{Guest Post} Megan Curd

By: | Jan 30, 2012
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Today we welcome Megan Curd, author of Forbidden, to our blog as part of The {Teen} Book Scene tour.  This is the last week in the Forbidden tour and we’re kicking it off.  What better way then to get a little gist of what Megan is like?  To see more interviews and reviews, be sure to click on the banner below!

First of all, thank you Megan for joining us today!  You can pick any of these pairings you would like, and if you feel a want to explain, please do! (Quirky things are our thing here at Me, My Shelf and I).


Wall Calendars or Desk Calendars I like those desk calendars that are interactive…like sudoku puzzles or something. I always need something to distract me from what I’m really supposed to be doing.


Red Wine or White Wine White for sure, if we MUST have wine. I’m always down for a good rum & coke or a Sam Adams Oktoberfest. Yeah, I’m a tomboy with my beer.

National or International International. Have I told you about the time I got kicked off the grounds of the Coliseum? Or set off the alarms in the Amsterdam airport? What about when I got kicked out of the Sistine Chapel for taking pictures? How about the time the Italian police yelled at my friends and I for snowboarding somewhere we weren’t supposed to? I’m pretty sure I’m capable of finding trouble anywhere I go, and I don’t even mean to! (Although those instances may sound like it, lol. They were all mishaps, though, I promise!)


Travel Abroad or Travel locally Travel abroad! I love expanding my horizons. I’ve been very blessed to have been able to see Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Italy, and Switzerland. I LOVE traveling! It’s so much fun to see other places and cultures. My favorite has been South America, though. The people are amazing down there.

Glam Rock (like David Bowie) or Alternative Rock (like Liz Phair) Alternative rock. I love finding bands no one has heard of and spreading the word…plus the glam stuff is just too…glam. Hah. Give me Ben Harper, Iron & Wine, Black Keys, Muse, Bon Iver, and Bob Marley, and I can show you some amazing tuneage.

Email or Snail Mail I love getting good snail mail! Nothing beats it…but obviously email is much easier!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Power Rangers TMNT were totally BA, but the green power ranger was my long time crush. I swear someday I’ll find him and at least get a picture with Tommy. Ahhh, Tommy… ::goes off in dreamy state::


Transformers or Robots Transformers. I’d love to have my own personal Bumblebee!

Fall or Spring Fall by far. I love the changing of the leaves, the pumpkin everything imaginably possible, and thanksgiving.

Old school cartoons or New, sort of 3D-ish cartoons Old school cartoons! And Spongebob. I don’t think he counts as old school, but I love me some Spongebob. My nephew does, too, so we watch it together.

Reality TV or TV Drama TV Drama. I LOOOOOOVE The Vampire Diaries. Oh man. I get so mad and I end up yelling at the TV. My husband thinks I’m insane, which might be true, but it isn’t because of TVD.  I also like House. He’s so snarky! I wish I could think of one-liners off the cuff like he does. I’m envious.

Thank you again for visiting us today!  We appreciate the time you've taken with us.

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

By: | Jan 29, 2012
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Okay – no chicken dinners, but books and movies – that’s even better right?

All the winners announced here, and those that won items from my Blogaversary Giveaway will have their items ship no later than next week.
We do apologize to those who have had to wait and we thank them for their patience, with two tragedies to get through things have been a bit busy here.

 

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ARC of The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting:
Nikki Hunter

 

The Big Year DVD
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To Kill A Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Edition DVD Winner
Jane Cook

 

Wings of the Wicked ARC by Courtney Allison Moulton
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Wings of the Wicked Bookmark Set
Manga Mania

 

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{Book Review} Pandemonium

By: | Jan 28, 2012
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Pandemonium
Delirium #2
Author: Lauren Oliver
Pages: 375
Format: ARC
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: February 28th 2012
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I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
push,
push,
push, like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.I buried her. I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame.

It isn’t a secret that I haven’t been the biggest fan of Lauren Oliver's novel’s in the past. Here, before you get all snippy with me….let me Cliff Note’s it for you:

Back before Me, My Shelf and I had started, and the space you are currently viewing was still just my little slice of the net where I kept track of the 104 books I was planning to read last year – I reviewed If I Fall and gave it a 3.5 Bird rating. (See my Review of If I Fall HERE) I cited I couldn't get into the book because I couldn't identify with the MC, but that it had it some very interesting points and scenes that I rather enjoyed.

During this same “pre-real-book-review blog” state, I read Delirium as well. You see, even before I was a “real” book reviewer I found it important to give at least a 2 book nod to an author before making up my mind about not really waning to seek out their novels further. It’s fair. And I’m nothing if not fair. Delirium scored a 3 Bird rating from me, citing that it felt “Dystopian-Lite” and I had a hard time remembering I was even in a government controlled, Dystopian society, from time to time. (See my review of Delirium HERE)

So I bet you’re wondering why, if I completed my 2 book nod to LO, why would I go on and read Pandemonium at all? It’s a complicated answer really, but the simplest way explain it would be: the ending of Delirium was a cliffhanger and with the particular elements that made up said cliffhanger, I felt it nearly impossible for me not to like the next in the series at least a little bit more than the first.

I was right.

Holy shit, where was Lauren Oliver hiding this one? 

Gone is the “Dystopian-Lite” feeling and Lena’s inability to maintain one mood for 40 seconds or more! In their place is rugged self preservation, a truly suffocating government, lies, betrayal, forbidden love, death, rebirth and a gut wrenching, jaw dropping ending. An ending that made me chuck the book onto the couch and grumble under my breath while I went upstairs for a bowl of ice cream to help me through the conflicting emotions. My husband found this hysterical. I was considering therapy.

Lauren Oliver doesn’t hold back in this second novel in the Delirium Series. I am so happy that it not only was better than the first in the series, but that it totally and completely knocked me over with how much I liked it. In the end I’m going with a 4.5 Bird rating. Well done, well done indeed! Can’t wait to see what comes next for Lena and the rest of the gang!

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Note on the Rating System: before I was a “real-blog” my rating system was a little different, so the 4.5 Bird may not seem like a huge jump from what Delirium got but trust me, it is. My old system can be picked out because the birds are multi-colored neutrals and the new ones are pink.The break down of the system we use now can be found on the right side bar of the blog.

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{Guest Post} Emily Danforth

By: | Jan 26, 2012
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Today we welcome author Emily Danforth to Me, My Shelf and I.  This is all in part for The {Teen} Book Scene book tour of The Miseducation of Cameron Post.  We are the fourth stop on the tour and will be back again next week with a review!  To check out more reviews, author and character interviews, click on the banner below!

The Insistent Gray Muck That Was Pop Culture

In his coming of age novel, Sag Harbor, Colson Whitehead’s protagonist Benji Cooper talks about “…the insistent gray muck that was pop culture. It stuck to our shoes and we tracked it through our lives.” There’s a whole lot of pop culture “stuck to the shoes” of the characters in The Miseducation of Cameron Post—Cameron herself in particular. And while this also is true for many other contemporary YA novels, you won’t find any text messages or tweets, i-phone references or Netflix deliveries in my book, because it take place in the very early 1990s—now, unbelievably, a full two decades ago. As such: below you’ll find my brief and entirely unscientific catalog of just FIVE of the perhaps obscure (to some) pop cultural references in Cameron Post’s world, along with the page numbers on which they are found.

pg. 46, Personal Best: A movie from 1982 about Olympic-hopeful women’s track stars and the intensity of their training and passion—ahem—a passion that bubbles up in unexpected ways between two of the female leads, one of whom was played by the blonde and leggy Mariel Hemingway, and one of whom was played by “real life” Olympic competitor in the 100-meter hurdle, Patrice Donnelly. This was highly controversial and new(ish) territory for a mainstream American movie. Plus, it has that laid-back, natural, Oregon in the 1970’s vibe going for it. Cameron Post “discovers” it in the stacks at the video rental place. Also, this is the movie poster—pure 1980’s gold: Check it out a poster here!


pg. 78-Taco John’s: A “West-Mex” fast food chain founded in 1969 in Cheyenne, Wyoming and now in over 400 (mostly small) towns in the west and midwest, including Miles City, Montana—where The Miseducation of Cameron Post takes place. The chain is mentioned many times throughout my novel, often in reference to one of the most signature items on the menu. I’ll leave it at that. (Except to say that said signature item is both terrible for you and completely delicious.)

pg. 112-Rubyfruit Jungle: Rita Mae Brown’s debut novel, first published in 1973 and now considered a seminal lesbian coming-of-age novel. It concerns the adventures of the feisty, often laugh-out-loud funny, and eminently self-assured Molly Bolt as she boldly navigates childhood, high school, college, and adventures in the wilds of New York City. It’s a great read: I highly recommend it (and Cameron Post would, too). Novel Cover

pg. 114—Salt-n-Pepa: Nope, not just what you season your dinner with, but also an all female hip hop trio from New York consisting of Cheryl "Salt" Renee James, Sandra "Pepa" Denton, and Deidra "DJ Spinderella" Roper. In my novel, Cameron Post was likely listening to selections from their “classic” 1990 album Blacks’ Magic, which featured the very popular (and controversial) single: “Let’s Talk About Sex.” The video is really worth watching again if you haven’t seen it in awhile (or ever); it’s a nice time capsule of the era: Go dance!

pg. 166-Geo: a brand of small, affordable, US made cars built from 1989-1997. You don’t see them around so much anymore, but many a teenager drove them in the 1990s. And often they were unnecessarily teal or fuchsia colored, with decorative stripes, like this one: That's one bright car!

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Emily and The {Teen} Book Scene for presenting a different post for us, especially Emily for getting into the heart of a few of her Pop Culture references!

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{Where’s Your Stuff?}

By: | Jan 25, 2012
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Hey everyone – just a fast note for everyone who won stuff from my Blogaversary Giveaways or anything since. I intended to get it out this past weekend, and sadly I’ve had some tragedies to manage through.

I will mail after this next week, and I apologize greatly for the delay. Just way to much emotionally going on here and I know you you all understand – still wanted to make sure I said something so no one worried.

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{Guest Post} S.R. Johannes

By: | Jan 23, 2012
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Today we welcome author S.R. Johannes to the blog as part of The {Teen} Book Scene’s Untraceable tour!  We are the 6th stop on the tour.  To see more, click on the banner below!

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So we wanted to know…what some of S.R. Johannes’ favorite books were, and what she’d recommend. We also wanted to know…what kind of books we’d find in her “library.”

I have always loved books. I used to read all the time.
When I was young, I loved the Laura Ingles Wilder series, Nancy Drew, and Hardy Boys. I read Sweet Valley High but only because I wanted to keep reading. Back then there was not a kid’s section like today.
When I was a teen, I would sneak my mom’s thrillers and mysteries. I would stay up late and read books from James Patterson, Stephen King, Sue Grafton and Iris Johansson.
I went through a man’s mystery phase with Dennis Lehane, Robert Parker, Ian Fleming, John D MacDonald, and James Hall. I always wanted girl books like these books. Ones that were pacy, yet still touched on important issues.
I got off adult books when Harry Potter books first came out. I know shocker. Now I read all young adult books because I love it and support my friends in the industry.
Mostly, I am a sucker for suspense and thrillers.
My recent favorites include Kimberly Derting’s The Pledge and Megan Miranda’s Fracture. I also love Carrie Ryan’s Forest of Hands and Teeth series as well as Beth Revis’ Across the Universe, Gretchen McNeil’s new book Ten (which is out next year) and Susanne Young’s Need So Beautiful and of course, Suzanne Collins Hunger Game series.
I like books that can mesh a few different elements: Learning about important topics, watching strong girl characters, nice guys, major suspense, and humor. If a book or voice is funny, I am more forgiving.

Thanks so much for visiting us today and giving us a glimpse into what you enjoy to read!

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{Guest Post from CA Kunz) Being A Part of An Indie Author Group

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We are really excited to be apart of this blog tour for CA Kunz and the Chide Series! We are the 16th stop on the tour and are helping start out the 3rd week of the tour with Insane About Books

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Author CA Kunz is really excited to be hosting a FANTASTIC contest to go along with this tour…you want to

WIN A KINDLE FIRE!?

All you have to do to enter, is comment on ALL the posts with in the tour – WITH YOUR NAME AND E-MAIL (best to write out your e-mail like mrhuggybear at emailplace dot com) !! Find all the stops by clicking the tour banner above! And Good Luck!

 

With out further ado –

CA Kunz and Being a Part of an Indie Author Group

So before we start we’d just like to thank Amber and Rosmelie for hosting us today on their awesome blog, Me My Shelf and I. We hope you all enjoy our little post about The Paranormal Plumes Society, and remember don’t forget to comment.

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- A group of independent Young Adult authors who are dedicated to their craft -

Tiffany King, author of The Saving Angels Trilogy

Abbi Glines, author of Breathe and Existence

M. Leighton, author of the Blood Like Poison Series

Michelle Muto, author of The Book of Lost Souls and Don’t Fear the Reaper

Fisher Amelie, author of The Leaving Series and Callum & Harper
Nichole Chase, author of The Dark Betrayal Trilogy
Laura A. H. Elliott, author of 13 on Halloween and Winnemucca
Amy Maurer Jones, author of the Soul Quest Trilogy
Shelly Crane, author of the Significance Series

Courtney Cole, author of The Bloodstone Saga
C.A. Kunz, mother and son author duo of The Childe Series

We absolutely love being part of this extremely talented group of authors. We really couldn’t be any luckier to be in such great company, and we all have the amazing author of The Saving Angels trilogy, Tiffany King, to thank for bringing us all together. There’s a real sense of camaraderie within this group, and it’s nice to have like-minded people to chat about anything with.

So here’s a little back story on how we became members of this wonderful group of indie authors known at The Paranormal Plumes Society:

Well it was about a year ago when we published our first novel The Childe, and like most first time authors we were at a loss of how to market it. So we began going to local book fairs to gain some face to face exposure, and it was there that we met a truly wonderful person and fellow author, Tiffany King. She immediately took us under her wing and showed us the error of our ways, hahaha! The first thing that she introduced us to was the AMAZING world of Twitter. Being a part of Twitter has truly been an awesome overall experience, and one that has allowed us to meet so many phenomenal people and develop some really great friendships.

Then one day our friend Tiffany asked us if we wanted to join a group of YA (mostly paranormal) indie writers on a trip to Savannah, Georgia (which happened this past October). The decision was a no brainer and we immediately jumped on board. It was actually during the planning stages for the trip when this little group of talented authors came up with our name, The Paranormal Plumes Society. Then came the big day, when we would finally break through the Twitter cyber wall and all meet in person for the first time ever. It truly was an instant bond that was forged between us all and sadly the weekend trip flew by way too fast. It was at that moment, during our farewell, that we wanted to make this a three, four, or even five times a year event. We wanted the Plumes to become this wonderfully great force and take the United States by storm, while still spreading our message to children and young adults about the importance of reading.

Speaking of getting together again, we recently scheduled to gather in Florida at the end of January to visit a middle school and high school. Our main goal: to get more young adults excited about reading. We’re so excited and can’t wait to see all of our Plume sisters once more.

To find out more about The Paranormal Plumes Society visit our website: http://www.theplumessociety.com/

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{Author Interview + Giveaway} Courtney Allison Moulton

By: | Jan 22, 2012
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Join me in welcoming Courtney Allison Moulton to MMSAI today! We are lucky enough to be able to to chat with her about her Angelfire series and the release of the second book in the series Wings of the Wicked, as well as give some stuff away!!!
MMSAI: There’s no question that there are a lot of books about Angels and Demons out there for Young Adults but you have a whole new twist on it, especially with your main character Ellie. Can you let everyone know where the idea came from for such an interesting story line?
CAM: I grew up in a faithful family and was the child of a Roman Catholic and a Protestant. It was interesting—and sometimes very difficult—to have a divided family like that. I remember a family member demanding that the crucifix be taken down from above my bedroom door, and I remember the Sunday when I was dragged out of a Protestant service. Despite these confusing hardships, I developed a strong interest to study both denominations. I became so fascinated with the similarities and differences across all religions both modern and ancient, and when I sat down to write Angelfire, I wanted to incorporate beliefs and ideas from across the globe and time. There is a lot of Eastern lore mixed in with the mostly Christian-Judeo and Islamic world-building.
MSSAI: You have such a knack for impeccable attention detail and it really increases the enjoyment of both Angelfire and Wings of the Wicked, what challenges if any did you face bringing your cast of characters and scenes to life?
CAM: Thank you! When other authors go for the more lyrical writing, I tend to be much more cinematic. I write to entertain and to tell a fun, and sometimes gory, story. I’ve never really had an issue creating and describing characters and sets. I see everything crystal clear in my head. My biggest challenges are of the more internal sort. I stumble over internal monologues and emotions, and I have a hard time explaining the way my world works. I understand it completely in my head, but if it’s not something visual that I can describe, then I have difficulty making it make sense for a reader. My editor is constantly kicking me over it!
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{Movie Giveaway} To Kill A Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Edition

By: | Jan 21, 2012
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Oscar® Winner Gregory Peck Gives the Performance of His Career in the Timeless Classic Available on Blu-ray for the First Time
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Digitally Remastered and Fully Restored with Over Three Hours of Bonus Materials Including Two Full­Length Documentaries
On Limited Edition Collector’s Series Blu-ray™ Combo Pack,
Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD
Available January 31, 2012
 
To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the screen’s most beloved and critically acclaimed films, celebrates its 50th anniversary with a commemorative Limited Edition Collector’s Series Blu-ray™ Combo Pack as well as on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment on January 31, 2012. The powerful and poignant adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel hits the half-century mark, digitally remastered and fully restored from high resolution 35MM original film elements, plus more than three-and-a-half hours of bonus features chronicling the making of the cinematic masterpiece. 

The Limited Edition Collector’s Series Combo Pack of To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition will include a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy of the film, packaged in a hardcover book featuring exclusive movie memorabilia including script pages with Gregory Peck’s handwritten notes, storyboards, poster art and much more. 

Released theatrically in 1962, To Kill a Mockingbird won instant accolades for its nuanced performances, splendidly crafted narrative and bold endorsement of racial tolerance, fairness and honor, a combination that still resonates with audiences today. It earned eight Academy Award® nominations and three wins including a Best Actor statuette for Gregory Peck in one of his most iconic roles asthe principled Alabama lawyer Atticus Finch, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Art Direction. The prestigious American Film Institute lists To Kill a Mockingbird as one of the 100 Greatest American Films and also names Atticus Finch as the No. 1 Film Hero of All Time. A timeless, enduring classic that remains as relevant and impactful today as it was at its release, To Kill a Mockingbird’’s appeal continues to span generations. 

In honor of its centennial anniversary, Universal Pictures proudly salutes 100 years of unforgettable films that have entertained audiences and touched the hearts of millions around the globe. In celebration of our first 100 years, Universal Studios Home Entertainment is proud to present a selection of our many beloved movies as part of an extensive year-long program that underscores the studio's rich cinematic history and indelible cultural impact.
Click the HERE  to view the official trailer for the To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray™ release:

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{Movie Giveaway} The Big Year

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Those fantastic folks at Fox Home Entertainment have a treat for you – a little fun quiz and a GIVEAWAY!!!!
box_artComedic Icons Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson Star in the Hilarious Outdoor Adventure Coming to Blu-ray and DVD January 31!
Brad (Jack Black) tells his father that he can relate to a certain bird species because both he and the bird are both generally underestimated. Here, after taking this quiz, you'll be able to see what kind of bird you might most closely resemble. Are you an avid decorator like the bowerbird? Do you like to show off your dance moves to impress the ladies like a riflebird? You'll know for sure what bird best suits your personality after taking our test!
Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson portray three men from very different walks of life, facing a mid-life crisis, a work-life crisis and a no-life crisis. In the biggest competition of their lives, they undertake an unforgettable trek through North America, engaging in hilarious and bizarre adventures and forming friendships that will last a lifetime!
Who wants a DVD copy of The Big Year starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson?
Okay here’s all you have to do:
1. Take the 5 Question Bird Buddies quiz below
2. Fill out the Raffelcopter form
3. Have a mailing address with in the US or Canada
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{Guest Post + Giveaway} Mei

By: | Jan 20, 2012
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Today we welcome Mei from The International Kissing Club to our blog!  Thank you to The {Teen} Book Scene for hosting this tour.  We hope you’ve enjoyed all the posts thus far, but make sure to click the banner for even more!

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Around the World In 80 Kisses Smooch Stop #53

Dressing Up or Going Casual: Casual chic is my style—it’s not really worth dressing up in this town.


Friends Forever or Friends in the Moment: Friends forever, of course! You don’t get to choose your family but you get to pick your friends, so choose wisely.


Writing or Reading: Both—there’s nothing like falling love with a great book, but writing is cathartic.


Chow Mein or Fried Rice: Tex-mex? I’m over Chinese food.

Talking or texting: Since there’s so much more to communication than just the words, I prefer real talking. You get instant feedback and connection.  So much is lost in translation over a keyboard.

Kissing in the Rain or Kissing in the Dark: Kissing in the rain! Or a water fountain…either will do.


Half Empty or Half Full: I’m the optimistic pessimist—expecting the worst but still hoping for the best. So, I guess it depends on the situation.

Tempting Fate or Following every Rule: Rules are there for a reason, people!

Flowers or chocolate: Mmmm. Chocolate.

Live Music or Recorded Music: Nothing beats seeing a band in person in a great venue.

Helping others or helping yourself: Well, when you help others aren’t you really helping yourself, too? I think so.

Learning from mistakes or Leaving them in the past: The punishment is not worth it if you didn’t learn from it.

Thank you for hosting us today!

Now one for you: Stevie Ray Vaughn or Jimi Hendrix. Tell us in the comments (leave your email so we can contact you) to be entered to win the Around the World In 80 Kisses daily and weekly prize and also become eligible to win the Grand Prize, a Kindle Fire. For a list of all our Smooch Posts you can visit and earn more entries to win, visit us here.

The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams is the story of four best friends: Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy--the misfits of Paris, Texas. Their whole lives, they’ve dreamed of escaping small-town life and seeing the world. So when Piper is the victim of an embarrassing prank that goes viral online, she gets the idea that the girls should escape via the school’s international exchange program, in search of fun, love and internet redemption.
Emily McKay, Shellee Roberts and Tracy Deebs write under the pseudonym Ivy Adams. They shop, gossip and watch movies in Austin, Texas.

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{Book Review} Pretty Bones

By: | Jan 17, 2012
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Pretty Bones

Pretty Bones
Author: Aya Tsintziras
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
Publisher: Lorimer
Published: September 2, 2011
Rating: 5 Birds

Raine has a family, good grades, best friends, and a boyfriend who loves her. But then anorexia takes over, and her life spirals out of control. Her efforts to hide her condition are finished when she collapses at a school dance. Although she's whisked away to treatment, Raine isn't ready to accept who she really is and get the help she desperately needs. For Raine, coming-of-age means coming closer to death

Thank you to The {Teen} Book Scene for hosting a tour on Pretty Bones.  For more author posts and reviews, click on the banner above.

My take: Really, the synopsis was probably one of the shortest I’ve ever seen, however it grabbed me in the 2.5 seconds it took me to read it and I just knew I needed to read this book.

All in all, there are a lot of aspects in this book that make you think of the typical teen world.  Raine’s just this lost girl looking for her way, and in that, she ends up becoming anorexic.  The worst thing possible for her happened when her father passed away, which led to her being more lost because her mother is kind of non-existent.

It’s really the tale of how she deals with life, and learning how to control the only thing she thinks she can control – her weight.  She’s always been told she’s pretty by her doting boyfriend…but that’s just not enough when she loses control.  You bring in another male character that she starts depending on, and things are only bound to get worse for her – and they do.

Honestly, I have nothing but good praise for this book because it made me look at the world from the perspective of a teenage anorexic.  It’s quite possibly the saddest book I could have started 2012 off with, but it was definitely an eye opener!

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{Movie review} The Big year

By: | Jan 15, 2012
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The Big Year
Starring: Steve Martin
Jack Black
Owen Wilson
Length: 100 Minutes
DVD Release Date: Jan 31st 2012
Rating: 4 Birds

Let the fowl play begin!  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents the story of a competitive trio who quickly turn a simple quest into the ultimate competition when THE BIG YEAR spreads its wings on Blu-ray and DVD January 31.
Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson portray three men from very different walks of life, facing a mid-life crisis, a work-life crisis and a no-life crisis.  In the biggest competition of their lives, they undertake an unforgettable trek through North America, engaging in hilarious and bizarre adventures and forming friendships that will last a lifetime!

 

Did you know the movie The Big Year is based off a novel written by Mark Obmascik called The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession. It’s a book can say I would have NEVER picked up. Aside from the fact it’s not YA, which is my genre of choice, it’s also about birding. WAIT – DON’T GO!!! I realize even you might be going…”okay Amber, why would I want to watch this then?”

Uh….STEVE MARTIN…JACK BLACK AND OWEN WILSON – any movie with these 3 comedy kings in it is bound to be hilarious, and IT IS!

These three stumble, fight and claw their way to complete a Big Year, which in the world of birding means to spot the most birds in a calendar year. It’s real, people do this and it’s a mean and tough event that takes money and a lot of understanding from your family! As these men make it from destination to destination trying to capture peeks at the hard-to-find birds, hilarity ensues! Cue Steve Martins character Stu getting sea sick, and Jack Blacks character trying to talk to woman, and being rather unsuccessful at it, might I add.

My husband and I loved The Big Year, how could we not with this cast? We’ve already got a list of people we have to tell you watch it! Pick up a copy on Jan 31st when the DVD and Blu-Rays hit the stores – OR – check back here on the 21st for a giveaway for a DVD copy!

Thank you to our friends at Fox Home Entertainment for providing the Advanced Viewing Copy! Follow them on Twitter and Facebook – they have awesome giveaways!

 

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{Movie Fun} The Big Year Check List

By: | Jan 14, 2012
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Fox Home Entertainment and Me, My Shelf and I want to help you with your New Years Resolutions. You know…those things you spent weeks thinking about in December and may or may not have paid any attention to since then…well – here’s a handy dandy check list to keep track, and the bonus is it has 3 comedy kings on it: Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson – from their new movie

The Big Year out on Blu-Ray and DVD Jan 31st!

Just save it to your computer and print it off!

And stick around, we will be giving a copy away of The Big Year at the end of this month!!!

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WHEN IT COMES TO COMEDY…

NO GAME NO FOWL

Let the fowl play begin!  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents the story of a competitive trio who quickly turn a simple quest into the ultimate competition when THE BIG YEAR spreads its wings on Blu-ray and DVD January 31.
Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson portray three men from very different walks of life, facing a mid-life crisis, a work-life crisis and a no-life crisis.  In the biggest competition of their lives, they undertake an unforgettable trek through North America, engaging in hilarious and bizarre adventures and forming friendships that will last a lifetime!

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{Movie Fun} To Kill A Mockingbird 50th Anniversary *Clip*

By: | Jan 13, 2012
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You may notice we are doing a lot more movie reviews and promotional posts. Well, it’s all because of the fantastic relationship we have with Fox Home Entertainment now, and we thank them so graciously for reaching out to us, and starting this great friendship!

Because of all this, it means we will have movie giveaways on top of our book giveaways and coming soon is the wonderful and classic To Kill A Mockingbird’s 50th Anniversary Edition.

To get everyone geared up for the giveaway, coming up on the 20th of this month, here’s a clip frBD_ToKillAMockingbirdom the classic film:

Experience one of the most significant milestones in film history like never before with To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Edition.  Screen legend Gregory Peck stars as courageous Southern lawyer Atticus Finch - the Academy Award®-winning performance hailed by the American Film Institute as the Greatest Movie Hero of All Time. Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel about innocence, strength and conviction and nominated for eight Academy Awards®, this beloved classic is now digitally remastered and fully restored for optimum picture and sound quality and boasts hours of unforgettable bonus features. Watch it and remember why “it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

 

 

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{Book Review} Cracked

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Author: K.M. Walton
Format: ARC
Pages: 311
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: January 3, 2012
Rating: 4 Birds

Sometimes there's no easy way out.
Victor hates his life. He has no friends, gets beaten up at school, and his parents are always criticizing him. Tired of feeling miserable, Victor takes a bottle of his mother's sleeping pills—only to wake up in the hospital.
Bull is angry, and takes all of his rage out on Victor. That makes him feel better, at least a little. But it doesn't stop Bull's grandfather from getting drunk and hitting him. So Bull tries to defend himself with a loaded gun.
When Victor and Bull end up as roommates in the same psych ward, there's no way to escape each other or their problems. Which means things are going to get worse—much worse—before they get better…

Special thank to The {Teen} Book Scene for continuing the tour after an ARC became available so that we all had an opportunity to read this book.  Click on the banner to see more reviews and guest posts from the tour.  We are the last stop!

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My take: My thought when I saw the synopsis to this was “who hasn’t gone through one aspect of either bullying, or being bullied?”  That was a good lead into making me wonder, what’s the other half like?

K.M.Walton does a fantastic job of showcasing just how life is for a bully in giving us the character Bull.  Now normally you’d think “yea normal, bullies are bullies because they need someone to pick on.” Okay so that’s still sort of the case in this circumstance, but what home life can do to a person can cause them to be even worse then if it were just a reason of “I feel like picking on someone.”  My natural thought was just to push Bull aside and root for Victor the whole way through because, who would want to root for the bully right?  K.M does SUCH a great job of showing everything about Bull from his point of view that it’s like “I get it now!”

Things between Bull and Victor are tense, and throwing them together, you’d typically think “great now everything will work out and things will be hunky dory.”  Ok, so I get automatic assumptions when characters who dislike each other get thrown together.  Boy was I wrong.  I can’t truly say what happens in the end, but let’s just say, it’s not something you’d just assume to happen.

I think to really get the full effect of this story, you truly have to pick it up and read it.  It’s emotionally packed so be prepared to go on an emotional roller coaster.

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{Book Review + ARC Giveaway} The Last Echo

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The Last Echo
The Body Finder #3
Author
: Kimberly Derting
Pages: 361
Format: ARC
Release Date: April 17th 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: 4.5 Birds
Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice.
When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship” and Violet may have caught his eye....
I was thrilled to find The Last Echo in my mail box this week, sent by the wonderful people over at Harper! I was half way through a different book when it arrived and I stayed up half the night finishing that one so I could start The Last Echo the next day.

It’s safe to say I adore this series, and well let’s just say the author isn’t too bad either *wink*. I mean, my youngest daughters middle name IS Violet after all…..okay, okay…it is Violet, that is not a lie, but not because of the book…lol – had you there for a second huh?

The Last Echo follows in suit with the other Body Finder books, alternating between Violets life and following that of this installments Killer. I wonder sometimes how Kimberly Derting makes it through writing some of those chapters, being in the mind of a crazy person. They are detailed, dark and give me the heebie jeebies!

While following Violet we get to meet a new cast of people, the team she’s with at The Center. Misfit kids all who all posses some type of psychic ability, but none of them able to do what Violet can. We still have Raffe, who we met in Desires of the Dead, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a little crush on him, and while some of you might gang up on me with pitch forks and a mob….I kinda want Violet with him. I love Jay, Violets best friend as a kid turned boyfriend…I do, but I fall for that bad boy every time!! (Sorry Jay!! No hard feelings!)

The one thing I saw coming was Violet winding up in trouble and winding up the victim. It’s happened in the last 2 books and it happens in this one. I would love to see in the next Body Finder book – OH YES! There’s more coming *jumpy claps* for someone else to need saving. The plots are always interesting and I love them, but a change up would be cool.

Regardless of who “get’s it” in the next novel…I will still read them and love them! Seriously, I really enjoy this series and if you’ve not read any of them and are looking for a new series to start…this is the one for you!
And if you have the chance to meet Kimbery Derting at a book signing near you – TAKE IT! She’s uuber sweet and so hilarious!!!

Now for some fun, want my copy of The Last Echo? Of course you do….Here’s the rules:
  1. You must be a book blogger to enter, I want this ARC to get some use out of it, serve it’s purpose and all – so, I am sorry to those non-bloggers, but this is the first time I've done this and I’m always otherwise generous – there will be more giveaways……
  2. Setting up a blank blog will not make you eligible…I will be checking the blog name and address on who wins so be sure to fill that out!!!!
  3. Must have a US Mailing address to enter. 
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{Book Review} The Space Between

By: | Jan 12, 2012
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The Space Between
Author: Brenna Yocanoff
Pages: 363
Format: ARC
Publisher: RazorBill
Pub Date: November 15th 2011
Rating: 4.5 Birds

Everything is made of steel, even the flowers. How can you love anything in a place like this?
Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped - and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible. Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie's whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way. But she also discovers, unexpectedly, what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be.

Brenna Yovanoff’s books are always envelope me so completely, that when I finish them I am sad to see they are stand alones. In a world full of trilogy's, I do enjoy a singleton, to break things up now and then. But when you get to like main characters as much as I liked Daphne and Truman in The Space Between, saying good-bye can be a bit difficult and very bittersweet.

The Space Between is a complex and riveting story that spans from Heaven to Hell and in between. It may contain names of demons and angles you have read about before in mythology and other YA stories but I promise you – this story is different than anything you have read before. It reaches into the darkest depths of Hell, and the dingiest corners of Earth to bring you something hypnotic, atmospheric and gripping.

Daphne is the sheltered daughter of a demon and an angel. She lives in Hell, in a city called Pandemonium and though her sisters and brother travel to Earth to do their jobs, Daphne remains secured at home. It’s mostly her choice, because she is part good as well as part bad, unlike any of her siblings, she has a hard time understanding how they can do their evil and dark jobs.

This all changes when her brother goes missing, Obie is the only one who loved her, the only one who cared and Daphne is the only one who cares enough for him to look for him. She leaves the protection of the city, green and unaware of what to expect on Earth, to search for Obie and a boy named Truman who was the last human to see her brother alive. But Truman has his own secrets. His own issues and deep dark dysfunction.

I really, really enjoyed this novel, but one little thing stood out to me as lacking just a bit. The character Raymie, while she is very important to the story, felt kind of like a second thought to me. With out her, the story wouldn't have a purpose after awhile, but I wish there had bee more about her, she felt slightly undeveloped to me. That is the only “complaint” (for lack of a better word, though it seems too harsh and not what I really mean by it) I have about The Space Between, and it didn’t change my end thought of the book whatsoever.

Pick this novel up! I promise you will be surprised by the complexity and sheer genius of the plot!!!

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{Guest Post} Aya Tsintziras

By: | Jan 11, 2012
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We’d like to welcome Aya Tsintziras, author of Pretty Bones to our blog today.  Thanks to the Pretty Bones tour with The {Teen} Book Scene, we here at Me, My Shelf and I were able to get a this or that interview on one of the characters, Raine.  Thank you to Aya and The {Teen} Book Scene for taking the time to do this tour!


The character I chose is Raine Martin, the protagonist of Pretty Bones.

Book Knowledge or Street Smarts: Book knowledge. Raine has some street smarts as well for sure, but she gets lost.
Escaping problems or Facing them: Escaping problems.
Metal or Rock: Rock.
Relaxing at Home or Going out: Staying Home.
Reading or Watching TV: Reading. Raine is an avid reader.
Monkeys or Zebras: Zebras.
Learning to Love or Learning to Trust: Learning to love. Raine has trust issues.
Socializing or Keeping to Yourself: Keeping to herself.
Working with Charity or Working with Animal Rescue: Charity.
Ice Cream or Chocolate: Chocolate.


Thanks again for visiting us today and letting us know your preferences!

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{Cover Reveal} Shift by MR Merrick

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I had the amazing opportunity to read and review the first book in The protector series, Exiled by MR Merrick this past year. And now I am thrilled to bring you a cover reveal for the second in this series – SHIFT.

Please note – if you’ve not read Exiled yet, the synopsis might be a bit spoilery, so skip that and simply bask in the awesomeness of the cover! (PS – click it to go to Good Reads and add it to your

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Devastated by the loss of his mother, Chase is trying to balance the life he’s been left with, a family he’s still getting to know, and power he never thought he’d have. He doesn’t understand why the Goddess has named him the Protector and granted him two gifts: the Mark, a tattoo that now covers his back, and the ring. But between getting interrogated by the Circle and psychic attacks from Riley, the Mark is the least of his concern. There’s a demon inside Rayna that’s fighting to be released, and it’s not her inner witch. It’s something else–a monster threatening to tear her apart.

 

As Chase struggles to control his magic, his enemies are closing in. Everyone has staked a claim on his ring, and destroying it may be his only chance to stop Riley. But Chase must decide if stopping him is worth risking the lives of everyone he cares about, or if protecting the ring will be enough to save his world.

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{Movie Fun} What’s Your Number–You Have To See This!

By: | Jan 10, 2012
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So, What’s Your Number starring Anna Ferris and Chris Pine is out today January 10th! You’re rushing out to buy this movie, aren’t you? I knew it!! See how well I know my readers!!!

In celebration, we have some really fun little widgets and such from Fox Home Entertainment that I HAVE to share with you!

 

 

The first, I admit I laughed manically over when I tried it – so much fun…it is….ready…you are going to want to keep this little puppy in your back pocket because it will come in handy…it’s called:

The Douche-O-Meter
If your date or boyfriend is exhibiting some suspicious behavior, this is the test for you!!! Try it,and if you feel so inclined share with me your results in the comments section! Just click the image to get started!!!

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Also we have, and which will also come in handy – the

Dating Survival kit

On this link as well you can catch a HILARIOUS preview of the movie, just in case you can’t wait to catch a sneak peak of it before you get back from the store buying it!

Other features on this include: Discovering an Ex on Facebook, and a 2 part segment on Recycling your Boyfriends – hey! It’s 2012 – we all need to bee green *wink* Click the banner below to be taken to the Survival Kit!

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Thanks for sharing the movie fun with me today everyone and thanks to @FoxHomeEnt for the great info and movies!

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