In My Mailbox (#7) Outer Banks Edition

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

So I JUST walked in the door from being at the Outer Banks in North Carolina. One week of pure relaxation. I'm gonna post my bookish purchases and do a later post about my trip.

So I got these 2 AWESOME journals; My Bucket List and All 50 States. There are prompts in each one to help you along. I have to say they are pretty SWEET. I included the inside of each.

I love mermaids so I had to buy this history of mermaids book that is very imaginative and has some cool pictures inside. And of course I bought a Sarah Dessen book. She follows me everywhere.

 Then I went to a second-hand/ used bookstore. There actually wasn't very much there that interested me but I managed to walk away with a couple cheap paperbacks. I've always wanted to read The Hobbit.

And last but most DEF not least, to fit with my mermaid obsession I bought a mermaid book-end.

There actually wasn't much time for reading during my vacation and I only managed to finish one complete book: Stray by Rachel Vincent, which I LOVED. I can not WAIT to get my hands on the rest of the series. I read about half of Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder and about 1/3 of The Replacement. More thoughts on those to come.


In My Mailbox #6

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

So in anticipation of my trip to the Outer Banks, NC (which I left for yesterday) I hit up the library hardcore-style. Here's my loot which includes 8 Young Adult titles and 2 Fantasy titles. I may have gone a bit over-board...and  I got a lot of firsts in a series.

In addition, I purchased 2 books for my Kindle:
A Tale of Two Goblins (Dulcie O'Neil #2)I LOVE H.P. Mallory's writing, and I've actually already finished this book. I didn't love it AS much as her Jolie Wilkins series but still GREAT!   I NEED MORE!!!

Kiss Me, Kill Me (Includes: Wild, #3)I mainly bought this title because it contains a short story by H.P. Mallory...only 99 cents! I skipped through and read the short story by H.P. (I wonder what people call her in real life), and even though it was short, it was SWEET. Hopefully all the stories will be equally good.

I hope to conquer a good number of these books while on vacation and start putting up my "reviews" when I return. (If I can obtain a properly functioning computer that is).

Happy Reading!


Ahhh Freedom. How Sweet Thou Art.

I will be MIA for a week as I'm headed to Outer Banks, North Carolina this morning. Other than it being too freakin early I can't wait to get there and away from here. One whole week without work; just sand, water, relaxation and READING.... ahhhh bliss.

AND upon my return on Sunday, June 26th I'll be coming back to the Season 4 Premiere of TRUE BLOOD.  Oh how I've missed thee Bon Temps. and ERIC.


Go the F**K to sleep.

I freaking love this book. I wish it was around when I was a kid. It's soothing yet entertaining. 5/5 "stars"
What's even better is Samuel L. Jackson narrating it.  Anyone who is offended by the "f" word prolly shouldn't listen.
Go the Fuck to Sleep
So the original video I had posted is no longer accessible from YouTube due to something called Copyright... here's a little snippet that might be removed. You can go visit  this website  to listen to the whole thing. It's worth it.


Laptop oh Laptop, why have you forsaken me?

As I mentioned in a previous post I had spilled smoothie all over my laptop and need to buy another.

My mom lent me her old laptop...it's giving me hardcore flashbacks of the dial-up days.. where it takes 5 minutes just to get to another page. Now it's messing up posts I'm trying to put up, and it won't let me post comments on anyone's pages.

So if you left me comments I much appreciate them and at some point in the future (hopefully near) will comment you back when I have a properly functioning computer.  I'm totally not ignoring anyone.

I have a post now I'm trying to ..well post, but it's like moving things around on it's own. It's crazy I tell you.

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Eon, #1)So I'm currently reading Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman. I'm really liking it, it's unlike any story I've ever read. Check it out.
Goodreads Summary: For years, Eon's life has been focused on magical study and sword-work, with one goal: that he be chosen as a Dragoneye, an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.
But Eon has a dangerous secret: he is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a twelve-year-old boy. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; the penalty is death.
When Eona's secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a struggle for the Imperial throne. Eona must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic . . . and her life.



On My Wishlist (#5)

On My Wishlist is hosted over at Book Chick City
Here's a small sampling of books I'm desperately wishing to read.

The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus, #2)The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2) (Rick Riordan) (October 4, 2011)
Goodreads Summary: 
In The Lost Hero, three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a quest:
Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.
Who are the other four mentioned in the prophecy? The answer may lie in another camp miles away, where a new camper has shown up and appears to be the son of Neptune, god of the sea...
Why I Want It: I loved the Percy Jackson series, I loved The Lost Hero, and I have a feeling I'm going to love this one too.

By the Time You Read This, I'll Be DeadBy The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead (Julie Anne Peters) (January 5, 2010)
Goodreads Summary: 
Daelyn Rice is broken beyond repair, and after a string of botched suicide attempts, she’s determined to get her death right. She starts visiting a website for “completers”— www.through-the-light .com.
While she’s on the site, Daelyn blogs about her life, uncovering a history of bullying that goes back to kindergarten. When she’s not on the Web, Daelyn’s at her private school, where she’s known as the freak who doesn’t talk.
Daelyn to be letting people into her life…isn’t it?
Why I Want It:  Sounds dark and depressing with maybe a little hope in there somewhere.  Right down my alley.

Merlin: Part 1 - The Old MagicMerlin: Part 1-The Old Magic (James Mallory) (January 28, 2000)
Goodreads Summary:
 "Once upon a time...no, no, that's not the way to start. You'll think this is a fairy tale. And it isn't".
In the terrible years of tyrants and invaders, England's surviving pagans cry out for help to their deity — and Mab, Queen of the Faery realms, creates for them a champion.
Merlin. Half human, half Magic; raised in the love of his foster mother, Ambrosia, trained in sorcery by the gnome Frick, destined by Mab to lead England back to the Old Ways. But Mab, once beloved, has grown selfish and cruel, so Merlin turns against her.
And their war of magic will change the world.
 Why I Want It:  I pretty much LOVE any story relating to Merlin, the movie is one of my favorites..so why wouldn't I neeeed to read this book? (and part 2).

Passing Strange (Generation Dead, #3)Passing Strange (Generation Dead #3) (Daniel Waters) (June 1, 2010)
Goodreads Summary:  Karen DeSonne is used to pretending to be something she’s not. All her life, she’s passed as a normal all-American teenager; with her friends, with her family, and at school. Passing cost her the love of her life. And now that Karen’s dead, she’s still passing this time, as alive.

Meanwhile, Karen’s dead friends have been fingered in a high-profile murder, causing a new round of anti-zombie regulations that have forced nearly all of Oakvale’s undead into hiding. Karen soon learns that the “murder” was a hoax, staged by Pete Martinsburg and his bioist zealots. Obtaining enough evidence to expose the fraud and prove her friends’ innocence means doing the unthinkable: betraying her love by becoming Pete’s girlfriend. Karen’s only hope is that the enemy never realizes who she really is because the consequences would be even worse than death
Why I Want It:
I quite enjoyed the first 2 books in this series, though the covers leave a lot to be desired. Completely different take on zombies. For all the hardcore zombie purists out there, these books are prolly not for you.


Boy Proof (by Cecil Castellucci)

Boy ProofGoodreads Summary:What happens when an antisocial cinephile meets up with the worldly new guy at school — a quick-witted artist who's savvy enough to see through her sci-fi disguise?
Meet Egg. Her real name is Victoria Jurgen, but she's renamed herself after the kick-ass heroine of her favorite sci-fi movie, Terminal Earth. Like her namesake, Egg dresses all in white, colors her eyebrows, and shaves her head. She always knows the right answers, she's always in control, and she's far too busy — taking photos for the school paper, meeting with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Club, and hanging out at the creature shop with her dad, the special-effects makeup wizard — to be bothered with friends, much less members of the opposite sex. As far as Egg is concerned, she's boy proof, and she likes it that way. But then Egg meets a boy named Max, a boy who's smart and funny and creative and cool...and happens to like Egg. Could this be the end of the world — at least as Egg knows it?
My Thoughts:
This was a very quick, easy read. I finished it in just a few hours. I definitely have mixed feelings about it.
The writing style and portrayal of the main character's thoughts and feelings seemed a bit disjointed or choppy or awkward. I'm not sure if this was intended or not. 

I could definitely relate to some of Egg's conflicting feelings of wanting to be invisible vs wanting to be noticed. And about feeling boy proof (though unlike her, I don't intentionally try to make this happen) And I do enjoy characters who are quirky or eccentric; those characters who are off-the-beaten-path so to speak.
I wish there was a creature shop I could hang out at with my dad. AWESOME.

With that being said, Egg's arrogance became a major turn-off as did her rudeness towards others. After a while the references to Terminal Earth get a bit redundant.  You do see a transition or growth in Egg's character from start to end which is important, and the interactions between Egg and the boy interest Max are enjoyable. I found Max in general to be quite enjoyable.

Favorite quotes:
"There is no easy way from the earth to the stars."
"I haunt the hallways like a broken spirit."

Bottom Line: Not great, not terrible. Worth reading for only $1.99.   3/5 "stars"


In My Mailbox #5

In my mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.

After a bad week at work, there's nothing like a little book-buying therapy to make a girl feel a little better.

I bought a couple books for my Kindle:  (all cheap due to their Sunshine Deals)

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry, #2)Boy Proof

The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round ThingsWanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents

That's it for me.


Don't cry over spilled......Smoothie?

Geez. gEEEEEEEz.

My lack of posting has been due to the fact that I suffer from a curse that makes me break/lose/drop/ruin things that are nice. I'm totally not careless...things just happen. About a week ago I spilled a giant cup of smoothie all over my laptop keyboard (and it didn't even have alcohol in it!) ...and my cell phone may have suffered as well. It really sucks not having access to TV OR Internet...  I felt disconnected from the world.

Needless to say I now have a new phone (which I desperately needed anyways) but alas, I haven't had a chance to purchase a new laptop. Luckily my mom gave me hers today to borrow. Now I just have to decide between PC or Mac.

In the mean time of not posting, I've read 6 books which I will give my thoughts on some time in the near future.
They include: 
 Once a Witch (Witch, #1)Keeping the MoonWillow
Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)Demonglass (Hex Hall, #2)Songs for a Teenage Nomad  (HexHall was a REread)
I'm on a roll cracking down on my tbr pile.

Oh and  it's hot as balls where I live..COME ON FALL.