Saturday, January 2, 2010

Weekly Book Roundup (Jan #1) + Happy New Year!

I hope y'all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Mine was great! I got a couple books for Christmas that I'm really excited about along with my favorite movie Star Trek! if you aven't seen it yet, I highly recommend you do so now. Anyway, here's what I got last year1!

Betrayed by Lili St. Crow from my parents. I'm so excited to read this! The first book was sooo good!
She's no angel . . .
Poor Dru Anderson. Her parents are long gone, her best friend is a werewolf, and she's just learned that the blood flowing through her veins isn't entirely human. (So what else is new?)
Now Dru is stuck at a secret New England Schola for other teens like her, and there's a big problem— she's the only girl in the place. A school full of cute boys wouldn't be so bad, but Dru's killer instinct says that one of them wants her dead. And with all eyes on her, discovering a traitor within the Order could mean a lot more than social suicide. . .
Can Dru survive long enough to find out who has betrayed her trust—and maybe even her heart?

Arch Enemy by Frank Beddor from my aunt and uncle. This is the third book in the Looking Glass Wars trilogy, which is phenomenal! This will be the perfect thing to read after I finish Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol; that's what I've been reading whilst on my internet sabatical2. It's fairly fabulous; very much like a dream and the telling is so innocent. It reminds me what it was like being little, how your mind worked when you were a kid.
The Heart Crystal’s power has been depleted, and Imagination along with it. The people of Wonderland have all lost their creative drive, and most alarmingly, even Queen Alyss is without her powers. There is some comfort in the fact that the vicious Redd Heart seems to be similarly disabled. Amazingly, she is attempting to team up with her enemy, Alyss, in order to reclaim Wonderland from King Arch. Alyss might have no choice but to accept Redd’s overtures, especially when she begins to receive alarming advice from the caterpillar oracles.

In My Mailbox:
Not an hour after I announced my aforementioned sabatical, the mail came and I found that I had three special deliveries!

From Perla of Imperial Beach Teen Blog I got the Cal Leandros series books 1 through 4. I've already started the first two, and they were fantastic! I can't wait to review them!
In New York, there's a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side. Of course, most humans are oblivious to this, but Cal Leandros is only half-human. His father's dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares-and he and his entire otherworldly race are after Cal.
He and his half-brother Niko have managed to stay a step ahead for three years, but now Cal's dad has found them again. And Cal is about to learn why they want him, why they've always wanted him...

From Brittlit of The Reading Nook I got a hardback of The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz. I enetered this one with a friend in mind, I haven't read this series, so I was really excited that it came before Christmas3.

I also got a Christmas card from Sarah of Sarah's {random} Musings. Thanks, Sarah!

In Other News:
*My parents loved the tapestry! My mom even cried. I can't post the whole thing online because, as I said before, it spells out our last name in naval signal flags, so doing so would be unwise. But I will post a picture of one flag- as soon as I figure out how to upload them.
*Rating Reads has launched! I'm sure y'all have noticed that I like to give a content rating in my reviews (most of the time), well, now there's a blog that does nothing but that! There's a month of work behind what you'll see if you head over there and check it out..
*I had a very good Christmas. I spent it with my family, as I always have, and we had a lot of fun. My new year was also really good. We spent the whole day cooking up a real Mexican dinner; we made enchiladas, pico de gallo, gaucamole, sopapillas, empenadas, rice, beans, tortillas, and the pies de resistance, tamales! Well, the tamales were mail order, but who actually makes them from scratch anymore, anyway! The last person in my family to do it was abuelita.
*I've already knocked one off the ol' 100+ Reading Challenge! My official post will be coming soon.

Well, that about catches y'all up! I had an excellent mini vacation, but it's time to get back in the swing of things! Expect reviews for The Devouring, Nightlife, and Moonshine either this week or the next.
Happy reading,
Zombie Girrrl

1  Kudos to The Story Siren for starting and promoting the Imm meme!
2  It's not the only thing I read, though. Variety is the spice of life, after all. I also read The Devouring on Sorry Night. Ooh, spooky!
3  Yes, I gifted a free book. She'd been dying to read it, though, so it was just really good timing.


Dahlia said...

Welcome back to the blogging world, ZG! ^_^

Taschima Cullen said...

Have a good one Zombie Girrrl :)

Dani. said...

Great Haul! I'm really eager to read Lili St Crows books, i have them all, and Frank Beddor's books, I love Alice in Wonderland! :]

Kathy Martin said...

The Cal Leandros series sounds really good. I just bought volume 1 for my Kindle. Thanks for the recommentation. Happy reading!

Laura (The Bookie Bunch) said...

Great books! I'm glad you had a good vacation!

Here's what I got this week:

Have a good one!


You got some good stuff! Glad you had a nice mini vacation :)

Ah Yuan // wingstodust said...

=D I love The Blue Bloods series! I hope your friend enjoys Van Alen Legacy, it's definitely my favourite so far.

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

What a heartfelt and celebratory post! I look forward to the Devouring review.

And I totally agree on the Looking Glass Wars trilogy...awesome!

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