Friday, November 30, 2012

Blast & Review: The Sun Dwellers by David Estes

Welcome all. 
Today is the day when part of civilization comes together as one 
and unites to promote a phenomenal series,
The Dwellers.
That's right everyone! 
It's a Book Blast for The Sun Dwellers! 

Before I go any further, I have to share a tidbit with you.
All of the Dwellers books will have their price reduced
to 99c thru Nov 30. 
I suggest you splurge the $3
on this fantastic series!
3 books for the price of 1!!

Amazon: The Moon Dwellers (Dwellers #1) - My Review HERE
Amazon: The Star Dwellers (Dwellers #2) - My Review HERE


Title: The Sun Dwellers (The Dwellers #3)
Author: David Estes
Format: Ebook
Publication: Nov 30, 2012

Synopsis:
With those she's closest to dying around her, Adele embarks on a secret mission to the Sun Realm to assassinate the President. Along the way she'll uncover secrets about her relationship with Tristan that she might not be ready to face.

Tristan has a secret, too, one that's been eating him up inside ever since he met Adele. Will he reveal all, and risk the loss of friendship and love at a time when he needs it the most?

At the same time, Adele's mother, General Rose, must lead her soldiers into battle to face the sun dweller army in the hopes of holding them off until Adele can complete her mission. Can she outlast the strength of President Nailin's elite fighting force?

There's only one truth in their world: someone must die.

REVIEW:
David Estes has done it again. Another brilliant novel of his, The Sun Dwellers, has just rocked my world. The Sun Dwellers is the 3rd installment in The Dwellers series. I thought it was the end, but now I am pretty sure there will be another one called The Earth Dwellers in Nov 2013. Arrg. So far away!

It is so hard for me to write series reviews because I don't want to give anything important away to the reader. I hate having a book spoiled for me and don't want to do it to anyone else! So, let me just say that some horrible events from Book 2 have pushed Adele a little over the edge. She is on a mission to kill President Nailan. Believing that only when he is dead will there be peace in the Tri-Realms. Also, Adele is driven mostly by revenge and that is a pretty tough monster to break. I think I might have mentioned this in my reviews for The Moon Dwellers and The Star Dwellers, but Adele is bad ass. I really love her character.


Speaking of characters, Tristan, Roc and Tawni really came into their own. In The Sun Dwellers they have no choice but to become the best and sometimes worst of themselves. Of course, the world building was spot on. The plot flawless. 


Ok, you get the point. I really loved this book and HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE WHOLE SERIES!


5 stars to The Sun Dwellers for being so bright I gotta wear shades.

AUTHOR INFORMATION - DAVID ESTES
(CAUSE HE IS ONE COOL CAT)

Where you can find David Estes hanging out:
My Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/davidestesbooks
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/davidestesbooks

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

2013 Genre Variety Challenge


The Genre Variety Reading Challenge is being hosted by Faye at A Daydreamer's Thoughts. This is the first year ever for this challenge and I am super pumped to be participating! If you would like to participate, just read further for more information. The following is copied straight from A Daydreamer's Thoughts.

The challenge is to read a large variety of genres within one year.

Important Info;
- Runs from January 1st 2013 until December 31st 2013. Sign ups will be open until December 1st 2013.
- There are five levels to challenge yourself too. You may move up a level but not go down a level. These are all outlined below. Please mention in your sign up post which level you will aim for.
- The genres you choose to read are up to you. As long as every book is different, whichever genre you wish to read you can.
- Every month there will be a post on this blog to link up to your update post / review(s)
- There will be a giveaway at the end of the challenge, and maybe a few within the year but these are TBD.
- To sign up, you will need to write a post saying which level you are challenging yourself too and then use the linky list. Non-Bloggers may post in the comments of this post.
- Any book formats are accepted.
- Novellas and Novels are all accepted for this challenge.
- YA, NA and Adult books all count towards this challenge.
- New sub-genres are accepted. (for example, paranormal-romance, or historical-romance)

Levels;
- Careful; 6 different genres, 6 books
- Cautious; 12 different genres, 12 books
- Branching; 18 different genres, 18 books
- Avid Reader; 24 different genres, 24 books
- Champion; 30 different genres, 30 books

Categories;

This is just a list of the vast variety of genres you have to choose from. I have probably missed a lot, so feel free to branch off from this. These are just suggestions.
Contemporary

Historical
Paranormal
Fantasy
Romance
Sci-Fi
Crime
Thriller
Adventure
Non-Fiction
Women’s Fiction
Chick-Lit
Dystopian
Epic Fantasy
Western
Comedy
Horror
MANfiction
Self-Help
Biography
Auto-biography
Religious
Fairy Tales
Classics
Erotica
Short Stories
Travel Guides


Ok. I am going to be starting out at the CAREFUL level of 6 different genres/books. 
I will increase my level if necessary, but baby steps is my style. LOL

Hope to see you sign up HERE at A Daydreamer's Thoughts.

WWW Wednesday #6

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 or reading next?

So, what is your WWW Wednesday?
Please leave a comment and I will check you out!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays #6: The Sun Dwellers by David Estes

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!


Currently Reading:
"Grief's a funny thing. You think you've got it under control,
and then it's right there again, creeping up on you 
when you least expect it."

The Dwellers series is AMAZING!
Highly recommended.
Come back November 30, 2012
for my review!

Don't forget to leave a comment!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Think Out Loud #20: Rape Girl


Hello all!!
Welcome to the 20th edition of Think Out Loud!

I am very proud of myself for sticking
with this blog like I have.
I figured I would fizzle out like I usually
do on something I really enjoy at first.
But, blogging just keeps getting better and better!
I meet cool folks, I get to be creative through my blog
and oh yeah, did I mention I LOVE BOOKS!

This is the part where I have really, REALLY good news!

I just got my first title approval from NetGalley 
and I'm so excited!
My first title is ....
Valerie always wanted to be the smart girl. The pretty girl. The popular girl.

But not the rape girl.

That’s who she is now. Rape Girl. Because everyone seems to think they know the truth about what happened with Adam that day, and they don’t think Valerie’s telling it.

Before, she had a best friend, a crush, and a close-knit family. After, she has a court case, a support group, and a house full of strangers.

The real truth is, nothing will ever be the same.

Rape Girl is the compelling story of a survivor who does the right thing and suffers for it. It is also the story of a young woman’s struggle to find the strength to fight back.


I am really looking forward to reading and reviewing this.



Saturday, November 24, 2012

Review: Underneath by Michael Cargill

Title: Underneath
Author: Michael Cargill
Format: Ebook
Published: June 17, 2012
Publisher: Smashwords
Purchase:
Amazon
Smashwords

Synopsis:
Look at the person sitting just across from you. It doesn’t matter whether they’re a loved one, a friend, or a complete stranger.

Now look at their face. Are they happy? Are they sad? Or are they angry? Can you even tell?

How well do you actually know the people closest to you?

Have you ever seen the real person that lies just underneath what you see…?

REVIEW:
Twisted. Demented. Bizarre. These are just a few words that pop into my head when trying to write a review for Underneath. Yes, that's right. My cup runneth over with adjectives to describe this novel. And yes, those words are a little scary. But there are also positive adjectives I could use. Mind-blowing. Thrilling. Brilliant. And if I could only pick 3 words to describe Underneath they would be: Timed to perfection.

Ok, so let's talk characters in this novel. Of course, the star of the show is Hugh. Hugh has a bit of an anger management issue and tends to have a very short term memory. Throughout the novel, Hugh escalates more and more. Just when you think he can't go any farther he does. It makes this book a remarkable read.

You think you know what's happening, then there it is. A reference to something you are pretty sure you remember being mentioned somewhere else. Perhaps the color of a car or the sound of someone laughing. That is my favorite thing about this novel. Cargill has weaved this story flawlessly. It is so interesting how small the world can be. And also how timing is everything.

This book was pretty much the total opposite of what I am used to reading. However, I highly enjoyed it and definitely recommend it. It is a tad gritty for my taste but I enjoyed the writing of Cargill immensely.

5 stars to Underneath for making me look at other people and myself a little differently.

If you like what you read here, 
you should check out my GIVEAWAY!!
A free copy of Underneath!
Click HERE...

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Giveaway & Tour: Underneath by Michael Cargill


Welcome to my stop on the Underneath Book Tour!
I am so excited to have a guest post from the author, Michael Cargill.
He celebrates bloggers! Like a smart author should. LoL.
Also, I am having a GIVEAWAY for one e-copy of
Look at the person sitting just across from you. It doesn’t matter whether they’re a loved one, a friend, or a complete stranger.

Now look at their face. Are they happy? Are they sad? Or are they angry? Can you even tell?

How well do you actually know the people closest to you?

Have you ever seen the real person that lies just underneath what you see…?

Without further ado, thee magnificent guest post ladies and gentleman...

GUEST POST: MICHAEL CARGILL, AUTHOR

If an indie author deletes his work when no-one is around, does he still cry?

Hello, dearest and most beautiful bloggers, I hope you are well.

I’m Michael Cargill, and this is my guest post – hurrah!  First of all, let me get the indie author stuff out of the way: no-one knows who I am, sales are low, and  I’m so poor that I live on a diet of Opal Fruits and dandruff.  Whenever I want to send an email, I have to sit in the McDonalds car park and make use of their free wifi.  If I’m lucky, I might even find a discarded fillet-o-fish to eat.

Which is why you guys, the bloggers, are so vitally important to us writers.  I have to confess that less than a year ago, I honestly had no idea that the book-blogging community was so large.  Actually, it’s probably more accurate to say that I didn’t even know it existed.  Yes, I was a noob, but my excuse is that I’ve only been doing the author thing for a smidgen over a year now.  I used to consider myself a bit of a hardcore reader, until I started taking a gander around Goodreads and book blogs.  I was shocked to discover that I merely liked books, whilst the proper hardcore people lived them.

I’ve also realised that the blog itself is a very personal thing to the bloggers who set them up.  Whilst us authors think we are the hotshots, tinkering as we do with the imaginary lives of imaginary people, starting holy wars with anyone who dares criticise our work, and sulking at every review that awards less than five stars, you guys at the other end of the table are the real stars of the show.  By and large, you have far more power than we do and we’d struggle to exist if you went away.  Some authors realise this, whilst some don’t.  In fact, some authors are rude, arrogant arseholes who need a reality check.  If you’ve ever had an author attack you for a review, then they’re probably one of the arseholes I’m talking about.  If this ever happens to you, my advice is to roll your sleeves up.  Don’t apologise to them.  Remember that the blog is yours, and you have full control over it.  You have no reason to fear an author.  If they leave a nasty comment on your site, you should edit it to say something else.  Seriously, it’s what I would do.  If someone threw a strop on my blog, I’d change their comment to say something about bumble bees and ice cream.  I see it as the online equivalent of taking off, and nuking them from orbit.  It’s the only way to be sure.

Luckily, my experiences with bloggers and stuff have been good, largely because I try not to take myself too seriously.  I’m always very grateful for anyone who is willing to take them time to read my nonsense, and then write about it.  Sure, it stings when someone says bad things about my work, but that’s just tough tits for me.  Let it be said that if I ever get ideas above my station, you shouldn’t feel squeamish about giving me a swift kick in the goolies.

So keep up the good work, I say.  It’s you peeps that keep our world turning.

AUTHOR INFO  FOR MICHAEL CARGILL
Author, humorist and satirist. Currently living in Surrey, England. Anyone wondering which book of mine to start with should go for Shelter from Thunder. It is short and available free on Amazon US and Smashwords.

Biography
Contrary to most other authors, writing is actually a fairly recent thing for me. In school I found it quite boring, and my real passion lay in IT and technology.

Once I got myself a thrilling office job, I developed a habit of sending silly emails to the people I worked with. Several of them said I should write a book... so, in 2011, I did!

It's been non-stop ever since. Sort of.

Email: mcargill79@gmail.com
Blog: http://michaelcargill.wordpress.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MichaelCargillAuthor
Twitter: MichaelCargill1
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5239593.Michael_Cargill

Monday, November 19, 2012

Think Out Loud #19: Apocalyptic


Welcome to Think Out Loud.
A weekly meme where you can do whatever you want!
A recipe, a rant, a nifty picture, just do it!
Full info on Think Out Loud HERE.
So, this week I need your help!
I am going to be participating in the
END OF THE WORLD GIVEAWAY
starting Dec 14 and ending Dec 21.
Dec 21, 2012 is the day the world is supposed to end
for those of you that don't know.
Well, at least according to the Mayan calendar....

I am trying to decide which apocalyptic themed novel to 
feature in the giveaway and would really appreciate your input.
All you need to do is pick a book from below
and hit Vote. 
You guys are awesome!!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Review: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Title: Unwind (Unwind Trilogy #1)
Author: Neal Shusterman
Format: Hardcover, 335 pg
Published: Nov 7, 2007
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Library
Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Synopsis:
Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

REVIEW:
Unwind was truly an amazing read. This concept of being "unwound" is chilling. Just as the synopsis says, at age 13, if a child has not proved themselves worthy or for other multiple reasons their guardian can sign an Unwind order. This order ensures that the child will basically be parted out to other people. All of their parts are used, therefore, they are still "alive." I found this disturbing, but highly interesting. The three main characters; Connor, Risa and Lev are all set to be unwound. The book follows these three in their journey.

Unwind was a twister, one of those books that is a wild ride that keeps sucking you in. The plot was exciting, the characters believable (even in thier crazy world), the construction and timing impeccable. Schusterman has left a mark of brilliance upon Unwind. I simply could not put this book down. It was so incredibly engaging to me. I really did care about what was happening to the characters and it just made this a highly enjoyable read.

5 stars to Unwind.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

WWW Wednesdays #5

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?
"Unwind" (Unwind Trilogy #1) by Neal Schusterman

2. What are you currently reading?

3. What are you planning on reading next?

Can't wait to see what your WWW Wednesday is!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Think Out Loud #18: McDonald's Prostitute

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.


Bwah ha ha!!




Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Think Out Loud #17: Barbie

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 have been sick, so Tuesday it is!
It's not much, but hopefully it will make you laugh.

Bwah ha ha!!!



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