Thursday, June 28, 2012

Movies/TV Shows That Should Be Books



A while back, I posted about how ONCE UPON A TIME should be made into a book series. Someone (Caitlin, I believe) mentioned GRIMM should be made into a book series as well, and I'd totally have to agree. Think about it.

The book would make an awesome story and could also include illustrations explaining each "creature" the Grimm runs into (much like Nick's guide on the show). You could have drawings of Bluebots...



and witches...



And more. Obviously, the illustrations would have to be less...uhh, graphic?... than the actual pictures you see before you. Less beheading and more explaining, if you will. Each book in the series could start off with a drawing of the creature, maybe a background story and how to kill it. Maybe it could even have alternation POVs, Nick's and whatever thing he's suppose to be battling (good or evil).

If they ever do decide to transform this fabulous show into a book series, wouldn't it be awesome if they put a YA spin to it? Maybe have Nick be a 17 year old in high school and the creatures be random students who attend his school? I mean, can you picture this guy (or girl) as a goth kid?



Check out those spacers! But, as you know in the show, only a Grimm can see the true faces of these bad boys/girls.

The Grimm would also have to be smoking hot, much like the man who plays Nick on the show.




RAWR!

Thoughts? Would you like to see GRIMM as a book series? Any other shows or movies you'd like to transform into a book or book series?







Sunday, June 24, 2012

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Round-Up



Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews. Super, duper excited about the books I got this week. Eep!!! Ch-ch-check it out!

*Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth...SIGNED! (goodreads)
*A Want So Wicked (A Need So Beautiful #2) by Suzanne Young (goodreads)
*A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young (goodreads)
*Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer (goodreads)
*Outpost (Razorland #2) by Ann Aguirre (goodreads)
*Because It Is My Blood (Birthright #2) by Gabrielle Zevin (goodreads)

***Special thanks to my very awesome BFF Karen from FWIW(who knew I missed Veronica Roth's signing in Htown, so she got me a signed copy of INSURGENT at BEA...LOOOOVE YOU!), Harper Teen, and Macmillan***

WEEKLY ROUND-UP
*Wondering what DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN is about? Check out my review!
*Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List. Super excited to tear through these!
*BEING FRIENDS WITH BOYS blog tour + Giveaway. Want to know Terra Elan McVoy's #4 difference between being friends with boys, and being friends with girls? You know you do.
*Winner, Winners, Chicken Dinners!


That's all, folks! Feel free to post links to your mailboxes in the comments below. I shall be at ALA but will comment on your blogs as soon as I can! Love you all and hope you guys are having a fantabulous weekend!

XOXO

Friday, June 22, 2012

ALA Bound. Watch Out Anaheim, Here We Come!



Hey Guys! Today, I'm heading off to Anaheim for ALA 2012. Sadly, I do have to work (BLAH!) so I'll miss today's festivities, but I'll be there the rest of the week. I'm super excited to see and spend time with my homies (and roommates!) Magan from Rather Be Reading, Christin from Portrait of a Book, and Jen, as well as the rest of y'all.

Other things I'm excited about? Oh, ya know, meeting authors like Miranda Kennealy, Maggie Stiefvater, David Levithan, Laini Taylor, and more. EEP!!! If you're going, be sure to check out the authors' signing list here.

If you're going to be there (cough, Julie...Kai), I'd love to meet/hang out you! Just tweet me and let me know!

Also, the fantabulous ladies from YA Highway are hosting a very awesome blogger, author, librarian, martian, etc meet up on Saturday. For details, check out their blog!

Hope to see y'all there!!!

XOXO

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Winner, Winners!!!



It's that time again! Thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaways this past month. Now, onto the winners!

The winner of the Goddess Interrupted Giveaway is...

Jill of The O.W.L.!!!

The winner of The Summer of No Regrets Giveaway is...

Chenise!

The winner of the signed Graceling and Bitterblue Giveaway is...

Ning!!!


Congrats to all the winners! Please check your email and respond back as soon as possible! If you didn't win, that's okay. There are plenty of giveaways coming up this month and the URC is coming up, too!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Being Friends With Boys Blog Tour + Giveaway



Hey guys! Thanks to the very awesome Shanyn from Lit Logistics, I am giving away a copy of BEING FRIENDS WITH BOYS. I'm currently reading it and have to tell you that it is FABULOUS. What I wouldn't give to have a guy friend to share a journal with!

Throughout the blog tour, Terra Elan McVoy will be discussing the difference between being friends with boys, and being friends with girls. I'll be revealing difference #4 today. Take it from here, Terra!

"Ever since my novel, Being Friends With Boys was released, I’ve been asked a lot about friendships between guys and girls. Is it possible, for one thing (duh, yes), and how is being friends with boys different than being friends with girls. I happen to be very lucky to have had friendships with both guys and girls all through middle- and high school, and continue to have fantastic friendships with men (and women) to this day. Though I think the value and intensity of guy/girl friendships and girl/girl friendships are definitely equal, there certainly are some differences. Follow my blog tour to read a few of my thoughts on how being friends with boys isn’t quite the same as being friends with girls!

4. Everyone else doesn’t always get it. Guys, have you ever had a girl friend, and all your friends are like, “Dude when you gonna hit that?” Girls? Same thing? Everyone asking you when you’re gonna kiss? Yeah, it’s frustrating. Just because you like to hang together doesn’t mean you like to hang on each other. But there are always going to be people who think there’s something else going on between you two—there are always going to be ignorant people—so the best thing to do is just focus on your friendship and ignore everyone else. "

How true is that?!

Now, onto the giveaway. One lucky person will win a copy of BEING FRIENDS WITH BOYS. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is only open to US and CA participants and will end July 7th at midnight CST.

Be sure to follow the rest of the BEING FRIENDS WITH BOYS blog tour for more giveaways and other differences between being friends with boys, and being friends with girls.

LINKS, LINKS, LINKS!
*Goodreads
*Terra's Website
*Terra's Twitter
*Amazon
*Tour Stops
*Lit Logistics



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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List. Whoa, narrowing this down to 10 books will be a challenge. Oh well, let's get this party started!



It's Andrea Cremer. Of course it's high on my TBR list.





I have some amazing friends. Karen and Hannah both went to BEA a couple weeks ago and snagged me some amazing books. What's crazy is I didn't even have to ask. They just knew, and I love them SFM much for their generosity. Anyway, Maggie Stiefvater is by far one of (if not) my favorite authors. LOVE HER and can't wait to tear through this book!



I have been meaning to read this book! Amy & Roger was such an epic read, so I'm sure this one will be as well.





LOVE the cover for The Unquiet. It sounds a bit creepy yet fabulous.






For when I need my faerie fix.






Because it wouldn't be a summer without Kody Keplinger! I hear Wes and Bianca make a cameo in this book. Umm, yum much?





I keep hearing how smexy, smexy this book is. Really, it's not summer without a steamy read.







I love how raw and real and amazing Jennifer Brown's books are. I love that she wrote a book about siblings and OCD. I'm saving this for when I need a reality check.





How stinkin' amazing does this book sound? Seriously, I can't wait to get my dystopia fix starting with this book. Giggidy Goo!






HA! Because my #10 just had to be TEN! Also because summer isn't complete without a creepy tale of being trapped on an island with a killer. I heart Possess so I'm very much looking forward to Gretchen McNeil's upcoming novel.





That's all, folks! This is going to be a busy summer, filled with amazing reads. What books are on your summer TBR list? Do you have any of the same books as me? :D




Monday, June 18, 2012

Review: Darkness Before Dawn


Title: Darkness Before Dawn
Author: J.A. London
Published: May 29th 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers
Source: ARC received by the publisher for review

Summary: "This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.

Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters....

Darkness Before Dawn is a fresh new story with captivating characters, unexpected plot twists, a fascinating setting, and a compelling voice. Written under the name J. A. London by a talented mother-son team, the trilogy is perfect for fans of True Blood and the House of Night and Morganville Vampires series."

First line: "As the carriage rolled across the desolate plains, the assassin slid his gaze over to his traveling companions."

Thoughts:

It took me roughly 200 pages to get into this book. There were little events and bits of action that kept me reading, but I felt like the beginning of the book fell a little flat. So much time was spent with the human characters (Dawn, Tegan, and even Michael) discussing how afraid they were and/or Dawn and Victor bickering. After a while, this grew a bit tiresome. I'm one of those people that expect more action when it comes to vampire books, so sadly yes, this portion of the book did disappoint me a bit.

Now, the last 150 or so pages were brilliant. I devoured them. The best way I can describe it is reading DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN is kind of like climbing a mountain. It's rigoruous and at times you want to quit, but something motivates you to keep going. Once you get to the top, you start seeing this whole experience differently, and it's a total rush to get to the end. At least, that's how it felt to me.

As the romance between Dawn and Victor grew, so did the story. I will say I do feel like the love was a bit one sided. It took a while for Dawn to fall for Victor but once she did, she fell hard. From the beginning, you can you tell that Dawn's feelings for Michael were leaning more towards the friends side rather than love. Not with Victor. The only thing is, I felt like Victor's feelings were not as strong as Dawn's. His words felt a little hollow, but maybe that's because vampires are not suppose to show any weakness? Who knows.

I will admit, there were times when I thought "Huh, Twilight much?", especially with the way the book ended, however, I still really appreciated the direction the authors took with this book. Vampires are something to be feared, and you can clearly see that in DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN. Of course, there are the good vampires (Victor! Faith!), but in the end, the majority of them are still blood sucking monsters that would do anything to take a bite of your neck.

Quick Quirky Quote Quipster Time!

"His gaze drops to my mouth. I'm barely breathing. Just waiting."

Ooooooh, keep going...

"Passion rises up, and there's a hunger between us that I don't understand."

RAWR!

"He touches my cheek and I wish we could stay here all day."

Awww, how very Edwardy of him. :-)

I didn't know this was going to be a series till I got to the end, but I guess I should have figured. YA + Vampires usually = series. Though this is not my favorite book, I did enjoy it. I'll definitely look out for the sequel which, from what I hear, comes out later this year? That was fast!

Rating:




Sunday, June 17, 2012

Stacking The Shelves + Weekly Recap



First off, HAPPY FATHER'S DAY EVERYONE! To dads everywhere, thank you for being there when we needed you most.

Now, back to our scheduled program. Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews. Let's get this party started!



*Being Friends With Boys by Terra Elan McVoy (goodreads)
*Meant To Be By Lauren Morrill (goodreads)
*The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke (goodreads)
*Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings (goodreads)
*Crewel by Gennifer Albin (goodreads)
*Daughter of Smoke and Bone (paperback edition) by Laini Taylor- not pictured- (goodreads)
*From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas-not pictured- (goodreads)

***Special thanks to S&S, Shanyn from Literary Logistics, Strange Chemistry, my very awesome friend Sarah from Storybound Girl (and Magan from Rather Be Reading, and Macmillan***

Weekly Recap:

First off, I apologize for my blogging absence. I've been on vacation and haven't really had the time to update my blog. You see, I've been in Seattle with my fabulous friend Ginger from GReads. She actually wrote a fabulous post about our Seattle experience.

After that, I was in Atlanta spending some much needed time with mi familia at my aunt's house. When I wasn't at the aquarium, zip-lining, or hiking, I spent most of my time in her backyard, reading on her deck. I mean really, can you blame me?



Gorgeous, right? I want to live there forever. ANYWAY, I'm back now...at least until ALA. In the words of LMFAO, sorry for party rockin'. ;-) Now, recap time!

*The Top Ten Good GREAT Beach Books I'd Recommend.
*Wherein I review MY LIFE NEXT DOOR by Huntley Fitzpatrick. Everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) should read this book!

Tons of giveaway winners will be announced this week, and I'll also be posting more giveaways, so watch out for those. If you're going to be at ALA this week, let me know! I'd love to meet ya!

So, what books did you get this week? Recaps? Awesome vacations? Let me know!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Review : My Life Next Door



Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Expected publication: June 14th 2012 by Dial Books For Young Readers
Source: ARC sent by the publisher for review

Summary: "A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another

“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over."

First line: "The Garretts were forbidden from the start."

Thoughts: Sweet baby, can I just please fangirl for a moment and tell you guys how much I loved, loved, LOVED MY LIFE NEXT DOOR? As far as summer reads go, it doesn't get much better than this. There's a bit of everything for even the most picky readers. It has the perfect amount of romance, a little bit of drama to keep you on your toes, the most wholesome characters you will ever meet, and also the worst.

The story starts off with Samantha doing what she does best...watching the Garretts. You see, ever since the Garretts moved in, Samantha's mom told both her daughters to stay away from them. Why? Because the Garretts have a lot of children and are messy. There goes the value of the neighborhood!

One night, Jase randomly climbs up to meet Samantha on her roof and everything changes.

From the very beginning, you get a very clear picture of what each character is about. Samantha is the good child who is dying to break loose, wanting to have fun but not exactly knowing how. Tracy (her sister) is the wild child and isn't afraid to express it. Their mom...uptight state senator who, let's be honest, is more than a bit selfish and self-centered.

Then there are the Garretts. While some characters may stand out more than others (Jase, Alice, put-some-pants-on George, and even boob/poop little Patsy...boob!), each of them still have their own personalities and rolls to play. This is one of the many things I loved about this novel. None of the characters were similiar enough to get confused with another. The author brought them all to life as if the Garretts were have always been your neighbors. I felt like I knew them personally and in all honesty wish I did. Yes, I didn't like Grace (aka Samantha's mom) nor Grace's "manfriend"...nor Samnatha's supposed best friend for that matter, but I did love every single one of the Garretts as well as Tim.

TIM! How fun was Tim? Seriously loved this kid. He's flawed, but so, so funny and just an overall riot. If it wasn't for Tim, the story wouldn't be as entertaining as it was. Needless to say, he was definitely one of my favorite characters, awkwardness and all.

ROMANCE! Yes, pleaaaase! Let's talk about the romance. Sure there's a lot of lust but OH MY GAAAAAAWD, it was so good. I loved how Samantha and Jase's relationship progressed from strangers who watch each other, to semi-friends, to more than friends, to more than more than friends, to...you get my point. I loved how Jase watched Samantha's every move and thought before speaking. He was incredibly observant and oh so sweet, making my heart melt into a puddle of puppy love goo. What I wouldn't give for a Jase Garrett of my very own.

Now, I will say that there is an incident in the book (as stated in the summary) which aggravated me to no end. When it happened, it was sudden (as it should be), but everything that happened after felt so rushed. I didn't like how any of the characters reacted to the situation, and it tore me up inside. The worst was Grace and her manfriend. They must not have a soul because neither of them grew nor even cared to fix their wicked ways. Okay, Grace did a bit but even so, it wasn't enough. Blah! Frustration is just pouring out of me just thinking about it.

I know, I know, I'm very passionate about this book. End rant. Okay, time for some fun!

Quick Quirky Quote Quipster Time!

"Wow. I've never met a boy, at a school or anywhere, who cut through the small talk so quickly."

That's right, Jase certainly is one of a kind.

"Okay, now his face is close to mine. If I were to raise my head and tilt over just a bit..."

OH MY KITTENS AND PUPPIES, FREAKING RAISE AND TILT YOUR HEAD!!!! AHHH! AHHHH! AHHHHH!

"'You have to kiss me.' I find myself saying.

'Yeah.' He leans closer. 'I do.'".

*fans self* *pants* *continues with the fanning of self*

Overall, I devoured every page of MY LIFE NEXT DOOR. My very so fabulous friend Hannah asked whether or not she should buy it, and in a very unladylike, almost animalistic nature, I replied "_____ YEAH!"(use your imagination). I really could go on and on, but it looks like I already have. Just buy the book and read it, for my sake and for your's.

Rating:




Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Top Ten Books I'd Recommend As Good Beach Reads



I'M BACK, Y'ALL! Sorry for my hiatus, but I have spent the last week and a half in Seattle and Atlanta. How was it? AWESOME! And now I'm back...until ALA in about 2 weeks. :-)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous girls at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the Top Ten Books I'd Recommend As Good Beach Reads. Oh, I've got some good ones.

Summer lovin, had me a blaaaaast.



MY LIFE NEXT DOOR: You guys, I read this in a day and a half. It has the perfect amount of summer romance that'll make you go OOOOOOOO!



UNBREAK MY HEART: HUGE Melissa Walker fan here. I mean, the lady loves Friday Night Lights. How can someone love FNL and not be made of win? My good friend Ginger at GReads insisted I bump this up my TBR pile. Y'all, I read this on the plane and finished it sitting by the lake. It really is an impeccable beach read.



SUCH A RUSH: Oh. My. GAWD. Sexy, sexy summer read. I'd recommend this for older teens. Seriously, you need to get this book as soon as it releases. You cannot go to the beach without this steamy book. Fair warning, you may need to cool yourself off in the water every so often. RAWR!



SOMETIMES IT HAPPENS: Whenever I need a fun, sexy, and funny book, I go to SOMETIMES IT HAPPENS. You can easily finish it in one day, but it'll only take you a couple pages to fall in love with the characters. To me, beach read = summer and romance, and this book has both.



ENDLESS SUMMER: This book is a twofer- you get THE BOYS NEXT DOOR and it's sequel all in one. Beach read, lake read, pool read, whatever...if you haven't read this book yet, you need to.



SAVING JUNE: This isn't a light read, but it is a fabulous one. It's beautiful and involves a fabulous road trip.



GRAFFITI MOON: For crying out loud, this book has poetry in it! It's full of wit and win. You definitely will never look at graffiti the same way again.





52 REASONS TO HATE MY FATHER: How much fun is this book? Loads, and really, isn't summer all about fun? Believe me, you'll want to get your hands on this book as soon as possible. Even the ever so picky Karen from For What It's Worth enjoyed it. What does that tell you?



ALONG FOR THE RIDE: Can you really say "beach read" and not mention a Sarah Dessen novel? I thought not. ALONG FOR THE RIDE is my favorite SD book and definitely a great beach read. Look at the cover! It screams beach read.




SHADOW AND BONE: Because every summer needs a little fantasy in it, right? I tore through this book like a knife cutting butter, and I'm sure you will too.



Summer lovin', happened so faaaast.

That's all folks! What books would you guys recommend as a good beach read?