Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thursday Quotables #1: CINDER by Marissa Meyer

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Just because it's Thanksgiving, doesn't mean I can't do my first Thursday Quotables post! ;)

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This week in Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer:

"Were there many sick people in Europe that you recall? Any notable outbreaks in your providence?"
"I don't know. I don't actually remember anything from before the surgery."
His eyebrows rose, his blue eyes sucking in all the light of the room. "The cybernetic operation?"
"No, the sex change."
The doctor's smile faltered. 
"I'm joking."
I thought that part was so funny. Can you imagine Dr. Erland's face though?! XD Cinder is too funny!!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WWW Wednesdays #1: Marissa Meyer's 'Cinder', Colleen Oakes' 'Wendy Darling', Nikitha Hingad's 'Philia and Sophia'

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This week:
1. I'm currently reading Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer.
2. I recently finished reading Wendy Darling by Colleen Oakes. Check out my review here!
3. I think I will read Philia and Sophia by Nikitha Hingad next.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #1: 'Authors I'm Thankful For' Featuring J.K. Rowling, Tonya Kuper & More


Hosted by brokeandbookish.com, Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created because they are particularly fond of lists. This week's theme is Thanksgiving-specialized, so here's my list of the top 10 authors I'm thankful for.

 

10. John Green (The Fault in Our Stars)
The first time I read TFIOS, it brought me to tears! I loved the relationship between Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, and that they lifted each other up and helped each other, even though they both had cancer. Like Shailene Woodley (who played Hazel in the movie) said, "It's a cancer story that's not about cancer."


9. Sheena Hutchinson (Discovering April)
I loved the friendship-turned-relationship between April and Jared. I found it thoughtful that he did whatever he could to make her happy and find herself again after a nasty breakup, only to be together after an estranged friendship. Sheena's writing was simple, and I find myself re-reading my favorite parts over again.


8. Lisa Genova (Still Alice)
I wrote a full review of the book a year ago, but I'm thankful for this book because it showed the stigmas of Alzheimer's Disease and how it affects family. Also, I'm thankful for the awareness the movie brought towards Alzheimer's itself.


7. Veronica Roth (Divergent)
I'm thankful for Veronica writing a dystopian novel, but the setting of how each person was separated into factions based on their character traits was interesting to read about.


6. Cassandra Clare (Mortal Instruments)
Even though I still haven't read the last book, City of Heavenly Fire, but I am thankful for Cassie Clare for writing such an interesting, intricate novel series about the war of demons versus angels.


5. Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush Hush)
I'm thankful for Becca's novel because it brought me and my younger niece together for the love of angels. She's not that big of a reader, but when we read the first two books, Hush Hush and Crescendo, we absolutely loved it and bonded over it.


4. Stephenie Meyer (Twilight series)
I'm very thankful for Stephenie because her novels were the first YA series I read as a teen. Edward and Bella's love and respect for each other really drew me in for 5 long years, and I'm grateful that the series made so many others want to read.


3. Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games series)
I saw the movie last night, and I'm still teary-eyed at how there aren't anymore movies left; this is it--- the end of an era. The end of the second YA book-turned-movie series that I've grown up with. I'm so grateful for the first two books The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, even Mockingjay, the last one even though it wasn't my favorite.


2. Tonya Kuper (Anomaly)
I'm so grateful for Tonya and her comedic take on a scientific debut novel. Josie and Reid have amazing chemistry, and I can't wait to read the sequel, Enigma, coming next fall. Tonya also helped me take off this blog because she was the first indie author that really helped me carry the blog off. We'd met through my review of Anomaly, and we've been chatting ever since. So I'm really grateful to know her books and her presence as an author in my book-blogger life. Read my review on the book here.



1. J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter series)
I talk about this series so many times in and out of the book community, that it's not surprise that it's number one on my list. Harry Potter took me to another world full of frienship, bravery, love, hope and truth. I'll always love this series!

What authors are you thankful for? Share your lists in the comments below. 


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Teaser Tuesday #1: CINDER by Marissa Meyer

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Hosted by MizB from adailyrhythm.com, Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme where you share two (2) “teaser” sentences from your current read to try to entice others to want to seek it out.

This week's teaser: 


Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Cinder opened her eyes. The netscreen on the wall had changed, no longer showing her life stats. Her ID number was still at the top, headlining a holographic diagram. 
 Of a girl. 
A girl full of wires. 
It was as if someone had chopped her down the middle, dividing her front half from her back half, and then put her cartoonish image into a medical textbook. Her heart, her brain, her intestines, her muscles, her blue veins. Her control panel, her synthetic and and leg, wires that trailed from the base of her skull all the way down her spine and out to her prostetic limbs. The scar tissue where flesh met metal. A small dark square in her wrist-- her ID chip.  
But those things she had known. Those things she had expected.  
She had not known about the metal vertabrae along her spine, or the four metal ribs, or the synthetic tissue around her heart, or the metal splints along the bones in her right leg.  
The bottom of the screen was labeled: 
Ratio: 36.28% 
She was 36.28% not human.  
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Movie Review: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2


The Hunger Games trilogy has finally come to an end with Mockingjay: Part 2, the second half of the last book. I thought it was fantastic!! I thought the whole movie was a brilliant way to end the series. Jennifer Lawrence played an excellent, reluctant serious form of the warrior Katniss Everdeen. Liam Hemsworth did good as Gale even though his character was very selfish. 
Josh Hutcherson as Peeta always wanted to cry or near tears, which is understandable because he just came off of the tracker-jacker venom and attacking Katniss, nearly choking her to death. I wanted to either shake him awake or give him a big hug. 

Minor characters like Boggs, Cressida, the deaf guy, Finnick, Prim all did a very good job. 


Good parts:
The characters, setting, and the sewer scene shocked me!! 
Katniss killing Coin and not Snow was genius!! When Katniss and President Snow got together in the greenhouse full of white roses, and Snow said "Now, Miss Everdeen, I thought we agreed not to lie to each other.", that took me back to Catching Fire; that was a nice, little throwback to the second film. 

Finnick and Annie's wedding was beautiful, but so bittersweet considering what happens to him later on in the movie. Also, the camerawork with Prim and Katniss dancing in the wedding was shot beautifully. And it was the catalyst and reason why she signed on from the Games; to save her sister. And then she dies! So sad but so beautifully shot. 

Jena Malone was sarcastic and hilarious as Johanna all bald!! I loved how even though her dislike for Katniss showed, she was willing to help Katniss out in defeating Snow. Their comradery was very nice to see on-screen. 

It was nice to see Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket one more time. Her character arc from the first movie back in 2012, her superficial, fashion-frenzy self turn compassionate in the last movie was pleasant to see. The most interesting part was when Effie and Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) kissed on the cheek and then on the lips. Was that supposed to be some kind of sign that maybe they hooked up or got together? We'll never know. 


Bad Parts:

Gale and his cranky, guilt-tripping ass. He was always constantly guilt-tripping Katniss about choosing either him or Peeta. And the catalyst for the love triangle was when he and Peeta were talking when Katniss was pretending to sleep (which is almost reminiscent to the Twilight Saga: Eclipse tent scene with Bella, Edward and Jacob). Gale still kept going with trying to guilt-trip her into falling for him. I knew it was never going to happen, but it was still irritating. 

The epilogue wasn't really needed. I know it was a part of the book with Peeta and Katniss getting married and having babies, but to me I felt like that wasn't needed really. They could have left that part out with the "real or not real" part as the ending. 


Sad parts:

Real or not real moments between Katniss and Peeta were really cute, and straight from the novel, but they were really sad because everytime I had to witness them, Peeta looked like he wanted to cry. Again, it may have been Josh Hutcherson's acting or the character himself, but either way, it was sad.  
Finnick and Prim's deaths killed me. Since I had read the book last year, I knew both deaths were coming soon in the movie, but I didn't think they would hit me so hard. I actually had forgotten how Prim had died. I felt that Finnick could have been saved at the last minute, had those alien things not attacked him. 

Boggs' (Mahershala Ali) death was also really sad. And when Egeria (Sarita Choudhury) threatened to take the pod from Katniss, that made me so mad because Boggs gave security check to Katniss, not Egeria. So she was intimidated by Katniss' "Mockingjay" status. 

Gale and Katniss' scene after Prim's death was expectedly heartbreaking. He knew what he did. He knew that his idea could have gone wrong by having that idea involving the Capitol children in the city, but was too trigger-happy and couldn't save Prim in time. That's when Katniss had enough.

When Katniss yelled at the cat Buttercup because she knows that Prim was finally gone, that was heartbreaking. I noticed that she cried a little during the train ride home with Haymitch, but she really broke down when she saw Buttercup by the window back at the Victors' Village. 

I was never on board for the whole splitting-the-last-book-into-2-parts prospect and it showed in the movie. Some parts were dragged on a bit when they didn't have to. But all in all, with the good, bad, and sad, this truly was a very good ending to a very serious, revolutionary book and movie series, and I can't wait to see it again. 

Did you see Mockingjay: Part 2? What did you think? What were your favorite parts? Let me know in the comments. 

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Book Blitz: THE X FACTOR by Ivan Sivec


The X Factor: Confessions of a Naive Fashion Model
Ivan Sivec
Publication date: August 16th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
It takes three mistakes to be swallowed up and spat out by the fashion industry.
You trust the wrong people.
You think you know everything there is to know about life.
You take drugs.
Maja started off as a regular 17-year-old high-school kid, fighting her inner insecurities while dreaming to become an actress like Marilyn Monroe.
At a party her boyfriend Klemen introduces her to a renowned modelling agent. He sees a special X Factor hidden insight her. And a great business opportunity for himself…
Fast forward a few weeks later. Maja’s charm and talent land her a modelling contract in the trendy and exciting fashion capital of Milan. She’s completely enchanted and determined to make it in the fashion world.
But things don’t turn out the way she had planned.
Exhausting long photo shoots, stressful fashion shows, strict dieting and wild parties start taking their toll on her soon enough. In desperate search for help Maja reaches out to her agent and other false friends from the fashion industry that emotionally and physically exploit her to the point where ‘Maja the Great’ is merely a shadow of her former self.
She starts battling drug addiction that ends up in a tragic event.
Maja has been finally swallowed up and spit out by the fashion industry with its endless traps. What price will the girl with the X Factor have to pay for her naivety?
The young adult novel The X Factor by the bestselling Slovenian author Ivan Sivec is based on a true story and takes the reader on a frightening journey into the world of drug addiction among teenager fashion models.
EXCERPT:
It started like this:
“I’ll give you a fourteenth of an ounce,” Monica was unusually generous and understanding. “For extremely difficult times. Stop by if you need more. But be careful not to get used to it too much. Heroin, for example, is only meant for critical moments, but can otherwise ruin a person.”
At the time she didn’t know the director was a drug trafficker. A true drug dealer. By selling drugs to models she lured their hard earned money into her own pocket. Business is business, of course.
Everything in the world is about business.
And exactly because of this Maja was now even more convinced that this was the first and the last time she would resort to the white powder.
But destiny had other plans for her.
Maja felt lost after the incident. She thought everyone was talking about her behind her back, that everyone was judging her. At the time she didn’t have a hunch about the fact that she was only an insignificant speck people can crush easily without any bad conscious.
However, it all depended on whether this insignificant speck would allow others to crush her.
But time ran by relentlessly.
9th June 2004.
A gala dinner.
All the Crème de la crème of Milan society was invited. The models were keeping the guests company, but also the whole fashion show staff gathered.
The fancy invitation that had a big red rose on the cover page said:
After the very successful, attention-grabbing fashion show, our great fashion designer Riccardo invites his dear guests and co-workers for a gathering. The reception will take place on Wednesday 9th June 2004. “Wow, you’re Riccardo’s co-worker now!” Svetlana sincerely hugged Maja, after she showed her the invitation.
They both knew the only reason why the great designer Riccardo was organising this reception was to easier sell his new designs. Amongst the cream of society in Milan were mostly moneybags that liked to show off with Riccardo’s creations in theatres, luxurious receptions and other events.
Maja felt awkward because Svetlana wasn’t invited to the dinner party.
“I’m not going anywhere without you. I don’t know anyone there.” “What do you mean?” Svetlana tried to comfort her. “You know the great designer himself! And the whole of Milan, actually the whole of Italy knows you, after all you were on the cover of the Italian issue of Bravo.”
“They also know me because I stumbled at the fashion show,” she added bitterly.
“That’s publicity as well.”
Despite Svetlana’s convincing, Maja decided not to attend the gala dinner. Out of solidarity to her friend, but mostly because she was afraid that the reason why she fell was written all over her face, even though everyone accepted her stumble as if it was nothing special; as if things like that happened a thousand times before.
And then the phone rang.
“Hello, this is Monica.”


Author Bio:
In his rich and thriving career the writer, poet and publicist has written in many genres. His broad ‘repertoire’ includes historical novels and stories, biographies, psychological novels, adventure novels and travelogues, books with sporting themes, youth book series, picture books and books for the youngest readers as well as humorous stories.
He published over 125 books and is one of the most popular Slovenian authors.
As a poet he has written more than 2,500 lyrics for ethnic and entertaining music for which he received many awards.
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

'7 Years of Twilight': My 7 Favorite Parts from the 2008 'Twilight' Movie


It's been 7 years since the book-turned-movie hit theaters back in 2008! To celebrate (and cry at the memories) here are my top 7 favorite parts from the movie that started it all.


7. Bella's beautiful lullaby! 
Even before we heard the final cut of "Bella's Lullaby" by composer Carter Burwell, piano guesses were made as to what the song would sound like back in 2008. Fun fact: "River Flows in You" by Yiruma was a really close choice for the lullaby, but I love Burwell's version too. Robert Pattinson did a good job playing the music in the movie too.


6. Charlie Swan's jokes! 
What can we say about our lovable, burly handsome Daddy Swan, Charlie?! Billy Burke did a fantastic job making a shy, gruff guy into a sarcastic cop trying to do best by his only daughter. We love Charlie's ability to make any awkward situation even more awkward lol!!


5. The setting that was (almost accurate)!
I wish the producers would have gotten the real Forks High School to set as the cloudy, rainy, dreary Washington state, but I guess Portland, OR will have to do. Either way, at least they got the cloud part right.


4. The looks! From the clothes, hair, gold contacts! 
Can we talk about the way every Cullen looked amazing?! Edward, Carlisle, Jasper, Alice and Rosalie looked so beautiful! It was like I was looking straight from the book itself. Emmett's hair could have been more curly and Esme's a bit more of a deeper brown, but they still did a nice job costuming.


3. The car crash scene that made me gasp!
I think pretty much all of the fans were interested to see how the infamous car crash scene from the novel was going to play out on the big screen, and director Catherine Hardwicke played it out so beautifully. The whole thing made my heart jump a few beats, but I'm just glad that Edward was there in time to help his girl out.


2. The ballet room scene that terrified me! Save Bella!
The ballet room scene hurt me in the book and it shocked me in the movie! Edward's anger, Alice's visions, James' nasty bite on Bella's hand, Edward having to control his thirst to suck the venom out of her hand! It was too much! Not to mention, Robert Pattinson's own soulful vocals on "Let Me Sign" guts me everytime!


1. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson's insane chemistry in the prom scene! 
Even though Rob and Kristen aren't together anymore, it's clear that their chemistry will live long, especially in the movie. This scene showed that their natural, loving chemistry wasn't just for cameras, and it grew into something special for 5 long years. 

ABC Family is having a special showing of the movie tonight at 8:30 pm est/ 7:30 CT, so we can watch together in our feels!! 

What are your favorite parts from Twilight? Leave your thoughts below.



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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Book Blitz: #FIREINFROST by @aliciarades | @yaboundtourspr


Fire in Frost
Release Date: 2015
242 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Crystal Frost has spent her whole life believing she's ordinary, and her mother has long held the secret of her heritage. When Crystal begins seeing the ghost of a dead classmate, her life spirals out of control. She’s faced with the threat that everyone will find out she’s a freak, as if the struggle to figure out her new-found abilities wasn’t enough pressure. 

Crystal has to find some way to save the people who have come to her for help all while trying to keep her abilities a secret. Will she be able to fulfill these overwhelming demands while solving the mystery that is the ghost of Olivia Owen?



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Alicia Rades has always had a passion for writing and wrote her first poem when she was 8. Although most of her writing continued as poetry and eventually as song writing, she wrote a few short stories along the way. In 2010, Alicia began freelance writing, creating blog posts and other online content. Today, she is a freelance writer, blogger, and editor who lives in Wisconsin with her husband. When inspiration strikes, she's also an author. Visit her author website at aliciaradesauthor.com.
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Monday, November 16, 2015

Book Blitz: #BOUND by Donnielle Tyner | YA Bound Tours


Bound
Release Date: 10/19/15

Summary from Goodreads:
Bound by Vengeance.

Sadie has found the resolve to fight the man who caused so much pain in her life. Her tentative alliance with the HCA underground gives her the resources to train both her body and Talent for when she comes face to face with her grandfather.

Bound by Loss.

Being separated from her friends at St Vincent’s is harder than she could have ever realized and it doesn’t help that Kian has withdrawn from her as well. With help from a new friend, Sadie uncovers more about her past and that someone close to her has been keeping secrets from Sadie her entire life.

Bound by Fear.

Tragedy strikes close to home, giving a longstanding enemy, one desperate and willing to do anything to have Sadie on their side, an opportunity to arise. Allies and friends come together to stand against evil, but at a terrible cost. Sadie’s history and future collide while the world is thrown into chaos.

Sadie must overcome or forever be Bound. 


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Hello! Donnielle here. I’m a new indie young adult author. When I’m not writing, I spend my time reading, binge watching Netflix, homeschooling my two children, and hanging out with my husband.

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