Friday, August 8, 2014

Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Goodreads Link to Dangerous Creatures (Where I nabbed this cover photo from!)

Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is a new series within the Beautiful Creatures universe. Right away we start off in Gatlin county again, but quickly move away to New York City. The big unknown. Link (Westley Lincoln) thinks that he's leaving his girlfriend and friends behind to go and try to make something of himself as a musician, but he doesn't know that Ridley Duchannes has some tricks up her sleeve that he is going to have to pay for. It all starts when she surprises him by joining him on the trip and already knows of a band in need of a drummer. A Caster band. A band that needs a drummer because Ridley beat the other one in a gamble, but then lost and needs to pay up. Providing a drummer isn't the only thing she owes though, so will she be able to come out on top? It makes it even harder when Link asks her to never use her Siren magic on him... what is Ridley when she isn't a Siren? Is there more to her than her abilities? Pick up this book and you'll find out! ;)

(I'm partially mysterious because I haven't gotten very far yet, but also because I hate to give out many details in a review! I love the voices of the characters and how strong they are in the Beautiful Creatures series, and although I've had to push myself through a few parts in this one, I believe that is on my end and no fault of the authors. I've gotten out of the habit of reading for fun! It's tragic!)

Books I'm hoping to read soon:
I'll try to make sure I do posts about these!!! (Well, not Morganville because I try to just write about the first one or two books in a series and that is #10... plus I've already reviewed them. I did meet Rachel Caine again last week though at OSFESt in Omaha, Nebraska! She read new material from a book coming out in 2015 and was there both promoting her Morganville web series and her Prince of Shadows book!)

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Hi everyone, I just wanted to update ya'll a little bit on how this whole blog thing is working out. I now have ads provided by Google Adsense. If you don't like them, don't click on them, simple as that! If I wanted to advertise products with each blog, I could do that, but it's so much easier to just have a few ads at the bottom and left side of the page. I tried to get them to post relevant ones, but I can only filter out so many before they cut me off!

Also, I'm going to be starting a Preschool Story Time / Adventures of Trying to be a Librarian blog (not an official title...I don't know what I'll call it yet), which I will cross-post back to this one. I hope to one day get back to regularly posting about some of the amazing books I read, but lets face it, I'm in grad school and have little time for fun reading! I'll do a quick post after this about the book that I'm currently reading though, as well as my immediate list of books that I'd like to read before my semester starts back up again in September. Hopefully see you soon!

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Bruno Wants a Nose Horn

Alright guys, it's time to talk books. 

Publishing books in particular. Publishing one book in particular.

When I went to OsFest (Omaha Science Fiction Education Society's annual sci-fi convention), I met Nikita Rose Woltersen aka Nikita Dragonrose. This lady is amazing. She sculpts, she illustrates, and she's also obsessed with dragons. I bought some hair sticks from her with a dragon curled around the top of one and while she was showing me how to easily put my hair up with them within a few seconds (something I'd previously thought beyond my hair's capabilities) she showed me her new book. She's been working on a book called Bruno Wants a Nose Horn and it's an adorable book about a dragon names Bruno who was born without a nose horn and goes about searching to find one, getting into trouble along the way. She illustrated the book herself and has also made sculptures of the various dragons within the story. She hopes to expand the story after this first book gets published and to write more children's books starring the other characters in her series. For that to happen though, she's got to get this one published!

So if you have time out of your busy schedules (trust me, I hear ya!), check out her site at Dragonrose Designs to see her work. If you really want to support her, her Facebook site has the most recent updates for her book. 

She did a Kickstarter project earlier this summer to try to raise money for a hardcover publication, but it didn't reach full funding so she didn't get to keep any of the money. Publishing a book is actually a lot more expensive than you'd think, unless you can self-publish. Self-publishing works great, unless you want an audience other than those who know you already. Nikita Dragonrose travels to several conventions and such within the mid-west (as judged by the two that I've ran into her at and the schedule posted on her website) promoting her book and selling her dragon-related creations/wares. (Trust me, they are GORGEROUS!) This is a large step in getting a fan-base, but I really would like to see her get a larger following. So if you're out there and appreciate children's literature or at least books with dragons that learn valuable morals about loving themselves the way they are, I'd suggest looking up one of this lady's sites!

(She doesn't know I'm doing this, but I really wanted to see if I could try to get her a little more of an audience, and if we're really really lucky, maybe a donation? I don't want to push that too heavily on you though)

Monday, August 26, 2013

Don't Worry, It Gets Worse: One Twentysomething's (Mostly Failed) Attempts at Adulthood

This book started out as hilarious and ended up as touching. As a newly graduated college student, I found this book by Alida Nugent as a great find. I originally picked it out because I had just started my first job out of college and was feeling like I wasn't the right fit. Alida made me laugh with her as she was wallowing on her parents couch and not knowing where she was going to end up. I loved that she still kept acting like a college student who was coming home for vacation every time she visited her parents throughout the couple of years in the book. It was comforting knowing that some things change really slowly. That made me feel much better and as I kept reading, I was adapting to my new job.  I may be done reading it now, but as the last few chapters of the book aimed more towards being encouraging for the future rather than comedy, I remain hopeful. I'd recommend this book to any new graduate feeling a little unsure about their world at the present and who appreciates a good night of binge drinking.

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