Monday, October 31, 2011

The Hangman's Daughter

Summary:
"Germany, 1660: When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play. So begins The Hangman's Daughter--the chillingly detailed, fast-paced historical thriller from German television screenwriter Oliver P√∂tzsch, a descendant of the Kuisls, a famous Bavarian executioner clan.
Magdalena, the clever and headstrong daughter of Bavarian hangman Jakob Kuisl, lives with her father outside the village walls and is destined to be married off to another hangman’s son—except that the town physician’s son is hopelessly in love with her. And her father’s wisdom and empathy are as unusual as his despised profession. It is 1659, the Thirty Years’ War has finally ended, and there hasn’t been a witchcraft mania in decades. But now, a drowning and gruesomely injured boy, tattooed with the mark of a witch, is pulled from a river and the villagers suspect the local midwife, Martha Stechlin."


Plot: The plot is complicated yet simple, there are moments when you don't know what it going to happen, and then there are moments, where you can predict exactly what is going to happen. The plot is based on the author's relative and combines folklore, to make his fictional story with family as characters. The setting and the characters  are original, but the story is pretty much a mystery who dun it. It is also one of those stories, where you can't miss a sentence, otherwise you will miss an important piece of the puzzle.
Characters: I liked that main character Jokab The Hangman and Simon The Physician, although different in many ways they make a great team. Other characters come through clearly and every person mentioned has a part, they aren't just scenery or fillers.
Pros: Original Casting, Awesome translation, told well.
Cons: Could have been edited down a little, maybe too long, not enough romance!
Final Thoughts: The second I saw this book at San Jose airport I knew, I had to have it and it is a great addition to my book collection. The whole story takes place in  a matter of a week and begins fairly quickly. I liked that we jumped into the story really quick, but as usual this leads to me curious what the next 400 pages are going to hold then. Is it going to be this crazy hard to put down story, or is it just going to be long, and repetitive. The Hangman's Daughter was both. Towards the end you could really figure out what was going on and they just kind of dragged it on. Although, the mystery was interesting, the solution was too simple. Also, Although the title of The Hangman's Daughter sounds really cool, she wasn't THAT big of a character. She was in the book, but didn't contribute enough to be the title (In My Opinion) and I would preferred a deeper love connection between her and Simon. I liked that although the book took place in the 1600's the narrative was very modernized. Which at times did bother me, but I think it was smart. It helps from dating the book, as well as opening the book up from being strictly Historical Fiction.  My other thing I liked was calling the main bad guy The Devil. It had so many layers. Since the book dealt with the possibility of Witchcraft and conjuring the Devil and there was a truly evil man actually committing the crimes. Referring to him as the Devil most the time was smart. However, it got confusing when they would refer to something as the actual Devil and I would have to re read the sentence to determine if the meant the Character or figuratively.  The Hangman's Daughter is a good book, and a decent Historical Fiction read. I don't adore this books story as much as I adore the cover though.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

In My Mailbox (19)

Hosted By The Story Siren

For Review?

Modelland By Tyra Banks
(Thank You Random House)

Random Story: Monday I receive a big package and I assume that it is an early birthday gift, until I see that it is addressed to me from Random House. They reason this is weird to me is that I have never had ANY contact with Random House. Besides the fact that I use Random Buzzers and even then it was weird, cause I have never mentioned Modelland or been asked to review it. And On Top on that they give me THREE ARC's of it. Which is also weird, since I got the ARC's a month after the book was released. 

 Gifts

Brother/Sister By Sean Olin
Ruby Red By Kierstin Gier
Daughter of Smoke and Bone By Laini Taylor
Sweet Little Lies By Lauren Conrad
Dearly,Departed By Lia Habel
The Surgeon By Tess Gerritsen
Becoming Marie Antoinette By Juliet Grey

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Today Is My Birthday!

Today is my 22nd Birthday!
Last Saturday we went out to a local pub and then pumpkin carved with my best friend, but tonight Brandon and I are going out to dinner just the 2 of us. As far as gifts go.. I am kind of excited because Brandon has been talking about my gifts for MONTHS now and he has been taunting me about it. I mean not just that we are talking I open the door to packages which I get excited thinking I am getting a book I ordered or have been expecting and then see it addressed to him and he snickers and tells me its my birthday gift. He came in yesterday and showed me my gifts all wrapped. Non stop talking about it! He is SO excited about my birthday gifts that he asked to film me opening my gifts (which he is making wait until dinner time to open) and to post it on here... So it will be interesting. I already know one gift which were my new bookcases!

In other news, I wish I was doing Top Ten Tuesday this week, cause it is one of my favorite features to do, but I don't really read a lot of SCARY books, sooo I can't think of enough books that would be great for Halloween.

UPDATE: 





Friday, October 21, 2011

The Scorpio Races Giveaway!!!!

Big Honcho Media is Hosting The Scorpio Diaries Giveaway and they are giving away 2 books! 
We are doing the giveaway how we normally do it though here on The Lost Book Reports, RAFFLE!

Rules, Guidelines, Etc.
- Must be 13 or older
- US ONLY
- You don't have to be a follower
(but it will earn you an extra entry)
-To Enter, leave a comment with your name below.
-Tweet to @TheLBReports about the Giveaway to earn an extra entry
END DATE October 29th, 2011

Watch the book trailer:

About the book:
From Maggie Stiefvaterthe #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shiver series (over 1.7 million copies in print!), comes a brand-new, heart-stopping novel.  With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff – with more than just their lives at stake should they lose.

4 starred reviews:
  • “A taut, chilling, romantic adventure [that] comes to a pitch-perfect conclusion. Masterful. Like nothing else out there now.”
-          Kirkus, starred review
  • “A book with cross-appeal to lovers of fantasy, horse stories, romance, and action-adventure, this has a shot at being the next YA blockbuster.”
-          Booklist, starred review
  • “As a study of courage and loyalty tested… it is an utterly compelling read.”
-          Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • “Stiefvater sets not one foot wrong as she takes readers on an intoxicating ride of their own.”
-          Horn Book, starred review

Learn more:


 MY REVIEW of The Scorpio Races


Bright Young Things

Summary:
"The year is 1929. New York is ruled by the Bright Young Things: flappers and socialites seeking thrills and chasing dreams in the anything-goes era of the Roaring Twenties.Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped their small Midwestern town for New York's glittering metropolis. All Letty wants is to see her name in lights, but she quickly discovers Manhattan is filled with pretty girls who will do anything to be a star…Cordelia is searching for the father she's never known, a man as infamous for his wild parties as he is for his shadowy schemes. Overnight, she enters a world more thrilling and glamorous than she ever could have imagined—and more dangerous. It's a life anyone would kill for . . . and someone will.The only person Cordelia can trust is Astrid Donal, a flapper who seems to have it all: money, looks, and the love of Cordelia's brother, Charlie. But Astrid's perfect veneer hides a score of family secrets.Across the vast lawns of Long Island, in the illicit speakeasies of Manhattan, and on the blindingly lit stages of Broadway, the three girls' fortunes will rise and fall—together and apart. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe comes an epic new series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age"

Plot: The plot is intriguing, fun and a little more mature. Although Godbersen shows a fondness for building her characters up, to see them fall, like she did in the Luxe Series. Right now it is working, and creates a page turning plot, that is not overplayed.

Characters: I really love these characters, there personalities are so vivid and the girls are all so likeable (so far) I mean Letty is a little annoying, but it's cause she is still naive. One thing I do like about Godbersen is her male characters are equally as well written. Although, I have yet to find a swoon-worthy male character.

Pros: fun, hard to put down, glamorous.

Cons: shows tendencies of writing like The Luxe Series.

Final Thoughts: I have been waiting to read this book forever! I had a few worries about reading this book though, one reason being I ended up not liking The Luxe Series written by Godbersen. Which was at times really good, but Godbersen's sense of justice was just twisted. Also, I had read Vixen which is another 20's themes book with 4 girls. So, I was afraid of similarities. As for my first worry, this book has the potential to go that way , but as far as being like Vixen the books do a good job at being very different. And I prefer Bright Young Things more. Being that this was Book 1 though, it was definitely a book that was just building up the whole story line for the series.
I also like that the book takes place in  1929 and in New York. As opposed to early prohibition and in Chicago. Which would be cool too, but it is always nice to  read a different point of view.  I don't know what else to say besides I can totally see why this book is a big hit.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Want Want Want Wednesday (24)

Want Want Want Wednesday is my version of all those other Wednesday books memes except with no limitations. Just Books That You Want. Feel free to join in and I REALLY need to get a button for this!

Sweetly By Jackson Pierce
"As a child, Gretchen's twin sister was taken by a witch in the woods. Ever since, Gretchen and her brother, Ansel, have felt the long branches of the witch's forest threatening to make them disappear, too.
Years later, when their stepmother casts Gretchen and Ansel out, they find themselves in sleepy Live Oak, South Carolina. They're invited to stay with Sophia Kelly, a beautiful candy maker who molds sugary magic: coveted treats that create confidence, bravery, and passion.
Life seems idyllic and Gretchen and Ansel gradually forget their haunted past-- until Gretchen meets handsome local outcast Samuel. He tells her the witch isn't gone-- it's lurking in the forest, preying on girls every year after Live Oak's infamous chocolate festival, and looking to make Gretchen it's next victim. Gretchen is determined to stop running and start fighting back. Yet the further she investigates the mystery of what the witch is and how it chooses its victims, the more she wonders who the real monster is.
Gretchen is certain of only one thing: a monster is coming, and it will never go away hungry."
OK, this cover is just awesome!

The Night Circus By  Eric Morgenstern
"Erin Morgenstern’s dark, enchanting debut takes us to the black and white tents of Le Cirque des Reves, a circus that arrives without warning, simply appearing when yesterday it was not there. Young Celia and Marco have been cast into a rivalry at The Night Circus, one arranged long ago by powers they do not fully understand. Over time, their lives become more intricately enmeshed in a dance of love, joy, deceit, heartbreak, and magic. Author Morgenstern knows her world inside and out, and she guides the reader with a confident hand. The setting and tone are never less than mesmerizing. The characters are well-realized and memorable. But it is the Night Circus itself that might be the most memorable of all." 

I have been eyeing this book since I saw in mention in O magazine, or People or something like that.

The Faerie Ring By Kiki Hamilton

"Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger.
The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.
Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.
Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…"

Faeries and Victorian London = AWESOME!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Scorpio Races

Summary:
"It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die. 
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them. 
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen"

Plot: The plot is a unique one and it holds a steady pace through out the whole book. I mean man killing horse from the sea is not a story line I have heard of in a book. And Definitely leans more towards the Adult part of Young Adult.

Characters: I liked both the main characters. They can through clearly, were different yet compatible and in general like able characters. Most the characters in the book can through like that too.

Pros: Unique and intriguing. Some romance.

Cons: Death, too much death for me, not sure where it was going.

Final Thoughts: For me this book grasped me right away, but I didn't know how I felt about it and even as I am done I still don't know I feel.  A lot of the time I was reading the book to see for it was going, not in a bad way... just curious. Like I said the plot was very steady and there was a connection where the main characters could either be platonic or romantic and it wasn't until that was clear where it was, that the book took a new meaning. But to me it ended short. Like I finally got really built up and invested in the story and it ends and as me saying "wait that is it?" If this book turns out to be a series, then I think the way it ended is fine, but if not then I am a little let down. I also think the book had a small direction, but I didn't live up to it. I don't all I say is I wanted MORE. At the same time I REALLY did like this book. My only other problem is I  can't handle animal death or cruelty in books. I just can't. If this is a series though, I will continue to read it.


Thank You To Big Honcho Media for giving this book to me for Review and The Scorpio Races is officially Published and For Sale Today!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Bought Cause I Liked The Cover


I am going to be honest 98% of the books I buy or read are because of the cover. I know, I know, but I can't help it.

1. Madame Tussuad By Michelle Moran
Anything Historical will usually get me to buy it, good thing the book was also AMAZEBALLS!

2. A Great and Terrible Beauty By Libba Bray
I got this book at a Border in Los Gatos... when I was 13. I was looking at all these books and I was begging my Mom to buy me one, she finally agreed. Of Course,I hadn't picked a book yet and she was rushing me, So I stumbled across A Great and Terrible Beauty and was enthralled my the lace corset, that you can ACTUALLY feel on the cover.

3. The Wedding Girl By Madeleine Wickham
I didn't like this book, after reading, BUT I bought cause I am engaged and OBSESSED with wedding stuff.

4. Something Borrowed By Emily Giffin

ALL of Emily Giffins books I would buy cause of her covers, but I also LOVE her writing so it is a bonus.

5. Mad Love By Suzanne Selfors
This cover is so pretty and intriguing.. too bad the story line was only library worthy and not buying worthy.

6.  Asylum By Patrick McGrath
Granted I bought this book for $3 at a used book store, the title a cover sold me  on it.

6.  Bright Young Things By Anna Godbersen
 I already adored this cover, again pretty girls and historical attire is a done deal for me (even with The Luxe Series) so I probably would have eventually bought it, but Jen from Makeshift Bookmark's review sold me on buying the book ASAP. Which I did.

7. The Hangman's Daughter By Oliver Potzsch
My background is off white with red lettering, but the second my eyes fell on this book at the airport I knew I had to buy it.

Welp folks that is all the books I can think of at the top of my head, Although I know there must be more..

Sunday, October 16, 2011

In My Mailbox (18)

Hosted By Kirsti at The Story Siren

For Review:
The Scorpio Races By Maggie Stiefvater 
(BIG thanks to Chelsy Hall from Big Honcho Media)

Bought:
Devoted By Hilary Duff

Saved:
The Amulet of Skarmand By Jonathan Stroud
The Estraz Elevator By Lemony Snicket

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My Zoo Family


O,k this is another one of those books that just doesn't quite fit my normal blogging format. I received this book as a gift from my Grandma Bumb and it was made in 1957 so it is quite old. The book is about the author and her husband who were just normal New Yorkers, until her husband friend got a job as a zookeeper at the Bronx Zoo and from there she mingled her way into caring for the baby and young animals. Basically that is the whole book, her talking about the animals she raised and the dilemma's they faced. It is a cute book, but not that well written in the sense that things needed to be ended and formatted better. As I read the book it definitely reminded me about how different the times were and couldn't help but think a million times, this would never be allowed now-a-days. Overall, if you are an animal lover you will like this book.

Top Ten Tuesday: Book I Would Like To Read Again For The 1st Time


1. Elixir By Hilary Duff

2. Madame Tussaud By Michelle Moran

3. The Harry Potter Series 

4. To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

5.  Murder on the Orient Express By Agatha Christie

6. A Great and Terrible Beauty By Libba Bray

7. White Cat By Holly Black

8. If I Stay By Gayle Forman

9. Blue Bloods By Melissa De La Cruz

10. Where She Went By Gayle Forman

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Want Want Want Wednesday (23)

Want Want Want Wednesday is a meme, feature or whatever.. Where I talk about the books I REALLY want, I usually do 3 but you can do as many as you like = )

Brava, Valentine By Adriana Trigiani
"Trigiani's sequel to Very Valentine is a sweet second act for shoemaker and designer Valentine Roncalli. Val takes over the New York family-run shoe business with feet-of-clay older brother, Alfred; falls for the dashing, older Gianluca in Italy; and takes a business risk in South America, where she unearths a dusty chapter of family history. There are plenty of picturesque globe-trotting adventures in Tuscany, Manhattan, and Buenos Aires, and, for artistic and independent Val, a grown-up commitment evolves. There is no art without love. Only love can open someone up to the possibilities of living and creating art, Val writes to the wary Gianluca. And the startling twist of family history finally challenges an old-fashioned, insular clan to join the modern world. But it's always the endearing, unnerving and rowdy Roncallis who steal the show. Look for a heartbreaking exit of one beloved character, and a cliffhanger breakup in this charming valentine to love, forgiveness, and family."
Aw! I am SO happy I stumbled across the 2nd book to Very Valentine. I read Very Valentine in the Summer of 08 and I absolutely adored the book! It was so cute and I would love to know how Valentine is doing.

Shatter Me By Tahereh Mafi
'"You can't touch me," I whisper.
I'm lying, is what I don't tell him.
He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him.
But things happen when people touch me.
Strange things.
Bad things.
No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.
But Juliette has plans on her own.
After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever."
Basically, a bajillion bloggers have told me that this is a MUST read, So OBVIOUSLY I WANT IT!

Juliet By Anne Fortier 
"Our story begins when Julie’s beloved Aunt Rose dies, leaving Julie and her twisted sister, Janice orphaned. (Their parents died years earlier in Tuscany). But while Aunt Rose leaves the family estate to Janice, Julie is bequeathed next to nothing, just a passport, a key, and a secret--that her real name is Giulietta Tolomei, a descendant of the Tolomeis and the Salembenis, the real families that inspired Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet—and that the "Curse upon both your houses," is alive and well, 600 years later.

With exquisite detail and flawless pacing, Juliet is a multi-layered tapestry of Julie’s present and Giulietta’s 14th-century past, where families, generations apart, are still at each other’s throats. Betwixt tragedy and epic romance, Juliet will stir your heart and quicken your pulse. After all, if Julie is Giulietta, then where art thou, Romeo?"
 I am ALWAYS down for a Romeo/Juliet retelling in any form!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Heart of The Matter

Summary:
"Tessa Russo is a stay-at-home mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie—a boy who has never known his father. Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, they are strangers to one another and have little in common, aside from a fierce love for their children. But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined.
This is the moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most."

Plot: The plot itself isn't actually original, yet Giffin amazingly makes it seem like it is the most original plot ever, I just couldn't stop reading it! The compassion and heart ache and Giffin's outstanding ability to make the situation real and honest. It isn't sugar coated or Hollywood. 

Characters: As I have always said and hope to always say is Giffin's characters are not characters they are real people, they are you, me, you neighbor, your loved one... etc. She does human psychology and pathology unbelievably well. I felt a connection to every character in this book.

Pros: Truthful, hard to put down, great characters.

Cons: slightly predictable, lost momentum towards the end.

Final Thoughts:  I find it hard that Emily Giffin will ever write a book I don't like. Her writing is so real and so true. There is always a character for someone. I can relate toTessa cause I have things in common with her, but I can relate to Valerie too. Just like other women can. The book was not what I expected at first and was not yet predictable until you hit that turning point in the book. But even with the predictable ending the book was still a good read. The other thing I like about this book is like many other books Giffin gives her characters from previous books Cameos. Usually small, but this time it is a lot bigger a cameo since Tessa's brother is Dex... So yes,Rachel and Dexter from Something Borrowed. Are in this book as well. Which iscool cause it is an look at their life after.. Over all Giffin did not disappoint so if you are a fan you will enjoy it and if you are a chick lit reader who likes a little more realism then fluff you will love this book.