Low Red Moon Sunday, Jun 5 2011 

Hi Readers,

If my memory serves me correctly, this is the first posting for the 2011 Reading List, whoop whoop! I’ve decided to make minor changes to my book reviews as of now. You might notice, you might not. Either way, if you read my blog, I hope you enjoy what you find and that it might be a little helpful. So, here goes…

Ivy Devlin’s Low Red Moon is about a young woman named Avery who can’t remember the night her parents were murdered. Strange events begin to take place and she wonders if she is losing her mind. Interestingly enough, she falls for Ben,  the new guy in town who can’t remember that particular night either. It is a race to regain her memories and stand against the evils clouding the town.

I was covered in blood when the police found me. Head to toe: in my hair, on my eyelashes, in the skin between my toes. Dried so deep into my clothes they were taken away and I never saw them again.
(Pg. 1)

Small note: This quote makes me think of the show, Dexter… when he remembers who killed his mother and you get the full visual of his mother’s murder. The amount of blood in the show is cringe inducing, but a good show nonetheless. Anyway…

Worth note, the word “moon” is written in red every single time it is on a page. Seeing a red word makes me think of auto-correct in Microsoft Word. It took a while to get used to it–but the concept is original, at least to my knowledge.

My only complaint: By the very beginning we have a Twilight-esque novel. I mean, there are no vampires, but we have werewolves in place of the Cullens. In the middle of a BFE town. And I kid you not, almost word for word, Avery and Ben have the same discussion about being 17-years-old and for how long–almost EXACTLY like Bella and Edward. WHY? And the bond mate issue–seeing someone and being bonded immediately. At least Avery has a reason to be upset! I won’t even finish that thought, I think you get the idea.

Ivy Devlin’s Low Red Moon is my favorite new paranormal romance! Lyrical and engrossing, with a heroine we can all relate to and a sexy, mysterious new boy who’s a total fox–I mean, wolf!
— Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times–bestselling author of the Blue Bloods series

For the age group it is written for, very good book. I would recommend it to girls in high school. So, keeping in mind this book is geared towards Young Adults, I give Low Red Moon a 3.5/4 out of 5. The only major problem I had with this story is the huge  similarity to Twilight.

Until next time.

❤ Nolaleigh


100 Notables of 2010 Wednesday, Jan 5 2011 

Hi Readers,

Something a bit different from the usual countdowns. The New York Times has given a list of 100 Notable Books of 2010. Any further information can be found above. 🙂

Fiction & Poetry
American Subversive by David Goodwillie
Angelology By Danielle Trussoni
The Ask by Sam Lipsyte
Bound by Antonya Nelson
Comedy in Minor Key by Hans Keilson; Translated by Damion Searls
Double Happiness: Stories by Mary-Beth Hughes
Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Fun with Problems: Stories by Robert Stone
Girl by the Road at Night: A Novel of Vietnam by David Rabe
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
Great House by Nicole  Krauss
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu 
How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu
I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson; Translated by Charlotte Barslund with Per Petterson
Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
Lisa Robertson’s Magenta Soul Whip by Lisa Robertson
The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems, 1975-2010 by Edward Hirsch
The Long Song by Andrea Levy
The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
Memory Wall: Stories by Anthony Doerr
Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross
The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer
The New Yorker Stories by Ann Beattie
One Day by David Nicholls
The Priveleges by Jonathan Dee
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Same River Twice by Ted Mooney
Selected Stories by William Trevor
Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich
Solar by Ian McEwan
Something Red by Jennifer Gilmore
Sourland: Stories by Joyce Carol Oates
The Spot: Stories by David Means
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
The Surrendered by Chang-rae  Lee
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
To the End of the Land by David Grossman; Translated by Jessica Cohen
Vida by Patricia Engel
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
What Becomes: Stories by A.L. Kennedy
White Egrets: Poems by Derek Walcott
Wild Child: Stories by T. Coraghessan Boyle

All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera
Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans
Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women by Rebecca Traister
The Book in the Renaissance by Andrew Pettegree
The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick
Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith
Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous With American History by Yunte Huang
Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years by Diarmaid MacCulloch
Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership by Lewis Hyde
Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? by James Shapiro
Country Driving: A Journey Through China From Farm to Factory by Peter Hessler
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S. C. Gwynne
Encounter by Milan Kundera; Translated by Linda Asher
The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner
Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) With Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes by Stephen Sondheim
Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg
Hitch-22: A Memoir by Christopher Hitchens
The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen by Kwame Anthony Appiah
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Insectopedia by Hugh Raffles
Koestler: The Literary and Political Odyssey of a Twentieth-Century Skeptic by Michael Scammell
The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood by Jane Leavy
Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent
The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron by Howard Bryant
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick
Life by Keith Richards with James Fox
Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality by Jonathan Weiner
The Mind’s Eye by Oliver Sacks
Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory by Ben Macintyre
Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives by Annie Murphy Paul
Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris by Graham Robb
Pearl Buck in China: Journey to “The Good Earth.” by Hilary Spurling
Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout
The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman
The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness by Oren Harman
The Promise: President Obama, Year One by Jonathan Alter
The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century by Alan Brinkley
Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788 by Pauline Maier
World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time by Judith Shulevitz
Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices by Noah Feldman
Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade by Justin Spring
Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court by Jeff Shesol
The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith by Joan Schenkar
The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches From the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam by Eliza Griswold
Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey
Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend by James S. Hirsch


There are a couple books on this list which also reside on my 2010 and 2011 Reading Lists. Very nice! Anyway, have a look at what is being read by other readers and drop a line. 🙂