Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville

Into the Land of the Unicorns (Unicorn Chronicles, #1)Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As a teenager (and an adult) I liked unicorns, so my mother bought me this book, Into the Land of the Unicorns. One night I couldn’t sleep, found the book and read it all in one night. I was instantly hooked, and still am. It reads quicker now as an adult as it is more of a YA/children’s book, but I still love it.

I recently found the last two books in this series (they are hard to find, only in hardcover or audio files really) and wanted to reread the first two books before reading the last two (as a book lover does).

Rereading them as adult has not dulled the magic these books emitted as young teenager the first time I read them. I also mentioned these books the Thrice Read Tag I did on my blog and my statement there is true here. These are and will be my most reread books.

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The Sea Thy Mistress by Elizabeth Bear

The Sea Thy Mistress (The Edda of Burdens)The Sea Thy Mistress by Elizabeth Bear

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is part of a series, I believe it is the third book in this series. This is part of the reason why I felt a bit lost when reading this book. The author uses a language that she doesn’t really explain, just expecting you to know it from a previous book, but I did manage to wrap my brain around it after reading a few chapters. There were concepts that the author didn’t delve into until later on in the book, leaving you wondering what the heck she was trying to tell you.

The overall story was good though; the fate of a world landing into the hands of gods and angels, those angels having all too human weaknesses because they were once human. And anthropomorphic animals. I would have liked to know a little bit more about the world these characters lived in, as I felt I knew the characters by the end, but their world was still a bit confusing.

I liked it, it was okay, it’s not a favorite though.

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Arms-Commander by L.E. Modesitt Jr

Arms-Commander (Saga of Recluce)Arms-Commander by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I usually don’t have terribly high hopes for most of the books I pick up at the Dollar Tree, but this one surprised me.

First, the majority of the book is politics, battle strategies, and logic/rational. Second, it focuses on changing society’s view of women. While that might sound like a rather dry plot and story, it wasn’t. Not at all. The plot didn’t skip from battle to battle, and the entire was very well written.

This also happens to be the sixteenth installment in a series, but it really didn’t feel like it. As I read I didn’t feel like I had missed out by not reading the previous books (though after reading this one I want to find the rest of the series on Amazon) because the author did very well by filling in the gaps and briefly explaining why things were they way they were.

It was good, I liked the vein of women’s liberation that the book focused on (especially since I am female myself). I liked reading the battles as their strategies and techniques changed from fight to fight as the book carried on. For being such a thick ~800 page book, it really didn’t feel that long.

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Book Haul | Buying Books on Vacation

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1984 by George Orwell

The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of “negative utopia” -a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions -a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

Getting Things Done by David Allen

Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization. “GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots.

Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace, and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come. This new edition of Getting Things Done will be welcomed not only by its hundreds of thousands of existing fans but also by a whole new generation eager to adopt its proven principles.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

 

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Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett

Raising SteamRaising Steam by Terry Pratchett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve mentioned before that Sir Terry Pratchett is one of my all-time favorite authors, and even in his later books where his health is declining the quality I’ve come to expect from him is still there.

So, Raising Steam – the steam engine has come to Ankh-Morpork. History is being made and Moist von Lipwig is enlisted to keep everything running smooth…which it doesn’t, which is why we have such a marvelous story before us.

I won’t spoil it for you, because its so wonderfully comedic and serious all at the same time, that once you start reading it (like all of his books) you won’t be able to put it down. Loved it.

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Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble (Jolie Wilkins, #1)Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It was interesting to see another person’s take on witches, warlocks, werewolves, vampires, demons, fairies and pixies. However…

I will forever and always get stuck on the “everyone want’s to have to sex with the heroine” gimmick and this book has it. I’m almost willing to forgive the author for this because 1) there is a plot point for her doing this and 2) she hints at there being another reason that isn’t fully explained in this book.

Anyway, I’ll run off the “another book” I mentioned. This is the first book in a series of books. The book ends at what is a good point plot wise, but sort of feels a bit anti-climatic…like the book should have had a better ending? I’m not sure how to put it into words. Our heroine feels better about her abilities, but the ending is very abrupt, or at least it seemed so to me. Yes, that was what I was trying to communicate.

You also get a chapter from another first book in a series at the end. I generally like fantasy books, but I also don’t like the “everyone sleep with the heroine” tactic either…

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Collective Book Haul

It’s time for another little haul, from various places (not all of them stores). I’m really excited that I found the last two books in the Unicorn Chronicles series, I’ve had the first two books since I was in middle school (5th through 8th grades) so I’m very eager to get going on these. I found Ouija at the Dollar Tree, one of my favorite places to shop. The three cooking and food books came from my work’s book exchange thing that goes on in the break room.

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The New Good Fat Bad Fat by William P. Castelli

“This Book Can Save Your Life!

You can greatly reduce your risk of developing heart disease or having a heart attack by keeping track of how much bad fat -saturated fat- you eat everyday. Bad fat causes your body to manufacture cholesterol, which plugs your coronary arteries with fatty deposits and causes heart attacks.

Most of us eat too much bad fat. And so do our children and grandchildren. But if you can count to 10, you can follow a simple plan to reduce the risks of heart attacks in your family.

Drs. Castelli and Griffin have filled this book with helpful tips and encouraging advice that will help you make the change to healthier eating. For those whose cholesterol levels aren’t moved by changes in diet alone, the doctors discuss the pros and cons of cholesterol- lowering medications.

Dr. Atkins Quick & Easy New Diet Cookbook by Robert C. Atkins MD & Veronica Atkins

“Forget about salad without dressing, dried-out skinless chicken breasts, and tasteless steamed vegetables. Forget about tiny portions, no fat/no flavor foods, and no second helpings. Forget about spending hours in the kitchen. With the delicious recipes in Dr. Atkins’ Quick and Easy New Diet Cookbook, you’ll feast on juicy steaks, succulent chops, and savory egg and cheese dishes, and indulge in creamy sauces and desserts. Based on the bestselling Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution, the recipes in the Quick and Easy New Diet Cookbook will let you eat the Atkins way, whether you’re just beginning the diet, shedding pounds, or maintaining your ideal weight. Each recipe has a carbohydrate-gram count per serving, and there’s even a guide to converting your own recipes to the Atkins standard. Designed for healthy eating, this cookbook will help you produce delectable meals every day that will be the key to a whole new you.”

Dr. Atkins New Diet Cookbook by Robert C. Atkins, MD

“This book contains 250 of the most asked-for recipes at the Atkins Center, along with 7-day meal plans, nutrition goals, and traveling and restaurant tips”

From Amazon:

Dark Whispers by Bruce Coville

“In the much-anticipated third volume of the Unicorn Chronicles, Cara Diana Hunter journeys to the Valley of the Centaurs in quest of a mysterious lost story that could hold the key to the survival of the unicorns. But the price for that story may prove to be more than her heart can bear.”

The Last Hunt by Bruce Coville

“Readers will be on the edge of their seats with this concluding episode of the riveting best-selling series by one of America’s most gifted fantasy writers.

In the center if Luster stands an enormous tree called the Axis Mundi, the Heart of the World. But now that tree is wounded, pierced through by magic. And through that wound marches an army of Hunters, led by the sinister and vengeful Beloved. And they are all determined to destroy each and every unicorn.
As the unicorns gather to defend their lives, the human girl, Cara, is sent on a mission to meet a ferocious and mysterious dragon. Faced with perilous danger, Cara must make a desperate decision that will change her life forever.”

From The Dollar Tree:

Ouija by Katharine Turner

“It’s not just a game.
As far as Elaine Morris is concerned, the Ouija board is just a game she played at sleepovers as a kid. But her best friend, Debbie, has been messing around with one recently–and claims she’s starting to hear strange noises around the house. ‘Laine thinks Debbie is a total dork for getting spooked, until Debbie dies in a horrible and haunting way. Desperate to figure out what really happened to her friend, ‘Laine starts using the Ouija board to uncover its mystery. She soon learns that something sinister has come through the board, and it’s not ready to say GOOD-BYE.
Read this heart-stopping novel before seeing the major motion picture!”

I’m super excited to get started reading these! What books have you purchased lately?

Keep reading little book worms!