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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 | By: Traci

Currently Reading: The Witch's Daugther by Paula Brackston

The Witch's DaughterSo this has been on my wishlist so I decided that I needed to get on the ball and begin reading it. I'm still working on my book club book and I got a bit behind so I've had to play catch up. So after I finished my book club reading today I jumped right into reading The Witch's Daughter.

I'm really not sure what to make of it. I found the beginning a tad boring. So far it's set up journal style. So we'll see how things develop later on!

As always, clicking on the picture will bring you to the Amazon page.
Friday, March 18, 2011 | By: Traci

Follow Friday # 3

How did you come up with your blog name?

I read a story years ago that used the word scrawled for it's title. I liked it. I like the word, I like what the word means. And blue, well blue is my favorite color. I like to write with blue pens when I write my own stories, and my words are pretty much scrawled onto the page, left for me to finish later. I just liked the way it sounded and decided to go with it.

Book Blogger Hop

Do you read only one book at a time, or do you have several going at once?

I try not to read too many at once. I feel like it just gets in the way and sometimes can be hard to keep all of the stories straight. However, I currently am reading two books at once and probably will end up with me reading three books at once again. I'm reading a book at work, one for a bookclub and then the other book I choose to read will be a book that I want to read and review for this blog so I'm sure at some point I'll end up reading another. I usually like to devour one book at a time. It's just comforting to get lost in one story and not have to worry about other things a the time.
Thursday, March 17, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: Cloaked by Alex Flinn

Rating: 5 out of 5

CloakedSummary: Johnny is a pretty normal kid, except he loves shoes. He repairs shoes in a shop that has been owned by his family for years. His mother however, has to work a second job to keep the bills paid and even that's not enough. Johnny hasn't seen his father since he was two, and he doesn't have much of a life, that is, until a princess arrives at the hotel where his shop is located. She needs a shoe repaired, and with that shoe repair comes a quest. Her brother is missing, turned into a frog by a great witch. Johnny, the princess muses, is a good boy, just the right person for the job to find her brother and stop the evil witch. At first, Johnny thinks she's crazy, that is, until he can speak to the swans in the hotel lobby. Maybe she's not so crazy after all.

My Thoughts: I was a little iffy about reading this book. I was afraid it would be cheesy, and the first few chapters makes it sound like a cheesy book, that is, until you start getting to know the characters. I really felt bad for Johnny and his mom. I really start to feel for them being behind on bills, having their power turned off, and not knowing what to do. I really like how the book follows old fairy tales, but they have modern twists. I can't say I'm familiar with all of the stories mentioned, but still, it makes for a great plotline. At first, Johnny goes about the adventure alone, and later is joined by a close friend. You see a lot of strange things begin to happen with them around, and sadly, it is pretty predictable. I figured out that part of the story before it was revealed. I also caught on to another key story point before the story reached that part. However, even if you find out those key things, it doesn't make for a bad story. It ends well. It gives you that 'happy' feeling when you finish. It is, in essence a modern day fairy tale. If you like magic, giants, talking animals and fairy tales, this is a must read!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | By: Traci

Currently Reading: Cloaked by Alex Flinn

CloakedSo if you're paying attention to my Good Reads account you'll probably notice that I actually have three books going on at the moment. Well, Cloaked by Alex Flinn is one that I'll finish a lot faster than the other two, so my review will be more forthcoming than the others.

So far, it's interesting. I like that it's a modern take on fairy tales. I think Johnny's shoe obsession is a bit strange, but hey, if you grow up around it, I suppose you'll be obsessed with it at some point. I just started it tonight but I'm already up to Chapter 11 so expect a review soon!
Monday, March 14, 2011 | By: Traci

Mailbox Monday # 2

Here are a list of books I've recieved recently.

A Game of Thrones
The Witch's Daughter
A Discovery of Witches: A Novel

Room: A Novel
Amber Frost (The Lost Magic)
I Am Number Four
Promise (Soul Savers)
The Magnolia League

A Game of Thrones is a LJ book club book that I'll be reading for awhile. The others are books that I want to read. The Magnolia League is a Netgalley book up for review and it won't be reviewed until sometime next month. Whew! What a lot of books!
Sunday, March 13, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: Shine by Lauren Myracle (ARC)

Rating: 4 out of 5
Summary: Cat lives in Black Creek, a small town where people farm, go to church on Sunday's and really don't care much for alternative lifestyles. So when Patrick, a gay teen is attacked outside of his work in a gruesome crime, that everyone refers to as a hate crime, his friend Cat just can't let it go. She  begins to question Patrick's friends, and the people that she thought she knew everything about surprise her. She finds out about drugs, cheating, and that some of them are hiding more secrets than she thought.

My Thoughts: This was a quick, good read. I think it really goes to show you that, even if you've known someone all you're life, you probably don't know everything about them. Everyone has secrets, and sometimes people will go to far to protect them if they're pushed hard enough.  I really wanted to hear more indepth stories on the characters. I mean, we know who is who, and what they do. We also find out a lot about some guys, but the others are just kind of there, with blurbs which makes me wonder why they are there. However, this is a good story. It angers me to a point because I know that there are places out there that really do treat people the way the people in this town did, and that they really do easily toss around insults. Also the ending was sort of fairy tale but I feel like it was extremely rushed. We hit a big conclusion and then wham! The end. However, this is still a good read.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC copy.
Saturday, March 12, 2011 | By: Traci

Win Autographed Copies!

Click the picture above to head to her blog where you can enter the contest to win all 5 books above signed by their respected authors!

Sultry Saturday #1

Sultry Saturday is a new feature in which I display bookcovers that I find beautiful. Here are this weeks selections.

The Iron ThornEvercrossed (Kissed By An Angel)Tiger's Curse (Book 1)

Everkissed I came across on Amazon. I think it's so simple but yet so elegant at the same time. I think the flower is beautiful. I think The Tiger's Curse is lovely but maybe because I'm partial to tigers. And The Iron Thorn is something I came across at the bookstore last night. It's beautiful because it's haunting and dark.
Friday, March 11, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth (ARC)

Divergent Rating: 4 out of 5

DivergentSummary: In dystopian Chicago, the city is divided into five factions with each faction focusing on one quality or personality trait to cultivate. There is Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). At the age of 16, faction members take an aptitude test to determine their faction placement, but each teen gets to decide their fate themselves. Do they stay in the faction they were born into, or do they leave and risk losing everything, like their families?  Beatrice makes a surprising choice and does things she never thought she would; fight, get tattoos, look at herself in the mirror and laugh. Things are not perfect though. Beatrice holds a secret, one that can ruin her if it gets into the wrong hands. However it seems that her secret isn't the only one that can ruin the perfect society (or societies) that she knows. Something else is brewing and she might be able to save the one's she loves.

My thoughts: I loved this book! I hadn't really read dystopian novels before, so this was my first and it was wonderful. The closer to the end it got, the harder it was to put down. The book really took a surprising turn, which made me really question society. If you really dig deep and look into the words, you can see a lot of our society in this dystopian one and it makes me question if we're headed for a dystopian society our self.

I feel that this novel has the perfect match of romance and life in a society so unlike our own. We get to see some romance, and the typical questions that one might ask themselves as they are growing up, but we also see the characters grow and form into either 'perfect' members of society or not so great ones based upon the choices they make within their own factions. This is a book you will not want to miss!
Thursday, March 10, 2011 | By: Traci

Follow Friday # 2

 Who are You the Boy/Girl, instead of You the Blogger?

Well I'm a Preschool teacher during the day. Actually, my children are a little younger than what many people consider preschool. I teach one year olds. The children in my room are anywhere from 12 months to 24 months.  I have one pet hamster that is cute but tends to drive me a bit crazy, for instance, when he happens to get out of his cage and run wild. I also have some hermit crabs lounging in the bedroom. I like watching TV, crocheting even though I am taking a hiatus with it, video games and ghost shows. I live in a college town which sometimes is a pain and other times is pretty cool.

Book Blogger Hop

If I gave you £50 (or $80) and sent you into a bookshop right now, what would be in your basket when you finally staggered to the till?

This is a good question. I'm not really sure. I have lots of books on my wishlist so I would definitely buy many of those. However, I like bookstores because I can find so many new things that I don't see online. So I'd probably walk away with a YA or mystery book that wasn't on my wishlist to begin with! I like reading and finding new books.

What's in My Mailbox #1 Divergent by Veronica Roth

I entered a Good Reads giveaway and was lucky enough to win a copy of this novel by Veronica Roth. This was on my Wishlist so I'm very happy that I recieved a copy of it! I'm about halfway through it so I should be able to post a review hopefully by Saturday.  I'm really loving the cover of this book. It's quite haunting in person! So far, Divergent by Veronica Roth is proving to be a great read! Divergent is set to be released in May.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre (Optimized for Kindle)
Rating: 4 out of 5

Jane Eyre (Optimized for Kindle)Summary: Jane Eyre grows up with a wealthy family that wants nothing to do with her. Her Aunt only 'cares' for her because her dying husband asked her too. She is beaten and tortured everyday until her Aunt sends her off to a charity school where the conditions are not much better, but Jane spends 8 years there but she wants something more, something better for herself. She ends up at Thornfield Hall, a mansion taken care of by Mr. Rochester. She is a governess for a child named Adele. There, she finds love, but decides that it would be a sin.

My thoughts: I hadn't read any of the classic novels so I decided to give this one a go. I was pleasantly surprised. The writing at first made me feel like I was going to have a hard time reading this, but I really did not. After reading a few pages, I was hooked and just had to finish this novel. I really liked the plot and I liked reading about the things she did, and what went through her mind.  The major plot twist in the middle of this book was enough to have me extremely hooked. Thornfield Hall proves to be a lot more interesting than I expected but yet it really does not make me pity Mr. Rochester, I feel more for Jane. I really liked the conclusion of this novel. I like how Jane came to her senses, even though it really took a death for that to happen. All in all, I say read it. Reading the classics can't hurt!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 | By: Traci

Currently Reading: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre Some people probably find this hard to believe but I've never read Jane Eyre, or any other Charlotte Bronte books for that matter.  So I decided, since Good Reads was doing the Jane Eyre challenge that I'd pick up a copy and read it. I'm about 64% through it. My edition does not have page numbers so I'm basing it soley on how far my Kindle tells me I've read. So far, I like it. I'll throw up a review though when I am finished. I think this will mean I'll start reading more classics. I've decided that I should at least be familiar with some of them!
Saturday, March 5, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: Protector by Laurel Dewey

Rating: 4 out of 5

ProtectorSummary: Jane Perry is a rough around the edges, no nonsense cop that has a bit of an alcohol problem. She also has a bit of psychicness within her as well. She's assigned to a case with her partner Chris that quickly goes wrong, and a family of three dies, including their young daugther. Then, another case appears with a mother and father dead, with their young daughter Emily managing to escape. For some reason, Emily is rather taken with Jane. She is sent to a small town in Colorado called Peachville with Emily for two reasons: to protect her and to find out why Emily's subconcious is hiding about her parent's murders. It seems that Emily has a lot to teach Jane about life, about children and about moving on.

My Thoughts: This was a free Amazon Kindle book and I think it is still available for free. At first, I found it quite hard to get into the novel because Jane really is hard to like. She's rough, cusses a lot, is a chain smoker, and quite frankly just doesn't give a damn. However, Jane slowly begins to rub off on you, especially when she has flashbacks relating to her past with her father. I think those flashbacks make it easier to like Jane because you can tell she's really hurting and does a lot of what she does to guard herself.

I think my favorite parts of this book are where Jane and Emily interact. It's obvious that Jane knows nothing about children, and is a bit annoyed with her. However, it's obvious that Emily does rub off on her as well because she really does start to treat her like a daughter. The plot followed a pretty logical line, and at points, really had me questioning who was behind the entire thing. At first, I thought I had a good grip on things, and then the plot turned and had me questioning everything all over again. I usually have a habit of picking up on who done it early in mysteries/thrillers but not in this one.

 I am a bit disappointed in the ending of this book. The ending that I had planned would have been a typical ending, but still it made me sad. I think a different ending would really make Jane grow more as a character. And I wanted to see more of these two characters together. All in all, it was a great read.
Friday, March 4, 2011 | By: Traci

Follow Friday #1

What embarrassing thing have you done on cold medicine?

Well, I don't think I've done anything too crazy on cold medicine. However,  I did take an allergy medicine once that wasn't supposed to make me sleepy. Well it did. It also made me a bit loopy. When I was in college, I was taking some friends to the store, and I attempted to drive forward, through a trashcan. I needed to back up. That was embarrassing.

Book Blogger Hop

Who's your all-time favorite book villain?

Voldemort. I didn't come into reading Harry Potter as young as many people did. I was a bit older when I came to them. I realized how evil he truly was. You can liken him to a lot of real people that were evil. I think that makes him even creepier. There's just something about him, besides the fact that he tried to kill children that makes him pretty darn evil.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 | By: Traci

Currently Reading: Protector by Laurel Dewey

ProtectorSo I started reading Protector by Laurel Dewey pretty much right after I posted my review for The Sculptor. I finished The Sculptor and I posted my review right after. I really like keeping track of all of my books this way. It's pretty neat to see my books stack up.

So far I'm enjoying Protector. This was a kindle freebie, and I believe may still be one. If you're intersted in reading it, click on the picture to head to Amazon and check it out. The main character Jane is interesting and may or may not agree with you! She's definitely not for everyone.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: The Sculptor by Gregory Funaro

The Sculptor
Rating: 4 out of 5

The SculptorSummary: A serial killer emerges that takes the bodies of his victims, preserves them and turns them into works of art sends creepy messages to Art Professor Cathy Hildebrandt.  When it's determined that her book is the inspiration for the killings, Dr. Hildebrandt is called in to be a special consultant on the case. Then, she quickly becomes more involved when her Ex-husband goes missing. Then, The Sculptor decides that Cathy herself should become a work of art.

My thoughts: I really enjoy a good crime/mystery/thriller novel so I was excited to see this one offered up as a kindle freebie awhile ago. I like how the story played out. It was smooth, but the dialogue really bogged down the plot with this one. I did give the book a 4 out of 5 because it had a nice plot, it kept you on the edge of your seat waiting for the killer to strike next, or hearing about his process and his life, but the characters really over analyzed Michelangelo's art to a very annoying degree. Whenever the two main characters would begin to talk about her book and his art, I internally groaned, and I admit, I often skipped over their dialogue. I could gather the point within the first few sentences. I did not need to read four pages of the same thing re said differently each time. The end of the book is set up with a cliffhanger. It seems like a happy, perfect little world, and then bam! we're left wondering what happens next. It sets the author up for another book. However, I am not sure if a sequel is in the works. And as a note, this book definitely isn't appropriate for younger readers. This is something that the older crowd should read only.
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