Thursday, November 28, 2013

What's a bestseller to you?

How an author becomes a best seller. Now a days every author is.

For some reason, for as long as I can remember, I've always thought that being a best seller meant something. I had imagined being a bestseller meant your book was phenomenal and was knock your socks off amazing. That it was prestigious. That it was something that not everyone could get.

But now....

I've started to see that a lot of authors can claim that they are best selling authors. And really good for them! I mean it! But it seems (to me anyways) that being a bestseller has lost the impact. 

Recently I've even seen some authors who wrote a book that was really badly received by the blogging community saying that they were a bestseller. And seriously good for them. But the fact that not many people seemed to like the book and yet they were still bestsellers made me a bit curious. 

Wikipedia defines a best seller as "a book that is identified as extremely popular by its inclusion on lists of currently top selling or frequently borrowed titles that are based on publishing industry and book trade figures and library circulation statistics and then published by newspapers, magazines, or bookstore chains."

Hmmmm.... So does this mean I could write a book and hen have huge promotional sales selling off billions of copies (because it sounded so good) from a place such as Amazon. Then even after people figured out that it was complete crap and they all hated it, I would then blackmail a few people into including them on lists... Score! I am officially a best selling author!!! Even though I wrote a very bad book!!! (Clarification: I don't think that authors who are bestsellers really do that nor do I think that they have bad books. This is just an example of how I could be evil and manipulative to gain a title that should be reserved for the greatest!) 

But say I wrote a book that had "academic value" and/or "literary quality" then according to Wiki my chances of becoming a best seller are extremely low... Unless of course I bought billions of copies and made a house of them.... Then I might have a chance!

For several reasons this just bugs me! Why aren't the authors I that I think deserve credit getting on bestseller lists? Why are people who's books aren't that good best sellers?! 

I feel maybe standards have lowered or maybe something else.

Basically what I'm saying is, why is it there are so many bestselling authors? Authors that I've never heard of. Am I the only one that feels this way? 

THOUGHTS, COMMENTS?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Mutilate My Heart: Review

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Displaying MMH-KindleCover.jpgTitle: Mutilate My Heart
Author: Emily Godwin
Genre: YA, Romance, Paranormal
Series: Mutilated #1
Rating: Owl

THE PREMISE
Punk rock band Mutilated Arteries has been seventeen-year-old Becca's world (aka obsession) for the last year. When the band schedules a concert in her hometown, she and her best friend Carli are the first ones in line to buy tickets. The night is everything she expects it to be and more, especially after making friends with the new super-cute bassist, Sketch.

Becca's mom warns her not to fall for a rock star because rock stars are always on the road - or they die in a plane crash, like her mom's favorite band did twenty-something years ago. But after the band's tour bus breaks down and they're stuck hanging out in Roizen Hills for a week, it's hard for Becca not to fall for Sketch and his caricature drawings and toxic green eyes.

Becca knows Sketch is leaving as soon as the bus is fixed, and she can't be his fan-turned-girlfriend anyway because of the lead singer's "No Girlfriends" rule. Plus, there's something strange about the guys that Becca can't quite decipher... like how they won't reveal their real names, their always-changing odd appearances, and the guitarist's obsession with blood and zombies. Still, Becca wants nothing more than for Sketch to mutilate her heart...but it just might not be in a way she expects.



MY THOUGHTS

I think one of the things that really pulled me into reading this book, was the relationship this author has with her sister. Her sister wrote two books that I absolutely adore, A Girl on Saturn and Chasing Forever Down, and during the course of reading A Girl on Saturn, the author had included several shout outs to the band featured in this book, which really got me curious. So when I had the chance, I decided to go with it and immediately dove into the book.

I'm happy to say I have no regrets.

This book had the perfect mix of a sweet romance, distinctive and memorable characters, and a mystery that really kept you guessing. And I LOVED it!

Emily Godwin has crafted an amazing romance with some of the best aspects of the more, how should I put it, paranormal world... I don't want to give any spoilers!

Another thing that I loved is that the author had a very distinct voice. It really fit so well with the novel and made me love the book even more. What she chose to do and the twists she chose to take kept me guessing and truthfully I can't wait for the next book. I feel like there is so much promise with this series, and if it keeps going at the way it is I have high hopes that it could turn out to be one of my favorite series!

I also really liked Becca and Carli's relationship. They had a great bond of friendship which is great to see in young adult! Plus on top of this awesomeness, I just want to bring up how the cover actually connected to the book! To me being able to discover why the cover looks the way it does is a big achievement and it was no different in this book! There was a section that made me write down, "OH! Now I understand the cover!" And since I don't want to spoil it for you, you should definitely read the book to find out why it fits!

One last comment: The character names were fantastic! The band members all had these great names, that really kept me laughing especially towards the end!

I have nothing bad to say about this book, at all! The story is super sweet and so much fun to read! I flew through it! I would not hesitate to recommend this book to readers looking for a light, sweet romance, with an epic twist! At any rate there is no doubt in my mind that February is WAY to far away! I don't want to wait that long!

On a completely different note, on a matter that in no way effected my review, I just wanted to say how awesome it is that their were mentions of Spaceships around Saturn scattered throughout the book! It is so cool to see the support between two amazing authors and the fact that they care so much about each others work! Coming across those references made me laugh! And I really feel like it added even more background to the book!

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Emily Godwin is a Young Adult author. She enjoys writing, painting, and sewing her own line of non-evil voodoo dolls. She's a Slytherin, trying to disguise herself as a Hufflepuff, and wishes she could read herself into books.

 
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Salvage

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:

SalvageSALVAGE
By Alexandra Duncan




THE PREMISE
Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean, in this thrilling, surprising, and thought-provoking debut novel that will appeal to fans of Across the Universe, by Beth Revis, and The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood.

RELEASE DATE: 
April 1st 2014

This one looks fantastic! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Aliens so I can't wait to see what the author's done with this one! I read a post written by the author the other day and she seemed really interesting! Can't wait!

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING ON???

Monday, November 25, 2013

Run for the Roses: Review

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Author: Rachel Schieffelbein
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Series: None
Rating: Bison= 4 Stars


THE PREMISE
       Abigail Conrad has spent her whole life training for one goal: to win the roses at the Arabian Youth Nationals. She’s given up friends, a social life, and doesn’t have time to even think about guys -- much less date!
    Now that she’s headed off to college in the fall, it’s her last chance to be a Youth National Champion, and she won’t let anything distract her from that dream.
        Except maybe Chase, the older brother of Abigail's biggest rival. He’s charming, funny, and possibly Abigail's biggest problem. How can she focus on riding when her mind keeps wandering to Chase’s green eyes and confident smile?
     With her dream on the line, Abigail had better learn to fight her growing attraction to Chase, or she might end up losing the roses and the guy.

MY THOUGHTS
I have to admit I was super excited to read this novella! I have always loved horses and have always read books that involved horses. And recently I've realized I've been straying away from that. And it's not a bad thing.... I've found so many other fantastic books, but sometimes it's great to go back and read topics that got you interested in reading in the first place! As was the case with this delightful novella. 

Basically it's about a girl who is trying to do the best she can in her horse completion. She's insanely driven and never makes time for anything else. She's also extremely competitive and views everyone else as if they are acting the same way she does. 

The main focus was the romance but it was also about a girl growing up and realizing that free time is just as important as being driven and succeeding in everything you do. (Something I can totally sympathize with. I get so caught up and stressed about school and sometimes I just need to take a step back.)

I could picture the events in this book happening in real life and I love the author's portrayal of what it's like to do what Abigail is doing. 

The romance was seriously cute and overall this was an extremely enjoyable read. And on top of that it was a quick read! 

WOULD I READ THIS BOOK: Yes!
WOULD I BUY THIS BOOK: Yes!
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK: to those looking for a cute romance and you don't even have to like horses to enjoy it!
WILL I READ MORE BY THIS AUTHOR: I fully intend to! I can't wait to see what else she comes up with!


 
 
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Rachel grew up in a tiny town in Minnesota. She still lives there, with her husband and their four kids. She coaches high school speech and theater, rides Arabian horses, reads as much as she can, and writes stories.

 
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Secrets and Lies: Review

TITLE: Secrets and Lies
AUTHOR: Chritine Amsden
GENRE: NA, Urban Fantasy, Mystery
SERIES: Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective 
RATING: OWL-FIVE STARS

There is no doubt in my mind that Secrets and Lies lived up to all my expectations. Needless to say that this book was FANTASTIC! And truthfully I may have liked it just as much as the first.... Maybe even more! (Which is so unusual for me) 

At the end of the first book the reader is left with so many open questions. Like what will happen to Cassie? What about her family? How can she possible make it through this? And somehow this amazing author manages to completely stun me with the twists and turns of the book. 

I loved reading about Cassie's interactions with her family as well as the other townspeople. Her reaction to the entire situation is so real and... Possible. The way she reacts is the exact sort of thing I would do if put in her situation! (Not that my parents would ever dare to get did of me!) 

Cassie, even caught up in all the craziness, still manages to make time for her friends. That trait makes me like Cassie all the more! 

This is a series that has so much potential, potential that I had thought might go down with the first book, instead the author holds it together and is able to make me love the books even more. 

These books are the perfect mystery for any person. And the perfect urban fantasy all wrapped into one! This series is BEAUTIFULLY written with such intense REAL characters. Watching the events unfold and reading the book was a treat! 
I am so excited to see what's next in the series and how the author manages to keep it so fresh! 
Without a doubt the next book in the series might be my most anticipated release! 


Christine Amsden


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: On the Fence

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:

On the Fence
By Kasie West





On The FenceTHE PREMISE
For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can out-run, out-score, and outwit every boy she knows--including her long-time neighbor, and honorary fourth brother, Braden.

But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chi-chi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and bedazzlers. Even stranger, she's spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pick-up game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can't solve Charlie's biggest problem: she's falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.


RELEASE DATE:
July 1st 2014
I LOVED Kasie West's other books (Pivot Point and The Distance Between Us) So I'm super excited for this book! Too bad it's such a long wait! Also is this the real cover? It's the one that's on goodreads, but it doesn't have her name on it and personally I'm not a big fan....

Anyhow! Super excited for this one!

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING ON??

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: 15 Books I would recommend to a 13 year old boy

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

THIS WEEK'S TOPIC IS:
Top Ten 15 Books I would recommend to a 13 year old boy.
For reference, I have a 13 year old brother who has liked some of the books below... Although some are ones he hasn't read. And some are ones I haven't read, but I think he might like...
PeakAmong the Hidden (Shadow Children, #1)The Hobbit, or There and Back AgainHoot (Juvenile, #1)The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)The Billionaire's Curse (Billionaire, #1)Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)Not a Drop to Drink Insomnia (The Night Walkers, #1)The Lost Code (The Atlanteans, #1)The Compound (The Compound, #1)

1.) Peak~ I love this book to pieces and I think my brother would to if he would only just pick it up!
2.) Among the Hidden~ I think this was a good series that he enjoyed too!
3.) Hoot~ Every person in the world should read these books! They are amazing!
4.) The Hobbit~ If you haven't read this one... Do you live under a rock?
5.) The Lightning Thief~ This is THE series for EVERYONE!
6.) The Alchemyst ~ BEST SERIES EVER! And it's one that many will enjoy!
7.) Magyk~ This is probably a series that kids younger than 13 will love more than a 13 year old would, but hey, I still love them!
8.) Leviathan~ My brother NEEDS to read this series! I'm not quite sure why he hasn't....
9.) The Maze Runner~ My brother LOVED this series! *smirks* I'm obviously a good recommender!
10.) The Billionaire's Curse~ Such a good MG series that my brother LOVED!
11.) Blood Red Road~ I feel like this is a series that 13 year old boys should really like.... but I'm not sure
12.) Not a Drop to Drink~This is another.... I feel like MAYBE he would like it....
13.) The Lost Code~ Currently he is reading this.... And I feel like it's something a 13 year old would like!
14.) Insomnia~ Maybe... I haven't read this one... but still I think he would like it....
15.) The Compound~ I haven't read this one either, but I think he might like it....

So yeah... That's an insanely LONG list, but I think that those are a few good one's that 12-13 year old boy MIGHT like!


Monday, November 18, 2013

Bookish Question of the Week: Who will be your cult leader?

Alright! So I have decided to start a new feature on my blog called Bookish Question of the Week! (Fun name right? I really need to think of something better!) Anyhow this lovely feature will bring to you a random question that I feel like answering... I have no idea how I'll come up with these questions... but somehow, some way, I WILL!
The rules of this feature are
1.) My answer will be related to books
2.) I'll explain why I feel this way
3.) That's all I got
Anyways, here's this weeks question:
If I worshiped a cult leader it would be…. 

So cult leader.... tough question, I mean this would have to be a person who I was delusional enough to give my life to worshiping! (Seriously though, cults force you to give up EVERYTHING to them... like money and valuables. *Note* the episode if Monk where he's in a cult is AMAZING! So is the one in Psych *End Note*
I prefer to think of myself of someone who would not be easily deluded into giving up my life savings (spammers can't touch me! Muhahaha) SO I think there is only one option.

Robin Hood. (from Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen)

I mean, c'mon! This is the perfect solution. I would paying my life savings to help the poor.

PLUS ROBIN HOOD=FREAKING AWESOMENESS
(Don't even try to tell me otherwise!)

So we've established Robin Hood would be the perfect person to give my money to (LOOPHOLE!) but the question of whether or not Robin would be able to protect me. Let's face it, entering a cult makes you susceptible because well... you have NO MONEY, NO HOME, NO FRIENDS OR FAMILY LEFT, YOU HAVE NOTHING. So clearly you would need to be protected.

I have to say Robin Hood seems capable of not getting me killed off immediately. His inner group of Merry Men has for the most part survived book one, so I'M IN!

Now tell me, any characters YOU wouldn't mind joining a cult for??

Friday, November 15, 2013

Memory's Wake: Blog Tour and Review

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Memory’s Wake by Selina Fenech 
(Memory’s Wake Trilogy #1) 
Publication date: June 16th 2011 
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

THE PREMISE

Lost in a world full of monstrous fairies, a troubled sixteen year old has to find out who she is and why her memories were stolen before she is found by those who want her dead.

She takes the name “Memory” and knows she has just one goal – to find her way home, wherever that is. But this land is strange. No technology to be seen, and iron is banned, thanks to a pact the humans have with the magical creatures who share their pre-industrial era world. In her t-shirt and torn jeans, Memory knows she’s different, even before she performs impossible magic.

Haunted by her past, chased by a dragon, wanted by the king and stalked by the strange, handsome savage that seems to know her, everyone is after Memory, and she suspects it’s not just for her eye-catching outfit. Her forgotten past holds dangerous secrets that will challenge everything she believes and risk the lives of everyone she loves.

Memory’s Wake contains over 45 illustrations by the author and artist.


MY THOUGHTS

Truthfully the thing I liked the most about this book is without a doubt the gorgeous drawings. At the top of each chapter there was a tiny little drawing, that perfectly fit each chapter! And then on top of that spread throughout the book there were several lager drawings that were so realistic and perfect and just... GAH! I loved them. Coming across each pictures was so exciting and I feel like I got such a great image of all the characters. 


And well... Just because I said that the drawings were my favorite part does not make the rest of the book any less beautiful. I absolutely loved the characters. Memory, Eloryn, Roen, and Will. They made up such a great strong cast of characters! I loved watching their relationships develop between each other. They were strong and funny and really some great characters overall. They were so determined to take down what needed to be taken down. But also at the same time they somehow managed to protect each other. 


Another amazing thing about this book was the world. In this world it was a fae world and there was a thing called a veil that actually enabled a portal to be open between that world and what I am assuming is our own. I loved reading about the fae and their influence in the world and overall that aspect of the book was fantastic. 


The book was actually written in third person which was a great great thing in this case. The author made the POV really work for the characters. 


The ending was also fantastic! It felt like everything was resolved even though there is going to be another book! I definitely am looking forward to seeing how the author continues the adventure and how the rest of the story plays out. 


In all my rating for this book would be 4 stars. Overall I really enjoyed the book and felt their were few flaws. There were times where the authors writing felt.... Awkward and lacking a flow. But even as the book went on things slowly became steadier. I definitely am excited to see how her writing style will change in the next book! 




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AUTHOR BIO
Born in 1981 to Australian and Maltese parents, Selina lives in Australia with her husband, her cute monster baby who’s far too clever, and an unnamed cat. During her life Selina has found ancient Roman treasure, survived cancer, had knights joust at her wedding, been mugged for doughnuts, made a living as a visual artist, and shared her imaginary worlds in paintings and now in her novels.

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Authors take years to write there books, but readers can read them in a day.

So this has always been something that's annoyed me. I get that authors have put so much effort into their work. They want their work to be appreciated and savored.

I get that. I really do. 

Authors deserve to be appreciated by their readers. There books are some of the best things on earth. And people should appreciate them whether it means reading the book in a day or a week or a month or even a year, right?

So what had sparked this rant was that the other day I was just browsing through Twitter. Looking at the random tweets there were two that stuck out to me. 

One was from an author that I follow and the other was the one that the author had responded to. Neither of them were being intentionally mean, but both kind of irked me. The first one said something along the lines of I read your two books today in one sitting. And the response from the author was it took me years to write them and you finished in 24 hours. 

So I learned long ago not to mention to authors how quickly you've read their book. (Way long ago when I was like 10 I read a book where they had an author interview in the back and it said the authors worst moment was when someone had said to her about her books was that they had read it in like two hours.) and I do think that person was insensitive about their tweet because author's do PUT SO MICH EFFORT INTO THEIR BOOKS! THEY DESERVE CREDIT!!! 

But I was also annoyed that the author had responded back with a comment saying that it had taken her a few years and the reader had blown through them in a day. 

So I guess my big problem here is that I am a person who can read a couple books in a day no matter what they are. (As long as they're fun... 1984 took me several weeks to read..) So I felt annoyed that an author called a reader out on that. 

I really doubt that either were trying to be mean. The first was trying to pay a compliment and the latter was annoyed. 

So what's your take on this? 
Do you think author's have the right to be defensive about the amount of time a reader took to read their book?

Leave a comment! I'm curious as to what everyone thinks!!!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Doon: Review

Doon (Doon, #1)Title: Doon
Author: Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Series: Doon #1
Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Retellings
Rating: Starfish

THE PREMISE
DOON…

Veronica doesn't think she's going crazy. But why can't anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans.

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna's great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica's daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they've longed for...or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.

DOON is loosely based on the premise of the musical Brigadoon, with permission from the ALan Jay Lerner Estate and the Frederick Loewe Foundation. Follow the journey at http://www.DoonSeries.com

~Destiny awaits!

(Summary form Goodreads) 

MY THOUGHTS
What really captured my attention with this book was the fantastic idea. I mean who doesn't want to read about a fantasy world set within our own IN SCOTLAND? Okay more importantly who doesn't want to read a book set IN SCOTLAND?

And to say I was excited about this book was an understatement....but sadly this book just didn't live up to my expectations.

MY PROBLEMS
1.) The book alternates between two points of view, MacKenna and Veronica, the two main female characters. And personally I COULD NOT tell the difference between the two points of view. Truthfully if there had not been the names at the top of each POV change I would have been beyond confused.
What makes it worse is the fact that I think the characters were each written by a different author and I couldn't even distinguish the styles of each...
Wait I lied I could totally tell the two apart as long as one of the prince guys were around because then they were fawning over one  or the over....

2.) Have I ever expressed my dislike for characters who sleep a lot or who in general like talking about sleep? Well I felt like many of the characters enjoyed sleeping and when that happens me=bored. MacKenna really liked to call Vee Sleeping Beauty too....

3.) Perhaps that biggest problem I had with this book was the idea of beauty.
Here's what you need to know:
Vee thinks that she is ugly, but Mackenna is GORGEOUS
Mackenna thinks she is ugly, Vee is BEAUTIFUL.
Do you see where I'm going with this?
Also they really enjoy complimenting each other and drawing attention to the others features.

"More than fine-she was flawless, even asleep.Dark sleek hair framed her heart-shaped face. Black, fluttery lashes-the kind you only see in mascara ads-daintily rested against the  the curve of her cheeks. Vee was petite, too, with porcelain skin. Stuff all that into a size-too-small cheer skirt and she was a teen dream. She practically screamed popularity, while I was an ex-goth, theater geek Amazon voted most likely to have ketchup on my boobs, But I guess that's what made the friendship unbreakable-counterbalance, not ketchup."~Mackenna
"Vee's eyelids fluttered open to reveal her confused, yet brilliantly dazzling, turquoise eyes.
She bolted to her feet, brushing silken strands of dark hair away from her face. How did she get it to look so shiny? Even in the midst of night terrors, she still looked like she'd stepped off the cover of Teen Vogue. I on the other hand, was in jeopardy of being mistaken for an iconic hamburger clown."~MacKenna
(Note this was found ALL in ONE chapter within just a few pages... BUT there are MANY more examples.)
"Her {speaking about MacKenna} figure was perfectly suited for the moss-green, fitted bodice and the plaid skirt were identical to mine. She looked curvy in all the right places. Me, on the other hand-not so much."~Veronica

So my biggest problem was how they were CONSTANTLY putting themselves down. Also how is it possible to look good at all times of the day? Even when you're having AWFUL nightmares... Maybe this is just me, but I totally can't relate to characters like this. I mean, I'm not ugly, but looking good all the time.... yeah that would be pretty unusual for me...

I also hate the fact that MacKenna thought they had a strong friendship because they were complete opposites in the beauty department. Because that's the grounds for a good friendship? Right now I am completely mindblown.... I don't know about you guys, but personally I value having friends who are equal to me... I mean sure they're going to be better at things and I'll be better at things then them, but I would prefer to not feel like I had to put myself down because they are oh so much better than me....

Moving on now...

4.) After reading this book I would prefer to not read anymore Dinnas or verras..... This book had some annoying writing when the authors were trying to write in a Scottish accent.... It felt so weird...
Also the fact that Veronica was always being called Verranica, annoyed me.... If people get my name completely wrong, yeah, I'm probably going to correct them. (And if I don't correct them someone else will... My classmates love telling the substitutes that they pronounce my name completely wrong,..)   Also she was only called Verranica by ONE person.... so I feel like it wasn't really an accent thing... It was just something that annoyed me...

5.) First Mackenna was Mackenna then she was Kenna and then she was Ken. When they first called her Ken I was so confused! I couldn't figure out WHO that was... Then I realized that it was actually Kenna. Pick a name and stick with it!

6.) The love interests... So there were to princes and two girls. Kenna liked Prince Duncan and Vee like Prince Jamie. Prince Jamie was annoying and extremely confusing and also a pretty big idiot who I really didn't like. Prince Duncan was a sexist idiot, who guess what! I ALSO DIDN'T LIKE! Fun isn't it? This whole book was full of oh I like you, but you hate me. Oh, now we can't be together even though we've finally fallen in deep, deep love. Oh wait, NOW I HATE YOU. Now you're teasing me. We LIKE each other again! Strike that, In TWO weeks we are deeply in love!That is my summary of the book....

7.) Vee clearly has jaw problem and should consider seeing a dentist or doctor.
"Pain shot up my jaw and I unclenched my teeth."
I don't know, but for me this doesn't happen and I LOVE clenching my teeth. She seems to do this a lot unconsciously (This really didn't happen only once... it was reoccurring...) Maybe she has jaw problems. (Note: Clenching teeth is is sign of stress.. what does this indicate?)

8.) Wasn't Kenna's dad worried when he hadn't heard from her? It's not like she could call him and they seemed kind of close...

9.) Okay so I admit the main focus of the book was Vee, EVEN though Kenna had a partial POV. But really I would have preferred this to have a nice solid ending. Instead there will be another book involving Kenna and her problems... and if there is another book after that, then I'm just done...
But I guess Kenna's story sounds interesting, so maybe I'll check it out.


The things I liked:
1.) The whole fantasy aspect was pretty interesting. I liked how there was another world set within our own. I liked how the portal only opens every 100 years in our world. I LOVED how cultural diffusion was brought in as an important aspect in the progress of Doon.

2.) The before the ending part, was fantastic! I have to admit I did NOT see the bad guy coming AT ALL! And the whole show down was pretty epic! I didn't really expect any of it to play out the way that it did! I was without a doubt pretty impressed!

3.) The characters liked food, which in my book makes me like them a BIT more.

So Basically:
I didn't really enjoy Doon. I thought that the love interests were kind of creepy and were really hot and cold throughout the entire book. Vee and Kenna had no self-confidence and always thought that the other was better, yet they never really tried voicing their thoughts about what they thought about each other. The ending was action packed and fast paced, yet managed to lose momentum AND my interest when the authors left it at a bit of a cliffhanger. I would probably not recommend this book to many. Yes the idea was fascinating, but the execution of it all was really lacking. With any luck the authors might be able to redeem themselves in the next book as they having a good set up, yet I'm not sure I'm going to stick around for it.

WOULD I BUY THIS BOOK: NO
WOULD I READ THIS BOOK: PROBABLY NOT
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT: NO
WILL I READ THE NEXT BOOK: Maybe, I'm really on the fence about this.
WILL I READ MORE BY THE AUTHORS: Yes. I didn't have many problems with their writing styles and maybe writing separately would make them better.


STARFISH=TWO STARS

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Unstoppable

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:

UNSTOPPABLE
By S.R. JOHANNES
Nature of Grace #3




THE PREMISE
After everything that has happened, Grace goes to the Everglades to live with her grandmother, Birdee. Even though she is now home-schooled by her bird-obsessed grandmother, the move gives Grace time to relax. She learns to scuba dive and starts boating with old man Rex, Birdee's casual friend/boyfriend.

One day while out in the marshes of the Everglades, Grace rescues an abused Florida panther, currently on the endangered list. The more she dives into the animal’s horrific condition, the more she ventures into the underground world of the roadside zoos that run rampant in Florida with a total disregard for the law. Eventually, she stumbles upon one large roadside zoo filled with a variety of endangered and illegal animals.

Before she can gather evidence and report her findings to the authorities, she is kidnapped by the ruthless owner and dragged deep into the Everglades for a hunting challenge. Only this time, Grace is the prey.

During a sick game of cat and mouse, Grace is offered one chance at survival. With a one-hour head start and very little supplies, time and skill are now all that stands between the hunter and the hunted.

RELEASE DATE: Fall 2013
Not sure exactly WHEN in fall.... BUT I REALLY NEED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There's no cover for this one.... Which makes me really sad because I need this book like a fish needs water!
I LOVE THIS SERIES AND AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK!!!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Covers that need a Redesign

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

THIS WEEK'S TOPIC IS:
Top Ten Covers I want to Redesign
Let's face it, there are some hideous covers out there. Like awful, eye-burning covers. And there are a few that I desperately want to change! So here they are!
Covet (The Clann, #2)1.) Covet by Melissa Darnell~ DO YOU SEE THIS COVER! Ugh! It is beyond AWFUL! I mean LOOK AT HER FACE! (I haven't actually read this book, but I did read the first one!) 
Stork (Stork, #1)
2.) Stork by Wendy Delsol~ I love this book (and the next one) A LOT! But I almost didn't read it because the cover seemed so BLAH! And also just creepy! There were so many fun directions the designers could have taken and instead they created that thing....
Inside Out (Insider, #1)

3.) Inside Out by Maria V. Synder She looks bald... unless you look closely.. Also what does this have to do with the book? If someone can explain this, that would be great... Also the cover gives away an important fact in the book which could ruin it for some people..



Serial HottieWhenever (A Time Travel Romance)4.) Whenever by Emily Evans Okay what happened here? Was she in a torrential downpour? Did she not wash her hair? And on top of that, HOW DOES IT RELATE TO THE BOOK?
Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective
5.) Serial Hottie by Kellie Oram This is just UGLY and the author deserves a better cover!


6.) Cassie Scot~ I talk about this cover a lot, but it's just UGLY..... But the second one's even worse....Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot, #2)
7.) Crewel by Gennifer Albin~ Just go back to the hardcover version! That one was super pretty!!!

Adventures in Funeral Crashing (Funeral Crashing, #1)Crewel (Crewel World, #1)8.) Adventures in Funeral Crashing~ Such a FUN book, but the cover is so little kiddish and blah.... I don't even understand the background. And the person looks like their knees are shaking, but in the book the MC would never have let that happen...... I'm just confused.







Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer9.) Marie Atoinette Serial Killer~ There was so much potential for an AMAZING cover, instead this one just flopped....

Perfect Cover (The Squad, #1)10.) The Squad~ Once again a great book with a BORING cover!


So what do you think? 
Do you agree with any of my picks?
Leave a link below so I can see yours!!