Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart--he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone--but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.
QUICK NOTE...Update: 1/2/19
The blog is slowly coming back on line. We were right in the path of Hurricane Michael (like so many others), and while the family is safe (pups, and parents), the house didn't fair as well. So, reading and blogging (as much as I adore it) have to take a back burner. I've finally reached a stage in all this chaos that I feel that I can try to take a few baby steps back into the blogging world. A post here, a post there, and who knows. Hope you stay along for the ride!
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
How could she speak her surprise? Such delicate features, formed by his calloused hands, a glimpse at his longing.-- pg 44, The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Monday, January 30, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
2. The previews looked interesting enough...and starring Katherine Heigl was a plus (I generally like her movies...good actress for the roles she chooses).
4. The movie was good...but felt drawn out. Made the flow of the story seem REALLY slow.
5. The guy who played Morelli (probably spelled wrong...sorry!) was a cutie... ^_^…as was Ranger but um, yeah...lose the name.
6. This is one book I'll be adding to the future read list.
Have you read the series? Seen the movie?
I'm all ears...
Friday, January 27, 2012
So...had planned on a bigger post today but life (or rather work) got in the way. This one should suffice though; after all, it has chances to win AND a new book to check out. I'd call that a winning combo. Speaking of winning...two contests here on the site right now....both end very soon so be sure to check them out, the links are in the right hand column under "Current Contests".
Second...the bookish find. Looks like a new series and ooh...it's called....
BOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING,
A Library Lover's Mystery
...sounds good to me! No really...the cover is lovely but even the synopsis sounds like a fun read.
So my fellow readers....what have spotted in the reading wild recently?
Until next time...have a great weekend...and happy reading!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Women have been known to lament, "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride." For Johnny Smith, the problem is, "Always a Best Man, never a groom." At age 33, housepainter Johnny has been Best Man eight times. The ultimate man's man, Johnny loves the Mets, the Jets, his weekly poker game, and the hula girl lamp that hangs over his basement pool table. Johnny has the instant affection of nearly every man he meets, but one thing he doesn't have is a woman to share his life with, and he wants that desperately. When Johnny meets District Attorney Helen Troy, he decides to renounce his bro-magnet ways in order to impress her. With the aid and advice of his friends and family, soon he's transforming his wardrobe, buying throw pillows, ditching the hula girl lamp, getting a cat and even changing his name to the more mature-sounding John. And through it all, he's pretending to have no interest in sports, which Helen claims to abhor. As things heat up with Helen, the questions arise: Will Johnny finally get the girl? And, if he's successful in that pursuit, who will he be now that he's no longer really himself? THE BRO-MAGNET is a rollicking comedic novel about what one man is willing to give up for the sake of love.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Sami’s perfect life falls apart when the new girl moves in next door. Sami doesn’t need another friend, she has Stella. They are the perfect example of best friends. Mittens come in pairs and so do friends, according to Sami.
Bullying can be very subtle, but it hurts just the same. Three can be a tricky number with friends because most of the time, someone gets left out. Follow Sami as she discovers how to keep her best friend and find room for one more in Pink Tiara Cookies for Three.
|Author Maria Dismondy|
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Dad said that one of the biggest secrets of life was loving yourself in your own "different-ness". Yeah, sure, it takes guts, but who wants to be like someone else?-- pg 25, Saltwater Taffy by Eric DelaBarre
Monday, January 23, 2012
From the author's site....
The world of Mathias Bootmaker and the Keepers of the Sandbox, Book One: It Is Said, is a fantasy full of mysteries, riddles and secrets.
It is the story of Mathias Bootmaker, a young man searching for the better parts of himself. His search for what he's lost begins an amazing adventure through a world of extreme imagination. A world he helped to create but a world he can't remember anything about. There's a dragon and a genius. There's a very scary little boy and a very gifted little girl. There's darkness and light, deadly evil and glorious good. It's the story of his life, the birth of creativity and the true power of the energy all around us.
In this tale of redemption, in order to find what he seeks, Mathias must save a people who were once great but are now, by their own hands, victims. He must help them face a terror that they themselves created. He must find a friend that has disappeared. Befriend a reluctant guide and rescue a very unique group of children trapped in a cursed castle full of tragedy.
The Mathias Bootmaker and the Keepers of the Sandbox Trilogy is a dream embedded within a nightmare. A maze inside a labyrinth. It reads like an adventure. It plays like a thriller. It's designed to make you question every place you go and every character you meet. It's designed to be a puzzle you must solve. It's meant to blend grand fun and fright in the tradition of Carroll and King.
Turn the pages. Follow the path. Keep an eye out for clues. Beware of traps. But most important of all... you must not fear the Darke.
Sounds good, right? Oh buddy...you know it is...but it can tend to stray into the neighboring land of confusion at times as well if one doesn't keep their wits about them. Got your wits strapped down tight? Good. Let's take a walk through the world within the pages...our guide? A few of my status updates whilst adventuring through this ebook.
12/01/2011 page 24 18.0% "Fears Corners? Abandon All Hope Saloon? Count me in!"
Yes, yes. If you love word play, creativity and the use of imagination...this is DEFINITELY a book for you.
12/08/2011 page 57 43.0% "About half way through and STILL enchanted. Loving the world of Sandbox Harbour...."
Don't you just LOVE the name? Works so well with all our notions of the Sand Man and everything...not the scary one, the one that helps you sleep....
12/09/2011 page 84 63.0% "He just left the Inn Between heading towards Dark Academy. Sounds ominous, no?"
I did say there was a lot of playtime with the words and names didn't I? *checks back* Yep, sure did. The Inn Between is literally an inn...between the land he's travelled through and the ground he must cover if he is to make it to the academy. Oh, but don't let that term fool you. It isn't an actual academy in the classic sense of the world...more of a place where those that dare dream are locked away until they are either successfully a blank slate for life, willing to do as they are told and only that, never hoping for, dreaming of, or wishing for anything more....or simply remain. Okay, perhaps "remain" is too nice of a word here....umm, how about they simply live out their days locked away from the world and those they love dear so they can not infect the masses with their lingering sparks? Yeah....that's a little better.
12/09/2011 100.0% "Finished....for now. Definitely need to check out book two, especially with THAT ending! Review to come..."
Yep. That pretty much says it all. I thoroughly enjoyed this bookish romp through a land devoid of imagination and yet created by it. It's a conundrum all its own but one you'll gladly and willingly step into.
|Author Edward Medina|
The characters are many and hauntingly memorable. Some shrink in size once their true nature is discovered while others will tower over like the giants their wills make them. The land itself is breath taking as one scene melts into another altogether different and yet the same on some level. It's a magical journey that explores the best and worst that imagination has to offer...and one that if you haven't had the chance to experience just yet....I strongly suggest you do.
Recommended read for older children through teens as the material can get a bit dark at times. Ebook for review courtesy of author Edward Medina. For more information on this book as well as his other works, feel free to visit him online or check out his Twitter feed ala the following links...
Author Twitter: http://twitter.com/loboed13
Series Twitter: http://twitter.com/mbkeepers
Author Page: https://sites.google.com/site/loboed13/home
Until next time....happy reading!
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Release Date: February 1st, 2012