Notice:


As of June 9, 2012 I will no longer be accepting e-books for review. This is due to the overwhelming
demand of reviews, work and night classes taking up a lot of my spare time. It
is taking me several months to read and post reviews therefore until “my to be
reviewed list” is smaller I will no longer accept any more e-books for review.
I am extremely sorry.


October 30, 2010

Review: Wings by Aprilynne Pike

 

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Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful--too beautiful for words.

Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.

Laurel discovers she is a faerie, sent among humans to protect the gateway to Avalon. Thrust into the midst of a centuries-old battle between faeries and trolls, she's torn between a human and a faerie love, as well as her loyalties to each world. In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever

 

I really joined this novel. It was a quick and easy read. I really like the twist Aprilynne gave to her faeries. This book was way too cute to not love.

There is a love triangle between Laurel, David and Tamani, which I am partial to David. I seem to be the only one out there who is Team David but I think it’s because he is a bit of a nerd and cares so much for Laurel, where Tamani has the hotness factor on his side.

A lot of the action does happen near the end of the book which made me sad at the time that I read it because I didn’t realize until after I finished the book and looked on Aprilynne’s website to find out there was going to be 4 books in the series. For anyone who like Faerie novels make sure you pick up Wings, it is one faerie book you don’t want to miss out on.

It is a great debut novel for Aprilynne that has put her at the top of my favourite author lists.

For information about Aprilynne’s novels, please visit her website.

The Results:

Rating: 4.7 out of 5

Would I let my 15 year old sister read: You Betcha

No course language or inappropriate sexual references.

The Details:

Format: Hardcover
Dimensions:294 pages, 20.7 x 15.3 x 2.7 cm
Published: April 27 2009
Publisher: Harper Teen
ISBN-10:
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ISBN-13: 978-0061668036

 

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P.S. Look what I found when I was in a bookstore browsing in the books…

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Yep, that’s a signed 1st edition! I was soo excited when I found this randomly in Chapters.  

October 27, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: The Fledgling Handbook 101

“Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that I am eagerly anticipating.

This weeks WoW is The Fledgling Handbook 101 by P.C Cast.

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Merry meet, fledgling. I trust this guide will serve you well…
Every vampyre fledgling who arrives at the House of Night receives a copy of The Fledgling Handbook 101, and now, fans can have one, too, with this gorgeous must-have edition. Inside you’ll find original stories, the complete vampyre history, inside info into rituals, vamp biology, and the Change, and much more.

The Fledgling Handbook 101 comes out this Tuesday! I can’t wait to add it to my HoN collection.

For more information about the House of Night Series you can visit P.C Casts website or the Official HoN website.

 

 

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October 25, 2010

Movie Monday!

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This week on DVD:

Sex and the City 2

The Girls Who Played With Fire

 

This week in Theatres Just in Time For Halloween!

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So this week is Halloween…What is everyone doing? I am hosting Cassay’s 2nd Annual Halloween Party! It’s a fun filled night of playing LEGO Rock Band!

Starting on Halloween there is going to be some interesting stuff happening for about a week so make sure you stop on by because the following week be an even bigger surprise for you all! :)

 

 

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October 24, 2010

Sorry about Blogger…

Hi Everyone! So it appears that Blogger delete my Night Star WoW and there were a lot of comments from new followers with their blog website. Sadly, I didn't get the time to follower everyone blog before stupid Blogger deleted the post. So if you followed last Friday just leave a comment with your blog and I shall go follow (or if you were a follower before and want me to follow). :)

I dunno if anyone else is having issues with blogger but I sure am. Another problem I’m having is blogger is posting my posts the day I post them instead of the day they are scheduled to post. Very frustrating.

Anyways I’m extremely sorry!

Cassay

October 17, 2010

Special Thanks…

I wanted to specially Thank Lesley from YA Books Reviewed for making me the most perfect blog header! I love it soo much that words can not express how much I truly love it! I also want to thank her for hosting this weekend Halloween Read-A-Thon! It was great fun and I can’t wait to join more read-a-thons!

Thanks So Much Lesley!

October 14, 2010

Halloween read a thon

My list for this weekends read a thon is:
Finish Wicked Lovely
Finish Fragile Eternity
Finish Ink Exchange

Root for me guys I'll need it! It's a busy weekend!!

Review: Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev

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Act Two, Scene One
Growing up in the enchanted Thèâtre Illuminata, Beatrice Shakespeare Smith learned everything about every play ever written. She knew the Players and their parts, but she didn’t know that she, too, had magic. Now, she is the Mistress of Revels, the Teller of Tales, and determined to follow her stars. She is ready for the outside world.
Enter BERTIE AND COMPANY
But the outside world soon proves more topsy-turvy than any stage production. Bertie can make things happen by writing them, but outside the protective walls of the Thèâtre, nothing goes as planned. And her magic cannot help her make a decision between—
Nate: Her suave and swashbuckling pirate, now in mortal peril.
Ariel: A brooding, yet seductive, air spirit whose true motives remain unclear.
When Nate is kidnapped and taken prisoner by the Sea Goddess, only Bertie can free him. She and her fairy sidekicks embark on a journey aboard the Thèâtre’s caravan, using Bertie’s word magic to guide them. Along the way, they collect a sneak-thief, who has in his possession something most valuable, and meet The Mysterious Stranger, Bertie’s father—and the creator of the scrimshaw medallion. Bertie’s dreams are haunted by Nate, whose love for Bertie is keeping him alive, but in the daytime, it’s Ariel who is tantalizingly close, and the one she is falling for. Who does Bertie love the most? And will her magic be powerful enough to save her once she enters the Sea Goddess’s lair?
Once again, LISA MANTCHEV has spun a tale like no other—full of romance, magic, adventure, and fairies, too—that readers won’t want to put down, even after the curtain has closed.

Perchance to Dream picks up right where Eyes Like Stars finished off. Bertie and Co. Leave the theatre and enter the real world which is much more different than our world. It is quite an interesting world that provides lots of obstacles for Bertie to overcome.

The fairies just as funny if not funnier in this book. I wonder how Lisa comes out with their personalities because they make me cry from laughing so much.

In Perchance to Dream, Bertie explores her feelings for both Nate and Ariel in more depth – she is torn between them because she loves each of them but in completely different ways. If you have read my review of Eyes Like Stars you know that I was Team Nate. Well this time around I can’t choose because we get to see a different side of Ariel.

I can’t wait for the 3rd novel to see how it is going to end. I have no idea how Lisa is going to finish the series which makes it even better.

The Results:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Would I let my 15 year old sister read: You Betcha

No course language or inappropriate sexual references.

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October 11, 2010

Amanda Hocking’s Zombiepalooza Giveaway

It’s Zombiepalooza Time! The lovely Amanda Hocking as been kind enough to offer one of my US followers a copy of her new book Hollowland which releases this month. Here is a little bit more information about her upcoming book.

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"This is the way the world ends; not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door."
Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way - not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.

For more Zombiepalooza Giveaways, Zombie stories and guest posts (including one from me – where I talk about Zombies in movies) please visit Amanda’s website.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but it could earn you some bonus points.

Contest Rules & Details:

- Must be over 13 years of age
- Must be a US resident
- 1 winner will receive a paperback copy of Amanda Hocking’s Hollowland
- Contest end on All Hallows Eve (October 31) at midnight Mountain Standard Time
- Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize

Bonus Points:

+ 1 Vamps, Weres and Cassay Blog Follower
+ 1 Follow @amanda_hocking on Twitter
+ 1 Follow @CassayC on Twitter
+ 1 Follow Vamps, Weres and Cassay on Facebook
+ 1 Follow Amanda on Facebook

Fill out the form here to enter.

 

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October 9, 2010

Guest Post: Lucien Black author of the Speculative Fiction Series, No Vacancies

I am proud to announce my very first GUEST POST!!! YAY!

In my support of indie authors I proudly present to you Lucien Black. *crowd goes wild*

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I am so happy to be here on vampsweresandcassay’s blog. Thanks Cassay for giving me some time to reach out to your followers.

Let me introduce myself, my name is Lucien Black, author of the Speculative Fiction Series, No Vacancies. I’ve been writing since 1989 and the lifelong dream was to be a published author with multiple properties in print. Finally, in 2008, after many re-writes, I published my first book, No Vacancies Volume 1 and this has been a fantastic journey. I’m here to introduce you to my works and hope that you will take this journey with me as well.

The concept of No Vacancies started with a profound love for all things comic book related. My early writing aspirations including becoming a regular writer of a comic book series. I attempted to break into the industry, but always found that the doors were closed. For those of you unfamiliar with the comic space, the industry is very tough and breaking in can be an insurmountable task. Artists journey from convention to convention, hoping for two minutes in front of an editor that will catch a glimpse of their work and give them a shot. Writers have a much harder time, since an editor does not have the time to read a script or a summary, while perusing portfolio after portfolio of artists. Eventually, I continued writing, but found myself writing for my own benefit rather than to seek publication.

Eventually, my wife challenged me to adapt a different style of writing to my scripts and convert them into short stories. I arguedcover at first, but eventually found myself slipping easily into this new routine. What I needed was an idea that would convey the type of story I wanted to write, but for a while new medium. Taking some cues from the old movie serials, comic books and the old pulp magazines, I developed the concept of No Vacancies.

Two volumes of No Vacancies are released each year and each book contains four short stories. At times, the stories are stand alone, or appear only in the one volume of No Vacancies. These are ideas or concepts that I felt I needed to convey, but were not necessarily part of a bigger series or story. The first volume of No Vacancies contains a story called “One More Sunday”, which tells the tale of the events which led up to the death of the city’s primary superhero. In this noir thriller, Detective Sam Arkwright finds himself wrapped up in a case that is beyond his imagination and takes him to the edge and back as he uncovers not only how the Protector died, but secrets hidden away long ago but the reclusive superhero.

The other stories contained in the series are serialized or episodic tales, told over multiple volumes of the No Vacancies series. So, each volume of the series, contains a part or episode of the titled story. Outcast, for example, starts in No Vacancies Volume 1 and ends in No Vacancies Volume 4, with some heavy cliffhanger endings along the way.

With what I have in my writing repertoire, I expect there to be somewhere around fifteen volumes in the No Vacancies series and that is if I stop developing new series along the way. Already, I’ve jumped from 12 to 15 volumes, based on new ideas, characters or stories I wish to tell.

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Down the line, I see another installment of the Outcast series, picking up from where the story ends in Volume 4. There are some major challenges ahead for the characters of the Outcast series. I won’t give too much away, but expect a new villain even more ruthless than Adrian Vandenberg. The romance between Nathaniel and Detective Jackie Thompson will also start to see some light in the second installment of the Outcast story.

My first foray into the Fantasy genre will be coming soon as well. The Smokey Tower, told over multiple volumes, introduces my take on wizardry and the fantastical creatures and races found in traditional fantasy novels. Much like the horror elements of Outcast, I want to create a story with unique twists on old themes. I want readers to jump into these stories and feel familiar yet wildly unfamiliar with the concepts and ideas.

Along the way, future installments of No Vacancies will also have several stand-alone short stories, all combining elements from multiple genres and should promise for a continued wild ride.

What I have for your followers today is an exclusive excerpt from Volume 5 of No Vacancies. This story, expected to fun four to five volumes of No Vacancies, is called Seven and tells the tale of a dysfunctional Superhero team and how their lives changed over the years since they banded together. This is a story of revenge, bad choices, but most of all friendship and loyalty. Today I present to you the first two chapters, so please enjoy!

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Chapter 1

Her long blond hair, once vibrant and shiny, hung wet and dirty over her face and down to her shoulders. Her skin, now pallid, used to glimmer in the sun and glow in the moonlight. Her body once viewed as a temple by all men, now covered in bruises, contusions, and scars. Her green eyes, once like two emerald doorways to another world, now dull and recessed into her skull.

Elizabeth Barrett can’t remember how long she has been a prisoner; her arms chained behind her back and a steel ring around her neck, chained to the ground. The steel plate, magically secured to her mouth, preventing her from using her magical abilities to free herself and returning to the side of her friends.

Her captor, an underworld crime boss known as Blacksoul, has held her prisoner for months upon months where she has been subjected to repeated physical beatings and mental attacks. Blacksoul’s attempts to siphon off her magic abilities have to date failed, but Elizabeth’s defenses are diminishing…her strength wanes with each passing day.

For centuries, Elizabeth was the catalyst for the Gathering-- a bringing together of seven powerful beings in a time of great evil. Over the years, she has gone by many names and befriended many valiant allies. On only two occasions, she allowed herself to fall in love. The first time, the man who led the Seven turned out to be the source of evil she was born to destroy. It was after he was defeated that Elizabeth found out she was with child—his child.

Most recently, Elizabeth let her guard down and fell in love with a man that was no longer a man, but a vengeful spirit, sent back to Earth to pay for his past sins. Though they shared no physical connection, their souls were united in love and their union led to Elizabeth’s current imprisonment. During battle with Blacksoul, Elizabeth’s love met his demise and her momentary distraction allowed Blacksoul to get the upper hand and capture her.

To her reckoning, she knew Blacksoul was strong, but there was no way he could stop the Seven, especially her love. Elizabeth knew that someone or something intervened on Blacksoul’s behalf and gave him the strength he needed to imprison her.

Now Elizabeth struggles against her bonds, hoping to break free. She knows not the whereabouts of her friends. Nor does she know of their well being. She now hopes against hope that they are still alive and still together, for the source of evil, the reason she brought the most recent seven together, is still at large. And the world is in great jeopardy.

Chapter 2

“I said it’s not for sale,” Brian Carson shouted at the group of well-dressed businessmen that stood outside his executive office.

“Brian, be reasonable,” Henry Tyson said. “Prism Industries is no longer a viable company. Our stockholders have sold off their shares of the company and we have no money left for research and development. Our creditors are lined up at the front desk everyday asking for payment of debts for which we have no money to pay. The employees have all quit or have been laid off. Brian. It’s over.”

“Fuck you Henry,” Brian said and slammed the door shut.

Henry Tyson let his head hang low for a few seconds, looked at the other men with him and then knocked on the door once again. “Brian.”

“Go away,” Brian Carson shouted from inside his locked office.

“Brian. If you don’t agree to sell the building, the last asset of Prism Industries, we few shareholders that remain will be forced to take action.”

Just then, a few feet away from the group of businessmen, the wall to the right of them exploded; a flash of black light burned everything in its path and eventually crashed out the side of the building. Glass and debris toppled thirty stories to the ground below and sent people scattering.

The businessmen scattered, some sought cover under nearby tables or behind office furniture. One man ran into the nearby stairwell while another jumped into the open elevator. Henry Tyson didn’t move. He was perfectly calm, a fact which confused the other men.

Brian Carson stepped through the gaping hole in his office wall. His hands and eyes radiated black energy. “Get out of my building.”

“Brian,” Tyson said.

“Get…out.”

“Fine,” Tyson said. “We’ll leave. But know this Brian. You have lost everything that your father built. You caused the demise of Prism. No one else.” With that said, Tyson turned and walked to the elevator. The other men with him all scrambled behind Tyson and ducked inside. The elevator doors slid shut and began its descent.

Rage filled Brian’s veins and he unleashed two more blasts of black energy that destroyed the furniture just outside his office. He screamed obscenities at the top of his lungs and stormed back through the hole in his office wall.

Inside Brian’s office was a disaster; furniture overturned, piles of paper lined the floor and empty bottles of various types of alcohol were scattered about. Brian trudged through the mess, his chest heaving from the anger and anxiety coursing through his body. He approached his desk; the only piece of furniture not overturned and started rifling through the mess. He was searching for something that he could not find.

“Where is it?” He shouted. “AARRRGH,” Brian shouted as he swiped his arms along the desk and sent everything to the floor. Then he bent down, gripped the underside of the desk and flipped it over. Sweat beaded on his face and forehead, his long black hair matted down. Then, he stormed to the private bathroom inside his office.

As he stepped through the debris leading to the bathroom, his foot came to rest on a portrait of a much different Brian Carson. Inside the bathroom was just as bad as everywhere else in the office. His now black hair once blond; his face bright and shiny and his teeth sparkled with a wide grin. He gritted his teeth at the memories the picture inspired. Brian Carson the aloof millionaire. Brian Carson the playboy socialite. Brian Carson, AKA Imbue, the corporate superhero sponsored by Prism Industries. Everyone knew who he was…Brian kept no secrets. He often came to work dressed in his superhero costume; white on white with a white cape. “Idiot,” he said under his breath. The very decisions he made in the past came back and destroyed his life. It made it easy for his enemies to find him and his family and kill his wife in the process…caused him to abandon his children because he could not deal with the grief. “Angelica,” he said his deceased wife’s name under his breath. Brian kicked at the debris and rushed to the bathroom.

Inside the bathroom was a complete mess with empty bottles of prescription medicines, mostly painkillers. Brian walked to the sink, picked up a small black pouch, and unzipped it. Inside the pouch were two clean syringes, a long strip of rubber tubing and a small vial of clear liquid. He waited a few seconds, his faced fixated on the contents of the bag. He needed the release. He needed the high to feel alive. He needed all his pain to go away. Brian looked up at the vanity mirror, which had long been broken. The shards of glass reflected a broken image back to Brian, which also reflected how he felt inside. With an overwhelming sadness, Brian pulled the rubber tubing from the pouch.

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Now doesn’t that sound very very interesting. I wonder where the rest of the story is headed.

Thank You Lucien for stopping by!

You can find Lucien on Twitter, Goodreads, or on his website.

If you would like to purchase a copy of Lucien’s novels you can use one of the following links:

Amazon (ecopy)
Lulu (publisher – paperbacks)
Barnes & Nobel (ecopy)

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October 5, 2010

Review: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Twelfth Grade Kills by Heather Brewer

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Vlad’s running out of time. The Elysian Council has given him weeks to live, and that’s if the Slayer Society doesn’t kill him – along with all the citizens of Bathory – first. Then there’s the issue of Vlad’s father, who may or may not still be alive after all these years, and oh yeah, that tiny little detail in the Pravus prophecy about Vlad enslaving Vampirekind and the human race. So much for college applications.

In this epic finale to Heather Brewer’s heart-stopping Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, dark secrets will be revealed, old friends will become enemies, and warm blood will run cold. Just be careful it isn’t yours.

First things first I will give you this warning: YOU WILL CRY! I cried 4 times throughout the novel and what a great conclusion it was to the series. Auntie Heather did leave us with some information that will keep me wondering that will happen to Vlad next. It may drive me a little batty but I will live...I hope. I will just have to wait until The Slayer Chronicles comes out to find out more about Vlad.

There are so many twists and turns in this novel that you won’t know what hit you. I was shocked with everyone who had betrayed Vlad. I just couldn’t believe that they would do that to him and those people who have always been against Vlad seemed to become his new allies. As the sayings go “Keep your friends closer but your enemies closer”. The deaths in Twelfth Grade Kills almost killed me!

Auntie Heather is one of my favourite authors and I suggest you go out and buy Eighth Grade Bites if you haven’t already. Visit Auntie Heather’s website for more details on her upcoming novels and appearances.

The Results:

Rating: 5 out of 5
Would I like my 15 year old sister read: Heck Yes!
No course language or inappropriate sexual references.

The Details:

Format:Hardcover
Dimensions:320 Pages, 6 x 8.5 x 1.2 in
Published:September 21, 2010
Publisher:Penguin Young Reader Group
ISBN - 10:0525422242
ISBN - 13:9780525422242

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October 4, 2010

Movie Monday!

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Disney’s: Beauty and the Beast (I know that I have been patiently waiting for the one to come out on DVD and I’m sure I’m not the only one.)

The Karate Kid

A Nightmare on Elm Street

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This week in Theatres:

Life as We Know It

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Director: Greg Berlanti (Dawson’s Creek, Dirty Sexy Money and Eli Stone)
Run Time: 1 hour and 52 min
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Two single adults become caregivers to an orphaned girl when their mutual best friends die in an accident.

This week I didn’t get to see any movies. :(

Movies synopsis are from The Internet Movie Database.

 

 

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October 3, 2010

FOREVER COVER REVEALED!

Well the title says it all the cover was revealed! And you can pre-order yourself a signed copy at http://www.fountainbookstore.com/autograph-maggie. I order both Shiver & Linger and Radiant Shadows from here and they were all autographed!

Here’s the cover:

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October 2, 2010

My Trip To Forks, WA

Well I told you guys that I would pos t pictures from my trip and it seems to be the last thing on my mind so I apologize that I didn’t get the pictures up sooner.

Once we spent our week in LA we moved onto driving the coast back home and stopping in Port Angeles and Forks. Both towns are quite small. I had a blast going to see all the Twilight stops. After Forks we headed straight home. I am very glad to have my bed back. Here are some of the pictures I'm sure you will recognize them from the books. An FYI about the pictures the deeper red truck is the “book” truck and the orange-red truck is the “movie” truck.

 

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Washingston was very pretty but very very rainy. So that is the last of my trip and I leave you with this picture….This is the amount of books that I brought back with me I now have 92 books on my TBR pile. Some of these books I ordered signed copies of. Sadly I don’t have a book shelf so my books are on the floor or on the desk or in rubbermaid boxes.

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And for the curious this is what my movie shelf looks like:

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You can see the bottom shelf but they are full and those piles in front of them are full as well sadly they are half way up my desk from the floor. I need more room lol. And yes that is Orlando Bloom above my desk :).

 

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October 1, 2010

My First Read-a-thons!

So I have decided to join 2 read-a-thons for October! I have 92 books on my TBR pile so I figured going into some read-a-thons will help me get through those books faster.

I will be in YA Books Reviewed Halloween Read-a-thon which runs October 15 – 17, 2010. I am setting a goal of reading 2 books this weekend.

I am also doing Vampire Book Clubs Re-Read Vampire Academy Challenge This runs from October 1 – November 30, 2010. There are 5 books in the series. I have faith that I will be able to finish the 5 books way before the deadline.

Wish me luck!

 

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