This is a place for my opinions on what I read, some movies or whatever else I find interesting. I love reading. I can find something positive about everything I read, at least I hope I can. I understand it takes a great deal of love and effort to write a book and to get it published. An author does not set out to write a crappy book, this is/was their baby. They got up at all hours of the night to feed it.

I don't see how you can give a true review of a book rushing through it. Don't you need to savor it a bit? I don't want my opinion to discourage anyone from reading. I hope you find something here you find interesting.

I buy most of my books, I get a few ARC, and I visit my library when my funds are low. I'm not trying to get you to buy anything by my opinions on the books I've read. I don't care if you buy it, borrow it, or check it out at the library. Just read. :)

Saturday, July 10, 2010


AUTHOR: Maggie Stiefvater
PAGES: 360
WEBSITE: www.maggiestiefvater.com/
TWITTER: @mstiefvater
ACQUIRED: Purchase

"This is the story of a boy who used to be a wolf and a girl who was becoming one."

Sam is having a hard time not shivering every time the wind blows in the anticipation that he will shift into a wolf again. He is a boy, a real boy, with a future ahead of him. He slowly starts to accept the cure may have actually stuck and learns to try to look past tomorrow and into a real future with Grace.

While Grace's parents have always been absent to a degree, they suddenly have an opinion on every aspect of her life. The main one being their opinion of Sam. Sam is becoming less and less welcomed in Grace's parents house. They feel her life is basically revolving around him.

Sam can't run from the wolf he was. He has to start taking responsibility for the pack, because he is the only one who can. He will always be tied to them, and with Beck gone, it's Sam role to play as guardian now.

Grace and Sam finally start planning a future, but within one night everything changes. It becomes a constant struggle just to be together. Everything seems to be trying to tear them apart. Whether it be her parents refusing to let her ever see Sam again, or the thing that is inside of Grace trying to claw its way out.

"Because you know that's not how you want it to end. You know I'd love to have you with me, and it will be that way, one day. But this isn't the way it ought to happen."

The book of the summer. Excellent, touching, sad and so romantic. Maggie's writing is so beautiful, lyrical and poetic.

The story is told in four POV's this time. Besides Sam and Grace, we get to hear the story from Isabel and Cole.

Cole is one of the new wolves. I found him intriguing. He is complex and I just wanted to know more and more about him. I hope he has a big role in book 3.

I didn't really care for Isabel. I started to like her, but that didn't last very long. I know deep down she's good and all, but I don't like the way she talks to Sam. I did like her with Cole, though.

I finally got to learn Sam's middle name. That has been driving me crazy. It's on page 131.

The whole book was a superb read. I just loved it. I found it hard not to just sit down and devour it, but I made myself slow down and just enjoy it. We have to wait a whole year to get book 3 anyway.

If you haven't read Shiver I think Linger still could be picked right up because the love between Grace and Sam just flows off the pages. But read Shiver if you haven't. Now go read it, listen to it on audio book, request it from your library!!! I think I might have to get the audio book also because Maggie said the person who narrates for Cole sounds like "sex- on- a- stick" and I think I'd like to know what that sounds like.


"It was something that made the I love yous real." page 96

"To Grace, these were the things that mattered: my hand on her cheeks, my lips on
her mouth. The fleeting touches that meant I loved her." page 98

"Without turning on the light, I went to my bed and lay down, my arm thrown across the mattress, my hand aching because Grace wasn't underneath it." page 165

"I couldn't imagine anyone ever reading a book enough to make it look like that. It looked like it had been driven over by a school bus after someone had taken a bath with it." page 192-193

"Not dead-dying. Funny how two things could be so similar and yet so far apart." page 215

"There was something awful about terror trapped behind silence." page 216

"....she made her home in between the pages of books." page 338

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


AUTHOR: Aprilynne Pike
PAGES: 359
WEBSITE: http://www.aprilynnepike.com/
TWITTER: @AprilynnePike

SUMMARY: Book 2 in the Wings series
Although Laurel has come to accept her true identity as a faerie, she refuses to turn her back on her human life and especially her boyfriend, David, to return to the faerie world.
But when she is summoned to Avalon, Laurel's feelings for the charismatic faerie sentry Tamani are undeniable. She is forced to make a choice, a choice that could break her heart.

I really enjoyed Wings but I thought Spells was so much better.
We get a little more action in Spells, with even more evil trolls. Laurel finds comfort in the fact she can finally be herself at home, after telling her parents she is a faerie, but also finds it a little more stressful as the whole faerie thing seems to be driving her and her mother apart. The way the author described Avalon, I could totally see it as a beautiful mystical place, and understand just how hard of a choice Laurel was faced with when it came to deciding which world she belonged in.

The love triangle between Tam, Laurel and David becomes more intense as each relationship is explored farther. When Laurel was with David, I thought, without a doubt, this is the guy she should be with. He understands her and just wants her to be herself and a chance to love her. Then, when she was with Tamani, I would think, this is so the faerie man she should be with. He has loved her forever and he is the only one who truly knows her.

Laurel learns she can't do everything herself and she must rely on the help of others. And she can't keep living in two different worlds hurting both the men in her life.
Great read, can't wait to read the next.

Sleeping Beauty Fairies


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Book Odor Removal:

I bought a book at a library book sale, it had a strange odor. Someone gave me this suggestion to remove the smell, and it worked, so I thought I'd share.
Put the book in a ziploc bag along with 1/3 cup(more or less) of Arm & Hammer baking soda and seal shut. Leave the book alone for 2 or 3 days. It worked for me, hope it helps you too.


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