Tricky Trivia Tuesday (#2)

literati_rain66 Tuesday, January 31, 2012 , ,

Tricky Trivia Tuesday is an on-going trivia game here at Literati's Literary Library. Click here to read the rules and contest details!

Since last week's question was easy, I went with a more difficult question. Good luck!

Tricky Trivia Tuesday Question: Who did A.A. Milne, author of Winnie the Pooh, use as inspiration for the character "Christopher Robin"?

Remember, no search engines!

First person to answer correctly gets their name entered in the Big Box of Books giveaway!

Tricky Trivia Tuesday (#1)

literati_rain66 Tuesday, January 24, 2012 ,

Hello and welcome to the very first Tricky Trivia Tuesday!! For the complete list of rules and to find out what exactly this Trivia Tuesday thing is about, click HERE.

Since this is the first one, we'll start with an easy question.

Tricky Trivia Tuesday Question: In Rick Riordan's Heros of Olympus series, what is Percy's sword named?

First person to answer correctly gets their name entered in the BBoB giveaway!!

Tricky Trivia Tuesday

What's this? A new feature? Why yes it is! 

What is Trivia Tuesday? 

Each week (or as close to that as I can manage) I will post a new trivia question.

You, my lovely readers, then post a comment with your answer, name, and email.

The first person to get the correct answer then gets their name entered into my Big Box of Books giveaway.

The drawing will be held at the end of June.

What will be in the Big Box of Books? It's a surprise! And by that I mean I have no idea. :-p It will be an eclectic mix of genres, maybe some ARCs, maybe some new releases, maybe some classics... who knows! As I find books to put in the box, I will update the list of books. (There will be some books not listed... what fun is it if you know everything you're getting??)

~ US and Canada only.
~ You may guess as many times as you'd like, but you cannot double post or put two of your answers into one comment. In other words, you post one answer per comment, and before you can post another guess, you must wait for someone else to guess.
~ You do not have to participate in every Trivia Tuesday to be entered to win, but the more you play the more chances you have of getting your name in the drawing!
~ No cheating! Googling the answer is cheating. No search engines allowed. You must know the answer off the top of your head, or at least think you do. ;-) Play fair guys!

Big Box of Books current listing:
Real Vampires Have Curves, by Gerry Bartlett
Carolina Moon, by Nora Roberts (used)
The Goblin Wood, by Hilari Bell
Looking for Alaska, by John Green


Really Ravishing Review (Carolina Moon)

literati_rain66 Wednesday, January 18, 2012 , ,

Title: Carolina Moon
Author: Nora Roberts

Well, I thought Carolina Moon was okay. I picked it up at the Salvation Army for two reasons: 1) It was Nora Roberts and I was in the mood for her work. 2) It was set in South Carolina, and being newly transferred to North Carolina, I thought it would be fun to read a book set near here.

Nora did me well with both her setting and with her mystery-romance. I enjoyed reading Carolina Moon.  A few minor things that I was less than enthralled with, but a lot that I enjoyed. Here are the deets...

Abused and beaten by her father throughout her childhood, Tory escapes to NYC and makes a life for herself. But her life in the city is simply a shield from her past, and as she matures she realizes that to truly live for herself, she must go back to Progress, the her childhood home, and face her past. There's a lot more in Progress than memories of her cruel father though. Her girlhood friend, Hope, was raped and murded when the girls were merely eight years old.

Determined to face her past and find peace, Tory returns to Progress to set up a shop and live her life. Complications arise when her father returns to rough her up, and another rape and murder take place in the town. What began has a journey of self-restoration quickly becomes a hunt to find the killer(s) that haunt the town.

Liked: Tory. She was a tough little thing. She was easy to sympathize, empathize, and relate with. If you are in the mood for a "she rises above" story, you'll enjoy reading about Tory. She's strong and stubborn and adorably fierce.

Cade. Okay, who doesn't love a totally capable Southern organic-cotton farmer? Seriously. Smart, forward-thinking, and hello tan and muscled. (Confession: I honestly don't give two hoots about the physical description of these fictional guys. But I know most of you do. So I do these for you. All for you.) Cade is warm and patient and totally unwilling to let Tory back out on everything.

The supporting characters. The other POVs were a nice change of pace and I really loved getting to know Faith.

Didn't like as much: For a little while in the middle I wasn't pleased with the pacing of the romance. It felt too quick, and I had a hard time believing Cade was really THAT smitten with her and would have that much unwavering dedication to unlocking the mystery of Tory.

I had the type of ending pegged from the first quarter of the book. I knew exactly what twists she'd throw in. And she did. Kind of bummed about that. But I didn't know the exact details, so that was a plus.

All told, it was an enjoyable read.

4 out of 5 stars.

My Magnificent Mailbox #32

literati_rain66 Sunday, January 15, 2012

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme put on by The Story Siren.

These past few months I have gotten:

From the Salvation Army:
Carolina Moon, by Nora Roberts

From Sandy over at Scribing Shadows:
Naked City, Anthology

From Andrea over at Aine's Realm:
Trust Me, by Rachel Hawthorne
Elphame's Choice, by P.C. Cast
Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
Changeling, by Delia Sherman
Odd and the Frost Giants, by Neil Gaiman
The Phantom Limb, by William Sleator and Anne Monticone
Whip It, by Shauna Cross
The Selchie's Seed, by Shuliamith Oppenheim
Priscilla the Great, by Sybil Nelson
The Robe of Skulls, by Vivian French
Blood Lite, Anthology

From Wal-Mart:
Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare
Crossed, by Ally Condie
The Son of Neptune, by Rick Riordan
Beautiful Chaos, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

From Ollie's:
The Spiderwick Chronicles, by Holly Black and Toni DiTerlizzi
Cryer's Cross, by Lisa McMann

From The Recycled Reader Used Bookstore:
Midnight Bayou, by Nora Roberts
Sea Swept, by Nora Roberts
Rising Tides, by  Nora Roberts
Inner Harbor, by Nora Roberts
Chesapeake Blue, by Nora Roberts
Postmortem, by Patricia Cornwell
Body of Evidence, by Patricia Cornwell

From Page After Page bookstore:
Invisible Monsters, by Chuck Palahniuk
Lover Avenged, by J.R. Ward

From the library:
Perfect, by Sara Shepard
Saving Francesca, by Melina Marchetta

From Market Street Bookshop:
Uncommon Criminals, by Ally Carter
Shadowspell, by Jenna Black

Expect a much smaller IMM next Sunday. This was a backlog of all the books I've gotten since I left Nantucket. What did you guys get?


Literati's Lacking Loyalty

literati_rain66 Friday, January 13, 2012
HI! I've missed you all!! You may (or may not) be wondering where I've been. Well, I'll tell you. Life has been crazy. So crazy, that I haven't done any blogging of any sort. I've barely kept up on social sites, and I've only been able to Tweet because my phone has Twitter. But I'm baaaack!

What have I been doing?

~ August 2011: Moved off the island of Nantucket. We put all our stuff -furniture, toys, everything we own- into storage, and the boys and I headed off to Ohio. My husband stayed on Cape Cod for Air School. It was a tough time for all of us, but the boys and I enjoyed seeing family folks that we hadn't seen in a long time.

~ December 2011: My husband finished his school early and came to Ohio to spend Christmas with us. Then, on the 28th, we packed up the cars and made our way down to Elizabeth City, North Carolina. We spent a few days getting settled in -which, by the way, doesn't take all that long when all you have is clothes, toys, and a few bare necessities- and exploring before the hubs had to report for his next school. He is currently training to be an Avionics Electronics Engineer.

And that brings us to now. We're in E-City for 6 months, and then we will be stationed somewhere else. (And we'll finally have all our stuff back! My oldest son saw a couch in a store and looked longingly at it, saying, "Ohhh. A COUCH!!" Sad, I know.) I admit I'm very much looking forward to having a dining room table... plates... a couch... a bed... dressers.... It's a little annoying having all our clean clothes folded in stacks on the floor. In the meantime, we're enjoying the adventure. And so far, I love E-City. It's fun and they have everything. The library is sadly lacking, but I just saw a used book store the other day, and I can't wait to go!!

I will do my best to get some reviews and giveaways up soon! It's nice to be back!