Tuesday, June 28, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? #5 by addictedToV





It's Monday! What are you reading is a weekly meme that comes to us from Sheila at Book Journey. To participate, simply post what you finished reading in the past week and what you plan to read this week. It is a good way to find other books you may enjoy reading. After you write your post, head over to Sheila's blog to leave your post's link on the link entry form at the bottom of the What are you reading? post.




What I Finished

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

If I Stay by Gayle Forman


Currently Reading

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom




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Synopsis:


Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying of ALS - or motor neurone disease - Morrie visited Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class": lessons in how to live. This is a chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.






To Read Next

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta



What are yours? (:

Monday, June 27, 2011

[Blog Tour] Replay by Keira Lea

Excerpt From Replay
by Keira Lea


By ten o’clock Sunday morning, I’m ripping old pages out of my spiral notebook and crumpling them into makeshift basketballs. I inherited Dad’s habit of playing wastebasketball when I’m nervous. And boy am I nervous—no, full-on FREAKED OUT—because the deadline is less than twenty-four hours away and I have more than fifty pages left to write.
Doing this by myself seemed like such a good idea at Miranda’s house.
I don’t know why I expected Dad to be of any help. When I called him last night to ask if I could come over today, he was all cool about it even though it’s not an official visitation weekend. Convincing Mom was a bit trickier, but I used the excuse that I needed to talk to Dad about the panic attacks. I know she agreed only because she thought it would make him feel guilty. I felt kind of bad for taking advantage, but really, she’s the one trying to play mind games. I just want to finish my script.
So much for planned guilt, though; ten minutes after she dropped me off this morning, Dad was running out the door with his laptop computer and a promise that he would be home in time for dinner.
So, here I am with all the peace and quiet in the world, and again, nothing’s going on in the creative department. I drop the notebook on the bed and stretch out next to it, my head propped on my hands. This play is not going to happen. The theater cluster will move ahead with The Scarlet Freakin’ Pimpernel and the budget crunchers will kill the creative writing program. Oh, and the first and last memory Patrick Martin will have of Kelsee Lewis, geek extraordinaire, is me turning pink and squealing in the school hallway. Can you tell me what animal that is, boys and girls?
Sigh. Some prodigy I am.
As I turn onto my back to stare out the window, I feel the familiar tightening in my chest. Oh, this cannot be good. What’s going to happen if I have a bad attack by myself? I’m on the seventh floor of a high-rise condominium building. What if I decide to imitate a bird this time?
These thoughts stumble through my mind as I try to turn on my cell phone, which I turned off earlier to avoid Miranda. The humming in my teeth starts, followed by that locked-jaw sensation. I manage to turn on the phone, but I can’t find the right buttons to select Mom’s entry in the phone book; my fingers will not do what my brain tells them to do. I suddenly regret blocking her from the walkie-talkie connection. I drop the useless phone on the floor.
I start to hyperventilate. Dr. Henry’s voice comes back to me (in a creepy Obi-Wan Kenobi talking to Luke Skywalker way) “Use the breath, Kelsee.”
I have only one option. I slide off the futon and twist my legs into an awkward lotus position like Mrs. Norwood has us do at the beginning of every yoga class. Then, with every bit of forced relaxation I can muster, I struggle to control my breathing.
In-two-three-four-five.
Out-two-three-four-five.
Inhale.
Exhale.
Inhale.
Exhale.
The vibration in my jaw lessens a little. I keep breathing on the same five-count pattern, pushing as many thoughts out of my head as possible. Nothing matters but the breath. Inhale and exhale.
Eventually, I realize that while the symptoms of the panic attack have subsided, I now feel weird on a whole new level. I’m too aware of the room around me: the way the sun slants in the window and illuminates the dust particles in the air, the whoosh of the air through the floor vent, the woven texture of the black futon cover next to me. I pull myself back onto the bed, hearing every creak and whisper of movement from the frame and cushion.
Instinctively, I reach for my notebook and pen to write down what I’m feeling. I flip to the first blank sheet of paper and begin writing, but what comes out is not a journal entry but lines of dialogue.

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About the Author
Keira Lea released her debut novel in April 2011. She is a devoted fan of the TV show FRINGE, a card-carrying member of the Apple cult, and a mother to two human children and three feline ones. She is working on a sequel to Replay.


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[A Week Long Guest Post] To Trailer or Not to Trailer


Welcome to A Week Long Guest Post today Frances Pauli is talking about Book Trailers!
Ok Frances the floor is yours!

To Trailer or Not to Trailer
by
Frances Pauli



A few years back I started to hear a lot about book trailers. They were the new thing, back then, and the buzz had reached something of adull roar. There were a lot of mixed feelings about the phenomenon, and a good percentage of the “experts” all went, “Yeah, no.”

They like to do that. I believe they had the same response to e-books around the same time. Go figure. But they made some good points. I, for one, was a big fan of movie trailers, and I just couldn’t see their application for print media. I’m happy to say that no one listened to me.

Book trailers are still around, and while they may not have continued to swell in popularity, you can’t really stumble around book circles without tripping over them eventually.

I suspect the recurring argument against them is: “There’s no evidence at all that they increase sales.” And to that I have to say, “So what?” I mean, sales are good don’t get me wrong, but does everything an author does have to produce measurable sales? Can’t we, sometimes, add a little something to the book—just for fun? I certainly hope so. I like the idea of putting out bonus material, extras and bells and whistles just because the reader might enjoy them.

In the end, that’s why I ended up making four book trailers. Because, after the first one (which was an accident—I swear) I figured out that it was fun to do. I like making them. They make me smile. I don’t need any better reason, particularly if they make at least one reader smile too.

So now that I’m hooked, I’m curious about what you all think. Do readers love or hate the infamous book trailer? Which side of the fence are you on and why? Does it depend on the individual trailer? (Personally, I’ve seen some that make 1970’s stag films look like Oscar winners) What makes a good trailer or a hideous trailer, in your book?

Thanks so much for having me on the blog today. Feel free to tear at my little trailer efforts too. They can be found at:http://www.youtube.com/user/FrancesPauli?feature=mhee
And more info on my writing and books at: http://francespauli.com

What can you say about Book Trailers? Do you like Book Trailers? What are your favorite Book Trailers? We would love to hear from you.

A big THANKS to Frances Pauli for participating on this feature *waves*If you'd like to participate on A Week Long Guest PostFind all about it here

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #6 by Era Penera


It's Monday! What are you reading is a weekly meme that comes to us from Sheila at Book Journey. To participate, simply post what you finished reading in the past week and what you plan to read this week. It is a good way to find other books you may enjoy reading. After you write your post, head over to Sheila's blog to leave your post's link on the link entry form at the bottom of the What are you reading? post.

What I Finished


Space Junque (Apocalypto #1) by L.K. Rigel


Spiderwork (Apocalypto #2) by L.K. Rigel

What I'm Reading
  

Bleeder (Apocalypto #3) by L.K. Rigel

Synopsis from Goodreads 

The King of Garrick wants to kill her.
The King of Allel wants to love her.
And shapeshifters stole her baby's soul!


It's been a hundred years since sea-level rise and global nuclear war wiped out most of humanity. Mallory is a chalice, one of the world's rare fertile females who contract with the kings of the Concord Cities to provide natural-born heirs.

It was supposed to be a pampered and uneventful life, but Mal becomes caught between King Garrick's scheme for world domination and the goddess Asherah's desperate plays for another god's attention.

In her struggle to survive, Mal must confront the most terrifying threat of all -- the truth of her past and the inevitability of her destin
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To Read Next 

Erm... 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

[Review] Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Prom and Prejudice
by Elizabeth Eulberg


Hardcover, 231 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Point


After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn’t interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be — especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.

Lizzie is happy about her friend’s burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles’s friend, Will Darcy, who’s snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn’t seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it’s because her family doesn’t have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk — so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?

Will Lizzie’s pride and Will’s prejudice keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making? Whatever the result, Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club, has concocted a very funny, completely stylish delight for any season — prom or otherwise.

-Goodreads

My thoughts?

Liked it enough. It's a fast, light read, but nothing spectacular. The scenes were bound to be predictable and honestly, stereotypical love stories are overrated.

Actually, I've read Pride and Prejudice way before but I didn't take it seriously so I can barely remember anything. Before reading, one thing that probably made it interesting enough for me is the term prom. I had guesses this will turn out fabulous since every girl in Longbourn Academy is obsessing about it, and I was hoping it'll be quite inventive. The story is narrated by Lizzie, a talented, hardworking girl who goes to an elite boarding school as a scholarship student and is constantly tormented by the rich girls. Unlike any other, she could care less about fancy clothes and jewelries, and had no intentions of going to prom. And when she met Darcy, whom she thought was an actual snob because of their social standing difference, I knew he's going to be the one. I mean, how many stories come up with that? Two opposite people, the rich and the poor, well that's quite easy to guess. Things aren't very much surprising.

Honestly, at the back of my mind, I'm quite thankful that I studied in a not-so-fancy high school but I know is somewhere I belong, where financial inequalities don't really matter. I think people with those kind of thinking are just plain dumb and self minded. Anyway, I don't know why but I had a hard time connecting with the characters and the love story itself. Yeah it's cute, but I was expecting a bit variation and uniqueness. But on the brighter side, the characters aren't too flat but written well.

I'm not actually saying that I dislike the book, and I still have some scenes in mind that I actually liked, but I'm not spoiling anything. This book just worked out fine for me and if you want something light, and some highschool themed romance, go for this book.


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Thursday, June 23, 2011

[Review] Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh


Archangel's Consort
by Nalini Singh
Publication Date: January 25, 2011
Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Berkley; Original edition


Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux and her lover, the lethally beautiful archangel Raphael, have returned home to New York only to face an uncompromising new evil…

A vampire has attacked a girls’ school—the assault one of sheer, vicious madness—and it is only the first act. Rampant bloodlust takes vampire after vampire, threatening to make the streets run with blood. Then Raphael himself begins to show signs of an uncontrolled rage, as inexplicable storms darken the city skyline and the earth itself shudders.

The omens are suddenly terrifyingly clear.

An ancient and malevolent immortal is rising. The violent winds whisper her name: Caliane. She has returned to reclaim her son, Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena, the consort who must be destroyed…

-Goodreads


My Thoughts?

I wasn’t really wrong when I said this book would be awesome. Judging from the previous ones of this series, I might as well ask Nalini Singh to never end it.


Archangel’s Consort is the third book of Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. At this point, Elena has already been known, not as an archangel’s pet, but the archangel’s consort. Well, there goes the title. Not that Elena really gives a damn about the Cadre calling her Raphael’s pet, I mean she’s way too bad ass for that.

It’s the story really. I just couldn’t get enough of it. The way they were beautifully crafted was just amazing. The characters as well are just dangerously stunning. I might as well consider the Seven – a group of Raphael’s very loyal men – as some of the lead characters. Seriously, if Nalini Singh decides to write stories of any of these seven characters, I will surely read them. This book obviously just wouldn’t make you intrigued to the lives and the past of the protagonists; the histories of the other characters will make you curious as well.

It shows a relationship of a really strong, that could only be an understatement, archangel and a hunter he chose to be his consort. It’s pretty good to have Elena also being a tough ass. It keeps things going. Raphael’s character too has softened, not that you need an elaboration. That would be a spoiler.

Sure this book has a lot of sex scenes. I mean there are too many ‘acts of lasciviousness’ in here. Okay, ha! But anyway, it’s not just about that. Or if that sounds good for you then yeah, it’s mostly about that too. But I mean the Cadre and the Seven really can’t allow me to ever stop from reading, yes they're that cruel... or not. I just couldn’t handle the thought of not reading Illium or Jason or Venom anymore. Well, if you’re wondering, those are the three of the sexy Seven. And they aren’t just sexy, they’re also seriously good at fighting and each one of them has past that is very intriguing. I wish I could read those at the next Guild Hunter book, the Archangel’s Blade, which I will surely be reading.

I love every book of this series. As I’ve always said, this is a must read. Well I would just probably want to share the joy I had when I learn about the existing fiction characters that consists of the sexy Seven. Does that even make sense? Anyway, if you try it, enjoy reading. If you already have, I could only say, “I know right.”


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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

[Review] The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Steel Corset

by Kady Cross
Publication Date: May 24, 2011
Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition



In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one except the thing inside her. When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch.

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits. Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.
 Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help and finally be a part of something, finally fit in. But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on, even if it seems no one believes her.


-Goodreads


My Thoughts?


It was a good book. I finished it after all. It was lovely too because of the mysterious atmosphere that surrounds it. I love mystery, and the action is just icing on the cake.

I think that this book has so many interesting ideas. But because of so many ideas, I find it now confusing on which part should be focused. Each one of the characters has special abilities, and I think that the lady protagonist has the most intriguing one but I was disappointed that it wasn’t that much highlighted. Seriously, I would have loved to read more about her to understand how her abilities work. There are scenes in which I get confused as to who I’m reading. This is probably because I haven’t read the prequel of this book? I heard there was one.

Don’t get me wrong but as much as this is Victorian England, I couldn’t help but imagine animes (the animation from Japan, yeah that) while reading this book. I don’t know but it gives me that feeling. I think it’s a good sign too because I love anime. It’s just that they are so into this certain mystery (that is related to their histories, by the way) and while in the process of uncovering the unknown, they have created a bond in such a way that could change the lives of each and everyone. And I appreciate it.

The characters here are likable, of course, but there was this notorious Dandy that I couldn’t help to admire. Sure he isn’t one of the main characters but I bet that he’s one of the most important. I couldn’t help but mention him. His character is so dangerously beautiful. If this is a spoiler, forgive me, but I would’ve loved to see him really hook up with the dark part of the lead lady.

You know what I think? You should read it too. And then you would see for yourself.   



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Teaser Tuesday #5 by addictedToV





Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!











Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella





My Teaser:




"Mum has told me my great-aunt was 105 approximately 105 times. I'm pretty sure it's because that's the only fact she knows about her."





Monday, June 20, 2011

[A Week Long Guest Post] Paranormal Book Genre by Inga Kupp



Welcome to  A Week Long Guest Post!

We have here Inga Kupp of Me and Reading is talking about Paranormal Book Genre.
The floor is yours!

Paranormal reading

Couple of weeks ago I heard a question, which I really liked. That was: Is Paranormal the New Normal?


If you look at the best seller charts or read about the statistics which books are most popular amongst young adults, there is definitely no question about it – Paranormal IS the New Normal.
One of my favorite genres is Paranormal Romance and this goes both young adult ad adult books.

What does paranormal mean? I have actually been asked this question several times when I have been talking about reading, books, authors and it has surprised me. Why?
Paranormal literature includes everything which is not considered as being human. The actual word paranormal means not normal at all, it is everything which is aside being normal. Confusing, huh?

I guess when you read this blog post, you are definitely aware of what paranormal means. The confusing part for me here is that for me personally paranormal is normal, because I love books from paranormal genre, always have. I absolutely adore good paranormal books, where you have non-human creatures like vampires, fairies, werewolves, shifters, witches, mages, giants – you name it and I like it! It’s like advanced fairy tales for me. These stories also give a good and positive escape from the everyday live and let your fantasy fly!

Paranormal genre gives endless possibilities to write stories, because only the author’s fantasy can be the limit. Of course, the story has to have some believable content as well. It’s not enough to have only paranormal creatures, but the story and the development of the story and characters is very important.

My favorite books within the paranormal genre are paranormal romances. A good love story with interesting characters is a joy to read. Luckily lots of good paranormal books have been published during the last decade and there have been many paranormal books which I have read and reviewed. To mention a few: Raven by Indie author Suzy Turner, which a fantastic young adult book; Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz which is also highly recommendable young adult book. Of course, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series is an absolute must to read for a person who loves a good paranormal romance.

My favorite adult paranormal series is Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, which is the best series I’ve read so far. I absolutely love Charlaine Harris’ books! Another good adult paranormal series is Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward.

So my question to you is, if the paranormal is a nee normal? What do you think?


What can you say about Paranormal books? are you a fan of this genre?
A big THANKS to Inga Kupp for participating on this feature *waves*

If you'd like to participate on A Week Long Guest Post
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It's Monday, What Are You Reading? #4 by addictedToV





It's Monday! What are you reading is a weekly meme that comes to us from Sheila at Book Journey. To participate, simply post what you finished reading in the past week and what you plan to read this week. It is a good way to find other books you may enjoy reading. After you write your post, head over to Sheila's blog to leave your post's link on the link entry form at the bottom of the What are you reading? post.




What I Finished

Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Shadowland by Meg Cabot

Everlasting by Alyson Noel


What I'm Reading
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella





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Synopsis:


Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don’t get visited by ghosts. Or do they?


When the spirit of Lara’s great-aunt Sadie–a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance–mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions. Her best friend and business partner has run off to Goa, her start-up company is floundering, and she’s just been dumped by the “perfect” man.

Sadie, however, could care less.

Lara and Sadie make a hilarious sparring duo, and at first it seems as though they have nothing in common. But as the mission to find Sadie’s necklace leads to intrigue and a new romance for Lara, these very different “twenties” girls learn some surprising truths from each other along the way. Written with all the irrepressible charm and humor that have made Sophie Kinsella’s books beloved by millions, Twenties Girl is also a deeply moving testament to the transcendent bonds of friendship and family.

From the Hardcover edition.






To Read Next

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks




What are yours? (:

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