Stuff that doesn’t suck is a meme hosted by Pam at Bookalicious where we graciously share with you the things that we come across in a week that don’t suck. This includes a variety of things from books to music to youtube and even more. Feel free to join in on the comments or on your own blog.
Game That Doesn’t Suck
There is a new card game that I have recently discovered and I was an instant addict; this game is called Dominion. It is a a game about conquering lands (Estates, Duchies, and Provinces) all the while drawing other cards that allow you to build your kingdom with Smithies, Moneylenders, Adventurers, Treasure, and more! The game is recommended for ages 8+ and for 2 to 4 people; it also claims that it is only a 30 minute game but it can be about 1 to 2 hours for my group of friends. There are several expansions including Prosperity, Intrigue, Seaside, and Alchemy.
Book Cover That Doesn’t Suck
I just simply love all the Mortal Instruments (and in turn Infernal Devices) book covers. I am working on acquiring City of Fallen Angels but for now I just spend my days admiring the cover and wishing I had this to read.
Blog That Doesn’t Suck
Running a blog can be a challenge at time; I ran a pretty successful blog before I took this one on and in turn my best friend has been running Kentucky Geek Girl for a while as well. She has recently done some excellent work on it including a new theme, new pages, and has a new feature lined up to review local “geek” stores in Central Kentucky. She has links to all her ways she can be connected including a twitter!
Video That Doesn’t Suck
To leave you with a happy thought, especially if you are a Disney love, check out this one man Disney soundtrack!
May the positive energy of non-suckiness follow you this week! Feel free to share anything else that doesn’t suck in the comments!
April 10th -16th
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Released: April 12, 2011
Series: Darkness Rising, Book 1
Goodreads | Barnes & Noble
Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn’t know much about her background – the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip – but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.
Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town – from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend’s hidden talent for “feeling” out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel . . . . different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya’s biological parents and it’s easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.
In The Gathering, New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong brings all the supernatural thrills from her wildly successful Darkest Powers series to Darkness Rising, her scorching hot new trilogy.
Hope you enjoyed this week in releases!
Be sure to check out my write-up for Enclave if you’re looking for more information on Ann Aguirre’s new release!
Marked by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast
Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (May 1, 2007)
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages (Paperback): 306
Series: House of Night (Book 1)
Genre: Paranormal (Vampire)
Enter the dark, magical world of The House of Night, a world very much like our own, except here vampyres have always existed. Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampyre and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change—and not all of those who are Marked do. It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no average fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx. Zoey discovers she has amazing powers, but along with her powers come bloodlust and an unfortunate ability to Imprint her human ex-boyfriend. To add to her stress, she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers: When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny—with a little help from her new vampyre friends.
The first person point of view in this book is considerably easy to read; it wasn’t hard getting into the mind of Zoey as the parenthetical inserts allow her to interject on her thoughts, she really does have some humorous side comments.
The Casts also did a great job in conveying the spiritual aspect of being a “vampyre” in this series; spirituality is a constant theme throughout this book and the aspects of it were beautifully written. They also do a very good job and suspending information that leaves you turning the pages.
However, I feel that it left me turning the pages for all the wrong reasons at some points.. Being 306 pages long, for the most part I felt like I was just reading the mundane life of your average teenage girl who just happens to be a vampire. For roughly 80% of this book, I felt like there was no direction that this book was going to take; it was overwhelmingly plotless. Even at towards the end, you get the spark of a climax and then the book ends. There is a great setup for the next book and/or rest of the series but in turn, this book left with a certain level of disappointment with its lack of action and rushed ending.
I just happened to start this amazingly awesome (read: vain) book blog in the middle of National Library Week! During the week, different events and days are celebrated to put the glory that is the library in the limelight. Yesterday was Bookmobile day, not to thrilling from my personal opinion; nothing beats getting lost in the stacks for hours. Today is different; today is a day to Support Teen Literature (YA!)! I am a big fan of YA fiction and was considerably disappointed by the small “Teen Corner” my home branch of the library had to offer. Knowing just how many fantastic authors are and how many books are releasing on a weekly basis, it is a little underwhelming; so the YA section of the library is something that needs to be bolstered, loved,, and nurtured just a little.
This event is celebrated and promoted every National Library Week by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). They also host the teen choice awards of YA fiction. Last year’s top choices had a couple titles that I knew, read, or recognized at the very least.
2010 Top Ten
- Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Series) by Suzanne Collins — Goodreads
- City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments Series) by Cassandra Clare — Goodreads
- Heist Society (Heist Society Series) by Ally Carter — Goodreads
- Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series) by Maggie Stiefvater — Goodreads
- Hush, Hush (Hush Hush Series) by Becca Fitzpatrick — Goodreads
- Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles Series) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl — Goodreads
- Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen — Goodreads
- If I Stay (If I Stay Series) by Gayle Forman — Goodreads
- Fire (Seven Kingdoms Trilogy) by Kristin Cashore — Goodreads
- Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson — Goodreads
2011 Nominees Are…
- Drought by Pam Bachorz
- I am J by Cris Beam
- You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin
- Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier
- The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card
- The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
- Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins
- Matched by Ally Condie
- Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
- Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
- Lies by Michael Grant
- Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
- Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
- The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
- I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
- Red Moon Rising by Peter Moore
- The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
- Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
- The False Princess by Ellis O’Neal
- Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson
- Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
- Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith
- Behemoth by Scott Westerfield
- Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Voting for the top ten will begin August 22, 2011! I haven’t read a lot of these so if you have feel free to let me know what you thought!
A new book was released yesterday, April 12, for YA dystopian lovers; a new series, Razorland, starts with Enclave by Ann Aguirre! Check out the trailer and be ready for an experience packed with zombies and action!
New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20’s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight, in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs. As the two are guided by Fade’s long-ago memories, they face dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.
Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon
Find out more: Author’s Website
Since I started this blog, I have worked on it everyday. Whether it be posts, or pages, or little tweaks on imaging or layout; I wanted to get it 100%, I wanted it to be perfect in my eyes. Eventually, it got to that point…physically. I could spend hours looking at the color scheme and graphics but something was off and I wasn’t sure what.
Today, I was sitting in the library writing a post about my insanely hard work out last night and my weight loss journey so far when really, all I could do is long to have the books beside me in my hands. I have recently been getting lost in a sea of book blogs and have enjoyed every minute of it and suddenly, I became very torn in the idea of the direction I wanted this blog to go. I was having an identity crisis of sorts.
So I did some calculating (I left the library with 4 new books) and did some advice seeking. So I found my best friend and an influential blogger that sends most of my daily hits from their blogroll and asked their advice. Could I do this? Should I do this?
Essentially, they both gave me the encouragement that I needed; if I am going to blog, I should blog about what makes me happy and grow an audience. Obviously, the audience here is vastly different the last one I worked with and appealed to and the theme is completely different, but I can do this and I am going to…I’m going to write a book blog!
Beyond the stacks in the library and beyond the store shelves, you can find brand new worlds that stretch beyond your dizziest daydreams, if only you’re willing to look…Within Pages.
In My Mailbox is a meme from The Story Siren that I will be using as a feature for this blog. I first discovered this on the Rant Page and then in my new found book blog love, have uncovered other book bloggers who participate like the writers of Novel Thoughts and Reading Teen. Sadly, unlike a lot of the book bloggers, I doubt I can do it every week as I don’t really have access to getting a lot of books in any given week; book buying is out of the question and I can only go to the library so many times! But anyways, I have re-connected with my love of reading (its funny how other addictions weed out things you love) and so as I have mentioned, books will be a featured topic here at TN: Eclectica so I will participate in IMM as much as I can! In my journey, perhaps I will have more from contests, book swaps, or maybe I will even be lucky enough for ARC’s someday.
I thought that since what I actually picked up this week is minimal that I would include a brief synopsis of my bookshelf as well! So without further ado…the books!
Books on the shelf…
- Harry Potter 1-7 by J.K. Rowling (All Hardback US Editions) – Goodreads
- Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer – Goodreads
- Tales of Beetle the Bard by J.K. Rowling – Goodreads
- Series of Unfortunate Events 1-10 by Lemony Snicket – Goodreads**
- The Liars Club 1-5 by Celeste Bradley – Goodreads
- The Royal Four 1-4 by Celeste Bradley – Goodreads
- The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – Goodreads
- Angels and Demons by Dan Brown – Goodreads**
- The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown – Goodreads**
- The Giver by Lois Lowery – Goodreads
- Stormrage by Richard Knaak – Goodreads**
- The Color of Water by James McBride – Goodreads
- The Marriage Contract by Cathy Maxwell – Goodreads
- The Loner by Genell Dellin – Goodreads
- Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice – Goodreads**
- Night Huntress 1 & 2 by Jeaniene Frost – Goodreads
- Games of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – Goodreads**
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini – Goodreads
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden – Goodreads**
Books from the Library…
- Marked (House of Night #1) by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast – Goodreads
- Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare – Goodreads
I would like to note that The Infernal Devices is a prequel series to another amazing series by Cassandra Clare The Mortal Instruments. I’ve requested that the library order City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare that released April 5, 2011 and is the fourth of six books in the The Mortal Instruments series.
That’s all I have for today! Be sure to let me know if you had anything in your mailbox!
**Denotes books owned but unread