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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Breaking Dawn, The Movie

Tonight I'll be like many of you, standing out in the cold waiting to see BREAKING DAWN!! This is after I swore I wasn't going to watch it. LOL Although this is my least favorite book of the entire series, I've heard this is the best Twilight saga movie yet. Now that it's here, I'm really looking forward to seeing it. This will be the first time in three years I won't be hosting an event for it. For the last three years Jennifer and I have hosted the Twilight Moms midnight premieres, which were a blast. I'm a little sad it won't be as exciting as though have been, but I'm looking forward to having a fun laid night with a few girl friends and getting back into a world I totally fell in a love with.

Are you guys planning on watching it? If you've already seen it, what were your thoughts on it?

Now I have to ask, are you:

Team Edward

Team Jacob

I'm team WOLF! If you are standing in line tonight, I hope you enjoy the movie!

The Official CP Trailer will DEBUT on Nov 28th!

Who's excited to see the awesomeness of the OFFICIAL CP TRAILER!?!? We are counting down the hours! We can not wait to see it. The official full length book trailer, which was produced by Dirty Robber will be released on MONDAY, NOV 28TH on Shelf Life.

To hold you over until then, enjoy this lovely CP teaser trailer produced by VLC Productions.

Book Review: Unleashed by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie

Published by: Random House
To Be Released on: November 22nd, 2011
Source: book to review from publisher
4.5 stars: I Really Enjoyed It
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | for your Kindle

Katelyn McBride’s life changed in an instant when her mother died. Uprooted from her California home, Katelyn was shipped to the middle of nowhere, Arkansas, to her only living relative, her grandfather. And now she has to start over in Wolf Springs, a tiny village in the Ozark Mountains. Like any small town, Wolf Springs has secrets. But the secrets hidden here are more sinister than Katelyn could ever imagine. It’s a town with a history that reaches back centuries, spans continents, and conceals terrifying truths. And Katelyn McBride is about to change everything.

Broken families, ageless grudges, forced alliances, and love that blooms in the darkest night—welcome to Wolf Springs.

This is a classic paranormal read! It's dark, thrilling and one I quickly devoured. I've read a lot of enjoyable wolf books this year, and this one is definitely at the top of my list. Nancy and Debbie's enticing blend of mystery, suspense, passion, love and loyalty made for a story that was hard to put down. This was an action packed read that had me on edge the whole time. Well, I shouldn't say on edge the whole time, because there's some intense romantic scenes had me swooning instead of wanting to bite my nails. There's a rich history with both the legend, and the town's residents who for generation's have protected the secrets that lie within the borders of their secluded, wooded town. I liked that the wolf lore in this story comes from the Fenrir lore, and even the Fenner Family in this story pay tribute to that.

Katelyn isn't as strong of a character as I pictured her to be, but I'm thinking she's a character who's going to grow into one as the series continues. I'm looking forward to seeing her progression as the story continues. Normally I'd find her emotional side, being scared of everything, and not making the brightest decisions annoying, I found her to be an enduring character. She's at times funny. I couldn't blame for feeling the way she does since she's been uprooted from the life she's known for 17 yrs. Not to mention all the weird things that start happening to her once she comes to Wolf Springs. Luckily she's got her gun wielding Grandfather, Trick, the hotty that drives her to school each day and a few other characters who help her start to adjust to her new life, sort of.

There's something about her Grandfather and Trick that leaves me suspicious of who or what they really are. They're very protective of Katelyn and keep her in the dark about a lot of things that are going on. I adore the romance that grows between Trick and Katelyn. Trick's that all around great guy who's funny, always there for you and isn't afraid of anything. I love their chemistry together. Then there's Justin, the piercing blue eyed hot bad boy that rides a motorcycle. When ever he and Katelyn are around each other sparks start flying, but there's something about their chemistry that leaves me suspicious about why that is. I know love triangles are over done right now, but this one is refreshing.

One of the things that I enjoyed about Unleashed is the way it's written. There's so much mystery surrounding the town, the legend and the characters. There's an entire cast of characters who's motives aren't quite clear, and it was hard for me to figure out who can be trusted, who's lying and who the "Big Bad Wolf" is. Having so many suspects and not having any real leads made for an incredible mystery that kept me invested in this story. Being that this is first book in the Wolf Spring Chronicles series allowed Nancy and Debbie to leave a lot questions unanswered, because I'm now completely immersed with this story. I have to know who's behind the murders, I want to know what some of the secrets are, and what's going to happen with a few of the characters. Being kept in the dark worked well for this story, and even though some plot twists are revealed, there's still a lot of secrets that are kept when this book ends. Speaking of the ending, I loved it! It literally ends at the end of a scene, leading me to think the sequel will pick up exactly where Unleashed ends.

If you're a fan of paranormal books with a lot of action, romance and mystery, I highly recommend picking this book up. Unleashed will leave you wanting more. There is some mild violence, mild sensual scenes, mild language, and an underage party/drinking scene. This is a book I'd recommend to YA readers 14 yrs & older. Don't miss our blog stop with Nancy and Debbie! They stopped by earlier this week to answer a few of my questions about Unleashed. Read an excerpt from the book

Infernal Devices Clockwork Prince 31 Day Celebration: Day 12, Favorite CP Fan Art

It's day 12 of our 31 Days of CP Celebration and today we wanted to feature some of the CP fan art pieces we've found and fallen in love with. We're constantly impressed with all the fabulous TMI and ID artists that have created some fabulous pieces, some of which we've shared via our Mundane Mondays here on the blog. Here's 3 of our current favorite CP pieces.

Normally we'd say something about what it is about the artwork that we like, but I don't think anything needs to be said as to why Sophie and I both love these. The pictures speak for themselves.

I first saw this on Cassie's site per her Clockwork Prince ARC Crafty Shadowhunter Contest Results Show. I love the simplicity of the picture and of course the beautiful image of Tessa reading Clockwork Prince.

Image found here

We're looking forward to seeing a lot more work after the release of CP. We'd love to know what some of your favorite ares. If you've created some CP fan art, please leave us a link in the comments so we can visit your site. We're always looking for new art to showcase with our Mundane Monday posts.

Thoughtful Thursday- Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation Donation Drive

A couple weeks ago I watched "A Hidden America: Children of the Plains" with ABC's 20/20 Diane Swayer, which was about the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. I'm not a crier, but I was moved to tears during this segment. I won't even mention the range of emotions I felt while I watched this. I was so moved that I had to know more and find out what I could do to help.

There is such a great need for items that range from books, clothes, basic needs, school supplies and more, and are needed for infants up to adults. I've included helpful links and a little bit about the donation lists below. Here's the complete list of what schools, as well as their head start program, the library, college, and shelters that need items. Each link will take you to the list of items needed. I love how user friendly each link is. They list the items they need, how many they've received, how many they still need and a contact person, along w/ the address to send things to. Some links have different addresses to send the items to. You can send items via UPS/FedEx and USPS.

This entire school district is in desperate need of books, as well as other items! The books are for elementary up to high school aged kids. You can find a link for each school that's in need here and each link lists the books they need, how many they've received, how many they still and a contact person, along w/ the address to send the books to. You can send books via UPS/FedEx or USPS. They've also made it easy to click on the book that's needed link and you can order many of the books from Barnes & Noble and have them sent to the address given for each school.

There's an urgent need for A Children's Winter Coats/Gear Donation Drive for ages K-12 grades. Along w/ coats (sizes are listed by each item) are hats, gloves, scarves, thermal underwear, warm socks, winter boats and shoes. Some places are also in need of school supplies, and you can find the entire list under the An Emergency School Supplies Drive for Crazy Horse School. They need basics like crayons, construction paper, notebooks, spirals, pencils, glue etc. If you're looking for other items to donate please look at their Make a Difference list.

You can find out more ways to donate and helpful links from Diane's "A Hidden America: Children of the Plains" segment here. Be sure to watch the entire episode. You can also follow Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation on twitter.

If you're looking for places to give this upcoming holiday season, please take a moment to look at the lists linked above.