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Thursday 13: TV Shows & Movies 2014

Thursday Thirteen is a weekly meme with a simple theme: each Thursday you blog a list of 13 things. What kind of things? Any kind! Just come up with a list theme and run with it.

I thought I would do a similar list to by Books I need to Read in 2013, but with TV Shows and Movies. This one feels a bit more embarrassing given how many big name shows are on the list that I have not watched. Again, this list is in no particular order.

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Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Meme, Thursday 13

 

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ARC Review: The Seers (Holders #2)

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By: Julianna Scott

Publisher: Strange Chemistry

Published: February 4, 2014

Language: English

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I am back with a review for another ARC through Netgallery. This time I will be talking about Julianna Scott’s second book in the Holder series: The Seers. I have to admit that I was slightly confused reading the first couple of chapters because I did not immediately recognize that this was part of a series. I turned to my friend the Internet and found out it was indeed not a standalone book. So I quickly found a copy of the first book, read that, and re-read the opening chapters of this book before moving forward. I honestly did enjoy the first book The Holders so I was more than looking forward to the chance to get a sneak peak at the next book in the series. I think had I not enjoyed the first part, it would have taken me a longer time to get around to reading this one. Under the cut, will be book blurb followed up by my thoughts of the book: including comparing this series (so far) to the Rebuild of Evangelion movies, and compare The Seers to The Hobbit and The Empire Strikes Back. Trust me, it will make sense! Also I do my best to keep spoiler-free as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Review

 

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Thursday 13: Books I need to Read in 2014

Thursday Thirteen is a weekly meme with a simple theme: each Thursday you blog a list of 13 things. What kind of things? Any kind! Just come up with a list theme and run with it.

So instead of doing a list of what I want to read in this new year, I thought I would take a look at the books that I do have but for whatever reason, I have not read yet. Some of these books I got recently while others I have had for longer. The list is not in any particular order.

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Posted by on January 2, 2014 in Meme, Thursday 13

 

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Christmas Book Haul 2013

Christmas Book Haul 2013

I thought I would post what book items I got as Christmas gifts from loved ones this year and share it all with you.

–          Sailor Moon Box Set v2 by Naoko Takeuchi

–          Wandering Son v4 by Shimura Takako

–          Hollow Earth by John Barrowman and Carole Barrowman

–          Gift Card (already spent!)

  • Shadowplay by Laura Lam (pre-order)
  • Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
  • Uglies Bookset (Uglies; Pretties; Specials; Extras) by Scott Westerfeld
  • Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Honourable Mention

–          Much Ado About Nothing (2013) DVD

I do not expect to get my order until mid January since I have pre-ordered Shadowplay and that will be released January 7, but we will see if they decide to break-up my order. They have shipped Glow, Uglies, and Adaptation already and will send Shadowplay when it comes out. It is nice when the companies break up your order like that when only one is a preorder.

Let me know what books you guys got as gifts from loved ones or what you will be spending your book gift cards on. I will see you all in 2014!!

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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ARC Review: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

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By Karen Foxlee

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Published: January 28, 2014

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With Christmas just behind us and 2014 on our door steps, this is the perfect time to talk about a fantasy children’s Christmas story, right? I totally agree! I received this ARC through NetGalley from Random House in exchange for an honest review. Before I go too much into this book, I want to point out that while this story is a Christmas story, it is only set around Christmas and does not draw upon Christmas themes or imagery. This makes it refreshing in a time where people can be over-saturated with Christmas imagery and motifs and a perfect book to read to children to escape that, or even for households who do not celebrate the Christmas holiday. Plus it is another Australian author!!

Description

Unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard doesn’t believe in anything that can’t be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen. And he has been waiting for Ophelia’s help.

As Ophelia embarks on an incredible journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested. Along the way she learns more and more about the boy’s own remarkable journey to reach her and save the world.

A story within a story, this is a modern day fairy tale is about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2013 in Review

 

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Winter Holidays 2013

Winter Holidays 2013

I hope everyone is having a safe and wonderful winter holidays right now and that you are getting the chance to spend it with friends and/or family. My thoughts go out people in Toronto who are dealing with power outages due to ice pulling down tree branches on to power lines. Stay safe, stay warm, and may you get regular power soon.

I just wanted to make a quick post saying that I will be spending the week celebrating the holidays with loved ones, so you can expect to see me back to my regular routine next week with a final review for 2013!

Best wishes to you all and I will see you next week.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Shadowplay Promotion

Merry Christmas to everyone to celebrates this wonderful holiday!! I hope that your holidays have been filled with joy and wonder. And to my fellow Canadians, Happy Boxing Day! May your day be filled with either peace and quiet… or crazy shopping! For those unaware, Boxing Day is a huge shopping day for Canadian consumers. You can find great deals on things and if you get money (or gift cards) from loved ones as presents, it is a great time to use them since they may go farther then any other day. Personally myself, I stay home and away from the crazy shoppers.

Today’s post is going to be more about helping spreading the word about Laura Lam’s upcoming book Shadowplay, the sequel to her successful novel Pantonmime. You may recall I reviewed this book earlier this month (if not, check it out here), but recently she posted on her blog a heartfelt plea for people to help spread the word about this book. I encourage you to check it out.

To help promote the book, Laura has started posting teasers of the opening quotes from each chapter, plus a preview at the first couple of pages of Chapter One. Click here to read the teasers and check out the preview of Chapter One. Feel free to share the teasers across your social media networks!!  As well as that, follow her on her Shadowplay blog tour leading up to the release of Shadowplay. She will be visiting 23 blogs between December 20 and January 12.

I have posted below the pre-order links for the book (courtesy of Laura’s blog) but added two of my own for Canada. I would also like to suggest that you pre-order (or order) the book (if possible) from your local bookstore. While the chain bookstores are easiest for people to shop and order books, it is easy to forget the local bookstores who do not have websites. The book is scheduled to come out January 7 so you would not have to wait too long for it to come out!

Pre-order:

UK: Amazon – The Book Depository
US: Amazon – Barnes and Noble – Indiebound – Powell’s
Canada: Amazon – Indigo – KoboBooks (TBD?) – Mosacic Books
Australia: BookAdda
NZ: Fishpond

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a safe and wonderful holidays and I will see you all next time!!

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2013 in Review

 

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