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Monday, May 28, 2012

Me, Myself, and I (plus my cats)

I am not just a book person, I have a life apart from reading. What's that I hear? My friends laughing that I have a life? Yeah, probably.

Anyway I thought I'd do something from time to time to let you get a glimpse into my life. Today's topic is my cats. I have two cats that are alive. And one that passed away.

 We got Rascal seven years ago on July 3. My mom and little sister heard her crying in a ditch when they were going to the store. Then on the way home she tried to cross the road. They got out of the car, stopped traffic, and brought her home.  She was so tiny and weighed an ounce. We think she was the runt and left by her family. It's estimated that she was only a day old because she opened her eyes the 10th day we had her. My family spent the next few weeks bottle feeding her with homemade kitten milk. I can't imagine life without her.

Doesn't she look happy?
My dad found Pony (we shortened her name when we found out that Ponyboy was actually Ponygirl, oops) on March 9th this year. She's lucky to be alive as she was hidden under my car and my dad been moving it all day.  We estimate that she was a day or two old because my dad had moved the car a few days ago, and she wasn't there. She was also bottle fed. Except we used kitten formula from the store. She's so cute and rambunctious. I guess my family attracts abandoned kittens.

Scooter: Sadly I don't have a picture of her on the computer and I don't have a scanner. But she was a blue point Himalayan.

We got Scooter when her owner, my dad's best friend died. She was a trophy cat and wasn't treated like family, but a cat. So she wasn't very friendly. But we were as good to her as she would let us be. She was pretty old when we first got her as she had been born when I was real little. My older sister adores her! And we loved her too and I'm really sad she's gonw. Plus we got her before the other cats. When she died my mom told me when we were at Wal-Mart getting cat food. She goes to get the smaller bag and I tell her we need the big bag because we have 2 cats. She looks at me and says "Not anymore." Thanks for being so gentle mom.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)Overall: 2.5
Pages: 316
Spoilers: Medium
Summary from Goodreads:
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story... 

 Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

 When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

 And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

Yet another hyped up book that I couldn't get into. And I'm not exactly sure how to articulate exactly how I feel. But I will try.

The amazing cover!

Carmel. She is a badass. A little dense at times, but I really liked her.

Adorkable Thomas.

Someone has obviously seen Supernatural. I mean Mr, Dean? And the main character's name is Cas? Cas is  in "the family business?" Missing father who killed ghosts?

The Plot:
The plot is fine. Cas moves to a new town to kill a ghost to "prepare him" to kill the thing that got his father. But it turns out he can't kill her. Everyone but him of course sees why: he loves her. And she's not really bad, she doesn't want to kill people, she just can't help it. So they have to find some other way to deal with her.

Plus, have you ever read a book and are at the end and realize there's no way everything can be solved in time? Well this is the exact opposite. Instead of killing her they remove the curse that binds her to the house so the story should be finished right? No there are still chapters left.

The antagonist was supposed to be Anna not some other ghost you bring in in the end!

Finally it was not exciting. I could read a chapter at a time before I just got tired of the story. So this is definitely not a book you can read in one night.


Try as it might this book is no Supernatural. And Cas Lowood has nothing on Sam, Dean, or Castiel.

The writing is not great. It's adequate I guess. But I found myself skipping parts and only reading the dialogue.

Isn't this supposed to be horrifying? Or at least a bit spooky?


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

WWW Wednesday for 5/23

WWW is hosted by Should Be Reading.

1. What are you currently reading?
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

2. What did you recently finish?
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. Review will be up tomorrow!

3. What do you think you'll read next?
Hopefully Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Stacking the Shelves 5/20

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

I bought some books from Amazon and this one got here 4 days earlier than expected!
Ten Cents a Dance
Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher

I got a few more e-books this week.

This Time You Lose
This Time You Lose by Chris Stralyn

Haven by A.R. Ivanovich

Update: I forgot to put that both the e-books were free from the Amazon Kindle store. So if you are interested, check it out! But they might not be free anymore. :(

Don't forget to leave your book haul in the comments!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Theme Song Saturday for Anna Dressed in Blood

Theme Song Saturday is hosted by Sinn at Sinnful Books. With this meme you share a song that reminds you of  the book you are reading.

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)I'm reading Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake and Wonderwall by Oasis reminds me of it. I feel that it perfectly explains the relationship Cas and Anna have. They have a difficult relationship considering she's a ghost that kills people and he's a killer of ghosts. But somehow they both seem to love each other. And they both feel that  the other might "be the ones that saves" them. Listen to it and tell me it doesn't remind you of them.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper. This is when you show off what book you are desperately wanting from your wishlist!

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)Angelfall by Susan Ee
Summary from Goodreads:
It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Angellfall is on my wishlist because: I love angels, it sounds super interesting, and it has amazing reviews!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Branded (Fall of Angels, #1)

Branded by Keary Taylor
What Would Satan Do?
What Would Satan Do? by Anthony Miller

These will take a while to finsih because my kindle app is for the computer and reading on the computer for  long periods of time really messed with my head.

Library Books
Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Unwind (Unwind, #1)
Unwind by Neal Shusterman

What did you get this week? Leave your book haul meme in the comments!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Book Chat: Desert Island Bringers

Book Chat is hosted by the one and only Misty over at The Book Rat. This week's topic is books I'd bring on a desert island.

1. Book You've Read Before: I would pick The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. There's no way I am going to an island without my favorite book/most prized possession.

2. Book You've Never Read: The Stand Complete and Uncut Edition by Stephen King. I have always meant to read it, on a desert island I finally can.

3. Childhood Favorite: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.

4. Series: I am torn between Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter and Harry Potter.

5. Freebie: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Stacking the Shelves 5/6/12

Post previously known as "In My Mailbox (but not really)" hosted by The Story Siren.

I found a haul meme that would fit me! Yay. Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
Sadly I didn't get any books this week for many reasons.
1. It's the end of the semester and I've had a lot of work to do.
2. This weekend I went to visit my sister a few hours away so I didn't get a chance to hit the library.
3. I spent ALL my money on this bad boy. I desperately needed  new computer and finally got one!

P.S I'm not going to link this up because this meme is for books not computers. lol.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Book Review: Croak by Gina Damico

Croak (Croak, #1)Overall: 4
Pages: 311
Spoilers: Medium
Summary from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby has sucker-punched her last classmate. Fed up with her punkish, wild behavior, her parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than that of shoveling manure.

He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach her the family business. 

 Lex quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated entirely by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. Along with her infuriating yet intriguing partner Driggs and a rockstar crew of fellow Grim apprentices, Lex is soon zapping her Targets like a natural born Killer. 

 Yet her innate ability morphs into an unchecked desire for justice—or is it vengeance?—whenever she’s forced to Kill a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again. So when people start to die—that is, people who aren’t supposed to be dying, people who have committed grievous crimes against the innocent—Lex’s curiosity is piqued. Her obsession grows as the bodies pile up, and a troubling question begins to swirl through her mind: if she succeeds in tracking down the murderer, will she stop the carnage—or will she ditch Croak and join in?

First I want to thank Doodle for sending me the book in Aprils' RAK!

I would like to say thank you to the cover designer. I love it! You can't see it here but it's made of foil or something because it's shiny! And there's a badass looking chick on the cover not wearing a dress that has nothing to do with the freaking story!

Plus my ex-history major heart explodes because Lex and her twin sister are named Lexington and Concord after the Revolutionary War battle.

Next I would like to say that I really connected with Lex. She was sarcastic, hilarious, and didn't give a shit. Much like myself.

Driggs and Uncle Mort.

The Writing:

I haven't read too many books where death is such an important role to the plot. That is besides The Book Thief, which I hated. I don't know how others have done it but Gina Damico tells the story beautifully. Her world building, or shall I say town building, is really good and I didn't question too much about it. I love all the deathy names that Damico used to construct the town. Her use of imagery is great and I can eally visualize Croak and all the people in it. Damico writes side shaking, gut busting humor that really kept me going for the first part of the book. Because let's be honest the action takes a while to start.

The Plot:

The books starts with Lex getting kicked out of school for another violent breakout. She is then whisked off to Uncle Mort's "farm" for the summer that's actually a town for Grim Reapers. Lex is a bit different than the other Grims' though. It's not that she's super violent and aggressive. No, all Grims' are. It's that when she touches someone to kill them, she feels pain. And she can't seem to shake the feeling that she should help the people that were wrongfully or horribly killed. Then it starts to happen. Bad people are mysteriously being killed and it's up to Lex, Driggs, and their friends to figure out who is doing it. Many people think it's Lex who starts the killings. But it's not. It gets kind of obvious who is doing it, but not in a bad way. More of a "I'm pretty sure X is doing it, but why?" And that is tragic and amazing aspect to the story. Plus X kidnaps Lex and when she escapes X gets away!

Ugh and then the ending!

I typically feel that when an author kills such a character they are doing it for shock value only. But it's not like that in Croak. There's a reason that this person dies and though it hurts Lex, it helps her too. It allows her to have that drive to find character X and to keep being a Grim and live with Uncle Mort.


Not a whole lot of bad things. I don't understand why the school let someone who beat up half the student body stay so long.

Plus there's a lot of buildup. The plot doesn't start for a while. But Damico pulls it off with her humor and writing style. It doesn't get boring like you think it would.

The fucking spiders. Why spiders? I'm with Ron on this one.

I need the next one now!

I think Sokka says it best.


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