Friday, November 30, 2012

November Monthly News

Welcome to the N(M)ovember edition of Monthly News.
As you can see, Remembrance Day is important to me. (November 11)
My grandfather was a veteran, as so many of ours are, and I take time each November to recognize what it is that made him and so many others significant. I held another PayPal giveaway, (Congrats Carl!) and asked what Remembrance Day meant to you. I was just curious, but not surprised by your responses. It's what it means to me too! I also has a special giveaway for Freda's Voice Facebook fans. Just 'cause! It didn't go the way I planned, but a winner was announced and all ended well!
I also hope my American readers and friends had a wonderful and loving Thanksgiving.
I signed up for some 2013 challenges too, as long as the world doesn't end... I am tackling the Just for Fun challenge, the Colorful Reading Challenge, the Outdo Yourself Challenge, the Foodies Read Challenge, the Monthly Key Word Challenge and the eBook Challenge. Have you signed up for any?


BOOKS:

PAGE COUNT: 
37033


PRODUCTS:



YEARLY TOTAL: 123 Books, 33 Products, 1 Movie, 1 CD



FREDA'S FAVE FIVE (In No Particular Order):


BOOK OF THE MONTH:






Get to Know Author Walter Dinjos

Please welcome author Walter Dinjos to the blog today! He is here to discuss his writing and answer a few of our questions. So without further delay, Walter, please tell us about your current book.


TheUnfading Heiress, book one of Soul Switch Trilogy, is ultimately a tale of ghostly love, human greed, friendship and honor set amid a raging war between the living and the dead in a land where death transcends time and space. Late King Eldorman has the power to end this war, but he wants justice for his beautiful murdered daughter Arengel. 
However, Arengel’s destiny lies once again with the living, when she falls in love with Adel, a lowly Earmburgian. Finally, the prophecy of The Man with the Red Aureole will come to pass, but Arengel needs an earthly body to fulfill it.
The journey that Adel must take to help Arengel will not only test his strengths to the limit but also that of his close friendship with Jeofren, a fellow Earmburgian. It is a race against time through dark and magical landscapes, and even when the task seems fruitless, Adel must see it through to the end.
Who or what inspires your writing?
I think the death of my parents. How I wish death defied time and space. Then maybe I shall see them again.
I believe each one of us has lost someone dear. Sometimes I think of the dead and wonder if they can feel, if they regard the people and things they left behind with wistfulness. Maybe they yearn to reunite with us just as we miss them. Hence the story of Arengel wishing to come alive again, to love the man she loved three thousand years ago, and reclaim her legacy.
Also, there is the issue of ghosts. What if a dead friend of yours appears to you? Would you run in fear or linger and do some serious catching up? Okay, I know the first is more likely, but what if it’s not the ghost that could harm us, but our fear? Those are some of the question the book begs.
I'm very sorry for your loss. 
When did you know you would be a writer?
I would say after reading The Golden Space by Pamela Sargent in 2007. That was when I picked up a pen and started writing my unpublished first novel, although I have been writing lyrics since 2001.
How long did it take to write your first novel?
Too long, I think, as I was combining writing with schooling and work. Writing the draft expended nearly two years; and it has been another two years since then – revision is a b****.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Didn’t I just say that revision is a b****?!
Ha! You did indeed.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I like to write at night using my phone. I turn off the lights, including that of my phone and meditate in the darkness. Then once something tale-like hits my head, I pick of the phone and start punching its buttons. Darkness excites my mind.
Proof the digital age is forthcoming... using your phone to write. Quite unconventional, but not today.
Have you written anything else?
Yes, a collection of two short stories: BeyondBermuda and the Forbidden Sea.
Over the years, there has been a lot of rumpus about the Bermuda Triangle and the vessels and aircraft that went missing there. Most of us, while curious, dismiss the claims about the Triangle as an exaggeration. I, however, marvel at the story ideas the region holds and couldn't help but attempt to entertain you while your curiosity is still aflame.
The Forbidden Sea, on the other hand, tells the familiar story of love and betrayal - only this time the tale is spangled with gunpowder, magic, and a sea goddess that feeds princes to her waters.
Any advice to aspiring writers?
Write. That’s what makes you a writer; and don’t let anyone convince you that you cannot do it.
Great advice!
Who are your favorite authors?
Like everyone else, I love Tolkien. However, among recent authors, I enjoy Brandon Sanderson’s novels. Patrick Rothfuss is another author whose next book I can’t wait to read.
Then there is this awesome British writer whose stories have continually excited my muse. Bec Zugor can turn the universe into a darn good short story.
What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?
If there was a book that turned my life around, it is The Golden Space by Pamela Sargent. I am not one for Science Fiction with a tinge of genetics, but the novel did rouse the writer in me. I remember wandering in a nearby forest and thinking: I can do this. Then I returned home and started writing.
What are you currently reading?
Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson. So far, I can’t put down the book, but then the back cover is a few flips away. Makes me wonder if Mr. Sanderson is going for a cliffhanger. This is a must read, although the page count is unlike Sanderson.
How can readers find out more about you?
At JujuHeritage, you will discover I like to explore the human soul and the life beyond, and my imminent books would be rooted in those, mostly. You can follow me on Twitter, like my Facebook page, visit my blog.



Thanks Walter for being here and answering our questions.
For readers, currently Beyond Bermuda & The Forgotten Sea is free at Amazon. The Unfading Heiress will be free on December 1st at Amazon. Get them while you can and happy reading!


DISCLAIMER: I was not compensated. 







#123: Whisper of Crows - Jameson Hesse

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From Amazon:
Kanaan James is a disturbed teenage boy obsessed with his childhood friend Abigail Caulfield. A horrible car accident leaves Abigail stricken with amnesia and Kanaan, desperate for her attention, convinces her they are soul mates, running from the law. In the midst of a passionate love affair, while hiding in an old abandoned house deep in the woods, Kanaan is forced to test the boundaries of his own humanity.

  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: iibooks; 1st edition (August 20, 2012)
  • ISBN: 9780578108971

Author Bio:
Jameson Hesse is an American writer/filmmaker. Jameson currently lives in Los Angeles with his sons. He has several film and book projects in various stages of development and is promoting his Novel "Whisper of Crows".

To find out more, please visit 


My Opinion:
Horror fans, this is definitely for you. It had me looking over my shoulder when I was reading at home alone at night. It's that scary!
It's also very , and I mean, very graphic. In the same style as Stephen King, this author does not hold anything back from the imagination. Twisted, dark and gruesome are some of my favorite traits when reading this genre, I'd be disappointed if they weren't there, and this had it all!
Such intricate storytelling goes in this book. One minute you absolutely know everything that is going on.... or so you think... and then you're like, "WHOA!". You go on this trip with the writer and can't stop yourself following, even though it's like being the person in the horror movie that goes looking for the source of the noise instead of running. It's such good writing that you get immersed into something you already know isn't reality, but you lose sight if it still somehow the longer you read on.
Obviously I enjoyed the book. No, I loved it!!! So, enough said. If you like graphic horror or thriller, read it! 


5/5


DISCLAIMER: I received a copy for review. I was not compensated. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 102 with me!  
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.
 
 
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The cait sith pretended not to hear. Yawning, he stretched languidly, raking his claws over the stones, and trotted off to oversee dinner preparations.



#122: The Iron Queen: Julie Kagawa

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From Amazon:
My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen; Original edition (January 25, 2011)
  • ISBN: 9780373210183


My Review of book one, The Iron King
My Review of novella, Winter's Passage
My Review of Book two, The Iron Daughter
My Review of novella two, Summer's Crossing


My Opinion:
I love how all the books have picked up where the last one left off. With that said, you need to read them in order. They are not stand-alone books, at least, I don't think so. Each book is more exciting than the last, though they all have differences and similarities, they each are high in adventure. 
Of course the book didn't end how I thought it would, even expected it to, but that was good in a bittersweet way. I needed tissues in the end, though they were good tears not bad ones. You just get so wrapped up in the characters lives, you can't help but get emotional. I'm glad it all went down the way it ended up happening and am already onto the next book, The Iron Knight.


5/5


DISCLAIMER: I acquired my copy. I was not compensated. All opinions are my own.

Get to Know Author Steven Manchester


Tell us about yourself first.
I am the proud father of two sons and two daughters.
When not spending time with my children, writing, teaching, or promoting my works, I speak to troubled children through the Straight Ahead Program and host a Comedy Benefit each year for A Wish Come True, Inc. Visit: www.StevenManchester.com

Tell us about your new book, Twelve Months
Don DiMarco has a very good life – a family he loves, a comfortable lifestyle, passions and interests that keep him amused. He also thought he had time, but that turned out not to be the case. Faced with news that might have immediately felled most, Don now wonders if he has time enough. Time enough to show his wife the romance he didn’t always lavish on her. Time enough to live out his most ambitious fantasies. Time enough to close the circle on some of his most aching unresolved relationships. Summoning an inner strength he barely realized he possessed, Don sets off to prove that twelve months is time enough to live a life in full. A glorious celebration of each and every moment that we’re given here on Earth, as well as the eternal bonds that we all share, Twelve Months is a stirring testament to the power of the human spirit.

When did you start writing?
I’d just returned home from Operation Desert Storm, and was working as a prison investigator in Massachusetts. Needless to say, there was great negativity in my life at that time. I decided to return to college to finish my degree in Criminal Justice. During one of the classes, the professor talked about police work but nothing else. I finally raised my hand and asked, “The criminal justice system is vast. What about the courts, probation, parole – corrections?” He smiled and told me to see him after class. I thought I’d finally done it! In his office, he explained, “There’s no written material out there on corrections or prisons, except from the slanted perspective of inmates.” He smiled again and dropped the bomb. “If you’re so smart,” he said, “why don’t you write it?” Nine months later, I dropped the first draft of 6-5; A Different Shade of Blue on his desk. From then on, I was hooked. I was a writer.

What inspired you to write this book?
My wife and children. They inspire all of my writing.

Has the Internet helped you in your writing career?
Yes—it’s hard to be successful today without social media.

What are the major challenges that you have faced in your career?
The greatest challenge for me has been time. First and foremost, I am a Dad and my children come first. After that, there are other responsibilities that need my attention. Yet, my passion to write has constantly gnawed at my soul.
To overcome the obstacle of time, I made writing a priority over watching TV and sometimes even sleeping. Once my family is taken care of and the world closes its eyes, I’m up for a few more hours each day – chasing my dreams on paper.

What do you advise new writers to do?
Be true to yourself, always.
Write constantly.
Keep the faith!!!
And NEVER, EVER, EVER quit. Most people in this industry would agree that more than talent or skill or even luck, perseverance is the one trait that will always get the job done.
Knock on every door you can, and keep knocking. I promise that eventually someone will open and the warmth you feel on your face will more than validate every hour spent alone in the darkness.

Where is Twelve Months on sale?


DISCLAIMER: I was not compensated. Opinions are not my own.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Giveaway: Thunderstruck Combo Pack

NBA superstar Kevin Durant plays himself in this action-packed family film about a basketball star who switches talent with a klutzy 16-year-old fan. When Brian (Taylor Gray) magically switches basketball skills with his hero, Kevin Durant, he becomes the star of his high school team... while Kevin Durant suddenly can’t make a shot to save his life! But with the playoffs approaching, Brian learns that being a true winner means working hard at your own game, and he tries to make things right in time to prevent a catastrophic end to his hero’s season. 

On December 4th this dvd is out and so is a cool app. Let's check that out now.




Why don't you try your luck in the Free Throw Challenge Game and leave your results in the comments. I would love to know how you fared.

Does your child or another child you know want to be a pro basketball player? You can use these awesome tips to help them sharpen their skills. 

If you want to be social in regards to the movie or app, you can tweet the hashtag #ThunderstruckBluRay and get in on the fun.


DISCLAIMER: I was not compensated. Warner Bros supplied me the materials for this post and is responsible for the giveaway and shipping.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday Gift Ideas from Ice Age


Ahoy, matey! Blue Sky Studios unveils a brand new chapter in one of the most successful film franchises of all time. Bringing together the visually epic and the emotionally powerful, ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT sets sail on Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™, and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on December 11, just in time for the holidays.

Kids everywhere will be asking mom and dad for a copy of Ice Age: Continental Drift this holiday season, but what else is going to be a hot item? Here we will take a look at what kids will be looking for on Christmas morning.

Party Animals
Party Animals are a new soft, plush speaker system. All you have to do is plug in your MP3 player or laptop, and the Party Animal will play your music and dance along to it! These dancing stuffed animals might be a hit with adults too this holiday season!

Super Skipper

The Super Skipper is an innovative outdoor toy that plays music and rotates so kids can jump over it. It’s kind of like a more high-tech version of a Skip-It from the 1990s, and it’s a great way to get kids to have fun while being active and getting exercise!


Rory’s Story Cubes

This creative pocket-sized game is perfect for encouraging your kids to have fun while expressing their artistic side and gaining problem-solving skills. The game allows you to generate a creative story based on the nine dice which each have unique images on them. This creative gift will never leave the kids bored – each roll of the dice results in over 10 million combinations that can be used to create a story!


Furby

Furbies were all the rage in the 1990s, and they’re making a big comeback this year! The new, updated Furby features more expressive LCD eyes, a wider range of motion, a new iOS app, and the ability to react to user behavior. These cool, responsive toys are a must-have this holiday season.

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Continental Drift will be a must-own this holiday season! Everyone is back and then some in the newest chapter of this beloved family-friendly franchise! When Scrat's nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn gives way to earth-shattering consequences, a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny, Diego and Sid begins. In the chaos, the herd is separated from their friends and family and the only way home seems to be through a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them. Check it out on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD or Digital Copy.

For your chance to win a copy of Ice Age: Continental Drift on Blu-ray, simply answer the following question:

In Ice Age: Continental Drift, what do the pirates use as a ship?
  • An iceberg
  • A rock
  • A tree

DISCLAIMER: I was not compensated. Opinions are not my own.

Holiday Nails How-To: Creating Healthy, Beautiful Nails for Holiday Parties


If you’ve wanted to try new nail polish techniques but haven’t had the guts yet, the holidays are the perfect time to jazz up your fingers. Chic parties include beautiful cocktails, which require manicured nails to compliment them. This winter, spend your money on Christmas gifts, hair extensions, or that new pair of fabulous shoes to complete your party outfit. Take a stab at doing your nails yourself and you’ll be amazed at the results.

Every good manicure requires a good foundation for the color. Take your vitamins all year round to increase the health and appearance of your nails. Drink plenty of water, and keep manicure tools just outside the shower. Every time you shave, be sure to take a glance at your nails and maintain them if necessary with regular trimmings.

If you’d like an easy but festive look on your nails, get a glitter nail polish in a silver or gold color, and a darker festive color to paint on underneath. If you want a classic look with a bit of pizzazz, go with a true or deep red color. Apply two coats and let the red dry completely. Once it is dry, paint over it with the glitter nail polish until you achieve the desired amount of glitter. Let dry completely and cover with a top coat to protect the polish and extend its life. If you want to jazz up this technique, choose a less traditional color, like a dark green or blue. Dark green will match the gorgeous evergreen decorations of the season, and blue will remind you of a beautiful, snowy evening. Stay away from light or pastel colors until the spring or summer months.

If you’d like to get a bit more ambitious with your nail color, seek out some online tutorials for painting multiple colors on your nails. These tutorials include a popular technique of painting the entire nail in one color, letting it dry, and then covering a portion of the nail with tape. When the tape has been stuck on, you can paint another color on the exposed part of the nail and peel away the tape to create a strong, clean line and two tones of color. This technique is fabulous for the holidays when you pair a metallic, shiny polish with a solid color like red, green, or blue.

Perfect Locks is a web site that offers a variety of Indian human hair extensions and more! Learn more about Perfect Locks by stopping by their About Me section on the site and don’t forget to check out their Facebook and Twitter page as well. Plus, browse the huge hairstyle picture galleries and read up on the latest fashion and beauty trends and tips on their blog. 


Monday, November 26, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays




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She looked serious. "I trusted you, Virgil."
"And I trusted you."
She said, holding her coffee in her hand, "We broke that."

Giveaway: Ice Age Continental Drift Prize Pack

Hi readers!

Remember when I posted about Ice Age Continental Drift coming to BluRay on December 11th? 
Have I been offered a cool prize for you guys because of it.

An Ice Age Continental Drift BluRay

AND 


This cute little acorn shape Ice Cube Tray.
Imagine having an iced tea with acorn ice cubes.... sounds groovy right?!

Here is your chance to win.
Giveaway is open to residents of USA and Canada.
Read full contest rules on the PromoSimple form.
Yes, welcome PromoSimple. A new way to giveaway around here.
Good luck!!

2013 Foodies Read Challenge

If you are new to a food/reading challenge, you may be wondering – what is a “food book”? A food book is a book which is centered around food and/or drinks. That could be a cookbook, a food biography or memoir, a non-fiction book focused around a specific food, wine, chef or restaurant. Also allowed is a fictional story in which food plays a major role.

Here’s how the challenge works:
Decide how many food books you want to read in 2013. Pick one of the reading levels below. Remember, this is a challenge, so try pushing yourself.

Levels:
Short-Order Cook: 1 to 3 books
Pastry Chef: 4 to 8 books
Sous-Chef: 9 to 13 books
Chef de Cuisine: 14 to 18
Cordon-Bleu Chef: More than 19

Grab the challenge button and write a post on your blog so we can spread the word. No blog? That’s okay. Sign up in the comments section here.



I love cookbooks, but have read less than usual so I will choose a realistic level.

Pastry Chef



1. Baked Alaska - Josi Kilpack
2. Around the World Cookbook - Abigail Johnson Dodge
3. The Kitchen Garden Cookbook
4. Cougar Football Cookbook - Holly Mendenhall


CHALLENGED COMPLETED AUGUST 15

5. Rocky Road - Josi S. Kilpack
6. The Romney Family Table Cookbook - Ann Romney
7. Pies Sweet and Savory
8. The Slow Cooker Cookbook
9. Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe - Jenny Colgan
10. Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold Cookbook


George's Cream

George Doherty, a pharmacist and entrepreneur, created George's Special Dry Skin Cream over 15 years ago. He was looking to create a cream that could help people from Alberta be able to combat dry skin during the harsh winters. Now George's Cream is available across Canada, including the east coast.
George's Cream is a homegrown formula that has a reputation for controlling dry, itchy, scaly skin. It also helps with skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and common ailments like wind or sun burns.

George's Cream is a fragrance-free, non-prescription therapeutic skin moisturizer that has no additives. It is recommended by dermatologists, pharmacists and physicians.
Provides relief from the following:
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis 
  • Sunburn
  • Windburn
  • Cradle Cap
  • Winter Itch
  • Flaky Skin
  • Tough Elbow Skin
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Sports Chafing (Runners, Cyclists)
  • Swimmer's Itch
  • Cry Hands and Cracked Cuticles
  • And Foot Problems Associated with Diabetes
Available at grocery, mass merchandise and drug stores nationwide including Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaws. Or visit the website for more information.

George's Cream on Facebook & @Georges_Cream on Twitter.


My Opinion:
Even though I am the diabetic and my skin always needs moisturizing, it's the hubby that's always on the lookout for a good moisturizing cream or lotions for his dry hands. So I gave him the tube, and took the pump, which is the "lighter" version of the cream he used.
A perfect amount goes into your hand every time from the pump. I really appreciated it didn't give too much and was wasteful. It was just enough to condition both of my hands. I tell you though, for fragrance-free, I sure smelled something. It was very light, and gradually went away, but initially smelled like beer. Despite the smell, which wore off in minutes, the lotion was not greasy at all and left my hands feeling super soft. I was amazed though at how fast my hands absorbed the lotion. It was like my skin needed a drink and finally got hydrated. So it became my new routine, after each time I wash my hands or after bathing I use George's 
Cream. My hands have never felt softer!
The hubby is sold too! He says, and I quote, "It feels like I have a protective glove on." That's a good sign to me that it works!!
If you have problematic, dry skin, you should definitely invest in George's Cream. It is by far the best lotion I have used. 




5/5


DISCLAIMER: I received product for review. I was not compensated. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cyber Monday: Win With E. Van Lowe

Heaven Sent
Falling Angels Saga Book Three
By E Van Lowe

Genre: Paranormal YA

What Does It All Mean?

Readers who devoured Boyfriend From Hell and Earth Angel will be captivated by the third book in the Falling Angels Saga.

As summer break for Glendale Union high begins, heartsick Megan awaits Guy's return while struggling to control her emerging abilities. Love is in the air, but can the new loves in Megan, Maudrina, Suze and Aunt' Jaz's life be trusted? Nothing is what it seems. Meanwhile, the Satanists are set to hatch their most diabolical scheme ever, and if it comes to pass, Satan may finally win out.

Megan has precious little time to unravel the cryptic message hidden in the riddle she received at the end of Earth Angel. If she doesn’t, the life of someone most dear to her will be lost forever, and Megan may yet find herself living in HELL.



E. Van Lowe is an author, television writer, screen-writer, playwright and producer who has worked on such TV shows as "The Cosby Show," "Even Stevens," and "Homeboys In Outer Space." He has been nominated for both an Emmy and an Academy Award. His first YA Paranormal novel, "Never Slow Dance With A Zombie," was a selection of The Scholastic Book Club, and a nominee for an American Library Association Award. His Best Selling novels, “Boyfriend From Hell” and “Earth Angel,” are the first two books in the Falling Angels Saga. “The Zombie Always Knocks Twice” is the first book in his Hollyweird series.
E lives in Beverly Hills California with his spouse, a werewolf, several zombies and a fairy godmother who grants him wishes from time-to-time.



AND NOW THE GIVEAWAY
 Win a YA theme Christmas them Gift Basket containing a plush bear, Santa hat,  fuzzy socks and gloves set, Christmas socks, sparkly Christmas tree decoration, snowman snow globe, and a Bath and Body Works holiday gift set trio.
Open to US Only. Ends Dec. 7.

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#121: City of Bones - Cassandra Clare

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From Amazon:
Don’t miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture in theaters August 2013.


When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.


  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (February 19, 2008)
ISBN: 9781416955078


My Opinion:
What an adventure!
Clary is one tough chick, and the more she learns about herself, the tougher she gets. Simon is not the guy I want her, Clary, to get with with. Although, the guy I had picked, I get creeped out now thinking of them together. 
Thanks Cassandra Clare for making that happen.... lol.... It's a good thing though.
You'll love Jace and his bad-boy attitude, but my favorite character is Church. Ironically, I once had a Church of my own. (You'll have to read the book to learn about who Church is.) I found that kinda neat anyway.
Definitely a cool book and one I think a lot, no, a gazillion people will love.
Even better, it's being made into a film. Can't wait to see this one.... man, I best get reading City of Ashes.....

5/5


DISCLAIMER: I won my copy. I was not compensated. All opinions are my own.

2013 Mount TBR Challenge

Challenge Levels (I've adjusted the levels just slightly this year):

Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s

Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s

Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

And the rules:
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you're on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2013.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 30th, 2013.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2013. No ARCs (none), no library books. No rereads. [To clarify--based on a question raised last year--the intention is to reduce the stack of books that you have bought for yourself or received as presents {birthday, Christmas, "just because," etc.}. Audiobooks and E-books may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books.]



*You may count any "currently reading" book that you begin prior to January 1--provided that you had 50% or more of the book left to finish in 2013.  I will trust you all on that.

*Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.



I did this challenge last year and had fun. I did finish at the end of the summer, but am going to choose the same level anyway. The level increased so that is incentive enough to stay there.

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