Showing posts from September, 2009

Ash by Malinda Lo

About the Book

Cinderella retold In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash's capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love. Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.
Every re-telling of fae…

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

About the Book
An ancient prophecy divides two sisters.One good.One evil.Only one will prevail…
Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become fierce enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in an age-old battle that could have consequences of biblical proportions.
Lia and Alice don't know whom they can trust. They just know they can't trust each other.

I picked up the ARC of this book at Comic Con and couldn't wait to read it. The setting stuck out to me from the very beginning. It takes place at the end of the 19th century in upper New York. It really gives the whole book a different feel with the lack of technology and the feel of beauty from that age (see the trailer). I think this time period really gives the main character, Lia, more challenges than we would in this age since she won't be able to rely on the Internet or mode…

Japanese Friendship Garden and Disneyland

Our trip to San Diego didn't just consist of attending San Diego Comic Con. We stayed with our friend Sue for about a week at her home. Here are some pictures from our visit to Balboa Park and Disneyland.

The Tea Pavilion outside the Japanese Friendship Garden. Food and tea is seriously amazing! Wait until you see inside the garden.

Look at that amazing food and tea! Yum!

Inside the garden. The koi pond complete with waterfall. Totally fell in love with it.

Koi! Joey and I want to put a koi pond in our future yard someday. They added two koi while we were visiting, a black and white fish and a small fish with blue-like scales. Beautiful!

More of the garden. Very inspiring!

The best shot of the tons Joey took to capture water dripping.

Standing in front of Sleeping Beauty's castle at Disneyland. We only spent one day there and at California Adventure. I wish we would have had another day, but guess we just have to return someday!

I have to say that the Japanese Friendship Garden really…

The Quiet Front

The big change in my life can now be revealed. Everything has fallen into place as it should (so far), and I am happy to announce that my husband and I bought a condo! We have worked hard to reach this point, and am cannot wait to have less white walls surrounding us.
What else is great about this condo? We will be living in the best part of town, close to all our favorite coffee shops (for writing and treats), comic book stores, parks, and lots of fun events that go on, especially in the summer. It has mature trees, great bus route, and easy access to our workplace. We can paint the walls (as I have mentioned) and do some work to make it more like "our" place. I love the apartment we live in now, but this new place really fulfills our lifestyle in a lot of better ways.
When I moved down here nine years ago, I didn't imagine all the wonderful things that would happen to me. I dreamed them and I have been so blessed to have met my husband, finish my degree, write a few book…