Wednesday, June 27, 2012

WWW Wednesdays #2


W... W... W... Wednesdays 
is brought to us by MizB

Everyone can join in, just answer 3 easy questions!

1. What did you recently finish reading?
2. What are you currently reading?
3. What do you think you will read next?

Here are my answers!
1. What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished "Sacre Bleu" by Christopher Moore.


2. What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading
Loving it so far!

3. What do you think you will read next?
That's a tough one!
Next up is either

or "Son of Rage and Love" by Thomas Raymond.

I am so far behind on reading it's ridiculous. 
Both of these books were review requests from
the authors and I still have not read them...
"Life gets in the way of progress."

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays #2: Letters In Cardboard Boxes

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday #2.
This meme is brought to us by MizB at Should Be Reading

Everyone can join along!
Here is all you have to do:
  • Open the book you are reading to a random page.
  • Share TWO sentences from the page. (Avoid Spoilers)
  • Include the Title and Author, maybe even a link so people can add to their TBR list
  • Have FUN!
I am currently reading "Letters In Cardboard Boxes" by Abby Slovin.

Here is the teaser!

"She did not have a single memory that did not include her grandmother in some way. 
The woman was central, essential even, in a way that Parker very rarely acknowledged."

I am only about 10% thru this ebook and so far it is really good.
Review to come soon!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Giveaway & Book Tour: Pandora's Key

Hello all!
It's time for my FIRST EVER BOOK TOUR & GIVEAWAY!
And I am so excited it is for





As you can see, this Book Tour is brought to us by the fabulous
people at the Making Connections group over on Goodreads.
Please take the time to click on the Book Tour picture above. 
There you will find links to the other blog stops on the tour! 

Now to tell you a little about Pandora's Key.

From Goodreads:
When everything you believed about yourself is a lie, how do you unlock the truth…

Evangeline Theopolis has nightmares about the violent deaths of women she has never met. Her single mother, Olivia, suffers delusions she can’t hide. And Malledy, a brilliant young man, may have a disease that will leave him paralyzed and insane. Their lives are about to collide.

On Evangeline’s 16th birthday her mother gives her a necklace with an antique key charm—a family heirloom, though no one knows what the key unlocks.

Everything changes. Her mom is hospitalized. Her godmother attempts murder. An ancient Order tries to kill Evangeline, and a lethal sect to kidnap her.

Nothing makes sense—especially Evangeline’s own face, which has morphed from geeky to eerily stunning; the ancient key that feels strangely alive against her skin; and the magical abilities she begins to possess.

Evangeline must use her wits and supernatural powers to fight her deadly adversaries and discover her true identity. But can she accept who she really is and save the world?
I gave Pandora's Key 5 stars!
Want to know why?
See my REVIEW!



I decided on this excerpt from Pandora's Key because I believe it
shows the vulnerable side of the usually strong character of Evangeline.
I could go on & on but I will just cut to the excerpt now...
And for your reading pleasure, here is a taste of 
Pandora's Key.

Evangeline quickly looked away and tore off the wrapping, opening the box. Inside was a violet colored silk bag. The bag gave Evangeline a strange sense of déjà vu even though she’d never seen it before. Easing open the drawstring, she spilled the contents onto her palm. It was a necklace. The delicate silver chain gave off a soft glow. Dangling from it was a small black key carved from some luminous stone. Evangeline again felt a sense of déjà vu.
“Mom?” she asked, glancing at her mother’s bare neck and then meeting her eyes.
“It’s a tradition in our family, E. I don’t know who started it, but my mother, and her mother before her and on and on gave this necklace to each of their daughters on their sixteenth birthday – or so the story goes.”
“I’ve never seen you take it off.” Evangeline traced the outline of the key in her palm.
“I never have.”
“But you love this necklace.”
Her mom smiled. “That’s why I want you to have it.” She took the necklace from Evangeline, undid the clasp, and placed it around her neck.
“Do you know what the key was made to unlock?”
“I asked my mother the same thing, but she had no idea. Maybe it was just meant to be pretty.”




And here is what you have really been looking for, the GIVEAWAY!
5 Lucky Winners will receive their very own e-book of Pandora's Key!
Good luck to everyone and please spread the word 
about the giveaway to your Blog/Twitter/Facebook followers.
Thank you!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you would like to PURCHASE a copy of Pandora's Key, here are some links:

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog.
Comments make me smile!

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Friday 56 #2

This meme is brought to us by Freda's Voice!
Here are the rules:
Grab a book, any book!
Turn to page 56.
Find a sentence or few words that grab you and add to post.
Link back to Freda's Voice.
Go to Freda's Voice and add the link to your post!

My Post this week comes from:
 "Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d' Art" by Christopher Moore

"Although he would not remember it, when Lucien was born, the first
thing he saw as he peeked over the edge of the world was
Madame Lessard's bunghole."

What is your Friday 56?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Blog: Liebster Award!

The Liebster Blog Award is given to upcoming bloggers that have less than 200 followers.

Liebster is a word of German origin that is a term of endearment. 
It can be translated as dearest, beloved, sweetest, kindest, etc...


I was recently awarded The Liebster Blog Award 
Check out her Liebster Award blog post HERE.

Here are the "rules":
1. You must post 11 facts about yourself.
2. You must answer the 11 questions asked of you and ask 11 questions of the bloggers you will be awarding.
3. You must pick 11 bloggers to pass the Liebster Award forward.
4. Post a link to their site and leave a comment letting them know they have won The Liebster Award!
5. No tag backs!

THE CHOSEN ELEVEN

There is no obligation to the chosen blogs to participate.
I mainly wanted to show appreciation of their work!

If you decide to participate, 
please leave a link in my comments.
I would love to read your responses!

ELEVEN QUESTIONS ASKED
1. What is your opinion of my blog content/design?
2. Who do you relate to most, Daphne or Velma? Why?
3. How much time do you spend blogging vs. blog networking?
4. Mac or PC? Why?
5. Einstein Vs. The Beatles: Who had the biggest impact on history?
6. What is the best name you have ever given a pet?
7. What do you consider your highest achievements in life?
8. Care Bears or Ewoks?
9. Rainbow Brite or Strawberry Shortcake?
10. Who is your favorite musical artist/band?
11. What are your thoughts on the world ending on December 21st, 2012? 



ELEVEN QUESTIONS ANSWERED
1. Do you have a party trick? I can hold people's hair out of their faces like a PRO.
2. Any Summer reads you are looking forward to? Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
3. Hot drinks or cold drinks? Cold drinks
4. Do you have a role model? If so, who and why? My role model is a tie between my Mom and Amanda Palmer. They are total opposites. I strive to be like both of them because they both have very positive aspects. 
5. What is your favorite place? Why? My chair in my room curled up with computer or book.
6. What one item would you save if your house caught on fire? My dog, Ozie Blu. (look at About Me Section for a pic!)
7. If you could be anybody for a day who would you be? Why? Amanda Palmer because her life seems so freaking fun!
8. If you could have superpowers for a day, what would it be? Why? To see into the future enough to be able to get winning lottery numbers because I need money honey.
9. What is your dream job? Lottery Winner.
10. Do you have any phobias? Spiders, water and large crowds.
11. If you could build a machine and travel into the past, would you change anything? What and Why? I would change a lot of things because they were unnecessary and caused pain.



ELEVEN FACTS ABOUT THINK
1. I am a 32 year old female
2. I look nothing like Albert Einstein.
3. I have never been outside of the USA. Don't even have a passport.
4. Right now I am listening to Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.
5. I spend way too much time on the internet.
6. I love the book blogging community! Everyone is super nice.
7. I really suck at Math.
8. I always write in print. Cursive takes too long.
9. My favorite actor is Ryan Gosling.
10. My favorite actress is Kate Winslet.
11. My favorite musician is Amanda Palmer. As a special treat I am including one of my fave videos of hers HERE :


If you like this and want more, here is her website : music.amandapalmer.net
She offers tons of songs for free! 
Let me know if you dig her.

Odd: Book Art by Isaac Salazar


Check this out!
These are all from artist Isaac Salazar. 
His website is HERE




I had to share because I thought this was 
an amazing idea!

Comments make me smile!

Also, attempting to figure out these Twitter Buttons on my blog.
I want to see if it works!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

WWW Wednesdays #1



W... W... W... Wednesdays is brought to us by 

Just answer three questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you will read next?
So, here are my answers.

1. What are you currently reading?
I am about 3/4 of the way through "Sacre Bleu" and enjoying it. 
Look for the review soon!

2. What did you recently finish reading?
I absolutely LOVED this book! 
I highly suggest the investment.
Please check out my review HERE!

3. What do you think you will read next?
I have been meaning to read this for a long time.
I am definitely reading this next!!

Comments make me smile!



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #1 Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

Hello everyone! 
Time for me to try out a new meme! 
The one that I have chosen to do is Teaser Tuesdays. 
Teaser Tuesdays is brought to us by the fabulous MizB 
over at Should Be Reading

Everyone can join along! Here is all you have to do:

  • Open the book you are reading to a random page
  • Share TWO teaser sentences from that page
  • Avoid SPOILERS! Cause that's just not fun for anyone! 
  • Be sure to include the Title and Author of the book so people can add to their TBR pile!
  • HAVE FUN!!
I am currently reading "Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d' Art" by Christopher Moore. 

Here are my Teasers from page 71!

**She glided between them like a petite storm, black lace trailing behind her. "Should have stayed in London and continued to shag the red-head on the bear rug then?" she said in English, an Irish accent.**

Hope you are intrigued by my Teasers. But if you want to start reading Christopher Moore books, I wouldn't start with this one. Personally, my favorite of his so far is "A Dirty Job." But be prepared because he can get a bit raunchy and outrageous with his humor! 

Feel free to share the link to your Teaser Tuesdays addition in the Comments! 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Review: "Amarantine" by Tricia Rigli

Title: Amaranthine
Author: Tricia Rigli
Published: 04.10.12
Publisher: Create Space
Pages: 314
Format : e-book
Source: Author/Making Connections
Purchase Here:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble


Author Website:
http://triciarigli.weebly.com/amaranthine.html


Goodreads Synopsis:
Amaranthine is a tale of the dark side of desire. Crimson Wilkinson is a seemingly normal high school senior who, bored with life, finds her kicks in reading a popular vampire series. But her boredom is well remedied when she becomes an active part in the very true vampire stories the world thought were fiction and falls in love with their author, Nicholae Albaric, the dangerously gorgeous and sweetly lonely vampire celebrity. The rush she once so longed for becomes a burden as Crimson discovers she has a rare gene that makes the carrier extremely powerful once they are made into a vampire, and she is targeted as the vampire community's number-one most wanted, some who want to kill her before she can become a threat and others who want to use her powers to their own ends.


MY REVIEW
I received a copy of this book from the author, Trici Rigli through the Making Connections group on Goodreads. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to read this book, however, the following review is not positive. If you cannot handle negative reviews there is no need to read further.

This book was such a disappointment. The synopsis makes it sound fantastic and to put it bluntly, it is not. My following review may contain spoilers. So, if you wish to continue reading, you have been warned!
The story starts by following Crimson and her misfit group of friends through their daily activities in high school. This goes on for the first 50% of the book. I’m serious. Nothing interesting happens until Stephen dies, then it is back to boring until Crimson meets Nicholae. And then, wham! Nicholae and Crimson are in love and doing very inappropriate things for a 17 year old, in my opinion. I could have gone my whole life without hearing how Nicholae had magic fingers. Ewww. Then at about 75% through the book, the vampires actually get into fighting action. It doesn’t last long enough though. And then the writer goes absurd again by taking Nicholae to Crimson’s family Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving! Least coolest holiday ever to invite an Immortal to attend.

Anyways, I kept reading, determined to finish this book. And this was a very hard book to trudge through. The plot was all over the place. There would just be pages of meaningless dialogue. If this dialogue was supposed to make me empathetic to the characters it did not work. In fact, I never believed in any of the characters. They were stereotypical and one dimensional.

I also did not enjoy the writing style. There were instances where Crimson used outlandishly advanced language for no reason at all. I think the word “Chimerical” was used in different contexts at least 2-3 times. Each time on my Kindle I would look it up and never did the definition fit what I had thought Crimson was trying to say. I felt like I was studying for the SATs vocabulary portion. There was even one word (that I can’t remember at the moment) that wasn’t IN the dictionary at all. That was frustrating.

The good part of the book was the concept of Amarants. I thought this was a highly creative and interesting idea. I wanted to spend time learning about them and more about Crimson after she had been turned. But the author decided this was not to be. I am assuming this is a stand-alone book. If that is the case, the author really missed the mark on this one. Such an interesting concept could easily had been stretched into a series.

The last chapter is what completely aggravated me to the point of having to write a review that is far from positive. And I hate doing negative reviews. In my opinion, this was a horrible way to end the book and to me personally made no sense. When I did finish this book, I just felt completely confused and a little pissed off. That is not a good sign.

One star to “Amaranthine”
I hate to do this, but it was a Disaster.
In my opinion that is...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Blog: I'm a Winner!

Hello to all!
I have been lucky enough to win THREE Giveaways!
I thought it only fair to mention the blogs that so kindly offered these giveaways 
and plus I want to brag about what I won!

The first thing I won was from Alana over at
Dark Obsession Chronicles
Her blog is amazing!
You should go check it out!
Dark Obsession Button

 I won an e-book copy of "Ink" by Holly Hood. So exciting!!

With this, I developed a bad habit...
now I was addicted to Giveaways!
So, I entered several more.
Lots I didn't win, but a couple more I did!

Next up, I won my choice of a $15.00 book from the Book Depository! 
This was from the wonderful people over on the Shut Up & Read Blog!


My choice of book was "The Iron Knight" by Julie Kagawa!

It just came in yesterday and I am so excited to read it and finish The Iron Fey series.
Much thanks to Sheri and Tana for being awesome!

And last but not least, I won TWO prizes from the Making Connections Blog!
Making Connections

One was a $10 Amazon Gift Card. 
I spent that on a desperately needed print cartridge. LoL.
The other prize was a paperback copy of 
"The Unseen" by Richie Tankersley Cusick. 
This book includes Part 1 & Part 2!! I can't wait to read it.

I want to thank ALL blogs that participate in Giveaways.
One day, when I grow up, I will have Giveaways too!!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Review: "The Twenty" by Claudia Carozza

Title: The Twenty
Author: Claudia Carozza
Published: April 10, 2012
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: Kindle
Pages: 187
Source: Author/Making Connections
Purchase: Amazon





Author Website:
http://www.claudiacarozza.com
GoodReads Author:
http://www.goodreads.com/ccarozza

GoodReads Synopsis:
Imagine living in a time when infertility runs rampant and babies are no longer being born. The world is crumbling around you as people start talking about the end. This is the world Hazel DeSales grew up in. After her mother dies from a mysterious cancer, Hazel finds herself taking care of her younger sister Netty and alcoholic father.

It's not until twenty women, known as the Elect, become pregnant all across the Barronlands when things start looking up. Hazel and Netty apply for jobs working as domestics in the Antioch Center where the Elect will be taken care of and protected. Hazel feels change in the air and her outlook for the future starts to improve.

But she soon learns that change is not without consequence. Rumors are brewing about a government cover up and Hazel finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. So begins the unraveling of secrets that uncover things from her past and rattle her future. Hazel is determined to seek the truth and promises herself to do whatever it takes to succeed.

MY REVIEW:
“The Twenty” by Claudia Carozza was an absolutely riveting read. I was enthralled by the style of Carozza’s writing. She seamlessly wove her words into a beautiful story of love, betrayal, destruction and hope. An extremely difficult task for any author, however, Carozza does it effortlessly.

When I first read the synopsis, it grabbed my attention because it reminded me of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The stories both include the plot of a barren society with just a few who can carry children. However, that is where the similarities end. Carozza actually injected hope into a desperate situation. And instead of passive characters, Carozza’s characters are very self-reliant and strong, proving that they can forge their own destiny. I liked “The Handmaid’s Tale,” but not as much as I liked “The Twenty.” Yes, I am serious. It was that good.

Plus, an added bonus is that “The Twenty” is the first novel of The Barronlands Trilogy. That makes me super happy because I cannot wait to find out how the story of Hazel progresses. I am also curious about Claudia Carozza, the author of “The Twenty.” She is a young author (& a fellow Taurus!) and I see a beautiful future for her in the world of books!

5 stars for “The Twenty”

I just noticed there are still like 8 FREE copies of this book on the Making Connections group. All you have to do is post your review to the link when you are done reading! Great group! Great Book! What else could you want???
Here is the link : The Twenty @ Making Connections

Friday, June 1, 2012

Review: "Pandora's Key" by Nancy Richardson Fischer

Title: Pandora’s Key
(The Key Trilogy #1)
Author: Nancy Richardson Fischer
Published: November 18, 2011
Publisher: Nancy Richardson Fischer
Format: e-book
Pages: 306
Source: Author/Making Connections
Purchase: Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis:
When everything you believed about yourself is a lie, how do you unlock the truth…

Evangeline Theopolis has nightmares about the violent deaths of women she has never met. Her single mother, Olivia, suffers delusions she can’t hide. And Malledy, a brilliant young man, may have a disease that will leave him paralyzed and insane. Their lives are about to collide.

On Evangeline’s 16th birthday her mother gives her a necklace with an antique key charm—a family heirloom, though no one knows what the key unlocks.

Everything changes. Her mom is hospitalized. Her godmother attempts murder. An ancient Order tries to kill Evangeline, and a lethal sect to kidnap her.

Nothing makes sense—especially Evangeline’s own face, which has morphed from geeky to eerily stunning; the ancient key that feels strangely alive against her skin; and the magical abilities she begins to possess.

Evangeline must use her wits and supernatural powers to fight her deadly adversaries and discover her true identity. But can she accept who she really is and save the world?

MY REVIEW:
I received this book from the author through the Making Connections group on GoodReads. If you haven’t joined this group, go and do it right now!!! They offer tons of books you can read for free as long as you provide a review. Brilliant if you ask me! In fact, Making Connections still have several copies of "Pandora's Key" up for grabs. HERE
Also, there is currently an author interview with Nancy Richardson Fischer, author of “Pandora’s Key,” on the Shut Up & Read Blog HERE.

I really enjoyed reading this book and everything about it. Honestly, I did not know what to expect when I started reading “Pandora’s Key.” But, let me tell you that this book is happy, sad, exciting, romantic, scary and full of action! This book has everything to keep the reader turning pages like a mad person.

The character of Evangeline is a strong female lead, especially for being barely 16. She faces things that seem impossible and has a hard time not asking questions. The great thing is that she never gives up her search for truth and hope. Evangeline wasn’t the only fantastic character. I would say all of the characters, even if they were barely in the story, gave off a definite sense of meaning and purpose. Even the nurses that tend to her mother were memorable. That is quite a feat you have accomplished there, Nancy Richardson Fischer!

The plot was just… perfect. I don’t know what other word to describe it that would give it justice. The plot basically starts out with two stories. One is the story of Evangeline while the other is the story of a young man named Malledy. Both stories are so gripping separately, but when the characters collide it is impossible to stop reading “Pandora’s Key” after that.

I want to say so much more but I don’t want to give away too much about the book. That is why my reviews are always short, sweet and to the point. I think anyone that enjoys a great work of Fiction, YA or not, should read “Pandora’s Key.” Just trust me on this one! Plus, it is only the 1st book in the Key Trilogy! I am very, very, very excited about the next two books.

5 stars because “Pandora’s Key” is a gift from the gods!

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