Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Forgotten Ones Blog Tour Stop



Hello lovelies!  Today I am participating in The Forgotten Ones Blog tour, and I have an awesome excerpt and giveaway planned.  So let's get started!!


The Forgotten Ones
by Laura Howard
Series: The Forgotten Ones #1
Pages: 177
Format: Ebook
Release Date: May 15, 2013
by Laura Howard

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Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember. What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.



~Excerpt~

I rounded the corner of our farmers’ porch, and caught a glimpse of my mother staring out the den window. She held her violin loosely under her chin and the bow dangled from her fingertips. Her jaw was slack. Her eyes locked on something in the trees beyond me. I froze. I knew that haunted expression. I swallowed hard as her eyes shifted to me. The violin fell from her chin and I could see the trembling in her bottom lip. I should have been used to her reaction when she saw me during an episode. But I wasn’t. I flew into the house as fast as my feet would carry me. The screen door crashed behind me as I came to a halt outside the den. My mother clutched fistfuls of her blonde hair, garbled words spilling from her lips.


About the Author
Laura   Howard
About the Author Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

Official Links: laurahoward78.blogspot.com | @laurahoward78


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Monday, April 29, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Read-a-Thon

Sooooo...I've never done a read-a-thon before.  Ever.  Let's see how this goes.



Bout of Books


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

My Goals:


Read and review all the books I have planned
Be active on the blogs that are participating
Participate in tweet chats #BoutOfBooks (if I can figure out how lol)

My Reading Goal: I want to read more books in a week than I usually do, so I'm going to shoot for 7-10 books.


The Books I Plan To Read:








Of course, this is a tentative list, since I don't actually own The Elite or Dark Triumph (I'm ordering them for my birthday on May 8), and I've given Stolen Away and Graffiti Moon a chance before (I read like the first page and gave up) so I'm giving them a go now, but if I don't like them I'll replace them.  And, of course, I'll have a wrap up.  Hopefully this read-a-thon will cure my reading slump, and I'll have some reviews to post for you guys! :)

I'm going to re-post this one May 13, when the readathon starts.  I'll also update my stats on that page.  I'll link to it in the sidebar (when I post) just in case you guys are interested in checking it out :)

Are you guys gonna join?  Let me know!! :)

Spring Cleaning Giveaway #3: ARCs Again

So I originally planned on only doing two Spring Cleaning Giveaways, but I had to increase that because I have too many books and I wanted to get rid of some.  So here is round 3, and they are all ARCs.  Once again I'm making it a rule that if you win you have to pay shipping via PayPal, but that also allows me to make this giveaway International.


Prize Pack #1



Prize Pack #2




THE RULES:
~There will be 2 winners
~Giveaway ends on May 7, 2013 @ 12:00 A.M.
~This giveaway is INT
~Winners must pay shipping via PayPal


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THANKS FOR ENTERING AND MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR!!!!!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

In My Mailbox #56



In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, where we spotlight the books that we've received for review, swapped, or purchased that week.


FOR REVIEW:




How My Summery Went Up In Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski (from Simon & Schuster)
Come Back to Me by Coleen Patrick (from Coleen Patrick)
Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross (from Random House)
Openly Straight by Bill Koningsberg (from Scholastic)
Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller (from Spencer Hill Press)



BOUGHT:



Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglien
Gilt by Katherine Longshore
Ripple by Mandy Hubbard
Truth by Julia Karr
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Losers in Space by John Barnes


Discount bookstores are my weakness LOL


What did you guys get this week?
Link me up!!! :)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Residue Blog Tour Stop


The Residue Blog Tour is stopping by today for a simple excerpt!


Residue
by Laury Falter
Series: Residue #1
Pages: 300
Format: ebook
Release Date: April 13, 2012
by Laury Falter

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When Jocelyn Weatherford is whisked away from a preparatory academy in upstate New York to live with her extended family in New Orleans, she is unprepared to encounter the dangers awaiting her. Yet even as she is thrust into an unfamiliar world of witches and voodoo magic, the greatest threat of all may be the boy she has fallen for. While handsome and charming, he is also a Caldwell... a member of the family the Weatherford's have been feuding with for centuries. As their forbidden love grows it becomes the volatile spark that forever changes their world and everyone in it.


~Excerpt~

I’d been right behind Oscar, close enough that when he came to a sudden halt just inside I nearly collided with him. Although I’m not sure he would have noticed.
His attention was on six others directly in front of us.
They all had the same sandy blonde hair and were all close in age to each other as well as to me and my cousins. And they all wore an agate stone, one of the oldest stones in recorded history and one thought to be worn for protection.
None of this mattered much to me because the butterflies had returned.
Stepping around Oscar, I came into full view as Jameson turned to face us.
“Hi,” I said, excited to meet again and trying not to show it.
His stunning translucent green eyes settled on me and didn’t move. “Jocelyn…” he stated softly, apprehensively.
His tone was different today. It was restricted. And it instantly made me suspicious.
Then all eyes were on us, swinging from me to him and back to me again.
It was Estelle who asked what seemed to be on everyone’s mind. “You two know each other?” There was an edge to her voice.
“Yes,” I said, having no idea why I felt like I’d just broken a rule.
“How?” Oscar demanded. At the sound of his tone, the feeling I’d crossed a boundary grew more distinct.
“In the French Quarter, yesterday. Jameson showed me around.”
“First name terms, ha?” scoffed a girl next to Jameson, who gave her a swift glare for it.
My defensiveness kicked in then. “That’s really none of your business.”
The girl stepped forward but was held back.
“You showed her around?” demanded a stout boy on Jameson’s side of the line, inquiring just as harshly with him as my cousins were being with me.
Jameson didn’t respond right away. He remained rigid, his eyes boring in to me, guilty, seeming to apologize. But there was no reason for it. He’d done nothing wrong.
“Jameson,” snapped the girl, insisting on an answer.
“Don’t raise your voice to him,” I ordered, knowing that I was stirring up the fight.
The girl was about to retort when Jameson responded. It was subdued but stiff and unyielding. “She didn’t know who I was.”
His eyes never wavered from me.
“Did you know who she was?” urged the girl.
He drew in a deep breath, unwilling to answer.
After another forceful prompt from the girl, he growled in warning, “Enough, Charlotte. Yes, I knew she was a Weatherford.”
There were gasps from both sides at his acknowledgement and Nolan took a step forward, reminding me of a soldier advancing toward his enemy.
Oscar’s hand came up and stopped Nolan at the chest before asking, “Jocelyn, were you harmed?”
“No,” I replied, shocked he’d even think to ask the question. “No, not at all. Jameson was…”
Nolan pressed his chest against Oscar’s hand when I hesitated, ready to break through it toward Jameson’s side of the line.
“Was what?” Estelle prompted.
I met Jameson’s eyes again. The intensity in them made me hesitate. He was waiting to see how I’d characterize him.
“Well…he was a complete gentleman.”
I got the sense this interaction was about to break up when Vinnia, petite and childlike Vinnia, stepped forward to direct a threat at Jameson. “Stay away from her or you will regret it, Caldwell.”
My cousins began to turn and head down the hall, the fight deterred for the time being, when my subconscious registered the name she’d used. 
I repeated it slowly. “Caldwell?”
Then I was piecing it all together from the depths of my awareness, his last name screaming through my mind. It was the name of the family who had repressed and endangered the Weatherfords for centuries, the name of our mortal enemy. And it was the name he had not disclosed yesterday when he’d asked for mine.
Jameson remained firm, his expression never flinching and intently trained on me.
“You’re…” I swallowed hard, the words barely making it passed my throat. “You’re a Caldwell?”
“We’re all Caldwells,” Charlotte spat vehemently, motioning to the line on both sides of her. Apparently, from her point of view, I should have known this already.
“Easy, Charlotte,” Jameson warned again.
She drew in a sharp breath, offended. “You spend the whole day with a Weatherford…knowing she’s a Weatherford…endangering yourself…all of us…and you’re telling me to take it easy?”
“No one got hurt,” he mumbled, contentious, his mouth downturned.
“Not yet…” seethed another one of the girls from his side, one with clear green eyes like Jameson, framed with long dark lashes. Right now they were narrowed and pointed at me.



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~Get to know Laury Falter~

Bio:

Laury Falter is the author of the bestselling Guardian Trilogy. She writes young adult paranormal romances and urban fantasy when she's not taking her stray dogs for a walk or enjoying a date night with her husband. Laury has released two series, the Guardian Trilogy and the Residue Series (a spinoff of the Guardian Trilogy books), and is currently releasing her third series, the Apocalypse Chronicles.




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~Follow the Tour~

Monday, April 22, 2013
Bibliophile Mystery – Excerpt #1
Mom with a Kindle – Excerpt #2
YA Books of Witchcraft and Wizardry – This or That: Jameson

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
All in One Place – Review
Books She Reads – Review
fuonlyknew – Excerpt #3
fundinmental– Top Ten: Jocelyn
Imagine a World– Review
Words Create Scenes–Excerpt #7

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Mythical Books – Review
SMI Book Club– Review
AToMR–Character Profiles




Thursday, April 25, 2013
Breathe In Books– Review
A Dream Within a Dream – Excerpt #4

Friday, April 26, 2013
Reader Girls – Review
RoloPoloBookBlog – Review
Once Upon a Book – Review
Peace, Love, Books–Excerpt #5

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Paperback Princess – Review
Word to Dreams – Review
As You Wish – Review
Curling Up with a Good Book – Author Interview

Friday, April 26, 2013

Forever Me Blog Tour Stop




Hello everyone!  Today I am super excited to be participating in this awesome tour.  I have to say, this book looks so interesting!  I would totally love to read this, considering I would be in high school if I didn't homeschool.  Anyway, today I have a really interesting interview for your guys, so let's get started!


Forever Me
by Thomas Amo
Pages: 544
Release Date: October 11, 2012 (Kindle Edition)
by GothicTwist Publishing

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Forever Me is considered YA and NA. Inspired by True Events. Hannah Richards isn't your typical 16 year-old at Wichita Falls High. Fashions, trends, cosmetics and style are unimportant to her. An avid reader, guitar player, classic movie and television buff, Hannah marches to the beat of her own drum. Visible only to her Father the town Sheriff, and her two best friends. Hannah lives a simple, un-pampered life as an "Eastie." After coming to the aide of Taylor Monroe, a popular member of the ultra snobby "Stilettos" at school, Hannah's life beings spiraling out of control. As she starts spending more time with Taylor, her best friends abandon her, after a series of misunderstandings, causing Hannah to re-invent herself. Hannah quickly gets caught up in a life much different than the one she knows, where status, glamour, makeup, appearance and acceptance become her masters. And what of the dark secret that haunts the streets of Wichita Falls? Can Hannah survive the lies, deceit, jealousy and rage that are now waiting for her behind every corner? Will she succumb to the pressures of popularity? Or will she be crushed under the heels of the "Stilettos"? ~High school is hard enough just being yourself, let alone being someone you're not~

~Author Interview~


1. I understand Forever ME is inspired by true events. Tell us how that came about?
I was just about to leave the house one morning when I caught a segment on morning television about a group of teen girls at a Texas high school who had organized a group called, “Redefining Beautiful.” They were trying to encourage fellow female students to go one day a week without makeup. They were stressing that you don’t need makeup to be beautiful. I was so amazed by their bravery and confidence to go against type, especially in high school and at an age where girls feel the most awkward with themselves. A close friend of mine who is a film producer had been asking me if I had anything I was working on I could share with him. By time the segment was over, I had the basic plot in my head and before I left the house, I already knew the ending of the story. I phoned my producer friend and told him I had something, we met that afternoon and I pitched the idea to him as a film. He loved the concept and told me he was interested. Could I write the screenplay? I went to work right away. But about 50 pages in, I found these characters were so lifelike, I felt it needed to be a book, it could always be a film later. I called my friend back, said, I have to write this as a novel. With his blessing and two years later. Forever ME was published.

2. How are teen girls responding to a book written by male?
I was concerned about that. Would they relate to it? Would it seem real to them? Or would it come across as a guy giving his version of what he think teen girls are like today? Well, to my pleasant surprise, teen girls are sending me emails, tweets, and telling me, they completely relate to the situations, they’ve said, “OMG, that is so me!” “I’m just like Hannah!” Or they know girls like Shelby and the Stilettos. Or jerk guys who treat them like property. I got plenty of praise from some parents even grandparents on Forever ME, but the real vindication comes from the teens who love it. I couldn’t ask for better than that! (Plus I have a 19 year old daughter, so I wasn’t totally in the dark.) But I did do my research.

3. What did you learn about teen girls that you didn’t know?
A lot! I learned that some girls lose precious hours of sleep by getting up at sometimes between 3 and 4 a.m. to begin their daily regiment of getting ready for school to make themselves look “normal” or what they feel they must look like to their friends and fellow students. Girls are under tremendous pressure to always look a certain way, weigh a certain amount. Often it is self-imposed, even the prettiest girls feel insecure about their looks. Girls who are bullied often feel completely alone with no one to turn to. Even if schools have zero tolerance for bullying, there’s always an unspoken rule to not tell. Being bullied is embarrassing, especially when girls get publically humiliated in school and other students stand by, watching or laughing. School can more often than not, feel like prison instead of an educational institution.

4. Speaking of Bullying, there’s quite a lot of it in Forever ME. Were you attempting to send a message?
Actually no I wasn’t. Not consciously anyway. My wife pointed out to me that bullying wasn’t just limited to the students. Friends bullied each other and even parents bullied their teens. It made me realize, there are many different ways for kids to be bullied, like there are as many forms of abuse. It’s not always physical but it is always damaging.

5. I see in several past reviews Forever ME gets compared to the film, “Mean Girls.” Did that have any influence on your writing?
Not at all, I have not seen the film. So I’m always surprised when someone compares it to that film. I imagine since the subject matters are similar I can see how someone could draw that conclusion. It was important to me in the beginning that my main character, Hannah was not the new girl at a school. That’s always tough on a teen to be the new kid. I wanted her to have her own friends, a well-adjusted home life and content with her life as it was. It was only when she crossed the invisible line of mixing with the social elite did it present a problem in her life. Wichita Falls is a place where a girl from her side of town is often reminded it’s best if she stays there.


I must say, this is one of the most interesting interviews I've ever read.  Like I said before, I'm not in high school, but I see how highschoolers my age act, and this book looks like it sums up everything that is wrong with the society.

I WASN'T TOLD TO SAY THIS OR ANYTHING, BUT IF YOU ARE A TEENAGER, OR IF YOU'RE OLDER EVEN, I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO BUY THIS BOOK.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

{Review} The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

The Mark of Athena
by Rick Riordan
Series: Heroes of Olympus #3
Pages: 574
Release Date: October 2, 2012
by Disney Hyperion

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Annabeth is terrified. Just when she's about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo's fantastical creation doesn't appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace. And that's only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close—the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her? Annabeth's biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he's now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side. Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare...


If someone was to ask me to recommend them an author with fast-paced, thrilling, addictive, funny books, the first name that would come out of my mouth is “Rick Riordan”.  He is my go-to guy if I want an adventure.  In my opinion, he’s hasn’t been able to top his Percy Jackson series, but this series is the closest he’s come.  This book was simply amazing.  I loved how he got right into the action from page one, which is what he tends to do every book.  I really love his writing style, and the staging and story line were absolutely perfect.  I will admit that some of the life-or-death situations had really easy solutions, and I was kind of annoyed by that, but only because he has done so many great solutions in his other books.  He’s kind of set the bar really high for himself.  But the majority of his solutions were totally thrilling and absolutely ingenious.  Another thing that I didn’t really like (in the beginning) was all the romance.  Usually Riordan is all action and humor, but he threw in a bit of romance at the beginning of the book, and it just doesn’t seem like his style to write kissing scenes.  But he eventually dialed it down and made it a cool part of the book, so in the end I enjoyed it.  And OH MY GOD THAT ENDING!  Really Riordan, really?  You had to do that cliffhanger?  You had to put me through that?

One thing that I love about Riordan’s books is his humor, his outrageousness, and his characters.  In this book you will find killer manatees, deadly Wonder Bread, and a Cornucopia which is used as a weapon because it can spray food everywhere.  How great is that?  But his characters are the best.  The spin he puts on what we already know is so entertaining to read.  Did you guys know that Archimedes was actually the son of Hephaestus?  And that Dionysus loves Diet Coke?

I absolutely loved all of Riordan’s main characters, and there were quit a lot of them.  Percy Jackson and Annabeth we all know very well, but the new kids are Hazel, Leo, Jason, Frank, and Piper.  This is a group full of personality, kick-ass-ness, and humor.  Each person has their own special power, and each person really completes the other.  The personalities that really stood out to me were Leo’s, Percy’s, and Annabeth’s.  For me, those were kind of the main characters, and Riordan focused mostly on them.  But I did enjoy the other four characters a lot.

Riordan will never cease to amaze me with his ideas, imagination, characters, and writing.  He is like the god of the mythology genre, and I really can’t wait to read the next book in this series.


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Favorite Quotes :

No spoilers!

Narcissus was nocking an arrow, but it was so old and brittle, it broke into splinters.
“Ow!” he yelled very attractively. “My manicure!”

~Page 96

“Oh, what a mighty weapon!”
“Indeed,” Bacchus (*who is the Roman Dionysus*) agreed.  “I’m glad someone in your group is smart.  The pinecone is a fearsome tool of destruction!
…”I fought side by side with the gods and some other demigod…Harry Cleese, I think.”
“Heracles?” Piper suggested politely.
“Whatever,” Bacchus said. “Anyway, I killed the giant Ephialtes and his brother Otis.  Horrible boors, those two.  Pinecone in the face for both of them!”

~Page 126

“So I have a better plan.  You’re not leaving.  You’re VIPs – Very Important Prisoners!”

~Page 199

Leo was holding on to the eagle’s feet, and even from the ship, Annabeth could hear him screaming and cursing.

~Page 243

“The ordeals!” Annabeth said.  “I know about them!”
Another round of incredulous gasping.
“Fire or dagger,” Annabeth guessed.
Even the pater looked stunned.  Apparently he hadn’t remembered there were victims of past punishments lying on the floor.

~Page 414

Percy swung behind a column, grabbed a garbage bag full of Wonder bread, and threw it at the monster.

~Page 517

“I will destroy you!” Arachne promised. “I mean…no, I’ll be very nice to you if you let me out.”

~Page 557


Series:
The Lost Hero (#1)
The Mark of Athena (#3)
The House of Hades (#4)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #63


This is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlites upcoming new releases that we're highly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay


Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 23, 2013

n the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret...

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.


What are you guys waiting on this week?
Link me up!!!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

YADP Featuring Arclight by Josin L. McQuein


Young Adult Debut Promotions (YADP) is a post I do to help out debut authors, and to get them noticed.  My posts will definitely include a feature of the book, a feature of the author, and a giveaway, with an interview, guest post, or excerpt optional.  If you would like more information about YADP click here and scroll down until you come to the section talking about it.

Today I am featuring...


Josin L. McQuein
And I will be doing a giveaway!



~The Book~
Arlight
by Josin L. McQuein
Series: Arlight #1
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: April 23, 2013
by Greenwillow Books (an imprint of Harper)

No one crosses the wall of light . . . except for one girl who doesn’t remember who she is, where she came from, or how she survived. A harrowing, powerful debut thriller about finding yourself and protecting your future—no matter how short and uncertain it may be. The Arclight is the last defense. The Fade can’t get in. Outside the Arclight’s border of high-powered beams is the Dark. And between the Light and the Dark is the Grey, a narrow, barren no-man’s-land. That’s where the rescue team finds Marina, a lone teenage girl with no memory of the horrors she faced or the family she lost. Marina is the only person who has ever survived an encounter with the Fade. She’s the first hope humanity has had in generations, but she could also be the catalyst for their final destruction. Because the Fade will stop at nothing to get her back. Marina knows it. Tobin, who’s determined to take his revenge on the Fade, knows it. Anne-Marie, who just wishes it were all over, knows it. When one of the Fade infiltrates the Arclight and Marina recognizes it, she will begin to unlock secrets she didn’t even know she had. Who will Marina become? Who can she never be again?



~Giveaway~


~There will be 1 winner
~Giveaway ends on May 4, 2013 @ 12:00 A.M.
~This giveaway is US/CAN


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~Get to know Josin McQuein~


Bio:


YA and MG writer repped by Laura Rennert of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. I have a habit of doodling things that turn into actual pictures. I toss them up at random intervals for readers to point and laugh at.







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Thank you so much Josin for stopping by today!  It was a blast to have you on the blog!!!

Monday, April 22, 2013

US vs UK #14






US vs UK is a meme hosted by Book Passion for Life.  In this meme, I will post a US and UK cover from the same book, and you guys will vote which one you like best.


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The Score:
US: 9 UK: 2 Draw: 2

  VS   


My Vote:

I'm gonna have to vote US this round.  Even though it's simpler than the UK, I feel like the UK is poorly done.  The background and the model and the little seal in the top left corner, plus the tag line that goes into the title, just aren't doing it for me.  So, US!



Which cover do you like best?
Leave a comment to vote!

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Last week's winner was...UK!
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Sunday, April 21, 2013

A SERIES-ous Discussion About Series

Please tell me you guys thought the title was funny.  No?  Okay *slinks away and hides in corner*

So this past week I had a series of pictures I posted on Instagram about series.  I had series I needed to start, series I needed to finish, series I've finished, series I need to read the second book to...the list went on and on.  So today I wanted to just talk about some of those series.

Note: All the banners are taken from I'm Loving Books.
You can also find most of these banners in my side-bar.
Also, I'm only going to feature books/series I own, because if I don't own it, I can't read it (I have too many to be read books lol)


Series I've Started/Finished


Angelfire by Courtney Allison MoultonA Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
Vampire Academy by Richelle MeadUnearthly by Cynthia HandAcross the Universe by Beth Revis Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake Article 5 by Kristen Simmons The Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen Carrier Trilogy by Leigh Fallon The Chemical Garden by Lauren Destefano Covenant by Jennifer L. Armentrout Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong Dark Guardian by Rachel Hawthorne Darkness Rising by Kelley Armstrong Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor Delirium by Lauren Oliver Everneath by Brodi Ashton Fallen by Lauren Kate Firelight by Sophie Jordon Gemma Doyle by Libba Bray Glass by Maria V. Snyder Gods & Monsters by Kelly Keaton Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers House of Night by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick If I Stay by Gayle Forman Inheritance by Christopher Paolini Iron Codex by Caitlin Kittredge Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa Luxe by Anna Godbersen Medusa Girls by Tera Lynn Childs Mistwood by Leah Cypess Nightshade by Andrea Cremer Paranormalcy by Kiersten White Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles The Pledge by Kimberly Derting Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Revenants by Amy Plum The Selection by Kiera Cass Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares Sky Chasers by Amy Kathleen Ryan The Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross Stork by Wendy Delsol Study by Maria V. Snyder Twilight by Stephenie Meyer Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

The Seven Kingdoms by Kristin CashoreThe Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater

Series I Don’t Really Want To Finish


 Across the Universe by Beth Revis Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake Carrier Trilogy by Leigh Fallon Delirium by Lauren Oliver Glass by Maria V. Snyder House of Night by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast Sky Chasers by Amy Kathleen Ryan Stork by Wendy Delsol
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick


Series I Won’t Buy The Second (Or Third ) Book To But I’ll Read If I Get It For Free


A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies Article 5 by Kristen Simmons If I Stay by Gayle Forman Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa Medusa Girls by Tera Lynn Childs Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Revenants by Amy Plum Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi Unearthly by Cynthia Hand


Series I’ve Tried Out But Couldn’t Get Past The First Book Because It Was So Bad


Carrier Trilogy by Leigh Fallon Gossip Girls by Cecily von Ziegesar The Immortals by Alyson Noel River of Time by Lisa T. Bergren Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent Elemental by Cesya Marae Cuono

Series Everyone But Me Have Read (And I Don't Mean The Entire Series, I Mean The First Book)


A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl Bloodlines by Richelle Mead Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz  Divergent by Veronica Roth Fairytale Retellings by Jackson Pearce  The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare Legend by Marie Lu Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare 



Series I’ve Finished


Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton The Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale Gemma Doyle by Libba Bray Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling Iron Codex by Caitlin Kittredge Nightshade by Andrea Cremer Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares Study by Maria V. Snyder Twilight by Stephenie Meyer


Popular Series I Will Most Likely Never Read


Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis The Elementals by Brigid Kemmerer The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton Faeriewalker by Jenna Black Fifty Shades by E.L. James Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter  Halo by Alexandra Adornetto Heist Society by Ally Carter The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien Matched by Ally Condie  Airhead by Meg Cabot Ashfall by Mike Mullin Books of Faerie by Maggie Stiefvater Curse Workers by Holly Black Dearly/Gone With The Respiration by Lia Habel The Demon Trappers by Jana Oliver Falling Under by Gwen Hayes Need by Carrie Jones Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger The Tiger Saga  by Colleen Houck Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston


Soooo...That was a lot of series.  And a lot of books.  I hope you enjoyed this post.  I know it's a lot different from what I usually post, but I'm kind of going in and out of reading slumps so I'm trying to find different topics to post about.  But I'm currently reading a book and I'm getting into it, so I'll hopefully be posting a review soon.

Anyway.

WHAT ARE YOU THOUGHTS ON MY LISTS???
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