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[Flashback Friday] - #87

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Title: Say What You Will
   Author: Cammie McGovern
   Release Date: June 3rd, 2014

     John Green's The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern's insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.

     Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

     When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other's lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

My Stance:

     I believe I did this once in a Waiting on Wednesday and frankly I haven't found the time to get my hands on it let alone have the time to read it. However when you combine John Green and Rainbow Rowell into one synopsis I have to pay attention to the novel. What I enjoy most is you take two people who are extraordinary in their own way and thrust them together and see what happens. I don't doubt that this book will be great, I just wonder if the author can pull off the potential the book has. I honestly am more than shocked that I didn't pick this book up sooner, I have been looking at it in bookstores and drooling over it so.

     So two people with disabilities, or whatever you want to call it, are put in a situation in which normally everyone wouldn't think much about. The thought and the effort that would be need to go into something as unique and different as this novel would be intense. How the two interact and go about their lives together just sounds great. However I don't see where the John Green comparison comes in, maybe about the whole disability, but John's Green "The Fault in Our Stars" had more to the novel and meant more to those who read it, than the disabilities or the ailments. The book looks great, I just hope it follows through.

[Book Review] - Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Title: Betrayed
   Author: P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
   Series: #2 - House of Night
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: September 29th, 2009
   My Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0

     Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night. She's come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite group. Best of all, Zoey made some new friend and she finally feels like she belongs - like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend...or two.

     Then the unthinkable happens: human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night, straining human-vamp tensions in Tulsa to a breaking point. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey's old life, she finds herself drawn into an intoxicating forbidden flirtation that threatens to distract her from the growing crisis. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night. Too late, Zoey begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves, and she must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world. Betrayed, the second installment in the bestselling House of Night series, is dark and sexy, and as thrilling as it is utterly shocking.

My Review:

     I am going to take and assume if you are reading this you have some idea of what happened in the first novel. 

     So I am making my way through this high school House of Night series. I am just not sure how much more of the whining and complaining I can take before I send the book through the shredder. Zoey is just always in over her head. and it just happens to always be the notorious Neferet that is on the other end. I was expecting a better betrayal in this book, and while it is more of a somber tone, it just fell way short in my expectations. The book was just so mediocre I couldn't give it much higher.

     Zoey in this novel is reeling from the loss of her friend, Stevie Ray. Her other friends are trying to fill in the gap and make sure that Zoey is okay. However, what bothered me the most is high the other friends are around, they don't seem to feel the loss at all. It's like they all just immediately felt the loss than when Zoey collapsed they seemed to move on and fill the gap. I just found it tasteless and almost insulting. I mean friends tend to get together and talk and comfort each other, not try to fill a hole and whatnot.

     However the whole whiny Zoey continues and with the loss it only gets worse. In the beginning it's near Christmas and Zoey's birthday, they come close and she hates the Birth-mas gifts, but doesn't tell anyone other than Stevie Ray. Now when the other friends give their gifts they have that Birth-mas theme and it upsets her. I'm sorry don't hold them accountable if you never mentioned your feelings on the topic. It's not their fault entirely, and the more the novel goes on it's a wonder why her friends even stick around.

     Aphrodite is back with a vengeance. I thought she would be more of an annoyance or just a straight up bitch. However, there is more than meets the eye to Aphrodite, and that's the part of her character that I found more realistic. It gives her character depth and personality. She was one of the few characters that grew on me as the novel went on, while the others seemed to hover and dance around the pampered annoying Zoey.

     Now the Betrayal, gives a lot of story away, and I'm going to try to explain it without trying to get give it away. You would think it'd be Neferet or Aphorodite, because they are the obvious picks and with Aphrodite getting so close to Zoey. I was rather shocked at the whole revelation and the plot twist that surrounded the Betrayal. However, after it was revealed the rest of the story seemed to follow a straight line to the end. I don't understand the story writing, it's beginning to twist to end. There is little room left for imagination and letting the story simmer and grow, or twisting to let the reader get more immersed in the story.

     This is a rather large review for such a mediocre to poor book. I wanted to see more world-building or a better character growth, but that came at the cost of the plot. I like Aphrodite more so than Zoey in this novel and it makes her more realistic and believable in this novel. However Aphrodite just seemed to steal the spotlight from Zoey and it was well deserved. If you made it past the first book, I would be weary about diving into this novel. Take some time, and read some more reviews, I already had it on my shelf so I went on, but I would think twice.

[Waiting on Wednesday] - #112

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Title: Terminal
   Author: Kathy Reichs
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: March 3rd, 2015

     The thrilling finale to Kathy and Brendan Reichs’ New York Times bestselling VIRALS series

     The Virals are back—but they’re not the only pack in town anymore. Terminal finds Tory Brennan—grandniece of the famous forensic anthropologist (star of the hit show Bones)—and the rest of the Morris Island gang tracking a pack of rogue Virals who call themselves the Trinity. The new pack was infected by a strain of supervirus created by Tory’s nemesis and sometimes-crush, Chance Clayborne, who accidentally infected himself, too.

     These red-eyed Virals have openly challenged Tory’s pack for domination of Charleston, bringing on the attention of a shadowy government organization intent on learning the secret to their powers. Surviving it all is going to test the limits of the gang’s abilities.

My Stance:

     So the finale for the Virals series is here, and while not one of my top picks for Waiting on Wednesday, I just had to feature this finale. I don't normally get into mysteries at all, but I'll be honest, the two books I am missing I found for a bargain. They should be coming in soon and I'll be able to finish the series when this novel comes out. Now wasn't sure if I would enjoy or be able to read the entire Bones series I had, and I ended up selling it (I do sort of regret it, but I wouldn't have been able to read it entirely in one go for a while). However, I did start the first Bones book, and didn't get real far, till I got bored; I just hope this series doesn't do the same for me. I kind of hope this book has more imaginative or sci-fi rich topics than her other series.

[Waiting on Wednesday] - #111

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Title: The Winner's Crime
   Author: Marie Rutkoski
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: March 3rd, 2015

     Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

     The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

     As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

My Stance:

     The Winner's Crime is one of my favorite followups of the year. I am looking forward to seeing what Lady Kestrel and Valoria are up to in this novel. I haven't read the first book, but again it's on the list. I find that I have been saying this over and over. I need to get around to it and just starting reading. Either way, this book focuses what what I assume is a spy and an heir of some sort and how they are trying to trust each other. While the whole story seems to focus around the wedding and the engagement, there seems to be a part missing, a secret that seems only one person knows. That sounds oddly familiar. How many books nowadays loom after that "dwelling secret" ploy and it's all generally the same outcome. I hope there is a different twist to this one that sets it apart.

     This book has been on my list since the cover was released, and I meant to get to the first book before now, and really haven't. I love the whole premise of the first novel, and the second one while not as enticing, there is something about me that just wants to complete every series. I honestly can't wait for this novel.

[Waiting on Wednesday] - #110

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Title: Sorceress
   Author: Claudia Gray
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: March 3rd, 2015

     To save the lives of countless people in Captive’s Sound, Nadia has sworn herself to the One Beneath, to black magic. Her plan, and the town’s only hope, is for Nadia to learn enough sorcery to strike back against the forces of darkness. But now that she’s separated from her friends, her family, and her Steadfast, Mateo, Nadia is more vulnerable than ever to darkness. And as the sorceress Elizabeth summons torrential rains and brings the One Beneath closer to the mortal world, Nadia is running out of time to stop her. The final battle lines are drawn, surprising alliances are made, and true love is tested in the action-packed conclusion to the breathtaking Spellcaster series.

     Sorceress is richly woven with New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s signature dark magic, captivating mystery, and star-crossed romance.

My Stance:

     Claudia Gray is back to complete a marathon I want to do this year. The Spellcaster series looks so great, and again I haven't started any of them yet. I wanted to do the entire series at once. Nadia, a sorceress, seems to be stuck in a hard place with trying to save her people. She needs to learn magic and in doing so it isolates her from those she cares about. I can understand the need to save and protect those you care about, but in doing so she is put to close to darkness. I am not sure exactly what's so bad about a dark mage or the darkness but it doesn't seem all that fantastic.

     I wish I could say more about this book, but I didn't want to ruin the series for me. I look forward to the series. This should be a great marathon.

[Waiting on Wednesday] - #109

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Title: Death Marked
   Author: Leah Cypess
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: March 3rd, 2015

     A young sorceress’s entire life has been shaped to destroy the empire controlling her world. But if everything she knows is a lie, will she even want to fulfill her destiny? The sequel to Death Sworn is just as full of magic and surprising revelations, and will thrill fans of Leigh Bardugo and Robin LaFevers.

     At seventeen, Ileni lost her magical power and was exiled to the hidden caves of the assassins. She never thought she would survive long. But she discovered she was always meant to end up, powerless, in the caves as part of an elder sorcerer’s plan to destroy the evil Empire they'd battled so long. Except that Ileni is not an assassin, and she doesn't want to be a weapon. And, after everything, she’s not even sure she knows the truth. Now, at the very heart of the Empire—its academy for sorcerers—the truth is what she seeks. What she finds challenges every belief she holds dear—and it threatens her fledgling romance with the young master of assassins.

     Leah Cypess spins an intricate and beautiful conclusion to Ileni's story. In the end, it may not be the epic decisions that bring down an empire, but the small ones that pierce the heart.

My Stance:

     Death Marked, sequel to Death Sworn, boasts a great author to its name, Leigh Bardugo. I have been a fan of Bardugo's for a while and frankly anything holding her name is noteworthy. What I don't understand though, is how Death Sworn and Death Masks are interrelated. Maybe I am missing it, or something. However, either way, this book sounds great. I mean Ileni just looks like this young sorceress that was exiled and is now seeking the truth. Who doesn't want the truth, but as the synopsis states, what is the cost of knowing the truth?

     I haven't read the first book, but at the same time, I am looking forward to getting into the whole bit. I am busy with a lot of books at the moment, but I plan on getting around to it this year. Death Marked sounds fantastic and the names it's being set next to are fantastic. I hope the book holds up to what it's being hyped.

[Teaser Tuesday] - #47

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  2. Grab 2 Teaser sentences from the book (please be sure to avoid spoilers)
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Title: Tempted
   Author: P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
   Release Date: October 27th, 2009

     Quote: " 'Yea. I knew stuff about him no one else knew, except Neferet and the professors,' I said., trying not to watch heath guzzle down the bottle of wine and avoiding Erik's sharp gaze.

     'I didn't know that about his gift, and I'm a professor,' Erik said."

--- Page 150

[Stacking the Shelves] - #91

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The Glass Arrow
Twisted Fate
All the Bright Places
Messenger of Fear
Star Crossed
The Slanted Worlds
In The End
The Edge of the Water

Shelf Additions:

Title: The Glass Arrow
   Author: Kristen Simmons
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: February 10th, 2015

     The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

     In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.

Title:  Twisted Fate
   Author: Norah Olson
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: January 20th, 2015

     When Alyson meets Graham Copeland, the new boy next door, she instantly feels like he’s a kindred spirit—shy and awkward like her, someone who has trouble making friends. It’s impossible to resist having a crush on him.

     As usual, her sister, Sydney, sees things differently. In Sydney's mind, Graham's odd personality and secretive past scream psychopath, not sweetheart. Her gut is telling her to stay away from him, and to protect a love-struck Alyson from her own naïveté. But despite her instincts, Sydney is surprised to realize that a part of her is drawn to Graham, too.

     And the more Sydney gets to know him, the more she realizes just how right—and wrong—she is about everything.

     Perfect for fans of Michelle Hodkin, and E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars, Twisted Fate is an unputdownable novel, teeming with suspense.

Title: All the Bright Places
   Author: Jennifer Niven
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: January 6th, 2015

     The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

     Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!

     Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

     Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

     When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

     This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

     Includes a PDF Help Line Resource Guide and a Note Read by the Author.

Title: Messenger of Fear
   Author: Michael Grant
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: January 30th, 2014

     A high concept, cinematic read with a surprising twist, MINDERS asks the question: who is really watching whom?

     Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in?

     Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She's been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she'll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a troubled boy with a passion for the crumbling architecture of the inner city. There's just one problem: Sadie's fallen in love with him.

     Q: What if the crime is murder?

     Ford Winters is haunted by the murder of his older brother, James. As Sadie falls deeper into his world, dazzled by the shimmering pinpricks of color that form images in his mind, she begins to think she knows him. Then Ford does something unthinkable.

     Q: What if you saw it happen from inside his mind?

     Back in her own body, Sadie is faced with the ultimate dilemma. With Ford's life in her hands, she must decide what is right and what is wrong. And how well she can really ever know someone, even someone she loves.

Title: Star Cursed
   Author: Jessica Spotswood
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: June 18th, 2013

     With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate's friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

     Cate doesn't want to be a weapon, and she doesn't want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood's schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she'll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

     In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess's quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England.

Title: The Slanted Worlds
   Author: Catherine Fisher
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: March 18th, 2014

     Part Dr. Who, part Blade Runner, and part A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this genre-busting fantasy from the author of Incarceron asks: If you had the chance to change the past, would you do it?

     In book two of the critically acclaimed Obsidian Mirror series, New York Times bestselling author Catherine Fisher, called “the first lady of British fantasy” by the London Times, once again shows us that she is a master of world-building and surprising plot-twists. Jake, Sarah, and Oberon Venn continue their fight for control of the Obsidian Mirror, and whoever wins will either save a life, change the past, or rescue the future.

     But the Mirror has plans of its own.

Title: In The End
   Author: Demitria Lunetta
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: June 24th, 2014

     She thought it was the end of the world... But it was only the beginning of the end.

     It's been three months since Amy escaped New Hope. Since she's seen Baby, or Kay, or Rice. And she's been surviving on her own, like she did before she was "rescued" and taken to what she thought was a safe haven. Then, in the midst of foraging for supplies, her former fellow Guardian's voice rings out in her earpiece. And in a desperate tone, Kay utters the four words Any had hoped she would never hear:

     Dr. Reynolds has Baby.

     Now it's a race against time, for Baby is in imminent danger, her life threatened by the malevolent doctor who had helped start the end of the world. In order to save Baby, Amy will have to make her way to Fort Black, a former prison-turned-survivor colony. There she will need to find Ken—Kay's brother—for he holds the key to Baby's survival.

     But before she can do any of this, she'll have to endure the darkest places—and people—of the prison. And one small slip-up could not only cost Baby and Amy their lives, but threaten the survival of he people in the After.

     Demitria Lunetta has created an utterly compelling conclusion to the story she set forth in In the After. Readers of the Hunger Games trilogy will not be able to pit down this book, which is gripping from beginning to end.

Title: The Edge of the Water
   Author: Elizabeth George
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: March 11th, 2014

     A mysterious girl who won’t speak; a coal black seal named Nera that returns to the same place very year; a bitter feud of unknown origin—strange things are happening on Whidbey Island, and Becca King, is drawn into the maelstrom of events.

     But Becca, first met in The Edge of Nowhere, has her own secrets to hide. Still on the run from her criminal stepfather, Becca is living in a secret location. Even Derric, the Ugandan orphan with whom Becca shares a close, romantic relationship, can’t be allowed to know her whereabouts.

     As secrets of past and present are revealed, Becca becomes aware of her growing paranormal powers, and events build to a shocking climax anticipated by no one.

     Acclaimed author Elizabeth George brings her extraordinary talents to this intriguing story that blends mystery and myth.

[Movie Review] - The DUFF by Kody Keplinger


Title: The DUFF
   Director: Ari Sandel
   Author: Kody Keplinger
   Release Date: February 20th, 2015
   Rating: 7.0 Out of 10

     A high school senior instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she has been labeled the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier more popular friends.

From the Book:
     Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

     But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

     Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

My Review:

    I was rather shocked at this movie, there was parts of this movie that I enjoyed and parts that just were ridiculous. The acting was pretty mediocre, I mean c'mon it's a teen flick, the actors in this haven't really had the vast experience that some of the more adult movies have. However, that being said it wasn't awful, and I found it rather enjoyable. The reason this movie is getting such a high rating, with my warning on the acting, was some bits in how the movie was written. Granted it wasn't written perfectly, but the second part was done well. There were ups and downs, but it was enjoyable.

     Mae Whitman as Bianca and Robbie Amell as Wesley were actually cast pretty well. I liked them in the roles. Mae had this unique, quirky attitude and it just fit into her character. However Robbie plays the part right, but I believe it was written a bit wrong. He didn't really seem to be quirky or interesting at all until Bianca came into the picture. I just thought he was written a bit wrong, or maybe I am a bit too mature for this movie.

     Now about the writing, the first half with all the social media references and how Facebook seemed to pay for the first part of the movie. It was just annoying, teens get the whole bit of social media, but it goes deeper. The CG aspects weren't all that great, the whole social media imitation wasn't appealing. I found that whoever did the first half got fired, and the second half when a deeper message started to make an appearance a new writer got hired and turned it around. Because it was night and day. I loved the message of this movie.

     I haven't read the book, so I don't know what the book's message is. The movies focused on the DUFF label and labels in general. Every high school has labels, and ignoring the fact that kids use them is just ignorance. What I didn't like though is they had an ignorant principle and only one teacher that seemed to have a brain. Where are the other teachers? There was one but it was a laughably bad representation. The ending speech from Bianca was great, I love the whole Label vs Self speech, and that just made the movie for me.

     What brought this movie close to home, we have a nearby town whose High School has suffered three suicides recently. I am not sure what the problem is, but this movie just seemed to speak to that. There is a big reference to cyber bullying and what a problem it is. Bullying is a problem, always has been, but cyber-bullying just adds a new layer to it. Bianca handles it pretty well, and there are times I don't understand her sometimes, but she she bounced back from it. I hope more people can look at Bianca and take something from the character representation.

     I know I said that a lot of the writing was done well, it wasn't until the second half that I really fell in love with the movie. The ending was rather predictable, but it was a cute and great ending. The message in this movie was rather good, and that is what made the movie for me. It was cute, and while I may be a bit too mature for this movie, it was great to bring me back to the High School days. Sometimes I say that I don't miss all the high school drama, this movie had some, but it was done well. It wasn't that obnoxious annoying drama, but more of a self-identity issue. It was done well, but not the best executed movie I've seen so far.

[Book Haul] - #11

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     I am not sure what happened, I tuned into my blog and found that two days over a the month and noticed that two of them just blew my mind. For some reason I got a rather large influx of views for those two days. I am not sure how or why, but I wanted to take a moment to say Thank You. I couldn't blog or wouldn't want to, if there wasn't people who appreciated or think my point of view is worthwhile. I appreciate the bit of attention and the support I have gotten. Thank you again.

     Thank You
     I could sit and talk about why blogging is important and list my perspectives on it, but frankly we've all read it and I just wanted to take time to take a different stance. Instead of commenting on why blogging is important, I want to explain why views are important.

1. Information
     The information provided to myself or any other blogger, helps them identify which target areas of their blog people are driven to or away from. Which drives more posts that people will enjoy and thus drive further pageviews and more information to where the blogger can improve. Without the pageviews, there's no information.

2. Networking
     Networking with other bloggers helps provide further information into meme's or different weekly events. I myself have found a few, and while I haven't added to that list, I am still part of it. The community is great, and they all help one another and follow each other. Being part of the community and networking with a few of them helps make my blog better.

3. Friendships
     Friendships come from the blog and the community the more you network. I haven't exactly made a few friends, but I am always glad to talk and become friends. I am still new and still more or less hedging my way, but making friends is a key part of blogging. The pageviews are nice and all, I appreciate them, and wish I could talk to and become friends with them all. If you didn't, than I believe you are in it for the wrong reasons.

4. Interest/Topics
     This kind of stems from Networking primarily but focuses on a bit of everything. There are a lot of topics and books (in my case) that tend to make their way onto my blog. I find that because of the Networking and the people I tend to follow and value, their books/posts tend to aid and help my own. Not that I steal from them, I give them credit where due. I value their insight and their input, and to them I thank them, and I value the input and insight you all provide.

      I wanted to take the time to thank everyone, all the people who help and support me, those I turn to and talk to for advice and information on other books. I wouldn't have this blog and keep doing it if it wasn't for all of you. I have learned so much over the two years I've been blogging, and its all thanks to you all. I wouldn't be here or do what I do without all of you.

     When I started I was looking for topics and what I should be doing on a blog. I did primarily book reviews, I wanted to be something bigger and better. I looked around blog depositories to see what meme's or weekly events were going on and what others were doing. I have renamed a few of them to follow some of the more conventional naming and events. It was that bit of networking and looking through other people and trying to join in on all the fun.

     I now have a series of weekly events and further other discussions that I do, this has never really been about what I can do. I have always viewed this blog as trying to provide information and a fresh, different perspective on the books and topics surrounding the whole community. Frankly if people weren't interested in what I had to say, I wouldn't be here. So thank you again.

     This has been a significantly large post to say Thank you, but it's worth it. I am not sure what happened during those two days, but I hope whatever it was, comes again. I wish I had that daily intake every day, I am lucky to get above 60 a day, so when I see anything above 200 I am ecstatic. Thank you, and please come back again.

[Flashback Friday] - #86

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Title: Rules of Summer
   Author: Joanna Philbin
   Release Date: June 4th, 2013

     There are two sides to every summer.

     When seventeen-year-old Rory McShane steps off the bus in East Hampton, it's as if she's entered another universe, one populated by impossibly beautiful people wearing pressed khakis and driving expensive cars. She's signed on to be a summer errand girl for the Rules -- a wealthy family with an enormous beachfront mansion. Upon arrival, she's warned by other staff members to avoid socializing with the family, but Rory soon learns that may be easier said than done.

     Stifled by her friends and her family's country club scene, seventeen-year-old Isabel Rule, the youngest of the family, embarks on a breathless romance with a guy whom her parents would never approve of. It's the summer for taking chances, and Isabel is bringing Rory along for the ride. But will Rory's own summer romance jeopardize her friendship with Isabel? And, after long-hidden family secrets surface, will the Rules' picture-perfect world ever be the same?

My Stance:

     I frankly wasn't sure about this book when I first saw it, but frankly the girl on the cover is just beautiful. The idea of two stories weaving together but ending up in two different ways. Rory seems like she's just in over her head, However Isabel, seems completely different but I wonder who she's with that would make her parents question or approve of him. The two have such different backgrounds and I am guessing the two clash together at some point over a boy or a romance.

     What I am afraid of in this novel is the possibility of the love triangle between two friends. It has the possibility that Isabel and Rory fall for the same boy and he juggles the both of them, I find that the book would lose part of it's glamour and joy. However if the book is about one girl losing someone she's in a relationship with, but the other manages to find something special the book can take a great turn. It all depends on how it's told, and I think the book will hold out and give me a wonderful tale. I can't wait to find a good copy of it.

[Book Review] - The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

Title: The Truth About Alice
   Author: Jennifer Mathieu
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: June 3rd, 2014
   My Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0

     Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.

     But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?

     It's true. Ask ANYBODY.

     Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.

     In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door—tell all they know.

     But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.

My Review:

   The Truth About Alice is one of the more depressing books. It's entirely about the cliques everyone knows and has been part of in HIgh school. I always thought the book would take Alice's perspective but the message is entirely different. I never really understood what was going on, what the story was trying to pass on but it wasn't until the end that I think I finally understood what the message was. Further, there is something beyond just the story, the characters are done so well. It's hard to pinpoint which one I felt sorry for most of all.

     Alice is a Slut. The book takes that message and runs with it. Alice Franklin is the popular girl, but its more on her looks than just about her personality. She's becoming friends with Brandon, the most handsome and popular guy at school. When he's killed in a car accident, rumors start compounding against Alice. However those close to her never really stop and question her about the rumors, or get her side of the whole ordeal.

     The book is told from  multiple perspectives gives a great detailed look at the cliques, but also gives Alice definition. I don't normally enjoy books with so many perspectives, two just seems to be the max without spreading them too thin. I found that some of them were just hard to follow, but it was more of trying to capture the character well. You do get used to the style of writing after a while. This book does the multiple perspectives very well, I loved her take on this and the different cliques.

     Mathieu breaks down those cliques and dives into them and how people perceive those stereotypes. I love how Mathieu questions every one of those stereotypes. It makes you question those, and for me it was more about how the people got those stereotype. The Queen, The Jock, The Nerd, The Virgin, and The Slut each have their own take and in this novel no one is safe from light. I love the take here, and frankly it deserves a lot more respect than what it got.

     What makes this book great is the cliques, how Mathieu broke down every stereotype. It's that part that the books makes and defines itself. Its the growth of a few characters, and how the writing made them all jump alive. This book is just so beautifully written, and begs to be read. I honestly can say that though I did put the book down a few times, it probably one of the hardest books to put down and tend to life. I sincerely wish I could say I finished it in one sitting, it deserves that. 

[Book Review] - Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Title: Marked
   Author: P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
   Series: #1 - House of Night
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: September 29th, 2009
   My Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0

     Enter the dark, magical world of the House of Night, a world very much like our own, except here vampyres have always existed.

     One minute, sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird is a normal teenager dealing with everyday high school stress: her cute boyfriend Heath, the school’s star quarterback who suddenly seems more interested in partying than playing ball; her nosy frenemy Kayla, who’s way too concerned with how things are going with Heath; her uber-tough geometry test tomorrow. The next, she’s Marked as a fledgling vampyre, forcing her to leave her ordinary life behind and join the House of Night, a boarding school where she will train to become an adult vampyre. That is, if she makes it through the Change—and not all of those who are Marked do. It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no average fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. Zoey discovers she has amazing powers, but along with her powers come bloodlust and an unfortunate ability to Imprint with Heath, who just doesn’t know how to take “no” for an answer. To add to her stress, she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers: when she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny—with a little help from her new vampyre friends.

My Review:

   So I would love to start this with the most simple, "This girl is a Ho." Zoey was one of those characters that I never really got into. There is just a personality difference in what I seek in a main character, but overall it's just not that bad. The world of the House of Night brought me and I took the hook and made this my first marathon series of the year. I thought it would be good to get into and while the series is complete on my shelf, I just couldn't resist. However, the book just didn't wow me, or impress me as much as I had thought.

     Zoey Redbird is your typical teenage girl who happens to get Marked at school. Being marked means you die and wake up as a fledgling, and in the process of changing into a vampyre. On her way home her parents are devout People of the Faith (religious group), and it throws her family into the warpath. Her father hates that she's been marked, and blames her for her bad behavior as to why she's marked. Her family turns on her, and its her grandmother Zoey runs to that aids her. At her house, she passes out and has a vision of Nyx, the vampyre goddess who changes her life even further.

     Now I am used to strong female character leads and frankly this just isn't one of those. Personally she acts like a pampered teenage girl who whines constantly. I find I wanted to rip her throat out to stop all the whining and complaining, than there's the nearly constant dreaming of the hot vampyres that waltz around her. Further there are so many celebrity comparisons that it was so overdone and just terrible to read. Plus her infatuation with older men as a teen and wanting to be with 35-40 year olds is rather disgusting.

     Her friends Damien, Shaunee, Stevie Rae, and Erin all are just about as bad. There is the gay geeky Damine, the separated twins, Shaunee and Erin, and the country Stevie Rae and they compliment each other pretty well. I just couldn't get attached to any of them at all, because they are so over the top obnoxious that I found it nearly nauseating. I wish they were a bit more down to earth and frankly less drama focused/obnoxious. I just couldn't get into them at all.

     As well, there is almost nothing to the plot. I felt it was like being on a roller coaster; yeah there are twists and turns, but you always know exactly where you're going to end up. There was almost no shock or wow factor in the novel. Pretty much you always knew where you were going throughout the book. There is one I forgot to mention the evil Aphrodite that I actually enjoyed. Aphrodite is a crazy stuck-up snob, but there is a sort of realistic nature to her that I found was done pretty well.

     I said before that "This girl is a Ho." That is because she is juggling two "boyfriends" at the same time and while they both seem to know about each other, she cannot just pick one and stick with it. Okay yeah, she imprints with Heath, her old human ex-boyfriend, and she is emotionally attracted to Erik, a fellow fledgling at the House of Night. They both fight for her and it's rather sad that they both don't drop her like a rock. I found that both were just stereotypical jocks with almost no personality aside, "Must have Zoey" and thumping their chest.

     While this book is rated a 3.0 I would suggest reading something else. This book just isn't written well, but it tells the story even if it is slow and boring at times. You will always know where the turns are and when they are coming, but what makes the book far worse is the obnoxious characters and the male counterparts that don't know when enough is enough and fight over a girl who can't make up her mind. I found that while Zoey isn't all that strong of a lead, but further the solutions seem to fall into her lap and she doesn't really have to work on the solutions just be present and wave her hands around. It was rather disappointing, but I found it to be somewhat enjoyable. It's not the best paranormal I've seen, but it's far from the worst.

[Waiting on Wednesday] - #108

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Title: Kalahari
   Author: Jessica Khoury
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: February 24th, 2015

     Deep in the Kalahari Desert, a Corpus lab protects a dangerous secret…
But what happens when that secret takes on a life of its own?

     When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide. It’s up to Sarah, the daughter of zoologists, to keep them alive and lead them to safety, calling on survival know-how from years of growing up in remote and exotic locales. Battling dehydration, starvation and the pangs of first love, she does her best to hold it together, even as their circumstances grow increasingly desperate.

     But soon a terrifying encounter makes Sarah question everything she’s ever known about the natural world. A silver lion, as though made of mercury, makes a vicious, unprovoked attack on the group. After a narrow escape, they uncover the chilling truth behind the lion’s silver sheen: a highly contagious and deadly virus that threatens to ravage the entire area—and eliminate life as they know it.

     In this breathtaking new novel by the acclaimed author of Origin and Vitro, Sarah and the others must not only outrun the virus, but its creators, who will stop at nothing to wipe every trace of it.

My Stance:

     This rather surprised me. I thought this book was a new series or stand alone. However I was wrong; this book is the sequel or part of the Corpus series (Origin and Vitro prior). I even read the synopsis and it didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. Again I haven't read either books prior to this, so when I didn't understand it, maybe that's the reason for the confusion. I do want to say that I don't know if anything is spoiled or not, or if the characters are even the same. For all I know this seems like a weird Jurassic Park sort of novel, but with viruses and angry wildlife.

     So apparently there is a Corpus lab (maybe that should have been a giveaway), in the middle of the Kalahari Desert and through some accident five teens find themselves alone without a guide. What accident happens that leaves them stranded? Did the guide have a heart attack or was there another animal attack? I wish there was some more info about why they are stranded. What I want to know is why this book is connected aside the labs and the virus thing. The characters seem completely new and almost disjointed. Maybe I'm wrong and there will be something us there to tie it all together.

[Waiting on Wednesday] - #107

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Title: Salt and Stone
   Author: Victoria Scott
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: February 24th, 2015

     What would you do to save someone you love?

     In Fire & Flood, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can't quit--she has to win the race, save Cody, and then fight to make sure the race stops before it can claim any more lives. In the next legs of the race, across the ocean and over mountains, Tella will face frostbite, sharks, avalanche, and twisted new rules in the race.

     But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone's keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you'd relied on most suddenly isn't there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?

     The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the start of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the final part of the race, just forty-one are left--and only one can win.

My Stance:

     Salt and Stone is one of those fantasy novels, which I have heard a lot about. I am looking forward to Fire & Flood, I have been staring at it on my shelf. I may have to take a break from my marathons to get to it and it may end up being a slight marathon of sorts (with it's two book). While I haven't read the complete synopsis for this book, I did read the first paragraph and it did spoil some of the book for me but that's what I get. I find that the book reminds me of The Maze Runner, but done on such a better stage.

     I would normally question different aspects of the book that I possibly have an issue with, but in this case I don't have any. I haven't read the first book and the issues I have at the moment, could be answered after reading that, and I will keep those to myself. However, those issues aren't really that bad at all, and I am more excited to read the first book. I just really hope the book doesn't seem to sound too much like The Maze Runner.
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