The Violet Hour: March 20, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

First blog tour!

That’s right! I’m participating in my first blog tour in April! I received a finished copy of The Priest’s Graveyard by Ted Dekker today! 
I am beyond stoked for this! Ted Dekker has been a favorite author of mine for YEARS. My husband used to work at a Christian bookstore and would always make sure I had the latest book. He’s a peach!
So, be watching for new graphics and book trailer coming soon!

In other news…VioletHourBR is now a (dot)com! Been about a week since I switched it, but kinda forgot to mention it. Oops!

Currently I’m reading The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan (for the second time), so that I can FINALLY get to The Dark and Hollow Places. I’ve had to click “next post” on Google Reader so many times to keep myself from reading everyone’s reviews on it! I’m sure they’re fantastic, lovely reviews, but I can’t read them yet! Right now, Catcher, Gabry and Elias are breaking my little heart. *sob*

In other news, I just ordered The Mortal Instruments in hardcover! Got a pretty good deal on them, too. Thanks, Amazon! Now, there’s no way I’ll be able to keep up my “read the whole series over” deal, when City of Fallen Angels comes out April 5. Not. Gonna. Happen. Unless I get them Monday or Tuesday. Still, that’d be some hefty reading in a short amount of time! *crosses fingers*

Anyway, HELLO NEW FOLLOWERS! I hope you enjoyed this look into the crazy person you’re now following. I’m the nice kind of crazy though =)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday!

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

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: Do you prefer reading books in a series or when they are Stand-alones?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Review – The Iron King

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published: February 1st 2010 by Harlequin Teen

Purchase from Amazon
My rating: 5/5 stars

GoodReads says:
Meghan Chase has a secret destiny–one she could never have imagined… Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth– that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.”

I loved this book from the start. Julie Kagawa is VERY good at capturing your mind and pulling you into this world with Meghan, Puck and the Iron King. This book is awesome! I am quickly becoming a fan of the fey! I have only read one or two other series that involves this realm, and this book definitely me wanting to read more.

One thing I really like about what I’ve read in the fey genre, is that it uses mostly the same basic ‘history’, or mythology. So once you’ve read a few books/series, it’s easy to slip into. In this story, Kagawa borrowed from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to help build some settings/characters, but she completely creates a world all her own. A very magical, unpredictable world!

As the main character, I thought Meghan was great. She was a very sweet girl, who just could not catch a break in life. Like so many kids in real life, Meghan just wanted to be accepted in school and maybe grab the attention of “the one”. Well, that guy turned out to be a huge jerk. Go figure, right? Meghan longs to be her own person, whoever that may be. She feels trapped by her mom and step-dad, where they live, the association of that, etc. I felt bad for her!

I’m not sure that I’ve ever read a book where I like almost ALL of the characters before. I am usually just drawn to one or two, but in The Iron King there are so many that I’m drawn to. The character I liked the most, I think, was Prince Ash. He is strong, loyal (almost to a fault, as he tells Meghan that if the two Courts went to war, he would kill her), brave, and broken. His character has so much depth, it was hard not to be drawn to him. I also loved Puck, and Grimalkin, too.

Out of all the different creatures she described, my favorite were the Pack Rats, as Meghan called them. This may be because they reminded me of the Junkyard creatures from The Labyrinth! Of course, the Pack Rats were completely made of metal, and only collected iron items, but still, my crazy mind associated these two things!

Anyone else remember that?

The writing style Kagawa developed has to be one of my favorites. I’m going to read anything and everything this lady puts out, for sure. She just has a way of keeping your attention, and fleshing out characters, settings and the entire faery world and makes you feel like you’re actually there. A lot of times, books will start out that way, and then they lose speed and it kind of bottoms out. Not the case with The Iron King. I felt that it stayed solid, through times when Meghan was in the human world, and in the Nevernever when she was being attacked. And that did happen. A lot.

I thought the ending was great. Right when you think it’s over, and Meghan finally gets what she has been after through the whole book…someone shows up and says “It’s time to go”. I literally felt as exhausted as Meghan was portrayed as being at that point! Once this ride starts, there is very little down time.

I highly recommend this book. I’ve already started reading the second in the series, The Iron Daughter (which I actually bought first because I got confused on which was the beginning of the series. OOPS!).

So, click the Amazon link up by the photo and BUY this book! NOW! =)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mistwood – Book Review

Mistwood by Leah Cypress

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins

0061956996 (ISBN13: 9780061956997)

GoodReads says:
The Shifter is an immortal creature bound by an ancient spell to protect the kings of Samorna. When the realm is peaceful, she retreats to the Mistwood. But when she is needed she always comes.
Isabel remembers nothing. Nothing before the prince rode into her forest to take her back to the castle. Nothing about who she is supposed to be, or the powers she is supposed to have.
Prince Rokan needs Isabel to be his Shifter. He needs her ability to shift to animal form, to wind, to mist. He needs her lethal speed and superhuman strength. And he needs her loyalty—because without it, she may be his greatest threat.
Isabel knows that her prince is lying to her, but she can’t help wanting to protect him from the dangers and intrigues of the court . . . until a deadly truth shatters the bond between them.
Now Isabel faces a choice that threatens her loyalty, her heart . . . and everything
she thought she knew.”

I LOVED the premise of this story. When I read it, I was in serious vampire+werewolf+love triangle overload. I needed something new, something completely different. And while this story does have a shifter, who sometimes is a wolf, it was definitely the ‘something new’ that I needed.

It took me a little while to get into this book. It was a brand new world, and I felt just as lost as Isabel
when Prince Rokan brought her to the castle. She couldn’t remember anything, and I didn’t know anything, so we were in the same boat.

Some of the characters felt a little flat, a little shallow, in the way of being under-developed. It even took most of the book to really connect with Isabel, and since she’s the main focus of the book. I guess that’s due in part to her not having any memory of herself from the past. Maybe not.

The love aspect of this book, well, if you blink, you might miss it. I mean, you KNOW it’s happening, but when the “here it is! I LOVE YOU!” happens, it’s just very weak. I would have loved for a more “in your FACE” kind of love declaration, but that’s just me.

I was sad for this book to end. We finally see some action, then it’s…over. I was happy for Isabel in the end. I just hope we get to see more of her! All in all, I liked this book, and I will defintely read the next one, Nightspell, that is due for publication May 31, 2011.

3 out of 5 stars.

City of Glass – Book Review

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Published March 24th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

1439158428 (ISBN13: 9781439158425)

primary language

original title
City of Glass (Mortal Instruments, #3)

GoodReads says:
“To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters — never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her new found powers to help save the Glass City — whatever the cost?
Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.”

My thoughts:
HOLY. CRAP. This book had me completely wrapped up. I finished it in record time by staying up super late, skipping sleep and maybe schlepping on some grown up duties.

And really, what is there to say after that description? This entire series is action packed, enthralling and will have you on the edge of your seat. READ THEM NOW! GO!

Even though I did cheat and Google an important detail of this book, I seriously could not put it down until the characters knew, too. I’m bad. Really bad. I definitely recommend this series.

.5 out of 5 stars.

Tune In Tuesday

I just ran across this meme, hosted by Ginger @ GReads, and since I've been a music junkie my whole life, this is right up my alley!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Review – The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Hardcover, 308 pages
Published March 10th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

ISBN 0385736819
(ISBN13: 9780385736817)


“In Mary’s world there are simple truths:

The Sisterhood always knows best.
The Guardians will protect and serve.
The Unconsecrated will never relent.
And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the
fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

My thoughts: This was my second time reading this one, and since I never did a review the first time, I’ll make up for it now 😉

HOLY COW! This was better the second time around! I remember liking it before, but this time…man, I got completely sucked into Mary’s world.

I love the way Carrie Ryan writes. It’s just beautiful. This book reminded me a lot of The Village, especially with The Sisterhood always being so secretive and strange, and The Guardians always going out to “check perimeters”, but I loved The Village so it’s fine with me.

I really liked Mary. She was strong, intense, caring and at times, selfish. Real. She’s young, but is left in charge of her mentally ill mother, who spends her afternoons waiting by the fences for her husband (whom everyone else is sure has turned Unconsecrated) to return home. Mary took maybe 10 minutes to talk to a boy while she was washing clothes in a stream, and her mother gets into some trouble. Mary blames herself for not being there to watch out for her mother.

This starts a crazy chain of events in motion, and Mary has to decide whether her dream of the ocean her mother told her about is worth fighting for. If it is worth losing everyone. Even the boy she loves.

This story is so captivating. I found myself holding my breath and getting nervous…even though I’d already read it before! There is a scene toward the end that literally made tears well up in my eyes…and I am SO not a ‘weeper’, whether it’s books or movies. Just ask my husband. I’m going to post that part tomorrow as my teaser for Teaser Tuesday, so you’ll have to check back tomorrow to see it!

This book rocked my world. Again. I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

This meme is hosted by Book Journey.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday 3/23

"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:

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can 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 & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Red Riding Hood – movie review

I saw this a few weeks ago with my sister and her husband. It was opening night, and the theater was pretty full. I had mixed feelings about whether or not it would be worth seeing in theater, but when my sis said they were going, I knew that was my only chance since my darlin’ husband refused to go with me lol.

There MAY be spoilers. I don’t know…I’ll try not to, but it might slip!

My thoughts: During the very beginning I thought “This is sooo Twilight meets The Village“…(which was ok, because I like both of those movies)

I felt that the opening scenes were waaay too rushed. We were supposed to automatically feel the ‘passion’ between two characters in about 2.5 seconds. Nope, didn’t happen. Another rushed, and laughable, part very early on, is when Valerie and Peter learn that The Wolf has struck again. They rush to where the other villagers are gathered, and it is there that Valerie learns it was her sister who was killed.

W H O A. Pretty shocking, world altering news for Val, right? Nope! No emotion on her face, no tears, and barely a yell. It also bothered me that there was zero blood on the body. I mean, I don’t want gore or anything, but no blood, or visible wound, on a wolf attack victim? Come on! At least use enough to make it believable.

Another weak aspect was the ‘love’ between Peter and Valerie…which was a bad level to be weak on. I just didn’t believe it. Amanda Seyfried is really pretty. I just think she tries to let her big blue eyes do all the acting for her, and it doesn’t work. When things started to spice up, she just stared at him and, with a dead-pan face, said “Don’t you want me?”. No seductive bedroom eyes…just her normal stare.

Fast-forward a little bit to when Valerie learns that her mother has arranged a marriage for Val, and it’s not with Peter. Her mother talks to Peter, and tells him that if he loves Val, he will let her go. Well, that right there would tick me OFF! I’d go confront my man and scream, cry, and kick until he saw it my way! Well, not Val/Amanda. Very low emotion, a few tears….just the big-eyed stare.

There was another part that I literally laughed out loud because it reminded me of a line from Nacho Libre. I can’t share more on it though, because I can’t remember the exact line from RRH, and it bugs me when people misquote movies.

Gary Oldman was REALLY good in this movie! I thought he played his character very well.

I will say that the movie kept me guessing who the wolf was. That part was good. I really liked the storyline of this movie. And as much as I complained about it, the movie was alright. I just pointed out the weak parts. I haven’t read the book yet, but hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

I would definitely wait to rent this movie when it comes out on DVD. In my opinion, it’s just not worth the $9 or $10 to see it in theater.

I give it a 2.5 of out 5 stars

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