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Friday, 22 May 2015

Friday Blogger Hops {Feature & Follow Friday + Book Blogger Hop}



What reason would you have to stop reading a book? (E.g. too long, wrong genre, not what you expected etc.)

(Suggested by Elizabeth from Silver's Reviews)

Previously I would not stop reading a book for anything, even though I can't get into it I still won't stop, but as of late I have learned, and since blogging really, that there are way too many fantastic books around to get caught up on one that becomes a chore to read, so I'd have to say that my main two reasons for stopping the reading of a book would be:-

1. Can't get into it, so probably accurate in saying it's not what I expected.
2. I need to stop temporarily to review another book that's due sooner i.e. a review is due for blog tour or what not. 

These are the only two reasons I can think of that would stop me from reading. 


Alison Can Read Feature & Follow


Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly feature hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

The Rules:-
  • You MUST follow BOTH hosts Rachel @ Parajunkee and Alison @ Alison Can Read
  • You MUST follow BOTH Featured Blogs of the week (linked below)
  • Do your own Feature & Follow Friday post answering the question of the week and link to it at the bottom of this post 
  • Follow and comment on other participants Feature & Follow Friday posts! 

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Review ~ Eleanor & Park {Book Twirps Read-along Challenge}

I originally read this book for a Read-a-long hosted by The Book Twirps I had my family emergency and never got to post it, but since I reviewed it I thought I'd post it now as it was a FANTASTIC book! 

About The Book


Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell



Publication Date: February 26, 2013
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin

Buy It Now: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository


Synopsis 


"Bono met his wife in high school," Park says. 
"So did Jerry Lee Lewis," Eleanor answers. 
"I’m not kidding," he says. 
"You should be," she says, "we’re sixteen." 
"What about Romeo and Juliet?" 
"Shallow, confused, then dead." 
''I love you," Park says. 
"Wherefore art thou," Eleanor answers. 
"I’m not kidding," he says. 
"You should be." 

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.



Paperback Princess Review 


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is unlike any other YA Contemporary Romance I've read in the past. I'm not a huge fan of YA Contemporary Romance, or romance for that matter so I didn't have very high expectations. It just wasn't my favourite genre, so I was pleasantly surprised when I absolutely LOVED, LOVED this book and I couldn't stop from turning the pages. I couldn't even explain to myself why I had loved it so much but I did...strange right? 

Eleanor is considered a strange red-headed teen. She's unpopular at school and she cops a bit of flack for being her and being an individual. She comes from a broken home and had just returned after reluctantly spending a year living with her Mother's friend. 

Park has lived in the same area since he was born, his Father lived there when he was young. He's a quiet Asian kid who's not popular but not disliked either. He's from a loving home with parents that are still in love. 

Their mother jabbed a long fingernail at his dad and covered the phone again. 'I'll send you to your room, too.'
'Honey, I wish you would,' their dad said, throwing a throw pillow at her.

Eleanor & Park are two very different people but attending the same school and living in the same housing development, what takes place in Eleanor & Park is the unlikely friendship/relationship that forms between the two. 

I think that my favourite part of Eleanor & Park were the characters, they were just so gorgeous and the interaction and the chemistry and the emotions with each character was so well written that you really see in depth into each character, which makes the readers heavily invested in their life and world. We have Eleanor that is just plain weird:-

Girls who don't want to be looked at don't tie curtain tassels in their hair. They don't wear men's golf shoes with the spikes still attached.

Then we have Park, who's just as normal as can be and when they meet they didn't meet in the love at first sight way, the gradual friendship that developed between them was so sweet and real. 

He always felt like he should say something to her, even if it was just 'hello' or 'excuse me.' But he'd gone too long without saying anything since the first time he'd cursed at her, and not was all just irrevocably weird. For an hour a day. Thirty minutes on the way to school, thirty minutes back. Park didn't say anything. He just held his comics open wider and turned the pages more slowly."

Love the way Rowell explained things:-

That would be a giant understatement anyway. She was the only person in class who'd read her poem like it wasn't an assignment. She recited it like it was a living thing. Like something she was letting out. You couldn't look away from her as long as she was talking. {Even more than Park's usual not being able to look away from her.} When she was done, a lot of people clapped and Mr Stressman hugged her. Which was totally against the Code of Conduct.

Eleanor lived a very hard life:-

But if she told Mrs Dunne about the toothbrush...maybe Mrs Dunne would just get her one. And then Eleanor could stop sneaking into the bathroom after lunch to rub her teeth with salt. (She'd seen that in a Western once. It probably didn't even work}.

Eleanor's dialogue is filled with so much emotions:-

I just want to break that song into pieces,' she said, 'and love them all to death.
humorous
She didn't want to run, period. It made her breasts feel like they were going to detach from her body. 'I'm going to tell Mrs Burt that my Mom doesn't want me to do anything that might rupture my hymen,' Eleanor said. "For religious reasons.
She tried to remember what kind of animals paralyzed their prey before they ate them...
Maybe Park had paralyzed her with his ninja magic, his Vulcan handhold, and now he was going to eat her.
That would be awesome.
Jesus. Was it possible to rape somebody's hand? 
so sweet in their interaction:-
are you trying to give me a nickname?
No, I love your name. I don't want to cheat myself out of a single syllable.{because apparently everything made her want to kiss him. Park could tell her that he had lice and leprosy and parasitic worms living in his mouth, and she would still put on fresh Chapstik. God}
interaction between his parens and Park

"How long am I grounded?" Park asked his father.
"That's not up to me, that's up to your Mother.'
His dad was sitting on the couch, reading Soldier of Fortune.
"she says forever,' Park said.
"I guess it's forever then.'

love Park's family even Grandparents

"I thought you were grounded,' his Grandpa said.
"Hush, Harold, you can't be grounded from your own grandparents..."
I had so many quotes because there was absolutely no review I could have written that would have given this book the credit it deserved, by quoting I think it really gives those reading this review the idea on what type of book it is. It is definitely one of those books that stays in your mind for a long time.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Wild & Wacky (Book Related)




Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish


I was beyond excited when I saw that it was a freebie topic. Since it's my first Top Ten Tuesday upon my return to the blogging world, I was thrilled as I thought, no pressure, freebie topic, but alas I think having to decide yourself what topic to do isn't so pressure-free after all.

So I had two topics floating in my mind; Top Ten Books that MUST be read by EVERYONE at least once in their lifetime and Must have items for bookworms, and guess what? I didn't go with either one! So without further ado…my Top Ten Tuesday.

Wild & Wacky ~ Book Related


Book Headboard 

Source: Home DIT

Book Bed 


Bookshelf with Slide

Source: Moon Hoon

Book Chandelier 

Source: Mitsubai 

Book Staircase 


Book Seat



Book Coffee Table

Source: Dornob

Book Bed Base 



Book Rug

Source: Bloomize

Bookshelf  or is it? 


Next week @ Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books to have in my Beach Bag this Summer

Friday, 15 May 2015

Feature & Follow Friday & Book Blogger Hop



If you see a book you like but you realise it has 400-500+ pages, will you still read it?

It really depends on how much I like it. If I really wanted to read it, then yes it wouldn't matter the number of pages. However, I need to be totally "in the mood" for that book. I may even start reading it, but due to its length also pause every now and then to read another shorter book, then come back to it.

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow


Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly feature hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

The Rules:-
  • You MUST follow BOTH hosts Rachel @ Parajunkee and Alison @ Alison Can Read
  • You MUST follow BOTH Featured Blogs of the week (linked below)
  • Do your own Feature & Follow Friday post answering the question of the week and link to it at the bottom of this post 
  • Follow and comment on other participants Feature & Follow Friday posts! 

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters Release Day Book Blast {Giveaway}

Tears of Tess

by Pepper Winters


Release: September 6, 2013
Genre: New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance




A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and nonconsensual sex. A story about finding love in the strangest of places, a will of iron that grows from necessity, and forgiveness that may not be enough.

“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect. Then it all changed. I was sold.” 

Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility. 

For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world. 

But lusty paradise is shattered. 

Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror. 

Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold. 

Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?


Prologue


Three little words.

If anyone asked what I was most afraid of, what terrified me, stole my breath, and made my life flicker before my eyes, I would say three little words.

How could my perfect life plummet so far into hell?

How could my love for Brax twist so far into unfixable?

The black musty hood over my head suffocated thoughts, and I sat with hands bound behind my back. Twine rubbed my wrists with hungry stringed teeth, ready to bleed me dry in this new existence.

Noise.

The cargo door of the airplane opened and footsteps thudded toward us. My senses were dulled, muted by the black hood; my mind ran amok with terror-filled images. Would I be raped? Mutilated? Would I ever see Brax again?

Male voices argued, and someone wrenched my arm upright. I flinched, crying out, earning a fist to my belly.

Tears streamed down my face. The first tears I shed, but definitely not the last.

This was my new future. Fate threw me to the bastards of Hades.

“That one.”

My stomach twisted, threatening to evict empty contents. Oh God.

Three little words:

I was sold.



About The Author

Pepper Winters



Writer, reader, sometimes wife. 
An avid devourer of sexy romance and angsty New Adult. 
Nothing beats lolling in a bubble bath with her array of book boyfriends. 
Her two titles: Tears of Tess and Broken Chance are coming soon.

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Ink by Amanda Sun Review


Ink

by Amanda Sun


Published: June 25, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: Paperback
Pages: 326
Source: Netgalley & Giveaway Win

Buy It Now: Book Depository | Amazon




On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they'll both be targets.

Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.

Royal Commentary


Ink by Amanda Sun was actually quite a disappointing read for me. It wasn't terrible, the writing wasn't bad, but the story was just plain disappointing. The story had amazing potential but alas Ink just fell flat for me. I didn't enjoy it as much as others, but it could have also been because of my high expectations. 

Katie Greene has recently moved to her Aunty's home in Japan when her Mother passed away. In a strange land, with no friends and no knowledge of the language…can life get any worse for teenager Katie Greene? Tomo is the school's Kendo team star, local unobtainable bad boy with attitude but an artist behind the scenes. Something tragic and scary stopped him from drawing in public. Can Katie break through Tomo's barriers? 

After reading the above paragraph can we all guess where this story is going? If you can't, then you mustn't have read YA novels lately because this seems to be the recipe that Authors are following lately. An outcasted good girl, and the local bad boy and then their forbidden love. I'm really baffled that Amanda Sun went the route that she did with this story. The surrounding elements behind Ink is just brilliant, and so I'm not quite sure why Amanda Sun wrote the story how she did. The strong elements of set in Japan, moving sketches that come to life and become dangerous with Japanese mythology thrown into the mix, how can you seriously go wrong, but Amanda took the elements she created and then went back to the normal recipe of YA novels, so despite having interesting and original elements, the story of Ink went back to just being another YA book with unoriginal story lines and characters. 

However, I still liked some parts of Ink, most especially Amanda Sun's description of Japanese life, explaining the connections to Japanese mythology, although I had wished she had touched on this a bit more, and she may very well do in the sequel. Amanda Sun's knowledge of Japan and the lifestyle in Japan is astounding and I really enjoyed getting lost in the surrounding that she created. 

Ink by Amanda Sun is a well loved idea, but the story itself and the characters fell disappointingly flat for me. I was looking forward to reading Ink and maybe my high expectation was to blame for my disappointment but after reading the book description, what I expected from Ink is totally what I didn't get out of it, not even close. However, Amanda's writing is good, beautiful even, but the plot line was just bland considering the elements she had to work with, she could have done so much more with this story. I will still be picking up the novella and sequel, just to give this series another chance, because like I said, I love the idea behind this novel, and I am hoping that the execution and story itself gets better.


Sunday, 18 August 2013

Steel Lily by Megan Curd Blog Tour {Giveaway}


Welcome to my tour stop for

Steel Lily by Megan Curd

Please click on the event banner above for tour schedule

Megan Curd, Author of Steel Lily is with us today as she gives us an insight into her life and to also tell us 5 Things About Steel Lily that we didn't know. Don't forget to enter the fantastic giveaway at the end of this post. 

About The Author

Megan Curd




Megan Curd is a graduate of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. While having always enjoyed reading any books she could get her hands on, Megan didn’t begin writing until a friend encouraged her to do so while in college. 

When not writing, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves to snowboard and travel to new places, and doesn’t turn down the opportunity to play xBox with her brother and friends when it presents itself. Megan currently resides in Stanton, Kentucky with her husband, son, and Great Dane named Dozer.

Five Things About Megan Curd


1.) I collect Starbucks mugs. Like…a lot of them. :) I collect what's called the Global Icon Series, which is the mug that has a city, state, or country on the mug and features something from that area. Each one has a special story about how I got it or traded for it, and I drink out of a different one each night I write. I have over 100 different ones, and my husband is getting a bit terrified. He might have valid reason for concern, haha!


2.) I snowboard. I learned how to snowboard while in college, and I absolutely love it! I love the winter, and I'm hoping to get my son on a snowboard this season if we can find a place near us in Kentucky.



3.) I speak Spanish. Well…kind of. I'm dangerous. I spent about six months in South America over the course of a year during college and loved it. Being immersed in the culture, I learned the language…and learned the words "left," "right," and "that road!" while lost in a cab in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Those are amazing words to know, people. That, and "where's the bathroom?" Really…that's all you need to know. :) 

4.) I have a Great Dane named Dozer. We got him under the pretense that my son needed a pet…but my husband knows it was really me who wanted the dog. I just used my son as an excuse. :) He's six months old and is what they call a fawnequin - white with fawn-colored spots. He's my buddy.


5.) I LOVE the Green Bay Packers. Our entire family loves the Packers. We all have jerseys and we've taught our son to cheer, "Go, Pack, Go!" He's ready for this season. :) 

5 Things You Don't Know About Steel Lily


1.) Steel Lily was brainstormed over Christmas while reading a LOT of books. I had been reading a lot of Cassandra Clare and Suzanne Collins, and loved the imagery they provided in their books. I thought about what I could do to create a world as vivid as what they do in their books, and I really tried to channel what I'd learned from reading. Another author I love learning from is J.K. Rowling. All three of them are masters of the craft, and I hope I can learn to be even a a quarter as effective at portraying my characters and worlds as they are. 

2.) Steel Lily is the first in at a trilogy. There's always room for more, but there will definitely be three books in this series. 

3.) My fellow author and friend helped me name the series. My friend and fellow writer, Hope Collier, helped me name the series. I told her I wanted to keep using metals (book two is titled Iron Pendulum), and we brainstormed. She thought of the Periodic series, and I loved it. :) 

4.) My cover designer is a genius. Okay, maybe you knew that. But seriously, Regina Wamba of Mae I Design is phenomenal, and I can't wait to see what she comes up with for Iron Pendulum! 

5.) Steel Lily's first draft took three months. But then it was a good year before it was completely perfect (well…I'm sure I could find more to tweak…but it's as good as I think I can get it! I hope you think so too!)

About The Book


Steel Lily 

by Megan Curd


Series: The Periodic Series #1
Genre: Dystopian
Published: August 12, 2013


AVERY PIKE is a commodity. No, more than a commodity. Her existence is guarded at all costs. 

She’s a water Elementalist, the strongest of her dwindling kind. She creates steam to provide energy to fuel Dome Three: the only thing standing between humanity and an earth ravaged by World War III. No steam, no Dome. No Dome, no life. 

Or so she thinks. 

That is, until a mysterious man offers her a way out of having to donate steam. A way to escape the corrupt government of Dome Three. While the offer seems too good to be true, Avery is intrigued. 

But when she arrives to her new home, she realizes the grass isn’t any less dead on this side of the fence. Instead, the lies are just hidden better. 

...Which means digging deeper. 

When Avery enlists the help of her friends to uncover the truth, it may make her wonder if she was better off being a government tool than searching for freedom. 

Some secrets are better left concealed, but humankind was never meant to live in a cage. And when you can control the most sought after resource, you can learn to control anything...including the fate of your world.



Excerpt


I was moving double time to keep up with his long strides. He seemed so sure of himself, so in control of his destiny, even in this place, where he claimed we were imprisoned. I didn’t have a shred of doubt that what Jaxon wanted, Jaxon got. He owned his life. I so desperately wanted to own mine as well. Could he help me take control of it, or would he cause it to crash around my feet? For some reason, it felt like either option would be exhilarating if he were involved. 

Exhilarating and dangerous. 

The back of his shirt was soaked. The small “v” of muscles at the base of his spine flexed as he craned his neck to make sure I was still behind him. Why did that give me butterflies? 

He turned and smiled. “Are you even listening to me? You’re way past your ogling allotment.” 

“I’m not ogling you.” 

“Trust me, I’ve experienced enough ogling to know it when I see it. If you’d prefer to ogle in peace, I’ll turn around again. There have been contests where my ass took first place in squeezability.”

“You must have been the only person in the running.” 

He grinned mischievously. “And the only one to vote, but a win is still a win, right?”

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Saturday, 17 August 2013

Sunday Post #6

Sunday Post is a weekly feature hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Reviewer. It's main purpose is similar to that of a Sunday newspaper; recap of the week gone by, additions to your library and what is going on in the book blogging community.

Addition to my Library 


Squeal! I finally got my PERSONALISED SIGNED box set of The Infernal Devices trilogy box set, this is one time when I'm pleased with myself for holding out and not purchasing the single books. 

Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting and Poison by Cochran are both ARC's.

Broken Wings was won in a giveaway.

For Review



 

 

 


eARCs

Blog Recap

Reviews


Banish by Nicola Marsh
Tragic by JA Huss
The Heiresses by Allison Rushby {Giveaway}
Date with the Dead by Chris Myers
Letters to Nowhere by Julie Cross
School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

Blog Tours


Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton 
Pretty When She Destroys by Rhiannon Frater {Book 1 Review & Author Interview}
Dawn of Apocalypse by ESP {Author Interview}
Canary by Rachele Alpine {Guest Post ~ Inspiration for Canary}
Witchling by Ari Harper {Author Interview}

Other


Around The Blogosphere 


Bout of Books

Here's my participation link for Bout of Books 8.0. To sign up click on the button above.

Authors Are Rockstars

Authors Are Rockstars is a month long event. Each hosting blog has chosen one Author to host. Check out the blog listing and the Authors they are hosting by clicking on the button above. It's a fantastic event and you get to learn so much more about your favourite Authors or you may even find a new Author to be a fan of. 


Something Strange & Deadly Read-along/Book Club Read is being co-hosted by Author, Susan Dennard and Epic Reads. Click on the button above to be directed to Susan's Book Club Intro Post or click here to view Epic Reads Discussions. 

So if you haven't read Something Strange & Deadly, or would like to re-read it before reading A Darkness Strange & Lovely, this is the perfect time and opportunity to read-along with your fellow bloggers and online readers. 

Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Last but certainly not least, the creator of The Sunday Post, Kimba the Caffeinated Reviewer is having her 2 year Blogoversary. Show your thanks by hopping over there to greet her a Happy Blogoversary and whilst your there enter the fantastic giveaway she's got happening to celebrate this memorable event!

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