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Giveaway Winners!!!

Posted June 1, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
Giveaway Winners!!!

Okay, it’s time to announce the winners for my Splash Into Summer Giveaway!! The Winner of Haven by Kristi Cook is entry #41 Jennifer! There are a lot of Jennifers following me, but the Jennifer I am talking about is GFC follower jennifer. Written like that.The Winner of The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown is entry #16 Sophia!I am about to email the winners now and they have 48 hours to email me back with their name and mailing address. If I haven’t heard back from them in 48 hours, I will draw a new winner. Winners have been chosen via more »

French Lessons by Ellen Sussman- ARC Review

Posted May 30, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
French Lessons by Ellen Sussman- ARC Review

French Lessons by Ellen SussmanMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Summary: A single day in Paris changes the lives of three Americans as they each set off to explore the city with a French tutor, learning about language, love, and loss as their lives intersect in surprising ways. Josie, Riley, and Jeremy have come to the City of Light for different reasons: Josie, a young high school teacher, arrives in hopes of healing a broken heart. Riley, a spirited but lonely expat housewife, struggles to feel connected to her husband and her new country. And Jeremy, the reserved husband of more »

Book Review- The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

Posted May 29, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 1 Comment
Book Review- The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

The Emerald Atlas by John  StephensMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Summary: John Stephens’ aptly-titled new fantasy trilogy begins auspiciously with a nimble, fast-paced tale of three siblings. Kate, Michael, and Emma have suffered through ten years of odious orphanage “care”; now they have slipped into the care of the eccentric, disturbingly mysterious Dr. Pym. While exploring their new home, the children discover a magical green book. With that discovery, a decade of tedium dissolves into cascades of dangerous time travel adventures and struggles with a beautiful witch and decidedly less attractive zombielike Screechers. High early reader marks for strong more »

In My Mailbox #1

Posted May 28, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 3 Comments
In My Mailbox #1

This is probably one of the few memes I will be participating  in. I think this one is really important though because it gives readers a chance to see new books and the books I will be reviewing on this blog. I may not participate every week yet, it just depends what I get every week. This IMM is going to be pretty huge though, because it’s a build-up of the last couple of weeks. IMM is sponsored by The Story Siren and happens once a week, usually on Sunday. Won: Thanks to Random House for an ARC of French Lessons: A Novel by Ellen Sussman.Thanks to more »

Review of Geisha: A Life by Mineko Iwasaki

Posted May 27, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 2 Comments
Review of Geisha: A Life by Mineko Iwasaki

Geisha, A Life by Mineko IwasakiMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Summary: The geisha has long been a mystery to those in the West. In her compelling memoir, Mineko, often called the best geisha of her generation, reveals the secretive world that inspired a bestselling fictional counterpart, Arthur Golden’s bestselling Memoirs of a Geisha. Mineko’s remarkable story dispels Western myths about the geisha as prostitute and describes a demanding life as a highly trained artist. With an even and objective voice, she tells of leaving home at the age of four to enter a geisha house. Here, Mineko made her more »

Splash into Summer Giveaway!

Posted May 25, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 10 Comments
Splash into Summer Giveaway!

This is the first giveaway hop I am participating in. I am very excited. I was only going to give away one book, but I was cleaning my shelves today and I found a book that I have an extra UNUSED copy of. So without further ado, here is my contest. I’m actually doing two, and there will be two separate forms to fill out. Rules for both giveaways: 1. You must be a follower via GFC. I am giving away two hardcovers from my personal stash, so I feel it’s fair.2. You have to be over 13.3. This giveaway more »