Thursday, September 27, 2012

Coming soon

Hey, so the light is green and I will be hosting some amazing books that are going to be on tour. Just for your viewer info here is a quick list of what to keep an eye out for.


Blood Moon: October 15th where I will have review and an interview
Heart Search: Lost: October 19th excerpt, 22nd review and giveaway
Shadow Slayer (book 2) Dec. 7th review and playlist
Blood Twist: Dec. 20th, review, excerpt, and giveaway

I believe this is an amazing lineup coming very shortly, so stayed tuned.



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Monday, September 24, 2012

This week...Love Unscripted by Tina Reber

A-List Movie Star

Ryan Christensen just wanted to be an actor. Never in his wildest dreams did he ever imagine that fans would chase him, paparazzi would hound him, and Hollywood studios would all want a piece of him. While filming on location in Seaport, Rhode Island Ryan ducks into a pub for just a quick escape from screaming fans—but fate has other plans.

Meets Small Town Girl

At six foot two, with dirty blond hair, blue eyes, and an incredible body, Ryan has every girl in Seaport swooning—every girl but Taryn Mitchell. Nursing a recent heartbreak, this small town pub owner believes men are best kept at a distance. But when Ryan unexpectedly bursts into her pub, she can’t help but be drawn in by his humor, charm and intense magnetism.

But Gossip Sells and They’re Paying the Price

Despite her better judgment, Taryn soon finds herself swept up in a whirlwind romance with Ryan. But is their bond strong enough to survive the tabloid lies, intrusive paparazzi, and stalking fans who threaten to tear them apart?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tina Reber is the daughter of a small town spunky librarian. She lives in a suburb of Allentown, Pennsylvania with her husband and son who allow her to slip away into fictitious worlds on a daily basis.
http://tinareber.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LoveUnscriptedNovel

Review:
I always love an opposites attract book and a heroine who is her own women. I really enjoyed how Taryn was not automatically swept off her feet, and the movie star had to work for everything. The story does not even stop there, you are thrown into a world where there are two faced friends, press, and discovering the person on the inside. I was very impressed with the twists and turns and how the whole book wasn't some giant Cinderella story.
I would suggest this book a a light read for those young adults, who want a feel good story that is not all roses and chocolate.

Friday, September 21, 2012

This week....

Ughhhhhh..... I am slightly behind in some of my reviews. Why you may ask? Well it's this thing called college. With undertaking college I am in 5 advanced science classes and attempting not to fail. So as soon as some things cool down, such as football season, getting over 3 exams next week, that sorta stuff I will be posting a ton more content. Don't worry folks their are several blog stops coming here and I am very excited, just stay tuned and I believe I have some author interviews, giveaways, and more amazing reviews coming soon.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

This week....My top litarary couples from YA

When you read so many books you eventually connect with certain characters and their relationships. So this week I would like to present to you my top YA lit couples.

10.Let's start this countdown with the classic couple that is referenced throughout history
Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare)
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9. Harry and Jeanie (Harry Potter)


8. Ron and Hermione (Harry Potter)

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7.Katniss and Peeta (Hunger Games)
She may care about suvioring and saving her family, but you gotta give it to Peeta. He may boarder on creepier sometimes but he never gives up on Katniss even when she blatantly ignores him.


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6.Calla and Shay/Ren triangle (Nightshade Series)
I stress I hate love triangles, but this is my exception. The whole triangle is what makes the series work. If only the ending of the series hadn't been so freaking heart wrenching.

5. Jack and Ellen (Warrior Heir)
Who doesn't love a couple who supposed to kill each other but decides they rather be together.

4.)Rose and Dmitri (Vampire Academy)
Forbidden. Drama. Death. Heck even "death" couldn't keep these two love birds apart. I love when you have two kick ass heroes getting together.

3.) Jessica Day and Johnathan (Midnighters series)
Ughhhhh....They are so cute together, nothing like a whirl wind romance where you literally feel like your flying, but it's the ending that gets me. *spoiler******It's the tragedy of Jess getting stuck in the blue zone that makes me really feel for this couple.

2. Kate and Vincent (Revenats)
Until I Die (Revenants, #2)
The series hasn't finished yet but for the most part this had been a thrilling relationship. Kate doesn't sit back and let her man protect her, no she is proactive. Not to mention Vincent runs in the ideal man category.

1.Max and Fang (Maximum ride series)
They are a flock of winged kids, and Max and fang are the leaders. Their have been twists and turns through the whole series but I stand by them getting together and everyone being a happy family. I always love a couple who are A.) kick ass heroes B.) parental figures C.) Face all odds and still end up together.
So here's keeping my fingers crossed they get back together in the final installment of the series Nevermore.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Perception by Elle Strauss: review and first ch.

In review today is...wait for it.....wait....
Perception by Elle Strauss


 
 
Seventeen year old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP—a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime water-front property along side other equally beautiful people with extended life spans.

Her brother Liam is missing.
Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests the widening chasm they’ve created between those who have and those who don’t. He doesn’t like girls like Zoe and he has good reason not to like her specifically.
Zoe’s carefree life takes a traumatic turn. She’s in trouble and it turns out that Noah, the last guy on earth she should trust, is the only one who can help her.
PERCEPTION is a ( SF/mystery/romance) Young Adult novel that takes place in the not too distant future in a world changed by climate extremes, natural disasters and impending wars, and where scientific breakthroughs cause class divisions—both financially and philosophically. It explores the clash between faith and science and how differences can separate us as enemies or ally us together. And in some cases, even in the midst of betrayal and personal crisis, there’s room to fall in love.
This is the first book in a planned three book series.
 
Here's the first ch. to this awesome book
 

PERCEPTION
by
Lee Strauss
 
 
PART ONE
ZOE
 
Chapter 1
 
I balanced on my surfboard, right thigh burning and salt water stinging my eyes, while the best wave of the early morning carried me like a goddess on a pedestal to shore. My older brother Liam and I shared a friendly competition, and it gave me a certain, blissful satisfaction to catch the same wave and to get to shore first.
“Beat ya!” I shouted over the noise of the crashing surf.
Seagulls flocked and circled over us, squawking loudly, adding to the cacophony.
The sun glistened off Liam’s damp blond curls as he shook them out. His eyes sparkled as his lips tugged up into a grin. “I let you win.”
“Did not!” I smacked him playfully on the arm. “One more ride?”
Liam unzipped his wetsuit letting the top half fall down past his waist. He was in fine form, and I understood why all the girls raved about him. He was responsible for a long list of broken hearts.
“I gotta get going,” he said, lifting his board.
I fell into stride beside him, my feet sinking into the cold, wet sand. “So soon?”
He nodded, the glint leaving his eyes. My lips tightened into a frown “You’re taking off with Jackson again?”
Jackson was my boyfriend but lately he’d been spending more time with my brother than he had with me. It was starting to tick me off.
Liam stared straight ahead. “Lab stuff.”
“What are you working on?” I rushed to keep up with my brother’s long, strong strides. He flicked his head, tossing the hair out of his eyes but didn’t answer.
“Come on,” I knocked into him sideways. “Tell me!”
“It’s just stuff.”
“Just stuff? Like what? Top CIA stuff? I know you’re smart but I think the government has been doing a good job without your help.”
I meant it as a joke, but Liam huffed. “It’s just stuff, okay? So leave it.”
I stopped short shocked that he’d snapped at me.
He turned around and exhaled, “Zoe, I’m sorry.”
“Fine. If you can’t tell me, you can’t tell me.”
We resumed our trek along the beach, and I pushed back my frustration. Liam used to include me in everything. It was always him and me against everyone else. Him and me against Alison and Paul, aka our mom and dad. Him and me against the surf. We were a team. When did we start keeping secrets from each other? Rather, when did he start keeping secrets from me?
I re-adjusted my board under my arm. Maybe I could get Jackson to unzip his lips. Especially if I helped him. He could be easily persuaded if I poured on the charm. I hated to go behind my brother’s back for information, but something about all this--this, whatever it was that Liam was doing--made me uneasy. I couldn’t pinpoint why, it just did.
We reached our home, a massive glass box with two floors of windows facing the Pacific Ocean. It was built after the San Andreas Fault shifted and triggered the Big Quake that, along with the subsequent tsunami, wiped out ten miles of shoreline.
A nearby white-stucco storage shed housed all our water toys. We stopped there to hang up our wetsuits to dry.
“Thanks for surfing with me today.” Liam said, smiling at me, back to his jovial self. “I know it was a sacrifice for you to get up so early.”
I smiled in return. “No problem. It was fun.” Surfing with Liam was one of my most favorite things to do.
“You’re back for dinner?” I asked.
Liam didn’t know it, but once he left, I’d be spending the rest of the day preparing for his surprise birthday party. He’d turned twenty-one yesterday and had celebrated at a bar with his friends. I couldn’t go because I was underage, and it irked me that Jackson went and that he and Liam had once again shared a significant moment without me. I took consolation in the fact that Alison and Paul gave me free reign to plan this party. My heart beat with excitement, and I couldn’t wait to see his face when he got home and found the house full of his friends.
“Yeah, I’ll be there,” he answered.
I bit my cheek to keep my voice even. “Good.We’ll see you, then.”
Our property tiered twice before connecting with the sandy beach. Three glass doors slid open disappearing into the corner and creating a wall-less view of the stone patio that encased an eternity pool. Its waters slipped over the far edge into a waterfall that was collected again on the second tier.
Liam strode into the house, through the living room and down the hall to his bedroom at the back, his wet shorts dripping on the glossy white tiles.
I tightened the towel around my waist and climbed the open-slat staircase to my room.
As I passed the maid, Saundra something, her brown face blanched. She stumbled slightly before grabbing the rail and catching herself.
“Excuse me,” she said softly at my astonished look.
The woman really didn’t look well, and I was thankful for my enhanced immunization. I was glad I didn’t have to worry about diseases brought in from the outside.
“Are you okay?” I asked.
She nodded weakly, and proceeded to clean the rails. I’d requested extra staff to get the house ready for Liam’s party.
 
A trill of anticipation reclaimed my thoughts. I couldn’t wait for tonight.
The door beside my bathroom opened into a second room, a walk-in closet big enough to house another bedroom set. Racks of clothes and shoes lined the walls, a well-lit mirror station was located near the sky light and a cushioned leather bench was placed in the middle for sitting. I stood in my closet and stared at the rows of sundresses, blouses and shorts.
What to wear?
I settled on a lace blouse and cotton shorts, then went to take a luxurious shower, rinsing the sea water out of my long, blond hair. I leaned into the built-in seat that was designed specifically for my body height and shape. Laser lights mapped my head and twenty-eight silicon fingers reached out to massage my scalp while shampooing and conditioning my hair. Most days I had to watch or I’d doze off, but today I was excited. I commanded the water to turn off as soon as the rinse was done.
When I was dressed and my hair combed out and tied back, I slipped my platinum Communication Ring onto my left middle finger. I tapped it which produced a holographic image of my phone apps on my palm. I touched the clock icon and holographic digital numbers appeared in the air.
Ten already? Where did the time go? That was the thing with summer holidays; every hour ran languidly into the next.
I imagined the cook and her crew were busy preparing for the party in the kitchen. I’d requested fresh sea food and simulated roast, fresh fruit and vegetables, an assortment of fancy chocolates and baked items plus a three-tiered, surfer-themed birthday cake.
I skipped down the stairs to check on the progress, but in my hurry to the kitchen, I slammed into a body.
“Sorry,” a male voice said.
I stepped back agitated. I recognized the dark-haired boy wearing the white tunic my mother made the male staff wear. He was the maid’s son and I guessed he was part of the extra staff. He held a wet mop in his hand, and I figured he’d been cleaning up Liam’s spotty water trail.
He stepped politely out of the way, but the expression on his face was stoic. Even though he was clearly from the outside and the help, I still expected some small sign that what he saw when he viewed me was pleasing. A twinkle in the eye, a slight upturning of the lips. These were the responses I got from all the boys. The straight ones, anyway.
He wasn't especially attractive but I didn't see people with his appearance very often. He had eyes the color of imported coffee beans and skin like caramel candy. His nose was wide and his jaw-line sharp. I was suddenly intrigued by him and surprised myself by thinking he looked exotic.
“Excuse me, what was your name again?” I asked.
“Noah.”
Right. I remembered now. I waited for him to say something, but he stayed quiet.
Footsteps echoed from the hall above. My parents spoke together, their muffled voices floating across the high ceilings.
“Do other maids send their sons to do their work?” Alison's voice had a brassy tone that carried through the cavernous space.
I felt a flare of red creep up my neck when I realized Alison was talking about Noah. My eyes darted to his, but he kept his averted.
“He does a good job,” Paul responded. “That's the main thing. Besides you know they need the money.”
“So we're charity now?”
“What's wrong with a little charity? Besides, they're not just anybody.”
“I don't care. I still don't trust him.”
I was mortified. My feet felt cemented to the floor and I didn’t know what to say. Anything would come off as trite since nothing I could say could undo what Noah had heard.
“Did you know the Pikes have a household robot now?” Alison, again. “Apparently it’s very efficient, and at least Mary doesn’t have to worry about things going missing.”
Noah’s jaw tightened and he turned his back to me. He attacked Liam’s dried and dusty water spots aggressively and soon had disappeared around the corner.
“Zoe?” Alison click-clacked down the wooden stairs. She wore a pale yellow pant suit and high heels even though it was Saturday. She was in-between careers now, having spent the last fifteen years in law. She barely looked thirty years old and with lots of time ahead of her, she could do anything. Probably several things.
“Mom! You have to keep your voice down. How many times do I have to tell you your voice travels in this glass box?
“Oh.” She looked mildly shaken. “No matter. Is everything coming together to your satisfaction?”
“I’m just checking in on things now.”
“Your father and I are meeting people for lunch. What time is the party again?”
I blew a frustrated breath. She could at least pretend she cared enough to remember details I’d told her a dozen times already.
“Seven.”
“Right. We’ll see you at seven.”
Things proceeded throughout the day as planned and I was pleased with my ability to pull off an event like this on my own.
The decorators showed up at 1:00 as promised.
The band arrived to set up at 3:00.
I got dressed at 4:30, having bought a thigh-length mini-dress that sparkled with tiny crystals just for the occasion.
My hair and makeup girl arrived at 5:00.
I tapped my ring and called Jackson at 5:30.
“Where are you?” I said to the three-inch holographic image of him that popped up above my palm. “You said you’d help.”
“Sorry, Zo. Got tied up at home.”
“Are you okay? You don’t sound so good.”
It was odd. No one in Sol City ever got really sick, but it wasn’t unheard of to get run down if you pushed yourself too hard. Jackson had been working a lot lately.
“I didn’t sleep well last night. Uh, spent most of the day in bed.”
I felt a little panicky. “You’re still coming, aren’t you?”
“Of course. I’ll be there soon.”
Alison and Paul arrived at 6:30 along with all of mine and Liam’s friends.
I hushed everyone at 6:55, giving instructions on when to shout “Surprise!”
It was all a wasted effort.
Liam never showed.
 
Review:
If you like Delirium, Bar Code, or Matched you will enjoy this book. I enjoyed the dynotopian society that was created and the plot was creative enough to keep me entertained. This book made you think about the what ifs of society but kept a light interesting tone. I felt the plot only skimmed the waters and there's real potential for a deeper plot line. Good thing this is a series because I expect big things to come. Also, let me add their is a cute relationship that develops and the heroine has real potential to be pretty bad ass.

Elle StraussAuthor of several YA novels including SEAWEED - A teen swim athlete discovers a merfolk world that threatens to keep her out of the ocean forever, and CLOCKWISE - A teen time traveler accidentally takes her secret crush back in time. Awkward.



Available at Amazon and other e-retailer stores.
www.ellestraussbooks.com
@elle_strauss

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Check out Squeaky Books Bday Bash

Don't miss out on the party of the year! That's right, it's time for Enna Isilee's Birthday Bash! In fact, it's not just time, it's HALF OVER! If you want to see the full awesome that is the Birthday Bash then you can click here. Enna's put together a whole schedule and information there. But take a look at what she's giving away so far, and this is only half! The next two weeks will also have a giveaway EVERY DAY!

Click on the the book you want to win to be taken to an interview with the author where you can enter to win the book pictured! Come party with me, it's a blast!


Friday, September 7, 2012

2012 YA Mythology Challenge

Go join the 2012 YA Mythology Challenge. Here are the rules and if you click the button below it will allow you to visit the site.
hop The challenge will run from January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012.
• You can join anytime by filling out the form below

• Books must be read in 2012

Parnormal Romances not just about putting your sex drive in overdrive

Romance novels are sometimes viewed as being only about sex. Well a good romance novel a coherent base plot, otherwise you would be just reading raunchy books. So in honor of the Paranormal romances with plot I give you 2 reviews of books. Here's the first review, enjoy and remember don't judge a book by its cover unless there is an extremely attractive guy on it.

Book Review Nurmero Uno......Beneath a Rising Moon by Keri ArthurBeneath a Rising Moon

Keri Arthur, the New York Times bestselling author of the Riley Jenson Guardian series, takes readers to the werewolf reservation of Ripple Creek-where moon fever runs high and a savage murderer runs rampant.
There's no turning back for Neva Grant. To find a killer, she must seduce the boldest male in the Sinclair pack. Her twin sister lies in a hospital bed, fighting for her life, the fourth and only surviving victim of a vicious attacker. The werewolf rangers suspect the Sinclair pack, and the only way Neva can infiltrate their close-knit ranks is to unleash the wildness within and offer herself to Duncan Sinclair.

Duncan's appetite for women is legendary on the reservation. But when this new woman stirs his hunger, he finds his desire for her goes deeper than anything he's ever felt before. When he realizes that she's playing a game and he's taken the bait, he is determined to push her to the breaking point. As Duncan and Neva engage in a dangerous dance, they must somehow find a way to join forces-before a cornered killer bites back.


Review:
This book had sex and do I mean sex, but the plot was very endearing.I love the spunky heroine who gets in way over her head trying to right a wrong, but in the end everything turns out better than expected. I enjoyed the feel good romance quality of the book that incorporates the elements of blood, drama, murder, and, of course, revenge.  Can you truly ask for a better combination. The author did a remarkable good job tying this in with her other series and I am sure her next works will be just as good.

Check back next month for part 2 my review on paranormal adult books

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

College: A Gif Story

What my parents think when I went to college...


During Chem midterm


How I look trying to talk to hot coworker


Getting to downtown bars via bus


Learning OChem is like learning a foregin language