Monday, November 30, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The top today is: Authors I'm Thankful For
Monday, November 23, 2015
I really enjoyed watching the plot unfold and how things twined together. There was lots of action happening, mystery, political power plays and spy like moves to keep you glued to the page. Oh and some romance happening….when you’re heart isn’t breaking that is. There is also plenty of comic relief throughout in the moments when you need it and my favorite ones are still from Thorne and Iko! If I didn’t already love Throne (sorry Cress I might have to fight you for him) then a gift he gives would have totally won me over, even if he went about getting it a bit badly. I do think one of my favorite parts of the series is how everyone is involved and no one is just stuck sitting on the side lines as the story moves along, everyone has a story and a purpose. Which as you gain more characters of different temperaments and personalities it’s just bound to be interesting.
Friday, November 20, 2015
I loved the visuals of the movie. From the warn town areas to the capitols outlandish attire and fashion ideals and everything in between. Peeta looks wrecked. He looked like hell and given what he had been through it makes sense and looked real. Then let us talk about the ‘games’ AKA traps. They are insane. That tar flood and the mutts! Great stuff. Really the mutts were beyond disgusting and creepy looking and sure to give small children nightmares and that tar, yikes not just water but tar. The journey through it all was spectacular and the contrast from dark to light was on point back and forth seeing things from both sides, which again is something the movies were able to excel at and we didn’t get in the books.
The cast did a stellar job and the story moved along and blended well, so well that even as I expected (and dreaded most) all the known deaths I still found myself shocked when they happened. No amount of planning could prepare me for seeing it on the screen. One particular death in the book I thought was moved through too quickly just there, bye, moved on; was given more depth and feeling which I loved. Counter to that though I did find another death that was I believe several chapters and mental anguished for long gaps was over in an instant. I am glad the long drawn out breakdown was played out differently but I wish they could have extended the emotion just a bit given how pivotal it was. That was my only real complaint of the movie.
Until next time…May the odds be ever in your favor.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
The top today is: Top Ten Quotes I Loved (from books read this year)
Okay so I love books and words and so many amazing quotes but I've never really taken the time to really write them down or note them just normally smirk at them and maybe comment to a friend about it. I have recently started taking some random quotes down but this is only a few books back so this is why my list is lacking and have multiple from the same books.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Today is the cover reveal for Asleep by Krystal Wade, a YA horror that will have you on the edge of your seat with every page turn. This is the debut novel from Blaze Publishing, set to be released February 16, 2016. Pre-orders are available now from Amazon. Mark your calendars, and be sure to add the book to your Goodreads list! Share the cover on social media using our Rafflecopter entry below for a chance to win the awesome prizes listed, or come join us at the Cover Reveal Party on Facebook. Or do it all!
"To cure fear, you must use fear."
Rose Briar claims no responsibility for the act that led to her imprisonment in an asylum. She wants to escape, until terrifying nightmares make her question her sanity and reach out to her doctor. He's understanding and caring in ways her parents never have been, but as her walls tumble down and Rose admits fault, a fellow patient warns her to stop the medications. Phillip believes the doctor is evil and they'll never make it out of the facility alive. Trusting him might be just the thing to save her. Or it might prove the asylum is exactly where she needs to be.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I’m happily married to the love of my life (don’t gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. We live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day I wake up to find myself stuck in traffic trying to get there.
The horrid commute gives me plenty of time to zone out and think about my characters in full, brilliant details (I’m a safe driver; don’t worry). Stories give me a way to forget about the sometimes smelly strangers sitting next to me on the fifty mile trek into town (I pick up hitchhikers every day. True story. Check out www.slug-lines.com if you don’t believe me).
I’ve been a part of organized hitchhiking for nearly fifteen years, but that’s just one small aspect of my oh-so-large life. When I’m not working, commuting, or chasing after my three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find me outside talking to my chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world (they are), or training my amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100% of the time?).
I hope you love my stories (or just like them a little; that would be okay, too). And I hope that one day you find your passion, because there’s nothing in life better than doing what you love while surrounded by people you love.
ABOUT BLAZE PUBLISHING:
Books with Heart for Teen and Young Adults
At Blaze, we're committed to bringing you high-quality, hard-hitting books full of heart. Whether the story is a mystery, a thriller, horror, steampunk, or some goofy comedy, there will be a message woven into the pages for readers to find and fall in love with. We want you to walk away inspired, in awe, or just happy to be alive. Or maybe you'll look at other people differently, in a less negative light. Whatever the case, you will find heart in our stories.
Our goal is to bring you four or five amazing works of fiction in 2016, and six in 2017 and each year after. We've already lined up a few and can't wait to see what comes across our desks next!
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Thursday, November 12, 2015
Sounds awesome right? It is. I loved this book. I was drawn in from the start and I couldn't believe it took me so long to start the series. Grant it I was happy to have three books ready for me without waiting but WOW waiting for Winter has been killer. Bright side if you haven't started the series yet…you can read all the way through now!
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
The top today is: Top Ten Book to Movie Adaptations I’m Waiting On (or ones I still need to watch)
Monday, November 9, 2015
I did have a couple problems of things I wished were explained more but overall while they left me with questions I still enjoyed the book and look forward to the next one. The first is that they mention the red door in the prologue and again throughout the story as something bad, something that Andrew fights against but exactly what it is we don't find out. Which makes the prologue seem a bit weird for me and had me thinking something else through the whole book but I was way off. The other is just the ages, as Paloma is old enough to be Kenders mom but she dated Andrew for five years before Kenders that ended five years ago from the present and I just assumed Andrew and Kenders were close to the same age even though she got into University before him but factoring all that together I wasn't sure if Andrew was older than I imagined or if he just dated a older woman? Again didn't detract from the characteristics of the story for me, just things that lingered and I wish I had more explanation on.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
The rest are from Bookoutlet and ones I'd had on my Amazon wish list for a while looking for a sale (or to win the lottery) and/or have the other books in the series and need to round out my collection so I can marathon!
Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout