Friday, May 17, 2013

Bedtime Story: Hush Little Baby

Synopsis: "Bedtime is a special ritual for parents and children. Lullabies often play an important role. This best-selling version of the beloved lullaby Hush Little Baby is now available in a sturdy board book making it perfect for sharing with the youngest children."

My Review: This is a wonderful book version of the song! The wording is slightly different than the song I remember but it is very appropriate for boys or girls. Honestly, you can't help but sing or hum the tune while reading it to your little one. The images are great too, they seem very traditional and suit the song. Hopefully this will become a favorite of Munchkins because I love reading it to him!
My Rating: I love this book and Munchkin has started loving it as well and will reach out to touch my lips while I sing read it to him.  I give it a rating of Three Paws and Stump Wag!
Good Night! Sweet Dreams

From the Review Pile #3

From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page every Thursday.
The aim of this meme is to showcase books that you've received for review (or if you don't receive review books, any book that you own and really want to read/review) but haven't yet got around to reading, in order to give the book some extra publicity.

I know that a lot of you have a huge pile of books that you want to read/review, but it understandably takes a while to get around to reading them all - here you can give a book (or two!) some of the publicity that it deserves, even if you haven't read it yet!
Water Harvest by Eric Diehl

The continuous harvest of atmospheric moisture by lunar orbiters foments a plan set in place to destroy the Harvest fleet, but it is derailed by a twist that allows time for development of a technological work-around. Time passes, and the ruling Houses are caught unawares by an invasion intended to wrest control of the Harvest. The interlopers are aided by wizard-like practitioners whose hallucinogen-induced evocations bend the norms of nature to their will.
Cairn, heir to Alar, is taken captive and then dispatched to carry the warlord's edict. The Maester Viizar, Gezladorn, has his own agenda, contrary to that of the lunar warlord. The Maester is able to manipulate some of the players through mind-control, pitting them one against the other.
Cairn learns of a human-like species that has always kept to itself in the planet's vast cavern system, and he leads a band of men and UnderWorlders on a subterranean journey to rise into the bowels of House Alar. Alliances fall apart and it becomes unclear who is the true enemy before Alar ultimately triumphs.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Review of Assassin Study by Maria V. Snyder

Synopsis: "Yelena, the heroine of Maria V. Snyder's stunning debut novel Poison Study, is on her way to her ancestral homeland of Sitia to be reunited with her family and to learn more about her magical powers. An order of execution hangs over her head should she ever return to Ixia. But her true love, Valek, quickly learns that an assassin has taken it upon himself to make sure Yelena doesn't reach her destination.

As Ixia's chief of security, and a highly skilled assassin himself, can Valek track down the killer in time to save Yelena's life?"

My Review: This was a nice little interlude between Poison Study and Magic Study. While I understand its a novella, I wanted more. After all the detailed battles and descriptions in Poison Study this seemed a little abrupt, short and to the point. But I guess it does suit Valek. Gosh, I swoon at the idea of him! I can't wait to start the next book, I wish I just had a few days to read all of them back to back without interruptions!
My Rating: I gobbled this up like I was starving and wanted seconds, but I guess that is the point of a novella in a series, to keep you informed but not be a complete story.  I give it a rating of Three Paws.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Release Day Blitz: Yellow Socks and Blood Spots

Yellow Socks & Blood Spots
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Author: Bailey J. Thompson
Publisher: Yellow Iris Press
Synopsis: "Two lines means pregnant, and pregnant is the very last thing seventeen-year-old Isabelle wanted to be. She’s just beginning her senior year, she’s rekindling the respectable relationship she once had with her family and she has finally fallen in love.
Her boyfriend, Jason wants an abortion, while Isabelle wants to give her baby a chance at life, whether that means adoption or raising her baby herself. Her situation raises a question of values, beliefs, rights, societal expectations and personal opinions, and as Isabelle’s friends and family discover the news, they seem to think they know what’s best for her and her baby. Within two weeks of finding out about their beautiful disaster, Isabelle and Jason have to come to a mutual agreement and make a life and death decision."
About the Author
Bailey J Thompson is a teenage author that resides in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. She has been storytelling since the moment she could talk, and has since developed passions for creative writing, photography, nature and the environment. Yellow Socks and Blood Spots is her debut novel
Sound like something you would like to read? Want a chance to win a copy?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Review of Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Synopsis: "Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison...

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear..."

My Review: Okay I know this book is predictable, you can see what major twists the plot is going to take but for some reason you still get totally absorbed into this book! I couldn't put it down!! The style really reminds me of The Song of the Lioness Series by Tamora Pierce and also a touch of Fire by Kristin Cashore. You can't help but fall for the characters and root for them through out the book. Yelena is a great character and so is Valek, but I also loved the sub-characters, especially Ari and Janco. I am really disappointed that it took me this long to start this series, I am blaming all of you for not smacking me in the face with it ;)
My Rating: Considering I stayed up until 2am knowing Munchkin would wake me up by 6am just to finish this book how could I give it any less than a Four Paw and a Stump Wag rating?!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday Reading List

Its Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Share what books you have finished in the last week, are currently reading and what might be coming up next!

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Links will take you to my review
Luminaire by Ciye Cho
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Bunny Loves to Read (Bedtime Story)
Northlanders Vol 1: Sven the Returned (Graphic Novel)

Books Finished Last Week:
Reviews will be posted at a later date

Poison Study
Assassin Study
And the Soft Wind Blows
Chasing Dragons
Currently Reading:

October Night by Theresa Oles - Kindle - 15%
The Study Bundle by Maria V. Snyder - Nook - on page 321 of 1027

 Books to be Read Soon:
Blood in the Valley by JK Hogan (Requested Review)
Heat Wave by Richard Castle (Audio Challenge)
Justice by Jade Varden (Requested Review)
Soft Spots by Clint Van Winkle (Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge)

Yay! A bunch of reading done this last week, unfortunately the house took a little bit of a hit as a result but I don't really care because it was fun!  In fact I have joined the Bout of Books read-a-thon this week in hopes to get a bunch more reading done.  I really want to read around 3 to 4 hours a day and finish October Night, The Study Bundle, Justice, and Heat Wave at least.
In other news, I just realized when I was looking through the books I read so far this year that I have made progress on my Series Challenge! I read the whole Shadowlands series back in February! Yay for the first series finished lol!
On the ever exciting home front, Munchkin finished with his helmet this week :D  yay! No more helmet for us! Now we just got to get these few teeth on the verge in and we should have a happy healthy baby finally.

Hope all you other moms had a wonderful mother's day yesterday!