Thursday, October 31, 2013

Rush

Rush (The Game, #1)
Title: Rush
Author: Eve Silver
Series: The Game #1
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Romance, Fantasy, Adventure, Action
Rating: Horse

THE PREMISE
So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?

When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.

MY THOUGHTS
I went into Rush knowing absolutely NOTHING about it... Literally, I didn't even know the main characters name.

Yeah.... I am very good at totally avoiding things...

So when I realized there were aliens I was really surprised. Truthfully I was beyond surprised. I was shocked. But at the same time I was SUPER happy! I mean come on, I LOVE ALIENS!

That's the thing though, I love everything about aliens.... when I know lots about them.
I'm going to put it out there, I think the unknown is super interesting, but at the same time it can without a doubt be scary! (Come on, you can admit it. Thinking that you are smaller than a speck of dust in the Universe is pretty freaky... and then let's not get started on multiverses and the edge of the universe and all that.)
And the book explained A LOT about the aliens to me.
So book, I appreciate that, but that's kind of the high point of you.

After reading the WHOLE book, WHAT IS THE FREAKING POINT OF THE GAME?
I GET IT TO KILL ALIENS, GREAT!
How do you work?
How do you function?

I DON'T FREAKING UNDERSTAND!!

How are they transported to fight these aliens?
Why are they using points???
WHY NOT JUST LET EVERYONE LIVE????

I don't know, OKAY?
Maybe it was the authors intention to leave me with more questions than answers. Because if it was then she can check that off her list. I know there's going to be another book (maybe even a book after that) but I just feel so, so....

I DON'T EVEN KNOW THE WORD FOR WHAT I FEEL!!!!!

It just felt SO POINTLESS!

There were so many opportunities to slip in some information, BUT INSTEAD I WAS CONFUSED FOR HALF THE BOOK AND THEN EVEN MORE SO IN THE SECOND HALF!

GAH!

Okay, I am taking a deep breath now.

Moving on.

ANOTHER PROBLEM
Darn this problem is a spoiler, but the need to vent wins out. Below if you don't care about spoilers or have already read the book highlight the black.

So both Miki and Jackson are descended from aliens.... Why do they both have SUCH strong genes? THe chances of that actually happening are one in a million! I just feel like the author did that because they felt forced to. As if there was no other option that forced the main characters together!

Yeah.... you see the problem?

Next problem.
After reading this WHOLE book, beginning to end, I still don't understand hoe the people are picked for the game or how on Earth they bump out of their "reality" and into something else... I seriously don't understand the whole time-lapsy thing either. Is this just me? I mean I've always been really good in science, but I just couldn't wrap my brain around that whole aspect! (So if someone could explain it to me, I'd really appreciate it!)

AND ANOTHER PROBLEM!
Insta-love.
I'm not going to say who Miki ends up with or rather who she declares her undying love for. (Even though I thought it was pretty obvious!) At the end they literally declared their love for each other and I just wasn't feeling it! I got that hey MAYBE they were in the beginning stages of like, BUT LOVE? Ummmm.... Nopeity nope, nope, nope!

Okay enough of that aggravation! Let me talk about some of the stuff I liked!

Rush was set in Rochester, New York! Which is fantastic! I feel like so many places in New York are completely ignored, purely because of the all powerful New York City found in the southern part of the great state.
For me personally, I will always prefer hearing about upstate NY far more than I will about NYC.... Although that may just be because I live further upstate. (Seriously though, if I tell people (especially book bloggers) that I'm from NY in general, they always assume NYC.... There are OTHER places in NY TOO, ya know!)

I also really liked Miki! She was a strong character, that really was believable! There weren't many parts where I thought that what she was doing or thinking was something beyond what a teenager would do or think! I also LOVED that Miki was a runner and she was shown as a believable runner! She talks about the feeling of running and kind of what it means to her and truthfully I could totally get what she was saying! That whole part felt REAL and something I could agree with. Some days she just didn't want to run, but then she had those days where she just needed to.

"I know what he's feeling: endorphins racing through him. Runner's high. Crack of dawn five days a week I'm there, in my zone, alone with my music and the rush I get as my feet slap the ground."
To me that quote describes running so well! so mega props to the author for that!

I didn't really like her friends at all, but I think that a lot of people do have friends like them, so I definitely got why the author portrayed her friends as such! (I mean, I know I definitely have friends like the ones she has!) They were a little bit BOY CRAZY though.... which really got annoying! (Thankfully they didn't seem to be around too much!)

Can I just say that this book had the most FANTASTIC ALIENS! I kid you not!
Reasons:
1.) THEY DIDN'T LOOK HUMAN! Just thank you so much for this! When we finally meet alien lifeforms and if they look like us I WILL BE BLOWN AWAY! There is no way that we could evolve the same way as other species.... It's practically impossible. While I respect authors that do portray aliens as humans, it's nice to see an author take a different approach.
2.) THEY WEREN'T SUPERIOR! So many times aliens are shown to be far superior in all ways than us. Which seems impractical. So while the aliens had better technology the other aspects about them were different! (Like they didn't learn from their mistakes!)
3.) The aliens had a way to blend in! I loved how the author talked about the differences in appearance but gave a way for them to blend into society! I could totally imagine this happening!

I was in all extremely satisfied with how the aliens were shown!

Last but not least, the end went out with a bang! I was expecting it, yet I was still impressed with how the author chose to leave it at such an interesting cliffhanger!

IN A NUTSHELL
Many aspects of this novel were extremely weak and lacked the full explanations I needed to better understand what is happening. While I did enjoy the book and plan to read the next one, I really wish that the game was a bit more fleshed out. I really enjoyed the aliens in the book! Not only were they unique, they had interesting motivations and helped to separate Rush from the other alien books I've come across! There was a lot about this book that needed work, but I found it to be enjoyable, entertaining, and distracting! I would give this book three stars and I definitely can't wait to see what the author does with the next one!


HORSE=THREE STARS

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Lady Justice

Waiting by Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!
This post highlights a book that I am dying to be released!!

THIS WEEK I'M WAITING ON:

Lady Justice
By Jenni Merritt




Lady Justice (Prison Nation, #2)

THE PREMISE
Okay... I couldn't find a synopsis.... (I know, I suck) 

BUT I do know this is a continuation of Millie's story and this will be the second and last book of the series! 

(Here's the synopsis for book #1 Prison Nation)
In the Nation, no one is innocent - not even the children born behind bars. Millie 942B has spent her entire life locked away with her criminal parents and countless other inmates. She believes in the Nation, in its strict laws and harsh punishments.

But when Millie is released on her eighteenth birthday, she finds things are nothing as she was taught. People vanish, never to be seen again. Lies cover every word. Trust is as fragile as ice.

And then there is Reed. Born and raised outside the Prison walls, his dreams and thoughts cause Millie to doubt everything she has ever believed.

What is truly worth fighting for? If she pushes too hard, she could lose her freedom. If she stays silent, she could lose herself. The clock is ticking, and Millie must find the truth before it is too late


RELEASE DATE: It may come out in 2013!
*Crossing my fingers* I really hope it does!
I LOVED the first book Prison Nation and I can't wait to see what happens in this one! THe last one was SO INTERESTING and Unique!! 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Moirai Excerpt and Giveaway


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Title: Moirai 
Author: Ruth Silver
Publisher: Patchwork Press (print) & Lazy Day Publishing (eBook)
Published On: September 26, 2013
Series: Aberrant #2
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Adventure


TH PREMISE

Olivia has been on the run from the government of Cabal since the marriage ceremony. Finally settling in and finding herself a place to call home in Shadow, Olivia and Joshua prepare for the uprising that they and the rebel alliance have been planning for months.

With new abilities and special talents from Mindonsiphan, Olivia learns she can do more than most ordinary eighteen year olds. Learning both to hide and perfect her skills will be one of the biggest challenges she'll be forced to face.

A constant rollercoaster of emotion and adventure await Olivia and Joshua as they embark on a journey to the rebel city of Torv, and what was once home, Genesis.

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I am so excited to be part of this tour! Watch out for later this month when I will post my review for both Aberrant AND Moirai and there should also be an interview with the fabulous author! 





“He wants her thrown in the dumpster.” I grimaced as I approached the mattress. “Help me.” I gestured towards the body. “I can't carry her on my own.” Even if I could, I wasn't doing this alone.

“I'm not throwing her away like garbage!” Lisa crossed her arms. “Think of something else, Jacqueline.”

“We could grab some wood, wrap her body, and burn her.” I glanced around the small bedroom. It was mostly empty, except for the dresser against the wall. There were no trinkets, no signs of another life outside of Genesis. I couldn't help but wonder if anyone missed her from back home.

“How are we going to do that without getting caught?” Lisa asked.

“I don't know. Craynor will know we did it.” We were the ones that were told to throw the body away.
“We could find a place in the far end of the lot and bury her.”

Lisa frowned. “No, I like the idea of burning her body. We'd be making a statement. Anita would have approved.”

“If we get caught, we'll be killed,” I reminded her. So much for staying out of trouble.

“He's killing his servants. You don't think that demands attention?” Lisa huffed. “I would have liked to know what I was getting involved in before I worked here.”

“It wasn't like you had a choice.” I reminded her bitterly. That was what we were fighting for: our freedom to make choices. Whether they were right or wrong, they were our choices to make.

“Even so,” Lisa scoffed, “she deserves more than being thrown away like a piece of trash.”

Footsteps clomped through the hallway, just outside the door. “Well whatever we decide, we need to do it fast.”


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Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of Aberrant. The Young Adult Dystopian Adventure, Aberrant is the first in a trilogy, released April 17th, 2013. Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time. She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication. While in college she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories. Her love of writing, led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading YA novels and sharing her favorite books with other readers. She also enjoys photography, traveling and of most of all writing.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Naturals

Waiting by Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!
This post highlights a book that I am dying to be released!!


The Naturals

The book I'm dying to read this week is The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes! This author has written some other books that I LOVE and I can't wait to get my hands on this! (Plus the cover is amazing!!!)


Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.

Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive


It comes out November 5th!! 
I AM SO EXCITED!!!!




Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Review-a-thon

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So Leigh @ Little Book Star who is without a doubt one of the coolest bloggers around is hosting a review-a-thon! The review-a-thon goes from November 1st-14th.

Shockingly this is something I desperatly need.....

SO I HAVE SIGNED UP!!! YAY! And you should too!

Anyhow, here are the rules!
1. Sign up ends on November 5.
2. You MUST have a blog OR a Goodreads OR BookLikes account in order to participate.
3. To sign up, make a blog post telling about the Review-A-Thon (just copy & paste the rules and the blurb up there where it says “Basically this challenge’s goal…”) + your updates/progress/goals. If you’re signing up via Goodreads, tweet it on twitter saying you’re participating in the Review-A-Thon (#ReviewAThon) & include a link to this post so others will know. Then, enter your Name, Sign Up Post/Tweet Link, and Email in the linky (click the blue frog).
4. There will also be 3 mini-challenges along the way so make sure to check back here.
5. HAVE FUN :)


MY PLAN
So as shocking as it may seem I have A LOT of reviews that need writing! I would love to write 20 reviews in this time span. This is me shooting high though..... Because with school and Sectionals coming up, I probably won't have time.... But with any luck I'll be able to write a few reviews of the books I'm listing down below!
1.) Grave Mercy
2.) Marie Atoinette: Serial Killer
3.) The Girl with the Iron Touch
4.) Arclight
5.) Not a Drop To Drink
6.) Fangirl
7.) Whenever
8.) Alienated
9.) The Assassin's Curse
10.) Emerald Green
11.) Palace of Spies
And WAAYYY more, but those are my goals!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ethereal Fury: Gemini Rising #1: Review


Title: Ethereal Fury
Author: Jessica O'Gorek
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi
Series: Gemini Rising #1
Rating: Whale

THE PREMISE

Angry at the human race and its methodical destruction of her resources, Mother Earth recruits souls who have just left their bodies to serve Her, and turns them against humanity. A powerful, rising force proceeds to carry out Mother Nature’s plan to systematically destroy towns, cities, states… and eventually, the world. Amidst the chaos, a forbidden relationship between a human girl, Violette, and Onyx, a lead Gemini, begins. They will both find themselves in the middle of a revolutionary war that will either save, or destroy our world.




MY THOUGHTS
Without a doubt Gemini Rising was a unique read. I can seriously say that I don't think I've read anything else quite like it. 
The good thing was that yes, it may have been incredibly unique, but it was also pretty enjoyable. 
I a first had a very hard time attempting to settle in with the writing style. Some of it just find seem to flow together. And truthfully I think that for me, it was one of my biggest problems with the book. The style seemed somewhat as if it was talking down to me. As if it was trying to explain everything that was taking place like I was a little kid. After a while I did get over it, and I was able to ignore it for the most part, but I definitely struggled with that aspect of the book. 

The only other negative thing for me was the complete confusion I suffered in the beginning. While it did feel like the author was trying to explain it to the reader there was just so much going on. Within the first couple of chapters someone died got brought back to life in a way, another person was stabbed, an old man was feeling annoyed and then fatherly towards a girl (who was a main character, Violette) and then there was Mother Earth and they were above Earth and below Earth. They were just everywhere all the time. 

Can you understand my confusion? Like the writing style though I was able to get by it and I did begin to really enjoy AND understand the story. 

One of m favorite things about the book was Mother Earth! I love how she was an actual sentient being. Instead of being something that people just referred to as Mother Earth she was REAL! This was an IDE. That really proves the uniqueness of this book! 

Another great part of the book were the Gemini. These Gemini are celestial beings who can take over the bodies of humans. Sighing the first two chapters already it's easy to tell exactly how Mother Earth and the Gemini feel about humans! I LOVED this aspect! 

On to the characters. 

So these characters are without a doubt interesting.... But I did have some major problems with them. Truthfully I though the Onyx and Violette's relationship was kind of weird.... But then again it might just be me. I just had the hardest time getting over the fact that originally Onyx was a middle age guy who died and was brought back to life and Violette who is waaayyyy younger. (The guy was middle age when he died and then it's now years after that.... So in spirit he's pretty old....) I really was just a little bit weirded out. 

Beyond that the characters were fantastic!  They were unique and really helped to make the book! 

So with that I would give this book three and a half stars! I thought it was a really interesting book and I can't wait to see what else the author has in store and also if there will be much improvement between this book and the next! 

WHALE=THREE AND A HALF STARS
 I was born in Chesapeake, Virginia on April 19th, 1979. I was raised within the American Indian religion and was taught great respect for the earth and all its living beings. Powwows, sweat lodges, vision quests, you name it, I’ve done it. I was the weird kid who would confront kids on the playground in elementary school when they squished a bug. I would very sincerely tell them what they were doing was morally wrong and then I would pray for the bug to come back as a butterfly in its next life.

​I grew up admiring my father, Barry Weinstock, as an author. He took me around the country to different places so he could research and write his Wilderness Survival books. One of his greatest works, “The Path of Power,” was written with a great medicine man, Sunbear. When I was twelve I started
hand writing novels. My first one was two thousand pages. My dad always encouraged me and would rave about my writing. He gave me the confidence I needed to keep writing and follow my dream. My daughter, who is twelve, is currently working on her first novel. I hope to continue the legacy.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

More than Jamie Baker: It only gets better

More Than Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker, #2)

Author: Kelly Oram
Series: Being Jamie Baker #2
Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy
Rating: OWL

THE PREMISE

Jamie Baker, the only girl in the world with superpowers, has now accepted who she is and learned to control her power. Not to mention she has the best boyfriend on the planet. Life is finally looking good. But the day she witnesses an accident and decides not to save the guy out of fear of being exposed, she realizes that simply being Jamie Baker isn't enough.
After seeing Jamie so wrecked with guilt, the ever-helpful Ryan Miller decides it's time to make all of his fantasies about turning his girlfriend into an honest-to-goodness superhero become a reality.
Of course, coming up with a decent Super Name and fending off all of Ryan's attempts to get her into spandex aren't the only problems Jamie faces. The more her alter ego starts to make headlines, the harder it becomes for Jamie to hide her extracurricular activities from her best friend, the government, radical scientists, and the mysterious new guy who is determined to steal her from her boyfriend


                                 MY THOUGHTS
So unless you live under a rock (in which case I am sure you would be completely flattened unless it was just a teeny tiny rock) or if you have never been on my blog before, or maybe if you're oblivious to the world, then maybe, JUST maybe, you haven't heard of my complete undying love for Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram.
I'll give you the benefit of the doubt here, but already I'm kind of apprehensive about you.
I mean, I'm the kind of fan where if I could create a fan club for this book I would. I would do it in an instant! In fact, I believe I shall start a Jamie Baker fandom. Better yet, I'm going to make a Goodreads group about this book.

Trust me on this, guys, Jamie is a superhero and I am her super fan.

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This is a book that I can say without a doubt, I LOVE and ADORE IT!

I got to revisit some of my favorite characters.
There were resolutions that I needed.
New mysteries opened up.
I got to see more of my favorite couple.
I got to see Jamie grow as a character.
And by the end my heart was shattered into a thousand little tiny pieces.

Here's the thing, I CAN'T TELL YOU MUCH!
I don't want to spoil anything for those of you who haven't read the first, or more likely those who have yet to have read the second!

I can say that this book was amazing.
Ryan Miller STILL ROCKS!
Jamie was a fantastic character!
The love triangle isn't really a love triangle... but it is super duper important to the whole book.
And after you finish this one... If you don't end up in a catatonic state in desperate need of the next book, then YOU ARE A HEARTLESS THING and I'm not quite sure we can be friends! (Kidding...sort of...)

If you've read Being Jamie Baker and you loved it, then I'm pretty sure you'll like this one just as much!

And if you've yet to pick up the first one, GET ON THAT!!!!! NOW!!!!


Below are some of my reactions for the book that I just happened to write down!

*Notr: The big sections of silence mean I was to into the book to even  consider updating!*

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OWL=FIVE STARS









 And if you haven't seen the trailer for Being Jamie Baker... WATCH IT!! SOOOO GOOD!



Monday, October 14, 2013

What's going down and why YOU should be jumping up and down with excitement...

Hey everyone, WHAT'S UP??

I hope that you all had a fantastic weekend, I mean it! I really hope it's been wonderful.

And here we come to the part where you question the title of this post, right?

I mean, what reason is there to be excited, it is the weekdays after all....

BUT THERE IS A FANTABULOUS REASON! I PROMISE!!
It is so good that when you find out, you, like me, will be leaping for joy, screaming with an astounding amount of enthusiasm.

But I'm not going to tell you what it is.

You're going have to wait, at my mercy, dying to hear my news....


KIDDING

That was just a nasty joke on my part! (I am evil, you just haven't realized it yet!) 

So the news....

What is is, you may ask.

Well it has something to do with winter.


And also with finding hidden things.

IT A HUGE EVENT.

Hosted by not only me, but my, WONDERFUL CO-HOST Jessica from Reviews Abound
(You can also find her on Twitter @ReviewsAbound)

So here's the rundown.

The plan for us is to host a GIANT event.
There will be A LOT of blogs participating
and with any luck there will be lucks of prizes, chances for you to meet NEW people, and have a blast!

Right now we are kind of thinking that it will be one big game where we'll include different holidays around the world.

We were thinking maybe a 25 day count down to Christmas hunt where each day something new is reveled! Like every day a new clue is told! And YOU have to put the puzzle together! (Thanks to Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf for this idea!)
And I think that's a BRILLIANT idea, BUT I still want to incorporate other holidays in too! (We don't want to be biased) So I was talking to Meredith @ Pandora's Books and she was talking about Chanukah and how maybe we could space the eight days of Chanukah out! (I know that it's really early this year, but I'm more worried about making sure we include EVERYONE!) 
And Emz @ Icy Cold Reads just suggested something to do with Chinese New Year! (THAT WOULD BE SO SUPER COOL!!!) 
And I know there are so many other holidays out there!! (SO PLEASE LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS OR ON TWITTER WHAT YOU THINK WE SHOULD INCLUDE!!!)

We were also thinking about teams and maybe splitting people into groups (if we get enough people) and having them focus on different parts of the world! 

AND WITHIN EACH POST, DON'T WORRY THERE WILL BE BOOKISH THINGS TOO! 

So you can see that Whole Big complicated mess of ideas that we need to get sorted out. 
And in order to do so I need your help!

First of all, WE NEED A NAME!
I know I keep calling it the WinterScavnger Hunt...BUT that seems to boring and PROBABLY already taken. (YASH does a winter Scavenger Hunt... I don't want people to be confused!!)

WE ALSO NEED PARTICIPANTS!!-I'm going to put sign-up forms below and having you sign up would be BEYOND AMAZING!

WE ALSO NEED PRIZES!-We need a reason for the hunt, so if you want to donate a prize, please DO IT! If your an author and want to donate a copy of your book that would be swell!!! Please fill out the 

AUTHORS: Do you want to be hosted? We have a limited number of spots available! See the form below!!! Also if you want to host ON YOUR OWN BLOG that same form has what you need!!

SHOULD WE COME UP WITH A HASHTAG??? I feel like we should! That way we could get our ideas all together!!! So if you think of one, THAT WOULD BE GREAT! (NOTE: Please make sure it's one that NO ONE ELSE USES!!!) 

Basically what I'm saying is we can't do this alone! LET'S MAKE THIS A HUGE BLOGGING EVENT! 

So what can you do???

SPREAD THE WORD!
COME UP WITH SOME COOL DESIGNS AND BUTTONS (We actually have people on it, but if you want to help them out, let me know and I can direct you to them!!!)
SIGN UP
TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS (WE ARE FRIENDLY!!!!)

You can contact us by email!
readbooksandlivegreen@yahoo.com (Cal~THIS IS ME!!!!) OR reviewsabound@yahoo.com (Jessica)

SO FILL OUT THE FORMS BELOW AND EMAIL ME!!!!! 

ARE YOU AS EXCITED AS ME???
(PROBABLY NOT...)


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THE BLOGGER ONE




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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Teens Take Over: In Italics

(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!

And today for the feature, we have Arial who is definitely one of the coolest bloggers out there! She knows a ton about fonts and her blog is SO MUCH FUN TO VISIT! Instead of me rambling on about her greatness, let me show you!

(The Questions are in black, her answers are in red, and my thoughts/comments are in green!)

Name you blog Under: Arial
Blog Name: In Italics
Favorite Genres: I love most genres, but I really love fantasy and contemporary the best.
Interesting facts about you: Some interesting facts about moi? Let’s see… I am pretty good at identifying fonts and such. Another passion of mine is graphic design and photography. A lot of my time is spent working on my school’s yearbook.
Any fav books or authors you want to mention? So my favorite author ever is Melina Marchetta because she is sort of fantastic. My favorite book of hers is Jellicoe Road, though her Lumatere Chronicles series is very, very good as well.
Favorite color? My favorite color is purple. I love it so much that I painted my walls a really deep purple.
Where are you blogging from? I am blogging from the grand state of Texas! Yee haw! (No one actually says that, just to be clear.)
What grade are you in? and or what’s your age? I am a sophomore and recently turned sixteen.

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 have read book blogs for years. Seriously, I have probably been reading some for over three years. I love discovering new books and discussing them, so I thought, maybe I should start my own blog. I was really hesitant to start one though. It really took me over a year to make that decision.

I kind of wish that I explored some more themes first, but I am pretty happy with the one I have now. I sort of wish that I had splurged and bought the upgrade to remove ads from my site. That is my next goal.

(I personally love what your blog looks like now! And everything is so easy to find! I'm so happy that you decided to start blogging! It's been so much fun being able to talk to you about books!!)

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

There are so many great teen bloggers out there! One blog in particular is Lit Up Reviews. Four dedicated readers run it. They have some great content, so I think you should go check them out.

(Yes! So glad you mentioned them! I LOVE THEIR BLOG!!) 

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?

Uggh, school. I have loads of homework every night, which I am sure a lot of teen bloggers can relate to. Balancing school, the blog, and extracurriculars can be challenging. I try and prep my posts at least a day in advance. I try and have a new post up every day, but sometimes that’s impossible. I have just decided that I will just have fun blogging, and not worry if I don’t have enough time to do all that I would like.

(That is so true! Balancing school and other stuff as well as your blog can be such a challenge! And definitely don't worry about posting everyday! Sometimes it can get to be way too much!)

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!!!

(***NOTE: For those that don't know my name is Cal...actually it's longer than that, but I tend to shorten it....)

How could I not pick to write a story on you?

Okay here it goes.
Cal was born in the mystic mountains of the north. She grew up with animals, and learned to love the outdoors. One day, she discovered she could talk and understand all of her furry friends. She was amazed! Not knowing quite how to handle this extraordinary gift, she turned to books and reading. Cal fell in love with all of the stories, and decided to write one about herself and her super power. As the true author of Dr. Doolittle, Cal wanted to share her opinions and discuss with other readers. Before she could think twice, she had created a monster of a blog, Read Books and Live Green. This monster blog had exciting reviews and loads of cool giveaways. To this day Cal continues to blog with her best four-legged friend by her side.

How did I do? I may have taken some creative liberties.

(Okay...this is so awkward...It's kind of like you stalk me... HOW DO YOU KNOW MY LIFE'S STORY.... *glances around suspiciously* *Looks out over the mystic mountain range where she lives* Seriously though, where are you? You must be following me around to know all of that....)

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. 

I have had world domination plans for quite some time. So of course I would be the evil leader who is trying to squash the rebellion. How dare you try to defeat me? Wait actually, I will have brainwashed my citizens so well, there will be no rebellion.

(Okay, that's brilliant! Brainwashing citizens is a must! And I always knew you had plans for world domination.... *Glances around and then runs into woods to escape Arial's brainwashing*) 

6.) I LOVE YOUR BLOG NAME!!! Seriously it is so cool! How did you come up with it? And the whole “the slant on YA books”?! BRILLIANT! You can up with such a good theme!

Thank you! That really means a lot to me. I thought up lots of names and basically just sat down to brainstorm all the names I could come up with. As I said earlier, I really love fonts, so I knew I wanted something font related. “The Slant on YA Books” bit came from my love of puns.

(It just fits you so PERFECTLY!! And it's so obvious that you put tons of effort into your blog! And I love reading your font puns! Sometimes on twitter I see them and I just can't stop laughing! LOL!) 

7.) Okay MULTIPLE CHOICE!
You hear a noise coming from downstairs… NO ONE ELSE IS HOME… AND THEN YOU HEAR GLASS BREAK!
WHAT DO YOU DO???
a    a.)    Hide under your bed
b    b.)    Grab a baseball bat and go whack that nasty intruder straight in the head
c   c.)    Grab a book and creep slowly down the stairs in order to make a run for the door
d   d.)   Grab a base ball bat AND a book so that after you get done bludgeoning the intruder you can read while waiting for the police

Hmmm. This is a really difficult. While I want to say that I would do D I know that I am probably more of the A type. I would be having a panic attack under the bed and totally thinking of the movie Taken.

(I feel like I'd do the same thing...so don't worry! SAVE YOURSELF FIRST!!!) 

8.) Whilst reading your review for Throne of Glass I noticed that you mentioned your kindle had died during the epic showdown. HOW DID YOU FEEL???? IT WAS KILLER WASN’T IT?? Did you go into a catatonic state?

THE FEELS. Picture this: Me, frantically turning (clicking) pages, devouring the epic battle. It’s about one in the morning and I have the school the next day, but I don’t care. I am loving all of the action, all of the suspense, all of the feels! And then nothing. My screen goes blank and my Kindle tells me it will take at least thirty minutes for me to keep reading. I was devastated. Completely devastated. I sat there stunned for a good five minutes.

(To get to her AMAZING review please click here. I think that I would have just started to cry! And then I probably would have waited the thirty minutes for it to charge....but I would have first had to go down and get some comfort food to console me....)

9.) I loved your BOLD Discussions, Fonts on covers post! How did you get to be so font knowledgeable??? Is there a certain font that you adore? One that you hate? What should I use for this post????

Well, thank you! Discussion posts are some of my favorite to write.
 My many years of yearbook experience have given me a finely-tuned font eye. I really love Helvetica and Georgia. My worst enemy is the much clich├ęd Comic Sans. I can’t stand that font. I have even asked a teacher to stop using it because I am that weird. I love the font you normally use! It has personality.

 (Okay here is the link to that discussion post! You guys should definitely check it out!!!!) (MY FONT HAS PERSONALITY! SCORE!!! And I've heard so much about the hated Comic Sans font....But I don't think my teachers have ever told me to use it... We New Yorkers put much faith in Times New Roman 12 pt. font.... And it is SO cool that you do the yearbook!!! That definitely seems like a fun experience! And the school is definitely lucky to have you! Without you everyone's eyes would hurt due to the awfulness of their font choices, but with you, there IS NO FEAR!!!)

10.) I love reading your posts about author signings!! I’ve never been to one! Care to share some of the feels about hearing your favorite authors speak???

Author signings are so much fun. I wish you could attend one soon! I love the excitement of meeting some of my favorite authors. Putting a person to a book is a really cool connection to make. Often times I get to ask the authors a question, which is pretty exciting. I hope that if you ever do have an opportunity to go, you take it!

(here is a link to her talking about Author signings in general, but you guys definitely need to go and check out her recaps! They are so much fun to read! And through these recaps I can live vicariously!! Trust me if I ever get the chance to go I will jump on it! But until that point, I'll just read your recaps!!!) 

11.) 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?

“I was a liar.” This quote comes from Out of the Easy, and the main character is a girl named Josie. At the time, she was lying to most everyone she knew, with good reasons though. I really loved this book, and think that the quote is extremely important to Josie’s characterization.

I've heard SO much about that book! And that does seem like a great quote! Thanks for sharing it!!) 

Best Teen Blogging friend or inspiration?  You and Leigh at Little Book Star have been very welcoming. :) 
(*blushes* Well it really has been SO much fun talking books with you!! Whenever you need to talk I AM HERE!) 
Time or Distance    Time
Iguana or bat      Iguana
Chicken or steak     Steak, yum.  (Good choice!!!) 
FAVORITE BOOK at the moment?  While Jellicoe Road will always be my favorite, I am going to go with Throne of Glass. That book has so many elements that I love in fantasy. I couldn’t help but notice that you are reading the sequel, Crown of Midnight. I can’t wait to find out what you think about it.
( I have to admit that I wasn't a big fan of CoM, but I think that others will definitely enjoy it! And I definitely need to read Jellicoe Road! It sounds fantastic!) 

If you could meet any author dead or alive who would it be?
I would love to meet Melina Marchetta. She is insanely good at writing clever plots, and I would definitely love to learn more about her writing process.
(Good pick!!)

Alright everyone! I am so happy that I got the chance to find this AMAZING teen blogger! She is SO SUPER DUPER FRIENDLY and talking to her is a blast! So your mission now is to go stalk her blog... GO ON! DO IT AND YOU'RE COOL!!!

Where you can find Arial:
OR 
you can email her at the.italic@gmail.com

Friday, October 11, 2013

Born of Illusion by Teri Brown Cover Reveal


Today I am excited to have the chance to show you all the cover reveal for Born of Deception the sequel to Born of Illusion!

So personally I loved the first cover an the second one wow! *whistles* 

ARE YOU READY TO SEE IT???



YOU CAN STILL BACK OUT.... I mean I know after seeing the pretty cover you'll be dying to get your hands on the book....



I know! It's so hard to resist...
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Gorgeous isn't it???


A little more about the book.... 

Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world: after scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she has moved to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the city by storm.

But when Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil. Sensitives are disappearing and, without a suspect, the group’s members are turning on one another. Could the kidnapper be someone within the society itself—or has the nefarious Dr. Boyle followed them to London?

As Cole and Anna begin to unravel the case and secrets about the society are revealed, they find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. Her life in danger and her relationship fizzling, can Anna find a way to track down the killer before he makes her his next victim—or will she have to pay the ultimate price for her powers?

Set in Jazz-Age London, this alluring sequel to Born of Illusion comes alive with sparkling romance, deadly intrigue, and daring magic.




A little about the author, Teri Brown

I’m not sure who to tell you about here because I’m actually two people rolled into one. As a responsible mother of teens, I show one persona to the world. That person is driven, conservative and level headed. But the other part of me just never grew up. She is rebellious, impulsive and curious.

It’s hard being both these people. They’re often at odds.

The mother part of me knows I should put a cap on how many animals we take in. The teen part of me wants to save them all. We have five cats and two dogs. Who do you think is winning?

Even now. The mother part wants to make a meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and a tossed salad. The teen part wants to order a pizza, work on my website and check my Facebook.

Luckily, though my two halves don’t always agree, both of us live happily in Portland, Oregon, with a husband and too many animals. And we both love to write and write and write..

And I'm really sorry but blogger is being stupid and won't post the actual giveaway form so here's the link!!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Cutting Room Floor Book Blast


Title: The Cutting Room Floor
Author: Dawn Klehr

Behind-the-scenes secrets could turn deadly for Desmond and Riley

Life in the Heights has never been easy for seventeen-year-old Riley Frost, but when she's publicly dumped and outed at the same time, she becomes an immediate social outcast at her high school. So Riley swears off romance and throws herself into solving the shocking murder of her favorite teacher, Ms. Dunn.

Riley turns to her best friend, budding filmmaker Desmond Brandt, for help. What she doesn't know is that Dez has been secretly directing her life, blackmailing her friends, and hoping his manipulations will make her love him. When his schemes go too far, Dez's web of lies threatens to destroy both of their lives.(


Dawn Klehr began her career in TV and though she’s been on both sides of the camera, she prefers to lurk behind the lens. Mostly, she loves to get lost in stories –in film, the theater, or on the page – and is a sucker for both the sinister and the sappy. She’s currently channeling her dark side as she works on her next book.
Dawn lives in the Twin Cities with her funny husband, adorable son, and naughty dog. The Cutting Room Floor is her debut YA novel. 


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