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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Book Review-CITY OF BONES


CITY OF BONES
By Cassandra Clare
485 Pages
2007
Published by Margaret K. McElderry
 
Synopsis taken from Goodreads:
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . . 
My thoughts:
I really wanted to read this book before I see the movie.  And I have always loved the covers of the entire series. Family and friends  have long raved about these books so I admit I went in with high expectations and well.....City of Bones just fell flat for me.
It's not very often that I do a bad review on a book. In fact I can count on one hand how many time I have.
But maybe just maybe it's me not you, Cassandra Clare. Sometimes you just pick the wrong book when your in the wrong mood. And this could have very well happened in this case.
The first and only problem I had with City of Bones was I had absolutely no connection to the characters.
None. Zero. Zip.
Main character Clary, is an unremarkable and slightly annoying girl-she ran around mostly in a confused state almost the entire book. I got tired of the-Who am I, what am I doing and where am I suppose to be? Oh, and the "I want to scream but I have no air! Over and over and over......
But it wasn't just Clary that failed to get my attention-I also had a problem with Jace-Clary's love interest. He's angry and filled with inner turmoil. But wait, he's just a sensitive boy trapped in a rude boy's body!
Most of the book has our main characters running from place to place looking for a cup. Yup, a cup. When the super villian, Valentine is finally tracked down he's a downright laughable bad guy. His ruthlessness has been built up throughout the entire book and what do we get-evil laughter and sneers. Really?
But I guess the thing that just made me want to beg for my week of night time reading back was the BIG reveal at the end.....RELAX peeps, there will be no spoiler from me. It just made me gag a little and then throw the book on the floor.
So, let's sum CITY OF BONES up in one word-DISAPPOINTING.
Parental heads up-The main characters are fighting demons so of course it's going to get good and gory.
So I'm curious, did you think it was a good book and please tell me why. I have the second one in the series on my Nook. At this point I'm ready to delete it and move on. Or should I give Cassandra Clare one more chance?

Monday, November 11, 2013

"Staying Warm" Giveaway Hop

I'm choosing "Staying Warm" for Mug of Moxie Giveaway Hop! Fall is my favorite season, but sadly here in Idaho it's a blink of an eye before a cold north wind blows in and takes the leaves off the trees. Soon there is frost on the windows and snow flurries in the air.  I'm so not ready for winter!! It gets darn cold in Idaho for the winter so.... in hopes of "Staying Warm" I'm giving away an Amazon gift card worth $10.00, an awesome autumn candle that I just recieved from Flicker Box(see my review on this web site) and a a box of my favorite night time tea- TAZO calm chamomile.
A big thank you to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Reading In Twilight for hosting this fabulous hop.
This giveaway is open to US only! To enter this giveaway you must be a follower of Mug of Moxie. Please put your GFC name and a way to contact you in the comment box below. Thanks for following and hopping. The winner will be drawn on November 20th.
Good Luck and have fun!

Friday, November 1, 2013

DYSTOPIAN Giveaway Hop

I LOVE DYSTOPIAN! It's one of my favorite genres which is why I wanted to participate in the Dystopian  Giveaway Hop because it gives me the opportunity to share with you a few of my favorite books. I can't recommend these three books enough....I LOVED THEM!
A big thank you to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and My Shelf Confessions for hosting this fabulous hop.
BIRTHMARKED
by Caragh M. O'Brien
WITHER
by Lauren Destefano
Both books are are great dystopian reads guaranteed to make you fear for the future. As an extra incentive LIKE my Facebook page-Mug of Moxie(look for the icon to the right of my website). I'll include a creepy ARC I just received from Amulet Books called 
SICK 
by Tom Leveen.
This giveaway is open to US only! To enter this giveaway you must be a follower of Mug of Moxie. Please put your GFC name and a way to contact you in the comment box below. Thanks for following and hopping. The winner will be drawn on November 8th
Good Luck and have fun!


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Review:Flicker Box

OCTOBER FLICKER BOX REVIEW

I'm so excited to tell you about my newest find and addiction! SUBSCRIPTION BOXES! Here is my first review of an awesome find that I have fallen in love with. I was recently given the opportunity to work with a company called Flicker Box. It's a monthly subscription service for candle lovers!  Flicker Box is inspired by a love and appreciation for handmade candles.  Their mission is to connect candle lovers with people who love to make candles. They scour the United States to find candle makers who create candles with a unique quality and want to share those qualities with you and your home. Flicker Box shares their stories and ships subscribers a delightfully curated box right to your front door!
So here is the lovely box I found on my doorstep.
As I cut the packing tape my senses were assaulted by the heavenly smells of autumn that filled my kitchen and had my husband wandering in to see where the wonderful smells were coming from.
Atop the wrapping was a detailed card that explained exactly where each candle was made as well as the ingredients used to make them.   
The top layer of my package contained an adorable candle by The Flying Farm. Owner Rachel is just debuting her Etsy business and creates her candles out of South Carolina. Each one is filled with natural soy wax and is free from dyes. She uses mason jars as containers and urges you to reuse and recycle. The value of this candle is $10.50
The next layer of goodness were these super awesome tea lights by Witch City Wicks,
one package was called Trick or Treat and the other was called Poison Apple. I loved the packaging and art work on them! These tea lights come straight from Salem, MA and are made from 100% all-natural soy wax, color dye and lead free with cotton wicks. Each tea light will burn up to 4 hours! Each package of tea lights is $5.50 each
And finally we get to the bottom of this beautiful box of goodies.
What would October be without a pumpkin? This gorgeous candle is made by Armadilla Wax Works and handcrafted out of Prescott, Arizona. I'll be honest-it's almost too pretty to burn. But the cool thing is that this pumpkin is actually a floating candle. The value is $7.50. Lastly there were three white candle nestled in the bottom. These candles are made by Mosely Lane who create candle with soy wax and bees wax-a perfect combination of Mother nature. These little cuties are made in Oxford Ohio and include 3 Halloween inspired fragrances. Color coordinated by a mark on the bottom of the candle. Orange=The Witching Hour, Blue=All Hallows Eve, Green=Spiced Pumpkin. The value of these candles are $2.50 each.
This box was filled to the brim with wonderful goodness! My house smells like my favorite season-Autumn!
And here's just an extra little Halloween treat that Flicker Box included just for fun. 
Here's the thing- we all love candles! We love the way they smell, we love the way they make a room look. Candles can change a mood in a moment. I love this subscription box and everything they stand for.
They are out there discovering the small companies that aren't or can't sell in the big name store. It's also a great way for a smaller candle artists or companies to get their products into the hands of subscribers around the country. This month's box was valued at $36.50, and it included a branded matchbox and a bag of sweet treats!. With the shipping included you are getting quite a deal at the $32 price tag a month.The other option you have is to sign up for a subscription which makes Flicker Box cost as low as $25 a month, It can be purchased as an automatically-renewing monthly subscription or 3, 6, or 12 month term subscriptions. 
I just loved the care that went into the creating of this month's box-All things Fall. I'm hooked! I happily recommend Flicker Box and I hope you will go check them out. The owner of Flicker Box is offering to Mug of Moxie Followers the opportunity to take 10% off 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions using REVIEW2013-with a year subscription that $270 or $22.50 a month. A HUGE saving!
Just to spice this review up a little bit I'm offering an incentive to go check the Flicker Box web page out-go take a look around and come back here-in the comment section tell me the founder's name and where her company is based out of. The prize.... a tea light package of your choice(fifth picture down) Poison apple or Trick or Treat PLUS some of my favorite Halloween candy thrown in for fun! 
The drawing for the winner will take place Sunday night. Good Luck! This contest is open to US followers. Go! Go! Go!
**Disclaimer: I was offered this subscription box for free in return for an honest review

Monday, October 14, 2013

It's a SPOOKTACULAR Giveaway Hop!

Here we are at one of the biggest hops of the year. Get ready to get your hop on people-this is a great one to be a part of. A big thank you to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer for hosting this shindig! Mug of Moxie is offering a box of goodies for this event. I have two fantastic books I'm giving away-

 THIS IS NOT A TEST
By Courtney Summers
ASYLUM
Madeleine Roux
Both books are spine chilling reads guaranteed to make you check under the bed and behind the shower curtain. As an extra incentive LIKE my facebook page-Mug of Moxie and I'll include one of my favorite Stephen King book-IT. Lastly because it's Halloween I'm throwing a couple bags of my favorite sweet treats. YUM!
This giveaway is open to everyone including my international friends! To enter this giveaway you must be a follower of Mug of Moxie. Please put your GFC name and a way to contact you in the comment box below. Thanks for following and hopping.
Good Luck and have fun!
 




Monday, September 9, 2013

Stacking the Shelves(2)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit Tynga's Reviews
Oh wow! What a week I've had. Look at my lovlies!
Courtesy of Edelweiss-

I bought:

I borrowed:

My thanks to Harper Teen and Quirk Books.