I'm feeling a bit adventurous today, so we're off to Denali National Park to do some hiking. The famous Mt. McKinley is my object of desire today. I probably won't get to take a flight seeing tour to the peak, but I'll settle for my own version of this picture:



I am so thankful that the majority of this land is protected. I couldn't imagine destroying the natural beauty to build strip malls and high-rise condos.

For the remainder of our trip, I have no idea where or what we will be doing. We're leaving the next 3 days open for spontaneous trips (I am not a spontaneous person, so this is huge). I want to take a dog sled tour down the Iditarod trail, so we'll see if I get my wish. We may even hop over to Homer (The Halibut capital of the world) to do a little fishing. Well, hubby can fish while I read.


Review: The Christopher Killer (Alane Ferguson)

Product Details:
Reading Level: YA
Pages: 288
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (May 2008)
ISBN: 9780670060085
Source: borrowed copy from a friend
Read it in 2 days


The Christopher Killer (Forensic Mystery, #1)Fascinated by forensics, seventeen-year-old Cameryn Mahoney persuades her father, the county coroner in sleepy Silverton, CO, to take her on as his assistant. But she never expects her first case to involve the death of a friend! Rachel Geller, a beautiful young waitress, is found strangled in a field with a Christopher medal around her neck—clearly marking her as the fourth victim of a serial killer. Cameryn is determined to help find Rachel’s killer, and attending the autopsy gives her the first clue. But as she follows her instincts and gets closer to the killer, Cameryn suddenly finds herself on the verge of becoming his fifth victim!


I am so proud of myself for reading outside of my normal genre. The Christopher Killer is a realistic forensic murder mystery… A far cry from my normal fantasy books. Even though this is not my usual type of read, I enjoyed it.

One of the things I noticed right away about this book was the level of detail that went into developing the plot. If I were writing a forensic mystery novel, I would base my entire content off of what I saw on CSI and Law and Order. Seriously. The author spent a lot of time doing her homework to make sure that her details and facts were accurate and believable. That really made the difference in this book.

The plot was well developed and had a nice twist at the end that I am anxious to see develop more in the remaining books. The characters complimented one another nicely and were believable. Cammie was not perfect, which made her perfect. I love reading about smart main characters, but it’s not believable when a seventeen year old knows everything about life. Those of us that are over the age of seventeen know how ridiculous that concept is. But Cammie wasn’t like that. She was super smart and crafty, but she also thought with her emotions. She was conflicted, which made her a great main character.

There really wasn’t much of a relationship aspect in this book between the characters (at least not romantic relationships). Cammie’s family dynamics were interesting. I’m sure that will continue to develop in the future books, adding to the complicated subplot in the book(s). I am also curious to see what happens between Cammie and Justin (if anything). There seem to be sparks, so I hope my gut is right!

If you are the type like always gravitates towards contemporary reads, you’ll enjoy this book. It’s not a mushy summer romance book, but it is 100% believable (and that’s scary). If you’re like me and tend to stick with one specific genre, it’s time to branch out and try something new. Live on the edge! You’ll enjoy The Christopher Killer.
 
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Getting tired of my Alaska posts yet? Hope not... there are still a few more to come. =)


Today we're in Seward checking out the wildlife. I really hope to see whales. (And I'm not talking about me in a bathingsuit!) It's a goal of this trip. If I am successfull, there will be more posts later in the summer.

Another amazing tidbit I learned about Seward is that it is near Prince Edward Sound, which is where Anne of Green Gables was filmed. You know what that means... literary field trip!

Seward, Alaska.

The gorgeous Kenai Fjords. Are there really words to describe this place? I may not come home from this trip.  



Alaska trip Day 2: The story of Sedna, Inuit goddess of the sea

Today we're still hanging around Anchorage. Today's grand adventure will consist of hiking in Chugach Mountains. Hubs wants to see bears. I'm hoping we don't, unless it's a bear rug. Not a big fan of maulings. Don't worry, I made sure the husband's life insurance was paid up prior to leaving for this trip.


The Chugach Mountains at sunrise.


Sedna's story and how the ocean animals were created:

Yesterday I mentioned some of the sea god/goddesses of Inuit mythology. I thought it only fitting to tell the story of Sedna, the goddess of the sea. There are many versions of her story, but I liked this one the best.
Sedna was a beautiful girl, but she was terribly vain. She would refuse all suitors that came to seek her hand in marriage until one day a mysterious traveler arrived. He was dressed in the finest furs and was very charming. Sedna’s father was instantly intrigued by the man and offered his daughter in marriage. Sedna was lured by the prospect of having the finest items in life, so she accepted the marriage offer.
When she arrived to her new home, she noticed that the land was bare. There was no fine house or village. Instead, all she saw was a large cliff with a bird’s nest on top of it. That is when her new husband revealed himself as the Raven god. Sedna was very unhappy with her new life, knowing she had been tricked into this marriage. She would spend her days and nights weeping into the wind.
Her father would listen to her cries and knew that she was miserable. One day, he decided to rescue Sedna from her raven husband. He paddled through the icy waters to the island in his kayak. While Raven was out hunting, he rescued Sedna and began the long journey back to his land. When Raven discovered that Sedna was gone, he became furious. He began to follow her trail instantly.
When he found Sedna and her father in their kayak, he conjured a great storm by flapping his wings. Sedna’s father became terrified of the storm . Being the selfish man that he was, he decided to save himself by throwing his daughter overboard. But Sedna was not willing to die so easily. She clung to the side of the kayak will all her strength until her father took his oar and cut away her fingers.
As the tips of her fingers fell into the ocean, they became seals. Still wanted to live, Sedna swam back to the kayak and grabbed on to the side with her bloody palms. Her father again took his oar and chopped away until her hands fell to the bottom of the ocean and became whales. Sedna’s body drifted to the bottom of the ocean where her spirit became the ruler of the seas.

Alaska trip Day 1: Sea gods/goddesses of Inuit mythology

Greetings! I won't be blogging much this week because I am in Alaska! Whoo hoo. My hubby and I had our 10 year anniversary in February, so we took a little trip to celebrate. It's only the 2nd trip we've taken without the kiddos. (This is huge!)

Wondering where I am today? Well, it's Anchorage and Whittier. I can't wait to check out all the awesomeness in this quaint town (Whittier).



Beautiful, right? So excited.

A little insight into Inuit mythology:

I'm a huge nerd, so I spent a lot of time looking up Inuit mythology before our trip. I've always been fascinated by other cultures, and I thought this trip would be a perfect opportunity to learn new things. If you are like me, you know next to nothing about Inuit mythology. I find it so fascinating that each culture has the same dieties, even if they are represented in a slightly different way. There is always the trickster god whether it by Loki, Coyote, or Raven. Likewise, there are god/goddess of the sea.

Since I'm on a mermaid kick right now, it wouldn't be right to not mention the Inuit goddess of the sea, Sedna. There are also several other gods that claim the sea as their home. Aipalovik wasn't so nice and took a fancy to destroying boats. Aukaneck controlled the waves. Aumanil didn't live in the sea like the other dieties. Instead, he lived on land but controlled the movements of the whales.

While on my trip, I am dead set on seeing a whale (in it's natural habitat of course). I am hoping that Aumanil will be kind and Aipalovik will be far away from our boat. I don't want him sinking his teeth into my vessel!







On Sale Today

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Heather Brewer has a new series! (Yes, the amazing author of the Vladamir Tod series).

 Enlarge the book cover of This Is Not a Test so you can see the blood splatter! Wicked awesome.

Anyone else wondering is Mary, Queen of Scots is supposed to look that gorgeous?


This Is Not a Test  

Random Thoughts: Amazing book covers


I saw this feature on a blog a few months ago and thought it was clever. I enjoyed looking at the pictures and imagining them as book covers. I couldn't help but wonder what type of book might be created based on the images.

So here is my version of that post/meme. I do wish I knew who started it so I could give proper credit, but I think I stumbled on it by chance. If anyone knows, please leave me a comment so I can give credit to where it is due.


So, right now I am all about the mermaid books. In fact, it's my summer goal to read as many mermaid books as I possibly can. Look at some of these amazing pictures I found on Pinterest. Wouldn't they make fabulous book covers for a mermaid book?



 These pictures look so tragic to me. I just see untimely death and then transformation. Sounds like a good plot, right?
 mermaid  Mermaid bride

I think these would make great covers! I can imagine a contemporary type book with a main character that doesn't realize she is part mermaid.

:) mermaid. Underwater Surfer mermaid

 
Anyone else imagine a Hans Christian Andersen style story with this cover? It is so beautiful.

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This is my favorite! Wouldn't this make an amazing book cover? Could you imagine the story?

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