The Violet Hour: June 5, 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011

In My Mailbox 6/12/11

This meme is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. This is a great opportunity for bloggers to show what books they bought, received in the mail, or borrowed from the library/friend.

I'm not at home to take an actual photo, so you'll have to put up with stock images this time. Sorry! =)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Follow Friday!

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkie's View. It's an awesome way to meet new bloggers and friends!

Review – Tithe by Holly Black

Tithe by Holly Black

Paperback, 331 pages
Published August 30th 2004 by Turtleback Books Distributed by Demco Media (first published October 1st 2002)
ISBN 0606300740 (ISBN13: 9780606300742)
Original title: Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale
Series: The Modern Faerie Tales

Source: My purchase
Purchase from Amazon here
GoodReads: "Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces the sixteen-year-old back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms — a struggle that could very well mean her death.

Newcomer Holly Black's enormously powerful voice weaves teen angst, riveting romance, and capriciously diabolical faerie folk into an enthralling, engaging, altogether original reading experience."

TITHE is an in your face, non-stop tale that will keep you reading long past your bedtime. The unique vibe that Holly Black lets loose is truly addictive. This is not your average faery tale, so if you like fluff, go grab your Disney Princess book.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday 6/8/11

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Review – The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

Paperback, US Edition, 290 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Flux (first published January 20th 2011)
ISBN 073872582X (ISBN13: 9780738725826)
Primary language: English
Original title: The Iron Witch
Series: The Iron Witch #1
Note: I purchased this book
Purchase from Amazon here

GoodReads: "Freak. That's what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna's own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.
When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect."

Is it considered poor review etiquette to say in the opening statement that I loved this book? If it is, I don't care. I LOVED THIS BOOK! Karen Mahoney created a world that I absolutely wanted to check into. The Iron Witch was a one-sit-read for me. Nothing could make me put it down.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Review – Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner

Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner

Hardcover, 247 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN 0375845631 (ISBN13: 9780375845635)
Original title: Bones of Faerie
Series: Faerie #1
Source: My purchase
Purchase from Amazon here

GoodReads: “The war between humanity and Faerie devastated both sides. Or so 15-year-old Liza has been told. Nothing has been seen or heard from Faerie since, and Liza’s world bears the scars of its encounter with magic. Trees move with sinister intention, and the town Liza calls home is surrounded by a forest that threatens to harm all those who wander into it. Then Liza discovers she has the Faerie ability to see—into the past, into the future—and she has no choice but to flee her town. Liza’s quest will take her into Faerie and back again, and what she finds along the way may be the key to healing both worlds.

Janni Lee Simner’s first novel for young adults is a dark fairy-tale twist on apocalyptic fiction—as familiar as a nightmare, yet altogether unique.”

In the opening pages of Bones of Faerie I was completely sucked in. The gravity of what was happening took over and I had to keep reading. Simner definitely doesn’t pull any punches.

Liza’s world has become a strict one, where any form of disobedience is considered a grave offense and will be punished as such. Any trace of faerie magic is wiped out by execution. Her mother is gone, and Liza doesn’t know why she ran or why she was left behind. Her sister, Rebbecca, was taken from her and the guilt of not being able to save the child haunts Liza every day.

Her father is revered as the man who saved their town from the War, so Liza is watched more closely than the other children. Her friend Matthew and his grandmother are really the only people she can rely on. I absolutely loved these three characters. Simner did a wonderful job creating their depth and personalities. There were a few other characters that really came alive for me, too. She just has a flare for drawing the reader in and making them feel at home.

This is not a light, fluffy faerie tale. Bones of Faerie is more in the dystopian style, taking us through the war-ravaged remains of the towns and lives of our characters. While I did enjoy this book immensely, there were a few issues I had with some of the dialogue. It just felt very forced at times, with thoughts thrown in that didn’t seem relevant to the conversation at hand. However, that is definitely not something that should keep anyone from reading this book.

Even though Liza’s surrounding environment was overtaken by fae magic to seek revenge on humans, she still decided to chase the sliver of hope she felt coursing through her. I loved that she could see and feel such hope in the ash-riddled Faerieland. The journey Liza and her friends fighting to set things to right will keep you captivated until the end.

Back to writing reviews! Let’s keep this good vibe going… Ask me anything!

Teaser Tuesday 6/7/11

Wanna play? 

  • 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 and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Evie’s 500 follower PARTY!

My girl Bookish Evie is having an amazing giveaway to celebrate her adoring 500 followers! If you don’t follow her already, just click her name (above) and start! She is super sweet, writes great reviews, and always has a good thing goin’!

Review – Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Hardcover, US, 335 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by HarperTeen
0061985848 (ISBN13: 9780061985843)
Primary language
Original title
Paranormalcy #1

"Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.
But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures. So much for normal."

I loved Paranormalcy! I'll just go ahead and say that there was not one thing that I didn't like about this book. It's full of action, drama and some good ol' teenage romance. This was a one-sit-read for me. I just couldn't seem put it down!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

June RAK & May thanks

Book Soulmates

Click HERE to see my RAK Wishlist! =)

InMyMailbox -Beach Edition 6/5/11

This meme is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. This is a great opporunity for bloggers to show what books they bought, received in the mail, or borrowed from the library/friend.

I've been on vacation for the last week and a half, but my husband and I scoured the area for used bookstores and I left with some amazing deals! So stoked..and I've already read 2 of these since I bought them 😉

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