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In My Mailbox (9)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. IMM features the books that we have bought, borrowed, received, or reviewed during the week.

I figured I would continue showing my massive haul from IRA in my weekly IMM posts. I did actually buy a few books this week to finish off a series. Plus, I found my free book coupons from Scholastic so I ordered $88 in free books! But I don't remember what I ordered. =)
What I bought:
The Cry of the Icemark, Blade of Fire, and Last Battle of the Icemark by Stuart Hill. A little witchcraft, some teenage angst, women warriors, characters named Cronus and Medea. Yep, the makings of a good series I do believe.
My IRA haul, Part 2:
The Black Heart Crypt by Chris Grabenstein. A ghostly mystery that features the leader of a clan of ghosts trying to hunt and kill Zack Jennings-- a member of the Jennings family that the ghost has a serious grudge against. 
Populazzi by Elise Allen. A teenage girl tries a social experiment to reinvent herself…

Review: Relic Master: The Dark City

Relic Master: The Dark City Catherine Fisher
Synopsis from back of book:

Book Information:
Hardcover: 384 pages
Reading Level: YA
Publisher: Dial (May 17, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-0803736733
Source: ARC from publisher in exchange for a review

Dark, dangerous, and deadly—welcome to Anara, a world mysteriously crumbling to devastation, where nothing is what it seems: ancient relics emit technologically advanced powers, members of the old Order are revered by the people but hunted by the governing Watch, and the great energy that connects all seems to also be destroying all. A master and his scholar, searching for a relic to save the world, will be tested beyond their limits, for there are monsters—some human, some not—that also want the relic’s power and wills top at nothing to get it.

That really doesn’t tell you much, does it? Let me start this off by saying that even though I had a hard time getting through this book—it just wasn’t my cup of tea—I can appreciate really great writing. It took me…

Blog Hop & Follow Friday (16)

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee. This week's question is: It's circle time. Time for us to open up and share. Can you tell us FIVE quirky habits or things about you? We all have them...

So my weird habits... hmm... I'm perfect, so I have no weird habits. I can't think of any bad habits that I have, so I'm going to make a list of all the awesome things that I do.

1. I chew gum like a cow. It's an awesome calorie burning activity!

2. I'm a part-time Chia Pet. I have a student that is constantly petting my hair. He's in distress because I cut 10 inches off a few months ago to donate to Locks for Love.

3. If something is really funny, I snort. My husband thinks it's sexy.  

4. I say, "Oh, good grief!" way too much. I say it at least 100 times a day. My students think it's hilarious.

5. Oh, and I put mustard on my french fries.

The Book Blog Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy for Books. This week's question is: "…

In My Mailbox (8)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.
My IMM this week should be legendary since I came home last week with a suitcase full of books from the IRA Convention. But, alas, I'm too lazy to post about all of them right now. So, I picked the ones I'm most excited about (at the moment).

1. Don't Expect Magicby Kathy McCullough. Basically, this book is about a girl who is the daughter of a Fairy-Godfather and realizes she is a Fairy-Godmother in training. The catch, however, is that she has NO desire to be one. She doesn't want anything to do with magic. It looks really funny. At least that's what the book rep told me. We'll see if she was right. =)

2. Between the Sea & Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore. Okay, so I'm on this whole mermaid kick right now. (Thanks Sarah Porter and Lost Voices). The awesome lady at Bloomsbury Publishing and I had a nice chat about how awesome (and underrated) Victorian Literature is. She told me since I'm a fan of Jane Austen I w…
The Len’s and the Looker Lory Kaufman
Product Details
Genre: YA, science-fiction, post-dystopian
Publisher: The Fiction Studio (March 2011)
ISBN: 978-1-936558-02-5
Source: Review copy provided by the authorHansum, Shamira, and Lincoln are all “hard cases” from the 24th century. They are spoiled, lazy, and resilient to the lessons that the elders of their society try to teach. In a desperate measure to get the teens to learn from their mistakes, they are whisked away to History Camp—a reenactment of some of the hardest times from history. History Camps are designed to teach even the hardest 24th century kids a lesson about the past. Unfortunately, Hansum, Shamira, and Lincoln are too smart for their own good; they manage to disrupt the “lesson.” Thinking that they have successfully interrupted the History Camp Elder’s plans, the three teens are surprised to find themselves being approached by a time-traveling man. This man—Artemis—transports (i.e. kidnaps) the teens to the real 14th century …