Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Book Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
ARC, 281 pages
Date Published: October 18, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads): 
The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:

Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.

Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.
Half-Blood is easily one of my favorite books of the year. I picked it up and had the hardest time putting it back down. Jennifer L. Armentrout nails Alex’s snappy, refreshing, and attitude-infused voice, making this main character one that I adored. There’s nothing about Alex that I didn’t like. She’s fun, witty, has a number of issues with authority, but she’s also this teenage girl who loves her friend(s), misses her mother, and has a growing attraction to someone she shouldn’t.

And we all can’t help but be intrigued by forbidden love, right?

Well Aiden is certainly forbidden. But he’s also deliciously magnetic. He’s not a bad boy, by any stretch, which is fantastic. Aiden’s genuinely a good guy. A little standoffish, sure, but sexy and tough, and intellectual. As a reader, intelligent guys are a huge draw. Caleb, Alex’s best friend is also a good addition to the book. He helps round Alex out and softens her edges.

Then there’s the entire mythological aspect. It’s freaking awesome. Armentrout approaches this half-blood/pure-blood scenario from a new angle and doesn’t focus strictly on the politics or the hierarchy of it. Instead, the story slips in this unseen side door and slaps the reader with a slew of complications: 1. Dead mom. 2. Alex’s life is definitely not what she expected it to be. 3. Seth.

Keep in mind that Half-Blood is by no means a love triangle. Alex is the focus and the tinges of romance are delectable, but do not drive the story. If anything, the romantic mishaps and ooh-la-la feelings add layers to an already well-developed and thought out story. Half-Blood will knock you off your feet with how easily it draws you in and refuses to let you go. Thank goodness Pure, book 2 in the Covenant series, will be out this coming April.

Opening line: My eyes snapped open as the freakish sixth sense kicked my fight or flight response into overdrive. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages:

“There is nothing wrong with hope, Alex.”
“But?”
“But you have to know when to let hope go.” ~ pg. 172

*This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy  

Easily one of my favorite books this year
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 
 
Find Jennifer L. Armentrout online:

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*If you come back tomorrow, you just may find a giveaway for a book that may or may not be this one*

Monday, August 29, 2011

Book Review: Daimon (Covenant, #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Indie Takeover)

Title: Daimon (Covenant, #0.5)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
e-book, 58 pages
Date Published: May 10, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads): 
or three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals—pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she'd been trained to fulfill as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she's pretty much accepted that she's a freak by mortal standards... and that she'll never be prepared for that duty.

According to her mother, that’s a good thing.

But as every descendant of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return—the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death… because she's being hunted by the very creatures she'd once trained to kill.

The daimons have found her.
As far as prequels go, Daimon is very near perfect. Jennifer L. Armentrout has given readers a backstory that is not only action-packed, but offers some real insight into the mindset that Alex has towards the beginning of Half-Blood.

Many short prequels leave the reader wanting more and Daimon certainly does that, but it also gives the reader a complete story; introducing a likable main character in Alex, then throwing heaps of bad on her. And I loved it.

If you're even slightly interested in reading Armentrout's debut, Half-Blood, I suggest you check out Daimon first. It will whet your appetite for some serious mythological goodness, and have you eager for some more snarky Alex. Oh, and did I mention some truly BAMF-worthy fight scenes? Because they're there too.

Opening line: She smelled like mothballs and death. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages: Actually, I was prone to random acts of stupidity. I considered it to be one of my talents. ~ pg. 5

*This is the e-book version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from print copy
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 
 
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Sunday, August 28, 2011

*Peeks Out From Hiding*

Sorry for my complete lack of posts this week. I had planned on posting stuff, but the whole writing the posts up just didn't happen.

I blame the new job, my laziness, and caring for my pets in the absence of the rest of my family.

Source
Because my family was in South Carolina. They're safe at home now, thankfully, having left a day early in an attempt to outrun Hurricane Irene. So now we're all safe and sound in our house with the pounding rain, waiting for the 65+mph winds to hit us.

As long as we have power on Monday, you can expect a post of some kind from me.

Oh, and I'll post some winners. And some more giveaway info...and I have a couple of reviews that MUST go up next week.

I'm going to bid you farewell for the night because my TV is going in and out, so I can only imagine that means my internet will POOF very soon.

Stay safe East coasters!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Book Review: Solstice by P.J. Hoover (Indie Takeover)

Title: Solstice
Author: P.J. Hoover
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Andrea Brown Literary Agency
e-book, 728 pages
Date Published: May 4, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Where Mythology and Dystopia meet...

Piper’s world is dying. Global warming kills every living thing on Earth, and each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles which threaten to destroy humanity. Amid this Global Heating Crisis, Piper lives with her mother who suffocates her more than the chaotic climate. When her mother is called away to meet the father Piper has been running from her entire life, Piper seizes an opportunity for freedom.

But when Piper discovers a world of mythology she never knew existed, she realizes her world is not the only one in crisis. While Gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper's life spirals into turmoil, and she struggles to find answers to secrets kept from her since birth. And though she’s drawn to her classmate Shayne, he may be more than he claims. Piper has to choose whom she can trust and how she can save the people she loves even if it means the end of everything she’s ever known.

SOLSTICE is P.J. Hoover's debut YA novel and is the first front-list novel to be independently published by an Andrea Brown Literary Agency author.
Solstice is this crazy combination of world-ending dystopia and crazy Greek mythology. Right off the bat, Piper’s world is introduced as this barren, desert-like landscape with scorching heat and endless, deathly summer. A good chunk of the book focuses solely on Piper and her world – her friendship with Chloe, her relationship with her mother, and the sudden attraction to not one, but two guys she’s never taken notice of before. The book feels almost like two entirely separate stories: one a dystopian and one about Greek mythology. The connection between the two takes quite a while to form, but once it does, it’s fascinating.

The mythology aspect sort of comes out of left field, but it is slowly weaved in perfectly with everything that’s happened to Piper in the past. Getting there is a bit slow going, but worth it in the end. P.J. Hoover's take on the Underworld and the gods is different from every other story I’ve read and while I found the big twist to be predictable, it didn’t detract from the story.

Some of the more sexy scenes took me by surprise because, up until a certain point, the book isn’t explicit at all, then, BAM body parts. Normally, I’m perfectly fine with sex scenes and nudity in books, but it felt almost out of place in Solstice, like it could have been there but told in a different way.

Regardless, Solstice is a one of a kind mesh of dystopian/mythology with an intelligent lead character who has more than a few life-altering realizations coming her way. P.J. Hoover's debut is far from what I expected, but an absorbing read that tackles morality, mortality, and all of the things in between.

Opening line: Mom says, “Watch the heat today.” ~ pg. 14

Favorite lines/passages: “It’s all a game to them, watching lives fall apart.” ~ pg. 384
3.5
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Teaser Tuesday - The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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

I'm only about a quarter of the way in, but I'm loving Mara so far. Here's a non-spoilery, but entirely appetite-whetting sentence. Just the one though because I want you to want this book and I think this single sentence will make you yearn for it:
Six months later, they were both dead. ~ pg. 4
You want to know more, right? Just think, that's what's on page four. Imagine what could possibly happen on page 50 or 130 or 277*. There are so many things that could happen.
*Randomly selected page numbers. Incredible things may or may not happen on them.

This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy

Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong.

*Description taken from Goodreads

Monday, August 22, 2011

Lots O' Winners!

Lots of winners here!

Winner of the SIGNED copy of Open Wounds is...

Chrisbails, who said she, "I would love to have lived through the 60's. the music was great, free love, and many things happened back then."

Winner of Dangerous Designs e-book is...< Tore, who said, "I would open a portal to where you can time travel to different periods of time."

Winners of Eden are...

Maryann Nixon from Words on the shelf, who said, "Comfort and familiarity every time. I know as a kid everyone wants to be rich and famous and I mean I'm only 16 now, but even so for years I've hated the idea of being famous and would rather my little life, with my family who I love to pieces than with loads of money and flashy stuff."

&

Maureen, who said, "I think I would chose comfort and familiarity since I do not like change."

Winner of Beautiful Creatures & Beautiful Darkness is...

Tahleen from Tahleen's Mixed-Up Files

*Winners have been notified and have 48 hours to respond before alternate winner(s) are chosen

Sunday, August 21, 2011

In My Mailbox Vlog - (8/21/11)

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.

RAK:
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys - Thanks Sandy!

For Review:
Ward Against Death by Melanie Card
The Marked Son by Shea Berkley

Bought:
Crusade by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Delirium by Lauren Oliver (with new cover) - MY REVIEW
All You Desire by Kirsten Miller

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Call for Bloggers for the 2011 YA Spooktacular

Last year the YA Spooktacular took over the blogosphere with over 100 people involved to bring it to fruition.

And I'll be cohosting this year with Danielle from Frenzy of Noise, so you know I'm excited for it.

We're still pulling it all together, but there are already several incredible authors on board, as well as some of the best bloggers I know. 


But we need you now! We're still looking to fill a handful of spots for blog hosts.


You may be asking, what would this require?
You'd host an part of a story, a giveaway, a little challenge, or maybe a combination of any of those. There is no requirement for number of followers, we just ask that you blog regularly, are a YA book blog, and would be able to post on time on your selected date (between October 24-31). If you're interested, please fill out the form below and we will be getting back to our selected bloggers in the next week or so.


Thanks and Danielle and I are looking forward to seeing who else will be a part of 2011 YA Spooktacular!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Character Interview: Maddie from the Ganzfield Series by Kate Kaynak + Giveaway Info

Maddie Dunn is a rarity among the g-positives across the world; she can read minds. With that comes many issues, but also many great things. She's funny and real and an all-around great person. Read on to learn a bit more about Maddie and the life she's been leading since she discovered she was a g-positive.
Source
Since coming to Ganzfield, do you miss anything about good ol’ New Jersey? Maybe the smell or something…anything?
Ha! I gotta say, I miss Jersey pizza. The stuff in New Hampshire—what are they using for sauce, ketchup? But the rest of it, like the school where people cared more about fancy cars and expensive clothes, where drunk jocks terrorized—nope, don't miss much from Jersey. New Jersey's a great place to be from—FAR from.
As a NH native, I have to disagree about the pizza. It's good. I've never had NJ pizza, but I think I need to recommend some better NH pizza places because I've found more than a handful that are delish.
 
You don’t seem to get too much downtime, what with the chaos and death, but if you did, what would you do with your spare time? I can’t imagine you and the other Ganzfield kids heading off to the movies, but if you could, would you do something ‘normal’ like that?
Source
Well, we do some normal stuff like watch TV, go online, and we play sports, although I guess Fireball's a little more dangerous than soccer and baseball. But it's probably less dangerous than rugby or Quidditch, though, so it's all relative. I'd like to do some traveling at some point—get out and see the world. New Hampshire's pretty and all, but there's only so much you can do with trees.
AGREED. And, Fireball sounds like a blast. You know, as long as a healer is around for those non-Sparks who may get injured on the sidelines.
 
Does the lack of privacy ever get to you? I mean, Seth’s range is huge and he can basically hear everything that goes on in your head, if you’re not blocking, right? Must be frustrating to not have your private thoughts remain private.
Ugh—I hate worrying about him listening in on my thoughts, and I'd really squig out if he eavesdropped on me in the shower or something. I can shield my thoughts from him, although sometimes I forget.
But never in the shower, because—ick.
To be fair to Seth, I can't imagine him even accidentally hearing you in the shower. He seems way too aware of everything to not allow something like that happen.
 
Source
You have a peek into almost everyone’s thoughts, who is the most romantic guy (aside from Trevor) on the Ganzfield campus?
Romantic? Of course Trevor wins hands down. He had this dream where we were dancing under the stars… *sigh*
Most of the other guys, well, they're… teenage guys. What's in most of their heads is more NC-17 than romantic.
Ugh, some guys...at least Trevor's a keeper :)
 
Source
What’s the funniest thing you’ve caught from someone else’s thoughts?
Well, Zack keeps quoting Star Wars in his head when he charms people. I mean, I know it's pretty Jedi Mind Trick of him to charm people and all, but it's hard to keep a straight face when "These aren't the droids you're looking for" is running through his head while he's giving orders to the guys who want to kill us. And Rachel's been RVing—that's remote viewing—celebrities recently. You wouldn't BELIEVE what the guy from that vampire show does when he's on vacation.
Haha, I can't blame Zack for quoting Star Wars. If it works, it works. And Rachel must have a blast RVing random celebrities.

How are you feeling about the future that’s to come? Nervous, a little excited, maybe?
Good question; I'm kinda wondering what I'm going to do with my life. I mean, what would YOU do if you could hear what was in everyone's heads… and could kill them if you didn't like what you heard? It's not like colleges let you major in telepathy.
Um, get some really great noise-cancelling headphones and hope it drowns out all the other voices in your head? That, or roll with it and hope for the best.
 
Now, to lighten the mood a bit, how about a story:
Source
Once upon a time (fill in the rest, please)___________________
Once upon a time, a teenage telepath showed up at a strange boarding school in the middle of New Hampshire, where she met a wonderful guy who made her feel like she could fly… partially because when he used his telekinesis, she actually could.
Source
Thanks for stopping by Maddie! It’s been a pleasure having you here for the day and I hope to see you staying out of trouble – for the most part, I do enjoy hearing about the trouble you get into – and staying safe. And the next time you see Trevor, tell him I said hello. And tell Zack, and Drew, and Seth, and Rachel, and your mom, and everyone else too.
Sure will. Thanks for asking me! Drew loves the name of your blog, by the way, and my mom's offered to make cookies if you get up to Ganzfield. Just don't let her get a hand on you if you want to keep your secrets.  
Woohoo! Drew obviously knows a good blog name when he sees it (or reads it). I'll be happy to have some of your mom's cookies, so hopefully I can swing an invite up to Ganzfield in the future. I've got some connections *cough* Maddie *cough* so I think it's possible.

*Huge, special thanks goes out to Kate Kaynak, the author of the Ganzfield series

Find Kate Kaynak online:

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

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

The giveaway at the end of the month includes some super special Spencer Hill Press goodies, including a certain ARC of a certain book that comes out in October. Leave a comment below for an extra entry into the grand prize giveaway (open to US only) and to be entered for a Spencer Hill swag pack (International). - Please leave a way for me to contact you too!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Book Review: Accused by Kate Kaynak (Indie Takeover)

Title: Accused (Ganzfield, #4)
Author: Kate Kaynak
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
ARC, 251 pages
Date Published: August 15, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads): 
Someone in the government has files about Ganzfield...and now they have Maddie. The story continues with the fourth installment of the Ganzfield series.
The Ganzfield series is an addicting, fast-paced, sexy, and hilarious YA series that I can’t get enough of. Accused is the fourth book in the series and it’s just as entertaining as the last three. This one focuses a lot more on relationships and less on a big bad guy – though there’s still a bad guy, it’s not so much a he, as it is a them (and a she).

As the title alludes, Accused starts with Maddie in the midst of some legal drama. As the story progresses, there are the occasional minder gatherings, fire-starting sparks, and good ol’ Trevor being as romantic as ever. Accused is much more character-driven than the previous installments, but this allows for a great deal of character growth.

Maddie and Trevor grow individually, and as a couple. Their relationship strengthens even more – didn’t think that was even possible – as they go through hell together. The secondary characters aren’t around as much as they usually are, but we get to see a very pregnant Rachel and get glimpses of the next generation of G-positives through her very talented, yet-to-be-born baby. Seth is around a bit more and I loved it. His big brother relationship with Maddie is cute and protective, and his dry humor lightens the mood.

Accused is another wonderful installment in a perfectly executed series. Kate Kaynak has delivered yet another fresh tale with endearing and entertaining characters, a storyline that continues to thicken, and a romance that has found a way to sizzle without fail. Accused has whet my appetite for even more G-positive adventures and I’m wicked excited to see exactly where Maddie will go next and what will happen in her future.

Opening line: “We’re going to Aruba.” ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages: When would someone’s first thought be something like, “How could a mind-reader save Christmas?” ~ pg. 20
And this fantastic one:
Did Hallmark have a card for losing your virginity? Maybe there was an untapped market there. ~ pg. 142
*This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Author Interview: Jennifer Snyder

Jennifer Snyder lives in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina with her husband and two children. She finds great joy in blank notebooks and a smooth writing pen.
*Bio taken from Jennifer's blog
What drew you to the young adult genre? Have you always written YA or was there some moment that inspired you to write from a teenagers POV?
I've always read YA novels, so writing YA just came naturally.
Shattered Soul is a very dark story, with a lot of pain in it. Were there any scenes that you found extremely hard to write?
Yes, there were a lot of scenes I found hard to write and all for different reasons.
On an emotional level, (highlight for a little spoilery info) the scene in which Seth visits Ali and realizes she's been using all by herself. This was a heartbreaking scene for me to write because it appeared so vividly in my mind that it almost felt real in a sense. It's a scene that I felt really shows the type of person Seth is and how deeply rooted his feelings for Ali had become.

As a writer, the ending was also difficult. Not because, as readers have said, the ending was so shocking, but because I actually wrote another ending first and it just never felt 100% right to me. It wasn't until a few weeks before I sent Shattered Soul off to my editor that I came up with the current ending, which I felt would leave the reader with more weight and more feeling a story about issues this serious deserved.
I totally did not see the ending coming. I figured something big would happen, but wow. Just wow. It really does leave the reader with a heavier feeling and lend to the seriousness involved.
 
Source
You write teenage boy very well. Did you do a lot of eavesdropping at the mall or something, or did it just come naturally?
Thank you. Seth's voice did just come naturally. I actually sat down with a spiral bound notebook and a pen and wrote out the first four chapters in a day.
I'm pretty sure many writers are jealous right now. Four chapters in a day! You're a beast :)
 
Is there any book you always recommend to others? What are some of your favorites?
Hollowland by Amanda Hocking is one of my top recommendations to others. I LOVED that book! Interview With A Vampire by Anne Rice and Blood And Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause are two of my all time favorites, but I have recently read a lot of good ones. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins and Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire to name a few. 
The Hunger Games is absolutely amazing. I'm happy you got around to reading it. I've never read anything by Amanda Hocking, but Hollowland has been on my wishlist. I'll probably get it soon.

Source
Are you working on anything right now? Should we expect more dark and gritty stories in your future?
Yes, I'm currently finishing up a project titled TOUCH. It's a YA Paranormal Romance Novella I'll be releasing this Fall that I'm super excited about! Also, you can be expecting more dark and gritty stories from me in the future. I've been jotting down ideas for a future novel as of recently.
Good to hear! I'll definitely be on the lookout for whatever you put out in the future.
Find Jennifer Snyder online:

Buy it online:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

Jennifer Snyder has kindly offered up two copies of Shattered Soul.

Giveaway has ended

Monday, August 15, 2011

Book Review: Shattered Soul by Jennifer Snyder (Indie Takeover)

Title: Shattered Soul
Author: Jennifer Snyder
Reading Level: Older Young Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
e-book,
Date Published: May 14, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Hellish Nightmare...

If seventeen-year-old Seth Bradson were to describe his life in two words, those would be the two he’d choose. Seth prefers to cope with his crappy existence by spending his days in a drug-induced haze. But when Ali Carson steps into his life, Seth finds something he’s subconsciously been seeking—a new drug, one that consumes his mind unlike any other.

Love.

In a moment of unforgivable weakness, Seth allows Ali to try crystal meth, his most addictive temptation. This single event begins the unraveling of both their lives and forces Seth to learn the definition of regret the hard way.
Be warned, Shattered Soul is not a happy-go-lucky story. If you didn’t get that from the title alone, then take it from me; this book is gritty and raw, with heavy drug usage by and around the main character Seth. Despite all that, Seth is almost a sweet guy. He’s in a difficult situation – his father ditched the family, his mother is an alcoholic, and his brother is both addicted to and deals drugs. Seth likes to drown the world out with weed and has, on occasion, hit the harder stuff.

Yet he’s good at his core. Seth is easy to connect to, even if the reader has no personal experience with the kind of life he has. The beginning starts off a bit rough because we meet Seth who, at first glance, appears to be a stoner kid with no aspirations. Once we see him a bit more and see where he comes from and what he wants from his life, the connection to him becomes solid. Seth does not want to be his mom or his brother, but he doesn’t know how to stop himself from going down that path.

Ali, the girl that could very well turn Seth around, isn’t fleshed out completely, but she doesn’t need to be. She’s the spark that lights the fire for him, making him want to be different, even if he hasn’t figured out how. At times, I wanted to hold Seth and hug him and hide him from the destructive people in his life; other times, I wanted to throttle him because he was so stupid and I couldn’t believe he was doing what he was doing; then something would happen and I’d want to protect him again.

That is the beauty in what Jennifer Snyder’s debut evokes. This tortuous story of a teenager living in a hellhole is unrelenting in its portrayal of suburban drug life and how quickly addiction takes hold, escalates, and destroys everything and everyone it comes in contact with. Shattered Soul is gut-wrenching and affecting, taking the reader on a rollercoaster of ups, downs, and has an ending that no one will ever see coming.

Opening line:
Life. Life’s a bitch and then you die. ~ pg. 3

Favorite lines/passages:
With my head down, I gripped the doorknob and turned it. I stepped out into the sunlight and fresh air, closing the door behind me, to block myself off from the dark nightmare which had become my reality. ~ pg. 117
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

In My Mailbox Vlog - (8/14/11)

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:
Close Your Eyes by Amanda Eyre Ward
Reasons To Be Happy by Katrina Kittle
Alice In Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland by J.T. Holden

Bought:
Hammered (Iron Druid Chronicles, #3) by Kevin Hearne
Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder, #2) by Kimberly Derting - MY REVIEW
Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Love Story by Jennifer Echols - MY REVIEW
The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver
Nicholas Dane by Melvin Burgess

On Oliver, my NOOK:
The Call (The Magnificent 12, #1) by Michael Grant
Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
Elliot and the Goblin War (Underworld Chronicles, #1) by Jennifer Nielson & Gideon Kendall
Shattered Soul by Jennifer Snyder
Songs for a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson

Friday, August 12, 2011

Character Interview: Reid & Emma from Between The Lines + A Giveaway

Between the Lines takes place on and around the set of the upcoming Hollywood film, School Pride, so I’m going to play the part of a reporter, interviewing the film’s leading man and lady.

So here I bring you a probing, possibly inappropriate, but entirely entertaining interview with Hollywood playboy, Reid Alexander, and upcoming starlet, Emma Pierce.

Can you describe each other in one word?
Emma: talented

Reid: lovely
Does that sound right?
Emma: I don't think anyone's ever called me that before...

Reid: I guess so, or I'd probably be out of a job by now.
Source
What drew you to your respective roles in this retelling of Pride & Prejudice? Are either of you fans of the original?
Emma: Pride & Prejudice is my favorite novel, and Elizabeth Bennet is a wonderful heroine. I hope my performance does her justice.

Reid:  I figured playing a rich, decent-looking, arrogant guy would be a professional challenge for me...
Now for some lightning questions – answer these with the very first thing that pops into your head
Boxers or briefs?
Emma:  (blushing) Huh. Um. Boxers?

Reid:  definitely boxers
Source
What’s on your iPod right now?
Emma:  Lady Gaga and All Time Low. Also Rocket to the Moon, because my best friend likes to add stuff to my iPod.

Reid:  Figure Me Out by Twisted Infinity. It's sick. My friend Walt is the front man. If you don't know them, you will soon. Lil Wayne's How to Love is also wearing out the replay button.
Strangest fan encounter?
Emma:  I haven't really had a lot of fan encounters. I guess watching Reid's fans has been the strangest thing so far. They're very... enthusiastic.

Reid:  Trust me, I can't tell you the strangest. I'm still trying to forget it. But I did have someone get a tattoo of my face on his side, and he wanted my autograph under it -- so he could get that tattooed as well. I did it, but I felt a tiny bit violated afterward.
Last book you read?
Emma:  I just finished To the Lighthouse. I'm on a Virginia Woolf kick at the moment.
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Reid:  Pride & Prejudice. After I got the part, I decided I should see what all the fuss was about.
Celebrity crush?
Emma:  Er, James Franco?

Reid:  Hmm. Right now, I'd have to say Emma.
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Would you date a Weasley? 
Emma:  As long as it's Ron, then yes.

Reid:  No, but I'd be more than happy to console Hermione after Ron dumps her for Emma.
Thank you Reid and thank you Emma. It's been a pleasure getting to know you both better. Good luck with School Pride!


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