Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Think Out Loud #72: GoldieBlox


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Welcome to Think Out Loud!
A weekly meme I host on Thursdays,
but you can post whenever you want!
Whatever you want!

The following is from some article I found on the web,
unfortunately, I didn't paste the site in and now I can't find it again.
Derp! What a dork, right?
Anyways, this first write-up sort of explains what the purpose
of the company is and what the commercial was meant to do.
The write-up that comes after the video is from SPIN.
It discusses some legal activity happening with GoldiBlox.
I originally just thought the video was cute.
Shame there is always something negative to go with the positive!

"This is a stupendously awesome commercial from a toy company called GoldieBlox, which has developed a set of interactive books and games to “disrupt the pink aisle and inspire the future generation of female engineers.” The CEO, Debbie Sterling, studied engineering at Stanford, where she was dismayed by the lack of women in her program. As the GoldieBlox website attests, only 11 percent of the world’s engineers are female. Sterling wants to light girls’ inventive spark early, supplementing the usual diet of glittery princess products with construction toys “from a female perspective.”

We love this video because it subverts a bunch of dumb gender stereotypes—all to the strains of a repurposed Beastie Boys song. In it, a trio of smart girls could not be less impressed by the flouncing beauty queens in the commercial they’re watching. So they use a motley collection of toys and household items (including a magenta feather boa and a pink plastic tea set) to assemble a huge Rube Goldberg machine."

November 22 2013, 6:26 PM ET
The Beastie Boys and Rick Rubin are being preemptively sued by the GoldieBlox toy company, which claims that its commercial featuring a parody of the Licensed to Ill track "Girls" does not count as copyright infringement. According to the Hollywood Reporter, GoldieBlox filed a lawsuit on Thursday, November 21, claiming that the Beastie Boys recently threatened the toymakers with copyright infringement. Per the complaint: "Lawyers for the Beastie Boys claim that the GoldieBlox Girls Parody Video is a copyright infringement, is not a fair use, and that GoldieBlox's unauthorized use of the Beastie Boys intellectual property is a 'big problem' that has a 'very significant impact.'"
Now, GoldieBlox — which identifies itself as "a toy company on a mission to inspire the next generation of female engineers" — is headed to a California federal court in the hopes of getting an official ruling that the advertisement does fall within fair use. The suit names the Beastie Boys, producer Rick Rubin, Island Def Jam Music Group, Sony Music Publishing Group, and Universal Music Publishing as defendants.
"GoldieBlox created its parody video with specific goals to make fun of the Beastie Boys song," the complaint reads, "and to further the company's goal to break down gender stereotypes and to encourage young girls to engage in activities that challenge their intellect, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The GoldieBlox Girls Parody Video has gone viral on the Internet, and has been recognized by the press and the public as a parody and criticism of the original song."
As THR points out, to determine whether the commercial can be considered fair use, a judge will have to look at four separate factors, including "the purpose and character of the use, the nature of the copyrighted work, the amount and substantiality of the portion taken, and the effect of the use upon the potential market."
GoldieBlox's ad does redeem the dumb-guy rhymes of "Girls," remaking the "to do the dishes... to do the laundry" sexism into a toy-centric criticism of gender stereotypes: "You think you know what we want ... pink and pretty ... just like the '50s." That witty bit of social awareness could work in GoldieBlox's favor, but the fact remains that the video is a commercial meant to sell a product and earn a profit for a company, making it a business venture.
Read the entire lawsuit here.
So, what are you Thinking this week?

WWW Wednesday #24: Angelfall


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What did you recently finish reading?

by Emma Newman
In love and war nothing is safe.

William Iris struggles to keep the throne of Londinium whilst hated by his own court and beset by outsiders, while Cathy discovers the legacy of her former governess. But those who dare to speak out about Society are always silenced. Sometimes for good.

While trying to avoid further torments from the mercurial fae, Sam finds himself getting tangled in the affairs of the Elemental Court. But an unexpected offer from the powerful and enigmatic Lord Iron turns out to be far more than Sam bargained for.

Max and the gargoyle are getting closer to uncovering who is behind the murder of the Bath Chapter and the corruption in London and Max finds the gargoyle’s controversial ideas harder to ignore. Can he stay true to his sworn duty without being destroyed by his own master, whose insanity threatens to unravel them all?

What are you currently reading?

by Susan Ee
It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.


What are you going to read next?

by Willo Davis Roberts
Katie Welker is used to being alone. She would rather read a book than deal with other people. Other people don't have silver eyes. Other people can't make things happen just by thinking about them! 

But these special powers make Katie unusual, and it's hard to make friends when you're unusual. Katie knows that she's different but she's never done anything to hurt anyone so why is everyone afraid of her? Maybe there are other kids out there who have the same silver eyes . . . and the same talents . . . and maybe they'll be willing to help her.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Teaser Tuesday #31: Angelfall (Penryn and End of Days #1) by Susan Ee


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"Ironically, since the attacks, the sunsets have been glorious. Outside our condo window, the sky flames like a bruised mango in vivid orange, red and purple. The clouds ignite with sunset colors, and I'm almost scared those of us caught below will catch on fire too."


This Teaser is from

by Susan Ee
It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Recommended for ages 16 and up.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Cover Reveal: Masked (New World #2) by Janelle Stalder

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Welcome to the 
COVER REVEAL 
of 
by Janelle Stalder!


Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.

New Berlin, 2040. Rebels prepare to fight against the New World Order, bent on bringing down the world’s greatest tyrant. One girl wanted nothing to do with it, content to keep her head down and make the best of this new world. That is, until she has no choice but to work with the rebels and infiltrate the NWO headquarters. Every moment she spends there puts her in danger, especially when one man, the second in command to the New World leader, continues to make his way into her every thought. She must stay focused and protect not just her mind and body, but also her heart. Will she be able to complete her task without being unmasked? Or will the one man standing in her way ruin it all?

Here is my review for Switch, the first book in the New World series!


Author Information:

Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. The second book, Eden-West, was released in July of 2012, and the third book, Eden-South was released in March of 2013. The fourth book of the Eden Series, Eden-East, will be release at the end of 2013. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she's not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, two children, Aiden and Elora, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in the small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.



Previous Works:

Upcoming Projects:
Brush Strokes (Contemporary Romance) – Early 2014
Masked (Book Two, New World Series) – 2014
Elysium (YA Fantasy Spin-off of the Eden Series) – 2014

Author Contact Information:
Facebook: Janelle Stalder
Twitter: @jmstalder

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Showcase Sunday #19: Behind The Veil


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This week I purchased...

by Indi Martin
A grisly murder scene of a middle-aged housewife with no apparent enemies introduces homicide detectives Gina Harwood and Morgan Snyder to a dark world they didn't expect to find. They discover that the ropes that bind a family together stretch across states and into the blackest recesses of what was, what is... and what could be. Can they save the family before the ropes fray completely? Or do they stand to lose more than just their lives?

Described as a cross between the X-Files and Call of Cthulhu, the inaugural title in Indi Martin’s Gina Harwood Series will please fans of police procedurals, mysteries, horror, and paranormal investigation. In Behind the Veil, we are introduced to Gina Harwood, and her partner, Morgan Snyder – two homicide detectives who stumble upon a bigger and more frightening crime than they anticipated. Just as they begin to grasp the outlines of the case, they are forced to make the biggest decision of their lives in order to save the crumbling remains of a family touched by horror.

Available at Amazon in both Kindle edition and paperback.

Watch for Book Two of the Gina Harwood Series: Descending, expected February 2014!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

99c! Behind the Veil: A Gina Harwood Novel by Indi Martin

Hello all!
Here is the opportunity to get a
great new book!

by Indi Martin!!

For ONLY 99 cents!

Here is some info about it!

Described as a cross between the X-Files and Call of Cthulhu, the inaugural title in Indi Martin’s Gina Harwood Series certainly pleases fans of police procedurals, mysteries, and paranormal investigation. In Behind the Veil, we are introduced to Gina Harwood, and her partner, Morgan Snyder – two homicide detectives who stumble upon a bigger and more frightening crime than they anticipated.  Just as they begin to grasp the outlines of the  case, they are forced to make the biggest decision of their lives in order to save the crumbling remains of a family touched by horror.

Available at Amazon in both Kindle edition and paperback.

Watch for Book Two of the Gina Harwood Series: Descending, expected February 2014!

A grisly murder scene of a middle-aged housewife with no apparent enemies introduces homicide detectives Gina Harwood and Morgan Snyder into a dark world they didn't expect to find. They discover that the ropes that bind a family together stretch across states and into the blackest recesses of what was, what is... and what could be. Can they save the family before the ropes fray completely? Or do they stand to lose more than just their lives?

Book One of the Gina Harwood series.


PURCHASE AT AMAZON - HERE!

It was Indi who first introduced me to Goodreads!
Without her, I probably would never have started Thinks Books.
She is very talented in many aspects but one of her passions is writing.
I really hope everyone grabs a copy of this book!

Here is some more info about Indi Martin!

Infected with terminal wanderlust, artist, author, and traveler Indi Martin spent her childhood voraciously devouring fantasy and science fiction alongside her father. She is perhaps best known for her graphic novel serial "Dissolution," as well as penning the paranormal mystery Gina Harwood novels. Indi currently resides in Maryland. She is a founding member of Tortoise and Hare Creations.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Think Out Loud #71: Marching Bands Rock!


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Welcome to
 I meme I host weekly, usually on Thursdays.
I really hope you enjoy 
and maybe even join in the fun!


My mom was telling me about how awesome the Ohio State University marching band was and she
specifically mentioned a "movie tribute" they had done. Well I ran across it on YouTube yesterday and thought I would share!
So, here you go.
It really is awesome, by the way!







WWW Wednesday #23: All Is Fair


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Welcome to 
WWW Wednesday!
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This is such a great way to find new books!
Just answer these 3 questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What are you reading next?

Here we go!


What did you recently finish reading?

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.


What are you currently reading?


In love and war nothing is safe.

William Iris struggles to keep the throne of Londinium whilst hated by his own court and beset by outsiders, while Cathy discovers the legacy of her former governess. But those who dare to speak out about Society are always silenced. Sometimes for good.

While trying to avoid further torments from the mercurial fae, Sam finds himself getting tangled in the affairs of the Elemental Court. But an unexpected offer from the powerful and enigmatic Lord Iron turns out to be far more than Sam bargained for.

Max and the gargoyle are getting closer to uncovering who is behind the murder of the Bath Chapter and the corruption in London and Max finds the gargoyle’s controversial ideas harder to ignore. Can he stay true to his sworn duty without being destroyed by his own master, whose insanity threatens to unravel them all?


What are you going to read next?

It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.




So, what are you reading?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Teaser Tuesday #30: All Is Fair


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Just share something from your current read!


"I am the Duke of Londinium, a Reticula-Iris and the man responsible for my wife's honour. Now before you force me to be any more impolite I will leave you with a message you may better understand." He leaned forwards and increased the pressure fractionally. "Don't f**k with me or my family or I will kill you."


Teaser from:

by Emma Newman

In love and war nothing is safe.

William Iris struggles to keep the throne of Londinium whilst hated by his own court and beset by outsiders, while Cathy discovers the legacy of her former governess. But those who dare to speak out about Society are always silenced. Sometimes for good.

While trying to avoid further torments from the mercurial fae, Sam finds himself getting tangled in the affairs of the Elemental Court. But an unexpected offer from the powerful and enigmatic Lord Iron turns out to be far more than Sam bargained for.

Max and the gargoyle are getting closer to uncovering who is behind the murder of the Bath Chapter and the corruption in London and Max finds the gargoyle’s controversial ideas harder to ignore. Can he stay true to his sworn duty without being destroyed by his own master, whose insanity threatens to unravel them all?

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Review: Aberrant by Ruth Silver

Title: Aberrant (Aberrant #1)
Author: Ruth Silver
Published: Sept 23, 2013
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Format: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
ISBN: 0991789784

Synopsis:

In the future Dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government's match in marriage and "The Day of the Chosen", a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn't existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she's arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence. Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from "The Day of the Chosen." The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system.

With Joshua's help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.

REVIEW

Aberrant was, in a word, confusing. The plot was all over the place and much of it reminded me of other dystopian novels I have read. It didn’t feel cohesive and was definitely not very original. I never felt invested in the characters of Joshua and Olivia. In fact, this whole novel was a struggle to get through.

One storyline would kind of start to get flowing, then a big dramatic event would occur and Joshua and Olivia would escape somehow to something worse every time. Eventually, it wore thin and was just tiresome to read. For at least a third of the book, Joshua and Olivia have to refer to themselves as different names and it was so confusing. The writing was technically fine but lacked clarity and depth.

Overall, I am so sorry to say that Aberrant was a very disappointing read.

2 stars for Aberrant. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Book Blogger Hop #17: Who to Review?


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Welcome to the 
Book Blogger Hop!
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QUESTION:
Do you accept books for review only from publishers
or do you accept book review requests from authors as well?

ANSWER:
If a book interests me, I will review it.
It doesn't matter if it is a publisher or not.
I have stumbled over some fantastic books this way!
Some authors I found through Goodreads groups as well.
are just a few!
I have had to change my Review page to Not Requesting though
due to being completely overwhelmed with my TBR!





Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Think Out Loud #70: Kat Robichaud


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Welcome to Think Out Loud!
This is a meme I host on Thursdays
that is awesome because it
bursts the blogging bubble!!
Please, come join in the awesomeness!


I am addicted to the reality show
The Voice!
So, I of course had to pick my fave to vote for and
you might have guessed who that is by now...

KAT ROBICHAUD!

Kat on Facebook
Kat on Twitter @katrowbeeshow

She is an amazing singer and performer.
Here is the video of this weeks performance.
And Kat was safe this week!!!

Kat Robichaud - SAIL (AwolNation)

This Knockout Performance was probably my fave this season!
I loved it!

Holy shooot! 
I didn't realize she was in a band as well.
I just found it while YouTubing the above performances!
They are called The Design.
This is their official video for the song
Scream.


Also, Amanda Palmer has thrown her support behind Kat as well!!
This excites me to no end. 
I am really hoping that her fans can all pull together for a win for Kat!

Here are some links to the Amanda Palmer Blog Posts.

In this one HERE, Amanda Palmer interviews Kat.
In this one HERE, Kat interviews Amanda Palmer.

It's all very interesting and helps the audience connect with them both!
Anyways, thanks for stopping by and I hope you join in the fun!








Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Teaser Tuesday #29: Allegiant by Veronica Roth


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Welcome to another
Teaser Tuesday!
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Just grab a few sentences from your current read and share.
Super easy!


The Teaser:

"I laugh, and it's laughter, not light, that casts out the darkness building within me, that reminds me I am still alive, even in this strange place where everything I've ever known is coming apart. I know some things-I know that I'm not alone, that I have friends, that I'm in love. I know where I came from. I know that I don't want to die, and for me, that's something-more than I could have said a few weeks ago."

This Teaser is from

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Review: Pawn by Aimee Carter

Title: Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1)
Author: Aimee Carter
Published: Nov 26, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: Ebook; 296 pg
Source: Netgalley
ISBN: 0373210558
Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble


Synopsis:

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.




In my opinion, Pawn is a very intelligent book. The writing of Carter is smooth and effortless as it tells the story of Kitty Doe, the main female character. Kitty is an excellent character that drew the empathy out of me immediately.

The book begins with Kitty only earning a III out of VII on her test to see where she places in society. The only job she qualifies for is working in the sewers far away from her boyfriend, Benjy. Kitty will do anything to give Benjy a chance to survive and she makes some insanely self-sacrificing choices to protect him. Her resolve is simply amazing when it comes to the people she cares about.

Pawn has amazing plot twists that I absolutely loved. The writing was brilliant, the story highly entertaining and the characters leapt off the page into my heart. I will most definitely be continuing this series!

5 stars to Pawn!

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