Review: Infinity

I decided to purchase Infinity: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon on a whim.I was in the bookstore and picked it up off the shelf because of its pretty cover. Then, I read the jacket copy. This line caught my eye:

“Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.”
I thought it was just a funny line from the book.Little did I know that this campy, superficial, punny writing style would permeate the entire book.

The story was fairly interesting — a nerdy boy (we know how I love those) unknowingly unleashes a score of zombies on New Orleans, and Nick is the only one who can stop them.

It was actually kind of fun.

But I couldn’t seem to get past the writing. You know that saying about writing, “Show, don’t tell.” Well, this book tells.

It was an okay read, if you’re looking for something entertaining. Just don’t take it too seriously.

Not Me Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve written at Not Me! Monday! post.
Oh, how I’ve missed it.
Last week, I did *not* convince The Nerd that I needed a brand new Macbook. Not me! I would *never* want to spend massive amounts of money on a shiny, silver laptop. Money that we could save, or use for something more practical. 
And I did *not* agree to attend a video game convention with The Nerd this past weekend, only to complain and moan and groan because there was no Internet access. Not me! I am the *perfect* nerd’s wife and get all excited about computer parts and Quake tournaments and blah blah blah.
I did *not* spend the entire time I was at said video game convention reading books about Unicorn Hunters. Not me! I would *never* do my own thing and ignore the reason we’re at the convention.
And, finally, I am *not* dreading the start of school and, thus, a busier work schedule. Not me! I would *never* fantasize about being a stay-at-home wife. Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?
So, how about you? What are you *not* doing this week?
Happy Monday!

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly feature hosted by The Story Siren
It’s a chance for book bloggers to display the books they purchased or received for review each week.
Since I’ve been out of pocket at a very nerdy video game convention, I didn’t get a chance to put together a vlog for this week’s post.
But, I still wanted to share my books from this week.
For Review:
I haven’t yet read The Immortals series by Alyson Noel, but I’ve heard great things about it. This is an offshoot of that series and followers Ever’s younger sister, Riley, on her journey through the Afterlife. It’s actually a very interesting story and I’ll post my review of it later this week.
Review copy provided by Square Fish, an imprint of MacMillan.
Release date: Aug. 31, 2010
For My Collection:
This book was suggested by a friend and reader of my blog. I’ve been hankering for an adventure/questing story for a while now, and I think I’ve found one to satiate my thirst in Astrid the Unicorn Hunter. I’m about halfway done with this book, and it’s fantastic so far.
Review to come soon!
With the start of school right around the corner, my work schedule has started to go into high gear. I hope I’m able to continue reading and cooking and blogging in full force, but I’m very worried about how things are going to play out.
That especially sucks because such good books are slated for publishing this fall!
I hope that I’ll be able to keep up with this — please be patient with me as I try to balance everything in my life.
So, the question remains: What’s in your mailbox this week?

A Shiny New Computer

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Earlier this week, my laptop stopped working.

The battery was so fried that when it was plugged in, the charger would try to charge the battery and the laptop would just shut off because it couldn’t hold *any* charge.

I know, I know, I could’ve just bought a new battery and a new charger.

But seriously, this was The Nerd’s old, hand-me-down laptop that I *hated.*

That’s another story for another time.

I’ve been *dying* for a bright, shiny new Macbook for a long, long time.

So, after much begging and arguing and denying and, finally, submission, The Nerd agreed that we could get a MacBook Pro.

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Woohoo!

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Isn’t it pretty?

In the story, he kept saying, “But if we get a Mac, I’ll never use it.”

My response? “That’s *exactly* why I want one!”

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It’s so small and light — I love it!

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Yay!

And it’s perfect for blogging, with iMovie and GarageBand and everything.

I’m going to have a blast with it!

On the way home, The Nerd kept muttering about how we now own *four* Apple devices and that violates his ethical code.

Whatever.

If he has a problem with it, he can get rid of his iPhone.

Happy Saturday!

Friday Finds (8)

Ok, so I’m stealing wifi at this very moment and writing some super-fast posts since I’m stuck at QuakeCon all weekend with limited Internet access.
Sigh.
But!
You need to go check out this giveaway from Alexandra Shostak!
You could win ARCs of Matched by Ally Condie and Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
I have been dying to read Beautiful Darkness since I finished Beautiful Creatures.
So, go enter her giveway…but you might want to wait until tomorrow, since today is Friday the 13th. :)
Contest Ends Aug. 30.
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Also! It’s time for the Book Blogger Hop from Crazy for Books!
Today’s question:
How many books do you have on your ‘to be read shelf’?
Well, I have just a few, since The Nerd has started limiting the number of books I can buy. Sad face.
I just did a little count in my head and I think I have 10.
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Annndddd…can’t forget Follow Friday from Parajunkee!

If you’re a new follower, leave me a comment letting me know, and I’ll follow you back!

Happy Friday everyone!

QuakeCon 2010

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This weekend, The Nerd and I are attending QuakeCon in Dallas.
This four-day convention is known as the Woodstock of video games: Peace, Love and LAN parties.
April and Eric came up to attend with us.
Things I’ve already seen in this massive gathering of Nerds: a dude dressed up as the Devil, a naked lady (all parts visible) desktop background, and more socially awkward individuals than I was prepared for.
It’s been fun.
The only problem? No wifi.
I mean, seriously. How can Nerds survive with no Internet?
This not-so-nerdy gal (ok, maybe I *am* a little nerdy) is dying over here!
Right now, I’m at Freebirds using their wifi to write a few posts.
So, I’ll do my best to keep you updated, but for now, it’s iPad 3G or bust!
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Happy Friday!

The Fellowship of the Ring

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The other night, The Nerd woke me up somewhere between 2 and 4 a.m.
“Arena!” he exclaimed, nudging my shoulder.
“Mmm?” I mumbled incoherently.
“I don’t want to forget this,” he said.
“Foget wha?”The dream I just had,” he replied.

“Wha happen?” I said, still half-asleep.

“We were at A&M,” he said, “and someone asked you why you where there.

You told them, ‘I’m a member of the Fellowship.’

‘What fellowship?’ they asked.

‘The Fellowship of the Ring,’ you said.”

At this point, I realized that my extremely nerdy husband had just awakened me in the middle of the night to tell me a Lord of Rings joke.

Of course, A&M has its own version of the One Ring.

You know, when I start to doubt my assertion that I married the biggest Nerd on the planet, he always sets me straight.

I did, in fact, marry the biggest Nerd on the planet.

 

The Nerd once dreamed I joined a quest with two pairs of hobbits, an elf, a dwarf, a wizard and a Ranger. Yeah, right. This isn’t The Lord of the Rings.

Review: I Am Number Four

When I first heard about this book, I knew I would like it.I mean, aliens hiding among us? A plot to assassinate said aliens? A charm that involves killing the aliens in a specific order?

Count me in!

“Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.”

–Description from Good Reads

This story was very cool. I could really empathize with John, or Four, or whatever his name is. I’m still not sure about that.I like that it’s written from a male point of view. The main character’s thoughts seemed very in line with what I would imagine teenage boys think about. He seemed so human, I often found myself forgetting that he was an alien.

The romance added another layer to the story that I truly enjoyed. It reminded me of my high school relationships and the innocence of them. You always think that your high school sweetheart is your one true love. Luckily for me, I was totally wrong about that.

It was nice to see that Four had to deal with “normal” teenage issues — how to woo the girl he liked, a bully at school, etc — and also a few, more complicated alien issues — will his hands suddenly glow during English class?

The whole book, I knew that the Mogadorians were looking for him the whole book, but they kinda snuck up on me at the end. I was concerned with the real issues — like Four’s romance with Sara — and forgot about that whole death and destruction part, hehe.


This is an entertaining read, but it’s not really very complicated. The plot is on the surface — and it doesn’t go any deeper.

So, if you’re looking for a change from the traditional YA reads (normal teen girl falls in love with a monster), this one definitely fits that bill.I enjoyed it and I’m excited to see the movie.

A Very Nerdy Birthday

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Today is The Nerd’s birthday.
He’s 26 years old.
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Last weekend, we were at my parents’ house, so I decided to pull together a birthday dinner for him.
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Of course, it was Star Wars themed.
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I got some silly hats and some other fun toys for the kids (and The Nerd) to play with!
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Doesn’t The Nerd look like he’s enjoying his party?
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My sister and her son, Hyrum, definitely liked the hats!
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I made these Red Velvet Cupcakes since they’re The Nerd’s favorite.
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I wonder what he wished for…
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He got some Transformers toys from my parents.
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And not one…
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But *two* light sabers from me!
They light up and make swooshing sounds and everything!
His *real* present was the XBox Slim he got a while back.
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Once the presents were opened, everyone got down to business: Eating the cupcakes.
River liked the icing.
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So did Hyrum!
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He’s such a cute boy!
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I think it was a good (early) birthday.
Today, we’re heading to QuakeCon to continue the celebration.
I made Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes (since Reese’s are his favorite candy). I’ll post the recipe later.
Hope you all have a great day!
Happy Birthday, honey!


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