Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Think Out Loud #55: NSFW - Dear Daily Mail by Amanda Palmer

Hey y'all!!
Welcome to Think Out Loud,
a weekly meme I host on Thursdays!
I think it is great fun because you can do 
ANYTHING YOU WANT!
A rant, recipe, rave whatever.
Just share!
So, this week I am having yet another feature of an Amanda Palmer video.

This is a Not Safe For Work Video!

If a female standing in front of a piano singing while naked is unnerving
to you, please don't watch the below video.

HOWEVER...
If you want to see an awesome moment where a rockstar
tells it just like it is, 
WATCH!

*Contains nudity

Here is the article that sparked the controversy 
Basically, they completely focused on her breast 
"escaping" from her bra
and forgot to mention the music. 
Well, Amanda definitely gets the last laugh!

Amanda Palmer - Dear Daily Mail

Anyways, if you watched it, I hope you got a good laugh out of it!
Please feel free to post your own Think Out Loud!
Then be sure to come back here and link up so we can all check it out.






2013 Summer Giveaway Hop! $5 Amazon GC


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out the other blogs on the hop!



Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays #18: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

 Welcome to Teaser Tuesday!
A fabulous meme hosted by 
Just share a few sentences from your current read.
Super easy!


Title: Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices #3)
Author: Cassandra Clare

A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

"Heroes endure because we need them.
Not for their own sakes."
Page 96

Clockwork Princess is beyond amazing so far!
I feel like I am dragging it out because I don't want it to end...

What is your Teaser??

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Showcase Sunday #7: Defiance

Showcase Sunday is a meme hosted by
This meme is a great way to review
your blogging week and show off some
new books you received!



KINDLE PURCHASES
I'm fairly stoked about all these purchases!
I caught them on sale for like $2.99.
WOOT!
Maximum Ride (Angel Experiment #1) by James Patterson

In James Patterson's blockbuster series, fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the "flock"--Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel--are just like ordinary kids--only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time...like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the "School" where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack jobs. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare--this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf "Erasers" in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb--now her betrayed and greatest enemy--that her purpose is save the world--but can she?


Defiance (Defiance #1) by C.J. Redwine

While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.

When Rachel's father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city's brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector: her father's apprentice, Logan—the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father's survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can't be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.




Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1) by Kiersten White

While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.

When Rachel's father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city's brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector: her father's apprentice, Logan—the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father's survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.

But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

So, what did you do this week?
Leave a comment and let me know!



Saturday, July 27, 2013

Review: Control (Shift #2) by Kim Curran

Title: Control (Shift #2)
Author: Kim Curran
Publish Date: Aug 6, 2013
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Format: E-book; 352pg
Source: Netgalley
ISBN: 1908844167
Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Book Depository

Synopsis:

Scott Tyler is not like other teenagers. With a single thought he can alter reality around him. And he can stop anyone else from doing the same.

That's why he's so important to ARES, the secret government agency that regulates other kids like him: Shifters.

They've sent him on a mission. To track down the enigmatic Frank Anderson. An ex-Shifter who runs a project for unusual kids - as if the ability to change your every decision wasn't unusual enough. But Anderson and the kids have a dark secret. One that Scott is determined to discover.

As his obsession with discovering the truth takes him further away from anyone he cares about, his grip on reality starts to weaken. Scott realises if he can't control his choices, they'll control him.


REVIEW

I requested Control from Netgalley and didn't even realize it was a sequel until I went to add it to my Goodreads shelf. I had already started reading Control by this point and was worried I would be lost since I hadn't read Shift.

Not the case at all!

I never felt lost or confused reading Control. Kim Curran has a writing style that definitely holds your attention. She re-visited important plot points from Shift which kind of made me feel like I read two books in one!

I loved the characters in this book. Especially Aubrey because well...she's Aubrey. LoL Scott was awesome too with all his mind blowing powers but I'm for the girl power!

I really enjoyed this book. If I ever have time, I'll go back and read Shift. I know I will definitely be reading the next book in the series!

4 stars to Control.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Giveaway! Kindle Fire HD

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Feature and Follow #16: Finished books go where?


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This week the featured blogs are:
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Q: What do you do with your books once done reading them?

A: If they are printed books I put them on my bookshelves!
My Kindle is crammed full of books too.
Guess you could say I am a book hoarder! lol

I did recently go through and get rid of a bunch of books,
now my shelves look awesome!
HERE is a link to some pics!

Book Blogger Hop #5: TBR Organization?


Hello all!
Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop
hosted by

All you have to do is answer the weekly question, HERE.
Then link up at Coffee Addicted Writer
and check out all the other blogs!
Super easy, huh?
Let us do this.

Q: How do you organize your books to be read?

A: Usually I just try to keep track in my head.
Books with definite review dates take precedence.
I keep track of those on my Google Calendar.
After that, I try to tackle my Netgalley books,
which is becoming impossible because I'm addicted!
Somewhere, I typed up a list, but I don't go by it. lol
These days, I try more to read books I really want to read. 
Tends to lead to a happier me who isn't burned out on reading!

How about you?
How do you organize?
Let me know in the comments!





Thursday, July 25, 2013

Think Out Loud #54: ERROR

Hello to everyone!
Welcome to Think Out Loud,
a weekly meme that I try to post on Thursdays.
PLEASE join in!
It's so simple, just do something different.
Whatever you want!



I take no credit for this photo.
I have no idea where I found it.
I think it is brilliant.
This is how I feel, like an error in humanity.
I have stories I could tell, but why dredge stuff up.
Now, I just try to be comfortable in my own skin.
This is an extremely difficult feat.
But I just have to remember to take one moment at a time.
No day but today.









Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Teaser Tuesday #17: Crux by Ramez Naam

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday!
A great meme hosted by 

This week my Teaser is from Crux (Nexus #2) by Ramez Naam

Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5. The world is a different, more dangerous place.
In the United States, the terrorists – or freedom fighters – of the Post-Human Liberation Front use Nexus to turn men and women into human time bombs aimed at the President and his allies. In Washington DC, a government scientist, secretly addicted to Nexus, uncovers more than he wants to know about the forces behind the assassinations, and finds himself in a maze with no way out.
In Thailand, Samantha Cataranes has found peace and contentment with a group of children born with Nexus in their brains. But when forces threaten to tear her new family apart, Sam will stop at absolutely nothing to protect the ones she holds dear.
In Vietnam, Kade and Feng are on the run from bounty hunters seeking the price on Kade’s head, from the CIA, and from forces that want to use the back door Kade has built into Nexus 5. Kade knows he must stop the terrorists misusing Nexus before they ignite a global war between human and posthuman. But to do so, he’ll need to stay alive and ahead of his pursuers.
And in Shanghai, a posthuman child named Ling Shu will go to dangerous and explosive lengths to free her uploaded mother from the grip of Chinese authorities.
The first blows in the war between human and posthuman have been struck. The world will never be the same.


"Wasn't it always this way? When had terrorists ever accomplished anything but to enrage people, drive them towards greater security, greater sacrifice of freedom? They only gave their oppressors more excuses for oppression. And the oppressors just drove the oppressed further towards violent rebellion. Extremists on both sides gave power to the very forces they fought against."

I loved the first book, Nexus and am loving Crux even more so far!
What is your Teaser?

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Showcase Sunday #6: The Testing


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This meme is a great way
to showcase your new books
and what you've done on your blog.
This weeks posts:


FROM NETGALLEY

The Bane (Eden Trilogy #1) by Keary Taylor

Before the Evolution there was TorBane: technology that infused human DNA with cybernetic matter. It had the ability to grow new organs and limbs, to heal the world. Until it evolved out of control and spread like the common cold. The machine took over, the soul vanished, and the Bane were born. The Bane won't stop until every last person has been infected. With less than two percent of the human population left, mankind is on the brink of extinction.

Eve knows the stories of the Evolution, the time before she wandered into the colony of Eden, unable to recall anything but her name. But she doesn't need memories to know this world is her reality. This is a world that is quickly losing its humanity, one Bane at a time.

Fighting to keep one of the last remaining human colonies alive, Eve finds herself torn between her dedication to the colony, and the discovery of love. There is Avian and West – one a soldier, one a keeper of secrets. And in the end, Eve will make a choice that will change the future of mankind.

The Bane is The Terminator meets The Walking Dead with a heart-twisting romance.

Previously published as Eden, due to reader demand it has been revamped and rereleased as The Bane: book one in The Eden Trilogy.


This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.



The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies--trust no one.

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.


Now, if I just had time to read all these fantastic books, life would be perfect!
Don't forget to comment! I love comments!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

2013 Challenge Update - Long Overdue!



Hello all!
I have been the best procrastinator ever!
I haven't updated my Challenges since February...
Such a bad blogger, right?!?!
I've been keeping up with my books on a 
spreadsheet I created. Unfortunately, I keep
forgetting to link up my reviews. ARRRGG!
Anyways, I finally sat down today and went through
everything and coded it because that is just what cool people do.
Plus, I'm a nerd and love it.

Below is a list of all of the books I have read so far this year. 
I think I am about 6 books behind schedule. Super suck.

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Think has
read 26 books toward her goal of 60 books.
hide



[Click image to go to Sign Up page]


KEY:
(Genre)
* = E-book
~ = Dystopian
+ = Sequel
^ = TBR

^ *     1. (Drama) Rape Girl by Alina Klein
^ ~ *  2. (Thriller) Nexus (Nexus #1) by Ramez Naam
^ ~ *  3. (Adventure) Talisman of El (#1) by Alecia Stone
^ ~ *  4. (Graphic Novel) Zed by Michel Gagne
~ *     5. (Dystopian) Fire Country (Country Saga #1) by David Estes
^ ~     6. (Suspense) Eve and Adam by Michael Grant
^ + *  7. (Paranormal Fantasy) The Stone of Darkness (Dragonslayer #3) by Resa Nelson 
^ + ~ *9. (Fairy Tale) The Queen's Army (Lunar Chronicles 1.5) by Marissa Meyer {Review Not Posted}
*        13. (Science Fiction) The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke
^ ~     14. (Christian Fiction) Swipe (Swipe #1) by Evan Angler
^ + ~ *15. (Action) Sneak (Swipe #2) by Evan Angler
+ ~ *  16. (Suspense) Storm (Swipe #3) by Evan Angler
^ ~     17. (Urban Fantasy) Mind Games (Mind Games #1) by Kiersten White
~ *     18. (Horror) Stung by Bethany Wiggins
*        19. (LGBT) Pantomime (Pantomime #1) by Laura Lam
*        20. (Modern Fantasy) Between Two Thorns (Split Worlds #1) by Emma Newman
*        21. (Humor) The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
~        24. (Paranormal) Altered (Altered #1) by Jennifer Rush {Review Not Posted}
^ *     25. (Adult Fiction) The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick {Review Not Posted}
          26. (Mythology) The Year of the Great Seventh by Teresa Orts
          27. (Fantasy) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
+ ~ *  28. (Young Adult) Control (Shift #2) by Kim Curran {Review Not Posted}

TOTALS:
          Ebook: 22
          Dystopian: 16
          Sequel: 8
          TBR: 15

          GENRES: 28

BAM!!
Mark that off the to-do list....until August. LOL
How are you doing on your challenges?
Link up in the comments and I will check it out!!
Thanks for stopping by.

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