Monday, October 12, 2015

Cover Characteristic: Television(s)

The Cover Characteristic meme is hosted at  Sugar and Snark.   Here are the guidelines:

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit).
You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!

This week wasn't quite as easy, I could only find four that I'd actually read, and one of them doesn't actually have a TV on the cover.  But here they are:

  And I guess my favorite of the 4:

So, I guess there aren't as many books with televisions on them as I thought.  I could have sworn that surely there was a scary book cover, but I couldn't find one. 

While you're here, you've got only 3 more days to enter the Books to Movies Giveaway

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sunday Post #38 and Stacking the Shelves October 11th, 2015

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme. 
Last week on the blog:
I got one post done each day. Didn't get as much reading as I wanted done last week though, even if I did still get at least two reviews posted.  Need to get back on track!   I am still on track with my Blog Ahead, as of yesterday I have one post scheduled from November 1st on for each day of October, still need to do one today.  For preparing for NaNoWriMo, I met with my writing partner both last Sunday and today, and I've gotten several prompts written.  Hoping that will be helpful since I'm not having a easy of a time with doing an outline this time.  I've also really started using my Facebook page for my blog more.  Hope to get that going in a more interactive way eventually.  My Fit Blogger goals, well, nothing done this week.

 This week on the blog:
  • Caretaker's Guide to Fablehaven by Brandon Mull Spotlight Post
  • October New Release Giveaway starts Wednesday
  • Interview Post for Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall
  • Cover Characteristic:  TVs
  • Review:  The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
  • Possible Reviews:  The Devil and Winnie Flynn by Micol Ostow and David Ostow, The Anatomy of Curiosity by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff.
I started a new audiobook yesterday, Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, but I'm not sure I'm enjoying the narrator.  Yes, I know the characters are from Prague, and yes they would have an accent if I listened to them talk. But the narrator doing the fake accent in the audio book really makes it hard for me to listen to it.  So I may have to do a different audio book. And that is going to be very important as a goal I've set for myself this week is to get back to walking.  I mean I'm now paying for the Planet Fitness membershp, and yes it's a good price, but only if I'm using it.  So I must make sure to get my exercise clothes packed and ready to take to work with me every day this week.  But it also means I need a good audio book to listen to while I'm on the treadmill.  

I really want to go see The Martian this week.  I didn't end up going last Tuesday night like I'd planned, as I felt too broke to go. But I really am going to try to go this week, because I want to see it so bad!  I've also decided that I think I'm going to go to the NOLA Story-Con next September.  I think I've given up on being able to save money to go to the annual ALA convention in Orlando next summer.  As much as I want to go, I just think it might be unrealistic for me to save as much money as Orlando will cost. Especially since if I go, I will HAVE to go to the Harry Potter park at Universal, and that won't be cheap.  So I'm going to go ahead and purchase a VIP ticket for the NOLA Story-Con when they go on sale this month and make that my plan.  My friend said I could stay in his condo again, and then I'll just have to figure out a cheap airplane ticket, or see if I can convince my brother to get me another plane ticket with all his miles.  

I pretty much have writing dates set up with my friend every Sunday this month in prep for NanNoWriMo, and then our November writing dates will be much more frequent!  I've also still been keeping up with my Instagram October Book Challenge.  I really, really, really want to actually go a whole month without just stopping. 

 Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  It is a way for us to share the new books we have collected.  It's a pretty big pile of physical books this week!   It was a much smaller week, purchase-wise, in that I didn't buy anything, hooray!

Physical books:

 I got this as a strip cover from the bookstore where I work.  I've wanted to read this since I first saw it on Netgalley or Edelweiss, and then was turned down to read the egalley, but I'd really enjoyed another book by the author.  The 2nd one I won from the YA Scavenger Hunt!  I was so excited to get the email that I'd won it after I didn't get all the groups entered in time.  

Free e-books:

 The very last book I realized I'd already downloaded and owned from Kindle, but oh well, different cover, Nook book.  I'll get to it.  I know that some of them are not free anymore, but I got them from both Amazon and Nook, so you'd have to check to see what they were now.

No e-galleys this week.  Which is good since I have got to slow down and am now even not getting to all the ones I've requested.  One of my goals next year.  

So, what books did you add to your shelves this week? 


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Audiobook Review: Rapture (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate

Once again I have enjoyed another audio book downloaded through my public library using the Overdrive app.  Now, I haven't been exercising like I'm supposed to be, so I pretty much listened to this whole book in my car, with a bit on the plane rides to and from New Orleans a couple weeks ago.  While I still have issues with the narrator, by this time I'm pretty used to her voice and how she does the different characters.   All in all, I feel this was a pretty great conclusion to the whole series, even though there is now going to be a book #5.  If you haven't read the books up until this point, then I'm sorry, this will have spoilers for those books.  You can go back and read any of those reviews here:  Fallen, Torment, and Passion.  Now, on for my review of this book. (Excuse any incorrect character name spellings as I didn't read, but listened, so don't know for sure some of the spellings).

As we ended the last book with a huge possible end of the world situation going to be caused by Lucifer himself, that is exactly where we pick up again.  Turns out that there are some relics that Daniel had studied that should help them figure out where the angels' fall from heaven happened.  And that is what they must do, they must find those relics and get to the site of the fall in order to stop Lucifer from grabbing all the angels and taking them straight from the fall to the current day.  Because if they did that, all of history would be rewritten, and Luce and Daniel would never have the chance to get together, even with their curse.  So the story takes place as the angels we know and love, Daniel, Cam, Roland, Arriane, Annabelle, Molly, and Gabby, as well as Luce and her Nephilim friends Miles and Shelby, set off in search of the relics, but they come up against the Scales and the Outcasts.  They will find other obstacles, places that the relics were originally may have been moved, and other villains from the past, like Miss Sophia.  They are able to use the memories that Luce is now retrieving more easily thanks to her trips through the announcers into her past lives in the last book.  They will also find some new allies, relatives of Miss Sophia, as well as those that were once considered their enemies.  And we learn so much more about Luce, about how she and Daniel actually first met, and just why Lucifer went to so much trouble as Bill in the book before this one.

While I had an inkling about the reason for Lucifer's interference, it was nice to find the way it happened was done perfectly.  Many parts that we learned about heaven and before the fall totally reminded me of the Supernatural tv series that I love so much.  And not to offend anyone, but the part where angels were created by God for the sole purpose of adoring him, well that just really hits me in my not sure about what I think about God.  Who creates something just for that sole purpose?  It is similar to adopting a kid or buying a pet with the only thought that they will be there for you, not that you are there for them?  I don't know, that just sticks in my head.  And my complaints about the audiobook have to do with the narrator.  Once again I understand she is lowering her voice for the male characters, but often the way she did Daniel made him sound like a really dumb guy.  Just the way she did the voice, not necessarily his lines or anything specifically from the book. 

Overall, a great series, a great ending to the series as I said before.  I love the way the author ended it, I won't give that away, but I feel like it should be a very satisfactory ending and way to make sure that we know just how true the love between Daniel and Luce is.   I know that there is a #5, but it is going to be Cam's story, and that is something I'm eager to read.  Oh, on the end of the audio, there was an interview with the author, and it is funny that Cam is modeled on her husband, and they way she talks about that.  Now, I'm still waiting for the movie of the first book, and need to go do the research to find out when it will be coming to a theater near me!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Review: The Detour by S.A. Bodeen

First, thanks to Feiwel and Friends as well as Edelweiss for allowing me to read an e-galley of this title.  I've been a fan of this author since I read The Compound.  The books are always pretty quick reads, as well as very suspenseful.  This one was a really great teen version of the book Misery by Stephen King, although the kidnappers weren't really "fans" of the teen author. 

The main character is a best-selling teen author named Livvy Flynn.  She's on her way to a writing conference where she has been asked to come and speak.  Now at first Livvy is kind of hard to like. She's pretty full of herself it seems, the way she thinks of the older women who come and ask her advice at the conferences, well, let's just say it's not very nice.  Or maybe just as I am one of the women in the age group she talks about, and I'm starting to write, maybe I just felt it kind of personally.  She doesn't have a lot of friends, but there is a boy that she has been Skyping with, a boy who is a struggling wannabe writer himself.  And she is hoping to meet him in person when she goes to this conference.  On the road though she gets distracted and that's all it takes, suddenly her car crashes.  She lands upside down in the car. There is a girl she saw on the road that has come over and she asks the girl for help.  The girl had been doing something kind of weird when Livvy saw her, but she still is glad to see someone come to help her.  Or so she thinks, until the girl hits her in the head and knocks her out. 

When Livvy next wakes up she is in a room, in a basement, and the door is locked.  Not that she could get out, her legs are really hurt bad, and she probably has a concussion between the accident and being hit in the head.  Soon the girl from the road, and what is her mother show up.  The mother doesn't seem very friendly, and is pretty grouchy about what she sees as Livvy being ungrateful that she's been saved.  The mother says there is something that Livvy needs to apologize for.  But Livvy doesn't recognize this woman, can't even think of anything she might have done.  The woman at times is very nice, almost mothering, but can turn in a second to a woman who shows Livvy scorn for being spoiled and selfish.  The daughter, well there is something wrong with that girl.  She seems intent to kill or hurt Livvy. Fortunately for the most part, the mother tries to keep her daughter away from Livvy. 

Livvy is stuck there, not knowing how she will get rescued, or who might even know she is missing.  There are some other people that show up at the house.  One a police officer, who almost seems to either be in on the whole thing, or willing to look away, due to something the mom has over him. Then there is a very perverted seeming teen boy, about Livvy's age.  And she just hopes that he isn't able to find his way into her prison in the basement, and do the things he says he will to her.

Really this is so well done.  I kind of guessed the reason for the mom being angry with Livvy.  But really the way it all unfolded was so good.  Like I said, a definite comparison to Misery in how scary the final moments could be.  Once again this author has done a great job with her story.  I can't wait to have my students read it, and then recommend other books, like the King one, to follow up.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Promo Post: Another Girl By Allison Burnett

Back in August I was contacted by Lauren from Shooting Stars Mag and asked if I might be interested in doing a promo for his new book.  It's not necessarily my normal type of book, since it's really NA as opposed to YA, but the story sounded interesting because it does have to do with online friendships and other types of online relationships. And so I wanted to talk about the online friendships I feel I have, both the ones that are just online, as well as the ones where I've actually been able to meet them in person!

I feel like I have had online friendships for a long time, since clear back in the late 90s.  I belonged to an online discussion group on AOL for people who loved dachshunds.  One of them was so nice that when I had a science teacher conference in Phoenix, Arizona, where she lived, she came and picked me up from the airport and drove me to the hotel.  She even took me out for dinner one night that I was there as well. 

In more recent times with Twitter, Facebook, and blogging, I've had more opportunities to talk to authors online, as well as even get to meet them!  The first one I want to talk about is Cara Lynn Shultz.  Her book, Spellbound, was actually the first e-galley I ever got.  And as I read it, I first looked to find her on Twitter, as I do for any new author, and she followed along with me as I read and loved and reviewed her book.  We became good "Twitter buddies" and found all kinds of things we had in common. We both loved New Kids on the Block when we were younger (I still do) and listened to the same kinds of music, as well as loved movies like Twilight.  When my younger sister moved to NYC, I was tweeting about all the places I went to visit when I got to go stay with her.  And when I suggested maybe we could meet somewhere, she said yes!  We ended up meeting in a public place, over by the New York Public Library that is located by Bryant Park.  It was November, so we went to a little bar they had in the park by the ice skating rink. We talked for hours!  Then she took me and my sister to see a little speakeasy in Grand Central Station, and we talked even longer.  Here we are that first night when I got to meet her.

Another author that I had followed online, and then recognized while standing in line at my first BEA in 2012 was Michelle Madow.  But I didn't even think to ask for a picture with her until the last time I saw her, my 2nd time at BEA in 2014.  And then I had just tweeted about hoping to run into her when she walked right by me while I was in line to see Becca Fitzpatrick.  Here we are:

I feel like I haven't had as much chance to meet a lot of bloggers in person as I would like to. In fact at times, I feel the blogging world can be a little "clique-ish", as I've had bloggers I knew were somewhere at BEA, but the didn't seem to want to meet up.  Others I've met in line at conferences and immediately had great conversations and definitely made friends with.  But there are many that I feel I talk to regularly and that we do make sure to go back and forth and comment on each others' blogs all the time, even if we may never get to meet in person.

Okay, enough about me.  Let me talk a little about this book that I'm sharing with you today.  Another Girl is actually a sequel to another book by the author, Undiscovered Gyrl, which was made into a movie that is now available on Netflix, called Ask Me Anything.

Here is the Goodreads blurb for the first book:
Only on the internet can you have so many friends and be so lonely.
Beautiful, wild, funny, and lost, Katie Kampenfelt is taking a year off before college to find her passion. Ambitious in her own way, Katie intends to do more than just smoke weed with her boyfriend, Rory, and work at the bookstore. She plans to seduce Dan, a thirty-two-year-old film professor.
Katie chronicles her adventures in an anonymous blog, telling strangers her innermost desires, shames, and thrills. But when Dan stops taking her calls, when her alcoholic father suffers a terrible fall, and when she finds herself drawn into a dangerous new relationship, Katie's fearless narrative begins to crack, and dark pieces of her past emerge.
Sexually frank, often heartbreaking, and bursting with devilish humor, Undiscovered Gyrl is an extraordinarily accomplished novel of identity, voyeurism, and deceit.

Purchase links for Undiscovered Gyrl:
Barnes and Noble

 Purchase link for Another Girl:

Here's the movie poster:

I haven't seen it, but I am a fan of Justin Long, so may have to check it out soon!

So, do you have any awesome online friendships you'd like to share?  I'd love to hear about them!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Books to Movies Giveaway Hop 2015

First, thanks to Bookhounds and I Am a Reader, Not a Writer for hosting this hop.  I think this is a good one to do because most of the time, the book is better than the movie, or tv show.  I am going to let you choose any book that has been made into a movie or tv show, as long as it is under $15 and that the Book Depository will ship to whatever country you live in.  So fill out my Rafflecopter below, and then jump through the Linky to the other great giveaways!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Cover Characteristic: Airplanes

The Cover Characteristic meme is hosted at  Sugar and Snark.   Here are the guidelines:

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit).
You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!

As I often do, I've found more than 5 covers I want to share.  So I've got 10!  Kind of my own Top 10 Tuesday.  Here they are:

  And the #1 cover, because it has the most planes on it, is:

Those are my airplane covers.  Have you read any of them?  What other covers can you think of?