Friday, September 28, 2012

Sparkles and Lightning is a very happy blog today!

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Friday Buys 9/21-28/12

I'm really really super duper excited about this week's Friday Buys!  I had a lot of fun with it and I'm super excited to read these books! :D

You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith - bought
I will forever and for all of eternity be Jennifer's #1 fan, just because of The Statistical Probability.  I'm not expect allll of her books to be as amazing and life-changing, but I won't put it past her to do it again!

A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken - bought
C. S. Lewis had such a huge impact on so many people's lives.  This is one of them.

Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer - bought $2
I haven't heard much about Heyer except for my neighbor saying she was reading Heyer's romances and a few Goodreads reviews...  But OMG I can't wait to read them!!  They sound way too fun to pass up! :D

Devil's Club by Georgette Heyer - bought $2
So fun looking, right??  :D

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Gorgeous vintage of The Three Musketeers for $2
So prettttty! :D

My stash! :D

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pint-Size Review: Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay (#1)

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay (#1)
Pages:  307
Release Date:  August 9th, 2011
Date Read:  2012, January 17th-21st
Received:  Borrowed from Library
Rating:  3/5 stars
Recommended to:  14+

Juliet Capulet, the figure of tragic love all over the world, has a mission - Find Romeo and prevent him from breaking up true lovers, and gathering Mercenaries for the enemy.  But this time something's different.  There's a change in the air - both of the doomed lovers can feel it - and the victim may not be who they think.  And with Juliet seeing apparitions and fighting a love that can never come to pass, the mission - to save true love - might be more more deadly than anyone could have guessed.

Let's start with what I didn't like - the last quarter of the book.  What even was that?  Kinda creepy, but not well explained.  There were a lot of holes that had me shaking my head with confusing.  It lost its believability , to, like a quick-fix ending.

BUT.  I did really really enjoy the beginning.  It startled me, how intense it was.  I loved the dynamics between characters and how the story elements brought them together.  Ben is by far my favorite character.  So sweet, loving and sacrificial.  GAH!  These scenes with him - all of them - were so great!

But again.  The end.  It stumped me and I didn't really get to enjoy finishing it.

Since I got the second book for review, I'll read it, and let you guys know what I think.  Hopefully it'll be better?

This book reminds me of...
Red dresses (The cover...I cheated)
The cliffs of California that overlook the ocean
Hills of flowers
Ghostly apparitions
Self-struggles and fears
The burning flame of love
How much I love the name Benjamin

For the Parents -
I don't remember there being much - a few passionate kisses, some language, maybe a few crude references. Recommended 14+

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Top Ten Tuesdays: Series I Haven't Finished...for whatever reason

A fantastic meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

Well, this week's theme makes me feel guilty...cuz there are a lot of series out there I just haven't given the time of day recently, even though I really really should, and maybe even want to.  Oh well.  Here goes.

1.  Wings, Spells, Illusions, Destined - Aprilynne Pike.  So, I feel bad.  I don't really want to read Spells.  I really enjoyed Wings, and yah, sure, I want to know what happens...but...eventually.  Not yet.  I'm just not in the mood, if you know what I mean, which bums me out, because I want to.  I met Pike at a book signing and absolutely adored her.  So, what am I waiting for?  Sheesh!

2.  Young Royals series - Carolyn Meyer.  Dang... The Bad Queen is one of my favorite books ever.  It took me back and sucked me in and I didn't ever want to put it down.  I even own some of the other books in the series.  I need to make time for them!

3.  River of Time series - Lisa T. Bergren.  GUYS!  THIS IS BAD!  I own Bourne and Tribituary but I haven't even freaking started them yet!!  It's a major sin and I will repent!!

4.  Relic Master series - Catherine Fisher.  She's an all-time favorite, people.  There's got to be something wrong with me if I haven't finished the incredible new series that came out.  But, you know, I haven't, so yah. I must be demented.  I love the first two books I read in this series, so I don't know what's my problem!

5.  The Iron Fey series - Julie Kagawa.  These are the quickest reads of the centuries.  So...yah.  I have Summer's Crossing and The Iron Knight to read, but I just haven't gotten around to them.  Weirdness.

6.  Gallagher Girls series - Ally Carter.  I've read the first two, and OMG they were so much fun!  I just need to break down and get them all from the library and go on a reading spree and just LOVE THEM.  Because, really, they are fantabulous.

7.  The Keepers series - Lian Tanner.  I really enjoyed the first book in this series.  It really had an interesting idea and I want more from the author!  I own the first one in hardcover, however, and that means I have to buy the 2nd book in hardcover, which is bad because I just haven't made it a priority to buy it yet.  But I will.  Promise.

8.  Num8ers series - Rachel Ward.  The first book, Num8ers, ripped my heart out.  So, naturally, I'm ready to go back for more death to all happiness.  But, the question remains:  when?

9.  William Monk series - Anne Perry.  Let's just get this out there:  I don't do mysteries.  They're one of the  only genres that I just can't get into....except for a few exceptions.  One of them, being Anne Perry's mysteries, because she's brilliant beyond reason and I love her guts and her books more than almost anything.  I've read 3 and need to read the 4th - and the other 14 of them - AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

10.  Austenland series - Shannon Hale.  I'm madly in love with Austenland, the first book.  I own Midnight in Austenland.  I shall read it soon, I promisepromisepromise!!!  (And is anyone else excited about the Keri Russels movie adaptation of the book?!!?!?! :DDDD)

Ok, so, I wanna see all your lists!!  Link me up! :D

Monday, September 24, 2012

Review: The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (#1)

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (#1)
Pages: 304
Release Date:  May 8th, 2012
Date Read:  2012, May 13th-17th
Received:  ARC via NetGalley
Rating:  3.5/5 stars
Recommended to:  15+

Don't sweat, his father said.  Don't let them smell you.  Don't let them see the hair on your chin.  Don't laugh.  Don't cry.  Don't widen your eyes.
Gene has followed these rules for years.  Long after his father died.  Long after he was forced to live alone.  He has lived among the vampires, one of them, in the dark, his life in danger at every moment.  If they realize what he is - a heper, a human they will devour him that very second.  When Gene is chosen to participate in the Heper Hunt, the first in 10 years, concealing his true identity may be harder than anything he's every done.  Especially when he may be so much closer to his own kind than he thinks.

The Hunt.  Oh goodness - where to begin?  I really enjoyed it, in a cringing, "Oh my GOSH that's disgusting!" kind of way.  Is that even possible?!  It just tripped me out.  I don't do vampires, and the only other vampire-related book I ever read was about vampire bats and I hated nearly every second of that book.  So I was surprised I liked this as much as I did.  But still.  Gross. :/

Gene pretty much made The Hunt for me.  That and the writing, which was stellar.  Gene is the kind of guy you wan to be buddies with.  Maybe you even want to be his girlfriend.  Underneath all this "hide from the vampires" stuff, he's such a cool guy.  His discovery of romance and love just made him all the more appealing.

Now, Ashley June.  Ashley June.  She is one tripped out character.  And I loved her.  I won't (can't) say too much about her, but I seriously loved her strength and poise.  And that's about all I can say.  (If you must know, I guessed everything about her the moment she was introduced at school...just sayin'.)

Now, there are some NASTY vampires here.  Ashley June may be tame, but that's not normal.  Ha!  The others are just...EW.  That's all I can think to say, because really, they all team up to suck the blood from humans.  And it's described.  And I have not gotten over that scene.  I need a barf bag Every. Single. Time.

The first 100 pages or so were good, but they lacked intensity for me.  It had some scary, disturbing things, but...not enough to wow me - just enough to keep me going.  Then, BAM!  Wowza!  The rest of the story jumped at me.  So much happens, so much mystery is involved, and the climax!  GASP!  It was like, 75 freaking pages of OHMYFREAKINGGOSH WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!  Ahem.  Composure obtained...

Now, this story is gross, because vampires are not glorified and the Director is scary as hell and Gene could be devoured at any second.  There are scenes, quite a few of them, that involved eating raw meet with blood running and - yuck.  Still squeamish.  Hence, the lower rating.

But I will be continuing this series.  Andrew Fukuda is highly trained in the art of torture by a few small words.  And by small words I mean Lauren Oliver style - like the last words of the book.  Where everything blows up in your face and you can't breathe.

SO.  Obviously, I have to know.

And while I can't say much about either of these things, I loved:
1. The romance.  It was flipping amazing!
2.  Gene's work with the Hepers.  Wow!  Such a neat dynamic!

So bravo to Andrew Fukuda, even though I'm still recovering.  I say well done!  (That's how I like my meat, ya'll.  Not fresh.  But, you know, no hatin'.)

Scary and yucky but totally flipping cool!  If you're not totally disgusted, you'll most likely enjoy it!  (Oh, but what was with the armpit sex?  That was bordering on Twilight-glittery-vampire-funny!)

For the Parents -
You heard me.  Armpit sex.  Spin the bottle, Ashley June and Gene are forced into a closet, they have to, erm, do that.  It's just so weird.  But it's not explicit, not really.  Just that it's a source of pleasure for vampires.  Besides this and the nasty violence, nothing.  Ages 15+

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Buys 8/31 - 9/21/12

Well this was a super duper fun three weeks! :D  Looky looky what I got!! :D

Splintered by A. G. Howard - ARC from Publisher (plus Key necklace!)
Isn't it stunningly beautiful??  I can't even waaaaiiiit to devour it! :D

Tiger's Destiny by Colleen Houck - bought
Already devoured this like 2 was so utterly magical!!  Review to come!!

Bourne & Tribituary by Lisa T. Bergren - bought
OMG I can't even wait for this!! I mean, a book with Greco's face on it has GOT to be good inside! ;)  Ok, Luca too. ;)  And, for obvious reasons: that it's LISA.  I mean, come on.  It's guaranteed!

Something Dangerous by Penny Vincenzi - bought $2
Almost brand new copy for $2 - what a steal!  And it looks the gorgeous cover! :D

Journals - gift from my Mommy ;)
Aren't they adorable??  The first, because I'm a writer.  The second, because I might be traveling a lot next year.  Isn't my Mommy so adorable to think of this?

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver - bought
Because. I'm addicted to Lauren's books. Ok? Ok.

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris - bought

The Drowned Vault by N. D. Wilson - bought...erm, preordered in February.
So you know, he's my all-time favorite.  This came in and I definitely chewed, swallowed, and digested it.  Because what else would I do with Wilson's stories?  That's what there here for, because they are the most magnificent of the magnificents.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - bought $.50
Cuz, you know, I'm cool like that.  And people keep telling me to read this.  So. There.

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And my pretties.  My vintage wonderlands.

Vie de impeccable French...from 1879.
Yah.  It's freaking gorgeous.

These next two (The Haunted Hotel and The Works of Shakespeare) will be made into bookmarks using their spines.  Gorgeous, right?  I mean, who doesn't want to open a book and find these waiting for them inside? ;)


Anywho.  What have you all been buying/borrowing/receiving/gifting/etc.?  I want to know, so link me up! :D

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pint-Size Review: Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter (#2)

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter (#2)
Pages:  296
Release Date:  March 27th, 2012
Date Read:  2012, May 1st-4th
Received:  ARC via NetGalley
Rating:  4/5 stars
Recommended to:  15+

A few spoilers, so be careful!  Review of the first book: CLICK HERE.

Kate Winters has spent the summer in Greece, relaxing and enjoying herself with James, her guide.  (Also a god.)  Back home, however, her husband is waiting for her, a husband she loves very much.  When Kate arrives home, her plans of becoming Queen and bonding with her husband are crushed when Henry and some of the other gods are captured by the only force able to kill them.  And the only person who knows how to rescue them is the last person on earth that Kate wants to meet: her sister, Persephone.

I went into Goddess Interrupted completely wary...  Would I like it?  Would the series just get worse for me?  Sure, I liked The Goddess Test, but if I'm really honest it wasn't that great.  The first 100 pages of Goddess Interrupted were much of the same: good action, awesome (still a bit whiney) Kate - and what the flip is the deal with Henry?
But then.
Oh, yeah, baby!  Enter dynamic: Persephone.  Somehow, her entrance brightened everything...  Not happy-wise; far from it.  Conflict-wise.  There was like this weird 2-way love triangle, with Henry loving/loved by two girls, and Kate loved by Henry and James.  Again, I was wary, but Aimee Carter pulled it off without making the love story complicated in the typical way.

Sure, I like the Titan wars, heroes, etc...  But what gripped me - and I mean gripped, until 2 AM! - was the tension and chemistry and passion thing going on between Kate and Henry.  Golly goodness, I love this love story.  It has developed in such a slow, sure way.  I wish things were a little clearer on Henry's feelings, how they change and such, but that's not even that important.  The tension was unbelievable!  I gripped my Nook SO HARD!

Did anyone see that coming?  'Cause I sure didn't.  I was hurriedly reading my way along and then BAM!  The book said, "Lemme just whack you in the face and knee your gut and trip you onto your noggin, why don't I?"
Oh my gosh.
I'm hopelessly squashed.  And now I desperately need more!  I have to know what happens!

This book reminds me of...
Triumph after trial
Very large beings
The massive fog you see over the Golden Gate Bridge
Heartache and loss
Lots of blubbering tears (really, Kate, you cry way too much)
Heroes that grow on you over time (coughHenrycough)

For the Parents -
More language scattered throughout. LOTS of talk about affairs and lovers, because the gods (especially Ava) sleep around ALL the flipping time.  Henry and Kate have sex toward the end.  They're married and there are no details.  But the scene before, of them kissing, is very sweet.  A few other passionate kisses, no detail.  Recommended 15+

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Review: The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan

The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan
Pages:  305
Release Date:  September 11th, 2012
Date Read:  2012, August 22nd-28th
Received:  Borrowed ARC
Rating:  5/5 stars
Recommended to:  15+

On the Island of Rollrock, Misskaella is ridiculed.  She is pushed aside, teased, but also unnoticed.  She's fat, ugly, and incapable compared to the sturdy women of Rollrock.  But she has a gift, one that will change the destiny of Rollrock.  She is a Seal Witch, a woman who can remove the skin of seals and bring forth the woman inside.  Ridiculed she may be - but she is also powerful.  And soon Rollrock will understand just what that means.

Daaaang...  I wasn't expecting this book to be so magnificent.  For once, the contents match the cover!  This book was everything I'd hoped, and more.  The writing, especially, surprised me.  It held the most character I've ever seen, and was so languid, yet powerful; stunning, but in a soft way.  Just gripping!  I hope the author continues to write more wonderful books such as this!

The characters in this book were very real to me because none were perfect.  I actually disliked all but maybe four.  Even the ones I disliked, however, were brilliant, for that exact reason: I didn't like them.  My dislike was so strong and real that it made me feel like the story was actually happening to me.

I really liked Daniel Mallett, and his mum.  They were so vibrant to me, and their story was very touching.  I also really really loved the seal women.  Despite their often distasteful and inappropriate affairs, I thought them intriguing and just beautiful.

The girl at the end, Lory, was such a neat perspective.  I loved what she added!

But my favorite of all, by far, is Misskaella, the seal witch.  She wowed me.  her quiet confidence in the fact that her actions would destroy the people of Rollrock was raw and powerful.  A woman scorned shall not be messed with!  I mean, the whole time I was rooting for her revenge...I was so sucked in!

Margo Lanagan wrote this book as a series of short stories - something I never thought I'd love, but wow!  This was such a neat idea.  It felt more like chapters than individual stories, and I fell right into the grasp of each one!

I was never once bored.  I had no clue how things would go, or end.  But Lanagan sure had the perfect execution and end planned out.  Brides definitely has a "what goes around, comes around" theme that really struck me as powerful.  it was neat to see some stand up for what's right and truthful, and others to fall prey to the madness of the seal women.  Some of the island women were wonderful, upright women who stood firm, and others were very, very...irritating. Ha!

Full of magnificence.  And lots of wowing.  I can't say enough - definitely give this a try!  Hopefully, you'll love it as much as I did! :)

For the Parents -
2 separate instances of sexual encounters.  1st, Misskaella encounters the King seal in man form and the two share a night of passion.  We only hear of how Misskaella feels loved for the first time in her life.  It wasn't explicit in any way, more factual.  The second was a reference to a man and a seal woman in a barn.  The man is married and his family is horrified.  many of the men on the island have affairs with seal women, hiding them where their Island wives can't see.  Recommended 15+

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday #7 - Wildwing

This is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper!

When Addy is swept back in time, she couldn't be happier to leave her miserable life behind. Now she's mistaken for Lady Matilda, the pampered ward of the king. If Addy can play her part, she'll have glorious gowns, jewels, and something she's always longed for the respect and admiration of others. But then she meets Will, the falconer's son with sky blue eyes, who unsettles all her plans.
From shipwrecks to castle dungeons, from betrothals to hidden conspiracies, Addy finds herself in a world where she's not the only one with a dangerous secret. When she discovers the truth, Addy must take matters into her own hands. The stakes? Her chance at true love . . . and the life she's meant to live.


I've been wanting to read this one for a looonnnngggg time.  I just never can seem to bring myself to buy it, even though I've had it in the Amazon shopping cart about 500 times, and my library is stupid and doesn't have it.  (Okay, I take that back, I love my library.)  So I need to buy it soon, yes?  It definitely seems like it has "Books of Incredible" potential! :D

Released:  September 21st, 2010
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What are YOU wishing for this Wednesday?

Saturday, September 1, 2012

2 Year Blogoversary Giveaway (Part 3)!!

Ok, everyone, this is the last part of my giveaway!!  I'm happy and sad...  Happy to host another giveaway, sad that it's the last one.  (Well, the last one for now...there will be more later, I promise!)

Here are the rules:

1.  You must be a follower of Yearning to Read through GFC (look to the right).  New followers are, of course, ALWAYS welcome!
2.  You must live....ANYWHERE! (Anywhere The Book Depository ships to - check if you're on the list HERE.)  This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL!!
3.You must be 13 years or older to enter this giveaway.
4.  I will be checking all this info - so if you cheat, you're out of the giveaway - which is NOT awesome.  Be fair or be square!
5.  HAVE FUN!!!

There will be TWO winners, one US and one INT.  I will give you a month to enter, during which you can receive multiple entries every day, by writing blogposts, tweeting, and commenting...  So much fun, right?

The priiiize...  Now this is something I had no intention of doing at the start, but it sounded like waaaay too much fun!

One US entrant will receive a box of MYSTERY books, chosen by moi!  It will contain at least 4 books, ranging from historical fiction, possible time travel, a classic, a paranormal romance, and a modern thriller.  All are in the YA genre (except the classic, obviously), and at least 2 are ARCs.  The winner will give me a list of his/her favorite books and a wishlist and I will (most likely) supply a book from the wishlist!

One INT entrant will receive a box of MYSTERY books, chosen by moi!  There will be at least 2 books, and you will get to have something of a say...  I'll need a wishlist and a list of books you like (you can link me up to Goodreads, if you have one!), and then I'll send you your books, shipped from The Book Depository. (This is all in the YA genre, remember!!)

In any case - here goes!  Enter using Rafflecopter.  You have one month - GO!

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