{Book Review} Wynter Chelsea

By: | Nov 25, 2011
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Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy (Wynter Chelsea #1)
Author: Becca Ritchie
Format: eBook
Pages: 384
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Published: October 19, 2008
Rating: 4 Birds

Four hundred years ago a creature descended upon the Earth. The supernatural hunted innocent lives wanting blood and vengeance. Two families, the Wynters and the Chelseas, knew of the darkness that reigned over the world. For thousands of years they hunted and killed to protect those who knew nothing of the dangers.
Amanda Chelsea vies to be a part of the Wynter Chelsea legacy, constantly craving the thrill of a lifetime that her older brother, Jack, and the two Wynter boys experience. At seventeen, Amanda’s passion to fight is overwhelming, and she cannot come to grips with why the boys are protecting her. Abilities are cast upon the new generation of Wynters and Chelseas, only in hopes of guiding them to vanquish the impenetrable creature. Even as Amanda Chelsea receives the power of empathy, feeling other people’s emotions, it brings more harm than a vital potency. Through the turmoil in New Jersey, Dustin Wynter is the only one able to relate to Amanda with a similar gift. As Jack’s rage boils over the edge, Dustin must put the pieces back together and hold the legacy up with a shaking arm and a quirky brother by his side.
When the world couldn’t seem to become anymore dangerous, both parents of each family go missing. Now with no choice but to bring Amanda along, she finally is able to fight without hassle, but is it worth it? Is the disappearance of the ones she loved a price that she has to pay for her dream to join the legacy? Traveling across the United States, the four young adults must confront their hidden emotions and ultimate reason for living.
Wynter Chelsea is a novel about finding truth in oneself and truth in the world amid the darkness that follows. Readers of the young adult genre will connect with Amanda’s coming of age story, where life seems to be at the tip of her fingers but she can’t hold on to it. Wynter Chelsea has a spark of comedy with Trevor Wynter and love with the bubbling young romance of Amanda and Dustin. With a strong sense of love, loss, and sacrifice, Wynter Chelsea connects the sentiment of the reader to the page. When the reader closes the novel, their heart will surely be left within the lines

Thank you to The {Teen} Book Scene for providing us with this tour opportunity.  To check out more on Becca Ritchie and see some other great reviews, click on the blue words up there ^ or the big button down below v!

My take: So what is there to say?  Wynter Chelsea is totally off kilter – but in an oh so good way!  Fighting demons, spirits and what have you is not a way you’d normally go about trying to fight for your parents…but the Wynter family and the Chelsea family have been brought into this life.

What makes this book so good is that you see it through Amanda’s eyes – but she’s constantly with her brother Jack, and two other guys of the Wynter family – Trevor and Dustin.  Through the different aspects, Amanda’s never been able to fight, to help…to really do anything worthy of really earning the trust and respect of her older brother and the two other boys.  She’s always been the protected.

Amanda’s this strong willed character who basically is out to defy every rule that’s ever been put against her for being the only girl to be born into the family.  And with this generation of Wynter’s and Chelsea’s comes the supernatural aspect – they all have some sort of ‘power’ if you will.  It’s not enough that the boys all get to practice with their gifts, and learn how to fight and defend themselves that pushes Amanda over the edge – it’s the boys also stand against her in wishing she learn to protect herself because they constantly have to.

The trials and tribulations that each of these characters seemingly goes through is enough to take in – especially when they go to fight someone…or rather something in the mystical realm.  Their parents taught them well – but will it ever be enough to get past everything that lies in their way?

All in all, it’s a pretty darn good book for something that’s outside my normal realm of liking or truly understanding (because let’s face it, unless it has a vampire, an angel or a witch, I’m usually nowhere to be found).  So this was a great way to jump outside of myself and enjoy a good book!

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{YA Rebels} I'm Thankful for Gag Reels

By: | Nov 23, 2011
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In my attempt to do a vlog about the funny things that happened to me over the year, and how I am thankful for them...I just managed to screw up over and over so I turned it into a Gag Reel!

Each thing I say is part of a story, a rather funny one in most cases so if you want to know what something is ask me in the comments here or on You Tube and I'll tell ya! LOL




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{Book Review} The Sharp Time

By: | Nov 21, 2011
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The Sharp Time
Author: Mary O’Connell
Format: ARC
Pages: 240
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: November 8, 2011
Rating: 3.5 Birds

Sandinista Jones is a high school senior with a punk rock name and a broken heart. The death of her single mother has left Sandinista alone in the world, subject to the random vulnerability of everyday life. When the school system lets her down, her grief and instability intensify, and she ponders a violent act of revenge.
Still, in the midst of her crisis, she gets a job at The Pale Circus, a funky vintage clothing shop, and finds friendship and camaraderie with her coworker, a boy struggling with his own secrets.
Even as Sandinista sees the failures of those with power and authority, she's offered the chance to survive through the redemptive power of friendship. Now she must choose between faith and forgiveness or violence and vengeance.

Thank you to The {Teen} Book Scene for hosting this tour for us to hop on.  Check out other reviews and interviews by clicking the name above!

My take: So I thought this would be a pretty cool book to read, what with a name in it like Sandinista, and a place called The Pale Circus – where could you go wrong?

Now, I’m not usually one to be kind of….harsh…per se on books, but this book moved incredibly slowly and I kept wondering when it would get better.  Mary had a GREAT thought as to this girl having a harsh life, and trying to get by.  But in truth, the book only spans a time period of a week – so every so many pages is only one day.  That’s probably what made it the hardest to read.

Given Sandinista’s struggles to survive daily life, I think the book could have been spanned across months as opposed to days and taken more light of things that this strange, misunderstood teenager had to struggle with in order to make a life for herself.  It was like living a high school drama all over again – and not one of those “this thing lasts for months” type of drama but one of those “it happened in one day and we’re still talking about it five years later” kind of dramas. 

Because I liked the idea of the story and the character Sandinista herself – I gave this a little bit better of a review rating.  I think given tweaks and more fine tuning, this could have been an excellent book!

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More Changes!!!!

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Yesterday I mentioned that the MMSAI Tours were coming to an end due to the inability of the post office to deliver packages with out losing them.

Well….there’s more!

Now, I personally think these are good changes!!! Here’s the low down.

Between scheduling MMSAI’s team, handling all e-mails, web site and graphics, being a YA Rebel, trying to write TWO books, doing graphics for the Teen Book Scene, being a stay at home mom, reading and reviewing over 115 books this years, starting to review movies, I can honestly tell you my family is concerned for my mental health and wondering where I am most of the time.

I started the blog having no idea I would take off in this fashion, I thank you all for following and reading and supporting me it’s more than I could ever ask for – but I’m burnt out. My family misses me, and they are most important.

NOW DON’T PANIC!

MMSAI isn’t going anywhere, we will just be lowering the frequency of posts, 2 reviews a week, get back into the meme’s which I miss and I will be handing over the reins to to Rosmelie in some fashion making her now a CO-OWNER (everyone congratulate her!) Basically I want my girls to focus on the fun of this “job” instead of being stressed and feeling overly obligated.

These changes will come in the new year, and hopefully will also be done with another blogger coming in – know anyone interested?

I just need to step back and breathe. I need to focus on my dream which over this year has become my writing, otherwise I’ll spend my whole life supporting everyone else’s dream and mine will fall through the cracks.

I realize we don’t have to post 1-4 times a day to make you guy's stop in, we just need to post the right stuff! Thanks for always being here and making this little hobby of mine into a full blow achievement! Now it’s time for me to start working on achieving something else and I know you will all be there cheering me on through that too!

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Changes Are a Coming!

By: | Nov 20, 2011
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Dear lovely readers and supporters of MMSAI -

First off - How I love you all. Truly! You make my world by stopping in here and I thank you for all you do to keep MMSAI going!

Down to business. This is the first of a few notes you’ll see over the coming weeks about some changes coming to MMSAI set to happen in 2012.

I’ll start small. The book tours I host are going to be put on hold indefinitely. The unreliability of the United States Postal Service and the ungodly prices of UPS are preventing me from running things smoothly.

In 6 months, the post off has lost not one, not two, not four BUT SIX of my packages and this, to me is inexcusable. I already pay extra to have a delivery confirmation number on them, and next is insurance which for an ARC will do me no good. They only pay you face value for your lost item and as ARCS have no monetary value at all, can’t be bought and can’t be replaced, I’d be throwing my money away and just starting a cat fight with people who could care less.

I have held off on outright trashing the post office via MMSAI because I found it to be unprofessional, but this current package lost has sent me over the edge and with it my care for what anyone thinks about my rant.

Yes, I mail more items than the average bear – but I don’t find it to be above and beyond the call of duty for the people working at the post off to PAY ATTENTION to what they are doing to assure peoples items arrive at their destinations. They are paid, rather well mind you, for their work and because they are a “monopoly” they don’t care for customer service or if they lose anything because really, where else will we go to mail items at a reasonable price.

I apologize to all my readers and the amazing publishers and authors who have entrusted me to run tours for them thus far. Until I can suss out the issue and get some clarification as to why I seem to be the only person on the planet effected by this, there will be no more book tours.

All tours currently running will finish out, so if you are signed up – do not fear!

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{Tens List} Megan Bostic

By: | Nov 18, 2011
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Today we are proud to have Megan Bostic on the blog via The {Teen} Book Scene tours, author of Never Eighteen.She’s giving us a tens list. The topic chosen was: Top Ten Meaningful Things In Your Life.

To check out reviews, and other guest posts by Megan click HERE to see the rest of the tour!!

Top Ten Meaningful things in your life

10. Soccer. I love it. I love playing with my kids (when I have the energy, though I can’t really keep up
with them anymore). I love that soccer keeps my girls in shape and out of trouble. I love watching them
play. I am still awestruck and proud every time my oldest scores a goal, or my youngest stops a difficult
one.

9. Social networking. Now, no laughing. I’ve met SO many people through Facebook it’s not even funny.
I like staying connected to other writers, readers, family, and friends. I love looking at their pictures,
reading what’s happening in their lives, laughing at their jokes. Even if I’m not always able to write
them, I like to check in and make sure they’re still a part of my world.

8. Readers. If they don’t like my work, they motivate me to improve. If they love it, well, that just
makes me melt.

7. Educators. Truly, the hardest working, most underpaid people on the face of the planet. Without
them the world would be a very dumb place to live.

6. Faith. I’m not a religious person, not by any sense of the word, but I think that people have to rely on
a certain amount of faith, whether it’s in god, or mankind, or one’s self, or whatever, to make it in life. If
you’ve no faith in anything, what’s the point, right?

5. My book deal. I know, that sounds so vain, but seriously. I’ve made new friends because of it.
It’s forced me to come out of my shell, to leave my comfort zone. It compels me to work hard, to be
diligent and persistent. It’s given me confidence in myself, something I’ve lacked for a large portion of
my life.

4. Writing. Writing has been a godsend. It’s been a form of therapy and release. I don’t know how I
went so long without it. Once I started, I knew I would never stop, couldn’t stop.

3. Friends. There are those I can count on when I need a shoulder to cry on or a laugh, to go out for
dinner or drinks, to get advice or my toilet fixed. They are all unique and all have their own special place
in my heart for different reasons. And I hope I’m as good a friend to them as they have been to me.

2. Family. Sometimes they drive me nuts (and I’m sure I, them) but they are the ones who will be there
for you whether you have a broken heart, a broken arm, or a broken coffee mug.

1. My girls. They provide me light on even my darkest days.

 

Thanks so much Megan for stopping in!!!

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{Book Tour & Giveaway} Mortal Obligation

By: | Nov 14, 2011
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Grungy Paper VignetteAuthor: Nichole Chase
Pages: 190
Release Date: August 14th 2011
Publisher: Self Published
Format: eBook
Rating: 4 Birds

Ree will face the darkest form of betrayal before the year is out. Seventeen year old Ree McKenna has three goals: get through high school, convince her crush she is more than his best friend’s little sister, and save money for college. Fate, though, has other plans for her. After the untimely death of her older brother, Ree is haunted by dreadful nightmares and terrifying visions. To make matters worse, Ree has started to suspect that something dangerous is stalking her from the shadows. A night full of frightening surprises leaves Ree with unsettling news. Gifted by the gods with unusual powers, she must devote herself to a battle that could very well lead to not only her death, but the demise of everyone she knows and loves. After all, Ree is the only mortal standing between the Earth and utter darkness. Set in Savannah, Ga, Mortal Obligation is the first book of The Dark Betrayal Trilogy.

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We are excited to be participating in the Mortal Obligation Tour! Read on for my review and a chance at some great prizes!

Okay, so Mortal Obligation is the kind of book I'm trying to avoid lately (weak girl has to save the world while being a complete virgin and trying to get the guy) but MO is pretty good, despite many elements I would normally avoid. Much cheese is included, sappy friendship scenes are common and Buffy-Style vampires are rife, while Ree and her friend try and kick Demon butt and save the day - and the world.

 
The story starts just before Ree meets her first Demon, which admittedly didn't quite work. Some character development before the Saving-The-World thing would have equaled a stronger storyline. We get to know Ree's friends quickly through and they're around all the way through the story. Ree's character is easily the weakest, as all she does is complain about how bad her life is and worry that Paden doesn't want her as more than a sister. Whilst being attracted to Roland, who is pretty hot to be honest. Would have worked better to switch between the character's POVs so we get a break from her for a bit! Not too much happens in this book, expectedly as it's setting up the story for the battle ahead. There's a whole lot of running around an island and training to fight demons, with a lot of funny moments. Of course, the story wouldn't be complete with a cheesy cliffhanger and someone going 'Oh, it was me all along!' which I enjoyed immensely, for no apparent reason. Cheese is good sometimes I guess.

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{Movie Review} The Art of Getting By

By: | Nov 13, 2011
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The Art of Getting By
Starring: Emma Roberts
Freddie Highmore
Elizabeth Reaser
Michael Angarano
Length: 84 minutes
Genre: Romance/Drama
DVD Release: November 29th 2011
Studio: Fox SearchLight

THE ART OF GETTING BY stars Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who's made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, who is befriended by Sally (Emma Roberts – Scream 4), a beautiful and complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.

 

George (played by Highmore) is a high school student, with issues. The impending doom of his mortality causes everything else in life to seem pointless. Why waste your time going to school and such, when we all end up the same way in the end? Dead.

Now, he’s not dying, so to speak. No more then the rest of us. He just knows, one day he will die and refuses to conform in the time between now and then. Everyone loves a lead role with issues…well I do anyway.

Sally (played by Emma Roberts) is the somewhat bad girl with the unpredictable mom. (Elizabeth Reaser, The Twilight Saga) George has a thing for Sally, it’s as obvious as the nose on his face, but she just wants to keep things in the “friend zone”. So he silently loves her, saying nothing.

Cue the tortured artist (Played by Michael Angarano Red State, Almost Famous – or as I call him “Oregano” because I can not pronounce his last name to save my life) who’s to help George with art, and instead try's to help him with his love life.

Relationships of different status’ start and end, decisions both good and bad are made. At one point we get a fist fight, but between who – well you’ll have to watch the movie to find out. And while it was incredibly easy for me to watch Roberts in a role like this because she plays them so well and is so versatile. I mean, did you see her in Scream 4!? Move over auntie Julia….there’s a new girl in town!! I have to be honest seeing Freddie Highmore playing the somewhat jerky, “coming of age man” was a bit difficult in the beginning.

I look at him and I see Charlie Bucket, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory his most famous role that I have seen to date. I applaud him for taking on a more challenging movie part and steeping out of the "good boy” roles he’s been consistently offered. I think that if he can keep up these types of roles, he will have a great career in front of him, but the lists of children geared films on his IMdB page doesn’t make me all that optimistic, at least not right now.

In the end, I gave THE ART OF GETTING BY a 3.5 - 4 Birds. I would watch it again, I enjoyed it, got me thinking, stirred emotions and I loved seeing the familiar faces pop up through out…like Alicia Silverstone has a small role as does Rita Wilson!

Click the movie poster above to check out the IMdB page!

As Always, thanks to Fox Home Entertainment for the great early screening copy! Follow them on Twitter @FoxHomeEnt

 

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{Book Review} Sign Language + Giveaway

By: | Nov 12, 2011
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Sign Language
Author: Amy Ackley
Pages: 336
Release Date: August 18th 2011
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 5 Birds
Twelve-year-old Abby North's first hint that something is really wrong with her dad is how long it's taking him to recover from what she thought was routine surgery. Soon, the thing she calls "It" has a real name: cancer. Before, her biggest concerns were her annoying brother, the crush unaware of her existence, and her changing feelings for her best friend, Spence, the boy across the street. Now, her mother cries in the shower, her father is exhausted, and nothing is normal anymore. Amy Ackley's impressive debut is wrenching, heartbreaking, and utterly true.
This book is for anyone who has lost a family member or friend. For anyone who has lost someone to cancer. For anyone who was ever confused, sorting through emotions and falling in love at the age of 15. For anyone who want’s to read an emotionally charged, deeply personal, nothing held back account of life, loss and finding yourself as a teenager.

This book is for you.

I started this book the day before the review was due.  To be honest I read very fast and only need about 3-5 hours to finish something, though being a mom and having other things to do – sometimes those hours are hard to find. But this was a good night, all the hours right in a row, and so I sat down to read.
Half way through the book, you guys: I was ROCKED, emotionally. I very literally couldn't see through my tears and had to put the book down so I could gather myself. The tale of Abby’s father’s cancer is so raw and honest that my heart broke for Abby with every word. More then that, I could relate. 4 years ago I stood over the bed of my grandfather and watched cancer win.

Ackely also has a superior way of getting into to the head of a teenaged girl. Yes, I do realize at one point she was one, but as we get older we lose bits. Forget why something was so important, or how it felt just sit and look at something through the eyes of someone that age. She didn’t miss a thing, from struggles with make up and hair, to awkward feelings around boys…it’s all there.

The is a brilliantly written coming of age story that shouldn’t just be on everyone's TBR pile but required reading for all. I commend Amy for having the courage to write, what must have been in some way as personal experience and putting it out there for the world to share in.

This novel is beautiful, and heart wrenching and will touch everyone in their own way. Because I’m so certain you too will like it, and because I refused to part with my now cherish and beloved copy from Amy, she has offered up another one for one of my readers! It will be personalized to the winner!
Thank you Amy for the contest, and thank you for Sign Language!

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{DVD Giveaway} Love Begins

By: | Nov 10, 2011
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Win a copy of LOVE BEGINS, out on DVD November 22
 
Based on the novel, Love Finds a Home, discover how Janette Oke’s touching “Love Comes Softly” series began in LOVE BEGINS, arriving on DVD November 22 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
After their father passes away, Ellen Barlow (Julie Mond) and her sister Cassie (Abigail Mavity) struggle to maintain their family’s farm. When Clark Davis (Wes Brown) finds trouble in their town on his way to California, Ellen agrees to hire him at the farm to work off his debts. Before long, Clark and Ellen unexpectedly develop feelings for each other. Ultimately, the pair begins a legacy of love and faith together in this heartwarming family drama.
For your chance to win a copy of LOVE BEGINS on DVD, simply answer the following question:
What is the name of the character who has to work off his debts in LOVE BEGINS?
· Wes Brown
· Clark Davis
· Ellen Barlow 

ANSWER IN THE FORM BELOW!
 
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{Book Review} The Death Cure

By: | Nov 8, 2011
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The Maze Runner #3
Author: James Dashner
Pages: 384
Release Date: October 11th, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Rating: 3.5 -  4 Birds
Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test.
What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says.
The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine.
Will anyone survive the Death Cure?
It’s always a sad day when I finish a series I have come to love as much as I did The Maze Runner series. It’s conflicting because you can’t wait to tear through the pages, devouring every word to find out what happens, but eventually you reach the last page and wind up being done. Saying good bye. *sniff*
The Death Cure was highly anticipated by me, and I have to be fully honest it was not my favorite of the series. It had all the same Glader vernacular that I have come to enjoy and often use when speaking to my book club gals (because they are the only ones who get it when I tell them to “Slim it” or call them a “Klunk head”) but I still felt like it was missing something, something I can not put my finger on.
I even tried making a list of what I wanted it to have, and found that it had it all. Suspense, CHECK! Action and fighting, CHECK!, Undertones of a blossoming love story, CHECK! People dying, CHECK! Twists and gut wrenching goodbyes, CHECK!

So what’s the deal, if it had everything I wanted, why did I not love it as much as the other 2 in the series? I think maybe I felt some of my questions weren’t answered, though writing a book intentionally that way gets people thinking and talking so I understand maybe why it was done. Also the ending seemed…… too easy? Which is nuts – for everything they go through to get to the end.
Maybe it’s simply that it was the end, and the end is always hard. At the end of every other book I had more too look forward to. I implore you to pick up The Maze Runner series and dig into the dystopian society mixed a little with Lord of the Flies and become a part of this intricately woven world for yourself and try not to love it.

The coolest part was the Secret Documents in the very back of the book that explain to you how and why it all began. The Flare and the Tests that is, and I promise you when you begin to read it, you won’t believe your eyes.

Wrapping up, I’m going 3.5 – 4 Bird rating for The Death Cure, simply because I enjoyed it but wasn’t madly in love with it. It’s 100% with reading, as is the ENTIRE series! Also, can we get this series made into a movie or TV show please? It’s a damn shame not to see this world on the big screen! It would be a hit, I just know it!!!

LET’S DISCUSS
- Have you read it The Death Cure?
- With out being spoilery, what did you think?
- Which of the books in the series was your favorite?
- Who is your favorite character and why?

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*Thank you to the wonderful people at Random House for sharing a copy of this novel with me!
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{We’ve Got WINNERS!}

By: | Nov 7, 2011
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It seems I’m always announcing winners around here! It’s great!!!

Today we are announcing the winners for:

 

Bloody Little Secrets eBook by Karley Kirkpatrick

Jill of the O.W.L.

Scorpio Races Prize Bundle

Ashley O.

Physical copy of Once a Witch by Carolyn McCullough

Lisa Austin

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*All winners will be contacted by e-mail and must respond within 48 hours to claim their prizes. In the event they do not, new winners will be chosen with no notice given.

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{Book Review} Everneath

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Everneath #1
Author: Brodi Ashton
Pages: 370
Release Date: January 24th 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Rating 5 Birds

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.
She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.
Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.
As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...

When Everneath arrived in the mail, I wasn’t expecting it. (I love those kind of mail days!) The first thing I thought when I took it out of the package was: “Amazing cover!”. And as I am a self proclaimed cover snob" it said to me “This book will rock!” – and you know what….the cover doesn’t lie! The story behind it’s beautiful font and image is just as great!

Everneath is another amazing retelling (they are getting popular, huh?!) this time loosely based on the the story of Eurydice and Orpheus, the Greek myth focusing on the power of love and sacrifices made for it. Now, don’t go and read that myth it if you don’t already know it because it might give some things away – but believe me when I tell you this book will grab you, suck you in and make you it’s Forfeit, sucking the emotion from you as you read! What’s a Forfeit? Well, you’ll have to read Everneath to find out. *wink*

I read Everneath until the wee hours of morning, unable to put it down and literally had to fight myself to go to sleep. When I woke up, the first thing I did was polish it off. This book will take you to places you’ve never been, a world so masterfully created and described by Ashton you won’t want to leave it. It will twist you up, make you want to hug your friends and family, appreciate the loves you have in your life and *warning* get tissues because if you don’t cry, you’ve got issues!

A Solid 5 Birds for Brodi Ashtons debut novel. I am anxiously awaiting the release of the 2nd in the series. The downfall to reading ARCS…you want more before the actual book has been put on the shelves! I feel like the waiting is twice as long! LOL.

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*Thank you to the wonderful people at HarperCollins for sharing this novel with MMSAI!

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{Book Review} Don’t Fear the Reaper

By: | Nov 6, 2011
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Don’t Fear the Reaper
Author: Michelle Muto
Format: eBook
Pages: 263
Published: September 23, 2011
Rating: 3.5 Birds

Grief-stricken by the murder of her twin, Keely Morrison is convinced suicide is her ticket to eternal peace and a chance to reunite with her sister. When Keely succeeds in taking her own life, she discovers death isn’t at all what she expected. Instead, she’s trapped in a netherworld on Earth and her only hope for reconnecting with her sister and navigating the afterlife is a bounty-hunting reaper and a sardonic, possibly unscrupulous, demon. But when the demon offers Keely her greatest temptation—revenge on her sister's murderer—she must uncover his motives and determine who she can trust. Because, as Keely soon learns, both reaper and demon are keeping secrets and she fears the worst is true—that her every decision will change how, and with whom, she spends eternity.

My take: So I went into the book thinking “mystery, unsolved murder, figuring things out” – which, it ended up to be.  Michelle Muto has created a wonderful story for those looking for something about death and the demonic world…and purgatory.

The biggest reason I gave this book a little bit of a lower rating was because Keely seemed like this whiny thing after having taking her own life.  It’s like “ok, look you’re dead, now learn to deal with purgatory.  You have things to figure out.”  But with the self loathing, it was hard to get in the mindset that she was going to keep striving sometimes to find her lost twin who had been murdered.

Trying to figure Banning and Daniel out was tricky, which was the part I truly did enjoy.  One second I’d trust one, and the next I’d trust the other one.  Total mind boggle for me.  Guess I have crazy thoughts too often?

I liked getting to kind of go into the mind of the demon and the reaper – without having to delve too far because it was from Keely’s perspective.  So props to Michelle for not going too far with how the processing worked and only sharing it from one mindset.

Given the opportunity to reread this book, I probably would so I could see past Keely’s self-loathing and look further into the minds of nearly everyone in the story.  I have to admit, this one was a bit out of my comfort zone because I’m more used to the whole “here’s a plot, girl falls in love, things happen, the end” and this was completely different.

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{Movie Review} Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Starring: Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun
Released on DVD: November 1st 2011
Fox Home Entertainment
Rating: 4 Birds

A story set in 19th century China and centered on the lifelong friendship between two girls who develop their own secret code as a way to contend with the rigid cultural norms imposed on women.

A copy of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan was gifted to the MMSAI team from Fox Home Entertainment. To be honest, until I read deeper into the premise behind the movie and the New York Times bestselling novel it was based on of the same name, written by Lisa See, I may not have normally picked up this movie at my local Red Box or Netflix. But I am ever grateful for being presented with this amazing story because I was really pulled into the plot and very much enjoyed the movie! Watching these two stores, one for each of the girls who has been isolated by their families and kept away from their “sworn sisters” or Laotong they are forced to communicate through a secret language they write on a fan. It’s inspirational and heart breaking at times. Definitely something to sit down and watch with your girlfriends!! Have a girls night out of it!!

I haven’t yet had the time to read the novel, which was also gifted to us by Fox Home Entertainment but it’s an understatement to say I am now chomping at the bit to do so. If the movie was this good then the book must be even better – isn’t that they way it always works? 

As part of the promotion for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Fox Home Ent. also sent me 3 copies of the novel and asked me to share 2 of them with a few of my life long friends. After all, this movie is all about true friendship and maintaining it even over long distances. While the girlfriends I shared the novels with don’t really live a great distance from me, we are all moms with busy lives and spread out across the metro area and it can be hard to get together outside of our book club or midnight movie premier outings, meaning we on average only see each other once a month. For us, keeping our friendship strong includes not just the book club, but phone calls, facebook twitter, and sharing many  of the same interests, one being the shared love of reading and blogging.

Every one has at least one great friend that they have to really work at keeping a friendship with for any number of reasons, for fun ideas on How to Stay Friends Forever, check out out post about it courtesy of Fox Home Entertainment.

Let’s Discuss:

How do you stay close with your friends, be they far away or near by?

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{Book Review} Sundial

By: | Nov 4, 2011
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Sundial
Author: C.F Fruzzetti & M.I Pearsall
Format: ARC
Pages: 321
Publisher: Pure Energy Books
Published: July 7, 2011
Rating: 3.5-4 Birds

Teenager Whitney Forbes thought her biggest problem was surviving high school and determining if there was more to handsome Reid Wallace than just his looks and popularity. She was wrong; her problems were about to get a lot more complicated.
Whitney always knew she was special. But when she discovers she is more special than she ever imagined, surviving another school day takes on a whole new meaning. Caught in the middle of a CIA plot and her undeniable magnetic attraction to Reid, she will need to decide who she can trust and what it means to become the Sundial...before she risks her heart and an alarming plan goes into motion.
Will she have what it takes to not only survive but also prevail? Time brings the truth to light in this epic adventure about love, trust and the process of turning adversity into advantage.

My take: Okay so honestly the book started out and you’d never really know that there’s anything truly different about Whitney.  She’s kind of this average girl who goes to school, plays soccer, does some kung fu – no real big deal right?

But as I got further into the book and discovered more and more about Whitney, I began to understand just how atypical she truly is.  She meets this guy Reid who she really can’t get a feel for – and that’s kind of where it starts as to knowing why she’s different.

It’s described that she usually gets a feel for someone, or doesn’t have clouded judgment around them, but with Reid, it’s something completely clouded and unclear.  It’s like being out of focus.  And it’s sort of enticing at all times because she has to learn more about him “the old fashioned way” – by getting to know him.

Learning more and more about Whitney’s family – namely her father – during the story was thrilling.  Each thing learned along the way made complete sense and you just got this “so THAT’S where that belief/fear/etc… comes from!”.  And you start to wonder just how much more Whitney, her dad, and everyone else in the story is hiding!!!

All in all, it’s a pretty good read.  It’s a bit slow at times, but at other times I was just like “wait that was too fast, I feel like I missed something” because I’d fly through a chapter here and there!  I’d definitely recommend this if you’re into mysterious life of some kind.

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{The Suckage of People}

By: | Nov 3, 2011
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I went to tweet that I had received my copy of Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton from Harper Collins today in the mail, because I’m excited and dying to read the next chapter in this amazing series.

My phone was being a butt head and I had to manually look up Courtney's twitter so I didn’t get it wrong. Color me FREAKING PISSED OFF when I saw she was asking for help in stopping some little *enter your favorite expletive here* from SELLING her ARC on eBay. Who does this? Who sells and ARC? Really???!!! <--- note my anger by overuse of punctuation.

People, this is despicable. It’s wrong and it shows you have absolutely NO RESPECT for authors or publishers or the process of publishing.

If I could find out who this woman (I assume it’s a girl because her eBay name is bitchonwheels)  I would make sure her name was sent to all publishers so they could stop providing her with ARCs since she’s obviously not using them for their intended purpose. Come on, even second hand book shops throw ARCs away when they come in!

I looked at her eBay Page and found it’s not just Courtney’s ARC she’s making dough off of, she’s selling DOZENS of ARC’s. She’s making money off something even the writer doesn’t make money off of!

If you know her – do the right thing and get her name to someone who can pass it on to the right people at the major publishing houses. Until then people BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! Don’t fuel the fire of this terrible act by bidding. If you are this anxious to read an ARC, hundreds of blogs including mine TOUR THEM for this reason, for only your opinion on it posted to your blog or Good Reads/Amazon after.

ALSO – spread the word to your friends and through the blogging community – let’s make sure she knows we won’t tolerate this kind of behavior.

People make me sick.

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{Cover Reveal} Touched

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Corrine Jackson’s debut novel Touched is set to hit stores December 2012 from Kensington Teen, and since I’m so proud of her and because she’s a fellow YA Rebel with me I wanted to take a minute to share with you the amazing, beautiful and squee worthy German cover for Touched (Touched #1)

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Remy O'Malley has the power to heal people with her touch, but her ability comes at a steep cost because every illness or injury she heals becomes her own.

 

What do you think of the cover!?

 

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{MMSAI Book Tours} Everneath - TOUR CLOSED

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Everneath #1
Author: Brodi Ashton
Release Day: Januauary 24th 2012
TOUR CLOSED

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.
She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.
Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.
As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's..

What’s an Book Tour? **TOUR CLOSED**
I have a great book, and I’m lending it to you so you can review it as well! Simple as that. Read on for more info!
Please start HERE if you would like to participate.
You will need to scroll to bottom of the linked page for information, rules and the form needed to participate in our Book Tours.
You need only to read this info and fill out this form once (if you’ve previously filled out the form for another tour, no need to do it again).
If you would like to be considered for the    
Everneath Book Tour, please leave a comment below with:
1) Your Name 2) Your Email 3) The State you live in

1. Jen @ Fictitious Delicious (MN)
2. Dani @ Refracted Light |  YA Book Reviews (OH)
3. Alexandra @ Collections (SC)
4. Lauren H @ Lauren Gets Literal (FL)
5. Sarah @ The Book Life (FL)


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{Book Review} Wherever You Go

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Wherever You Go
Author: Heather Davis
Format: ARC
Pages: 320
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books
Publish Date: November 14, 2011
Rating: 4.5 Birds

Seventeen-year-old Holly Mullen has felt lost and lonely ever since her boyfriend, Rob, died in a tragic accident. The fact that she has to spend most of her free time caring for her little sister and Alzheimer’s-stricken grandfather doesn’t help. But Holly has no idea that as she goes about her days, Rob’s ghost is watching over her. He isn’t happy when he sees his best friend, Jason, reach out to help Holly with her grandfather—but as a ghost, he can do nothing to stop it. Is his best friend really falling for his girlfriend?
     As Holly wonders whether to open her heart to Jason, the past comes back to haunt her. Her grandfather claims to be communicating with the ghost of Rob. Could the messages he has for Holly be real? And if so, how can the loved ones Rob left behind help his tortured soul make it to the other side?
     Told from the perspectives of Holly, Jason, and Rob,Wherever You Go is is a poignant story about making peace with the past, opening your heart to love, and finding the courage to move forward into the light.

We’d like to thankThe {Teen} Book Scene for hosting this tour.  Be sure to catch all the reviews and guest posts for the tour by clicking on the banner!

Wherever You Go

My take: A ghost, a girl lost, a grandfather with Alzheimer’s, and a boy that’s just trying to make everything right.  So where exactly could I have gone wrong in saying yes to this book?  Really, I couldn’t because it was excellent.

Naturally, I like when books are written in one point of view, and this was in three so it was a little crazy at times.  However, I quickly got past the changes in the story because it did have a pretty good flow to it.

Holly is a great female lead because Heather was able to put so much raw emotion into her and it made things really easy to understand from her point of view.  There were often times though that she would be with Jason (and as I like to think the knight in shining armor) that I would just get completely frustrated with her and be like “really, can’t you just see what’s right there in front of you!?”

Normally, you wouldn’t think getting a ghost’s perspective would be a good thing, but I really felt like Rob was a good character to follow. He truly wanted what was best for Holly in life, but he also didn’t want to lose her – even though he already had by passing on.  That’s also where Holly’s grandfather came in. As the crazy old guy with Alzheimer’s (well everyone just thinks he’s crazy, he isn’t really it’s just the Alzheimer’s working on him) who can see and talk to Rob, you get to see the perspective in both parts.  Holly’s grandfather, though he can’t really do much, wants his granddaughter to just be happy and keep living.  Rob’s the interference in the picture.

In the end though, things end up being resolved in many ways – and it’s great to see Holly moving on and continuing instead of just staying in the place she’s stuck.  It takes her time, but it’s definitely all worthwhile.

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{Book Review + Giveaway} That Boy

By: | Nov 2, 2011
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That Boy
Author: Jillian Dodd
Format: eBook
Pages: 295
Published: May 2011
Rating: 5+ Birds

That Boy is a contemporary romance about falling in love with the boys next door.
You know, being friends with two cute boys does have its benefits. 
There's Danny. Danny is a golden boy in every way. He has dreamy blue eyes and blonde hair that always looks perfect, even when it’s windblown or been stuck under a football helmet. He’s the boy every girl crushes on. The boy I get into trouble with, the boy I fight with, the hot quarterback no girl can resist, not even me. Being with Danny is like being on an adventure. He has a bright, contagious smile and abs to die for. He’s pretty much irresistible.
Equally crush worthy is Phillip. Adorable, sweet Phillip, who I have known since birth.  Phillip has dark hair, a perfect smile, brown eyes, and the sexiest voice I have ever heard. He’s the boy I talk to every night before I go to sleep. The boy who rescues me, the boy who can read my mind, the boy who is always there for me, the boy who tries to keep me out of trouble, the boy who irritatingly keeps getting hotter, and whose strong arms always seem to find their way around me.  And when he gives me that grin, I can never say no.
One boy will give me my very first kiss.
One boy will teach me to make out.
One boy will take me to prom.
And finally, one boy will ask me to marry him.
They will both be my best friends.
But only one of them will be the boy I fall in love with.
Only one of them is That Boy

My take: Oh my goodness!  Now normally if you gave me a book and told me that synopsis I’d probably have told you “you’re nuts, I’d never read that”…but the more I thought about it when posed by The {Teen} Book Scene the opportunity to take this one…I went with it.  One girl, two boys she’s grown up with for most of her life, why not?

When I began reading the story of Jadyn, or J.J. as she was in a lot of this book, was kind of your typical kid growing up near her best friend, who just happened to be a boy.  A new boy moves into town and threatens the friendship she already has, until J.J’s dad helps and pushes her to basically go prove the new boy wrong.  New friendship emerges and it’s enchanting!

Getting to grow up with Jadyn through this story let me almost relive some of my moments of growing up – and I felt a familiarity when she went through something horrible her senior year.  Not the exact same situation, but similar to something that happened earlier in my life, it was actually sort of refreshing to read.

I almost wish that I’d gotten to learn about Danny and Phillip through their own eyes, but at the same time, getting them described through Jadyn’s eyes was nice because I was learning about them from one perspective only, so I couldn’t be swayed by another opinion – only by Jadyn’s. 

Each boy in the story has a swoon-worthy attribute, and I quickly fell in love with each of them…more and more throughout the story as well.  Honestly, this is one of the best books I’ve read about growing up and going through life figuring out what it is that you actually want.

We were excited to be a part of The {Teen} Book Scene tour which provided us with a lovely guest post from Phillip!  You can check that out HERE.  But get this, you can also WIN an eCopy of this book!  This one is open internationally, and all you have to do is leave a comment below with your name and email. Drawing from a cup, or hat, or some object – will occur on November 13th.

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And The Winners are……

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The Spooktacular Hop Winners are:

$15 Gift Card:

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Autographed copy of In The Name of The Star:

Kayla

Winner of the Dark Eden Swag Pack + ARC:

Shae

Congrats to all our winner and stay tuned, we will be announcing more winners soon for the rest of our great contests!

**All winners will be contacted by e-mail in the next 24 hours, if they have not been already. Watch your inbox winners!!! You must respond to the e-mail to claim your prize!

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{YA Rebels} Creative Inspiration

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Here’s my vlog for the week on the YA Rebels on where I get my creative inspiration – titled
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