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Blog successfully redirected!

Posted by on May 5, 2012 10:06 pm in other | 2 comments

As you are aware now, The Infinite Shelf got its own domain name earlier this week, InfiniteCurio.com (More info here!)

Today I have successfully redirected the old blog to the new one, which means everyone should be finding their way here. Yippee!

However, I would love to encourage you to update your links and bookmarks to my new link : www.infinitecurio.com. Also, some comments may have been lost along the way, I will be trying to transfer them as soon as possible

Thanks! :)

On My Wishlist – 42

Posted by on May 5, 2012 6:00 am in Book talk | 5 comments

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Cosy Books and runs every Saturday. It’s where we list all the books we desperately want but haven’t actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. Click on the link to Book Chick City, sign the Mr. Linky and join the fun!

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Two books with great premises this week; Code Name Verity sounds really, really good, and the first few reviews I have read of it were quite positive. As for Gilt, I am quite curious to read a Tudor era novel from the YA point of view. The cover is very glamorous, I wonder if  we can expect a similar type of story as in Anna Godbersen’s novels (The Luxe, Bright Young Things)?

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

On Goodreads :

I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.

We are a sensational team.

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Gilt by Katherine Longshore

On Goodreads :

When Kitty Tylney’s best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII’s heart and brings Kitty to court, she’s thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat’s shadow, Kitty’s now caught between two men–the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat’s meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.

What is at the top of your wishlist right now?

Review : Plague

Posted by on May 4, 2012 6:12 am in 3.5 stars reads | 2 comments

Plague by Michael Grant
Pages : 352
Genre : YA, Speculative Fiction
Sêries : Gone, Book 4
My Rating : 

From the back of the book :

They’ve survived hunger. They’ve survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach.

But enemies in the FAYZ don’t just fade away, and in the quiet, deadly things are stirring, mutating, and finding their way free. The Darkness has found its way into the mind of its Nemesis at last and is controlling it through a haze of delirium and confusion. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate. Sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. And Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they’ll escape – or even survive – life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love?

My Thoughts :

This review should have been published long ago! I read Plague (and wrote the review’s outline) almost a year ago and, like the previous books in the series, quickly went through the story. It was a stream of action, terror and twists like only Grant can do it. With monsters and plague and food crisis, there is almost nothing these kids haven’t faced. Stephen King’s blurb on the cover doesn’t surprise me, as Michael Grant has a similar style of writing and world building, with a great cast of complex characters.

However, Plague wasn’t my favorite of the series. To this day, I still have stronger memories of Lies, the third novel, than of Plague. While it was action-packed and full of fantastically gory scenes, I realized that I was getting a little tired of the characters. Sam is always whining one way or the other it seems, and it is time for Astrid to take a good look at herself. I want to root for them, and I love that they are complex, non-perfect characters, but I need to see a little more of their good sides. Even if they are in a very, very dark place with almost no hope left. This being said, they still aren’t the worst of what’s left in the FAYZ, and though human conflict exposes the worst of their humanity, their crisis also forces them in an extreme survival mode that we can only admire.

There was a lot happening and a lot of developments in this book, both for the characters and the story. I felt like a lot of these aspects were bridges between Lies and Fear - which is now sitting of my shelf, waiting to be read. It wasn’t a lack of focus, exactly, but these “bridges” were definitely tracing the way for the coming two books.

The ending was really strong though, and turning the last page, I wanted to read the next book right away. Grant really has a way to keep you on your toes, wondering what’s coming next. I plan on finding out really soon – and I’ll try to post the review a little faster this time!

Series Reading Order :

  1. Gone
  2. Hunger
  3. Lies
  4. Plague
  5. Fear
  6. Light (coming 2013)

Welcome to the Shelf’s New Home!

Posted by on May 3, 2012 6:09 am in other | 15 comments

Hello dear readers!

I am so very happy to welcome you to my new home! This is something I had been wanting to do for so, so long. When the shelf turned 3 this past January, I decided the coming year would be the year I would get my own domain name. This has been a lot of work in the past couple of weeks; making sure everything was being transferred correctly from the old place to the new one, choosing a layout I liked and personalizing it, adding the widgets, etc. There are still a few more things to tweak, but mostly, this is home! :)

By now you guys know that I like change; at least once a year, I have been playing with the Shelf’s look in different ways. I really love the actual look, but switching to my own domain will allow me even more freedom with both the look and the functionality of the blog. I’m really excited about this aspect, and I already spent countless hours making sure everything looked and worked right. I hope you guys enjoy it. :)

You will notice my new domain has a slightly different name than the blog. Infinite Curio is a name I had been keeping in my pocket for a while and was dying to use. Curio for the strange, unusual object, but most importantly for the Curio Cabinet. Other than being a piece of furniture, the Curio Cabinet is, in some way, the museum’s ancestor. Before the first museums were created, scientists, artists, adventurers and other collectors kept their various artifacts and other precious objects in rooms called Curio Cabinet. In one such room, you could find anything from fossils to art to ancient tools.

Ole Worm's cabinet of curiosities, from ''Museum Wormianum'', 1655.

I really liked that the name Infinite Curio created two images for me. One that depicted the blog as a curious and strange object, and another that underlined the eclectic aspect of the blog, where books, photography, knitting and comics cohabit. Here is a good definition of the curio cabinet that, I think, relates well to the blog, too:

Collectors typically arranged their objects in such a way that would convey their understanding or interpretation of the world. In other words, a person’s display offered a glimpse of their personality. (CurioCabinets.com)

You will notice the header still says The Infinite Shelf, but it will probably change in the coming days. It’s a bit emotional since The Infinite Shelf has been my web identity for the past 3 years, but I am really excited about the future’s curiosities! :)

On a last note, I will be trying to redirect the old place to the new one later this week. I just need to figure out how…