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The No Kill Book Shelter for Books I Didn't Like

Just because one person didn't appreciate a book doesn't mean that someone else won't absolutely love it. The books you'll find here in the shelter have been badly neglected and unloved. In some instances they've even been verbally abused. Book violence is a very serious issue, one that we should all do our part to remedy. Support your local No Kill Book Shelter and give a bad book a second chance.

Books currently living in the shelter:

We will begin accepting applications for adoption on Monday. Details on the adoption process will be posted then.


Now before you throw a fit, these are books that *I* did not enjoy, not horrible pieces of crap that I'm trying to pawn off on you. These stories had merit, it's just that personally I didn't find them appealing. So far, I'm aware that the four current books in the shelter were books that many people loved and I bet one or two of them you actually want to read or did at one time. It's a fun way to win a book and give it a review that shows some love!

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Once again I am amazed and in awe of the depth and magnitude of Collin's imagination. It's nothing to create a fantasy world that takes us away and makes us wish for a bit of the miraculous in our everyday lives but it's quite another to conjure up a vivid, vibrant world so detailed that it becomes almost tangible and then make sure you never ever want to go there.

In this sequel to The Hunger Games we are once again the spectators- the downtrodden hopeless plebs of the Districts and the spoiled, sadistic privileged people of the Capitol. Only this time, instead of being sold on a victor by means of carefully timed and planned marketing and strategizing, we our watching Katniss and Peeta, our victors- the ones we chose, the ones we wanted to win. When a tribute is victorious in the Hunger Games, and survives the grueling ordeal of a televised, free-for-all murderous battle in which children from each District slaughter each other in an effort to stay alive he or she is sent home to live in comfort and luxury for the rest of his or her life. Until last year, the 74th annual hunger games, there has traditionally been only one victor. But when Katniss and Peeta, the seemingly star-crossed lovers from District 12, in an act of defiance against the very game they're forced to play, threaten a double suicide, the nation of Panem demands a last minute rule change that allows both tributes from a District to win. Now Katniss and Peeta reign as the nations sweethearts, the boy and girl who survived the game due only to their love for each other. To the brats in the Capitol they are the latest fad, and to the withered people of the Districts, their manipulation of the Games is the stuff that can spark rebellion.

The system of government in place in the nation of Panem and the Hunger Games themselves, are all meant to be reminders to the people of the District that they are at the mercy of their government, and at any moment they can crush them. In a place where such a constant show of force and brutality is needed to dim the people's rebellious spark, would Katniss really be left alone to live out her life in the comfort her new title brings? Or will the nation of Panem place new demands on their hero? The government demands that the people's hero helps quell the threat of rebellion. The citizens demand that their hero, the girl on fire, set the nation ablaze.

Oh wow. I just loved it. Best cliff hanger in a book, hands down. I love that Collins is letting her character explore various different types of love. I know a lot of people are unhappy with the Peeta/Gale struggle but I think what the author is showing is very valuable. Katniss is a teenage girl who is learning that one love is totally different from another. That she can love Peeta the way she does and yet feel a romantic love for another. I don't feel that she's written a love triangle at all. And oh I love Peeta! All of the big surprises in this story came from him!

You must read this and then join me in pining for the third book.

Bookwork 09/05 and a note on Shiver

Ok, this is a total no-no BUT the fact of the matter is, I wrote my review of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater at work and well...I washed it. Here's the thing. I didn't like the book enough to sit down and write another review of it. That's all kinds of wrong but the book was barely a three for me, and that goes to Ms. Stiefvater's writing and use of language which is beautiful and very melodic. The story on the other hand, bored me to tears. It was promising until half way through where I felt if I had to read ANOTHER description of Sam dropping Grace off to school in the Bronco I would have to permanently subtract IQ points. Sorry. I know it was a big to-do book and while it was very original (as original as vampires and werewolves can be in this Twilight age) it was boring and drawn out. There you have it. When I wrote the review I had to really struggle with my feelings about the book. It was one of those that the reader is expected to like given the hype and wealth of good reviews. It just wasn't for me.

So I picked up Catching Fire by Ms. Suzanne Collins and I am almost finished devouring it. You WILL get a review of that one. I owe it a bit of thanks too because it made me realize something about my lack of reading here lately and I have discovered that it's not that I'm not really reading much these days, it's just that I'm reading things that suck. I made myself finish Shiver and it took two weeks. I'm making myself read the second Sookie Stackhouse book and so far I don't like it. With Catching Fire I want to drop everything and read read read. There's the difference. It's a great book and the other books I've been making myself endure have not been. So go and buy it, read it, love it, live it and miss it.

That's not my review though :P

My first contest went well. I had far more entries than I ever thought I would and I now have 73 followers who all exhibit various different traits of awesomeness. I do appologize for my lack of involvement in the book blogging community here lately. I'm a new RN, and it's kicking my butt just as my instructors said it would. It's been difficult trying to balance work life and book life when work life takes up 80% and I have to sleep sometime. So thank all of you for sticking with me.

So if you've been reading my blog you know I tend to be rather direct in my book thoughts. I can be a bit verbally abusive when a book lets me down and I tend to hold book grudges. Like the one I hold against Stephanie "T" Meyer for her butchering of the Twilight saga when she wrote Breaking Dawn. Books in a series that disappoint seem to get more abuse than stand alone stories. Having said that, there is no cause for book violence, children. For every book we feel is bad, there is a reader out there who will love it, appreciate it's existance and take away someting valuable from the story. On my shelf are several books that are neglected and unappreciated. Poor pitiful, lonely little things that want only to be read and enjoyed. In an effort to match LA Jane declared "bad" books with owners who will rehabilitate them and love them, I am opening the:

The No Kill Book Shelter for Books I Didn't Like

Support for the No Kill Book Shelter comes from readers like you. Once every few weeks a lonely little book will find it's way into the shelter where it will have an opportunity to be matched with a new owner who will love it. Requirements for adoption will be standard contest entry stuff.

As of right now there are three books living in the shelter (who are they??), awaiting adoption. Details soon.

Eyes Like Stars Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Ms. Wanda B. for being the very first winner of my very first giveaway! I hope you're as freakin' excited as I am because this has been so much fun. Thank you all for entering. I've been rather out of touch with the book blog community lately due to work and you just don't know how much these emails and comments have meant to me. I'd also like to thank my blackberry for being able to handle the increased email load.

I really didn't expect as many entries as I got on this debut giveaway. Welcome new followers, here and on twitter. I will return the favor soon. Also be on the look out for an upcoming silly little giveaway.

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