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Cover of the Day – 7

Posted by on July 12, 2013 2:22 am in Features | 3 comments

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“Cover of the Day” is a feature celebrating the gorgeousness of book covers! It occurs first semi-regularly on the Curio’s Facebook pageand is then being recapped once in a while on the blog!

It’s so hard to pick one favorite cover, isn’t it? There’s some gorgeous cover art out there, that’s for sure, but I do have a soft spot for Infinite’s cover. In fact, this whole series has gorgeous covers, and it’s such a joy to see that the last one is as gorgeous as the previous two!

What do you think about this batch of covers? Any favorite?

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the girl who would be king

the impersonator

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Infinite by Jodi Meadows / The Girl Who Would be King by Kelly Thompson / The Impersonator by Mary Miley / One by Leigh Ann Kopans






Seeking Guest Bloggers for the Month of August 2013!

Posted by on July 11, 2013 3:34 am in other | 2 comments

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Hey all!

I feel like I am almost late to be writing this post, but I do hope I’ll still be lucky enough to find some volunteers! It only occured to me this Monday, as I was planning posts for the summer, that I could maybe find some guest bloggers to help me with the Curio in August!

You see, the man and I are leaving on August 2 for a three weeks stay in France! I am so excited to be going back, and can’t believe it’s been three years already!

But back to our topic; three weeks away, and I don’t think I’ll get much blogging done over there – nor do I think I’ll find the time to plan a lot of posts for the blog before.

I would love to find at least 4 guest bloggers (one for each week we’re away, but I also want to cover the week when we come back, just in case!). But of course I’ll be all the more excited if I can have more!

Here is what I am looking for :

  • When : A guest post preferably sent to me before August 1 (I am not sure what access I’ll have to the internet once we’re there, so if you send it later, it might not make it on the blog while I am away!)
  • How : You send me what I need through email, and I’ll schedule the post for the date we agreed on, with full credit and links back to your blog, goodreads, etc
  • Who : any reader or blogger, as long as it is a blog post!
  • Topic : preferably books, but I am SUPER open to other fitting themes, like photography, knitting, summer vacation, travel, etc.
  • Length : as you wish! Write a complete comparative review between your two favorite summer books, or a short sentence describing pictures from your favorite reading spot. Again, I am super open to any ideas!
  • Date : if you have a preference for the date you want your post to be published, let me know!
  • Contact : if you are interested, let me know here, via twitter, facebook, or email (infiniteshelf@gmail.com)
  • What I can offer in exchange? A guest post for your blog on your next holiday, a post on the Curio sharing some important event on your blog, etc. Just let me know what’s on your mind!

DON’T BE SHY! Even if it is your first time stumbling upon the blog, I would love for you to participate!

I’m super shy and I always fear I’ll be annoying people, but I’ll also try to contact some bloggers about this. Don’t be afraid to say no, I promise I’ll still love you and all!

Review : Lie Still by Julia Heaberlin

Posted by on July 10, 2013 3:19 am in 4 stars reads | 4 comments

lie stillLie Still by Julia Heaberlin
Pages : 384
Genre : Mystery, Psychological Thriller
Stand Alone My Rating : 4/5

From Goodreads  :

Carrying both the weight of a tragic past and of a happy pregnancy, Emily was happy to follow her husband to Texas to start a new chapter of her life.

But the anxiety is quick to come back when a woman she had just met disappears, and strange mails from a stalker lands in her mailbox. Between the secretive women’s club that was trying to make her a member and her secrets coming back to haunt her, Emily now has to face the truths of her past before it is too late.

My Thoughts :

Lie Still was such an interesting reading experience for me, and it makes it a bit difficult to categorize the book clearly. Is it a simple whodunit? A dark psychological thriller? A caricatural portrayal of southern women clubs? My answer would be; a little of everything, with a touch of something more.

Now that I think about it a little bit more, it made for a bit of a strange mix. The group of wives and their secret club felt so over-the-top! I had no idea whether I was supposed to take it as a bit of a caricatural side-story to lighten the mood, or the result of a very deranged woman’s work. In the end, I believe the author’s point was more of the latter, but I still felt like some of the characters were a tad too much (as entertaining as they were!)

Aside from that, I felt like the themes and the story were quite heavy, and I thought the author used them wisely rather than for shock value. It’s never easy to deal with a subject like rape, and it’s certainly not made easier here by adding murder, disappearances and a strange stalker! Despite everything going on, Emily’s past wasn’t forgotten or lightly tackled. It definitely had some huge consequences on her life and who she became, and I felt like the author wrote her in a very human, very realistic way.

There’s a lot going on in the novel, without it ever being too convoluted. It kept me guessing, trying to piece things together, figuring which part related to which. There are many characters but it wasn’t too hard to differentiate them, though I did feel at times like I was missing key elements to understand them.

In the end, I really enjoyed Lie Still. It wasn’t as gritty as I had been expecting considering the themes, but it was a good read for an entertaining afternoon. It does require you to suspend your disbelief when it comes to the women’s club, but it builds up nicely to a satisfying conclusion that, I felt, answered all questions.

Lie Still is available for sale today! Thanks to Bantam for generously providing a copy of the book for this review!

Filling the Shelf – 109

Posted by on July 8, 2013 1:24 pm in Book talk | 7 comments

Filling the Shelf is basically Mailbox Monday or the more recent Stacking the Shelves, but with a title that suits my blog! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, I invite you to visit the two hosts!

 

I’m a bit on the late side today, and I almost missed posting my Filling the Shelf post!

Just a side note before the books : I am currently looking for guest bloggers for the month of August, as I will be away on a vacation! I’ll be doing a blog post about it later this week, but if you want to contribute, simply send me an email at infiniteshelf@gmail.com! 

Four books added to the shelves this week; Cascade and City of Women, which I loved for their covers first and then read great reviews of (especially Cascade!) I couldn’t pick which Zelda book I wanted to read first, since they both seem quite different, so I simply decided to add both to my shelf.

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Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara / City of Women by David R. Gillham

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Z – A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler / Call me Zelda by Erika Robuck

 

What did you add to your shelves recently?