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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #84

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
 
 Top Ten YA Books On My Winter TBR Pile:
 
A Wicked ThingRed Queen (Red Queen Trilogy, #1)A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1)Dreamer's Pool (Blackthorn and Grim, #1)The Lovely and the Lost (The Dispossessed, #2)Stitching SnowPrincess of ThornsSuspicionCruel Beauty

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Teaser Tuesday #69

 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
 
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
 
Serena
 
Summary:
 
The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains—but she soon shows herself to be the equal of any man, overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving her husband's life in the wilderness. Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Yet when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out to murder the son George fathered without her. Mother and child begin a struggle for their lives, and when Serena suspects George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons' intense, passionate marriage starts to unravel as the story moves toward its shocking reckoning.

Rash's masterful balance of violence and beauty yields a riveting novel that, at its core, tells of love both honored and betrayed.
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 371 pages (Hardcover)
Publication Date: October 7th 2008 by Ecco (first published August 1st 2008
 
Pg. 246
 
"They ever find out who his people was?" Stewart asked. "That boy, I mean."
"No," Henry said. "Jumped off one of them boxcars coming through, so there ain't no telling. Wasn't nothing in his billfold but a picture. An older woman, probably his mama."
"Nothing writ on the back of it?" Stewart asked.
Henryson shook his head.

Tuesday Jams #37

 
Tuesday Jams is a meme where you share your favourite songs. bands and the current song you're feeling and is hosted by Sharonda from Salacious Reads

 

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An Ember in the Ashes
 
Summary:
 
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier— and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Vow your blood and body to the empire.

Keep your heart for yourself.
  
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 464 pages (Hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: April 28th 2015 by Razorbill
 
Why I'm Waiting:
 
Love the cover and the premise of the story is so detailed and intriguing I can hardly wait for April to roll around to get my copy of this one.
 
Zodiac (Zodiac, #1)
 
Summary:
 
At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancrian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.
  
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 336 pages (Hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: December 9th 2014 by Razorbill
 
Why I'm Waiting:
 
Another case of cover lover for me, plus I like the whole galaxy inspired by the zodiac signs bit quite a lot.
 
 
 
 

Monday, November 24, 2014

2014 Turning the Pages Christmas Card Exhange


 
Turning the Pages
 

 
GRAB THE CODE! 
 
I know I'm super late in getting this post up but Darren a.k.a. Mr. Turning the Pages and Pragya from Reviewing Shelf convinced me to do this for the THIRD YEAR IN A ROW!  
 
The Who:
 
YOU!
Too vague?
Bloggers!
 
What to do:
 
E-mail me (Kimberly) @ Turning.the.pages@hotmail.com (Just copy and paste it)
 with the subject line Christmas Card Exchange and if you could please add the button to your blog!
 
What's needed:
 
You're name, e-mail address,and snail mail address and blog URL, Twitter URL, and if you have it your blog's Facebook URL.
 
 
How Many Cards do you send out?
 
Since I'm late getting this post up (it's been a craptastic month of bad news here) I'm not expecting a huge crowd of people but I'm thinking people will need to be willing to send out at most 10 cards but you have to be willing to send cards out internationally this is mandatory  so if you don't want to spend the extra 30 to 80 cents per card to send out to a couple of international people please DON'T SIGN UP. 
 
What's going to happen:
 

On December 5th  I'll e-mail you with your list of people you'll be sending your cards to so make sure you add me (Kimberly) to your e-mail contacts list so my e-mails go straight to your inbox.
IF YOU SIGN UP AND I DON'T E-MAIL YOU, E-MAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW YOU'RE MISSING YOUR INFO!

You can send X-mas post cards as well and if you have the time/money you can add a little something to the card as well (Extra stuff in the envelope isn't a requirement).
Please send your cards out before December 11th as the postal services get really busy.
 
If you have a problem and cannot get your cards out by December 11th e-mail me and I'll tell everyone you'll be a little late. Since it's such a busy time of year I advise putting the cut off date for sign ups December 4th as well as the Mailing cut off date December 11th on your calenders (I will send 2 reminders out about mailing the cards off.  One on December 8th and one on December 10th)
 
Now I hope I was pretty clear (I've never done one of these before) so if you do have any questions, concerns or minor suggestions don't hesitate to shoot me a line at turning.the.pages@hotmail.com or on the blog's facebook page CLICK HERE and I'll get back to you ASAP!
 
Dates to Remember:
 
Sign up cut off date: December 4th
Mail cut off date: December 11th
 
 
 
 

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #122

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey and is a great way for others to find out what you are planning to read this week and, best of all, see what others are reading.
 
Read Last Week:
 
Five: A NovelSquallJuba GoodStill Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #1)Beware the WildLazarus, Vol. 1: FamilyIn Real LifeLena Finkle's Magic Barrel: A Graphic NovelWritten In Red
 
Currently Reading:
 
Saint Brigid's Bones: A Celtic AdventureSerena
 
Up Next:
 
The Handsome Man's Deluxe Café (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #15)The GatekeeperAll the Truth That's in MeAllegiant (Divergent, #3)
 
What are YOU reading this week? Did you read anything last week that you'd recommend?
 
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Quote-Tastic Monday #69

 
This one is simple and just about sharing your favorite quotes and the books they come from! Hosted by the FABULOUS Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup
 
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
 
Summary:
 
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
  
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 525 pages (Hardcover)
Publication Date: May 1st 2012 by HarperCollins Children's Books
 
Quote:
 
“People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.”
 
I'm not a fan of this series (Rated the first two books 2 stars and have book 3 coming up on my TBR pile) but I did love this quote.
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