Jul 21, 2014

Building the Book Pile #100

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Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

What's Happening?!
Hi everyone! This past week was great, so great in fact that I missed posting my BtBP on Sunday :/ WHOOPS :P
Over the last week I took a trip to Georgia to visit my mom and once there we left and when to Virginia to see my grandfather, so there was a lot of traveling - I am kind of pooped but it was wonderful to see everyone and hang out with the family.

In terms of reading, I am still going at a steady pace and this week I got a few more books to add to that pile.

How was your week ? Let me know in the comments.

Giveaways Going on NOW!   

 
http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/blog-tour-review-and-giveaway-anthems.html July Kindle
 
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Coming up on the Blog... 

Post about an AWESOME Coupon Code!! from GoneReading.com
 (This is too cool, if you follow on FB the code is already up) ;)

Blog Tour: Review -- Keeper (Omnibus Edition) by Ingrid Seymour (YA) 

This weekend is also another Write On Review-a-thon with The Book Vixen!Here is the Sign Up. I hope to read a bunch this week and have some reviews to write over the weekend :)

Books This Week

Dreamwood by Heather Mackey from Librarything Early Reviewers program and Recorded Books for review (Audiobook)
Allies and Assassins by Justin Somper from Librarything Early Reviewers program and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for review (Hardcover)

  Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything post and I will happily stop by and say hello!

 Happy Reading!

Jul 20, 2014

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway -- Anthem's Fall by S.L. Dunn

http://www.booknerdtours.com/2014/anthems-fall-by-s-l-dunn.html

ABOUT THE BOOK
Above a horrified New York City, genetics and ethics collide as the fallen emperor and a banished exile of the same herculean race ignite into battle over the city’s rooftops. In the streets below, a brilliant young scientist has discovered a technology that can defeat them both, yet might be more terrible than either.
Set both in modern New York City and in the technologically sophisticated yet politically savage world of Anthem, Anthem’s Fall unfurls into a plot where larger than life characters born with the prowess of gods are pitted against the shrewd brilliance of a familiar and unlikely heroine.



Rating

Anthem's Fall... what can I say?... From the very beginning I was stoked to read this book, the synopsis sounds great and who doesn't need a little more sci-fi in their lives? So I got this book in the mail from the author for the tour and he wrote me a wonderful note about loving the green mountain state (where I live/ Vermont) and I was even more excited to read the book. I love when author take notice of things! (Thank you Mr. Dunn!). I finally dig into it while on my vacation and I have to admit, in the beginning I was SUPER confused about how this story would form. 

We start the book on Earth with science and genetics and within those few chapters I came to really like the POV of Kristen, whom is one of the main characters; then we read from another Earthly POV and then are whisked away to another world entirely and they are at war. I felt like my head was spinning, but then the book got interesting -- worlds colliding, characters every which way, and I really liked reading from all of the views and normally that doesn't happen. I normally like one and sigh or 'arg' when another person came up, but not with this book, everyone had an interesting story to tell in the grand scheme of the book. Dunn did a wonderful job linking all these people and what was happening to them.

I am so glad that this book lived up to my expectations for it, but I forewarn, it can be a bit confusing with the amount of characters involved and the plot is action-packed and you will get sucked in. The number of pages may be a bit intimidating and the font on the smaller side, but I think many people will enjoy this book.





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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
S.L. Dunn is the debut author of Anthem’s Fall, a novel he wrote amid the wanderings of his mid twenties. He has written while living intermittently in St. John USVI, Boston, Maine and Seattle. Raised on big screen superheroes and pop science fiction, he sought to create a novel that bridged a near-sci-fi thriller with a grand new fantasy. He currently resides in Seattle with his girlfriend Liz and their dog Lucy, and is hard at work completing the next book of the Anthem’s Fall series.


WEBSITE: http://www.sldunn.com/  
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/sldunnauthor
TWITTER: 
@SL_Dunn
GOODREADS: 
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8188589.S_L_Dunn

 

Jul 16, 2014

Mini Bloggiesta, July 19-20th -- Plans

It's that time again, July Mini Bloggiesta is happening July 19-20th.

From Bloggiesta:


Join us this next weekend, July 19 and 20, for a fun gathering of bloggers, working feverishly to fix and freshen up their blogs! There’ll be a few new mini challenges, so stay tuned for that list on Friday, but you can also work on any of our past challenges. It’s a perfect time to catch up on challenges you missed during previous Bloggiestas!

We’ll be having one, just one, Twitter party on Sunday, the 20th at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. You know you want to join us because Twitter parties are awesome. Use the hashtag #Bloggiesta and follow @Bloggiesta.


My TO-DO List
  • Update my Reviews by Author page
  • Refresh my spreadsheet of to-review items
  • Check out some mini challenges 
  • depending on my Flight back home, try to attend the Twitter party on Sunday - sadly did not get to (sorry everyone)
  • Write at least one review for next week
  • Back up my Blog (I always forget to do this :/ )

Do you have blog things you need to take care of? You should join us :)

Jul 15, 2014

Early Reader Review: Rocket Girl: Volume 1 Times Squared by Amy Reeder

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Rocket Girl: Volume 1 Times Squared by Amy Reeder
Series: Rocket Girl Volume 1
Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors
Publication Date:  July 22, 2014



 

Format: ebook
Source: From Netgalley and Diamond Book Distributors in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this ebook in no effects my opinion of the book.


Rating:
 





Goodreads Synopsis: 

A teenage cop from a high-tech future is sent back in time to 1986 New York City. Dayoung Johansson is investigating the Quintum Mechanics megacorporation for crimes against time. As she pieces together the clues, she discovers the "future" she calls home - an alternate reality version of 2014 - shouldn't exist at all!
 Review: 


Dayoung Johansson is Rocket Girl, a teenage cop sent from the future to the 1980s to stop the megacorp Quintum Mechanics from developing a machine that will inevitably lead to her futuristic world and existence. The series is set in a series of flashes between the present (the future) and the past (1986) and the goings on of Rocket Girl, her patrol and the megacorporation behind everything that exists in her world. Dayoung must figure out whom or what she must stop to alter reality, as she knows it and destroy her home time period.

Rocket Girl Volume 1 is a compellation of issues 1-5 and is a wonderful start to this series. Amy Reeder’s art is absolutely stunning and vibrant and the action scenes that take place throughout will surely hold your attention. The story line is great too, the peaks of the story are interesting and thought provoking and even a little over the top and strange when it comes to the futuristic bits, but it was a brilliant story arc in this first volume. I am excited to have found this on Netgalley and hope to grab a copy of Volume 2 when it becomes available.

Jul 14, 2014

Recent Reads: Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences by John Moe

Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences
Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences by John Moe

Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Publication Date:  June 10, 2014



 

Format: Paperback
Source: Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this book in no way effects my opinions below.


Rating:


Goodreads Synopsis: 
Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth is proof that a funny book on pop culture doesn't have to be snide and nasty. I loved everything about it.” —Jim Gaffigan

We all know how Darth Vader shared his big secret with Luke Skywalker, but what if he had delivered the news in a handwritten note instead? And what if someone found that letter, as well as all of the drafts that landed in the Dark Lord’s trash can? In the riotously funny collection Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth, John Moe finally reveals these lost notes alongside all the imagined letters, e-mails, text messages, and other correspondences your favorite pop culture icons never meant for you to see.

From The Walking Dead to The Wizard of Oz, from Billy Joel to Breaking Bad, no reference escapes Moe’s imaginative wit and keen sense of nostalgia. Read Captain James T. Kirk’s lost log entries and Yelp reviews of The Bates Motel and Cheers. Peruse top secret British intelligence files revealing the fates of Agents 001–006, or Don Draper’s cocktail recipe cards. Learn all of Jay-Z’s 99 problems, as well as the complete rules of Fight Club, and then discover an all-points bulletin concerning Bon Jovi, wanted dead or alive—and much more.

Like a like a bonus track to a favorite CD or a deleted scene from a cult movie, Dear Luke, We Need to Talk Darth offer a fresh twist on the pop culture classics we thought we knew by heart. You already know part of their story. Now find out the rest.
 Review: 


Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth is a fun collection of various pop culture references taken to the next level by making them fun everyday normal occurrences. The references are taken and written as letters, reviews, and postings about things that seem relatively normal but have that added flair of ridiculousness. I very much enjoyed this book and it was easy to read since it was broken up into 3-6 page items. I would read a few on breaks at work and I read a good portion of it on a plane. 

A few of my favorites were the realtors letter to the B-52s about selling the Love Shack and the flaws that it has, including glitter everywhere - I was laughing out loud with that one as I was singing the song in my head.  I also enjoyed Jay-Z's list of 99 problem which were both funny and strange all at the same time.

I found a few of the items to be boring, but I think it was for my lack of interest in the speaker/ pop culture reference, like the It's a Wonderful Life section or the Sweaters and their assault on Bill Cosby - that one was more creepy than anything. 

I think that this book is a fun one if you know the pop culture it includes, I knew most of them but some I had to think about more in depth. I found a majority of it to be entertaining, some of it to be overly weird and creepy, and there were a few instances that I wanted to move to the next section, but overall it was a easy read and it did make me giggle. 

Jul 13, 2014

Building the Book Pile #99

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Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

What's Happening?!
Hi everyone! I hope your weekends were fun filled so far :).
I am away from home on a vacation of sorts, visiting my mom in GA and my grandfather in VA so I am not sure how much will be getting posted in the upcoming week. 

How was your holiday? Let me know in the comments.

Giveaways Going on NOW!   

 
http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/blog-tour-reivew-guest-post-and.htmlJuly Kindle
 
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Others may be linked on the right sidebar :) check them out!

 

Coming up on the Blog... 

Not sure yet, as I will be away from home - I hope to post but we will see :)

Recent Reads: Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences by John Moe (Adult)
Early Reader Review: Rocket Girl: Volume 1 Times Squared by Amy Reeder (Graphic Novel)
Next Sunday - Blog Tour: Anthem's Fall by S.L. Dunn (YA)

Books This Week
I got lots from Oni Press this week via email and am super excited about them.


The Auteur Volume 1  from Oni Press for review (PDF)
Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers from Oni Press for review (PDF)
 Courtney Crumrin: The Final Spell (Volume 6) from Oni Press for review  (PDF)
The Life After #1 from Oni Press for review (PDF)
  
Lady Rawhide Volume 1  Rocket Girl Volume 1: Times Squared
Lady Rawhide Volume 1 from Netgalley, Diamond Book Distributors and Dynamite Entertainment for review (ebook)
Rocket Girl Volume 1: Times Squared from Netgalley, Diamond Book Distributors and Image for review (ebook)


Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
Wanderlust by Ann Aguirre
Doubleblind by Ann Aguirre
Won from Brianna at the Book Vixen 

Have you missed anything lately?


  Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything post and I will happily stop by and say hello!

 Happy Reading!

Jul 11, 2014

A-Z Survey

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The A to Z Bookish Survey is hosted by Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner and recently was done again. I saw over at Great Imaginations that Bekka had done hers as a post versus the BookTube Video so I decided to join in :)


Author you’ve read the most books from…

Agatha Christie, I love her mysteries. I have been reading them since I was in Middle School so there are quite a few on my 'read' shelf.

 
 
Best Sequel Ever

Um, that is a hard one.... cannot really answer this one :/


Currently Reading

Copper Magic 
For a blog tour.

Drink of Choice While Reading

Coffee most of the time (In a mug like this one) or a sweet tea.
Nightmare Before Christmas Coffee Mug - Jack


E-Reader of Physical Books?

Really it depends were the book I need to read is :) I really like physical books though.

Fictional Character You Probably Would have Dated in High School

Hahaha I have no clue! I love the YA characters I read about and get all swoony when I read them but I don't really wish it were me in place of other characters. These types of questions always make me giggle. 

Glad You Gave This Book a Chance

The Glass Castle 
Such a wonderful book! I don't read a lot of Non-fiction but I read this one for an online book club (I think) and it blew me away!

Hidden Gem Book

I am not sure if it is hidden but I recently started reading the Rose series by Holly Webb and I love it!

Rose (Rose, #1) Rose and the Lost Princess (Rose, #2)

Important Moment in Your Reading Life

It is a toss up: When my mom realized I was a reader and introduced me to Agatha Christie or when I began my blog. They are both super important moments for me.

Just Finished Reading

I just finished listening to Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George and finished reading... Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison last week and some other kid books along the way.
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George Goodnight Football by Michael Dahl Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison Chalk by Bill Thomson Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland

Kind of Books You Won’t Read

Erotica and Christian Fiction, on VERY rare occasions will I make the exception. And I am not all that good with Romance - YA is fine but none of the adult stuff really...

Longest Book You’ve Read

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling, 870 Pages.

Major Book Hangover Because of…
All the Harry Potter books, I binge read them when I got each one... after staying up for the midnight releases.


Number of Bookshelves You Own

3 but I need more. I have one tall one and two short ones.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling, I read it every few years.

Preferred Place to Read

I read everywhere but I love reading on my couch or in the bathtub.

Quote that Inspires You or Gives You All the Feels

“We are all born mad. Some remain so.”
Samuel Beckett

I love this one :) It is not always a bad thing to be a little off-kilter.

Reading Regret

That I do not really read a variety of things, I really do stick with YA and MG.

Series You Started and Need to Finish (that’s completely published)

So many -- Wicked Lovely (one more book), Darkness Rising (need to read #2-3), Curse Workers (Need to read the last book), Sookie Stackhouse (I think I have 3 books left), the last book of the Hush, Hush series -- these are just a few...

Three of Your All-Time Faves

Some old faves and a newer one. I loved the Book Thief it was a beautiful and emotional read. Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express is one of my favorite Poirot mysteries, and my al time fave is The Monster at the end of this book - My grandfather used to read it to me with Grover voice it was wonderful :)


The Book ThiefMurder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street)

Unapologetic Fangirl for…

Chuck Palahniuk, I heart his books, even his bad ones.

Very Excited for this Release, Above All Others

Talon (Talon, #1)

Worst Bookish Habit

I am a book hoarder.... I do not like to let books go ever, not to people to borrow or to giveaway... I want them all forever :/

X Marks the Spot:  Start at the Top Left of Your Shelf and Pick the 27th Book

I will have to look... I am not at home writing this post so :/

Your Last Book Purchase

I had a coupon so I bought these two for the price of shipping: 

Tiger Lily Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy, #2)

Zzzz Snatcher: Last Book that Kept You Up WAYY too Late

All books, I like to read at night and into the late night...Some nights more than others but it not always the book that does it, it is my need to finish reading for posts and such too :)


Jul 10, 2014

Blog Tour: Reivew, Guest Post, and Giveaway -- Copper Magic by Julia Mary Gibson

http://www.jeanbooknerd.com/2014/06/copper-magic-by-julia-mary-gibson.html

Copper Magic by Julia Mary Gibson

About the Book
Can an unearthed talisman found on the shores of Lake Michigan save 12-year-old Violet’s fractured family? Exploring themes of Native American culture, ecology, and conservation, this historical fiction novel comes brilliantly to life.

The year is 1906, and twelve-year-old Violet Blake unearths an ancient talisman—a copper hand—beside the stream where her mother used to harvest medicine. Violet’s touch warms the copper hand and it begins to reveal glimpses of another time. Violet is certain that the copper hand is magic—and if anyone is in need of its powers, it’s Violet. Her mother and adored baby brother are gone, perhaps never to return. Her heartbroken father can’t seem to sustain the failing farm on the outskirts of Pigeon Harbor, on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Surely the magic of the copper hand can make things right for Violet and restore her fractured family. Violet makes a wish. But her ignorant carelessness unleashes formidable powers—and her attempts to control them jeopardizes not only herself, but the entire town of Pigeon Harbor.

In Copper Magic, land and waters are alive with memories, intentions, and impulses. Magic alters Violet and brings her gifts—but not always the kind she thinks she needs. First-time author Julia Mary Gibson brings Violet and her community to life in this impressive and assured debut.




Format: Paperback ARC
Source: Nerd Tours and Tor for review, this in no way effects my review or opinion of the book.


Rating:

Set in 1906,a young girl named Violet Blake has been having a hard time. Her mother decided to up and leave, taking Violet’s younger brother with her and not explaining to anyone where she was going or why. Violent eventually stumbles upon a mystical artifact, a copper hand, which she believes holds power and magic. It is something new and exciting and when it is take from her along with all hope that her mother will return, she is faced with what could be both life-changing and dangerous decisions.

This book is a gathering of layers of magic and fantasy with historical realism and overwhelming details of life in 1906 and the struggles for the peoples in that period. I found it to be both a bit overwhelming but also beautiful.  This book is being marketed for a young adult audience but I really think that it reads a bit older and that is saying a lot as this is Julia Mary Gibson’s debut novel.

I found the plot to be hurtling forward at times and dragging at others which is why I have not given it a higher rating, but the characters are vibrant and the story overall is a powerful tale. I have seen that some reviewers took the realism and the historical aspects more to heart than the magic and fantastical elements of the story – which is fine. I think that this is one of those books that you can read as a realistic picture with some magic or as purely fantasy. It has a lot more depth than one originally thinks and that is why I enjoyed this book so much.


 
How to create interesting characters...

It's fascinating how readers relate to fictional characters.  We reflect our histories, our wounds, our prejudices, our desires on characters that a writer has drawn for us.  Some readers like to read about characters who are very much like themselves.  I myself prefer the opposite.  I like to read about people and places that are outside my own experience, so that's what I tend to write about, though there is a component of myself in every character I create.

I've rarely written a character who is exactly me or anyone else, but I do use models.  A character might use the same figures of speech as an obnoxious co-worker I once had, or I might honor the memory of an adult who was kind to me as a child by making a character Russian and fierce and dark-haired, as she was.  What makes a character interesting for me is contradiction.  We all want things we resist actually having.  We undermine ourselves.  We're mean to those we can't live without.

For me, light and shadow make well-drawn characters.  P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins is a mesmerizing blend of warmth, chilliness, wisdom, narcissism, sarcasm, and generosity.  Frances Hodgson Burnett's Mary Lennox is a selfish, spoiled girl whose stubborn willfulness transforms into a dogged belief in the secret garden's healing magic.  Holden Caulfield is depressed yet hopeful.  And these characters are memorable too because of the worlds they inhabit.  Mary Poppins lives in the everyday world of the nursery, but she is well-acquainted with the cosmos as well.  Mary Lennox explores the mysterious beauty of the wild moor and also the hidden rooms of her uncle's sad dark house.  Holden rejects the privilege into which he was born and is searching for the world of authenticity that he envisions.  Scout and Jem Finch's small town is both a safe familiar haven and a place where murder is sanctioned.

Characters, of course, do not have to be human.  Place is often a character.  Time can be a character.  Magic can be.  All these things can be crafted to expose dark and light, humor and tragedy, high principles and utter failings.

We need literature to have a certain logic and order, and we are comforted and grounded by familiar elements.  But the more layered and complex the characters in a story are, the more they remind of us of messy, irrational life.







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About the Author
For a significant chunk of my life I worked with sprocketed celluloid, as a garage animator and in various capacities in the visual effects industry. My colleagues were geniuses and magicians and sorceresses. The work was a blast (sometimes literally – catch me as Frances McDormand’s double in an awesome old-school beamsplitter shot in Sam Raimi’s DARKMAN), but a time came when my own work cried out to be fostered again.

I live in Hollywood, California, surrounded by my four-generation extended family of poets, thespians, dancers, filmworkers, and urban farmers