Saturday, December 20, 2014

Book Blogger Interviews Sign-Up!

So, on my blog I love doing interviews with other bloggers to showcase other really wonderful blogs out there in the blogosphere. I'm opening up the sign-ups again, so if you'd like to sign-up, just email me and answer the questions!

My e-mail: downrightdystopian@gmail.com

Anybody can sign up for these, as long as they are interested in books! You could be running a new blog or an old one, or you could even be an author!

Here are the questions:

1. Hardcover or paperback?
2. Book or e-copy?
3. Library or book store?
4. New books or used books?
5. If you were in a book, which type of character would you be?
6. Would you want the book you were featured in to be turned into a movie? Who would play you?
7. If you could live in any possible genre, which would you choose and why?
8. If you could meet any one author, who would you meet and why?
9. If there was a book about your life, what would it be called?
10. Which character in a novel most resembles you and why?
11. How many times have you read your favorite book and will you read it again?
12. Besides reading, what are some of your other favorite hobbies?
13. What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?
14. What's your favorite book cover color?
15. How do you organize your books on your bookshelf?
16. What's your favorite genre of music? Your favorite bands?
17. What are some of your favorite bloggers or booktubers?
18. What's your least favorite genre and why?
19. Who's your favorite author?
20. Do you like to listen to music or snack on food  while you read, or do you like it really quiet?
21. How many books do you usually read at a time?
22. If you were allowed to have a party and you could invite any three book characters, which three book characters would you invite and why?

Also, feel free to write a little introduction about yourself or include any pictures that you'd like me to include in the interview! It's that simple! You also don't have to answer all of the questions, you could just pick a few of your choosing.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

2213661Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: September 30, 2008
Source: Purchased
Edition: Hardcover (312 pages)
Genre: Paranormal

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack-who has already killed Bod's family...

This book follows a child named Nobody Owens, whose family was murdered when he was just a wee toddler. He survives this murder and toddles on into the graveyard, where a ghost family decides to keep him and watch over him as he grows older. Bod only knows about this life in the graveyard, because he never really leaves the graveyard at all. He knows about the supernatural yet not about what the real world is actually like.

I really enjoyed this book because it was so different from anything I've ever read before. Neil Gaiman has this way of writing that just keeps you hooked on every little word, every little pause, every little sentence. It's just so amazing. I know for sure that I'll have to read more Neil Gaiman. Bod was such an awesome character too, and I loved learning about his family and the supernatural along with him, and the way that he was schooled, and the way that he had someone that was always looking over him in the Graveyard.

I feel like this book was just such a wonderful fantasy read, kind of along the lines of A Series of Unfortunate Events and Harry Potter, both of which I grew up reading so it was kind of like a nice way to go back to then. I really need to read more books like this. This novel also has many illustrations strewn throughout, which is a really fun addition to the story. It helps you envision the world and characters that Gaiman is creating. Overall, it was just a really good book.

Notable Quotes:

"You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over. You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished."


"You're always you, and that don't change, and you're always changing, and there's nothing you can do about it."

"Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken."

"It's like the people who believe they'll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn't work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. If you see what I mean."

Recommended for fans of:
Harry Potter
A Series of Unfortunate Events

Rating:
Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Book Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

12425532Title: Of Poseidon
Author: Anna Banks
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Source: Won
Edition: Hardcover (324 pages)
Genre: Paranormal, Mermaids

Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen-literally, ouch!-both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma's gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom...
Lucky for me, I won this entire series in a giveaway, which I was super excited about. When I won the books I put them on my shelves and couldn't help but pick them up to read soon after. Of Poseidon is the first book in this marvelous trilogy. The story tells the tale of Emma, who is on vacation with her friend on the beach, though her friend is killed in the water. Suddenly Emma finds that she can talk  to sea creatures, though she's sure she was imagining it, because the shark hurt her friend but not her.

This guy named Galen, after running into Emma, felt something special when he saw her. He's sure that she's a Syrena though he's not completely positive, though he also believes that she can talk to creatures of the water. Since he's so sure of this, he ends up going to her school which kind of freaks Emma out a bit.

You see, the thing is, Galen is the prince of the Syrena, which are mermaids. The Poseidon and Triton kingdoms had been trying to come together through marriage for the longest time, so Galen needs to see if Emma's powers are true so that those two kingdoms can finally unite instead of spreading war between one another. I don't want to say too much and end up spoiling the story!

I absolutely loved this novel. It was full of adventure and mythology and all-things-interesting. I loved Galen and Emma's love story and I was rooting for them the entire time. I just loved it so much. I've never really read a mermaid story that I loved, so I was quite surprised to find how blown away I was by this novel. The ending was such a horrible cliff hanger! I can't wait to pick up the next book and finally read it to see what happens next.

Recommended for fans of:
Mythology
Percy Jackson

Rating:
Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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