Monday, January 31, 2011

Legacy (Ganzfield, #3) by Kate Kaynak

Title: Legacy (Ganzfield, #3)
Author: Kate Kaynak
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Paperback, 278 pages
Date Published: January 28, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads)
Maddie has more problems than the average seventeen-year-old: 

A psychotic killer with superpowers wants her dead. 

A serious medical issue makes a "normal" life impossible for her. 

And she's about to be introduced to Trevor's grandparents. 

Guess which one freaks her out the most? The Ganzfield series continues in this third installment.
*Contains spoilers from Minder and Adversary (Books #1 & #2)*

Legacy picks up with Maddie just barely escaping the grasp of Isaiah and learning that her connection with Trevor runs much deeper than even they thought. The two are back at Ganzfield, minus several friends who lost their lives in the last battle, but with more new residents in their stead. Isaiah is still out there, still hunting down other G-positives, and the Ganzfield crew won’t stand for his murder. They devise a plan to draw Isaiah out once and for all, but nothing ever really goes according to plan and a few deaths are almost expected….but is a birth?

Kate Kaynak gets better with each book and I can easily say that Legacy is my favorite in the series thus far. It is a bit slower than the rapid craziness that was Adversary, but I enjoyed getting to know the characters more. Trevor’s family life is interesting and seeing how he fits into it really adds some depth to him. His grandfather Archer is so sweet and I love how he holds on to the idea that he may be more than just a regular guy.

The new characters that pop up around Ganzfield are fun to get to know as well. Maddie’s relationship with Rachel becomes more of a true friendship and I have to say her minder girl-talk with Ann cracked me up. As did many of Maddie’s jokes…New Jersey once again becomes a punch-line. But at the center of it are Maddie and Trevor. Their love story still holds strong in this one, but a little wrench gets thrown in. I can’t lie, I like a little tension, but the way they handle it all just makes me smile. Their love story is one that I can really get behind.

Legacy is on wild ride with new characters, unexpected twists, and that evil guy Isaiah still wreaking havoc. If you’re looking for some great character growth (along with some snarky Maddie) then Legacy aims to please. Be prepared though, it can be upsetting. A little death, a little anger, and a lot of me wanting to slap a few different girls for various reasons = great job, Kate! It’s a good thing Accused comes out this year because I really don’t want to wait that long for it.

Opening line: Trevor and I had wanted to wait until dark to steal the car, but that would’ve been too late. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines: Where could we get a nun’s habit? I’d never enjoyed the voyeuristic aspect of telepathy – having a front-row seat to other people’s sex fantasies made my stomach clench. Most of the time, it was just…gross. Not to mention poorly lit, with bad acting and stilted dialogue. ~ pgs. 31-32
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 
 
Find Kate Kaynak online:

Buy it online:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books A Million | The Book Depository

And for those of you who have never seen the trailer for MINDER:

Kate Kaynak - Legacy Launch Party

First off, I suck. I neglected to bring a camera so no awesome launch party pictures to share :(
On to the event:
Legacy, book #3 of the Ganzfield series, was released January 28th and Kate had a nice little launch party the night before at Gibson's Bookstore in Concord, NH. I was able to attend and finally meet Kate (who is a lovely person and so sweet - she brought brownies for everyone!)

Kate started by reading from Legacy - she does a great live reading. I love how she really puts the perfect inflection into her voice for it.
I didn’t take any specific notes, but here’s a little recap of the tidbits I learned there:
  • Trevor is loosely based on Kate's husband and Maddie has a lot of Kate in her
  • The book cover silhouettes are actual people – Isaiah's profile on the cover for Adversary is Kate's husband
  • Kate’s brother works in Hollywood - he did the book trailer 
  • A local Concord band did the music for the trailer – they just signed a major record deal.
  • Kate’s considering making a film treatment for the series
  • She thinks Steven R. McQueen would be perfect for Trevor
  • Created detailed personal profiles for all her characters
  • Says there will be a New Jersey joke in every single book
  • 6 books are planned for the series, Accused comes out later this year. I learned the titles for the remaining book and the possible Seth book, but I'm not sure if Kate's revealed that, so I'll refrain from revealing them here.
  • Kate had written drafts of the first 4 books prior to Minder coming out
  • Kate talked about other YA books and how mind-reading is relatively common – compared the Ganzfield books to Twilight and the Sookie Stackhouse series – how those characters fall in love with the people who cannot hear their thoughts and she liked it the opposite. Trevor is really this pure guy because he is someone whose thoughts Maddie can stand to hear all the time and he’s someone who doesn’t mind that she can hear all his thoughts.
  • Says she uses psychology to develop her characters – what drives them determines exactly who they are
  • There is a new power in book 5
  • Kate couldn’t speak any more highly of fellow Spencer Hill author, Jennifer Armentrout  - Half-Blood releases in September. Kate also mentioned a ghost story about a mental hospital patient that isn’t crazy, but really sees ghosts – this is from an author who may be coming to Spencer Hill.
  • After the Ganzfield series, Kate has a college story about a girl at Yale with a paranormal twist.
  • Spencer Hill Press (and Kate) will be at BEA this year. They'll be giving out tote bags as swag. I am so hoping to make it out for BEA - even more so now that I'd have a cool author to hang out with.
My review for Legacy will be up later on today

Saturday, January 29, 2011

- CLOSED - January - Dazzling Debuts Giveaway

January is coming to a close and the first month of Dazzling Debuts was very successful and fun. Here's the first chance of many to win some Dazzling Debut books and swag!

Similar contests will be going on throughout the year, so this is a great chance to win some books that are on your list for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge.
Prize pack includes:  
(BOOK) The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson, a Latte Rebellion bookmark and sticky notes
Class of 2K11 postcard, bookmark, and sticker
  Across the Universe SIGNED bookmark + SIGNED sticker, along with pin and card.

Details:
Normal contest rules apply
Open to US/Canada
Ends February 10th

Giveaway has ended

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

Title: The Latte Rebellion
Author: Sarah Jamila Stevenson
Publisher: Flux
Paperback, 326 pages
Date Published: January 8, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads): 
Our philosophy is simple: Promote a latte-colored world! —from the Latte Rebellion Manifesto

When high school senior Asha Jamison gets called a "towel head" at a pool party, the racist insult gives Asha and her best friend Carey a great money-making idea for a post-graduation trip. They'll sell T-shirts promoting the Latte Rebellion, a club that raises awareness of mixed-race students.

Seemingly overnight, their "cause" goes viral and the T-shirts become a nationwide fad. As new chapters spring up from coast to coast, Asha realizes that her simple marketing plan has taken on a life of its own-and it's starting to ruin hers. Asha's once-stellar grades begin to slip, threatening her Ivy League dreams, and her friendship with Carey is hanging by a thread. And when the peaceful underground movement turns militant, Asha's school launches a disciplinary hearing.Facing expulsion, Asha must decide how much she's willing to risk for something she truly believes in.
***

"Get ready to start your own rebellion after gulping down Sarah Stevenson's deftly written, multi-layered story about growing a voice, growing apart, and most of all, growing up girl." —JUSTINA CHEN, AUTHOR OF NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL
When Asha, a soon-to-be senior, gets called a towel head at the local community pool because she is: A) part Indian and B) has a beach towel on her head, she realizes the inequities that continue to abound in her world. On a whim and a joke, Asha and her best friend Carey conspire to create t-shirts to sell with The Latte Rebellion printed on them. The girls love lattes and joke that they themselves are lattes – the more ingredients, the better! Their money-making venture spins out of control and becomes an actual movement; a movement that Asha cares about, but not everyone has the same opinion.

The Latte Rebellion starts off slow, much like any grassroots group would. I enjoyed getting to know Asha and her family, and seeing how the Rebellion grew from being just a way to make some cash for a post-graduation vacation, into a movement that not only ignited the minds of others, but transformed Asha as well. The issues of race and inequality are tackled seriously, but never in a way that makes The Latte Rebellion an ‘issues’ book. Asha becomes the de facto leader of something that is so much bigger than her. And even though it gets out of control and it becomes too much for her to handle, living through that, growing through that, allows her to figure out who she is and who she can be.

Sarah Jamila Stevenson’s writing is realistic and fun. Each character brings something to the story, good or bad. I couldn’t help but be drawn to Asha’s sudden passion for the Rebellion and the realization that a single idea can wield so much power. Miranda’s go get-em’ attitude and overall awesomeness made me love her. Even the characters who I disliked contributed to the story and Asha’s growth.

One of my favorite aspects of the book is how it tells the story about how the Rebellion gets built up, but opens each chapter with snippets of its aftermath and the disciplinary hearing that results from some momentous occurrence. Throughout the book, the Rebellion becomes this tangible movement. Sarah’s propaganda drawings help to pull the Rebellion together and really make it feel like a real movement and I loved the code names Asha and her friends use.

The Latte Rebellion
is a different kind of contemporary story that explores what it means to be proud of who you are and how to be that person in the midst of something so huge, with such polarizing sides. The book made me want to join in the movement, go to the rallies, and fight for what I believe in. It also left me smiling, and if a book can do that, it can’t be a bad thing.

Opening line: The jeering male voice came from somewhere behind me, waking me up from a heatstroke-induced doze. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines:
What mattered was that people believed in the Rebellion, and if enough people believed, then we, like Thad and Greg with their clinic, might actually be able to change the world. ~ pg. 230
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Think About It Thursday (10): No Name-Calling Week Edition

Image used under Creative Commons - Original belongs to Salady

With No Name-Calling Week coming to a close, I wanted to do a little something in honor of it. So, let's talk name-calling. Everyone has experienced and everyone has probably been the one doing the name-calling.

I created this vlog (it's my first ever) and I did something I don't normally do - I talk about myself. Name-calling is such a personal thing, so I figured I'd allow all of your to get to know me a little bit through that. If you'd rather not know anything about me, feel free to skip the video. I'll warn you, it's long. I'm a known rambler.




If you're skipping the video, I'll break it down a bit:
  • The Latte Rebellion is a book that starts with name-calling...I really connected with the story because I know what Asha goes through. I experienced similar feelings.
  • Name-calling happens all the time, everyday, to every single person. I was no exception
  • We need to do something to put a stop to the hateful words that are constantly thrown around
  • I loved The Latte Rebellion - Review will be up tomorrow
  • Check out my interview with Sarah Jamila Stevenson - author of The Latte Rebellion
  • I'll be giving my copy of the book away. Post should be up soon
If you'd like to share your story about name-calling, feel free. I'll read them all. If you're a teacher/librarian/anyone who deals with children, share how you deal with name-calling and how you put a stop to it.

No Name-Calling Week is all about helping to stop name-calling, so what can we do? What do you do? How do you deal with name-calling? How do you help others who experience name-calling?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Author Interview: Sarah Jamila Stevenson

Sarah Jamila Stevenson is a writer, artist, graphic designer, introvert, closet geek, enthusiastic eater, struggling blogger, lapsed piano player, household-chore-ignorer and occasional world traveler. Her previous lives include spelling bee nerd, suburban Southern California teenager, Berkeley art student, underappreciated temp, and humor columnist for a video game website.

Throughout said lives, she has acquired numerous skills of questionable usefulness, like intaglio printmaking and Welsh language. She lives in Northern California with her husband, who is also an artist, and two cats with astounding sleep-inducing powers.

She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Mills College in Oakland, CA, a post-baccalaureate certificate in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a BA in Art Practice and Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.
*Bio taken from Sarah's site
When did it hit you that you were going to be a published author and other people would be able to walk into a bookstore and buy your book?
Every stage of the publication process brought it further home that I was really and truly going to be a published author, but I don't think it actually hit me until the advance reviews started coming in that this meant *other people* were going to see, and buy, and read my book. And that they already *had* started reading it! Of course, the other major moment when it all became real was when I held the first ARC in my hand. :) It's hard to be in denial at that point.
I can imagine it would be difficult to say, 'no, I didn't really write a whole book,' when you're holding it in your hand.

What were your first thoughts when you saw the cover for The Latte Rebellion?
"OMG my drawings made it onto the cover!!!" Or something like that.

I was absolutely thrilled. I'd had some input in the process, but I had no idea what it was ultimately going to look like until I was sent the cover draft. Lisa Novak did an incredible job, and I'm pleased beyond words that she was able to incorporate some of my interior artwork into the design. It went far beyond my expectations, it doesn't look like anything else out there, and I think it looks amazing.
I love the drawings and the texture of the book - the napkin's roughness and the design in the coffee
 
Is there anything you absolutely need while writing? (Drinks, snacks, music, etc.)
Coffee (or tea, depending on my mood) is usually a must. I love music, but I often need silence to write, especially if I'm having trouble concentrating. And I work out of a home office, so I can find distractions everywhere.

One last thing: bribes. Sometimes I have to bribe myself with tasty treats or promised reading breaks. Sad, but true.
What's wrong with a good bribe? I bribe children all the time, why not bribe yourself?
 
Did you make any character sketches for The Latte Rebellion?
If you mean literal sketches as in drawings--yes. I often do that, especially if I'm having trouble picturing a character. In this case, I also wanted to have cartoons that were part of the book (like on page 117) and "starring" the main characters.

I also do written character sketches, especially in the early drafts when I'm trying to nail down distinctive details and personalities for the characters. Sometimes they're those character questionnaires or lists of telltale traits; other times they're mini-stories written from the different characters' points of view so I can get a handle on voice.
I love the little sketches in the book. They perfectly capture Agent Alpha, Captain Charlie, and Lieutenant Bravo.

If you could live in one book for a day, what would it be?
That's a tough question! It would have to be someplace really cool, really different, and in which I was unlikely to come to grievous bodily harm. So I guess Dragonriders of Pern is out, since I'd probably fall off a dragon and die. The Golden Compass would be pretty awesome, as would Harry Potter.
I'd fall off a dragon too. And even though HP could be dangerous, I want to live in Rowling's world
 
How do you balance writing alongside your art? (Which I think is amazing)
With great difficulty! I have to focus on just a couple of projects at a time if I want to make any significant progress on anything. Lately I've had a lot of freelance writing work as well as the work surrounding my novel, so I've had to be really patient about my artwork. I try to stay in practice by doing as many sketches and drawings as I can, when I can find time and energy. But I have a whole set of art projects I'm hoping to devote some serious time to before too long. If I spend too much time away from the art studio, I start fiending!
Check out Sarah's art at The Deckled Edge
 
Are you currently working on another novel?
I'm working on another YA novel about a girl who develops the power to hear thoughts in the wake of a family tragedy.
Ooh, a paranormal! Sounds interesting

What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?
In early 2010, I got to appear as one of several volunteers on an episode of Mythbusters entitled "No Pain, No Gain." The volunteers had to take a pain tolerance test by submerging a hand in icy water in order to prove that women have a higher pain tolerance than men. (The answer, according to this test: yes.) I even got a couple of lines in the episode. After the pain test, once I was off camera and in the debriefing room, I fainted, which was really embarrassing and has only ever happened to me once before in my life.
MYTHBUSTERS!!! (The excessive use of exclamation points was completely necessary)
 
And the most important question last: What is your favorite kind of cookie?
Do I have to pick just ONE? Hmm. I love both chocolate chip and peanut butter, but snickerdoodles are good, too...Basically anything without walnuts.
Why pick just one? They are all yummy :D

*Photos link back to sources

  Thanks for stopping by and answering the questions, Sarah! I'll be doing a special edition of Think About It Thursday tomorrow that ties into The Latte Rebellion and my review of the book will be up on Friday.

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No Name-Calling Week (January 24-28th)

No Name-Calling Week was inspired by the YA novel The Misfits by James Howe. The book is about four seventh grade friends that are motivated by taunts, jeers, and name-calling to create a political party in their school to fight the inequities they experience and see around them. They don't win in their school's election, but their action prompts a No Name-Calling Day at their school.

This novel and this idea was the launching point for GLSEN and Simon & Schuster's No Name-Calling Week.

My participation in the week, was prompted by the great post by Jessica @ Confessions of a Bookaholic. Her post really explains the week and what we can do to help.

Check out the official No Name-Calling Week website and see what you can do to help.

I'll be posting a Think About It Thursday: No Name-Calling Edition tomorrow - It may even be vlog style, so stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Teaser Tuesday - The Latte Rebellion (1/25/11)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

The Rules:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) or so “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

This week's teaser comes from The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson. Here's a snippet about the Rebellion really taking off:
Now it was more about working for a cause and following it through, do or die.
Even though I missed the old days, I couldn't help feeling a little excited about that. ~ pg. 127
Our philosophy is simple: Promote a latte-colored world! —from the Latte Rebellion Manifesto

When high school senior Asha Jamison gets called a "towel head" at a pool party, the racist insult gives Asha and her best friend Carey a great money-making idea for a post-graduation trip. They'll sell T-shirts promoting the Latte Rebellion, a club that raises awareness of mixed-race students.

Seemingly overnight, their "cause" goes viral and the T-shirts become a nationwide fad. As new chapters spring up from coast to coast, Asha realizes that her simple marketing plan has taken on a life of its own-and it's starting to ruin hers. Asha's once-stellar grades begin to slip, threatening her Ivy League dreams, and her friendship with Carey is hanging by a thread. And when the peaceful underground movement turns militant, Asha's school launches a disciplinary hearing.Facing expulsion, Asha must decide how much she's willing to risk for something she truly believes in.
***

"Get ready to start your own rebellion after gulping down Sarah Stevenson's deftly written, multi-layered story about growing a voice, growing apart, and most of all, growing up girl." —JUSTINA CHEN, AUTHOR OF NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL

*Description taken from Goodreads

Monday, January 24, 2011

Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus

Title: Shadow Hills
Author: Anastasia Hopcus
Publisher: Egmont USA
Hardcover, 388 pages
Date Published: July 13, 2010
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
After her sister Athena's tragic death, it's obvious that grief-stricken Persephone "Phe" Archer no longer belongs in Los Angeles. Hoping to make sense of her sister's sudden demise and the cryptic dreams following it, Phe abandons her bubbly LA life to attend an uptight East Coast preparatory school in Shadow Hills, MA — a school which her sister mysteriously mentioned in her last diary entry before she died.

Once there, Phe quickly realizes that something is deeply amiss in her new town. Not only does Shadow Hills' history boast an unexplained epidemic that decimated hundreds of its citizens in the 1700s, but its modern townies also seem eerily psychic, with the bizarre ability to bend metal. Even Zach — the gorgeous stranger Phe meets and immediately begins to lust after — seems as if he is hiding something serious. Phe is determined to get to the bottom of it. The longer she stays there, the more she suspects that her sister's untimely death and her own destiny are intricately linked to those who reside in Shadow Hills.

Shadow Hills has a new take on paranormal romance and I loved that. Anastasia Hopcus really builds up the history of the town and Devenish Prep, Phe’s new school. The mystery behind the town and its inhabitants is really well-written; it draws the reader in without giving too much away, so I was curious to see exactly where it was going.

The paranormal aspect of Phe’s weird dreams, that she sometimes shares with the gorgeous and mysterious Zach, kept me glued to the page. All the strange powers and gifts that the townies, Zach included, possess made me need to know exactly what was going to happen.

As a character, Phe is pretty much amazing. She’s witty and funny, but also strong. She’s willing to stand up for herself and others. Phe’s snooping reminded me of Veronica Mars and it made for a fun mystery/detective story.

The one thing that I really didn’t like (and most probably won’t agree here) is the romance. I love me a good romance story, I really do. But I am so over two people meeting, instantly having that connection, and falling in love in 0.2 seconds. I want to see more buildup and the romance between Phe and Zach lacks that.

They meet, have some tense ‘I know there’s something strange about you’ conversations, then all of a sudden, Zach throws caution to the wind to break all the rules because he loves Phe and cannot be without her. And clearly, Phe feels exactly the same way. Life would be so much worse if she could not be with this guy she met only a few weeks ago.

Sorry, my rant is over now. But, the romance has its moments. There’s plenty of tension filled scenes that lead to steamy kisses for people to enjoy. And if the romance isn’t your thing, the mystery about Shadow Hills is still there figure out. Not to mention, Hopcus does an exceptional job making the secondary characters interesting and enjoyable to read.

Shadow Hills wasn’t quite what I imagined, but the paranormal, and almost magical (witchy magical) aspects kept me reading. I was just as eager as Phe to figure out exactly who or what the townies were, and why her dreams were so vivid and seemed to all come back to her dead sister. Hopcus does mystery very well and I have a feeling that almost anyone who loves paranormal romance will probably enjoy this one.

Opening line:
I had thought nothing could be worse than what they had already done to me, but I was wrong. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines:
“Exactly. Life isn’t a series of steps you take to get somewhere. It’s everything that happens in between. Or, you know, something like that, but more eloquent and less clich├ęd.” ~ pg. 32
3.5 because of the mystery
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Music Mondays - Matt & Kim (1/24/11)

Music Mondays spotlights a band/artist that I particularly enjoy/have been listening to nonstop.

It's been a while since I've done one of these, but I cannot get "Cameras" by Matt & Kim out of my head. Plus, the video is kinda awesome. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

In My Mailbox - (1/23/11)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is a list of any of the books you may have received in the past week from bookstores, libraries, authors/publishers, trades, etc.

For Review:
The Liar Society ARC by Lisa and Laura Roecker (Thanks Sourcebooks)

Won:
Mad Love ARC (Signed) by Suzanne Selfors (Thanks Books Obsession)
Crescendo (Signed) by Becca Fitzpatrick (Thanks BIR2010 - Fire & Ice)

Bought:
The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

*Special thanks to Sourcebooks, Lisa & Laura Roecker, Ashley @ Books Obsession, Suzanne Selfors, Best I've Read, Fire & Ice, and Becca Fitzpatrick!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison

Title: Here Lies Bridget
Author: Paige Harbison
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
E-ARC, 291 pages
Date Published: January 18, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads): 
Heroine, Bridget Duke, rules her high school, but when she crashes her car and ends up in limbo, she must confront the people she has wronged, all of whom want her to go to hell. The outcome of these meetings will decide her final destination.
I wanted to love Here Lies Bridget, I really did. But it’s a difficult book to love because Bridget, the MC, is an atrocious person. That’s the whole point of the story. Bridget is selfish and self-centered. She treats everyone around her like crap, tearing them down to bring herself up. To her, life is great because she lives in a Bridget bubble – that is until the Bridget bubble pops and she’s forced to acknowledge what a terrible person she is deal with the consequences in a life or death boardroom judgment.

Bridget really reminds me of Regina George with a little Gretchen Weiner thrown in because she is the queen bee, but she is completely oblivious to how she treats other people, believing that her peers actually like and respect her. That’s pretty much where the Mean Girls similarities end though. There are no foot creams on the face or shirts with the boobs cut out; just a disgustingly horrible teenage girl who slips down the social ladder and crashes her car.

100 pages into the book and all the reader really knows is that Bridget is one mean girl. She treats her friends like crap, degrades her stepmom, and uses her power to hurt others. Once Bridget gets in the accident and wakes up in a boardroom full of her peers, things get much better.

When Bridget is in this limbo state, she must literally step into the shoes of some of the people she has wronged and see her actions from their perspective. In doing this, Bridget realizes who she is and how people see her. I even felt sympathy for her, which is surprising considering I loathed her before she nearly died.

Here Lies Bridget is a quick read with A Christmas Carol feel to it. Bridget starts off as such a horrible person, but gradually she grows and her attempt to atone for her mistakes doesn’t leave her with the happy ending she wanted. The story is wrapped up nicely and the character growth/transformation is handled well. While not my favorite book, Here Lies Bridget has a good message behind it.

Opening lines:
I pressed down on the accelerator. It felt good to have power back in my life. ~ pg. 7

Favorite lines: Everything was done. I couldn’t take it back, couldn’t change it. It was way too late to say the two words that could have saved me if I’d just meant them sooner.
    I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry… ~ pg. 9
*This is the e-ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may be subject to change before official publication
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Upcoming Review for CSN Stores

The wonderful people at CSN have kindly contacted me to review one of their millions of products on the blog. Instantly I began thinking about what I could get. That led me to once again think about life outside of my parents home. Yes, I still live at home, but I'm working on that.

During my daydreams of life away from home, I frequently picture this comfy library with wall to wall bookshelves, a fireplace, and comfy chairs spread all around. Oddly enough, this Eames lounge chair is practically pulled from my daydreams. It just looks insanely comfortable, but stylish. I want it.

Until the day I can actually have that sprawling library, I'll have to settle with things I can fit into my bedroom. CSN has everything a person could possibly want and trust me, I want plenty of it. Now it's just a matter of figuring out just what to get.

I'll be spending a lot of time surfing the CSN stores and picking out the perfect furniture and decorations for this library that I WILL have one day...and I'll find something to review in the meantime as well ; )

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Support L.K. Madigan Through The Book Pixie's Contest

L.K. Madigan, author of Flash Burnout and The Mermaid's Mirror, recently posted the sad news that she has been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. An outpouring of love and support has spread throughout the writing/publishing/blogging community.

Briana from The Book Pixie has pulled together a giveaway to support Lisa during this extremely tough time. As book bloggers, we love to read, so what better way to support an author, than to purchase her books.

Briana is asking that you purchase one or both of Lisa's books and in return, you will be entered to win a slew of books.

For more information, please check out The Book Pixie.

And please keep Lisa in your thoughts and prayers through this trying time.



Purchase The Mermaid's Mirror

Purchase Flash Burnout
 

Adversary (Ganzfield, #2) by Kate Kaynak

Title: Adversary
Author: Kate Kaynak
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Paperback,
Date Published: August 20, 2010
Description (Taken from Goodreads):

Things are more dangerous than they seem at Ganzfield, and not everyone will survive. Does Maddie have what it takes?

See what happens next in the sequel to Minder.
Kate Kaynak has done it again with Adversary, the second novel in the Ganzfield series. This one picks up right where Minder left off and the reader is instantly thrown into this world of charms, RVs, healers, sparks, a boy with telekinesis, and a minder who loves him. The book opens with the extremely helpful ‘previously at Ganzfield,’ so I felt nice and caught up with the story. From there, things begin happening at a rapid pace. Unlike the opener in the series, Adversary jumps right into the action and unavoidable skirmishes. I don’t want to give anything away, but let me just say that bad things happen, people get hurt, and quite a few people even die.

With a surprising shake up at Ganzfield, Maddie’s little supergroup of friends takes off to make a difference and come to a faceoff with Isaiah Lerner – the man who tried to vivisect Trevor. The guy is creepy, not only creepy, he’s terrifying. I never questioned the power he holds or the fear he brings out in people. Isaiah is more than willing to maim, torture, and kill.

The roadtrip brings out even more detail into the abilities that the G-positive people possess. Kaynak has developed an incredible way of describing all the thoughts that bombard Maddie and we get to see what she sees through images and vibrant colors. Characters like Rachel and Hannah get a more prominent role and Kaynak explores the world outside of Ganzfield. The addition of new guy Zack brings some much needed tension in Maddie’s and Trevor’s seemingly perfect relationship too.

Still, Maddie and Trevor are stronger than ever. Their soulmating gets quite steamy at times and through it they learn just how intense and unique what they have is. In the short amount of time that they’ve known each other, they’ve fallen in love and it feels real. It never seems rushed or contrived. Their relationship is what carries the story; even in the worst of times, they still have each other and as cheesy as that may seem – I love it.

With fun characters, interesting abilities, and enough surprises to keep me glued to the page, Adversary is a fast-paced installment in a series that I’m not likely to put down. The next book, Legacy is calling my name, begging me to read it and I hope you do too.

Opening line: Were we too late? ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines: Can’t stop. I think I’m addicted to you.
I grinned. The first step is admitting you have a problem. ~ pg. 18
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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