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Review: Drink, Slay, Love

Drink, Slay, Love Sarah Beth Durst

Product Details:  Reading Level: YA Pages: 400 Publishers: Margaret K. McElderry (September 13, 2011)  ISBN: 1442423730 Source: ebook from S&S Galley Grab
  Pearl is a sixteen-year-old vampire . . . fond of blood, allergic to sunlight, and mostly evil . . . until the night a sparkly unicorn stabs her through the heart with his horn. Oops.   Her family thinks she was attacked by a vampire hunter (because, obviously, unicorns don’t exist), and they’re shocked she survived. They’re even more shocked when Pearl discovers she can now withstand the sun. But they quickly find a way to make use of her new talent. The Vampire King of New England has chosen Pearl’s family to host his feast. If Pearl enrolls in high school, she can make lots of human friends and lure them to the King’s feast—as the entrÉes.
  The only problem? Pearl’s starting to feel the twinges of a conscience. How can she serve up her new friends—especially the cute guy who makes her…

A round-up of YA books based on mythology (part 3)

Here is the final part of my YA mythology book list. Today, I found some books based on Egyptian mythology. Egyptian myths (like Norse myths) fascinate me because they tend to be more gruesome and less romantic. There's something about a giant hippopotamus half beast waiting to devour your soul in the afterlife that can strike certain fear into everyone's heart.

Without further ado, here is my Egyptian mythology list:

Sixteen-year-old Wendy Darling and her insecure freshman brother, John, are hitting the books at the Marlowe School. But one tome consumes their attention: THE BOOK OF GATES, a coveted Egyptian artifact (here's where the mythology gets its big break) that their professor father believes has magical powers. Soon Wendy and John discover that the legend is real—when they recite from its pages and descend into a snaking realm beneath the Manhattan school. As the hallways darken, and dead moths cake the floor, a charismatic new R.A. named Peter reveals that…

Blog Hop and Follow Friday (25)

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee at Parajunkee's View. This week's feature is Bonnie from Hands and Home. The question of the week is a pretty good one:Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader, did it help you deal with a particularly difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?).

It's not a big secret that I adore Laurie Halse Anderson. I love her writing. A few years ago I read SPEAK for the first time and it moved me in ways that words can't describe. I have been hooked on her writing ever since. TWISTED , WINTERGIRLS, and CATALYST are equally beautiful and moving. The books don't relate to my personal experiences, per se, but I can see how they would be huge for other readers. She deals with tough topics in the most poetic of ways. I can't keep these books on my classroom bookshelves, and it seems that once a student…

A round-up of YA books based on mythology (part 2)

This is the continuation of my list of YA books based on mythology that I have happened upon while stalking the virtual bookshelves of Amazon and Goodreads (among other places).

Bonnie over at A Backwards Story said I should make a list of the books (because she shares my obsession too). I know that I have moments of ADD, so I thought a list was a fabulous idea. Plus, it will help me keep up with all the books I want to add to my TBR pile.

Yesterday I mentioned a few books based on NORSE mythology (one of my faves), so today I decided to focus on Greek and Roman myth based books.


Because of a thousand-year-old alliance between humans and pagasi, Princess Sylviianel is ceremonially bound to Ebon, her own Pegasus, on her twelfth birthday. The two species coexist peacefully, despite the language barriers separating them. Humans and pegasi both rely on specially-trained Speaker magicians as the only means of real communication.

But its different for Sylvi and Ebon. They can und…

A round-up of YA books based on mythology

It's no big secret that I LOVE all things mythology. I wanted to name my dog Zeus, but the hubs vetoed it. (Considering the alpha-male issues they seem to have with one another, I think the name was rather fitting.) While I was playing around on the internet the other day, I came across some awesome mentionings of mythology related books. Some are older and probably already well known and read, but some were knew to me (and hit the shelves later this year).

Bonnie over at A Backwards Story said I should make a list of the books (because she shares my obsession too). I know that I have moments of ADD, so I thought a list was a fabulous idea. Plus, it will help me keep up with all the books I want to add to my TBR pile.

This list ended up being a little longer than I thought it would (I had to take two books OFF), but that's ok. I've decided to feature my Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and "other" myth books on future posts. =)

Books based on NORSE mythology:

Seven o'c…

Review: The Keepers (Monique James)

The Keepers Monique James

Jess denies God. In his infinite wisdom, he's taken everyone she's ever loved. Moving to the French Quarter was a ploy to erase the guilt she felt for rebuking her faith. Perhaps, if she hadn't met Justin, an angel preoccupied with getting back into God's good graces, and drowning in his hatred for humanity, her plan would have worked.

Justin's general disdain for the human race makes him difficult to like, but some higher power has appointed him her keeper. Justin's convinced he can mend her broken relationship with her maker, but in the process he learns a thing or two about his own humanity.

Never mind falling in love, that's not supposed to happen. In fact, it may even be forbidden. Jess just wants Justin to understand her plight, and he wants to protect her from a world she doesn't know.


If neither are equipped to save the other, then whose soul will live and whose will perish?
I had the opportunity to read this b…

Review: Queen Elizabeth, Vampire Slayer (Lucy Weston)

The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer Lucy Weston Sovereign Power. Eternal Pleasure.
  Revealed at last in this new vampire saga for the ages: the true, untold story of the “Virgin Queen” and her secret war against the Vampire King of England. . . .   On the eve of her coronation, Elizabeth Tudor is summoned to the tomb of her mother, Anne Boleyn, to learn the truth about her bloodline—and her destiny as a Slayer. Born to battle the bloodsucking fiends who ravage the night, and sworn to defend her beloved realm against all enemies, Elizabeth soon finds herself stalked by the most dangerous and seductive vampire of all.   He is Mordred, bastard son of King Arthur, who sold his soul to destroy his father. After centuries in hiding, he has arisen determined to claim the young Elizabeth as his Queen. Luring her into his world of eternal night, Mordred tempts Elizabeth with the promise of everlasting youth and beauty, and vows to protect her from all enemies. Toge…

Mythological Mondays (11)

Mythological Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Bonnie at A Backwards Story to bring attention to all things myth related.

I was cleaning up my son's bookshelf last night when I noticed a book that I bought for him a few months ago. We had recently seen the movie Thor in theaters, and he had expressed his interest in Norse mythology. Being the awesome mom that I am, I quickly ran over to Books-a-Million to find books that he might want to read. I got lucky and found an awesome book based on Norse myths on the bargain table! To top it up off, it was written by Neil Gaiman, the author of The Graveyard Book.
In a village in ancient Norway lives a boy named Odd, and he's had some very bad luck: His father perished in a Viking expedition; a tree fell on and shattered his leg; the endless freezing weather is making villagers dangerously grumpy.  Out in the forest Odd encounters a bear, a fox, and a eagle-- three creatures with a strange story to tell. Now Odd is forced on a stranger…

In My Mailbox (17)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. IMM is a great opportunity for us to share the books we bought, downloaded, borrowed, or received during the week.

For Review: 

Jess denies God. In his infinite wisdom, he’s taken everyone she’s ever loved. Moving to the French Quarter was a ploy to erase the guilt she felt for rebuking her faith. Perhaps, if she hadn’t met Justin, an angel preoccupied with getting back into God’s good graces, and drowning in his hatred for humanity, her plan would have worked. Justin’s general disdain for the human race makes him difficult to like, but some higher power has appointed him her keeper. Justin’s convinced he can mend her broken relationship with her maker, but in the process he learns a thing or two about his own humanity. Never mind falling in love, that’s not supposed to happen. In fact, it may even be forbidden. Jess just wants Justin to understand her plight, and he wants to protect her from a world she does…

Monthly Wrap-Up: July

Another month has zoomed by. It's with a heavy heart that I have to come to terms with how much closer I am to starting another school year. I love my students and all, but who doesn't enjoy staying up late reading and lounging on the couch during lazy summer days? I will miss that.


This month I read and reviewed: 

Nerd Girlsby Alan Sitomer
Spellboundby Cara Lynn Shultz
Don't Expect Magicby Kathy McCullough
Fury by Elizabeth Miles
Vicious Little Darlings by Katherine Easer
Going Underground by Susan Vaught
Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes
Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing Smith
Cloudy With a Chance of Boysby Megan McDonald
Gamersby Thomas Carpenter
The Scar(Michael Weiner)
The Descendants (Rebecca Lynn)
The Probability of Miracles (Wendy Wunder)
Bumped by Megan McCafferty

I hosted 3 contests:
The Freedom Hop
My 300 Follower Giveaway
Splash Into Summer Giveaway

Special Events:
Guest post at A Backwards Story during the Splash Into Summer event.

The awesome Amelia fro…