Welcome to Book Lovers Paradise

Welcome to my attempt at blogging. I am a true to heart bibliophile. Here I will discuss and review books as I read them. You are welcome to do the same. The only rules are no profanity, no politics, no religion, and have fun!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Pokemon, Bricks, and Trains. Oh My!: Custom Creations #3

Pokemon, Bricks, and Trains. Oh My!: Custom Creations #3: Hello and welcome to my series, Custom Creations. This is part three. Here I will post pictures and information about my custom LEGO creati...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Fierce Reading Virtual Book Tours: Book Swag Bag Giveaway!

Fierce Reading Virtual Book Tours: Book Swag Bag Giveaway!: To say thank you for being a Fierce Reading Virtual Book Tour Host I'm giving away a bag of book swag which includes: A signed bookm...


go here for information about 
Jeff and the book.  It's certain to be a winner!

Don't forget, leave a comment with your email address to win an epub copy of Jeff's book.  I will use random.org to pick the winner.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Under the Never Sky

by Veronica Rossi

published by HarperCollins

synopsis (from Goodreads)



Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim. 

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive. 

If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers

I am always on the lookout for unique and interesting books.  This book was both.  An incredible story about a 'Dweller" named Aria.  She was born and raised in a 'pod' safe from the outside elements. A place where life is not quite real.  The inhabitants of these pods live life through virtual reality 'realms'. They don't experience real fear, or love or pain.  Most of the things that actually make us who we are are absent from the inhabitants of these pods.

Aria is blamed for a terrible accident that killed several people and she is banished from the pod.  Sent to the outside world. A world where she believes everything is desolate and everything dies.  She is aided by an 'outsider'  A man named Peregrine who was born and raised in a tribe. Even among his people he is special, different.  He has two super senses, sight at night and the ability to 'feel' or 'read' peoples emotions.  The two initially cannot stand the sight of each other.  Perry actually makes reference to the fact that Aria's dweller stench is making him sick.

Well, circumstances have placed these two together.  Over time, a lot of time, they learn to get along.  

This is an amazing book.  The characters are unique and dynamic.  Perry and Aria are a perfect couple.  They bicker, fight and slowly learn to get along.  Other characters are equally incredible.  Roar, a friend of Perry's, is a lot of fun.  A buddy who is quick to point out all his friends flaws.  Cinder is an interesting character.  A young boy who possesses the strength of the Aether, or storms of the outside.  

The book is well written and great fun to read.  I couldn't put it down and can't wait for the next installment.  Enough was left open, or unfinished that another book could be coming.  We need to find out what happened to Cinder and Roar. What happened to Perry's sister Liv.  Also, do Aria and Perry get together?

A wonderful 5 star book.  I recommend this book to lovers of dystopian, fantasy, YA or just good fiction. 

Today we feature author  KAREN POKRAS TOZ 

First, about Karen:

twitter usernamekarentoz
genre Children's Books

About this author
Karen Pokras Toz is a writer, wife and mom. Karen grew up in the small town of Orange, Connecticut and graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Finance. She also attended the University of Richmond, where she studied law and business, receiving both a JD and an MBA. Karen has spent the last several years working as a tax accountant, writing in numbers. She recently discovered a passion for writing with words. She is the 2011 honoree and spokesperson for the Eastern Pennsylvania Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell 5K Run. Karen enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her husband and three children.

about the book:

Ten-year-old Nathan Rockledge cannot catch a break. After all, life as a fourth-grader can be hazardous what with science projects to deal with and recess football games to avoid. Everyone, including his best friend Tommy, seems to have bad luck when hanging around Nathan. Throw in an older sister who is a royal pain, a dad who is stuck in the past, and a mom who keeps trying to poison him with her awful cooking, and poor Nathan’s life as a fourth grader appears to be completely doomed. Armed only with his sketchpad, his imagination, and his wits, Nathan Rockledge navigates the perils of the fourth grade in style, to emerge heroic, as Nate Rocks, proving that even a ten-year-old can accomplish great things. Follow the quirky and imaginative adventures of ten-year-old Nathan Rockledge as his cartoons come to life. www.karentoz.com

Go here for Lucas' 5 ice cream cone review of Nate Rocks the World

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Today's inductee into our mythology realm is
celtic mythology

Branwen means 'white raven'. She is the daughter of Llyr and Penarddun.  (King and Queen of all Britons)
Rather than retell the story, I have found a wonderful UK site the does an amazing job of telling Branwen's tale.  Go
to read about the legend of Branwen.