31 January 2011

Across the Universe Review

Pages: 398 (ARC paperback) Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin
Formats: eBook, Audio, Paperback, and Hardcover
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Mystery Goodreads: Across the Universe
Taglines: "What does it take to survive aboard a spaceship fueled by lies?" & "Across the Universe is Titanic meets Brave New World."
Premise: Godspeed (the ship of the future) is full of lies. In an effort to preserve human sanity, one man has become the keeper of the truth and therefore history. But one girl, released early from her icy slumber, is about to inadvertently change the course of the future by unleashing truth and discord.

2¢ Worth: Across the Universe is an exciting, enticing, and exhilarating ride. One full of mystery, tantalizing factors, and historical rewrites that will keep you guessing. I dare you to read this and not hang on until the very end! How else will you find out why the people aboard Godspeed believe Hitler was a good leader and love and emotion are a thing of the past?

Whodunit: Just when I thought I had the mystery figured out, the end threw me for a loop.

Writing: Beth Revis has a knack for details. From the very beginning she made me feel as though I too was waking from cryogenic sleep.

Wrapping: Despite the beauty of the cover, it alludes to more romance than the book truly holds. Is that a bad thing? Not in my book. I found it refreshing that they struggle with their attraction and don't immediately fall head over heels. I do LOVE the ship map on the inside cover and found my self referring to it several times.

Whippersnappers: While the main characters don't engage in anything scandalous, you will find many mentions to sex and nudity. There is also a slightly disturbing near rape scene.

Wholly: Across the Universe is a 5 star intergalactic dystopian mystery. Have you read it? Are you feeling Elder?

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30 January 2011

Yackety-yak: Point of No Return

The point of no return. You know it. We readers all do. It is that beautiful moment we all wait for...
The moment you become a fish on a hook.
After that, the book sort of owns you. You're doing laundry and thinking about your book. You're cooking dinner and thinking about your book. You're working (or trying to work) and wishing you could rendezvous with your book. I call that moment the point of no return.

What do you call it? What was the last book that really hooked you?

I get hooked a lot. In fact for me, most books have a hook point of no return. But the best hooks are they ones I can still feel days after "the end".

29 January 2011

Love in a Headscarf Winner!

Good morning gals! Any fun plans for your weekend? I am on my way to the flea/farmer's market but first I had to stop in and announce the winner my Love in a Headscarf contest.
The winner is: Vv of vvb32reads!
Congrats doll! I will be contacting you via email. Thank you to everyone who entered and showed interest in Shelina's sweet memoir. The winner was selected with help from Random.org.
Click here to read my review of Love in a Headscarf.
Click here to visit the Love in a Headscarf site and watch interviews with Shelina.
Click here to visit the blog that started it all.

Credit: Image via Elizabeth Anne Designs.

27 January 2011

New Flash: A MUST see for Kindle & Nook Users

Have you heard or tried eBook Fling? According to PCMag.com, the site just pre-launched today and they are calling themselves "the Netflix for books". It reminds me of Paperback Swap for eBooks. If you lend an eBook, you earn credits so you can borrow an eBook. Don't have any credits yet? They cost only $1.99. Check it out and if anyone has tried it, I am anxious to hear what you think. Personally I am seriously considering trying it for Eat, Pray, Love.

Halo Book Review

Book: Halo Series: Halo Book #1
Alexandra Adornetto

Pages: 484 (Hardcover) 
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan
eBook, Hardcover, Paperback, Audio
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Angels
Goodreads: Halo

Tagline: "Will love ruin Bethany or save her?"
Premise: An angel, sent to earth on a mission, falls in love with a human.

2¢ Worth: Some books snap, crackle, and pop. Some books sizzle or shimmer. Some books stroll. They refuse to rush. The would rather you slow down taste, see, and feel. They resemble lazy Sunday afternoons. They prefer to marinate, stew, and build flavor. I can't promise Halo is the book for you. I can only promise you should try it when you are ready to savor a slowly simmered tale.

Wooed: I enjoyed watching Bethany learn to be human and fall in love with the saintly swoony Xavier.

Wrinkles: My only complaint was that Bethany didn't listen to her inner voice. Her spidey sense that told her, "Watch out angel girl! It's a trap."

Wrapping: Gorgeous isn't? But the best part is that the silhouettes actually honor the character descriptions.

Whippersnappers: This book has a spooky creepy stalker boy who happens to be a dark damned soul collecting followers.

Wholly: Halo is a 4 star tale about the power of love. Have you read Halo? Am I the only one secretly hoping Gabriel gives Molly a chance?

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26 January 2011

Garden Jar?

Did you hear? A new Alice Hoffman book was just released. Have you heard anything about it? It's been rather hit-or-miss with me and the Hoff lately. I loved Practical Magic but Skylight Confessions failed to charm me. Will you be trying The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman?

Remember Me? Review

Book: Remember Me? Authoress: Sophie Kinsella
Pages: 389 (Hardcover)
Formats: eBook, Hardcover, Paperback, Audio
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, British Chick Lit
Goodreads: Remember Me?
Tagline: "What if you woke up and your life was perfect?"
Premise: Lexi wakes up in a hospital having lost 3 years of her life. Everything seems perfect but the new Lexi has lost sight of what the old Lexi use to hold dear. Thank goodness the old Lexi is back in town.

2¢ Worth: Lexi's plight sucked me right in. She felt like a friend.

Wrinkles: While I found myself wishing at times the story was shorter, I could not let go until I too uncovered her past and subsequently her future.

Writing: Sophie Kinsella is gifted with the ability of inner dialogue. Lexi's thoughts felt real, current, and honest.

Word to the wise: This book will leave you ready to clean house (metaphorically) and start a new project.

Wrapping: The cover has a sweet secret romantic meaning but it doesn't seem to really capture the essence of the story nor the challenges Lexi faces.

Whippersnappers: There is infidelity, sexuality, and F-bombs a plenty!

Wholly: Remember Me is a 4-star, more fleshed out, Samantha Who? What ever happened to Samantha Who?

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25 January 2011

Whimsy Report: W Madness

We interrupt your regularly scheduled blogcast with this message:

Tales of Whimsy is going "w" crazy. So you will see some changes in the Tales of Whimsy reviews. Please hang in there and stay tuned for more scheduled updates as Mrs. Whimsy tweaks her style.

Over and out. Toodle-oo.

Well Said: Shore

"Our memories are the waves and we are the shore."
What if God Were the Sun? by John Edward

So far this sweet little book has brought tears to my eyes several times. I have to wonder how much of it is autobiographical.

Contest: Indefensible

Do you like murder mysteries or legal thrillers? Then I have a contest for you....
Goodreads summary: "When Elise plummets from her bedroom balcony one gorgeous summer night, her children awaken to a nightmare.

Their mother is dead. Their father is charged with her murder.

Lawyer Kate Lange knows all about nightmares. She's survived the darkest period of her troubled life and the wounds are still raw. Now she's been handed a case that seems utterly unwinnable: defending her boss, high-profile lawyer Randall Barrett. A prosecutor's dream suspect, Randall is a man who was cuckolded by his ex-wife. A man who could not control his temper. A man who had argued bitterly with the victim the previous day in full view of the children. With limited criminal law experience, Kate finds herself enmeshed in a family fractured by doubt. Randall's teenage son is intent on killing him. His daughter wants only to feel safe again. And the entire legal community would like nothing better than to see Randall receive a public comeuppance. As Kate races to stay a step ahead of the prosecution, a silent predator is waiting for the perfect time to deal the final blow."

Want to win a paperback copy?

If you are a resident of the US or Canada, comment with your email address below. The winner will be announced February 8th.

Click here to visit Indefensible at Goodreads. Click here to visit Pamela Callow's website.

22 January 2011

Dita's Library

If you love vintage and you like art deco, I
definitely recommend you pick up the February 2011 InStyle magazine featuring Miss Dita Von Teese's picture-perfect old Hollywood style home. Her luscious art deco library makes me swoon. Isn't it gorgeous and sumptuous? Which part do you like most? I'm leaning on the roman shades and lamp.

Click here to see the rest of the house.


Free Kindle Book Alert: from Cancer to Tractors

I love when real people overcome something or create something beautiful out of the seemingly ordinary. So I had to smile and share what is FREE right now for the Kindle.

Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips is based on the true story of cancer survivor Kris Carr. If you haven't already watched her documentary Crazy Sexy Cancer, check it out.

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels excerpt is from the upcoming memoir and real romantic story of one of today's most successful and famous bloggers. The book is due out February 1st.

Don't have a Kindle but still interested? Consider downloading the Kindle reader (for free) for your for PC, BlackBerry, or iPhone. Own a nook? Check out Free Friday at Hott Books.

20 January 2011

Contest: Artemis the Brave Winners

It's time! *horn toot* It's time to announce the 2 winners of my Artemis the Brave contest! *cha cha cha* The winners are Shannon of Book Dreaming and Katie of Book Love. Congratulations ladies! I will be contacting you both via email. The winners were selected with help from Random.org.

Thanks again to authors Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams for making this contest possible.

Click here to visit Joan Holub's blog or here to visit Joan Holub's websiteClick here to visit Suzanne Williams' website. Click here to visit Artemis the Brave on Goodreads. Click here to visit Artemis the Brave on Amazon.

Well Said: Snaps

"She stuck her head out and took a deep breath. If she could eat the cold air, she would. She thought cold snaps were like cookies, like gingersnaps." -The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
When I found a copy of this book for $1.00 in a vintage shop, I squealed and did a little dance. I just started it and already I am enchanted. Her writing is so descriptive and whimsical. *le sigh* Click here to see my review of my first Sarah Addison Allen read The Girl Who Chased the Moon.

19 January 2011

Cover Wonderment: Lady Law

Doesn't this cover look awesome? For only $3.19 on Amazon for the Kindle, I'm seriously considering picking up The Mysterious Lady Law! Has anyone tried it?
Goodreads blurb: "In a time of grand airships and steam-powered cars, the death of a penniless young maid will hardly make the front page. But part-time airship waitress and music hall dancer Julia Bairstow is shattered by her sister's murder. When Lady Law, the most notorious private detective in Britain, offers to investigate the case pro bono, Julia jumps at the chance-even against the advice of Constable Al Grant, who takes her protection surprisingly to heart.

Lady Law puts Scotland Yard to shame. She's apprehended Jack the Ripper and solved countless other cold-case crimes. But is she really what she claims to be-a genius at deducting? Or is Al right and she is not be trusted? Julia is determined to find out the truth, even if it means turning sleuth herself and turning the tables on Lady Law."

14 January 2011

First Words: Rain

"Nothing deepens a stream like a good rain...or makes it harder to cross." - Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes
OK so technically I haven't started this yet. But I wanted to give you lasses a taste of our upcoming Christian Fiction Book Club read for the month of January. This month's hostess is the sweet Lydia at The Overweight Bookshelf.

News Flash: The Shifter Gets a Makeover

It appears one of my favorite books, The Shifter by Janice Hardy, has gotten a makeover and been released as The Pain Merchants in the UK. Click here to read my review of The Shifter and click here to see the UK covers. Personally (as usual) I am loving the German covers I posted below.

Credit: Thank you Blueicegal at Fantasy 4 Eva for bringing this to my attention.

12 January 2011

Well Said: Medicine

"I swallow, hard. Doc is a good man, but his answer to everything is always medicine. He doesn't like emotion, any emotion. He prefers things quiet, controlled." - Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Taglines: "What does it take to survive aboard a spaceship fueled by lies?" & "Across the Universe is Titanic meets Brave New World."
Thoughts: So far I am completely engrossed. The people are sheep, they lost communication with Earth during "the plague", and the creative people seem to be confined to a ward. I couldn't put this down if I wanted to.

11 January 2011

Free Kindle Book Alert: Starlighter

If you're like me, you've been itching to try Starlighter by Bryan Davis. Well I've got good news! Starlighter is currently FREE for the Kindle. It is suppose to be fantasy with a subtle hint of Christian fantasy. I got to meet Bryan last year and he was super cool, funny, and down-to-earth. Check it out.

Need more info? Visit Starlighter's goodreads page.

Don't have a Kindle but still interested? Consider downloading the Kindle reader (for free) for your for PC, BlackBerry, or iPhone. Own a nook? Check out Free Friday at Hott Books.

News Flash: 7

I had a total space cadet moment! I forgot to tell you gals, I tied for 7th place (my lucky number) for the Top Ten Blogs (started before 2010)! Thank you to Natalie of Mindful Musings for hosting this poll, to everyone who voted for me, to my amazing followers, and to the gals who share the 7th spot with me: Parajunkee's View, I Swim For Oceans, and A Life Bound by Books. Honestly, I can't believe I was even allowed on the same list as Teens Read and Write, La Femme Readers, Book Chick City, and The Story Siren.

Credit: Thanks Missie from The Unread Reader for helping me snap out of it.

10 January 2011

Musical Match: Halo & Wings

The book: Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
The song: "Just By Being You (Halo and Wings)" by Steel Magnolias
The connection: The lyrics speak for themselves. I can't help but think of Xavier and Bethany when I hear this song.

09 January 2011

Contest: Who's brave? Artemis

Are you a parent, teacher, and/or librarian? Then this contest is for you! Compliments of authors Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, I have 2 signed paperbacks of Artemis the Brave up for grabs. Artemis the Brave is book four in the Goddess Girls series. It is a preteen take on mythology where the young gods and goddesses attend Mount Olympus Academy and learn to harness their powers. I haven't read them but don't they sound like a younger she-ra alternative to Percy Jackson? The books are suggested for ages 8-12. Interested in winning? All you have to do is comment with your email address below. You must be a resident of the U.S. to enter. Two winners will be selected and announced January 20th. Good luck!

Click here to visit Joan Holub's blog.
Click here to visit Joan Holub's website.
Click here to visit Suzanne Williams' website.
Click here to visit Artemis the Brave on Goodreads.
Click here to visit Artemis the Brave on Amazon.

08 January 2011

Contest & Cover Talk: Love in a Headscarf

Want to win my gently used U.S. copy of Love in a Headscarf? Tell me which cover you like best and comment with your email address below. You must be a resident of the U.S. and leave your email address to win. A winner will be selected and announced January 29th.

1: US/2: India/3: UK/4: Netherlands

07 January 2011

Well Said: Gray Areas

"Sometimes it's better to stop trying to make sense of things. Life isn't clear-cut, there are always gray areas."

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Whimsy Update: I Just Called to Say...

Thank you! Thank you for your comments while I was away on Christmas vacation. I am sorry it took me a while to reply. When I finally sat down yesterday to read and respond to everyone, I smiled, laughed, and got teary. Thanks for being more than I ever could have imagined from an online book love community. You gals rock!

06 January 2011

Love in a Headscarf | Review

Pages: 253
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publicity site: Loveinaheadscarf.com
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Genre: Memoir, Adult Non-Fiction
Goodreads summary: Love in a Headscarf
Buzz: She has been dubbed the Muslim Bridget Jones.

My say: Have you ever wondered what it must be like for a modern day Muslim? Have you ever pondered or been fascinated with the process of arranged marriages? Well then you have to read this book. Love in a Headscarf is witty, charming, and often comical. It is the real life story of a British Muslim gal looking for her Mr. Right. I smiled and smiled through Shelina's journey to find love and a balance between her culture and her faith. By the end of the book, she will feel like your friend and you will be so proud of what you've learned about her faith, her choice to wear a hijab, and her views on love coming after "I do".

My star rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My favorite people and parts:
  • Shelina's relationship with her mother.
  • When Shelina and her gal pals get together and swap suitor horror stories.
  • Her guts! Shelina challenges what "nice" girls should and should not do. This gal travels, buys a sports car, and climbs a mountain.
My notes:
  • Don't you love when a blogger makes it? Check out the blog that started it all.
  • Click here to visit the Love in a Headscarf site and watch interviews with Shelina.
My final say: Shelina, I have to ask (forgive me) did you keep a grand count?

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05 January 2011

Eureka! A Brew Just for You

Over the Christmas holiday, while browsing the most adorable little book shop, I came across Book Brew Coffee.com. Stop the truck! How cute is this!? I must have some. Honestly, I don't know why I didn't pick it up right then. After further investigation I learned they carry:

Reader's Choice
Writer's Roast

Dictionary Decaf

Editor's Select

Best Seller's Blend

Breakfast Preface

Adorable right? Has anyone tried it? Which flavor would you choose?

04 January 2011

Well Said: Say, Live, How

"I nod mutely. My voice is upstairs in my bedroom in protest at this awkward social situation."

"It is easy to say you know something, but a completely different matter to live it with your being."

"It was easy to forget that along with what you do, it is how you do it that is important."
My review of Love in a Headscarf by Shelina Zahra Janmohamed is coming soon. In the meantime, please check out the Love in a Headscarf site for more information about the book and the blogger behind the book.

01 January 2011

Happy New Year!

I can not believe it.
It is finally 2011. Happy New Year!

Mr. Whimsy and I are back from our travels and I am looking forward to reading.

I sure did miss you gals.
So what I want to know is, what book will be your first read of the new year?I am trying to decide between Halo and Love in a Headscarf.