Wednesday, July 31, 2013

2013 B2M Review: Beautiful Creatures

I read this book back in the beginning of the year before the movie was released in hopes of seeing it in the theater. I was so excited the night I went to see it. But, what do you know? The movie was removed from my theater. It wasn't even out 2 weeks yet. Maybe not enough people went to see it? Anyway, I finally watched it in the beginning of this month. I enjoyed it quite a lot, though I've heard some pretty bad reviews. I thought it was a good movie, though I don't remember all the details from the book anymore since it's been so long. I loved the characters, especially Ridley. I think she was so cool and her clothes were fantastic. The way she was portrayed was amazing. I also thought Seraphina was pretty good as well as Lena and Ethan. I did recognize a couple of changes, especially in the ending. I typically think that if you look at this more like a  movie rather than an adaptation, it will be much more enjoyable. I was actually a bit confused by the ending, because I wasn't sure exactly what happened. I can't even exactly explain it. The ending did leave an opening for another movie, though I'm not sure if the other movie is going to happen. 
I really loved the book when I read it. I actually bought the boxed set with books 1, 2, and 3 because I was super excited to continue the series. Hopefully I'll be able to continue it soon before my brain get any foggier from what happened. I definitely suggest seeing the movie before you read the book, because it will be much more enjoyable, in my opinion. 

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge Day 15!

Today I'm supposed to talk about my book blogging mentors. Sadly enough, I didn't have any mentors. I've done all this by myself. I did do some research when I first joined. I tried to find some tips and tricks. I didn't find much though, so this is mainly all by myself! :)

Waiting on The 100!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights upcoming releases that bloggers are eagerly waiting for.

In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth's toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland... before it's too late.
Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they've only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they're haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust - and even love - again.



The 100 will be released on September 3 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Special Thanks!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Radical Read-Along! It was really great fun and I hope all of you enjoyed the book greatly. Thanks to Dianne at Oops! I Read A Book Again for hosting a challenge as well as a giveaway. I'm glad you joined in on the fun. :b 

I also want to give a big thanks to the other hosts, because this couldn't have happened if it wasn't for you guys as well. So thank you to Laura at Music Plus Books and Jenna at Rather Be Reading YA! Laura, you were awesome with coming up with the schedule and creating the button, so thank you a lot. I also have to thank you because it was your idea to host a read-along, and I have to say it was a pretty good one. :) Jenna, it was originally just going to be the both of us reading Unearthly together, so it's pretty cool that it turned into something bigger because of Laura's read-along idea, isn't it? Also, thanks for still continuing the Read-Along when I was too busy to post over the weekend, even on the day of my challenge. I guess I was busier than I thought. :o I definitely have to say that it was a great bonding experience as I haven't actually talked with many people in the blogosphere, but now I can say otherwise! I definitely consider you guys blogging friends now. :)

Thank you also to Cynthia Hand for retweeting some tweets to help us spread the word. :D

I hope everyone had fun in this Read-Along and hopefully you had a good enough time to join us again if we ever decide to host another one!

*CHEERS*

Book Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Title: Unearthly
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: January 4, 2011
Source: Purchased
Edition: Hardcover (435 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal/Angels
Cover Review: This cover is absolutely beautiful. I love how it's color-toned and the font is absolutely gorgeous.
Tagline: N/A
Series:
Unearthly #1

Main Character: Clara Gardner



In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
 WOW. What to say about this book? First of all, I read this with all the awesome people that participated in the Radical Read-Along hosted by Laura @ Music Plus Books, Jenna @ Rather Be Reading YA, and I. It was a great experience. 

Basically, Clara was born with a quarter angel blood. Since she's part angel, she has a purpose in life that will come to her in visions. Her visions lead her to Wyoming and a guy named Christian, who she has never met before. In her vision, she always sees herself helping Christian and saving him from a fire. She flies away with him. Since purposes are so important, Clara's mom up and moves the family (which consists of Clara, her brother Jeffrey, and her mom) all the way to Wyoming from their house in California. Of course, Jeffrey isn't very happy with this in the beginning, but he ends up making the wrestling team so he's absolutely fine with it.

Clara ends up fainting on the first day of school and Christian carries her to the nurse's office, which is very sweet. She automatically likes him. Clara becomes fast friends with Wendy and later with a girl named Angela, who has quite a lot in common with Clara. Wendy has a brother named Tucker who, after teasing and making fun of Clara for a while, ends up becoming really close with her. While all of this is going on, Clara must learn to fly and continue to only concentrate on her purpose, because that's all that really matters right now.

Clara is one of my new favorite characters. She's really funny and nice. I loved how funny she was with Tucker. I also thought that it was cool that she ended up having to dye her hair an orangey color just because of her glory (angel terminology). Clara definitely had the coolest mom, and her brother Jeffrey was always really nice to her. Christian was really sweet though I felt as if he was a little wary about Clara at times, especially during prom. Tucker is hilarious. He always made me laugh throughout the book. Though he's Wendy's brother, Clara still fell for him, and I can definitely see why. Wendy was a really great human friend for Clara because she definitely needed one at a new school. Wendy was always there for Clara and vice-versa. Angela was also a really great friend, though those of you who read the book know that she has a lot more in common with Clara than Wendy does. I definitely think that Clara needed a friend like Angela. 

I personally LOVE love triangles because I love to root characters on. With this book, I just couldn't choose who to root for! Christian is really sweet and lovable though Tucker is funny and adventurous. I'm currently leaning towards Tucker... though that could change!

Unearthly is a really unique, fun, angel book. The characters are fantastic and the whole idea of a purpose is just amazing. I love the wonderful world that Cynthia Hand has created, so great props to you, Cynthia Hand! This book definitely answered some questions though opened up many new ones, so I'm excited to hopefully get my hands on a copy of Hallowed and then Boundless. I'm definitely sticking around for this roller coaster of a ride.

Recommended for fans of:
Angels
Series
Paranormal Romance

Notable Quotes: 

"If idiots could fly, this place would be an airport."

"Sorry I'm late. I had to drag some Californians out of a snowbank."


"In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees."


"I moved here from California about a year ago, because I heard such great things about the fudge."

"Oh, you know. I'm queen of the rumor mill. It seems like there's been a new rumor about me every week since I got here. Comes with being the new girl, I guess. Have you heard the one where I seduced the basketball coach? That's a personal favorite."

"If you end up going to prom, save me a dance, okay?"

"We're young. We've got lots of time to fall in love."

"Have you ever been to a place you're supposed to love, but all you can think about is home?"


Rating:

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

Radical Read-Along Day 5 Discussion

I'm so very sad that the Read-Along is now over. I had such a great time reading Unearthly and reading everyone's thoughts, not just my own. I think that would have to be one of my favorite parts of the read-along.

Yesterday's reading really threw me through a loop. Oh gosh. Christian is an angel too. I had my suspicions, but I didn't think it was actually true! Plus I'm very happy that Tucker and Clara are still together. That's sweet. 

I just think its so cool how Christian and Clara both had the same purpose but they both saw it as different things. 

I can't wait to get my hands on Hallowed. 

Remember to stop by Jenna's blog at Rather Be Reading YA for the review challenge. I'll have my review up a bit later because I'm still trying to gather my thoughts. 

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge Day 14!

Today I'm here to tell you about my deal breakers.

Time Travel. There aren't enough YA books with time travel! Maybe because it's hard to write and explain, but I love it so much.

Dystopian or science fiction. If a book is dystopian or science fiction, I'm definitely going to give it a read.

Author I've read. If there's a book written by an author and I loved that book, I'm definitely going to pick it up.

Awesome reviews. If there has been awesome reviews, I'll definitely pick up the book.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Beat the Heat Readathon!

I have never participated in a Readathon before, so I decided I'd join this one! Why not, right? Of course, being me, I have high standards. I'm going to try to read a book every day if not every other day. I'm really behind in my reading goal for the year, and since this Readathon is 2 weeks, I may be able to possibly catch up.

THE BOOKS
The Hunger Pains by Harvard Lampoon
Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen
Gated by Amy Christine Parker
Shiloh by Helena Sorensen
Ravenous by Heidi Loney
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes
The Uprising by Lisa M. Stasse
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Empty by Suzanne Weyn
The last 4 books I'll leave up to how I feel at the time. :)
I also am planning on finishing Unearthly by Cynthia Hand.

Of course, I will be reviewing each and every one of these books, since I review every book I read. I'm super excited to get started! :D

What books do you plan on reading? Good luck! 

Radical Read-Along Day 4 Discussion


I'm sorry that I'm posting this two hours early, but my laptop battery died and I can only post from my iPod. I guess there's no way to schedule ahead of time on an iPod. I'm also apologizing ahead of time in case the formatting is weird in any way, shape, or form.

Anyway, the reading was absolutely fantastic. I think that was my favorite reading yet. Some crazy stuff actually went down and I can't contain my feelings. 

Since Clara was stranded all summer by herself because her friends all went somewhere, Wendy left Clara a birthday present. The present was her brother, Tucker. He's a great tour guide of the area and Wendy wanted Clara to have more fun and actually venture outside instead of sitting inside all day long like she usually does. 

I think it was so cute that Tucker actually went along with Wendy's idea of being a present. It's kinda cool actually. 

Tucker and Clara grow closer and actually start dating, though Clara doesn't tell her mother. When Tucker kisses Clara, her glory shows. This makes Tucker believe that she is a supernatural being. He's a smart boy. 

They separate for three days, until Clara finally catches him and tells him that she's an angel. Of course he finds this super cool. They continue dating until Clara's mother finds out. She's really concerned about Clara and she believes that Clara needs to focus on Christian, so she grounds Clara. Of course this leads Clara to sneak out of the house, only to have Tucker break up with her because he doesn't want to stand in the way of her purpose. Sweet guy. :D 

I was really starting to fall for Tucker. I'm having trouble deciding between Tucker and Christian Right now. So far, I'm liking Tucker better. What about you?

Quotes:

"We're young. We've got lots of time to fall in love."

"Have you ever been to a place you're supposed to love, but all you can think about is home?"


Radical Read-Along Day 3 Discussion

Today is day 3 of the Radical Read-Along and I just keep enjoying this book more and more.

Here's some of my favorite parts of last nights reading:

Clara went prom dress shopping with Wendy, Angela, and her mother. This seems like such a fun experience!

Angela finally got to talk to another angel that's just like her. 

The dance happened and Christian actually agreed to go with Clara, though I don't think he paid very good attention o her. Someone should tell him that once you break up with someone you should be over her. I'm very proud of Clara for leaving with Tucker instead, who is really beginning to grow on me in an odd way. I'm kinda torn between Christian and Tucker now. 

Favorite quotes:

"If you end up going to prom, save me a dance, okay?"

"Oh, you know. I'm queen of the rumor mill. It seems like there's been a new rumor about me every week since I got here. Comes with being the new girl, I guess. Have you heard the one where I seduced the basketball coach? That's a personal favorite."

What did you guys like about the reading? Don't forget to Visit Oops! I Read A Book Again for the Team Wars challenge. 

I'm so unsure of which team I am! Tucker is really funny and adventurous, while Christian is really popular and sweet. SO HARD TO CHOOSE. Which team are you?

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge Day 13!

Today I'm supposed to talk about one under appreciated book that everyone should read. I don't usually see reviews on this book, so I'm going to have to go with Persistence of Vision by Liesel K. Hill. This is one of my all time favorite books. It has just stuck with me ever since I read it. It's such a unique world. Plus, it has time travel and it's in the future! It's super amazing and everyone should definitely read it. I even got the chance to interview Liesel K. Hill on her blog tour back in the beginning of the year. What's even cooler is that Liesel K. Hill is actually a fellow blogger!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Radical Read-Along Day 2 Discussion

So I think I liked yesterday's reading even more than Thursdays! It was amazing.

I love how Clara finds an angel friend- Angela. It's really cool how she's actually descended from a Black Wing too.

Clara goes skiing. I've never been skiing but I've always wanted to so I found this super cool

All the talk of prom.

I think I definitely like Christian better than Tucker, though he should show at least a little more attention to Clara.

I think it was super funny that Tucker ended up helping Clara's mom with his tow truck. He said it was going to happen one day, didn't he?

Quotes:

"Sorry I'm late. I had to drag some Californians out of a snowbank."

"If idiots could fly, this place would be an airport."

How did you guys enjoy the reading?

Dream Cast Challenge!
So for this challenge, all you have to do is cast some of the characters from the book, however you'd like! 
I'm unsure of who I would cast, so even though I'm hosting this challenge, I think I'm going to have to think about it more!

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15 Day Book Blogger Challenge Day 12!

Today I'm supposed to talk about how I fight blogger fatigue. To fight blogger fatigue, I usually just binge on books. I'll sit and read book after book and just forget about blogging for a few days. It really does help, trust me. I just like to read, and that's why I started my blog in the first place.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

15 Day Book Blogging Challenge Day 11!

Today I'm supposed to show my top 5 best posts! I'm going to do this by views since I started my blog in July 2012.

Interview with Michelle of Much Loved Books!

Much Loved Books
This week I have an interview with Michelle from Much Loved Books for everyone! Her blog has been up since June 2011 and she's got a super cool blog design!

  1. Hardcover or paperback?
    Paperback, for some reason I just prefer paperback books to hardback, even though it means I have to be even more careful with the spine.

  2. Book or e-copy?
    Even though I have apps on my iPad for ebooks, I will always prefer books, especially if we have some type of apocalypse (live Zombies) or are unable to use electrical things at least I will always have books.

  3. Library or book store?
    Book store, I love my library but it isn't one of the best stocked ones and I also have issues with damage to books.

  4. New books or used books?
    New, always always new.

  5. If you were in a book, which type of character would you be? (EX: hero, villain, sidekick, etc.)
    I'd be the loyal sidekick, there in times of need but not the centre of attention.

  6. Would you want the book you were featured in to be turned into a movie? Who would play you?
    That's a tough question, maybe Michelle Trachtenberg or Anna Paquin (when she was Rogue not Sookie) 

  7. If you could live in any possible genre, which would you choose and why?
    Fantasy, I love Lord of the Rings and David Eddings, Belgariad and Malloreon books, the idea of being able to do Sorcery sounds fantastic. 

  8. If you could meet any one author, who would you meet any why?
    David Eddings, his books (mentioned above) were the first series I read and re-read countless times when I was younger.  The world he has created is so full of imagination, mystery and magic its like you can reach out and touch the characters and the world.

  9. If there was a book about your life, what would it be called?
    My Life According To Me, not very original I know, but since I lack imagination and creativity then my book would also not be very creative or imaginative.

  10. Which character in a novel that you've read most resembles you and why?
    Honestly Polgara from David Eddings books, purely because I have a birthmark in my hair, a white streak, and Polgara was the first person who I read about that had a white streak in their hair.  Of course hers is a sign of sorcery and mine isn't  but after being teased for years about my streak it was nice to be able to read about someone else with the same mark.

  11. How many times have you read your favourite book and will you read it again?
    To be honest I have lost count of how many times I have read it, enough to be on my 5th or 6th set of books for the series and I would definitely re-read it many more times in the future (just in case my previous answers didn't give you hints, The Belgariad and Malloreon by David Eddings are my favourite books) 


    Michelle can be found on:

    Thanks so much for letting me interview you Michelle!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Radical Read-Along Day 1 Discussion

How did you guys enjoy the reading yesterday? I really enjoyed it!

Here's some of my thoughts so far:

I love this whole idea of a purpose with angels. I've never really read an angel book besides Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, so I'm really loving this book so far, and the awesome concepts that Cynthia Hand has come up with.

I'm pretty sure there's going to be a love triangle. I'm guessing this because I have seen the team signs for Unearthly, though I'm not sure who I'm going to root for yet. Tucker v. Christian.

Wyoming seems pretty cool. I've never been to Wyoming, though the school that Clara is going to now sounds really cool and interesting.

I love how Clara's mom is over 100 years old. I think this is really cool too. The angels are immortal.

I'm not sure how I feel about Kay. She's already getting on my nerves.

I think it's super sweet that Wendy let Clara sit with her for lunch. I assume it's really hard to make new friends when you go to a new school, so it's really nice that Wendy let Clara sit with her. To think that Clara thought she wouldn't make any friends!

I think it's pretty awesome that Clara's hair is orange now. I'm actually having a hard time picturing the orange hair because I'm picturing it a carrot color, but I still think it's pretty fantastic. I'd love for my hair to be a cool color, if only for a bit!

Best Quotes

"In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees."

"I moved here from California about a year ago,because I heard such great things about the fudge."

Be sure to link up your discussion as well as your challenge response to Laura at Music Plus Books' Cover Remake Challenge!


15 Day Book Blogging Challenge Day 10!

Hmm... how I choose what book to read next. I always have a set TBR, though I never follow it. I don't think I've ever followed through on my TBR. It might happen one day, but it hasn't yet. I usually just choose a book by whatever I'm in the mood to read, truthfully.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Book Review: Replica by Jenna Black

Title: Replica
Author: Jenna Black
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: July 16, 2013
Edition: Publisher for Review
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian
Cover Review: I really love this cover. I absolutely adore dystopian covers with cities. Plus, it's blue!
Tagline: N/A
Series: Replica Trilogy #1
Main Characters: Nadia Lake and Nate Hayes


Breathtaking new YA SF from the author of the Faeriewalker series
Sixteen-year-old Nadia Lake comes from a high-class Executive family in the Corporate States. Her marriage has been arranged with the most powerful family in her state, which means she lives a life of privilege but also of public scrutiny, followed everywhere by photographers, every detail of her private life tabloid fodder. But her future is assured, as long as she can maintain her flawless public image — no easy feat when your betrothed is a notorious playboy.
Nathan Hayes is the heir of Paxco — controller of the former state of New York, and creator of human replication technology, science that every state and every country in the world would kill to have. Though Nadia and Nate aren’t in love, they’ve grown up close, and they (and the world) are happy enough with their match.
Until Nate turns up dead, and as far as everyone knows, Nadia was the last person to see him alive.
When the new Nate wakes up in the replication tanks, he knows he must have died, but with a memory that only reaches to his last memory backup, he doesn’t know what killed him. Together, Nadia and Nate must discover what really happened without revealing the secrets that those who run their world would kill to protect.
 **Special Thanks to Tor Teen for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.**

Replica by Jenna Black was a book that I just couldn't wait to be released. Because of this, I delved completely into this book. It was definitely a nice, fresh new idea, so I definitely give Jenna Black a round of applause. Replica is about a girl named Nadia Lake, who happens to be upper class since she was born into an Executive family. She was born in the Corporate States, where Paxco happens to be right where New York used to be. Nadia's parents decided with Nate's parents that they would get married when both of them were over the age of 18. 

Nate is the Chairmen Heir, which means that he will control Paxco one day. He and Nadia have been friends since they were younger, so they get along really well. They also know a lot about each other, which was really sweet. The only thing is that Nate doesn't love Nadia, because he's in love with a guy named Kurt Bishop. He keeps this on the down-low, and only he and Nadia know about it, along with Kurt. Nate met Kurt in the Basement, which is basically where all the really low class people live. Nate ended up hiring Kurt so that they could see each other more often, though nobody suspected a thing.

One night, Nate sneaks out with Nadia so that he can see Kurt secretly. He doesn't tell Nadia that he's planning on seeing Kurt, so of course she storms off angrily since she was told to be on lookout in case anyone comes. The next day, Nadia hears alarming news that Nate was stabbed to death and left in a closet. Of course, everything is blamed on Kurt, since he was originally from the slums. 

Since Nadia lives in the future, Nate is actually replicated, meaning it's almost as if he didn't die. This replica has all of his memories up until Nate's last backup, so of course he doesn't know who killed him. Throughout the novel, Nate goes on a search to try to find Kurt and his killer while Nadia is blackmailed into helping the wrong side.

Nadia was a perfect character and I absolutely loved her. I really liked how she was upper-class as well, because in most dystopians the main character is pretty much a nobody until a rebellion strikes. That's one of the things that makes this book quite original. She was always there for Nate, even when he didn't really need her.

Nate is definitely one of my new favorite characters. I think it was cool how he had a public image that wasn't even who he really was. It was interesting to really get to know him. Nadia and Nate had such a sweet friendship, which I adored.

Kurt really bothered me in the middle of the book, though I grew to like him. Trust me, he's on my good side now. Dante is another one of my new favorite characters. I love how he was super mysterious and even Nadia didn't know everything about him, though at times she thought she did. You've gotta love the mysterious ones. Dirk Mosely was so annoying, though I know the reader was meant to dislike him from the start. He is the investigator that's trying to find Nate's killer along with Nate's father.

Replica will definitely make my favorites shelf. I loved the whole idea of Replicas that Jenna Black came up with. I also loved the idea of a futuristic New York. The characters were amazing and just the entire story drew me in immediately, from the start. I also loved the whole mystery aspect. I haven't read a science fiction mystery, so that was really phenomenal as well. Trust me, you won't know who really killed Nate until the very end. I figured it out right before the beans were spilled. I could definitely see this book being made into a movie or a television series; it would be fantastic! I can't wait for the sequel. Next time you go to the bookstore or library, definitely consider reading this book, because you definitely won't regret it.

Recommended for fans of:
Beta by Rachel Cohn
Jenna Black
Science Fiction Mysteries

Notable Quotes:

"Sweetheart, sometimes it's either laugh or cry. We aren't supposed to cry, so we laugh instead."

Rating:


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

Radical Read-Along: Unearthly Kick-Off!

Music Plus BooksHey guys! I'm super excited to announce that now the Radical Read-Along is officially kicking off! It begins today, so start reading! Anyone can join in, you don't have to have a blog! Also, remember you can tweet with Jenna, Laura, and I with #rreadalong!

We also have updated our schedule, along with some other giveaways!
Thursday July 25: Kick Off. Read 4 chapters.
Friday July 26: Read 5 chapters. Discussion posts for Day 1. Visit Music Plus Books for the Cover Remake challenge.
Saturday July 27: Read 4 chapters. Discussion posts for Day 2. Visit my blog for the Dream Cast challenge.
Sunday July 28: Read 5 chapters. Discussion posts for Day 3. Visit Oops! I Read A Book Again for the Team Wars challenge. 
Monday July 29: Read 4 chapters. Discussion posts for Day 4. Visit Paperback Princess for the Poem challenge.
Tuesday July 30: Discussion posts for Day 5. Wrap-up and review! Visit Rather Be Reading YA for the Review challenge.

Remember that once you've read the chapters, do a discussion post and link back at one of the hosts' blogs: Laura at Music Plus Books, Jenna at Rather Be Reading YA, or me! Also, remember to stop by and do the challenges! There's still time to sign up, so sign up today!


15 Day Book Blogger Challenge Day 9!


Today I'm here to talk about why I blog about books. I actually kind of did a discussion post on this a while ago, though I guess I'll elaborate. :)

I blog about books because I love reading. I also love talking with others who love to read so that I don't have to keep all my thoughts to myself! I love sharing and expressing my bookish feelings. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge Day 8!



15 Things that Appeal to Me on Blogs:

Books that I've actually read!

Awesome designs!

More than just reviews!

Discussions!
Consistent posting!

Sliders! I love those gallery sliders with recent posts... I don't know why.

Tips and tricks of the trade!
Someone that responds to comments! 

The color BLUE.

Dystopian books.

Funniness.

Videos! I love seeing bloggers who are also booktubers!

No dark backgrounds.

JUST AWESOMENESS ALL AROUND.

Waiting on Once We Were!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights upcoming releases that bloggers are eagerly waiting for.

"I'm lucky just to be alive"
Eva was never supposed to have survived this long. As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago. Instead, she lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie. When the government discovered the truth, they tried to “cure” the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva’s soul away.
Now fugitives, Eva and Addie find shelter with a group of hybrids who run an underground resistance. Surrounded by others like them, the girls learn how to temporarily disappear to give each soul some much-needed privacy. Eva is thrilled at the chance to be alone with Ryan, the boy she’s falling for, but troubled by the growing chasm between her and Addie. Despite clashes over their shared body, both girls are eager to join the rebellion.
Yet as they are drawn deeper into the escalating violence, they start to wonder: How far are they willing to go to fight for hybrid freedom? Faced with uncertainty and incredible danger, their answers may tear them apart forever.

Once We Were will be released on September 17 by HarperCollins.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

15 Day Book Blogging Challenge Day 7!

Today I'm here to talk about my book blogging quirks!

I can never seem to write a review as soon as I read a book. Yes, it has gotten better lately because it's summer break and all, though it's such a bad habit. By the time I finally write the review I'm so confused about what happened. It's pretty bad.

I'm a crazy commenter. I can't just go and comment on one blog. I have to go and comment on tons of blogs. For me, commenting is so much fun. I love giving bloggers my input and such. :)

I am never pleased with my design. If you've been a follower of my blog for a while, you may have noticed that I'm constantly switching my design. I really don't like my current design anymore because it's been like this for so long. I'm thinking of either trying to make myself one or buying one from a designer. I'm also stuck with the whole Blogger vs. Wordpress thing...

Monday, July 22, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge Day 6!

Today I'm here to describe how I shop for books!

Online.
When I'm shopping online, I tend to be a bargain hunter. I'll buy tons of hardcovers or paperbacks on Amazon, each under $8 or so. It's fantastic. I'll try to just look for books that I've been meaning to read but haven't purchased.

At the bookstore.
At bookstores, I usually just look at every book I'm interested in. I also like to take the books off the shelf and touch them. I love seeing the covers and the books without the dust jackets too. I'm not sure why. I will usually only buy paperbacks in store, though if I'm really excited for a book I will buy the hardcover.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge Day 5!

Today I'm here to recommend you a tearjerker! Sadly enough, I haven't cried whilst reading a book. I don't know why, but I haven't. Same with movies or television shows. I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing or if it's even normal... but it's true. I guess I can still recommend a sad book, though I didn't cry. I'll recommend Looking for Alaska by John Green. Like I said earlier, this caused me a huge book hangover!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge Day 4!

Today I'm supposed to tell you about the last book that I flung across the room. Sadly, I haven't flung a book across the room. Yupp, book life is pretty boring for me I guess. I mean, I will occasionally get mad or frustrated with a book and I'll kind of just sit still for a few minutes thinking before I get back to reading, but it's never been anything serious.

Interview with Bayan of The Booklicker!

The Booklicker


This week I've got an interview with Bayan of The Booklicker to share with you all! Bayan has had her blog up since December of 2012!
Question Time! :)

1. Hardcover or paperback? 
Paperback. They're cheaper, smaller ( so I can carry them everywhere), and the cover picture doesn't fall off overtime I pick it up!

2. Book or e-copy?
Book. Because I can smell them! Lol!

3. Library or book store?
Book store. They have better sitting areas.

4. New books or used books? 
New books. Because then I can add notes and stuff without getting confused with the first owner's notes. Plus, like I said before, I like that new book smell.

5. If you were in a book, which type of character would you be? (EX: hero, villain, sidekick, etc.)
The heroine. Everything exciting happens to the main characters!

6. Would you want the book you were featured in to be turned into a movie? 
Yes.

7. Who would play you?
Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence, Shailene Woodley or Lily Collins.

8. If you could live in any possible genre, which would you choose and why?
Paranormal or Fantasy. I like to escape reality.

9. If you could meet any one author, who would you meet any why?
That's a tough one. I think I'd say Veronica Roth because she's young and successful and I need some pointers.

10. If there was a book about your life, what would it be called?
Normal is Overrated. That title is the story of my life.

11. Which character in a novel that you've read most resembles you and why?
I see bits of myself in almost every character I've read about. I cant pick just one.

12. How many times have you read your favorite book and will you read it again?
 I've read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Divergent do many times and I know I'm going to read them again.

Bayan can be found on:

Thanks so much for letting me interview you Bayan!

Friday, July 19, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge Day 3!

Today I'm going to tell you about my blogging BFFs! I actually haven't become good friends with anyone in the blogging community. It's pretty sad. That is until recently... I put a post up about wanting to have a reading buddy a few days ago, and I got two responses! The bloggers that I got responses from and I decided to host a read-along called the Radical Read-Along, where we will be reading Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, which I'm super excited to read. Trust me, scheduling and planning out a read-along is quite the bonding experience. Therefore, I consider us to be friends now. :D

Jenna from Rather Be Reading YA
Jenna was the first person to respond who wanted to be my reading buddy! She's super awesome and everyone should definitely go check out her blog and such.

Laura from Music Plus Books
Since none of us knew what we were doing, Laura actually did most of the planning for Jenna & I and she actually made the buttons for us as well! She's also awesome and her blog should be visited as well.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Book Review: Monsters of Men

Title: Monsters of Men
Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Candlewick
Release Date: May 3, 2010
Source: Library
Edition: Hardcover (603 pages)
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian
Cover Review: Again, another beautiful cover! I love the orangeness. 
Tagline: N/A
Series: Chaos Walking #3
Main Character: Todd Hewitt

"War," says the Mayor. "At last." Three armies march on New Prentisstown, each one intent on destroying the others. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. As the battles commence, how can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they're so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war makes monsters of men, what terrible choices await? But then a third voice breaks into the battle, one bent on revenge - the electrifying finale to the award-winning "Chaos Walking" trilogy, Monsters of Men is a heart-stopping novel about power, survival, and the devastating realities of war.

This book was amazing. I still can't gather my thoughts about it and I finished it almost a week ago! Some answers are answered which I loved. We also get a new perspective... this time of one of the Spackle! This was really interesting because we always saw the war one sided and now we can actually see both sides. It really helps you to understand both sides' goals and such. So this book is mostly about war, since the end of the last book pretty much was the beginning of the war.  Of course, President Prentiss is really happy about this. He just can't contain his excitement because this is what he wanted all along.

Todd continued being awesome. He actually has a soft spot for Viola, which I love. It's funny because you wouldn't expect Todd to have a soft spot for anyone, but he does. I think this is so cute. It's kind of odd how Todd really resembles President Prentiss in some ways though. I can definitely see why this worries Viola so much.

Another character also comes back-one that I definitely didn't expect. It was really amazing though because all the sudden the character was there and I was so confused but happy at the same time. This book was just such a roller coaster. I don't want to go into too much detail because it's the last book in the trilogy, but I definitely think that you should pick this series up. It's absolutely amazing and I'm going to recommend these books to everyone.

Recommended for fans of:
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Blood Red Road by Moira Young


Notable Quotes:


"It's not how we fall. It's how we get back up again."

"I'll find you-
Keep calling for me, Viola-
Cuz here I come."

"It's not the mistakes I made but how I responded to them."

"A monster, I think, remembering what Ben told me once. War makes Monsters of Men."

"Worst is the one who knows better and does nothing."

"War makes monsters of men, you once said to me Todd. Well, so does too much knowledge. Too much knowledge of your fellow man, too much knowledge of his weakness, his pathetic greed and vanity, and how laughably easy it is to control him."

Rating:

Have you read this book? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge Day 2!


Today I'm going to be telling you about my bedtime reading ritual! I guess I wouldn't consider it a ritual, but that's the prompt, so I'm going with it!

I'd like to say that I try to set aside a special time for reading at night, but I actually don't. If I feel like reading, I will, but otherwise I won't! It's pretty bad actually. I do get most of my reading done at night though.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Destiny Allison, Author of Pipe Dreams, Guest Post!

I was lucky enough to have Destiny Allison write a guest post for Downright Dystopian! Destiny Allison is the author of the dystopian book Pipe Dreams. 

Thanks for inviting me Krystianna. You asked me why I chose to self-publish and that’s a really big question.  Right off, I’ll start by saying self-publishing isn’t for everyone and I’m not always sure it’s right for me. Some days, I find myself a bit envious when a friend lands a traditional contract. I imagine the ease of distribution, the knowledge that the editors are pros, and the comfort of having an experienced team make the decisions.  After all, what do I know about publishing?

Then reason rears its quiet head and says, “What are you? Nuts?” I shake my head and sigh. Then I get to work. Let’s be clear. We’re talking a lot of work. Still, the potential for reward is better as an indie author than it is anywhere else. My decision was pure business. I’ve been an entrepreneur most of my life and have built several successful businesses. There are lots of things I’m not good at and I know it so I’ve learned to hire help. That’s what makes me a good fit for self-publishing.

Here are the realities:

Most books, even those traditionally published, fail.
Most books, even those edited by traditional houses, have mistakes.
Most authors, even those traditionally published, don’t make a living from their books.

But, these days, Indies have a better shot at success than anyone. Here’s why. Most traditional presses require the author to do most of the marketing anyway. If these authors don’t do a good job, or it rains, or the clouds really are made of cotton candy, and the books don’t sell well in the first six weeks, their done. They’ll go out of print and never be seen again. Six weeks isn’t a very long time for a book to find its audience. Couple that with dismal royalty rates, total lack of creative control, and contracts that require the author to give up the rights to their books until 70 years past their death, and its no wonder I chose to self-publish. In addition, the odds of landing a contract are really slim even if the book is excellent. By self publishing, I can ensure my books find their audience. I keep approximately 70% of the sales, I own all my rights, and I maintain control over my cover and content.

Shaping Destiny is the first book I published. I wrote it ten years ago. Back then, self-publishing wasn’t an option so I did the work and sent out dozens of queries. Without exception, everyone I sent it to loved the book. They also told me it couldn’t be marketed unless I broke it apart and made two books out of it. I refused. The form Shaping Destiny took was intrinsic to the meaning I hoped to impart. So I shelved it. When the indie revolution got off the ground, I decided to go for it. I knew the book wouldn’t be for everyone and had no great expectations about it being a best seller. My goal was to change a few lives for the better. As it turns out, readers LOVE the form. Overwhelmingly, the lessons the publishers wanted me to take out are one of their favorite components. It’s changed many lives and continues to sell to an audience much larger than I anticipated. It also just took 1st place for non-fiction/memoir in the 2013 Global Book Contest.

Pipe Dreams is another story. It is a dystopian novel I never intended to write. It just happened and I had to go with it. It’s been so exciting to work in this genre and to stretch my wings. However, it is competing with hundreds of thousands of books and it is the kind of book that has mass appeal. This time the decision was harder and I really wasn’t sure that I’m the right person to manage its production and distribution. In the end, looking at the numbers and the fact that the traditional publishing industry is completely upside down right now, I decided to self-publish again. I hired a really good editor, an excellent cover designer, and put it out. It, too, is finding its market.

One of the things that really scared me about self-publishing Pipe Dreams is my lack of access to bookstores via conventional distribution channels. As it happens, that just changed. One of the largest book distributors just did away with the hurdles indie authors face. Now, bookstores can get the same terms for Print on Demand books that they are accustomed to getting for print runs. That has the potential to change everything. I still have to convince stores to carry me, but now they can.

If you’re thinking about self publishing, there are some things you need to do. 1st, and perhaps most important, know yourself. If you don’t like marketing, hate social media, and get tongue tied every time someone asks you about your book, it’s probably not for you. Then, if you still want to go ahead, research the industry. Know what’s happening daily. Things are changing that fast. While new opportunities arise, others are disappearing and what worked for one may not work for you. You’ll have to put as much creative energy behind marketing your book as you did creating it. Finally, know that there will be a financial investment. If you don’t put money out to hire editors and cover designers, your book will definitely fail. The investment doesn’t guarantee it won’t, but it improves your odds substantially.


Being an indie author is being a business. You have to put your ego on the back burner and realize that after the product is created, it’s all about the readers’ experience. If their experience with your book is good, they’ll likely recommend it and buy your next one.



More about Destiny Allison's book:



Beneath the park bench, a young girl cries for help, her voice a cold hand on Vanessa's throat. The naked girl is desperate, but compassion for the Fallen is never forgiven. In a moment of hesitation, Vanessa sets in motion a chain of events that will determine mankind's fate.
Unbeknownst to her, Lewis is still haunted by her thick, auburn hair, serious eyes, and mocking laughter. She is the symbol of all he hates and her interaction with the girl is what he needs to gain control of the virus. As his plan unfolds, Vanessa is forced to flee. Escaping through the sewer, she finds love, heartbreak, and the red beam of a gun sight dancing on the slick, black wall. In the deep dark of the foul pipe, she also discovers she has been betrayed. That's when she learns Texas is real.

Pipe Dreams is a dystopian novel set in the near future. If gene splicing could merge Margaret Atwood and Suzanne Collins, the resulting author might write this book.

Thanks so much Destiny! :)