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Bloody Bookaholic's Commandment:

Thou Shall Read Till Thy Eyes Bleed

Friday 31 July 2009

What the *BLEEP* is a Pooka?

*For More Information Click the Picture

Yesterday I was at a chat room talking with some fellow bloggers, and some Tenners -authors that come out in 2010. And Karen, a Tenner, author of OTHER, starting talking about Pookas., and everybody was like, what the *BLEEP* is a Pooka?

Well a Pooka is, in a nutshell, a shapeshifting spirit of the faerie family from Wales or Ireland. Most commonly, they appear in the form of a shaggy black horse with sulfurous yellow eyes.

So this is an addition to your guys dictionary, and hopefully, to your TBR pile.

As I said Karen is the author of the upcoming YA novel OTHER. So Here is a summary...

I can’t last much longer. It’s been one week, three days, and I forget how many hours.

My belly cramps, and I curl on my bed, staring out at the stars. A delicious breeze glides through my window and cools my sweaty forehead. The air smells of summer–mowed grass, recent rain, lingering barbecue–and tempts me more than I want to admit. Shards of moonlight and shadow shift on the wall. I clench my teeth and toes and try to ride out the pain. My bedroom drifts counterclockwise, and I shut my eyes.

It can’t be good for me, not shapeshifting.

Seventeen-year-old Gwen hides a dangerous secret: she’s Other. Half-pooka, to be exact, thanks to the father she never met. Most Americans don’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for Others, especially not the small-town folks of Klikamuks, Washington. As if this isn’t bad enough, Gwen’s on the brink of revealing her true identity to her long-time boyfriend, Zack, but she’s scared he’ll lump her with the likes of bloodthirsty vampires and feral werewolves.

When a pack of werewolves chooses the national forest behind Gwen’s home as their new territory, the tensions in Klikamuks escalate-into murder. It soon becomes clear a serial killer is methodically slaying Others. The police turn a blind eye, leaving Gwen to find the killer before the killer finds her. As she hunts for clues, she uncovers more Others living nearby than she ever expected. Like Tavian, a sexy Japanese fox-spirit who rivals Zack and challenges her to embrace her Otherness. Gwen must struggle with her own conflicted identity, learn who she can trust, and-most importantly-stay alive.

There is no cover to speak of, but whenever one appears I shall post it ^^

For more information of OTHER or Karen Kincy click here.

Thursday 30 July 2009

Review: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

Title: The Sweet Far Thing
Series: The Gemma Doyle Trilogy
Book #: 3rd
Author: Libba Bray
Pages: 819
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Tags: Fantasy, mystery
Recommended to: Historical Fiction Fans

"The past is behind us, we must accept it, and face the future."

It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father alaudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the realms, where dark magic runs wild. Despite certain peril, Gemma has bound the magic to herself and forged unlikely new alliances. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test these bonds.

The Order—the mysterious group her mother was once part of—is grappling for control of the realms, as is the Rakshana. Spence's burned East Wing is being rebuilt, but why now? Gemma and her friends see Pippa, but she is not the same. And their friendship faces its gravest trial as Gemma must decide once and for all what role she is meant for.

Taschima's POV:

I read 'A Great and Terrible Beauty' and thought of it as an ok read. Then I read 'Rebel Angels' and thought it was great. But I have read 'The Sweet Far Thing', and I got to say, this is my favorite out of the three.

Wow... wow... Omg.

This book had the same mystery base. But there was also much more romance, which is a big woot in my opinion.

The characters! uh! They grew so much! Starting with Gemma and ending with ANN! yes ANN! The girl I rather dreaded grew out of her seed, and became a flower. Gemma surprised me at various corners of the story, there's a particular part of the book that left me open mouthed, and I loved it. Not to give it away, but its a part involving her brother, Tom. Gemma also gets to explore her dark corners, face her fears, and get to know herself deeply. She is a flawed character, and i love her for it.

Felicity in this book is full of surprises, but she still is the independent, hating-corsages-and-rules girl that I adore. And Kartik, omg Kartik. There is something I would love to quote here, it says:

"I press our palms together. Our fingers tingle where they touch. His eyelids flicker and then they open wide in understanding of the magical gift I've given him.

Reluctantly, I take my hand away. "You can do anything."

"Anything," he repeats. "Well, then."

He closes the small distance between us and puts his lips against mine...

"But...you could have whatever you wished."


That right there captured my heart. He is simple and loving, yet mysterious and determined.

Now, the ending. I, as many people, do not love the ending. I feel like they should have named the book 'The Sad Near Thing' instead. It is heart-breaking. I almost cried! Why? haha I won't tell you. I wish it would have ended another way, but that is what we get, and I guess we'll have to deal. Another thing is, it's a very open ending. It leaves possibility for a fourth book. May Libba surprise us with another amazing book? I surely hope so!

I do not want to give too much away, so I'll stop here...

3 books full of charm, mystery, magic, and awful corsets, Libba Bray managed to create a balance between fantasy and life in the 19th century that I would love to be part of. So stop wondering, and create a portal of your own into the world of Gemma Doyle.

Wednesday 29 July 2009

Welcome to the Spotlight

I have had a couple of interviews with published authors, debut authors, and even characters of a book, but I have never had an interview with an aspiring author.

So I searched and found -a couple of weeks, ok a month ago- my perfect candidate. She, yes it's a she, is spectacular. She is funny, and also a fellow blogger. She reviews, interviews, and creates some wicked posts that leave you laughing out loud.

But most important, she is an aspiring author.

*Enter stage right* Steph Bowe, from Hey! Teenager of the Year.

When did you start your blog?

I started Hey, Teenager of the Year in March of 2009. I suggest you go there and find out how very nice it is (it's very, very nice).

So Steph, you are an aspiring YA author, what made you want to stick that pen into the ink?

It's just something I've always done. I really enjoy it, and it's something I'm always motivated to do. I think exactly why it's writing and not tap dancing will always remain a mystery.

What inspired you to write?

I'm not sure what inspired me to begin writing, it's just something I've always done. But on a day-to-day basis, writing isn't something I necessarily need to be inspired to do, it's just a habit I've gotten into. I'm still undecided as to whether it's a good habit or a bad habit.

When did your passion for literature began?

I think it started with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. It was all uphill from there.

What is your current story about?

I can't tell you. It's a matter of national security (or, you know, it's so bad I can't talk about it or else I'll realise how very bad it really is and be unable to go on).

How many stories have you written? What are they called?

I've written a lot of stories. They were mostly really bad, particularly the ones I wrote prior to about ten minutes ago. I did a whole list of my stories on my blog - mostly failures - which you can check out here.

Do you currently have an agent and/or publisher?

No. But I'm working very hard towards that.

Any extra activities?

Blogging, reading, writing, school is pretty much it. I don't have a whole lot of spare time outside of that, though I do enjoy photography and, occasionally, cooking.

Favorite Books & Authors

Town by James Roy
Notes From The Teenage Underground & Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell
Loathing Lola by William Kostakis
The Undine Trilogy by Penni Russon
Pink by Lili Wilkinson
How To Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
Kill The Possum by James Moloney
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Looking For Alaska by John Green

Steph is a blast to talk with. And again her posts are original and hilarious, most of them. I am sure she will do great in the future to come. Now if you want to know more about Steph click here.

Please visit her blog, and read her stories, it will be worth your time.

Now out of the interview world, and into the book world. Today I found out, from various Bloggers but mainly from Shayla from The Book Explorer, that the first chapter of Blood Promise is out and about!!!

If you want to read it click here, or on the top of the page along side with the excerpt from The Van Alen Legacy.

Again thanks for following, and keep spreading the blogger love.

Tuesday 28 July 2009

Wishing on Wednesday (On Wednesday!)

I have become a rather responsible girl. Although I haven't done my AP Literature homework, ugh. But other than that, I posted my Teaser of Tuesday, on Tuesday *cheers*, and now I'm posting Wishing on Wednesday, on Wednesday! Its a marvelous thing.

My Wishing on Wednesday is going to be...

Tempted by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast!


So…you’d think after banishing an immortal being and a fallen High Priestess, saving Stark’s life, biting Heath, getting a headache from Erik, and almost dying, Zoey Redbird would catch a break. Sadly, a break is not in the House of Night school forecast for the High Priestess in training and her gang. Juggling three guys is anything but a stress reliever, especially when one of them is a sexy Warrior who is so into protecting Zoey that he can sense her emotions.

Speaking of stress, the dark force lurking in the tunnels under the Tulsa Depot is spreading, and Zoey is beginning to believe Stevie Rae could be responsible for a lot more than a group of misfit red fledglings. Aphrodite’s visions warn Zoey to stay away from Kalona and his dark allure, but they also show that it is Zoey who has the power to stop the evil immortal.

Soon it becomes obvious that Zoey has no choice: if she doesn’t go to Kalona he will exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her. Will Zoey have the courage to chance losing her life, her heart, and her soul?

Find out in the next spectacular installment in the House of Night Series, Tempted.

-Coming out October 27, 2009.

I was a little disappointed with the last book, Hunted, but, It is The House of Night, so I am keeping my fingers crossed it will bounce back to its former glory. If you want to read my review for Hunted click here.

Ok now, The House of Night covers have always been very eye catching, but I think this is my fave of them all. Or, second fave, I don't know. Its because of the characters, someone else besides Zoey on the cover. Also the darkness of the cover goes with the book. The background now I don't get, but oh well, guess Ill have to read the book for that one.

I will be posting my review for The Sweet Far Thing, not today, but Thursday. And I will post an interview I had recently very soon. And this one ain't like the other ones. Intrigued?

Stay Tuned.

Teaser Tuesday (On Tuesday!)

Hello to everybody! Its a lovely morning, and you want to know why is it so lovely? I didn't go to work! I'm doing this rebellious thing, where you get up whenever you want to and do whatever you want to, on a summer day. So I'm probably going to buy some clothes later cause they opened a Forever 21 yesterday at the mall! And after well, we'll see...

My teaser for the day is from 'The Sweet Far Thing' by Libba Bray

"I push through the door, and Kartik takes in the sight of me--face flushed, hair a ruin. "Gemma? What has happened?"
"Your dreaming," I say, and his eyelids flutter under my persuasion. When he opens his eyes again, he is in that twilight land between waking and sleep.
"Why didn't you come to see me?" I ask.
His voice is faraway. "I'm a danger to you."
"Well, I am tired of the safe. Kiss me," I say. I take a step forward. "Please."
He is across the floor in two strides, and the force of his kiss steals my breath. His hands are in my hair, my head bent back, his lips on my throat, everywhere at once.
Pg. 285

And that's all you are getting for today. It is a rather hot scene ain't it? I'm at page 419 right now, will finish soon enough. Today Ill read another 200 pages, and then there will only be 200 left to go. Agh! I'm loving this book!

Monday 27 July 2009

A Rarely Geeky Interview

I recently won a copy of Wings by Aprilynne Pike, and much to my amusement, and delight, it is autographed! It seems like my luck is finally turning around! I won it from Bree Despain's blog, for her '25 random facts about me' post. I was in shock. I never win anything, so this was amazing. Naturally I started jumping up and down via Internet, and Bree just started laughing-keep in mind this is everything via Internet, imagination guys.

A little inf about Bree's book...

A prodigal son

A dangerous love

A deadly secret . . .

I stood back and watched his movements. Daniel had that way about him that could shut me down in an instant. . . . I kicked the gravel a couple of times and worked up my courage again. “Tell me . . . I mean . . . why did you come back? Why now, after all this time?”
Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.

As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.

Coming out December 22, 2009.

Anyways, we got to talking, and I found out that Bree is a Buffy fan! I am also a Buffy fan, so we started discussing about the Buffy world, and this is what turned out...

BEWARE: This is kind of a geeky interview.

Taschima: Have u read Buffy season 8? What do you think about it?

Bree Despain: Oh, yes, I have started reading season 8 but kind of petered off after the 8th or 9th issue. Maybe its the having to wait so long between issues, or where the story is going, but I haven't been very exited with it. Then again, I felt the same way with the first 3/4 of season 6, and I would have been very disappointed if I did not finish it out and have season 7 as well.

Taschima: And I just didn't like where the story was going, that is without saying that Spike wasn't on the comic, I mean Buffy without Spike? Nah ah. I loove Spike!

Which do you prefer Spike or Angel?

Personally I like my bad boy ;)

Bree Despain: I do like Angel, but I am a Spike girl all the way! I was so hoping he would be in the Buffy comic . . .

Actually, I kind of always had Spike (with a soul) in the back of mind as I was writing Daniel in THE DARK DIVINE. I just love me a bad boy who needs to be redeemed. I'd say Daniel is actually a good mix between Angel and Spike, with a few other guys from my life mixed in.

You might disagree with me, but I've always secretly wanted Buffy and Xander to ultimately end up together. He's the one guy in her life that has always been there for her. And I'm a total sucker for the "falling in love with your best friend" plot line.

I haven't read a Buffy comic in a while, but I think I will have to pick it up again just so I can see where it all ends.

Taschima: Well i stopped buying them all together lol I didn't have money so, it was sad.

And now I want to read your book even mooore! Knowing that little fact about your male character "Daniel". Who doesn't love a bad boy?

I also love the falling-for-ur-best-friend plot, but never imagined Buffy and Xander together, I could sort of imagine Willow and Xander, but when she self proclaimed herself lesbian a light went up in my head and that's when it all made sense! Best partner for Xander is Anya, and Willow should have stayed with... am... whats her name...

Bree Despain: Tara?

Oh, but I did love Oz a ton. I was so so sad when he left the show! I was mad at Willow for weeks for letting him go for Tara.

After this we kind of ate cookies in the form of Spike ^^

If you want a sneak peek at The Dark Divine then just click here. And for more Bree fun go to her main website

Sunday 26 July 2009

What day is today...

Oh right, Sunday, nothing happens on Sunday. Its the day of the sun, but no one worships the sun, except for George Carlin, but he's dead so, who worships the sun? I think I am going to start, but then again, that will go against my Atheist beliefs of not believing, that is rather a paradox. Lol rambling much?

Anyways for it being SUNday, and basically this is a book blog, I will post something from one of my two current reads.

Sun of God

"I've begun worshipping the sun for a number of reasons. First of all, unlike some other gods I could mention, I can see the sun. It's there for me every day. And the things it brings me are quite apparent all the time: heat, light, food, a lovely day. There's no mystery, no one asks for money. I don't have to dress up, and there's no boring pageantry. And interestingly enough, I have found that the prayers I offer to the sun and the prayers I formerly offered to "God" are all answered at about the same 50-percent rate."

-Brain Droppings by George Carlin, Pg. 20

On another topic I bought a book last Friday at *gasp* Borders *ends gasp*. I actually bought two, bur one was for me mom's, Breaking Dawn in spanish, she is in love with the series... Let her be.
But I got for me self "The Sweet Far Thing" by Libba Bray!!!!!!!!!! I am sooo excited, and already have read 200 pages- the book has 800+ pages.

Little Summary:

It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father alaudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the realms, where dark magic runs wild. Despite certain peril, Gemma has bound the magic to herself and forged unlikely new alliances. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test these bonds.

The Order—the mysterious group her mother was once part of—is grappling for control of the realms, as is the Rakshana. Spence's burned East Wing is being rebuilt, but why now? Gemma and her friends see Pippa, but she is not the same. And their friendship faces its gravest trial as Gemma must decide once and for all what role she is meant for.

So naturally I'm eating the pages away like if they were chocolate. It's the only SANE thing to do. I actually went to the beach today... and read. I didn't even touch the water, I don't think I even gave it a seconds thought. I know, I need help, but I don't want any help! Let me be a Bookaholic in peace ;]

PS; I do not want for anyone to basically feel uncomfortable because of my lack of religious beliefs. I do not care if you are Buddhist, Christian, or anything else. And this is a bookblog, not a religious blog, so I see no mind in getting uncomfortable for the quote from the book, or my personal statement.

Thursday 23 July 2009

Review: Blue Moon by Alison Noel

Title: Blue Moon
Series: The Immortals
Book #: 2nd
Author: Alison Noel
Pages: 304
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Tags: Fantasy, Romance
Recommended to: Evermore Fans.
Rating: .5

What if love could last forever?

Just as Ever is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an immortal, initiated into the dark, seductive world by her beloved Damen, something terrible is happening to him. As Ever’s powers are increasing, Damen’s are fading—stricken by a mysterious illness that threatens his memory, his identity, his life.

Desperate to save him, Ever travels to the mystical dimension of Summerland, uncovering not only the secrets of Damen’s past—the brutal, tortured history he hoped to keep hidden—but also an ancient text revealing the workings of time. With the approaching blue moon heralding her only window for travel, Ever is forced to decide between turning back the clock and saving her family from the accident that claimed them—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows weaker each day...

Taschima's POV:


I enjoyed this book, but not as much as the first one.

The story moves along quite well, it is very well paced. We have a number of problems in this novel, but the author always keeps you on the main one, while connecting all the problems at the end, then giving you a big fat smile on your face.

The characters, well, I guess they were kind of the same as in the first book. Damen, is Damen, and we don't get to see a lot of him, so that explains the non character development. Her friends keep being the same, but they aren't that important -still can't stomach Haven. Ever now, she grew, she didn't fall for some things so easily, while she fell totally on her face for others. All in all I like her, and think in the third book she will only get even better.

The story was full of twists, and it kept you guessing. Friends seem to be enemies, enemies seemed to be friends.

The end had a twist which I appreciated, like a lot. It makes you want to keep reading and just at that point.. the end. DAMN! Give me the next book already!

PS; This is a special announcement. I received some goodies from Jessica Verday, author of The Hollow, and I decided to give some away to whoever wins Meridian! So now you will win Meridian plus extra goodies!! So, keep entering the contest!

Wednesday 22 July 2009

Special/Emergency Review

Name: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Author: J.K. Rowling (bow down mere mortals)
Book Rating:
Movie Rating:

A little summary before I begin...

The war against Voldemort is not going well; even the Muggles have been affected. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses. And yet . . . As with all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Harry receives some extraordinary help in Potions from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince. And with Dumbledore's guidance, he seeks out the full, complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort -- and thus finds what may be his only vulnerability.


Well, well, well, yet another HP movie, and I gotta say... I don't hate it.

Long ago I gave up on this idea that the movie would or should be completely like the book. I mean if it were, well, we would have to sit down and watch a 6 hour movie- i would be completely fine with this, but the non fans would not be happy. So I cope, and I move on, and I try to rate the movie for it being a well made movie, with kick ass effects, and that has the MAIN story all right, also that it doesn't seem hurried along, or plain WTF.

So saying this I think this is one of the best HP movies to have come out, besides the first two ones, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets, because lets face it, those books are the shortest and with less information of all 7, so they made quite decent movies out of them.

This movie had the MAIN idea quite well, although, am, I had trouble looking for Sirius will, and parts of the trailers, or was it just my over reactive imagination? I think not. I guess if Sirius is dead, why give it another thought? Ugh, I hate it when they cut out those little but important details, like on the third movie, Prisoner of Azkaban, that they cut all HP's parents and Snape's past, with a LOT of more things. I HATED that movie.

Effects, now that was AMAZING. Like come one, it was, you cannot say it wasn't. The way they visited Dumbledore's memories? That was KICK ASS. And Fred and George's shop, LOL. Not to mention the cave were the horrocrux was found, perfection.

The movie did not seem like they were running out of time, *cough* like the third one *ends cough* I have a problem with the third movie, and its sad cause that IS my fav book. This one however ran smoothly, with no rush.

The dark theme helped too, this one had the very dark vibe, the things-are-very-bad vibe. It was so fitting. And in the end, how they show the tables with no children laughing and having fun, it clearly marks the end of their childhood, and the beginning of new things, for better or worse. But I did not like the end because that wasn't how it was suppose to end, it was an ok ending.

I gave it 4 hearts for the mere fact that while I may cope with the total rape of the book, I do not support it. And they cut a lot of scenes, and even changed things-Harry's and Ginny's kiss? please I wish they would have left that alone, but for that they needed to put other stuff that they cut/changed... and blah blah.

Overall, I am going to watch it again, and again, and maybe a fourth time. Ok I confess I am planning to watch it 6 times, it's the 6th movie! SUE ME!

Ps; Ron was HOT, but I still love me Harry.

New Award!

Wow, 3 posts in a day...

*check and comment!

I almost forgot to post this, so sorry Kristen. I was nominated, by BookWorming in the 21st century, for The Heartfelt award!

Do you reach for a cup of cocoa or tea when your relaxing, seeking comfort, sharing a plate of cookies with family and friends? You know the feeling you get when you drink a yummy cup of cocoa, tea, or a hot toddy? That is what the Heartfelt Award is all about, feeling warm inside.

Put the logo on your blog/post.
Nominate up to to 9 blogs which make you feel comfy or warm inside.
Be sure to link your nominees within your post.
Let them know that they have been nominated by commenting on their blog.
Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award.

Ugh so much rules! But you know what they say, rules are meant to be broken!

Here are the blogs that I'm nominating:

1. Briana from The Book Pixie-and her second blog, with lovely pics, From Briana's Point of View
2. Shayla from The Book Explorer
3. The 3 Musketeers at B.A.M. Book Reviews
4. Lori at Pure Imagination
6. Eli from Tainted Poet
7. The Penguin at Pirate Penguin's Reads
8. Rachel at The Book Wars
9. Zombie Girrrl at Crackin' Spines & Takin Names

I was also nominated by The Book Explorer for the Lemonade award, thank you Shayla! But since I already nominated for that one, I won't repeat.

Keep spreading the love!

Wishing on Wednesday

I found a book yesterday which seems very good! It's from Melissa De La Cruz, you know that big shot author who created the Blue Bloods world? Yeah, now she is back, and with new goodies...

I think this book is a two in one deal, On the very end of the image it says:

"The fan favorite, Angels on Sunset Boulevard, and it's stunning conclusion, in one book!"

So you see why I'm believing this two in one fantasy.

Here is a little summary of Angels on Sunset Boulevard:

Pay to get in,
Pray to get out.

Johnny Silver is the world’s soon-to-be biggest rock star, but on the eve of his debut concert in Los Angeles, he mysteriously disappears, causing global pandemonium. His friend Taj tries to discover the truth about his disappearance, which leads her to TAP.com and its shadowy founder, Sutton Werner, who throws the wildest parties in Bel-Air.

TAP started out innocently enough, as a website that dishes the dirt on the kids of Sunset Boulevard and beyond. But it has become something more. Membership is a privilege with responsibilities and consequences.

At Sutton’s parties, anything goes, especially in the legendary backroom rituals nicknamed The Angels Practice. Rumors abound of a special drink handed out at the parties that tap into otherworldly sensations.

One night Taj meets Nick, a Westside preppie who doesn’t buy into the TAP mayhem, especially since his kid sister never came home from attending one of its blow-out bashes. Slowly the two of them are drawn to TAP and to each other. But Taj just might know more than she’s letting on....

Are you ready for the darker side of Tinsel-town’s brightest lights?


I liked The Blue Bloods series by this author, so why not check some more of her work? I will give it a shot. Besides, how cool is that cover? The eyes!! Shows some similarities to her other covers too.

Want more information about Melissa's books? Click here.

New Tunes (check it out)

You hear that? Yeap, new music. I was changing the music yesterday, erasing old one, putting new one. Although I did not erase Across the Universe, I mean, I'm in love with that movie/album. But I did add some goodies...

Some of the new tunes are:

1. Breathe by Anna Nalick

2. Feel This by Bethany Joy Galeotti

3. I'm Yours by Jason Mraz (I love him)

4. Lucky by said love (Jason Mraz)

5. Fuzzy Blue Lights by Owl City

6. Hey There Delilah by Plain White T's

7. Only Hope by Mandy Moore

and finally,

8. I Wanna Be With You by Mandy Moore

If you desire the name of old ones, that I didn't erase, here you go:

9. Life in Mono by Mono

10. Strawberry Fields by Jim Sturgess & Joe Anderson

11. Because by Jim Sturgess

12. Something by Jim Sturgess

13. Tears and rain by James Blunt

14. Blackbird by Evan Rachel Wood

15. Across the Universe by Jim Sturgess

If you wish for me to add a favorite of your's just leave the name on a comment and I'll listen to it. If it is Bloody Bookaholic material ill put it right up with the others. I want to incorporate you guys to the blog, and why not putting your favs on the site? The music is for you guys to love ^^

Tuesday 21 July 2009

Teaser Tuesday (On Tuesday!)

Yet again I have done it. I am turning into something... The responsible monster has caught up with me. Dang, I need to get away!

Blue Moon by Alison Noel

" I don't hate history," I say...
"Really?" Roman raises his brows and leans toward me. "All that delving into the past, exploring all those long ago places and dates, examining the lives of people who lived centuries before and bear absolutely no relevance now- that doesn't bother you? or bore you to death?
Only when those people, places, and dates involve my boyfriend and his six hundred years of carousing!"
Pg. 23-24

Hahaha poor Ever. But I think sooner or later she'll HAVE to get over it. Like really girl, the past is the past, just get over it and move on. But in not there yet on the story. I'm just speculating. In concerns with history, Ive got to say I adore that class. I just imagine it's a story like any other I read, and submerge myself. It helps, but still couldn't do much with US history, that was just plain boring.

Do you like history?

Monday 20 July 2009

SSHH- It's A Take Over

It’s finally here,

Mandi’s all packed and I have seen the tail lights going down the drive - (Evil Grin…)

After plotting and planning for weeks – my friend and I are very excited, even the nasty beasties can feel the buzz in the air.

So lets get down to brass tack.

Monday – Let the Music Play – Megan Hart

Tuesday – Man Oh Man – LB Gregg

Wednesday – Whose The Man On Your Cover – Jimmy Thomas

Thursday – You just have to wait and see

Friday - Still trying to get this author past them beasties

Saturday – 24hrs Smash and Grab,

Some further info for you.

Each days there will be a contest attached to the post.
The contest is open to everyone and the only requirement for entry is answering the question that will be posted daily. No comment no entry.
Each day’s contest closes at Midnight – Please use the clock on the blog to check the time. (A comment will be posted to say further entries will not be accepted.)
The randomiser will be used to choose the winners.
All winners will be posted on side bar.
If you do not have a blog, you are still welcome to enter – however please ensure you leave a working email address.
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I want to thank you all for taking the plunge and posting the banner on your side bars – Please up date your link to this post as soon as you can.

Once again Thank you.

My friend and I


Exciting much? Head over to Smexy Books blogspot and enter to win! I already entered the first one, eeeks! I hope some of those besties don't catch me while Im visiting!

Sunday 19 July 2009

Contest Reminder

I am having a contest for a copy of Meridian by Amber Kizer and it would be really awesome for you guys to sign up! Like really, I want it to be a great contest.

Half-human, half-angel, Meridian Sozu has a dark responsibility.

Sixteen-year-old Meridian has been surrounded by death ever since she can remember. As a child, insects, mice, and salamanders would burrow into her bedclothes and die. At her elementary school, she was blamed for a classmate’s tragic accident. And on her sixteenth birthday, a car crashes in front of her family home—and Meridian’s body explodes in pain.

Before she can fully recover, Meridian is told that she’s a danger to her family and hustled off to her great-aunt’s house in Revelation, Colorado. It’s there that she learns that she is a Fenestra—the half-angel, half-human link between the living and the dead. But Meridian and her sworn protector and love, Tens, face great danger from the Aternocti, a band of dark forces who capture vulnerable souls on the brink of death and cause chaos.


And that is it, if you want to sign up and win this fantastic book just click up here on the Win Meridian by Amber Kizer link, or go to my contest corner, or just click here

It would be awesome if a lot more people would sign up, and if you help me spread the word you would be on my awesome list ^^

Thanks for listening rock stars.

Review: The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Title: The Gargoyle
Author: Andrew Davidson
Pages: 357
Reading Level: Adult
Book Rating: 
Goodreads Rating: 3.91
Published: August 5th, 2008
by Anchor

An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time.

On a burn ward, a man lies between living and dying, so disfigured that no one from his past life would even recognize him. His only comfort comes from imagining various inventive ways to end his misery. Then a woman named Marianne Engel walks into his hospital room, a wild-haired, schizophrenic sculptress on the lam from the psych ward upstairs, who insists that she knows him – that she has known him, in fact, for seven hundred years. She remembers vividly when they met, in another hospital ward at a convent in medieval Germany, when she was a nun and he was a wounded mercenary left to die. If he has forgotten this, he is not to worry: she will prove it to him.

And so Marianne Engel begins to tell him their story, carving away his disbelief and slowly drawing him into the orbit and power of a word he'd never uttered: love.

Taschima's POV:

This is one of the best books Ive read. And it is strange, cause it is so different from things I usually read.

Usually I read about vampires, werewolves, and other stuff, in fact I picked this up because I thought it was going to be involved more with the supernatural. But it involves reality more than anything else.

My favorite part of the entire book is the writing. Oh my God, this author can write, and this is a debut novel! It easily captivates you. He throws at you aspects of real life, while giving you little pushes that make you wonder. I think his main character was too personal, like if the author was talking to you about his ideas. His believes, everything, and they are amazing.

And the research which he had to do must have been a lot cause this book goes deeply into the aspects of treating a burning patient, while giving you glimpses to the past.

I loved the characters. They were real. I think if I met the main character in real life, I would not like him. He is a snob. But reading about him, being inside his mind, was a fantastic ride. And don't even get me started on Marianne. You will think she is nuts, and yeah, maybe she is, but she is also incredible.

All in all, fantastic read. All I really got left to say is READ IT NOW!

Friday 17 July 2009

Friday Finds

As I said in another post, I love Waiting on Wednesday. So many people talk about so many amazing books, and plus it helps me with my Friday Finds *evil grin*

Click on the pics for more information

This is kind of a ZOMBIE WEEK! So, where is my Zombie Girrrl!?

I like the cover of 'I kissed a Zombie and I liked it' its funny in its own gross/sweet form. But I reeaally liked the cover of 'Never Slow Dance with a Zombie' the pastry colors are adorable, why do they make zombie covers so cute? I don't get it, make it gross, blood, death, worms, braaaiiinnsss.

I have a confession to make, sometimes I consider reading about the bitchy side of society fun. I watch Gossip Girl and all. I read the first GG book, but first watch the series so didn't get much into it. Anyways The Secret Society is mostly about that, and besides the cover, that's what attracted me to this book.

Now my FAV of this week, Darklight by Lesley Livingston! I just love the story! This book is the second one to Wondrous Strange, a book with should be so up your pile I am surprise at whoever has not read it. It has a captivating story, very creative, and believable/awesome characters. Ive been waiting for this one for a long time, but I guess I can wait a little more. LOVE the cover!

Thursday 16 July 2009

An Authors Whisper Part II

I have been so busy lately. Like I have 3 interviews in the back burner. I will start posting them on Thursdays! When I do have interviews ^^

I had a part 2 interview with Tonya Hurley, author of Ghostgirl & Ghostgirl: Homecoming. If you want to read Part 1 of the interview just click here.

The first interview was all about Tonya's first book Ghostgirl, and some extra questions for fun. This interview however is for Tonya's second novel Ghostgirl: Homecoming. If you wish to read my review for both books just click on the review bottoms on top- I love them, as you shall.

Followers: What is Ghostgirl: Homecoming about Taschima?

Me: Am I hearing voices?

Followers: No...

Me: Oh, ok, well it's about...

Heaven couldn't be a phone bank, could it?

Charlotte Usher discovers that the afterlife isn't quite what she pictured when she's forced to intern at a hotline for troubled teens. Before she can officially cross over, she'll have to be a source of guidance for one such teen. The problem is she doesn't have much advice to offer since dying hasn't exactly boosted her confidence level.

But when Hawthorne High's leading, love-to-hate cheerleader Petula and her gothic little sis' Scarlet find themselves suddenly resting-in-peace in comas, Charlotte's opportunity to save them will prove to be the risk of a lifetime-for all of them.

Me: ... and that's it.

So now go and look for the popcorn, maybe even a tootsie roll, and let's get this show on the road!

Where did you get your idea of heaven? Or is it limbo?

· We all have an idea of what heaven is or isn't, but none of us know for sure. That's what made these stories so much fun to write. I imagined it as a being a lot like life in these books. A place
where there was a still work to be done, on yourself and for others. Kind of the opposite of the rest in peace vision, I guess.

Charlotte seems to go back to square one at the beginning of this book. Is it because she died at 17 that she cannot grow past her inner doubts?
· Well, I think that old habits die hard. There are a lot of levels to a person and it doesn't take much for those old insecurities to creep up and rear their ugly heads.

When I read this book it reminds me a little of The Picture of Dorian Gray, because like Dorian, Charlotte is forever young. And also like Dorian, she may never grow old, nor wiser. Have you read The Picture of Dorian Gray?

· I love Oscar Wilde and it is a great novel. It’s unbelievably flattering to be compared to him! Both books deal with issues of vanity and immortality. One bit difference I think is that Charlotte’s predicament is the result of an accident. Dorian Gray’s was a conscious choice.

Why is the book titled Homecoming?

· It summed up the book for me. Not only does the book end with a high school Homecoming, but Charlotte has one of her own.

Where do you get the ideas for each quote of the book?

· There are certain quotes that I have in mind as I begin writing each book. As the story unfolds, many others suggest themselves. I try to choose ones that have some relevance to the story, but also to me.

Petula impressed me in this book! Will we get to see more of her giving side?

· Stay tuned!

Can you give us a sneak peak at the third book? is it the last?
*waiting impatiently for the gossip*

· The third book is mostly about love. How it can do strange things to you, in good and bad ways. Is it the last? You never know, but I sure hope not!

Me: Aw, No sneak peak =[

Any other projects on your mind?

· I am always working on something. Right now, I'm putting the finishing touches on book three. I am also kicking around some new ideas for ghostgirl and finishing up a screenplay that I’ve been working on since before ghostgirl.

With that Tonya and I concluded our interview having a food fight/war, and eating delicious cake. I personally was not a fan of this book, but every reader have their own style, as every writer does also. I say give it a chance and go with the odds.

If you want to know more about Tonya, or the series, go to her official page.

Now let's conclude with a more random note... I want chinese food!!!!!!!

Wednesday 15 July 2009


When you go and look into your dictionary under the word blasphemy this is what appears...

Yes, you got it fellows, a picture of Hannah Montana, Miley Cirus, or Tinker Bell whatever she calls herself these days.

Followers: Why does she appear under the word blasphemy Taschima?

Me: Why I am glad you asked...

Its because she is going to star in "Wings", a new film based on the best-selling Aprilynne Pike novel by the same name, reports Variety

They could have chosen Emma Watson, Dakota Fanning if you like, but why her!? Why the two personality freak girl? I'm blonde, no I'm dark haired, no now I want you to put me on some robes and call me Gandalf.

Yes, I have a problem with her, mostly I think she don't act and she sings like the anti Christ, but well that's just me. You know I actually think her trying to think, master a thought, it's the cause of global warming. How she wrote a book is beyond me. Least to say that I do not support this. Sure they are going to sell thousands, if not even millions of tickets to the movie, but the only people who are going to see it are Hannah fans, and is the protagonist of Wings by any chance blond? That would make my day, and hers. She won't have to buy another wig!

And not only this, but she is also in the process of filming her next movie, "The Last Song," which is based on a novel that romance author Nicholas Sparks ("The Notebook") wrote as a vehicle for Cyrus.

Someone put me, or her, out of my misery.

PS; I am sorry Hannah fans, but this is my opinion, and its a free country. I didn't post this to upset someone, I posted this because I needed to let it out, and for more people to know about it.

WIshing on Wednesday (On Wednesday!)

I just love all Wishing on Wednesday, or Waiting on Wednesday, or any Wednesday post. You find so many new books! So many great choices. From Zombies, to apples. Yeah really, apples.

And there is yet another reason why i support it, I get all my material for my Friday Finds post!

Its like killing two birds with one rocket launcher. Don't you think?

Fallen by Laurel Kate

Pub date: December 8th, 2009.

It's only when she sees Daniel, a gorgeous fellow student, that Luce feels there's a reason to be here - though she doesn't know what it is. And Daniel's frosty cold demeanor toward her? It's really a protective device that he's used again . . . and again. For Daniel is a fallen angel, doomed to fall in love with the same girl every 17 years . . . and watch her die. And Luce is a fellow immortal, cursed to be reincarnated again and again as a mortal girl who has no idea of who she really is.

I got the information from Michelle's Bookshelf. *shush don't tell her, its our secret* lol kidding.

I am in LOVE with this cover, it's competing with Hush, Hush.

The only thing I don't like is that I'm trying to find information about this book and nada, nothing, zip, zero! If anyone finds any inf, can you please let me know!?

Tuesday 14 July 2009

The Bought


I went to Borders today... I had money on me...

And I wasted all my potential money!!!! Potential cause my aunt was going to give me money, but I used it and bought this books, and also Weeds season 4- i'm so addicted to this series, pun non intended. BTW, to those who watch the series, Where's Conrad?

This are all books Ive been craving for.

Blue Moon, second book of the Immortals series. Since I read Evermore I have wanted to read this one, and sure it wasn't that long ago, still, cravings!

Strange Angels, I have been crying myself to sleep for this book. Cried a few tears in various blogs! I also think I was going to trade with Bri for this book (sorry girl, trade me another one?)

And finally The Summoning. I have seen some good reviews on this one, plus the cover is nice. And I do so enjoy the I-See-Dead-People theme ;]

On a bright note I am bloody mad, well, ok, not so bright a note.

I was suppose to make a fool of myself tomorrow by standing with hundreds of geeks waiting for the magical movie theater to open up its doors at 12 a.m. so I could watch with other fans the magic that is Harry Potter. Unfortunately the stupid theater of Puerto Rico isn't putting the movie up till next week. Damn them all.

PS; Don't forget about me contest. And make me remember about my signature, I totally forgot I had one and so didn't post it on my other posts- Sorry Eli!

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