Sunday, June 30, 2013

Book Blast: Desolation by Travis Simmons


Asher St Paul thought it was just a typical zombie apocalypse like in the movies, until the necromancers crawled out of the woodwork. Since the undead have chased the living into hiding, the necromancers are able to roam freely in a new America of their making. Asher is seeking safe harbor. The need for safety is what drove him from his home in Philadelphia Pennsylvania before it was shelled. He has searched from quarantine to quarantine, always finding them overrun with zombies until he hears of The Refuge, a military compound in Binghamton New York. 

With his family and lover lain to rest by his own hand, he has nothing left to lose and gives everything he has to reach the safe haven. But questions arise when he reaches The Refuge, mainly, how has he been able to sustain multiple zombie bites and not change? He thinks he has found safety in the military compound turned quarantine, but he was wrong. Even now there is a necromancer trying to make The Refuge their kingdom of the dead

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


I have always been a do-it-yourselfer. I haven’t had any formal education on writing, and I haven’t been raised around writer types. For that matter, I wasn’t even encouraged to read when I was a kid, even though plenty of people in my family read. When I was a teenager, I discovered Cliff’s Notes on Mythology, and it sparked something in me. It was like a floodgate had been opened, and all of these stories started rushing in. I would get ideas at random times, and I would jot them down. I have a pretty big file system of everything I have ever written. Someday I will get to them and put them all into electronic files. There is some good material in there, but there are a lot of bad stories too.
I started writing when I was thirteen or fourteen. At an early age I was already writing books of Saracin (the world The Bonds of Blood takes place in). The first book I wrote of that place was “The Calling of the Two” (not yet released). While I was writing that, I kept thinking of these characters Jovian and Angelica. I knew they had a part to play in the storyline, but they weren’t going to be in the same series. For that matter, they weren’t even going to be in the same age. As I finished the first draft of “The Calling of the Two” I went on to write the first book of Angelica and Jovian’s story. At that time it was The Mirror of the Moon. Later an editor told me it was so massive that I should make the one volume into two, and so The Bonds of Blood was born, and The Revenant Wyrd Saga went from a planned three to six.
That story has taken many forms until now, and I am sure if I didn’t declare that it was “done” it could continue to transform.
Along the way, I discovered my passion for research. I absolutely love researching. It would be nothing for me to sit for days on end, barely eating, just getting up to take care of necessities, and research really odd theories and stories. I get my ideas from them to be honest. Of course, my idea’s are never the main theme of the research I am doing, but it always seems to come from some obscure topic mentioned while I am researching. For instance one book I am outlining now is based on something I heard while watching Ancient Aliens.
Unlike most authors, I have not always loved reading and writing. I hated it until I was in 7th grade. My teacher wanted us to read the entire semester. We would read a book and write in a journal about it. Back then the teachers were allowed to spend more time on what their passions were, and actually foster something in their students, and she did just that. She made me love reading and writing. She told me to go to her book shelf and pick out a book that I was interested in. I found one of my first loves: David Eddings’ Pawn of Prophecy.
Back then I was in remedial reading, and my teacher (Mrs. Peters) would sit with me for the time I was in her classroom, taking turns reading the story out loud with me. We would read where the adventure was taking Garion, and then we would flip to the beginning and look at the map so we could follow them as well.
I think it was at that point, getting lost in a book I love to this day, that I knew I had to do this. I had to create the same magic for others that Mr. Eddings created for me.
At times it is boggling. I have three series of books started, and 2 more forming in my mind (and outlined on the computer). At this point I have to step back and finish the ones I have started before I can let myself move forward.
I feel that I am blessed in being able to write, and forging a life of my passion. It is tough at times, but that is what makes the payoff all the sweeter. The writing business is a huge adventure, trying to figure out what to do and what not to do; when to do things and when not to do anything. Currently I am planning the release of the second book to “The Bonds of Blood”. This is the first time I am armed with the knowledge of what I must do for a book release, and I finally understand why it nerves so many authors up, but it is that excitement that makes me love writing. Every time I hear a reader I don’t know praise my work, it makes my heart race and brightens my day.
Travis is the author of The Bonds of Blood, the first book in his epic fantasy series The Revenant Wyrd Saga. He has also written a young adult novel called A Lament of Moonlight which is book one of his pre-apocalypse series The Harbingers of Light. He is currently seeking publication for the first book of a third series, a zombie novel called Desolation. When he isn’t writing he is helping his family and trying to live a normal, under the radar life. His interests lie in cooking, gardening, green living, and human rights advocacy. He is a huge supporter of the Trevor Project and all agencies that seek to preserve natural resources and protect pets from abuse.”

Saturday, June 29, 2013

IXEOS Trilogy by Jennings Wright Book Blast




IXEOS: REBELLION (BOOK TWO)
With rebel leader Darian free at last, the humans and outsiders on Ixeos must find a way to join forces and defeat the Firsts. The problem? All slaves are tracked with GPS, the Firsts are the only ones with power, and roving gangs hate the rebels just as much as they hate the aliens. As Darian and the outsiders from Earth travel the globe through the mysterious tunnels in Paris, they learn that the Firsts are preparing to launch another wave of biological warfare. With a transporter that will allow the aliens to target any city, anywhere on the planet, the rebels know they must stop them at all costs.
As things get more dangerous on Ixeos, the outsiders find that they’re pushed to their limit. Will they fight for freedom, no matter the price? 

Don't forget about the book that started it all...

IXEOS: BOOK ONE
The McClellands are enjoying a lazy summer vacation at the beach when they are lured from our world into Ixeos, an alternate Earth. Finding themselves lost in a maze of tunnels under Paris and surrounded by strangers, they discover that they have been brought to Ixeos for one purpose: to take the planet back from humanoid aliens who have claimed it. With the aid of the tunnels and a mysterious man named Landon, the teens travel the world seeking the key that will allow them to free Darian, the long-imprisoned rebel leader. But the aliens aren’t the only problem on Ixeos — the McClellands have to deal with brutal gangs, desperate junkies, and a world without power, where all the technology is owned by the aliens, and where most of the population has been killed or enslaved. The worst part? There’s no way home.






 U.S. GIVEAWAY for those age 13+

North Face backpack 

Phase 10
GIANT jawbreaker
Paracord bracelet
water bottle
Bandana
pocket atlas
tiny flashlight
Fruit stripe gum
A deck of cards called "Don't Die Out There"
The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science: 50 Experiments
IXEOS
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IXEOS black long sleeve tee size L
About the Author- Jennings Wright

Born and raised in Rockledge, Florida, Jennings spent her early years reading anything she could get her hands on, when she wasn’t spending time in and on the water. She won a prize in the 6th grade for her science fiction stories.
Jennings attended the University of the South and the University of Tampa, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, and almost enough credits for B.A.s in both English and History. She spent time over the years doing various kinds of script doctoring, business writing, editing, and teaching writing, but mostly having and raising her family, homeschooling her children, owning and running a business with her husband, and starting a non-profit to Uganda.
Thanks to a crazy idea called NaNoWriMo Jennings got back into creative writing in 2011 and hasn’t stopped since. She’s written four novels and a screenplay in less than a year, with more ideas on the drawing board. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, also a writer, and two children, and travels extensively.




Friday, June 28, 2013

What to Read on Vacation

This Thursday, July 3, I will be headed for my family trip throughout Europe!  I love to read books that take place in the countries I am traveling in.  So, the first time I traveled to Paris and throughout Italy, I read Anna and the French Kiss and the 13 Little Envelopes books while on trains and planes and such.  It's just super cool to be reading about the places you've been to or are going to right when you are traveling.  It gets you excited!!

I would love to read some S.A.S.S. books, especially "Spain or Shine" and "Swede Dreams," but I'm not feeling a trip to the library and having to carry them in my bag in addition to a Nook.  Without further ado, here are the books for each city that I may read...


Stockholm- Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist


Copenhagen-The Quiet Girl by 
Amsterdam- The Diary of Anne Frank, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green



Interlaken- Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (close enough)

Marseille- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Barcelona- The Shadow of the Wind by  Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Review- Metamorphasis: Junior Year by Betsy Franco

Metamorphosis: Junior YearMetamorphosis: Junior Year by Betsy Franco

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

He’s a young artist obsessed with myths. But can he fix his own fate? Acclaimed author Betsy Franco and her talented son collaborate on a hip YA novel of "epic" proportions.

Life. Love. Death. Identity. Ovid’s got a lot on his mind, and he pours it all — as confessions, observations, narrative poems, and drawings — into the pages of a notebook. Inspired by his namesake, he wryly records his classmates’ dramas as modern-day Roman mythology. There’s Sophie and Caleb, the Psyche and Cupid of cyber-couples; poetic Paula, who pursues filmmaker Franny like Apollo chasing Daphne; and graphic novelist Duwayne, a Proserpina shuttling between divorced parents. Meanwhile, Ovid hides his own Olympian struggles: his meth addict sister Thena has run off, leaving him with a suffocating home life and a disturbing secret. In her striking YA debut, Betsy Franco introduces an expressive soul with a heartbreakingly authentic voice. Fantastical ink illustrations by her son Tom Franco enhance the intimate tone, delving deep into one intriguing teen’s imagination.

Characters: Sometimes it seemed that there were a bit too many characters for such a small book.  I'm not sure I like Ovid, but I guess that's the point.  He's too pessimistic for my taste, and yet I felt sorry for him.  

Plot: All of the characters are intermingled into one plot, Ovid's story.  Personally, the plot was slow.  There is definitely mature content in here, and therefore mature language as well so be aware of that.  If you've ever read any other Betsy Franco, you might be in for a surprise because all of her other books are picture books.  But then again, why would these books have the same audience?

Audiobook: Lets's be honest.  The only reason why I chose to read this book is because James and Dave Franco narrate.  Dave reads more than James.  I think Dave did a nice job playing the tortured teen, but I'm biased because I'm a fan.  Regardless, this book isn't even 2 hours long, so go for it!

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Book Blast: Disneylanders by Kate Abbott


In DISNEYLANDERS, 14-year-old Casey Allison, on the brink of starting high school, struggles to find a new identity on her family’s annual summer vacation, but with the help of an outgoing boy she meets while waiting in line, she discovers that Disneyland is the one place where her overprotective parents let her have the freedom to grow up.







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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Disneylanders is Kate Abbott's first novel. She received an MFA in creative writing from UC Riverside, Palm Desert. Kate lives in Northern California with her husband, son, terrier, and tiny parrots.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Books I Have To Read this Summer

Stupid summer homework.  I know, it's like an oxymoron.  Not in my classes it's not.  I have loads of work for Pysch, Bio, French, and English.

What I must read:

  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (English homework)
  • Rewrite Redemption by J.H. Walker (review request)
  • Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis (review request)
  • Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (review request)

I'm hoping these are all good reads, but if a book is a required read for school, you know it must be bad.  Sorry, teachers.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Bewitching Book Tours Giveaway Four (Last One)


1 ebook copy Flashback by Maria Hammarblad

10 ebook copies of Shield: Allie's War, Book Two by JC Andrijeski (or Revik: Allie's War, Early Years)

1 Tyrant of Tarsit (Time travel romance) by Holly Hunt

2 ebooks of New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer by John Gisby (international)

1 each Bleeding Hearts (Demimonde #1) and Blood Rush (Demimonde #2) by Ash Krafton

2 copies each Her Dear & Loving Husband and Her Loving Husband's Curse by Meredith Allard

1 Winner’s choice Caged Heat or Wolf Protector by Milly Taiden

1 ecopy Resurrecting Harry by Constance Phillips

1 The Cat's Meow by Stacey Kennedy

1 Stavros is giving away 1 of each- eBook copies of Dead Girl: A Romantic Zombie Tale of Revenge, Blood Junky, and Love in Vein

1 Murder on Mars (A New Orleans Mystery) by MM Shelley

1 Little Red Riding Wolf by Jessica Aspen, mobi or epub available

1 Cindy Spencer Paper is giving away an E-book - winner’s choice of any available on her website.

1 eCopy of The MacLomain Series Boxed Set by Sky Purington (Books 1-4), PDF or gifted to Kindle

5 free copies of DRAGONSTONE by Paula Millhouse : pdf, emobi, ePub

5 ecopies of THREE WISHES by Paula Millhouse pdf, mobi, ePub

1 ecopy SMOKE AND MIRRORS (The Gifted, Book 1) by Marie Treanor

1 ecopy SERAFINA AND THE SILENT VAMPIRE (Serafina’s, Book 1) by Marie Treanor

1 BLOOD GUILT (Blood Hunters, Book 1) by Marie Treanor

1 Annie Nicholas is giving away Reader's choice of any ebook from her backlist winner’s choice of .pdf, epub, mobi.

1 one e-book set of the first two books in the Seven Seals Series (Seal of Destiny and Seal of Surrender) by Traci Douglass

1 ecopy Wucaii by Pembroke Sinclair

2 ebooks of Silent Screams by Annette Gisby (international)

2 ebooks of Shadows of the Rose by Annette Gisby (international)

3 EBOOKS (one set): THE CROSSE HARBOR TIME TRAVEL TRILOGY by Barbara Bretton

1 More Than Friends by Jessica Jayne (.epub, .pdf, .mobi)

1 In Flames by Jessica Jayne (.epub, .prc and .pdf)

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Bewitching Book Tours Giveaway Three


1 Signed print copy Portal by Imogen Rose- US Shipping

1 Signed print copy of INITIATION by Imogen Rose- US Shipping

1 print copy Hollow's End by Marianne Morea- US Shipping

5 print copies Visionary Unleashed by N. Dunham US shipping

1 THE HALLOWED ONES by Laura Bickle- US Shipping

1 print copy The Ifs (middle grade book) by JD Pooker

1 print set of Reckoning and Relentless by Molly Hall- US shipping

1 ebook copy of Soul Meaning by AD Starrling

1 ebook copy of King's Crusade by AD Starrling (

1 ebook copy Hollow's End by Marianne Morea

5 ecopies Visionary Unleashed by N. Dunham

5 ecopies of Portal by Imogen Rose

5 ecopies INITIATION by Imogen Rose


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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Repost: "EXCLUSIVE: SNEAK PEEK AT THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS CLOTHING LINE FROM TRIPP NYC AND HOT TOPIC" by TMI SOURCE

Check out the original post here.

Wanna be the best dressed Shadowhunter at the midnight premiere?

Hot Topic will be selling the TMI clothing line!

Prices:
  • Clary Dress – $44.50
  • Jace Vest – $54.50
  • Parallel Worlds Dress – $39.50
  • Isabelle Ivory Dress – $49.50
  • Clary moto Jacket – $52.50
  • Raziel Tank Top – $32.50
  • Angelic Power Tank Top – $29.50
  • Shadow World Leggings – $29.50








Are these pieces not super cool?  You'll feel untouchable while looking great!

Bewitching Book Tours Giveaway Two!


1 set of Bleeding Hearts (Demimonde #1) and Blood Rush (Demimonde #2) by Ash Krafton- US Shipping

2 sets of Her Dear & Loving Husband and Her Loving Husband's Curse by Meredith Allard open to US Shipping

1 Kidnapped by Maria Hammarbald us shipping

1 ROGUE ORACLE and DARK ORACLE by Alayna Williams- us shipping

1 EMBERS and SPARKS by Laura Bickle- US shipping

1 Fall of Sky City by SM Blooding US Shipping only

1 signed set of DARK LIGHT OF DAY and FIERY EDGE OF STEEL by Jill Archer

1 Life After the Undead and Death to the Undead by Pembroke Sinclair- US shipping

1 DiSemblance by Shanae Branham

1 Shield: Allie's War, Book Two by JC Andrijeski (or Revik: Allie's War, Early Years) by JC Andrijeski

1 signed copy of VICIOUS CIRCLE by Linda Robertson (or any other title written by her if winner already has VC)

1 DiSemblance by Shanae Branham open to International Shipping

1 The Necromancer’s Seduction by Mimi Sebastian open to International Shipping

2 print copies of The Chosen by Annette Gisby, US/Canada and UK entrants

1 Print or ebook Copy of Night Hawk by JE Taylor to US residents or ebook (mobi or epub) for international folks. If US resident would prefer ebook - that can be done as well.

1 Print or ebook Copy of Hunting Season by JE Taylor to US residents or ebook (mobi or epub) for international folks. If US resident would prefer ebook - that can be done as well

1 Winner’s choice of print or digital (.mobi or .epub) of Royal Street or River Road by Suzanne Johnson, in either U.S. or U.K. editions; open to international.

1 Winner’s Choice of print, audio, or digital (.mobi only) of Redemption, Absolution, Omega, or Storm Force by Susannah Sandlin open to international.

1 All three books in the Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator series The Seduction of Phaeton Black, The Moonstone and Miss Jones, The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter by Jillian Stone. Print or eBook any format, reader's choice Ebook open international

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Bewitching Book Tours Giveaway One

The lovely Bewitching Book Tours is giving away a ton of swag!  There are 4 giveaways, so enter them all!




1 Kindle HD -30 authors joined together to offer a spectacular grand prize A Kindle Fire HD 8.9” screen , Wifi ,16GB $269 value Open to US shipping, if outside US you can receive an equal value Amazon Gift Card

1 huge package of book swag from Bewitching Book Tours filled with fun goodies from Bewitching Book Tours, owner Roxanne Rhoads and numerous Bewitching authors including a Starbucks giftcard from Gina Conkle

4 packages of book swag from Bewitching Book Tours- filled with fun goodies from Bewitching authors

1 mixed swag pack of various book swag from Milly Taiden

1 book swag from Constance Phillips

$15 Amazon gift card from Sky Purington

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Book Blast: More by Clare James

One summer.
One opportunity to make things right.
One chance to forget the past.

There’s no denying the heat between Jules Taylor and Foster Sutton. They are two wild souls with a fire burning inside. Together, they create a hot and dangerous mix of emotion and lust.

But after a terrible accident leaves one friend dead, Foster is bound by a secret that keeps him from getting closer to Jules. And he’s left with only one thing to offer her – friendship.

For Jules, her relationship with Foster is getting old. He falls down and she picks him up, but they never move forward. Their occasional hook-ups are no longer enough, and Jules vows that this is her summer to forget Foster and find love. If it were only that easy.

It seems fate is pushing Jules and Foster together at every turn. And it’s only a matter of time before they give up and give in.

MORE is the highly anticipated companion story to BEFORE YOU GO. It can also be read as a stand-alone book.


Clare James spent her childhood writing, reading, and dancing. Not much has changed since then, except she can no longer get up on toe shoes like she once could. And don’t even ask her to go into the splits because she may never get back up.

A new adult and contemporary romance writer, Clare loves a happy ending. She lives in Minneapolis with her two leading men—her husband and young son. BEFORE YOU GO is her debut new adult novel.

GIVEAWAY is International

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Update: FINALS ARE OVER!

School's out for the summer!  Not really since I have 4 summer assignments, but I will definitely have time to read more books and keep this blog up to date.  I know I've gotten a little behind with my post once a day, but I'll catch up!  Happy summer, happy reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Win a Trip to Visit the Vampire Academy Set (in London!!!)

Like VA? Like attractive actors? Like London?  Like a free trip?

Then enter here!!!! 

Your trip with one other will be sometime between July 7- 11 2013.

100 signed posters for the other winners!

I wish I could enter so badly but I guess being in other areas if Europe those days isn't too bad.

Winner will be chosen June 26!


Monday, June 17, 2013

Cover Reveal: Gargoyle Addiction by Livia Olteano

Gargoyle Addiction
Otherworlds Summons Book One
Livia Olteano

Genre: New Adult (Spicy!) Paranormal Romance

Expected Publication: July 15 2013

Book Description:

Summonari don’t trust. Under their command, they summon any number of creatures from the Otherwolds—but never trust them outside of the summoning.
Gargoyles don’t love. Fierce descendants of dragons, they function on power and fear—never love.

Karla isn’t the happily-ever-after type of girl. No territory-hungry guy is going to stick flags all over her unclaimed grounds.

Kann’s world is death and betrayal. As Dar Primus of Haus Varis, he’s expected to follow tradition but he’s not your regular gargoyle. In fact, he’s anything but.
One fateful Friday night, Otherworlds collide. Stuck together in one world or another, Karla and Kann face everything from Awakenings and turbulent love to Festnavals and bloodthirsty scorned suitors.

If there’s one thing they can’t escape, it’s the addiction to each other. And they’ve got it bad.

About the Author:
Livia lives in Europe where she listens to obscene amounts of music and devours every reading material in sight. When she’s not doing either of the two, she fiddles with anything remotely customizable within reach.

She spamificates the world online via:










Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day

Hey fathers out there, stay amazing!

To my own father, thanks for supporting me and bringing me to all those bookish events.  I know you aren't really a fan of YA fiction, so thanks for finding these to look at at the bookstore in the meantime.  One Father's Day, I'll get you Tortilla Flat.  Just not today...


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Review: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5)Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Summary: Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.
In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .
Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.
Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel MeDestroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.
Looks like a lot of fans will be moving over to Team Warner after this read.  In this novella, Warner's real motivations are revealed, and Warner is seen as a sensitive guy who has lots of feelings.  I'm stil Team Adam but no doubt is there a love triangle coming into play.
Also included are Juliette's,Adam's, Warner's, and Kenji's files which is super near to look at.  And as always, Tahereh's lovely writing style is present!

Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes, it's a nice bridge between Shatter Me andUnravel  Me.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary: Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Characters: 
Juliette: It's hard not to like this girl. Well, at least it's hard not to feel sorry for her.  She's been an outcast all of her life even though she tries to be good.  That's what I like most about Juliette.  
Adam: Is it me or did anyone else constantly think of Superman when you read his name, Adam Kent?  Regardless, I still love this boy.  His relationship with Juliette reminds me of Peeta and Katniss' in that they knew each other when they were younger and the guy fell in love with the girl.  I think it's cute.  The one thing I didn't like though was that these two are way too hot and bothered.  Their hands were all over each other too frequently, making her touch seem less special.

Plot: Thank goodness there is a sequel because the story was just starting to get good at the end.  It seems like there were only a few key events so it makes sense that the book isn't terribly long.  If you like a really good plot, you're going to have to wait for the next book

Writing: Tahereh's writing is absolutely beautiful.  I usually don't like the flowery stuff since I enjoy concision, but it worked in this story.  And I love that there are lines in the book that are crossed out,
so you really know what's on Juliette's mind.

P.S. I went to her book signing, and Tahereh is hysterical.  She told a story about the bird tattoo which made me crack up when I got to that part in the book.  I guess that kind of ruined that part of the book since it was probably supposed to be pretty serious.  If you ever get a chance to see Tahereh, go!!!!

Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes, I  think the concept of this book is super neat! It's not your typical YA dystopian.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

I Could Totally Make That: Repost of "24 Incredible Cakes Inspired By Books" by Alanna Okun

The original article can be found here, but I've taken the ones I thought were coolest.

1. Where The Wild Things Are Cake


2. Vintage Book Cakes


From The Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating (1974).
3. Harry Potter Cake

4. The Giving Tree Cake
By Jujubay.

5. Cat in the Hat Cake

6. Goodnight Moon Birthday Cake

7. Vintage Books Wedding Cake

8. Very Hungry Caterpillar Cupcakes

9. Sorting Hat Cake


10. Little Book Cupcakes



Pretty amazing stuff.  Those cake makers are talented, but obviously I could top it!  Haha, not at all!  Which would you like to eat or have?  Or have and eat?