Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mini Review - Half Bad

Half Bad by Sally Green

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)
* Read via NetGalley for Review.

3 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

I liked this book but wow is it weird to read at first. It starts with a different point of view that takes some getting used to. Plus you don’t learn the main character’s name for quite a while.

Once you get into the groove of the weird tense changes and how the story is set up then you’ll be asking tons of questions both good and bad. Questions like, who is that and what the heck is going on?

The whole concept of White witches and Black witches is intriguing. The main character Nathan being essentially half good/half evil is what the whole book hinges on. His story and the story of his messed up family is kind of like a train wreck you just can’t look away from it.

I liked the ending but it was a bit odd the choice he made since he’s essentially obsessed with this girl the whole book but doesn’t go and get her from the evil-ish lady right away. If you like new takes on witches you should definitely check out this book.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Reviewer Needed

If you love reading and would be interested in reviewing for Bibliognome then make sure to check out this post ASAP.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Top 5 Sundays - Books That Made You LOL!

This feature was thought up by the awesome Larissa's and Friends' Bookish Life

1 - Write a post listing your TOP 5 choices within the theme I chose (or was chosen on a poll) for the week.
2 - Mention this Blog on the post and link back to it.
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Top 5 Sundays - Books That Made You LOL! 

The book has a lot of morbid humor which fits in nicely with my own sense of humor.  This is the kind of book that you'll find yourself actually laughing out loud a lot.

Oberon the dog in this series is hilarious and will make you laugh often.

This book is awesome and I love its funny take on the zombie genre.

This book along with Koch’s Alien series is full of funny moments, the humor and great characters is why I love this author’s writing so much.

This book/blog that Brosh writes is hilarious and insightful. This book will make you laugh out loud throughout the book.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Question of the day - How fast do you read?

I used to zip right through books but since I started blogging I think I look closer at everything I read so I take longer now.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Weekend Read - Alien Collective

I have a three day weekend and I am very happy that I have this book to start. :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Magic, murder, mayhem = this book has it all

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

* Book read via the publisher for review.

4 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

This book is one heck of a great fractured fairy tale. I can see the tagline for the hopefully future movie now, “Not your Mama’s Wizard of Oz.” I loved this book but I highly recommend reading the prequel first so you can ease yourself into this crazy world.

I like the Wizard of Oz movie but I loved the books by L. Frank Baum about Ozma and all the other characters in Oz (I don’t think I’ve read all of them but it has been a while.) If you too read the old Oz books about Oz like then you’ll definitely figure out one of the twists. This author is a master at mixing characters from the Oz books and movie and twisting everything into something new.

In this Oz don’t be surprised by the f-bombs getting dropped and other assorted curse words, it’s a much darker place but it’s also intriguing to see how much everything has changed. Also, beware if you are prone to getting very attached to all the characters in the story.

Amy’s story starts off showing how her life isn’t exactly easy and how she gets to Oz is fitting to the original story. She’s a strong character who needs to get even stronger if she’s going to survive in this warped version of Oz. Amy is quick at making friends and enemies and you can’t help but hope for the best for her.

Through the story you’ll have no doubt that Dorothy does indeed need to die. Dorothy is one evil witchy woman. She’s not the only witch out there though which makes things extremely interesting.

Be prepared to look at Good and Wicked in a new way in this book that’s kind of like what I imagine would happen if The Wizard of Oz and Kill Bill had a baby. I’m looking forward to whatever happens next.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sentence Sneak Peek - Dorothy Must Die

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

The first sentence from each chapter of Dorothy Must Die, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.

* Book read via the publisher for review.
* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

“I first discovered I was trash three days before my ninth birth-day—one year after my father lost his job and moved to Secaucus to live with a woman named Crystal and four years before my mother had the car accident, started taking pills, and began exclusively wearing bedroom slippers instead of normal shoes.”

“I had to admit it looked a little scary outside: the darkening sky stretched over the empty, flat plain—a muddy, pinkish brown I’d never seen before—and the air seemed eerily still.”

“When I came to, the first thing I saw was the spongy gray floor of the trailer above me.”

Star and I walked, following the road, and when she seemed to get tired, I took her and placed her on my shoulder, where she perched patiently and looked out into the distance.”

“Dorothy happened.”

“Now, can you tell me what was going on back there?”

“We need to move,” Indigo said.”

“I knew we were really in trouble when I saw that Indigo was too scared to even mutter an I told you so.”

“We were standing in the middle of the road and then we weren’t.”

“My prison cell was a perfect cube, all white, without a speck of dirt anywhere.”

“After that, I really lost track of time.”

“I was ready for them when they came for me the next day.”

Mombi let go of my hand as we materialized someplace dark.”

“A chill rushed through my body.”

“I opened my mouth to protest, but all that came out was laughter.”

“I was standing in the middle of an all-white cave.”

“After my training session with Nox, it was a relief to see Gert.”

“What is wrong with that woman?”

“The next day I woke to see that Glamora’s makeover had stuck.”

“When I got to Gert’s cave, she was standing in front of the scry-ing pool again.”

“My pulse was still speeding when I got to the training cave.”

“You were good back there,” Nox said.”

“A screeching sound woke me in the middle of the night.”

“I looked up to see Gert descending from the sky.”

“I woke up the next morning feeling spent and disoriented, my mind a jumble of hazy images that appeared one by one in my head like pages in a horrible picture book.”

“A moment later, I emerged out of a full-length mirror in a sloppy somersault.”

“Today is a beautiful day to be in Oz!”

“On the third day, there was a flutter of activity among the staff.”

The Wizard took a step toward me and tipped his hat, revealing a bald, shiny head with a horseshoe of curly gray hair.”

“I jumped back and gasped.”

“How about you carry a poison capsule in your little jaws and drop it into her mint julep?”

“The next morning, I held Star extra close before depositing her safely in one of my bureau drawers.”

“The first step of my plan was to get out of the rest of my chores.”

“I breathed a sigh of relief the next morning when the sun came up like normal.”

Maude and I materialized right above the sunflowers, just like I pictured, and tumbled in a heap through the petals and leaves, stems cracking beneath us.”

“The hunt was already on when I woke up.”

“Outside the window, the sky turned from blue to purple to black.”

“The hedge maze basically showed me the way out, opening up its walls for me.”


“Dorothy quickly named Sindra the new head maid.”

“Sindra was inappropriately excited considering just yesterday her predecessor’s arm had gotten hacked off.”

“Before I could connect, a black ball of snarling fur flew through the air, aiming straight for me.”

“It’s funny how much time you have to think when you’re plung-ing to your certain death from the top of a tower.”

“A few minutes later, Ollie, Maude, and I landed in a field just outside the city walls.”