Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Review: Pantomime (Pantomime #1) by Laura Lam

Title: Pantomime (Pantomime #1)
Author: Laura Lam
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Published: Feb 5, 2013
Format: E-book
Source: Netgalley - Angry Robot
ISBN: 190884437X

Synopsis:

R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass—remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone—are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimaera is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star.

But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.
REVIEW

Well, this book was a shocker. I thought it was just going to be another circus story. Boy, was I ever wrong! The synopsis in no way prepares you for the story inside Pantomime. There is quite a huge twist that left me bumfazzled (Yes, totally made that word up) yet pleasantly surprised.

Pantomime focuses on the story of Micah Grey, a runaway with a big secret. It also explores Iphigenia, a young girl trying to escape her family and tired of having her future decided for her.

It is so hard to review this book and not freak out over how I felt about it. Especially, because I don’t want to giveaway anything because the twists and surprises are what makes it so amazing to read. The characters were so well formed, as well as the world they were in.

I cannot wait to find out more about the Penglass structures and all of the mythology that the characters kept bringing up. I hope that is fleshed out more in book two.

4 stars to Pantomime.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Feature and Follow #11: Music & Books


Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by
It's a kick ass way to find cool new people
with awesome blogs!
This weeks featured blogs are...
and
Question of the Week?

Q: Is there a song that reminds you of a book?
Or vice versa? What is the song and book?

A: I love music and I love books, but rarely mix the two.
I can't listen to music while reading.
In fact, I don't like anything happening when I'm reading. LoL
 Don't forget to check out the other blogs on the hop!


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Think Out Loud #41: Book Geek


Hello all!

First of all, I want to say sorry for not posting much lately.
My computer has been on the fritz big time.
I sent it in to be repaired and it is taking forever!
Now I am using an old laptop and it is sooooo slow!
So, hopefully my real computer will be back soon
and I can do more posts again..

And now, on to Think Out Loud!


So, I was trying to explain to someone what I do in my blogging world.
They couldn't wrap their head around it. LoL

"You mean, you post stuff on the internet and people actually respond to you?"
Yes. Yes, I do.
And so do many others.
"Don't you get tired of reading?"
Ummm. No.
"Wow, I hate reading..."
*I about faint.*

I love this blog. It has given me many hours of enjoyment
and I love talking to different people (although I suck at it most of the time.)
I also love finding about different books and reading 
reviews of others to see what their thoughts are.
Although, I never read a review for a book until I have written mine.
I don't want to be influenced by someone else's thoughts
until I develop my own. 

Anyways, I was just wondering how you explain
your blog to other people, if at all.
Do you find people looking at you like you have lost it?
Let me know your experiences!!










Monday, April 22, 2013

Review: Sneak (Swipe #2) by Evan Angler

Title: Sneak (Swipe #2)
Author: Evan Angler
Published: Sept 4, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: Kindle edition; 288 pgs
Source: Netgalley
ISBN: 1400318424

Synopsis:

When Logan Langly backed out of getting the Mark and went on the run, no one thought he could survive on his own. Without the Mark, you can't buy food, go to the doctor, or use a tablet--you aren't even a citizen.

But when he discovers that his sister is being held in a mysterious hidden prison named Acheron, Logan risks everything to travel through an underground network of the Markless to rescue her.

Logan arrives only to find that Acheron holds more secrets than anyone could have guessed and that all his careful planning is worthless against a government that will do anything to gain absolute control.

It seems there is only one place to turn. But can a banned book with whisper-thin pages and warnings about the real meaning of the Mark really hold the Answer?

REVIEW
You might not want to read any further into this review because I am afraid I can't avoid spoilers anymore! Being so vague all the time is too taxing.

I did not realize until halfway through Sneak that Swipe is a Christian Fiction series. I am not used to religions being specified in books so it caught me off guard when I discovered that the banned book Logan was carrying around is the Bible. I thought it was very interesting how the whole idea of faith was absorbed into the Dust. It was a freedom and a choice they were allowed to make that means the world to some of them. Logan seems as though he is still apprehensive in his beliefs, but I know whatever evolves out of Storm is going to have things clicking into space.

So, Logan and Peck and all these other guys (Dust), are on a mission to find Logan's sister, Lily. She disappeared during her pledge and Logan believes she is being held in a high security prison called Acheron. This poor gang of Dust go through so many life threatening situations, but I still found myself losing interest in Sneak. What is up with that? I really have no idea. I just know that I am really not engaged with any of the characters. Maybe it is because there are so many. LoL

Anyways, the writing was very good but a little predictable. Is there anyone out there that did not see the twist with Lily coming? But, I am still forgetting that this is not technically a YA series. Again, not saying this book was bad, but it just didn't really hold my interest the whole time. I kind of had to trudge through it.

3 stars to Sneak.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Think Out Loud #40: Full Of Fears


Hello all!
Welcome to Think Out Loud!
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I have been sick so I haven't posted anything in like a week!!
Sorry about that guys.
I need to plan ahead for emergencies. lol

Lately, my fear has been out of control.
I am afraid of the past, present and future.
I try hard not to be afraid.
However, most of the time I am.
Mostly, I worry about my parents.
I am an only child and watching them grow older
is really scaring me. 

Sorry for getting sad and stuff.
But this is the point of Think Out Loud,
to go outside of your comfort zone.

So, what is your Think Out Loud?





Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Think Out Loud #39: Love, Moth


Welcome to Think Out Loud!
A weekly meme I host where 
bloggers can do whatever they want!
Full info on Think Out Loud tab!

This week is just a pic again.
But for some reason it just totally cracked me up!



So, I'm curious as to what critters scare you guys?
Mine is spiders. OMG!
I freak out if I have to get near a spider.







Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays #12: Mind Games by Kiersten White


Hello all!
Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by

Just grab your book and pick a couple of sentences to share.
No spoilers!

These week my Teaser is from

by Kiersten White


Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.


The Teaser: 

"The moment he bends over to help the sorrow-eyed spaniel puppy, 
I know I won't be able to kill him.
This, of course, ruins my entire day."


Tell me that didn't catch your attention?!?!
I can't wait to dive into this book.
Just have to finish Storm first!

What is your Teaser?
Leave a comment!!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Showcase Sunday #3: Giveaways!


Hello all!
Welcome to Showcase Sunday!
this meme is to review your
week in blogging and show off your new books!

Giveaways!!

Memes:

Reviews:

Oh wow. I just realized I didn't get any new books this week!

*Hyperventilates*

Ok, just breathe.

I'm sure I will buy more soon...

LoL

Leave a comment!!


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Giveaway and Review: Ice Country by David Estes!!!





Ice Country (The Country Saga #2)
by David Estes.

Book Synopsis

Dazz, a hard-edged, fun-loving Icer, likes fighting, particularly while at his favorite watering hole. However, while recovering from a particularly bad break up, his decision to engage in a brutal pubroom brawl leads to a series of events that thrust him into a dark and mysterious scandal involving King Goff, the ice country ruler.
When his seven-year-old sister is abducted in the dark of night, Dazz pledges to do whatever it takes to get her back, embarking on a quest that threatens to rip apart the very fabric that's barely holding his shattered family together.
Along the way he meets a group of unlikely allies in the form of a travelling group of fire country natives. Can Dazz, when joined with his best friend, Buff, and new tan-skinned friends, defeat the King and his guards before it's too late for his sister?







PRAISE FOR "ICE COUNTRY":
-"5 stars! David Estes creates captivating and original worlds that you love to get lost in!" Alexandria Theodosopoulos- Goodreads
-"Richly filled with new characters and story without leaving the old behind...a seamless transition into another side of a fantastic world." Kerri Hughes- Goodreads


Quick Facts
Release Date: April 4th,2013.

Genre: YA Dystopian.

Formats Available for Purchase: Paperback (only at Amazon) Kindle, epub and Smashwords.


REVIEW:

Ice Country was one hell of a ride. So much action and I was so happy to hear from the characters from Fire Country!  Arrgg. Always so hard for me to do sequel reviews without accidentally spoiling something. So, sorry in advance!

Dazz was an amazing character. He perfectly reflected the "fight" mentality that all of the Country Sagas seem to have. In David Estes world, no one ever backs down. All of the characters have a purpose that they have to rise up to and all of them achieve it.

As always, Estes nailed it. I just love reading his books so much. The next in the Country Saga is Water and Storm Country. I think it comes out in early June! I am so very excited to read it!

So, of course, another 5 stars for David Estes and Ice Country!

Excerpt
It all starts with a girl. Nay, more like a witch. An evil witch, disguised as a young seventeen-year-old princess, complete with a cute button nose, full red lips, long dark eyelashes, and deep, mesmerizing baby blues. Not a real, magic-wielding witch, but a witch just the same.
Oh yah, and a really good throwing arm. “Get out!” she screams, flinging yet another ceramic vase in my general direction.
I duck and it rebounds off the wall, not shattering until it hits the shiny marble floor. Thousands of vase-crumbles crunch under my feet as I scramble for the door. I fling it open and slip through, slamming it hard behind me. Just in time, too, as I hear the thud of something heavy on the other side. Evidently she’s taken to throwing something new, maybe boots or perhaps herself.
Luckily, her father’s not home, or he’d probably be throwing things too. After all, he warned his daughter about Brown District boys.
Taking a deep breath, I cringe as a spout of obscenities shrieks through the painted-red door and whirls around my head, stinging me in a dozen places. You’d think I was the one who ran around with a four-toed eighteen-year-old womanizer named LaRoy. (That’s LaRoy with a “La”, as he likes to say.) As it turns out, I think LaRoy has softer hands than she does.
As I slink away from the witch’s upscale residence licking my wounds, I try to figure out where the chill I went wrong. Despite her constant insults, narrow-mindedness, and niggling reminders of how I am nothing more than a lazy, liquid-ice-drinking, no-good scoundrel, I think I managed to treat her pretty well. I was faithful, always there for her—not once was I employed while courting her—and known on occasion to show up at her door with gifts, like snowflake flowers or frosty delights from Gobbler’s Bakery down the road. She said the flowers made her feel inadequate, on account of them being too beautiful—as if there was such a thing—and the frosty’s, well, she said I gave them to her to make her fat.
She was my first ever girlfriend from the White District. I should’ve listened to my best friend, Buff, when he said it would end in disaster.

The Author:
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 he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife and soul mate, Adele, who he’s now been happily married to for more than two years.
A reader all his life, David began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010, and has completed 14 novels, 12 of which have been published. In June of 2012, David became a fulltime writer and is now travelling the world with Adele while he writes books, and she writes and takes photographs.
David gleans inspiration from all sorts of crazy places, like watching random people do entertaining things, dreams (which he jots copious notes about immediately after waking up), and even from thin air sometimes!
David’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, an obsessive Goodreads group member, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table. He loves responding to e-mails, Facebook messages, Tweets, blog comments, and Goodreads comments from his readers, all of whom he considers to be his friends.

Learn more about the author at: http://davidestesbooks.blogspot.com




Tour Giveaway

Tour Wide giveaway: 5 e-copies of "Fire Country" (The Country Saga #1) and 2 e-copies of "Ice Country" (The Country Saga #2).

Rules:



  • There will be 7 winners.
  • The giveaway is open internationally.
  • Winners have 48hs to claim their prize since the moment they receive the email.
  • Do not cheat! :P



Remember to check BOOK 1 in "The Country Saga": Fire Country.


Synopsis:

MY REVIEW - CLICK HERE

In a changed world where the sky bleeds red, winter is hotter than hell and full of sandstorms, and summer's even hotter with raging fires that roam the desert-like country, the Heaters manage to survive, barely. 

Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low the only way the tribe can survive is by forcing women to procreate when they turn sixteen and every three years thereafter. It is their duty as Bearers.

Fifteen-year-old Siena is a Youngling, soon to be a Bearer, when she starts hearing rumors of another tribe of all women, called the Wild Ones. They are known to kidnap Youngling girls before the Call, the ceremony in which Bearers are given a husband with whom to bear children with. 

As the desert sands run out on her life's hourglass, Siena must uncover the truth about the Wild Ones while untangling the web of lies and deceit her father has masterfully spun.






FOLLOW THE TOUR:

I know that Book: Interview and Promo.

April 6:
Happy Indulgence:
 Interview.
Bookworm Lisa: Guest Post.
Sapphyria's Book Reviews: Promo.

April 7:
Words to Dreams:
 Review and Guest Post.
Bunny's Review: Guest Post.


Friday, April 5, 2013

Review: Swipe by Evan Angler

Title: Swipe (Swipe #1)
Author: Evan Angler
Published: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: Paperback; 275 pages
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 140031836X

Synopsis:

"Apocalyptic dystopian fiction at its best. Angler's sharp wit and dexterity with political themes are matched only by the thrilling suspense on every page." --Lis Wiehl, "New York Times" bestselling author and FOX News correspondent

Everyone gets the Mark. It gives all the benefits of citizenship. Yet if getting the Mark is such a good thing, then why does it feel so wrong?

Set in a future North America that is struggling to recover after famine and global war, "Swipe" follows the lives of three kids caught in the middle of a conflict they didn't even know existed. United under a charismatic leader, every citizen of the American Union is required to get the Mark on their 13th birthday in order to gain the benefits of citizenship.

The Mark is a tattoo that must be swiped by special scanners for everything from employment to transportation to shopping. It's almost Logan Langly's 13th birthday and he knows he should be excited about getting the Mark, but he hasn't been able to shake the feeling he's being watched. Not since his sister went to get her Mark five years ago . . . and never came back.

When Logan and his friends discover the truth behind the Mark, will they ever be able to go back to being normal teenagers? Find out in the first book of this exciting series that is "Left Behind" meets "Matched" for middle-grade readers.

REVIEW:

I was really, really excited to read Swipe. But, I think the book I had just finished prior to starting Swipe was just SO good that I can only describe Swipe as tepid. It just seemed to lack something for me. I didn't really engage with the characters of Logan and Erin as much as I was hoping I would and that was disappointing. But, this is a Middle Grade book, not Young Adult. These kids are like 13 and right now they are limited.

I actually did enjoy Swipe. It is a quick read at only 275 pages, too. I would recommend this book to someone in the mood for an easy, interesting read. This book is extremely well written. I hope I don't discourage anyone from reading Swipe. In fact, I have been approved at Netgalley for the sequels, Sneak and Storm. And to be honest, I am about 38% into Sneak and it is already better than Swipe as far as more action. I'm looking forward to finishing the trilogy!

4 stars to Swipe.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Think Out Loud #38: Cookies


Welcome back to Think Out Loud!
A weekly meme where you can do ANYTHING!
Official stuff is HERE.

Sorry I was late posting today y'all.
I completely got my days wrong!
So, I don't really have anything of much substance.
But I do have these...



I love me some Cookie Monster!

So, what is your Think Out Loud?



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