Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Giveaway! Autographed copy of The Twenty by Claudia Carozza


Welcome to the Dystopian Giveaway Hop,

I am giving away an AUTOGRAPHED COPY

I absolutely loved this Dystopian novel.
So much I gave it 5 stars!
Click HERE for full review.
Here is an excerpt from 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.


And check out the other blogs on the hop!



Monday, October 29, 2012

Think Out Loud #16: Terrorism


Hello all.
Think Out Loud is a weekly meme encouraging 
bloggers to do something different on their blog!
Do whatever YOU want!
A recipe, a pic, a rant, whatever.
You can post any day of the week you want,
I just try to post every Monday 
to get the Linky up for the week.


This is what I do when I get sick of bad news.

And this is too true. Kinda sad.

So, what is your Think Out Loud this week?



Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Finds #6


Friday Finds is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.
Just share what books you added to your TBR pile lately.
Post your link in the comments at Should Be Reading
and you are good to go!


[Click image to go to Goodreads page]

#1. The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton
#2. Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
#3. The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
#4. Dark Star by Bethany Frenette

These all look fantastic!

What are your Friday Finds? Leave me a comment!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Review: What Kills Me by Wynne Channing

Title: What Kills Me
Author: Wynne Channing
Format: E-book; 209 pages
Source: Making Connections/Author
Published: June 6, 2012
Publisher: Jet and Jack Press

Synopsis:
The fight for survival begins.

An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.

So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.

How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?

REVIEW:
What Kills Me was just such a wonderful surprise! I signed up to review this book through Making Connections, a group on Goodreads, in exchange for an honest review. And I can honestly say this book was perfect.

There was one little thing that is driving me nuts though… why not a series? I want more! This was such a rich and hearty story served up with the perfect mixture of action, suspense, great characters, fantastic world building and everything else that makes a great novel. The twists were all in the right spots. The turns magnificently brilliant.

The first few chapters, Alexia "Zee", is just a normal silly girl. Until she meets Paolo and walks into his trap. Then Zee's character transitioned into a brave, competent woman over the course of the novel. I can't say much more, because I would end up spoiling everything for you. I highly recommend this book, so go check it out!

5 stars to What Kills Me.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays #5: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collines


Welcome to Teaser Tuesdays!
A weekly meme hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading.

Just open a book to a random page
and share two sentences (no spoilers).
Be sure to include title/author info for
other interested readers.
Then put your link in the comments on Miz B's blog.
That simple!


"We would be safe inside the Justice building by now, 
if I hadn't stopped, if I hadn't left my flowers.
Instead, from the deep shade of the verandah, 
we see the whole thing." - pg 52

There is mine, what is yours?!?
Share in the comments and I will check it out.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Think Out Loud #15: Theatre Is Evil


Hello all.
Think Out Loud is a weekly meme encouraging 
bloggers to do something different on their blog!
Do whatever YOU want!
A recipe, a pic, a rant, whatever.
You can post any day of the week you want,
I just try to post every Monday 
to get the Linky up for the week.



This week I am going to review the amazing new album,
Theatre is Evil
by
Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra.

This is Amanda Palmer.

This is Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra.

My fave review of Theatre is Evil from Wikipedia: Adam Rathe of Spin, stated "If Theatre Is Evil does anything, it should make clear that [Amanda] Palmer's not just a fundraiser par excellence but someone who's energized enough people with her work to be able to create exactly the kind of record that makes people love music in the first place."

My Review of Theatre is Evil:

Theatre is Evil is surprising me. It is so excellent that I have listened to it at least 20+ times since it was released in September. And I mean from start to finish listen, in order. And trust me, I'm a shuffle kind of gal. 
This album is so different from the "usual" Palmer identity of piano and ukulele.  

Some of the songs like "Grown Man Cry" remind of an 80's vibe. (in a good way) I will be honest, at first listen I wasn't convinced. But after the second listen I was hooked. Theatre is Evil has the perfect mix of upbeat and mellow songs.

My upbeat favorite would probably be "Want It Back." I will include the video below but I warn you it contains nudity as a form of art. There is nothing perverse about it. Amanda Palmer just loves being naked. I have been a constant fan since The Dresden Dolls in 2003. I have a complete fan-girl crush on Amanda Palmer. She is a very inspiring person, in my opinion. But damn do that girl LOVE being butt-naked.

It's so weird, every time I listen to Theatre is Evil I still notice something new which, of course, makes me love this album even more. She has an astounding knack with her lyrics. However outlandish, you can still relate.

And you want to know the bestest thing about Theatre is Evil? You can get it free! Amanda Palmer has one download where you can pay anything you want from $0.00 to $1 zillion. There is also another download for $1.00. This pays for the royalties to get you 4 ADDITIONAL songs + Theatre is Evil. One of the additional songs is a brilliant cover of Lana Del Ray's "Videogames" that anyone could get addicted to.

So, I completely 100% recommend Theatre is Evil. If you have never heard of Amanda Palmer you should give her a try. She is pretty effing awesome.


Now comes all the links and videos. I really hope you enjoy!

Go to this link to get your Free Download of Theatre is Evil (or $1.00 for 4 additional songs): http://www.amandapalmer.net/shop/pay-what-you-want/

More ...
Amanda Palmer YouTube
Amanda Palmer Twitter


Want It Back (Contains nudity) - YouTube won't give me the right option to Embed! Grrr.
Ok. I think I found a censored one that will work now... We will see.


Polly (Nirvana Cover) 

Awesome right!



Friday, October 19, 2012

Tour: The Star Dwellers - GIVEAWAY!


Hello all!
I am so excited to be hosting The Star Dwellers blog tour today.
I decided to do a review of both books, since I just read them back to back.
The first book of the series is The Moon Dwellers.
The second is The Star Dwellers.
And you can WIN a PAPERBACK COPY OF EACH!
Just fill out the Rafflecopter at the end of this post.
And now, on with the show...

Title: The Moon Dwellers (The Dwellers #1)
Author: David Estes
Format: E-book
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Smashwords

Synopsis:
In a desperate attempt to escape destruction decades earlier, humankind was forced underground, into the depths of the earth, creating a new society called the Tri-Realms.

After her parents and sister are abducted by the Enforcers, seventeen-year-old Adele, a member of the middle-class moon dwellers, is unjustly sentenced to life in prison for her parents' crimes of treason.

Against all odds, Adele must escape from the Pen and find her family, while being hunted by a deranged, killing machine named Rivet, who works for the President. She is helped by two other inmates, Tawni and Cole, each of whom have dark secrets that are better left undiscovered. Other than her friends, the only thing she has going for her is a wicked roundhouse kick and two fists that have been well-trained for combat by her father.

At the other end of the social spectrum is Tristan, the son of the President and a sun dweller. His mother is gone. He hates his father. Backed by only his servant and best friend, Roc, he leaves his lavish lifestyle in the Sun Realm, seeking to make something good out of his troubled life.

When a war breaks out within the Tri-Realms, Tristan is thrust into the middle of a conflict that seems to mysteriously follow Adele as she seeks to find her family and uncover her parents true past.

In their world, someone must die.

Review:

This story follows Adele and Tristan. I thought it was extremely brilliant and doubly entertaining the way that the author, David Estes, told the story so seamlessly while coming from both the point of view of Adele and then Tristan. They trade every chapter giving their take on events unfolding in the novel. I fell in love with both of them immediately. For some reason, I realized exactly at the start of Chapter 9 that I was hooked. I couldn't wait to read what would happen next!

The Moon Dwellers was a great read. I would completely throw it in the ring with Divergent any day because it could definitely hold its own. The world that Estes created is horrific and beautiful. If that doesn't make sense to you now, just read The Moon Dwellers and you will see. Estes has a knack for knowing just when to serve up the hope and love and good feelings. However, when Adele gets rough, she kicks some major ass. Adele don't play! And really neither does anybody else.

Estes delivers a winner with confident writing that truly draws you into the story. I couldn't help but absolutely love this book and I highly recommend it.

5 stars to The Moon Dwellers 



Title: The Star Dwellers (The Dwellers #2)
Author: David Estes
Source: Author
Format: E-book
Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Smashwords

Synopsis:

After rescuing her father and younger sister, Adele is forced to leave her family and Tristan behind to find her mother in the cruel and dangerous realm of the star dwellers.

Amidst blossoming feelings for Adele, Tristan must cast his feelings aside and let her find her own way amongst the star dwellers, while he accompanies Adele's father to meet with the leaders of the moon dwellers and decide the fate of the Tri-Realms.

Will Adele be able to rescue her mother and make it back to the Moon Realm before the President and the sun dweller soldiers destroy her family?

Can Tristan convince the moon dweller puppets of the error of their ways?

Was Adele's lost kiss with Tristan her one and only chance at love?

In her world there's only one rule: Someone must die.

REVIEW:

AMAZING! I could not put The Star Dwellers down. In this extension in the Dwellers series, Estes has created a masterpiece! I thought The Moon Dwellers was good, but this is better. Now I can't wait for The Sun Dwellers to come out!

Three words for you, Adele is tough. And what makes it even better, is that she has tons of resolve to do what she needs to do for her family, her people, her Tristan.

The characters were so believable. I really liked that I got to know more about Ben, Elsey, Roc and Anna. I felt a lot of empathy for these characters and really found myself falling for them throughout the novel.

And the writing was spectacular as well. The world of the Tri-Realms is so gritty and dark. Plus, the characters are extremely well written.

I can't say enough. I just loved this book!

5 stars to The Star Dwellers.

Here is the GIVEAWAY!


THE AUTHOR: DAVID ESTES

David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. He grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010. He´s a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.

Author of the Evolution Trilogy



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WWW Wednesdays #4

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading.
Just answer these 3 questions!

1. What did you recently finish reading?
2. What are you currently reading?
3. What are planning on reading next?


1. What did you recently finish reading?  

2. What are you currently reading?

3. What are you planning on reading next?

Now show me yours! Leave a link in the comments.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Think Out Loud #14: Hot Neville

Hello all.
Think Out Loud is a weekly meme encouraging 
bloggers to do something different on their blog!
Do whatever YOU want!
A recipe, a pic, a rant, whatever.
You can post any day of the week you want,
I just try to post every Monday 
to get the Linky up for the week.



This is how I feel about this weekend...

And this is too funny...

And that's all I have the brainpower to think this week at this moment. LoL




Saturday, October 13, 2012

Review: Every Day by David Levithan

Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Format: Hardcover; 336 Pages
Source: Library
Published: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Purchase: Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

REVIEW:

Everyday A wakes up in a new life, a new body. It has been like this since he was born and he has no idea why. But, he has accepted this as his life. Trying to maintain the daily rituals of those whose lives he is interrupting for the day. Until he meets Rhiannon and all of his rules go out the window.

A is an androgynous example of pure love. Our bodies are just shells for beautiful souls (or horrible ones). Unfortunately, the shells usually get more attention and merit than do the person inside.
I thought that was a fantastic message continued throughout Every Day. I thought that the message of living in the moment was interesting as well.

I thought there were quite a few strong messages throughout A's involvement with his inhabited bodies. I think it was interesting how A had to always fight to try to have a sense of self in each new body. 

I was intrigued and kept following A into this journey of trying to find a place for (his/her)self, even when none exist. Until….Rhiannon. The love of his life. The sparkle of his eye and all that jazz. Until Rhiannon comes into the picture and possesses A completely with the love he holds for her.

The whole plot was exquisite. The writing kept me interested in the characters. Bonus!

I loved the flow of Every Day. It really felt like it was building up to a fantastical ending. Well, the ending was not what I expected. I don't understand the very last page. I would prefer it end without that since I can't figure out what it really means!
If anyone has read this and has an idea of what the END meant, please email me or comment below!

5 stars to Every Day for switching it up!

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