Friday, September 19, 2014

Kindle Deals (26)


I always see blogs that have a page that show deals for the kindle, and I occasionally find one or two books on there that I would want. I'm more of a YA girl, and seeing as how most my followers are (I'm assuming here) I decided to make a list of the YA books I found that are $3.99 and less for the kindle. There are plenty more Ya books that are on amazon, but these caught my attention because either I have them, I've read them, or I'm dying to read them. :) Just click on the title and it takes you to their amazon page in a new window.
I'm not sure how long these deals will be here so get them while they're available.
(Note: Prices are as shown from the date this was posted. Please be sure to check before hitting buy.)

$3.99 and up (none go past 6.00)


$2.99

$1.99


$0.99


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Waiting on Wed: Fire in the Woods by Jennifer Eaton

Waiting on Wed is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine
It's something that she does every Wed where we pick a book that hasn't been released yet.
Author: Megan Crewe
Kindle Edition300 pages
Expected publication: September 23rd 2014 by Month9Books

When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally. 

But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel. But her father runs their house like an army barracks. and with an alien on the loose, Major Dad isn’t too keen on the idea of Jess going anywhere. 

Ever. 

So how the heck is she supposed to help the sweetest, strangest, and cutest guy she’s ever met? Hiding him in her room probably isn’t the best idea. Especially since her Dad is in charge of the squadron searching for David. 

That doesn’t mean she won’t do it. 

It just means she can't get caught. Helping David get home while protecting her heart—that’s gonna be the hard part. 

After all, she can't really fall for a guy whose not exactly from here. As they race through the woods with Major Dad and most of the U.S. military one breath behind them, Jess and David grow closer than either of them anticipated. But all is not what it seems. David has a genocide-sized secret, and one betrayal later, they are both in handcuffs as alien warships are positioning themselves around the globe. Time is ticking down to Armageddon, and Jess must think fast if she's to save the boy she cares about without sacrificing Earth—and everyone on it. 
Why I'm waiting on this?
Okay, so I'm gonna go with I'm on an Alien phase. All these books just ridiculously good, and it doesn't help that the covers catch your attention as well. Why must I be a sucker for covers?

Book Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins



AUTHOR: Suzanne Collins
PUBLISHER: Scholastic 
SERIES/STANDALONE: Series (Hunger Games, Catching Fire)
PAGES: 400
SOURCE: Bought

Outline:
My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.


Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans--except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay--no matter what the personal cost.


Quick Thought (or not)
It may or may not come as a shock to some of you, but I wasn't a fan of The Hunger Games or Catching Fire. -hangs head- If you read those reviews you noticed how I said I would keep at the series. Yes, it took me two years, and 2 movies later to finally finish the series but I did it and now I can officially say that I am glad I stuck with it. As much as I disliked the first two books because let's face it they were basically the same..No? I was happy with the way Mockingjay was done.

Pacing
Yes, at times I found it to be pretty slow paced, but I have to admit at least we're not sitting in the arena the whole book like we did with the first two. I liked that we saw a few different places. We got to see the different districts, the capitol, and then district 13 of course. Like the other two books this one had action that eventually picked up, and moved the book along. If not for the action and fighting it could have fell flat for me.

Characters
As strong as Katniss was in the first two books, I will say that her character felt somehow different in this one. Which I guess going through two games will do that to a person. It was like she had a bit of a split personality in my opinion. There were moments where that fierce girl we loved in the games would show, and then moments where she seemed like this fragile little girl.

Ending 
*Spoiler alert*
In my eyes the ending couldn't have been better. I personally liked the person that Katniss ended up with I felt that they had some kind of connection and a better understanding of each other then the other one. I will say that I suspected something was a bit off with Coin, and was a bit perplexed with Katniss' reactions, but none the less I had a feeling.

Quotes
Dead, but not allowed to die. Alive, but as good as dead. -Katniss

Monday, September 15, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Why Haven't I read more by this author?


Hi everybody! How's everyone's week been going? 
This weeks topic:
 Top Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More
 I feel absolutely horrible about this because each one of these authors books that I have read I have adored for some reason or another.  The ones that I have written reviews for will be linked up soooo feel free to leave a comment on any of those. I will reply back. 


Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Read: Nobody

On my shelf/kindle: Raised by Wolves, Every Other Day, Fate

Aprilynne Pike
Read: Wings
On my shelf/kindle: Illusions, Spells, Life After Theft, Sleep no more, Earthbound

Cat Patrick
Read: Forgotten
On my shelf/kindle: Revived

Alexandra Adornetto
Read: Halo
On my shelf/kindle: Hades, Heaven, Ghost House

Lili St. Crow
On my shelf/kindle: Betrayals, jealousy, Reckoning, Defiance, Nameless

Julie Kagawa
Read: The Immortal Rules
On my shelf/kindle: The Eternity Cure, The Iron Fay Books

Jessica Verday
(I have a giveaway going on for this book right now. Look on left side)

On my shel/kindlef: The Hollow,The Hidden , The Haunted

Marie Lu
Read: Legend
On my shelf/kindle: Prodigy, Champion

Megan Miranda
Read: Fracture
On my shelf/Kindle: Hysteria

Maggie Stiefvater
Read: Shiver
On my shelf/kindle: Linger, Forever, The Scorpio Races, The Raven boys,

Runner-ups
Because let's face it, if you have a TBR list a mile long you're bound to have more than 10 in this category. These ones are the books I read, but I have more then one of their other books on my shelf/kindle
The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

TTYL (Internet Girls #1)by Lauren Myracle

My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Giving you the Tips: What do I ask an author in an interview?



You have an author interview and you're totally stoked about it. I mean you get to converse and ask questions of an AUTHOR, a living, breathing, real book writing, celebrity-in-your-eyes and-not-some-ridiculous-celebrity-reality-tv-persona-person. (Yes, I totally went there.) So tell me how totally cool is that right? 

It is pretty exciting, I know I've been there, and I still get fan-girly when I'm asked to do interviews. The question that is always on my mind when going into an interview is "What in the heck do I ask this author whose probably been asked about a million and one things already?" Don't know? Well neither did I, and to this day I still don't know really. So here's me helping you figure it out, and giving you the questions that I've searched for.
Note: Questions have been found all over the web by me to try and put them in a place for you. There are about 100 question here. :)

There are a number of ways to do interviews I'm sure, and everyone has their own personal way, or one way they prefer over another.  Examples: Character Interviews, phone interviews, 1 topic interview, general interview (which is what theses questions are basically for), personal interview (in which I mean asking specific questions about the book the author wrote) 

A few I prefer or have done
Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington (Personal Interview)
Shadow of the mark by Leigh Fallon (1 topic Interview)
The Bleeders by Michaela Haze (Character Interview where the author interviews the MC)

I think the one interview I remember the most is when I got to do a phone interview with Pam Langsam, author of Vegas Dazzle, it was fun and not what I was expecting. Although, I was unable to get it up on my site because I misplaced my spiral that had my notes in it. (I'm a loser I know.) I remember talking to her, my voice was shaky, and even though I had a set of questions ready (mostly generic) I still was unsure of myself, and how it would work out. I totally lived through it though!

GENERIC QUESTIONS (42 questions)
1.Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
2.What are you working on at the moment?3.What’s it about? (*if relevant)4.What genre are your books?5.What draws you to this genre?6.Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?7.How much research do you do?8.Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?9.When did you decide to become a writer?10. Why do you write?11. Do you write full-time or part-time?12. Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?13. Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?14.Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?15.Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?16. Where do the your ideas come from?17.Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?18. What is the hardest thing about writing?19. What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?20. What is the easiest thing about writing?21.How long on average does it take you to write a book?22.Do you ever get writer’s Block?23.How to get through the dreaded writer’s block?24. What are your thoughts on writing a book series.25. Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors.26. Do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books when you read?27. Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?28. Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.29. Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process30. What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?31. What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?32. Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you?33. What’s your views on social media for marketing?34. Which social network worked best for you?35. Do you think that giving books away free works and why?36. What is your favorite motivational phrase.37. What is your favorite quote?
38. 
Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?39. What advice would you give to your younger self?40. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?41. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?42. Where do you see publishing going in the future?

CRAZY/FUN QUESTIONS (62 questions)
1. Would your main character's crush win survivor by strength, by cheating, or not at all?
2. If your main character was put on a reality Tv show what would it be? Ex: survivor, big brother, bad girls club, DWTS...
3. If we Googled your name what would we see?
4. You were just given a yacht. What would you name it?
5. If you could have been told one thing that you weren't told when you were a teenager, what would you like to have heard?
6. You've just been hired to a promotions position at Kellog Co. What would you put in a new breakfast cereal box as a gimmick?
7. If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?
8. If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be? (Example: Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow, we all die.)
9. What would you do if you were the last person on this earth?
10. If you were a genie, what wish would you absolutely not grant?
11. If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (can't ask for more wishes)
12. If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?
13. If you wake up as (name any famous personality), what's the first thing you would do?
14. If you turn into your partner for a day, what would you do?
15. If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?
16. Sitting alone in a big field, looking at stars, what do you think/feel?
17. If you were a professional wrestler, what would your ring name be and why?
18. If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?
19. Share one funniest, one silliest and one wackiest status you have put up on a social networking site.
20. Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
21. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
22. If I came to your home and looked in your refrigerator, what would I find?
23. If you can be a Disney character, who would you be and why?
24. If you had to endure one natural disaster (i.e. hurricane, tornado, etc), what would you pick and why?
25. If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be?
26. Three things I think will become obsolete in 10 years:
27. If you could mix three animals together, which ones would you choose to make the ultimate animal?
28. You have to wear a t-shirt with one word on it for the rest of your life. Which word do you choose?
29. You win a million dollars, but you have to give half to a charity. Which charity do you pick, and what do you do with the rest of the money?
30. If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?
31. If you were a spy what would your alias be?32. If you were to be on a reality TV show which one would you be on and why?
33. If you could be anything in the world, what would you be and why?
34.If someone rented a billboard for you, what would you put on it?
35.If you had to be a teacher of something, what would you teach? (English is not an option)
36. What punctuation mark best describes your personality? Why?
37. Listener or talker?
38. If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
39. If you had to be a flower, which one would you be and why?
40. What is your favorite commercial? What commercial annoys you the most?
41.What mythical creature would you want to be?
42. You were bitten by a vampire, now what? (Or werewolf)
43. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
44. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
45.If you were written about in the newspaper, on the front page, what would the headline say?
46. Sing in the rain or dance in the streets?
47. What holiday would you invent to get a day off work?
48. What is the best thing you have dressed up as for Halloween?
49. Do you like your handwriting? (A possible sample)
50.What is the wallpaper on your computer?
51. At the beach would you rather play in the sand, or play in the water?
52. Do you think people should eat the fish they catch, or just let them go?
53. Do you scream on roller coasters? Do you lift up your hands?
54. Pen or pencil?
55. Would you rather see a movie at the theater or at home on DVD? Why?
56. Do you prefer card games or board games?
57. What is your pet peeve in traffic?
58. Can you fake any accents?
59. What would you do if you didn't have to work?
60. What's your favorite bumper sticker? 
61. If you could have picked your own name, what would it be?
62. Can you daydream at night?

B. Says: Bookaholics Anonymous has a Facebook Page


Hiya readers and fellow bloggers! It's B here!  Today I just wanted to encourage you to go over to the facebook page for Bookaholics Anonymous Online. That's right Ashley finally got around to making one a month or so ago. I know she tends to be slow, but we are now on the bandwagon. I'm just promoting the page a bit to see if we can get it past 100 likes. More likes means more reason to throw possible facebook page giveaways only. You'll get more bookish related pictures, book to movie news, and have fun all while engaging with readers like you.




Monday, September 8, 2014

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

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A romantic, historical retelling of classic Gothic horror featuring Edgar Allan Poe and his character Annabel Lee, from a New York Times best-selling author.

Summoned to her father's home in 1820's Philadelphia, a girl finds herself in the midst of a rash of gruesome murders in which he might be implicated. She is torn romantically between her father's assistants-one kind and proper, one mysterious and brooding-who share a dark secret and may have more to do with the violent events than they're letting on.                                                                                                                                      | Amazon  | B & N | Indiebound |


Jessica Verday is the New York Times best-selling author of The Hollow trilogy. She wrote the first draft of The Hollow by hand, using thirteen spiral-bound notebooks and fifteen black pens. The first draft of The Haunted took fifteen spiral-bound notebooks and twenty black pens. The Hidden took too many notebooks and too many pens to count. She lives in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, with her husband.  Website |


Tour
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Cecilia Bedelia
Review and giveaway
Bites
Review and giveaway
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
The Book Monsters
Guest post and giveaway
Addicted 2 Novels
Review and giveaway
Thursday, September 04, 2014
Actin up with Books
Q&A and giveaway
Friday, September 05, 2014
IceyBooks
Guest post and giveaway
Saturday, September 06, 2014
Tales of a Ravenous Reader
Excerpt and giveaway
A Dream within a Dream
Review and giveaway
Sunday, September 07, 2014
The Best Books Ever
Review and giveaway
Monday, September 08, 2014
Book Briefs
Guest post and giveaway
Bookaholics Ananymous Online
Review and giveaway
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Mundie Moms
Review and giveaway
The Mod Podge Bookshelf
Guest post and giveaway
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Live to ReadGiveaway only
Jump Into Books
Review and Giveaway
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Miss O’s Library Land
Q&A and giveaway
Write All the Words
Guest post for Banned Books Month
Friday, September 12, 2014
Pamela Thompson’s Blog
Guest post and giveaways
The Book Beacon
Review and giveaway
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Curling Up with a Good Book
Q&A and giveaway
The Children’s Book Review
Guest post and giveaway
Sunday, September 14, 2014
A Backwards Story
Review and giveaway
Monday, September 15, 2014
Pinky’s Favorite Reads
Q&A and giveaway
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