30 July 2010

First Words: Fried Okra

"Nothing else could have put me on the road again, not after eighteen years of being dragged all over creation. The road was Mama's perpetual escape clause for boyfriends, bill collectors or just boredom."
Click here to download a free copy to your Kindle.

29 July 2010

Yackety-yak: Why I Heart Dystopian Novels

The other day (after I pretty much inhaled the Uglies trilogy) I got to thinking about why I love dystopian novels so much. Besides their uncanny ability to display what is both beautiful and ugly about humanity, why do they fascinate me? Then I came up with this little break down of how some genres make me feel.
Romance = feel
Fantasy = imagine
Mystery = analyze
Drama = sympathize
Dystopian = think
I love dystopians because they force me to ponder a different time and how I would survive it. A good dystopian (like Hunger Games) goes a step beyond that by swirling genres together. Then the reader not only gets to think, but they also get to feel, imagine, analyze, and sympathize. Which brings me to my question for you:
Which of your preferred genres holds a special place in your heart and why?
Decide to blog about it? Please link back in the comments.
{Photo credit: Benjamin Kanarek goes Blade Runner}

28 July 2010

Wishin' and Hopin': Girl Parts

This Wednesday, I am totally crazy to try Girl Parts by John M. Cusick. Tell me it doesn't remind you of Weird Science (1985)?
So far the reviews are mixed, however I am really interested to
try something that sounds like it is geared towards male readers.
Info: Girl Parts is scheduled to release August 10, 2010 Click here to read an excerpt.

Goodreads blurb: "Hello, David. My name is Rose. It’s a pleasure to meet you. We are now entering minute two of our friendship. According to my Intimacy Clock, a handshake is now appropriate…"

{Video advice: Wait or fast-forward to the part with the author.}

Does anyone else suffer from a post-80s crush on Anthony Michael Hall?

27 July 2010

Well Said: Sand in her toes?

"At the mention of the local surfing spot, an image of moonlight on water floated into Lena's mind. Her eyes snapped open. She sat up, looking around her room. Her hoodie hung in the closet, and her sandals sat in the shoe rack, same as always. Was it all a dream? She slid her feet out from under the covers and examined them. There were grains of sand between her toes...Lena lay back down slowly. She didn't remember getting out of bed, or going downstairs, or unlocking the back door. All she remembered was the shock of finding herself on the beach."
Oh no! The poor dear is sleep walking!

26 July 2010

Roving Reader: Tea

Despite the fact that I do not usually read chick lit,
I do love pink, tea, and fluffy white dogs.
Isn't this cover totally precious?
So has anything caught your attention lately?
The Roving Reader was created by GMR at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. It features eye catching covers captured via cell phone.

23 July 2010

Well Said: The Choir Boats

Straightening up, she said, "Now, my dear, there'll be no falling apart here, then. Pass me the eggs, let's make the best duff-pudding we can."
To download a free PDF click here.

22 July 2010

Spells | Book Review Mini

Book: Spells
Series: Part Two of the Wings series
Authoress: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 368 pages (Hardcover)
Goodreads: Spells
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy

My summary: Laurel is back and this time she is heading to fairy school to learn some tricks on how to protect her friends and family. But will she be able to resist her feelings for Tamani?

My say:
While Wings dazzled me, Spells never quite took flight.
If Wings was the mystery, Spells is the answers.
Sure your questions get filled.
Sure you finally get some time with her hot ex-boyfriend Tamani.
But overall it lacked the intrigue of Wings.
My verdict: I still have hope for book three and if you're a fan of Wings you really should read it. You get to see behind fairy veil and Aprilynne does a great job of weaving human history with fairy history.

My star rating: 3 out of 5 stars

My final say: Miss Thang better come to her senses and pick Tamani. He is totally made for her and won me over. David, who?

Review Copyright © of Tales of Whimsy.com

21 July 2010

Wishin' and Hopin': Oh so blue Lost Saint

Forgive me if you've seen this already but, I can not get over how beautiful the upcoming Lost Saint cover is. I adored The Dark Divine and can not wait for for the second installment. Bree officially has me wishing for Christmas in July. Hurry hurry hurry December!
Click here to read my review of The Dark Divine.
Click here to visit Bree's blog and learn more about her current giveaway.

News Flash: Claire De Lune 2 Title Revealed

Did you hear the news? My sweet pal Cherry (over at Cherry Mischievous) won the privilege to announce the title of the next Claire De Lune book! Click here for the reveal.

20 July 2010

Well Said: Rusty

"The Rusty Ruins were the remains of an old city, a hulking reminder of back when there'd been way too many people, and everyone was incredibly stupid." - Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

This book has really made an impression on me so far. I am totally anxious to see what Tally does with her impossibly difficult options. The choice she is forced to make is something I wouldn't wish on anyone.

Eureka! Those Shelves Are Quite Mad

I found these kooky shelves this past weekend and just had to share them with you. They're brilliantly fun, whimsical, and totally make me think of the Mad Hatter and Alice in Wonderland. Check them out here.
Credit: Spotted at The Steampunk Home.

19 July 2010

Contest Winners: In or In the Way

I am so excited. Today I get to give something to one of my favorite followers...
Aths from Reading on a Rainy Day! Congratulations darling Aths!
You have won my gently used signed copy of this powerful book.
In truth, I did a little dance when I drew your number.
Thank you to everyone that entered. The winner was selected with help from Random.org. Please stay tuned and continue to check my right hand sidebar for more upcoming contests.

17 July 2010

Cover Wonderment: Seeing Red

I have been completely and unequivocally obsessed with this cover ever since I first saw it
Cornucopia of Reviews. No seriously, I find my self gazing at it. It probably
has something to do with my obsession with tufted chairs.

According to Jennifer's blog this is suppose to be her spin on Henry James' The Turn of the Screw.
Scheduled release: August 31, 2010.

So tell me sweets, has any cover completely captivated you lately? 'Cause I could live in this one.

16 July 2010

Kindle Free Read: Mozart's Blood

Mozart's Blood by Louise Marley is currently FREE on Amazon for the Kindle. Historical Fiction with opera and vamps? Sweet, huh?

First Words: Istanbul

"An entire summer in Turkey alone with my father. When I first heard about the trip, I was so excited. I didn't sleep for two days. But now that I had logged the obligatory twenty hours of jet travel that it took to get to the Middle East and another week in Istanbul itself-the hot crowded capital of Turkey-I was having second thoughts."

14 July 2010

Paranormalcy | Book Review

Authoress: Kiersten White
Pages: 335 pages (ARC) Publisher: HarperTeen
Scheduled release date: August 31, 2010
Goodreads: Paranormalcy
Genre: Young Adult Fiction | Fantasy

My warning: The following review is brimming with copious amounts of fangirl love.

My summary: Evie thought she understood her place in the world. She aids mankind by helping her agency collect and control unruly paranormals. Until someone starts hunting and killing innocent paranormals. Suddenly everything she has ever known to be true is called in to question, including her own identity.
My say: Paranormalcy is fun fun fun. No really! It is everything a YA paranormal should be; a light, exciting, edge-of-your-seat adventure with a side of love and romance. Evie has a hip laughable inner voice. She is cute, quirky, and obsessed with the color pink. In short, she rocks! She can kick butt, save the world, and steal the heart of a hottie shapeshifter.
My verdict: BUY this book! I can not wait to pick up my own copy.

My star rating: 5 out of 5 stars; I just loved this book. If you are looking for something to jar you out of a reading slump, this it it!

My favorite line: "Normal was stranger than paranormal sometimes."

My love-o-meter: Innocent sweet young love? I need more Evie and Lend.

My kiddie-o-meter: Sure there is murder and the occasional nightmare visitor but there is nothing gory, no cursing, and no sex.

My adult-o-meter: Vampires, fairies, werewolves, and mermaids...oh my! This fun romp is sure to appeal to adults fans of fantasy creatures. I know I couldn't put it down.

My cautionary note: Vamp fans, beware. The vamps take a back seat to the fairies and sea critters in this one.

My cover thoughts: Perfection! The hair, make-up, and dress are almost exactly like an outfit Evie sports in a pivotal scene. Bravo HarperTeen!

My final say: If you could meet any kind of paranormal, which would you choose?

Review Copyright © of Tales of Whimsy.com
Thank you thank you thank you Sandy at Pirate Penguin for making this review possible. This was exactly what I needed!

13 July 2010

Well Said: 4:30am

"What friend can you call at four-thirty in the
morning, to ask for refuge and a large kitchen?"

"The incident at our home had turned into a 
predawn block party. Welcome to the mountains."

12 July 2010

Yackety-yak: Commenting

I have one quick little question for you my darlings.
When you comment on posts, do you prefer the comment box
embedded below the post or in a pop-up window?
Thanks for chiming in. Happy Monday!

Contest Winners: Deception

Good morning chickadees! How was your weekend?
This happy Monday I am proud to announce the winners of my Deception contest: Dawn M. and {A}Musing Reviews
Congratulations ladies! Dawn you have won my gently used ARC paperback and AMM you have won a brand new copy of Deception. Deception is loads of fun and I can not wait to see what you gals think of it. I will be contacting you via email for your mailing address. Thank you to everyone that entered.The winners were selected with help from Random.org. Please stay tuned and continue to check back for more upcoming contests.

Click here to read my review of Deception.
Click here to visit Deception on Goodreads.
Click here to visit Deception on Amazon.

11 July 2010

Roving Reader: Whodunit

Pint-sized mysteries guaranteed to challenge my inner sleuth?
Way cool!
I may have to go back for this one.
Did anything catch your eye this weekend?
The Roving Reader was created by GMR at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. It features eye catching covers captured via cell phone.

09 July 2010

Contest: Superhero Needed

This adorable little book isn't clicking with Mrs. Whimsy but desperately needs a reviewer. Will you be her superhero? If you are a US blogger interested in reviewing it, comment with your email address below. On August 9th, I will announce a winner and send it your way.

Wishin' and Hopin': Dreaming of Mistletoe

Goodreads blurb: "Arabella Dempsey’s dear friend Jane Austen warned her against teaching. But Miss Climpson’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies seems the perfect place for Arabella to claim her independence while keeping an eye on her younger sisters nearby. Just before Christmas, she accepts a position at the quiet girls’ school in Bath, expecting to face nothing more exciting than conducting the annual Christmas recital. She hardly imagines coming face to face with French aristocrats and international spies… "
Releases October 29, 2010

A Janeish Christmas mystery? * squeal*
Seriously, I can't wait!
What did you find this week?

First Words: Sneak

"PJ Sugar had been born to sneak up on people."

08 July 2010

Whimsy Update: Little Bluebird

I shouldn't be mentally decorating my new cottage. I should be working, blogging, reading...But no. I can not help my self. It is all I can think about. Then I came across these lovely prints on Etsy. Little Bluebird Studios prints vintage graphics on vintage dictionary pages. *le sigh* Tell me, how is a bookworm obsessed with all things vintage to resist? My only dilemma, which ones should I pick? I am thinking of purchasing two. Any thoughts?

07 July 2010

News Flash: Cutest Online Interview Ever

Go to Cari's Book Blog. She interviewed Holly Cupala (author of Tell Me a Secret). So what makes this interview so grand? In the video Holly interviews her self. Seriously check it out. It is not only adorable, but Cari is giving away her ARC.

What Happens When Bookworms Move

06 July 2010

Well Said: Vamp Jobs

"I sighed. I hate the vamp jobs. They think they're so suave. It's not enough for them to slaughter and eat you like a zombie would. No, they want it to be all sexy, too. And trust me: vampires? Not. Sexy. I mean, sure, their glamours can be pretty hot, but the dry-as-bone corpse bodies shimmering underneath? Nothing attractive there."

04 July 2010

News Flash: Once Upon a Week

Love fairy tales?
Keep an eye on NotNessie from Today's Adventures.
Very soon, she will be hosting a weekly fairy tale extravaganza called Once Upon a Week...
Be there or be square.

{Photo credit: Annie Leibovitz | Dream Portrait Series}

03 July 2010

News Flash and Yackety-yak: Roasted?

My darlings, I am so excited! August 3rd I will be bringing my US followers an opportunity to win a brand new signed hardcover of Roast Mortem by Cleo Coyle. This coffeehouse cozy promises mystery, arson, coffee, and recipes. Can I get a YUM? So tell your mystery loving friends and make sure to check back August 3rd.

Please visit www.CoffeehouseMystery.com for more about Cleo's culinary mysteries.
Click here to pre-order Roast Mortem on Amazon.
Click here to visit Roast Mortem on Goodreads.

Yackety-yak question:
Which beverage do you prefer while reading? Coffee or tea? Hot or cold?

{Photo credit: Rich Leighton}