{Cover Reveal} The Modified by CA Kunz

By: | Aug 31, 2012
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The Modified Cover Reveal & Giveaway!

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Me, My Shelf and I are happy to be participating in CA Kunz’s THE MODIFIED cover reveal. The Mother Son writing team have always been such wonderful and loving supporters of us, that we could never say no to supporting them and their novels!

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The Modified Front CoverWhat would you sacrifice to save the one’s you love? To save the one who holds your heart? To save the world?

Kenley Grayson is all too familiar with these questions.

After Earth is thrust into its first intergalactic war with an unknown race called the Bringers, our military forces begin to suffer heavy losses. Desperate for a solution, the Allied Federation issues a worldwide draft for every able seventeen-year-old to enlist. As Kenley turns seventeen, she finds herself thrown into the very war that took her older brother’s life.

This year’s draft is a little different than in the past though. A new program, known as the Magnus Project, has been introduced, and only the best and brightest qualify. Kenley is amongst a select few whom are chosen to join this elite group of soldiers, and as a part of this project, undergoes a modification procedure that leaves her and her peers endowed with powers beyond their wildest dreams.

As Earth continues in its struggle against the Bringers, Kenley is transported to a high-tech training facility, the Magnus Academy, to prepare for the major battle that lies ahead. It’s here that she meets the California heartthrob, and son of a legendary war hero, Landon Shaw. As unexpected feelings toward Landon begin to develop, Kenley wonders if this is the right time or place for romance to bloom, especially when those feelings start to interfere with her training.

With the weight of the world on her shoulders, Kenley is constantly reminded of how important she and the rest of the Magnus cadets are to the fate of humanity. She is one of the Modified, Earth’s last line of defense against utter destruction.

The Modified releases this Fall!

Like the cover for The Modified? Well then head over to Nathan Szerdy’s website and peruse his amazing collection of works. We guarantee that you won’t be disappointed!

The mom and son author duo, C.A. Kunz, thoroughly enjoys writing about things that go bump in the night and futuristic action-packed romances while drinking massive amounts of English breakfast tea and Starbucks coffee. To find out more about this duo and their books visit their blog, or find them on Facebook and Twitter!

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{This or That} with Corrine Jackson

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9871846I am sooo freaking excited to have Corrine Jackson on the blog, doing a fun little This or That. Not just because she is a YA Rebel, of which I used to be apart of – but because she’s written one my favorite books of the year and who doesn’t like having their favorite authors on their blog?

This particular stop is part of the IF I LIE blog tour hosted by the fantastic {Teen} Book Scene!

Pick up a hardcover copy from Amazon for on'ly $10.98!! Click the cover!

New Shoes or New Handbag?

Shoes. I LOVE shoes. Not in a make-out-with-them kind of way. Because that would be gross. Feet sweat. I mean, I’m not judging people with foot fetishes. Ifyou like sweaty feet, that is totally your deal. Oh, geez. I pick shoes. Let’s leave it at that.

Garlic Mashed or Baked?

o I’ll take my potatoes whichever way I can get them. Especially if they’re smothered in things that are only vaguely healthy. Sour cream, cheddar, bacon bits, chives, butter. Really, aren’t potatoes best when you can’t taste the potato?

Jammies or Party Dress?

Is it wrong that I like parties that you can wear jammies to and pajama parties that you can wear party dresses to? I once went to an Oscar party where you drerubberduckssed up as your favorite star in their pajamas. I thought it the perfect collision of right and wrong.

Ducks or Chickens?

Well, ducks. Duh. Who wants to play “Chicken, chicken, chicken, goose?”

Circus or Ballet?

Circus. I like a setting in which things can go wrong, and I can sit back, chew popcorn, nod sagely, and say, “Yep. Told you things would go wrong.” Put elephants, clowns, and acrobats under a questionable roof better suited to camping, and I think you have my recipe for an entertaining evening.

Coke or Pepsi?

Pepsi. But only because it has an affiliation with the ambrosia that is Mountain Dew.

Comedy or Drama?

This is like asking me to choose between the twin daughters that I don’t have. Comedy_Drama11.jpg4278816d-2012-4174-80b4-e7c1eac8d61fLargeWhat kind of person makes someone choose a favorite kid? You are sick, Amber. Sick.

Ron Weasley or Nevil Longbottom?

Ron. I want to live in his house and have his parents for in-laws. Also, I have a total thing for gingers. True story.

Jack Sparrow or Will Turner?

Will Turner. Jack Sparrow is based on Keith Richards, and I refuse to date Keith Richards. It’s the principal of the thing, you know.

Yoga or Cardio?

Yoga. It requires less moving and heavy breathing and sweaty feet. See how I brought this back to shoes? I love shoes.

Wealth or Love?scales

And now you’re making me choose between my fictional twin sons. What kind of twisted sister are you?

Fantasy or reality?

I think I have a foot in both worlds. Reality sucks if you don’t have a rich fantasy life. And a fantasy life would have no meaning if you didn’t know how badly reality sucked. I think this is a chicken or egg question. And now I’ve brought us back to chickens. I can’t leave you on chickens. That would make me as twisted as Amber. And so I leave you with…

DUCK

You’re welcome.

 

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{Giveaway} October Baby

By: | Aug 30, 2012
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In partnership with our friends over at Fox Home Entertainment and Think Jam, Me, My Shelf and I has an amazing giveaway for you!

We’re giving away 2 Copies of the book 
OCTOBER BABY
by Eric Wilson and Theresa Preston
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A novelization of the acclaimed film that broke the box office top ten even in limited release, October Baby tells the inspiring story of college student Hannah whose increasing anxiety and sudden collapse point to the surprising circumstances of her birth. Hannah soon learns from her parents she was adopted and is the survivor of a failed abortion attempt.


Bewildered, angry, and confused, Hannah turns for support to her oldest friend, Jason. Encouraged by his adventurous spirit, she joins his friends on a road trip, embarking on a journey to discover her hidden past and find hope for the unknown future.


Along the way, Hannah finds that every life is beautiful, and that life can be so much more than what we might have planned.

This book would make a great book club read, and you could even watch the movie with book club as well! October Baby comes out on DVD on September 11th from Fox Home Entertainment. This handy study guide will help generate discussion topics about both the book and the movie for you!
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{Book Review} All Things Different

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All Things Different
Author: Shawn Underhill
Pages: 267
Format: ebook
Release Date: June 26th 2012
Rating: 4 Birds

"I know that the night is not that same as the day: that all things are different, that the things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist."

~ Ernest Hemingway

Late in the summer of 2005, starkly independent Jake Thornton was on the verge of turning 16, expecting little more than his driver’s license in the fall, and the continuance of the quiet life shared with his father. So when 14-almost-15 year old Sara moved in next door and began vying for his father’s attention, Jake wasn’t exactly thrilled, and couldn’t quite understand his father’s motives for allowing it. But certainly he never anticipated the dramatic shift their lives would take as a result.

As the summer fades and autumn takes over, friendship between the two teenagers begins blossoming into a bond, until fate steps in once more, threatening to tear them apart as quickly as they’ve come together. The decisions that follow, and the emotive tale that results, opens Jake’s eyes to the simple yet life altering truth, a truth that Sara has understood all along: that love—not the feeling but the action—is the most powerful force in the world.

I didn’t know what to expect when I first agreed to review ALL THINGS DIFFERENT by Shawn Underhill. I am very picky when it comes to agreeing to review books that I haven’t already heard about simply because I want to know what the book is about going in. I mean I don’t want the entire story or major spoiler but I want to know what to expect. Makes sense, right? So yeah, I’m selective. Even more so when it comes to indie books because I’m the type of person that those little errors/typos/missing comas/missing periods bother. I can take a few here and there but if there are a lot I get distracted. I debated taking this review but in the end I thought the summary sounded interesting so I took a chance. And I’m happy to say that I am glad I did.

ALL THINGS DIFFERENT was different from what I was expecting. Like I said I wasn’t sure what to expect but what I got definitely wasn’t it. It was a heartbreaking story that had me completely captivated. There was hurt and sadness but there was also healing and love. ALL THINGS DIFFERENT is a story about loving someone that isn’t perfect, someone that isn’t whole, someone that’s hurting and completely lost and loving them enough to help heal them. It truly was a beautiful story.

ALL THINGS DIFFERENT evoked some strong emotions in me. It broke my heart, healed it, and then crushed it all over again. I loved the characters and wanted them desperately to get their happy ending.

This novel deals with some very tough issues. However, it isn’t written in a graphic way. The events that take place aren’t described in detail. In a way they are kind of glossed over. In some ways I liked this. I’m not really into graphic details but I did feel like some of the story was lost. I was glad that all of the details about what happened to Sara weren’t given. There was just enough details to get the terribleness that happened to her without being TMI. However, a lot of Jake and Sara’s relationship was left out. It is only mentioned that they kissed a few times which made me unsure if they were really in love or if they just had a friendship love. This could just be because Jake is the narrator and guys don’t give as many details about things like that.

I loved Jake, Sara, and Jake’s father’s relationship. It’s obvious that they all care very deeply for each other. Jake and his father immediately fall in love with Sara and want to help her. I loved how Jake’s father is described as a big animal like man but he seems to have a heart of gold. He is always there for Jake and Sara.

One thing I wasn’t crazy about was all the descriptions in the beginning. I felt like they just went on and on and I ended up skimming over some of it. It happened a couple of other times later on but it was mostly in the beginning. I read where someone else complained about the lack of description following the dialogue because it made it difficult to follow. While I didn’t find it overly difficult, I do have to agree that if there had been more description after the dialogue it would have been easier to read.

I wasn’t crazy about one part of the ending. I thought it was kind of thrown in there to pull our heartstrings one more time but that it didn’t really fit with the story. To me, it seemed like the author wasn’t entirely sure how to end the story and that was the only way he came up with.

That being said, the ending wasn’t enough to change my opinion of ALL THINGS DIFFERENT. Days after finishing the book, I found myself thinking about the story and the characters. And in my opinion that is what makes a book great!

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{Waiting on Wednesday} 35

By: | Aug 29, 2012
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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

See something you like here?
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Requiem
Delirium #3
Author: Lauren Oliver
Release Date: March 5th 2013

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. Of Pandemonium, ALA Booklist noted that “like all successful second volumes, this expands the world and ups the stakes, setting us up for the big finale.”
After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancĂ©e of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

 

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Unremembered
Author: Jessica Brody
Release Date: March 5th 2013

The only thing worse than forgetting her past... is remembering it.
When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.
Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.
Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.
Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?
From popular young adult author, Jessica Brody comes a mesmerizing and suspenseful new series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.

 

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{Ten Tour} Giveaway

By: | Aug 28, 2012
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It’s late but it’s here – the giveaway for the Ten Tour. I shall not let the plague get me down….well not entirely anyway LOL. My apologies for the delay! Check out the rest of the tour schedule HERE.

You have the chance to win my very, very last ARC of TEN (US shipping only) or 1 of 10 Autographed Bookmarks from Gretchen! (International shipping)

Good Luck you have one week!!

 

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{Book Review} The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton

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The Blood Keeper
The Blood Journals #2
Author: Tessa Gratton
Pages: August 28th 2012
Format: ARC
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Review: 3.5 Birds

Paranormal romance fans who are looking to up the ante will be drawn to this tale of horror, fantasy, and romance. For Mab Prowd, the practice of blood magic is as natural as breathing. It's all she's ever known. Growing up on an isolated farm in Kansas with other practitioners may have kept her from making friends her own age, but it has also given her a sense of purpose—she's connected to the land and protective of the magic. And she is able to practice it proudly and happily out in the open with only the crows as her companions. Mab will do anything to keep the ancient practice alive and guard its secrets. But one morning while she is working out a particularly tricky spell she encounters Will, a local boy who is trying to exorcise some mundane personal demons. He experiences Mab's magic in a way his mind cannot comprehend and is all too happy to end their chance meeting. But secrets that were kept from Mab by the earlier generations of blood magicians have come home to roost. And she and Will are drawn back together, time again by this dangerous force looking to break free from the earth and reclaim its own dark power.

Warning, this review may contain spoilers about book one, Blood Magic.

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY THE BLOOD KEEPER!

A new set of characters. A new story line. A new book.

To be honest I was a little shocked by it all. When I tucked in to read THE BLOOD KEEPER I thought I would be going back to the world of Reese, Silla and Nick. Instead I fell into one with Mab and Will, among many others

I know, you’re staring at this review in complete shock at my stupidity, right? I mean the blurb above clearly tells me that this is not the same story line, but one adjacent to the people we met in book one, BLOOD MAGIC. Here’s the thing, I love me some Tessa. I would read a VCR User Manual written in hieroglyphics if she so chose to write it. Not to mention I so entirely loved BLOOD MAGIC there was no question I would be reading THE BLOOD KEEPER. But I did feel a little abandoned by Silla and Nick. I’m just going to be honest.

Now, don’t worry – they make appearances. The story of Mab and those who reside in her home can not be, with out Nick and Silla and of course Reese. Unlike Silla, who in book one was just learning about Blood Magic, for Mab it is second nature. What she is raised to do, to teach. It is her way of life. Being skilled at magic doesn’t make it any easier to control, as you will see straight away. But it does make for an interesting plot!

Told in alternating POV’s between Mab, Will, and flashbacks to a journal written long ago to help explain the story of the land. If it seems like a lot to follow, it can be at times. But you will never be left hanging, everything has a reason for being there and it’s almost unbelievable how Gratton takes so much and ties it all together at the end. She is truly a skilled storyteller.

The 3.5 Bird review is lower than the rating the book that precedes it got, but it is after all an entirely different book. I longed more for the story of the original characters and found it distracted me. This is a personal thing for me, I have a hard time when a series doesn’t follow the same people the whole time. Like Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr or that one installment of the Halloween movies that doesn’t have anything to do with the rest of them. It throws me off, and makes my OCD go all wonky. It’s actually quite sad for me, obviously there is a reason the story goes in the direction it does, but I get set in my ways and sometimes can’t shake it. THE BLOOD KEEPER falls between a Good Story and a Great Story for me, still a great place to be. It has earned a spot on my bookshelf, that is for sure.

THE BLOOD KEPPER continues with the fantastical world of magic, the beautiful prose from a detail driven hand of Tessa. Will there be a 3rd installment of The Blood Journals? I don’t know. Will I read it if it there is, even if it follows a new group – damn skippy. And do I recommend The Blood Journals series – abso-bloody-lutley!

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{Top Ten Tuesday} 31

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It was created because of their love of lists, and I myself love lists as well - so you will see it frequently popping up on MMSAI, although admittedly we have not done them in a while – let me tell you, we are happy to be back at it!

Everyone is welcome to join in, and don't worry if you can't think of 10 - just do as many as you can. And of course, be sure to link back to TBATB (and leave me a link here too!) on your post!
As always they are in no particular order.

This Weeks Topic is:
Top Ten Bookish Confessions

(Anything! You dog ear, you hated a book  but said you loved it, you have $500 library fines...anything goes!)

1. My Copy of CITY OF BONES (The Mortal Instruments #1) is sticky tabbed,256683 (1) highlighted, bookmarked and beat. It’s not my favorite book of all time or anything I just had a really kick ass book club meeting based off the books and needed to take lot’s of notes. We played Mortal Instrument Jeopardy!!

2. I have late fees *bites nails* Somewhere on a shelf in my kids closet are a few picture books that belong to a library no more than 10 minutes from me. They have been here for…hmmm…3-4 years. OMG I know, right!? The stupid thing is I am pretty sure they can go back to my local branch but I always forget and the only reason I thought of it now was because of the description of this TTT!

3. I don’t understand the people at my library. Seriously, I rarely get a smile off them and they act like they are being held there at gun point. Even if I was paid shitty to work there, how could you be unhappy in a library all day!?

4. My books are organized. One bookshelf is all autographed copies and the rest are on another. This gets tricky when I have a few or one from a series signed but not the others…OCD kicks in….because the series HAVE to be together…51pDtklKd4L._SL500_AA300_.

5. I’m Desperately seeking a book. Okay we all are, but this one isn’t in print anymore. It’s about Jackson Rathbone and his band that doesn’t exists anymore….it’s called NO SLEEP and I knew I should have ordered it when it was available…*sad sigh*

6. It literally makes me depressed to think, even if I wanted to I could never read all the books I wanted to in my lifetime.

7. I would LOVE to own an Indie Bookstore and Coffee Shop.

8. I got in trouble in high school for reading The Notebook during English class. The book was just out in paperback (yea, I’m old) and I couldn't put it down. Of course I was that student who said to my teacher “It’s English class…I’m reading?”

9. I just recently found out that a book I loved in Elementary school is a19469 series! I LOVED the book The Face On The Milk Carton, read it dozens of times in 6th grade and on. Not more than a month or so back I was at B&N and saw it’s a full series! 4 books in all. I need to read the rest of them!!

10. Credited for my love of reading will always be the following: The Baby Sitters Club, which I devoured all 150+ books as a child. The Notebook for the real love story and Twilight for reminding me why I loved to read after years of not touching a book at all.

What’s your TTT this week? Link me to it in the comments so I can stop by too!

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{Book Review} Goth Girl Rising

By: | Aug 27, 2012
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The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl #2
Author: Barry Lyga
Format: Paperback
Pages: 388
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Published: October 19, 2009
Rating: 4 Birds
Time is a funny thing in the hospital. In the mental ward. You lose track of it easily. After six months in the Maryland Mental Health Unit, Kyra Sellers, a.k.a. Goth Girl, is going home. Unfortunately, she’s about to find out that while she was away, she lost track of more than time.
Kyra is back in black, feeling good, and ready to make up with the only person who’s ever appreciated her for who she really is.
But then she sees him. Fanboy. Transcended from everything he was into someone she barely recognizes.
And the anger and memories come rushing back.
There’s so much to do to people when you’re angry.
Kyra’s about to get very busy.
My take: I definitely want to preface this by letting everyone know, I didn’t read the first book.  BUT, here’s the catch – this book honest to goodness works as a stand-alone! (Though trust me I’m going to find the first).

Diving straight into this book from Kyra’s point of view was a great way to get a sense of the “mad” way that her mind worked in the shortest amount of time possible.  I really liked getting the sense that Kyra, in her own mind, couldn’t figure out where to go from the point of where she came from (which was the Mental Health Unit).  It was kind of this strange sense of remembering what it was like to be a lost high schooler.  Kyra really has to find her way back into the high school scene, which she’s never been a big part of.
Imagine getting put into this place where you really have no contact with your “friends”, or someone who’s come to mean a lot to you…and your dad sort of regrets you because of things in the past.  Would you end up retaliating in some way because you thought no one really and truly cared?  It’s exactly what Kyra goes through during this story.  I got to see her transform from someone who really just didn’t get it, to someone who learned to try.

And in complete honesty, I think the thing that shocked me, was how others acted around Kyra.  It was like, one minute someone would act one way, and the next, they’d do a complete 180.  At times it became hard to follow just how others felt which I think is why sometimes that singular perspective makes you really start to wonder what the other side of the story is.  So it was really the matter of “is that really what her friends think, or is this strictly the way she feels no matter what?
I think the part that I truly liked the most was about how Kyra really wants the world not to market the whole Goth thing, or being different…but then when the story just ends on the note it does, it left me disappointed.

I think to really get the background on Fanboy, who I didn’t really know much of, I need to get the first book to know why he’s such a big deal.  I mean, I got that Kyra was somewhat attached to him, and that he was also a big reason as to why she ended up in the Mental Health Unit.  At the same time though, I don’t know what his story is.

Really and truly, I felt this was a good book about coming into your own.  Though I feel some parts maybe could have been left out, it really goes in depth on how just one small thing can make a person’s life really undetermined, and unknown.

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{My Indie Monday} J. J. Bonds

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My Indie Monday is the brain child of MMSAI team member Yvette and if you would like to be a featured Indie Author or want more info on how to participate as a blogger CLICK HERE

MY INDIE MONDAY is a meme all about Independent and Self Published Authors. Who they are. Where to find them. Why you should read them.

Join in by featuring one on your blog each Monday, any way that you like, and link up below!! Don’t forget to grab the image above, and link back to us!

This week on My Indie Monday we are featuring

J.J. Bonds

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About The Author:

J.J. Bonds is an independent author who writes Young Adult Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy. Her debut novel, Crossroads, was released in fall of 2011. It is the first in the Crossroads Academy series. J.J. lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania where her love of all things paranormal keeps life interesting. She lives with her husband, daughter, and two rambunctious dogs.

 

THE PLAYLIST

Playlist for Crossroads Academy Series by J.J. Bonds

I love listening to music when I write, although sometimes I get distracted and find12732267 myself singing along which isn’t exactly productive. You can ask my husband. He’s been an unfortunate witness to many of my off-key concertos.

But, even with the distraction, I can’t resist rocking out a little in front of the computer. Yes, there are dance moves and they’re about as awesome as my singing. Aren’t you glad this isn’t a vlog?

Moment of truth: I have two playlists that I tend to favor. Below are some of the highlights, which lent themselves nicely to Crossroads and Red Dawn and which helped me tap into the characters emotionally.

The first is probably a little odd, but it’s a playlist I downloaded from Rhapsody and I’m not ashamed to say that I love listening to it when I write (although I did make a few modifications). Hopefully this is a judgment free zone, otherwise you’re going to have a blast with this one: ‘Senior Year 1994: I’m a Loser, Baby’. For the record, I did not graduate in 1994, but these are the songs I grew up on and a great reflection of the angsty, alternative throwbacks I enjoy. What can I say? I love disenfranchised underdogs.

‘Possum Kingdom’ by the Toadies

‘Doll Parts’ by Hole

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‘Disarm’ by Smashing Pumpkins

Live Forever’ by Oasis

My second list is a bit more updated and upbeat and this is generally where the dancing comes in!

‘Blow’ by Ke$ha

Raise Your Glass’ by Pink

‘The Great Escape’ by Boys Like Girls

‘Rolling in the Deep’ by Adele

‘False Pretense’ by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Oh, and there’s one other song I queue up regularly: Hell’s Bells by AC/DC. Random, I know, but it’s absolutely my theme song for the Crossroads Academy series!

 

THE GIVEAWAY:

JJ Bonds is giving you a choice! Yes, a choice of what book you would like of hers. With the amazing covers and blurbs, picking might just be the hardest thing you have ever done, should you win!

- Choice of either Crossroads (Crossroads Academy #1) or Red Dawn (Crossroads Academy #2) eBook
- Crossroads Academy Swag pack
 

ALSO – if you hop over to JJ Bonds’ website you can try your luck at a contest for a KINDLE FIRE among other amazing things!

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{Book Review} Velveteen by Daniel Marks

By: | Aug 26, 2012
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Velveteen
Velveteen #1
Author: Daniel Marks
Pages: 464
Format: ARC
Release Date: October 9th 2012
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.
The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind. Bonesaw.
Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.
It’ll be brutal... and awesome.
But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.
Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules... or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.

Let’s get this out there right now. VELVETEEN is not your typical YA novel, nor is it simply just a paranormal read. It is what the YA world is lacking. It is what the YA world needs and most assuredly it is what you are not expecting.

For starters, the blurb is misleading. Oh don’t worry, you will meet Velveteen, you will be introduced to Bonesaw, but it’s not the main focus of the story. No, no, no Daniel Marks’ phenomenal ability to weave a story will take you between two worlds, Purgatory and Earth. While in the beginning you may feel like you are following them separately for a bit, you could not have one with out the other and eventually you will see that they go together perfectly. Especially since Velveteen exists in them both.

Ah, Velveteen Monroe. What can I tell you about her that won’t make her want to hand me my ass on a platter? Well there’s that I suppose, she is a total bad ass! No seriously, I kinda want to hire her to be my body guard! You know us book bloggers, can’t go out in public with out the flash of a camera bulb.(*snort laugh*) She’s just the right amount of snarky and sarcastic. The kind of girl that might scare you a little bit if you didn’t know her, and would scare you a lot if you did. She’s filled with the desire for revenge and breaking the rules, and yet buried not so deep down within her is still just a girl who thinks this one guy is hot. She’s everything I have ever aspired to be, except for that whole dead thing….

I enjoyed VELVETEEN so thoroughly that I actually nearly cried when I passed on my coveted ARC. As I removed dozens of post-it-notes that covered the pages, filled with things I wanted to remember (someone dies choking on a Nathan’s hot dog! Genius!) and questions I wanted to ask the author (seriously, how twisted are you? I love it!) I realized it had been ages since I felt the need to stop and jot things down about a book. It was amazing!

VELVETEEN is raw, graphic, and one hell of a ride! Daniel Marks will give you emotional whiplash as you are thrust from terror, to excitement, into a love story and back ‘round again. I can’t even in good conscious just call this just a Paranormal novel. It’s more of a Thrilling Bloody Horror with Paranormal Tendencies. Does that shelf exists on Good Reads??

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{Blog Tour} TEN by Gretchen McNeil

By: | Aug 25, 2012
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Ten Tour

Woo Hoo!

I am sooo excited to, not only be kicking off this tour, but to be hosting it! I could yammer on and on, I mean come on – you know me…I never shut up!! But I’ll let Gretchen fill you in on the tour and what you can expect over the next few weeks leading up to the release of a YA HORROR novel you NEED….TEN!

 
 

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THE TOUR

Saturday, Aug 25th Guest Post Me, My Shelf and I
Sunday, Aug 26th Review: Fictitious Delicious
Monday, Aug 27th Interview with Meg Once Upon A Twilight
Tuesday, Aug 28th Giveaway on Me, My Shelf and I
Wednesday, Aug 29st Guest Post Gretchen McNeil A Good Addiction
Thursday, Aug 30th Review: 365 Days of reading
Friday, Aug 31st Interview with Minne and Ben A Sea of Pages
Saturday, Sept 1st Review Serpintine Library
Sunday, Sept 2nd Tens List with Gretchen Jean Book Nerd
Monday, Sept 3rd Review A Sea of Pages
Tuesday, Sept 4th Post with Nathan Fantasy Book Addict
Wednesday, Sept 5th Review Once Upon A Twilight
Thursday, Sept 6th Tens List with Kenny 365 Days of Reading
Friday, Sept 7th Review Fantasy Book Addict
Saturday, Sept 8th Author Interview Fictitious Delicious
Sunday, Sept 9th Review YA Highway
Monday, Sept 10th This or That with Vivian The Story Siren
Tuesday, Sept 11th Review Emily’s Reading Room
Wednesday, Spet 12th Interview with Kumiko and Gunner YA Highway
Thursday, Sept 13th Review A Good Addiction
Friday, Sept 14th Tens List with Lori Emily’s Reading Room
Saturday, Sept 15th Review Jean Book Nerd
Sunday, Sept 16th Interview with TJ Serpintine Highway
Monday, Sept 17th Review Me, My Shelf and I
Tuesday, Sept 18th BOOK BIRTHDAY on Gretchen McNeils Blog

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{Book Review} A Want So Wicked

By: | Aug 24, 2012
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AWANTSOWICKEDA Want So Wicked
A Need So Beautiful #2
Author: Suzanne Young
Format: ARC
Pages: 282
Published: June 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Rating: 4 birds

Elise is a normal seventeen-year-old girl until the day she wakes up in a desert park, with no idea who she is.

After that episode, her life takes a bizarre turn. She’s experiencing unexpected flashes of insight into people’s lives—people she’s never met before. Strangers frighten her with warnings about the approaching Shadows. And although Elise has never had a boyfriend, she suddenly finds herself torn between two handsome but very different young men: Abe, the charming bad boy whose effect on her both seduces and frightens her, and the mysterious Harlin, who’s new to town but with whom Elise feels an urgent, elemental connection—almost as if they are soul mates.

Now Elise begins to question everything about her life. Why do these guys both want her so desperately? What are the Shadows? Why does the name Charlotte inspire a terrifying familiarity? And who is Elise, really?

My Review:

The sequel to A Need So Beautiful!   

There is a new player in the game named Elise.  Elise has memories of Charlotte and it unravels in many unexpected events.  For instance some events have her feel "the Need" which triggers some more the memories.  The memories leave her confused and wanting to figure out why she was having them.  She mentions it to her father as he tries to help but not much he can do.  I felt it would be confusing to have some memories that were not your own.  Other things that happen to Elise on top of dealing with the memories is her relationship  with her sister becomes more distant and meets up boys.   Elise comes out to be a good girl who loves her family and always tries to do the right thing. She always thinks the best of everyone.

The beginning of the book left me a bit confused.  There was something about it that made it hard to stick with the story.  I decided to keep on reading hoping it would get better and it did.  It allowed me to get the depth of the story behind Elise! 

Of course there is a love interest in the book where Elise goes for the bad boy Abe which had bells going off in my head saying "Danger danger!!"  Obviously I was not a fan of Elise being with Abe.   There was just something about Abe that didn't click with me, maybe it was the fact he seemed cocky in a way or that he had a dark side?   My hunch on Abe was right.  

I was obviously rooting for Harlin to hook up with Elise for some reason. The relationship is amazing but takes a slow pace to find each other! I love love how Harlin slowly makes his way towards Elise where she remembers Charlotte's memories with him.    Once again Harlin shows off of being the tough guy and yet a tender spot sprouts out at Elise as Charlotte comes back.  The relationship between those two are magic!

I was excited to learn about the dark side. The appeal to the dark side was an attention grabber.  In the theme of good vs evil, got to have the dark side somewhere. I know I love books with the good vs evil themes in it.  Now since Abe seemed to be geared to the dark side, as he faltered for redemption.  This shows you it's never too  late!  I loved that.  Anyways, Onika makes an appearance as she faces Monroe, Elise and Harlin. That was quite a task for Onika and Monroe to see each other again at the end of the book.    There was one thing that shocked me was about Elise sister which has to do with the Shadows.

The book was an okay read!  If you are looking for something unique with a supernatural element to it, then this book is for you!  I recommend you to read the first book though.

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{Book Review + Blog Tour} If I Lie

By: | Aug 23, 2012
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If I Lie
Author: Corrine Jackson
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: SimonPulse
Rating:

A powerful debut novel about the gray space between truth and perception.
Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town. Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise.

I am PROUD to be the 4th and the 10th stop on the IF I LIE Blog Tour! Today is the first stop, which has my review and later on the 31st we will have a fun This or That with Corrine Jackson, so be sure to stop back!!

Part of the swag I received from Corrine Jackson was IF I LIE tissue packs. This should have tipped me off that IF I LIE was going to be an emotional ride, but as a reviewer I tend to be told many, many books will drag me to an emotional rock bottom and claim they will make me cry so hard I won’t be able to read the words on the pages. So I didn’t grab any tissues when I cuddled up on my couch to read. And it’s not that I didn’t think Corrine couldn't evoke emotion from me, I think I just thought my over-read heart was stronger now after all the turmoil I’ve subjected it to over the years and years of reading.

I was so wrong.

I had to hold the book out away from me at many points so my tears didn’t ruin the ARC I had been lent. My sleeve, oh my poor sleeve became a tissue a few times leaving my nose raw and begging for some Puffs Plus. And at one point something happened to me that I can honestly say hadn’t happened to me in YEARS while reading a book. I felt my heart break, very literally it crumbled under just a few simple words in Chapter 28. I found myself flipping back a few pages looking for the “Choose Your Own Adventure” option that wasn’t there, hoping I could change it.

IF I LIE is a stunning, relatable debut that I don’t think anyone will be able to get through with out a feeling like they just rode on an emotional roller coaster. And I can hear you…”Relatable…how? I don’t have a boyfriend serving in the war”. Well, you may not, but have you ever kept a secret for someone to protect them? Have you ever had your heart broken? Have you ever felt like your home life has to be the worst possible home life any kid could ever have? Have you ever been bullied? Been confused? Felt like life was unfair?

Like I said. Relatable.

Put IF I LIE on your TBR, I promise you that you will not be disappointed in the story. And at 288 pages, this stand alone novel will be a quick read – almost like a “book snack”, I finished it in just under 3 hours!

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