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My review: This novel was recommended to me by Heidi @ YABibliophile.com. Thanks Heidi! I got sucked into the folklore immediately and feel in love with the characters. Seventeen-year-old Ai Ling waits for her father to return from the Palace of Fragment Dreams. When he doesn’t return and Ai Ling may be forced to marry a horrible man as his fourth wife, she leaves home alone in a quest to find her father. On her journey she meets Chen Yong. They travel through the Kingdom of Xia and into the Immortal Realms along with Chen Yong’s brother. The action and evil spirits the Ai Ling and Chen Yong encounter are creepy, but not too scary that you’ll have nightmares. I actually loved these scenes for their action and description. The story will keep you intrigued and moves at a fast pace. It’s an incredible adventure. Cindy Pon incorporates all the senses, definitely mastering the taste and smell with mention to food and scents!
I already have the sequel on order! Can’t wait to read it. I highly recommend this novel!
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This event ended 5 months, 12 days, 11 hours, 8 minutes, 24 seconds ago.
Since I began hosting the Holiday Readathon two years ago, I love participating in others whenever I get a chance. ONCE UPON A READ-A-THON is hosted by Pure Imagination – http://www.pureimaginationblog.com/ Candace’s Book Blog - http://www.candacesbookblog.com/ and Reading Angel - http://www.readingangel.com/ Definitely check them out!
Here’s what I’ve been reading: I finished Cold Kiss and Glass Heart by Amy Garvey. I had been hesitant to read Cold Kiss because I knew it involved a zombie and in all honesty, zombie novels are not my favorite. But Cold Kiss surprised me. The paranormal aspect was intriguing and well done. The romance aspect wasn’t what I expected, either. It was sweet and definitely captured the emotion of first love. There were no zombies in Glass Heart, and I actually enjoyed it even more than Cold Kiss. I really liked the relationship between Wren and Gabriel, which began in Cold Kiss and was an integral part in Glass Heart. Fans of paranormal romance will really like these books.
Me Before You is a novel I picked up at the BEA and I absolutely loved it! It’s not available in the United States until December 2012, but I have to say that I wouldn’t be surprised if it hit the New York Times Best Seller’s List. It isn’t YA but it definitely is appropriate for older young adults. The novel is set in a small English town. Louisa Clark is twenty-six years old and out of a job. After going to the Job Center for the third or fourth time, she’s given the opportunity to interview for a position taking care of a paraplegic. What transpires from the moment she gets the job is absolutely breathtaking, powerfully emotional, heartbreaking, and thought provoking. The writing is masterful. I read it cover to cover, totally engrossed in the dynamics of the characters and their trials and tribulations. What is so extraordinary is how the author, Jojo Moyes, portrays the life of a paraplegic. Any description by me would be an understatement.
I can’t rave about this novel enough! Put it on your must-read list.
I also finished Wanderlove. Any young adult who is thinking about taking a trip after high school, but isn’t sure about it should absolutely read Wanderlove. Bria Sandoval takes a trip to Central America and finds herself on a tour with people over three times her age. It’s hardly the tour she thought she had signed up for. When a backpacker named Rowan asks her to come to an island for dinner, it’s the beginning of a new adventure for Bria. She goes through many challenges, both physically and emotionally. It’s a time of great discovery and an opportunity to reconnect with drawing, something she loves to do but gave up because of a painful breakup. As she rediscovers her passion, she begins to realize how much she wishes she hadn’t allowed a guy to keep her from pursuing her dreams. Her revelation is quite insightful. I loved Bria’s journey of discovery. I loved traveling with her and learning more about her life. I loved finding out about Rowen and appreciated how he decided to turn his life around. I loved Wanderlove. It’s another YA novel I highly recommend.
From the challenge posted by IB Book Blogging - http://ibbookblogging.net/
Taken by Erin Bowman
What is your favorite cover that has been revealed this summer and why? Post a link or picture of the cover if you want.
I love the cover of Taken by Erin Bowman – the colors are stunning, it provokes questions, and it definitely made me want more.
Do you rely on the cover to help you choose whether you want to read a book or not?
I definitely am attracted to a beautiful cover, but it isn’t the main reason why I read a novel. A cool cover will make me pick the book up and read the blurb and any endorsements, but it’s not the reason why I buy or check out a book from the library. Ultimately, I rely on a combination of reviews, endorsements, and whether or not I’m interested in the subject matter.
Second Annual Holiday #Readathon
Bonus: EVERYONE who signs
3. Author Laurie Viera Rigler: Mini-challenge – We all like to escape into a good novel and enter the lives of our favorite characters, especially during the holiday season. But did you ever wonder what your favorite characters read when they feel like entering another world? Let your imagination soar, and visit Laurie Viera Rigler’s blog (http://blog.janeaustenaddict.com/2011/11/holiday-readathon-double-giveaway.html) to enter this fun and easy challenge. You could win two books: THE JOURNEYS OF JOHN AND JULIA: GENESIS by Aurelia and RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT by Laurie Viera Rigler.
9. Author Audrey Hart: Mini-challenge is if you could ask the Greek god Zeus any question, what would it be? Win the YA novel Zoe and Zeus (ebook edition). Post your answer on Twitter with the #ZoeandZeus or http://www.ZoeandZeus.com or http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13014354-the-dig
10. Rani from Perks of Being a Bookseller: Mini-challenge is what fictional character would you want to kiss under the mistletoe? Prize is a copy of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. http://perksofbeingabookseller.blogspot.com
11. Jen and Kellee from Teach Mentor Texts: Their mini-challenge – Share your favorite meme, find a meme you are going to join, or share a meme you would join if you had a blog and you will be entered to win one of three MG/YA ARCs. Three winners! http://www.teachmentortexts.com/
12. Cassay from Vamps, Weres, and Cassay OH My!: Mini-challenge is which reindeer is your favorite and why? One random lucky winner will receive a $15 shopping spree at the Book Depository! http://vampsweresandcassay.blogspot.com/
13. Courtney Rae from Courtney Reads: Mini-challenge is to share your favorite holiday dish or dessert and you’ll be entered to win a custom-made ornament by Courtney! http://courtney-reads.blogspot.com/
14. Stacy, Shannon, Nancy from Girls in the Stacks: Here’s their mini-challenge or as Girls In the Stacks call it “The Good Deed Mini-Challenge”
This event ended 1 year, 5 months, 17 days, 5 hours, 2 minutes, 24 seconds ago.
Welcome to the Holiday Read-A-Thon! I want to thank the Lesley from Young Adults Books Reviews http://yabreviewed.blogspot.com/ and Jami from YA Book Addict http://yaaddict.blogspot.com/ for inspiring this readathon and for participating with their own giveaways!
The mini-challenges/giveaways start on Thursday, December 2nd and end on Sunday, December 5th with different bloggers on different days. When we get closer, I will list by date. Please note that all the bloggers have their own rules for their challenges.
I will be on Twitter using the hashtag #readathon. Please feel free to let us know what you’re reading and how you are doing!
All Participants for my Holiday Readathon Challenge are automatically entered for a $15.00 gift certificate for Amazon.com or BN.com – your choice!
1. Pledge a penny, or two, or three (or any amount you want!) per page for the books that you will read. Put a minimum number that you will pledge. For example: 100 pages – $1.00.
2. THIS IS NEW -I’ve been asked if any type of donation for the holiday season – a can(s) of food, book to a library, Toy for Tots etc. – qualifies. YOU BET IT DOES! Keep up the awesome work! Just list it.
3. Click on comments below and write down your pledge per page and your e-mail address. Example:
I pledge 2 cents per page. 500 pages – $10.00. WhoRuBlog@aol.com
4. THIS IS ON THE HONOR SYSTEM! Donate the dollar amount to a charity of your choice to make a child happy over the holidays or use it to buy a toy or book for any holiday collection or donate a book to your local library.
Remember, this is a set your own pace/start whenever you want readathon. Don’t wear yourself out,
I will be cheering you all on and checking up on your progress. I hope you all have a lot of fun!