Blogger Love with Joanna from Skavansieur


Joanna’s Blog can be found HERE!

36643434Nimbus by AC Miller

Published November 21st 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

It’s the year 2191 and the last known civilization hides behind a giant steel wall buried deep within a forest. For over eighty years, Nimbus has thrived under one rule: Separation. When a kid turns fourteen, they’re kicked outside the wall. For eleven years, they must survive before being given a chance at re-entry. It’s Nimbus’ way of keeping an identity the previous world didn’t have; it’s their way of preventing history from repeating itself.

Sam Martin has spent his first thirteen years in Nimbus, but today’s different. Today is Sam’s fourteenth birthday.

Meanwhile, Sam’s brother, Sean, was recently granted re-admittance to Nimbus after surviving his eleven years. Assigned to work as a member of the Elite Guard, Sean slowly begins to realize there’s something deeply wrong with how Nimbus works.

Outside the wall, Elise waits. Directed by Sean to find Sam when he’s sent out, Elise sits deep in the forest fending off a series of headaches that have bothered her since her first day outside. With one year left to prove her worth, Elise must teach Sam how to survive the horrors beyond the wall.

The outside is crawling with those willing to do anything to survive regardless of what it entails. Sam, Sean, and Elise must learn to cope with the darkness lurking both inside and outside the wall. If they don’t, those who hide in the shadows will win.

Joanna’s Review

*A free PDF copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review*

This book has captivated me from the start. It was a page-turner, impossible to put down. 

Miller has made it possible to hate the authorities with every cell in my body. My blood boils by just thinking about what goes on in the twisted concept of Nimbus. Sending out 14-year-olds into the outside, unequipped (well, except that they can bring only ONE thing) and expected to fight and hunt for the next 11 years.

The point of view switches between 4 characters, Sean, Elise, Abby and Sam and through it, you’re able to understand their state of mind as well as their experiences outside the wall. Each character deals with loss, love, guilt and fear but they continue to fight on to put a stop to this twisted rule. Every chapter, the characters are faced with a struggle that’s pulling them back or some motivational talk from one another to keep them sane.

There were some unexpected plot twists in the story that will keep you on your toes. You’ll begin to wonder who is the bad guy here and who else is working with him. However, you’ll still have faith knowing the fighting spirit of the characters.

The whole story was well developed, leaving no place for any uncertainty. All the questions I had while reading the book were answered in the next few chapters. It was clear that there weren’t any plot holes.

I love the way each character, despite facing so many hardships and loss are selfless, knowing that not only to stay alive for themselves but for their close ones as well. I’ve grown attached to them and wanted them to win. However, it all comes with a price.

With Nimbus, you should always expect the unexpected. Perhaps not, since it might get to you before you get to it. Nimbus isn’t the end. There’s more to come.

Joanna’s Interview


How did you come up with the name of your blog?
I owe it all to Gerard Way really. He had a comic book called Umbrella Academy and it really inspired me to write a dystopian story. It was an idea that I had when I was 13 and Skavansieur would be the name of the town.

How long have you been blogging for?
I started in May 2018, about 3 months now and it has been absolutely wonderful.

What was your favorite post that you have written?
It’d have to be my June Wrap-Up. I love doing wrap-up blog posts since it is a way for me to see what books I’ve read in the past month. It also allows me to rethink about the book when I write a short summary of it.
https://skavansieur.blogspot.com/2018/07/june-wrap-up.html

If you could become a character in any book, which book would you choose and why?
I’d like to be Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. She is incredibly smart and I really admire that about her. She is also resourceful so that would be a great skill to have.

Lightening Round:

Hard Cover or Paperback?
Paperback!

Beach or Mountains?
Beach!

Salty or Sweet?
Salty!

Romance or Fantasy?
Fantasy 100%

Thank you for this opportunity to be featured. 

Thank you Joanna for being here today and for your review!

Please check out Joanna’s blog, her reviews are very well written and thought out down to the last detail:)

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Blogger Love with Rita from BookishR


Hi All!

I am here with our first Blogger Love since…I think 2011 or 2012?? YES! It has been that long!

So without further ado…

I introduce you all to Rita!

How long have you been blogging? I started blogging in mid-December of 2016, so it’s been almost two months now. It feels like such a long time ago, though!

What is the meaning of your blog name or how did you choose it? Well, my name is Rita and I’ve always been called a bookworm. Because I didn’t like the sound of bookworm, I decided to change it to bookish.

What is your favorite genre? I absolutely love non-fiction, particularly essays. That’s something I discovered my love for in the past year by reading essays related to science, feminism and multiculturalism.

How many books do you read each week? When I have to study for school I usually read one to two books a week. During the summer time I tend to read something along the lines of four to five books.

What is your favorite book character and why? That’s a really hard choice to make! After a lot of thought I think I’ll have to go with Elizabeth Bennet. She has a really strong personality and insists on doing things her way, regardless of her family’s opinions. Although she has her faults, she is able to see them and surpass them. God, I just love her!

A little about Rita:

My name is Rita, I’m seventeen years-old and I’m a book blogger based in Portugal. I love writing and anything book related, as well as having bookish discussions. I read mostly adult fiction and non-fiction but I love young-adult as well, as well as graphic novels and comics.

Go check out Rita’s Blog:

(click on the image to be taken there)

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Thank you Rita! You have an Uh-Mazing Blog!!!

heather

Bringing back the old….Blogger Love!


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Hi y’all!

I wanted to take this time to tell you that I am going to be bringing back a very old segment that I use to do called, Blogger Love! I had done this segment way back in 2011 and I had hosted some very amazing blogs.

For those of you that had not been following along back then, Blogger Love, is where we get to meet a new blogger, they introduce us to their blog, do a review and we share a little interview. I loved doing this because I had met some amazing people and also, I got to follow some awesome new blogs! Some of these blogs had just started and others had been going on for months!

I will be introducing one new blog per month. Let’s see how that goes first. If I have an outpouring of support, then maybe I will increase to twice per month??

With that being said, if you are a blogger and would like to be featured on my segment of Blogger Love, please send me an email to hyouse@hotmail.com, let me know your blog name, website and what book you would like to review for your guest day here on NightlyReading. It can be a book that you have already reviewed elsewhere. We like to just see your review style:)

Any questions, let me know! Thanks so much and have a wonderful day:)

Don’t Forget!!! Last day to enter!

Today is the last day to enter my giveaway for The Camp!! Click on the picture over on the right hand side to be taken to that post!

Heather

Blogger Love with Allison’s Book Bag


  

Welcome to Allison from Allison’s Book Bag

 

Everyone’s favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.
 

Allison’s Review:

Lucy Maud Montgomery is one of my absolute favorite authors. She is Canadian like me and situated her stories in her beloved province of Prince Edward Island. Her first book Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908, has sold more than 50 million copies and become a classic orphan story. For these reasons, I felt nervous about reviewing her book. However do I critique a book which has so strongly won the heart of myself and so many people worldwide?

For those unfamilar with Montgomery’s book, this is the story of a red-headed orphan girl sent to Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew by mistake. They had requested a boy from a nearby orphanage to help with the farmwork but by providence received a girl. Anne Shirley was no ordinary girl either. For one thing, she wanted her name spelled with an E. Actually, she would rather be called Cordelia. For another, she had hair as “red as carrots” and a temper just as furious. She was a girl of moods and imagination, both of which landed her in no small heap of trouble.

Actors at the Anne of Green Gables museum in C...Image via Wikipedia

 To name only two examples: One day in a fit of temper Anne whacked a slate over a boy’s head at school. In her defense, he did taunt Anne about her hair–the one thing she could never imagine away and moreover viewed as a curse because it supposedly kept her from being happy and good. Another time, she and her bosom friend imagined that a host of murderous ghosts lived in the nearby wood. Anne later faced a terrifying walk when ordered to take that very route, the woods being the shortest and most direct path, to fetch an apron pattern from their neighbors.

When rereading the book for this review, certain aspects stood out. The first chapter is from the viewpoint of an adult in the community, not Anne, and so might confuse readers. Those who make it to the second chapter will finally discover and fall in love with Anne. I was surprised at how strongly Montgomery’s voice, her opinions and passions, come through Anne and the folks of Avonlea. I had never noticed her grown-up undertone in earlier readings, being caught up with Anne’s plight as an unwanted orphan, but it helped me still appreciate the book as an adult. The book is far more than just a classic orphan story, being also about imagination and emotions, piety and faith, growing up and changing, friendship and love. Last, Montgomery impressed me with how well she handled writing about not just one year but several years of Anne’s life. In so many books, authors rely so heavily on summaries to show passage of time that the books bore me. In contrast, because Montgomery selected mostly main events to depict from Anne’s life, I continued to adore Anne.

Perhaps few children’s books have influenced me as much as Anne of Green Gables. As a starry-eyed avid reader, I ironically craved red hair like hers. In my early adulthood, I even made good on that wish by dying my hair auburn–with far less disastrous results than Anne experienced when dying her hair. Like Anne, for most of my childhood I too ached for a kindred spirit. For me, this meant finding someone who loved to read and write children’s stories. I found one such bosom buddy in college. The two of us spent hours swapping episodes from our favorite books and whole days acting out those adventures. Anne’s own dramatization with friends of a poem left her stranded in a sinking boat. My friend and I thankfully merely ended up with colds after tramping through streams and woods. In her adult years, Anne faced a difficult decision when awarded with a college scholarship that would take her even further away from her home. Although I did not achieve quite the academic success in my undergraduate years that Anne did, I did face choices similar to hers.

Since first reading about Anne, I have yearned to visit Prince Edward Island. This past summer, my husband and I visited Cavendish–the real life counterpart to Avonlea. I saw Green Gables and many other places which meant so much to Anne and to Montgomery herself. Montgomery and I are both island girls and storytellers, as well as individuals of moods and imagination. I wish I could have met her. Alas, we are generations apart, but her books will live forever in my heart–as I hope they will in yours too.

 

 

Blogger Q&A:

How long ago did you start your blog?

My blog is about a-year-and-a-half old. I started my blog June, 2010.

 Why did you decide to start a blog?

 One of the ways I tried to encourage my resource students to read is to have them write titles of recommended books on our white board, which I then promised to read so that we could talk about them. Near the end of the 2010 school year, I carted home about a dozen Golden Sowers—Nebraska children’s choice literary award. After I had finished reading the last of the books in my pile, my husband suggested, “You should start a blog of children’s book reviews. You’re always reading children’s books anyway. You might as well review them.” My husband loves to tease me and so at first I thought he was just tormenting me for reading so many children’s books. But, he was serious. And it turned out to be a great idea.

 How did you choose your blog name?

Many students carry their school stuff in a book bag. Because my blog was inspired by students, my husband and I thought about having a picture of me with a book bag full of books. And so the name Allison’s Book Bag came about.

 Lightening Round:

 Ebook or hard copy?

Hard copy! I don’t have have an e-reader.

 Chocolate or Vanilla?

A twist of both. J If I must pick: chocolate.

 Winter or Summer?

Despite the cold: winter.

 Favorite Author?

Madeleine L’Engle. I discovered her as a child and own every available book of hers.

Lucy Maud Montgomery is a close tie. A couple years, my husband and I were blessed to have the opportunity to visit Montgomery’s childhood home of Prince Edward Island.

 What are you reading now?

Dumpling Days by Grace Lin…. The past few years I have attended The Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival to hear authors and buy books to get signed. This past year, I heard Grace Lin speak about her struggles as a Chinese American to establish an identity. She inspired me so much, I bought all her juvenile fiction.

 *Thank you Allison, for sharing your review with us and taking the time to answer our questions!!!

So, go on over and check out Allison’s Blog!!!

Blogger Love with A Daydreamer’s Thoughts


  

Welcome to Faye from A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

 

 

 The Scarlet Dagger 
by Krystle jones

Author: Krystle Jones
Publisher: Pesante Press
Published: October 23rd 2011
Pages: 238 (e-book format)
 
Summary: (from goodreads)
The strength of Sloane’s heart is about to be put to the ultimate test.After the Eclipse – the night vampires began openly slaughtering human victims – everything changed. Out of fear, the government salvaged what remained of the human population and enclosed them in massive, security-laden cities called White Sectors, while marking the vampire infested territory as Red Sectors.

When seventeen-year-old Sloane McAllister’s twin brother disappears, she seems to be the only one who thinks he isn’t dead, and vows to stop at nothing to find him. Gathering her courage, she braves the Red Sector to search for clues to his whereabouts. By chance, she encounters Aden, a handsome, charismatic vampire with a hidden agenda. He turns Sloane against her will, and whisks her away to his underground city. Enemies quickly become friends as Sloane struggles against her attraction to Aden, and resists her growing loyalties to the creatures that ruined her life. But the vampires themselves are the least of her problems. The city is harboring a devastating secret, one that could change the tide of the war and threaten to destroy everything Sloane has come to believe in.

Heart-stopping action and scorching romance collide in this dystopian, urban fantasy thriller.

FOUR OUT OF FIVE STARS ****
 
I was toying with how many stars to give this book. On finishing it, I immediately rated it four stars but then I contemplated giving it three, then thought maybe it should actually be three and a half but on final thoughts, I decided that in all honesty, this book simply deserves four stars. This book had me captivated from page one. It drew me into a dystopian world that was so well described and thought out throughout the entire story that there wasn’t ever a time when I was confused about what was going on. It was the perfect balance of everything and I simply adored it so very much!
 
The story starts out with the main protagonist, Sloane, going on a mission to find her twin brother who has been gone for three years and whom she feels extremely guilty about. Never could she have imagined that her life would change so drastically in the process. Krystle has brought about such a wonderful, strong and independent character in Sloane but she is, above all else, extremely believable. She is vulnerable, scared and in a tricky predicament and yet she doesn’t let these things stop her from acting under impulse and simply doing what she must. In a nutshell, Sloane is as complex and complicated as every other single human being and it is for this very reason that I just love her so much.
 
It is not, however, just Sloane who is amazingly written but in fact it is every single character in the book. Even those characters we see only once or twice. This world that has been created is just so believable and so full of rich characters that it is hard not to fall in love with the author behind these magnificent creations. They help to create a dystopian world that really draws you in from the get go and you find yourself becoming so attached.
 
Which brings me to the romance. Often I sometimes find romance can be a little be too much or too pushed in books but in this novel, it is just right. Sloane doesn’t just fall naturally for him and there is even a moment where she is pressed for who she likes more. The reason I really like the romance in this novel, however, is simply because of how realistic it is. How Sloane tries to think rationally about what is happening and tries to let her head talk her around when, at the end of it all, it is her heart that carries her in the right direction. I love Aden and Leo both so much and yet, it was with a little glee in my heart when she finally made her declaration for the right man. It was just so natural.
 
One more thing I want to touch upon are the vampires in this novel. I was in love with the vampires that Krystle has created within this story. And moments I liked the best are references to other vampires such as Dracula, and Stephanie Meyer’s horrid idea of vampires. Krystle’s vampires are believable and extremely scary, not because they’re horrifying but because they are just so normal and that, in itself, is terrifying because how can you hunt and hurt down a creature that is the same as the human being it was before its new life? Absolutely brilliant.
 
The only thing, I felt, that ruined this book and stopped me from giving it five stars and which nearly made me give it three stars, is that the plot is slightly predictable. And say slightly, because, on seconds thought, I realised that there were two plot twists that I hadn’t seen coming and, if anything, these were the two things that really made things more interesting for me. It was for this reason that I stuck with four stars because, this book just truly deserves it! Better yet, this novel is only the start of The Red Sector Chronicles and it ends on an extremely interesting and gut-wrenching cliff hanger that makes you practically scream for more.
 
I was given the chance to read this novel for free through Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Group’s R2R and I can honestly glad that I was given this amazing gift because it was a novel that I love and one that I hope arrives in paperback so I can own a copy. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys vampire novels or dystopian novels and even more so to the people that like them both, like me!

 

Blogger Q&A:

How long ago did you start your blog?

I started on the 15th September, and so, as of tomorrow, it will have been running for three months! 🙂

 Why did you decide to start a blog?

I am in my final year of university and all over the shop there are pressures on getting work experience and to pad out your CV and I just felt so stressed by it all! Then, I remembered in my first year trying to start up an e-magazine for films and while it sort of flopped, it also helped me and thus came an idea – what about a blog for films? Awesome. But then… there are already so many of those on the market, what would make mine stand out? Well, by combining it with Books of course! But really, I decided to start a blog as something else to do, something to add to my CV (Resume) to show potential employers that I can make a name for myself if I have to!

 How did you choose your blog name?

Oh, wow, um, it goes back a long time to the first time I ever used the word ‘daydreamer’ to describe myself I suppose! Ever since then, on most forums I’ve signed up for, I’ve always been ‘Daydreamin_star’ and so, upon deciding I’d start a blog I knew it had to have something to do with that. Then, with the fact it’s a blog about my thoughts on books and films… well, A Daydreamer’s Thoughts just fits, doesn’t it? =]

 Lightening Round:

Ebook or hard copy?

Hard Copy. Still new to the e-books scene but I think I will always prefer to hold the actual book in my hand!

 Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate.

 Winter or Summer?

Winter.

 Favorite Author?

Malorie Blackman and Kevin Brooks

 What are you reading now?

Mind Over Matter by S.J. Clarke & Hereafter by Claudia Hand

 *Thank you Faye, for sharing your review with us and taking the time to answer our questions!!!

So, go on over and check out Faye’s Blog!!!

Blogger Love with Random & Booky


  

Welcome to Sara from Random & Booky

 

 

 

 Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Note:  My rating is more like 4 and a half. 

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud tells the haunting story of a young man who narrowly survives a terrible car wreck that kills his little brother. Years later, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. Graced with an extraordinary gift after surviving the accident, he can still see, talk, and even play catch with Sam’s spirit. But townsfolk whisper that Charlie has never recovered from his loss.

Into his carefully ordered life comes Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventuresome woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that blows her back to harbor, to a charged encounter with Charlie, and to a surprise more overwhelming than the violent sea itself. Charlie and Tess discover a beautiful and uncommon connection that leads to a race against time and a desperate choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go.

Luminous, soulful, and filled with unforgettable characters, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud is one of those rare, wise books that reveal the mysteries of the unseen world around us, gently transforming the worst pain of loss into hope, healing, and even laughter. Suspenseful and deeply moving, its startling climax reminds us that sometimes tragedies can bring about miracles if we simply open our hearts.

Sara’s Review:

The perfect word for this book in my opinion is: beautiful. The writing style, storyline, plot development, everything was just beautiful. This book is about the hereafter, what happens after death. Charlie St. Cloud had experienced that for a few moments, until a paramedic had brought him back to life. Sadly Same, his younger brother didn’t survive. But ever since then Charlie has been able to see Sam, who is stuck in the inbetween of death and the ‘next level’, and other spirits. He can even play catch with Sam. At the beginning I was a little confused when he talked to some other spirits, because it wasn’t clearly stated they were dead until later. But I think that was done on purpose to sort of explain to readers how Charlies gift seemed to work.

The relationship between Sam and Charlie is very strong and is what should be (or what parents hope for) a bond between all brothers and sisters. But then comes Tess Carrol, Charlie’s new love interest. But when she steps into his life, boy do things get complicated. Well they always do, isn’t that how all love stories seem to be? Anyway from there things tend to get complicated and slightly confusing as to what is going on? Not like the plot makes no sense and turns out to be patheticly confusing, but confusing in the way an author and reader want to be confused so the book is interesting. Now if I say more I’m gonna give way too much away.  And what’s a bigger plus point, that even though this story was kinda a romance I actually liked it and normally it really takes a lot for a love story type novel/romance to impress me.
Anyway I would have given this book a five but there was this really mature scene (well duh it’s gonna have it cause it’s a mature book!) where Charlie and Tess like um. . . yeah you can guess for yourself. I wasn’t really expecting it and I kinda read it when I was in class and my face just went bright red and it was embarassing. Other than that Ben Sherwood is a talented author and I need to see the movie for this book! Oh and I’m listening to music right now and Rhythm of Love by The Plain White T’s started playing and I think it’d be the perfect song for Tess and Charlie’s relationship. Look it up, wonderful song.

 

Blogger Q&A:

How long ago did you start your blog?

            I started my blog in July of this year.

Why did you decide to start a blog?

            I was inspired by a lot of other blogs I saw, and thought it was a pretty cool way to tell people about books.

How did you choose your blog name?

           I wanted to say my blog wasn’t a full-on, 100% book blog. I wanted it to say it’d have other random things. And I’m pretty random. And booky! So the name         Random and Booky!

 Lightening Round:

 E-book or hard copy?

          Hard copy

 Chocolate or Vanilla?

         Chocolate no contest

 Winter or Summer?

         Winter. I love snow! And it gives me a reason to stay inside a lot.

 Favorite Author?

        Catherine Gilbert Murdock, author of Dairy Queen.

 *Thank you Sara for sharing yourview with us and taking the time to answer our questions!!!

So, go on over and check out Sara’s Blog!!!

Blogger Love with Behind A Million and One Pages


  

Welcome to Gina from 

Behind A Million and One Pages

 

Behind a Million and One Pages

 

  Graceling

by Kristin Cashore 

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.

Gina’s Review:

The beautiful cover first grabbed my attention of this book. Then the name. Then the blurb. Now after I’ve finished this my attention was focused on this book the whole time and I loved it! The story and what happened within the confines of each page sets a new kind of adventure in a new world that we seem fit to suddenly be gone into.
Words to describe Katsa is that she is a fighter. Not in the Grace sense but in life, she fights for herself…eventually, and becomes her own person. But she can’t help but look back into the past and decide to judge people based on how they know her and who they talk to and basically their sex. She believes that all males are like Rev or like Leck who are power hungry and don’t allow any freedom to females or to those below their own power. BUT, then at the end when you think she’s going to want to marry Po she doesn’t even give a hint as to that as if it were no thought of that sort came into her mind.I would have wished for something more. This book didn’t really have a…..ok well in it’s own way it did have a fully dramatic situation but it was something to which we do not rarely see. Usually we are known to see full on battles and struggles all in the final paces to the last page of the book when we ferociously read faster to know what happens. This book doesn’t do that but it does with the fact of Po’s incident have the same sort of dramatic scene, this though did but did not pull us constantly through the last pages of the book because we were thinking of what was going to happen and not caught up enough on his struggles to completely stop thinking and to just read. The revelation of his incident and the kill that Katsa and Po have worked the whole book for has also fallen short. A few sentences do not suffice when it comes to the kill of the hard target that has a top notch guard and mind controling skills. In other words, the story dragged on a bit in places where it shouldn’t have but then in others there wasn’t enough because of the way that it was led up to.“I’m not going to wear a red dress,” she said.
“It would look stunning, My Lady,” she called.
She spoke to the bubbles gathered on the surface of the water. “If there’s anyone I wish to stun at dinner, I’ll hit him in the face.”

Blogger Q&A:

How long ago did you start your blog?

 Literally a couple days ago on the 24th October, still seems like there’s so much to do and I wonder if I get everything right. I hesitate to asking questions about “how-to” because sometimes I feel like I’m annoying the other person for asking simple blogging questions. I’m getting ideas as well from other sites, like I want to start hosting my own “meme” thingy called “Coverday Friday” very soon.

 Why did you decide to start a blog?

 I’ve wanted to start a blog for a while now actually. Now that I’ve officially finished school I thought that this was the time to start a book blog. And Goodreads actually helped me decide as well, some of my friends liked my reviews and that just persuaded me more. I also was constantly looking at blogs that I just so happen to randomly find and also my friends on Goodreads eventually persuaded me to do a blog as well after I asked them about it.

 How did you choose your blog name?

 Long story short. I used this name for a creative writing peace for my last ever (HSC) English exam. It had to relate to (the dreaded word) “Belonging”. Kind of based this short story around Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky (I haven’t read it but based from the GR synopsis) but the other way around.

Girl prefers digital world to real word with human contact.

Dropped out of school.

Blogging sensation.

She is blogging about who she really is and one of her experiences that led to her preference over the digital world to the outside world.

And I also used it because after I wrote this piece I couldn’t get the name out of my head.

 Lightening Round:

 Ebook or hard copy?

 Hard Copy!! (but I don’t mind eBooks either, most of my ARC’s are eBooks)

 Chocolate or Vanilla?

 Chocolate!! Need I say more?

 Winter or Summer?

 Winter! I love the cold weather and the rain! (My favourite is actually Autumn but Winter is great too)

 Favorite Author?

 Juliet Marillier! I haven’t found one of her books that I don’t like or love!

 What are you reading now?

 Fractured Light (ARC) by Rachel McClellan

 *Thank you Gina, for sharing your review with us and taking the time to answer our questions!!!

So, go on over and check out Gina’s Blog!!!

Gina has started her own meme, please check it out!

 

Behind a Million and One Pages

Blogger Love with Terrie’s Book Blog & Breaking Dawn Review


  

Welcome to Terrie from Terrie’s Book Blog

 

 

 Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

by Morgan Matson

 This is a story of a girl named Amy who is dealing with the recent and tragic death of her father. Each member of her family dealt with her fathers loss differently. Her twin brother was sent away to rehab, while her mother moved to Connecticut for a fresh start. Amy was left all alone in California for three months to finish out the year of school.

 During the summer (before her senior year, no less) when it is time for her to move to the new Connecticut home with her mother, Amy has to do all of the traveling in the family car. Amy no longer drives since her father’s accident, so the driver of the car will be Roger. Roger is a college sophomore who needs to get to Philadelphia and who needs to deal with some problems of his own. Although the two character’s mothers are old friends, Amy & Roger hardly know each other… but they are about to spend a lot of time together!

 On their journey across country and into a new phases of their own lives, the two learn a lot about each other, and about themselves. 

Terrie’s Review:

This was such a great book! I’m confident that any YA book lover will love Amy & Roger.

 I liked that there was a multimedia feel to this book. Each chapter title was the title of a song that related somehow to the physical or emotional place of the characters in their journey. There were maps, scrapbook photos, road trip itinerary, gas station receipts, emails, iPod play-lists, souvenirs, and fun facts sprinkled throughout the book. This was done in a way that helped to really bring out the emotions and experiences of any good road trip, while not taking away from the story itself. 

I think that both of the main characters were very likable and I like how their friendship developed naturally with each new experience on the detour. I especially felt for Amy with all of the problems she was dealing with in her family, the worst of all being the death of her father. She felt like she was not the same person anymore and she felt that there were things she would or could never do after he died. She learned along the way that she can still be whoever she wants to be. 

 Roger is very fun and adorable. He has an ex-girlfriend that weighs heavy on his mind throughout the trip. A big reason for him taking this trip is an opportunity to fix the situation with her. I do not want to spoil the book for anyone who has not read it, but I will say that both Amy and Roger have brighter and happier futures ahead of them once the detour comes to an end. 

 Overall I give this book a big happy smile! I look forward to reading future books written by Morgan Matson

 

 “He stood and looked at me for a moment, taking in my outfit. “You look hot.”
“What? Me?” I stammered, completely flummoxed.
“Yeah,” he said, still looking at me.
“Oh. Um, thank you. I mean, not that you don’t, but I’m not sure that you should—I mean …”
“Oh, no,” Roger said quickly, and I could see that he was blushing again. “No. I mean—I meant what you’re wearing. Are you going to be too warm?”

Blogger Q&A:

How long ago did you start your blog?

Technically I started my blog in January of this year, but I am just now trying to make it a regular part of my reading.

 Why did you decide to start a blog?

I decided to start a blog because once I finish a book I always want to discuss it, but I don’t always have someone around who has also read the book. I love to read. I think that taking the time to review my favorite books will help me to remember why I love them and to share that with others.

 How did you choose your blog name?

I wish I could have come up with something clever, but when that fails me I just like to go straight to the point. My name is Terrie and it’s a book blog so terriesbookblog it was.

 Lightening Round:

 Ebook or hard copy?

I enjoy both, but recently it’s leaning more towards ebook.

 Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate

 Winter or Summer?

Summer until I moved to Phoenix. Now it’s TOO HOT

 Favorite Author?

I love whatever good author I am reading at the time. But lately I have decided I especially love Rachel Vincent’s stories!

 What are you reading now?

Forgotten by Cat Patrick – but I am about to finish this one soon.

 *Thank you Terrie, for sharing your review with us and taking the time to answer our questions!!!

So, go on over and check out Terrie’s Blog!!!

Breaking Dawn

I went to see Breaking Dawn on Sunday with my kids and some friends. We went to an early showing at 11:30 a.m. I was surprised to see that the theater was basically empty. I guess all the Twi-Hards went to the midnight showing on opening night? For those of you that have not seen it yet, I think you will be happy. The movie did not sway from the book version and there were actually pretty many funny parts. My favorite part was when Jacob imprinted with Renesme, it was very tastefully done and actually brought tears to my eyes! I cannot tell you where the movie left off, that is a surprise. I highly suggest you to see it if you are a fan! This is my favorite so far!!!

Blogger Love with Paper Cuts & The YA Novel Discovery Competition


  

Welcome to Samantha from Paper Cuts

 

 

Published May 10, 2011 by Walker Books for Young Readers

Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationship with her boyfriend, Mark; and take care of her brothers and surfer dad. But Tempest is half mermaid, and as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she will have to decide whether to remain on land or give herself to the ocean like her mother. The pull of the water becomes as insistent as her attraction to Kai, a gorgeous surfer whose uncanny abilities hint at an otherworldly identity as well. And when Tempest does finally give in to the water’s temptation and enters a fantastical underwater world, she finds that a larger destiny awaits her-and that the entire ocean’s future hangs in the balance.

Samantha’s Review:

What can I say? This book is amazing! I loved almost every part of it! Except for the parts that almost made me cry! I laughed, I cried, and I enjoyed this book enough to read it in under one day! With school, that’s a tough feat!
 
With every good book I’ve read lately they have had an amazingly strong female lead. The trend keeps going with Tempest. With her mom abandoning her and her family when she was 10, she had to step up and take care of her two little brothers, so she doesn’t let anyone baby her. She can take care of herself, easily. Tempest has a passion for surfing that might have to do with her being half of a mermaid! I’m loving all the mermaid books lately!!
 
Then there’s Kona and Mark. Two of Tempest’s interesting guy friends. Mark is the jealous boyfriend type. He always treats his girl right, but is a little possessive, and even more so when Kona comes to town. Kona on the other hand is the strong mysterious new guy who can ride the waves like a god and immediately grabs every ones attention. Especially Tempest.
 
Between the two super sexy male leads, a strong independent female lead, tear-jerking emotions, and mermaids what isn’t there to like?! The book kept me immersed in it 100% of the time and I couldn’t put this book down! Tempest Rising is the book to read if your looking for a new book!
 
“I took a deep breath, held that scent in my lungs for long seconds as I tried to inhale the normalcy that made up his very essence. The normalcy I craved like a junkie with an open, aching vein.”

 

Blogger Q&A:

How long ago did you start your blog? 

I started my blog about 6 months ago with my good friend Anne.

 Why did you decide to start a blog?

It was one of those spur of the moment ideas, but I had gotten into the blogging atmosphere and I really thought I could so something like that.

 How did you choose your blog name? 

Anne actually chose it. I wanted Glowing Ponies because I thought it was different and everyone would be shocked to read a blog called Glowing Ponies (Based on Ray Bradbury’s cover of Something Wicked This Way Comes). Anne refused and we went back and forth till we both agreed on Paper Cuts.

 Lightening Round:

 Ebook or hard copy?

Ebook

 Chocolate or Vanilla?

 Chocolate

Winter or Summer?

 Winter

Favorite Author?

 Cassandra Clare or Richelle Mead

What are you reading now?

Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan! I strongly suggest it!

 *Thank you Samantha, for sharing your review with us and taking the time to answer our questions!!!

So, go on over and check out Sam’s Blog!!!

YA Novel Discovery Competetition

 

 

No query? No pitch? 
No problem!

Serendipity Literary Agency, in collaboration with Gotham Writers’ Workshop, is hosting its second Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition for a chance to win a one-on-one consultation with one of New York’s leading YA literary agents!

If you’ve written a novel for young adults—or have an idea for one that you would like to write—we invite you to enter our contest. Simply submit an enticing title along with the first 250 words from the opening of your original YA novel.http://bit.ly/YAContest›

 
 

The Grand Prize Winner

will have the opportunity to submit an entire manuscript to YA literary agent Regina Brooks and receive a free, 10-week writing course, courtesy of Gotham Writers’ Workshop, plus a collection of gourmet teas from Possibiliteas.com.

The Top Five Entrants

(including the Grand Prize winner) will receive a 15-minute, one-on-one pitch session with Regina Brooks, one of New York’s premier literary agents for young adult books. They will also receive commentary on their submissions by editors at Scholastic, Disney, Harlequin Teen, Random House, Viking, Roaring Brook Press, Sourcebooks,and Kimani Tru and receive a one-year subscription to The Writer magazine.

The First 50 Entrants

will receive a copy of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.

 

 Enter to win at http://bit.ly/YAContest

 

Hurry, contest ends November 30, 2011!

 

Blogger Love with Reading Wishes & I Got Quoted!


  

Welcome to Rebecca from Reading Wishes

 

 

If she’d waited less than two weeks, she’d be June who died in June. But I guess my sister didn’t consider that.’

Harper Scott’s older sister has always been the perfect one so when June takes her own life a week before her high school graduation, sixteen-year-old Harper is devastated. Everyone’s sorry, but no one can explain why.

When her divorcing parents decide to split her sister’s ashes into his-and-her urns, Harper takes matters into her own hands. She’ll steal the ashes and drive cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going California.

Enter Jake Tolan. He’s a boy with a bad attitude, a classic-rock obsession and nothing in common with Harper’s sister. But Jake had a connection with June, and when he insists on joining them, Harper’s just desperate enough to let him. With his alternately charming and infuriating demeanour and his belief that music can see you through anything, he might be exactly what she needs.

Except June wasn’t the only one hiding something. Jake’s keeping a secret that has the power to turn Harper’s life upside down again.

Rebecca’s Review:

After I found out about this book and as more and more reviews kept streaming in my Goodreads feed, I finally went to the shop and brought a copy. And I am very happy I did!
 
After June takes her life, her sister, Harper, is left in the dark, devastated and confused. So when her divorced parents decide to split the ashes, Harper takes matters into her own hands, and hatches a plan to take the ashes to Calafornia – the one place June had always dreamed of going to.
With the help of her best friend, Laney, and mysterious boy, Jake Tolan, who had a connection with June and insists on coming along, they set off on a music filled road trip.
 
This book, was just such an effortless read, it just glides. I loved the author’s witty and smart written dialouge, and her golden one-liners, that made this book a rememberable one! All I can say is I can’t believe this is a debut! It is just beautiful and ticks all the boxes, that I look for in a book. Great Characters, flowing dailouge, romance, laugh out loud writing, swoony guys, ect…
This book had me smiling like a lunatic and laughing out loud, whilst it was also a book that tugged at my heartstrings. I adored the charactes, and thought they were brilliantly written. They were full of emotion and believable which made reading about them pleasureable.
 
I adore this cover, it’s just effortlessly effective and pretty. I like the Australian cover the best. Aren’t we lucky!?..
Loved the playlists at the back of the book. 🙂 And Jake’s song… aww

“I’ve never been good at emotional stuff. Except anger. Anger, I’m good at.”

Blogger Q&A:

How long ago did you start your blog?

 I started blogging this year, on the 28th of July, and remember the exact date, as I have it marked on my calendar:  underlined, with two exclamation marks and a love heart, reminding me of when I started a new chapter of my life!

Why did you decide to start a blog?

I’ve always been passionate about books and reading, and one day decided to take it the next level. It would be a challenge, but definitely a good experience, where I could learn lots, have fun, meet new people, and also improve my English!

 How did you choose your blog name?

This was a tricky task and I spent quite a while pondering on what to call it. I wanted my blog to represent me and my creative side and finally, I came up with the name, Reading Wishes! I wanted something bookish in the name, so it was easily known as a book blog. Also, when you think of wishes, personally, I think of a shooting star, or blowing out your birthday candles…something magical! Which is exactly what reading is to me!

Lightening Round:

Ebook or hard copy?  Hard copy! We need to support the good ol’ printed copy!

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate!

Winter or Summer? Winter! I can’t stand the heat!

Favorite Author? I don’t have a favorite author, I don’t know how a book lover could choose just one!

Some of my fave’s include:

-Simone Elkeles

– Jenny Han

-Stephanie Perkins

 What are you reading now?

Just finished Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols. Next I’ll read, Notes from the Teenage Underground by Simmone Howell.

 *Thank you Rebecca, for sharing your review with us and taking the time to answer our questions!!!

So, go on over and check out Rebecca’s Blog!!!

NightlyReading Was Quoted:

So, a good friend on Goodreads (Kayleigh), had mentioned that she was starting to read a new book that she had received and when she opened it, right there was a quote from NightlyReading! I actually had no idea, but I rushed over to Amazon to order the book for myself. It arrived yesterday and YUP, I was quoted! The book is Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout. To see my review, please click HERE. Anyway, I am so excited and now I feel famous…LOL. Thanks to Kayleigh for letting me know and for emailing the pic for proof! Also, Huge thanks to Ms. Armentrout and all the folks over at Spencer Hill Press for making a blogger like me feel just a little special!

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