Curiosity Killed the Cate

Not yet, of course, but I’m sure someday it will…

Girls with swords January 30, 2009

Filed under: Books — catherineeliza @ 10:17 am
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Graceling Graceling by Kristin Cashore

rating: 5 of 5 stars
Everyone said this book was really good, and I don’t know why I resisted, but I did. I’ve read a lot of fantasy – I found it hard to believe that this book could really be top shelf; it was too…new. So Here I am to add my voice to the masses: This book is REALLY good. It has everything I like – a strong heroine, a little bit of magic, and of course, some romance. And maybe the best part – a real ending (a thing worth its weight in gold). There is a “sequel” coming out in October, but I don’t think it’s really about the same people. In any case, this book is a complete story – I sure wouldn’t say no to reading more about these characters, but I was thrilled not to be left standing on a cliff with a year’s wait to find out how we get down.

Anyway, Kristin Cashore completely won me over, big time. I’m talking two-hours-of-reading-her-blog-last-night, thinking-about-writing-her-a-letter-about-how-we-should-be-friends adoration. I’ll be putting this book in as many hands as I am able starting with anyone who’s a fan of the Attolia books by Megan Whalen Turner (oh Megan – we’re waiting for the next book, by the way) which you all should be!! Katsa & Gen could definitely be related.

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Just Awesome January 29, 2009

Filed under: Books — catherineeliza @ 10:57 pm

9781594743344_largeIt’s so wrong.  I’m repulsed.  I can’t wait to read it!


Talk about dynamic cover art January 27, 2009

Filed under: Books — catherineeliza @ 11:26 am

I just pulled this book off the shelf, and the cover actually made me jump. Now that’s some serious eye-grabbing imagery (get it, eye-grabbing? The creature/animal/monster has got crazy eyes… it works, if only in my mind)

I just might have to read this book, if only to startle people who pass by…



Anemic vampires January 23, 2009

Filed under: Books — catherineeliza @ 9:45 am
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Life Sucks Life Sucks by Jessica Abel

rating: 2 of 5 stars
I read this book because it was getting some buzz for YA graphic novels, and I like to keep that section going since it snags readers that won’t look in any other section. This is a vampire story, so there is a built in audience for it right now, and that’s a good thing because I don’t think it could make it on its own. I just didn’t find anything new or innovative in this story – it features a vampire that doesn’t want to be one in love with a human girl who does want to be one. Sound familiar?

I did order it for my library because, as I said, it’s got a built-in audience right now, and the graphics are eye-catching. I assume from the abrupt ending another one will be coming along; I guess I hope I gets a little better.

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BHM suggestions January 12, 2009

Filed under: Movies — catherineeliza @ 6:27 pm

blackhistorycollageI need two dvd suggestions for movies that would be appropriate for Black History Month that teens might be willing to watch.  They can’t be rated R, and should be something I can check out from Rochester Public Library.  Remember the Titans  is my back-up, but I’m not too excited about it.

Little help?


Further investigation needed…

Filed under: Movies — catherineeliza @ 6:21 pm

tessLast night I watched the second part of Tess of the D’Urbervilles on Masterpiece Theatre.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I haven’t read the book since high school, so I do need to read it again, and looking at imdb I notice a 90’s version with Justine Waddell (how come this girl gets all the best parts?) that I’ve never seen, so I guess I need to do that before I name this version all-supreme, but I’m willing to bet that it will.  If you missed it, I highly recommend you watch it online or get the DVD.  I thought the leads were all really good, and I liked the script.  I do have to refer to the book to see if Angel’s and Tess’ confessions really occur on the same day, because if so – man, Angel’s kind of an unforgivable jerk.


How do you like me now? January 2, 2009

Filed under: Books,Movies — catherineeliza @ 9:51 pm

buttoncate1I started seeing these portrait on librarian blogs, and I just couldn’t wait to get my own, but perhaps you prefer…

coralinecate1And surely you’ll want your very own: