The Violet Hour: March 13, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday!

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View. It's an awesome way to meet new bloggers and friends! This week's question is :How did you come up with your blog name?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Booking Through Thursday

Booking through Thursday is a weekly meme that asks a book/reading related question which you have to answer.

This week's question is:
"The news has been horrifying and addictive this week, with catastrophe piled on catastrophe, to a degree that-if I had read this in a book or seen it in a movie-I’d be protesting that it was just too unlikely, too farfetched.
But, topics for novels get ripped from the headlines all the time. Or real-life events remind you of fiction (whether “believable” or not) that you’ve read but never expected to see. Or real life comes up with an event so unbelievable that it stretches you sense of reality.
Hmm … I can’t quite come up with an outright question to ask, but thinking about the theory of fiction and how it can affect and be affected by real world events can act as a buffer between the horrific events on the news and having to actually face that horror. So … what happens when the line between fiction and reality becomes all-too slim? "

Waiting on Wednesday 3/16

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,

that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

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!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Review – Camille by Tess Oliver

by Tess Oliver

Publisher: CreateSpace (March 1, 2011)


ISBN-13: 978-1460905654

My rating: 4/5 stars

GoodReads description “At a time when society conforms to the strictest rules and most proper etiquette, sixteen-year-old Camille Kennecott and her guardian, Dr. Bennett, live a most unconventional life. They hunt werewolves.When unwitting victim, Nathaniel Strider, wanders into one of their full moon pursuits, Camille and Dr. Bennett believe they have found a specimen for their study. Finding a scientific key to unlocking the mystery of lycanthropy would end their late night excursions. Yet beneath the irresistible exterior, Nathaniel is transforming into a flesh-tearing monster, and as each experiment fails, Camille loses another inch of her soul to him. In a month’s time, she must face the prospect of destroying the boy who has stolen her heart.”

My thoughts: I was a little unsure of this book when I picked it up. I thought the cover was beautiful. That dress is gorgeous! I hate that this book sat on my TBR shelf for so long!

I love love LOVE Camille as a character. She wasn’t afraid to go into a graveyards at midnight, where she witnessed 3 boys steal from a corpse, she almost always wore trousers, and followed a man she was trying to help into all sorts of dangerous places. KICK-BUTT! The only thing I didn’t like was all the bottom lip quivering when she was around Nathaniel, but with all of above, it’s a measly complaint, for sure.
I also really liked that Camille had such a terribly interesting background, from what happened with her father to having a secret hidden away in a building.

I found Nathaniel Strider a brute. A witty brute! I’ll share a teaser quote from him, that in no way really spoils anything, so you’ll see what I mean. This comes from the first time we see Camille and Nathaniel kiss in public.

“I suppose I should have waited to kiss you when you weren’t dressed in trousers.”

I actually lol’d at that one. Some reviews stated that the relationship between Camille and her love interest developed too quickly. I didn’t think so, but even so, doesn’t that happen all the time in the paranormal? I think that the relationship HAD to develop the way it did because Camille and Nathaniel were on a time constraint – on the next full moon, she will have to destroy him if a cure isn’t found. That hanging over your head might make your emotions work overtime.

I was a little sad when this adventure came to a close. I haven’t heard if it may turn into a series, but I hope it does. I want to know what happens to Camille, Nathaniel and Dr Bennett in their search to cure lycanthropy. This book hasn’t gotten as much buzz as I think it deserves, so hopefully my review will help encourage other readers to pick it up. Go for it!

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