Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Waiting on Astray!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Lyla is caught between to worlds. The isolated Community that she grew up in and the outside world that she's navigating for the very first time. The outsiders call the Community a cult, but Pioneer miraculously survived a shooting that should have killed him. Are the faithful members right to stay true to his message? Is this just a test of faith? One thing is for sure: the Community will do anything to bring Lyla back to the fold. Trapped in a spider's web of deception, will Lyla detect the sticky threads tightening around her before it's too late? She'll have to unravel the mystery of what Pioneer and the Community are truly up to if she wants to survive.

Will be released August 26 by Random House Books for Young Readers!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Music Recommendations: Vampire Weekend!

Sorry that I haven't posted one of these in a while!

This week, I'm here to talk about Vampire Weekend. I found them a few years ago when I was listening to the alternative radio on Pandora, by their song Diane Young (which is still one of my favorites). 

Vampire Weekend consists of four members. There's Ezra Koenig on Guitar, Rostam Batmanglij on Guitar, Chris Baio on bass, and Chris Tomson on Drums. 

Their music is really unique which is something that I love, and most of their songs are all really upbeat. So if you're in a bad mood, just listen to some Vampire Weekend music-it's sure to help.

Diane Young:

My other favorite song by Vampire Weekend is Unbelievers, which is another pretty catchy song.

Do you like Vampire Weekend? What music do you like?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting on Lock In!

21418013Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselves "locked in"-fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus.
One per cent doesn't seem like a lot. But in the United States, that's 1.7 million people "locked in"... including the President's wife and daughter.
Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can restore the ability to control their own bodies to the locked in. But two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, "The Agora," in which the locked-in can interact with other humans, both locked-in and not. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, meaning that from time to time, those who are locked in can "ride" these people and use these bodies as if they were their own.
This skill is quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Nothing can go wrong. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse....

Will be published on August 26 by Tor Books!


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