Versatile Blogger Award!



I woke up this morning to find that the lovely Lucy at The Secret Life of Books had nominated for the versatile blogger award! Thanks so much, Lucy! It has really made my day!

That being said, I now have to fulfill two requirements for the award: Write seven random facts about myself and nominate five other bloggers for the award. Hmm, why are these always so hard?
  1. I just got an iPod Touch this weekend, and I constantly feel like I am cheating on my BlackBerry! I wouldn't let my hubby set up the e-mail program on it, because I felt bad for my damn phone!
  2. One of my guilty pleasures is collecting scantily clad female anime figures. To save myself a little, I do have some awesome guys on my shelves, too ^___^
  3. I have seen every single episode of Full House.
  4. I absolutely hate messy houses, but I despite cleaning.
  5. My current guilty pleasure is Karl Urban as Black Hat in Priest. My bff and I spend an inordinate amount of time texting about him. She likes to send me picture messages of him throughout the day.
  6. I have been known to spend hours texting the a fore mentioned bff quotes from Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail.
  7. When I was still in college, I had serious plans about pursuing graduate degrees in Medieval Studies. We even spent student loan money to travel to NYC over Spring Break to visit Fordham. Needless to say, once I finally finished my bachelor's, I just wanted to be done. Well, that and no money ^_~
Here are the lovely blogs that deserve the award:
  1. Silvia over at Darkest Sins
  2. Ninja Girl Reads
  3. Bekka at Pretty Deadly Reviews
  4. Bex at Kindle Fever
  5. Sarah at I'm Loving Books
Head on over to these blogs and gives these lady book bloggers some love! They are awesome!

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the Title & Author, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Here's mine:
I opened my eyes. We were standing in the middle of the field, in exactly the same place we'd been before. I looked over at Lena. Her eyes were shining, about to spill over. "Oh, God."
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, page 216

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Update

I'm heading on a trip I'm really kind of concerned about. I made a blog completely unconnected to my real life as a way to vent off frustration and express my thoughts. If you guys are interested, here is the address: http://thoughtsofabloodyvixen.blogspot.com/.

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Lazy Sunday

Lazy Sunday is a weekly event hosted by Franny @ Mind Reader. The Event is created to gather everyone together and get to know each other better. Every week Franny will ask a question about a topic of general interest to get to know you better. Something about yourself.

This week's question: Name your three favourite places you have visited (for a holiday, a job trip or whatever reason).

This is a tough question. I've been a lot of places in the continental US, so it is hard to narrow it down specifically. I guess I'll go the typical route and pick something completely foreign.

1. Kirkaldie, Scotland --> My husband and I went to the UK for our honeymoon. We decided to jump in our rental car and try to drive up to Inverness and see the illusive Loch Ness Monster. Unfortunately, being on our honeymoon, we slept too late and didn't make it much past the Fourth of Firth. Since we have good friends in town named after the town from which their family originates, we decided to visit. All of their other friends who had been there were bound a determined that Kirkadlie was nothing but a slum. We had to see for ourselves. After driving down the road, we found a beautiful outside botanical garden. We wandered around a bit, followed a secluded trail, and wound up finding this old castle/battlement. I guess it was build to defend the water ways and once housed a few locals. Finding our way into the courtyard, we sat and watched the ocean and lighthouse for about an hour. It was so peaceful and beautiful.

2. Salisbury, England --> We spend two weeks in the UK traveling around by bus and train. During our adventure, my hubby arranged for us to stay in Salisbury. Deciding that we were tired of sitting on our duffs, we wandered the town for a little bit. We ended up finding this beautiful little waterway overhung with flowers and ivy. We sat there for awhile watching the swans and taking pictures of the old mill just barely up the road. It was nestled in the middle of town and probably a well known site for locals, but we were just enchanted by it.

3. Seattle, WA --> A few years ago, my hubby and I helped our best friend move to Seattle. Of course, he decided the best time to move was right before New Years. Being Wyoming, the weather was terrible. But, in the end, it was worth it. Seattle was a completely different environment for me. We visited the troll under the bridge, the Sci-fi museum (we saw Neal Stephenson's handwritten manuscript of the first book of the Baroque Cycle!), and spent an amazing New Years with people I never expected to meet (we discussed whether Dick Clark had actually been replaced by a Muppet.)


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What If You Don't Like the Book?

After reading Sarah's post, it really got me thinking. Earlier this week, I picked up City of Bones by Cassandra Clare; however, after a few pages, I couldn't continue reading it. I'm not sure why, but it just rubbed me the wrong way, and I couldn't get into it.

Texting back and forth with a friend and reading reviews online, I really struggled with what I should do. As a book reviewer, shouldn't I stay the course and finish the books I start and then explain why exactly I disliked the novel? It seems that it would be fair to my readers to have an honest opinion about a book, especially if they are waffling about whether they truly want to read the book. And, I admit from my overly worked sense of guilt, I always feel bad about not finishing a book when I've been looking forward to it. Ha-ha, that doesn't even take into account dropping money for a book!

While I was still in school, I stopped reading books for pleasure. I got so caught up in all of my classes and felt I couldn't devote enough time to my course readings and novels-for-pleasure. After being nearly driven insane, the pleasure books came back into the rotation. At that point, I promised myself that I would not force myself to read something I absolutely disliked. Working towards an English degree, I came across many things I didn't enjoy, but I still had to read them. That being the case, when reading for pleasure, I wondered why I would force myself to endure something I wasn't enjoying. From there on out, whenever a book failed to catch my attention, I put it down. And, whether good or bad, it has stuck.

What do my readers think? What do you do when you encounter a book that just feels like a waste of time? Should you continue reading a book if you aren't enjoying it? If you're a book blogger, do you feel it is your responsibility to present the truth to your followers? What if it is the most terrible thing you have ever read -- the grammar and spelling makes you wonder the age of your author, you constantly question whether the editors really did their job, you wonder if plagiarism and copyright is still enforced, etc.? I would really like to know what you think.

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Follow Friday & Book Blogger Hop

Follow Friday


Follow My Book Blog Friday is hosted by Rachel at Parajunkee's View. The point is to follow as many book blog as you can and make new friends! As part of the adventure, she gives a weekly question. Here is this week's question:

How many books do you read in a week? And in what format do you read them, or listen to them?


I usually only average one real book a week. At times, if the book is a quick read, I'll get through two a week. Sadly, audio books have a tendency to put me to sleep. I think it comes from years of my mother reading to me before bed.


Book Blogger Hop


"What book-to-movie adaption have you most liked? Which have you disliked?"


Well, that is a hard question. For the most part, I absolutely hate movie adaptations of books. However, if I had to choose one, I think Peter Jackson did a fairly good job of following LoTR. That is an extremely dense series, and he tried to stay true to the books. My main problems revolved around the feeling I got from the books that were not duplicated in the movies. However, there was no way he could have done it. Ha-ha. my hubby and I often thought that Stanly Kubrick should have filmed the scene in Moria to give it the right feeling. The Shining proved that he had a gift for making the audience feel the passing time. That was needed in Moria.

I suppose, if I'm honest with myself, The Watchmen was not a terrible adaptation of the graphic novel. Granted, the whole story-within-a-story contained within the comic the guy reads was left out. However, I'm not necessarily sure how that could have been added and still work. Also, in the graphic novel, after finding out who Rorschach is, you realize that you have seen him constantly throughout the story. I didn't get the same feeling from the movie. In addition, there is a whole section that deals with the reason Rorschach actually choose his mask and the fabric he uses. I felt that was pretty important to the story, but that wasn't included in the movie. All in all, it was pretty fair. Plus, the soundtrack kicked ass ^_~

As far as movie adaptations a hated, the one that tops my list is Battlefield Earth. It was a 1,000+ page book that maybe had one or two pages randomly selected from each episode int he book all pasted into the script. For a Scientologist, you would think Travolta would want to do Hubbard a little justice in the movie. Honestly, that movie was a horrible, horrible insult. If you've read the book, I don't need to explain. If you haven't, read it! While the book is corny, it is an amazing work of sci-fi that shouldn't be missed. Plus, it is awesome knowing that the Last Battle took place at USAFA, especially when you've visited there a number of times ^_~

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Theme Thursday

Theme Thursdays

Theme Thursdays is a fun weekly event hosted by Reading Between the Pages. It will be open from one Thursday to the next. Anyone can participate in it. The rules are simple:
  • A theme will be posted each week (on Thursday’s)
  • Select a conversation/snippet/sentence from the current book you are reading
  • Mention the author and the title of the book along with your post
  • It is important that the theme is conveyed in the sentence (you don’t necessarily need to have the word)
    Ex: If the theme is KISS; your sentence can have “They kissed so gently” or “Their lips touched each other” or “The smooch was so passionate”
This week -- CONVERSATION

This is from The Kneebone Boy:
"You're scared, aren't you?" Lucia asked. She didn't ask this in a taunting way. She asked this in a hopefuly way, because it's always more satisfying to be brave when someone else is afraid. Especially if it's someone who is occasionally braver than you are.

"Not exactly. I'm just slightly . . . restive," Max said.
"That's crap. You're as nervous as a pigeon," Lucia said.
"That's what I sad," said Max.
"No, you didn't. You said you were tired," Lucia replied.

There was silence in the room. Dungeons are exactly as dark as you think they would be, by the way.

"Restive doesn't mean tired," Max said finally. "It means nervous."

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Book Review -- The Kneebone Boy

Title: The Kneebone Boy
Author: Ellen Potter
Genre: YA adventure
Pages: Hardback, 282
Published: 2010
Opening Lines: "There were three of them. Otto was the oldest, and the oddest. Then there was Lucia, who wished something interesting would happen. Last of all was Max, who always thought he knew better."

"The Hardscrabble children are weird.

"Otto doesn't speak.

"Lucia is shamelessly candid.

"And Mas likes to sit on the roof of their house.

"Life in a small town can be pretty boring when everyone avoids toy like the plague. But after their father unwittingly sends them to stay with an aunt on holiday, the children take off on an adventure that ends in a peculiar seaside village where legend has it a monstrous creature lives who is half boy and half animal . . ."
~ Jacket copy

Thoughts: This book follows the story of three siblings on their adventure in the castle folly and the Kneebone castle. After being sent to a relative in London -- and finding she was really in Berlin -- the Hardscrabble children end up journeying to a small town on the coast in search of a great aunt none of the three had met -- or knew existed! While there, they learn amazing secrets that will change their lives.

I'm not sure what I expected when I got this book from the library. From the over and the description, I definitely predicted the dark, strange children that the book follows. Even though the children were strange, I found them extremely endearing! Though I guessed who the narrator ultimately was, I felt that keeping the narrator unnamed really did add to the story. We are told, "I can't tell you which Hardscrabble I am . . . because I've sworn on pain of torture not to. They said it's because the story belongs to all three of us . . ." This was a good choice!

When everything is fully revealed, it makes perfect sense. However, I didn't see it coming! I felt as though I was swept up into the adventure with the three children. It was hard to put the book down, because I was dying to know what would happen next.

This book was lovely! The writing style is simple, yet it doesn't lack or want for anything. The characters are extremely different and amazingly colourful! This was a very well craft story, and, I must say, it has been one of the better books I have read this year! I would highly recommend it!

Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Currently: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Current Pages: 11958
Current Progress:
34/50 books



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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the Title & Author, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Here's mine:
There was a pastel sketch of the Princess Uzima in their hallway. It showed an elegant, slender woman with skin the color of polished cherrywood and the most disdainful nostrils that Lucia had ever seen.
The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter, 58,59



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New Winner Announcement!



I'm really sorry this has taken a long time! However, I have not heard back from Alyssa. That means, the new winner is Janice!

She has seven (7) days to comment on this post or reply to my e-mail or I will pick another winner.


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Book Review -- Nightshade

Title: Nightshade
Author: Andrea Cremer
Genre: YA urban fantasy, supernatural romance
Pages: Hardback, 452
Published: 2010
Opening Lines: "I'd always welcomed war, but in battle my passion rose unbidden."

"Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything -- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?
~ Jacket copy

Thoughts: This book follows the story of 17-year-old Calla Tor. She is facing her upcoming union with Ren, which will join the Bane and Nightshade teenagers together as a third pack. While she has always known this, after saving Shay from a bear, she starts to question her duty. Even though these simple questions seem innocent enough, given her age and her first interest in a boy, they lead to much more dangerous questions and actions. Calla is forced to come face-to-face with a truth her never expected, and her actions will change her life and the rest of the Guardians'.

This book is not what I expected. From the description on the duster flap and from Goodreads, I was expecting a pseudo-Twilight with wolves. However, this book blew me out of the water! I found myself tearing through the book while forcing myself to slow down and savor it. This book was nothing like the insipid Twilight series, and Calla was an actual heroine that had brains she was willing to listen to.

Lately, I've been on a YA kick. The library has been pretty well stocked, so I've taken advantage of that angel However, aside from books like The Hunger Games, I keep coming across heroines who are stupid, lack common sense, have not sense of self preservation, and hold nothing dear. They easily fall for the asshole who is stalking them or terrifying them. There is nothing that endears a reader to these girls, and it honestly makes one wonder what we are trying to teach our teenagers. Nightshade was completely different. It had the elements which seem to appeal to YA girls: The romance, the sexy guys fighting for Calla, struggling to find identity, etc. However, Calla doesn't go along with things just for the sake of it. When confronted with Shay and the book, she is extremely hesitant. Also, she has a lot of internal struggle over her union with Ren. While she is going to go ahead with it, she doesn't just blindly follow. It was nice to have a strong girl as the center of the story.

As for Ren, I felt sorry for him! It was hard not to. I appreciated that Cremer didn't automatically vilify him. It was obvious how much her cared for Calla and that he wanted to make it work. Unfortunately, he was also put into a pretty awful circumstance.

My one pet peeve:
On page 205, Shay makes a comment about the style of Latin pointing to the fact that it must be in Medieval/Renaissance period. Okay, I can accept that; however, his ability to read it is very doubtful.

Classical Latin is taught in schools. He can barely remember how to fully read Latin, and an English-Latin dictionary will not help give a fully accurate translation. Looking into Medieval Latin, talking to various professors (both Latin and Medieval Lit.), and reading parts of a Medieval Latin text books, they are very, very different. In addition, there was no standard and many local words were added to the vocabulary during those time periods.

To me, this is unbelievable. Also, having a doctorate in history, I would have thought the author would know that.

Aside from my Latin issue, I found the book very enjoyable! I would recommend it! I can hardly wait for the second book to come out. Luckily my hubby just got a job, so I'll be able to snatch it up as soon as it comes out! w00t!

Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Currently: The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter
Current Pages: 11676
Current Progress:
33/50 books



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Book Review -- The Sight

Title: The Sight
Author: David Clement-Davies
Genre: YA fiction, beast fable
Pages: Paperback, 554'
Published: 2002
Opening lines: "In the beginning was a castle high on a craggy precipice. The air around it was so cold that it seemed the sky itself would crack like ice."

"In the shadow of an abandoned castle, a wolf pack seeks shelter. the she-wolf 's pups will not be able to survive the harsh Transylvanian winter. But something more threatening than the winter wind stalks the pack -- a long wolf, Morgra, possessed of a mysterious and terrifying power known as the Sight. And with her travels a raven, a bird that feeds on the dead.

"Morgra's arts show her that one of the pups born beneath the castle holds a key to the power even stronger than her own -- the power that could give her control of this world and the next. but the pack she hints is brave and loving. They will do anything to protect their own, even if it means setting in motion a battle that will involve all of nature, including the creature wolves fear the most -- Man."
~ Jacket copy

Thoughts: I picked up this book because I love wolves. It caught my attention several times, but I never bothered to buy it. However, when I found it at the library, I jumped at the opportunity! Even though I had an idea it dealt with wolves, I was not ready for a beast fable. It reminds me of Watership Down.

The storytelling in this book was intricate and simply beautiful. Clement-Davies has a way with words and is able to craft a beautiful world that is very three-dimensional and easy to get into. Even though it follows wolves as the central characters, I felt a kinship and closeness with them that is sometimes is hard to find in books following humans. He pulls Christian myth/themes very heavily into the book. But, even with that, it is a very, very dark story. It permeates the whole book and sets the mood. To me, it was effective.

That being said, I found this book rather hard to get into. At several points, I would force myself to read "just one more page." I found it interesting that the library shelves this book with adult sci-fi while it is actually geared toward the younger reader (12+). At that age, I would have had a hard time not putting this book down. It is extremely dense. Usually it takes me a week or less to read a book, and I found myself struggling through for 2 weeks! I enjoy reads that make you think and engage the reader, but this book just made me feel bogged down. While the majority of the book is a build up to the final conflict, I wondered if he could have done it in a less wordy/dense way. It wasn't until the last 20 pages that I felt the pace actually picked up. Yes, the final conflict will invariably bring action, there needs to be a little more interest in a book.

Aside from my feelings of being bogged down, my biggest issues is the author's lack of research into real wolves. The second breeding pair in the pack is an absolutely no-no. Also, the nearness of rival packs without the main pack knowing is unbelievable. And a whole pack will rear pups. It could have taken him a few minutes to skim a book and get this easily accessed information. Even though the story is beautifully crafted, this actually undermines it.

Rating: ☆ ☆
Currently: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Current Pages: 11224
Current Progress:
32/50 books


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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the Title & Author, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here's mine:
"That's where you're wrong," he snapped. "One two counts. First -- I don't know how things actually are -- just how you say they have to be because of your Keepers' orders. I have no idea what you really feel about your little arranged marriage deal because you won't tell me."
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer, 240

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the Title & Author, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Here's mine:
The air was thick with snow, blinding the wolf pack and obscuring the wooded mountains around them. The pack had settled on the edge of Tsinga's valley in a small, sheltering copse, but what protection it offered was sparse, and the children were shivering bitterly.
The Sight by David Clement-Davies, 179


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And the Winner Is . . .

The 50 Follower Giveaway officially ended last night. After putting the entries into Random.org, I am pleased to announce that the winner is Alyssa!

As per the Giveaway Policy, Alyssa has seven (7) days to contact me via e-mail or this announcement. If I haven't heard from her by May 16, 5:30pm MST, the next person on the list will receive the prize.

Thank you to everyone that participated! It was suggested that I make an etsy shop. If I do, I'll announce it here. If, however, you would like me to make a beanie before then, e-mail me (sinn AT ironpixie.net) for details.

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Book Review -- Soulstice

Title: Soulstice
Author: Simon Holt
Genre: YA suspense, horror
Pages: 266
Published: 2009
Opening Lines; "I kept my eyes closed, smelling the buttered popcorn and cotton candy, hearing the ding-dings of the Midway games, feeling the warm sun on my skin. I breathed in and opened my eyes, smiling in readiness for the fun day ahead."

"The Vours: Evil, demonic beings that in habit human bodies on Sorry Night, the darkest hours of the winter solstice.

"Six months . . .

"Since Reggie first discovered the existence of the Vours in a tattered journal. Since her little brother, Henry, began to mutilate animals and turn against her. Since she learned to overcome her fear and destroyed a Vour to save Henry.

"Now as the summer solstice approaches, the Vours still haunt Reggie, but only in dreams -- until one night, when an unexpected visitor turns her nightmares into reality."
~ Jacket copy

Thoughts: This book picks up six months after the episode on the pond with Eben, Henry, Reggie, Aaron, and Quinn. After the disappearance of Quinn, Reggie's high school is plagued by police trying to determine what happened to the boy. When a friend is arrested in connection to the disappearance and Henry accosts his bully, Reggie realizes that the Vours are not done with her. In fact, it seems as though they are just beginning.

It is hard to say anything about this book without giving anything away. The story is detailed, completely interwoven, and intense! To be honest, I enjoyed The Devouring much better. However, to be fair, the first one was the build up with a lot of horror and nail-biting scenarios.

In some ways, this series reminds me of a less mature Stephen King. There is building sense of horror, of something wrong. The audience knows the Vours are out there, but they are just out of reach. There is a tension in the book that continues to build with every page.

Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Our Current Together Read: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Current Pages: 10670
Horror/Urban Fantasy Challenge: 16/24
Current Progress:
31/50 books


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Giveaway Ends

As you know, the giveaway ended last night. At the moment, I am working on figuring out the winner using random.org. The winner will be announce later this afternoon! If I need to purchase the material to make your beanie, I'll let you know. Keep an eye out for your name!

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Book Review -- The Monstrumologist

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Title: The Monstrumologist
Author: Rick Yancey
Genre: YA, Victorian horror
Pages: Oversize paperback, 434
Published: 2009
Opening Lines: "The director of facilities was a small man with ruddy cheeks and dark, deep-set eyes, his prominent forehead framed by an explosion of cottony white hair, thinning as it marched toward the back of his head, cowlicks rising from the mass like waves moving toward the slightly pink island of his bald spot."

"Will Henry is the orphan apprentice of a doctor with an unusual specialty: monstrumology, the study of monsters. When a midnight visitor brings them the body of a young girl entwined with the corpse of an Anthropophagus, it is the start of the most mysterious case of Will Henry's life. Anthropophagi are headless monsters whose razor-sharp teeth are in their stomachs -- and they are supposed to be extinct in this part of the world. Now Will and the monstrumologist are in a race against time to put a stop to the plague of monsters before they kill again."
~ Jacket copy


Thoughts: Due to a misunderstanding, I read the sequel, Curse of the Wendigo, before this book. I felt that the author did a good job explaining things and, therefore, didn't feel lost without reading The Monstrumologist.

This book introduces the audience to the orphan, Will Henry. After years of services to the monstrumologist, his father dies with his mother in a fire. Whether out of some feelings of loyalty to his previous apprentice or care for the boy, the doctor takes Will into his home and makes him his new apprentice saying, "His services are indispensable to me." Because of his own issues with his father, his dedication to his trade, and extreme secretive nature, the doctor is very closed off from Will. The child is forced to grow up fast and face situations that are not deemed satisfactory for a child to encounter. Throughout the book, Will Henry struggles with these situations, his reactions to them, and the doctor's distance.

I felt that this book was a good introduction to the characters. In some ways, I understand Will Henry and the doctor better; however, I still feel as though I didn't lose anything reading the sequel first. In comparison, this book was much harder to get into. Knowing how much I enjoyed the sequel, I really pushed myself into the story. It was interesting and engaging, but it lacked something that the later book has. Some of this, of course, could be due to the fact that it is an introduction.

I would recommend this book. It was a good read. However, there is a lot of detail and it can be gruesome at many points. The descriptions of Verner in the sanitarium, the Anthropophagi encounters, etc. are very vivid and graphic. However, it makes everything feel real. Also, it makes the reader far more sympathetic to Will Henry and his unusual position.

Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Currently: The Sight by David Clement-Davies
Current Pages: 10404
Current Progress:
30/50 books


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Teaser Tuesday

Remember to sign up for the GIVEAWAY

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the Title & Author, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Here's my teaser:
"The head is the most coveted prize. The first to reach her seizes it and wrenches it from her neck, and her still-beating heart flushes her blood through that makeshift orifice; a steaming geyser shoots into the air and paints crimson their teeming alabaster bodies."
~ The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, 140


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