Friday, August 22, 2014

Blog Tour: The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin



 This is my stop on the blog tour for Adele Griffin's book The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone.
Unlike other book tours this one is a bit different.
I always try and give a little more so instead of just writing something, which by the way, I didn't realize until I had finished my tribute that I should have written in a characters voice. I did it in my voice as though I knew her. I also drew my version of the cover. :)


I met Addison, or Addy as most of us call her, when I moved to New York. I moved there not long after she did, and met her through school. She was definitely a force to be wreck-end with in the art world here. I think Zach, his mother, Berger, Lincoln, and all them knew that too. Everyone seemed to want a piece of her, and as far as Addy was concerned each of them had that piece. Sometimes, I think maybe they each took a little too much of her, and that's why things spiraled out of control. It wasn't that she stopped the "Z" although it could have played a small part, but it was those around her that kept wanting and pushing and poking until she flipped. One girl, one woman can only take so much.

I hope that if Addy is up in Heaven that she's still drawing, and being the awesome artist I know her to be.
Addy, We miss you and <3 you!








National Book Award-finalist Adele Griffin tells the fully illustrated story of a brilliant young artist, her mysterious death, and the fandom that won't let her go.


From the moment she stepped foot in NYC, Addison Stone’s subversive street art made her someone to watch, and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more. I conducted interviews with those who knew her best—including close friends, family, teachers, mentors, art dealers, boyfriends, and critics—and retraced the tumultuous path of Addison's life. I hope I can shed new light on what really happened the night of July 28.                                                                                                                                            | Amazon | SoHo Teen | B & N | Indiebound |


Adele Griffin is a two-time National Book Award Finalist and highly acclaimed author of numerous books for Young Adult and middle grade readers. Her works include Sons of Liberty and Where I Want to Be, as well as the popular Witch Twins and Vampire Island series. Her most recent thriller Loud Awake and Lost will be out this fall from Knopf. Adele lives with her husband, Erich, their two young children, and their dog, Edith, in Brooklyn, New York.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Book Review: From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender


AUTHOR: Katie Alender
PUBLISHER: Hyperion
SERIES/STANDALONE: Series (Bad Girls Don't Die, As dead as it gets)
PAGES: 442
SOURCE: Bought

Outline:
Alexis is the last girl you'd expect to sell her soul. She already has everything she needs--an adorable boyfriend, the perfect best friend, and a little sister who's finally recovering after being possessed by an evil spirit, then institutionalized. 
Alexis is thrilled when her sister joins a club; new friends are just what Kasey needs. It's strange, though, to see how fast the girls in The Sunshine Club go from dorky and antisocial to gorgeous and popular. Soon Alexis learns that the girls have pledged an oath to a seemingly benevolent spirit named Aralt. Worried that Kasey's in over her head again, Alexis and her best friend Megan decide to investigate by joining the club themselves. At first, their connection with Aralt seems harmless. Alexis trades in her pink hair and punky clothes for a mainstream look, and quickly finds herself reveling in her newfound elegance and success. 
Instead of fighting off the supernatural, Alexis can hardly remember why she joined in the first place. Surely it wasn't to destroy Aralt...why would she hurt someone who has given her so much, and asked for so little in return?


Quick Thought (or not)
When I first read BGDD, I knew I was going to enjoy it because I love the supernatural, and ghosts are always fun to read for me. I get some kind of thrill reading books about them (Anna Dressed in Blood, Through Her Eyes). As much as I loved the first one this one didn't quite have that punch and "ahhh hell" moments. Instead of being a spooky, possessive ghost it was a demonish thing that whispered in their heads. It just wasn't a "villain" I cared to much about. Maybe, if it was more of a physical demon then yes. Whispers in the head some more like she was just sick. Does that make sense?

Pacing
It was a little slow getting to some of the major plot points, and sometimes I found myself wanting to skip ahead, and that just doesn't seem right. Shouldn't I want to read each and every word to get to the plot so I have the details on how the characters ended up there?

Characters


Ending 
Cliffhangers can either leave you content, and okay until the next book comes out (assuming there's more than one) or leave you banging your head on the table. (Just don't give yourself a concussion doing that)
The ending for this one was actually pretty good. It tied up most the loose ends, but left just a little for As dead as it gets. I'm interested to see how the next book plays out. 

Readathon: Bout of Books: One True Pairing Challenge

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
"A person's OTP is the couple that they love the most and ship the hardest.  This is regardless of gender and whether or not the couple is actually canon.  In fact, some of the most popular pairings are those that aren't actually together in their story.  Which is beyond frustrating, am I right?  (Drarry!)
For this challenge, I want to hear all about your favorite literary OTP.  Tell me why you ship them.  Tell me how perfect they are for each other.  Vent about how frustrating it is that the author paired them with other people.  Give me proof about why they are actually canon, but nobody knows.  I want to hear it all."

Spoiler Alert:
If you haven't read Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead the last last book in the Vampire Academy series then read the next words



My OTP is Rose and Dimitri
If you've read the series then you know it worked out beautifully, and for that I'm so thrilled. The chemistry between these two from book one was evident. They're both strong-willed and would die for anyone (mainly each other). They would go to earths ends for each other, and even when Dimitri turned strigoi Rose wouldn't give up on him, and I don't think you could find love like this.


Readthon: Bout of Books: Book Spine Poetry Challenge

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
Heartbeat,
Breathe,
the Panic
Gone


Book Spine poetry is always my favorite challenge to do.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Readathon: Bout of Books fall 2014 Main

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
Monday: August18th
Number of books I've read today: 0
Total number of books I've read: 0
Books: Mockingjay
Challenges: None



Tuesday: August 19th
Number of books I've read today: 0
Total number of books I've read: 0
Books: Mockingjay
Challenges: Book Spine Poetry, One True Pairing



Wednesday: August 20th
Number of books I've read today: 0
Total number of books I've read: 0
Books:
Challenges: 



Thursday: August 21st
Number of books I've read today: 0
Total number of books I've read: 0
Books:
Challenges: 



Friday: August 22nd
Number of books I've read today: 0
Total number of books I've read: 0
Books:
Challenges: 



Saturday: August 23rd
Number of books I've read today: 0
Total number of books I've read: 0
Books:
Challenges: 



Sunday: August 24th
Number of books I've read today: 0
Total number of books I've read: 0
Books: Mockingjay
Challenges: None



BOOKS ON THE LIST TO READ 
I realize there are quite a few books on this list, and I'm sure I won't get to them
all.  I'm pretty pumped to knock out some books. :)

Books

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Everyday by David Leviathan
Every Other Day by Jennifer L Barnes
The Line by Teri Hall
Away by Teri Hall


Queen of the dead by Stacey Kade

Far from You by Lisa Schroeder
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Keys to the Repository by Melissa De La Cruz
Bloody Valentine by Melissa De La Cruz
Panic by Lauren Oliver
Amarok by Angela Townsend
The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder
Dreamland by Alyson Noel
The Duff by Kody Keplinger
Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott
Ten miles past normal by Frances O'rouke Dowell
Ten by Gretchen Mcneill
Gone by Lisa McMann
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
Prodigy by Marie Lu
Til the world ends by Ann Aguirre, Julie kagawa
After Obession by Carrie Jones/ Wedel
Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley
Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
Babes in Boyland by
Obession by Sasha Dawn

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Book Review: Fade by Lisa McMann



AUTHOR: Lisa McMann
PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse
SERIES/STANDALONE: Series (Wake, Gone)
PAGES: 248
SOURCE: Bought

Outline:For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They're just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck.

Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody's talking. When Janie taps into a classmate's violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open -- but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie's in way over her head, and Cabe's shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both.

Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability -- and it's bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a dream catcher sealed, but what's to come is way darker than she'd feared....


Quick Thought (or not)
I finally got around to reading the second book in the wake trilogy by Lisa McMann, and to say I'm glad that I read it would be a lie. I really, really wanted to enjoy it. I think I had pretty much the same problems with Fade as I did with it's 1st book, Wake.

Pacing
It was slow, and the build up to the major event in the book didn't really do anything for me. I was looking for some shit to go down, and I know it's a YA book so maybe that's why. 

Characters
I thought by reading Fade I would grow to like Janie more as a character, but it just proved that sometimes characters don't really change. Their situations may change a bit, but the personality will always be there. Did I care what happened to Janie? Of course I did I would sound like a cold hearted bitch if I were to say I didn't care what happened at that party, but then again Janie put her own self in the position. If you know you're going somewhere that's putting you in a situation where things could get bad be smart about it.

Cabel was the one character I enjoyed in Wake, and I still enjoyed him in this book. While I think he was being a D-bag when Janie wanted to continue on with the case I could understand his point of view as well.


Ending 
The ending was definitely the part that I had the most love for, although learning more about what dream catching will do to the person was hard I believe it added to the story.

Overall
I just think it gave away to much in the beginning for me to keep my anticipation up. I'm sure you're wondering why I even finished it if I had such a problem with it right?   I have to finish series. It's one of those pesky reader habits of mine. I'm going to end up reading Gone as well. Maybe, just maybe it'll be better?


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Summer Surge Readathon #4: Character Personality

It's time for the third challenge, the Character Personality Challenge. 
All you have to do is choose five different characters from five different books you've read in 2014 that you think reflect a part of your personality. Male or female, adult or child, the choice is yours.

This is my CPC:
1. Claire from 17 First Kisses- She's tomboyish, yet she can be girlie when the time calls for it.
2. Melissa from Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler- emotional
3. Peyton from Sean Griswolds Head- Nerdy, likes basketball. staying away from people because she doesn't think shes good enough.
4. Katniss from The Hunger Games- Not because she's strong and kick-ass, but because the loyalty she has for her family and friends.