I read pretty much any chance I get. I mostly read YA books but some adult ones as well. To me all books are precious gems and are meant to be treasured.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Waterfall Wednesdays: Chapters 24-28 & Wrap Up:

Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren:

Discussion Schedule:

Aug. 31st: Chapters 1-6: Hosted by Tina @ Tinasbookreviews
Sept. 7th : Chapters 7-11: Hosted by Missie @ The Unread Reader
Sept. 14th: Chapters 12-17: Hosted by Jay & Serena
Sept. 21st: Chapters 18-23: Hosted by Jenny
Sept. 28th: Chapters 24-28 & Wrap Up: Hosted by Nic

1. After Gabi is injured, the doctor gives her tonic. Gabi questions the doctor several times, what is in it, but he refuses to tell. Would you have taken the tonic in Gabi's situation?

~ This is a tough question because I am a biology major and I am constantly asking my doctors to explain things to me. To break down procedures, tell me what the meds do, and I always ask a ton of questions. So like Gabi I would be asking a ton of questions. I probably would even go into a little more depth then she did. I would be a little leery about him not wanting to answer my questions, but then again I wouldn't have been born in that time. So I would not know what doctor-patient protocol would be. Though I am a curious person I do trust the doctors, and I would trust this one since Marcello is the one who recommended him. Also if I was in the amount of pain Gabi was I would have probably downed the thing.

2. Before the games Gabi asks Lia to let Lord Forabosch win in the archery event as people, especially Lord Forabosch, are becoming suspicious of them. But during the games Lord Forabosch upsets Lia trying to throw her off her game. So Lia decides to win. Do you think she did the right thing by not letting Lord Forabosch bully her or do you think she took an unnecessary risk?

~ I totally back what Lia did. If someone was being a butt head to my sister I would be all for her showing him up and putting him in his place. Now they are in a totally different time, and this may not be the best idea, but they know Lia and Gabi are different, and Lord Fusspaints can just deal with it....lol. Plus I don't think it could really hurt them if people are already suspicious. They have already heard of Lia's talent so she should show it off and be proud of it. If they are planning on leaving soon anyway then it couldn't hurt but so much.

3. When Gabi is dying and she and Lia decide to return to the tombs, so they can get the cure at home, they have to tell Marcello the truth. Even though Marcello thinks that it is madness, that they are from the future, he believes in Gabi because he loves her. Do you think this is believable? What would you have done if you were Marcello?

~ I would probably think that the person I love is a bit crazy, but I would go along with it because they are dying right before my eyes. I would do anything for the person I love, and if they were dying, even take them to the tomb so they can go back to the future. If anything I will be taking them to the place they want to go and be there for them in this horrible time. I think we all want to believe in miracles or something supernatural. Something bigger then ourselves. I personally believe in God, but many people believe that there is something else out there. The unknown. Who am I to say that time travel doesn't exist. All in all I would do what the person asks, for all I know they are dying and I would want to try everything in my power do help them.

4. In the end Gabi and Lia return home. Do you think Gabi will return to Marcello? Would you go back?

~ I believe she will mainly because there are more books. Unless they travel to other times. And yes I would return. If I believe that the person I loved was there, and I would not love another, I would try my best to return to them. Otherwise I would have a very unhappy, unfulfilled life. I can't wait to read the next books !!!

5. Looking back at Waterfall, what was your favorite moment?

~ I would have to say reading it with others and being able to discuss it. I really enjoy reading a book with others. I tend to talk about whatever books I am reading to whomever will listen, but it wasn't until I found the blogging world, that I found people who actually cared about what I was saying, and even enjoyed talking about books. I am so grateful to have you guys to talk to, thanks for the read-a-long and all the experiences I have had blogging so far.

Also the book was so amazing. I am so happy I won the trilogy so I can read the next two soon. Thanks so much to everyone who hosted, commented, and joined in. And thank you so much Lisa for this amazing book, and for giving us the opportunity to win them. I so can't wait to read the rest.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday's News (4):

Sept. 26th- Oct. 2nd

This is a monday meme to inform people on upcoming book, movie, and dvd releases along with upcoming blog information. Hope you enjoy it.

Upcoming Releases for this week.

September 27, 2011

~ Lost in Time (Blue Bloods Series)
By Melissa de la Cruz

~ Abarat (Absolute Midnight)
By Clive Barker

~ Daughter of Smoke & Bone
By Laini Taylor

~ If I Die (Soul Screamers #5)
By Rachel Vincent

~ The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
By Michelle Hodkin

~ Deadly Little Games (Touch Series #3)
By Laurie Faria Stolarz

~ Vampire Kisses (Graveyard Games #1)
By Eden Maguire

September 28, 2011

~ In Trouble by Ellen Levine

~ Brooklyn Burning by Steven Brezenoff

September 29, 2011

~ Lola and the Boy Next Door
By Stephanie Perkins

~ The Name of the Star ( Shades of London)
By Maureen Johnson

October 1, 2011

~ Beautiful Dead (Pheonix)
By Eden Maguire

~ Reasons to Be Happy
By Katrina Kittie

~ The Phantom Limb
By William Sleator

New In Paperback:

September 27 2011

~ Burned (HON #7)
by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
~ I Shall Wear Midnight (Tiffany Aching #4)
by Terry Pratchett
~ Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
~ Shphinx Queen by Esther Friesner
~ The Mermaids Mirror by L. K. Madigan

September 28 2011

~ Draw the Dark by Ilsa J. Bick

September 29 2011

~ Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
~ Three Quarters Dead by Richard Peck

*All release dates are from Barnes and Noble.com. The release dates are subject to change depending on where the book is bought.*

Here are a few bargain buys from Barnes & Noble!!!!

For $1.99:

~ Secrets of the Tudor Court (Between Two Queens)
by Kate Emerson
~ The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen
by Syrie James

For $3.58:

~ Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
by Beth Fantaskey
~ The Awakening (Ghost Huntress #1)
by Marley Gibson
~ The Guidance (Ghost Huntress #2)
by Marley Gibson
~ Geek Charming by Robin Palmer
~ Queen Geeks in Love by Laura Preble
~ Envy (Luxe #3)
by Anna Godbersen
~ Wings (Laurel Series #1)
by Aprityrine Pike

For $4.48:

~ Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
~ It Girl (It Girl #1)
by Cealy Von Ziegesar
~ School's Out Forever
(Maximum Ride Series 2)
by James Patterson
~ The Fallen Omnibus 2
(Aerie & Reckoning)
by Thomas E. Sniegoski
~ Glass (Crank Series #2)
by Ellen Hopkins

* These bargins are found at Barnesandnoble.com and are subject to change anytime by their company. I only post on the ones I see at the beginning of the week. I do not know how long they are good for. *

Release Date: Sept. 30, 2011
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Jim Sheridan
Genre: Suspense/ Thriller
Rating: PG-13 ( For Violence, terror, some sensuality & brief strong language)
Website: Dreamhousemovie.net
Short Summary: Some say houses have memories. This movie is about a family who moves into a home where several murders were committed..... and they are the killer's next target.

Release Date: Sept. 30, 2011
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Director: Jonathon Levine
Genre: Comedy/ Drama
Rating: R (For language, sexual content & drug use)
Website: 50-50themovie.com
Short Summary: When a man is diagnosed with cancer he decides to use humor to help fight the disease.

Release Date: Sept. 30, 2011
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Mark Mylod
Genre: Comedy/ Romance
Rating: R (For sexual content & language)
Website: whatsyournumbermovie.com
Short Summary: Ally Darling is on a quest to find the best "ex" of her life, after reading a magazine article warning people who have had more then 20 relationships have missed their chance for true love.

* All movie information was obtained from http://www.comingsoon.net/. Release dates are subject to change based on the area. To check and see when and where these will be released check your local listings*

On the Blog this week!!!



~ Fins are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs
(Loved it, great book to end the Summer with)

This week....

~ Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan
( I'm about 50% through this one)

~ Anna & the French Kiss
by Stephanie Perkins

Upcoming Posts to Look For:
( I am still doing a Read-a-thon so not to many posts)

~ Tuesday: Announcing Winner of Crushed Seraphim by Debra Anastasia
~ Wednesday: Waterfall Wednesday: Chaps. 24-28 & Wrap Up
~ Friday: Read-a-thon Results
~ Saturday: September Wrap Up & October TBR pile
~ Sunday: In My Mailbox 16

Sunday, September 25, 2011

In My Mailbox (15):

In my Mailbox is a weekly post, hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren , about what new books we got this week.


~ Alexander Death  ( The Paranormals #3)
by J. L. Bryan
Thanks so much J. L. Bryan

~ The Scorpio Races (ARC) by Maggie Stiefvater
I was super excited when I opened my mailbox and pulled this out. I am counting this as my first Arc ever. I know I have a few of them, but the ones I have I have won. This is the first one from a publishing company, so I am super excited.
(Thanks so very much Scholastic!!!!)


These are from a Library sale. They really didn't have to much, but I did find a few goodies!!
I bought all of these for only $ 4.50.

~ Beautiful Creatures (HB) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
I haven't read this series yet, but def plan on it soon now that I have the first one.

~ Scarlett (HB) by Alexandra Ripley
I already have the first one and wanted to finish my collection.

~ Scarpetta (HB) by Patricia Cornwell
I now have the complete collection in Hardback except for the newest one & the one coming out soon.

~ Portrait of a Killer (HB) by Patricia Cornwell
I already had this in paperback, but the rest of my Patricia Cornwell collection is in Hardback. I couldn't pass this up for only $1.

~ Revelations (PB) by Melissa de la Cruz
(Blue Bloods #3)
I already have a copy of this and have read it. So I picked this one up for a friend.

~ Graceling (PB) by Kristin Cashore
I was super happy to find this! I have really been wanting to read it after hearing so much about it form other bloggers. Plus it looks brand new!


~ Dearly Departed Swag from Lia Habel
Thanks so much Lia!!! I will be sending a few to friends, and giving some to my local library and book stores. I can't wait to read this book!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Read-a-thon Update:


Total Books = 5
Total Pages = 1731

What I have read so far from Sept. 15th- Sept. 21st.
I didn't get as much done as I would have liked, because I was celebrating my anniversary all weekend. That being said I did finished....

~ Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey
293 pages

~ Fins are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs
261 pages

Total So Far:

Total Books = 2
Total Pages = 554

So I still have 7 days to read...
Jenny Pox  310 pgs.
Anna & the French Kiss 372 pgs.
Immortal Beloved 495 pgs.

I am starting Jenny Pox tonight so I hope I reach my goal!!!!

How are you doing so far??????

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Waterfall Wednesdays: Chapters 18-23

Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren:

Discussion Schedule:

Aug. 31st: Chapters 1-6: Hosted by Tina @ Tinasbookreviews
Sept. 7th : Chapters 7-11: Hosted by Missie @ The Unread Reader
Sept. 14th: Chapters 12-17: Hosted by Jay & Serena
Sept. 21st: Chapters 18-23: Hosted by Jenny
Sept. 28th: Chapters 24-28 & Wrap Up: Hosted by Nic

1. Gabi and Lia both face several life and death situations in these chapters, having to pick up weapons in defense of those they love, and experiencing first hand the brutality of close combat. If you had the choice between picking up a weapon and standing on the front lines or staying behind to tend to the wounded as necessary which would you choose?

~ Wow, what a tough question, and I would have to say it would depend. If I was in Gabi's situation and someone I know and love needs my help I would do everything in my power to save them or keep them safe. Ff that means picking up a weapon and going out there to help them or defend them then that is just what I would do. Only if I am able of course and have some type of training otherwise I would be no use to them only a hindrance. Now if my sister wasn't in grave danger, and it wasn't up to me to set her free. I may choose to be where I am most helpful. If that is stay back, and take care of those injured then I am there if it means out on the battlefield then I would be there.

That being said it is a different time then. The battlefield was close to home. Today the battlefield is not, and no I am not volunteering to go overseas and fight. Its just not me. I can't imagine hurting anyone on purpose. Now if the fighting was here at my home, I would do what I have to, in order to keep those I love and care for safe.

2. Both girls get to wear extraordinary gowns to their victory celebration; what would your dream medieval gown look like?

~ What another great question, and a tough one. To choose only one would be very difficult. I would have to change a lot :) Um.... I would say something like this.....



Maybe not those exact colors, but I think the red would go good with my now brunette hair. I used to be a blonde not to long ago. I could also imagine wearing this if the red part was a deep blue.

But I much prefer something like this even though they were not worn back then....


3. Gabi has crude  stitches put in and must endure both their removal as well as the cauterization of the wound. How is your threshold for pain? Do you think you would have simply gritted your teeth as Gabi does?

~ I would love to say that I would be just like Gabi....but....um.....no.................
I have to be honest. Some one or ones would be holding me down, I would be screaming and probably pass out from the pain a lot sooner. I mean I have a pretty good threshold for pain, but I am realistic. This is without numbing, or meds. Just a little bit of alcohol. I would be passed out drunk then maybe they could do the procedure. Gabi is a beast, and I give her props because I couldn't do it like she did.

Just saying this, but it is another sign that she is meant to be in this time period.

4. Marcello wants to properly court Gabi after they express mutual feelings of affection; wanting to speak with her mother about his intentions. What do you think is the most romantic aspect of medieval courtship?

~ I can't really pick one. I think that back then the idea of courtship and marriage was a lot more sacred then it is today. People just didn't dive in and get married on a whim. Not saying that people don't cherish it or respect the idea of marriage it just seems the value of it has died a lot.

I don't like the fact that many marriages were arranged out of connivance or privilege, and love the fact that we can pick and choose who we marry today.

So if I had to pick one aspect it is the value they place in love and marriage that I believe is the most romantic, ok and maybe men fighting over the same woman’s affection would be pretty romantic to. Not to the death of course :)

Also, my husband asked my dad for his blessing before he asked me to marry him, so some traditions are still there in some people.

5. Gabi and Lia find themselves with conflicting desires toward the end with Lia wanting to return home and Gabi hoping to stay. Do you think that Gabi is being unfair to Lia for wanting to stay, or is Lia being unfair to Gabi for demanding they go? A little of both?

~ I really don't think either is being unfair. They both know what they want, and have to be true to themselves, but in order for either of them to be happy they need the other. It is a hard situation. If I were Gabi I would want to stay as well, but I wouldn't want to force my sister to live in a place she has no business being in the first place. Also I couldn't force my sister to leave the man she truly loves. It would be a really touch decision. I think they both feel that they are not meant to be there, and that is what determines their decision. They have a responsibility to return home, but true love, that is hard to leave. I had a hard time being without my husband for 8 months, and I was with my family. I was a wreck and not a great person to be around at that time, so I feel for Gabi.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday's News (3):

September 19th-25th

This is a monday meme to inform people on upcoming book, movie, and dvd releases along with upcoming blog information. Hope you enjoy it.



~ Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren  (Loved it !!!)
~ Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey  (Adored it!!)
Cold Kiss comes out Tomorrow Sept 20 2011 so be sure to get your copy!!!

Starting this week.....

~ Fins are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs
~ Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan

On the Blog.....

I am still doing a read-a-thon so there will not be many posts this week.
If you still want to join you can :)

Wednesday: Waterfall Wednesday Discussion
Sunday: IMM # 15

So as you can see this Monday's News is really short. That is because I have been celebrating...

Me and my wonderful husband have been married 3 years today!!! I am so lucky to have such a great guy in my life. If there are any other anniversaries  this month.....

Hope you all have a great week!!
And as always Happy Reading!!