Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Silver Shadows









Title: Silver Shadows
Author:  Richelle Mead
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Pages: 419
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Razorbill

Rating: 5 Cows








Goodreads Description:

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .


Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.




It's no secret that Adrian is my #1 fictional boyfriend. Honestly, it could be a book about Adrian learning how to knit socks and I would read it. But as interesting as that would be I am happy that Richelle Mead decided to go in a different direction and I'm just talking about the idea of Adrian knitting socks. Silver Shadows is different than the previous books in this series. The plot, the setting, and the characters are all a little different.

The setting in Silver Shadows changes pretty dramatically. Sydney is away at "Alchemist Reform School" which is putting it mildly and Adrian is kind of all over the place. So while in previous books most of the story takes place at the school in Palm Springs, most of Silver Shadows takes place in an unknown location (Sydney) or here, there and everywhere (Adrian). This has a definite impact on the plot in this novel. Even though all of the books have been about Sydney and Adrian, I feel like the others were very central to the story in previous books. It reminds me a lot of Blood Promise when Rose leaves the academy to go find and kill Dmitri.  

Jill, Eddie, Angeline and Trey aren't around as much. They are there at the beginning and the end but are missing for a pretty big chunk in the middle. This means new characters and maybe some appearances of characters we loved in VA!! I enjoyed getting to know the new characters and think there's still a lot of their story to be told and was pleasantly surprised to see some old favorites!

Adrian, Adrian, Adrian. I would think after this many books that he wouldn't be able to surprise me. Yet, he did and in a good way. I loved him in this book! I must admit I was worried about Sydney after the end of The Fiery Heart but I have to admit that she surprised me. She was stronger than I thought she was!

Silver Shadows is an excellent book and that fans of the series will love. If you're an Adrian lover, prepare yourself to be surprised! 







Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (52)



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






Title: The Start of Me and You
Author: Emery Lord
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: March 31, 2015

Goodreads Description:

Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for a year, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.


Why I'm Waiting: This book sounds really, really good. I have been reading a lot of contemporary books these days and this is one I will definitely be reading in the future!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (61)


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!


1. Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers- This one has just gotten on my radar in the last few months or so and I really want to read this series!

2. & 3. Tarnish and Gilt by Katherine Longshore- I read and loved Brazen a while back so obviously I want to read the rest of the series!

4. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira- This book sounds so good! 

5. The Unbound by Victoria Schwab- I loved The Archived when I read it and meant to order The Unbountd when it first came out but never did. Still want to read it thought!

6. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan- Okay, so technically the only reason I don't own this book yet is because it isn't out yet but I am dying to read this book!

7. The Geography of Me and You by Jennifer E. Smith- I love Jennifer's books! They are so cute and adorable!

8. The Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine- The Morganville Vampires is one of my favorite vampires series so I am curious to read something by Rachel that isn't about vampires!

And that's all I can think of right now!!

What books made your top ten??


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Movie Review: The Giver





Last night, childhood me was doing backflips. Not only did I get to see a trailer for a movie based on a book I loved as a young child (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day), but also, was able to see one of my favorite books as a pre-teen.

Before The Hunger Games, Delirium, and Divergent, there was The Giver. Before Katniss volunteered as tribute and sparked a revolution, Jonas was the revolution. Before Tris chose Dauntless, Jonas saw a colorless world with specks of color. Before Lena realized that love wasn't a disease, Jonas risked it all because he understood that love and warmth are worth fighting for.

I am always a bit apprehensive when it comes to watching a movie adaptation for a book I loved, that way I will be pleasantly surprised if I like it. With The Giver, I had nothing to worry about. I feel that The Giver was excellently done. I loved how they did the memories. The good ones were this montage of all the good things we have in the world that we so often take for granted. As some of them played I got chills. The bad ones were tended to be a little longer and more in depth. While they weren't even close to the worse things we have seen in this world, they were powerful. It wasn't so much what they showed, but rather, how Jonas reacted to them. He couldn't understand why someone would do that. I felt that Jonas's reaction was a way of showing how desensitized we have become.

As far as the performances went, I LOVED Jeff Bridges. He was excellent. Meryl Streep is as always wonderful. Brenton Thwaites did a great job as Jonas. As a whole, I thought the casting was done very well.

The way they showed the movie in partial black and white and then slowly introduced color was genius. I think it provided a great contrast for what life is like without emotions and what it is with them. People want world peace but the reality of it is as long as we have the ability to love, we will also have the ability to hate.

I am so glad that they finally made The Giver into a movie. I still have two books in the series to read and seeing the movie has definitely made me want to pick them up.






Friday, August 22, 2014

Review: Breathe, Annie, Breathe











Title
: Breathe, Annie, Breathe
Author:  Miranda Kenneally
Release Date: July 15, 2014
Pages: 306
Format: eARC
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Rating: 4 Cows








Goodreads Description:

Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

"Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet." — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You




It's been a while since I had read a Miranda Kenneally book and I honestly have no idea why! I read Catching Jordan way back when and really enjoyed it then I bought Stealing Parker and for whatever reason it is still sitting on my bookshelf unread. I really and truly don't know why! When I saw Breathe, Annie, Breathe up on Netgalley I decided that it was time to end my Miranda Kenneally drought and as luck would have it I was approved! 

I can relate to Annie. She hates to run. As, do I, Annie. As. Do. I. I have always thought that those people that run marathons are simply out of their minds. WHO WANTS TO RUN 26 MILES? No, seriously, who wants to run that far?? You have to be a little out there to want to do something like that. Still, Annie decides to train to run a marathon. Her decision to do something she hates is because she feels it's the perfect way to honor someone she loved. I loved Annie for that but more than that I had mad respect for the girl. I'm not sure I could have done it no matter the reason.

Jeremiah is the guy every girl secretly wants. The boy with a bad reputation but a kind heart. Every girl wants to be the girl that changes the guy, the one he decides to stick with and for Jeremiah, Annie is that girl. The only problem is whether Annie can let him in. 

I enjoyed seeing the ups and downs of Annie and Jeremiah's relationship. They are both dealing with issues that they would rather not talk about but as the novel progresses we do get to see what they are dealing with a little better. While there was one part of the book that I didn't like about their relationship, I still liked it overall.

I loved that you get to see glimpses of old characters, even if they are small! It had been so long since I had read Catching Jordan I had to think about how exactly some of the characters were. 

Breathe, Annie, Breathe is a thought provoking book that will pull at your heartstrings. While primarily a story about love and loss, Breathe, Annie, Breathe, is also full of intrigue. Readers will be anxious to find out all the details of both Annie and Jeremiah's past. A great read!!






Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (51)


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









Title: Transcendent
Author: Lesley Livingston
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: December 23, 2014









Goodreads Description:

LOVE CONQUERS

On a storm-swept terrace high above the streets of Manhattan, Mason Starling holds the fate of the world in her hands as her beloved Fennrys lies bleeding at her feet, his life hanging in the balance. The ancient Norse prophecy of Ragnarok stands poised on the knife edge of fulfillment. Mason’s transformation into a Valkyrie—a chooser of the slain and the one who will ultimately bring about the end of the world—is complete. Still, she remains determined to thwart her father’s apocalyptic desires. Whatever is to come, it won’t happen because of what the prophecy foretold, or what Gunnar Starling has planned, or what the fates have already decided. What happens next will be up to Mason and the Fennrys Wolf. The world had better hope they haven’t reached the limits of what their souls and swords can survive.

Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, and set in the same universe as Lesley Livingston’s much-loved WONDROUS STRANGE trilogy, with roots in Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian, and Celtic myths and legends, this thrilling conclusion to the acclaimed Starling trilogy is filled to the hilt with sweeping adventure and soaring romance.

Why I'm Waiting: Lesley Livingston is one of my favorite authors and I have enjoyed all of her books in this series and her Wondrous Strange series. I can't wait to find out Mason and Fenn's fate!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dirty Little Misery Blog Tour: Spotlight

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Welcome to the official blog tour for DIRTY LITTLE MISERY (Miss Misery #2) by Tracey Martin.


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SYNOPSIS:

Dirty Little Misery
Miss Misery #2
Author: Tracy Martin
Release Date: August 12th, 2014
Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Lust can be downright lethal.

Thanks to her freakish, satyr-like power, Jessica Moore was denied her dream to join the Gryphons, the magical law-enforcement officers protecting humanity from the pred races. But after the Gryphons tried to arrest her for murders she didn’t commit, Jess is no longer interested. Too bad—they are.

Now that they know what she can do, they want Jess on their side. If she doesn’t agree to help them solve a new case, they’ll charge her with every magical crime she’s ever committed.

Nine people are dead. The cause? Exhaustion. The activity? Never-ending sex. Someone sold them tainted F, an illegal aphrodisiac made by satyrs. No surprise, Jess’s satyr allies aren’t pleased with her investigation. Worse, it strains her tenuous relationship with Lucen, the one satyr she counts as a friend.

As Jess delves into the shady satyr business world, she unravels a scheme more sinister than dirty drugs—and her relationship with Lucen unravels right along with it. Only the truth will save their friendship. But not before it turns Jess into an ambitious killer’s next target.

Warning: Contains blackmail, betrayal, and sex that’s literally to die for. Plus plenty of bad stiff jokes to go with it. Remember, just say no to magical drugs.

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About The Author

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Tracey Martin grew up outside of Philadelphia, the lucky recipient of a drama-free childhood, which is why she spent so much time reading about other people’s lives. It was while she was working on her doctorate in psychology that she had an epiphany–imaginary people are way more fun than real ones. And so she began writing. Never able to choose just one of anything, she currently writes both urban fantasy for adults and contemporary stories for teens.


She likes her coffee simple, her music epic, and her movies to contain explosions. A city girl at heart, she doesn't understand how she and her husband ended up living in New Hampshire, but writing keeps her off the mean, small town streets.

Media: tracey-martin.com, @TA-Martin



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Grand Prize winner will get a gryphon necklace, their choice of a $15 gift card form B&N or Amazon and an eBook Choice from the Miss Misery Series. (Open to US Only)

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Review: Dangerous Boys










Title
: Dangerous Boys
Author:  Abigail Haas
Release Date: August 14, 2014
Pages: 228
Format: eARC
Publisher: Self/Simon and Schuster UK
Rating: 4 Cows








Goodreads Description:

Three teens venture into the abandoned Monroe estate one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder?

Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces...






Last year, I was on the blog tour for Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas and absolutely LOVED it!  I had no idea that Dangerous Boys existed until a few weeks ago but once I found out I knew that I had to read it! While my love for Dangerous Girls will always be just a little bit more, I definitely have plenty of love for Dangerous Boys.

Dangerous Boys and Dangerous Girls are alike but also very different. There are some similarities in the plot elements (i.e. suspense, a possible unreliable narrator, and  of course the shock factor). However, that being said the plot is very different and Dangerous Boys has a completely new cast of characters.

Dangerous Boys focuses on two brothers: Ethan and Oliver, and Chloe. The book begins at the ending which I loved! I thought it added even more mystery and suspense. You know how the story ends but you don't know how it got there. I think that this draws you even more. This book is a very character driven book and focuses a lot on character development. A lot of the mystery of the book is figuring out how three seemingly normal people get to that end point. Why does one of them end up dead? Which one of the brothers dies? It's a mystery and the outcome wasn't one that I could have predicted.

The thing I love about Haas's books is her ability to make you question everything. Most of the time, I trust my narrators. I know that the way they see things may sometimes be a little off but that for the most part they are doing their to tell the story how it happened or is happening. With Haas's books, that goes out the window, you can never be sure if what you are being told is completely true, half true or untrue. This is what I experienced with Chloe. I couldn't ever figure out if she could be trusted or not and it wasn't until the very end that everything made sense and pulled together.

The one thing that held me back from giving Dangerous Boys a 5 out of 5 review is that it didn't shock me as much as I had hoped. This is partly due to just how shocked I was with Dangerous Girls. Honestly, there's no topping that one! Still, I enjoyed Dangerous Boys very much and highly recommned it. Also, if you haven't for whatever reason read Dangerous Girls, you need to. It will blow your mind. Seriously!





Thursday, August 14, 2014

Out Today: Dangerous Boys



Out Now!

August 14th, 2014

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas


Three teens venture into the abandoned lake house one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense?

Or murder? 

Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces…

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Early Praise

Dangerous Boys is a taut, compelling thriller balanced on the razor's edge of suspense. I could not put it down, and could not stop grinning wickedly as I raced through the pages." -- Leah Raeder, USA Today bestselling author of Unteachable

"Abigail Hass is a master at her craft! This is a special book and a special author. This is the kind of storytelling and writing that stick with you no matter how much time passes." -- The Book Geek Blog

"As with Dangerous Girls, the closing left me with a huge, admittedly rather twisted smile on my face. I don't know how Haas manages to turn me into such a gleefully evil creature." -- Dahlia Adler, blogger.

"Dangerous Boys was an intense, psychological read which was full of suspense and drama,...Abigail Haas has a way of writing books which reel you in and keep you there, hooked and addicted until the very last page." -- Goodreads.com

About Abigail Haas

Abigail Haas has written two adult novels and four young adult contemporary novels under the name Abby McDonald. Dangerous Girls is her first young adult thriller. She grew up in Sussex, England, and studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University. She lives in Los Angeles.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (50)





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










Title: I Was Here
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Release Date: January 27, 2015









Goodreads Description:

Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.


I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

Why I'm Waiting: Gayle is an amazing author and I have loved all of her books. This week's events have me even more anxious to read this book on a subject that I am grappling to understand.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (60)


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!

1. & 2. The Lost Saint and The Savage Grace by Bree Despain- I read The Dark Divine several year ago and enjoyed it. When The Lost Saint came out I bought it but never got around to reading it. Same with The Savage Grace. Now, it's been years and I have pretty much no clue what happened in The Dark Divine and am doubting if I'll ever read them. The sad part is I have them signed and personalized to me so I can't even give them away.

3. & 4. The Goddess Test and Goddess Interrupted by Amiee Carter- I think I won both of these in a giveaway a long time ago. I may have bought The Goddess Test but I can't remember for sure. I really wanted to read them but with the amount of new books I get all the time I wonder if I'll get to them.

5. The Lullaby by Amanda Hocking- I really don't know why I bought this book because I honestly didn't care for the first book that much. I think it was because I had a coupon to my semi-local indie bookstore and they had a signed copy of it. Who can pass up a signed copy?

6. & 7. The Vincent Brothers and The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines- Okay, I know what I am about to say goes against the majority but I really dislike Abbi Glines books. I have read two, Fallen Too Far and Never Too Far and to be honest they made me angry. I didn't even review them because I try to not to be too harsh in reviews and I didn't think I could do that with those books. The worst part is that Abbi is actually from the same area as me and I met her on several occassions. I got all four of the books I mentioned signed at a signing (again to me). I think Abbi is sweet but I don't plan on reading any more of her books.

8. & 9. White Cat and Red Glove by Holly Black- I bought the first book at Booksamillion in their bargain section and the second I won. I heard so many great things about Holly Black and was really excited about them. I may eventually get to them but things aren't looking good for them.

10. An Bundance of Katherines by John Green- I read The Fault in our Stars and Looking for Alaska and they were okay but I'm just not sure John Green's books are for me. Personally, I think John Green is awesome, I'm just not crazy about his books. 

So there's my To Read or Not to Read list, what's on yours?





Monday, August 11, 2014

Audio Review: Noggin







Title: Noggin
Author:  John Corey Whaley
Release Date: April 8, 2014
Pages: 368
Format: Audio
Publisher: Athenuem Books for Young Readers
Rating: 4 Cows








Goodreads Description:

Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.

Now he’s alive again.

Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.

Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.


Oh well, you only live twice.




At first glance, Noggin, seems like your run of the mill sci-fi novel. However, after reading it I can say that is not the case. Noggin is much more than a sci-fi. Honestly, there's really not that much sci-fi in it. Sure, the main character gets his head chopped off and frozen then is brought back to life with a new body but other than that not much.

The real issue Noggin deals with is how do you move forward with your life when you wake up one day and find that all the rules have changed? More than that when all the players have changed? You feel the same. You simply fell asleep but when you wake up five years has passed, not enough time for everyone to completely move on but just enough to feel like things are just outside your grasp. That is what happened to Travis Coates.

Travis was a likeable character with a few somewhat annoying characteristics. He was beyond a shadow of a doubt a good guy. It is clear from the get go that he was a great boyfriend, best friend and son. However, once he comes back to life, things are different. Travis is still a good guy but he doens't know how to act. He wants things to be the way they were before and doesn't realize why they can't. I sympathized with Travis to an extent but he did get on my nerves a few times. He was at times immature, especially when it came to Cate. He would claim that he understood he could just be her friend to Cate but was constantly plotting ways to get back with her. I liked Travis and Kyle's friendship. I love that Travis doesn't care that Kyle is gay and tries to show Kyle that it's okay to be who he is. Sure, Travis doesn't always go the right way about it but it's clear he means well.

Hatton is quite possibly the most interesting character in the book. I loved his carefree attitude and how he immediately reached out to Travis. He was a great friend and always stepped up to do whatever he could to help Travis.

Cate was a character I was on the fence about. I liked her in the flashbacks of Travis and her relationship but I couldn't quite figure the older Cate out. No doubt she was going through a difficult situation with the boyfriend she had mourned suddenly coming back after she becomes engaged but I found it difficult to know what she really wanted. She told Travis repeatedly that she could just be his friend but sometimes she did give Travis mixed signals.

I loved the audiobook of Noggin. I loved the narrator, Kirby Heyborne. It's the same guy that read Josh Bennett in The Sea of Tranquility. The only problem I had was that sometimes I forgot that it wasn't Josh Bennett.

Noggin is a very character driven story. There isn't a ton of action. It's more of a story about self-discovery, friendship and family. What Travis experienced isn't much different than what we all experience. We all like for things to stay the same but that's not reality. One day we wake up and everything is different. The only difference between us and Travis is that our happens gradually but his happened all at once.





Thursday, August 7, 2014

That Awkward Thursday (24) Technology Withdrawals


That Awkward Thursday is a feature hosted by Wholly Books where it's not only okay but encouraged to share your awkward moments! 


Okay, so before I get to this week's That Awkward Thursday post I would like to point out as I was looking to see what number this post should be I realized that several times I forgot to put in a number, once skipped a number and once I posted the same number twice. So while this post is titled That Awkward Thursday (24) I think it's safe to say that it could actually be anywhere from post 22-28. BUT for simpilicty's sake, we are going to say that this is post 24.

Now, that I have given you that meaninless, awkward tidbit let's move on!

You may have noticed last week that I didn't post anything. I was on vacation and fully intended to post while there. For the first four nights, we stayed at a cabin in the mountains. On the website, it said that wifi was included. However, upon arriving, I realized that was not the case. I checked the website just to make sure that I had read correctly and I had. I didn't make a big fuss about it because 1) the lady was super nice 2) I'm not one to complain to begin with 3) we got a really great deal on the cabin and 4) even if I had complained I'm pretty sure there wouldn't have been time to install it before we left.

I spent four days with no internet and spotty cell phone service. To make matters worse, my phone is possessed. No seriously, it's insane. It randomly starts typing gibberish, calls people, mutes and unmutes itself while I'm on the phone, clicks on random stories on facebook, opens the window for me to post a picture on instagram, takes screenshots of itself, I could go on and on and on and on. Apple, I swear once I get a new phone I will never leave you again!! The icing on the cake was the fact that I also managed to leave my kindle at home. (sigh)

I think it's safe to say that I took a vacation from technology and I didn't hate it. Sure, I missed social media but it was nice to spend time with my family. We got to do a lot of fun stuff and enjoy nature. We went white water rafting, visited this really awesome natural slide called Slide Rock, toured Biltmore Estate, went to the Billy Graham Library, and saw elk and a bear in the wild! The second half of our vacation our hotel did have wifi but I still didn't use it too much, probably because I was exhausted!

Now, you are probably sayin to yourself, "Ashley, where is the awkwardness in this post?" You mean besides my crazy, awkward, possessed phone? I hear ya, I hear ya. I'm getting to it. Pay close attention now....

Nowadays, we spend so much time caught up into technology. We are constantly on the internet, social media, our kindle/tablet/ect. We think that these are things that we can't live without. We almost have a panic attack when we have to go without them. I seriously spent an hour trying to figure out if we had internet in the cabin. I searched the cabin for a wireless router, kept rechecking the wireless networks available, everything I could think of.  I acted like a crazy person and for what? Because I couldn't update my facebook status, post on my blog, read a book? Okay, maybe that last one is reason for a panic attack.

I'm not saying we should all give up technology. I LOVE technology. All I'm saying is that going a week without it isn't cause for a panic attack. So if you find yourself without technology: take a deep breath and relax. Everything's going to be alright.




Wednesday, August 6, 2014

IndieGoGo for Frostbite Movie with Giveaway!!

You may or may not have heard that there is an IndieGoGo campaign going on to help fund Frostbite, the second movie in the Vampire Academy series. While I didn't love the Vampire Academy movie, I did like it and am dying to see Adrian on screen. He makes the books! You can read my review of the movie and why I think Adrian alone is reason enough to support a second movie here.

Below, is the link to the campaign page. There you will be able to watch a video about the campaign, see the perks being offered and donate!!




Needless to say I will be supporting the movie (I mean really, how could I not?)! While I would love to go to the set and be an extra, the fact that I would have to fund my travel expenses and that I don't have $10,000 lying around to buy that perk means that I will have to be contributing something a lot more feasible. Since my contribution alone won't fund the project I am going to do something else to help offer incentive to fund this project! That means giveaway time!!

For each level, I will offer additional entries to the giveaway. To make sure everyone is honest, the winner will have to provide proof that they actually donated the amount that they said they did by forwarding me a copy of the email confirmation from IndieGoGo for the donation. 

What am I giving away? A copy of any of Richelle's Vampire Academy/Bloodlines books. This includes the recently released Silver Shadows. I haven't even bought my own copy of it yet!! This giveaway is International as long as the Book Depository ships to you!!!

So donate then enter the giveaway below!! Good luck!!




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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (59)



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!


Top Ten Books I Would Recommend to People that haven't Read YA

I know, I know. I'm taking the easy route on this one. In my defense, I couldn't really think of a different subject matter/author that I would be able to get a list of ten books. I probably could have gotten ten paranormal books but paranormal is a little tricky. I feel like you either like it or you don't. Sure, there are some paranormal books that I think would appeal to a wide audience (a few will be on the upcoming list) but just not enough. Whereas, with YA in general I think there are lots of books that could appeal to all readers. Plus, this is a YA blog so it does make sense! :)

1. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas- This book is ah-mazing! I can't say enough good things about it. It is full of suspense and intrigue! The plot is fast paced and the characters are extremely well developed!

2. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein- I think this book would appeal to just about anyone. I honestly can't picture someone reading this book and not loving it. A great historical YA book!

3. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein- Again, I think this book would appeal to just about anyone. Apparently, Wein excels at creating books that will be universally loved!

4. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay- This book simply put is a beautiful story. One of my favorites! Side note: highly recommend the audio!!

5. Vampire Academy (series) by Richelle Mead- Please, please, PLEASE don't judge by the movie! While I didn't hate the movie, I didn't especially love it and I don't think it portrayed the book well at all. Plus, the second book has something that the first book doesn't: Adrian. ***Swoon*** My advice stick it out through the first book if for no other reason than to meet Adrian. You're welcome! :)

6. Pretty much anything by Kasie West- Loved Pivot Point and Split Second and I don't see how anyone could not love either of those. Also, The Distance Between Us was so cute. Love Kasie West!!

7. Poison Princess by Kresley Cole- I know there are a lot of people out there that love her adult books and despite the fact that I haven't read them I think fans of her adult books will love her YA books. Side note: love the audio version!!

8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (series)- I know pretty much everyone has read or at the very least seen the movie. This books are just so good and have such a strong and powerful message!

9. Just One Day by Gayle Forman- This book really resonated with me. I probably related to Allyson more than any character I have ever read. She is/was me! 

10. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor- This was a difficult choice. I love this book. I love Taylor's writing style and the way her words so beautifully fit together. Yet, I'm still not sure I could recommend it to everyone. Still, I love it so much I think I would recommend it anyway! 


There's my list, y'all! Who made your list?







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