Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tweet Tweet!

I have a twitter account!! So excited. Now you can find me on Twitter @leejezebel. Have a nice day!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Book Blogger Hop - The Non-Weekend Edition ,11 April

Book Blogger Hop

In the spirit of the Twitter Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word!  This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to 
connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other,
and generally just share our love of books!

"Outside of books, what is your guilty pleasure?"
     Well, when I enjoy something I don't ever feel guilty. But if I have to name few, it would be watching movies, writing and playing my piano. I especially enjoyed watching Harry Potter, even if the book's much better.

Waiting On Wednesdays - April 13

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, I'm waiting for :
STRANGE FATE by L.J Smith. I've been waiting for the book since as long as I can remember. The final book in the Night World series. The cover image is taken from Amazon.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Mailbox Monday - 10 April

This is a feature where we all share with each other the yummy books that showed up at our doors! WARNING: Mailbox Mondays can lead to extreme envy and GINORMOUS wishlists!!

Mailbox Monday was originally hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page, but is now a traveling meme and for the month of April Mailbox Monday will be hosted by yours truly!!!  I cannot tell you how geeked out I am to be hosting my favorite meme and am really looking forward to meeting all of you who are new to Passages to the Past!
Amy @ Passages To The Past

In my mailbox:
 Forsaken by Jana Oliver

The Key by Marianne Curley

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Review : INCARCERON by Catherine Fisher

Finn the Starseer is a Prisoner of Incarceron, a vast cell which hold thousands of criminals. He has strange dreams of the Outside, where stars shine and birds sing. Instead, he is in the wing of Comitatus, and he is forced to use his skills to hold a cart long enough for an ambush. Finn gets the empathy of  a Maestra, and holds her captive by the order of Jeromic, the leader. He gets what he wants-a crystal key he sees in his dreams, but not before he watches the Maestra and her companions fall to death. Together with Keiro, Gildas and Attia, Finn finds a way to the Outside.
       Claudia Arlexi is also a prisoner of some sort in the Realm. Although she is in the Outside, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron is trapped in an Era, unable to advance and unable to evolve. As the date of her arranged marriage with the Earl of Casper draws near, Clausia tries to find the key to Incarceron. with the help of her tutor, Jared. When she finds it, a switch in the Key enables the Finn and Claudia to communicate with each other. Claudia is very sure that Finn is the lost Prince of Havaarna, Giles, the boy she was engaged to before he died. At what lengths will the two Prisoners do to Escape?

An entrancing tale of bravery and cruelty of man. Claudia, a haughty, false royalty in a frozen time; Finn, a kind, believing Prisoner. Both are hell bent on escaping, both are alone. Fisher's melodious language transported me to the time when Claudia and Finn live, feeling what they feel and doing what they did. It has its fair share of moving moments, when the Warden of Incarceron confessed his love to his daughter, and the love between student and teacher. The story is original, the suspense thrilling. There are also a few unexpected twists in the storyline. In the end, it is a tale about commitment, love and belief in what you do.

The cover is spectacular, even though the Key is not quite what I'd pictured.

Ratings : 5 stars (PERFECT!)

Review : BOUNCE by Natasha Friend

Evyn Linney loves her dad, Birdie, brother, Mackey and dog, Clam. But when Birdie drops the bommb that he's getting married, Evyn is devastated. She has to leave Maine, Jules, her best friend to Boston and a house of seven. In Boston, Evyn meets her new extended family - Eleni Gartos(the mother), Linnus(the cute one in college that Evyn has a crush on), Thalia(the eighteen year-old), Ajax(a.k.a. Cleanser Boy), Clio and Cassi(the always fighting sweater twins-don't ask) and the youngest, Phoebe. As if sharing a room with the sweater twins is not enough, Mackey-who's nerdy and only knows how to slave dragons-lands a major role in a school play, Jules ditching her, and on top of that, Eleni is pregnant. Watch Evyn as she matures and evolves.
Bounce is a heartwarming tale of a young girl dealing with udden changes-and I mean multiple- in her life. Evyn tries to cope by talking to her mother, nicknamed Stella.Friend did a good job of bringing Evyn in to life. It felt like I was with her, all the time, going through the ups and downs with her.  The supporting characters are good too, adding just enough humor and drama to the story. Through Evyn, the story sends out the message to be optimistic and cheerful. Although short(it's only 200 plus pages), it is a moving story that will leave you smiling in the end. And add the bounce to your feet when your walking next time.

The cover is simple and clean. Who do you think the cover girl is?

Ratings : 4 stars

Review : THE DARK by Marianne Curley

Etha killed Marduke a year ago, and Lathenia, Marduke's lover and the Goddess of Chaos is hell bent on making the Guardian of Time suffer, especially Ethan. Due to the Order' s intervention,one of the future king of Rome is dead, and history's gonna change as we know it. So Isabel, Arkarian and Rochelle are kinda depressed, but Isabel takes it all on herself. On a mission, Arkarian and Isabel were returning to their mortal bodies when the Order kidnaps Arkarian and sends people to kill Arkarian when he was born six hundred years ago. Isabel and Ethan failed the Order's mission, to everyone's relief. Defying direct order of Lorian, head of the Guardians, Isabel, Ethan and Matt(had I mentioned that Matt is one of the Guards? Maybe not) embarks on a journey to the world between to rescue Arkarian.

This novel is awesome! The action heats up and steamy romances pours in. The suspense is compelling and the plot is simply genius(even though I'd already seen some parts of the story before I'd reached the part). Same as the novel before in the trilogy, Curley tells the story from the point of view of Isabel, Arkarian and Ethan. Isabel finally realizes that Arkarian is her soulmate, even when Ethan refuse to accept that Rochelle might be his partner. The part I love most about the story is when the trio is in the world between and were forced to face their innermost secrets. Nice job indeed, Curley.

I love the cover as well as the first book. The cage means trapped, either Sera's ghost or Arkarian or the secrets in everyone's heart I have no idea.

Ratings : 4.5 stars

Review: THE NAMED by Marianne Curley

Ethan Roberts is a high school student in a broken family. His mother, Laura and father, Shaun were traumatized after his sister, Sera's tragic death years ago. Ethan has a double life as a Guardian of Time, one of the many who would travel through time to keep history right. To keep history away from the evil hands of the Order of Chaos. When Ethan's Trainer, violet-eyed Arkarian tells him that he is going to have a Apprentice, Ethan would not in a million years think that his Apprentice would be the sister of his best-friend-turned-arch-enemy, Matt's little sister, Isabel. Well, she's not little, but she's extremely good in self-defense and sports, plus she's one of the Guardian's few Healers. When Marduke, the one that killed young Sera returns to threaten the life of Isabel, Ethan must take action, but not before learning the truth about his father, and his own role in stopping the end of the peace on the world.

In general, The Named is a decent novel, alternating between the point of view of Ethan and Isabel. It is a genuine story, set on world history. This is also the first novel I'd read (or is it the second?) that the female and male leads are not a couple. The characters are endearing, witty and fun. The supporting crew has great potential too, especially the wise Arkarian with blue hair. However, I couldn't get into the story quick enough. It feels like I'm not there, in the scene. I only start liking the story halfway through the book and the changing perspectives can be a little confusing. Minus that and you'll get a good read.

I adore the cover, silver and dark. It relates to the prologue and the whole backdrop of the novel.

Ratings : 4 stars

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