Monthly Archives: June 2013

New Release: THE SIGHT SEER

a3It’s here!!!! OMFG IT IS HERE!!!!!!!! The debut novel from my VERY GOOD FRIEND Melissa Giorgio IS FINALLY HERE!!! 

Y’all can go buy it NOW in ebook format on Amazon for 2.99. If you want the paperback you’ll have to wait a few more weeks… but when that’s available I will let you all know, I promise!!!

Also PLEASE add it to your GOODREADS shelves! And recommend it to your friends! You can also become Melissa’s friend/fan on goodreads here. She ALSO has really amazing taste in books (we share A LOT of recs with each other) so she’ll be fun to follow (once they approve her page).

And if you want to wait until next week and take a gamble at my giveaway then go here and enter! It’s open for FOUR MORE DAYS.

Finally I would just like to just say HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY MELISSA! I’ve known you for A MILLION YEARS and we somehow managed to survive a week in Tokyo together (nobody got lost, injured or sick! hahahaha). You’ve shared AMAZING book recommendations with me over the years, inspired my own (yet unpublished) writing, and someday we DO need to either finish our book or write a new one.

So everyone please go pick up your copy, read it, enjoy (LOOK FOR MY NAME IN THE VERY END IN THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS OMG I CRIED WHEN I READ THAT PART)!!!!!!!

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Parasite

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Title: Parasite

Author: Mira Grant

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite – a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system – even secretes designer drugs. It’s been successful beyond the scientists’ wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives…and will do anything to get them.

Review: I received this ARC from Netgalley and I’m writing this honest review to say THANK YOU!

I first heard about this book from a friend and decided to give this a try. This was my first Mira Grant book and I’m SO glad that I gave her a chance. I’ve heard all about her Newsflesh series, but being terrified (legitimately AFRAID) of zombies I’ve always been wary of trying them. Now I might have to re-think that.

So I picked up this book and holy WOW what a breath of fresh air. I LOVE YA, dystopian, end-of-the-world shit AND I love happy ALL THE FEELS contemporary romance. But it was so nice to get away from the teenage/high school drama for a bit. It was also nice to NOT have a story about falling in love. I LOVED that Sal and Nathan were already a couple, committed, and had been together for so long.

I also LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVED all of the dog action! Omfg puppies EVERYWHERE! Doggies and doggies galore! I’m a HUGE dog lover and living abroad makes it hard for me to keep a pet and I miss my own dog so much IT HURTS. So having dogs in this book was such a nice touch. And they were SAFE dogs that didn’t serve as a way to break my heart (no puppy deaths here!)

The writing in this was SO GOOD too. This was one of those rare times when I REALLY wished I had a physical ARC over an eARC because I kept wanting to flip back and forth between the interviews, book entries, and suicide note that were between the chapters. Those were so well done and so interesting and I really want to just go through and re-read them all without the chapters between to experience the full article. Because man, those were GOOD.

Now onto the creepy stuff… WORMS. EW. SO MUCH EW. I hate worms and snakes and anything that slithers and slimes. I’ve always been scared of getting some type of parasitic worm and just. Ew ew ew. That said… for some reason I kept reading this WHILE EATING. I don’t get it either. This was very Fringe-y for me (I LOVED that show) and made me think of the episode where they had a crazy worm that lived in people’s stomach. Oh man, just so much grossness. And I loved it.

Rating this book was hard because I wanted to give it a 5, but there were moments when I just didn’t agree with what was going on. I felt that some of the foreshadowing was WAY too heavy and despite knowing what was really going to happen I wanted it SO BADLY NOT TO. I also couldn’t help but compare the ‘sleepwalkers’ with zombies. I know that the worms were taking over the bodies and ‘hijacking’ the humans inside, but it still was a bit too zombiei-ish for me.

There were also times when I just didn’t like the interaction between Sal and her family. I get that Sal lost her memories and has the living experience of a 6 year old, but sometimes when she was interacting with her family I just didn’t understand how they could act/talk to her the way they did. There’s one part where her father does something HORRIBLE to her and I was just so upset with it! And I just didn’t understand why they were being that way towards her.

Overall I loved it though and I can’t WAIT for the next book. It sucks that I’m going to have to wait a really, really really long time though. SO MANY QUESTIONS!!!!!!! Ah. Anyway, check this out!

Why I DON’T WANT TO read Game of Thrones

I cannot count how many times I’ve tried to talk about Game of Thrones with someone to have them tell me ‘the book is better’. Or that I should ‘read the book’.

Guess what everyone. I DON’T WANT TO.

I could have read these books YEARS ago and I chose not to. CHOSE not to. I worked in a bookstore for 2 years. I used to be HUGE into epic fantasy, high fantasy, dragons, magic, wizards you name it. I didn’t want to read Harry Potter BECAUSE I thought it was too lame compared to the AMAZING things I was reading. I had a work-friend who tried for TWO YEARS to get me to read A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE (and this was a true read-them-before-there-was-even-the-IDEA-for-a-TV-show book fan) and I was just like nope, don’t want to. 

So when the TV show came out I didn’t watch the first season until the second season came out. Everyone was NUTS for it and I was over here all ‘pffff, please, couldn’t care less’. But then idek why, I was bored or something, and I decided to watch it. I LOVED IT. The TV show was SO FUN to watch. So bloody and sexy and witty and I just fell for it. Blew through the first two seasons and then was sad it was over.

After that what did I do? I bought A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE and read about 50 pages before I was all ‘fuck this I HATE multiple POV this is annoying I have better things to read’. 

So I quit and read a million other books because I LOVE YA FICTION OKAY. And if you think that this makes me a bad person or puts me below you in some way… then just really. REALLY. How are we friends?

I tried to read it again later this year and got to about page 300 when I just… really couldn’t handle the multiple POV again. Guys, I cannot stand it. Either write form first person or third. I will tolerate alternating, but omfg there are TOO MANY POVS. So I shelved it and probably wont go back to it.

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Along came season 3 and for some reason ALL of the people who READ THE BOOKS BETWEEN SEASONS were the biggest fan OF THE BOOKS and supreme EXPERTS. Everyone was all ‘oh I knew that was going to happen’ or ‘omg that was NOT like it was in the book D: I demand a refund!’ and I couldn’t even cry over the deaths of my own favorites because anytime I’d open my mouth about it the ~book fans~ would get up on their high horses and look down at me and shake their head and make me feel like I am not qualified to enjoy a fucking TV show because I didn’t want to slog my way through thousands of pages of books that I CHOSE not to read.

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THEN the TV fans got all pissed off when there were ~spoilers~ all about. This makes NO sense to me because THESE BOOKS HAVE BEEN OUT SINCE THE 90’s. There are NO surprises. It’s like people watching Harry Potter now and being upset that someone tells them Dumbledore dies. IT’S PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE. So while I would appreciate it if the book fans would get off their high horses, especially those who only read the books BECAUSE they got into the TV show, and simmer down, I would also like the TV fans to shut up about things like ~spoilers~. 

And I would REALLY like it if I could actually publicly enjoy this with people who also enjoy it without feeling like I’m not qualified to enjoy it AS MUCH as because I didn’t WANT to read the books.

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Stop judging me!

And just so I’m clear, I’m not saying that if you went out and read the books between seasons that you’re a bad person. READING IS AWESOME. And anything that makes people read more IS AWESOME. Elitism is NOT. And that’s what is annoying the hell out of me.

END RANT.

 

Tumble & Fall

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Title: Tumble & Fall

Author: Alexandra Coutts

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that’s left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.

Review:  This book was beautiful and haunting on so many levels. I’m normally not a huge fan of multiple POV novels, but the voices and stories in this were so distinct that I didn’t mind at all. I do wish that the three stories would have lined up a bit more than they did… I found them to be all very good individually, but when the three main characters paths crossed it was… a bit anticlimatic.

It’s hard to choose which story I liked best. Sienna’s was probably my least favorite because she ‘fell in love’ in like, the last 4 days left on earth. But she was a messed up 17 year old (was she 17?) who had just tried to kill herself not that long ago. I guess when you’re young and the world is ending it doesn’t really matter how much time it takes to fall in love. Normally this type of instalove would have made me REALLY annoyed with the book… but given the circumstances…

Zan’s story was the saddest. I loved the mystery in it, but the way she twisted her thoughts and feelings around and was upset with herself and doubted her love… it was just really tragic. But I’m glad that she went on the journey that she did, it was like, the most perfect way to spend your last few days on earth.

Caden’s story was interesting… but weird. It didn’t really feel that ‘real’ to me. I liked the way it ended though, and that because he disappeared his family was able to change and grow and forgive themselves when they needed to the most.

The writing in this was stunning. And emotional. I was moved to tears a few times towards the end. And yet, woven together in the sadness, the uncertainty, and the fear, was hope. Hope and forgiveness.

I was a little sad that in the end it was left open ended. I guess it’s up to the reader to choose how it ends… and that gave the book a very unique feeling. And it lingers… which is what a good book should do.

I was dying to read this book and I’m so glad that I was given the chance. Thanks to Edelweiss for letting me read this!

 

Stacking the Shelves (5)

ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!!! Win a copy of The Sight Seer & Anna and the French Kiss

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BEA HAUL! Guys, I didn’t even GO to BEA. But my lovely friend Melissa HOOKED ME UP!

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ARCs! It’s been kinda slow for ARCs these past few weeks but… I’m so excited about these. I’m reading Parasite now and it’s AMAAAAAAAZING.

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Bought… in moments of weakness and SALES. Shadow was free, and Storm was under $5, and I REALLY want to get into that series… the other two were only .99 so WHY NOT (that’s my motto!)

Not a bad week! What did y’all end up with? I’ve been DYING over everyone’s BEA posts… someday I’ll go! SOMEDAY!!!!!!!

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Not a Drop to Drink

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Title: Not a Drop to Drink

Author: Mindy McGinnis

Rating:  ★★★ ★★

Synopsis: Teenage Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most important, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty or doesn’t leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. But when strangers appear, the mysterious footprints by the pond, the nighttime threats, and the gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it. . . .

New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant says Not a Drop to Drink is a debut “not to be missed.” With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a frontierlike world not so different from our own.

Review: I made my mom read this after I finished it and I told her ‘this totally reminds me of you, and our family’. She got about 20% into it and was like WTF HOW DOES THIS REMIND YOU OF US?! And then she kept reading and… it clicked.

How many of you could survive a zombie apocalypse? Or a fight to the death in the annual Hunger Games? How about if you were faced with a killer virus? Killer robots? A 2nd ice age? Yeah… these are some of my favorite end-of-the-world book scenarios  but… these ones don’t terrify me (well… maaaaaaaaybeeeeeee zombies) as much as the idea of having to just plain survive. I mean, we’d all die if any of these were to actually happen. But what about when the odds are against you… and survival IS possible (and not because you’re an olympic-trained fighter). What then?

I grew up in basically… the same back-woods countryside that Lynn survives in in this book. My house was in the middle of nowhere, and we have a huge pond behind it. My father, an avid hunter, taught us how to shoot, hunt and track. I went to outdoor wilderness camp every summer growing up, and I know how to fish, purify water, and gut a deer (ew, right?). My family has a huge garden, my mother cans EVERYTHING and our freezer is usually filled with venison. All of these things that I grew up with rang SO TRUE with me while I was reading this book.

I’m from Michigan, where we get snow about 6 months out of the year, and I’ve gone without power and running water more times than I can count.

So if we ran out of clean drinking water, could I survive? Could my family? I think we’d have a chance. And this is why I connected so well with this book. This is why I had to share it with my mother. I could see and feel this entire story from start to end. It was so easy to put myself in Lynn’s shoes, to think about the choices she had to make, and compare them to the ones that I’d make if I were in the same position.

This book is bloody, raw, and emotional. It pulls NO punches and spares no one. There is pain and suffering all around, but there is also hope, growth, happiness, and I love how Lynn changes through the book. I had actual moments of gasping-OMFG THAT DID NOT JUST HAPPEN-throw my kindle down on the bed-tears in my eyes CANNOT STOP READING hysterics.

And one of THE MOST refreshing things about this is that it’s a standalone. You get a full story with a bittersweet ending and a perfect conclusion that just sits so right. I couldn’t have asked for more.

Keep your eyes out for this one when it hits shelves. It’s a MUST READ!

I received an eARC of this from Edelweiss. Thank you!

Giveaway — THE SIGHT SEER & Anna and the French Kiss

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Gabi Harkins likes to think she’s a pretty normal sixteen-year-old. She goes to school, suffers though an awful part-time job, and deals with a bratty younger sister. But when a potential shoplifter morphs into a monster right in front of her, Gabi realizes her life is far from normal—especially when that monster follows her home and ends up battling a boy wielding a sword in her backyard.

The boy, Rafe Fitzgerald, is a member of Silver Moon, an organization devoted to eradicating demons before they kill humans. If this little bit of news isn’t earth-shattering enough, Rafe reveals that he needs Gabi’s help. As strong as Rafe is, he does not possess the Sight—a rare ability that allows a hunter to See through a demon’s glamour, enabling them to strike before the demon does. But guess who does?

While Gabi is reluctant to face another demon, she knows she owes Rafe big time for saving her. Together, they’re thrown headfirst into heart-stopping situations as they battle newer and more frightening demons. When she starts to fall for Rafe, Gabi knows her normal life is gone forever.

HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS! Check out this book. My VERY good friend (we’ve been friends since high school!!! We used to write the most ridiculous stories together about pretty boys in love. And she even came to Japan and stayed with me for a week) Melissa Giorgio‘s VERY FIRST BOOK is being released on JUNE 14TH. It’s a Young Adult paranormal (first in a possible series) and I am SO EXCITED FO HER! I also can’t wait to buy my own copy and read it’s gorgeousness in all it’s published glory.

To celebrate her book birthday I’m going to host my very first GIVEAWAY!!!! This is open INTERNATIONALLY. Not only will I be giving away one e-copy of THE SIGHT SEER I asked Melissa to choose a book to add to the giveaway and she picked…

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Anna and the French kiss… one of her current favs (and mine too!) So hot damn you get a YA Paranormal AND a contemporary out of this giveaway. Something for everyone.

For THE SIGHT SEER I can only send you a KINDLE version of the ebook, so if you don’t have a kindle and don’t want to read it thru the kindle app then we can talk about a physical copy. The ebook of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS will be available for any device tho.

And the winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

So please fill out this rofflecopter (sorry I can’t embed it, wordpress rules…). You can: follow us on twitter, subscribe to both our blogs by email, and tweet about the giveaway. That’s it 😀

CLICK HERE!

you have until June 14th to enter!