Gypsy Knights by Two Brothers Metz Kindle Edition Published May 19th 2011 by LoudCloud Publishing Age Group: YA/Middle Grade crossover Source: Publisher Buy this Book: Amazon Summary (from Goodreads) Fourteen-year-old Durriken Brishen has lost his parents, his grandfather, and though he doesn’t know it, his Gypsy culture’s dangerous gift. Taken in and raised on the rails by the first woman to pilot a freight train, Durriken has one remaining connection to his Romani roots: a small wooden box that hangs from the hammer loop of his overalls. The last gift he received from his grandfather, the box contains the world’s first chess set. But a piece is missing: the Red Queen. According to Durriken’s family lore, the complete set awakens the power of Tărie, a mercurial gift that confers unique abilities on each new Master. When a suspicious fire erupts in the Chicago rail yard, Durriken’s escape produces an uneasy alliance, though not without its silver lining. Dilia is a few inches taller, several degrees cleverer, and oh yes –… Read more »
Month: August 2011
First of all, I would like to send a big thanks out to Amanda @ On a Book Bender for hosting such a great read-a-thon. I had such a great time talking with everyone on twitter and getting to know other bloggers. Unfortunately, I did not have as much time to read as I had originally hoped. I had to pack up and move up to school and then move my sister into a new apartment, as well as doing my law readings for my first day of classes. That left next to no free time for fun readings. I only managed to get 3 books done. 3 out of my original goal of 9 is not so great. Maybe I was a little over enthusiastic when I made my goals for the read-a-thon. hehe But still, I had such a great time. I would do this read-a-thon again in a heartbeat! Books to Knock Out The Last Rising by Rachel Firasek The Beast Call by Anne Tibbets Ordained… Read more »
I am so honored and excited to have received my very first blog award! 🙂 The super sweet Deirdra over at A Storybook World stopped by my blog last week and let me know that she was awarding me with the “best books blog award” Thank you so much Deirdra! I really appreciate it. 🙂I also just found out that I was given the versatile blogger award twice!
I am combining days 3 and 4 because they are both big fat goose eggs! I didn’t get anything done! I packed up my stuff and drove up to my house at school and had to help move my sister into a new apartment. I have not been able to even unpack my stuff yet. That will be a task for this weekend. The drive up to school was stressful too, because I live in Florida and we just had Hurricane Irene pass us by. To me, this just means one thing- feeder bans. My 6 1/2 hour drive to school turned into a 7 1/2 hour drive filled with tons of wind and rain! There were times when I could not even see the road in front of me. It was not fun at all! But now I am up at school, and today I have a free day to read, read, read! 🙂 Day 5 should have a much better summary! 🙂 (fingers crossed) 8/24 & 8/25Number… Read more »
Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison can Read. If you are new to the #FF fun, Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. First you leave your name on Parajunkee’s site, then you create a post on your own blog that links back to Parajunkee, and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them hi in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you! ok now for the question! Q. In books like the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series the paranormal creature in question “comes out of the closet” and makes itself known to the world. Which mythical creature do you wish would come out of the closet, for real? I wish the fae would “come out of the closet”. They are so interesting to me! They are so mischievous and such… Read more »
The Shadow Project by Herbie Brennan Hardcover, 355 pages Published January 1st 2010 by Balzer + Bray Source: Borrowed Age Group: YA Buy this Book: Amazon Summary (from Goodreads): Danny Lipman is a thief . . . until one night he robs the wrong house. He inadvertently breaks into the headquarters of the Shadow Project, a secret government organization where teenage spies are trained to leave their bodies, using astral projection to travel around the world on deadly missions.Danny is captured, but the Project leaders quickly realize he has a special gift. And when a key operative—the director’s daughter, Opal—goes missing, he is offered a choice: join the Shadow Project or go to jail.Danny joins and is quickly sent to investigate the Project’s current target: a worldwide terrorist organization known as the Sword of Wrath. But as he gets deeper in, he discovers both the Project and the Sword of Wrath are far more than they seem. Danny and his fellow operatives are caught up in an ancient supernatural conflict… Read more »
Well, day two of the read-a-thon is almost done and today was busier than expected too! When will I just get a free day to relax and read? I was only supposed to have one dentist appointment and a haircut today. Instead, my appointments got mixed up and I ended up spending over 4 hours in two different dentist offices and drove all over the place. Squeeze in packing time and book time got bumped to the back burner. I only got 1/2 of a book read! I’m going to read some more before bed but I wanted to get my summary post up before midnight, so whatever I read past 10:30 pm will just go onto my totals for tomorrow. 8/22Number of books I’ve read today: 1/2 of a bookName of books completed today: half of Gypsy KnightsNumber of pages read today: about 150Total number of pages read: 452Total number of books I’ve read: 1.5 booksTime spent reading today: 1.5 hoursToday #insixwords: frustrating, busy, annoying, hectic, stressful, busy I… Read more »
Hey guys, I am so excited to share with you my pretty new blog design! I love it! What do you guys think. I had it done by Livia over at Butterfly-o-meter designs. She is such a joy to work with, and so fast! She is a fellow book blogger. You can find her blog, Butterfly-o-meter books HERE. I told her the basic idea of what I wanted and we tossed some ideas back and forth and she got right to work. The whole thing from start to finish took under 10 days! I could not believe it. She is so nice and has such great ideas! She re-did everything for me! She made a completely new, and awesome, design for Book Briefs. The design came with anything and everything I could think of throwing at her. She made social media icons, the header, blog button, signature, related posts, a new gavel rating system for my reviews, and stickers for my reviews and giveaways! All book bloggers should run to… Read more »
Well, today flew by. I didn’t get nearly enough time to read. Hopefully I will have much more time tomorrow. 8/22Number of books I’ve read today: 1 Name of books completed today: Ordained by Devon Ashley Number of pages read today: 302 Total number of pages read: 302 Total number of books I’ve read: 1 Time spent reading today: 3 hours Today #insixwords: busy, exhausting, disappointing, slow start, hopeful How did you guys do today? Id love to hear what you are all reading.
Read-a-Thon Goals Read as many of my “August” review books as I can. Read at least 9 books, or approximately one per day. 9 is a bare minimum; 15 would be my ultimate goal. Start on my “September” books. Books to Knock Out The Last Rising by Rachel Firasek The Beast Call by Anne Tibbets Ordained by Devon Ashley Untouchable by John Galligan The Jackpot by David Kazzie Gypsy Knights by Rhett and Lafe Metz 314 Crescent Manor by M. Jones The poisoned House by Michael Ford The New England Witches Chronicles by Chelsea Bellingeri Other Books I’d Love to Get to Fourteen by C.M. Smith The Egyptian by Layton Green Lies Inside by Lindsey Gray Supernova by C.L. Parker Paying the Piper by Rachel Brimble How Much Time I Intend to Read It is my last week of summer before Law school starts up again so I plan on enjoying it as much as I can. I should have a lot of time to read, but I will also… Read more »