Monday, August 29, 2011

E-book Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Page count: 384
Price when I bought it: $11.99
How I read it: Kindle

Thirty years in the future, the world has gone to pot. Nearly everyone escapes their bleak, horrible lives by playing a virtual reality game called OASIS. When the creator of OASIS dies, he leaves behind a hidden "Easter Egg" in the game. Whoever finds it first will inherit his vast wealth as well as ultimate power within the game. With nothing left to lose, orphaned high school student Wade Watts makes it his life's mission to find the Egg.

Opening Line:
Everyone my age remembers where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the contest.

Monday, August 22, 2011

E-book Review: Dark Souls by Paula Morris


Title: Dark Souls: A Novel
Author: Paula Morris
Page count: 304
Price when I bought it: $9.99
How I read it: Kindle

After recovering from the car accident that killed her best friend, Miranda's parents take her and her brother along on a work trip to York, England to get their minds off the tragedy. But the accident left Miranda with more than just physical and emotional wounds; it also gave her the ability to see ghosts. So far she's been able to avoid facing the spirits that ask for her help, but in the "the most haunted city in the world" there's nowhere she can hide.

Opening Line:
At night, cornfields looked like the ocean.

My Thoughts:

I visited York a few years ago so when I saw that Dark Souls was set there, I knew I had to download a sample on my Kindle. The sample lured me in and though the price was a bit more that I usually pay for ebooks, I paid it and was not disappointed. In fact, I couldn't put it down and stayed up past midnight to finish it.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Confessions of a Cat Mommy Blogger


My husband and I moved to the Salt Lake City area in June and are fascinated with the city's TRAX commuter train system. A new branch is opening soon in our area and we've been watching the test trains come and go with excitement. That is, until we saw an article in the local paper detailing how a number of Salt Lake's "mommy bloggers" were getting a special sneak preview ride on the train in the hopes that they'd blog about how awesome it is to ride on it with their kids.

For some reason that made me insanely, irrationally jealous.