Saturday, December 20, 2014

[Guest Post] Writing Ripped by Katy Evans


The fifth story in the new adult series that began with the New York Times bestseller REAL.


New Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release: December 9, 2014
Every woman wants me--except the one I sing for.
Seattle shakes with anticipation: they call it the concert of the year. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about my band being in town.
But when you love a girl, you don't leave her with nothing but a ring and a promise. Any man with half a brain should know.
So what did I expect my girl would do when she saw me again?
Well, for starters, she loathes our music. Particularly the song I wrote about her.
When I sing it, the stadium is in an uproar. Thousands of fans scream my name like I'm a god--but yeah, not her. Crystal clear: the girl's not happy to see me.
Black hair, black boots, a bad attitude, that's her -- Pandora Stone is a freaking man-eater and she's out for my blood.
That's alright.
Let her come at me. Because I'm out for her heart and, this time, there's no way she can stop me.



WRITING RIPPED 
By Katy Evans 


RIPPED – I’m so excited to be sharing with everyone RIPPED, Real series book #5!

RIPPED began with Pandora, Brooke (Real, Mine and Remy) and Melanie’s (Rogue) goth friend. She’s such a wounded warrior and so bitter that I was completely hooked wanting to know—what happened? What made her like this? Why does she hate men so much?

And that’s how I met her man, Mackenna Jones.

He’s back in Seattle for the concert of the year, and Pandora hates him so much, she is still so stuck in the past for having loved (and lost) him when she was young, she’s determined to go pay him a visit and give him a little something to remember her by. Nothing nice, I assure you.

And that’s where RIPPED totally exploded for me. It’s one of those books where I couldn’t stop writing even for a second. It seemed like I just opened Pandora’s box of secrets and they came spilling out, one after the other. Memories, what truly happened in her eyes, in his eyes, their first kiss (sigh) and so much more. Their past is tumultuous and passionate and their present, when they reunite again, is just as passionate and rocky. They have a long way to go to their HEA but, though Pandora doesn’t feel she deserves it and has never let herself want it, Mackenna has another plan to conquer back his girl.

What I love about this couple in particular is how equal they seem—the push and the pull always kept me guessing as to who had control of the situation, sometimes Pandora had Mackenna by the pants, and plenty of others it was Mackenna who kept getting the upper hand, knowing each and every one of Pandora’s weaknesses (including that he is the main one.) 

He is the boy she could never forget.

She is the girl no other girl has ever compared.

Things are about to get RIPPED during Mackenna’s concert tour when his manager thinks it brilliant to force Pandora to tag along.


About the Author
Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning…

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

[Review/Tens List] Endsinger by Jay Kristoff + Giveaway





Endsinger
by Jay Kristoff
Series: The Lotus War #3
Published: November 25th 2014
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Dystopia

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Synopsis:
A TREMBLING EARTH
The flames of civil war sweep across the Shima Imperium. With their plans to renew the Kazumitsu dynasty foiled, the Lotus Guild unleash their deadliest creation—a mechanical goliath known as the Earthcrusher, intended to unite the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear. With the Tiger Clan and their puppet Daimyo Hiro in tow, the Guild marches toward a battle for absolute dominion over the Isles.

A BROKEN REBELLION
Yukiko and Buruu are forced to take leadership of the KagĂ© rebellion, gathering new allies and old friends in an effort to unite the country against the chi-mongers. But the ghosts of Buruu’s past stand between them and the army they need, and Kin’s betrayal has destroyed all trust among their allies. When a new foe joins the war tearing the Imperium apart, it will be all the pair can do to muster the strength to fight, let alone win.

A FINAL BATTLE
The traitor Kin walks the halls of Guild power, his destiny only a bloody knife-stroke away. Hana and Yoshi struggle to find their place in a world now looking to them as heroes. Secret cabals within the Lotus Guild claw and struggle; one toward darkness, the other toward light. And as the earth splits asunder, as armies destroy each other for rule over an empire of lifeless ash and the final secret about blood lotus is revealed, the people of Shima will learn one last, horrifying truth.

There is nothing a mother won't do to keep her children by her side.

Nothing.

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Jay Kristoff has delivered a satisfying ending on this beautifully written world of love, friendship, betrayal and hope. A perfect ending!


Starting The Lotus War trilogy for me was a bit of challenge to be honest. I keep hearing a lot of good things about Stormdancer, first book of the trilogy when it first came out so I immediately bought a copy. But for some reason I keep putting it off the reading list. There’s this thing I called “series expectation”, since I've been reading good reviews and recommendations about the series there’s a part of me that doesn’t want to be a kill joy if ever I didn't like the storyline and/or the characters. It came to a point where I don’t think I can read the series or ever start the series but I decided to give it a try without setting any expectation or whatever.


Stormdancer was exceptionally good! It was a bit confusing at first since there are some jargons or rather unfamiliar words being used (in the end I found out that there’s a Glossary at the back so that’s forgiven) . But I can pretty much relate with Susano-o and Lady Izanami for watching Naruto Shippuden and some Japanese Anime in the past. It kick started my love for the series, Yukiko and Buruu’s constant bickering was definitely entertaining. It’s a like a complete package, it has everything in it, although I think it lacked the romance part and the pacing but overall Stormdancer is definitely a good read.


I would also want to mention that I imagine Buruu as Entei.


Then comes Kinslayer, which I can say I have a little bit of hesitation to say the least because I don’t know if there’s more the series can offer. I just had this feeling that the next book was predictable enough that it might bore me in the end. But you know what? I was completely blown away with how I thought the series would progress. Yukiko and Buruu’s relationship started to get some improvement. I admire their love for each other. Overall Kinslayer is a must read sequel!

I still think Buruu is Entei.

On to the last book of the series; Endsinger

I was expecting this book to be bloody as hell since the war has started. It was expected to have people dying, I mean it’s a war nobody’s safe but for gawd darn sake why does it have to be him?! I cried myself out after reading that scene. It was heart breaking and I would like to tell Jay Kristoff that he has succeeded with his plan to make his readers cry! I was one satisfied reader after reading the Epilogue.

In the end I think Buruu looks like this –



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I received a copy advance review copy of Endsinger as part of the Tour, it has no way affected my review of the series.
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About the Author




Jay Kristoff is the award-winning author of THE LOTUS WAR trilogy, a Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press & Tor UK. Part 3, ENDSINGER, will be released in November 2014. He's also co-author of the upcoming ILLUMINAE (with Amie Kaufman), a YA Sci-Fi... thing, to be released by Knopf/Random House in 2015.

Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13520 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.

TWITTER: @misterkristoff



Top Ten Books That I Want To Read But Haven't Read Yet
by Jay Kristoff

1. The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
2. Night Film - Marisha Pessl
3. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
4. The Giver – Lois lowry
5. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
6. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
7. Blood Meridian – Cormack McCarthy
8. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
9. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
10. The City and the City – China Meiville




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1 Winner will receive a Signed Copy of ENDSINGER +Signed Bookmark 
4 Winners will receive a Signed Bookmark and Book Plate.
3 Winners wil receive a Copy of ENDSINGER by Jay Kristoff.


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Saturday, November 22, 2014

[Review] The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan #BookReview #CampHalfBlood #PercyJackson

The Mark of Athena
by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #4
Published: October 2nd 2012
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Mythology

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Synopsis:
Annabeth is terrified. Just when she's about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo's fantastical creation doesn't appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that's only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close—the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth's biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he's now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare....

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I've decided to have this book as my come-back read after a month or so of not having any contact to any fiction books and it’s so good to find out my choice didn’t disappoint me.

Mustering my emotions into words of how I felt towards this third installment of Heroes of Olympus Series could quite give hints of my giddy fan girl side so please just bear with my enthusiasm.

Amazing, Awesome, Astounding being put together would still be an understatement for the praise one could say about this book. I have been an avid reader of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson Series and he didn't fail us when the fans requested for more, thus, his creation of Heroes of Olympus Series. One can conclude that i have somehow known the drills of his writings and yes, the man is just a master of putting out twists and surprises to unexpected scenarios in his books but what’s mind blowing is how he never runs out of ideas on how he could effectively surprise his readers, and that’s just exciting.

This book is packed with everything: action, mystery, humor, and of course romance. Those themes were evenly distributed in its pages and I was impressed by how it didn’t result into an overrated pile of demigod adventures. Also, the various settings featured in it with the vivid descriptions by the author made me feel I was throughout with the characters in their whole journey.

Each chapter of the book was based on the different point of views of the characters and I was glad when I sensed a development in their personalities without waning the ability to entertain the readers with their wits, especially with Percy who’s now 17 years old, and I mean I've known him ever since he was just 12, 7 books ago!

“Behold!" Percy shouted. "The god's chosen beverage. Tremble before the horror of Diet Coke!”

I love how the author merged the characters and how he was able to give out the moral lessons through their bonding moments and voyages.

“On the bright side," Percy said, "both Jason and I outrank you, Octavian. So we can both tell you to shut up.”

Even though the Roman and Greek subjects were now mixed up in this installment, the author never failed to bring ‘which is which’ and ‘who is who’ clearly. Comparing it to the previous book, The Son of Neptune made me tremble for being a cliffhanger but this one really drove my heart into the pit of extremely wanting House of Hades (Book 4), to be published right away!




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About the Author





Rick Riordan is an American author from Texas famous for his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian). He attended The University of Texas at Austin in 1986, where he double-majored in English and History He also wrote The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles) and, most recently, The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus). He also wrote the Tres Navarre series for adults and helped to edit Demigods and Monsters, a collection of essays on the topic of his Percy Jackson series. He also wrote book one of the 39 Clues (The Maze of Bones) and co-wrote book eleven (Vespers Rising) published by Scholastic Corporation.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Release Day Celebration: Loop by Karen Akins






Loop
Loop #1
Author: Karen Akins
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.

After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.


Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.

But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future.





Praise:


"A creative take on romance in a high-stakes, high-concept mystery that trusts its readers' intelligence." - Kirkus


"LOOP is a page-turning adventure with some brilliant and original twists to the time travel genre. I devoured the entire book in one sitting!" - Julie Cross, Author of the TEMPEST series


"Hilarious and suspenseful with a delicious dash of romance, LOOP is a mind-bending good time!" - Melissa Landers, Author of the ALIENATED series


Karen Akins lives in the MidSouth where she writes humorous, light YA sci-fi. When not writing or reading, she loves lightsaber dueling with her two sons and forcing her husband to watch BBC shows with her.

Karen has been many things in her life: an archery instructor, drummer for the shortest-lived garage band in history, and a shockingly bad tic-tac-toe player.





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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Budgeting Your Way to Fashion

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Ever heard of the phrase “Budgeting your way to Fashion?” I sure do! Fashion comes in different style and form but one thing you need to have is the right budget. I myself try to find the right brand and the right price for my fashion style. But it doesn’t come that easy. Hitting two birds in one stone hardly comes by, for my taste is a bit more expensive. I have a thinking that when it’s expensive, it’s equal to good quality.

One thing that I suggest you is to find first your style, look into catalogues and fashion magazine and check for new updates on the fashion world. I myself try to be updated by browsing online catalogues. Finding your own style will help you choose the right brand and the right budget for you.
But guess what I found online? It’s a way of getting quality products with a discounted price! Yes, you heard it right!

I know you want to know the details so here’s what I can share – How to Save on Online Shopping

Before you dig into that, the main topic for that page goes into details about taking advantage of coupons. There are lots of way to save money through online shopping but the best way to check out some quality fashion brand is through Nordstrom.com. Nordstrom doesn’t just deliver good shopping experience but works to deliver the best quality for their customers and not just to buy fashion. Hailed as one of the biggest clothing stores in the US, Nordstrom offer the best when it comes to fashion.

I’m really proud to introduce you this website because I’ve always been fascinated with Fashion and their website offer the best brand. I always make it a point to browse to their catalogue for new items. So take advantage of their Nordstrom coupon.

Nordstrom has always helped me choose the right brand on a very light budget. With the use of their promo codes, I can buy accessories, shoes, and a variety compelling clothing to choose from.

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Ever tried Online Shopping lately? I sure do. I've always been fascinated with how technology works now, ever imagine with one click of the mouse you'll be able to buy clothes, gadgets, cellphones, appliances and many more at the comfort of your home. How cool is that?

Ever wonder how to Save more doing Online Shopping? Here's some few tips I can give you:

First, you may want to check out some brands that you like, make sure that you filter your searches by the brands that you like and make a note of the product that you like. It will help narrow down things you'd like to buy.

Second, make use of coupon websites like Sears . You can avail their coupons so that you'll be able to save more.

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