Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller BOOK REVIEW!




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Title: The Song of Achilles


Author: Madeline Miller



This book is the retelling of the story of Achilles and the war of Troy.


In a world were the people are at the mercy of Kings and the Kings are at the mercy of the Gods, a young prince is just trying to become what his father wants in a prince. Patroclus isn't what you would call a typical prince. He hates fighting and he isn't much as far as physical strength goes making people fear his weakness. Patroclus spends his time alone mostly roaming the land when one day fate changed for him forever. After the death of a fellow child by the hand of Patroclus he is exiled to the land of the Greeks. Taken in by the local king Patroclus is just like the other orphans of the castle in the since that is just trained to be another soldier. Patroclus's lack of fighting ability makes him stand out to everyone including the prince of the castle Achilles. It doesn't take long for Achilles and Patroclus to become good friends, sharing everything with each other but the connection between the two seems to grow stronger to the point were they can't be without each other. A love sparks between the two that even time can't come between.


As they grow up together the bond between the two is stronger than ever and it would seem that a life in peace is in their future....until Helen is stolen and taken to Troy. The battle calls for a war hero to help with the rescue of the queen and Achilles is called upon. Patroclus not wanting to be left alone decides to follow even though he isn't much of a fighter.


Troy become torn apart with battle and raids for years they fight loosing much and gaining little. It would seem that the two will never return to the peaceful life they once lived. The weight of the war with the blood spilled threatens to tear the two apart but a love so deep can not be broken...or can it?



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Thoughts: This book isn't what I thought it was going to be. I knew it was a retelling of Achilles and the war of Troy but I still expected there to be more history in the story. There was some history but most of the story is heaped with fantasy aspects complete with mythological creatures as well as Gods and Goddesses. I also wasn't expecting the whole book to be a love story but that is mostly what it was, a lot of love and not as much action. Never the less I did like the story I just gave it three stars because it isn't what I truly wanted it to be.




Quotes






“He is more worth to you, perhaps. But the stranger is someone else's friend and brother. So which life is more important?”  - The Song of Achilles


 “I stopped watching for ridicule, the scorpion's tail hidden in his words. He said what he meant; he was puzzled if you did not. Some people might have mistaken this for simplicity. But is it not a sort of genius to cut always to the heart?”  - The Song of Achilles



Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Universe of Us by Lang Leav MINI BOOK REVIEW!






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Title: The Universe of Us


Author: Lang Leav


Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing





Anyone who has ever been in love knows what it is like to lose. Some may still be waiting on true love to find them. When it does you will know because at that very moment the world will stop turning and nothing will matter but that one moment which you will hold onto for the rest of your life.


The Universe of Us is a book of poetry that will make you lose, love, and deal with the ache of loneliness all in just 219 pages. The poems in this book allows you to take a peek in another persons universe and maybe just maybe it will make you more in tune to your own. So join me and all the others that have braved the walk through a lovers universe and finish with more insight than you started out with.




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Thoughts: I got lucky when I won this book in a contest even though I didn't know it at the time. Not only does this book have the soft buttery cover style that I like so much but it is full of poetry that take you from sadness to love in a short amount of time. Poetry that fits ones taste is hard to find but I will tell you now that you should give this one a chance but I will warn you that you might fall in love with this book and end up buying the others that Lang Leav has written. I know I will be adding them to my wish list.


                                         MY FAVORITE POEM IN THE BOOK


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Armada by Ernest Cline BOOK REVIEW!





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Title: Armada

Author: Ernest Cline

Published: Broadway Books



Teenager Zack Lightman has spent his whole life living in a science fiction world through books, video games, and movies. His one true wish is that this world he has seen/heard about were more than just fiction and that he is destined for more than just a normal human existence. Zack's wish comes true in the form of a flying saucer that looks just like the one in the flight simulation game he plays called Armada. Suddenly Zack as well as other gamers are called upon to use their gaming skills to help them save the world from impending danger that is soon to fall upon it. Though Zack has dreamed of something like this happening to him he can't stop the the knowledge that he has acquired while playing Armada and there is something about this whole adventure that makes him feeling like he is living in a deja vu scenaria.



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Thoughts: I jumped at the chance to own this book since I loved Ready Player One, and though I wasn't disappointed with this book I wasn't completely happy with it either. I thought the story was predictable and felt that if you have seen The Last Starfighter and read the book Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card then you have pretty much already read this book, but don't let that keep you from reading it because Ernest Cline has a talent for inventing clever and funny characters and his writing is equally awesome as well. I was just looking for another epic story like Ready Player One and unfortunately this book didn't measure up with his first novel.

Also if you buy the hardback version of this book make sure to look on the inside of the dust jacket for this beauty.


Friday, November 11, 2016

Stranger Things BOOK TAG!










1. EPIC INTRO. The opening sequence of Stranger Things is amazing and really grabs your attention. Name a book that grabbed your attention from the first page 


I would have to say Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, that book had me hooked by page one.

















2. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS. Name a fantasy world you would like to experience yourself.





This is going to sound really nerdy but I would love to experience the Marvel universe because who wouldn't want to live in a world with super heros.















3. SQUAD GOALS. When Eleven met Mike, Dustin, and Lucas it was a mostly perfect team. Name your favorite bookish group of friends.




Totally have to say Tessa, Will, and Jem from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. It just broke my heart when the series ended. 









4. ABC's & CHRISTMAS LIGHTS. Joyce Byers goes mad with grief after Will goes missing. Name your favorite mentally unhinged character from a book.




I actually had to take moments away from this book because of the horror that was instilled on the people in this book. Hitler and the Nazis from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak....the saddest part is that even though this book is a work of fiction the horror that was cause by Hitler was real which makes the whole thing even worse. 










5. THE UPSIDE DOWN. Name a book that was the opposite of what you expected.




I picked this book up because I heard it was what the local book club was reading. The cover looked quite girly so I figured I was in for a barbie doll type of romance book. The book I speak of is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold and boy was I wrong on that assumption. Learn from me everyone never judge a book on cover art alone.













6.  MAD SCIENTISTS. Dr. Brenner likes to get freaky with humanity. Name the freakiest dystopian government you can think of. 





Panem from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I mean they force children to kill each other and not only that but they force everyone including the children's parents to watch as they kill each other.














7.  DEMOGORGON. Name a scary bookish creature that you would not want to come through your walls.



Just one of the Magister's animatronic soldiers from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare is enough to give me a heart attack let alone an entire army of them.
















8. CLIFFHANGER ENDING. Name a book that left you wanting more. 






The ending to the Twilight book series by Stephenie Meyer was so abrupt and lacking that I felt like I had wasted all my time reading the series because I was left wanting and unsatisfied. I mean come on with that lack of a war I mean AAAAAAAA!  *throws book across the room*

Friday, October 7, 2016

Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn GUEST POST + GIVEAWAY!







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Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.
It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes the hellish prison.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all.

Callie herself.





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The sequel to the sci-fi hit Forget Tomorrow is a twisting, turning roller-coaster ride—the perfect sci-fi futuristic read.

Seventeen-year- old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries -- if only she'd let TechRA study her. But after they kidnapped and experimented on her as a child, cooperating with the scientists is the last thing Jessa would do.

But when she discovers the past isn't what she assumed, Jessa must join forces with budding scientist Tanner Callahan to rectify a fatal mistake made ten years ago. She'll do anything to change her past -- even if it means aligning herself with the enemy she swore to defeat.



Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.


Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, Forget Tomorrow, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. Her other novels include The Darkest Lie and the forthcoming Remember Yesterday.


She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.






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The Inspiration for the FORGET TOMORROW series


By Pintip Dunn


The FORGET TOMORROW books are about a world where memories can be sent back in time, and REMEMBER YESTERDAY is the second novel in this series. My inspiration for this series has a couple different components.

First, I have a sister who is twelve years younger than me, Lana, and I have always felt an extremely close, protective bond with her. Even before I stumbled onto the premise of sending memories back in time, I knew I wanted to write my next story about the deep, maternalistic love that a girl can have for her much younger sister -- and the lengths she would go to in order to protect that sibling.

I always tease Lana that I love this concept because I get to kill her in it. But this truth is, the core of this series is about the bond between the two sisters, Callie and Jessa. In book 1, Callie’s actions are motivated by her love for Jessa, and the vice versa is true in book 2.

The second part of my inspiration comes directly from my experience with writing. A few years ago, I was bemoaning my publishing fate to an editor friend. I was on submission to agents with my second manuscript, I had received over a hundred rejections, and I had been working seriously on my craft for years. It felt like I was never going to achieve my dream -- that elusive book contract -- and I was all out of patience.

"I wish I had a crystal ball," my friend said. Then I could tell you that five years from now, you
would be published, and you wouldn't waste so much time worrying about it."

This quote became the inspiration for my next book. A few days later, during a hazy afternoon nap with my toddler son, I thought to myself, "Wouldn't it be great if I could send a memory back to my younger self, so that I could see that I was a successful published author and that all my hard work and heartache was worth it?" My very next thought was: "Hey! That would make a cool premise for a book!"

Presto, the FORGET TOMORROW series was born.


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Monday, August 22, 2016

Tumbleweeds by Leila Meacham BOOK REVIEW!


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Title: Tumbleweeds

Author: Leila Meacham

Published: Grand Central Publishing



After an accident claims the lives of 11 year old Cathy's parents she is forced to leave behind her rich educational life style of California behind to move in with a grandmother she has never met who lives in the Texas panhandle. To Cathy leaving the high life and excellent school in California, to live in a small town in which nothing really matters but football comes at quite a shock to her. As a favor from her grandmother to a friend she asked the two most popular up and coming football stars Trey Don Hall and John Caldwell to protect Cathy and give her friendship at a time when it is needed most. That one request changed the lives of the three forever as they become close friends. After the first sight of the beauty of Cathy both boys fell in love with her causing a love triangle between the three.
The three stick together through the ups and down all the way to high school when a fateful turn of events causes a rift between the three.

Follow the three as they grow into their adult years so close together yet so far away. Until one day secrets come out which could ruin everything. This novel will teach you that life doesn't always turn out like the fairy tales.


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Thoughts: I honestly didn't think that I would like this book as much as I did. The beginning seems like a cute little love story but as you get more into the book you start to feel as if you know the characters thoughts and actions until a huge twist happens and throws you for a loop. I found myself saying "wow" on several occasions as the rich plot flowed and I saw the characters develop. This book allows you to watch youth grow to adulthood and teaches you how one bad decision and forever change your life.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Raven's Peak by Lincoln Cole Release Day Blitz!

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Title: Raven’s Peak
Author: Lincoln Cole
Genre: Horror / Urban Fantasy
A quiet little mountain town is hiding a big problem. When the townsfolk of Raven’s Peak start acting crazy, Abigail Dressler is called upon to discover the root of the evil affecting people. She uncovers a demonic threat unlike any she’s ever faced and finds herself in a fight just to stay alive.
Abigail rescues Haatim Arison from a terrifying fate and discovers that he has a family legacy in the supernatural that he knows nothing about. Now she’s forced to protect him, which is easy, but also to trust him if she wants to save the townsfolk of Raven’s Peak. Trust, however, is something hard to have for someone who grew up living on the knife’s edge of danger.
Can they discover the cause of the town’s insanity and put a stop to it before it is too late?

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Author Bio

Lincoln Cole is a Columbus-based author who enjoys traveling and has visited many different parts of the world, including Australia and Cambodia, but always returns home to his pugamonster and wife. His love for writing was kindled at an early age through the works of Isaac Asimov and Stephen King and he enjoys telling stories to anyone who will listen.

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