Help Me Name My Blog!

12th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Newsletter

Help Me Name My Blog!

Hi everyone!! Welcome to my Blog!

I’ve gotten a few posts/reviews posted and am loving it so far! Definitely still getting the hang of it, though. One thing I know for sure is…I want a better name for my Blog.

When the new year started, I was very eager to begin blogging about my current reads and what I thought of them, so I gave the Blog the first (or second, or third) name that popped in my head. Something that said, “Hey! I read books! See??” :)

This is where you come in. I want something permanent, unique, catchy…a play on words maybe, short and sweet and memorable. And of course relevant to reading and reviewing books. So, I need your help coming up with this oh-so-special name. Think up as many as you want and leave the suggestions in the comments. Only serious suggestions please, as I am serious about this Blog. :) Once I have enough suggestions, I’ll do another post where everyone can vote on their favorite!!

Thanks for your help!!

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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Review: The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

10th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: The Water Wars by Cameron StracherThe Water Wars by Cameron Stracher
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Pub Date: January 1st 2011
Pages: 247
Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
3 Stars

Would you risk everything for someone you just met?

What if he had a secret worth killing for?

Welcome to a future where water is more precious than oil or gold... Hundreds of millions of people have already died, and millions more will soon fall—victims of disease, hunger, and dehydration. It is a time of drought and war. The rivers have dried up, the polar caps have melted, and drinkable water is now in the hands of the powerful few. There are fines for wasting it and prison sentences for exceeding the quotas.

But Kai didn’t seem to care about any of this. He stood in the open road drinking water from a plastic cup, then spilled the remaining drops into the dirt. He didn’t go to school, and he traveled with armed guards. Kai claimed he knew a secret—something the government is keeping from us...

And then he was gone. Vanished in the middle of the night. Was he kidnapped? Did he flee? Is he alive or dead? There are no clues, only questions. And no one can guess the lengths to which they will go to keep him silent. We have to find him—and the truth—before it is too late for all of us.

I have mixed feelings about The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher. I LOVED the cover! Isn’t it gorgeous!? Yeah.

I found myself skimming or speed reading through the pages, which automatically tells me that I’m just trying to get to the bottom of it and not hanging on its every word, like I would a book I’m loving. I really wanted more from the characters. I agree with other reviews that say they fell kind of flat. Somehow, Ulysses ended up being my favorite character.

The story is action packed but I guess it just really wasn’t what I wanted from it. If this turns into more books, I’ll probably read them to see if the story and characters grow and get better.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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Review: Kiss of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

9th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Kiss of the Night by Sherrilyn KenyonKiss of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark-Hunter #4
Published by St. Martin's
Pub Date: April 19th 2004
Pages: 361
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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5 Stars

Wulf is an ancient Viking warrior with a useful but extremely aggravating power—amnesia. No one who meets him in person can remember him 5 minutes later. It makes it easy to have one-night stands, but hard to have a meaningful relationship, and without true love he can never regain his soul.

When he finally meets Cassandra, the one woman who can remember him, she turns out to be the princess of the cursed race he's sworn to hunt—and forbidden to him. The two of them must face ancient curses, prophecies, and the direct meddling of the Greek gods to find true happiness at last.

Kiss of the Night is book number 4 in the Dark-Hunter series, and it was a great installment!

Wulf and Cassandra are definitely not meant to be. What with him being a Dark-Hunter and her being an Apollite on the verge of death, yet thanks to some butting in by the Goddess Artemis, they become entangled in ways they never imagined. Now with Wulf having to keep Cassandra safe, and them not be able to keep their hands of each other, they unavoidably fall in love, but not without having to go through some difficult and sometimes painful obstacles.

I really liked Wulf and Cassandra’s characters, but I LOVED Chris. He is by far the best comic relief in this series to date. I also loved how Cassandra could find the humor in any situation, even while being hunted down. Wulf wasn’t a jerk to Cassandra, which was different, I liked that. He was thoughtful and sweet and funny. :) I found the overprotective way Wulf cares for Chris very endearing, and thought Chris could be a little more sympathetic to Wulf’s position. I mean, come on, if you knew the only way for your ancestor not to live a sad lonely life was by you procreating, wouldn’t you be getting to it already?! lol Maybe then would Wulf have left him alone about it. haha In any case, they’re relationship is sweet.

We got to meet the evil Stryker and Apollymi, aka The Destroyer, and they are E-V-I-L! We also met Urian, Stryker’s son, who is instantly intriguing and for good reason, he isn’t all he appears to be. My Acheron also makes an appearance. :D I really can’t wait to learn the entirety of his mysterious self!! We get to see cameos from past Dark-Hunters too, which is always cool.

 

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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Gone with her Thoughts: Let the Awesome Begin!

3rd Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Gone with her Thoughts, Newsletter

Gone with her Thoughts: Let the Awesome Begin!

Soooo…this is my Blog. :D

I REALLY want to make this happen this year. No more slacking. I want to talk and talk mucho-mucho mostly about books but also other things that go through my head. I used to read a lot when I was in middle school, then other things, like boys, got in my way. I would occasionally pick up a book every now and then throughout the years…until 2009.

In 2009, I decided I wanted to buy the Twilight DVD, but for some reason I got it in my head that I wanted to read the book first. And so in this post I tell the story of how yours truly got into reading again.

These are my stats from Goodreads:
read-2008 (6)
read-2009 (28)
read-2010 (202)

2010 was a GREAT year of reading and discovery for me. Also, I turned 30, which I thought would be devastating but instead made me think about what I’d like to be like. I came to the conclusion that I want to be a person who does what she likes and doesn’t care what others think of that.

So let the Awesome begin… :)

 

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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Gone with her Thoughts: What (Re)Started It All

21st Mar 2010 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2010, Gone with her Thoughts, Newsletter

Gone with her Thoughts: What (Re)Started It All

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON MYSPACE

March 22, 2009 – obsessed much??
Current mood: bummed
Category: Writing and Poetry

So Friday morning I went to Barnes & Noble to pick up a copy of Twilight and New Moon. I have to admit that it took me this long to finally give in and read it because of all the hype and because I thought it was something for teenagers…so for a long time I didn’t give it a second thought. I hadn’t even heard of Twilight until the movie was coming out but I wasn’t going to go see that before I read the book. So I’ve been off all week and have been seeing the ads for the Twilight DVD and my curiosity was sparked again, and on top of that Barnes & Noble sent me a 15% off coupon that would be taken off the already 10% off I get for being a member, so I thought “what the heck!”

I started reading Twilight around 7/7:30 on Friday….I was hooked!! I finally had to put it down because Tom and I had plans like at 9, but trust me, I didn’t want to! It was crazy!

Yesterday I was able to do everything I had to do and not give in to reading the book…so I started reading again around 7 and stopped when Tom got home. We went to bed around 12 but I wasn’t sleepy yet so I decided to read till I got sleepy. Well I didn’t get sleepy, instead I couldn’t stop reading. I finally let out a yawn and looked at my phone…it was freaking 4:45 in the morning!!! Lol I forced myself to put it down and forced myself to sleep at that point.

This morning I finished it.

It was sooo good! Incredible! I LOVED it!! I would describe my personal thoughts and feelings but I find that to be impossible…I want to keep them all to myself. Although, I don’t think I could really put it into words. It would take me a while to come up with all the RIGHT words to describe it. Just trust me on this one girls (and maybe some guys but I doubt it would have the same effect), YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!! Especially before seeing the movie. And you will DEFINITELY be tempted to just put down the book and just seeing the movie because you’ll feel like you’re not reading fast enough….DON’T DO IT.

I’m glad I didn’t, because I just saw the movie right now and omg…it made me mad!! I don’t think there could’ve been a better person to play Edward…o-m-g he’s a freakin’ hot vampire! Not as hot as Brad in Interview with a Vampire though…and not as hot and tortured as describe in the book either, that was a big disappointment :( It was an ok movie, but it didn’t do the writing any justice! It just didn’t translate the feeling of the book to me. I understand that when writing a screenplay/making a movie from a book a lot of things have to get condensed and cut…BUT COME ON! Lol

So I’m off to start reading new moon now…laters taters!!

Currently reading:
New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2)
By Stephenie Meyer
Release date: 2008-05-31

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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