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For those who have been following the book reviews I've been posing on my livejournal, I have exciting news!! I have recently started a new blog that I will use exclusively for reviews and other random book-related things.

You can visit me here, At Home Between the Pages!

I posted a review of
Ellen Schreiber's Once in a Full Moon there yesterday. Ellen Schreiber is the author of the Vampire Kisses series. Once in a Full Moon is the first novel in her new Full Moon series, which will be released December 28, 2010. Check it out!

I can't promise that I'll be posting lots of reviews, however I'm really trying my best to take the time to read books for review. As it is, I'm in my fourth year of University, which is my thesis year, so I have to write a big-ass long paper by the end of the year. Then I have tons of other classes and conferences and workshops on top of that (maybe a job soon, too). The point here, is that I'm a busy girl, but I promise you more reviews soon!!

The Little Prince Graphic NovelThe Little Prince Graphic Novel by Joann Sfar

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For a synopsis of The Little Prince Graphic Novel, please visit the Goodreads site.

I read this story a few years ago in high school. I also read it in French, and I think it is better that way because that is its original form.

This graphic version of the story was really cute. It was a quick sum up of the story and the illustrations really bring the words to life. Joann Sfar did an especially amazing job showing off the emotions portrayed throughout the story.

I'd recommend this rendition for anyone who has read Antoine de St. Exupery's classic tale at any point in their lives. It lets you look at the story in a different light.

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Dime Store Magic  (Women of the Otherworld, #3)Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

To see a synopsis of Dime Store Magic, visit the Goodreads site.

When I started this book, I was a little wary of Paige as the narrator. I found her kind of annoying in Stolen. I don't specifically know why, I just got a weird vibe from her.

In Dimestore Magic, I loved her. And I loved Savannah, and Lucas. I loved them all. Paige is taking on way more than she should have to, and that makes her a very strong young woman in my opinion. She's just a couple years older than me, and I don't know what I would have done with a 13-year-old in my custody, let alone all the magic involved as well.

I really felt able to connect with Paige; it could be that we're so close in age. I can't even imagine what I would do in her position, without my mother and with a pre-teen to care for. And then the crap hits the fan and her life blows up in her face. Every time something bad happened to her, I thought "Oh no, not again. She doesn't need this crap!" I felt like a personal friend of hers who just wanted to protect her from everything.

And then Lucas Cortez showed up. Persistently, I might add. But he was beyond wonderful in everything he did. He was there for Paige, even when she didn't want him to be. And soon, she was happy he was there, despite herself. And I was happy he was there for her. I loved Lucas as quickly as Savannah did and wanted Paige to trust him, too.

I know this is one of my favourite reads now, and it is probably my favourite in the Women of the Otherworld series so far. Yes, I loved Bitten, like really loved it, but I think Dimestore Magic is my new favourite. I can't wait to see how the other books develop, and if they get better than Dimestore Magic, then I'm in for a big treat!

I'd recommend this to anyone who likes urban-fantasy, and magic, and who likes Kelley Armstrong's writing. It's really a great read!!

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Fall Into Reading 2010

I just found out through Page Turners Blog, that there's this thing called "Fall Into Reading 2010" where people make lists of books they want to get read between September 22, 2010 and December 20, 2010. And then do it. 

This event is hosted by Callapidder Days and you can check out more info about it 

I've never participated in any kind of Read-A-Thon, so I just decided "Hey, why not?" Chances are I won't be able to get through any of them because of school (currently in my thesis year in Psychology = hard core thesis paper to write). However, I want to.

My goal for Fall Into Reading 2010 is just to remember to take time for myself and read a book that I want to read, rather than textbooks all the time. So far I've been achieving this by reading for 15-20 mins every night before bed. Unfortunately for my sleep patterns, 15 mins soon turns into 30 mins, then 45 mins, then it's 1 o'clock which is later than I like to stay up during the week. So basically, it's going well.

I don't want to be too ambitious and make my list impossible to finish, but at the same time I think that'll be impossible in itself because there's lots of sequels coming out that I need to read ASAP.

These are the books that I want to get read before the end of Fall Into Reading 2010.
  • Dimestore Magic - Kelley Armstrong (currently reading)
  • Kiss Me Deadly - edited by Trisha Telep
  • Torment - Lauren Kate
  • Beautiful Darkness - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (out Oct. 12, 2010)
  • Crescendo - Becca Fitzpatrick (out Oct. 19, 2010)
  • Happy Ever After - Nora Roberts (out Nov. 2, 2010)
Six. Six is good. Six is potentially manageable. Wish me luck! And make sure to run over to Callapidder Days and see what they're all about!

Bitten by Books Giveaway

 I feel so lucky to be able to win more stuff!! Hehe.

Bitten by Books is hosting a Crescendo giveaway! Yay! I'm actually so excited for this book, you don't understand. Hush, Hush is high up on my favourites list and I can't wait to see where Becca Fitzpatrick takes her characters next.

For the contest, there will be one grand prize winner who will win a handmade gold angel wing and labradorite lariat (seen at left) as well as a copy of Crescendo. There will then be four additional winners who will all get copies of Crescendo. 

The contest will go on until Friday, October 1, 2010 at 11:50 pm CDT. It is only open to US and Canadian participants.

For more information or to enter the contest yourself, you can go straight to the post here at Bitten by Books.

Make sure you spread the word about Becca Fitzpatrick's Crescendo, coming out October 19, 2010!! Also, see the book trailer and my post gushing about Becca and Crescendo here!

Crescendo Contest!!

I know what you're thinking. "Whoa. Is she really doing two posts in two days? It can't be possible!" Well believe it people. And go figure that it centres around me attempting to win another contest. I've been quite contest-happy these last couple months. But can you really blame me? People offer to give me free things (free things that I would highly HIGHLY enjoy) and you expect me to turn the other way? Give them a cold shoulder? Bah! You are silly, silly people.

Onto the contest of today. Becca Fitzpatrick, author of Hush, Hush and the soon-to-be-released Crescendo, has just received finished copies of Crescendo and wants to show her love for all of her wonderful fans (like me). If you haven't read her first book, nominated for two Teen Read Awards (Best Hottie and Best New Writer), then you should do so soon; especially if you're into any kind of Young Adult paranormal/urban-fantasy (like Lauren Kate's Fallen). For more incentive, see my review of it here

Moving on, here is the book trailer for Crescendo, which will be released on October 14th in the UK and October 19th in Canada and the US.

Eeep! I'm so excited!!

Forever Cover Art Released!

Unless you missed my ginormous review of Shiver a few months ago (in which I did a lot of rambling and very bad review form), you know that Maggie Stiefvater (m_stiefvater ) is one of my new favourite authors. I have yet to find the time to read her debut novel, Lament and it's sequel, Ballad, but they are close to the top of my TBR pile. However, I am one hundred percent in love with the Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy. And that is the reason for my post today.


See for yourself:

Am I right or what??

To make things even awesomer, you can preorder a signed copy of Forever from her personal favourite indie bookshop, Fountain Bookstore. I have yet to do this because I'm from Canada and not sure how much it will cost for S&H. I might ask for signed copies for Christmas....

Now that we have all seen an oggled over the wonderful Forever cover, I really must get back to the unpleasantness of reading university textbooks. Ugh.

Review of Fallen by Lauren Kate

Fallen (Fallen, #1)Fallen by Lauren Kate

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Please see a synopsis of Fallen, by Lauren Kate on the Goodreads site.

Fallen was another book that I didn't think I'd like, but couldn't ignore. Especially after the fact that I didn't think I'd like Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and then LOVED it. Well, I think it's safe to say that I like fallen angel stories.

I found Fallen to be very similar to Hush, Hush in more ways than one. First, both stories involve fallen angels. Second, they're both mysterious (in plot line and sexy male leads). Thirdly, there's sexy male leads (it needed to be its own point). And last but not least, I LOVED IT. That's not to say that they're identical. Both have their own distinct characters (Luce being more held back and confused. Nora being courageous and outspoken), and each author has her own take on the premise of fallen angels, among other aspects.

Onto the point. Fallen is an incredible novel written by someone with clearly a lot of talent with words. The first half of the story, Kate has you intrigued about all the odd happenings and mysterious characters. And then she starts to give you more insight to Daniel, the male lead, and you think you're getting answers until you realize there's still so much you don't know. The second half is a wild journey of one question being answered, while raising two more questions in it's wake. Kate leaves it almost to the last moment to answer a lot of questions, and even then she leaves the story off on the biggest cliffhanger, like it's the season finale of your favourite primetime show. You don't have a choice but to tune in next time to see what will happen.

Chances are that if you've read or even considered reading Hush, Hush, by Becca Fitzpatrick, that you will love Fallen as well. They are similar, but also both are their own mysteries.

I wish someone could explain to me my new love for angel stories. And if they can't, just point me in the direction of more! Highly recommended and newly added to my fave reads!

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Review of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh Cassandra Clare. What a wonderful book. (visit the Goodreads sight for a synopsis of the story)

I definitely enjoyed this book. I admit it took me a little while to get into it. The beginning is slightly drawn out with random events happening, making you think "What on Earth is going on?" Of course, we eventually get to the part where there is a character who has all the answers and starts explaining things for our main character. But because Cassandra Clare has created such a wonderfully amazing and creative world, it does take a little while to explain which makes it feel drawn out once again.

Once everything's been explained, we jump into this new world with both feet. It seems like you're reading at the speed of light because so much is going on, but then you realize there's still so much to get through and you think "How is that still possible?", but then you're happy because you have more time to spend in this world than you thought.

As the pace continues as quickly as it has been, eventually the end comes to a near and then Cassandra does something unexpected to me: shakes everything up in ways you can't imagine until you read it. I can't believe what she did and being a romantic, she kind of lost some brownie points from me. Then she also left it off in a big cliff hanger.

In my copy of City of Bones, there is a sneak peek at City of Ashes, #2 in the Mortal Instruments series, but I don't know if I want to jump into it just yet because I have a smorgasbord of other books to read first. I'll probably end up reading it anyway, then torturing myself by not allowing myself to buy City of Ashes.

In the end, this book has a wonderful story and Clare creates an amazing world that you are sad you can't be part of. I'm really excited to read City of Ashes and see what she will possibly do to wrap up what she left hanging before jumping into the next big adventure.

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Summer Distractions

 I know, I know, I neglect my LJ way too much. The thing is, how am I supposed to spend my time thinking about updating this when I'm sooo busy READING all the time. Oh and working and packing and stuff, too. But that's much less important. I'm sure you can see that I've started up with Goodreads (which is probably bad because I just look at it and other people's recommendations and then I want more books). But I've been enjoying reading and learning how to write reviews for the books I read. 

My last review was of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. I'm actually holding myself back from re-reading it because I have lots of other stuff to read. But OMG I loved it so much. Along with my new obsession of everything having to do with reading and books is blog following and contest entering. Here is some of what I've been keeping track of over the last few months:
Koreen is the most recent one I've come to follow. Becca Fitzpatrick retweeted a link to Koreen's blog because she is having a contest to win a SIGNED COPY of Hush, Hush. WHICH IS MY NEW FAVOURITE. Which is why I am SO entering and trying to get as many entries as possible. Hence, this blog post, which I am not ashamed to say!

Now that I have given reason to the neglect of my livejournal, I shall be off to read some more!!