Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Teaser Tuesday! (4)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give away too much! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

"The water turned to ice as she ran - foot by foot of ice under foot by foot of hurry. A silvering plate formed instantly, cantilevering forward, making a cold safe bridge to the island -" p. 311


While I am enjoying this one, I find it's plodding along at a slow pace. Not really sure what I make of it overall, yet. This one will be keeping me away from blogging for a bit though, unfortunately - an essay on how it interrogates the ideologies of The Wizard of Oz is due next! Wish me luck!

In the meantime, please share with me your own teasers!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine! It spotlights soon to be released books that can't come quick enough!

I just found out about this one while I was browsing The Book Depository!! So, this week's choice is...

The Traitor and the Tunnel by Y.S. Lee!

Queen Victoria has a little problem: there’s a petty thief at work in Buckingham Palace. Mary Quinn takes the simple case, going undercover as a domestic servant. But before long, a scandal threatens to tear apart the Royal Family.

One of the Prince of Wales’s irresponsible young friends is killed in disgraceful circumstances. Should the Queen hush things up or allow justice to take its course? Mary’s interest in this private matter soon becomes deeply personal: the killer, a drug-addicted Chinese sailor, shares a name with her long-lost father.

Meanwhile, James Easton’s engineering firm is repairing the sewers beneath Buckingham Palace. Trouble is, there’s a tunnel that’s not on the plans. Its purpose is unclear. But it seems to be very much in use.

These overlapping puzzles offer a perfect opportunity for Mary and James to work together again… if they can still trust one another. This is Mary’s most personal case yet and she has everything to lose. (summary from author's website)


Book 3 of The Agency! YES! I adore this series! I read books 1 & 2 in one sitting each, they are just too good to put down! So I am definitely looking forward to enjoying another of Mary Quinn's adventures...and the tension that is Mary and James' relationship! YUM!

Y.S Lee's The Traitor and the Tunnel is due to be released 1st August 2011.

Airmchair BEA Day 2: Best of 2011

Late again! I feel like the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, the way my head's going off reminding me of things!

Anyways, today's...er, well, yesterday's...post is about the Best of 2011! What we've loved so far, and what we're still desperately waiting for!

Well, without a doubt my favourite book of 2011 so far is R.J. Anderson's Ultraviolet! Simply put, I loved it. I never wanted to put it down! I was hooked from page one, and every single word after kept hold of me. It was truly fantastic. You can read my review here!

As for the books I can't wait for...there's a few! But if I were able to attend BEA this week, the books I'd do absolutely anything to get my hands on are definitely Maggie Stiefvater's upcoming novels - Forever and The Scorpio Races!

Win Personalised ARC of Wither & Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Now that Lauren DeStefano has reached 3000 followers on Twitter, she's giving one lucky winner a PERSONALISED ARC of her debut novel, WITHER, and an ARC of it's sequel, FEVER (when it's published!)

You do not want to miss the opportunity to win this! When Lauren say personalised, she doesn't just mean her signature - she'll fill it with drawings, messages...anything you want, really.

All you have to do is post about this competition on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog. How easy is that? So quick, get on over to Lauren's blog, and enter!

Best yet, this giveaway is INTERNATIONAL! So hurry! Ends May 31st!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Teaser Tuesday! (3)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give away too much! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!
Two Moon Princess by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

"The arrow knows the way. Just let it free."
Burnt into my memory by endless repetition, the words came to my mind unbidden, with the soothing rhythm of a familiar song.
p. 1


Please share your own teasers!

Armchair BEA Day 1: Introductions

I am so late for this! I only signed up recently, and I figure I'll be more of a spectator, having never participated in something like this before. I reckon the timezone differences make this one a bit of a struggle for me, but it's so interesting that I plan to do the best that I can!

For those of you not aware of Armchair BEA, you can go here to check it out! Still time to join in the fun too!

So now to introduce me and my blog!

Well, the basics. My name is Kim, though I go by Baggins (thanks to my Dad!) I'm 27 years old and living in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. I'm a librarian (currently not working though) and student, studying towards a Master of Arts in Children's Literature. I'm actually in the process of researching my dissertation, which is a tad nerve-wracking! I spend my free time reading and watching TV & movies. I love to travel. My favourite places are Paris, New York & Washington, DC. I hope one day to see the whole world. Though I can't see how I'd ever be able to leave behind the best things in my life - Finnigan, my gorgeous West Highland White Terrier, and Jackson, my beautiful nephew. They literally light up my world!

I've loved books and reading all of my life. Both my parents are hugely into reading, and they've passed that on to me. As a child books were both a bribe and a reward!! They were also a source of comfort. I remember having nightmares and then reading The Babysitter's Club by lamplight to calm down! My favourite books are The Day after Forever by Erin Skiffington and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I also adore everything by Nicholas Sparks. I'm a big fan of Regency romance and find myself turning to such books when I need to switch my mind off and just relax. These days I read mostly YA, and everything that entails - paranormal romance, contemporary, dystopian, fantasy, historical, and more. I love it all.

You won't see it much on this blog, but anyone who knows me knows I love TV and movies as much as I do books. Quite simply, I love to lose myself in other worlds. I'm a big Joss Whedon fan, so Buffy, Angel, and Firefly top my favourite list (I also loved Dollhouse, just not quite as much). My non-Whedon favourite show is Supernatural. Every week you will also catch me watching Castle, Chuck, Bones, NCIS, NCIS:LA, Glee, Leverage. Honestly, I watch and love a lot more (like Merlin, Sanctuary, Eureka, Psych, Stargate...the list goes on!) but those shows I try not to miss. I won't even begin to mention movies! But it's much like my books and TV shows - I love a lot! I grew up in a small town with no cinema, and only recently moved to the city - you'll find me at the cinema at least once a week now. Enough said, right?

I started Baggins's Book Blabber simply out of interest. I've been following book blogs for a while and figured why not give it a go? I like expressing my thoughts about what I read, and I find it helps to have something fun for me to focus on outside my studies that still feels worthwhile, you know? I admit however that I am a procrastinator. Big time. If I mustn't be distracted, I guarantee I'll find some way to be. In this way, my blog is still new because as we all know, it has to be worked on constantly! I do love it though, and I have high hopes for it. I especially just love the book blogging community - it's fun and so welcoming. I hope to make many friends!! So if you're new here, please say Hi!

I hope to take part in as much as I can of Armchair BEA from the comfort of my study! Hopefully I'll get to meet a few new bloggers! Enjoy your week!

The Hunger Games Movie News - Lenny Kravitz cast as Cinna

This latest bit of The Hunger Games movie news was released while I was out and about today, shopping and going to the movies. I had a quick chance to check Twitter and BAM! The news that Cinna has been officially cast!












That's right, Lenny Kravitz is Cinna, Katniss's stylist!

I'm fairly happy with this news. Yes, my eyebrows raised when I first heard the rumor, but honestly, this guy is stylish - so while I've not seen Kravitz act, he definitely has the makings of Cinna!

I also found out today that Portia and Octavia have been cast!








Meet Latarsha Rose and Brooke Bundy. I don't know they two ladies, but I'm sure they'll look brilliant all done up Capitol style!

What are your thoughts on this latest bit of casting?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Win Sophie Jordan's Vanish - Good Choice Reading


Loved Firelight by Sophie Jordan? Want to read Vanish now? Here's your chance to win a copy, thanks to Good Choice Reading!

This giveaway is based on a points system - the person who earns the most points, wins! Easy! So head on over HERE, fill out the form, and do what needs doing!

Giveaway ends 27th May, so be quick!

Good luck!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

In My Mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren.

Bought:

Saving June by Hannah Harrington
Die for Me by Amy Plum (I actually already have this on my Kindle, but I just love that cover!)

NatGalley:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home by Joss Whedon et al
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future for You by Joss Whedon et al
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wolves at the Gate by Joss Whedon et al

Loving this week! Woo for Buffy! So, what did you get?

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Review: Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.
This is not her story.
Unless you count the part where I killed her.


Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison's condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can't explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori -- the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that's impossible. Right? (summary from author's website)

R.J. Anderson's Ultraviolet is a compelling read that had me hooked from page one. I almost wish it had never ended!

I finished reading this book a week ago and it is still stuck on my mind. I've been thinking constantly about this review, about how exactly I was going to put words to my many thoughts about it (which, incidentally, doesn't help when one has to write an essay before allowing herself to write this review!) I find that I just want to gush. So let me get this out of my system -

I loved Ultraviolet. LOVED it! I want more. I NEED more! Read it NOW!

Now that that's been said.

Ultraviolet is a little paranormal, a little sci fi, a little romance...and a whole lotta sitting on the edge of your seat! The book opens with Alison waking up in hospital with no memory of the last couple of weeks. Turns out, she's confessed to killing the most popular girl in school and seems to have suffered some kind of psychotic break...yet as the cover tells us, 'everything you believe is wrong'. Never have more truer words been written. As Alison desperately tries to figure out the truth of her memories and prove she doesn't belong in a mental institute, more questions arise then answers. Especially about the beautiful Sebastian Faraday (who's name I will love forever), a young neuropsychologist whose research helps Alison begin to come to terms with everything she is - that is, a Synesthete. Alison's senses are connected; she sees sounds, feels colours as if they have distinct personalities, can taste lies - so much! Having hidden these abilities all her life for fear people would think she is crazy, Alison doesn't know how to proceed with Faraday's revelations. Especially since they've been stronger than ever since her fight with Tori - could they have disintegrated her? And so begins a journey Alison could never have expected...nor readers, for that matter!

I really liked Alison, even when I was sometimes shaking my head at her. She's a teenager in a wild situation, it's to be expected that sometimes I'd question her choices! I felt very invested in her, so I spiralled through many of the emotions she did and when that happens, I know it's a winner. I also liked Faraday, he was very sweet though he kept me guessing. His and Alison's relationship was nice and I felt it - again, a tad invested! Anderson also created some memorable characters from the mental institute, like Kirk, Sanjay and Micheline. They weren't quite what I was expecting and I enjoyed the surprising moments - though I admit to being kind of disappointed that they were so quickly breezed over at the end. I feel like they were sort of cheated.

What I loved most about Ultraviolet is Anderson's writing. Wow, does she have a way with words! I devoured them. Every single word of this book creates a unique world and characters that I simply got lost in. My imagination wasn't the only thing to run wild - all of my senses were enticed throughout this book! Anderson's descriptions of Alison's synesthetic experiences are amazing. Seriously, they left me in awe. I found myself stopping sometimes to re-read a paragraph and simply savour it. These descriptions are why at night I catch myself staring at the stars, and why I'll forever love the name Sebastian Faraday. Doesn't it just roll off your tongue perfectly already? Well, wait until you learn it from Alison's pov.

Ultraviolet flows very nicely. The suspense builds slowly and nothing is revealed until you're desperate for it. I found myself both wanting to take it slow, just enjoy the ride, and flip the pages as quickly as possible so I could find out what was going to happen! Here and there I thought maybe I was getting some hints, but I still wondered. I couldn't help but question which way Anderson would take it - and certainly she had options. Having not heard much about this one before I read it, I was truly blind going in. Honestly, I'm so glad for that. Everything about this book was unexpected, and I loved every moment of it. But that's all I am going to say, because if there's one book you don't want spoiled, it's Ultraviolet. Trust me.

Overall, Anderson's Ultraviolet is an original and fantastic read! It's like nothing I've read before - or probably ever will again. I urge you to give it a go. You might be surprised! I literally ended this book screaming for more! Really. Thanks to the marvel that is Twitter, I'm happy to say that I was able to ask R.J. Anderson about the possibility of more and I was so ecstatic when she replied that the sequel, Quicksilver, will be out 2012/13. Yes, it's a wait, but I'll be snapping it up as soon as I'm able!

Rating:

Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Published Date: 1 September 2011
Format: e-Galley received from NetGalley

Many thanks to Lerner Publishing Group and NetGalley.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Hunger Games Movie News: First Look Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss!

Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first look of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen!

She looks FANTASTIC! Ah, the magic of movies, yes?

I can't wait for all of the 'first look' pictures of the rest of the cast to start being revealed!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine! It spotlights soon to be released books that can't come quick enough!

This week my choice is Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.

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. (Summary from Goodreads)

I am a really big fan of the TV show, Supernatural, so the characters being named Cas and Anna, and just the whole idea of this book, really hits my buttons. Plus, Cassandra Clare and Holly Black both recommended it today on Twitter, which is how I heard about it! So definitely looking forward to this one!

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake is due to be released 30th August 2011.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Teaser Tuesday! (2)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give away too much! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

Mat
ched by Ally Condie

"Everything's going very well," Grandfather says, handing the tube to my father. "I am having a perfect death so far." p. 76.


I hope you enjoyed that little teaser! Please feel free to share yours in the comments!

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Hunger Games Movie News: Haymitch Casting Announcement

The official casting announcement for Haymitch came right when Blogger had it's day long vacation, so this is most definitely late! Still fantastic news, though!!

Introducing...
















Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Katniss and Peeta's mentor.

Also...














Alexander Ludwig as Cato, and Isabelle Fuhrman as Clove, District 2 Tributes. The last of the Tributes have been cast now!


Harrelson as Haymitch is brilliant, in my opinion. He has that mix of humour and bitterness that just fits. I know there were a lot of rumours about John C. Reilly playing the part, but I admit I'm happy that's not true. In my mind, Reilly is too humourous.

I'm also excited to see Ludwig take on Cato, a much darker role than I've seen him in before.

It's all coming together!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

In My Mailbox (2)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren.



Bought:

Abandon by Meg Cabot
In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Huntress by Malinda Lo (personally signed!)

That's it for me this week! Really looking forward to reading these! What did you get?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (2)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine! It spotlights soon to be released books that can't come quick enough!

This week my choice is Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races.

With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world, where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff--with more than just their lives at stake should they lose.

There's not much available about this book yet, and this UK cover version has just been released. What I know is that I love Maggie's writing - from her books, to her blog posts, to her tweets. So I don't doubt that I'm going to love this one! I'm seriously intrigued!

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater is due to be released 18th October 2011.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Teaser Tuesday! (1)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give away too much! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!


Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

I tipped my head to one side and there they were: three stars, bright as a promise. But instead of giving off the crystal wind-chime noise that had soothed me since childhood, they sang an eerie, piercing harmony unlike anything I'd heard before. And their colors were strange, too. The first star burned blue neon, the second electric green, and the third... p. 38

A little more than two sentences, but it's my first time! I'm almost finished Ultraviolet and I'm loving it! Hope you enjoyed this teaser!

The Hunger Games Movie News: Caesar Flickerman

I am so excited for this latest casting announcement of The Hunger Games movie!!













Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman!!


I adore Stanley Tucci and I think he'll be fantastic as Flickerman! I cannot wait to see him all done up!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

In My Mailbox (1)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Figured I'd do this this week, though I don't have much. I went to my local Borders closing down sale, and found some books for half price! Great, but sad to see Borders go.



Bought:
Fever by Amy Meredith (didn't realise it was book 3, so I'll be hunting down the others)
Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

NetGalley:




Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson
Two Moon Princess by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Hunger Games Movie News - More Cast Announcements!

So, I'm a little behind on the latest cast announcements for The Hunger Games movie, but I'm still very pleased!

May I present...













Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane, the Head Gamemaker.














Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, Katniss and Peeta's escort.











Paula Malcomson as Mrs Everdeen, Katniss & Prim's mother.














Willow Shields as Primrose Everdeen, Katniss's little sister.











Amandla Stenberg as Rue, and Dayo Okeniyi as Thresh, District 11 Tributes.




Leven Rambin as Glimmer, and Jack Quaid as Marvel, District 1 Tributes.


Tributes from the other Districts have also been announced, and you can see them all over at The Hunger Games Movie Facebook Page. Just click on Who Are the Tributes? on the left, under their profile picture.

I'm very happy with all of these choices, and am getting more and more excited as the cast gets officially announced! I'm a fan of Wes Bentley and Elizabeth Banks and think they'll do great. I think the girls playing Rue and Willow are very cute, and I'm a little happy to see Dennis Quaid's son! I do love his father! Not that that has anything to do with anything, I'm just saying...

So how are you feeling about the cast announcements? I'm really looking forward to hearing about their pick for Haymitch and Snow! Won't be long now!

Also, just on an aside, who knew that Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) is playing young Mystique in X-Men First Class? I saw her in the preview last week and went "Oh! Oh! Oh!" That's pretty cool!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Book Trailer: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

If you haven't seen it already, Maggie Stiefvater, author of the incredible Wolves of Mercy Falls series, has released her entirely fantastic self-made trailer for the final book in the trilogy, Forever!

There are actually two versions. The first, with music by Maggie:



The second, with the song Summer Girl, written for this series, and performed by Jonas & Plunkett (which you can purchase here!)



I'm posting both because I think each song gives the trailer a different feel! Aren't they gorgeous? I just love Maggie's stop-motion animation, they're absolutely lovely!

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater will be realeased 12th July 2011! Not too long now!

United States and Canadian readers, you can preorder a copy of Forever at Fountain Bookstore and have it both signed AND doodled by Maggie!! Lucky ducks!

Forever can also be pre-ordered at Amazon or The Book Depository.

I can't wait for this book, how about you?