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Daughter of Smoke & Bone



Smoke &amp; BoneTitle:  Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Author:   Laini Taylor
Genre:  Young Adult; Fantasy

Publisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date:  September, 2011
Format:  E-book
Acquired:  Purchased from Amazon
Pages:  424

Read Dates:  Oct. 9-11, 2013
4.5 Stars

Goodreads Description
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and…

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The Monstrumologist (#1)



MonstrumologistTitle:  The Monstrumologist (#1)
Author:  Rick Yancey
Genre:  Young Adult; Gothic Horror

Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Release Date:  September, 2009
Format:  E-book
Acquired:  Purchased from Amazon
Pages:  427

Read Dates:  Oct. 6-8, 2013
4 Stars

Goodreads Description
These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for more than forty years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me . . . and the one who cursed me.

So starts the diary of Will Henry, orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore Warthorpe, a man with a most unusual specialty: monstrumology, the study of monsters. In his time with the doctor, Will has met many a mysterious late-night visitor, and seen things he never imagined were real. But when a grave robber comes calling in the middle of the night with a gruesome find, he brings with…

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New Trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug


Can’t wait!

I Love Geekology 101

Let the countdown begin, ladies and gentlemen…T-73 days until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is released in the US.

I am not a patient person.  I’ve watched this four times…today…Oh, and for those of you who asked, Orlando Bloom only plays Legolas.  I think the other character you were referring to was Bard who is played by Luke Evans.  I don’t know what I would do without to answer these questions, and you can find answers to other casting questions here.

‘Til next time,


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Saturday Poem – Kanelakos


New Light

By Joye Kanelakos

New Light

I open my eyes to you

Bright shiny morning,

While some lonely half-dream

Still clouds my mind;

And I worry your presence

By pulling in yesterday,

Plucking out moments

I should leave behind.

Sweet friend and companion,

Refresher of souls,

I rise to your joyful

Awakening at last.

And I gather your warmth

As a maiden her lover.

Embrace me, sweet morning

Black shadows are past.

This lovely poem was posted by Joye Kanelakos’ granddaughter over at I Love Geekology 101Check it out!

What We Love About A Good Concert


I recently attended a Mumford & Sons concert. The band was wonderful! The concert was held in an outdoor amphitheater setting and the weather could not have been better. The tickets were reasonably priced and the girls I went with were a hoot! I jumped and danced and sang until I was hoarse, but about half way through the event I began to take stock as I often do. I started asking myself, why do we really enjoy this? What is it about seeing one of our favorite bands live that draws us? Then it dawned on me…it’s the camaraderie.

As human beings were are drawn to the feeling that we belong to something bigger. Whether it’s a concert, a cause or a cult, we want to know there is someone else out there who feels like we do and thinks like we think. We want to feel like we’re not alone. I started to look around at all of us singing in unison with Mr. Mumford. We all jumped together at certain parts of certain songs. We all clapped, raised our hands and screamed really loud at the same time. It was almost freakish how synchronized 17,000 people could be. Usually you can’t get 3 people to agree on where they want to eat. But there we were, together under the stars, absolutely loving it.

When I got home that night, my husband had recorded the local news which had covered the show. The footage drove home exactly what I had felt during the concert. We had been an undulating sea of people floating on a current of music and freedom. Not to sound too much like a hippie, but it was really beautiful. I can only imagine what Woodstock would have been like because I wasn’t even born yet, but I think that feeling of togetherness is why I’ve always wished I could’ve been there.

So the next time you’re at a concert stop just a moment and take a look around you. Soak in the wonderful feeling of camaraderie that surrounds you and then throw your hands in the air and know you belong!