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Friday, October 31, 2014

10 Places I Want to Visit After Reading About Them in a Book

By Kit

#1. Outer Space - Across the Universe by Beth Revis


Because it's outer space.  And I want to be immersed in stars.  And Beth Revis' descriptions of the stars were phenomenal. 

#2. Paris - Die for Me by Amy Plum and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


I mean come on.  It's Paris.  But both of these books did such a fantastic job describing Paris in a way that was so real and beautiful and I just want to be there now...

#3. Boarding School - The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart


Pranks. Uniforms. Boys.

#4. Prague - Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


Because the artsy places.  The artsy people.  The artsy art.

#5. Back in Time - Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone


Because I just adore the idea of going back in time.  Especially to the 90's.. or the 50's.. or the 40's.. Or the 20's.  I am convinced I missed my decade. And how great would it be to have a boyfriend who could bring you to all of them?!

#6. Beechwood Island -We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


Because who wouldn't want to have their own private island complete with tiny beaches and chefs?

#7. Indonesia - Sea by Heidi R. Kling


Although I never would have expected to have a desire to visit Indonesia, Sea made me fall in love with it!  The culture was amazing and the people were beautiful.

#8. The Future - Uglies by Scott Westerfeld


I want a hover-board.

#9. The High Line - So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti


I had never heard of The High Line before I read So Much Closer a few years ago, and now that I live in New York, I go there all the time.  And it's fantastic.

#10. And OBVIOUSLY, Hogwarts. -Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling







This post was inspired by The Broke and the Bookish!

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STONE COLD TOUCH by Jennifer Armentrout {Review & Giveaway}


Review by Becca

STONE COLD TOUCH
The Dark Elements #3
by Jennifer L Armentrout
Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (October 21, 2014)

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Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…


Dearest Stone Cold Touch,

Crap on a Cracker. Your author, Jennifer Armentrout, has done it again. Not only did she keep me captivated in your story line and leave me with a killer cliffhanger (not surprised lolz), but also had me questioning which team I was on with every page of you I turned. Seriously, Stone Cold Touch, you are one of Armentrout's best. If any author can make me question my allegiances to the team I swore an oath to (TEAM ROTH FTW!), they definitely deserve all the stars ever.

Basically, Stone Cold Touch, you're the second novel in The Dark Elements trilogy, which follows Layla, who is part Warden (gargoyle thingy) & part demon, and I can't really talk about much more of your plot, because if one of the readers reads this before your sister/brother, White Hot Kiss, then I'm going to be one big spoiler sport! Here's a friendly PSA for those who haven't read White Hot Kiss, or any Jennifer L. Armentrout, (cough, you know who you are, cough): GO READ IT RIGHT NOW! *pushes all the books*

Ahem. Anyways, Stone Cold Touch, you were nothing less than what I was expecting. When I read one of your author's books, I know I'm going to giggle, swoon, fan myself lots of times, freak out because hello PLOT TWIST, and then kick myself because I have to wait forever after that killer cliffhanger. All in that order. But there was one thing that was definitely a first for me. I swooned for both sides of the love triangle. After White Hot Kiss, I was totes Roth, Roth, ROTH. But during you, Stone Cold Touch? Nope. I was ROTH, Zayne...?, Zayne, ZAYNE, and then RoTh-ZaYnE ??????

I think I understand why Armentrout said she can't decide who she wants Layla to end up with now, because even if someone is die hard rooting for one boy, they are going to question their loyalties while reading you, Stone Cold Touch. I'm still questioning my loyalties. Because Zayne is a super hot, sweet, Warden & then you have Roth, who is a sexy, sexy, funny, (and did I say sexy?) Demon.

Honestly, Stone Cold Touch, I can't think of anything bad to say about you. I'm still deciding on who I'll ultimately vote for to win Layla's heart in the final book in your series. But you were one roller coaster ride full of emotions, and I feel like I'm going to have a book hangover of epic proportions now that I've finished you. You are, without a doubt, a series not to be missed. ALL THE STARS, Stone Cold Touch.

Still fanning myself over all the feels,











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And don't forget! The choice is yours...

Beginning October 21st you’ll have 3 weeks to visit the series website, www.thedarkelementsseries.com, to take a poll and decide which guy Layla should ultimately choose in the final book in the trilogy, EVERY LAST BREATH.

At the end of 3 weeks, we will tally all the votes, and that’s when Jennifer L. Armentrout will start writing EVERY LAST BREATH. The guy who gets the most votes is the one Layla will pick.

To prevent early spoilers, we're not going to reveal who won the poll in advance…you’ll have to wait until EVERY LAST BREATH goes on sale on July 28th, 2015 to find out whether Zayne or Roth wins Layla in the end. We promise the book will be epic and definitely worth the wait!

Who do you want Layla to end up with? Go to www.thedarkelementsseries.com and vote for your choice!

Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Links:

Series Website: http://www.thedarkelementsseries.com

Website: http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jlarmentrout

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferLArmentrout

Jennifer L. Armentrout Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4476934.Jennifer_L_Armentrout

STONE COLD TOUCH Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17455815-stone-cold-touch?from_search=true


{Indie Spotlight & Giveaway} THE GIRL IN BETWEEN by Laekan Zea Kemp


*The Girl In Between, will be free on October 31st so Laekan is giving away two copies of the second novel, The Boy In Her Dreams below!


Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome, she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that steal weeks, and sometimes even months, from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of the time she’s missed. Instead, Bryn spends half her life in an alternate reality made up of her memories. For Bryn, the past is a place, until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is.

But the appearance of this strange boy isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Bryn’s symptoms are worsening, her body weakening as she’s plagued by hallucinations even while awake. Her only hope of finding a cure is to undergo experimental treatment created by a German specialist. But when Dr. Banz reveals that he knows more about her strange symptoms than he originally let on, Bryn learns that the boy in her head might actually be the key to understanding what’s happening to her, and worse, that if she doesn’t find out his identity before it’s too late, they both may not survive.

Excerpt: 

“Can I show you something?” she asked.

I wasn’t sure if I should follow her or even if I could but I didn’t want her to let go of me. I didn’t want her to disappear again and leave me there alone, still lost. So I nodded.

We swam to the end of the dock and she untied the small rowboat. She climbed in first, reaching for the oars and holding it steady as I sat down across from her. I watched the house recede. My eyes trailed back to the road, still waiting for someone to come down it. They didn’t.

“Where are we going?” I asked.

“Not far.”

I searched the horizon but it was empty. No land. No boats. It felt like we were headed straight for the skyline, about to fall off into nothing. The waves grew choppy and I wanted to take the oars from her but I didn’t know where we were going and for some reason I liked listening to the slow rhythm of her breathing as she fought the waves.

The boat finally grinded to a stop and when I looked over the edge the water was so clear I could see tiny creatures bedding in the sand, their thin shadows eclipsed by the girl as she climbed onto the sandbar.

“I went to the Bahamas once when I was thirteen,” she said. “The water was so blue. I strapped on a snorkel and spent the entire week just walking from sandbar to sandbar, face underwater watching the fish swim by.”

I followed her out of the boat and a school of bright yellow fish cut between us, scales glinting.

“This?” I said.

She smiled and walked around to the other side of the boat. The water was a dark grey, my legs tangled in a mess of rust colored seaweed. I could barely see my feet, their shadows disappearing beneath swirls of mud.

“This is the Gulf of Mexico near Galveston. I tagged along on one of my mom’s work trips. It was just a few weeks after Hurricane Ike.”

I stared at the muddled outline where the two oceans converged—one light, one dark. I waited for them to mix, for that invisible seam to break free but it didn’t.

We waded farther out into the clear water, another school of fish bumping against my calf, bright red coral twisting near my ankles. It was startling.

“I used to come here,” she said. “When I first got sick I would stand here and it wouldn’t feel like purgatory anymore. They’re memories.” She faced the beach. “My memories.” Then she looked at me. “I don’t know why you’re here or if you’re—”

“Real?” I asked.

She nodded and I wasn’t so sure anymore either.

“But you don’t have to be afraid,” she said. “It doesn’t have to feel like purgatory.”

I watched the sunlight reflecting off the ocean and dancing against her skin. Her eyes were lighter in the sun; green churning to a soft sea foam like the waves crashing near our feet. And standing there in that invisible seam between two oceans, two worlds, she was just as startling.

The tide swirled in her gaze and I watched it shimmer there, glinting from a soft grey to jade and then I said, “It doesn’t.”

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When Roman wakes from a six month coma, the first thing he sees is the girl of his dreams. Except Bryn isn’t confined to the dream-state anymore and neither is he. He’s awake and alive and as the memories of how he and Bryn fell in love come rushing back, so do the memories of why he’s lying in that hospital bed in the first place. Plagued by guilt, Roman makes a decision that alters both their fates and as Bryn fights for her life in a German hospital, Roman must fight for her forgiveness before it’s too late. Because Roman and Bryn weren’t the only things to wake out of Bryn’s dreams. The shadows seem to be hunting them both and a strange side effect of Roman’s miraculous recovery may be the only means of stopping them. That is, if he can reach Bryn before she slips too deeply into the very dreams that seem to be imposing more and more on their waking lives every day.

Laekan is a writer and explorer extraordinaire who grew up in the flatlands of West Texas. She graduated from Texas Tech with a BA in Creative Writing and is the author of the multi-cultural New Adult novels The Things They Didn't Bury, Orphans of Paradise, Breathing Ghosts, and the Young Adult novel The Girl In Between, which is the first in an upcoming paranormal romance series. Follow her on Goodreads, on her blog, on Twitter, or on Wattpad.
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Harper Teen Hardovers Giveaway! (5 Books!!)



Hold on to your britches! Thanks to Harper Teen I have a pretty amazing stack of hardcovers to pass on to one of you! Feel free to flail, and praise my extreme generosity! :P

I know you're all dying to get your hands on these beauties, but sadly, only one of you will win.


Who will it be?

Only time will tell. One week to be exact. SO GET THEE BUSY!

Enter below. Yes I do check ALL THE THINGS, so no cheating, cheaters!

Giveaway is International, CHEERS!

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!!






I'm also throwing in a hardcover copy of CLARIEL by Garth Nix! Let the entering commence!




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A Very Sad Letter to ENDGAME by Nils Johnson-Shelton & James Frey

Review by Becca

ENDGAME
by Nils Johnson-Shelton and James Frey
Series: Endgame (Book 1)
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (October 7, 2014)
Language: English
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Twelve ancient cultures were chosen millennia ago to represent humanity in Endgame, a global game that will decide the fate of humankind. Endgame has always been a possibility, but never a reality…until now. Twelve meteorites have just struck Earth, each meteorite containing a message for a Player who has been trained for this moment. At stake for the Players: saving their bloodline, as well as the fate of the world. And only one can win.

Endgame is real. Endgame is now. Endgame has begun.
Dear Endgame,

Sigh. This is a tough "review" for me to write. If only, because I've never written a DNF letter before. So congratulations on being my first! I was interested in you, because despite having a total knock-off sounding premise, you still sounded interesting. I thought maybe you could fulfill the lack of The Hunger Games in my life, but alas, you couldn't. Not one bit. 

It wasn't that you were a Full Fathom Five novel. I mean, don't get me wrong, I totes dislike them, just because it's a given, and there's no way I would've purchased you, because I don't want to contribute my money to that mess of a corporation. It was just the way you were written. 

This is your first paragraph..."Marcus Loxias Megalos is bored. He cannot remember a time before the boredom. School is boring. Girls are boring. Football is boring. Especially when his team, his favorite team, Fenerbahce, is losing, as they are now, to Manisaspor."

And that is how every single paragraph after you is. You have several main characters and each character reads the exact same way, despite them being different people. It was painful reading you. I'm sorry for being a tad harsh, but I'd rather be honest than lie to you, Endgame. 

I'll admit I didn't get too far into you, Endgame, and for me to say that is a pretty big deal, because as a given, I hardly ever, I repeat, EVER do not finish a book. I can count on one hand the amount of books I have DNF'd, but the majority of them I plan on trying again at a later time. However, that's not the case for you.

I'm not sure if this is a case of "It's not you, it's me" or "It's not me, it's you", but I'm leaning toward the latter. I'd recommend people to steer clear from you, unless you are a genius and want to try to win a bunch of money, because there are a ton of clues inside you that lead to some. All in all, though, from what I read of you, I think it's safe to say that you receive zero stars. 

Not impressed,

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