Saturday, March 26, 2011

Radiance by Alyson Noel

Paperback, 183 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Square Fish (first published August 24th 2010)

Riley has crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. She has picked up life where she left off when she was alive, living with her parents and dog in a nice house in a nice neighborhood. When she’s summoned before The Council, she learns that the afterlife isn’t just an eternity of leisure. She’s been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a possibly cute, seemingly nerdy boy who’s definitely hiding something. They return to earth together for Riley’s first assignment, a Radiant Boy who’s been haunting a castle in England for centuries. Many Soul Catchers have tried to get him to cross the bridge and failed. But all of that was before he met Riley . . .

I picked this up on my iPod through the Clearance list for basically nothing, otherwise I would have been disappointed. I have never read anything by Alyson Noel, not even The Immortal series from which Radiance came and I had no idea that it was considered a middle-grade book. I thought that for what it is, it was a cute and easy read only after knowing that it is for a much younger audience than YA is intended to be for. If I were 8-10 I would give this a much better rating, maybe? 

My biggest gripe with this book is that nothing happens. Riley dies too young and goes to Here & Now, Alyson's version of what lies beyond death. She is given an assignment and goes and de-haunts a haunted castle and then goes flying with her guide, Bodhi. Then the story ends. It's very short which is good for the audience that it is intended for, but just not for me. I didn't particularly care for any of the characters, they were just normal fill in the blanks. After finishing this one I read other people's reviews and from what I gather maybe it would be better if I read The Immortal series so as to better like this story. If I do and it changes my opinion, I will adjust this review accordingly, but for now, not my cup of tea.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Follow Friday!

I haven't participated in Follow Friday in a while so just thought I'd join in! Leave a comment and I'll be sure to follow you! Also, if you are new to my blog, be sure to enter my YouTube Subscriber Giveaway! You have the chance to win Elixir by Hilary Duff or The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. 

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The question of the week is: 
How did you come up with your blog name?

Mine was pretty simple. I am a book geek, among other things that I am geeky about. Originally I was going to have a music geek, movie geek, etc attached onto this blog, but I am going through some things in my life that limit me to choosing a few hobbies. [Work, school, surgery.] 

I am a video game geek as well and in the video game world (also in the internet world) there is a language called L337 sp3ak or leet speak.  It uses various combinations of ASCII characters to replace Latinate letters. For example, leet spellings of the word leet include 1337 and l33teleet may be spelled 31337 or 3l33t (wiki for more information) so I chose to use ge3k to make it a little bit more geekier. =]

Sooo, that's it from me! Follow & comment! =]

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Update + Subscriber Giveaway

Hi guys! I would like to invite you all the enter my book giveaway contest! The two books up for grabs are Elixir by Hilary Duff and The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. My last review was on Hilary Duff's Elixir. The Neverending Story is the book that the movie The Neverending Story was based upon. It's easy to enter to win! Just subscribe to my channel and in the comments on YouTube leave me a message saying which book you are interested in. On March 20th I will announce winners. The winners will need to contact me so I can get your information to send you the book! I will give the winners 48 hrs and then I'll have to pick someone else to get the book. Winners will be chosen at random, using a random generator.

It's easy to subscribe and it's free! If you don't have a YouTube account, it's super easy to do so as well. Good luck!