Hello! This is just a quick (and very boring) post. I just wanted to apologize for not updating sooner, and I wanted to let everyone in Computer-Land know that I will most likely not be posting for a week or two. My school ends in 2 weeks, and until then, I'll be swamped with assignments, exams, and tests. Not to mention I'll be busy with my social life (or lack there-of). If I do find time, I'll be posting sooner, so please keep checking back. Thanks!


~Katie 
 
 
Hi Everyone! I've been busy doing school (same as all teens). Thankfully, I finished Science, so I have Math, Bible, and my Internet classes. I've been planning to play tennis again this summer. I really like it, and my mom is teaching me (I'm pretty sure she did tennis in college). I've also learned that I have mastered one skill in my time as "Number 1 Lawn Mower from my Family": I can start it! My mom has taken over the annoying job of mowing, but I'll need to learn how to weed-wack. She has trouble starting the mower, so I feel so cool going out there and starting it by myself! 

My friend in the hospital is able to squeeze people's hands, and she follows people with her eye. They have her standing in a contraption that holds her up, but she is still considered to be in a coma. Please keep praying! Thanks so much for your prayers and encouragement. 

 I received a book called, "The Clearing" by Heather Davis that I had won. Hopefully, it will be good. If it's weird, the cover is pretty, so I can always just keep it because of that! :D

 I have a question for all of you (maybe I'll write about it in the next blog post). Do you believe that women are lower than men? (Not to open a can of worms or anything). :D

I'll try to add some more quotes soon, so if you have a favorite, please let me know.

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! (Or day after Mother's Day). What did you give your mom? I made my mom a wooden planter. I'll try to post a picture in my next blog post. I even got to use a nail gun (insert maniacal laughter HERE).

~Katie
 
 
Well, not much has been happening here. I'm going to a book convention (YAY!!!!) where there are thousands or books and thousands of people. I have a list of books on Barnes and Noble, but I don't know if I'll see all of them at the convention. Here is my list of books and their description from Amazon (because they are sooo good!) I probably mentioned them before:
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This is the prequel to "Crown Duel". I haven't read it yet, but "Crown Duel" was really amazing. Actually, you might want to read "Crown Duel" first so that you understand the characters. (This main character is one of the main characters in "Crown Duel") The author, Sherwood Smith, has a nice website, so here's the link if you want to check it out and read about her books.
http://www.sherwoodsmith.net/
Ok, without further ado, here's the official description from Amazon:


In this much-anticipated prequel to CROWN DUEL, Vidanric Renselaeus, fifteen-year-old Marquis of Shevraeth, finds himself sent across the continent to a military academy in Marloven Hess, a kingdom known for its violent history. Vidanric is used to civilized life in pleasant Remalna--except that the evidence is increasingly clear that the civilization is only on the surface. Too many young, smart heirs have suffered accidents of late, and the evidence is beginning to point to the king, Galdran, who has grandiose plans for expansion.

In Marloven Hess, no one can pronounce his real names, and they assume his title is his name. He becomes Shevraeth--discovering that there are no marquises or dukes or barons in this kingdom, and no one has the slightest interest in Remalna. Or in foreigners. Until very recently, the academy was closed to outsiders. But the king--also fifteen, and recently come to his throne after a nasty civil war--wants him there.

Learning about command turns out to be very different than Shevraeth had assumed, and the Marlovens, who are going through political and social change at all levels, are not at all what he expected. He makes friends as well as enemies; experiences terror and laughter as well as challenges on the field and off.





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Now, this cover is slightly odd, but don't judge the book by its cover. It's filled with adventure, humor, sword-fighting, and friendship/romance (the romance part at the end, for my fellow females out there). This book was originally two books (Crown Duel and Court Duel), but the author combined them and added some scenes, so if you ARE interested in this book, you might want to find the combined edition. The author is Sherwood Smith, and here's her website:
http://www.sherwoodsmith.net/


Here's the description on Amazon:


Young Countess Meliara swears to her dying father that she and her brother will defend their people from the growing greed of the king. That promise leads them into a war for which they are ill-prepared, which threatens the very people they are trying to protect. But war is simple compared to what follows, in peacetime. Meliara is summoned to live at the royal palace, where friends and enemies look alike, and intrigue fills the dance halls and the drawing rooms. If she is to survive, Meliara must learn a whole new way of fighting-with wits and words and secret alliances. 

In war, at least, she knew in whom she could trust. Now she can trust no one. 

The Firebird edition of Crown Duel combines the hardcover editions of Crown Duel and Court Duel-and features a never-before-published story by Sherwood Smith! 


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This book is by Megan Whaler Turner, and now one of my favorites. It is a fantasy book that is not set in Greece, but has a Greek influence. (They have some Greek-flavored mythology) This has the best surprise ending that I've ever read, and it's amazing! Here's Megan Turner's website:
http://meganwhalenturner.org/


This is the Amazon description:


Things are not what they seem in this story of wit, adventure, and philosophy. Gen, an accomplished thief incarcerated for stealing the king's seal, is dragged from his cell by the king's magus, who is on a quest. The prize is Hamiathes's Gift, said to be a creation of the gods that confers the right of rule on the wearer. During the quest, the magus and Gen take turns telling the youngest member of their party myths about the Eddisian god of thieves. Turner does a phenomenal job of creating real people to range through her well-plotted, evenly paced story. No one is entirely evil or completely perfect. Gen is totally human in his lack of discipline, seeming lack of heroism, and need for sleep and food. The magus makes the transition from smug, superior scholar to decent guy in a believable fashion. Turner also does a neat job of puncturing lots of little prejudices. There are many deft lessons in this story. As absorbing as it is, the best part lies in the surprise ending. Though it is foreshadowed throughout, it is not obvious. Its impact is more like morning sunlight than a lightning bolt. This book is sure to be a hot item with adventure and fantasy lovers, and YAs who like snide, quick-tempered, softhearted heroes will love Gen.

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This book is the sequel to "The Thief. I won't put the review up, in case it will spoil the first book. 

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This is the third book in "The Thief" series. This is also a great book. There is a 4th book in the series. So what is in your book list of books you want to buy?