Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Me That I MUST Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Me That I MUST Read.  I don't get that many book recommendations, really.  Not personal ones, anyway.  Here are the top ten books that I've gathered (through reading online reviews, comments, etc.) that I really should read:

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill - I wanted to read this one, but NetGalley wouldn't let me.  Boo.  I did get a freebie of the audiobook (unabridged), but I think I might prefer to read it rather than listen to it.  I've heard mostly positive reviews about this book; it sounds amazing!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - Yeah, I know, I know.  Why haven't I read this one yet?  Well, I had it from the library as an e-book, but I didn't get through it in time.  So I bought it in paperback, thinking I'd finish.  But I didn't... and now I can't remember what I already read, so I'll have to go back and start from the beginning.  I really should do that...

Carrie by Stephen King - Confession time: I have never read a Stephen King novel.  *ducks incoming tomatoes*  I've been meaning to do so for years, but books like The Stand and Under the Dome are just too intimidating.  Seriously... I don't want to have to take up bodybuilding just to hold up a book.  So I thought I'd start a little smaller and go back to the beginning.  (Please note that I have read some stuff by Stephen King, including some short stories and his non-fiction book, On Writing.  I've just never read one of his full-length novels.)

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor - I've read the first two books in the series and loved them (four-and-a-half ladybugs... yay!).  So I've got to finish this trilogy.  Most people who've read the whole thing seem to have enjoyed it.

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker - Here's another book I started and -- for some reason -- never finished.  I've read such good reviews of it.  I don't read a ton of adult literature, so I'd really like to finish this one someday.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld - I started this one, but then got sidetracked.  It's been sitting in a pile, gathering dust, ever since.  I've heard it's good, and I really should read some steampunk-ish books.  I enjoyed Stupid, Perfect World, a novella by the same author... so I don't know why I wouldn't like this one.

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout - This book hasn't been in my TBR pile for long.  I picked it up after reading some glowing reviews.  I never gave it much of a second thought before; the cover looked super cheesy to me.  But it sounds like it might actually be a good story.

Plain Kate by Erin Bow - I've heard such good things about this book... and yet, I've let it sit in my e-book TBR pile for years.  I'd like to get around to reading it soon.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - Okay, fine.  Any Jane Austen novel.  Can you believe I've never read even one of them all the way through?  I've read half of Pride and Prejudice and half of Sense and Sensibility.  I really need to learn how to push through and finish one of these.  I'd like to be able to say I've read the books.  (As it is, I only know the stories from watching numerous film adaptations.)

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë - I've tried.  I really have.  More than once.  But I just can't do it.  Everybody is so unpleasant, and I just want to punch them all.  I didn't even like the film adaptation I saw of this a couple of years ago.  All these characters need therapy.


What are some books people have told you that you MUST read?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

In My Mailbox (75)



It's the beginning of the month, and Amazon has some great e-book deals this August!  I've got a few books here that are out of my comfort zone... but I feel like I need to branch out, even within YA.  Among the books I got this week was The Lord of Opium, sequel to The House of the Scorpion, by the amazing Nancy Farmer.  I'm looking forward to reading that one!

Borrowed from the library:
Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3)
by Laini Taylor

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

Future Flash
by Kita Helmetag Murdock

For as long as she can remember, Laney has been having “future flashes”—visions of the future that she sees when she makes physical contact with another person. Left on a doorstep as a baby, Laney’s past has always been cloudy to her, despite the clarity with which she can see the future. Her caretaker, Walt, claims to be her father, but Laney has a nagging suspicion that he isn’t quite telling her the entire truth. And when a new kid, Lyle, moves to her small town, Laney is dreading meeting him—she almost always gets a future flash when first meeting someone new, and the flashes aren’t always good. Unfortunately, her meeting with Lyle isn’t just bad; it’s painful. Engulfed in flames, Lyle’s future flash is the worst Laney’s ever experienced. But what does it mean? Is there anything Laney can do to change the future? And will she be able to save Lyle not only from a fiery death but also from the merciless class bully without becoming a victim of his antics herself?

Bought from Amazon.ca:
Crash (Visions #1)
by Lisa McMann

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode... and nine body bags in the snow.

The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

The Ex Games
by Jennifer Echols

Brace yourself for the battle of the exes...

Hayden and Nick used to be a hot item, but their brief affair ended with a highly publicized breakup. Now the two are "just friends," excluding the occasional flirtation.

When Hayden wins the girls' division of a local snowboarding competition, Nick is unimpressed, claiming that Hayden wouldn't have a chance against a guy. Hayden calls Nick's bluff and challenges him to a head-to-head boarding contest. Their mutual friends quickly take sides, the girls on Hayden's and the boys on Nick's, making for an all-out battle of the sexes. This friendly competition is bound to get heated—and they might end up igniting some old flames.

Gift
by Andrea J. Buchanan

Daisy has an electrifying secret that could save her life—or kill her

High school sophomore Daisy Jones is just trying to get by unnoticed. It doesn’t help that she’s the new girl at school, lives in a trailer park, and doesn’t even own a cell phone. But there’s a good reason for all that: Daisy has a secret, unpredictable power—one only her best friend, Danielle, knows about. Despite her “gift” (or is it a curse?), Daisy’s doing a good job of fitting in, and a gorgeous senior named Kevin even seems interested in her! But when Daisy tries to help Vivi, a mysterious classmate in a crisis, she soon discovers that her new friend has a secret of her own. Now Daisy and her friends must deal with chilling dreams and messages from the beyond. Can Daisy channel the power she’s always tried to hide, before it’s too late?

The Lord of Opium (Matteo Alacran #2)
by Nancy Farmer

The new book continues the story of Matt, the boy who was cloned from evil drug lord El Patrón in The House of the Scorpion. Now 14 years old, Matt rules his own country, the Land of Opium, the only thriving place in a world ravaged by ecological disaster. Though he knows that the cure for ending the suffering is hidden in Opium, Matt faces obstacles and enemies at every turn when he tries to use his power to help.

Populazzi
by Elise Allen

Cara has never been one of those girls: confident, self-possessed, and always ready with the perfect thing to say. A girl at the very top of the popularity tower. One of the Populazzi.

Now, junior year could change everything. Cara’s moving to a new school, and her best friend urges her to seize the moment—with the help of the Ladder. Its rungs are relationships, and if Cara transforms into the perfect girlfriend for guys ever-higher on the tower, she’ll reach the ultimate goal: Supreme Populazzi.

The Ladder seems like a lighthearted social experiment, a straight climb up, but it quickly becomes gnarled and twisted. And when everything goes wrong, only the most audacious act Cara can think of has a chance of setting things even a little bit right.

Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands #1)
by Sarah Fine

"My plan: Get into the city. Get Nadia. Find a way out. Simple."

A week ago, seventeen-year-old Lela Santos’s best friend, Nadia, killed herself. Today, thanks to a farewell ritual gone awry, Lela is standing in paradise, looking upon a vast gated city in the distance—hell. No one willingly walks through the Suicide Gates, into a place smothered in darkness and infested with depraved creatures. But Lela isn’t just anyone—she’s determined to save her best friend’s soul, even if it means sacrificing her eternal afterlife.

As Lela struggles to find Nadia, she’s captured by the Guards, enormous, not-quite-human creatures that patrol the dark city’s endless streets. Their all-too-human leader, Malachi, is unlike them in every way except one: his deadly efficiency. When he meets Lela, Malachi forms his own plan: get her out of the city, even if it means she must leave Nadia behind. Malachi knows something Lela doesn’t—the dark city isn’t the worst place Lela could end up, and he will stop at nothing to keep her from that fate.

Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1)
by Danielle L. Jensen

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.

But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.

As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.

Freebie from Amazon.ca:
The Key (True Reign #1)
by Jennifer Anne Davis

Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king's son and Commander of the King's Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father's bidding and trying to maintain control over the people.

When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik's brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik's interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.

As Rema is taken to the palace with the Crown Prince, Darmik confronts the growing rumor that a legitimate blood heir to the throne exists and is trying to overthrow Darmik's family. In Darmik's quest to hunt down and kill the threat, he discovers that nothing is as it seems. Locked in the king's castle, Rema finds herself a key player in a massive power struggle. When Darmik shows up, she's not sure if she can trust him. The line between friends, enemies, and loyalty becomes blurred. As truths are unlocked, Rema understands that she just might be the key to finding the rightful heir and restoring peace to the kingdom... if she can manage to stay alive long enough.


What was in your "mailbox" this week?  Let me know in the comments!


In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of The Story Siren.

Weekly Recap - August 10-16, 2014

Here's what I blogged about over the last seven days:

Sunday - I shared what I got In My Mailbox.  So many books... so little time!

Tuesday - I participated in the Top Ten Tuesday meme.  This week we talked about the top ten books we're not sure we want to read.

Friday - I reviewed Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale by Charles de Lint and gave it 2.57 ladybugs.  On the whole, I like Charles de Lint's books... but I haven't had the best luck with his books for younger readers.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Review - Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale

Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale (Newford #12)
by Charles de Lint
Date: 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Reading level: MG
Book type: prose novel
Pages: 256
Format: e-book
Source: library

When it comes to fairies, Sarah Jane Dillard must be careful what she wishes for. She may have thought she wanted to meet the fairies of the Tanglewood Forest, but that was before she knew the truth about them. When Sarah Jane discovers a tiny man wounded by a cluster of miniature poison arrows, she brings him to the reclusive Aunt Lillian for help. But the two quickly find themselves ensnared in a longtime war between rival fairy clans, and Sarah Jane's six sisters have been kidnapped to use as ransom. Her only choice is to go after them, and with the help of several mythical friends--from the Apple Tree Man to a cat called Li'l Pater--she'll have to find a way to untangle herself from the fairy feud before she and her sisters are trapped in their world forever.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

A few years ago, over a number of years, I read more than a few of Charles de Lint's books.  While I quite like some of his adult novels -- Trader and Yarrow are a couple of my favourites -- I've had mixed results with his books for younger readers.  The Blue Girl was good.  Dingo... not so much.  And then there's Seven Wild Sisters... which again fell a bit short.  It's listed as a Newford book on Goodreads, but all that really means is that it takes place in de Lint's fictional city and surrounding areas.  From what I can tell, this book wasn't a sequel or a prequel; you don't need to have read anything else to make sense of this particular story.

The edition that I read was released recently, but it's based on an older edition from 2002.  That one had illustrations that were black and white and fewer in number.  I could take or leave the illustrations, really.  I didn't think they were that special.  A couple were cute.  A couple more were downright creepy...

The story is very simple, a fairytale about seven sisters who find themselves swept up into the middle of a fairy feud.  The whole thing pretty much takes place over the course of one day, so the story itself isn't that complicated.  In fact, I found it a little too simple.  I realize that it's supposed to be a book for middle-grade readers, but I had problems with that.  The writing style is... well, it's de Lint's style.  And I don't think it translates very well for younger readers.  At times, the syntax seems too adult; at other times -- perhaps to compensate -- it almost seems dumbed down to the point of being condescending.

The other problem I had with this particular syntax was that it made it very difficult to tell the girls apart.  There are seven of them, ranging in age from sixteen to... ten?  (I'm not sure if we were ever told the youngest twins' age.)  That's a lot of characters to keep track of.  The narrative switches back and forth between pairs of them (Adie and Elsie, Laurel and Bess, Ruth and Grace) and Sarah Jane, the thirteen-year-old middle daughter (whose sections are narrated in the first person).  Sarah Jane's sections were the only ones that were really any different.  With any of the other girls, it was difficult to remember which section I was reading, or even who was speaking in each section, because they all sounded alike.  There wasn't a lot of difference between the speech patterns of Adie, the eldest, and Ruth and Grace, the youngest twins -- and I thought there should have been.

There was some action in this book, but it fell really flat for me.  I didn't ever feel worried for the characters or think that they might not come out of their predicament alive (even though there were a few threats of death throughout the story).  Some of the inter-character conflict seemed like it was there just for the sake of conflict.  The whole thing wrapped up a little too easily and neatly... and while it was sort of fairytale-esque in its simplicity, I was hoping for more.  And when I say "more", I don't mean that bit of teenaged romance tacked on at the end.  That was completely unnecessary.

And there was one more thing in particular that really drove me to distraction.  The archers in this story always "notched" their arrows.  The word was spelled wrong in every instance.  It's "nocked"... not "notched".  If you're going to write a story with fairies shooting arrows, at least get the terminology right!

Overall, I was not too impressed.  I guess I should stick to de Lint's adult fare.  I haven't had very good luck with his books for younger readers.

Quotable moment:

"I like my familiar woods, watching the changes settle on them, season after season. I don't feel like a visitor anymore. I'm a neighbor now. I belong. And pretty as this place is, I don't belong here. I feel it like a buzz just under my skin. It's saying, 'You've got another home.'"

Recommended to: fairytale fans who enjoy simple stories

Plot: 2/5
Characters: 2/5
Pace: 3/5
Writing & Editing: 3/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall Rating: 2.57 out of 5 ladybugs

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Books I'm Not Sure I Want To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is Top Ten Books I'm Not Sure I Want To Read.  Sometimes I think that might apply to my whole TBR pile!  I'm a bit overwhelmed, and there are quite a few books that I got a while ago that I'm not sure if I still want to read:

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater - This book isn't even out yet.  I had so much trouble getting through the previous book in the series that I'm really questioning whether or not to continue.  I know the author's got some overall story arc going and I don't want to not find out what happens... but I don't know if I can take another few hundred pages of getting nowhere.

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick - I bought this way back after reading Hush, Hush and not completely hating it.  But I've read so many (better) angel books since.  I tried to get through the first chapter and got so bored that I set it aside.  I still haven't come back to it... and it's been a few years.

Divergent by Veronica Roth - I don't have this one in my TBR pile at all.  I've vacillated between thinking I should and shouldn't read it.  At this point, I know how the whole series ends (thank you, Internet spoilers!) so I'm not sure if I'll ever bother reading the books.

The Dresskeeper by Mary Naylus - This is one of the first e-books that went into my TBR pile.  The premise appealed to me at the time, but I just haven't gotten around to reading it.  After glancing at the first page, I'm not sure if I'll ever bother to read the whole thing; the writing doesn't exactly look like something I'd enjoy.

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff - Some of the subject matter seems a little off-putting and I've heard the writing style is a bit odd.  I'm not sure if I really want to read this one.  It's an award-winner (which I've had good luck with in the past), so that's why it ended up in my TBR pile.

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows - I found this one for a couple of bucks after reading some funny (snarky) reviews about it.  I figured I might read it one day, just for laughs.  But my TBR pile is growing so big that I now question the wisdom of spending time reading books I'm pretty sure I won't enjoy.

The Jacket by Jack London - This sounds like it might be one of the first novels about reincarnation.  I've wanted to read it for a long time, and I was excited to find it in e-book format.  But I don't know if I feel like reading something so heavy (in subject matter and writing style).

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani - I've heard mostly good things about this book, but I'm afraid it's another case of too much hype.  Also, I'm afraid it'll be a bit young for me.  (It's not that I don't enjoy reading children's books.  But if they're not done right, they can seem silly or -- worse -- condescending.)

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi - I've heard good and bad things about this book (and series).  It's one of those hyped YA series that always makes me a little leery.  I'm usually disappointed.

Wicked by Gregory Maguire - While the idea sounds intriguing and I know the Broadway show is a huge hit, I've since heard some less-than-stellar things about the book itself: namely, that it's kind of boring.  I've got this one in paperback, and it's pretty thick.  I'm not sure if I want to read a long, boring book.


What are some books you're not sure you want to read?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

In My Mailbox (74)



More freebies this week!

Borrowed from the library:
Seven Wild Sisters (Newford #12)
by Charles de Lint

When it comes to fairies, Sarah Jane Dillard must be careful what she wishes for. She may have thought she wanted to meet the fairies of the Tanglewood Forest, but that was before she knew the truth about them. When Sarah Jane discovers a tiny man wounded by a cluster of miniature poison arrows, she brings him to the reclusive Aunt Lillian for help. But the two quickly find themselves ensnared in a longtime war between rival fairy clans, and Sarah Jane's six sisters have been kidnapped to use as ransom. Her only choice is to go after them, and with the help of several mythical friends--from the Apple Tree Man to a cat called Li'l Pater--she'll have to find a way to untangle herself from the fairy feud before she and her sisters are trapped in their world forever.

The Time of the Fireflies
by Kimberley Griffiths Little

When Larissa Renaud starts receiving eerie phone calls on a disconnected old phone in her family's antique shop, she knows she's in for a strange summer. A series of clues leads her to the muddy river banks, where clouds of fireflies dance among the cypress knees and cattails each evening at twilight. The fireflies are beautiful and mysterious, and they take her on a magical journey through time, where Larissa learns secrets about her family's tragic past--deadly, curse-ridden secrets that could harm the future of her family as she knows it. It soon becomes clear that it is up to Larissa to prevent history from repeating itself and a fatal tragedy from striking the people she loves.

Bought from Amazon.ca:
After Days
by Scott Medbury

15 year old Isaac Race has already lost everyone close to him. He is about to lose a lot more. We all are. A mystery outbreak sweeps North America, it is chilling in both its speed and deadliness. The odd thing is though, it is only fatal to adults. Too late it becomes clear to authorities that the virus is man-made, a biological weapon, and that the United States is at war... a war it has already lost.

As his country is invaded and occupied by the Chinese army, Isaac must lead a ragtag group of survivors across three states in the depths of winter, avoiding not only the invaders, but also other dangers unleashed in a world suddenly deprived of adults and authority, to a safe haven that may not even exist.

Freebie from Amazon.ca:
Bound by Prophecy (Descendants #1)
by Melissa Wright

Twenty-two-year-old Aern is done watching his brother destroy the only thing that matters. He never wanted to take Morgan’s place among council, never wanted to rule their hidden world. But when the key to the prophecy is found, a young girl named Brianna whom Morgan will destroy, Aern knows he has to take action.

What he really wants, is for things to go back to normal. But now he’s kidnapped a girl, and his brother’s men are after him. His only hope is to join with the Division, but they have plans of their own, and it’s the last thing Aern is willing to do. Emily just wants her sister back. She doesn't care about the prophecy, or realize what’s at stake. But when she goes after Aern, the truth of the matter uncoils, and Brianna isn't the only one who’s in danger.

Suddenly, they’re at the center of a secret war, and unless they can work together, they’ll both have a sacrifice too big to make.

Child of the Ghosts (The Ghosts #1)
by Jonathan Moeller

When her life is torn apart by sorcery and murder, young Caina Amalas joins the mysterious Ghosts, the legendary spies and assassins of the Emperor of Nighmar. She learns the secrets of disguise and stealth, of assassination and infiltration.

But even that might not be enough to save her.

For the evil that destroyed her family seeks to devour the entire world...

Gwynne, Fair & Shining
by Stephanie Lisa Tara

Gwynne, Fair & Shining is a twenty-four page children's book, written in verse, about a young girl who learns she is special and can be anything she wants to be.

Rae of Hope (The Chronicles of Kerrigan #1)
by W. J. May

How hard do you have to shake the family tree to find the truth about the past?

Fifteen year-old Rae Kerrigan never really knew her family's history. Her mother and father died when she was young and it is only when she accepts a scholarship to the prestigious Guilder Boarding School in England that a mysterious family secret is revealed.

Will the sins of the father be the sins of the daughter?

As Rae struggles with new friends, a new school and a star-struck forbidden love, she must also face the ultimate challenge: receive a tattoo on her sixteenth birthday with specific powers that may bind her to an unspeakable darkness. It's up to Rae to undo the dark evil in her family's past and have a ray of hope for her future.

Freebie from SYNC AudioFile:
The Shawl
by Cynthia Ozick

A devastating vision of the Holocaust and the unfillable emptiness it left in the lives of those who passed through it.


What was in your "mailbox" this week?  Let me know in the comments!


In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of The Story Siren.

Weekly Recap - August 3-9, 2014

Here's what I blogged about over the last seven days:

Tuesday - I participated in the Top Ten Tuesday meme.  This week we talked about which books we'd recommend to people who have never read a particular type of book (which we got to pick).  I chose to focus on books set outside the U.S.A.

I also reviewed Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor and gave it 4.71 ladybugs!  Yeah... it was really good.

Thursday - I reviewed a children's picture book called Gwynne, Fair & Shining by Stephanie Lisa Tara and Lee Edward Födi.  I wasn't that impressed; I could only give it 2.43 ladybugs.

Saturday - Just for fun, I shared a giggle-worthy spam comment that I got on one of my old posts.  I love the irony...