Books, Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays: Cast in Honor

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

—> Now on to the main event!

There were too many good lines in this book, so I included a few of my favs!

Cast in Honor (Chronicles of Elantra, #11) by Michelle Sagara

Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Mira
Release Date: November 24, 2015
ISBN# 9780778318590
Page(s): …

“I just told you–” Kaylin caught up. “You’re telling me me they’re significant in the Aerie.”

“I’m trying to tell you that, yes.” To Teela, he said, “Did you have these issues when you introduced Kaylin to the High Halls?”

“Not these specific ones, no. The Barrani Halls are slightly simpler. Everyone you meet is going to try to kill you at one point or another; she only had to try to avoid the ones who were going to do so immediately.” (95)

Mandoran entered the dining room, as well. “No,” he told everyone, “I am not staying behind.” He looked at Kaylin as he spoke.

She held up both hands. “Don’t look at me like that — I wasn’t even going to suggest it.”

“Teela did.”

“Then glare at Teela. I don’t even like the fiefs.” (143)

 “Did she mention our latest investigation?”

“Yes. She also extended an invitation to dinner. Do not stand in the library gawking. If you have something to say, say it while we walk.”    …

Kaylin’s biggest question, as she followed the Arkon’s impatient lead, was Yes, but are you going to accept? (175)

“Are they always like this?” Kattea whispered.

“Yes. And they can hear you two rooms away, even if you whisper.”

“Oh. I don’t like him.”

“Mandoran?”

“Is that his name?”

“It’s the polite version.”

“What’s the rude version?” (257)

Hah! I LOVE this series. This book has many more great lines/scenes but I’ll stop with these.

Books, Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays: Full Moon Rising

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

—> Now on to the main event!

Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian, #1) by Keri Arthur

Hardcover, 291 pages
Publisher: Bantam
Release Date: January 31st, 2006
ISBN# 9780553804584
Page: 175

 “Don’t move,” the cop behind the gun warned. “Or you’ll taste lead.”

What happened to the right to remain silent and all that crap? That they didn’t even bother to say the words meant they were after us specifically.

Books, Teaser Tuesdays, YA

Teaser Tuesdays: The Storyspinner

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

—> Now on to the main event!

The Storyspinner (The Keepers’ Chronicles, #1) by Becky Wallace

Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: March 3rd, 2015
ISBN# 9781481405652
Page: 15

 

Jacare slid the glass across the scroll Amelia had been writing on. It smeared the fresh ink and clinked against a jar of sand before coming to a stop.

“Explain this,” he commanded.

Books, Waiting On Wednesday, YA

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: An Ember in the Ashes

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Hardcover, 464 pages
Publication Date: Apr. 28th, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
ISBN: 9781595148032
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

 I WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING I TELL EVERY SLAVE.

THE RESISTANCE HAS TRIED TO PENETRATE THIS SCHOOL COUNTLESS TIMES. I HAVE DISCOVERED IT EVERY TIME.

IF YOU ARE WORKING WITH THE RESISTANCE, IF YOU CONTACT THEM, IF YOU THINK OF CONTACTING THEM, I WILL KNOW

AND I WILL DESTROY YOU.

Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

This blurb comes from the hardcover edition of the book on Goodreads. Here’s the one for the Kindle edition:

Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Either way, I’m so in on this book! I’ve heard so many great things from people who have gotten advanced copies, and every part of the premise peeks my interest. I LOVE that the main female character is a Scholar instead of a warrior (not that I don’t like female warrior characters — I love them) but I feel like every other book lately is about a female who is strong physically and I am really curious to see if the author will show her as someone who is strong without being the most physically fit of them all. I’d like to see her hold her own in other arenas. But regardless, I can’t wait to check it out!

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What are you waiting for this week?

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Books, Waiting On Wednesday, YA

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: The Wrong Side of Right

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication Date: Mar. 17th, 2015
Publisher: Dial Books
ISBN: 9780803740570
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

 

Fans of Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick will enjoy this smart debut young adult novel, equal parts My Life Next Door and The Princess Diaries—plus a dash of Aaron Sorkin.

Kate Quinn’s mom died last year, leaving Kate parentless and reeling. So when the unexpected shows up in her living room, Kate must confront another reality she never thought possible—or thought of at all. Kate does have a father. He’s a powerful politician. And he’s running for U.S. President. Suddenly, Kate’s moving in with a family she never knew she had, joining a campaign in support of a man she hardly knows, and falling for a rebellious boy who may not have the purest motives. This is Kate’s new life. But who is Kate? When what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign’s talking points, she must decide. Does she turn to the family she barely knows, the boy she knows but doesn’t necessarily trust, or face a third, even scarier option?

Set against a backdrop of politics, family, and first love, this is a story of personal responsibility, complicated romance, and trying to discover who you are even as everyone tells you who you should be.

There is so much about this book that intrigues me. First is the whole concept, it’s definitely one that’s new, and appealing. Second, it’s teens and politics. I think this sounds like a great story that will (hopefully) get a new generation interested in civic involvement, or at the very least, talking about their own ideas and where they stand on the issues that it seems might get discussed in this book. I like that Kate seems to have her own opinions and ideas that might not track with her new family, and I’m really curious to see how she handles that. Add a dash of romance, and I’m sure I’ll be hooked. I can’t wait to check it out!

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What are you waiting for this week?

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Books, Children's Literature, Harry Potter Moment of the Week, Movies, YA

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #23

HPMOTW (2)

This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: Best joke from the series

I’ve got a short one for you this week! There are so many moments that are amusing, or make me laugh throughout the series, and I don’t think I could possibly remember them all. So this might not be the “best” joke of the series, but this one from the Order of the Phoenix makes me laugh, every time.

fred and george humor

Hehe, it’s just fun. I love the sarcasm and humor of all the Weasley’s but, really, if it has Fred and George, it’s bound to be funny. And because I can never have just one moment, here’s a link to more funny moments from the Weasley twins. I dare you not to laugh!

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what you think the funniest joke was in the comments below!

50 Day Movie Challenge, Movies

50 Day Movie Challenge: Day 15

My 50 Day Movie Challenge!

For those just tuning in, while browsing the internet, I’ve come across posts from other bloggers doing 20, or 30 day challenges all about movies, so I decided to mash up a bunch of those questions and came up with 50 that I’m going to attempt to answer consecutively over the next month and a half (or so). If you’d like to try and do it too, feel free! I’ll post all the questions as I go along, and I hope you enjoy my answers!

Day 15: What’s the first movie you saw in theaters?

Little Mermaid PosterSo, this question prompted quite the discussion between me, my parents, and my older sister, because to be perfectly honest, I’m not entirely sure what the first movie I saw in theaters was. I’m to the point of old where all those early memories are either completely gone, or just blurry suppositions or based on stories my parents have repeated to me, rather than on what my memory can conjure on it’s own. Therefore, to answer this question I’m taking a bit of an educated guess. Since I was born in 1984 (yup, I just recently hit the big 3-0), and I’m a girl, I’m pretty sure the first movie my parents would have taken me to was The Little Mermaid. That would have made me around 5 when this first came out, and a great age to be able to sit through a film.

I thought it was pretty funny when I questioned my parents on this subject. Neither one could remember what movie it might have been. And the first thing both of them told me (during 2 separate conversations) was that I should check with my older sister, as they probably took both of us to the same movie together. Which makes sense, since we’re only a little more than a year apart in age.

sebastianAs for the film itself, it’s a great movie for kids, one of Disney’s finest, I think. It was also the film that I think kind of kicked off the Disney renaissance, with all those major hits (this was the first of them). The songs, the animations. It’s wonderful. Sebastian the Crab is probably my favorite character. He’s so fantastically expressive and loud, and I love him. Plus, lets face it, he had all the best songs.

Well, that’s it! Day 15, Complete!

 

Books, Waiting On Wednesday, YA

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: The Conspiracy of US

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


 

The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

Hardcover, 432 pages
Publication Date: Jan. 13th 2015
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
ISBN: 9780399166501
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

 A fast-paced international escapade, laced with adrenaline, glamour, and romance–perfect for fans of Ally Carter.

Avery West’s newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.

To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle—beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family–but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she’s falling in love with.

 

 What excites me about this title is the combo of mysterious secret society + world travel. Two things which I think go very well together, and let’s face it, I call myself the Roaming Librarian, and it’s not because I like to stay in one place. lol! But yeah, I love books that take people to new and different places, and this sounds like it does exactly that. Add in the part where it says it’s perfect for Ally Carter fans, and you’ve almost guaranteed that I’m going to like it!

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What are you waiting for this week?

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Books, Teaser Tuesdays, YA

Teaser Tuesdays: Burn for Me and The Young Elites

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB of the Should Be Reading blog. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Remember to include the title & author, too, so that your followers and any Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their reading lists if your tease has captured their attention!

—> Now on to the main event!

Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy, #1) by Ilona Andrews

Mass Market Paperback, 382 pages
Publisher:  Avon Books
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
ISBN# 9780062289230
Page: 26

“Penelope, I’m seventy-two years old. You let me enjoy my fantasy.”

“Go Grandma.” Arabella pumped her fist in the air.

 

 

 

 

The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1) by Marie Lu

Hardcover, 355 pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
ISBN# 9780399167836
Page: 34

My arm shackles break. Immediately I collapse, too weak to hold myself up, but the boy catches me and lifts me effortlessly into his arms. I tense, half expecting him to sear my skin. He smells like smoke, and heat emanates from every inch of his body.

 

Books, Children's Literature, Harry Potter Moment of the Week, YA

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #14

HPMOTW (2)

This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: Which Weasley character would you be?

Ooooh, now this requires some serious contemplation… Not only must I consider which of these delightful characters am I actually most like, but also which one I would most want to be.

ginny reductoTo start, I suppose I should start with the wanting… I think I would most want to be Ginny. She’s an incredibly powerful young witch, right from the start, and, let’s face it, she’s the one who ultimately captures the heart of Harry Potter. Who wouldn’t want to be her? She’s well-loved by her family and winds up with a pretty good life. She’s an athlete, which I’m definitely not, so I think it would be cool to be good at a wizarding sport like Quidditch.  Plus, I’m a girl, and I don’t really have any desire to be a man, so that knocks out the majority of this family, lol!

Now, when I think more seriously, who would I be… I think about myself as my personality actually exists. There are definitely parts of me that are like Percy and Bill, who are both scholastic achievers, and both become Head Boy as well, so there’s a definite rule-following going on. That was so me in high school. A stickler for the rules. I’d also like to think I have a bit in common with the twins, Ron, Charlie, and Ginny as well. But when push comes to shove, I think the Weasley I would be is Molly.Molly Weasley

Molly’s love for her family is absolute. She’s strong, a disciplinarian, and also a rule-follower. But, even better, she is the one who makes the rules for her family. I love how in charge she is. When we really get to see her in Chamber of Secrets, she’s definitely a little on the stern side, but also has such a warm and welcoming home. She adopts Harry as one of her brood immediately and with no reservations. She just cares. This may be the trait I love most about her.

She’s also got quite a bit of pride in her loved ones, like me. Her children’s achievements are her own, so when they do well in school, she feels it is an extension of her own parenting skills; like confirmation that she’s done a good job in raising them. I don’t have kids, yet. But I feel the same way when my family accomplish something great.

She’s not perfect, though. She has a hard time letting go, especially when Fred and George clearly want a different path for themselves than what she wants for them, but I like how she comes around eventually. And when push comes to shove, she will defend her kids to the bitter end. The battle between her and Bellatrix at the end of Deathly Hallows may be one of the most magnificent of the entire series.

He changed course, running  at Bellatrix rather than Voldemort, but before he had gone a few steps he was knocked sideways.

“NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!”

Mrs. Weasley threw off her cloak as she ran, freeing her arms. Bellatrix spun on the spot, roaring with laughter at the sight of her new challenger. — pg 736

Molly not my daughter

I think throughout the series people dismiss Molly because she is always the worrier; constantly looking to protect her children from harm. She yells at Ron for stealing the flying car. She gets angry at Hermione when she believes Rita Skeeter’s article about Hermione’s relationship with Harry during the Triwizard Tournament. She doesn’t want them to be a part of the Order of the Phoenix, she doesn’t want them involved in the battles, and it’s easy to criticize her for those reactions. But she’s a mom. That’s her first instinct, to protect them from pain. It doesn’t mean she’s not an incredibly strong witch.

“OUT OF MY WAY!” shouted Mrs. Weasley to the three girls, and with a swipe of her wand she began to duel. Harry watched with terror and elation as Molly Weasley’s wand slashed and twirled, and Bellatrix Lestrange’s smile faltered and became a snarl. Jets of light flew from both wands, the floor around the witches’ feet became hot and cracked; both women were fighting to kill.

“No!” Mrs. Weasley cried as a few students ran forward, trying to come to her aid. “Get back! Get back! She is mine!” — pg 736, cont’d.

This is no shrinking violet. Molly is a powerful woman, a powerful witch, and just because she doesn’t normally show off her skills doesn’t mean she doesn’t possess them. She is a lioness protecting her cubs, and she’s got a wicked bite.

“You — will — never — touch — our — children — again!” screamed Mrs. Weasley.

Bellatrix laughed, the same exhilarated laugh her cousin Sirius had given as he toppled through the veil, and suddenly Harry knew what was going to happen before it did.

Molly’s curse soared beneath Bellatrix’s outstretched arm and hit her squarely in the chest, directly over her heart. — pg 736, cont’d.

Molly fights Bellatrix 1

Molly fights Bellatrix 2

This scene gave me goosebumps when I read it, and chills when I saw it. In this moment, everyone in my theater broke out in cheers and applause. This is how I would protect my family. This is why I would most likely be Molly, of all the Weasleys.

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on which Weasley you would be in the comments below!