Sunday, April 27, 2014

Weekly WrapUp!


Hello all!
Welcome to my Weekly WrapUp!
With this post I participate in 


Here are this weeks posts!



I pre-ordered a SIGNED COPY from Barnes and Noble!
The book was...


Thief of Souls The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Review: Thief of Souls (Star Shards Chronicles #2) by Neal Shusterman

Thief of Souls Title: Thief of Souls (Star Shards Chronicles #2)
Author: Neal Shusterman
Published: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 1442451122
Format: Hardcover; 320pg
Source: Library
Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Synopsis:

A group of monumentally powerful teens must face an ancient, soul-eating foe in this second book of The Star Shards Chronicles.

A cataclysmic explosion has given earthly teens astronomical powers when the star Mentarsus-H went supernova at their conceptions, the teens absorbed the shattered soul of the star and inherited unimaginable abilities. Now the Star Shards have become like gods, drunk on their own power and ripe for manipulation by The Bringer, a creature who would turn them against one another and transform the planet into his own personal feeding ground. But who is more dangerous: The Bringer or the Star Shards?


Thief of Souls begins with the story of Prometheus, also known as The Bringer. I expected it to jump immediately back into the story of the Star Shards, so I was a little taken aback. However, it became clear that this was the perfect way to start the second book of the Star Shards Chronicles. In this installment of the trilogy, the Star Shards find themselves struggling not with soul-leeching parasites but with their own inner demons. Their power is consuming them and the outcome could be catastrophic with the will of The Bringer being added to the mix.

The Bringer was an amazing antagonist. The way he eased himself into the lives of the Shards and became their confidant, only to later shatter everything they thought they knew about each other was brilliant. The Bringer has to devour souls in order to maintain his power and with the followers of the Shards reaching outrageous numbers, he has no shortage to worry about.

This book was a quick read for me. It kept me drawn in to the story and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. The characters go through many changes throughout this novel and it was really interesting to see their progression. Overall, a fantastic story that brings to light the dilemmas that everyone faces while trying to discern right from wrong.

5 stars to Thief of Souls!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Feature and Follow #20: Pets!


Hello all!
Welcome to Feature and Follow,
a meme hosted by


Have any pets? Tell us or show us!

I have a 3 year old Shih-Chon, which is a
Bichon  Frise and Shih Tzu mix doggie!
I absolutely love him. 
He has the biggest personality!

Mr. Ozie Blu

Also, my parents have two dogs currently.
Of course, I consider them my dogs as well!
First of all, we have my 12 year old Yellow Labrador.

Ms. Gypsie Violet

and

The newest addition to the family!
My folks just adopted him and he is such a sweet dog!
He sleeps on top of his dog house like Snoopy! lol

Mr. Opie Gray

So, those are my pets!
What are yours??



Book Blogger Hop #26: Scheduled Vs. Last Minute


Hello all!
Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop,
hosted by


Question:
Do you answer the Book Blogger Hop questions in advance and schedule them
or do you write your post the night before or day off the Book Blogger Hop? 

Answer:
It varies. Right now I am working on this the night before the Hop,
at 10:30pm Thursday night, and I am scheduling it for midnight tonight.
However, it seems most of the time, I don't get around to posting
until the day of the Book Blogger Hop... I'm such a procrastinator!
I had never thought of sitting down and scheduling way ahead,
but that is a great idea and I might change my ways!






Thursday, April 24, 2014

Think Out Loud #93: Dragons!


Hello all!
Welcome to Think Out Loud,
my weekly meme that is a blast!
For this meme, do ANYTHING YOU WANT!
Yay!



OMG! I found the cutest sweatshirt!
It is Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon!
I want it! But it is SUPER expensive. LoL
Anyways, here it is!


Isn't that freaktastically cool!!
HERE is the store link, if you want to check it there.










Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WWW Wednesday #30: Thief of Souls


Hello all!
Welcome to WWW Wednesday,
a meme hosted by Should Be Reading!


What did you recently finish reading?

by Neal Shusterman

Thief of Souls A group of monumentally powerful teens must face an ancient, soul-eating foe in this second book of The Star Shards Chronicles.

A cataclysmic explosion has given earthly teens astronomical powers—when the star Mentarsus-H went supernova at their conceptions, the teens absorbed the shattered soul of the star and inherited unimaginable abilities. Now the Star Shards have become like gods, drunk on their own power—and ripe for manipulation by The Bringer, a creature who would turn them against one another and transform the planet into his own personal feeding ground. But who is more dangerous: The Bringer or the Star Shards?

Acclaimed author Neal Shusterman presents “a story which is grippingly unexpected; (The Bookwatch) that sets the stage for the riveting conclusion to The Star Shards trilogy.


What are you currently reading?

Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver

Book Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.


What are you reading next?

by Neal Shusterman

Book In this conclusion to The Star Shards Chronicles, powerful and terrifying invaders have arrived from a parallel dimension, and only the Star Shards can prevent the destruction of the human race.

Six children were conceived at the exact moment that the star Mentaras-H went supernova, and the explosion transformed their souls into living star fragments. Now the Star Shards face the ultimate battle and the true purpose of their gifts be revealed, for it is no accident they have these powers. Once despised for their deformities the Star Shards are now worshiped and feared as gods. Their power is unlimited, as is the temptation to abuse it. But a new and terrifying force has torn a wound in the universe, infecting it like a deadly, intelligent virus. Only one power exists that could conceivably prevent the extermination of the human race: the Star Shards. But only if they can put aside their titanic egos and join forces one final time.

Acclaimed author Neal Shusterman and talent for depicting superhuman characters with human strengths and weaknesses lends depth and immediacy to a tale of cosmic proportions in this stunning conclusion to a visionary trilogy.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Giveaway! Fairy Tale Fortnight!


This hop is in conjunction with the 4th annual Fairy Tale Fortnight.  
Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop
Hosted by
April 22nd to May 3rd

For this giveaway I am giving away a 
$10 Giftcard to Amazon or Barnes and Noble!!



Sunday, April 20, 2014

Weekly WrapUp!


Hello all!
Welcome to my Weekly WrapUp!
With this post, I participate in the following meme's!



Here are the posts from this week!



Here is one of the new books I received from Netgalley!


Book When emotions are erased from the world, creating a civilization of mindless drones, only those with fury can survive.

On the same day each year Josephine Luquet wakes naked, shivering and covered in blood that is not her own. Under the cold gaze of the blood moon she is someone else entirely, but when dawn breaks her memories flee and she is left with only an icy horror, a burning fury. Amid a sea of drones, she alone hasn’t been cured.
It will be the same each year: atrocities forgotten, truths hidden and pieces of herself left to die.
Until Luke.
He isn’t like the other drones. With secrets whispering behind his eyes and a hunger for all things Josephine, he is the only one determined to help her discover the truth before the next blood moon rises.
But time is running out. Is Luke willing to risk his life to be near her? Does he truly understand what violence she is capable of?

Raw and full of passion, Fury is a story of love in a dystopian world, and how much we are willing to forgive in the struggle to remember our humanity.

Review: Scorpion Shards (Star Shards Chronicles #1) by Neal Shusterman

Book Title: Scorpion Shards (Star Shards Chronicles #1)
Author: Neal Shusterman
Published: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Simon and Shuster
Format: Hardcover; 256pg
ISBN: 1442451149
Source: Library
Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Synopsis:
Six teens struggle to discover the source of their strange and horrific abilities in this first book of The Star Shards Chronicles.

Dillon has the terrifying power to create massive amounts of destruction with the slightest tweak of his will. Deanna is so consumed by fear, it has become like a black hole, drawing to her the very things that terrify her. Then, when the glare of a supernova sixteen light-years away illuminates the night sky, they have a vision: There are six of them out there, all teenagers, and all suffering from supernatural afflictions that disfigure their bodies and souls. Only by finding one another will the six ever be strong enough to defeat these mysterious forces that, bit by bit, are devouring their souls from the inside out.


Scorpion Shards was a freak-tastically trippy and wicked read. It begins with the story of Dillon Cole aka the Destroyer. Dillon has the affliction of the "wrecking hunger" which makes him want to cause catastrophes. Dillon isn't the only one with problems though. Winston is growing backwards, Michael is consumed with lust, Lourdes grows larger every day, Deanna has intense fears and Tory is infested with disease. None of them have ever met, but that is going to change because they all feel an unexplainable pull towards the others. And once they finally get together, nothing will ever be the same.

I just love the no holds barred voice of the author, Neal Shusterman. The characters he has created are so multifaceted and really embody the tormented soul. I felt their pains and developed such empathy for the characters. I related to the character of Lourdes the most, because I am overweight myself. Sometimes it feels like it has control of me and it is suffocating. I also empathized with Deanna, who suffers from a crippling, constant fear of EVERYTHING. My anxiety gets the best of me a lot, so I could feel where she was coming from too.

Overall, a gripping read that makes me definitely want to continue the series! This book was just as good as Unwind by Shusterman and I look forward to finding out more about what the Shards are doing...

5 stars to Scorpion Shards!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Think Out Loud #92: Insane Self Portraits (Brain on Drugs)


Hello all!
Welcome to my weekly meme,
This is the time to do ANYTHING you want!!


I saw this on Facebook and thought it was interesting!
I definitely do NOT recommend trying this,
but the art the guy produced is worth checking out.
This man, Bryan Lewis Saunders, did several
different drugs for several weeks and produced
a self portrait while on them.
Click HERE for all the pics and the story!

2mg Nictotine Gum

Dilaudid

Hydrocodone/Oxycodone/Xanax

Abilify/Xanex/Ativan

Ativan/Haloperidol

Cocaine

Crystal Meth

G13 Marijuana

Huffing Gas

Psilocybin Mushrooms

And there were tons more portraits as well.
Kinda freaky huh???
I feel sorry for this guy's brain now...



















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