Monthly Archives: November 2010


2011 Debut Author Challenge

20 November, 2010 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 6 Comments

Wow. I can’t believe how fast 2010 is going! I’m already thinking ahead to 2011 and my plans to devour as many new releases as possible (have you seen what’s coming out in 2011? *drool*). The Story Siren is on the same page and is running her 2011 Debut Author […]

Teen Review: VERY VALENTINE by Adriana Trigiani

Teen Review: VERY VALENTINE by Adriana Trigiani

18 November, 2010 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 0 Comments

Final Grade: 97/AContemporary (family saga)416 pagesAvailable nowReviewer’s copyRated RJAZMYNE’S BLURB: Being the last of her siblings in her Italian-American family to be married, thirty-three-year-old Valentine Roncalli attempts to rescue one of the last family-owned businesses in Greenwich Village. Angelini Shoe Company, around since 1903 and maker of wedding shoes, is […]

Teen Review: BREAKING DAWN by Stephanie Meyer

Teen Review: BREAKING DAWN by Stephanie Meyer

16 November, 2010 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 1 Comment

Final Grade: 90/BYA Paranormal Romance800 pagesAvailable NowReviewer’s own copyRated PG-15DOREEN’S BLURB: To be in love with the one who hurts you is unbearable. Bella, who is irrevocably in  love with Edward and imprinted with Jacob, is losing her mind. On her honeymoon, she begins to feel sick but doesn’t know why. Maybe […]

Review: PAST MIDNIGHT by Mara Purnhagen

Review: PAST MIDNIGHT by Mara Purnhagen

15 November, 2010 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 2 Comments

FINAL GRADE: 90/BYA Paranormal224 pagesReview Copy provided by publisher via NetGalleyRated PGBLURB: Let me set the record straight. My name is Charlotte Silver and I’m not one of those paranormal-obsessed freaks you see on TV…no, those would be my parents, who have their own ghost-hunting reality show. And while I’m usually […]

In My Mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox (3)

14 November, 2010 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 7 Comments

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren. It gives everyone a chance to see what books people are excited about, what they’re buying and to share our love of reading. (Hey, like my Gamecock IMM? Displaying it proudly, especially considering how we kicked some Gator booty […]

All I Want For Christmas (1)

All I Want For Christmas (1)

12 November, 2010 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 5 Comments

Dayna over at A Tapestry of Words started this meme a little while ago so we could share what books we have on our wish list. I have a ton. An entire bookself worth. But I’m going to start with these two:First up on my wishlist is HEXBOUND by Chloe […]

Negative Reviews

12 November, 2010 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 9 Comments

Reading through my blogs today, I came across a fantastic discussion on Steph Su’s blog (if you haven’t read her, go–she’s great) about negative reviews (Steph Su Reads: A Discussion on Negative Reviews). While Steph isn’t taking any sides, she does believe that when reviewing a book, the reviewer should […]

Two Quickie Reviews

Two Quickie Reviews

12 November, 2010 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 0 Comments

I’m not sure if I’m going through a mini-reading slump or what but I just finished two books in a row that I didn’t like very much. *sigh*The first was ALLEGRA FAIRWEATHER: PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR by Janni Nell FINAL GRADE: 75/DParanormalE-BookAvailable NowReview copy provided by publisher through NetGalleyRated PG-15BLURB: Allegra Fairweather […]

Teen Review: BLADE: PLAYING DEAD by Tim Bower

Teen Review: BLADE: PLAYING DEAD by Tim Bower

11 November, 2010 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 1 Comment

Final Grade: 91/BYA Thriller240 pagesAvailable nowReview copy purchasedRated PG-13BRIAN’S BLURB: Blade is just a teenager. But that doesn’t mean anything–he can take care of himself perfectly well. He’s the perfect criminal. He can pickpocket, break into houses, and has a sixth sense for danger. Nobody even knows he exists. He’s […]

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