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.


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.

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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.


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!.


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

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.


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....



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