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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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Demon In My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes BOOK REVIEW!



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Title: Demon In My View

Author: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Published: Laurel Leaf


Jessica thought that witches and vampires were something that were only real in her novels that she writes. She soon finds out that isn't true as she comes face to face with one of the vampires from the novels she writes. Jessica writes about her dreams and she has had them for as long as she can remember little did she know that they were actually true events that actually happened in the past. Jessica has unknowingly been writing about all the secrets of the vampire world even about the lives and weaknesses of some of it's occupants. Now the vampire world wants her dead and one of Jessica's most famous vampires from her novels has taken it upon himself to do the deed.

Aubrey is one of the strongest vampires alive and he has his eye on Jessica. Sent to kill her he joins her high school as a student in order to get close to her. He wasn't expecting her to be so beautiful and he wasn't expecting to fall in love with the girl he was sent to kill. Now he will do everything he can to prevent the vampire world from harming the one he has fallen for.



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Thoughts: I have loved this novel ever since the first time I read it in middle school. This book is a quick read and is very simple in the way that it's written. My only wish is that it was longer because the ending leaves a lot to be said.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen BOOK REVIEW!


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Title: The Queen of the Tearling

Author: Erika Johansen

Published: Harper


Kelsea is a young princess that has been raised in hiding since the death of her mother the Queen. Now on her nineteenth birthday her time has come for her to take her place as queen of the Tearling. Doing that is easier said than done as the Red Queen would give anything to have her head and has sent people to hunt Kelsea down.

Kelsea is now on the race to her new home all the while people are fast at her heels for the Red Queen. During this fateful journey Kelsea makes some new Friends along the way to her new home. Her new kingdom she finds is in a disarray and in constant fear of the fallout from the Red Queen in the neighboring kingdom. Kelsea has her hands full if she wants to bring the Tearling back to glory, easier said than done when almost everyone wants you dead.



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Thoughts: Lies, secrets, traitors, and a young queen in the middle of it all. This book was a bit slow but for a good reason there was a lot to take in. You get to witness the complete dysfunctionality of the kingdom as Kelsea becomes queen. The characters were very rich even though at the moment some of them are vague in their backgrounds and how they came to be. I love the atmosphere of this book. I want to say that this book is almost like a post apocalyptic novel and I say this because there were little signs of the present in this seemingly medieval story. With all of that being said I did enjoy this book and I will be continuing on with this series also props must be given for the look of this beautiful book!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Barely Bewitched by Kimberly Frost BOOK REVIEW!


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Title: Barely Bewitched

Author: Kimberly Frost

Published: Berkley


Tammy Jo Has unleashed armageddon on the little town of duvall. Using her magic while untrained has caused the town a lot of trouble and also attracted the attention of the World Association of Magic (WAM)  who have decided to sign her up for a magical challenge. To Train her for the challenge WAM has sent two wizards one being a psycho maniac, but help is needed if she expects to pass the challenge at hand.

Things become even weirder when fairy dust is spilled causing the town and all in it to go crazy. To top it all off the doors between the fairy and human world is weakened allowing deadly creature to cross over. It is up to Tammy Jo to fix what has been done to the town with the help of the handsome Bryn Lyons who she is forbidden to be around under the conditions of her family and the challenge. Now the race is on to save the town before the end of Halloween, now if only Tammy Jo can keep from being killed in the process.



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Thoughts: I enjoyed this book. I only had one issue with this book and that was the fact that the beginning was really slow to the point where I almost stopped reading it, but I am glad I didn't because the ending was really good and has me wanting to read the next one in the series. There were also several plots in this book which can be confusing but I hope that something is done about the loose ends in the next novels. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes science fiction and paranormal books also if you like witches and creatures of legend.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain BLOG TOUR!
















Title: The Phoenix Project

Author: D.M. Cain

Genre: Psychological Thriller



A thought provoking and compelling dystopian world that will change the way you view justice…

A man fights for life—and redemption—in D. M. Cain’s riveting new novel, The Phoenix Project.

Britain has descended into chaos as violence and terrorist attacks seethe across this once-peaceful country. Outraged by the steady stream of lawlessness, citizens demand a harsher penal system, and the Phoenix Project is born.

In prisons across the country, inmates fight to the death in a weekly bloodbath while the nation cheers them on.

Raven Kennedy, a prisoner who has never forgiven himself for his unspeakable crime, struggles against his own guilt and self-loathing. But even as the real war wages on within himself, Raven is forced to battle some of the prison’s most ruthless killing machines. Can he survive long enough to unravel the anger and regret that shackle him—and one day find the forgiveness he seeks?

‘The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain is a superbly written debut, soaked in tension and intrigue,’ Jack Croxall, author of the ‘Tethers’ trilogy.



Author Bio

D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for US publisher Booktrope. She has released three novels: The Phoenix Project – a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future,Soren – a middle-grade fantasy, and A Chronicle of Chaos – the first in a dark fantasy series. She is currently working on the next novel in the series, ‘The Shield of Soren’, and a novella to accompany it.

D.M. Cain is also a member of the International Thriller Writers and is one of the creators and administrators of the online author group #Awethors. Her short story ‘The End’ was published in Awethology Dark – an anthology by the #Awethors.

Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK, with her husband and young son, and spends her time reading, writing and reviewing books, playing RPGs and listening to symphonic metal.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Words Unspoken by Adam Stuck MINI BOOK REVIEW + EXCERPT


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Title: Words Unspoken

Author: Adam Stuck

Published: Amazon Digital Services



This is a poetry book filled of a life of sorrow and happiness as one man struggles to find true love and meaning in his life. Once found the world is a light with his beautiful words describing an encounter with true love in one life changing moment.




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Thoughts: I loved this poetry though quite sad at times it makes you truly feel for the person who wrote them. The words are very strong and tend to stick with you through time and it's also a very short read only being 25 pages long. Oh what a moving 25 pages that make me want to write poetry again.There were some editing errors but they are easy to look past so there really wasn't any problems there. I would recommend this book to anyone that has just a short amount of time to read something or who is looking for a moving story through poetry of sorrow and love found.




Excerpt from the book 



The Path in the Woods


I walked a down a well used path in the forest of life. A path many had walked before, As the path was well worn and clear. Far down this path I could see, This path held no surprises for me. For a while I walked this path with my family at my side. And later my friends walked with me down this path, They walked with me for a while there path was the same as mine. And then they all went their separate ways. Some path turned far from mine, others not too far. Some friends were now gone, other still near enough to call out to. But I now walked my path alone. In the distance I heard a voice call out to me. I talked to this voice for a while as walked. It was always there for me, always willing to listen. My heart told me to try and find this voice, But my head said otherwise. Other voice called out to me for time to time, And for some reason I tried to follow those voices. In the end it only made lost, tired and lonely. But through it all her voice was always there. So for the first time in my life I threw caution to the wind, And left the path to make my own and find her. It was there I found you in the woods, alone and crying. And it was in you that I found the love I had been searching for. It was in you that I found everything I would ever want and need. I knew that no one would ever love more then you, And I knew that I could never love anyone more then I love you.

Friday, January 1, 2016

What's Eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges BOOK REVIEW!


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Title: What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Author: Peter Hedges

Published: Simon & Schuster


Gilbert is a 24 year old man stuck in the dwindling town of Endora, Iowa with his two sisters, a mentally disabled brother Arnie, and a mother under the strain of her large weight. Arnie who was said to die young has survived long enough for his 18th birthday which is soon to come keeping the family busy. Being at a cross-roads with himself Gilbert begins to feel the strain of living with his family. Being the only provider for his family as well as being a constant guardian to his brother has taken it's toll on Gilbert. His mother being no help has not even left the house in years after his father's suicide putting an even larger strain on the whole family. Then one day a beautiful young teenaged female comes to town catching Gilbert's heart. The time spent with her has slowly began to change how Gilbert sees the world as well as himself.



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Thoughts: Though I love the movie the book didn't catch my heart as well as the movie does. They are largely different so don't go watching the movie expecting it to be the same because they aren't. Now I did have a problem with this book, Gilbert's character seemed EXTREMELY cold towards his family and I didn't much like the fact that he referred to his mentally disabled brother as "the retard". The book though does have a good message and is heartbreaking at times. I however did like like the romance in the book even though at times it seemed a bit inappropriate considering the difference in age between the two. If you enjoy the movie I would ask that you try the book because it helps you better to understand the characters.