Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Julie Kagawa Costume Contest!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Hope everyone is doing great today! Boy, are you guys in for a treat today. In case you haven't heard Julie Kagawa the brilliant mind behind The Iron Fey series and The Immortal Rules is hosting a costume contest where you have to dress up like a faery. You can see her post here. The deadline is today!  Of course, I had to do this! I definitely had a lot of fun with contest. I took a ton of pictures and am going to show a few.

Julie- The first one is the one that I am submitting for the contest. I just wanted to show everyone a few of the others!  :)

I am a Sprite aka Water Faery. My faery name is Sadie. I'm not sure that's a "faery name" but I like it so I'm gonna go with it!


Yes, I actually got into the fountain....in October...on one of the coldest days we've had this year! 
I think I deserve some bonus points for that one!

So that's the one I chose for the contest but here are a few more that I liked that I thought I would share! 


Me as a faery reading The Lost Prince


Me again!

Okay, that's it. It was a fun experience. I am super glad I didn't get arrested because I am pretty sure that you're not supposed to get in the fountain. Also, I stripped down in a parking lot to get out of my wet clothes. So yeah, I broke a couple of laws that night but that's what made it so fun! 

Hope you all have a Happy Halloween! Be careful tonight with it being Halloween and a full moon...you never know what could happen! :) 




Monday, October 29, 2012

Review: The Vincent Brothers






Title: The Vincent Brothers
Author: Abbi Glines
Release Date: June 2012
Format: Ebook





Goodreads Description:

Getting a boy to fall head-over-heels in love with you isn’t easy. Especially when he’s been in love with your cousin for as long as you can remember.

Lana has lived her life in her cousin’s shadow. Ashton always made perfect grades, had tons of friends, and looks model-perfect. And she’s always had Sawyer Vincent—the only boy Lana’s ever wanted—wrapped around her finger. But now things are different. Lana has a chance to make Sawyer see her, and she’s taking it. If only he’d get over Ashton—because Lana is sick of second-best.

Sawyer’s heart is broken. He’s lost his best girl to his best friend. And then Lana comes to town. Ashton’s cousin has always been sweet and soft-spoken, but now she’s drop-dead gorgeous as well. Sawyer doesn’t know if Lana can heal his broken heart, but spending time with her might at least make Ashton jealous.

What starts as a carefree fling becomes a lusty game of seduction. Sawyer and Lana may have different motives, but their scintillating hookups are the same kind of steamy. . .


My Thoughts:

Okay, first if you have not read the Vincent Brothers I fully suggest you do! This book is the second book in that series so I will try not to give too much away. 

I was hoping for a little more when I first started reading this book. I expected more of Ashton and Beau. However, I was ok without Ashton and Beau. Sawyer and Lana take the front in this book. I was excited and also ticked off at Sawyer. Sawyer uses Lana and that alone was enough to make me mad. 

I found that in this book I was not in love with Beau or Ashton I was more annoyed by them. The way that Ashton and Beau would flaunt their feelings in front of a heartbroken Sawyer really annoyed me.  My heart felt bad for Lana because she was into Sawyer and needed him, wanted him. Lana was someone who I could relate to because she had genuine feelings for Sawyer. She wanted him for such a long time. I give the girl credit because she went after what she wanted and she got it. 

I have a favorite spot in the book, well, two really, I hope that you find them to be yours. One has to do with a concert and the other has to do with a boat and that is all I'm going to give you!

Of course, I loved the way the story was written. I loved the Vincent Boys so why wouldn't I love the Vincent Brothers? This book is one you just have to read! It has a little of everything and loads of teen angst.  It made me think a little of the movie Sweet Home Alabama and the things you see in that movie. I hear songs on the radio that make me think of these books.

I enjoyed the ups and downs of the book and the way the relationship formed. I never would have expected the ending it had. These are books you can read over and over again!

I have to give this a 5 outta 5 and fully suggest you buy the first book also. 

Abbi Glines, I love you for writing these books!!




Thursday, October 25, 2012

New Feature: This, That or Thought Thursdays



Hey Y'all!

I'm happy to introduce a new feature I cooked up! Hopefully it's something you will find entertaining and hopefully I'll be able to keep up with it! ;) Anyways, here's the deets! 

This, That or Thought Thursdays is a new feature here at Wholly Books! Each week I will post my thoughts on a particular topic or defend my choice on a “this or that” debate. Please feel free to join in on the fun by posting on your blog or as always you can express your opinions in the comments.

I have listed below the topics I will be discussing or debating for the next few weeks below. You can also find a list on the new tab “This, That or Thought Thursdays”. If there is a lot of interest in participating in this feature I will begin to use a linky to make things easier for everyone. However, for the first week at least I will just have people leave the link to their post in the comments.

Also, if anyone has an idea for a topic for this feature please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this post or email me at whollybooks1 at gmail dot com.

I have decided that this new feature will begin the first week in November simply because I like starting things at the beginning of the month. November will be “Books or Movies”. I'm doing this topic in November because the final Twilight movie will be premiering.

November Topics
November 1- Do you typically like the book or the movie better? 
November 8- Do you buy the movie cover of the book or stick to the original?
November 15- What is your favorite book to movie adaptation?  Why?
November 22- What are your thoughts on things being changed in the movie?
November 29- What do you think is the worst book to movie adaptation? Why?

December Topics

December 6- Do you prefer ebooks or physical books?
December 13- How do you believe ebooks have changed the way booksellers sell books?
December 20- If there was an option to buy a print copy of a book with a download of the ebook (kind of like the DVD/Digital combo pack) for a couple dollars more would you buy it?
December 27- Do you believe ebooks are the beginning of the end of traditional bookstores?

What do you think of the new feature? Love it? Hate it? Let me know! :)
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (19)


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
 
 
The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Title:
The Indigo Spell
Author: Richelle Mead
Expected Publication:February 12, 2013
Why I Waiting:  I love, love, love Adrain and have been waiting to love, love, love the Bloodlines series. I am really hoping that this is the book that will do that for me!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Goodreads Description:
 
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.


Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.
 
 
What are you waiting on?
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Review: Eve and Adam


Eve and Adam



Title: Eve and Adam
Author: Katherine Applegate & Michael Grant
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Source: Southern Book Bloggers ARC Tour



Goodreads Description:
With Eve and Adam, authors Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant team up to create a thrilling story.  In the beginning, there was an apple –

And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker's head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.

Just when Eve thinks she will die – not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.

Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect . . . won’t he?
My Thoughts:
For some reason I skipped this book while going down my review list. I think it’s because I didn’t set the date read on Goodreads so it didn’t show up at the top like my recently read books do. Anyways, I really enjoyed this book so I feel super guilty for forgetting about it and I decided to do something different with this review. Hopefully, you’ll like it! J
Question to think about while reading:
If given the ability should we play God? Would you?
This is a question that is brought up in Eve and Adam and really made me think. If our sciences get to the point where we can play God, should we and would I? The answer I immediately come up with is no, absolutely not. However, after thinking about it some I can see where certain aspects would be beneficial.  Still, my question is should we? Honestly, I’m not sure what my answer to this would be. If it were my child and we had the ability to eliminate genetic diseases I think I would definitely want to, however, still I’m unsure if that’s our place.
The extent they go in this book is was a little clearer for me. Things in Eve and Adam are definitely taken too far. Also, I feel like the people involved weren’t doing it for the right reasons which also makes a huge difference.
What is your idea of the perfect guy/girl?
This is a tough question for me to answer and honestly I’m glad I’m not in charge of creating people because it’s a lot harder than it seems. For example, if you give a person too much humor but not enough intelligence, you have a goofy person. Then again if you give someone too much intelligence and not enough humor you create someone that few people can stand to be in the room with. Or if you give someone the right amount of humor and intelligence but forget some other character feature like courage that can also be bad. See? Way more complicated than you would think.
I guess my perfect guy would be the standard: tall, dark, handsome, bad boy on the outside but good guy on the inside. Smart but funny. Sexy but approachable. Confident but not arrogant. Yeah, I’m pretty sure that guy only exists in books. J
Is perfection really perfect?
Okay, so say we do create the perfect guy/girl, do you really think they would be perfect or would they be too perfect? Personally, I think that there is a thing as being too perfect and that in the end what we really want/need isn’t at all what we thought we did.
Overview:
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Eve and Adam. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and I thought the plot was interesting and intriguing. The book raises some interesting questions and I enjoyed questioning myself about them!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Losing it Blog Tour: Guest Post and Review



Welcome to Wholly Books's stop on the Losing it Blog Tour. We are super excited to have a guest post by Cora Carmack on the new "New Adult" genre. Cora does an excellent job of explaining what exactly "New Adult" is and I'm sure you'll find it quite interesting.  Also, be sure to check out the review and giveaway!

Guest Post 



What is a “New Adult” book anyway?

I’m a re-reader. 

That’s how I know that I really LOVE a book, when I can read it a second, third, or fourth time and get just as swept away in the story as that very first time. 

I discovered this for the first time when I was twelve and re-reading HARRY POTTER. Since then, I have reread and loved many books, one of which stuck with me so completely that I can still recite entire quotes from it with ease. 

That is THE AWAKENING by Kate Chopin. It was one of those books that you’re forced to read in your high school English class, and for many people it is a miserable experience. But for whatever the reason, I didn’t resent having to read that book. The story captivated me utterly, and I’m inclined to believe it is a huge part of the reason I write stories like I do. 

THE AWAKENING is about a 28-year-old married woman named Edna. As you can guess, she goes through an awakening where she realizes she hasn’t truly been living. Her ideas and opinions and emotions all begin to change radically because for the first time in her life, she is determined to live life on her own terms. 

There is one quote that has stuck with me all these years: 

“Mrs. Pontellier was beginning to realize her position in the universe as a human being, and to recognize her relations as an individual to the world within and about her… But the beginning of things, of a world especially, is necessarily vague, tangled, chaotic, and exceedingly disturbing. How few of us ever emerge from such beginning! How many souls perish in its tumult!”


There could not be a better way to describe the turbulent years between adolescence and adulthood, that terrifying in-between. Whether you’re at college or moving out on your own or working your first full time job—your life seems to change radically overnight. And yet for most people in that age group (18-25ish), you’re still not completely on your own. Your parents are still a large part of your life. You’re not a child anymore, but you’re also not quite an adult. You may call yourself an adult (as will others), but deep down in side you are petrified because you don’t feel like one. 


At least, that’s how it was for me. It really did feel like my world was starting from scratch. I was searching for my perfect fit in this wide world. I once likened the feeling to leaving behind a comfortable pair of old shoes for new ones that fit a bit better. It’s not that you want to stay with the old shoes that have become worn out and are a bit too snug, but breaking in those new shoes takes time and can be painful. That is what New Adult books are about to me. 

Young Adult books are about surviving adolescence and coming of age. New Adult is about how to live your life after that. New Adult is the “I’m officially an adult, now what?” phase. 


Just like growing up, that life stage is different for everyone, but I do think there are some things that are constant. The first is figuring out who you are outside of the world in which you grew up. A few lucky people may figure out who they are when they are teenagers, but I’m inclined to think that for most of us, we just think we know who we are. Some of it might be right, but a lot of it can be very wrong. We believe things because we’ve never known there was another way to believe. We think life is a certain way until we experience the opposite. 


So why are people just now hearing “New Adult” in terms of a category for fiction? Well, the world is a very different place than it was when YA first became an accepted genre. It used to be that many people got jobs straight out of high school, and only some people went on to college. And usually those who did go to college were more financially and emotionally dependent. Now, it has become the norm to go to college, and for young adults to remain in contact or even dependent upon their parents for years after graduating high school. College is the new high school, and as such that “growing up” phase has been stretched to include a few extra awkward years. 


That time, like Kate Chopin says, can be vague and hard to understand. It can be chaotic (oh so chaotic). It can be a mess. We, as the “new adults” can be a mess. It can be awkward and emotionally exhausting and painful and disturbing. For me, it was a time of anxiety and self-doubt, where I questioned everything I’d always thought to be true about the world and myself. I’d grown up as an intelligent, confident, ambitious young woman. Then suddenly I was this indecisive, terrified girl who was afraid she’d made all the wrong choices and doubted her ability to achieve her dreams. 


I’m twenty-five-years-old, and I still suffer from some of those symptoms. In the moments before I hit the button to self-publish LOSING IT, I felt like I was going to be sick, and was moments away from a complete breakdown. I had to turn my music on really loud, dance around, let go of the world, and completely clear my mind, so that the prospect of hitting a stupid button didn’t break me. 


And now LOSING IT has been more successful than I ever could have imagined. For the first time in a long time, I feel like that new world that Kate Chopin talks about is finally starting to make sense. It has become a little less vague and a little less scary. Who would have thought that by writing about this awkward phase in life, I would begin to find my way out of it?

Review




Goodreads Description:
Virginity.

Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible-- a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren't embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She'd left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.



My Thoughts:

I had some pretty high expectations for this book because it sounded like it would be hilarious from the description. I’m happy to say that Losing It did not let me down.

I found the characters very relatable especially Bliss. Usually I am pretty hard on female main characters. I almost always find something I cannot stand about them. Not the case with Bliss. I loved her from the start. The things she said and did had me cracking up. I think a lot of us will be able to see some of ourselves in Bliss. She wasn’t perfect. She was awkward. She made mistakes. She had her insecurities. Because of all of these things, Bliss became one of my favorite female characters. However, Bliss wasn’t the only character I liked in the book. In fact, there were not many characters in the book that I didn’t like. I found myself caring about what happened to all of them. Cade, the sweet best friend. He is the type of guy every girl needs in her life. Kelsey, the other best friend. She was awesome. She was the kick in the butt that Bliss sometimes needed. I even wanting to see more about what happens in the lives of Jeremy, Rusty, Lindsey, Victoria, and even Dom. Then there was Garrick. He was British. He had an accent. He was hot and rode a motorcycle. I liked how at the end of the book that we got to see an inside look at Garrick when he narrated the epilogue. I thought this was well done and gave us as readers a more personal connection with him.

Now that I’ve mentioned Garrick, I have to admit I was slightly curious as to how the whole teacher/student thing would work out. While I loved the idea of the book and couldn’t wait to read it, I was scared it might border on icky. It did not! I love how Cora Carmack worked out the whole scenario. Garrick was a new teacher and really just a temporary one at that. Because of this, I felt it kept the book from going too far so to speak.

In short, this book was fast paced, funny, and definitely worth taking the time to purchase and read! The awkward scenes had me laughing…out loud even. If fact, I smiled my way through pretty much this entire book. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.


Here are a couple lines from the book that I found hilarious and awkward. Maybe they will make you want to read the book even more. =) 

“Sex.
I was going to have sex.
With a boy.
A hot boy.
A hot BRITISH boy.
Or maybe I was going to throw up.
What if I threw up on the hot British boy?
What if I threw up on the hot British boy DURING SEX?”

- Losing It

“It wasn’t until I’d walked halfway across the parking lot that I realized:
1. I wasn’t wearing shoes.
    A. Or a shirt.
2. I didn’t bring my keys                      
   A. Or anything really.
3. I’d just left a complete stranger in my apartment.                      
   A. Naked.

Whoever said one-night stands were supposed to be simple with no strings attached had clearly never met the disaster that was me.”

-Losing It 


Giveaway


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cover Reveal: Every Never After


Title: Every Never After
Author: Lesley Livingston
Release Date: March 12, 2013


Description:
It's happening again!

Despite their vow to each other at the end of 
Once Every Never, best friends Clare and Allie once more find themselves in trouble—and traveling in time. Indulging in a low-key vacation at Glastonbury Tor, taking part in an archaeological dig while soaking up the sights of summertime England, the girls have promised each other: no time travel shenanigans; no involvement with dangerous Druids or villainous museum thieves; and definitely no weirdness about the fact that Clare is now seriously dating Milo, Allie's super-genius hottie cousin!

But when Allie makes an unexpected discovery at the dig site—a 
skull—the grisly artifact sends her spiraling back in time to a Roman encampment besieged by rampaging Celts. Caught between the Legions and the war band, Allie is rescued from certain death by Marcus, a young Roman soldier with a secret. As she struggles to survive in the past, Clare and Milo race desperately against time in the present to bring Allie home...before she loses her head OR her heart.

My Thoughts:

Lesley Livingston always has some of the best covers and this one is no exception! I haven't read the first book in the series but it's definitely on my TBR list! 

What do you think of the cover??

Review: Fathomless





Title: Fathomless
Author: Jackson Pearce
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Pages: 304








Goodreads Description:

Celia Reynolds is the youngest in a set of triplets and the one with the least valuable power. Anne can see the future, and Jane can see the present, but all Celia can see is the past. And the past seems so insignificant -- until Celia meets Lo.

Lo doesn't know who she is. Or who she was. Once a human, she is now almost entirely a creature of the sea -- a nymph, an ocean girl, a mermaid -- all terms too pretty for the soulless monster she knows she's becoming. Lo clings to shreds of her former self, fighting to remember her past, even as she's tempted to embrace her dark immortality.

When a handsome boy named Jude falls off a pier and into the ocean, Celia and Lo work together to rescue him from the waves. The two form a friendship, but soon they find themselves competing for Jude's affection. Lo wants more than that, though. According to the ocean girls, there's only one way for Lo to earn back her humanity. She must persuade a mortal to love her . . . and steal his soul.


My Thoughts:



Fathomless is the first book I have read by Jackson Pearce, which also makes it the first book in the Fairy Tale Retellings series I have read. Despite this book being the third in the series I don’t think it is necessary to have read the first two. According to other reviewers, the stories do interlock but I was able to understand what was going on without any prior knowledge.

I must say that I enjoyed this book quite a lot. I loved watching Celia grow as a character and become her own person. In the beginning Celia is only identified as being one of the triplets. However, it is obvious that she is not satisfied being that. She wants more from life and she finds it in Lo. Celia always felt like her gift was useless and has always been overshadowed by her sister’s ability. Once Lo shows up, all that changes.

I went back and forth between liking Lo and disliking her. Watching Lo was almost like having a split personality. One minute she was Lo and the other she was Nadia. The most difficult part of this was figuring out which was good and which was bad and then watching to see which side would ultimately win.

Jude was your typical good guy. He seemed genuinely nice but I did struggle with why he liked Celia. It’s not that Celia wasn’t a great girl because she was; it’s just that I was worried that he did fall for her because she saved him.

The story moved at a great pace. It easily kept me engaged and flipping the pages. I felt the twists and turns in this novel were great and weren’t the type you could see coming a mile away.

In the end, I really enjoyed Fathomless and can’t wait to read more of Jackson Pearce’s books. I already own Sisters Red and hope to read it very soon!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Event Alert: Jamie Manning Signing

Hey Y'all!

I just wanted to take a minute and let everyone know about an event that is happening this Saturday in Foley, AL. Jamie Manning, author of Blood Born, will be signing at The Book Exchange in Foley, AL from 1-3 this Saturday (October 20).

Jamie is a local author. He's actually from the same town that I am. How cool is that? I am actually reading his book right now and am really enjoying it! It's a book I've been meaning to read for a while but it had gotten buried in my TBR pile. I should be finished before the event on Saturday. Yay!

Anyways, if you live in the area please be sure to stop by and say hello to Jamie and maybe buy his book? I am planning on attending as long as nothing comes up so maybe you'll get a chance to say hello to me too! :)

Here's a picture of me and Jamie at the Fierce Reads signing a few months ago so you'll know who to be on the lookout for! lol.



And here's the cover and description for his book!


Goodreads Description:

Waking up in a coffin hungry for blood is only the beginning for sixteen year old Ava Blue. When Chance Caldon, the hottie who dug her up, tells her that's she half vampire Ava's world really turns upside down. Half vamp? Ava can't believe it.... She doesn't even know that that means! Not until Aldric, a thousand-year-old vampire shows up and tells her it's true- and that he's the one who turned her. Then Ava truly begins to believe what she is. Now, she has to deal with a sudden and powerful bloodlust, the desire to see Aldric dead and her growing crush for Chance. Ava knows she's a monster nos, she can feel it and her life is over. But redemption isn't lost. Aldric is giving her a chance to regain her humanity. The price? Kill a hundred vampires or remain a bloodsucker forever. So Ava sets out to get her life back. But killing vampires begins a battle that could destroy everything she is working toward. In the end Ava's decisions will forever change her life and the lives of those she loves. 

Hope to see you there!!



Waiting on Wednesday (18)





Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.




Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Expected Publication:  April 23, 2013
Why I'm Waiting: I loved The Selection!! It was one of my favorite books of the year and I can't wait to see what happens next!

 
Goodreads Description:

The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestsellerThe Selection.

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

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