Monthly Archives: February 2014

Life of A Blogger – Guilty Pleasures

Life of A Blogger is hosted at Novel Heartbeat

Well we all have those things which we really love, even though we probably shouldn’t, so here are my top 5 guilty pleasures (in no particular order)

1. I’ve had enough, I’m coming out of the CD player…. I LOVE the Spice Girls! I listen to the Spiceworld CD all the time and as a child that was my favourite movie.

2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
This show started airing before I was born and all that 90’s fashion is making my eyes burn like when a vampire comes into contact with holy water but its freaking addictive!!

3.Hot Topic
I get judged so hard by my friend and the people who work there but you know what? WHO CARES! If I can brave the screamo music and intimidating selection of underwear lining the walls, then I am entitled to buy all of the Doctor who merch I desire. You should see the looks of some of those peoples faces though, I look a lot younger than I am and enjoy wearing clothes with flower so

they’re all:

 and I’m like:

4.Frozen
You know what? This shouldn’t even be a guilty one. I LOVE FROZEN AND AM PROUD!! CAN’T HOLD IT BACK ANYMORE! LET IT GOOOOOOOO!
5.GIFS!
As you might be able to tell from tsi post, I recently discovered the joys of GIFS! Like I knew what they were before, just hadn’t encountered then and they’re the cooliest!!I have fallen into the void of just looking at then for hours!!

Top Ten Tuesday REWIND

As a blogger who has only joined the community withing the last few months, I have missed a whole host of Top Ten Tuesdays which looked like great fun, so I was thrilled to discover that this weeks theme is a Top Ten Tuesday rewind! And like many times in the past, I cannot decide which to choose so hey, it’s my blog and if I want to do two themes then I will!!

So here come my top ten dynamic duos and books which left me with an open mouth! As usual they are in no particular order, I love them all equally.

Dynamic Duos – or rather fanart appreciation!!

1. Cammie and Bex – Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
That moment when there is no fanart for this particular pairing

2.Percabeth – Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

3.Cath and Reagan – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

4.Jem and Will – The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

5.Four and Six – Lorien Legacies
and again, no fanart
6.Stephanie and lula
and again…frustration
7.Rose and Lissa

8.Daemon and Katy

9.Simon and Clary

10. The Doctor and River Song (I know it’s not a book but oh well!!)

Top 10 Books Whose Endings Left Me with an Open Mouth – WARNING! SPOILERS!!! CHECK THESE PICTURES TO ENSURE THAT I WON’T SPOIL YOU!

1. Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
It cam as a complete shock to everyone, I mean you don’t expect “your favourite character of all time fall into the deepest pit of hell……THE END” No Rick Riordan.

2.The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
So I saw this one coming by my mouth was open because I was so upset, I just couldn’t handle it!

3. The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray
The plot just draws you in and gets more and more convoluted and suddenly almost everyone is dead and you just need to step back for a minute and go “woah” I did not see that coming.

4. Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince by J.K Rowling
Harry! Your’e not going back to Hogwarts? Why? Hogwarts is our HOME!

5. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
I really wanted this to have a happy ending and then the last 40 pages happened….

6. The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore
I’m still unclear on the details but I can’t believe one of them would turn on the group like that and EIGHT!! I LOVED EIGHT AND I SHIPPED HIM WITH MARINA SO HARD!!!!!!

7. Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter
This was just 50 million plot twist in quick succession, It was AWESOME!

8. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO U CASSANDRA?? I’M PUTTING JACE AWAY, GO SIT IN THE CORNER UNTIL YOU KNOW HOW TO TAKE CARE OF HIM PROPERLY!

9. Spiritbound by Richelle Mead
I was blown away by all of this book but the ending epecially,it came out of nowhere (in a good way) and I loved it!

10. The Evolution of Mara Dyer
I till don’t know what happened at the and of this book, it’s a clusterfuck of confusion and you’re left standing among the wreckage wondering what the hell just happened here!

Lack of posts

Scarlett is away on vacation this week and due to internet being unavailable for her, she left me in charge of publishing posts she had pre-written. Due to technical difficulties I am unable to publish these posts under my own login and do not have access to hers. Posting will resume as of Sunday when she returns.

Thanks,
Kirsty

Of Sea and Stone Book Blitz + Giveaway

Of Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison 
Publication date: February 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

All her life, clever Aemi has been a slave in the Village of the Rocks, a place where the sea and sky meet. She’s heard the stories about the fabled People of the Sea, a people who possess unimaginable technology who live below the waves in the dark, secret places of the ocean. But she never dreamed
those stories were true.

When a ship emerges from the ocean and men burn her village, Aemi is captured, and enslaved below the waves in Itlantis, a world filled with ancient cities of glass and metal, floating gardens, and wondrous devices that seem to work magic. To make matters worse, her village nemesis, the stuck-up mayor’s son Nol, was captured with her, and they are made servants in the same household beneath the sea.

Desperate to be free, Aemi plots her escape, even going so far as to work with Nol. But the sea holds more secrets than she realizes, and escape might not be as simple as leaving…

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Describe Of Sea and Stone in six words.

Atlantis, steampunk, sunlight, seawater, secrets, romance.

What books have you read and loved lately?

I am almost finished with Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, and it’s an absolute delight. 

Witty, immersive, and utterly compelling fantasy that reminds me very much of my beloved Megan 

Whalen Turner books.

Ice cream or cake?

Ice cream cake, of course! It’s the best of both worlds.

What authors have influenced your writing style the most?

I grew up on a pretty steady diet of mystery, actually, so I feel like classic mystery authors like 

Agatha Christie had a strong influence on me. When I was a teenager, I started reading fantasy 

by authors like Robin McKinley, Gail Carson Levine, and Sherwood Smith. The Blue Sword, Ella 

Enchanted, Crown Duel…I loved those books. I also had a huge love of historical fiction, so Ann 

Rinaldi, Elizabeth George Speare, and Eloise Jarvis McGraw influenced me a lot as well. As far 

as more recently-written books that I didn’t grow up reading, I continue to be an awe of fantasy 

authors Megan Whalen Turner (The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, etc.) and Melina Marchetta (Finnikin 

of the Rock), dystopian author Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games), and contemporary young adult 

authors Lucy Christopher (Stolen) and John Green (A Fault in Our Stars).

If you had to pick a shoe that represented your writing style, what would it be?

Have you seen those canvas shoes where an artist has drawn original artwork on the front and 

sides and is selling them online? I think my books are like that—in some ways they feel familiar, but 

they have their own surprises and twists that make them unique.

Who has been the most supportive person in your writing career?

My husband. About two years into trying to get published, I was ready to give up on my stories and 

get a job doing something tremendously ill-suited for me, like being a secretary (I am a very bad 

secretary. Very disorganized). He convinced me to give it more time, and he is probably the sole 

reason I am published today. He is my first reader, my strongest encourager, and my most reliable 

critic.

Are you working on anything else currently?

Yes! I’m currently hard at work on the second book in the Secrets of Itlantis series, and I’m also 

working on a few secret projects on the side—one is a more traditional fantasy, another is a post-
apocalyptic novel. I hope to have more details about them for my readers very soon.

“The sea sang to itself in the music of blue water and salt and gulls’ cries as I sat above it,
crouched atop the column-like Looking Rock with a spear clenched in my hand and words
of frustration crawling on my tongue. The water below lapped at the edges of the rock,
foaming over the pebbled shore that ringed the rock, and the foam hid the fish I was trying
to catch.
I bent over the water and stabbed the spear into the foaming waves. When I withdrew
it from the pool, a fish wriggled on the end, and I smiled with a quick jerk of my lips. I had
always been good with a spear, somewhat inexplicably according to Nealla.
I tossed the fish into my sack and moved to the other side of the Looking Rock, where
the tide pools were often filled with exotic things washed in from the sea. It was a secret
place, and few knew to look here. I came often whenever I had a moment of freedom from
my duties, for if I could catch enough things of value, I could sell them in the marketplace
and add coin to the stash I kept hidden away, the stash that would one day buy my
freedom.
The first tide pools were disappointingly empty except for a few anemone and starfish
clinging to the sides of the rocks, and a yellow fish darting away from my face as I peered
down.
I moved on. Three more pools, empty. But luck had not abandoned me. At the final pool I
stopped, transfixed by the creature I saw beneath the surface.
It was eerie and beautiful, with fluttering fins along its throat and back and tail, speckled
blue scales, and a mouth full of teeth. It wasn’t a fish or a dolphin or a snake, but something
that looked like bits of all three. I had never seen such a creature. It was some monster
from the depths, but a small one.
I bent over the rock, sliding my belly forward by inches, peering into the deep glassy
green of the pool beneath where the creature swam in small circles, imprisoned until high
tide. I didn’t want to use a spear on such a magnificent creature. For this, I needed a net.
I stabbed my spear into the edge of the pool, marking the fish-creature as mine. Then I
scrambled to the edge of the Looking Rock. The wind swirled around me, wetting me with a
mist of sea spray as I brought my arms forward and dove into the sea below.
Bubbles exploded around me as I swam through the green-blue water. Below, fish wove
between a jewel-colored spread of coral. A dark line at the edge of my vision signaled
where the shallow waters ended and the deep water began.
No one ever went out into deep water.
I reached the larger rocks that rose from the water like the spearheads of giants and
hauled myself onto a sea-carved shelf of white stone. My master’s house was before me,
a collection of caves and hollows in the rock. It was a nice house, with a strip of pebbled
beach facing west. Beyond the beach, a shallow place for bathing and washing was
surrounded by thin white stones that protruded from the water like fingers and broke the
force of the waves.
A hole in the rock wall led to the interior. Strings of shells formed a curtain barrier, and
they tinkled and clicked in the wind. I shoved them aside and stepped into the cool stone
passage leading to the house.
I needed one of my master’s nets. Just to borrow, to catch that fish.
The master’s father sat on a mat beside the fire, muttering to himself. Beside him were
nets, the small ones used for hand fishing. He was mending them, his wrinkled hands
moving swiftly as he worked over a hole.
“Hello, Old One,” I said, speaking carefully and respectfully. “I need to borrow a net.”
He lifted his head and scrutinized me. I was dripping from the sea. My hair stuck to my
neck and forehead. Droplets fell from my fingers.
He reached for one of the nets and lifted it toward me, but pulled it back before I could
take it.
“Don’t go in the deep places,” he said, and his voice creaked. “The Sea People are in the
deep places.”
“Yes, Old One,” I said, leaning forward to reach the net.
The master’s father was crazy, but gentle. Sometimes he liked to ramble about fables
from his youth, and sometimes I listened, because none of the others did, and I felt sorry for
him.
I didn’t have time for it today.
“I saw one of their ships the other night,” he continued, pulling the net farther away
and out of reach again. “Came up from the depths, black as a wet stone, bright with lights.
They’re watching us.”
“Don’t worry, Old One,” I said. “We’ll keep you safe.”
He harrumphed as if doubtful and handed me the net. “Stay out of the deep places,” he
said again.
I snatched the net and hurried outside once more. The wind fanned my face. I stopped at
the edge of the water and shaded my eyes against the glaring sun.
Someone else was on the Looking Rock. I saw a figure moving around the pool. Confound
that Old One and his stories! I splashed into the water, my heart pounding as I swam
hard, kicking my legs. I reached the rock and hauled myself up, hair dripping, leaving wet
footprints as I ran to the tide pools. A young man stood at the edge of the pool, his feet
hanging in the water, his arms braced behind him and his face tipped toward the sun. He
was lounging, waiting for me, stretched out as if to show off his physical perfections and the
gold bracelets on his arms and ankles. That handsome, arrogant face, smirking mouth, and
long, dark lashes that contrasted with his pale, wavy hair—I’d know him anywhere.
Nol.
I looked past him into the water and stopped in horror.
The creature was gone.
My bag of sad little fish lay at the edge of the rock, looking deflated in the sunlight. My
spear lay beside it.
Fury built up at the back of my neck and swept through my throat to take hold of my
tongue. Anger licked at my bones.
“You stole my catch.”
Nol opened one eye and looked at me. “What are you talking about? Your bag of fish is
right there. I didn’t touch it.”
“No. The creature in the pool—it was my catch. I found it first, as was clearly
demonstrated by my spear marking the pool. You took it! Where did you put it?” I was
furious, devastated.
Nol straightened and blinked at me. His smile was slow and smooth, like butter being
spread across bread.
“It wasn’t your fish,” he said. “It wasn’t in your net, so you had no claim.”
“I marked it with my spear—”
“You aren’t a fisherman, thrall-girl. The rules of the village don’t apply to the likes of you.
You have no identifying marker that deserves to be honored, and that thing you call a spear
is simply a piece of garbage with a point at one end. It could have washed into the pool on
its own, for all I know.”
I wanted to strangle him. My anger was hot and fierce, and it made my legs tremble. But
he was the mayor’s second son, and he could do as he liked. Instead, I bit my tongue and
turned away.
I’d lost this round, but I would not lose to Nol again.”

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Weekly Wrap Up – 24th February

Okay so this week was exam week so I got next to nothing done! I bought no books, read one and didn’t post very often and I’m sorry but school had to take priority this week. I’m away on holiday this coming week which meeans a lot of reading hopefully!! I’m taking 9 books with me so hopefully I’ll be productive, I also have 3 videos to edit so fun, fun fun!!! I was only informed a couple of days ago that I’m not going to have wifi but neer fear!! I have written my post for next week and my friend Kirsty (you may know her as Goddess of the Fish Therapists from my Gods of Olympus tag and she also discussed the Vampire Academy Movie with me!) is going to make sure everything gets posted yay!!

What I read this Week

My Soul to take by Rachel Vincent
It was awesome and a review will be up when I return from my trip next week.

Books I’m taking on Holiday With Me

Rereads:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
I’d Tell you I Love You but then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
The Northern Lights (Golden Compass) by Phillip Pullman
New Reads
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

So that’s all for this week!
See ya!

Life of a Blogger – Introvert or Extrovert

lifeofblogger
Life of a blogger is a weekly meme hosted at Novel Heartbeat to let readers get to know the person behind all of the booky stuff a bit better.This weeks theme: Introvert or Extrovert
Dictionary Definition
Introvert: a shy person.
Extrovert: outgoing, gregarious person.
Honestly, who cares about those.. Urban Dictionary Definition
Introvert: A person who is energized by spending time alone. Often found in their homes, libraries, quiet parks that not many people know about, or other secluded places, introverts like to think and be alone. 


Extrovert: Assholes who doesn’t know when to shut their goddamn mouth. Sadly they make up most of the population on Earth.
So going on both of these definitions, I have a bit of a conundrum. I am very, very loud, I mean seriously. I have no shits to give about what people think of me so I say what I want. On the other hand though, I am really antisocial. I would definitely prefer to stay at home and read my book than go out and spend my life talking to people about nothing. I don’t want to have to put ona facade and feign interest in mundane conversation with immature males whose only topic of conversation is hoe hot some girl is or sex, in what world is that a fun time? No thank you, I’ll stay at home with my book boyfriends.

Mental Institutions in YA

So I just finished My Soul to Lose by Rachel Vincent which is book 0.5 in the Soul Screamers series (released as a novella for kindle) and it is set primarily in a mental institution and it made me think of other YA books I hav read where the main/ a secondary character gets thrown into one of these facilities (Mara Dyer series, Finnick in Mockingjay, BLOODLINES SPOILERS….Sydney at the end of The Fiery Heart……) and I realised that it is always something which pisses me off. To begin with, the point of it being there is usually that the character doesn’t need to b institutionalised, they have been forcefully committed by stupid ass adults who think they know best and don’t beleive that the teen has a superpower (okay I guess it’s understandable) but on occasion it just seems too unrealistic. The first step in any case is not to commit a patient to a psychatric care facility, should that not be a last result?

 For example, in this novella, the main character has an episode, blacks out and then wakes up, strapped to a bed in a mental hospital, without seeing a doctor and is told she has to remain there. Correct em if I’m wrong (I probably am seeing as my knowledge is coming from Grey’s Anatomy) but I doubt it is standard protocol to lock someone up without having had them examined by a doctor; furthermore, is there not a law which says they must be diagnosed within 48 hours or they are to be released? I’m not sure about that last point though, I could be getting confused…

The idea of controlling adults being idiots to teens is a recurring theme in Young Adult literature and it is something which always pisses me off when I read because the character is getting cross and especially when it is written in first person, their anger flows through the pages as if by osmosis and voila! I’m pissed off too!

I ma going to end this rant with the top 3 times where idiotic adults got involved, were wrong and royally fucked everything up!

1. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare – I get pissed off reading this book purely because of freaking Imogen Herondale! The amount of times I almost threw the book at a wall, I swear to god this woman has no brain cells!

2. Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins – Her mum locked her up thinking she was crazy (why does nobody ever believe in the superpowers?)

3.Bloodlines by Richelle Mead – Can Sydney’s dad just fuck off before I throw him off a god damned cliff? I’m not going into that further, I’m just gonna get cross.

Top 10 Reasons I Love Being a Reader/Blogger

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish
I’m going to split this into 5 reading reasons and 5 blogging reasons
Reading
1. For starters, reading is fun! I really enjoy myself when I’m reading, it’s an escape into another world where my problems are insignificant and I get lost in the words
2. One of my favourite things about reading is the feels! The opportunity to scream with hysteria be it because I’m laughing or breaking down into tears, the ups and downs of emotions are a core part of the reading experience
3. Being an avid reader has really helped with my vocabulary and writing skills in English
4. On top of this, I also am able to be inspired by what I have read which helps with quick writing tasks in school.
5. Being able to discuss my thoughts on books with other readers. I think that Communication is a huge part of reading one which isn’t often explored fully, bringing me on to my blogging reasons!
Blogging

1.  I never run out of books to read because I forever have recommendations thrown at me over the interwebs
2. I can share my opinions on books with the world and listen to those of others
3. Blogging has really helped me find my internet bearings and I have realised just how great a resource Twitter is for communication between readers and authors.
4. Because it is now common practice to review most of the books I read, I am getting into the habit of paying close attention to my books and picking up on subtle messages and hints I would have been oblivious to before.
5. Blogging means that I am constantly writing, which is a great boost and help when it comes to classes and great practice for the future seeing as my current aspiration is journalism or something similar (it will have changed again by next week)

Weekly Wrap Up – February 16th

Hello!
Sorry it’s been a few days since I last posted, I am hard at work revising for my exams this week! I have maths and French tomorrow, fun! not. As well as wrapping up this week, I’m also letting you know that my posts will be slightly sporadic this week due to my exams, as my reading has been this last couple of weeks, I am ashamed to say I barely read 2 chapters this week!

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves – hosted at Tynga’s reviews

From the Library

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Collector by Victoria Scott
Winger by Andrew Smith
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (graphic novel)
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Gifted

For Valentines Day, my boyfriend bought me a copy of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer and it is looking beautiful on my shelf! I can’t wait to read it!

Bought

At the Montgomery County Book Festival yesterday, I bought:

Cress by Marissa Meyer (unfortunately not signed, the queue was cut off because it was too long!)
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris (which is signed and beautiful!)

On Kindle
The Archived by Victoria Swaub

After rewatching Sherlock yesterday, I went on a Sherlock Holmes eBook spree and bought
The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle

What I read this Week

I only read a few chapters of Graceling by Kirsten Cashore but in all of the exam stress I have lost my copy of it……. Oh well! I am away on holiday a week today so I’ll catch up with my books then 

What I posted this week

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My Vampire Academy Movie Discussion is exporting as we speak so I hope it will be up by Tuesday but I am making no promises. I will also hopefully have a video about the Montgomery County Book Festival up soon too.
If anybody wishes to write a guest post for this upcoming week or whenever you feel, please contact me via direct message on Twitter @SJaynebookblog

Cover Reveal: Queen of Zombie hearts by Gena Showalter

Today is the day! The cover of Gena Showalter’s THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS is here! We’re so excited to be able to share this with you as it joins an already stunning set! Ready to see it? Not quite yet lets take a look a the first two covers in the series!

First there was ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND…

Then came THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS…
Now get ready to EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT!!!
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On-sale date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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  Official book description:

I have a plan.

We’ll either destroy them for good, or they’ll destroy us.

Either way, only one of us is walking away.

In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice “Ali” Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She’s ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers…until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It’s then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters…and the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies…and she isn’t the girl she thought she was. She’s connected to the woman responsible for killing—and turning—Cole’s mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima—even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

About Gena:

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today best- selling author of the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, the Angels of the Dark, the Lords of the Underworld, and the Otherworld Assassins series.  In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, and have been translated in multiple languages.  She

lives in Oklahoma with her family and menagerie of dogs, and truly believes love conquers all.

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