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05 January 2015

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon: I'm Participating!

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I'm so excited about participating in this read-a-thon! I've never done one before so I'm glad that it's only one week...gotta start off slow and steady lol. My goal is 10 books! I will keep you guys updated on my progress throughout the week. Wish me luck! :)


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02 January 2015

TBR Thursday (2)

Hey guys! Happy Thursday!! So today I thought I would participate in a new meme created by Words with Sarah called TBR Thursday. I think this is a great way to reduce our ever growing TBR piles.  So, what you do is you pick a book that's been in sitting in your TBR pile for a good while that you plan on reading/reviewing this week. However, I not only plan to pick a book in this post but also review a TBR book. So every Thursday I will have a review of a book that's been in my TBR pile for a while and also tell you which TBR book I will read the following week :) Today I will be reviewing out of my TBR pile Lost Girls by Ann Kelley...I will reveal what book I will review next Thursday at the end of my post.

No parents. No rules. No way home.
Fourteen-year-old Bonnie MacDonald couldn't be more excited for a camping trip on an island off the coast of Thailand. But when a strong current sweeps Bonnie and her friends past their appointed campsite, depositing them instead on what the boatman calls a "forbidden island," they're just happy to have reached dry land.
Overnight, things take a turn for the worse. Three torturous days pass, but the boatman doesn't return, and what once seemed like a vacation in paradise becomes a battle against the elements.
Peppered with short, frantic entries from Bonnie's journal as she struggles to survive, Lost Girls tells the page-turning, heart-pounding story of a group of teen girls fighting for their lives.


I really enjoyed reading this book. It reminded me of Lord of the Flies except with all girls instead of guys. This book is all about survival and the trials that the girls go through which causes them to have to grow up very quickly. I really liked the main character Bonnie because she presents herself as very strong and a great leader despite her age. I also loved her best friend.  With every page turn there was a different adventure and that was one aspect of the book that I really enjoyed. If you like books that are suspenseful and all about survival then you will definitely love this book!  

                                                                        Rating: 4 stars

So next week I will be reading and reviewing....*drum roll please*....Tempest by Julie Cross!

So you guys should totally join in on the fun of this new meme :) What's your next read from your TBR pile?

23 June 2014

Blog Tour: Secrets & Lies by Jacqueline Green (Review)

Hey guys! Welcome to day one of the Secrets and Lies blog tour hosted by Paper Lantern Lit. So let's hop to it :)

Can you keep a secret?
Tenley Reed and Sydney Morgan have never seen eye to eye -- until now. United by a common goal, they are determined to find out who was behind their friend's murder. Joined by Emerson Cunningham, a gorgeous but troubled teen model, the girls start their own investigation. But in the isolated beach town of Echo Bay, it's hard to know who's a friend and who's an enemy.
Secrets and Lies is the second book in the Truth or Dare series -- and will keep readers in suspense from beginning to end.


I loved this book just as much as I loved the first book Truth or Dare! The plot still centers around 3 girls and picks up right where Truth or Dare left off. This book has so much suspense, romance, and mystery making for a great read. This books was definitely better than the last when it came to plot twists because it really keeps you guessing throughout the whole read. All of the underlying relationships also make the book a great read because you not only get the crazy mystery but you still get the regular high school romance drama. As I said in my review of Truth or Dare this is definitely a great series to start reading and the only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 stars is because of its uncanny similarity to Pretty Little Liars but that is definitely not a deal breaker for me being a fan of the series myself. I can't wait for the last book in the trilogy to come out to see how this complex amazing story ends.


About the Author:

Jacqueline Green grew up in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, where she devoured books the way other kids did candy. She never stopped loving those books she read as a kid, so after receiving her BA from Cornell University, she went on to get her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School. She’s since worked in many parts of the children’s publishing field, from marketing to editorial to writing. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and their very small dog, who moonlights as her writing companion.

Follow Her on Twitter or visit her Website

Buy this Book: Amazon | B&N
20 June 2014

Interview w/Vivian Eve

Hey guys! Today I have for you an interview with Vivian Eve, author of Birthright. Let's get started! :)

1. When did you first realize you wanted to be an author?

As far back as I can remember, honestly. I almost always carried around notebooks to write down my ideas. I dabbled with typewriters before gaining access to computers; thankfully, I grew up in a generation where they were becoming an extremely common thing to own and use. So aside from a very dark period of my life where I almost completely gave up on writing, I could be frequently found typing away and stashing kernels of ideas into removable storage for future use.

2. How long does it usually take to write a book?

Birthright took me around a year to actually write; fleshing out the characters/world and finishing the outline ups the time even more. I'm not a super fast writer, but I'm testing out ways to hopefully better streamline the process without suffering a drop in quality.

3. What was your inspiration for the characters in Birthright?

It's hard to pinpoint exactly. Once I conceived the overall plot, they fell into place naturally. There has been some tweaking here and there along the way, but the characters all turned out great. In the future, readers will get to see why I love each and every one of them—even the villains. ;)

4. Where did you get the idea of the storyline?

My love of history, Arthurian legends, and the nagging voices of the characters who refused to be quiet about wanting their stories to be known to the world. I didn't set out to write a certain story or a specific genre; it just happened to come together that way.

5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I already knew years ago that writing is hard, but I didn't realize just HOW hard. There's a lot that goes into it: worldbuilding, character creation/development, etc. And this isn't even getting into the technicality (grammar, punctuation, etc.) portion. Personally, I think seeing your stories through to the end is the hardest; writing novels takes a lot of patience, time, and learning. You need a ton of persistence and determination in this line of work (not to mention thick skin, but that's another story entirely).

6. Do you listen to music for inspiration as you write certain scenes?

There's rarely a time when I'm not listening to music while writing. To help with my process, I'll also create playlists based on the story I'm writing. Sometimes, the songs will reflect a specific scene; other times, it'll be songs representing the overall theme/feel to keep myself in the mood of the world.

7. Do you have any suggestions to help people become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Read as much as you can, write as much as you can. Brush up on your grammar skills with some research and studying; there are tons of books about writing and language, and limitless sources on the web. Always strive for improvement; it's important to always be open to constructive criticism in order to improve your craft. Lastly, NEVER GIVE UP!

Thank you Vivian for taking out the time to let me interview you :) I will be posting a review of Birthright by Vivian Eve tomorrow.

Upcoming Reviews:
Lost Girls by Ann Kelley
Lost in Starlight by Sherry Soule
Birth of the Vampire by Gayla Twist
Birthright by Vivian Eve

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