Saturday, 30 April 2011

REVIEWL May The Best Dog Win - Kelly Hashway

 If you're looking for an adorable book to read to your children than this is your book. 

Kelly Hashway was nice enough to send me a copy of 'May The Best Dog Win' and I really like it. 

Dash has the perfect life until the Super Sweeper 5000 shows up. Sweeper runs all over the house sucking up the leftover food scraps, and he even gets his own room! But Dash won't give up his place as the favorite dog without a fight.
 I myself am doggy sitting at the moment and I used the sweeper yesterday, just to see his reaction. He actually seemed a bit scared of it and ran away every time. 

The book is short and sweet and the drawings are adorable. Dash is a very lovable character and the situation is very lifelike. It is a great introduction to what seems to be a collection of children's books about Dash.

I give this book...


So, what do you think? Does this sound like a book for you?

Friday, 22 April 2011

Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday

BBH is hosted by Crazy-for-Books and FF is hosted by Parajunkee's View,

Book Blogger Hop

So, the FF Question is:
What is on your current playlist right now?I've got loads of soundtracks on my music player, mostly Lord of the Rings, Narnia and Star Wars. XD
I don't really have a favourite band, but I do have loads of 80s bands on there, such as Bananarama, Ultravox, Talk Talk, etc.

The BBH Question is:
If you find a book you love, do you hunt down other books by the same author?
It depends what about the book I fall in lvoe with. If I love the writing style or the exploration of characters I will definitely try to find other books by the author. If it's the first book of a series obviously as well. But if I fall in lvoe with the characters and the story I'm often hesitant to look up other books because they obviously have different stories and I might just be really disappointed.

So how about you? Leave your link behind and I'll definitely come and check your answers out!

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Interview with T.L. James

Not only did T.L. James let me review her book, but she also let me interview her and her answers are below. I completely agree with her that vampires and werewolves are overused and can't wait for the next books in the MPire Series. And it's always nice to find another Beowulf lover. Don't forget to check out the review here and T.L. James' website for more info!
Why don’t you introduce yourself first?
My name is Author TL James and I am the creator of The MPire Saga. I have a prequel to In Search of the Lost called The MPire Chronicles of the Haulm Boys. It depicted the family prior to Mallory returning. If anyone picked up the first installment and then read the prequel, it would answer A LOT of questions. Then there is the trilogy: The MPIRE: In Search of the Lost, Death Cometh and Trinity. In Search and Death Cometh are available NOW! The MPire: Trinity will be released on 9/8/11.

It was quite risky to involve your main character in a homosexual relationship. Why did you decide to do this?
I wanted to explore what the possibility would look like if good vs. good fell in love with each other.

How did you get interested in the story of the Four Horsemen?
I wanted to create a family based sci-fi. Vampires and werewolves were overrated and over done.

The book is quite religious in a way. Did you do this on purpose or was it a result from the subject you chose?
I feel the book is more sci-fi than religious. I used more mythological ideas than religious but it was only after I read the book in its entirety that I realized that religion and mythology are parallel.

Where do you get your inspiration as a writer from?
I was laid off with my two month old son and I started writing for self-entertainment.

What was your favourite book growing up?
 In the beginning, my favorite author was Judy Blume. As I grew older my solid favorites are Canterbury Tales, Beowulf, Mythology by Edna Hamilton.

Review: The MPire - In Search of the Lost by TL James

Once again I have been lucky enough to be allowed to participate in another Nurture Virtual BOOK Tourz!!

I have to say that 'In Search of the Lost' is a special book and might not be everyone's taste. Not only is thre swearing and violence, but also sex. If you are capable to look past that and enjoy the story you'll find a book that has a rich storyline and a variety in characters.

Mallory Haulm is a successful businessman who has his own business and a perfect life. Yet his world is shattered when he finds out he has to join the family business. Next to this he has been bothered by a dark shadow and an uneasy feeling. But he has no choice, he has to join. As he tried to adapt to the new company he is reunited with his half-brother, Matthew, for whom he feels a passionate love. He also meets Brielle, who seems to know more about who he is than he himself does.

I enjoyed this book, once I got into it. In the beginning I couldn't stand Mallory because I thought he was pompous. But as you read on you get to know his character more and you actually see his entire character is a facade, just him trying to cover up what has happened to him. T.L. James has created a striking character with Mallory. His flashbacks to his youth are quite horrendous and his relatioship with Matthew is explored expertly.

A gay relationship is quite a hard thing to write about, even in modern literature. But I'm happy T.L. James chose to, because Mathew is a nice opposition to Brielle. Also, it isn't done in an overly showy way. It is just two men who love each other and T.L. James doesn't put any labels on them, she doesn't judge them. She seems to have an understanding for her characters and let's them grow almost on their own accord.

Of course I have to talk about the mythological aspect of James' story. At first I wondered how she would be able to pull it of. Mixing the story of the Four Riders of the Apocalypse with out modern time is quite challenging, but she did it. She makes the reader familiar with the different characters first, before  getting into the complicated stuff.

The only thing I didn't like about the book was the cursing. I understand it's part of the characters and respect that, but sometimes it was a bit much. Although it was restricted to just one word I felt it was being used a bit too much. Also, sometimes I felt that, although it worked, the story of the Four Horsemen was a bit too unexplained. Maybe this will be more prominent in the sequels.

I give this book...


I really enjoyed this book. The characters are deep and their actions are explained and hopefully T.L. James will explore the story of the Four Horsemen more in the sequels.
So what do you think? Does this sounds like a book you'd be interested in?

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Review: Flaming Dove by Daniel Arenson

 I am Laila, of the night. I have walked through godlight and through darkness. I have fought demons and I have slain angels. I am Laila, of the shadows. I have hidden and run, and I have stood up and striven. I am Laila, of tears and blood, of sins and of piety. I am Laila, outcast from Hell, banished from Heaven. I am alone, in darkness. I am Laila, of light and of fire. I am fallen. I rise again.

 This has to be one of the most original story's I have read. The idea's not only great, but also well executed. Laila is a half-angel/half-demon, born after Armageddon. During Armageddon the human race became largely extinct and angels and demons battled it out in Jerusalem, Israel. Being a half-demon Laila can't live in Heaven with the Angels, but because she's a half-angel as well she can't live in Hell.

At the beginning of the book Laila returns to Jerusalem, where both Heaven and Hell are trying to get her to join them, hoping that with her on their side they can end this war. Years ago Laila almost married Beelzebub, now leader of the forces of Hell. What side will she join if the victory of either side will make Earth inhabitable for her?

I really enjoyed this book. I was familiar with most of the "Biblical" characters, such as Beelzebub, Raphael etc. I really liked Beelzebub's character, because Arenson really investigated the angel aspect of the 'fallen angel' concept. How would a fallen Angel feel, leading armies of demons? He loved Laila, perhaps because he saw the same conflict inside her. Laila is a complex character as well. I love the relationship she has with her wolf, Volkfair. Maybe because I am a sucker for wolves, but he actually is important to her character development.

I already said how ingenious I think the idea for the story is, but I just wanted to say it again, in more detail. Stories about angels and demons aren't anything new, but this was something different. Not only does it give palce to epic battles, which Arenson already mastered in 'The Gods of Dream'. but also gives him the possibility to show his skill in analysing and developing his characters. Laila's flashbacks wo then  she was young are a great wat of getting to know her more and explain how she became who she is. I also enjoyed Bat El, :aila's sister. She's the perfect angel, pious, beautiful and strong. Yet during the book she not only starts to question her own feelings and morals but also those of Heaven and hell.Also, may I say I love Laila's mantra, which is at the beginning of this review. I think everyone has a little something they say to keep their spirits up, but mine definitely isn't as epic or impressive as thins one.
I give this book ...

I really enjoyed the story and think anyone with a love for fantasy would genuinely enjoy it. It's rich in characters and the story has depth. And you'll love the twist at the end! Daniel Arenson has the talent to write an intriguing story that will have you hold your breath until the last page. 

:D Preview to The Hobbit set, first in long set of videos!

I just quickly felt the need to share this with all the LOTR-fans out there! IT HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN!
I don't think whether I can express how happy I am. It might be a bit over the top, but it does feel like coming home. It reminds me of the style of filming for the BTS-footage of the LOTR movies, which was simply spectacular. And when the music comes up at 9:38 I almost started crying. And when I saw Richard Taylor, from the WETA workshop, it felt like seeing an old family member!

Hope you enjoyed watching this and I might just post all the other ones as they come along, because it makes me feel sentimental.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

It's Wednesday and once again we're waiting!!! Join the waiting list over at Jill at Breaking the Spine.

I'm waiting for Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle), the third and final book, I believe about Eragon. I read the first one, loved it, and still have to read the second one. But I'd love to have both the second and the third so I can read it straight through without having to wait again. But that'll mean waiting till November, so I might just start reading the second.

Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle)
Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now, the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.
Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances. 
The Rider and his dragon have come farther than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?Featuring spectacular artwork by cult artist John Jude Palencar, this stunning book brings the bestselling Inheritance cycle to a breathtaking conclusion.

So, what are you waiting for?

P.S. Has anyone else but me a sudden love for the song 'Till The World Ends' by Britney Spears? I simply love it and can't help it!!!

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Tune in Tuesday

A weekly feature hosted by me that showcases music - my other passion in life besides books! Each week I will post a new or old song in hopes to gain more interest. Help me in spreading the love of music!

Hop over to GReads to join in. My song for today:
'Honey I'm Home' by Shania Twain!! I just really really love this song!!

Don't forget to comment and leave your link to your favourite song this week and I'll add them to the post!!! 

Teaser Tuesday

This is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
•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 too much away! 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 teasers!

This week I chose a book I've already read, but I really, really enjoyed. It's a great story and I think you probably know it by name: A Thousand Splendid Suns.

Laila was glad, when the Taliban went to work, that Babi wasn't around to witness it. It would have crippled him. Men wielding pickaxes swarmed the dilapidated Kabul Museum and smashed pre-Islamic statues to rubble - that is, those that hadn't already been looted by the Mujahideen. 
Page 250

So, what's your teaser?

Friday, 1 April 2011

Follow Friday and Book Blogger Hop

BBH is hosted by Crazy-for-Books and FF is hosted by Parajunkee's View,

Book Blogger Hop

The BBH Question:
Since today is April Fool's Day in the USA, what is the best prank you have ever played on someone OR that someone has played on you?

Uuuuuhm, I don't think I ever have been played or played someone. Don't get me wrong, we also "celebrate" 
April Fool's Day in the Netherlands but nothing has ever really happened, except those all familliar ones!

Me: There's a spider on your head!! AAAAH!!
Friend: Stop it. That's the lamest joke you can make on April Fool's Day!
Me: You're no fun either! Where has your humor gone?

The cruelest thing that ever happened to me on AFD was probably this morning when my Dad woke me up singing 'Friday' by Rebecca Black. He knows I can't stand it and he thought it would b funny. But waking up  from a great dream to that was a disappointment!

The FF Question:
What's the book  that you really don't want to admit to loving?

I think I always admit to loving a book, even though it might be embarrassing. Although, writing this I think it's time for a statement. I really, really liked Twilight. I just didn't like the other books. And being turned into a mega franchise isn't the best thing that could have happened to it. The first movie was fun/alright/kinda nice, but the other ones are not as good. So that's probably the only one!

And might I just direct your attention to a review I did this week:

So how about you? Ever lied about a book-crush? Please leave a link to your Hop and I'll come and visit!!