45. 11/13/2010 TORMENT by Lauren Kate

46. 11/14/2010 CITY OF ASHES by Cassandra Clare
47. 11/20/2010 POISON STUDY by Maria V. Snyder

48. 11/21/2010 ASSASSIN STUDY by Maria V. Snyder
49. 11/30/2010 MAGIC STUDY by Maria V. Snyder

50. 12/14/2010 THIRTEEN DAYS TO MIDNIGHT by Patrick Carman
51. 12/17/2010 VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead
52. 12/21/2010 FROSTBITE by Richelle Mead
53. 12/26/2010 SHADOW KISS By Richelle Mead
54. 12/29/2010 CITY OF GLASS by Cassandra Clare
30 August 2009 @ 10:28 pm
So, I didn't die. This may surprise some of you since I seemed to drop off of the face of the planet about four months ago! I'm here, though, and I'm BACK. Back to blogging, back to reading and commenting! Generally back. :)

I'll update in a day or two about the milestone that was my baby's first day of Kindergarten last Monday, but for now I just wanted to drop in and say HELLO. I CAN HAZ RETURN?
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: Hanson - Strong Enough to Break | Powered by Last.fm
07 July 2009 @ 04:43 pm
It's that time again. If you've been around long, you know that I do this every year. What I'm posting is the same thing I always post, so feel free to skip it if you've seen it before.

It's been six years today since my fist son was born. I can't believe the time has gone by so quickly...it's felt like no time at all.

Every year I re-post the post I made to the forums I used to be a part of when we were TTC and then TTA. There are numerous typos, but I can't bring myself to change it. It is-errors and all- the recount of events that I wrote so shortly after they happened that I was still in the emotion of them. So much of what happened seems surreal to me now, almost like it happened to someone else, so I trust the me that was closer to the story to be the me that tells it.

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Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: Texas Rain ~ Sleeperstar
06 July 2009 @ 04:03 pm


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19 June 2009 @ 09:15 am
I seriously CANNOT stop listening to the song snip at the end!

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Current Music: Sleeperstar - Bullseye Trigger | Powered by Last.fm
27 May 2009 @ 03:57 pm
I will preface this by saying that I generally dislike short stories. You don't have enough time in so few words to latch onto the characters, the plot, AND the prose. Generally at least one of the three will suffer.

I'm happy to say, however, that this is not ALWAYS the case. There are a few incredibly gifted authors that manage to pull it off!

My favorite in this collection (not surprisingly) was the story penned by Cassandra Clare: The Mirror House.

This story is told in first person present tense, and that worked unbelievably well! (My list titled "Authors who Successfully Use Present Tense" is now a whopping TWO names long!!!) I'm not going to go too much into the plot of these stories, but I will say that if you liked Jace/Clary...this story has a little something in it for you. ;) The story itself was haunting and I LOVED the ending, but it is always so hard for me to decide if I enjoy the story or the prose better in works by Cassie. I love them both so much it's impossible to tell. The way she manipulates the English language, and the vivid, constant use of descriptive simile makes me green with author envy. This short story alone was well worth the price of the book!

"I try to read, but the words dance on the page like the sunlight dances over the pool water. This kind of weather makes everything dance."

Seriously. There are no words to describe my love.

Also really enjoyable was the story by Libba Bray (who, in case you were wondering, is the other author on that list titled "Authors who Successfully Use Present Tense")

This quote alone should make you want to read this story. "Dude," Baz whispered in my hear, his white-boy dreads tickling the side of my face. "Did the creepy old lady just say 'bump asses with evil?'"

It was really fun to read something so DIFFERENT from Libba. I'm in love with her Gemma Doyle trilogy, but it's nice to see that she can pull off something completely different as well! Such a talented lady!

I also loved Maureen Johnson's story. If you aren't following Maureen online, you really should be. As funny as her blogs are, this story read much the same way. It was such a refreshing read, and I couldn't put it down!

Claudia Gray and Sarah Mlynowski both wrote fun stories as well. All in all, this entire collection is well worth the read!
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Current Music: Fallback ~ Sleeperstar
So, since today is #musicmonday on twitter, I thought I'd do something a little more comprehensive than just tweet a single song. I went through and made a list of the concerts I've been to in the past year and a half, then made a playlist of my fave(ish) song by each artist.

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Current Music: Barefoot - Always With Me | Powered by Last.fm
Seriously. Four cases at the highschool where my hubby works. FAIL.

No school. No Cinco de Mayo. No Springfest. Nothing.

Pandemic much?

If I die, you guys are going to have to fight over my book and music collections. ;)
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Adam is taking part in "Road To Recovery" where a group of injured veterans are bicycling across the country. My hubby, Greg, was in charge of putting together one of their stops yesterday, and he wore his lime green and pink "cooler than a mullet" shirt. Adam LOVED it, and offered to buy it. Greg gave it to him and this morning at the conference Adam was wearing it!

One of the men on my Celebrity Do list is wearing a shirt that I laundered.

I wonder if he calls it Vera?
Current Music: Running, please wait...
30 March 2009 @ 10:33 pm
I've been thinking about this a lot lately. Partly because today is a major anniversary in my life - it's been five years to the day since Gryffin's adoption was finalized - and partly because of some other things that are going on right now. Perhaps it's because I was adopted myself and am also an adoptive mommy, but I have a very Whedonesque view of family. There is only one blood relative of mine that I know in the entire world, and I place very little stock in biological connections. But even more than that, it isn't the legal connections that mean family to me either.

Greg isn't my husband -my family- because we have a legally binding certificate that says so. Greg is my family because we love each other so much that we wanted that certificate. The love itself is what makes the family; what makes the marriage. Gryffin isn't my son because the courts filed paperwork changing his name and declaring it. Gryffin is my son because it is impossible for anyone to love a little boy any more than I love him. I'm his mommy because he loves me. We belong together. Conversely, Peyton isn't mine because he grew inside of me. He is mine for the same reason that Gryff is: because I love him. Having a child does NOT make you a mother. Loving and caring for your child does. Mothering, Family...those are ACTIVE things. Choices.

We talk a lot to Gryff about his adoption story, and about how we came together (God sent me to you!) but sometimes it strikes me just how miraculous it really is that in a world as big as ours, we can make our way to the people that become our family. How despite the odds and the miles and the exact orchestration of thousands of tiny little circumstances that must perfectly align to bring us together, we still end up finding the people that mean the most to us. It baffles me. Gryffin's birthmother's path was dictated by so many small choices. Those that led her to get pregnant, those that led her to place, those that led her to choose us. Ours as well. Choices to not try IVF. Choices to initiate the adoption process despite the financial struggle of it, and to go ahead with it despite our youth. If ANY of us had made a single different decision, the connection wouldn't have been made, but that's just what I'm saying. We always find those that we are meant to love.

The ways we find them are often funny and obscure in hindsight. Choosing to meet up with an old friend who introduces us to a new one. Letting your roommate talk you into going out despite your exhaustion and saying yes when that cute guy that's been catching your eye all night asks you to dance. Joining a message board and being ridiculous about a book and a band that mean more to you than most people could possibly understand. Walking down to the pond to dip your feet in the pond on a hot august day when you thought you might melt. The people that mean the very most to me have found me in some pretty simple and pretty obscure ways. So today I'm feeling nostalgic a bit. I have a wonderful, wonderful family made up of relatives and friends. People that I choose to love, and that I am blessed to have love me in return. It makes me optimistic, because you never know what small (or large) choice you may make today that will direct the path of your life to intersect with someone you want to join you for the rest of your journey.
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Current Music: sugar rush ~ cash cash
So it seems that 2009 is "The Year of the ARC" around here. Two of the books that I was most eager to have in my grubby little hands (which both are set to release on the same day, March 24th 2009, my husband's birthday) I managed to swing ARCs of in contests held by their authors. Pretty cool, right? I thought so, too. The first book as you know because I haven't shut up about it was CITY OF GLASS by Cassandra Clare. *read THAT spoiler review HERE*

The second book was STARGAZER by Claudia Gray. I will preface this review by saying that I loved EVERNIGHT. I really, really loved it. The characters, the plot, the worldbuilding, the twists, and very most of all, the emotional connect.

As much as I loved EVERNIGHT, STARGAZER was even better!

The book opens at the start of the new school year, months after Bianca and Lucas are separated. The author does a great job of the time progression, both the initial one, and during the several scenes of the book where we fast forward a month or more. You never have that feeling that a narrator is standing over your shoulder booming out "two months later." The transitions are seamless, and really progress the story and help to advance the plot and make the struggles more believable.

The relationships between the characters get more complex and convoluted, and we learn more about the pasts of a few key people. I really enjoyed the exploration of the ties that bind the characters, as well as the non-preachy statement that the plot makes about perceptions and the dangers of moral absolutism. Themes of identity and growth are also touched on, and are handled well in a way that will resonate with younger and more mature readers alike.

But the most important thing about any book is the characters. If you don't connect to them and care about what happens to them, then it doesn't matter how brilliant the plot is. If you don't love and hate them, then it's all in vain. I was absolutely absorbed in the story of Bianca and Lucas and (everyone's favorite vampire) Balthazar. They're written in a way that makes them real, that makes them jump off of the page. Every time I was forced to put this book down for any length of time I found that my mind was still with them. You care about these characters. They matter. I was so sad to read the final page and realize that it will be awhile before I can find out what will happen to them next!

The end of the book left my dying for more. Seriously. The wait is going to be painful.

STARGAZER has firmly sealed the EVERNIGHT books in my list of favorite series. Highly recommended to everyone. These books are suspenseful and fun and romantic and wistful all at the same time. I can't wait to get my hands on the third book in this series!
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: Find Me ~ Boyce Avenue
03 March 2009 @ 10:41 pm
You're packing your bag for that other desert island—the one with no electricity—what 5 books do you take with you?
This is rip-your-hair-out hard to do.

1. City of Glass ~ Cassandra Clare
2. Twilight ~ Stephenie Meyer
3. One Foot in the Grave ~ Jeaniene Frost
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ~ J.K.Rowling
5. Paper Towns ~ John Green

Current Music: Sleeperstar - Photos | Powered by Last.fm
25 February 2009 @ 12:08 am

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Current Music: Endlessly ~ Green River Ordinance
31 January 2009 @ 09:15 pm
First of all, I'm so behind on LJ it's not even funny. I'm going to catch up on commenting soon, I promise! In recent WHOA THIS IS SUCH A GOOD BOOK YEAR NEWS!: I won an autographed copy of a Kelley Armstrong book! WHEE! Now, onto more book related nerdiness. Here's a list of the upcoming releases I'm looking forward to. I know I forgot some, there are just TOO many to count. Also, Pride is coming out TOMORROW? Is that right? Cause if so, I am a very happy Marcy, and feel the need to spend the night rereading Stray and Rogue. For serious. Also, I already got and read two of the books on this list, but they are both excellent *cough*CityofGlassismyfavoritebookever*cough* so I've included them anyway! If you see any that I forgot, lemme know!

I'm striking the books as I obtain them. ;)
Current Mood: excitedexcited
29 January 2009 @ 04:27 pm
Several of my favorites are up for awards, here: Cassandra Clare, Jeaniene Frost, Rachel Vincent, Richelle Mead, Ilona Andrews, Holly Black, Melissa Marr....and more!  GO VOTE PEEPS!


Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: Dave Barnes - Until You | Powered by Last.fm
So my girls andreaeducator  and musicalmolls  just got back from Rockboat. (FINALLY! *glomps her friends*)

There was general sadness that I couldn't go, because seriously like ALMOST ALL OF MY FAVORITE BANDS WERE THERE! So what did my exceptionally amazing friends do? This:

they got it signed by EVERYBODY...and I do mean EVERYBODY (Ernie was only the 6th, but you can see much more in the rest of the pics!) Those top three sigs up there by the graphic on the shirt? Zac, Ike, and Taylor Hanson. *FLAILS*

There arent pics for everyone, but it's Taylor, Zac, Isaac Hanson, Graham Colton, MIchael Tolcher, Stephen Kellogg, Ken Block, ERNIE HALTER, Tyrone Wells, and all the GRO boys! MEEP FLAIL DEAD!!!
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18 January 2009 @ 11:40 pm
1. Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
2. Turn to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post that sentence along with these instructions in your LiveJournal.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

"Wristwatches were an anachronism in Nineteenth Century."

If anyone can tell me what book that comes from...you get a MAJOR cookie!
HINT: When you read it, you will think I typo'd. I didn't. The way that sentence is phrased is actually a clue as to the book, if, of course, you've read it. ;)

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Current Music: Nothing Fancy ~ Dave Barnes