Monday, February 28, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?(2/28)


Another Monday is here.

I finished Perfect Match. After My Sister's Keeper, this is the second book of Jodi Picoul I cried a lot for the few last chapters. I think I am going to buy another book of hers.

Last week I have posted some book reviews
I also have A Guest Post by Carolyn McCray, the author of Heartsblood. She also giveaway one free ebook for lucky commentator. All you have to do is leaving comment and valid email address. That's it. Today is the last day.

This is the list of my currently readings.
If I stay by Gayle Forman;
Wilma Tenderfoot and The Case of The Frozen Heart by Emma Kennedy;
The Wind Of The Willows by Kenneth Grahame;
Three of them are translation. I plan to finish it today.

What I plan to read this week.



From Goodreads
When the young and beautiful Kira Castelmaine arrives in Washington, D.C., to serve her first term in Congress, she is swept off her feet by Valentin Ashford, a distinguished political consultant. But the relationship soon turns the political idealist's moral world upside down. Unaware that Valentin is actually an agent of Lucifer sent to help bring world destruction, Kira falls wildly in love. Named to a seat on the powerful House intelligence committee, Kira eventually holds the swing vote on authorizing a covert action against a country in the Middle East that has recently obtained nuclear weapons. This covert attack threatens to be countered with an apocalyptic response, and it could trigger a wider conflict that could seal disaster for the human race. Trapped between passion and the salvation of mankind, Kira and Valentin must find redemption in each other if they hope to thwart Lucifer’s diabolic plot
I will review this book for Book Lovin' Bitches Ebook Tour.New members are still welcome.So If you love to participate, please click the link.

I also plan to read this book. I just got it from local publisher for review


From Goodreads

In her latest enchanting novel, Sarah Addison Allen invites you to a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon. Here two very different women discover how to find their place in the world - no matter how out of place they feel." "Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother's life. Such as, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? And why did she vow never to return? But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew - a reclusive, real-life gentle giant - she realizes that mysteries aren't solved in Mullaby, they're a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes." "Everyone in Mullaby adores Julia Winterson's cakes - which is a good thing, because Julia can't seem to stop baking them. She offers them to satisfy the town's sweet tooth but also in the hope of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. Flour, eggs, milk, and sugar ... Baking is the only language the proud but vulnerable Julia has to communicate what is truly in her heart. But is it enough to call back to her those she's hurt in the past?" Can a hummingbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily's backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in.
Actually there is another edition of this book. But I choose that cover because it is more lovely. I hope It is a great book.

How About you? What are you reading this week?
Feel free to leave the link. I will visit your blog back ;)

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is weekly meme which is hosted by Sheila from One Persons Journey Through a World of Books

Sunday, February 27, 2011

In My Mailbox #5

For this week, I just got some books. Here they are:

The Opal Deception; A book from bookdepository that I won from Sniffly Kitty a month ago.



From Goodreads
The evil pixie Opal Koboi has spent the last year in a self-induced coma, plotting her revenge on all those who foiled her attempt to destroy the LEPrecon fairy police. And Artemis Fowl is at the top of her list. After his last run-in with the fairies, Artemis had his mind wiped of his memories of the world belowground. But they have not forgotten about him. Once again, he must stop the human and fairy worlds from colliding - only this time, Artemis faces an enemy who may have finally outsmarted him.
Another book that I won from a giveaway. Thanks to Book Love Inc. This the second book of Dark Tides. I am not sure If I can catch up. Let's see.



Never embracing her mermaid heritage, Gwen Lonike lives in the human world as the owner of a Maine B&B. But when the gateway to a lost mermaid kingdom is opened, freeing its dangerous queen, Gwen can no longer hide, nor keep her secret from covert agent Blake Whittaker, who's assigned to trail a strange thread of paranormal activity.

How long can Gwen and her sisters remain safe from a destructive queen, and from Blake's superiors, whose ultimate mission could prove the greatest threat of all?

This is what I bought from local bookstore. I was so excited when they said that If I Stay by Gayle Forman would be published soon. The cover is also nice.


From Goodreads
In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...

A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

I also bought some manga. But I did not post it here because I could not find the cover.

So What you got your mailbox?

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren

Friday, February 25, 2011

Anyone But You

Synopsis From Goodreads
Jennifer Crusie's many fans will be delighted to discover (or rediscover) her wonderful debut novel. It's an exuberant, romantic, and occasionally goofy comedy, with two unlikely love stories. The first is between 40-year-old Nina, happily divorced and looking for a puppy companion, and Fred, an overweight, grumpy basset/beagle spending his last day in the shelter. It's fortunate for everyone that Nina adopts him, since Fred ends up playing unwitting Cupid, introducing Nina to ER doctor Alex Moore, her handsome 30-year-old neighbor. That's where the second love story comes in, but it's not easy. Nina rules out any man 10 years younger, but she's happy to watch old movies with Alex -- night after night after night.

There are a lot of characters to love here, including Nina's best friend, who has a black thumb when it comes to romance, and her 75-year-old neighbor, who's got a very different attitude. As Alex and Nina inch toward romance, neither is willing to make the first move until they discover some basic home truths about the power of unconditional love


My Review
When I received this book, without reading any words on the front and back cover, I thought it would tell me about a great life of one dog. But when I found out that this book was romance, I doubt that I could finish this book. I am not that into this kind of genre. once I left one romance book because I can not stand with the drama inside. But this book is out of line. I could easily read it. Not only because it is light and fun but also the phrases inside did not trouble me much. It is a quick reading. I found many humor inside.

Talk about Nina, I felt pity for her loneliness. But that risk that she has to cope with. Divorce was her decision, ready or not. For Alex, she might be everything. But not for me. She was kind, a good friend, but I just could not find something interesting in her. She seems so weak and lack of confidence. Alex, himself, was actully loveable. But in it took many chapter till finally fell for him. I loved the development of his character. It worked better than Nina. Overall I like the relation between them. How they spent their time with movies, shared stories even the Oreo.

But actually I liked Charity the most, the secondary character, rather than the those two characters above. I enjoyed all of her dialogues. I found myself searched what happened next. She was one of the reason why I could finish this book. And Fred, the dog, who started everything between Nina dan Alex, I wish I could read more about him.

I think I am going to give another chance for a romance book like this

Cover
I wish Fred was a cute dog and found another background color.

3/5

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Author: Jennifer Cruise
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (December 1, 2006)
Language: English
Source: Bought with cheaper prize


Follow Friday(2/25)


What I have this week:
Guest Post and Giveaway : Heartsblood by Carolyn McCray

Open Internationally till 2/28

This week feature:

Nakesha from Totally Obsessed

This Week Question
:
Share your current favorite television show! Tell us a bit about it...

Since move to this town I rarely watch tv. I do not follow any show. But everytime I watch TV, I will watch old tv series such Cosby Show, Full House, etc. There is one channel here who play them 24 hours. Unfortunately they do not have Friends.

Feel free to leave the link of your blog. I will follow you back

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Guest Post and Giveaway : Heartsblood - Carolyn McCray

Today I have a guest post. She is Carolyn McCray, the author of Heartsblood. Keep reading it because she is giving away one free ebook of Heartsblood for you. All you have to do is just leaving a comment and a valid email address before February 28, 2011. As simple as that.

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I like vampires. No, actually I love vampires.

However, I didn't want to write about them.

Whenever I write a book I want to bring something fresh and unique to the genre and after the sparkling thing that ship had pretty much sailed.

But I did love the essence of the mythology. Blood as a potent force and the sensuality of the bite. I didn't want to be tied to the over-worked nocturnal/silver hating/immortal thing.

I wanted something seeped in fable yet new.

Allowing this idea to percolate for a few weeks, my muse finally created Praxis. Blood Magic.

Depending on a person's emotions at the time of the the blood letting, their blood held varied properties. Love, hate, and fear all take on new meaning when used by someone skilled in Praxis.

I then toyed with the notion that any technology advanced enough appeared to be magic.

Was Praxis magic or a science so complex we simply cannot understand it.

From those humble beginnings sprang HeartsBlood.

A tale set in present day San Francisco entwined with an ancient magic that turns out to be nothing as it seems.

HeartsBlood.

Here is a sample of my novel. If you enjoy it, leave a comment below to be entered in a free eBook give away of HeartsBlood!

Excerpt

“Maria!” Sal yelled, remembering it all. How could she have forgotten that this man had nearly killed her friend?
“Leave,” he growled.
Despite her body wanting to do exactly the opposite, Sal found her feet turning back toward the stairwell. While she tried to rationalize that it was her desire to get to security, Sal knew that it was his word, his commanding tone that forced her feet to move. Nothing else mattered but following his edict.
In obeying, Sal’s path brought her past the blood bank’s door. She caught the sight of red. Her feet stopped.
“No!”
Before her lay a bloodbath. Literally. Two inches of the sticky fluid covered the floor. The blood bags had been ripped to shreds, their contents spilled. And a single body lay in the middle, slashed open like a wild animal kill. White innards spilled across the crimson sea.
Sal stood stunned, then caught sight of a blonde streak. Blonde bangs against blue-black shorn hair.
Maria!
Her best friend’s eyes lay open, glazed over with death. A wrenching nausea threatened to topple Sal, then his hand was on her shoulder.
His hand. The man who had done this. The man who’d killed Maria.
Her feet took over, reeling her backwards, propelling her away. She had seen a phone. It was halfway to the stairs. Running, Sal found the phone and jerked it from its hook. “Security!”
But it was dead. Not even a dial tone. She dropped the handpiece and went to run for the stairwell, but a strong hand caught her jacket.
Sal tried to scream, but his hand grabbed her throat, choking her, picking her up off her feet and slamming her back against the wall.
He brought his face so near that stubble raked her cheek. “Hold.”
As much as Sal wanted to squirm from his grasp, she could not. The man lowered her to the ground, then ever so slightly released the pressure against her trachea. She took in a harsh breath, then coughed.
His grip cut off her windpipe again. “You draw him!”
From under his coat, he drew his knife, the same blade she had seen earlier. The thin steel glistened at its impossibly sharp tip. Sal flailed as the light from the blood bank suddenly extinguished, leaving only inky black.
This was it. She was going to die like Maria. Here alone in the dark.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Till Death Do Us Bark: 43 Old Cemetery Road: Book 3

Synopsis From Goodreads
When a dog arrives at Spence Mansion, Seymour is overjoyed. His adoptive parents, Ignatius B. Grumply and Olive C. Spence, are less enthusiastic—especially when Secret, the dog, begins barking all night long. Is it possible Secret just misses his old companion, the late Noah Breth, whose children are fighting like cats and dogs over their father’s money? Or does Secret have a secret that, in the end, will make the entire town of Ghastly howl with delight?

This third book in the 43 Old Cemetery Road series, a runaway mystery told in letters, limericks, a last will, and loose change, is guaranteed to please anyone who’s ever tried to keep a secret
Review
I love this book. Not only light but also a fun reading. The book format and the illustration inside are great.The characters were interesting. Olive C. Spence got my big attention. She was different from any other characters.

The story is told through letters, drawings, announcement on the board, invitatio, local newspaper, even a meeting transcription. Some of them made me giggle and the other was touching. I was amazed with the way they arranged all of them and made the story run well.

As you can see in the title, this is the third book of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series. I have not read the first and the second. So I have a lot of questions for Seymour, Ignatius and Olive who lives in 43 OldCemetery Road. I might find the answer if I have read their previous handwriting.

But It ended too soon. I wish I could find more intrict.

I chose this book from the list of e-ARC from Net Galley. I have downloaded few weeks ago. Then I just realized that there were only two days left before it was disappear from my notebook. I should have not downloaded that much.

Cover
It is lovely. Now the list of my favorite illustrator is getting longer

4/5

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Author: Kate Klise
Illustrator: M. Sarah Klise
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books (May 2, 2011)
Language: English
Source: e-ARC from Net Galley

Waiting on Wednesday(2/23) : Dying to Meet You: 43 Old Cemetery Road


Ignatius B. Grumply moves into the Victorian mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road hoping to find some peace and quiet so he can crack a wicked case of writer's block. But 43 Old Cemetery Road is already occupied by eleven-year-old Seymour, his cat Shadow, and an irritable ghost named Olive. It's hard to say who is more outraged. But a grumpy old ghost just might inspire this grumpy old man--and the abandoned kid? Well, let's just say his last name's Hope.
Sisters Kate and M. Sarah Klise, the creators of the award-winning Regarding the . . . series, offer up this debut volume in a clever new series told in letters, drawings, newspaper articles, a work-in-progress manuscript, and even an occasional tombstone engraving

I have read the third book and fell for it. I got it from net Galley. I love the illustration. But there are so many question left. But I can not get the answers but reading the first book. I wish one fairy god mother will bring it to my mailbox. It's a very light reading and recommended for middle grade.

This book has been published on September 6, 2010.

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"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine

Monday, February 21, 2011

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

Here we go again.

Last week I did not read many books. I just finished Human Blend. I liked it. Since it's a trilogy, big hope that the second and third book will come to my mailbox as well. :)

I am still reading A Discovery of Witches. It's so thick. The language is also not easy for me to understand. I keep shouting for my dictionary. Many vocabularies are found. But overall, I enjoyed it. I am about to finish it this afternoon.

This week I plan to read any book without any supernatural creatures inside. I just little bit tired with anything about them. I need my vacation. XD
So I have checked my pile of books. And these books below are what I plan to read
If you ever feel like falling into a beautiful comic-book story--in the same way one falls back into a warm field of grass--reach for Michel Plessix's lush adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows. The artwork is an aquarelle, with thin, precise, detailed lines. It's no wonder he received numerous awards for his previous effort, Julien Boisvert, a contemporary take on the Tintin character type. In Wind in the Willows, Plessix breathes life into Mole, Rat, and Toad (of Toad Hall) as they picnic on the riverbank, indulge in Toad's latest fad, and get lost in Wild Wood. The pacing is masterful: each panel lingers just long enough to make you appreciate the simple pleasures of life.

I also choose Wilma Tenderfoot


Somewhere between France and England there is an island that no one has ever bothered to discover. On it, lives Wilma Tenderfoot, a determined ten-year old girl who dreams of one day becoming a World-Famous Detective. So she can't help thinking it's destiny when, dispatched from the Institute for Woeful Children to her new home as a live-in skivvy, she discovers that the genius gentleman detective Theodore P. Goodman lives next door. A ten-year-old girl of great determination (and her pet beagle, Pickle) and a World-Famous Detective of great repute might not be the most obvious crime-solving duo - but Wilma Tenderfoot is not about to let that put either of them off! And it looks like their first dastardly case is about to begin ...Feisty but funny, cheeky but charming - Wilma Tenderfoot and her unique mystery-solving methodology is hard to resist!


The first is between 40-year-old Nina, happily divorced and looking for a puppy companion, and Fred, an overweight, grumpy basset/beagle spending his last day in the shelter. It's fortunate for everyone that Nina adopts him, since Fred ends up playing unwitting Cupid, introducing Nina to ER doctor Alex Moore, her handsome 30-year-old neighbor. That's where the second love story comes in, but it's not easy. Nina rules out any man 10 years younger, but she's happy to watch old movies with Alex -- night after night after night.
There are a lot of characters to love here, including Nina's best friend, who has a black thumb when it comes to romance, and her 75-year-old neighbor, who's got a very different attitude. As Alex and Nina inch toward romance, neither is willing to make the first move until they discover some basic home truths about the power of unconditional love


I hope all of them are light reading and can help me recover. So I can take back those fantasy literatures. :D

How about you? What are you reading? Feel free to leave any link.
I am going to visit your blog back.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is weekly meme which is hosted by Sheila from One Persons Journey Through a World of Books

Sunday, February 20, 2011

In My Mailbox #4

This week I only got one book from local bookstore, one book from the postman and one e-book from an editor. Let's check the cover and its synopsis.

From bookstore, I bought How To Cheat A Dragon's Curse. It is the fourth book of the series. We have been waiting for this book FOREVER. I do not why the local publisher postponed it for ages.


From Goodreads
Reluctant hero Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III must rescue his best friend, Fishlegs, from the deadly disease Vorpentitis. The only cure is rare and impossible to find... a potato. But where will Hiccup find such a thing? He'll have to dodge the terrible Sharkworms Battle Doomfangs, and outwit crazy Hooligans if he's going to be a Hero. Again.
And this book below was arrived in the office. Thanks to Lisa Roe from Online Publicist





From Goodreads
"We are dealing with an influential fundamentalist international that has a clear strategy. In order to secure women's rights, we need a democratic international of women otherwise we have absolutely no chance of conquering this beast. Not only Algerian, but Sudanese, Iranian, and Afghani women know what I am talking about. They know the horror of God's State all too well. But alone, without your support, without the women's and human rights movement of the countries of the West, we are losing this battle of life and death." -Khalida Messaoudi, AlgeriaIn a world where the strident demands of Islamic extremists capture the media's attention, the courageous protests of Muslim reformers barely receive any notice. These include a surprising number of women who are prepared to challenge institutionalized persecution, risking derision, arrest, physical harm, and even death.In this inspiring compilation of Muslim women's stories from around the world, the voices of these long-oppressed women ring loud and clear as they question ideology and culture, patriarchal and religious beliefs, and demand the social and political rights women lack in many Muslim countries. The reformers speak out with passion, humanity, and sometimes humor in these compact and often poignant biographies, bringing alive the harsh realities for women in many parts of the world. By surveying a wide range of Muslim reformers, not only in the Middle East but also in Europe and North America, author Ida Lichter uncovers some significant emerging trends. For example, she notes that the majority of Muslim feminists would like to see reform contained within Islam. Many criticize their patriarchal culture for suppressing egalitarian views that they believe the Koran expresses and so they advocate a reinterpretation of the holy text. Some demand changes to discriminatory Sharia-based laws. Others campaign openly for political and educational reforms.Complete with a glossary and a list of helpful Web sites, this vibrant anthology makes use of reliable translations from original languages to demonstrate the groundswell of grassroots change that promises eventually to bring even the most conservative sectors of Islam into the twenty-first century


And this is what I got from an editor. This is not the cover. The Indonesian version is not released yet. I am about to read it this week.
Look at this colorful cover. I hope its Indonesian cover will be nice also.


The Sword And The Stone recreates, against the background of magnificent pageantry and dark magic that was medieval England, the education and training of young King Arthur, who was to become the greatest of Britain's legendary rulers.

Growing up in a colorful world peopled by knights in armor and fair damsels, foul monsters and evil witches, young Arthur slowly learns the code of being a gentleman. Under the wise guidance of Merlin, the all-powerful magician for whom life progresses backwards, the king-to-be is trained in the gusty pursuits of falconry, jousting, hunting and sword play. He is even transformed by his remarkable old tutor into various animals, so that he may experience life from all points of view. In every conceivable and exciting way he is readied for the day when he, and he alone of all Englishmen, is destined to draw forth the marvelous sword from the magic stone and become the rightful King of' England


In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren

Friday, February 18, 2011

Follow Friday (2/17)



This week Feature:
Aaron (Book Addict) of Dreaming About Other Worlds

This Week Question
If you are a fan of Science Fiction what is your favorite book? If you haven't read Science Fiction before...any inkling to? Anything catch your eye?

My Answer:
Here is my list, I have read it and I love them
  • Uglies Series
  • The Time Traveler's Wife
  • Maximum Ride Series
  • Hunger Games Trilogy
Across The Universe is one of sci-fi book that I really want to read. I wish I get the chance to read it this year.

Which book in your list?
Please leave the link of your blog. So I can visit yours back :)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Guest Post: Laura Kreitzer

Hello Literary-Folk!

My name is Laura Kreitzer, and I’m the author of the Timeless Series and the Summer Chronicles. This week I would like to alert everyone on a colossal crisis that’s gone unnoticed in the world: human trafficking. That’s why I’ve asked hundreds of blogs to be involved with spreading the word on this issue that’s become close to my heart.

As an author, and someone whose life is put in the spotlight, I keep most people at a distance. Only a handful of my friends know the whole me and the events from my past. But this week I’d like to share with you a part of myself that the outside world doesn’t see (and a part of me I don’t like to share). I was emotionally abused for five years by someone I thought loved me, my mind beaten into submission. Though the turmoil I went through doesn’t penetrate as deep as someone forced into slavery on the worldwide market for human trafficking, I can sadly relate in some ways: imprisoned, my life dictated down to what I wore, ate, where I went, whom I spoke to, where I worked, when I slept, bending to his every whim. He did not sway, even when I cried through some of the more traumatic things he had me do. I was a slave in my own home. In my desperation for freedom, I held out a gun and asked him to just end my suffering. I was desperate.

I can’t even imagine how many women (and men) in the world are in a similar situation. What’s even worse, I had it mild compared to the children that are sold for labor or sex. Surprisingly, the good ol’ U.S.A. is reported to be the host to two million slaves. Did you know this? Because I certainly did not; not until I was preparing to write my newest novel: Phantom Universe. The main character, Summer Waverly, was stolen as a child and sold as a slave to the captain of a modern-day pirate ship. From a loved child who only knew “time-out” as punishment, to being whipped into silence was something I knew nothing about. So I researched deeply into human trafficking and the psychological effects of torture of various types that one would endure in these circumstances. I felt shaken at my findings and knew I had to tell Summer’s story. (Read a sneak peek here.)

A storm began to brew in my mind; transforming, morphing, twisting, and expanding into this massive, black cloud. I had to bring this tragic atrocity to the forefront. My own emotional experiences, mixed with the research I did on human trafficking, made me feel an intense connection with Summer, and to all women who’ve been through this kind of brutality. The cloud ruptured and rained all over my computer one day. It took one month to write Phantom Universe, the first in the Summer Chronicles. I was so consumed by the story that I wrote nearly nonstop, only breaking for necessary tasks like eating, showering, and occasionally—very occasionally—sleeping.

Though the book I’ve written would be classified as Science Fiction, or as I’d like to call it, Dystopian, the emotions and psychological aspects are not Science Fiction—they're real. Reviewers have said many amazing things about Summer, this character who is so real in my mind and who I cried along with as the words poured from my soul onto my screen.

“I admired Summer's strength and ability to adapt,” says CiCi’s Theories. “I felt tied to her emotions,” Jennifer Murgia, author or Angel Star admits. And Tahlia Newland, author of Lethal Inheritance, remarks, “Summer is strong and smart in mind [. . .]”

Through her overwhelmingly horrendous past, Summer goes on more than just a physical journey in Phantom Universe, she goes on a psychological one as well; growing beyond her mute state to persevere and survive in a new world beyond the whip she’s so frightened of.

Now that the release date is here, I’m excited and terrified to share this story with everyone. I’m emotionally tied in every way to the words I’ve written, because they’re more than words. More than just a story on a page. Beyond the fictional aspects, there’s a real issue that needs to be addressed: human trafficking must be stopped. We shouldn’t sit idly by while this continues to plague us. Our world’s children—our nation’s children—are being affected. It’s time we take action!

Earlier this month Phantom Universe hit Barnes and Noble’s top 100 Best Selling list. I’ve decided to donate 10% of my sales from Phantom Universe, until the end of February, to the DNA Foundation.

“DNA hopes to help abolish modern day slavery, deter perpetrators, and free the many innocent and exploited victims. We are committed to forcing sex slavery out of the shadows and into the spotlight.

Freedom is a basic human right and slavery is one of the greatest threats to that freedom. No one has the right to enslave another person.”

—From DNA Foundation’s Website

I ask that you spread the word to everyone you know. Look around on the DNA Foundation website and find a way to get involved in ending human trafficking. Take action today. Everyone has a voice—you have a voice. Will you have the courage to use it?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday(2/16) : Thirteen Reasons Why

From Goodreads
Jay Asher's brilliant first novel is a moving, highly original story that focuses on a set of audiotapes made by a girl before she committed suicide, and which explain to 13 people the reasons why she decided to end her life. Told in a highly effective duel narrative -- alternating between the girl s voice and the thoughts of a boy who is listening -- this honest, poignant story reveals how other people's actions shape, and by extension can ruin, an individual's faith in people. Intensely powerful and painfully real, Thirteen Reasons Why reveals how brutal high school can be, the consequences of spreading rumors, and the lasting effects of suicide on those left behind.
In US, this book has been released on October 18th, 2007 by Razorbill. But it is about to published here. I have no idea when Penerbit Matahati will bring it out. 2011 is what I can see in their Facebook page. I hope it will be as good as the English copy

Have you read this book ?

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"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Cover Reveal: Sweet Venom

After Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins and Fins Are Forever, now Tera Lynn Childs has Sweet Venome, a new trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa.

And here is the cover!!!


New series, in which triplet descendants of Medusa learn they are destined to guard the door between the world of monsters and the world of men – pitched as a mythological Charmed.
It is lovely, isn't it?

Can't hardly wait. But all of us have to wait. Because it will be released around October 2011 or Fall 2011.

You can check more about Sweet Venom in Tera Lynn Childs' website and check a Facebook page for the Sweet Venom trilogy.

Monday, February 14, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (2/14)

Another Monday is here. Time does fly.

What I have read last week:
  • Vampire Academy #1; I love this book. I should have read it when it was published in Indonesia. I like the idea of Moroi, Dhampir and Strigoi.
  • Immortyl Kisses; Another paranormal book. I read and reviewed it for Book Loving Bithches e-book Tour
  • Shanaou Yoshitsune Genpai War 7. It is a historical fiction manga. If you have heard about Benkei; a Japanese warrior monk, you can find him in this manga.
I also post a review of Vampyre Kisses

Human Blend and Frosbite; Vampire Academy #2 are still on my currently reading pile. I got many distraction this week. So I have not finished them yet.

What I plan to read this week


Synopsis From Author's Website
When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family’s legacy. She banishes the manuscript to the stacks, but Diana finds it impossible to hold the world of magic at bay any longer.

For witches are not the only otherworldly creatures living alongside humans. There are also creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires who become interested in the witch’s discovery. They believe that the manuscript contains important clues about the past and the future, and want to know how Diana Bishop has been able to get her hands on the elusive volume.
Chief among the creatures who gather around Diana is vampire Matthew Clairmont, a geneticist with a passion for Darwin. Together, Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the manuscript’s secrets. But the relationship that develops between the ages-old vampire and the spellbound witch threatens to unravel the fragile peace that has long existed between creatures and humans—and will certainly transform Diana’s world as well.

This is the third time I posted this book on my blog. I am just still excited to received it. I got the e-book format. I have to finish it before February 21st. The local publisher need the review.

AfterA Discovery of Withes, I think I need to read fiction without fantasy inside for this week. A book without any vampire, werewolf or ghost inside will be my next reading.

So what are you reading? Please leave the link. So I can visit your blog post back

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is weekly meme which is started by Sheila from One Persons Journey Through a World of Books

Sunday, February 13, 2011

In My Mailbox #3

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren
It's kinda late to post this IMM

I did not go to bookstore this week. So no bag with books in it.YAY.
But I got some e-book from the author for review. I won the first three e-book from the Librarything Giveaway.

From Goodreads
Dee escapes her dreary librarian job and unfaithful boyfriend by reading romance and fantasy on her Kindle.

She tries The Haunted E-book, the story of a 19th century tramp printer whose ghost awakens whenever someone reads a book he created. The ghost stalks his readers and threatens them with death if they stop reading the book. Though she doesn’t usually like ghost stories, Dee can’t stop herself from reading it.

Then Dee learns the stories in the books are true, the malevolent ghost is real, and Dee might be the next character to die

I also got two e-book from Phil Edwards


From Goodreads
They protect our data. But who protects them?

Recovering from a hangover in his San Francisco loft, journalist Cal Stevens gets a call: data centers across the country are being detonated. These data centers- which hold everything from Facebook accounts to YouTube videos- serve hundreds of millions of users. Their information comprises "the cloud"- and the cloud is crashing.

Cal must protect his employer's data from attack. Led by a cocky boy-CEO, the company runs hospitals, indexes genetic information, and holds the identities of thousands of people. Cal is partnered with the beautiful- and cryptic- Brianna Cowell, a PR professional with her own secrets. Together, they must stop the psychopathic attacker before he hits them first.

In a story that travels from San Francisco to New York, with stops in Napa and Area 51 in between, Cal and Brianna battle a driven and violent opponent who is always one step ahead. Unless Cal and Brianna can decode the puzzle and find the killer's next destination, thousands will die and the world's technological infrastructure will be crippled before they can uncover the surprising source of the attacks.

Cloud Crash is a fast paced romp that touches on the biggest issues of our time: privacy, government secrets, and how to recover from a hangover when you're busy saving the world.
and also Murder in Sarasota

From Goodreads
When Jake Russo is transferred from a New York City beat to sunny Sarasota, his reporting life slows down. Instead of covering life in the big city, he's stuck writing puff pieces about bridge games and shuffleboard. His biggest challenge? Sticking to his diet.

That all changes when an older resident mysteriously dies on the beach. Jake has to figure out why and how she died. With the help of his bumbling octogenerian cameraman, Jake will have to overcome his lack of confidence and find the truth. He'll discover love, conspiracy, and surprising secrets in Florida's retirement communities.

Light as a day at the beach, this playful mystery is an early buffet of flirtation, intrigue, and senior citizens gone bad.
Unfortunately, I could not downloaded it because the author gave me the Amazon gift where I cant use it. Because it's not available in my country. *sighed* :(
I have tried to contact Phil Edwards, the author, who knows he has the PDF format.
Wish me luck.

and the last e book that makes me so happy. Because I just posted it on my Waiting on Wednesday, now I got it. It was from local publisher for review. They might published it here. YAY

When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family’s legacy. She banishes the manuscript to the stacks, but Diana finds it impossible to hold the world of magic at bay any longer.

For witches are not the only otherworldly creatures living alongside humans. There are also creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires who become interested in the witch’s discovery. They believe that the manuscript contains important clues about the past and the future, and want to know how Diana Bishop has been able to get her hands on the elusive volume.
Chief among the creatures who gather around Diana is vampire Matthew Clairmont, a geneticist with a passion for Darwin. Together, Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the manuscript’s secrets. But the relationship that develops between the ages-old vampire and the spellbound witch threatens to unravel the fragile peace that has long existed between creatures and humans—and will certainly transform Diana’s world as well.
I will read it this week.

Since four of them are e-book, I think I have to get used to read it through my notebook. But I keep wishing that someday fairy godmother will bring one ebook reader for me. :D

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Review: Immortyl Kisses by BK Walker


Synopsis From Goodreads
"You are a Warrior, you just don't know it yet."
~Jin Cao


Raine was an average girl with an average teenage life. Always loving anything to do with vampires, she never expected they would be real. When a Rogue vampire hunts her, she not only learns that vampires are real, but that the two boys that her heart is caught between are in fact a vampire and a werewolf.

As both boys vow to keep her safe, Raine learns of her true destiny...she is a Shijin Warrior born to win the war against an evil Warlock named Fala. Fala is creating half vampire half shape shifting creatures to take out all of immortal kind.

Will Raine be able to fulfill her destiny and save immortals, or will her hearts desires make her lose everything in the end?
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It was nice to find various stories about vampire and werewolf. Each book has its own words and Immortyl kisses gave me another one. In its world, those two creatures could live side to side without any hatred. That become one big question in my mind. How come they could live in peace? There were still many questions that popped up as I turn the pages.
The plot was flowing too face. Kept running even when I have not been into the characters. It did not made me wait. Surprised by surprised appeared everywhere. Something to be noticed, I found too much conversation and lack of description. I am not a reader who fond of details. But I think this book needs it.
Raine, Tristan, Logan, were three characters who helped me understand the story inside. That was what I liked from this book. I got not only one but three points of view in a row. At first, I thought that I would fall for one of them, sadly I was not. I felt no emotional bond.
If you want to find something different from vampire or werewolf, you can read this book.
Cover
I found some pictures inside this e-book. I think one of them is cool enough to replace the recent cover.
2/5
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Author: BK Walker; Facebook, Blog, Book Website ; Author Website
Format: Kindle Edition
Publisher: Lulu; December 24th 2010
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
You can buy the e-book here
Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of the Book Lovin' Bitches E-book Tours and a copy was provided by the author. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.