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Books in 2009

— This is tabbed up above for future reference (for myself, really), but I thought it was worth posting here as my last post of 2009. —

Books in 2009

The year started off slow and sadly continued pretty slow – not as many books as previous years. Life has as habit of getting in the way of things it seems. But here’s my run down of books read in 2009!

January (5)

  1. Plum Lovin’: A Stephanie Plum Between-the-Numbers Novel – Janet Evanovich
  2. How I Found the Perfect Dress – Maryrose Wood
  3. Once Upon a Spring Morn – Dennis L. McKiernan (didn’t finish it)
  4. Poison Study – Maria V. Snyder
  5. Magic Study – Maria V. Snyder

February (7)

  1. Fire Study – Maria V. Snyder
  2. Suddenly Supernatural: Scaredy Kat – Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
  3. Cross my Heart and Hope to Spy – Ally Carter
  4. Blood Bound – Patricia Briggs
  5. At Grave’s End – Jeaniene Frost
  6. Bite Me – Parker Blue
  7. White Witch, Black Curse – Kim Harrison

March (2 – I KNOW! O_o)

  1. Tantalize – Cynthia Leitich Smith
  2. Suddenly Supernatural: Unhappy Medium – Elizabeth Cody Kimmel (posted in July)

April (5)

  1. Evernight – Claudia Gray
  2. Lord of Misrule : The Morganville Vampires Book 5 – Rachel Caine
  3. City of Ashes : The Mortal Instruments Book 2 – Cassandra Clare
  4. Need – Carrie Jones
  5. The 13 Treasures – Michelle Harrison

May (5)

  1. Wings – Aprilynne Pike
  2. Once Dead, Twice Shy – Kim Harrison
  3. Courtney Crumrin in the Twilight Kingdom (vol 3) – Ted Naifeh
  4. Dayhunter: The Second Dark Days Novel – Jocelynn Drake
  5. Fablehaven Book 3: Grip of the Shadow Plague – Brandon Mull

June (8)

  1. Storm Glass – Maria V. Snyder
  2. Ruby Gloom’s Guide to Friendship – Mighty Fine Inc.
  3. Salvation in Death – J.D. Robb
  4. Red-Headed Stepchild – Jaye Wells
  5. Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things (vol 1) – Ted Naifeh
  6. Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics (vol 2) – Ted Naifeh
  7. Courtney Crumrin’s Monstrous Holiday (vol 4) – Ted Naifeh
  8. Sweep 1: Book of Shadows – Cate Tiernan

July (20)

  1. The Good Girls Ghouls Guide to Getting Even – Julie Kenner
  2. Sweep 2: The Coven – Cate Tiernan
  3. Good Girls Ghouls Do – Julie Kenner
  4. Sweep 4: Dark Magick – Cate Tiernan
  5. Sweep 5: Awakening – Cate Tiernan
  6. Darkfever – Karen Marie Moning
  7. Sweep 6: Spellbound – Cate Tiernan
  8. Eyes Like Stars – Lisa Mantchev
  9. Sweep 7: The Calling – Cate Tiernan
  10. Bloodfever – Karen Marie Moning
  11. Faefever – Karen Marie Moning
  12. Shadowed Summer – Saundra Mitchell
  13. Promises in Death – J.D. Robb
  14. The Lost Sister – Megan Kelley Hall
  15. Lament – Maggie Stiefvater
  16. Lovestruck Summer – Melissa Walker
  17. Sweep 9: Strife – Cate Tiernan
  18. Runaways Hard Cover Vol. 1 – um various people
  19. Atherton #1: House of Power – Patrick Carman
  20. Atherson #2: Rivers of Fire – Patrick Carman (finished it July 31, even though review was Aug 1)

August (13)

  1. Broken – Alyxandra Harvey-Fitzhenry
  2. Atherton #3: The Dark Planet – Patrick Carman
  3. Curse the Dawn – Karen Chance
  4. Obernewtyn – Isobelle Carmody
  5. Destined for an Early Grave – Jeaniene Frost
  6. A Circle of Souls – Preetham Grandhi
  7. The Farseekers: The Obernewtyn Chronicles 2 – Isobelle Carmody
  8. Vacations From Hell – Various Authors
  9. Ashling: The Obernewtyn Chronicles 3 – Isobelle Carmody
  10. The Keeping Place: The Obernewtyn Chronicles 4 – Isobelle Carmody
  11. Wavesong: The Obernewtyn Chronicles 5 – Isobelle Carmody
  12. The Stone Key: The Obernewtyn Chronicles 6 – Isobelle Carmody
  13. Sea Glass – Maria V. Snyder

September (5)

  1. Demon Inside – Stacia Kane
  2. Dark Visions Trilogy – L.J. Smith
  3. Prophecy of the Sisters – Michelle Zink
  4. The Puzzle Ring – Kate Forsyth
  5. The Gypsy Crown – Kate Forsyth

October (6)

  1. Dreamfever – Karen Marie Moning
  2. The Magicians – Lev Grossman
  3. Runaways Digest Vol. 4 – Marvel
  4. Runaways Digest Vol. 5 – Marvel
  5. Runaways Digest Vol. 6 – Marvel
  6. Runaways Digest Vol. 7 – Marvel

November (8)

  1. Random Magic – Sasha Soren
  2. Runaways Digest Vol. 8 – Marvel
  3. Tempest Rising – Nicole Peeler
  4. Cape Storm – Rachel Caine
  5. City of Souls: The Fourth Sign of the Zodiac – Vicki Pettersson
  6. Runaways Digest Vol. 9 – Marvel
  7. Beautiful Creatures – Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  8. Walking Dead – C.E. Murphy

December (8)

  1. Cast in Shadow (Chronicles of Elantra #1) – Michelle Sagara
  2. Shadow Magic – John Lenahan
  3. What I Wore to Save the World – Maryrose Wood
  4. Simon’s Cat – Simon Tofield (ok, so this shouldn’t count really)
  5. Cast in Courtlight – Michelle Sagara
  6. Knife – R.J. Anderson
  7. Once a Witch – Carolyn MacCullough

Total: 91

Once a Witch

Once a Witch
by Carolyn MacCullough

Look at me churning out the reviews! I have read more books in the last 3 days than I have in the last 2 months. Ha! I was trying to reach a goal of 100 books for 2009, but this one only brings me to 92 (and that’s with counting the Simon’s Cat book, which is technically cheating I think).

From the first page, and I kid you not, I LOVED Tamsin. MacCullough has a wicked sense of humour and is very adept at writing excellent sarcasm. And I love me some sarcasm. I couldn’t put this book down, and sadly I had to since I had to eat lunch and stuff today, but I knew I was going to finish this book today.

I was also wrapped up in the action. As Tamsin tried to save her family and sister with the help of Gabriel I was right there with her as she raced against time. Although the plot was slightly predictable, I still enjoyed the story quite a bit. I love fast-paced stories with a sense of humour. This is certainly one of those.

I don’t see any information on the author’s website but the book ends with serious potential for a sequel and I certainly hope there is. The author has many other books out as well, although I don’t know if I want to read them. On one hand she is a superb writer, on the other hand, this book caught my eye being about witches (and you all know how I feel about witches!) and was slightly more my style. MacCullough’s other books look a little too “real” for my tastes.

I’d like to thank Yan for gifting me with this ARC since I was seriously wanting to read the book and impatient for the release (of course I finally read it once it actually was released, which is sort of backwards on my part). I do hope there will be more of Tamsin’s story released in the future because I am going to buy it without even thinking about it!

you’re not there yet

Glasses raised we all say cheers
Could this be the one
Our new year

~ Tori Amos, Our New Year


Every year I do this long year in review sort of post. I’m just not feeling it this year. I don’t know why. Perhaps because 2009 was such a lousy year for so many people, in so many ways. I’m not being a Negative Nelly on purpose, I just know what has happened in the lives of the people I love and care about. At work alone, 3 people have left their spouses, and I just found out about a fourth right before Christmas. Only that person isn’t in my office, though I did used to work closely with them before they changed jobs. These are not people who have only been married a handful of years. They are in the 20 or 30 years together range. I find that scary and sad.

Then there are the number of people who have had someone close to them die this year (including my grandmother). I know people die every year, but this year seemed way more obvious. And so many people died who shouldn’t have and out of the blue. Just in December alone the number of deaths, unexpected and of the young (in their 20s) was mind-blowing.

What the heck was up with 2009? No one seems happy this year. Everyone is tired, and overwhelmed and seems to be suffering so much. 2009 was supposed to be a GOOD year for me if it stuck to the pattern. For almost the entire decade I have had horrible luck in even numbered years (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008) and the odd years I have done much better.

Until now. Until 2009.

I don’t believe that hooha about the world ending on 12-12-12, but after this year I really feel like it’s a sign or something that things are going downhill. Down to where? I haven’t a clue. But I am hoping that 2010, a new year and the beginning of a new decade will pick things up a little. Maybe give people some breaks. A vacation from all the death, illness and sadness that 2009 has thrown at them.

I have lost people I have loved in this decade. I have lost friendships I once held dear in this decade. I have gained the love of Shawn and the love of some of the best friends I have ever had in this decade.

Because of the losses I tend to appreciate the gains so much more. The friends I have in my life now mean the world to me. These are people I would never had met had I not made the choices I made in the last 10 years. Even with the bad, obviously the choices I made were good for I am so lucky right now to have the friends I do. Whether they be in person, at work, or online.

I have a house. I have a husband whom I love completely who returns that love completely. I have two wonderful, if not sometimes frustrating, dogs who make me smile every morning (even if they’ve puked on the carpet). I have a job (which these days is something to be VERY thankful for), and I have the best coworkers I have EVER had in my life. I also have the best bosses I have ever had in my life. So much so that I know when my big boss’ term is up and he leaves, I am going to feel horrible. I am trying to pretend that day isn’t just around the corner because the 3 of us? We make a good team.

This decade I have had surgery twice, been robbed, been burned out of my home, been double crossed by a stupid landlord after rebuilding the home, been broken hearted, have made friends, lost friends have been deathly ill and mentally ill. So much has happened. And I have survived it all even when I didn’t think I could.

I don’t give much of a hoot about New Years Eve and whatnot. For one, staying up until midnight has never been fun in my books no matter how old I am. But at the same time, I truly feel like September/Fall is the start of my new year. Maybe because even though it has been years since I have been IN school, I still work in an educational institution, I don’t know. But the end of August and start of September always feels like my metamorphosis time. That’s when I tend to start new things, make changes.

And, well, heck. This has turned out to be long again. Oops. Anyway, my point is, I am looking forward to 2010, not only because I find writing out 2010 by hand aesthetically pleasing (I’m weird, I know) but because I am curious to see if the next decade is going to have a better track record than this first one of the 2000s.

Also, and mostly, because it’s even closer to my birthday now. Woohoo! Let the countdown begin!!

Happy New Year, everyone!


by R.J. Anderson

Also known as Spell Hunter (Faery Rebels #1) in North America, Knife is a fantastically fun read about a young faerie who just isn’t satisfied by the status quo. She thinks there is more to life, more than just living in the Oak tree. More to learn, humans to investigate, adventure just waiting out there for her to explore.

Some might recall this book being on my Currently Reading sidebar back in the summer, after all I did buy it from the UK earlier in the year. Unfortunately with everything going on in my life over the summer I wasn’t able to really get into any books, this was one of the ones that got put aside after about only 20 pages. It was never because I didn’t like it, in fact I did, I just wasn’t “in the mood” and focusing on anything was difficult.

Part of me is sad that I had to put it aside after reading it cover to cover just this afternoon (or, Wednesday, rather as I’ll be scheduling this post) and discovering just how fantastic the book really is. At the same time, another part of me is glad that it took me this long to get back to the story as I have already pre-ordered the sequel, Rebel from The Book Depository and it’ll be shipping in about a week. I don’t have as long of a wait now between books. Woo!

This is a different faerie story than I am used to. It reminded me much of Laini Taylor’s Faeries of Dreamdark – in a good way, of course (I love that series, too!). At first I was certain it was just fantasy, faeries and only faeries. When the “humans” were introduced I had no idea they would be a part of the story. There are humans in Dreamdark as well, but no interaction. I liked the path the author took with the story, it was one that wasn’t easy to guess at. I found myself just as excited about solving the mysteries as Knife was. I felt involved in the story. It made me think, and I don’t normally like to think when I read. 😉

I am now extra excited for Rebel to arrive. Honestly, the first thing that caught my eye about this book in the first place was the cover – I am a huge Brian Froud fan and just knew he had to be the artist for this book. I also liked the simplicity of the title. I was very disappointed to find out it would not be the same if I were to buy it here, in Canada. Hence the ordering from overseas. And of course the cover for Rebel is just as amazing, and I think these two books will make my YA bookshelf that much prettier!

Interesting note about the author – she’s a fellow Canadian and lives in one of the cities I have only ever visited once, but loved. I love to support Canadian authors! Gooooo, R.J.! *waves Canadian flag*

Faery Rebels series

  1. Knife
  2. Rebel
  3. Arrow
  4. Swift – 2012 some time!

Cast in Courtlight

Cast in Courtlight (Chronicles of Elantra, Book 2)
by Michelle Sagara

Ok, so. I was reading this book pretty well and I was enjoying it and I was curious as to what the big ol’ deal was with the Barrani High Court and I was enjoying Kaylin’s cheek and magic lessons and bluntness and all was good. And then I got about 320 pages in and I was lost completely.

I just did not get the whole “Name” thing. I didn’t quite get the test that Kaylin took with Sevren at  her side. I don’t get who was holding the Lord of the Green’s name. I was just so bloody lost. At the same time, Kaylin’s dialogue still made me chuckle and I just adore how uncouth she is (reminds me of me!).

I liked the beginning of the book, I liked most of the middle, then I got lost and confused and suddenly things were ok again and the ending was fine. I didn’t not like this book at all, in fact I did enjoy it even if that whole Name process thing was a little over my head. These are some intricately written stories. Wow. The fact that there are so many and they are 500 pages or so long is impressive. I am in awe of the author’s imagination and ability to detail things so well. Even if I have trouble following. I tell you right now that is a problem I have with epic things. I have trouble understanding things properly if they aren’t reeeeeeally simple. I am sort of like Kaylin in that sense too – I sucked at school. Not so good at understanding and not caring about things that we’re practical to my life and goals.

I guess I relate to Kaylin more than I thought. Perhaps that is why I love her so much.

It was interesting to get a glimpse into the lives of the Barrani. I am still not entirely sure what they look like or what they are. They are not mortal or human, they have magic and weird rules. I think they are blue? (Why do I think that? Was it mentioned in the first book? Hmm I don’t know.) Apparently to many humans they all look exactly alike.

Why am I enjoying this series if each book has managed to confuse me so much? I have no idea. I guess because the writing is great and I adore the characters. I might not get everything that is going on, but I get the gist of it. Sort of how I coasted through high school. 😉

I am glad I also bought the next book in the series, because like book 1, this one left me wanting more of Kaylin and her antics! (Even though I didn’t like it as much at the first book.)

The Chronicles of Elantra

  1. Cast in Shadow
  2. Cast in Courtlight
  3. Cast in Secret
  4. Cast in Fury
  5. Cast in Silence
  6. Cast in Chaos (August 2010)