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Friday, February 24, 2012

Transcend Time Saga Title Hunt


Welcome to the Transcend Time Saga Title Hunt! The title hunt is the reveal of the title for the final novel in the Transcend Time Saga. Each of the bloggers participating in the hunt have been given a letter. Hop around to the blogs participating to hunt for the letters. (And remember that two of the letters are used twice, so the title is eight letters long.)

Once you've unscrambled the title, go to Michelle Madow's blog and use the title name to enter the giveaway for a voucher for an advanced e-copy of the final Transcend Time novel! (She is giving away a voucher because the novel is planned to be released at the end of the year, and she hasn't finished writing it yet! This voucher will ensure that you will receive an advance e-copy once they are available).


Heyy guys I hope you're having a grand time with this title hop and i'm sorry for not having this up eariler my internet has been buggy the last couple days and my computer has been slower than a tortoise on a hot day in july! So im on my ipod doing this. But this title hunt is brought to you bu the letter M. Yes. M.

I have yet to read the Transcende Time series but I do own Remembrance and I will read it super super soon! I have heard nothing but great things about this series so I know it won't dissapoint!

the e-version of Remembrance is on sale for $0.99 until my USA tour ends in April.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Review: Various Positions by Martha Schabas


Various Positions by Martha Schabas
Publication Date: February 14, 2012
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Young Adult
Pages: 368
Genre: Contemporary

Nuanced, fresh, and gorgeously well-written, Martha Schabas' extraordinary debut novel takes us inside the beauty and brutality of professional ballet, and the young women striving to make it in that world. Shy and introverted, and trapped between the hyper-sexualized world of her teenaged friends and her dysfunctional family, Georgia is only at ease when she's dancing. Fortunately, she's an unusually talented and promising dancer. When she is accepted into the notoriously exclusive Royal Ballet Academy--Canada's preeminent dance school--Georgia thinks she has made the perfect escape. In ballet, she finds the exhilarating control and power she lacks elsewhere in her life: physical, emotional and, increasingly, sexual.

This dynamic is nowhere more obvious than in Georgia's relationship with Artistic Director Roderick Allen. As Roderick singles her out as a star and subjects her to increasingly vicious training, Georgia obsesses about becoming his perfect student, disciplined and sexless. But a disturbing incident with a stranger on the subway, coupled with her dawning recognition of the truth of her parents' unhappy marriage, causes her to radically reassess her ideas about physical boundaries--a reassessment that threatens both Roderick's future at the academy and Georgia's ambitions as a ballerina.
*Galley was provided by publisher for an honest review*

My face throughout:


Out of all the things that put me off it was the description of this novel. Absolutely misleading. When I asked to review this novel I was excited to read about ballet, seeing as I used to dance around the same age as Georgina, the protagonist of Various Positions. I can say that the only time you truly get that ballet experience is in the first chapter. Her audition. And after she's entered into the Ballet Academy, well, everything takes a turn for the worst on a downhill slope.
In the controversial issue of was YA really is, I can say from reading this novel, that Various Positions is nowhere near YA standards. I understand that the morals and sexual activities of the younger teens has risen over the years (I see and hear about it at school all the time) but the actions and thoughts of Georgina were extremely out of line! I always kept forgetting that this CHILD was a 14 year old girl! Looking at porn, taking naked picture of herself, having sexual fantasies and forcing herself onto her 40 year old TEACHER were extremely out of line and horribly revolting. 

Not only that but the dialogue between the girls that Georgina hung out with were all about sex! The obsession that repeated time and time again was nauseating beyond belief. I could not stand Georgina at all past the first chapter. The flatness to each character was horrid. The only one that I really liked was "Sixty" as Georgina called her (that annoyed me as well, she had a name but the whole novel she was referred to as a number).

Read this at your own risk and I definitely do not recommend this to young teens due to the high amounts of inappropriate descriptions and  actions of the characters.

First Line: I stand still and pretend to be innocent.

One target slayed out of pure disgust 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Review: The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison


The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison
Publication Date: February 14, 2012
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Young Adult
Pages: 336
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge
Penelope (Lo) Marin has always loved to collect beautiful things. Her dad's consulting job means she's grown up moving from one rundown city to the next, and she's learned to cope by collecting (sometimes even stealing) quirky trinkets and souvenirs in each new place--possessions that allow her to feel at least some semblance of home.
But in the year since her brother Oren's death, Lo's hoarding has blossomed into a full-blown, potentially dangerous obsession. She discovers a beautiful, antique butterfly pendant during a routine scour at a weekend flea market, and recognizes it as having been stolen from the home of a recently murdered girl known only as "Sapphire"--a girl just a few years older than Lo. As usual when Lo begins to obsess over something, she can't get the murder out of her mind.
As she attempts to piece together the mysterious "butterfly clues," with the unlikely help of a street artist named Flynt, Lo quickly finds herself caught up in a seedy, violent underworld much closer to home than she ever imagined--a world, she'll ultimately discover, that could hold the key to her brother's tragic death.

*Galley of this novel was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

I am a huge fan when it comes to mystery novels for Young Adult genres and as highly anticipated as I was for The Butterfly Clues, the outcome this novel had on me was less  than what I was expecting.

In the novel you are introduced to Lo, our protagonist of the story, who is, as well as her family, still mourning over the passing of her brother Oren. A news story becomes released about a teenage girl name Sapphire who was recently murdered. Lo increasingly becomes obsessed with Sapphire, whom she has never met before and on a stroll through a flea market, becomes aware of items that had been of Sapphire's, stolen from the scene of the crime. Determined to find out what happened, Lo and the mysterious Flynt begin to get their hands dirty while investigating the murder.

The dialogue and plot were both fabulous while I was reading. I was captivated by the mystery that Ellison had created but the father I read, the more predictable things became and I was able to map out what would happen.  That was truly the only problem that played out during my procession of this novel. Everything else was striking and fantastic, and I enjoyed the pace set by Ms. Ellison.

The Butterfly Clues was a nice read on a sunny afternoon but unfortunately, the captivation I was looking for was not set in stone through out the novel.


First Line: I spot her out of the corner of my eye and freeze.

Three targets mysteriously slayed

Come Participate in the Review Copy Clean Up! (You Know I Am)



I'm excited to participate in this seeing as my review pile just keeps accumulating! Looking to join? Click the image above :D 

Challenge guidelines:


✦ This challenge runs from 1 to 31 March, 2012
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✦ March 2 - Show Off Your Pile
✦ March 9 - Cuddle Up With a Book
✦ March 16 - Don't Be Such a Tease!
✦ March 23 - Mysterious Meet-up
✦ March 30 - Love Will Find a Way






Cover Reveal: Inbetween


Inbetween by Tara Fuller
Kissed by Death #1
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Pre-order on Amazon



Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s
life has been a freaky—and unending—lesson in caution. Surviving
“accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so
Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling
in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who
makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.
It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate
has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him
hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn't let her die before,
and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves
from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the
only thing he has left…his soul.


I love the black and white with the green text. And the cute little icon at the bottom by the author's name is clever! What do you guys think?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

In My Mailbox (30): Breathless Reads Tour Edition


Happy Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend, I can tell you that I did (despite my 12+ hour car ride from NY to NC but I digress). Friday happened to the the Breathless Reads Tour date at Books Of Wonder in NYC so, after asking my dad and pleading, he took me after school. I drove half way there (only have my permit and am terribly afraid of them city taxi drivers) and my dad drove the rest. But after sitting in stop and go traffic, we missed the Q & A but still made it for the book signing! After getting my green number ticket and purchasing BORN WICKED I was able to get my books signed by the lovely ladies! It was such a grand experience, seeing as it was my first ever time attending a book tour, and I am excited for more tours to come along my path in the future!



           

REVIEW:
Interrupted by Rachel Coker
Transcendence by C.J. Omololu
Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby
Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker
Burn Mark by Laura Powell 
*Thank you Zondervan, Bloomsbury, and Netgalley*



Past Perfect by Leila Sales
The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez
*Thank you Simon and Schuster and Pulse It*



SIGNED
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Legend by Marie Lu
Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Follow Friday (2/17/12)


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Follow Friday (#13)
Q: BeefcakeandBabes Asks: I like unique names for characters and am looking forward to coming up with some when I start writing. What’s the most unique character name you’ve come across?


Oh my lord, names happen to be really strange with me. I am all for creative, unique names but sometimes people just go overboard (i.e., Reneseme or however the f**k you spell it). Honestly there really aren't any crazy names that had wowed me enough to remember but I do love the name Alaska from John Green's Looking for Alaska. Definitely read it. I can tell you that you won't regret it!









 TGIF (#12)


Book Blogger Pride: What do you take pride in when it comes to blogging?

I take pride in organization when it comes to my blog. I have a set schedule that I enforce and stick to. Sometimes I don't always stick to the schedule because of school or just random cover reveals or giveaways but I usually have reviews on certain days and features on others.


Another thing I take pride in is making friends and being friendly. I have not met anyone in the book blogging universe that was ever mean to me, rude, or even jealous. There are people out there, and I know that, and some are not even bloggers but I digress. All in all, I adore the welcoming community that brought me in with open arms and I love all the people that I had come into contact with and hope to meet in the future! Cheers!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

In My Mailbox (29): Little Brother Love




Hey everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Click on the pictures to add them to your goodreads list!! Please leave a comment below with your IMM post so I can go around and see what you received this week. Love ya'll.

REVIEW:
Ghost Crown by J. Gabriel Gates and Charlene Keel
The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats
The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes
The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina 
Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge

*Thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for these!

    


VIDEO GAME OF THE WEEK:
Final Fantasy XIII-2 by Square Einx


*Thank you Johnny, my brother, for buying me this. You are the best little bro a sister could ask for!*

Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday Hops (2/10/12)

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Follow Friday (#12)
Q: What would your prefer: reading your favorite book over and over again until you got sick of it OR reading 100s of mediocre books? And why?


My favorite book over and over again because if it's my favorite I don't think I could ever get sick of it. Just like a movie. If they're my favorite. I will just sit there and recite every line because I love that feeling!









 TGIF (#11)


 Love Stories: What are some of your favorite fictional love stories?

My favorite story right now has to be Amy and Elder since I just happened to finish ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis. Beautiful story. Beautiful characters. Fell in love quickly with them both.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Review: The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark


The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt
Young Adult
Pages: 272
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Debut Author Challenge 2012
A few “sexy” bullet points about Jay: 

• He is in love with a cheerleader named Cameo “Appearance” Parnell 
• He is forever losing “Love-15” to tennis-playing goddess Caroline Richardson 
• He rocks a touché array of pop-culture references, jokes, and puns 
• His family-life cookie is about to crumble. 
Live vicariously through Jay as he faces off against his mortal enemy, gets awkward around his dream girl(s), loses his marbles in a Bermudian love triangle, watches his parents’ relationship implode, and, finally, learns to get real and be himself(ish)

*This galley was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

When I read about books that center (more or less) around divorce, a little voice in my head thinks that I will be able to compare to the character's feelings. But learning the reasons of the divorce of Jay's parents don't fit within the parameter of my life so the circles move away from each other only crossing in a few intersecting points. The emotions were definitely there for both Jay and I and truly that was how I connected with him. 

I liked this book but honestly, not as much as I wanted to. The quirky titles named after songs with Jay's own twists were adorable. It was fun in itself to figure out which songs where which and what portions were changed. That I definitely liked. If an author knows good music and puts it in the book, I'm revving to read. Not only music but when you have a snarky, intelligent, male character narrating a YA novel. There definitely should be more male protags in the YA population! Become a majority not a minority! 

The language used within the book set me off. With all the strange pet names and weird dialogue said by almost every character, it made it hard to realize what time period The Edumacation of Jay Baker was really set in. There were saying that just confused the hell out of me or had me rolling my eyes at points. Some of the references just flew right over my head so I guess that also didn't allow me to fall for the book like I had intended. 

Relationship wise, the strength between Jay and his sister Abby was my favorite throughout the whole thing. Not Jay and Cameo. Not Jay and Caroline. Jay and Abby. I love positive and humorous brother-sister relationships. I could feel the love radiate between the two when they were together and how Abby would always be there to help Jay when he was in need. 

I do recommend this to any pop culture, music buff, male protag seeking readers because this 2012 debut is right up your alley!

First Line: Mom and Dad were in their room with the door shut.

Three targets hilariously slayed

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cover Reveal: Bad Hair Day by Carrie Harris, Nevermore by James Patterson



Bad Hair Day by Carrie Harris
(Kate Grable #2)
Publication Date: November 13, 2012


Senior year is positively hair-raising. 

Kate Grable is geeked out to shadow the county medical examiner as part of her school’s pre-med program. Except when he’s arrested for murder, she’s left with the bodies. And when Kate’s brother Jonah stumbles upon a dead gamer girl, she realizes that the zombie epidemic she cured last fall was only the beginning of the weirdness taking over her town. Someone’s murdering kids—something really hairy. And strong. Possibly with claws.

Is it werewolf awesomeness like Jonah and his dorktastic friends think? Kate’s supposed to be a butt-kicking zombie killing genius...but if she can’t figure out who’s behind the freakish attacks, the victims—or what’s left of them—are going to keep piling up. 

It’s scary. It’s twisted. It’s sick. It’s high school.

 Nevermore by James Patterson
(Maximum Ride #8)
Publication Date: August 6, 2012



One last chance... 

for Max, Fang, and Dylan... 
before it all ends. 

Are you ready for the final chapter? Are you ready for the ultimate flight? Because THIS IS IT. One last incredible, explosive adventure with an astonishing ending that no one could have seen coming.




I am such a huge fan of the Maximum Ride series. Hearing it's coming to an end brings a tear to my eye. And I loved Bad Taste in Boys that I squealed at the cover to Bad Hair Day! Both extremely amazing C: What do you guy's think?