Friday, January 31, 2014

Book Blogger Hop #23: By the book?


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Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop,
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Question:
When you receive new books in the mail, do the older ones get moved to the bottom of your list? Or do you go strictly "by the book" and keep your list with the older first and then the new ones?

Answer: 
Well, I don't go "by the book" that's for sure. LoL.
I tend to read what I want, when I want.
Except, of course, if it is for a book tour and I have
a certain post date. This year though, I am trying a 
desperate attempt to get caught up on all of my Netgalley books.
Still, not going in order though, but picking 
by what sounds interesting to me then.
Definitely, not a good system. LOL








Thursday, January 30, 2014

Think Out Loud #81: My Editor...


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Welcome to my meme,
Think Out Loud!
Glad you stopped by and hope you join in the fun!









Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Goodreads ARC Giveaway! Descending by Indi Martin

Hello all!
I wanted to let you know about a great Goodreads Giveaway going on until Feb 15th.
It is for Book 2 in the Gina Harwood series; Descending, by Indi Martin!
The giveaway is for an Advanced Reader's Copy!!
Go enter the Giveaway now!!!
In Descending, Gina discovers a mysterious portal in an ordinary wall that leads somewhere few humans were meant to go, while a group of friends set out to make a music video in a creepy old house that goes terribly, horribly wrong.

Described as a cross between the X-Files and Call of Cthulhu, the second title in Indi Martin’s Gina Harwood promises even more suspense and surreal action than her first novel, Behind the Veil. 

Small excerpt from the first chapter follows:

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Gina Harwood tried to calm her breathing, which was teetering on the edge of hyperventilation. Her heartbeat pounded heavily in her ears, a nonstop drumming flurry that caused her to clap her hands to her ears and squeeze her eyes shut, counting in her head to quiet herself. Experimentally, she cracked one eye open again and peered across the room at the hole that had suddenly appeared in her wall. Her strawberry hair was slick with fear-sweat, dangling limply in her face and partially obscuring her vision, but not enough for her to miss the hellish black void that didn’t belong. She peeled her hands away from her ears and ran them roughly through her hair, pulling the damp locks away from her face. Forcing her trembling hands down to the recliner arms and her other eye fully open, she glared at the blackness that stood beyond the peeling plaster. Anger boiled inside her, shoving her fright aside, but re-quickening her heart.
That shouldn’t be there, she thought, quite logically. It wasn’t there before and it shouldn’t be there now. She nodded. That seemed true.
Standing at the edge of the hole, she looked back at her recliner, wondering briefly why she didn’t remember padding across the hardwood floors. Looking back into the abyss, she noticed a dull yellow glow emanating from deep below her. As she watched, the light expanded slightly, revealing edges that seemed to shimmer sickly, as though covered in some viscous liquid. She realized she was peering down a staircase.
Startled by the discovery, Gina took a few involuntary steps backward from the precipice.
“This is a dream,” she murmured weakly, wincing at the smallness of her voice. Steeling herself, she cleared her throat. “This is a DREAM,” she announced, clearly and strongly.
There was no indication that her surroundings cared a whit about her announcement. Her apartment still looked real and normal, except for the unwelcome portal that looked as though it had erupted forcefully from behind her wall. Unwilling to turn her back to it, she minced sideways until she reached the kitchen bar. Reaching over, she flipped the switch up. Cold white light immediately illuminated the room, blinding her, so she turned it back off again. Gina was not a total stranger to lucid dreaming, even lucid nightmares, and she stared in surprise at the switch. Light switches usually did not work, at least not as expected.
Frustrated, she grabbed her cell phone off the counter. “This definitely won’t work,” she whispered, glancing sidelong at the dull glow emanating from the hole in her wall. At her touch, the screen flickered on, reading 2:09am on October 10th. Gina’s eyebrows shot up in surprise and she brought the phone to her ear, tapping the speed dial as she did so.
She heard a faint click as the line went active.
A thin spiderweb of grey cracks started pulsating out from the hole, sending bits of drywall and paint flakes into the air.
She heard the first familiar ring in her ear, frozen.
The cracks accelerated across her walls and ceiling, seeming to burn her scant pictures with invisible fire. Gina heard herself gasp as she watched one curl up and blacken to ash in an instant.
A second ring. Her hand gripped the phone to her head with such force that it made her ear ache, but she was only dimly aware of the pain. Her apartment tore itself apart around her. Deep, thunderous cracks sounded as her hardwood floor panels split and burst up into the air.
“...Hello?” Gina’s eyes widened as Snyder’s familiar but groggy voice answered the phone. Fear was finally fully loosed from its bonds, shooting ice water through her veins as the apartment destruction suddenly quieted around her, as though mindful that she were on the phone.
“Muh... muh...” she stammered with lips that felt too thick, trying to force her voice into a whisper, thoroughly unnerved by the sudden silence.
“Harwood? What the hell, it’s two in the morning, are you ok?” 
“Morgan,” she managed. “Help.” Her voice was still barely more than a whisper, her tongue fighting against forming words.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Review: Shutdown (Glitch #3) by Heather Anastasiu

Shutdown
Title: Shutdown (Glitch #3)
Author: Heather Anastasiu
Published: July 2, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Format: Ebook; 320pg
Source: Netgalley
ISBN: 1250003016
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

The battle is all but over, and hope seems to be lost. Zoe and her fellow Resistance fighters are on the run, having lost their home, their protection, and their leader. They are outnumbered and outmatched by the powerful corporation that controls the world, and the cruel Chancellor is inches away from completing a scheme that would kill most of humanity. Zoe's only remaining option is to chase the impossible dream of upending the Link system, freeing the world from the hardware that controls their thoughts and emotions, and hope it will trigger a revolution.

The plot requires a nearly impossible mission to infiltrate the dangerous Community, and it is a task that Zoe must unfortunately complete alone. With challenges and surprises at every turn, nothing goes according to plan. Adrien's visions of the future now show two possible outcomes: one in which they succeed, and one in which humanity falls. It all lies in Zoe's hands.

Full of romance, high-adrenaline action and shocking twists, Shutdown is a heart-pounding conclusion to an exciting sci-fi adventure trilogy for young adults.


Previous Reviews:

Woah! I cannot think of enough positive adjectives for this book! It was so fast paced while keeping completely true to the story of Glitch. There were a few moments when the bloodshed became intense but I suppose they are fighting a war and that is to be expected.

Throughout Shutdown, Zoe is pushed beyond imaginable limits to try to save the ones she loves while eradicating the evil, power-hungry Chancellor. The character of Zoe has such amazing perseverance. She always stays steady in her missions and true to herself as well. While other generals are calling for nuclear bombs to end this war, Zoe refuses to allow another D-Day to happen.

The character of Max was really prevalent in this novel. I know he played a key part throughout the whole series, but I was still shocked to have him up front and center. Putting a disliked character in the lead role was risky, but Anastasiu pulled it off!

The arc of Adrien's character was probably the most interesting to me in this book. After being tortured by the Chancellor, Adrien just wasn't the same person. He goes through Hell trying to regain his sense of self, more for his benefit than others. Everything seems to work out in the end though!

5 stars to Shutdown! Glitch was a great series!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Showcase Sunday #23: Red Rising


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Welcome to Showcase Sunday,
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I received this book through Netgalley for review a while back.
I never did post it though, so here you go!

Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy #1) by Pierce Brown

Red Rising The war begins...

Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand men and women who live in the vast caves beneath the surface of Mars. Generations of Helldivers have spent their lives toiling to mine the precious elements that will allow the planet to be terraformed. Just knowing that one day people will be able to walk the surface of the planet is enough to justify their sacrifice. The Earth is dying, and Darrow and his people are the only hope humanity has left.

Until the day Darrow learns that it is all a lie. Mars is habitable - and indeed has been inhabited for generations by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. The Golds regard Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

With the help of a mysterious group of rebels, Darrow disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside.

But the command school is a battlefield. And Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda...


Saturday, January 25, 2014

2nd Blogiversery Giveaway!!


Hello all!
I can't believe it is finally here!
Thinks Books has been kicking now since Jan 25, 2012.
Two whole years. Wow!
I think that is my longest attention span accomplishment to date!
Ha.

So, my second year was just as awesome (if not more so) than my first year. I have met even more amazing people, bloggers and authors, that are so creative and inspiring. Like I said last year, book people are the best people! 

As of right now, I have almost 600 GFC followers, about 130 ish Networked Blogs and Linky followers and around 150 Email followers! You can also find me on Twitter @ThinksBooks with over 700 followers and on Facebook at Thinks.Books.Official with over 800 likes!

Ok, now to the good stuff.
Because I lurve you guys, I am having a 
Blogiversery Giveaway!!!
One lucky person will get a $20 Giftcard to their choice of
Barnes and Noble, Amazon or The Book Depository!


Good luck to everyone!
I look forward to Year Three!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Book Blogger Hop #22: Never-ending TBR


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Question:
Do you think you will ever read all the books in your TBR stack?

Answer:
A girl can dream, right? LOL
Heck no, there is NO WAY I will ever be able to read 
all the books in my TBR. Although, this year, I am trying to catch 
up on the 30-ish Netgalley/Edelweiss books I still haven't read!
Maybe if I read faster...
I wish I could!!!!







Think Out Loud #80: So Sick...


Hello all!
I am soooo sorry this week's TOL is late.
I am so sick. This is the first time I have been 
out of bed for longer than 30 min in about
3 days. UGG! Don't worry, it's just an
Upper Respiratory Infection, but I still think
I'm dying! I am such a big baby when sick!
How about you guys?
How do you handle it when you are sick?







Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #34: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa


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Just share a few sentences from your current read!!
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"I pulled it out. The long, slightly curved sheath was black and shiny, and a hilt poked out of the end, marked with a diamond pattern in black and red. I grasped that hilt and pulled the blade free, sending a metallic shiver through the air and down my spine.
As soon as I drew it, I knew I had found what Kanin wanted."


This Teaser is from


The Immortal Rules To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for… again.

Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.


Monday, January 20, 2014

Review: Override (Glitch #2) by Heather Anastasiu

OverrideTitle: Override (Glitch #2)
Author: Heather Anastasiu
Published: Feb 12, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1250003008
Format: Ebook; 320pg
Source: Purchased
Purchase at:
Amazon

Synopsis:

Zoe is free. She has escaped the enslavement of the Community, disconnected from the hardware that had controlled her every thought and emotion, and evaded capture by the Chancellor intent on killing her. She is finally free, but she is far from safe.

Zoe and Adrien hide themselves from detection at the Foundation, an academy that trains teen glitchers to fight in the Resistance movement. Together, Zoe and her new team of superhuman fighters must risk their lives to rescue other glitchers and humans from the Chancellor's control. Challenges abound at every turn, and Adrien, who has become silent, distant, and tormented by his visions of the future, only adds to the growing certainty of defeat. But worst of all, as Zoe's team fights against impossible odds, distrust and betrayal leads to the terrible discovery that their greatest threat could already be lurking behind the safe walls of the Foundation.



After facing off against the Chancellor and her powers of persuasion in Glitch, Zoe has finally escaped the Community with her love, Adrien. In this sequel to Glitch, we find Zoe living at the Foundation, a home for refugees and members of the Resistance movement trying to destroy the VChip system for good. The Foundation is also home to many other glitchers that are learning to control their powers like Zoe is doing. Zoe's telekinesis grows much stronger and she learns to control it more in Override. Throughout Glitch, Zoe was terrified of using her telekinesis. Now, Zoe is confident and more brave.

The relationship between Adrien and Zoe felt completely off throughout this novel. However, there is a really great twist that explains everything, so it made the book even better! The author, Heather Anastasiu, is a master of plot twists. There is a big whammy of a twist in this book which kind of makes it difficult to write a review without giving away too much!

Overall, Glitch is a great series so far. Override was just as good if not better than Glitch. I can't wait to read Shutdown and see what happens!!!

5 stars to Override!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Book Blogger Hop #21: Blog for fun?


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Q: Do you blog for a living or for fun?

A: For fun. I wish it was for a living!






Thursday, January 16, 2014

Think Out Loud #79: Charlie and Jackie Shag


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Welcome to Think Out Loud!
This meme is hosted by little ol' me
and I post on Thursdays!
Use it as an excuse to do something 
different on your blog! It's fun!


I don't even remember where I originally saw this,
but as soon as I did I knew I was using it for TOL!
It made me smile!
I didn't know this, but Shagging is an actual dance
and there are many different forms of it.
It originated in the 1920s and is still popular today.
The following video is a Spotlight Exhibition held in July 2013.
This two are a great dancing pair!

Charlie Womble and Jackie McGee Shagging!









Wednesday, January 15, 2014

WWW Wednesday #25: Glitch


Hello all!
Welcome to WWW Wednesday,
a meme hosted by Should Be Reading.
Just answer 3 easy questions!


What did you recently finish reading?

Glitch (Glitch #1) by Heather Anastasiu

Glitch In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.



What are you currently reading?

Override (Glitch #2) by Heather Anastasiu

Override Zoe is free. She has escaped the enslavement of the Community, disconnected from the hardware that had controlled her every thought and emotion, and evaded capture by the Chancellor intent on killing her. She is finally free, but she is far from safe.

Zoe and Adrien hide themselves from detection at the Foundation, an academy that trains teen glitchers to fight in the Resistance movement. Together, Zoe and her new team of superhuman fighters must risk their lives to rescue other glitchers and humans from the Chancellor's control. Challenges abound at every turn, and Adrien, who has become silent, distant, and tormented by his visions of the future, only adds to the growing certainty of defeat. But worst of all, as Zoe's team fights against impossible odds, distrust and betrayal leads to the terrible discovery that their greatest threat could already be lurking behind the safe walls of the Foundation.


What are you reading next?

Shutdown (Glitch #3) by Heather Anastasiu

Shutdown The battle is all but over, and hope seems to be lost. Zoe and her fellow Resistance fighters are on the run, having lost their home, their protection, and their leader. They are outnumbered and outmatched by the powerful corporation that controls the world, and the cruel Chancellor is inches away from completing a scheme that would kill most of humanity. Zoe's only remaining option is to chase the impossible dream of upending the Link system, freeing the world from the hardware that controls their thoughts and emotions, and hope it will trigger a revolution.

The plot requires a nearly impossible mission to infiltrate the dangerous Community, and it is a task that Zoe must unfortunately complete alone. With challenges and surprises at every turn, nothing goes according to plan. Adrien's visions of the future now show two possible outcomes: one in which they succeed, and one in which humanity falls. It all lies in Zoe's hands.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays #33: Override (Glitch #2) by Heather Anastasiu


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It is hosted by Should Be Reading.


"Because if we don't fight, we've already lost. 
Without hope, without trying, there's no point. 
There's no future."


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Override (Glitch #2) by Heather Anastasiu

Override Zoe is free. She has escaped the enslavement of the Community, disconnected from the hardware that had controlled her every thought and emotion, and evaded capture by the Chancellor intent on killing her. She is finally free, but she is far from safe.

Zoe and Adrien hide themselves from detection at the Foundation, an academy that trains teen glitchers to fight in the Resistance movement. Together, Zoe and her new team of superhuman fighters must risk their lives to rescue other glitchers and humans from the Chancellor's control. Challenges abound at every turn, and Adrien, who has become silent, distant, and tormented by his visions of the future, only adds to the growing certainty of defeat. But worst of all, as Zoe's team fights against impossible odds, distrust and betrayal leads to the terrible discovery that their greatest threat could already be lurking behind the safe walls of the Foundation.

Full of high-adrenaline action and shocking twists, Heather Anastasiu's Override is an exciting continuation of this popular young adult trilogy.


The link for my review of Glitch (Glitch #1) is HERE!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Review: Glitch (Glitch #1) by Heather Anastasiu

GlitchTitle: Glitch (Glitch #1)
Author: Heather Anastasiu
Published: Aug 7, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: Ebook; 308pg
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 1250002990
Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Synopsis:

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.


Glitch tells the story of Zoe. Zoe lives in the Community, a place that consists of people living with the VChip. The VChip takes away all emotions and connects the person into a Community Network called the "Link." Everyone is connected and is programmed to report anything out of the ordinary (anomalous), which could be as little as someone that knocks something over and reacts. Being "linked in" is normal. Glitching, or being unlinked, is anomalous. According to the code of the Community, anomalies may result in deactivation. Yep. Death!

Now, Zoe is a glitcher in a crowd of drones, trying to appear like she isn't full on freaking out. And, on top of glitching in and out of the Link, Zoe discovers she has the power of telekinesis. The journey of Zoe learning how to control her telekinesis was probably the coolest part of the book. It was really powerful and I thought the author, Heather Anastasiu, did a wonderful job capturing all the emotions that are raging through Zoe. Going through the process of learning what emotions are and what words correspond to different feelings is something Zoe struggles with constantly. Being human and having a free mind and so many conflicting emotions causes a lot of turmoil for her. It is an amazing arc.

The character development throughout this novel was stellar. I was always on my toes trying to figure out the different characters, their motivations, if they were lying, etc... All signs of a perfect read!

5 stars to Glitch!!


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Showcase Sunday #22: Cured


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Welcome to 
Showcase Sunday.
A meme hosted by

My week in review:


New Books!

From Netgalley, I got approved to read
My review for Stung #1 is HERE!

CuredNow that Fiona Tarsis and her twin brother, Jonah, are no longer beasts, they set out to find their mother, with the help of Bowen and a former neighbor, Jacqui. Heading for a safe settlement rumored to be in Wyoming, they plan to spread the cure along the way--until they are attacked by raiders. Luckily, they find a new ally in Kevin, who saves them and leads them to safety in his underground shelter. But the more they get to know Kevin, the more they suspect he has ties to the raiders. He also seems to know too many details about Jacqui and her family—details that could endanger them all. For the raiders will do anything they can to destroy the cure that would bring an end to their way of life. Bethany Wiggins’s reimagining of our world after an environmental catastrophe won’t fail to stun readers.


What did you get this week??

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