Friday, December 30, 2011

Chloe Doe by Suzanne Phillips


Chloe Doe by Suzanne Phillips
Release Date: 2007
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
GoodReads:  3.36 out of 5
Pages: 192
Buy It: 

WARNING! Adult Content! 




Chloe Doe chronicles a 17-year-old girl's tumultuous path to becoming a prostitute and her ultimate transformation back into mainstream society. During her therapy at Madeline Parker Institute for Girls, Chloe slowly reveals aspects of her painful past--the stepfather who abused her sister, the mother who let it all happen, the need to love and be loved--and faces the future she finally decides to build for herself. Told in heart-wrenching language that's sometimes caustic, often ironic, and always authentic, Chloe Doe is certain to find a place among classics about teens that triumph over their loneliness and desperation to find hope.


The huge warning above is because I have encountered and read a lot of reviews from younger crowds who were terrified after reading this book, some even going to say that they filthy after having read it and are disturbed by it. It's true, the book is about an issue that we can only hope doesn't happen, but the fact is that it does happen; everyday.

Chloe's journey is one that sends a message of finding strength when in the deepest and darkest moments of life. She has a childhood that is filled with abuse and a mother who does nothing to stop it. She becomes a prostitute in order to survive, a job that she shamelessly says she is good at. There are many parts in the story that are gut wrenching and I had to put it down for a moment to fight back tears. It was the holiday season while I was reading it, I didn't exactly feel like crying!

The message is very important in this book and while for some people it is very hard to swallow, it is a short read that demonstrates perseverance.

Thor



No, not that rainbow road! I mean the one that leads to Asgard.



Yes, something like that. I mean Thor the movie,the one staring that hunk, Chris Hemsworth.)


Yes, that one. I had wanted to see the movie when it came out, but as things go in life, it wasn't until it became a $1 commodity at Redbox that I got to get my hands on it. I like comic books, but I will admit that I am not very well versed and do not know everything there is to know. This movie opened up my eyes again to comics and reminded me how amazing the stories are. It's not like I didn't know, but I spend a lot of my time on social networking sites rather than doing things that actually help me become a better writer (and geek.) So, it is one of my 2012 ambitions to stop spending so much time goofing off on Facebook and Twitter and reading more great stories! If you haven't seen the movie, you should definitely do so. Even if you are not into comic books, the movie is brilliant, action packed, and has that hot guy in it! ;)

Anyone else out there who likes the movie and/or comic book? 


Monday, December 26, 2011

A Million Suns by Beth Revis


A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
GoodReads:  4.33 out of 5
Pages: 400
Buy It: Amazon





Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.
It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to enact his vision - no more Phydus, no more lies.














I loved Across the Universe by Beth Revis and love Beth Revis just as much. In case you have not read Across the Universe, you have about two weeks to do so and I highly recommend that you do! A lot of people that I know were a bit hesitant to pick up a book that seemingly zaps us into a sci-fi world, but Beth Revis herself admits that the sci-fi element isn't too overpowering and I agree! If you are a bit nervous for that reason, then don't be. Beth Revis' world revolves around mystery and relationships, action and emotion! A Million Suns certainly delivers and I was not disappointed.


In the first book, Godspeed felt claustrophobic and foreign. In the sequel, Godspeed felt familiar and unexplored. We get to see through Elder's eyes when dealing with obstacles and chaos and through Amy's eyes when dealing with confusion and raw emotion. Elder and Amy's relationship does not disappoint me one bit! In fact, I find that Amy's thoughts of the relationship are sound and perfect. Besides, they are trapped on a ship together, should she not think the way she does? (You MUST read to find out!) 


This book was sociologically and psychologically interesting and I think that the different people that we meet on board the ship really help to understand the magnitude of this "project." There were many parts where I felt sad for the humanity of the ship and the situation that they now found themselves in. However, Elder did the best he could and more importantly he always did what he thought was right. 


So, without giving away any huge spoilers, this book was very gripping and kept my attention, more so than the first installment. I continued to flip the pages feverishly, wanting to know what Elder and Amy would experience next, or what they would reveal through their own thoughts. I particularly like scenes when we are in their heads and I always felt like I was in their minds with them. Which goes to show great writing on Beth's part! The end of the book was VERY gasp worthy and surprising for me. I can't wait to read the final installment of this trilogy! Bravo Beth Revis and I love you! <3







Thursday, December 15, 2011

Random Magic Tour


Songs of the Season
Event production by
Random Magic Tour
Sasha Soren (Random Magic)

Dec. 10-25, 2011


Welcome to the Songs of the Season music hop! You're invited to join us every day from December 10-25, to enjoy a virtual round of caroling.


Every day, you can visit a different blog to find another wonderful music selection, handpicked by a variety of great hosts.

Event Schedule Here! 


Title: At Christmas, Merry Christmas Baby, Christmas Means to Me My Love, 
Artist: Hanson 
Available at: Amazon 


Okay, so this is super cheesy, but I used to be a HUGE Hanson fan circa 1997 until I was old enough to know better. I was OBSESSED! Well, this album in particular has stuck with me throughout the years as I have grown into adulthood. My mom and I have always secretly shared the love for listening to this album during the holiday season. There is just something so bittersweet about about it and it holds a lot of memories for us! There are fast, upbeat songs and slow, chilled out songs. Perfect for all the emotions that the holiday season brings us! I have warmed this album up to people who even hated Hanson prior to hearing the album! Turn it on and nobody really seems to know that it's Hanson until you point it out. It still gets me in the Christmas spirit 14 years later! Can you believe it has been that long ago? 

Title: The Chipmunk Song
Artist: Tegan and Sara
Available atAmazon


Tegan and Sara are one of my favorite bands so to hear a song that reminds me of the holidays plus Tegan and Sara singing = AMAZING! They have such great harmony and the music is slow and relaxing. For me the holiday season is about reflecting upon the past year and setting goals for the next one and this particular song just puts me into a relaxed state of, "It's okay. It's time to rest a bit and then we can worry about next year when it gets here."


By the way, I am super obsessed with warm smells during this time of the year. Like cinnamon and nutmeg, chocolate and apple pie! It really puts me in an amazing mood when I can listen to music and have a nice candle or incense burning in the room. What do you like to do to get in the holiday spirit? 


If you have a favorite song, feel free to share in the comments. Thanks for stopping by, and hope you have a chance to enjoy some Christmas goodies on the way to your next stop on the hop! 





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Friday, December 9, 2011

Hunger Games!! And Lenny Kravitz?


Look at them altogether! I am so absolutely excited for The Hunger Games movie and I am going to be re-reading all of the books and re-reviewing them before the movie comes out just because I want to dust off my memory. It seems like so long ago since I first read the first book in The Hunger Games Trilogy and I remember being so stunned by the book. I still need to read Battle Royale to compare the two books, now knowing that the book isn't as original as I initially thought it was, but it still does not take away the amazement that I felt when I began the trilogy. I like all of the actors that were cast for the movie, though at first when I saw Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, I had to tilt my head to the side and say, "What?", but I think the more I see pictures of him on set the more I get comfortable with him. 

I saw Breaking Dawn on opening night and I think the best part of the whole entire movie was the trailer for The Hunger Games. My friend that was with me had never heard of The Hunger Games and her reaction was, "Wow. That looks really good. Intense." My response was, "You have NO idea." I think the movie is going to go really well for the people who have never read the book before, but just like any other book turned big screen, I don't expect everyone who read the trilogy first to think it is 100% true to the book, but for the most part I think we are going to be pleasantly surprised! 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Coming Soon: A Million Suns

Just a preview.. review coming soon! ;) EXCITED!!! 





Decoden: Japanese style DIY!

So some of you know this side of me, but some may not! I absolutely love Japanese style fashion and all things kawaii (cute)!! I am a huge lover of San-X, Sanrio, and other brands that create kawaii characters/products. Most people only know Sanrio for certain characters such as Hello Kitty, but there are many more characters where she came from! Perhaps I'll make a more in depth post about that later, but I wanted to show you the cell phone case that I will be making soon! I plan to document it in photos and possible make a video! It will be my first time doing decoden on a cell phone case! Here is the kit that I am using.





Monday, October 3, 2011

Delicious!


Fall is my absolute favorite season. I love the smell in the wind and the flavors that come with the different foods and drinks available to us in the fall. Look at those apples filled with apple cider! It looks so good, mouthwatering! I am going to try this out!! The fall air reminds me of a particular tree I used to sit in when I was a kid. I was only able to sit in it in the fall because the branches were too heavy and big with leaves otherwise and in the winter it was too cold! I used to sit in that tree for hours and read. Then I would go in the house for a treat to get warmed up! 

Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ cups apple cider (You can buy it at any grocery store—just make sure you get “cider” and not “juice.”)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons caramel sauce or dip
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • whipped cream
  • caramel flavored syrup
Instructions:
  1. Combine all ingredients into a sauce pan.
  2. Heat over medium-high heat and stir (don’t let all the caramel stick to the bottom of the pan).
  3. Once the cider is hot and all the caramel has melted, pour into a mug.
  4. Top off your drink with whipped cream and lightly drizzle caramel syrup to your liking… and enjoy!

***What is one of your favorite fall time treats?***

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Follow Friday! (so late)


Q. If you could change the ending of any book (or series), which book would you choose? Why and to what?

Everyone has mostly picked Twilight, so I try really hard to pick something DIFFERENT, but the fact of the matter is that book just needs some HELP!

I never actually read Breaking Dawn. I think I got to the first 100 pages or so before I sat it down and gave up on it. Then it sat in the back of my car and the sun turned the pages yellow and the cover deteriorated and I threw it out. SO! With that said, I don't know exactly how it ended, but I do know that the whole entire series needs to be revamped. It is pretty clear that most of the readers who like the book take it for what it is, a cheesy romance novel, but the other side of the spectrum knows that the characters, plot, and development of the entire series was done pretty poorly. Maybe there are some people who think that the books are great based on those factors, but I disagree.

Anyway, I would make the main characters more honorably and less ditzy and I certainly would have made the plot point be more about the whole vampire vs. werewolf aspect instead of the love interest vs. love interest. That's my piece. There are more intelligent and more well thought out plans for the series and I will take any of them over what we got.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Bargain Books!

I honestly don't know if this has been done by anyone else before, so if you know someone that has let me know so that I can give them credit. With the tough economy and our growing love for books, sometimes we need to shift through the bargain racks to see what we can find on sale. Every week I will list a few books that I have found that are good deals & good reads! 




               Soulless by Christopher Golden
Times Square, New York City: The first ever mass séance is broadcasting live on the Sunrise morning show. If it works, the spirits of the departed on the other side will have a brief window -- just a few minutes -- to send a final message to their grieving loved ones... full description here. This is an intriguing Young Adult horror, the book has been described as "truly horrifying" and "devours you in one sitting" and you can get it for only $3.98 on Amazon!  
The Luxe by Anna Godberson The story opens in 1899 with the funeral of Elizabeth Holland, a well-bred beauty said to have plunged to her death in the Hudson River. The narrative then travels back several weeks, tracing the relationships and events that have led to the somber assembly. This tangled web includes not one but two sets of star-crossed lovers; an upstairs/downstairs romance; a scheming social climber; a bitter servant girl; and oodles of money, all set in a Edith Wharton via Hollywood vision of Old New York. Find it at Amazon for only $3.48.
Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot Katie Ellison is a big-time liar: she is running for the title of Quahog Princess, but she can't stand the clams her town is famous for, and she juggles two boyfriends. But the lie that weighs on her soul the most is the big secret that she is keeping about her former best friend, Tommy. To complicate matters, Tommy suddenly returns to town after a four-year absence that began after he spilled the beans about local football players who cheated on their SATs. Katie sorts through her attraction to multiple guys, including Tommy, who became all grown up and gorgeous while he was away. Lightweight and predictable, this is still an enjoyable read that's sure to be popular with Cabot's many fans. A Bargain on Amazon for only $2.24!!!



                                                                                                                                                                                     

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Follow Friday


If you could write yourself a part in a book, what book would

 it be and what role would you play in that book?



I would probably write myself into a book like The Iron Fey series.  I would want to play one of the mythical creatures that make up the Summer Court because I find them whimsical and fun! I would be one of the fae that seduce people and make them lose control of their senses. I think that would be interesting! 

If you are new to my blog, leave a comment and I'll follow you! :) 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday!

This is my first time participating in Top Ten Tuesday which is a weekly feature/meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week she has given us the liberty to choose any Top Ten list that we want to create. I have chosen to do:















 TOP TEN BOOKS IN MY TO BE READ PILE THAT HAVE NOT YET BEEN RELEASED!


1. A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2) by Beth Revis - I am lucky to have been able to get my hands on an ARC copy of this book. I will be receiving it sometime in October. Comes out in January 2012!


2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - This book is currently available for pre-order. John Green is signing every single copy that is pre-ordered out for release in January 2012! Sooo excited! NERDFIGHTER FOR LIFE!


3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - Debut novel for 2011, comes out in November, I follow the author on Twitter and read her blog. She is brilliant and makes me happy. 


4. Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson - 2012 debut, the cover is so beautiful and haunting. It is a dystopian. I am in love with dystopians recently! 


5. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows - This is the first in a series of books about reincarnation. Definitely interesting! It comes out January 2012. Gosh, I am tired of waiting for these awesome books!


6. Fever by Lauren DeStefano - If you haven't read Wither, the first book in this series, YOU NEED TO! Fever doesn't come out until January 2012, like everything else. 


7. The Archived by Victoria Schwab - Not sure when it's coming out, but I love Victoria Schwab. Her writing is so poetic, enchanting, beautiful. It is a must read just because she wrote it, and the plot seems VERY interesting. 


8. Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey - The cover is so beautiful. Again, doesn't come out until January! It involves fairies, dragons, and humans all at war with one another. 


9. Glimmer by Phoenbe Kitanidis - Two people lose their memory and fall in love?! Mystery and romance. 


10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer - Oh my gosh, look at this cover. It is gorgeous. It's about a cyborg named Cinder. CYBORG? Yes!


Alright, so there are tons and tons more, but this list can't go on forever! I hope I introduced you to some new books that have yet to come out. All of these come out in January 2012 and they all look amazing. What is your Top Ten Tuesday? :)















Monday, August 15, 2011

On Writing a Novel


Sometimes writing a novel is like getting lost in Wonderland. You are not sure which turn to take, what characters to trust, or what scene will result in the outcome that you envision. Sometimes you don't even know the outcome. Maybe you know the outcome, but you're not sure how you are going to get there. Perhaps the world you have created in your mind does not come out right, the words do not seem powerful enough, or you can't string them together in the right way to make it flow like the images flow in your mind. You procrastinate out of fear more than anything, despite blaming it on the internet, books, family members, or work, because nothing is more scary than facing yourself; your toughest critic. 





Sometimes you find yourself falling into a road block, a point where you look at your 150 pages of hard work and wonder if its even worth it to continue, so you drag your feet along the path that you've created and hope that when it comes to an end, there will be something soft to catch you. 


 You wonder if anyone understands what you are going through, the madness, the stress, the guilt, the feeling of possibly not being good enough, the thought that your idea is possibly the worst idea to ever be put into words.


You cry a lot.


But then something amazing happens. You meet people who know what its like, who understand, who have their own crazy world inside their head that they are trying so desperately to get into words.


You talk about your ideas together, your stories, your dreams, your hopes, your wishes. You keep writing; you are inspired. That road block doesn't seem so hard to get past anymore. Wonderland is wonderful again.


The writing community through blogs, Twitter, and YouTube have been so helpful, supportive, and kind. Thanks to all of you! I consider you all my friends. 

        and any other CampNaNoWriMos that have been there along the way.. I LOVE YOU!  )










Saturday, August 13, 2011

Across the Universe by Beth Revis


Across the Universe by Beth Revis 
Release Date: January 11th, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
GoodReads: 3.88 out of 5
Pages: 398
Buy It: Amazon




Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.


See that face up there? That is the face I made while reading this book. I originally read it with Chapters Book Club (click to see!) which is a collab channel I am part of where we read books with the subscribers. Across the Universe had tons and tons of votes! There were so many people who were excited to read the book and for good reason!

 It was amazing! I love that it is a Young Adult book but it delves into sci-fi and murder/mystery. Beth Revis did a phenomenal job of showing us what the space ship was like, so much so that I was extremely claustrophobic while reading it! I fell immediately in love with the book at the first chapter. It is so heartfelt and sad! I seriously cried! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the world in which Amy found herself in and was intrigued by the history of the ship. 

The story kept me guessing. I was never really sure where Beth was going to take me next. It was truly mysterious and on-the-edge of your seat type action! If you are not a sci-fi lover, don't worry! Give it a try, because the science is not overwhelming. It is more character and story based than compound measurements and chemical reactions. This is a must read!

I can not wait to read A Million Suns, the next book in the series. Love ya Beth Revis!



Ash2Nash Tour! Beth Revis, Julie Kagawa, Myra McEntire, Victoria Schwab & More!

Hello there lovelies! I had the great pleasure of attending the Ash2Nash Tour which featured some of my favorite authors!

Julie Kagawa - The Iron Fey Series
Beth Revis - Across the Universe & A Million Suns
Myra McEntire - Hourglass
Victoria Schwab - The Near Witch
Ruta Sepetys - Between Shades of Grey
Rachel Hawkins - Hex Hall, Demonglass, Spellbound



Unfortunately my seat wasn't very good for picture taking, but this is a picture of Julie Kagawa. I think person that she was talking to was the guy taking pictures while the authors were answering questions! 


On the left, Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fey Series) and on the right Myra McEntire (Hourglass).

Julie was very sweet and I learned a lot of things about her and her writing career that I was not aware of. She is a big fantasy fan like myself! I loved her dragon shirt! Yay dragons! A woman after my own heart! Myra McEntire was witty and I was surprised to learn that she is from Tennessee! As is Victoria Schwab! One of the questions Myra was asked was what inspired her to base her book setting in the south. Her answer was something like, "I wanted to show that in the south we have TEETH and SHOES." I loved that she was from the area and proved through her writing that the south is not what some people portray it to be. (Not exactly like that but you can see 30 minutes of video footage here that I recorded) She was so funny! And I loved her accent! 

Victoria was genuinely kind and her story to publication was truly inspirational. 




This is a picture of Ruta Sepetys who wrote Between the Shades of Gray, which I have heard such good things about but have not got around to buying it (lack of money atm so I unfortunately was not able to purchase any books.) Her story is incredible and to imagine how much we take for granted in the U.S.




Julie signing my copy of The Iron Queen. She signed all three of her books for me! :D Beth Revis also signed my copy of Across the Universe but I was unable to get a picture of her signing it, but here is a picture of what she wrote! 


Beth was absolutely hilarious! I loved her story about how she would run into the closet trying to get into Narnia. So hilarious! And her story to publication was also very inspirational. She had written many books before Across the Universe and was unable to get published, but she kept trying! She didn't give up! Across the Universe was her 11th attempt, but she had the strength to keep going and I am so very glad that she did!

Rachel Hawkins was also quite hilarious! "Bodice ripping" forever! ;) She was very down to earth and well, just watch the video I took! She was so funny. :D

I am sad that I was unable to get copies of Hourglass, The Near Witch, Hex Hall, Demonglass, and Between the Shades of Grey signed but I was just too broke to buy all of those books, but someday I hope to meet these wonderful, talented women again! Today at 5PM in my hometown, Victoria Schwab will be having her launch party for The Near Witch so I am going to try and purchase it then and also get her to sign it. :D :D 

Here are the videos I took of the authors @ the event! Check them out! 







Since I was unable to get many good pictures, I took some from here to repost to you guys!