Tears-stained Treats

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Tear-stained Treats: These are tears of a touched person.

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Book Review: Kristin Cashore’s Fire

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Title: Fire
Author: Kristin Cashore
Published: June 10, 2010
Publisher: Gollancz
ISBN13: 9780575085138
Format: Paperback
Series: Graceling Realm
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

Fire’s exceptional beauty gives her influence and power. People who are susceptible to it will do anything for her attention, and for her affection.
But beauty is only skin deep, and beneath it Fire has a human appreciation of right and wrong. Aware of her ability to influence others, and afraid of it, she lives in a corner of the world away from people – not only to protect them but also to protect herself from their attention, their distrust, and even their hatred.
Yet Fire is not the only danger to the Dells. If she wants to protect her home, if she wants a chance to undo the wrongs of the past, she must face her fears, her abilities, and a royal court full of powerful people with reason to distrust her.

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Book Review: Kristin Cashore’s Graceling

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favoriteTitle: Graceling
Author: Kristin Cashore
Published: September 3, 2009
Publisher: Gollancz
ISBN13: 9780575085305
Format: Paperback
Series: Graceling Realm
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

In a world where people born with an exceptional skill, known as a Grace, are both feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing.
Feared by the court and shunned by those her own age, the darkness of her Grace casts a heavy shadow over Katsa’s life. Yet she remains defiant: when the King of Lienid’s father is kidnapped she investigates, and stumbles across a mystery. Who would want to kidnap the old man, and why? And who was the extraordinary Graced man whose fighting abilities rivalled her own?
The only thing Katsa is sure of is that she no longer wants to kill. The intrigue around this kidnapping offers her a way out – but little does she realise, when she takes it, that something insidious and dark lurks behind the mystery. Something spreading from the shadowy figure of a one-eyed king…

Words cannot express how much I love this book. I was momentarily left speechless at the end of the book.

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Book Review: Laura Howard’s The Forgotten Ones

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Title: The Forgotten Ones
Author: Laura Howard
Published: April 28, 2013
Publisher: Finding Bliss Publishing
ASIN: B00CKXODRG
Format: Kindle edition
Series: The Danaan Trilogy
Acquisition: FREE Download on Amazon

Purchase at: Amazon

Allison O’Malley’s plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she’s been in love with for as long as she can remember. 
What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison’s mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn’t trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother’s sanity.

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Reading Resolve: GreenWeek

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Reading Resolve: Setting my goals on the books I want to finish reading during the week.
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This Week: It’s GreenWeek! (the title just reminds of greenwich) Anyway, the theme of this week’s books is green covers. So I shall read:

Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon

The Summer Lovin’ Readathon is a week-long readathon event hosted by seven independent bloggers! (Oh, Chrys!Tumbling BooksEffortlessly ReadingLove Life ReadShelf AddictionRead Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland)
Spend the week reading at your own pace, when and how you want too. There will be daily challenges for awesome prizes and opportunities to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.
As if that weren’t enough – the week will end with a 24-hr marathon readathon! Twitter parties, mini-challenges, games, prizes given EVERY HOUR, and more chances to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.
Sign-ups will be open through July 6th. I’m in, are you?!