Monday, March 5, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Mar 5)

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I missed this post last week, due to craziness that I just don't feel at all like talking about. Luckily it was the end of the month and so my monthly wrap up made up for it :).

March has started though! It's going to be a great reading week!

This Week's Reviews:
Up Cat by Hazel Hutchins (4/5) Review - A cute board book with vibrant pictures and sight words.

Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks (4/5) Graphic Novel Review - Great story with awesome characters!

Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright (4/5) Review - Smoldering urban fantasy novel that kicks ass.

Also Finished:
Fair Coin by E.C. Meyers (4/5) - Liked this one! It was a nice change of pace and really well done. Review this week.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (5/5) - Can I give this 10 stars? I LOVE Neil Gaiman so much more, if that's even possible. I listened to this on audio book which I HIGHLY recommend! Review coming this week.

Currently Reading:
Just started this! So far it's intriguing, to say the least...(spooky).
Katharine Geryon is living the life her family name has dictated, and why not? After all, it has given her a good job in the family company and a fine life with all the things she should want. But all that changes as increasingly disturbing events begin to occur: soot stains on the carpet, glimpses of strange black animals, and cryptic messages written on her bathroom mirror. Baffled and afraid, Katharine begins to doubt her own sanity.

At the same time, two charismatic men enter her life: Allistair, her new assistant at work, and Zachary, a well-heeled neighbor who just moved into her building. Katharine soon finds each of them inextricably entangled in her affairs. As her life becomes stranger and her dreams more terrifying, she realizes neither man is what he seems and that she's caught in something far beyond her own comprehension. For the first time, she must reach beyond her own boundaries.

Also Reading:
Part way into this as well. It was slow, but it's picking up!
Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.

Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can't ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from.

Looking forward to this! I've been holding off until close to the release date :). I love me some Kirsten Hubbard!
It all begins with a stupid question:

Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.

But Bria comes to realize she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.

Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry to this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story.

Lots of good reading this week! I'm excited.

What are YOU reading this week? Shout out and I'll come visit!


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