Sunday, September 29, 2013

Showcase Sunday #13: These Broken Stars


Hi everybody!
Welcome to Showcase Sunday,
a weekly meme hosted by
This meme is a great way to review your week!


I missed Showcase Sunday for last week,
so am including 2 weeks worth of posts here!


And MORE Netgalley books!
I am so addicted people!
I can't stop hitting REQUEST.

I am so stoked to say I was approved for

by Aimee Carter (Author of Goddess Test)

YOU CAN BE A VII IF YOU GIVE EVERYTHING.

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked - surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed, and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.


by Amie Kaufman

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

--

A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.


So, how was your week?

Friday, September 27, 2013

Book Blogger Hop #11: Memes

Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop!
It is hosted by
Just answer the weekly question
and don't forget to link up your post!


QUESTION:
What weekly memes do you follow on a weekly basis?

ANSWER:
I have a few memes I like to participate in!
My FAVORITE is, of course,
This is a weekly meme I created and post on Thursdays.
This meme is awesome because you do WHATEVER you want!


I also like to participate in Teaser Tuesdays
hosted by Should Be Reading!
Just share a few sentences from your current read!


Sometimes I participate in this meme as well.
You just share your current read, your last read and your
next to be read book.


On Fridays, there are some great memes to choose from!
(The meme I'm doing right now. LOL)

AND

by Parajunkee and



I try to post this meme every Sunday to wrap up my week.
It is






Thursday, September 26, 2013

Think Out Loud #63: Royals


Hey everybody!
Welcome to Think Out Loud!
This is a weekly meme I host on Thursdays
and you can post whatever you want!


This week I am so happy to share a video from 
She is a fantastic singer and also hilarious in her YouTube videos.
She does all her own recording and harmonies!
She is brilliant, in my opinion.
Every Tuesday she sings a song requested by her viewers.
This weeks song is 
"Royals" by Lorde!
I love this song!


Oh and here is the original video for Royals!



Hope you enjoyed!







Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Review: Indelible (The Twixt #1)

Title: Indelible (The Twixt #1)
Author: Dawn Metcalf
Published: July 30, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 0373210736
Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Book Depository

Synopsis:

Some things are permanent.

Indelible.

And they cannot be changed back.

Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep, and a life that will never be the same.

Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future...and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.

Somewhere between reality and myth lies…

THE TWIXT



Indelible was an interesting story. I'm still trying to figure out what I think of this book as I'm writing this review...

I appreciated the character of Joy Malone for being a strong female lead that dealt with insane circumstances and still held on to some of her sanity. Finding out you have the gift of the Sight by getting your eye sliced open by a complete stranger would be more than enough to freak me out!

Indelible Ink is the male half of the Scribes. Miss Invisible Inq is the other half. They could not be more opposite. While Inq seems to relish in learning about humanity, Ink has never thought much of it...until he sees Joy. When Ink realizes she can see him back, he tries to remove her Sight by blinding her. Instead, he gives her his mark and she becomes his lehman or "lover."

The innocence of Ink reminded almost of an Edward Scissorhands like character that is full of childlike wonder and that also has very adult feelings as well. Ink and Joy are in awe of each other. It is a wonderful relationship to watch grow!

Overall, this book was very well written and the characters did draw me in.

5 stars to Indelible.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Book Blogger Hop #10: Favorite Genre


Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop!
It is hosted by
Just post an answer to the weekly question!
Don't forget to link up too!


QUESTION:
What is your favorite genre? List two of your fave books from this genre.

ANSWER:
I would have to say my favorite genre is Dystopian.
Two of my fave books?
That's really hard!
Hmmmmmmmm....

Ok, I'm going to go with 

David Estes is one of my absolute favorite authors!
I highly recommend all of The Dwellers and Country Saga.
In fact, The Earth Dwellers, David's final addition to BOTH
of these series is SO worth reading through the other 6 books.
Here are my reviews if you are interested!



So that was 7 books, but who's counting? 

And Choice #2 would be...

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline!

Here is my REVIEW if you want to check it out!
This book was an absolutely innovative, cool read.
I know it's not a series, but sometimes a standalone book is a lovely thing!
If you grew up in the 80s and love pop culture this book
is soooo for you!
Highly recommended!

So, what is your fave genre and books?












Thursday, September 19, 2013

Think Out Loud #62: Pen and Cassette


Hello all!
Welcome to Think Out Loud!
This is a weekly meme I post on Thursdays
and it is so much fun because you can do
WHATEVER YOU WANT!!!
A pic, rave, rant, anything!

This week I decided to go with a hilarious pic.
Well, if you can remember cassette tapes that is!


At least the pen used a cap! LMAO!





Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Book Blast! Darkest Worlds: A Dystopian Anthology


darkest worlds

Darkest Worlds: A Dystopian Anthology

An anthology that explores what humans are made of when society falls to its knees. Darkest Worlds includes six original novellas by award-winning authors and best sellers of Young Adult and New Adult Dystopia.

All proceeds go to Girls Write Now, a charity that promotes literacy of inner-city girls.





Nessa: A Breeders Story by Katie French, author of The Breeders: Eighteen-year-old Nessa knows what it’s like to be an endangered species. Growing up in a dying world where nine out of ten babies are born male, she survives by trusting no one. When Marlin, the nineteen-year-old gunslinger, kills the man who has been keeping her enslaved, Nessa decides he might be her meal ticket. What she doesn’t realize is love is still possible, even in their decimated world.

 MOON by S.K. Falls, author of World of Shell and Bone: Loyalty. Obedience. Patriotism. Moon Stewart has no doubt that the New Amanian way of life is the right way. The only way. But was there ever a time when she felt differently? In this companion novella to the dystopian bestseller World of Shell and Bone, the secrets of Moon's past are revealed, giving readers a glimpse into the mind of their favorite antagonist.

 The First Unforgivable Thing by Zoe Cannon, author of The Torturer’s Daughter: When a dissident working undercover as an interrogator is ordered to torture a confession from the only girl he’s ever loved, he chooses to defy both the totalitarian regime and the resistance by helping her escape—but she has an agenda of her own...

 The Keeper by A.G. Henley, author of The Scourge: a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award. Peree knows his duty as the new Keeper of the Water Bearer, Fennel, is to make sure his people get every drop of their share of the water she collects when the flesh-eating Scourge roam the forest. He will motivate her, distract her, do anything he can to keep her working. He knows his duty is to his people and his people alone. What he doesn’t know is that he's falling in love with her.

 Survival Lessons by Kate Avery Ellison, author of Frost: A young Farther prisoner named Eva escapes into the monster-filled wilderness of the Frost with a band of fellow inmates, all of whom are harboring secrets...but little do they know that Eva has secrets of her own. Set in the world of The Frost Chronicles.

 clean slate complex by Megan Thomason, author of the daynight series: Homeless Alexa Knight agrees to help the do-gooder non-profit The Second Chance Institute in return for medical care for her sick mother. The SCI is wooing the poor and downtrodden into their Clean Slate Complexes--where "everything is provided" from jobs to food, shelter, clothing, and education. Unfortunately, as with all things that sound too good to be true, there's a catch...


Katie French

S.K. Falls

Zoe Cannon

A.G. Henley

Kate Avery Ellison

Megan Thomason

Girls Write Now--charity
The Girls Write Now mission is to provide guidance, support, and opportunities for at-risk and underserved girls from New York City’s public high schools to develop their creative, independent voices, explore careers in professional writing, and learn how to make healthy school, career and life choices.




BookBlast Giveaway

$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 9/30/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays #22: Evangeline (A Dark Faerie Tale #0.5)


Hello all!
Welcome to Teaser Tuesdays!
This is a weekly meme hosted by
Just grab a few sentences from your current read and share!


TEASER:

"The slow burn of fire never promises an end. But the end does come. The licking flames that consume all matter until it ceases to exist, extinguishing into tendrils of smoke and soot, Evangeline never tired of watching it. It was hypnotic, calming with the cracle and snap it produced a snake dance to pull one in and perish with one embrace. This was what she was, and she knew it. The poisonous venom of death, disguised in warmth and light."


This Teaser brought to you by
by Alexia Purdy.

The Land of Faerie is calling. 
There are places unknown, magic lures you in and love spands lifetimes. 
Don't resist. It's in the blood...

Evangeline is a short story prequel to Ever Shade.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Showcase Sunday #12: The Iron Traitor


Hello all!
Welcome to Showcase Sunday!
A great meme hosted by
This meme is a fantastic way to review your week!


My week in Review:


Netgalley Approved!

In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice.

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as "normal" as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he's forbidden to see her again.

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, "normal" simply isn't to be. For Ethan's nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan's and Keirran's fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan's next choice may decide the fate of them all.


Purchased:

All 3 books in the Rho Agenda Series.

For sixty years, the National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, has been investigating the powerful technologies of a damaged alien ship, an effort dubbed the "Rho Project." Now, the American government is ready to share the Rho Project discoveries with the world. But as the world scrambles to adopt the alien technologies, three high schoolers make another shocking discovery: hidden inside a cave in the New Mexico wilderness lies another alien ship. As the friends explore the second ship, they begin to unravel a decades-long secret involving an extraterrestrial war, government cover-ups, and secret experimentation using alien technology on humans. A battle has begun, and the secrets of the second ship may be the key to humanity's last chance for survival.

Also,
Immune (Rho Agenda #2) 
Wormhole (Rho Agenda #3)


So, how was your week?

Friday, September 13, 2013

Review: You Are Mine (Mine #1) by Janeal Falor

Title: You Are Mine (Mine #1)
Author: Janeal Falor
Published: May 6, 2013
Format: Ebook; 273 pg
ISBN: 0981616232
Source: Author
Purchase:
Amazon

Synopsis:

Serena knows a few simple things. She will always be owned by a warlock. She will never have freedom. She will always do what her warlock wishes, regardless of how inane, frivolous, or cruel it is. And if she doesn’t follow the rules, she will be tarnished. Spelled to be bald, inked, and barren for the rest of her life—worth less than the shadow she casts.

Then her ownership is won by a barbarian from another country. With the uncertainty that comes from belonging to a new warlock, Serena questions if being tarnished is really worse than being owned by a barbarian, and tempts fate by breaking the rules. When he looks the other way instead of punishing her, she discovers a new world. The more she ventures into the forbidden, the more she learns of love and a freedom just out of reach. Serena longs for both. But in a society where women are only ever property, hoping for more could be deadly.


For the first time ever, I am starting a book review in the middle, or well at 77%, of the book. But, this book is so built around anticipation that it is killing me to not write about how much I am loving it! So, while it is fresh, here is the breakdown. There are probably spoilers past this point, so if you don't want that, well you know the drill...

So, in this world that Falor has created, it is extremely typical for the men, Warlocks, to severely punish pretty much any woman as they see fit. The story centers around Serena, the eldest of 14 girls. The fact of all the sisters reflects badly on her father since Warlocks are to marry and birth sons to become more Warlocks. Basically, girls are nothing except for Warlock baby factories. The only thing good about a woman is how much money and prominence a Father can fetch from another Warlock that wants to buy her for his own. The demand for the girl depends on the amount of magic in her blood. Serena has an enormous amount of magic in her blood, so is sought after by a foul man named Thomas. He buys her and is a horrid person to her. Anyways, for reasons I won't mention, she ends up with another husband to be named Zade. Zade is the complete opposite of everything she has come to know about men. He doesn't hex her or punish her and almost treats her as an equal. Needless to say, Serena is constantly on edge.

That's what I mean when I say this book is built around anticipation. I keep waiting for the bad things just as much as Serena. I have such empathy for her character!

I love how Serena uses clothing to express herself. Subtle yet brilliant way of highlighting the emergence of Serena's confidence. Breaking out of the norm and becoming more independent is a strong theme throughout this novel. One I truly enjoyed. Overall, a fantastic read that I really enjoyed! The only critique I would have is that the anticipation was almost stretched too thin. Meaning it seemed to drag in a couple of parts. But that was just because I wanted to get to the action!


4 stars to You Are Mine!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Think Out Loud #61: Choosing Myself


Hello all!
Welcome to Think Out Loud!
TOL is a weekly meme I post on Thursdays
and I would love for everyone to share with us!
You can post about WHATEVER YOU WANT!
A rant, rave, question for your audience, anything!
Go for it!



I agree with this 100%.
I was a serial monogamist until age 29.
(Think of Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride)
I was so bad about jumping directly into
another relationship after a failed one.
When I turned 29, it hit me like a ton of bricks.
I was so worried about making everyone else happy
that I was completely miserable. 
So, I decided to be single.


"It is better to be unhappy alone than to be unhappy with someone else."
Marilyn Monroe

This chick knew what she was talking about.
At first, being on my own was extremely difficult.
Like Oscar said above, I was making the mistake of 
defining myself by who I was with rather than who I was.
So, without anyone, I was lost.

Or, so I thought...


Ah yes. Good ol' Einstein.
Nailed it.
Being a 33 year old Single Female with NO kids
is pretty far outside of the crowd.
But I love it here!
Crowds always freak me out anyways. LOL


I still believe in love.
I believe one day I will find someone.
And this time,
I will be my own person.
I will be ready.










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