About SamiK

I'm a Library Director for a small(ish) Texas town with a desire to share my love of books and the library with my community.

Currently, I am working towards my MLS (Master of Library Science) from Texas Woman's University (my alma mater!).

When I'm not treading through a pile a school work and work work, I make precious memories with both my handsome men at home. Whether we are playing with the sand between our toes, making a campfire, or just taking in a movie at home, every moment is unique.

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May 10, 2012

Uh-oh! I may be hooked! (on House of Night)

A few months back I read House of Night novella, Lenobia's Vow and fell in love with the Cast duo, and I promised myself I would give the series a try. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, I fulfilled my promise when I started Marked (book 1) last night. At 4 am I found myself reading the last page and desiring more! Good thing it's not a trilogy and has about 8 books!

Let's dive in, shall we?

From Goodreads:
The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres have always existed.  In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire -- that is, if she makes it through the Change.  Not all of those who are chosen do.  It's tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling.  She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx.  But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers.  When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny--with a little help from her new vampyre friends.

Oh my, my, my, my MY! I just loved this book. I literally couldn't stop reading until I was finished (except for a few breaks of course). There wasn't much I didn't like, EXCEPT....why is there to no closure to No-Last-Name and Refrigerator?! To be honest, I didn't want to like this book. Twilight (no I'm no Twihard, but I really liked Meyer's rendition) is probably the only vampire series I've ever read and didn't want to ruin that world(It was different than what pop culture had always presented as the norm. And yes, I will list it as a favorite series because it was just so gosh darn good! *steps off soapbox*). Buuut....it turns out I can appreciate, heck even love, another vampire series!

So tonight I will be starting (and probably finishing) Betrayed (book 2). What do you think, did you like House of Night?
May 9, 2012

Miss me? :)

I know I've been MIA but now that the wedding is over, well *whew*, I may actually have time to catch up on my reading! Head over to my personal blog for more info (pictures coming soon) on the journey of our five month journey to plan a wedding.

I didn't get to post like I wanted to yesterday so I'm going to post my review of Jacci Turner's The Cage that I did for Flamingnet.

Summary: Summer school collects a diverse set of teenagers, some getting a head and others trying to pass. Grouped together for the entire class, four students of different backgrounds – Tyrell, Tiffany, Orlando, and Samantha – learn more than English from their assignments. The “Blue Group” quickly discovers they have more in common than appearances suggest. Tyrell’s dreams and Sam’s drawings are more than coincidence. But who is the girl that appears in both? And what does she want from them?
Opinion: At first I was not impressed with where the story was going and how it was written. But after the third or fourth (short) chapters, I started to feel a part of the “Blue Group” as if I was a character myself. I could predict some of the outcomes; I was pleasantly surprised by some of the twists. Jacci Turner did such a great job with this book that I’m excited to see what comes in the rest of the series. A fairly light read and not too complex, The Cage makes a great pick for reluctant readers.

The Cage is the first in Turner's Birthright Series. So far, I'd say she has done a great job and can't wait for The Bar to be released this year. Jacci can be found here.

Not sure what I'm going to read next. I was hoping for the Hunger Games but the list is too long and I need something now! My family vacation is at the end of the month at Garner State Park :) never heard of it??? then you don't know what your missing! Frio River (great for swimming and tubing), camping (campfires and family), and a dance (under the stars) -- what more could you ask for??? I plan on reading a couple of books while I'm there -- hopefully!

What about you -- what are your favorite vacation reads?

Rating System

IT WAS AMAZING!!!! You should be at the book store right now buying it! :)
I really liked it. You should def check it out and give it a shot
It was ok. At least read the synopsis on the back.
Eh....It was alright. It's borrow from a friend material.
Leave it on the shelf!!


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