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Friday, January 19, 2018

Book Tag: The Book Title Tag

The Book Title Tag

The book title tag is a tag that consists of answering a few questions with book titles. You don't need to have read the book for it to qualify as an answer. I found out about this tag from Shannon over on It Starts At Midnight. The original creator of this tag is Rachel & Katie from the Rachel Reads youtube channel. There's also a similar book tag (with the same name) that features different questions that were created by Becca & Mike from the Books And Looks Youtube channel. For reference, I'll be answering Rachel & Katie's version of this tag. Let's get into it!

* All covers are linked to Goodreads.

1. Title that's the story of your life 

My life has revolved around books for over a decade now
and it's a very accurate description of it all.

2. Title that describes your perfect weekend 

Taking a chance on a new resurant that just opened up in town or going to
a place I've never been to before for a weekend sounds like so much fun!;

3. Title of an adventure you'd like to go on 

Chasing complete and unadulterated happiness
seems like an incredible adventure!

4. Title you want to name your child 

(As of scheduling this post no cover has been revealed.)

I don't want children, but if I had to pick a name Callan sounds unique 
and sounds like a regular enough name to discourage future bullying;

5. Title of your ideal job 

I'm not a painter, but I like to draw. It sounds like a very relaxing job!;

6. Title of a place you'd like to visit 

I'd love to visit the Keystone Mansion created/featured in this novel.
The medieval architecture would be stunning to see up close!;

7. Title of your love life 

Can you tell I haven't had much luck in this department of life?;

8. Questions you ask yourself 

How to write good is a question I ask myself every time I'm writing a book review.
Words seem to disappear at times...;

9. Title of a kingdom you want to rule OR name 

Kingdom Of Shadow Bloodlines just rolls off the tongue, don't you think?;

10. Title you'd name your band.

Sounds enigmatic enough to draw people to listen to a song or two.
Or is that just me?;

What would you name your pretend band or Kingdom?
Let's have fun with it in the comments below!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Release Day Blitz: Thrive By Aly Martinez

(Guardian Protection #2)
By Aly Martinez

Release Date: Jan. 18th

When I was nineteen years old, I was faced with a choice that changed my life.
Keep the safety of what I already knew or risk losing everything with the young, hotheaded soldier who stole my heart.

I chose the wrong man, and for seventeen years, I paid in tears, blood, and shattered dreams for that decision.

Now, there’s a man in my house, holding a gun to my head on the order of my ex-husband—given from his prison cell.

That hotheaded soldier I was too afraid to choose? He’s now a six-foot-three wall of muscle who works at the country’s most premier bodyguard agency. I’ve always wanted him, but now, I’ve never needed him more.

It’s the call I’m terrified to make.

I’m sure he still hates me… Even though I’ve never stopped loving him.

THRIVE takes place seventeen years AFTER a love triangle.
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About The Author:

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.
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The Power Of Book Covers: Chaos Falls By Pippa DaCosta

They say don't judge a book by its movie...err...COVER. 
BUT they never said we couldn't PRAISE them.

This week's cover:

Chaos Falls
(Chaos Rises #3)
By Pippa DaCosta

"There are no other demons like me."

Restaurant owner, Hollywood socialite, Prince of Pride: Li'el is one of few demons left this side of the veil, and he has every intention of reveling in his new-found freedom.

But being the last demon in LA means that when mauled and shredded bodies are found within a few blocks of Li'el's popular Decadent-i restaurant, the list of suspects is a short one.

Add to that the suspicious death of a well-known reporter during one of Li'el's infamous after-parties, and he soon finds himself wanted for all the wrong reasons.

With the Dark Court gone and his powers waning, his reign at the top of the demon food chain could be over.

The Prince of Pride is about to discover there are worse creatures than demons in LA...

The demons are back in Chaos Falls, the third and final installment in the Chaos Rises series.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Book Review: Brooding YA Hero By Carrie Ann DiRisio

Brooding YA Hero:
Becoming A Main Character
(Almost) As Awesome As Me
By Carrie Ann DiRisio

Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist?

Or maybe you're just really confused about what "opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs" actually are?

Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a "self-help" guide (with activities--you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love.

As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.
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My Review:

This book is just my kind of humor. I loved everything about the story and the somewhat of a character arc that was sneakily inserted every now and then. It was a cute read with some stern talking-tos in between.

Broody is so full of himself and it's strangely endearing. He's very up in his head all the time and seems to think that things never change/evolve. I liked how Blondie would derail him in some very important aspects.

Blondie made me rethink every single evil ex-girlfriend character I've ever read about. She made very good points about women's roles in books always (most of the times) being dependent on the hero and his actions. She also mentioned how minorities are underrepresented in main character roles and as authors. It's a good thing the bookish world is evolving, it'll slowly and surely get there.

The ending was cute. It wasn't what I was expecting, but it did leave me feeling accomplished for some reason. I would love for this to be a series of some kind. Maybe the next novel could be about life lessons with Blondie as the "narrator"/main character?

Favorite Quotes:

"All authors are powerful, godlike beings, who are capable of doing horrible things to characters."

"You're always a main character, remember? Ignore anyone, and any story, that doesn't make you feel like one."

"The route clearly symbolizes how there is no straight path through the future."

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Five TV Shows That Left Me Hanging

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Welcome back to:
A weekly feature created By The Broke And The Bookish
Currently featured on That Artsy Reader Girl

I'm choosing to believe that I'm not starting off on the wrong foot with one of the first topics of the year being something I don't participate in. Resolutions to me are rules that will ultimately get broken, especially if I make myself accountable to a list. I've learned that, for me, those "obligations" do more bad than good. So Let's start off the year talking about my second love: TV Shows!

This Week's Topic:
Top Five TV Shows That Left Me Hanging

1. Kyle XY (2006 - 2009)
A Seattle family takes in an amnesiac teen (Dallas), whom they eventually learn has mysterious powers and psychic abilities, the result of a secret human cloning experiment conducted years earlier. The family helps teach Kyle human behaviors such as anger, joy and love, and guards him against forces who seek to use Kyle for their own nefarious purposes.
This series was the first time I experienced this phenomenon. I remember wanting to watch this series for the longest time. I made the mistake of not looking it up before I started watching it. Keep in mind that I got to this series years after it had been canceled. I was so invested in Kyle's story and there was a specific song the series aired that became a favorite of mine for such a long time. I got too invested in the story. This series left me scarred.

2. Secret Circle (2011)
16-year-old Cassie moves from California to live with her grandmother in Chance Harbor, Washington, and falls in love with a mysterious boy named Adam. But, when she enrolls in high school there, she realizes that he, she and all the other elite students at the school are witches. She befriends their leader, Diana, but soon discovers that Adam and Diana are dating, which leads to drama.
I never read the books, but when this aired I had read and loved the Vampire Diaries books by the same author. So I ended up watching it and loving it. This darned series ended in the most mystery ladened cliffhanger I had ever seen (second only to Kyle XY by this point). It pulled me in so thoroughly but ended up hanging me out to dry because a second season was never approved.

3. The Tomorrow People (2013)
The story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil.
I have mixed feelings about this series. I remember loving how it started and how it built up to the cliffhanger, but there were lulls in between. In any case, I was still invested in the story and a few of the characters, especially Luke Mitchell ♡ and I was let down because I'll never know what happens next.

4. Star-Crossed (2014)
What starts out as a star crossed lovers story gradually changes focus to explore moral conflicts with integration and racism Both humans and aliens feel like they are the superior race so they fight each other to try to achieve the most power. The seven aliens and their families help each other out and take great risks to ensure their survival.
This was the first series that I watched that kind of reminded me of the types of books I usually pick up. AKA: Human falls for a paranormal being and because of X, Y and Z circumstances can't be together. The story was fascinating, but I'm guessing there just wasn't enough of an audience for that type of story for this to be successful on TV. It's a good thing my mind has blocked out its cliffhanger ending.

5. Revolution (2012 - 2014)
Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why? Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it?
This series was good and infuriating in so many ways. All of which I remember feeling, but can't explain because I don't remember much about it at this point. I liked the apocalyptic universe this series created when humans lost electricity in general, but when it lulled it got bad.

Have you been scarred in any way from cliffhangers in TV shows?
Let's discuss the damage in the comments below!
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