Wednesday, November 15, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Nostalgic Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends


This is a new feature I joined called Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 problematic faves:

November 15th: Nostalgic Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends
-- Characters you swooned over when you were younger. This was a topic from our suggestion board :)

5. Nancy Drew - I didn't exactly have a romantic crush on Nancy, but I admired her style, grace, quick wits, and ability to solve mysteries at the end of the story.


4. Gale from THG - I don't care what anybody has to say --- I still have a soft spot for Gale Hawthorne! I thought he was super sweet and friendly and kind, not only to Katniss. But he'd helped take care of her family while she was in the arena. I love me a family man



3. Kostos Dounas from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants - This is a random choice haha! I'd thought Kostos was cute, is all.


2. Edward Cullen from Twilight - My dude, Edward Anthony Masen Cullen!! Yes, he's controlling, yes, he's got a temper when he's angry, and yes he can be infuriating with his mind games, considering he's a frigging mind reader. But deep down, he's very polite, sweet, charming, and is more than just an immortal monster.


1. Harry Potter, the Chosen One! - I had the hugest crush on Harry growing up, to the point of where I'd write "Harry Potter + Danielle Pitter" on my notebooks in school. Yeah, it was weird, but I have no regrets!!

Who are some of your favorite nostalgic book boyfriends/girlfriends? Leave comments below!
 

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Monday, November 13, 2017

#BookBloggerHop - November 10-16: Best/Worst Parts of Blogging


         

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

 This week's question submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews:

What is your favorite part of blogging? Is there a least favorite part of blogging?

My Answer

My favorite part about blogging is the community. The feeling that even though we're all doing different things and living different lives, we can come together and be one entity. At least for a moment, until our post is done. My least favorite part about blogging is how taxing it can be, just to create something every week. Like I don't know how people come up with good discussion posts every week, when all I do is prompts and reviews. It's a little intimidating, but at least it keeps me on my toes.

I ask this question back to you guys. What is your best/worst part about blogging? Leave comments below.



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Friday, November 10, 2017

MARKED BY FATE 'UNREALITY' by Ingrid Seymour | ARC STREET TEAM REVIEW/BLOG TOUR



Marked by Fate: A Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction Collection
Publication date: October 24th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Marked by Fate is now enhanced with Augmented Reality! Read, Watch, Listen. The new ultimate reading experience!
Step into adventure with Marked By Fate; the ultimate reading experience. Be immersed in twenty-six fantasy & science fiction worlds with state of the art Augmented Reality technology. Read, listen, and watch bonus content inside to bring the characters and story to life around you.
Enjoy the added features of this special edition, which allow you to enjoy bonus content right from your reading device. See character artwork. Listen to your story’s soundtrack. Watch book trailers and bonus videos. Experience behind the scenes like never before, thanks to Augmented Reality technology. Immersive Fantasy™; bringing fantasy worlds to life.
25 COMPLETE SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY NOVELS BY 26 BESTSELLING AUTHORS. PLUS, A SPECIAL BONUS NOVELLA.
Embark on fantastic journeys through magical realms, dystopian lands, and faraway galaxies in this exciting collection of fantasy & science fiction novels brought to you by some of today’s hottest authors. Encounter werewolves, robots, angels, time travelers, shifters, and more in this action-packed box set that will leave you breathless.
Authors:
Kristin D. Van Risseghem
Rhonda Sermon
Kelly St. Clare
Raye Wagner
Ednah Walters
Erin Hayes
Siobhan Davis
Jamie Thornton
Debra Kristi
Sarah K. L. Wilson
Hilary Thompson
Ingrid Seymour
Jeanne Bannon
Melle Amade
Lena Mae Hill
C.J. Anaya
Jackson Dean Chase
D. L. Armillei
Emily Martha Sorensen
Amalie Jahn
Dionne Lister
J.L. Weil
Alisha Klapheke
Angela Fristoe
Meg Cowley
Brandon Barr
99¢ for a limited time only!
Welcome to Marked By Fate:
An interactive Immersive Fantasy™reading experience!

The authors of Marked By Fate are thrilled to share this ground-breaking novel with you!
Think Harry Potter and Kindle in Motion. Moving, singing books,and all the excitement of a truly enriched reading experience.
We call it Immersive Fantasy™, because that’s what it does. It draws you into our stories and brings our worlds to life!
The titles in Marked By Fate use this revolutionary technology to bring you the best reading experience of your life.

How does Immersive Fantasy™ work?
Immersive Fantasy™ utilizes what’s known as Augmented Reality (AR). Using a smart phone/device, you can scan secret cues in the stories, and extra AR content will pop up on your device, streamed direct from the cloud (internet connection required).
See amazing, exclusive character artwork. Watch video content.Listen to the soundtrack whilst you read. Discover behind the scenes with the authors in bonus content.

Would you like to try it?
Then keep reading! You have already downloaded the Immersive Fantasy edition of Marked By Fate, and you just need to bring the magic to life.
The simple instructions overleaf will help you easily access this astonishing new world of fantasy that will delight your every sense.
Start your Immersive Fantasy™ adventure today!

Immersive Fantasy™ Instructions
Getting set up
These three steps are crucial to ensure you can access the AR content.
1.On your smart phone or tablet, download the Aurasma app from your app store.
2.Login to the app, and register your account.
3.Search for the user ‘MarkedByFate’, and click follow.

Accessing the Immersive Fantasy™ Augmented Reality content
Follow these steps carefully to access the AR content. Additional help can be found on the Aurasma help desk.
1.Read and enjoy the story, and watch for clues to the AR content. These will appear in the form of images with a symbol next to them, denoting the type of AR content. Content viewable includes images (camera icon), videos (movie clip icon), or music (music icon).
2.You will need one device/format to read on, and a smart device to access the AR content.
3.When you spot an Immersive Fantasy™ clue, open the Aurasma app on your smart device.(Navigate to the viewfinder screen if the app does not automatically do this.)
4.Centre your viewfinder on the trigger image. Make sure to include all of the trigger image in the screen. You can view the content vertically/in portrait or horizontally/in landscape.
5.The app will display the AR content in the form of an image overlay, video overlay,or music overlay, as denoted by the symbol next to the image.
6.Enjoy!You can zoom in and out and tilt your camera to fully explore each piece of content. Make sure you have your sound turned on so you can listen to the video and audio content! You will have to continue focusing on the content to keep listening to music/watching videos/viewing images.
7.It might take a little practice – don’t worry if you struggle on your first try.

Troubleshooting
What to try if it won’t work.
1.No AR content is popping up: have you registered an Aurasma account,and followed ‘MarkedByFate’? You must do this to access the content.
2.No AR content is popping up: have you made sure all of the trigger image is in your viewfinder?
3.No AR content is popping up on my kindle/e-ink device: please adjust your device screen brightness. If the screen is too bright or too dim, the image cannot be recognised by the app.
4.I can’t hear any sound: check the icon. Only video/music AR content has sound.
5.I can’t hear any sound, and it should be playing some: please ensure your volume is not muted,and turned up.
6.The content keeps disappearing: ensure you keep the viewfinder focused on the trigger image so that the AR content will remain overlaid on your screen.If you move too far away from the trigger image, the AR content will disappear.Activate it again by re-scanning the trigger image.
7.Can I access the eBook and the AR content on the same device? No. Aurasma uses your device camera, so you will have to read the book on a difference device to the device you are using Aurasma with.
8.It’s just not working – I’ve tried everything: Please refer to the Aurasma help files,and contact their help desk if you are still having issues. Whilst extensive testing has been performed to ensure maximum device compatibility, regrettably not all devices may be compatible. Best compatibility will be found on pixel based screens with good brightness levels.



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Review

Unreality was both fascinating and a bit of a disappointment at the same time.

I thought Meadow's psychic powers were interesting enough, with how when she got into her visions to find context clues --- what she calls 'bygones' --- that led to finding Kristie's body in the woods. It didn't read like an extensive, elaborate ability, like say, Eleven from Stranger Things. But Meadow's abilities focused on using them like how a detective uses evidence and hard work to get what they want. She had also used her abilities to discover her mother's murder as a child, which I can't imagine how terrifying and awful that feels. That was why she had built a protective wall around herself not to use her abilities unless absolutely necessary.

The Good...Meadow and Nicolas! Book Relationship Goals! 

One thing I did like was the relationship between Meadow and her best friend Nicolas. Their slow-burn love story, going from friends to lovers, was possibly the most heartwarming I've ever read. Now granted, Meadow had started looking at Nicolas a certain way a few chapters in, but when he'd finally confessed his feelings for her...it was so sweet!! That scene killed me because Meadow's mind was half-focused on the information she'd found in his room about her powers and finding Brianna. But I was screaming outloud, "Girl!!! Forget about your missing friend right now and focus on this amazing best dude of color who loves you FOR YOU!!" But then, she'd admitted her feelings back later on, and my heart burst. Also, she had noticed certain things about him, like how he doesn't like being called "Nico" or "Nic". Their whole relationship was just so touching and wonderful.

The Bad...Meadow basically had to work around her loved ones in order to find and save her friend from danger.

One thing I didn't like was how her Uncle George, cousin Leonardo, and her father were so adamant on her not using her abilities to find her friend Brianna, who goes missing. I really did not like how every male is telling Meadow how she should be when she’s the MOST POWERFUL ONE of them all. She has the best power out of all of them --- her father knows of her powers, but he himself does not have them, I think they skipped a generation; Leonardo also has these psychic abilities, but his is more focused on persuasion/compulsion. I didn't think Uncle George had abilities of his own, but he too knows about his niece and son's. But anyway, I still didn't like how Meadow basically had to work around her loved ones in order to find and save her friend from danger. If she wasn't going to learn her abilities from her family who knows the world itself, how was she supposed to learn? Leonardo had taught her some things, but I didn't find him very reliable since his powers are based on persuasion and not visions.

Another thing that creeped me out was how Leonardo claimed to see Meadow. I got the feeling that he had maybe liked her as more than family (they're cousins), but that only looked hella creepy and weird, given that they're family. There could have been some kind of incest going on, if Ingrid Seymour could have taken it there. But just the fact that Leonardo had kept pestering Meadow to stay away from Nicolas, I sensed a lot of jealousy from him, which was both creepy and borderline obsessive.

The Ending...WHUT... 

And that ending...what in the world was that??! It basically ended with Leonardo, Meadow and Nicolas fighting and hang-gliding in the air, Meadow knocked Leonardo out with a rock, with Leonardo's body disappearing. The police couldn't find the body, so they just let Meadow's dad out of jail, Uncle George goes through an easy trial to get life in prison? Huh?! So there's no hint that Leonardo could come back? What if he does come back? Will Meadow's powers become more controlled and stronger? We need answers! This is a short story part of an anthology, so I don't think there will be a companion series or book coming soon. However, I'd be interested to know about what the future holds for Meadow, Nicolas, her father, and Leonardo.

Final Verdict: Good but wanted more.

All in all, this was a very good read, but I wish some things were executed and explained more, to make the story come to a full circle. It was pretty character-driven, so if you're into going into the supernatural world that's more internal than external, this would be a good one for you. I have not read the rest of the Marked by Fate anthology box set, but if it's any good, please let me know so we can discuss. 

Rating: 3/5 stars 


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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

MY FIRST BLOG TAG!! | Q&A/ Nominations for 2017 Liebster Awards


Well, this is a lovely surprise from my new friend and name-twin, Dani @ Perspective of a Writer. She has nominated me for the 2017 Liebster Awards:


“Liebster” is a German word meaning beloved or dearest. And The Liebster Award is to ‘be love’ bloggers, new and old! It’s a fun way to get your favorite bloggers to share things about the blogger behind the blog and promote them to your readers.

This would be my first Q&A book blogger tag, so I feel honored that Dani has nominated me to answer her questions.

The rules that apply are as follows:
  1. Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you. (That’s me!)
  2. Answer the 11 questions.
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers for the same award in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family.
  4. Ask them 11 questions that you are dying for the answers to!

My Q&A from Dani:

Name 6 types of characters you love most? (i.e. like genre but for characters, my examples: witty females, hot beta males, nerdy love interests, pirates, supportive best friends and orphans. If you can group them and love them, name them!)

I like nerdy love interests, supportive best friends, the Chosen One, the unlikely hero/heroine, vampires, and wizards!

What favorite movie or television show do you wish would be turned into a YA series? Complete with properly aged protagonists, and YA tropes… Anything goes!

Most of my favorite book series have become movies or shows already lol. I'd have to say Discovering April by Sheena Hutchinson would be a good YA contemporary movie. Not a cheesy Hallmark/Lifetime type of thing, but a legit Hollywood movie. Emma Stone would be the titular character, April, but she'd have to dye her hair blonde again, but with pink tips. Robbie Amell (you might recognize him from The DUFF) would be a good and funny Jared. Also, he'd have to get tatted up on his torso, which would not be so bad at all! 😉



Have you experienced a genre that you thought you hated but fell in love with? What book won you over?

I don't normally read outside of my comfort zone, which is YA contemporary/romance/fantasy/series, but I read Ingrid Seymour's Ignite the Shadows first book, which is a sci-fi series about a computer hacking team in Seattle. I read it back in 2015, and it changed my mind about how sci-fi is emotionless and wild and crazy, but reading Ignite made me think twice about it.



If you were captured by fairies and they turned you into any animal but you had to remain that animal for the rest of your life… which would it be (real or fictional animals are good…)?

What an odd question, Dani lol. I hope I'd turn into a black panther. They're so calm and you never know when they'll strike, but that's the best part about them!



If you could teleport to any city in the world which would it be? If you had to make your way home on you own would it still be the same city?

I'd love to teleport to France, or Italy, or Africa. The culture, the people, the environment of all three places, I'd never want to leave. I'm pretty sure that if I had to make my way back home, it'd be the same. I live in a small town in New Jersey, and nothing much changes.

If a band were to be featured in a fictional story, which would you want it to be and why?

PARAMORE!!!!!!! Well, technically, they've already been featured on the Twilight soundtrack, but if they could do it again, I'd love for them to be apart of Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall. The band have music now that is based on depression, anxiety, insecurities under fun, 80s synth rock music, and that whole vibe sounds like what Under Rose-Tainted Skies sounds like. I've never read the book to be sure, though. Plus, Paramore have a song called Rose-Colored Boy! Rose-Colored Skies? Rose-Colored Boy, get it? Get it?! Ok I'll stop now lol.




Favorite book universe and why? (Is it the friends you would have, the world you would live in or the abilities/circumstances you would be in?)

The Twilight fandom, as messed up and divided as it is now, I've made some of my closest friends because of our love for the books, movies, Kristen Stewart, and Robert Pattinson. I also wouldn't have my other blog, ParamoreRKLife, if it weren't from the encouragement from my friends there.



If your sibling turned into a dragon and insisted on staying by your side forever would you want it to retain your sibling’s personality? If not what would you want the dragon to be like?

I don't usually talk to my older sister like that anyway, but if she were a dragon, I'd stay as far away as possible! She's cool now, but she can be hella intense when she doesn't get her way. I wouldn't want her to blow me up with fire!

What book describes you best? (Is it a particular character, the cover or the story?)

I just finished reading Starfish by Akemi Rose Bowman, and I relate the most to the main character Kiko, because she has anxiety and is insecure about what she wants to do with her life as an artist. She eventually figures it out by the end of the novel, but her fear of basically living her life is something I heavily relate to.



If you had a magic tin that refilled with any non-perishable food which would you want it to be filled with?

Doritos!! It's the first thing that popped into my head, but I'd eat those everyday. I don't know if they're non-perishable though.

If you wrote a book, what would it be about? (i.e. the premise, type of characters, world?)

I'm writing this short story project with my friend Angela for NANOWRIMO, and it's about how competing with yourself brings out your greatest desire. We've been planning it for a few weeks, but I think doing this Nano will help push us to get pen to paper, so to speak.

My Questions

1. Do you read audiobooks? How are they different than Kindle or physical books?
2. If you could change one thing about your writing style on your blog or social platform, what would it be?
3. Do you collab with other bloggers/writers? Who has been your favorite?
4. How do you balance work, school, and blogging together?
5. What's your favorite read of 2017, and why?
6. Does anyone else outside of your blogging world know about your work? What do they think of it? Are they subscribed to it?
7. Do you participate in Booktube or Bookstagram, as well? How is the environment different than blogging?
8. Do you reread books? Which has been your favorite?
9. Random questions... What's your favorite color? 
10. Who's your favorite person? Not celebrity, but a person lol.
11. Do you have pets? How many?

My Nominations

Taylor from  Stay on the Page


Sarah from Sarah Says Read


Erica from Erica Robyn Reads

Kirra from TheBookishKirra

CeeArr from CeeArrBookNerd

Nominating some of my non-blogger friends lol. 

Brizette from @whereitrains 

Jess from @Jess4_RK

Jen from @jenannrodrigues 

Ingrid Seymour from @Ingrid_seymour (she has a newsletter, maybe she can participate there?)

Beth from @sabriel25 - perpetualnewgirl

Thank you a million times to both Dani @ Perspective of a Writer for nominating me, and Lorraine @ Wording Well for creating this lovely, awesome award "show". It's nice to see some love and appreciation for book bloggers!




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Monday, November 6, 2017

#BookBloggerHop - November 3-9: Bookmark It!



About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

 This week's question submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books:

When reading a book, do you use a bookmark to mark your place in the book, or do you just fold over the top corner of the page?

My Answer

I use both real bookmarks --- both digitally on the Kindle app, and real, paper ones. But when I was younger, I used to dog-ear the bottom of pages from my favorite scenes or quotes. I haven't done that in awhile, since I mostly read off my Kindle now. I also sometimes use Post-It tabs to keep track of things like that. Oh, and Goodreads! They have an excellent track record of my favorite scenes.

I ask this question back to you guys. Do you use bookmarks in your books while reading, or dog-ear the pages? Leave comments below!



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Thursday, November 2, 2017

#BookBloggerHop - October 27-November 2: Candy Corn, a chocolate bar, or Popcorn?


         

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

 This week's question submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer:

Candy Corn, a chocolate bar, or Popcorn. Which of these snacks are your favorite to eat while reading?

My Answer

I don't eat candy regularly, but if I did, I'd pick popcorn. That's the safest thing for me to eat while reading. Plus, it's less messy. 

I ask this question back to you guys. What's your favorite reading snack? Leave comments below! 





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