{Book Birthday} Six Moon Summer

By: | Apr 29, 2011
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Remember, not long ago I reviewed a great book by SM Rein, called Six Moon Summer? Well today is it’s BOOK BIRTHDAY! (hands out party hats and, and noise makers, pours champagne) Click here to read the review I did, where I gave it 4 birds, and called it “fresh and fast-paced”.

Here’s a summary:

Rylie's parents are going through a messy divorce. They send her to summer camp to get her out of the way of their fighting lawyers, but she's just as miserable at the girls' camp as she was at home-- there's nothing vegetarian for her to eat at the mess hall, she hates hiking and archery, and the other campers taunt Rylie mercilessly.
One night, the bullying goes too far, and Rylie runs away. She doesn't get far. It's a full moon, and she isn't alone in the forest. A wild animal mauls her. She's certain she won't survive.
Instead of dying, she wakes up unharmed in her cabin the next morning. The only sign that something has changed are the healed scars on her chest, her increasingly keen senses, and her sudden craving for raw, bloody meat. A boy from the other camp seems to know what's happening to her, but Rylie isn't sure if she can trust herself with Seth.
Rylie soon learns that she only has until the end of summer before she becomes just like the monster that attacked her: a man-eating werewolf hungry for human flesh. Unless she can find a cure, she's only six moons away from transforming forever and losing her life to the hunger..

And don’t forget to check out the book trailer!


Six Moon Summer is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble now! You can find where to buy it and see more on the website at http://www.sixmoonsummer.com/

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{Waiting on Wednesday} 4

By: | Apr 27, 2011
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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

In my travels long from blog to blog I came across this book. The first thing that grabbed me was the cover. Awesome, right? The then name…uh, heck yeah! Toss in the plot, a totally awesome author, Kendare Blake who I found out is from a town just 30 minutes north of me, and I am giddy with anticipation to read Anna Dressed in Blood.

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Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday! Tell me and give me your link so I can check yours out as well!

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Winners!

By: | Apr 26, 2011
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We have our winners for the Die For Me ARC and autographed bookmarks!

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Congratulations:

Ashley H
winner of the ARC and autographed bookmark

and

Nicole Sobon
winner of an autographed book mark

*please remember, because I am leaving for vacation early tomorrow morning, your prizes will not ship out until I return on the 5th. I apologize for the inconvenience.

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4 Weeks ‘Til Blood Magic!

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I know, it’s not a Wednesday, and I have already done a Waiting On Wednesday on this particular book any way, but I have to add this to my blog because I am anxiously waiting on Blood Magic, like you wouldn't believe.

Back in October, I got to meet Tessa Gratton. Now, because she had no book to sign (yet!) my incredibly smart friend Amy had the amazing idea to print off her book cover and bring them along so Tessa, who was with both Maggie Stiefvater and Brenna Yovanoff that day, also had something to sign.

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(Never mind how ridiculously beautiful I look….)

I want all of you to RUN to good reads and add Blood Magic to your TBR list! My only solace is that 1 of these 4 weeks I will be waiting on this book will be spent in Mexico.

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Dear Tessa, please hurry up and publish Blood Magic. Waiting is not on my list of things I am good at. (I know she has no say over this, but I had to put it out there none-the-less..hehe)

4 weeks….only 4 weeks! YAYAYAYA!

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{Top Ten Tuesday} 4

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It was created because of their love of lists, and I myself love lists as well - so you will see it frequently popping up on MMSAI.

Everyone is welcome to join in, and don't worry if you can't think of 10 - just do as many as you can. And of course, be sure to link back to TBATB on your post!

This weeks topic is:

Top Ten Mean Girls

While compiling this list I realized that most mean girls, don’t stay mean through the whole book. So think of the character as a whole when you read their name..I don’t want to elaborate too much on them for those who have not read the books.

1. Isabelle Culpepper from The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series by Maggie Steifvater.I wanted to hit her at least 2-3 times. Just saying.

2. Lindsey from Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. To be honest I thought all the girls in the book at some point possessed the “Mean Girl” title, and maybe that’s why I didn’t like it much because the personalities of the girls in the book made me want to stab myself in the eye ball with a spoon. I just never liked those kind of girls, and I guess I don’t like reading about them either. Vampire_Academy_Support_by_DragonGu

3. Mia Rinaldi from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – those blondes are always up to no good. *lol*

4. Aphrodite LaFont – House of Night by PC Cast – Okay while she was the “mean” girl, she was also the ONLY reason I made it as far into the series as I did. She cracked me up on a regular basis. However, after 7 books I quit. I honestly can’t believe they are still making more….

5. Wicked Witch of the West – from The Wizard of Oz, really does this one need any explanation? Although, if my face looked like her’s I’d be pretty mean to the pretty girls too.

6. Mandy from Possessions by Nancy Holder – does it get any bitchier when you try to possess your friends? I think not.

7. The Best Friend in Anathema by Megg Jenssen – God I can’t even say ANYTHING about this one with out ruining at least some part of the book….she’s a wench. Trust me.

8. Queen of The Fey – The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Fairies are nasty creatures. The are the Queens of Mean.

9. Joshua’s Grandmother in Hereafter by Tara Hudson – nothing says “mean” like trying to banish someone to hell…..Evil-Stepsisters-cinderella-1974433-300-221

10. Wicked Step Sisters – Cinderella – again another one that doesn’t need explanation, they are seriously the meanest of the mean.

Be sure to leave me your link in the comments so I can see your list too!

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{Blogger Babble} We’re Featured!!

By: | Apr 25, 2011
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Check this out! Me, My Shelf and I is featured over on Mystifying Paranormal Reviews in their Bloggers Secrets!

CLICK HERE

to check out our interview with them!!! Enjoy!!!

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{In My Mailbox} 6

By: | Apr 24, 2011
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In My Mailbox is a weekly meme, hosted by The Story Siren, held usually on Sundays that encourages bloggers to share what they bought, borrowed, or begged for this week.

Happy Easter to all my readers who celebrate!

This week I won an autographed copy of The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez from Random House Children’s Books – thanks so much Random House!

The Red Umbrella is a YA Historical Fiction that I am looking forward to reading!

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Also, my amazing Twitter Pal, Tiffany King sent me an autographed copy of her debut novel Meant To Be, with some great autographed cards that I just might use for some giveaways in the future….if your all good :D

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FOR REVIEW

The Betrayal of Maggie Blair by Elizabeth Laird
Rosie by Mariam Maarouf
Advice Girl by Lauren Shaw
44 by Jools Sinclair
Sleight by Jenn Sommersby

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In a surprise arrival this week I got Hereafter by Tara Hudson from the uh-maze-ing Farrah of I Eat Words (check em’ out!) We did a little book swap of sorts. I lent her Delirium, and told her if she loved it to keep it and send me Hereafter or something else awesome. A little mini swap-a-roonie!

Thank you Farrah – I adored this book, I love having it in physical form!

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Thank you to Random House Children's and everyone else who took part in this weeks IMM! Be sure to leave me a link to yours so I can check it out as well!

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{Blogger Babble} In Light of New Information

By: | Apr 22, 2011
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First off, Happy Earth Day! Everyone go out and plant something today or recycle a book (sharing IS recycling!). Bloggers Orders ;D

Now back to business: My post from yesterday has been quite the hot topic on Twitter lately - well not my specific blog but the topic I chose to write it on has been all over the place.

Like I mentioned in my post about the Dreaded Required Follow, I'm a reasonable and logical person and because of this I am going to run a little experiment of sorts.

Now if you recall in my blog I defended the required follow to enter a contest. And I still do, but to better understand the other side, and to see if it works as well as they say, for several months I am not going to require a follow to enter a contest. What's it going to hurt if it doesn't work? And if it does work, well like that would be a bad thing! LOL.

I might, here and there, to better get to know my readers ask if they are a follower, but will note on the form heavily it has no bearing on the contest. I need to be able to measure who's a follower and who's not if I want to be able to have some kind of information to break down later.

Thank you Twitter, like a good court room drama you have really given me something to think about and helped me see I need figure out what works best for me! In order to do that I have to try something new!

Now this isn't to say I won't go back to my Required Following Ways, this is a trial run. I know how many followers I have now, how many were from contests (what can I say, sometimes it pays to be mildly OCD) and I'll weight that against the new number in several months!
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{Blogger Babble} The Dreaded Required Follow + Poll

By: | Apr 20, 2011
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On Twitter today a really great topic was raised and I had the opportunity to discuss it with a few fellow (and equally amazing) blogger buddies. It got me thinking, which of course quickly became a blog post. Sometimes it happens with out me even knowing it :D

The topic was:

Should you require entrants to follow your blog in order to be eligible for the prize

For most bloggers, this is a "to each their own" kind of thing and I would like to take this time to voice my stance on the topic. *pulls out soap box. dusts it off. climbs on*

I do require you to follow my blog in order to enter any give away I host, be it personally from me, given by an author that I am hosting on behalf of, or part of a "hop".

Other then one's name and personal information, the follow is the only thing I require. I will, from time to time offer you opportunity to gain extra entries by asking if you tweeted it or followed the author who is being mentioned, but I too find this annoying sometimes and so it's not very often this will happen.

I find this small gesture on the part of my readers fair in the grand scheme of things. Let me lay out exactly why:

I do not have a magic book portal in my house where, if I stand perpendicular to the sun on a Thursday after solstice, books will appear and stack up high, next to which also a pile of money will land. Nope-a-roonie. More than 80% of what I have given away has come out of my own pocket, or to be fair my husbands pocket because the stay-at-home-mom-book-blogger-writing-first-novel isn't a paying gig yet. I'm not, and neither is he, made of money. Nor are you I would bet. And the cost of the item itself is not all there is, there's packaging and shipping, and other costs to take into consideration.

Now lately, I have been utterly blessed (and I say this with the utmost sincerity) to have a few authors allow me the privilege to read and review their books, and in some cases have even offered me some swag and/or books for my awesome readers. Some of these authors have sought me out, some I have contacted in a professional manner and expressed my desire to read their novel. Usually, even if I am lucky enough to hear back from someone I sought out, there is still a lot of getting to know you type stuff to make sure that the blog and blogger is the right fit. This takes a lot of time, time I gladly spend, but with a family time is one of those things there is never enough of.

Me, My Shelf and I is not yet of the highest regarded stature that my more established sister (and brother) blogs are where publishers adore me, have framed photos of me on their desks and call me weekly to chit chat along with mailing me out books randomly that appear in that glorious contraption at the end of my drive way called the mail box. Each ARC I receive is done so after a lot of hard work on my end. Part of this hard work is net-working, and 99% of the time I am asked directly how many followers I have by the keeper of the book. It is how they gauge you, how they make sure you are a serious blogger.

While I started this blog because reading is my passion, I go to bat for my readers to bring them the newest, the best and most honest reviews possible along with some fun goodies along the way. In return I don't find it too much to ask that you support me in return by following.

I believe in my writing. I believe that you will get a great review, and giggle a little even if it is just at my poor punctuation. But I can't expect you to fall in love with the first post you read, I mean even I have off days and lame posts from time to time. I'm only human. So how can I get you to come back? Well, to be apart of your blog roll on Blogger by you clicking the golden FOLLOW button. (or for you to be following me on twitter, of course)

I will wage a years worth of books that if you stop in for a giveaway, skip over the content (you know you've done it!) and just fill out the form you will not likely be popping about the mall, sipping a half caf caramel latte with foam and suddenly have the epiphany that you need to check out my blog the second you get home because they way I worded "Mailing Address" on that giveaway form was life changing to you.

Basically in the end (bless your soul if you made it this far) I work hard for you, and I don't think it's too much to ask you to click a little button that will help bring you back in the future. And what does it cost you? Nothing. There are no e-mails, annoying solicitation phone calls, just my latest post popping up in your blog roll.

To each and everyone of my followers, THANK YOU for helping make my little piece of the web all the more wonderful. With out you to write for I have no reason to do this.

Weigh in below in the comments section - what do you think about the required follow? And let me know if your a blogger when you do :D

- Take a minute to take my poll -
it is anonymous so feel free to be honest!


  • Always!
  • More than half the time
  • Less than half the time
  • Never
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{Interview} with Amy Plum - Part 1 + Giveaway

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Some of you may recall that I reviewed and fell in love with a book called Die For Me by Amy Plum back in March. (Click here for my review) I have been lucky enough to have obtained ARCs of this amazing book and to do a great interview with Amy as well. I'm going to do a 2 part series of the interview, since I asked her far too many questions, which she was wonderful enough to answer all of and I want you all to be able to read the whole thing!

Check in at the bottom for the opportunity to enter for a chance at an ARC and autographed bookmark from Amy Plum!

This is the first part in a 2 part Interview series MMSAI will be doing with the fabulous Amy Plum, author of Die For Me, the first in The Reverants series, releasing May 10th 2011 by Harper Teen.

During the first interview we're going to learn a little more about this amazing author and about what it was like to write Die For Me.

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Amy Plum grew up in Birmingham, Alabama before venturing further afield to Chicago, Paris, London and New York. An art historian by training, she finally traded a tiny apartment in Brooklyn for a rambling farmhouse in a village of 1300 people in the French countryside. She lives there with her French husband, two young children and big red dog Ella, and spends her time writing in a tiny ancient stone house in her garden.




Questions on Amy Plum:

MMSAI: Amy can you tell us something about you that we may not learn by reading your bio on your website.
AP: I hate trying on clothes in stores. It makes me feel claustrophobic. If I know what size I wear in a certain brand, I'd much rather order it on the internet.

MMSAI: Who are some of your favorite authors?
AP: Some authors I like multiple books by and won’t hesitate to re-read: Barbara Kingsolver. Neil Gaiman. Eudora Welty. Mark Helprin

MMSAI:What do you do to unwind/relax?
AP: Read in the tub. Lots of bubbles. And a candle or two.

MMSAI: When you were a child, what did you aspire to be when you grew up?
AP: I had so many things I wanted to be: writer was always a top pick but I also had astronaut and librarian on my list

MMSAI: Tell us your latest News:
AP: Let’s see...at the moment I’m waiting to get my changes on D4M2* from my editor, and in the meantime am madly dashing about getting other things done, because I know that once I get the manuscript back I’ll have a month to do my edits! (*Die For Me 2)


Questions on Writing Die For Me & Writing in General:

MMSAI: What made you want to write a YA Paranormal Romance series?
AP: I had written a memoir-style book that hadn't sold, and felt like doing something in a completely different genre. I had just read the Twilight novels, and was so sucked into that story that I wanted more. But I wanted to do it my way, with my own monsters and on my own turf (Paris!). And I think it was a bit of a personal challenge to see if I could create a romance that swept me—the author—away. I had no idea that it would actually sell!

MMSAI:What was the biggest challenge you faced while writing Die For Me?
AP: Figuring out the revenants’ mythology. I didn’t plan it ahead of time, I just kind of let it evolve—answering my own questions about what they were as I wrote. I thought that would be more honest than plotting it out myself. Sometimes it really felt to me like they already existed and I was just uncovering their mythology. But I felt like I had to be open and receptive in order to be handed the puzzle pieces. There were only a couple of times where I actually had to make a decision in order for the rationale behind a “revenant rule” to work.

MMSAI: Is anything in Die For Me based on yours or someone you knows life
AP: Yes – lots of things are based on my own past. The main thing is that my mom died twelve years ago, and Kate’s emotions after her parents’ death were very similar to my own. And then there are all of the little things: I’ve tour eiffelbeen to a party at an underground club in Paris like Lucien’s. I like to zone out when I’m in a peaceful place like a museum or by the river. I spent a lot of time perusing the shops in the Village St. Paul when I lived down the street – in the apartment where I’ve placed Jules’s studio. Yes...a lot of the book is taken from my own experiences.

MMSAI: How long was Die For Me being written?
AP: Before Die For Me’s book deal, I worked for a few years an English professor in a French university. I waited until I had graded final exams, and then threw myself into the writing full-time. I finished the first draft at the end of summer break, so it took three months of solid writing


In our next and final installment of our interview with Amy Plum we will get her thoughts on the writing and publishing process and more importantly learn a lot more about her book Die For Me. Coming May 2nd! Watch for it!

Now for some fun stuff, who wants an ARC of Die For Me and an autographed bookmark to go along with it?
1 First Place Winner will get an ARC of Die For Me & an autographed bookmark
and
1 Runner up will win an autographed bookmark!

You're lucky because you’ll get an ARC with the original cover image on it! You may not think it's as amazing as the new one, but I love the original because it is "the book" like a page was torn right from it and put on the cover!

Contest runs until Tuesday April 26th 12:00 (noon) CST

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stay tuned for winner




*please note to the winner that MMSAI will be on vacation from the 27th to the 4th of May and shipping of items won will bot happen until we return from our vacation.
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{Top Ten Tuesday} 3

By: | Apr 19, 2011
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It was created because of their love of lists, and I myself love lists as well - so you will see it frequently popping up on MMSAI.
Everyone is welcome to join in, and don't worry if you can't think of 10 - just do as many as you can. And of course, be sure to link back to TBATB on your post!

Today's Top Ten List is a throwback where I picked from the list of 44 TTT they have done but didn't get to participate in. And I chose.....drum roll please...

Top 10 Fictional Crushes
as always for me, these are in no particular order

1. Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare - when I read this series I seriously went "Edward who?" I imagine he looks like Alex Pettyfer

2. Jasper Hale from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Truth be told I started as Team Edward, but have since changed my ways and am now strictly Team Jasper. Plus I'm high strung so I could use a guy who can calm me...lol.

3. Dimitri Belekov from Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead - in my mind this is Ben Barns. Seriously I have had many of dreams of a dark haird vampire wearing a cowboy duster kicking some butt. Hehehe.

4. Cole from The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater - All I got here is "Yum" and his voice on the audio can only be described in the words of Maggier heself "sex on a stick"

5. The Winchester Brothers from Supernatural TV show - Don't make me pick one. Seriously that's just mean. Deamon hunting, butt kicking, hot looking dudes in a '67 Impala...yes please! If you don't watch this show, there is something wrong with you. And PS it's easily one of the funniest shows I have ever watched....yes funny and scary and demon hunting and hot guys...it's like Christmas every day!


6. Az from A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford - all I have to say about this one is - Just Heavenly *drools*


7. Petta Mellark from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Ah, The Boy With Bread. What's more romantic then spending your first "date" fighting for your lives :0) LOL. I must admit I don't picture him as they cast him fro the movie but Hollywood will work their magic I hope and still make my boy drool-worthy.

8. Etienne aka "St. Claire" from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - I imagine him (as does the author I think) as Adam Bordy. Hum-a-nah, Hum-a-nah....the unobtainable boy you have to fight to get and secretly crush on....PLUS he has an accent. Bonus!

9. Charlie St. Cloud from The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood - I read the book before I saw the movie, but the previews were already out so I pictures him as Zac Efron the whole time. And let's just be honest, Efrons hot. Plus any guy that can see ghosts is my kind of guy!

10. Peter Pan - this is just one of those things that is from forever. I have always had a crush on Pan, and I think I imagine him more like Jeremy Sumpter then Robin Williams....lol. There's something so magical about this story that I fall in love with over and over.

What's your Top Ten Tuesday? Or Who are your Fictional Crushes?
Let me know here or link me to your post!
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{In My Mailbox} 5

By: | Apr 17, 2011
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Happy Sunday everyone! Here's the weekly installment of IMM

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme, hosted by The Story Siren, held usually on Sundays that encourages bloggers to share what they bought, borrowed, or begged for this week.

Click the name of the book/author/blog throughout to be be taken to more information on that particular topic :0)
This week I won an autographed copy of Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler from The Ending Unplanned blogs amazing blogger, Rachel Harris.
As it would be, I am actually also participating in a Blog Tour for this same book in the next few weeks. When the other copy arrives to me from all the other great bloggers who are participating I will set up a giveaway for that copy! So keep your eyes peeled

I bought the following: Twilight Saga Official Illustrated Guide (review HERE) not a lot to say about that actually. Hit up the review...it will explain it all

Also bought is 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson. Okay I didn't buy it so much as I got it for free on "Mah Nookie" . Currently it's Free on the eReaders so check that out! I know this book was published back in '06 but I have never gotten around to reading it, this is a great way to finally do so!

I have flat out begged for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - which I am pretty sure I did once before...and now I am keeping track of who I assault with e-mails begging for books (lol) because one is enough. And no, I'm actually not begging...I'm using the term loosely I promise I am very professional in all my encounters with authors, publicists and publishers. Scouts honor.


IMM this week was supposed to be much larger, I know I had things mailed to me from contests won and other things - but my mail man is new and I'm beginning to think that he's really bad at his job. If you have mailed me anything in the past week - please let me know so I can properly deal with Mr. Lazy Postman.
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{Book Review} The Twilight Saga Offcial IllustratedGuide

By: | Apr 16, 2011
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The Twilight Saga The Official Illustrated Guide
Format: eBook
/Hardcover
Pages
: 534 Hardcover
Published: April 12, 2011
Rating: 2 Birds

Fans of the #1 New York Times bestselling Twilight Saga will treasure this definitive official guide!

This must-have hardcover edition--the only official guide
--is the definitive encyclopedic reference to the Twilight Saga and provides readers with everything they need to further explore the unforgettable world Stephenie Meyer created in Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. With exclusive new material, character profiles, genealogical charts, maps, extensive cross-references, and much more, this comprehensive handbook is essential for every Twilight Saga fan

It physically pains me to tell you that I am disappointed beyond words in this book. It's 2 years too late. I waited so long for it to come out, that I really expected it to be something more than it was.

First off, let's just go with the obvious - the word "Illustrated" is in the title, yet I think there's maybe 30-50 pictures through the whole 500+ page book. I was reading this on "Mah Nookie" and thought (prayed is more like it) that I was losing something in translation so I huffed it up to the YA section of Borders today and flipped through an actual copy of the book....I stood over it shaking my head in disappointment for 10 minutes before deciding that I wouldn't be putting my money down on a copy of this guide in physical form. Mega fan or not. Seriously...wouldn't you assume that something called an Illustrated Guide would be more images than words, or at least equal parts??

The photos that are in it are of things we saw in the movie. Just cartoon like drawings of it. Jacobs house, the boat from Quileute legend, and so forth. The only thing that I saw that was even a little different, was Bella's room. All the characters have a Magna drawing representing them, and (sorry) I really don't like magna because I feel like every drawing looks so much the same when done by the same artist....

I did like Bella's wedding dress and was proud of my husband when I showed him the photo of Laraunt and asked him what was wrong with it and he happily announced that "Laraunt isn't white" LOL. Guess I didn't know that was Steph's original image of him. (maybe I'm not as Mega of Mega fan as I once thought)

In the end it was ok. It wasn't worth the wait for me, I didn't really learn anything new and it was kinda redundant in the beginning.

Here's some images from the inside of the book that I did really like - Especially Nessie, what a pretty girl!

Bella as a Vampire and her Wedding Dress

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Nessie and her Crib...exactly how I imagined both of them!


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{Book Fluffers} Mortal Instruments Edition

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You may or may not be aware that I am in an EPIC book club, we are called The Book Fluffers.

I will not discuss how the name came to be, only that when you stick a bunch of 30 something moms in a room with other moms after a long week of their only interaction being with kids, funny and inappropriate things are bound to be said.

Back in February it was my turn to host, and the books were The Mortal Instruments 1-3 and Clockwork Angel. See, we're kind of the over-achievers of Book Clubs, we don't read A book, we read A series per month. On months when what we read only has 2 books in the series....we assign "extra credit books" which usually coincide with the release of a movie. Then we all go out to the movie together.

Back to the meeting: With the help of my amazing pal Jen, we made a Jeopardy board covering all 4 books. I even made what we called "Petty Paddles" so they could signal when they wanted to answer. Let me tell you it was difficult to be on the receiving end of so much visual epicness....lol

Here we are showing off our Petty Paddles - please never mind the 80's-ness that is my living room. We are of the collective that Alex Pettyfer is (looks -wise) our Jace. I haven't paid too much attention to his acting to know if I think he could rock the role...but damn if he's not nice to look at.

And just so there is no confusion in the future......I'm Team Jace.


So, now you have met the Fluffers - expect to see them more in the future. We have some pretty awesome meetings!!!
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{Follow Friday} 1 & {Helpful Baby Friday} 4

By: | Apr 15, 2011
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So I have been seeing this hop for some time and wanted to participate, but the lack of brain function in the morning which is when I tend to set up my posts lead me to believe it was far too complicated and I always passed on it.

This week however, I will do no such thing. I will be smarter then the Hop and weather I do it right or wrong I am doing it. Here's where I get confused....do I answer the asked question on my blog, or repost what the featured blog listed on Parajunkees View said??? Since I don't know and hopefully Prajunkee will stop in and fix my ways, I will answer it myself today.


Do you have any one to talk about books with IRL? Tell us about him/her
I do, I have several in fact. I'm going to start with the most unwilling member of this group though - my husband. The poor guy finds himself having to listen to complicated plot scenarios or bits of stories I find funny that he doesn't understand, basically on a daily basis. He always smiles and nods and acts like he cares when really he just wants me to shut up and go back to the book because he hasn't a clue what I'm talking about. LOL. Poor guy.

Luckily enough for him, I also have my book club so when that day of the month rolls around he is off the hook. The Book Fluffers meets once a month at a different Fluffers house each time. Depending on who is hosting we can be somewhere between Minnesota and Wisconsin.

We are, what I like to call a book club of over achievers...we don't read just one book for our meetings, no no, we read entire series. Our first meeting was The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead to corolate with the release of the final book and an author appearance at the Mall of America. And next month our book series is the Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward, of which there is 9!

We communicate through out the month with a FB page, and do most everything as a group. We were after all mostly a big group because we're not just a book club we were all friends before this!


For information on participating in Follow Friday Click HERE
(Instructions are near the end of the post)

Adding to the end here is my

Helpful Baby Friday
Hosted by SM Reine to find humor in all those little things that happen through the week that make writing, blogging and being a mom interesting.
You can be a mom to a husband (hehe) a fur-baby, a pet rock - anything!

This week Little E didn't do anything particularly "helpful" other then her normal shenanigans. But just so you know I don't keep her locked in the house learning all her letters from PBS every day - I wanted to share a photo of her outside! (gasp!)

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Again, nevermind the poor quality....it's my iPhone I was using...seems to be the one thing I always have handy.


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{Book Review} City of Fallen Angels

By: | Apr 14, 2011
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City of Fallen Angels
The Mortal Instruments #4
Format: Hardcover Exclusive Copy From B&N
Pages: 424 Hardcover
Published: April 5, 2011
Rati
ng: 3.5 Birds

Review may not be entirely spoiler free - read at own risk.

City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever.

I finished COFA last night and forced myself to sleep on it before writing the review. I think, sadly I may have the unpopular opinion here....COFA was NOT what I thought it would be.

First things first, and this is little, but it must be mentioned....did Cassie Clare get word of the day toilet paper while writing/editing COFA? I ask because sprinkled about in the book are words I see so infrequently (more like, if ever) in YA Lit, I had to look them up..... For instance:

"...her mother would be incensed, but nothing else seemed to be working" p.305

Huh?

Yes, it means "very angry" but I think that CC may have gone a bit overboard with the addition of huge words no teenager in the right mind would know. I love a good wordsmith, but she wasn't aiming these words at her target audience.

Next, we were promised a wedding in this book, were we not? It was in fact one of the only things that Cassandra noted right off the bat that we would have....and yet - there wasn't one. There was a party to celebrate the day before the wedding, but NO wedding...??? This irked me, I was looking forward to it. And I do not like being told something's there when it's not. I didn't hear if it was removed in the end, it could have been....but still let a reader know!

On the very top of my my list of complaints about COFA (my God I can't not believe I even had one....let alone several....) Jace was a big fat whiney baby the WHOLE book. His normal, cocky, comeback slinging self came out now and again and when it did I relished in the snarkiness, but mostly he just was a Danny Downer. And shush it up about the "traumatic experiance" from City of Glass and all that...everyone left the end of City of Glass with baggage..he didn't need to be THIS obnoixioulsy sissyfied....I think Clary should have lent him a dress to be honest.

I clawed my way through 3 books into all hours of the night risking paper cuts and sleep deprivation to get only a mere paragraph of a happy Clary and Jace at the very, very end. Then I wait...and I wait...and I wait some freaking more....for COFA to come out only to have them in the same depressing mind set as they were BEFORE through the whole book. WHAT!?

I was really let down. I can only hope that in the next books Cassie Clare has run out of horrible, relationship ruining situations to put them in, because I'm fairly certain I'm not alone in the thought that these two need to be, not just together but happy a little too. Not only that but I needed a serious pick me up after reading the book - honestly Jace was that depressing through out.

I don't know, gah, I feel terrible after writing this because MI is one of my favorite series. I still got my same humor and banter from the other characters. But the book was mostly revolving around Simon, and I'm a Jace girl (you know in Breaking Dawn when the POV changed to Jake and you're all like...nooooo! Even though you liked him too....yeah. I had that moment - yes I just gave a twilight reference...deal)

I have handfuls of great quotes I want to make into t-shirts but in the end, this is my least favorite of the MI books and I only like it slightly better then Clockwork Angel from her Infernal Devices series, which I really didn't get into at all....I think that the MI series should have just been 3 books, maybe ending a little differently of course OR that COFA shold have been longer because now I'm sensing things being drug out for the simple fact we will now buy anything Cassie Clare writes...and just so you know...right now i have no desire for the next in the sereis. I will not be freaking out to get it like I was COFA.

I am going to hang my head in shame at my, at least completely honest review.


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{Book Review} The Scorch Trials

By: | Apr 13, 2011
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The Scorch Trials
Maze Runner #2
Format: eBook
Pages: 360 Hardcover
Published: October 12, 2010
Source: Book Club - "The Book Fluffers"
Rati
ng: 4 Birds


Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.

In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety . . . until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated—and with it, order—and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim . . . and meal.

The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Thomas can only wonder—does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED

ARGH! *aggravated scream that would have been sccompanied by the tossing of the book, had I not been reading on my Nook Color*

I. Hate. Cliffhangers.

Unless of course all the books in a series are out, which in this case, they are now and I have to wait until October to see how all this ends. My only solace is that I read this and the first in the series The Maze Runner for book club and come Friday I will be able to complain and speculate with my gal pals about it.

The book itself was great. I really got into it, read this one faster then the first. Parts of it reminded me of The Chronicles of Riddick with the hot sun beating down and how they try to avoid it - though I don't think anyone disintegrated from the heat...so the similarities stop at "hot sun" lol.

The Scorch Trials picks up LITERALLY where The Maze Runner left off. Pretty sure if I tried the sentences would even line up from end to the beginning. This I like. I didn't jump in after a bunch of stuff had happened and needed a run down to catch up. I really hope that James Dashner continues with this trend into book 3, The Death Curse.

Wrapping up, I'm glad that this was picked for my book club because while they were on my TBR list, there were not a priority. The Cover Snob strikes again. Really it didn't look like something I would be intrested in and as much as I tell myself to STOP judging books by their cover, I can't. It's a sick, horrible disease and if you know of a cure please pass it my way. I'm willing to undergo shots, beatings, therapy whatever it takes...

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Play That Funky Music Maggie

By: | Apr 12, 2011
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So it's 3 months until the release of Forever, the final book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. It is no secret that I love those books and that I have a minor literary crush on their author, Maggie Stiefvater. I just kind of want to be her, it's nothing to get a restraining order over. I swear.

Well in honor of 90 days until Forever, Maggie posted a little video filled with not only her amazing musical talent but also her humor and wit, and really what is better than that combination? Okay you're right, the book and some chocolate tossed in would make it even better, but lets not be selfish here, alright?

Here is Maggie, playing you how Forever ends. Let me know if you figure it out ok? No wait, don't I want to read it....okay maybe hint about it if you....you know what. Never mind just enjoy the video.


Thank you Maggie, while I loved the video it made me think more about how badly I want to read Forever and now I can't get it out of my head....so...that little "if you don't have anything nice to say...." adage...well it comes in to play right about now. (lol)

How many of my lovely readers are anticipating the release of Forever as much as I am?
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{Giveaway} Signed copy of Six Moon Summer

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Recently MMSAI reviewed a great YA novel called Six Moon Summer by debut Indie Author SM Reine, and now she's offered to give one of my lucky followers a signed paperback of this book!


I loved it, it was a fresh twist on werewolves and I know that anyone who gets this copy and reads it will love it as well. This contest is open to the US and International address' so fill out the form below and GOOD LUCK! :0)

Contest ends April 16th
This contest is closed - thank you for entering!
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{Top Ten Tuesday} 2

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It was created because of their love of lists, and I myself love lists as well - so you will see it frequently popping up on MMSAI.
Everyone is welcome to join in, and don't worry if you can't think of 10 - just do as many as you can. And of course, be sure to link back to TBATB on your post!

Top 10 Books I Would Like To See
Made Into A Movie

as always for me, these are in no particular order


1. The Maze Runner - James Dashner: I just read it this week and am currently reading book two in the series and let me tell you, it would make a KICK-ASS movie. Think, The Lord of the Fly's meets the Lost Boys of Neverland and some Hunger Games thrown in! Yea! I know, right! Now let's make this happen!

2. A Touch Mortal - Leah Clifford: It's dark and deep plus the act of the "touch" in the book would be an amazing CGI effect I definitely have to see. Also I would like to be cast in the movie, I'll even be one of this kids that show up on the front step....(look if you don't know what I'm talking about - go read the book. Seriously, it's one of my favorites)

3. Angelfire - Courtney Allison Moulton: - Huge monsters, cars getting smashed, people thrown through windows....call Speilberg I got his next hit!

4. The Near Witch - Victoria Schwab: - Okay, it's not even released yet but trust me when I say that this movie needs to be done. I even mentioned in my review of it how M. Night Shamalan would be the perfect director because the creepy suspense of this book is just like one of his movies.

5. The Body Finder - Kimberly Derting: The girl can find dead bodies....who doens't want to see this made into a movie. Plus, think about how freaking cool the death echos would be after CGI! See! Why Holly wood keeps remaking stupid crap from the 80's is beyond me when they have all this awesome material in YA fiction to work with.

6. Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead: Most this is because I want Ben Barns to be Dimitri and because there's what 6 books which means 6 movies...see now I'm thinking about Dimitri and pretty sure I'm useless from here out....

7. Starcrossed - Josephine Angelini: This doens't come out until May, but the premis behind the book would make an awesome movie. I also think that some of the flashbacks that could happen would be amazing and there's not any movie out there right now with this idea behind it. I don't want to say too much because the books not even released yet - but you'd like it. Promise.

8. The Black Dagger Brotherhood - JR Ward: Oh come on! Someone HAD to say it. These books are my guilty pleasure, NOT for the under 18 crowd and would be hot. Let's leave it at that shall we?

9. Bumped - Megan McCafferty: Controversial, but would still send a good message. This book took me by surprise and I think that a movie version would be awesome and maybe even get some of these "Teen Moms" and other MTV wannabes, a clue in those thick skulls of theirs. This book is out end of this month, pick it up - let it surprise you too.

10. Anathema - Megg Jensen: The setting, the castles, the clouds, the weapons....oooohh the BOY! This book would make a great movie, I can see it becoming HUGE! Best part of this, you can get this book on an ereader right now for like .99! GO!



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