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In My Mailbox (10)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.
I received a book in the mail for review: I'm going to start reading this tonight with the boy child. It's a western/ action and adventure story. It sounded like something my 8 year old would love, so I'm happy to read and review this book. It should be good ole' mommy-child bonding over books.
I downloaded a few (free) books off the Sony e-reader store:



Last week's Amazon order came in the mail!
Of course, I plan on stopping into Barnes and Noble tomorrow while I'm out bathing suit shopping. So this list could change. =)

Review: Gatehouse: The Door to Canellin

Gatehouse: The Door to Canellin E.H. Jones
Product Details
Genre: YA, fantasy
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: OnMyOwn Publishing (April 29, 2011)
ISBN-10: 061547876X
Source: A copy was provided by the author in exchange for a review



 Wes is a teenage with teenage troubles, who feels as if his world is crashing down around him. But when he discovers the house in the woods that wasn't there before, he finds himself thrust into Canellin, a world of dragons, monsters, magic, and mayhem. What's more, he discovers that his own unique talents may be the key to Canellin's salvation, and his own. Unfortunately, his only way home is halfway around the known world, in the lands controlled by an evil dragon bent on the eradication of all human life!
The synopsis from the back cover does NOTHING for this book. It sounds good, but it doesn't even begin to hint on all of the complex and completely awesome elements found in The Door to Canellin.

To begin with, there were multiple plots int…

Follow Friday (18)

Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop meme that is hosted by Parajunkee's View. Each week a new blogger is featured, so the rest of the world can get to know people behind the names.  

This week's question comes from Backseat Reader: What are you doing to prepare for an upcoming zombie apocalypse and/or the return of Mel Gibson to the silver screen? (Both of which could be terrifying.)

Muhahahaha... I had to get that out of my system. Such a funny question.

I've never thought about preparing for the zombie apocalypse, even though the CDC did post something about how to prepare for a zombie invasion. You can see for yourself here. As for me, being prepared wouldn't matter much for me because I move like a geriatrics patient. I'm from the South-- we don't get in a hurry. I'd be one of the first taken out. Although, I could use some of my secret Super Ninja moves to ward off a few rogue zombies... depends on how much coffee I have before the attack. The root of my …

100 Follower Giveaway Winner Announced

Congratulations to Lauren B at Lauren's Book Bag ! She won my 100 Follower Giveaway. Lauren won a copy of 


A HUGE thank you goes out to everyone that participated. I appreciate the effort. =) It makes me feel like someone is reading! Honestly...
My next giveaway/contest will be in July. Check out this post for more information!

May Monthly Wrap-Up

Wow! I can't believe how quickly the month of May has gone by. It seems like just a week ago it was Mother's Day. The end of the school year is one of the busiest times for me. It seems like I haven't had much time to read this month; but looking back at the reviews for May, I guess I can say that I have managed to find a few moments for reading. 
Here is my May Wrap-Up:  
Reviews -- May
Zombies vs Unicorns by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier. Any Witch Way by Annastaysia Savage Relic Master: The Dark City by Catherine Fisher The Lens and the Looker by Lory Kaufman Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore
Contests that I hosted:
My 100 Follower Giveaway (which ends JUNE 1st... just in case you want to enter) My very first giveaway EVERwhich was generously provided  by Daisy Piper, the author of the new Princess Callie series. Which, BTW, is an adorable new fairytale series that you all should read.

R.A.K.-- May
Thanks to Book Soulmates for creating and hosting this awesome …

Not So New News (But New to Me)

I read Carrie Ryan's series a while ago, and always felt like I was missing some of the story. It really bothers me when I feel like there are unanswered questions in a book. I trudged through all three books hoping to find my answers, but they never came. Then I came across this today:


"RANDOM HOUSE PUBLISHES EBOOK ORIGINAL FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR CARRIE RYAN


(April 5, 2011, New York, NY)—Random House Children’s Books (RandomHouse.com/teens) announces the publication of an exclusive ebook original written by acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ryan, entitled HARE MOON: An Original Forest of Hands and Teeth Story (Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers / $1.99), on sale today. The story is available exclusively in digital format and continues the setting of the Forest of Hands and Teeth series. Fans will clamor for this new addition to the three-book series, which concluded in March 2011 with The Dark and Hollow Places. Also included in the series are The Forest…

In My Mailbox (9)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren to showcase all the awesome books that we have had contact with during the week.



My IMM post this Memorial Day features books that are military/war related. I thought it would be a fitting time to showcase these beauties. 




Dogtag Summer by Elizabeth Partridge.
I had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful author at the IRA convention. While she was signing my book, she told me a little bit about the story that inspired this novel. It's based on theVietnam War, and many of the stories that are told by the protagonist are actual stories relayed to her by a Vietnam vet. Coming from a long line of military service members, this book instantly touched my heart. During our conversation I told her about my grandfather that served in Korea. She was so compassionate and caring; it was heartwarming. I actually do not plan to read this book (as of yet) because I passed it along to my co-worker. Her father served in Vietnam, and I thoug…

Mythological Mondays (2)