Sunday, September 29, 2013

Teens Take Over: Bimsebamse Book Reviews

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So if you haven't heard (either on Twitter or by looking at the tab up above) I have decided to start a new feature on my blog called Teens Take Over! 
I am so excited to be able to have the chance to interview some of my fellow teen bloggers and also be able to tell everyone the complete greatness of teens!


To see more about this new feature and the background behind it, either go click on that BEAUTIFUL banner or go to the tab up above!

Today (although this post is extremely late) I am SO HAPPY to be able to interview another of my AMAZING bloggy friends! Interestingly enough Benedicte is a teen from DENMARK!! She was the person I was able to go into complete fangirl mode over Pivot Point with! (Check that book out! It's amazing!) 

My questions are in black, while her answers are in blue and my responses are in red!


Name you blog Under: Benedicte
Blog Name: Bimsebamse’s Book Reviews
Favorite Genres: Young adult - contemporary & fantasy
Interesting facts about you: I wouldn't be able to live without gum and chocolate.
Any fav books or authors you want to mention? Pivot Point & Simone Elkeles
Favorite color? Red
What grade are you in? 11th (ME TOO!)

1) So what was the factor that pushed you over the edge to getting a blog? Did you wake up one morning and hit the create button or did you think about it for days? Anything you wish you could change?

I thought about it for a while and one day I just decided to post a review and get started. I started blogging in Danish and just recently began doing it in English instead. 
(That is so cool!)

2.) Are there any other teen bloggers out there who you want to give a shout out to?

Not really. Don't know that many. :-)
(Haha!! Well that is the point of this feature! Maybe you'll get to meet some new ones!!!)

3) How do you manage to have a blog with school? I mean you probably have loads of homework and extracurricular activities! How do you juggle it all?

 I never had a bunch of homework the past few years, but I just started school in the US last week and I keep feeling tired when I get home and don't really feel like blogging. I'm probably the worst person to answer this question. 
(Don't worry! We all go on those blogging slumps!)

4.) Now I'm sure that as a teen you want to take over the world. I mean what teen doesn't? So if there was a massive rebellion, what role would you play?

-The evil leader who is trying to squash the rebellion
-The rebel leader who instructs everyone and gives the commands.
-The rebels oh so sweet best friend who supports that rebel!
-The dog trainer who sets dogs on either the rebels or the evil leader depending on your mood...
-The neutral person. You wouldn't care. What happens, happens.

The evil (but very sweet :b) leader who is trying to squash the rebellion

(I would so be the rebel! Guess you'll have to squash me! :P)

5.) Okay, so originally you’re from Denmark, but currently you’re a foreign exchange student! What’s that like? Is it way different? Are the book stores really different? Seriously anything you wish to say and I will listen!

The bookstores are so much bigger (and better) here. Everything is so much bigger here. The school too. When the bell rings and class is over, it's literally one of the scariest things (may be exaggerating a little bit) to walk the halls to my next class with all of the people here.
Everybody is so nice here and I just love it so much here!!
(YAY! Glad everyone is nice! And the bookstores are AMAZING!)

6.) You mentioned being ten minutes from a Barnes & Nobel in your last post…. That’s got to be killer to resist, huh?

Yes! I spend so much money last month it's awful. I could live in there. Especially because there's a Starbucks in the store. I want to go there right now ):(HAHA! Well any bookstore like that is AMAZING!!! Hope you get lots of amazing books!)

7.) The last time we talked I know you were fangirling over If I Stay! Any more recent books you need to discuss! Any really bad ones?

Read Walden for school. Most boring book ever ..
Reading the second book in the Tempest trilogy. Loved Tempest so much. Not too far into it yet, though. It took me way too long to read Walden I didn't get to read anything else.
I like reading on Wattpad, if you don't know what that is, it is a website where amateur writers can post their books and readers can read them. Some of the stories are kind of cute. :-)

(Wattpad is my guilty pleasure! Sometimes there are some really fun books on there!!! And I've heard a lot about Tempest! Glad you loved it!!)

8.) Best experience you’ve had in the U.S. so far! Book wise or life-wise!

When I first met my new friends here, they all immediately started telling me all these kinds of stuff and I just felt so lucky for running into these people.
(YAY!! Friends are AMAZING!!!)


11.)  So the name of your blog…. What does it mean? Is it something I’m just being a bit ignorant about or is it…..something different? 

So my name is Benedicte and I had a friends once, when I was, like, ten. She was kind of weird, but in a good way! She started calling me Bimsebamse and I kind of liked it. It's funny, because we talked recently and she didn't remember ever calling me that. 
(That's such a cool story!!! And the name really is amazing and unique!!!)


Cat or Dog. DOG 

(YAYA!! DOGS RULE!!)

Ebook or Physical book Physical book, but I read ebooks faster than I read physical books.

(Me too!! Way easier to fly through an ebook!)

Light years or decades. Decades.


Any teen blogging friends or inspirations? Not really teens, but I love Chapter Chicks.

Favorite word? My English teacher told us about this word. "Balter" - (v.) to dance artlessly, without particular grace or skill but usually with enjoyment.
It's awesome!!!

(That's such a fun word!!! My goal is now to use it!!!)

Thanks so much for the AMAZING interview Benedicte!!

If you guys want to go check her out you can find her here!
Website
Goodreads

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Escape from Eden review

 (Link to tour schedule above!)
Title: Escape form Eden
Author: Elisa Nader
Genre: YA thriller

THE PREMISE
Since the age of ten, Mia has lived under the iron fist of the fundamentalist preacher who lured her mother away to join his fanatical family of followers. In Edenton, a supposed “Garden of Eden” deep in the South American jungle, everyone follows the Reverend’s strict but arbitrary rules—even the mandate of whom they can marry. Now sixteen, Mia dreams of slipping away from the armed guards who keep the faithful in, and the curious out. When the rebellious and sexy Gabriel, a new boy, arrives with his family, Mia sees a chance to escape.

But the scandalous secrets the two discover beyond the compound’s fa├žade are more shocking than anything they ever imagined. While Gabriel has his own terrible secrets, he and Mia bond together, more than friends and freedom fighters. But is there time to think of each other as they race to stop the Reverend’s paranoid plan to free his flock from the corrupt world? Can two teenagers crush a criminal mastermind? And who will die in the fight to save the ones they love from a madman who’s only concerned about his own secrets?



MY THOUGHTS

Escape from Eden

Alright. How to write this review. I could write it in an incoherent mess. Or I could try really hard to gather my thoughts.

The truth o the matter is I didn't expect awesomeness from this book. 

No idea why but the description never really screamed READ ME!!!

And yet there was enough to make me want to read it. 

And I AM SO GLAD I DID!

This book was beyond amazing! 
It was fast paced with a great romance on the side!

The characters were intense and the whole plot moved so quickly! 
One of my favorite things was this book was basically about a girl.  
In a cult. 
Who wanted to be her own person. 
And from the very beginning she knew what she wanted. Instead of reading a book with an indecisive main character Mia knew what she wanted to do. 

She's probably one of the most determined heroines I've read about and that is saying a lot! 

And the there was Gabriel. I loved him. No lie! I did! 
He and Mia were perfect together and I loved when they interacted with each other! Their banger was so cute! And GAH!!! I just loved them. 
I appreciated how the romance took a back burner instead of being the focus! 

And the whole mystery part was fantastic!  It wasn't exactly a mystery about what was happening at the cult, as that was shown pretty early on, but watching Mia and Gabriel try to figure everything out and save the day was amazing!!! 

I thought the Reverend was a great character and he was exactly the way I would imagine a cult leader to be!!! 

The other characters had so many different layers and learning about each individual back story was fascinating! 

In all this is definitely a book that I would recommend!! It was so interesting and intense and I believe that many will fall in love with the characters as I did!!!

FIVE STARS





or:

ADVANCED PRAISE
“The chemistry between Mia and Gabriel is palpable in their teasing dialogue and sizzling moments of physical connection. Its rewards … are many: fast-moving action, a capable heroine and a resolution that leaves plenty of room for a sequel.” – Kirkus Reviews [STARRED REVIEW]

“Debut author Elisa Nader hits a strong note with her ESCAPE FROM EDEN… At-times swoony, at-times extremely dangerous, and at-other times completely shocking.” - Examiner.com

"Nader has done something amazing: written a really original novel, one full of characters you’ll care about; smart, witty dialog; and plenty of shocks and thrills. A wonderful balance of light and dark." —Michael Grant, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Gone Series 

"An exciting, terrifying, page-turning thrill ride you will not be able to put down.” - Gretchen McNeil, Author of POSSESS, TEN and 3:59

About the Author
Hi. I’m Elisa. I like cheese and reading and TV show marathons. Writing is scary, but not as scary as, say, Civil War amputations. I’m an Aquarius. Uh… let’s see… I’m not very good at writing my own biography. Or autobiography. I guess this is reading more like a slightly incoherent personal ad.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Find Me review and Playlist

Title: Find Me
Author: Romily Bernard
Genre: YA thriller/mystery
Rating: OWL=FIVE STARS

THE PREMISE

“Find Me.”

These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead.

Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target.

Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?

Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.

But she’s going to find this killer no matter what.

Because it just got personal.

MY THOUGHTS
There are really so many words that could describe Find Me. 
I mean literally there are like a million. 
Because yes, it was THAT good!!!!
Find Me is 
Fast-paced 
Action packed 
Sweet
Interesting 
Intense
Beautiful 
Light on the romance 
And soooo much more. 

You've probably heard this a million times for thousands of different books. 
But I mean this as sincerely as possible. 
I'm not kidding in the least when I speak of the amazingness of this book. 

Let's start with something simple: THAT COVER IS DROOLWORTHY! 
You can't tell me that the cover is not one of the most fitting out there an truly looks amazing!!! 
What really caught my attention though (after catching sight of the cover of course) was the beginning. Immediately the author draws you into Wick's mysterious world! One of which many couldn't dram of living in or dealing with. 
On that note: Wick. First of all I love her name! Seriously it's so cool. 
And second of all I knew I was going to love Wick from page one, which is always a good sign. 
Wick also cared so much about her sister and their relationship was adorable! I loved being able to watch Wick's adjustment to the fact that she might now actually be able to have a normal home. 
Also seeing Wick's fierce protection and caring towards her sister was touching. 
Griff was yet another AMAZING character from this book. 
He was sweet and kind and cared soooo much about Wick! I loved seeing their relationship progress! 
Another thing that made the book stand out compared to all the other books out there was the twists an turns! There were so many things that occurred that I had no clue would happen. 
And I kid you not when I say that the bad.... I had no idea it was him. I had my sights set on someone else.... Totally did not see it coming! (But shockingly it made loads of sense!) 

The ending was perfect! There was resolution but the author made it clear that her intention was to continue with the concept for a book and turn it into a series! I loved it!! And I can't wait for the next one!!!!

I also have to say Romily has clearly put effort into her research! I definitely know more about the art of hacking after reading this book! (Not enough where I could do any damage...but it's still interesting knowledge to have!) 
I have to say this is probably one of my favorite books of the year! Getting the chance to read it and participate in this blog tour has been an amazing experience! 

PLAYLIST!
So these are some songs that reminded me of the book and that I listened to while reading the book... It's kind of random, but to me they seemed fitting!


Interview with Romily Bernard: Author of Find Me


Today I am so EXCITED to get to hast a stop on the tour for Romily Bernard's debut novel, Find Me.

(I just wanted to mention that not only is Romily one of the best writers...EVER, she's also one of the coolest people in the WORLD! Yep, It's true!!!)


HERE'S A BIT ABOUT THE BOOK:
“Find Me.”

These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead.

Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target.

Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?

Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.

But she’s going to find this killer no matter what.


Because it just got personal.


Alright, now for this AMAZING interview! I think it just proves how epic Romily and her book are!! :-)

***NOTE***
The Questions will be in black and Romily's answers will be in red. If I want to add something, my response will be in green!

During the course of writing this book what did your Google search history look like?
            Sigh. It was so not normal. Stuff like, “How many stories do you need to jump to die?” Or “How many months for a body to decompose?” At best, it was bizarre. At worst…um, yeah, we won’t think about that. Search history stuff got way worse with the second book, REMEMBER ME. I had to look up how to make homemade bombs. Thought for sure I was going to get a visit from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. If I disappear, y’all will know what happened.

(Nooo!!! You can't disappear!! I need more of your books!! I will FIND YOU!!!)

Did you have to search a lot of hacking terms....? Or did you just know?
            I was lucky enough to be able to ask some computer experts about technical details. I worry constantly about getting them wrong so I had a metric ton of notes. I’m sure I aggravated everyone. But there’s nothing more annoying than when you run across a mistake, you know?

(Well from my limited computer knowledge, you wrote everything perfectly!! I am so glad you bothered those people!!!)

And if you did, would you be willing to help me hack into my school’s lunch system to change the meal schedules?
If I had that kind of skill, I would totally change your school’s menu schedule. Maybe we should start a petition?

(THANK YOU!!! I shall begin my petition immediately!!)

Okay, the name Wicket is so cool and really seemed to fit her! How did you come up with such a unique name? Is there a story behind it?
            Thank you!! I’m embarrassed to say I have no idea why she’s named Wick. It just kind of…happened. You know that part where she says, “It’s Wick. It’s what you light to set stuff on fire.”? That part seemed to fit her more than anything so I stuck with it. Honestly though? Almost all my heroines have weird names. Maybe that’s because my name is kind of weird too, but, because it’s mine, I think it’s normal.

(That is so not embarrassing! Wick definitely fits her name! And that quote!! SO PERFECT!!!)

What was the hardest part of the book to write? Was there a certain chapter that felt impossible?
            Can I say all of them? Kidding! I’m kidding. Sort of. I struggle with fight scenes and kiss scenes. Getting all that emotion on the page…it takes a lot of typing and deleting and wandering around the house while eating frosting from the tub. My process is not graceful.

(But frosting is sooooo good! YUM! And the fight scenes and kissing scenes! OMG, I LOVED THEM!!! They really were written SO WELL!!!)

That ending…. WOW! *whistles* How on Earth did you come up with it? Was it planned out or did it just hit you while you were writing?
            Thank you!! I didn’t know who my bad guy was until probably…3/4 into the book? Yeah, that sounds about right. I remember meeting my future agent and she asked me who the bad guy was and I went, “I dunno.” This does not inspire confidence, but she stuck it out with me anyway. Woman is a saint.

(That's great! I love how you had NO IDEA what the ending would be! It just shows that NO ONE should be expecting it!!)

So you probably get this question a lot, but what do YOU think of the cover? Do you think it fits Find Me? Is it all that you had dreamed and hoped for when thinking of a Find Me cover?
            Okay, between us, I screamed when I saw it. And I was at work. Real professional, right? To cover up, I pretended I’d seen a spider the size of a pony. Made me look like such a girl. Sigh.
            But that cover? It’s gorgeous. Beyond gorgeous. Joel Tippie (the designer) is amazing. I had no input (which was for the best because I can’t even draw stick figures) so I had no idea what to expect. I think Harper really knocked that one of out of the park.

(I think that I would have screamed too! THAT COVER IS SO GORGEOUS!! And it fits the book so well! I just want to stare at it all day!!!)

There’s a sequel planned…isn’t there? Any comments?? (LIKE HOW LONG MUST I WAIT?! I need it NOW!)
            Yes!! FIND ME’s first in a trilogy. REMEMBER ME is out September 2014. Want a teaser? How about bombs, the truth about Wick’s mother suicide, and more hacking? Oh and a lot more Griff.

(Okay the first time I read the answer the only woulds that processed was : "YES!! FIND ME's first in a trilogy! Then I sat there grinning at my computer.... And that teaser!! BOMBS, WICK'S MOM, HACKING, AND GRIFF?! ANTICIPATION FACTOR SKYROCKETS!!!)

Okay favorite character in Find Me? Do you have one….Or would you prefer to remain impartial?
            Heh. I will totally play favorites. I love Wick, but as far as favorite…probably Griff. He’s confident, sexy, and does not let her push him over. Even when she sort of out smarts him. Remember the pool scene? J I think that’s one of the things he likes best about her anyway. She’s smarter, faster, better than he is and, instead of those qualities being a turnoff, they’re a turn-on.

( I LOVE THE POOL SCENE!!! :-) And I have to agree! GRIFF is just plain old AWESOME!)


I want to take a minute to thank Read Books and Live Green for having me! Writers are so very lucky to have bloggers! Hope everyone enjoyed the post and I hope you enjoy FIND ME!

On that note I just want to reiterate the complete awesomeness of Romily! As of right now, Find Me is one of my favorite books of 2013 and Romily is definitely one of the best authors out there! Not only is her book amazing, but she is soooo NICE!!! 
So go check out FIND ME!!! IT JUST CAME OUT!! GO PRESS BUY!!!!

And on top of all that awesomeness Nova Lee Zaiden @ Musings of a Blogder (@NovaBlogder) is hosting a twitter party for signed copies of Find Me on September 24th at 7 PM EST
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I graduated from Georgia State University with a Literature degree. Since then, I’ve worked as a riding instructor, cell phone salesgirl, personal assistant, groom, exercise rider, accounting assistant, and, during a very dark time, customer service rep.
So don’t let anyone tell you a BA degree will keep you unemployed.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Teens Take Over: Just Another Teen Reading

(The banner was made by the wonderful Emz over at Icy Cold Reads! FYI: HER BLOG IS BEAUTIFUL!)

So if you haven't heard (either on Twitter or by looking at the tab up above) I have decided to start a new feature on my blog called Teens Take Over! 
I am so excited to be able to have the chance to interview some of my fellow teen bloggers and also be able to tell everyone the complete greatness of teens!


To see more about this new feature and the background behind it, either go click on that BEAUTIFUL banner or go to the tab up above!


Today I am so excited to introduce another of my bloggy friends, Jessica @ Just Another Teen Reading! I love this girl! She is so much fun to talk to and we can chat about our mutual love of Nancy Drew computer Games (FYI: If you don't play them, you HAVE NOT LIVED! And you just aren't as cool as Jessica either!)

As always my questions are in black. Jessica's responses are in blue. My thought will be in green! 
Name you blog Under: Jessica
Favorite Genres: Fantasy and Contemporary
Interesting facts about you: Um...I'm a ballet dancer and I love to make crafts and draw!
Any favorite books or authors you want to mention? Ally Carter, Jennifer E. Smith, Shannon Messenger, Joan Bauer, and so many others!
Favorite color? How about three? Mint Green, Teal, and Hot Pink
(GREEN!! Since you included it on your favorite color list we can officially be best friends!!)
1.) So what was the factor that pushed you over the edge to getting a blog? Did you wake up one morning and hit the create button or did you think about it for days? Anything you wish you could change?
I actually had been reading other book blogs for about three years before I decided to start my own! I really wanted to make one, but was kinda nervous about it. A few months ago I decided to make the leap and do it! If I could change anything, it would be that I wish I had learned about the tech aspects a little more before starting a blog. I'm still learning a lot every day about it!
(So true! The tech aspects are one of the hardest parts for me!)

2.) Are there any other teen bloggers out there who you want to give a shout out to?
Um...There are so many that I would not want to forget to mention any of them. How about all teen bloggers in general!
(LET'S GO TEENS!! Thanks for voicing your opinions!!!)
3.) How do you manage to have a blog with school? I mean you probably have loads of homework and extracurricular activities! How do you juggle it all?
It can be hard sometimes with school and ballet and everything else I have to do, but I'm trying to be more organized with my time. Like making a blog schedule. Which is kinda hard for me! But I'm trying!
(It's definitely hard at first, but the more you practice the better you'll get at it! And just think, you'll be super prepared for college!!!)
4.) Let's check your imagination! Go and pick a random follower and tell me their life's story! If you don't want to do them you can do me! And feel free to make it all up or if you want to be a detective....  DO IT!!!
Okay, I'm gonna go out there with this! You...Live in a castle in the woods and ride in a helicopter to school, you have a pet dragon named Licorice, and you're a wizard in your spare time!
(*GASPS* You're onto me! How did you find out about Licorice!!!! HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A SECRET? And a wizard *glances around shiftily* not sure where you heard that "rumor"!)
5.) Now I'm sure that as a teen you want to take over the world. I mean what teen doesn't? So if there was a massive rebellion, what role would you play?
-The evil leader who is trying to squash the rebellion
-The rebel leader who instructs everyone and gives the commands. 
-The rebels oh so sweet best friend who supports that rebel!
-The dog trainer who sets dogs on either the rebels or the evil leader depending on your mood...
-The neutral person. You wouldn't care. What happens, happens. 
Um...The dog trainer? :) No, probably the best friend!
(Ahh... Loyal to a fault) 
6.) Okay your fan art…. It’s GORGEOUS! Have I mentioned that already? ;-) What inspired you to start doing that? And how do you pick what books to do? 
Awww, thank you!!! It's not that great. I've always liked art and one day I was just playing around on pixlr with some different fonts and thought it would be fun to make something about a book I love! I had seen other people do fan art for books and thought it would be fun to try it myself. I like doing hand drawn stuff to, but that is not something I'm very good at! How do I pick what book? It's either the most recent book I've read or an old favorite I just felt like making one for! :)
Look me in the face and tell me that this is not some of the coolest computer made fan art ever! AND DID YOU SEE HER BUTTON? GORGEOUS! She's seriously good guys!!! 
7.) Okay what is it like to be home schooled? You probably knew I was going to ask you this one! 
It's really nice! I LOVE being homeschooled, it really works for me!
(So jealous)

8.) Okay so you read manga and the other day you gave me some great recs that I still need to check out! Care to share a few favorites for those (like me) looking to explore a bit in that genre!
Okay, I'm definitely not an expert on manga, But I'm gonna try!If you love contemporary books, Strobe Edge or Kimi Ni Todoke are really awesome ones! Also I Am Here! is really good. For ones that will make you laugh, Ouran High School Host Club is hilarious! But if you don't like really weird books...it may not be the best to start with. Skip Beat! is really funny also! And if you can still find copies in print, Happy Cafe is funny too! That series never got finished in the US though. And for a fun fantasy about a witch in the human world, Ultra Maniac is a lot of fun! If you're an animal lover, Chi's Sweet home is really...well, sweet. : D Okay, I'll be quiet now! :)
(MUST LOOK INTO THESE NOW!!!)

9.) What is the best part about blogging? Do you think that book blogging has impacted your life in any way?
Getting to talk to others about books I love, finding new books, and talking to some really fun people because of those things!
(Totally agree! I love being able to talk to people about books! Such a cool and surreal feeling!!)
10.) RANDOM PAGE QUOTE! Grab the nearest book flip to a random page, close your eyes and point to a quote! Write the quote down! Any opinion about it?
From Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger page 6,
"But I don't want to be a vampire drone" Sophronia winced. "They'll suck my blood and make me wear only the very latest fashions." Petunia nodded in I-know-more-than-you manner that was highly aggravating. "Yes. Yes they will."
I'm currently reading that book and I think I managed to pick the weirdest quote in it. :D
(Ohhh! Really enjoyed that book! Love that quote even if it is weird!!)

11.)  Do you have a favorite cover that you can think of RIGHT NOW?  
Oh, this is hard! Right now, my favorite cover is most likely The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith!
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Hideous! Isn't it?
The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightI'll assume you mean this cover and not the dreaded paperback cover! WHY MUST PEOPLE CHANGE THE COVERS!!!



















Cats or Dogs Both! If I have to pick, dogs!
First word that pops into your mind when I say the word Orangutan? Orange, I don't know why.
Physical of Ebook Physical!
Jennifer E. Smith or Ally Carter Ally Carter!
Lizard or Turtle Turtle!
Time or Distance Time!
Best Teen Blogging friend or inspiration? You! (Awww! You are seriously AMAZING! And soooo sweet!)
Chances of you never talking to me again after this interview? Well...I'd say the chances are good I'll talk to you! :)
(YAY!!! I have a friend who won't run away from me!!!!) 

Where you can find this amazing blogger: 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Ghost Leopard Audiobook review


(For the rest of the tour information click on the tour banner!)

Title: Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard
Author: Lars Guignard
Narrator: Bailey Carlson
Genre: MG
Rating: Bison (four stars)

THE PREMISE
Zoe and Zak are lost in exotic India, where gods and magic still exist. Before they can find their way home, they just have to do one little thing...


...Save a mythical creature from an ancient evil that
wants to rule the world.

When Zoe Guire goes along on her mom's business trip to India, things get very weird, very quickly. An elephant god speaks to her from the bottom of a swimming pool... She and her classmate Zak get locked in a trunk and shipped off to a strange city near the foothills of the Himalayas... and a crazy snake charmer tells them they've been chosen to protect a mythical creature called the Ghost Leopard from an ancient evil that wants to take over the world.
As they travel deeper into the majestic mountains known as the Realm of the Gods, things get even weirder. If she and Zak want to make it back to their parents, they're going to have to tap into powers they never knew existed.
Because if they don't, things will never be the same for any of us ever again.
Book can be found at: Audible iTunes | Amazon  | GoodReads


In every book there is also something that is the deciding factor between whether you love or hate it. For me the story as a whole was a bit.... Underwhelming. Not in a bad way because it was good but there was nothing that could make me look back in 10 years and say wow. I remember this book! 
Except one thing. 
The narrator. 
In interest of full disclosure I am not a big fan of audiobooks! They just take so long to get through and I can't go at my own pace. 
But this was a case when I thoroughly enjoyed the narration. 
The narrator sounded just like I would expect the characters too! 
Beyond my love for the narrators extremely expressive book there were several other enjoyable aspects to the book!
Zoe and Zak were such fun characters.
From the first moment they were introduced I knew that I was going to enjoy their exploits. 
Zoe had such a relatable narrative and I truly enjoyed getting inside her head!
Their experiences are definitely things that kids their age everywhere dream of doing. (And let's face it, kids my age too!!) 
There were also so many interesting tidbits of information expertly woven into the story.
Sometimes I would be listening along and then I would learn some interesting fact that might just stick in my brain along the way.
This was a great example of a well done Middle Grade book!
I am impressed by not only the author's style, but the enthusiasm that the narrator had! I can't say how glad I was to not have to listen to an audiobook in a monotonous voice!
And for a minute let's touch upon that cover! MG books always seem to have some of the pretties covers! I LOVE IT!!!
This is definitely a book that both younger readers and adults alike will enjoy!!!


The good news is that for the duration of the tour the ebook will only be $.99!! Instead of $4.99!!! Make sure you pick up your copy before September 20th!! (Which is tomorrow!!)
http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Leopard-Fantasy-Adventure-ebook/dp/B007XZ7UI0/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1378312048&sr=1-1

Lars Guignard is a former film and television writer and a graduate of both McGill University and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. His debut thriller novel, Lethal Circuit, has been an amazon top 100 Technothriller since its release.
Guignard has wanted to write Indian stories for kids ever since he attended a boarding school in the majestic Himalayas. The time he spent in the “school above the clouds” affected him
profoundly, and once he returned home to North America he was struck by the lack of children’s stories from India available in our culture. Since India is such an incredible country, he decided
to write a series of action adventure books for young adults about India to introduce young readers to this magical, mystical land. So if you’re looking for a great book adventure for kids, try Ghost Leopard today!
Author Sites:
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3 winners will receive Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard as an audiobook, paperback or ebook
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Interview with Aoife Marie Sheridan: Author of the Saskia Trilogy!

Eden Forest: Part One of the Saskia TrilogyCity of Secrets
I am so excited to get the chance to host an interview with Aoife Marie Sheridan! She is the author of the Saskia trilogy, a Fantasy series!

To get the chance to win a copy of Eden Forest Go here:
http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/59064-eden-forest-part-one-of-the-saskia-trilogy


What have you published recently?
My works so far:

Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy)

 Four banished Angels,
A world created by the hands of God,
A Kingdom on its knees,
A secret protected for centuries,
And one mortal can save them all.

Step into Saskia.

City of Secrets (Part two of the Saskia Trilogy)

A war awaits her arrival,
A warrant for her arrest.
She must rise as a princess,
And Darkness shall fall.
But will their love survive this battle?
For Tristan and Sarajane?

Step back into Saskia. 

Pending:

The Rise of the Queen (Part three of the Saskia Trilogy)

Aoife’s Other works:

Ama Forbidden




How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?
I have always written but mostly poetry, it’s always been my way to deal with my emotions, no matter how big or small. Two years ago I lost two people I was close too. I had never lost anyone before, so I didn’t deal very well with it. One night I had a dream of a man and women on a horse, passing through a wall of fire. The dream lingered with me, as did my grief. So instead of writing poetry I started my story. My starting point was my dream and I worked my way from there. Eden Forest helped me once again deal with death, and all that comes with it. So in a way I am very grateful for this story.
I always wondered why God created us and what was our purpose, but those questions are unanswered. So in my story I give you the answers for this world called Saskia. In the story God creates a world parallel to ours, for four fallen angels.
Death is something that I also question now, like why do we die, is 60 to 90yrs of life enough, imagine having immortality what would one do to gain it? And that’s where a lot of my plot lies. The greed for immortality, for power’s that only God should wield, drives Saskia into war.
God decides to give one person all the powers that anyone could possess to banish evil, before it destroys Saskia and Earth. This one person happens to be a young lady called Sarajane Anderson who lives in the mortal world (Earth) but is actually from Saskia.

Where can we find your published writing?

Answer: I have my own website www.aoifemariesheridan.com
It displays my work, any links to where you can purchase my books, listen to my interviews, watch my book trailers and more.


What is a typical day like for you as a writer?
 I work full time so, I write when I can, but always with pen and paper, never typing at first. I carry a pen and paper where ever I go and when an Idea comes to mind I jot it down. Also If I had any weird dreams (the ones that linger) I will keep them maybe for a different story. At present there are seven books I want to write. Since I started I just can’t stop.

What types of writing do you do?
My writing I would consider fantasy. I write about the impossible, of different worlds that have magic in them. I always feel this can’t be it. All us on this little planet, floating in the galaxy, there has to be so much more. We just haven’t discovered it yet. Maybe in a couple of hundred years people will look back and say “They know all along that there was more”. Well that’s what I like to think.

What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them
 My favourite characters in Eden Forest would have to be,
Queen Bellona, she was the most interesting to write about. Bellona is all that is bad in the world she is a combination of people that I have crossed paths with in my life. But she does not represent one person alone. Through her I could vent the injustice of people’s ways, and display it.
Secondly would have to be Sarajane she plays the main Character. She is relatable as in she isn’t perfect. I created Sarajane with flaw, as we all have them. Mine can be that I am selfish so that’s the flaw I gave Sarajane.
I am surrounded by very strong women in my life, and I am grateful for this. I take a lot of their personalities and place them in my characters, or something they might do, or even a facial expression. I love to watch people’s reactions as they talk to me, if they stumble on a line, they may chew their lip, in an endearing way. I note it and file it way for later.




Do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?
Yes which I absolutely hate. I am so much more aware now. It drives me spare. But in another way it makes me feel better that I am not the only one who makes mistakes. LOL.


What music do you listen to, while writing?
 My Music:
My favorite Musician would have to be David Guetta; Titanium and She wolf. I wrote nearly the whole two books too these songs, I find the words empowering and a story is told even in the beats.

What do you eat while writing?
O God I am really bad, have a serious sweet tooth. I do try and control it, sometimes I do but other times I fail. So I love sour cream pringles. Yum. Cadbury’s cream egg. Love the center.  After that I love sprite. These are my 3 enemies yet my favorite things ever. (apart from writing and reading, of course).

Five for Fun:
What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?  Sprite I can’t get enough of it.
What is your favorite cartoon character? I would have to say Dora the explorer. My niece is a huge fan, and I think she is so cute.
What is your favourite movie of all time? Troy, I would watch it at least once a week. Brad Pitt is easy on the eyes.
What TV shows do you like to watch? I am not a fan of TV. I love movies or reading.
What do you like to do for fun or just to relax? Reading is my way of relaxing. Give me a book a glass of wine and I am a very content person.


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Aoife Marie Sheridan has loved reading from a very young age, starting off with mills and boon's books, given to by her grandmother her love for romances grew, by the age of 14 she had read hundreds of them.

Aoife had a passion for writing poetry or in her eyes her journal entries. It was something she did throughout her teens and into her twenties. Aoife won first place for two of her poems and had them published at a young age of just nineteen. Realising she needed to get a real job (What writing isn't) she studied accountancy and qualified working in that field for many years, until her passion for reading returned and she found Maria V Snyder. Poison study one of her favourite books has been read and re-read countless times.

Aoife's first book Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy) came to be after a dream of a man and woman on a black horse jumping through a wall of fire and the idea of Saskia was born. Now with her first novel published and taking first place for Eden Forest with Writers Got Talent 2013, Aoife continues to write tales of fantasy and is currently working on her third book for the Saskia Trilogy amongst other new works.
To contact Aoife you can email her at aoifesheridan101@gmail.com 
Where you can find her:
Goodreads: Aoife Marie Sheridan

Twitter: aoifesheri