30042012: It’s Monday! (1)

Welcome to It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

This is the first time I’m taking part in this and super happy to have found it, wish I had found it sooner! 

This week I hope to finish read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother’s bedside. She’s been stricken with something the old-timers call “Milk Sickness.” “My baby boy…” she whispers before dying. Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother’s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire. When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, “henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose…” Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an axe, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House. While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years. Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.” – I’m not very far into it at the moment but I am really enjoying what I have read so far. It’s thoroughly entertaining.

I also hope to start and finished Numbers – Ever since she was child, Jem has kept a secret: Whenever she meets someone new, no matter who, as soon as she looks into their eyes, a number pops into her head. That number is a date: the date they will die. Burdened with such awful awareness, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. The two plan a trip to the city. But while waiting to ride the Eye ferris wheel, Jem is terrified to see that all the other tourists in line flash the same number. Today’s number. Today’s date. Terrorists are going to attack London. Jem’s world is about to explode! – ready for my college book club. 
I doubt I’ll have time for much else this week as it is my last in college and need to make sure that I have everything ready to be handed in. I am so excited to finish so I can spend more time reading and gaming and creating my own art.

29042012: IMM Alternatives!

I’ve held off making this post for most of today to wait and see what gets uncovered, I knew straight away that I wouldn’t be creating my own new idea because I knew there would be others, and boy was I right! I’ve stumbled across 6 so far! So for now I’m going to be linking all 6 here to allow others to find one that suits them best, and I guess that means for today I’m taking part in them all. Hopefully I don’t need to explain why I’m no longer taking part in IMM and that others respect my decision.
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A Blood Seduction (Vamp City, #1)
ARC won:A Blood Seduction by Pamela Palmer
Vampires live only for lust and pleasure in the eternal twilight of Vamp City. But the city’s magic is dying. The only person who can restore it? A beautiful woman from the mortal world…one who knows nothing of the power she wields.Quinn Lennox is searching for a missing friend when she stumbles into a dark otherworld that only she can see—and finds herself at the mercy of Arturo Mazza, a dangerously handsome vampire whose wicked kiss will save her, enslave her, bewitch her, and betray her. What Arturo can’t do is forget about her—any more than Quinn can control her own feelings for him. Neither one can let desire get in the way of their mission—his to save his people, hers to save herself. But there is no escape from desire in a city built for seduction, where passion flows hot and blood-red. Welcome to Vamp City…

Amazon: UK | US

LichgateseBooks won:

 Lichgates by S. M. Boyce

The Grimoire turns its own pages and can answer any question asked of it, and Kara Magari is its next target. She has no idea what she’s getting herself into when she stumbles across the old book while hiking a hidden trail. Once she opens it, she’s thrown into Ourea: a beautiful world full of terrifying things that all want the Grimoire’s secrets. Everyone in this new world is trying to find her, and most want to control her. Braeden Drakonin grew up in Ourea, and all he’s ever known of life is lying. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. He has one question to ask the book – one question that can fix everything in his broken life – and he’s not letting Kara out of his sight until he gets an answer. There’s no escaping Ourea. There’s no going back now.

Amazon: UK | US


Forgiving TrinityForgiving Trinity by Liz Reinhardt

 At seventeen, Trinity McCabe has already made enough mistakes to fill a lifetime. Especially the one where she got high, drove a car, and almost killed a dog. And then let her friend Aidan take the blame. She’s clean now and desperate to fix the messes she’s made, but first she’s going to have to get out of her pajamas. As Trinity struggles to stop sleepwalking through life, she faces the painful, tingling sensation of waking up. It’s sometimes embarrassing (she really didn’t want to have lunch with Aidan’s mom), sometimes terrifying (group therapy is beyond intimidating), and sometimes, amazingly enough, pretty romantic (who’d have though Aidan would be such a great kisser?) Trin is lucky, though—luckier than she deserves, she’s sure—and she doesn’t travel this road alone. Her family, her therapist, and her new friends are all pulling for her. And it turns out, some of them have made pretty big mistakes, too. But before she can embrace her new life completely, Trinity has to be forgiven by the one person who is holding out the hardest: herself. It’s not easy changing everything, especially when you don’t think you deserve a second chance. Trinity might make an even bigger mess of things before she figures that out. When the smoke clears on her latest disaster, will anyone still be standing there?

Amazon: UK | US

Posts you may have missed this week:
Review: A Good Man
Read this week:
The Secret by Mike Richardson
A Good Man by Vanessa Morgan
Started reading:
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

If you have your own or have stumbled across another one then please let me know and I’ll add it to this list for others to see and choose from.

28042012: On My Wishlist (16)

This is a weekly event, originally created by Book Chick City, and now hosted by Cosy Books, where we showcase the books which are currently top of our wishlist. Old, new or yet to be released titles are all welcome. And why keep it to books?
Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest by William Henry Hudson
A master of natural history writing, W. H. Hudson forms an important link between nineteenth-century Romanticism and the twentieth-century ecological movement. First published in 1904, Green Mansions is a poignant meditation on the loss of wilderness, the dream of a return to nature, and the bitter reality of the encounter between savage and civilized man. This is the only critical edition available of this engrossing ecological fable.

GR
Amazon: UK | US

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training. Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister. Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives. Ender’s Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel. 

GR
Amazon: UK | US

Poe’s Children: The New Horror: An Anthology by Peter Straub
Peter Straub—bestselling author and 8-time Bram Stoker Award winner—has gathered here 24 bone-chilling, nail-biting, frightfully imaginative stories that represent the best of contemporary horror writing. 
Dan Chaon “The Bees”
Elizabeth Hand “Cleopatra Brimstone”
Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem “The Man on the Ceiling” 
M. John Harrison “The Great God Plan”
Ramsey Campbell “The Voice of the Beach”
Brian Evenson “Body”
Kelly Link “Louise’s Ghost”
Jonathan Carroll “The Sadness of Detail”
M. Rickert “Leda”
Thomas Tessier “In Praise of Folly”David J. Schow “Plot Twist”
Glen Hirshberg “The Two Sams”
Thomas Ligotti “Notes on the Writing of Horror: A Story”
Benjamin Percy “Unearthed”
Bradford Morrow “Gardener of Heart”
Peter Straub “Little Red’s Tango”
Stephen King “The Ballad of a Flexible Bullet”
Joe Hill “20th Century Ghost”
Ellen Klages “The Green Glass Sea”
Tia V. Travis “The Kiss”
Graham Joyce “Black Dust”
Neil Gaiman “October in the Chair”
John Crowley “Missolonghi 1824”
Rosalind Palermo Stevenson “Insect Dreams”
GR
Amazon: UK | US

27042012: Follow Friday (5)

 Q. Have you ever had a character that disappointed you? One that you fell in love with and then “broke up” with later on in either series or a stand-alone book? Tell us about him or her.
Honestly there is no one I can think of right now, which  I assume means that there wasn’t one. I guess I am praying that it doesn’t happen in the future with certain characters I am currently reading about – Jon Snow and Dany Targaryen but I have a feel she will let me down.


26042012: Bout of Books read-a-thon

 

Bout of Books is a week long read-a-thon, which runs from 12.01am on Monday 14th May through to 11:59pm Sunday 20th May. It is a low pressure read-a-thon which means participants are only asked to push themselves to read more than they normally would during any week. There is no competition between readers. Each reader can commit as much time as they personally want to read, tweet and network with fellow bloggers and all challenges and giveaways are optional. Networking with other bloggers is actively encouraged but not required, and co-hosts are there to provide blog hops and interaction between participants. Twitter is used to post updates throughout the read-a-thon and use the #boutsofbooks hashtag! – information taken from Bouts of Books.

I will be participating in Bout of Books read-a-thon, its super easy to be a part of and sounds like fun challenge for myself as it’ll be my first full week off college. I normally read a book a week, two if I’m lucky so I’d like to double that and aim for 4 finished book and 5 if I really do have a good run. I’ll decide what I want to read each day because if I plan to read something I most likely don’t, oops!

Follow me on twitter ready for this event!

26042012: A Good Man

A Good Man by Vanessa Morgan

Page count: 91

Synopsis: Louis Caron is a good man – vegetarian, he feeds the homeless, takes care of animals and is even concerned with the ecological future of the planet. But his altruism has a sinister edge – he’s a vampire – and local detective Taglioni is becoming increasingly suspicious. Louis’ attempt to escape the police takes him on a journey into his own private hell where he is not only forced to confront his worst fears, but also to destroy the lives of those he cares about most.
My Review: A Good Man is a screenplay about Louis Caron, an elderly vegetarian Vampire and is currently in preproduction with Radowski Films. From the first page I was amazed at how easily I could vision each scene and had such a strong connection to Louis, even with there is less description that a typical book. I loved this screen play from the start, it was humorous throughout yet was deadly serious when needed to be and in the end you can’t help but feel extremely sorry for Louis, it seems in the end he really is his own worse enemy. I must point out that my favourite scene was when the cat knocked over the wine, a really good touch with what happened next and made me chuckle out loud on the bus. Its scenes like that, that make it seem almost real because it happens day to day but in this it has a twist – I’m sorry this part was vague but if any of you end up reading or watching A Good Man in the future I really wouldn’t want to spoil it. I really wanted to give this book 5 starts (or hearts seen at the top) as I thoroughly enjoyed it but it was just too short and there didn’t need to be more but I really wanted more, wanted to know more. I guess I’ll have to keep my eyes out for the film of it. 
GR
Amazon: UK | US
Vanessa Morgan: Website | Twitter | GR | Facebook 

25042012: WWW Wednesdays (12)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading. To take part, simply answer the following questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently making my way through Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. I’m finding it to be a great read so far and the writing style initially threw me off my feet, I wasn’t half surprised! 
What is it about?Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother’s bedside. She’s been stricken with something the old-timers call “Milk Sickness.” “My baby boy…” she whispers before dying. Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother’s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire. When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, “henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose…” Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an axe, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House. While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years. Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.”

I recently finished reading The Secret by Mike Richardson and A Good Man by Vanessa Morgan, both were short reads – one a graphic novel, the other a screenplay – and both were absolutely gripping tales! I’d get into them a bit more now but the reviews will be posted later this week so keep your eyes peeled.
A Good Man: 
Louis Caron is a good man – vegetarian, he feeds the homeless, takes care of animals and is even concerned with the ecological future of the planet. But his altruism has a sinister edge – he’s a vampire – and local detective Taglioni is becoming increasingly suspicious. Louis’ attempt to escape the police takes him on a journey into his own private hell where he is not only forced to confront his worst fears, but also to destroy the lives of those he cares about most. 
The Secret: 
“I know your secret.” Tonight is Tommy Morris’s big chance: he’s been invited to party with the social elite of Franklin High and maybe even hook up with Pam, the girl of his dreams. But when a prank call turns sour, Pam goes missing, and Tommy gets sucked into her disappearance deeper than he bargained for. The Secret is a chilling coming-of-age mystery from Dark Horse founder Mike Richardson and Eisner-nominated artist Jason Shawn Alexander (Damn Nation, The Escapists).
I next plan to read Numbers by Rachel Ward as I’ve received it for book of the month (May) from my college book club and our meeting is zooming closer. Many of my friends on GoodReads have it on their “Wishlist” or “To Read” shelves so hopefully its good! 

What is it about? Ever since she was child, Jem has kept a secret: Whenever she meets someone new, no matter who, as soon as she looks into their eyes, a number pops into her head. That number is a date: the date they will die. Burdened with such awful awareness, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. The two plan a trip to the city. But while waiting to ride the Eye ferris wheel, Jem is terrified to see that all the other tourists in line flash the same number. Today’s number. Today’s date. Terrorists are going to attack London. Jem’s world is about to explode!