Saturday, November 3, 2012

REVIEW: Commencement




 By Paige Cuccaro
September 2012
 Entangled Publishing



  In this novella Emma Hellsbane our resident Empath and girl genius is having issues.  School has been going well and keeping her best friend Mijir and fellow genius’s lusty emotions out of her system is always a challenge, but predictable.  Things though have started to get complicated, however with her boyfriend of six months and school soccer star Jason.  All of the sudden he gets these waves of complete hatred that Emma senses that are completely out of character for him.

Mijir suggests that he may be possessed or something and tells Emma she should investigate a little more.  She notices when she visits Jason again that he is wearing a suspicious ring.  She asks Jason about it and he says he found it while cleaning out the garage of a professors house.  The professor allows him to keep it for helping, but as it turns out that ring though it looks cool is the genies lamp of sorts to a Jinn. 

Their the original incarnations of genies and do grant wishes, but they also, as they grant those wishes, take over the persons body until they have complete control over their victims. Emma needs to work fast before the jinn takes over her boyfriend and after him everyone at their college.

This as I said in the beginning is a novella and is only fifty pages.  I liked the story. I am an Empath myself and I know how hard it can be.  Besides that, It is a good story and even though its shorter it is well paced and a full story all its own.  It is only .99$ for kindle on Amazon. So, if your looking for a short, but fun supernatural read this a different buy.

4/5

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

REVIEW: Duck Boy



By Bill Bunn
 BitingDuck Press
October 2012
ISBN-10: 1938463609
 ISBN-13: 978-1938463600




For the past 2 years Steve Best’s life has been nothing like it used to be, not since his mom disappeared .  These days his dad barely get by; emotionally or physically.  School is a veritable hell, where he has been nicknamed “Duck Boy” for being a nice guy and trying to save a duck stuck in  frozen pond near his school.

Christmas is coming and it looks like it’s going to be another crappy year.  Steve’s dad has to go on a business trip for work OVER the holiday.  So, Steve gets sent to his aunts house.  To say she is a little nutty is and understatement.  The woman carries around her dead sons ashes in a box and talks to them and even decides to wrap them up for the holiday so that he is “festive” for the occasion.

She is also very committed to finding his mother.  She tells Steve that his mother would never left him and his father willingly.  She tells him that his mother was into Alchemy and that she had been studying the practice for quite some time.  She thinks somehow this practice is related to her disappearance

Steve’s Aunt also tells him that she too practices Alchemy and would like to show him the ropes so that he can help in tracking down his mother.  He thinks she is off her rocker, but agrees to be open to her teachings.

What ensues  is a pretty epic adventure into another world and  another more brave side of himself that he never knew was there.

 4/5

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Books To Be Reviewed!

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all well and gearing up for Halloween! I haven't decided myself if I am going to dress up or anything, but my bosses at the bookstore have been bouncing around the idea of dressing me up like Dalek from Dr. Who.  We have been real busy at the store though so finding the time to make it could be a bit of a challenge.

I have managed to fit in some reading however and here is my list of books I will be posting reviews for in the coming days!



Abandon Book 2: Underworld
By Meg Cabot















Blue Bloods Book 1
By Melissa De La Cruz











Thumped (sequel to Bumped)
By Megan McCafferty

Sunday, August 26, 2012

What I've Been Up To




You guys remember that bookstore I profiled that is new in town?  Well, as it happens I work there now!  They just thought I was so cute and pathetic when I said hey you guys need anything? I need something to do!  I work there Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for a few hours each and my job for lack of a Websters word is de-stickerator.  They have worked in some and owned a bookstore before so when they moved to their newest location they packed up a ton of inventory which for the most part resides in a storage unit. It is my job as they bring a few boxes in at a time to unpack is to clean the dust off and remove stickers and random stickiness.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

REVIEW: (Abandon #2) Underworld by Meg Cabot



By Meg Cabot
Point Publishing
May 2012
ISBN-11: 0545284112
ISBN-13: 978-0545284110


In Underworld the second novel in the Abandon series by Meg Cabot we find our protagonist Pierce Olivera settling into her….new surroundings.  If you’ll remember in the previous novel John (the ruler of the underworld that is under Isla Huesos) brought Piece back down after her grandmother (possessed by a fury) tried to kill her. 

So, now she is taking in her new surroundings, still trying to get a handle on all that has happened.  While she is exploring she hears a ring and tracks the sound to her backpack in which is her cell phone.  She opens her phone to see a video of her cousin running out of oxygen trapped in a coffin. Very fearful that he cousin is in danger she goes to track down John who is off at his job at the boat dock. 

In search of him she meets some colleagues of his that keep the underworld running smoothly with him.  They call John Captain and do various jobs, some more bodyguard like, while others like my favorite, little Henry, hand out blankets to those waiting to be sorted.

Once she finds John he tells her that the video that she saw is not necessarily something that has happened yet.  It could be something from the future, or even a trick played on her by Furies to bring her out of hiding.  After some negotiations john agrees to bring her above ground so she can do some investigating

I enjoyed this book it definitely is a great follow up to the first and ends with an awesome cliffhanger in my opinion!  Pick it up an let me know what you think!

4/5

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Scrabble Cheater!



So, I sit here watching documentaries online.  I happen upon Scrabble Wars a documentary about four competitive scrabble players nationally ranked and working their way towards the Scrabble national tournament in August of 2002.   Out of sheer interest I Google “Scrabble tournaments” and find a gem.

Being that it’s August the current national contest took place last week and there has been some drama! A competitor was pocketing blank tiles to use in future games (his name was not released due to him being a minor) of which other players caught on.  He confessed to the officials and was removed for the tourney as you would expect. 

Surprisingly, this is the first case of cheating ever to take place during the national championship.  Many players are up in arms because of the fact that this was not a simple friend playing a friend in the park, but an actual competition where their was money on the line.  First prize is 25,000.

Personally a story like this makes me glad I play scrabble on the game site Pogo.  There is no way to cheat that I am aware of via the computer and the tiles you get in this case are truly random.  All I can say is I feel bad for this kids parents, but rest assured he is probably grounded for this!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

New Bookstore In Town!

Today I decided I am going to fill you in on some great news.  My little hamlet of a town has its first (non college textbook/school supply) bookstore!


It opened for the first time this week and I am so happy!  The only bookstores as I pointed out above in this town sell textbooks and school supplies so unless your in college their of no use to you.  It's one of the reasons I bought a kindle.  Since I am unable to drive myself anywhere outside of town, but wanted to keep up with the most current fiction.  Now I can go more half and half some kindle and some tangible.  Since they just opened this week there is still a lot of unpacking of books they need to do.   It does, however, work in poor people like myself favor as they are in strong need of used titles so if you have a particular  genre that you read and live near the town chances are if you bring books in that their needed.



I brought a bunch of older chick lit books in from before I had my kindle and luckily it was a genre that needed representation and she took all but two out of a dozen or so. There are some rules for trade-ins though so be mindful.

 *No overly obnoxiously smelling books  (tobacco/mildew)
 *No very damaged books (water damage, food, rips etc)
 *Hardbacks need to have their dust jackets
 *No magazines or readers digest type periodicals

And of coarse trade in also depends on need which ranges from 20% to 60 percent. (more if their in dire need of the title)  So, if you live near my little town go on over its owned by two great people who I've just met, but since there book people like myself I like to think their was some bonding. Also, if you would like please visit their Facebook page and like it to keep up with the latest news, promotions and local authors doing readings that are planned for the future!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

In My Mailbox 4


Bought








Daughter of Smoke& Bone 
By Laini Taylor






                                          






The Alchemy of Forever
By Avery Williams







Friday, July 27, 2012

Times Almost Up to Show Your H.EA.R.T

That's right people! Angela's still looking for submissions for her anthology for Heart Animal Rescue! Deadline is July 31st.  So, put some pen to paper, fingers to keyboard and get those entries in to support a really great cause!  If you have questions, just go here to her FAQ pages concerning the project!  I took part as well writing a poem that came to be about my awesome rabbit I rescued.

My mommy saved me help Angela and H.E.A.RT save more!  ~Snowball Schaeffer


Don't worry if your submissions not accepted for this particular anthology because I have some great news.  Two more are in the works!  Thanks to the buzz created by the Heart project two other shelters are getting on the bandwagon for anthologies of their own!  I am so glad to because I love animals and doing what I love and supporting my furry, feathered and altogether fabulous animal friends really makes me feel great!

So, like I said get those submissions in!

Happy Reading!

-Update- Just talked to Angela she has moved the deadline from July 31st to August 15th due to a move from one place to a MUCH better one! For more info just visit www.DandilyonFluff.com!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

REVIEW: The Goddess Legacy





By Aimee Carter
July 2012
HarlequinTeen
ISBN-10: 0373210752
ISBN-13: 978-0373210756



If your like me, and you follow The Goddess Test series your anxiously awaiting book three which isn’t due out until April 2013.  Just like between books one and two though, we have The Goddess Legacy which just came out yesterday!  Yes this is a collection of short stories. (which I usually don’t like) This one, however, surprised me and I actually enjoyed it a lot.

The stories explain the lives of some of the gods and goddesses in more detail.  For me it gave me more depth to the storyline I had read so far.  Giving it a stronger richness and more layers to bring understanding and weight to some of the non protagonist characters.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

In My Mailbox 3: Book Binge Part 2


Here is more that I got buying books with money from my birthday!





Heard good things about this novel so decided
 to see for myself!











The sequel to Delirium which I really enjoyed.













The final novel in the Fallen series having read the previous three and I am excited to see what happens next!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Helpless Animals Need Those With Heart




Angela Yuriko Smith my good friend and writing mentor is using her clout for a good cause!  She is compiling and anthology that will be sold to the public with its proceeds going to Heart Animal Rescue!
She is currently accepting submissions from now until July 31st.  The subject matter must be about shelter animals and no more then 2,000 words.  Other then that the possibilities are endless! Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, whatever way of writing suits you most is yours to showcase in this great book! Plus, you will be helping a great cause.

Please send all submissions to Angela via her email which is Dandilyonfluff@gmail.com.

I am helping her edit it and piece it together and certainly hope to see some of your names!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

In My Mailbox 2: Birthday Week Spending Binge

So, this past Wednesday was my birthday!  I decided to take the whole week off because I know the rest of the world was doing so too!  (Plus my kindle broke which kinda put reviewing at a stand still. Don't worry ordered another one which will come this Wednesday)  I come bearing the gems of my amazon birthday book binge!



I'm reading this one right now its a equal to one of my favorite books Eve.

The new series from Lauren Conrad profiling the other half of the friendship from L.A Candy series.


This one is book two in the Veronica Roth series called Divergent.

The newest book that is from one of my favorite authors of all time Jennifer Weiner.

This is just a few of them...I will post the rest next Sunday. Don't want this post to go on forever!


<3






Friday, June 29, 2012

Awesome Promo Video!

One of my best friends aka little sister Kira made this awesome promo video for me!  She runs Ember Marketing an awesome machisma (hope I spelled that right) making company.  She recently started a new channel on YouTube just for the promo videos she has made, but attached to that is a few other ones that have videos of her playing PC games. Shes awesome and if you want a promo video made for you blog, product, etc contact her its only 50 bucks which I think for this kind of quality is a steal and a great investment.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Where We Belong



Emily Giffen is one of my favorite authors, I have read all of her books over the years and reviewed a couple of them on other blogs.  So, when I saw she was coming out soon with a new one I was VERY excited.  It's called Where We Belong.  It's being released on July 24th. So, if it sounds intriguing to you as well go ahead and pre-order like I did! When I read it I will make sure to post a review here after! Here's the blurb from Amazon:

"Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world—and her very identity—will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.
 
For the precocious and determined Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to re-evaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light. As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever."


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Review Propheticus by Emma Daley

Recently, I decided to join another book tour this one for a book called Propheticus.  We first meet Aniah the female protagonist and her mother coming home from far away berry picking.  They do this a few times a year as the winters are very very harsh and all of the people in their village must stock up on food to survive it.  Aniah and her mother are the village cooks and spend much of their time making food for this rest of the tribe.

So, back to the berry picking, on their way back they come upon what looks like a dead man underneath some shrubbery.  They quickly check him out and realize that he is not dead but almost and drag him along with them back to their village.

His name is Novell and has been on a trek of sorts to find where he comes from.  He has been to many places during his search and when Aniah brings him his food each morning while he heals he thanks her by telling her stories of his travels.  Their friendship quickly blooms into more for reasons unknown to them one cannot get enough of the other.  All is not well in the village however as a animals have been turning up dead, sapped of all their blood...

Honestly, I didn't very much like this book.  I don't really think that the author is totally familiar with the YA genre.  It read more like a romance novel without any nudity and the characters are older then they should be  considering the audience. Novell for example is 30 to Aniah's 19.  There is also so many talks between her and Novell that could be cut out that I feel are meant to show how destined they are, but some are just tedious.  These are things that can be approved upon however, and if there is every a edited reprint of the title, I would read it again.



3/5



About Emma Daley
At only the age of three, you could find Emma perched in the center of the dining table, a tape player in her lap, while the other kids gathered to listen to her recite her own creative version of her favorite tales like "Jack and The Bean Stalk" or "Peter Pan". Her imagination was fueled when she signed up for a high school Greek Mythology class. It was there in high school Mythology class that Emma found her dream. Her teacher recognized her talent, and encouraged her to pursue a career in the one thing that brought her imagination to life, writing. As a military wife and with life's fast pace and strenuous demands, it wasn't until she was 26 that she finally decided to pursue those long forgotten dreams. She started her very first novel Propheticus in November of 2008, which will be released in December of 2010 and is working on the 2nd and 3rd sequels, with several other book ideas on the shelf waiting to be dusted off and put into words.
Blurb about Propheticus:

This is a self published, sci-fi fantasy book set in an ancient universe. Four destined characters run into each other by chance and discover their pasts connect them in a prophecy to destroy some of the universes most gruesome creatures. The mystery of Aniah's past begins to unravel when she meets a stranger in the desert outside her ranch on the planet Delucia. Strange things start to happen around the ranch and Aniah experiences horrible nightmares of a dark creature the longer this stranger stays and the more she begins to question her fathers disappearance years ago. This story takes you to other worlds and although the first novel offers a little more romance and mystery with some thriller, the other novels in the series have more action and adventure in them as the characters travel the universe and visit incredible worlds. Sample from the book: There is something frightening about the way a hateful, unknown creature looks back at you. The way its beady red eyes snarl at you, and it's cheek curls with a hiss to reveal the greedy canines beneath. It is one thing to dream of this beastly creature, and it is another to have it inches from your face, its warm ungodly breath on your cheek, and its pallid gray bones reaching to devour you. My name is Aniah, and once my world was safe. But like many others throughout the universe-and here on the planet Delucia-fate would have me meet with the Mangitori de Sangue; an ancient army of blood-lusting creatures who have been frightening and devouring the inhabitants of the universe for decades. My fate brings me deep into their world. In fact, it is written somewhere-and the stories have been told long before I was ever born-of a prophecy wherein a young woman with the heart and soul of an angel will lead the universe in a victory against the Mangitori de Sangue. I am that woman. I just have to stay alive long enough to figure out how.

Author Links:

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Random Cute!

Still feeling under the weather, but I promise to be back to regular posting next week! While you wait I wanted to give you this bit of cuteness to tide you over!  This is a baby bunny  from a bush out front at my apartment building.  There's is this one wild female bunny that makes the one particular place to have babies  over the spring and summer.

My guess this is one from her current liter exploring his or her surroundings.  Sorry that the picture is kinda fuzzy, but if I would have moved any closer it probably would have hopped away.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Sorry For Lack of Posting!


Been sick last few days, but thankfully I am starting to see out the other side and will be back to regular posting!  Gotten a lot of great response from indie authors thanks to my friend Angela! Which finds me with a whole pile of great books you've probably never heard of to work my way through! Love you all an hope your having an awesome weekend!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

REVIEW: What I Didn't Say By Keary Taylor


What I Didn’t Say, I am going to tell you all right off the bat, was one of my favorite novels of the year! When I read the synopsis I assumed it was going to be one of those usual YA fiction romances, but what you get is so much more!  A book that by the end if your not tearing up or sniffling a little, you have no emotion.

Jake Hayes is a high school Senior, who has a close family and is on the football team he has got good friends too that he has known for forever.  The only thing he doesn’t have is his long time crush Samantha Shay, who made her appearance sophomore year and ever since then she’s the only girl for him.  After winning the homecoming game he even goes as far as letting a friend of his tape him professing his love to Samantha on their camera phone.  Their a little more then buzzed and for sure not thinking straight when the three friends decide to get in a car and drive to Samantha’s house so he can tell her himself.

Something goes wrong, however, and they go over a rail and crash.  The other two are okay other there a broken arm on one friend and stitches for the other.  Jake though got the brunt of the injury, have his neck speared by a piece of the car so badly that the doctors had to remove his vocal cords. 

From then on Jake is mute and has to rely on notebooks and pens to communicate with others.  At  first for good reason he is angry and doesn’t want to speak to anyone,  He is mad at himself, mad at his friends and just hates the whole situation. 

Eventually, Jake has to go back to school and endure the stares and the whispers.  He also has a class added to his schedule a independent study with Samantha. Who while he was gone made it so most of her classes were with him so she could help him.  She plans on teaching him what she knows of American Sign Language.  Hopefully they both learn something.

5/5

Thursday, June 7, 2012

REVIEW: Masque of Red Death by Bethany Griffin


Araby Worth lives in a world that for the last few years has been ravaged by “The Contagion” a fast infection/disease that is transferred through the air an kills people within days.  She also lives in a world of guilt of having lost her twin brother Finn to the illness soon after it was discovered.  She feels the guilt because her father had her wear the first mask that protects people from the illness before giving it to Finn. This though, they discover later made it not work for Finn because only the original person to wear it is protected by it. So, he soon caught the illness and passed away.

Since the time of his death Araby has drawn more and more into herself. She puts on a smile, but inside she feels hollow.  She spends most of her time following her rich best friend April around.  Most nights April  drags her to a club called Debauchery where they do IV drugs to numb themselves and April finds herself her eye candy for the night.  Each person that walks into the club must first be checked to make sure they don’t have the illness. This is where Araby meets a boy named Will one night and is intrigued by him.  A couple nights later she runs into April’s brother Elliot and he asks her to help him and explains their families back story and how she can help overthrow the evil Prince Prospero. 

From there this story is a world wind of a that doesn’t stop to let you breath even at the end.  I cannot wait for the next novel in the series and hopefully it will be even more heart pounding then the first!.

4/5

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday


Currently I am very much anticipating the release of Jennifer Weiner's new book the Next Best Thing. It will be released July 3rd so keep your eyes peeled. That is the day before my birthday hoping i can drop some hints to a family member to get it for me as a gift.



Here is the synopsis for Amazon.com:

Actors aren’t the only ones trying to make it in Hollywood.…At twenty-three, Ruth Saunders left her childhood home in Massachusetts and headed west with her seventy-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to make it as a screenwriter. Six years later, she hits the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Best Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie’s going to be the showrunner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on her boss, and her grandmother’s impending nuptials.
Set against the fascinating backdrop of Los Angeles show business culture, with an insider’s ear for writer’s room showdowns and an eye for bad backstage behavior and set politics, Jennifer Weiner’s new novel is a rollicking ride on the Hollywood roller coaster, a heartfelt story about what it’s like for a young woman to love, and lose, in the land where dreams come true.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Review: The Selection By Kiera Cass

Lately I have been completely in love with dystopian novels!  So, when I saw the The Selection I knew it was a book I must read!


America Singer is a 5.  In this new america royals are back and the class system is done by numbers.  1 is the highest rank and is held by the royals themselves and 8 (or is it 7?) for those that are homeless. This new america was created by massive debt and being taken over by china, but thanks to one brave man who lead a new american army they get back what was rightfully theirs. 


Decedents of this brave man are what has become the royal family.  The son of the King and Queen, have decided it is time for him to marry.  It will be done in an extravagant way with thousands of girls signing up but only 35 girls will be picked to be brought to the castle. Think of it as as a future and over the top version of the bachelor.  


America does not wish to participate though as she is in a secret relationship with a 6 named Aspen.  Since he is a 6 it would be very frowned upon if the relationship became public.  Aspen, however, wanting her to have all the opportunities in the world breaks up with her.  So, with no boyfriend and a family in need of funds that would be given to her family if she is chosen for as long as she stays in the running, decides to throw her hat in the ring. She is chosen and from there we see what the girls have to go through.




I'm purposely stopping here because I don't want to give too much away.  The book was awesome and I can't wait for the new books to come out!  I really felt for america and I love how she thinks not just about herself and winning the prince, but using her status to try and help those less fortunate.




5/5

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sunday Salon: What books make you feel?



Currently, I am reading this really heartwarming book that I received from NetGalley about a boy who loses his vocal cords in a bad car accident.  The part that makes my heart twist is that him and his friends were on their way to go have this boy tell this girl that he has been in love with her for years.

I love stories like that that are not just romantic in nature, but profoundly make you feel.  I know most people say they hate Twilight, but the love between Edward and Bella tugged at my heart too.  Maybe I like it because in both cases it seems somewhat impossible, unattainable or dangerous. It's  stories like that , that make me want to cry maybe in happy tears, maybe in sad that are my very favorite.  What is the last book you read that really made YOU feel? comment!

Friday, June 1, 2012

REVIEW: The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls

In the beginning of this novel we find Adrienne Haus, the main character of this story laid up after knee surgery. It's somewhere and shed rather be out an about, but between healing and her very best friend away for the summer, she is pretty much stuck. She decides to try and combat the boredom by working on the reading reading list assigned for the AP English class she is starting in the fall.  So, whenever she can Adrienne's mother drives her to the pool and Adri sits and starts reading the first book on her list, Frankenstein.  While working her way through it one day she runs into CeeCee  pretty much in my opinion the snottiest person in the entire world, but I do admire her ability to ALWAYS speak her mind.  There is also Jill who works at the snack bar of the pool and Wallis who is like a kid genius. On one of the days their talking they figure out that there all going to be in that same AP English class.


Later that day just to make conversation she tells her mom what her and the other girls discovered.  In the interest of giving Adri something to do and have a bit of mother daughter bonding she decides to try to contact the other mothers about having a mother daughter book club.  Well much to the girls distaste the group comes together.  The title of this book is actually what they (behind the backs of their mothers) name the club.  This book is not about just books tho they are mentioned and discussed its about the girls getting to know one another and breaking down the barriers of who each thought the others were.


I have mixed feelings about this book.  CeeCee's general attitude went a little overboard many times, I understand what the other from the character but clearly; less is more.  Also, the story between Adri and her mother and the wear-a-bouts and back story of her father goes nowhere in my opinion and is unnecessary.  For these reasons I give this book....




3/5

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

REVIEW: Happy Families

Happy Families is not your usual family drama type novel.  Up until recently Ysabel  and her brother Justin have lived pretty perfect lives. Ysabel is artist working mostly in bead work at a place near her house called the Crucible.  Justin is the academic, with a five year plan which he hopes will hopefully lead to Stanford  He is also on the debate team which he is very good at. That is until one meet where he noticed his father, while giving his current argument....dressed like a woman,

After that, things only get worse.  With some help from their grandparents the family realized that their dad is Transgender.  Soon after the realization hits many things change.  Their father moves out to a place on the other side of the state. Ysabel spends all her time at the Crucible to stay away from the family drama, and perfect her skills.  Justin completely abandons his college plans, breaks up with a girlfriend he really likes for fear that when she finds out that she will hate him and pretty much tries to meld into the background. He does find a family members of transgender peoples support group online to help him understand.

The book after a brief prologue of how things once were, we find the twins getting ready for a trip to their dads to spend sometime with him after a long time separated.  Neither are looking forward to their little vacation.  Being that it is their spring break they would much rather do their own thing.  Neither parent will budge though on the plan so they are stuck.

What the trip turns into is a week of therapy trips  and events with other transgender folks and their families.. It seems daunting but maybe it will help...who knows?

I think book is a necessary read for many, because whether or not you have a parent or a sibling or anything who is transgender or you just want understand it better.  It for sure helped me understand better what the transition is like as well as what emotions the one who is transgender goes through, as well as the people around them,

4 out of 5

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday Salon: Why I like Reading


So, there is this group I belong to on Facebook called The Sunday Salon.  Everybody pretty much pitches in by writing something book related.  Sometimes there is a topic but mostly it just includes what people are reading an other book related thoughts. They post these thoughts and responses on their blog and link it to the group so others can read.  One I read a few minutes ago was asking what genres do the readers in the book prefer and why.  I decided to take it a step further an write about why I like reading.

Some of you may or may not know this but I was born with the condition Osteogenesis Imperfecta or "brittle bone disease"  The collagen in my bones is of a poor quality so they break rather easily.  When I was little they were even softer then they are now an until I hit puberty I almost always ha something in a cast at all times.  To combat the boredom of being pretty immobile I took to reading. My mom herself was a veracious reader so she would take me to the library in a nearby town an let me pick out a few.  I LOVED it!  In those moments reading about other worlds and fictitious peoples problems made the pain I was in a bit more forgettable an literally swept me away from what I was dealing with and let me focus on something else for a little while.  I think my mom (may she rest in peace) would be honored to know that that gift she gave me of books and reading is something that will stick with me and will something I will always be thankful to her for.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Sponsor CBB!

So, my sister over at Uncharted Heart turned me on to this site called Passion Fruit Ads. Which is great for lazy people like myself and allows people to buy ads easily and stress free! If you would be interested in sponsoring/buying ad space please go to the "Sponsorship"

PS. sorry for this quick ad folks just trying to add my baby to technorati GTX4GT8FWGRH 

Friday, May 25, 2012

BOOKSHELF: Butterfly!


Those of you that follow me pretty regularly know that once an a while I like to post pictures of really inventive bookshelves that I see on the blog aptly named Bookshelf.  This one is called of coarse Butterfly and i love the colors!  It has special significance because my mom died a couple of years ago and there's kind of saying that when you you see a butterfly flying by you that its actually someone close to you that passing through to let you know that there watching over you.

What do you guys think would you buy this?  I know I would if I had the cash.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

REVIEW: Welcome Caller, This Is Chloe


Chloe Camden is a red haired, always outgoing, sometimes a walking burrito (for her part time job) girl.  Life has been good so far, she has great friends a supportive and a little kooky family.  This all seems to tailspin down  rather quickly in the  beginning  of the book.  Chloe is doing her usual job for the Mexican restaurant she works for, which entails walking up and down the block in her burrito costume handing out coupons.  She sees one of her best friends cars pull up to a light nearby and tries to start talking to her when her friend bursts out with a ‘it’s not all about you’ type retort.

While she tries to figure out what is going on with her friend, she get another unpleasant little surprise.  There is a new guidance counselor at school that insists that Chloe changes the subject of her student project to something more “worthwhile” then shoes.  Each student at her high school must work on an independent study project in order to graduate.  Her counselor suggests working for the schools radio station which she begrudgingly accepts after not being given much of a choice.

The radio station is literally on it’s last legs.  Very old equipment and lots of technical problems.  Not to mention the reigning leader of the group Clementine right off the bat does not like Chloe one bit.  They have a problem though that with Chloe’s help they may be able to fix.  They run out of funding at the end of the year, unless they can prove to the school board that the radio station is an asset to the school. Plus there is that one cute sort of dorky guy.

I enjoyed this book a lot and also like the information about running radio stations in general, which interested me.  I read the acknowledgements at the end and the author actually spent time at a nearby high schools radio station as research for her book!

4 out of 5

Friday, May 18, 2012

A Call For Authors!

With the raving success of my participation in my friend Angela's End of Mae Awareness Month I have been doing some thinking.  I want to help other authors like her (ie doing there own marketing and getting their book out to the people on her own) to succeed.  To that end, I am hereby issuing a CALL TO AUTHORS!  If you have a fiction book let me know!  We will work things out however you like, review,guest posting, contests etc.  Just email me with a link to a synopsis of some sort and I will let you know!  I think this will be mutually beneficial for all, if gives authors and my blog exposure and gives readers exposure to some great works!  I look forward to hearing from all of you.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

End of Mae Awareness Month Continues: Guest Post From Angela!

Why Write?
Why do we write?
The hours are long and lonely.  We carve spare minutes out of the daily bustle sacrificing relax time for type time.  When our friends are out having coffee together we are sitting alone agonizing over verbiage and plots.  Like geese driven to the long flight writers force themselves to sit at their keyboards and create story from nothing. 
The words wake us up at night stealing our sleep, tales sneaking in as dreams... or are the dreams coming to life as stories.  We live in a world that has layers of reality.  Nothing is ever as it seems and every passerby is a character.  We are enslaved by syntax and the play of syllable against the tongue.  Rulers of our inner worlds, but like all good leaders we are its servant as well.  The creator is slave to creation.
Why do we write?  Like anything, we all have our reasons.  I write because words roll around in my head of their own accord, demanding to be set free.  They set themselves out to their own pattern, oblivious to my planning.  The plots spawn independently, fathered by chance meetings and nurtured in daydreams.  I couldn't stop the stories if I wanted to.  They come, unbidden, like phantoms full of secrets.  Like a medium I find myself serving two worlds - this one and the one waiting to be written.
Why do I write?  I spin words because they translate this strange world for me.  I write because I love the way words look, taste and feel in the mind.  I write because words save me.  Were I not to have words I would be locked up, insane and shuddering under the onslaught of images I would be helpless to stop.  Writing keeps my mind on its axis.  Words keep me in orbit.
Why do writers write?  Because we are.

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