31 January 2013

{Author Interview} Frank Griffin & James Desborough

By: Me My Shelf And I | 31 January 2013 at 12:59 PM | | | Be the first to comment!

Frank Griffin, owner of international photo agency Bauer Griffin, and James Desborough, award-winning British journalist and media commentator, authors of the book One Direction... What Makes ThemBeautiful, reveal what went into creating the book and the process of obtaining the unique collection of photos of the band and their fans.

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One Direction is a phenom. From the early days of them starting out as pop reality contestants on the UK’s X Factor it was clear that these five boys were different. Not only were they building a huge audience of loyal UK fans, across the world they were creating a buzz, which had never been seen before. To us it was clear that this movement was something special.

We understood that this was abnormal, something extraordinary and so we took an in depth look at what they were doing. The last band to shake the foundations of the US like this was The Beatles. When One Direction came to the US the reaction was similar. Thousands turned up to see them launch a simple signing tour around the country. That was the summer of 2011, and from then on we knew that we wanted to fully document their journey.

We were initially inspired to produce this book when we realized how many One Direction photos our Bauer-Griffin photographers had taken. We felt that that Directioners would love to see all of these images in one place. Many were images fans had never seen before, which we felt would become pictures they could cherish.
It took us about three months to chronicle One Direction's rise to fame on camera and sift through all of the images we had and narrow it down into 100 pages. We are really proud of the exclusive collection of images we have collated of band members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. Putting the book together was a very fun experience.
1D fans may expect a sequel to What Makes Them Beautiful sometime in the future. I think we covered everything in this book, although there are almost enough new pictures to do the next book. With the continued popularity of One Direction and their new album Take Me Home, ...What Makes Them Beautiful may easily become a series!
We were in front of the boys along the way from their start in England to their sell out shows at Madison Square Garden. The most astonishing thing is that the boys have changed very little throughout their meteoric rise to fame. When they started they were normal, grounded and fun-loving lads, who were greatly shocked by the fan reaction. Today they are not very different - except for the fact they have around $20m each in their bank accounts.

It will be fascinating to see how things develop in the next eight months. The band is going on a grueling tour and making a movie about that experience while, at the same time, they hope to record some new material for a third album before the end of the year. We know that Simon Cowell was very concerned about them not being burned out, but this will be the year to test that.

These guys are groundbreakers and it was right to celebrate their journey and provide a fun tribute for Directioners.

Watch for MMSAI’s review of this fab book, written by Owner Amber & Her 8 Year Old Daughter coming soon!

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{25 Things} Phillip R. Hall

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:01 AM | 3 Comments so far

 

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This week on 25 Things You Might Not Know About Me {or my books!} we have our good friend, Phil Hall. If you don’t know this guy and his book, you should take some time t get to know them! He’s a riot! And also one of the most supportive and wonderful guys I’ve met in the writing community!

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Find Phil: Twitter | Website | Goodreads

Locarno, when he was a boy of sixteen, was envious of vampires: they were elusive, immortal, strong, and powerful. But that was when he was foolish and young; and now, knowing what he knows, he understands that they are nothing but a plague upon humanity—a disease that needs to be removed. He despises them because of the things they did, and continue to do, to the unknowing populace: treating humanity like nothing more than cattle. And for that, they must be destroyed. This, his private journal—his memories—left for those who may find and read it, is a living record of the time when his destiny was first intertwined with unspeakable evil

30 January 2013

{Book Review} Ethan

By: Me My Shelf And I | 30 January 2013 at 1:41 PM | | | | | | 2 Comments so far

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Brightest Kind of Darkness 0.5
Author: P.T. Michelle
Release Date: January 11, 2013
Rating: 5 Birds

Ethan Harris never thought monsters and darkness would consume his daily thoughts, but every night the same visions repeat in his dreams. He’s careful to project a semblance of normalcy, keeping the suffocating darkness locked inside. As much as he wishes he could focus on girls, sports, and cars like other seventeen-year-olds; nothing distracts him from his own demons or shines through.
Until Nara Collins crosses his path. The blonde fascinates and intrigues him, giving him a measure of peace he’s never felt before.
When Ethan discovers there’s more to Nara than she allows others to see, that she might have a unique secret of her own, suddenly his world comes into focus.
Note: Ethan is a novella PREQUEL to Brightest Kind of Darkness. This story will give some of Ethan’s background and lead up until the day he tells Nara there’s a bomb in the school.

I was lucky enough to be able to review this book and I can tell you all that I enjoyed it as much as the other books in the series. ETHAN is a prequel done right. I have read prequels, watched prequels and there is something always missing and this book does not have that problem. Perhaps because there is not a big period of time that this covers so we as readers aren’t seeing Ethan as a child or anything but rather just a few weeks before he meets Nara.

Michelle once again does a wonderful job of making us all want an Ethan in our lives, all dark, sexy and brooding. Of course since he and Nara aren’t a couple yet there is none of the hotness that LUCID, the second book in the series, had but the devotion is there from the beginning erasing any doubt there could have been regarding his feelings for Nara.

At the end of March the final book of the series will be released titled DESTINY and I am so ready and not so ready to read because it is the end of the BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS.

I highly suggest you all grab this book and the rest in the series and read or reread in preparation for the final installment. Happy Reading.

FIND P.T. MICHELLE

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{Book Trailer} Stained by Cheryl Rainfield

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:00 AM | | 1 Comment so far

Check out the trailer for Cheryl Rainfields newest book STAINED
Check out the cover reveal here.

In this heart-wrenching and suspenseful teen thriller, sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for "normal." Born with a port-wine stain covering half her face, all her life she’s been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she’s abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. It’s that—or succumb to a killer.
Available November 19, 2013 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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29 January 2013

{Q&A} Brodi Ashton

By: Me My Shelf And I | 29 January 2013 at 2:48 PM | 1 Comment so far

Woot – it’s time for more Brodi Aston! I tell you what, we are loving being her official blogger for Dark Days! Today we have a slumber party interview with Brodi Ashton! ENJOY!!!

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MMSAI First off Brodi, welcome to Me, My Shelf and I!

We really wish that we were conducting this interview in person, all cozy in outrageous pajama’s with snacks all around us, slumber party style! (Wouldn’t that rock!?) Then we could sit up for hours and discuss all kinds of things…the really important things like chocolate and hot fictional boys!! I guess we will just have to do this the old fashioned way, through e-mail and just plan a slumber party for the near future. *sigh*

Since I already said “hot fictional boys”, let’s start there – because seriously, HELLO JACK AND COLE! In any book, I have always been able to pick a team immediately and stick to it. Confident in my choice of fictional boyfriend….EVERNEATH is the first book that has ever had me going back and forth, and back and forth….and back…and forth…!  Be honest, are you on a team?

BRODI When we talk teams, Ilike to think in terms of the zombie apocalypse. Both guys would be on my zombie-fighting team for different reasons. Jack would be the muscle. And if the zombie hoards ever became too overwhelming, he’d also be the first one to sacrifice himself so the others had time to get away. Cole would provide the background music for our zombie battles, and if the zombie hoards ever became too overwhelming, he’d be the first to throw Jack into the oncoming deluge so he and Nikki could get away.

MMSAI EVERNEATH totally rocked me emotionally. I used a whole box of tissues, and my sleeve! (possibly a blanket, but don’t tell. I was desperate!) How was writing it?

BRODI Writing it was very emotional for me as well. At the time I was writing it, my father was ill with cancer, and I felt like I was in a dark place emotionally. EVERNEATH came out of that dark place. Also, I loved Jack so much, so I totally shed tears at the end.

MMSAI NEVERFALL a EVERNEATH novella is out Dec 26th, tell us about it!

BRODI I’m so excited for NEVERFALL because it’s told from Cole’s perspective. One of the most common questions I get from readers after Everneath is: “What does Cole really want? Does he love Nikki? Or is he just using her?” Well, with NEVERFALL, we get a good look into Cole’s brain and his heart as he searches the world over for answers about Nikki. He even confronts a dangerous society known as the Delphinians, and gets into loads of trouble when he tries to double-cross them in order to protect Nikki.

I had so much fun writing from Cole’s perspective.

MMSAI And then, right after that we get *excited flail that spontaneously turns to tears of joy* EVERBOUND on January 22nd. What can your rabid readers expect to find between those covers? 

BRODI If you’ve read EVERNEATH, you know exactly what needs to happen in EVERBOUND. Jack has just made the ultimate sacrifice for Nikki, taking her place in Hell. Now Nikki wants to do what’s never been done before: she wants to go to the Everneath, traverse its dangerous landscape, and save the boy she loves. In order to do this, she must form a tense alliance with Cole.

It’s full of (dare I say, “fraught with?”) danger, intrigue, betrayal, zombies, and Shades.

MMSAI In October you hosted a contest on your blog, having fans suggest titles for the 3rd and final book in the EVERNEATH series. Of all the amazing suggestions, what were some of your favorites?

BRODI There were so many! I’m not sure I can say my favorites without giving away the actual title though…

MMSAI There is this super funsegment in US Magazine I see each week called 25 Things You May Not Know About me, where celebs tell you, well really the title is rather self explanatoryisn’t it? Wanna try it? Let’s do 10 Things You May Not Know About Brodi Ashton – GO!

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1. I have a parrot. Named Pigeon Scout McWidgerton

2. Instead of returning RedBox DVD’s to the RedBox machine, I occasionally return the DVD’s to the garbage can next to the machine.

3. I will watch the movie Aliens anytime it is on T.V.

4. I have celiac disease, which means I can’t eat gluten. Which means I can’t eat cookies or bread. Which means I’m sad a lot.

5. I am a pro-wrestler of my two boys. But if anyone resorts to tickling me, they have to go to a time out. Because I hate being tickled more than I hate natural disasters. Which I love.

6. I backpacked through Europe when I was eighteen.

7. I’ve had a bodyguard once in my life, when I went to Pakistan a few years ago. I felt very important.

8. I used to be a television news anchor in Idaho.

9. I regularly crack myself up.

10. I regularly kiss my parrot on the lips.

MMSAI On MMSAI, we always ask one…off-the-wall kind of question. Here’s yours: If you could be a superhero, what would your power be and what would your costume look like?

BRODI Invisibility. My costume would be nudity. (Naturally)

MMSAI Brodi, it has been a pleasure having you on MMSAI! We hope you’ll make it to MN soon to have that slumber party!!

BRODI Thank you for hosting me! And thank you for braiding my hair! I loved the slumber party.

 

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{Movie Fun} Life of Pi

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 2:02 PM | | Be the first to comment!

ROM OSCAR® WINNER ANG LEE* COMES A VISUALLY SPECTACULAR
CINEMATIC ADVENTURE FOR THE AGES

The Inspirational Epic Journey, Nominated for 11 Academy Awards®
Including Best Picture and Best Director, Arrives on
Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ and DVD March 12

Experience the Stunning Cinematography on Blu-ray 3D With Over Two Hours of
Bonus Material Including Deleted Scenes, Making Of Featurettes,
Inspirational Artwork and More

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Who has already seen this beautifully created movie?

Who’s looking forward to seeing it when it’s out on Blu-Ray?

Who’s read the book? How did it compare?

{Top Ten Tuesday} 37

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:00 AM | | 10 Comments so far

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It was created because of their love of lists, and I myself love lists as well - so you will see it frequently popping up on MMSAI.

Everyone is welcome to join in, and don't worry if you can't think of 10 - just do as many as you can. And of course, be sure to link back to TBATB (and leave me a link here too!) on your post!
As always they are in no particular order.

This Weeks Topic is:

Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters Ever!

1. Edward CullenTwilight – Yep, I said it, one of the most frustrating characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about.  Why? He’s a complete masochist, that’s why.

2.  Quinlan Lacey – Drain You – Not to make a comparison, but she’s kind of a Bella Swan in this, and I feel at times, she’s even worse and you can’t help but want to shake her and go “he’s a vampire you moron, run!”

3. Keatyn Johnston – The Keatyn Chronicles – Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the series so far…but sometimes Keatyn has her head stuck too deep in the sand to realize just what’s going on around her.  Love her to pieces, but ugh!

4. Dane – Illusion – He was such a great guy, but aggravating and frustrating because a lot of the time I just wanted him to open up and be nice.  When he was nice, he was astounding, but when he was a decrepit old man it was beyond words.

5. Finley Sinclair – There You’ll Find Me – By the end of the book, I truly loved Finley.  What was frustrating throughout was her inability to listen and be more open to things.

6. Nina Oberon – XVI series – Dystopian I love, when people don’t listen and want to go against all morals of life, I don’t.  Though I come to enjoy her, it’s also heartbreaking at times to see her go against so many people and things.  I guess when you’re left out in the dark though, it tends to happen?

7. Harry Potter – Harry Potter series – Another one you’re all thinking “holy crow did she really just say that!?” but truth be told, reading the books (and let me tell you Daniel Radcliffe did translate the character SO well), I at times just wanted to take Harry, shake him, and tell him that maybe sometimes he should listen to his friends!

8. Jadyn – That Boy series – I just put another Jillian Dodd character up.  Sorry Jillian!  But she does frustrating characters really well!  I think I got so frustrated at times with Jadyn because there are so many aspects of her that remind me of me…and I frustrate myself.

9. Perry – Experiment in Terror series – Again, it’s a character that I can totally relate to, and since I frustrate myself, Perry frustrates me!

10. Four – Divergent – I haven’t been able to read Insurgent yet (don’t shoot), but I’m hoping his frustrating ways become less.  I think because he’s so hidden in identity throughout the entire first book, I get really irritated.

It was actually kind of hard to come up with Ten characters for me.  Maybe it’s because a lot of books, I really do tend to only read once and if the character doesn’t stick with me, they don’t make any sort of impact?  Either way, leave us a comment with your TTT most Frustrating Characters and we’ll peruse them!

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{Cover Reveal} Stained by Cheryl Rainfield

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:00 AM | 3 Comments so far

Sometimes You Have To Be Your Own Hero

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In this heart-wrenching and suspenseful teen thriller, sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for "normal." Born with a port-wine stain covering half her face, all her life she’s been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she’s abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. It’s that—or succumb to a killer.

Available November 19, 2013 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

A Note from the author:

Like I did with SCARS and HUNTED, I drew on some of my own experiences of bullying, abuse, and trauma to write STAINED and to give it greater emotional depth. Like Sarah in STAINED, I experienced abduction, imprisonment, periods of forced starvation, mind control, and having my life threatened. And like Sarah, I tried hard to fight against my abuser, keep my own sense of self, and escape. I hope readers will see Sarah's strength and courage, and appreciate her emotional growth as she reclaims herself.

Available For Pre-Order on:

United States: Amazon (hardcover) | Amazon (kindle)

Canada: Amazon.ca (hardcover) | Amazon.ca (ebook)

United Kingdom: Amazon.co.uk (hardcover) | Amazon.co.uk (ebook) 

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28 January 2013

{My Indie Monday}

By: Me My Shelf And I | 28 January 2013 at 1:07 PM | 1 Comment so far

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Welcome to My Indie Monday, a fantastic feature started here on MMSAI by team member Yvette! Each Monday we will feature a new Indie Author and their books and in most cases have something to give away with it as well! Who doesn’t like giveaways!?

If you are an Indie Author who would like to be featured please fill out
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Please Note, you must have at least one completed Young Adult book that can be purchased at the time to sign up.

Bloggers join in by featuring your own Indie, use the image above and link back to us!

Featured this week is
HD Gordon

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H. D. Gordon is the author of The Alexa Montgomery Saga. Blood Warrior, the first book of the Alexa series was her debut novel and has held a spot in the top 100 fantasy bestsellers for over a month. Half Black Soul is the second book in this series and H. D. plans to complete Alexa’s tales by the end of 2012. In June of 2012, Joe, a fantasy novel about a young clairvoyant, was released as well. H. D. is a lifelong reader and writer, a true lover of words. When she is not reading or writing she is raising her two daughters, playing a little guitar, and spending time with her family. She is twenty four years old and lives in the northeastern United States.

Join H.D. online at hdgordon.com as her new series is written, chapters released every Friday. Shooting Stars, A Surah Stormsong Novel is full of magic, love, and star crossed lovers as they have never been written.

Connect with H.D. Gordon:

Website:http://hdgordon.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/hd_gordon

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/HDGordonauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5189455.H_D_Gordon


THE BOOKS

The Alexa Montgomery Saga

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Blood Warrior (Book1) Synopsis:

When her home is attacked by murderous vampires, 17-year-old Alexa is forced to leave her mother for dead in order to save her sister. She soon learns that she is the last known member of an elite race of supernatural Warriors, and is thrust into a world full of vampires and werewolves who all seem to regard her as some sort of savior. Meanwhile, Alexa battles a monster within herself that seeks to gain control; a monster that seeks blood.

The hidden city she finds herself in appears perfect, but Alexa's instincts tell her that all is not right within its walls. When she is asked to attend a school of fighters, whose exams consist of gladiator-style competitions, she must decide who she can trust among the smiling faces. And, when she meets Kayden, a vampire she feels undeniably drawn to, she must decide if she can trust herself.

Buying Links

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From the author of the Alexa Montgomery Saga, comes a book that will take you into the mind of a genuine psychopath, the lives of six ordinary people, and the world of a very special girl named Joe.
Joe is seemingly an ordinary college student. She works, studies and reads. But in between these activities Joe has a gift that promises to add a dose of color to her life at any given moment. Joe sees things before they happen. Bad things, and the worst thing she has ever faced is just around the corner. Someone is planning a massacre at the college university that Joe attends, and the only person with a hope of stopping the psychopath is her.
Oh, the beauty of foresight. More like a curse. Joe has four days to figure out the mystery, make plans to take down the psycho, and save the lives of people. People like you and me. Ordinary people.

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No, it will never stop. As long as you have this gift, it will never stop. And when you get out into the big ole world, Baby, it’s just going to get worse. Evil is not just a thing of fairytales. Evil is real and it walks among us. Evil is jealousy and hate and fear and fire. Yes, evil is fire. You saw it in his eyes. The fire reflected from those jealous, hateful eyes, and whether or not you want it to, it’s going to happen. So,

What now? What are you going to do now?

Buying Links

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{Book Review} What the Spell

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What the Spell
Life’s a Witch #1
Author: Brittany Geragotelis
Pages: 328
Format: ARC
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publish Date: January 29, 2013
Rating: 4 Birds

A teenage witch juggles popularity and romance while keeping her powers a secret in this spellbinding debut.Almost-sixteen-year-old Brooklyn feels invisible, but she desperately wants to be pretty, to be popular, to be adored by a cute guy. Luckily for her, she’s a witch about to come of age—so she’s only a few spells away from making it all happen.
On her milestone birthday, Brooklyn’s conservative parents finally unbind her powers, which include the ability to magically match couples with a love spell. Brooklyn uses her special skills to get a makeover, new friends, and the attention of her crush, Asher. But the popular clique Brooklyn wants to infiltrate puts her in the same precarious position as her Salem ancestors: If she’s found out, she could be vilified—and lose Asher in the process. Can she make the most of her magic, or will she be luckless and loveless? Be careful what you witch for!

Honestly, I was never under the impression to read this book because of the cover – although I admittedly now love it.  What struck me to read this book was witches!  My first love for books wasn’t witches, but my second was, and this one gives a pretty good take on things.  Think, Sabrina the Teenage Witch meets Mean Girls!  Be careful what you witch for is a pretty good tagline too.

The beginning of the book starts in sort of what I’ve come to see as a “normal” fashion – meet the main character, learn a little bit about her and who she hangs out with, boring typical high school life (a lot of books seem to start this way now).  But, Brooklyn’s a little different.  She was born into a witching family, but her powers were bound with a promise of being unbound when she turned sixteen.  Understandably so that her parents would make that decision, especially based on the cold, hard facts presented in the book.  What Brooklyn doesn’t realize is that there are others out there like her within her own community – and not just via the witching boards.  Brooklyn changes everything about herself just to fit in with The Elite (that’s where the Mean Girls part comes in).  In doing so, she also catches the attention of one Asher Astley.  So now she has friends, and a guy interested, what else could she need?

What the Spell takes on a twist with not only having the other witching family, the Astleys, but also with all the elements that you’re not sure if you should expect or not.  Secrets, lies, deception, underage drinking…whoa high school flashbacks.  Anyhow, Brittany Geragotelis does a wonderful job depicting the entire story from Brooklyn’s point of view, and not giving in to too much being over the top with emotions.  Each of the characters in their own right were standouts in some way.  In reference to mean girls – look out because Gigi is truly the Regina George of this one.

FIND BRITTANY GERAGOTELIS:

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Young Adult {Giveaway Hop}

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:00 AM | 5 Comments so far

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Woot Woot! I love me some giveaway hops! The Young Adult Giveaway Hop is hosted by the ever fab I Am A Reader Not A Writer and BookLove101 this time around. I’ve got something really cool for you all!!!

ARCs of IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS
by Cat Winters

And yes, you read correctly, ARCs, as in multiple!! 2 of the to be specific! Don’t forget to follow the list below and HOP to the next blog to try your luck entering the awesome prize they have for you as well!

Since these are physical books, it’s US shipping only. And as always you MUST be 13+ to enter. Dems da rules of the world wide web…

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click me to add me to your To Be Read pile!

In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?
Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.

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27 January 2013

{Book Review} The Vampire Shrink

By: Me My Shelf And I | 27 January 2013 at 12:00 AM | | | | | | 1 Comment so far

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The Vampire Shrink
Kismet Knight Ph.D. Vampire Pyschologist #1
Author: Lynda Hilburn
Pages: 321
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Publisher: Silver Oak
Rating: 4 birds

Kismet Knight, a brainy Denver-based psychologist with a stalled career and a nonexistent love life, is about to have her world rocked. Not only does her newest patient, Midnight, long to become a vampire, but the teenager insists that a coven of the undead hangs out at a local goth club. The always-rational Kismet dismisses Midnight's claims as the delusions of an attention-starved girl--until bodies start turning up drained of blood and the hottest self-proclaimed vampire ever to walk the face of the earth enters her office.

What's real? What's not? As inexplicable events and romantic opportunities pile up, along with the corpses, Kismet finds herself in a whirlwind of passion, mystery, and danger.

This book was a quick read that kept me on the edge of my seat!  The dialogue was amazing considering it's mostly Kismet's thoughts on certain things at times which I liked.  It was nice to know what Kismet was thinking.  The action in the book is fast paced.  It will keep you guessing at times of what will happen with Kismet and the journey she goes on.  If you like action, drama, romance, vampires and supernatural, then this book is for you!

Kismet is such a great character who ends up in a world of vampires.  At first she is not sure what to believe considering she's a psychologist and wants them to be normal.  It took her quite a while to realize that vampires were real.  I loved seeing this process in the book.  I seriously think I would react the same way as she did.   The book spends a great deal on the main character Kismet who also possesses a gift which I found interesting to learn about but does not go into that much detail.   Kismet has an immediate attraction to Deveraux, who's the hot sexy vampire!  She also has an attraction to another guy who's an agent name Alan Stevens who is aware of the supernatural beings about.   I keep rooting for Deveraux.

Devereux is a sexy Norse vampire god who is 800 years old and the way the author describes him sounds quite yummy.  He immediately is attracted to Kismet and yet there's a reason why which I loved.  He is very protective of Kismet which I also found to be interesting as well.  He owns a place called 'The Crypt.'  He's a type of guy who keeps his family happy, healthy, safe and close.  Just a vampire guy who's in charge of things.  Quite a lovely trait!

Of course there are the bad guys in this book who are evil, crazy and a bit  psychotic! There were a few creepy scenes in the book that weren't my favorite.  Bryce is the bad guy! I would so not want to meet him. He wants Devereux's job and finds Kismet to use as lever.  Will Devereux be able to protect Kismet from Bryce?  Or will it be Alan?

It's a great story and a stunning cover.  The story does leave you with a few questions which I think will be answered in the next book.  There is some sexual tension mentioned in this story as well.

FIND LYNDA HILBURN
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26 January 2013

{Book Review} Drain You by M. Beth Bloom

By: Me My Shelf And I | 26 January 2013 at 12:00 AM | | | | | 1 Comment so far
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Author: M. Beth Bloom
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: July 24, 2012
Rating: 4 Birds

Every night I'd lie there in bed and look out at the hills behind our house, listening. I knew there'd be consequences.
Actions meant reactions. Sunrises meant sunsets. My fear was too permanent, lasting longer than eyeliner, something I wore every day and didn't wash off.
Quinlan Lacey's life is a red carpet of weird fashions, hip bands, random parties, and chilling by the pool with her on-and-off BFF Libby. There's also her boring job (minimum wage), a crushed-out coworker (way too interested), her summer plans (nada), and her parents (totally clueless). Then one night she meets gorgeous James, and Quinn's whole world turns crazy, Technicolor, 3-D, fireworks, whatever.
But with good comes bad and unfortunately, Quinn's new romance brings with it some majorly evil baggage. Now, to make things right, she has to do a lot of things wrong (breaking and entering, kidnapping, lying, you name it).
There's normal, and then there's paranormal, and neither are Quinlan's cup of Diet Coke. Staying sane, cool, in love, and alive isn't so easy breezy.
You’re already saying to yourself, great, a vampire book.  Doesn’t this girl know anything else?  Yes, I do, but I was drawn to this from a totally different perspective.  I decided that I would give this a shot because of two simple things: Quinlan (who names their child that?) and there’d ultimately be some sort of twisted love story involved.

At first, I really didn’t know what to make of this book as it just kind of goes through a little bit of background of getting to know Quinn and Morgan – boring job, summer, brooding teenage angst, etc…but when M. Beth Bloom introduces James, things start to take off a bit.  Simply put, James is sort of background noise to this whole book, but I was always left wondering, just what is he up to and how is he going to help in the overall of this story?  It’s in his little quips here and there that I really found myself intrigued.  Bring in Libby, Quinn’s best friend forever, and a lot of drama happening on her end, and it made for a bit of thinking.

Then there’s the whole side with Morgan being Quinn’s friend/coworker that honestly did throw me for a bit of a loop.  He’s such a “no questions asked” kind of guy that it was topsy turvey in getting to know just why he’d help someone that, I saw throughout the book he was so in love with, that wouldn’t really give him the time of day.  On top of it, there are Quinn’s parents who absolutely adore Morgan, but aren’t an essential piece to the book.  It’s almost as though Quinn lives this somewhat fabulous life with no strings attached because her parents aren’t there.  It’s strange to see that in a sense.  At the same time, it really does give off the sense of why Quinn is the way she is.

So why would anyone want to read this?  Simple.  It’s a pretty great story, that’s relative, ties into how we as readers want to see vampires, but also gives off the dangerous aspect – and has a love story that’s not quite normal.  If I had to, there were probably certain parts in the book I would’ve excluded, but as a whole, everything seemed to tie into one part of the story or another.

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25 January 2013

{Interview + Giveaway} Yesterday’s Sun by Amanda Brooke

By: Me My Shelf And I | 25 January 2013 at 8:35 PM | 1 Comment so far

One of the things I love most about blogging, is being able to not only share our reviews with you, but also BOOKS! A book is amazing, a FREE book can turn a whole bad day around!

Our generous pals over at HarperCollins have 3 copies of YESTERDAY’S SUN for me to give away! Check out the fascinating interview with author Amanda Brooke, and don’t forget to enter for a copy at the bottom!!

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YESTERDAY’S SUN
Author: Amanda Brooke

Yesterday’s Sun, a poignant debut novel from British author Amanda Brooke, finds a young woman having to choose between her own life and the life of her future child.
When newly married Holly and her husband Tom move into a charming old manor house in the English countryside, she couldn’t have predicted that a mystical moondial would change her life—and her destiny.
In the style of Jodi Picoult, with memorable characters, and tender, warm, prose, Yesterday’s Sun is a brilliant, suspenseful tale of free will versus fate; a heart-wrenching story of family and the risks we take to break from the past.

 


INTERVIEW WITH AMANDA BROOKE

1. YESTERDAY’S SUN is your first novel; did you always want to be a writer?

I think the desire to write was always there, I just didn’t have the belief in myself to actually get on and do it.  I had plenty of ideas for stories and an overactive imagination but time passed by and I reached a point in my life where I thought if I’d really wanted to be a writer I would have done something about it by now.   Nathan’s illness changed all of that.  When he was first diagnosed with leukaemia I found it so difficult to talk, not because I didn’t want to but because I physically couldn’t get the words out and that was when I turned to writing.  Poetry in particular became a way for me to express my feelings and I also kept an online journal.  Then when he died, my writing didn’t just continue, it intensified.   I wanted to write about Nathan first and foremost and then, when I was sure that I had preserved every precious memory, I realised that I didn’t want to give up writing.  Somewhere along the way I had discovered a dream to become an author and I have Nathan to thank for that.

2. How did you first come to think of the idea of the moondial?

When I’m writing, I love those unexpected flashes of inspiration which come out of nowhere and magically connect all the dots and the moondial was one of them.  I didn’t have a fully developed idea of what the dial would look like or precisely how it would work, even as I launched into the first chapter.  I knew I needed something that held a mystical power which could transport Holly into the future and it seemed right to set time travel scenes in the middle of the night, so the connection with the full moon was a natural progression.  It was only when I thought about the way that light was being reflected from the sun onto the moon and then onto the surface of the device I was trying to create that I realized that if light could be reflected, why not time too?  Everything just fell into place and so the moondial was born.

The rules which govern the dial’s use took much longer to develop.  The more I thought about how Holly might be able to influence her future, the more I realised that I was giving her too much opportunity to meddle with her fate.  I created the rules to keep the story from falling into  chaos and the life for a life rule was of particular importance as it ensures that there are only ever two options for Holly, her life or Libby’s.

{Audio Review} Poison Princess

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Poison Princess
The Arcana Chronicles #1
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Author: Kresley Cole
Pages: 369
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Format: Audio
Rating: 5 Birds

She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…

Kresley Cole’s novel, POISON PRINCESS, is a remarkable YA debut. Cole takes what could have been just another post-apocalyptic book, adds her own special twist and what we end up with is one of my favorite books!

I listened to POISON PRINCESS on audio and in the beginning I wasn’t sure how I was going to like the narrator. The book begins being narrated by a guy and let me tell you the prologue was creepy! I mean seriously creepy! I’m not a fan of horror and while I wouldn’t consider this book horror the narrator in the prologue definitely had the hair on the back of my neck standing up. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to keep going but I made it through it and couldn’t be happier that I did.

Evie undergoes a complete transformation during the course of the book. She goes from a spoiled, pampered girl to a girl that has experienced death and loss and that has learned how to be strong on her own. Jack was both a help and a hindrance to her growth. Jack teaches her a lot of things about survival but he also allows her to use him as her crutch for most of the book. Jack was probably one of my favorite characters. He is rugged, damaged, and ultimately flawed but still you can see the good in him. He cares for Evie and would protect her till the end. Plus, Jack is wickedly gorgeous and he speaks French. Well, Cajun French anyway. How sexy is that! I loved how he always called Evie “Peekon”.

There was a lot of miscommunication between Jack and Evie. They both struggled with understanding one another. They came from very different worlds so neither of them was sure how to treat the other. It was frustrating at times that Jack always assumed that Evie didn’t want to be with him because he was poor. And at the same time, I was frustrated with Evie for being so naive. However, the sexual tension between these two was undeniable!

I loved the inclusion of the Tarot cards. I didn’t know anything about them so it was fun to learn something new. It really added to the story and made it that much more entertaining.

POISON PRINCESS never had a dull moment. The story was fast paced and action packed. I loved the story from beginning to end and can’t wait to read book 2.

Finally, a post-apocalyptic story that’s original and utterly captivating! Well done, Kresley Cole, well done!

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24 January 2013

{Book Review} Shadows in the Silence

By: Me My Shelf And I | 24 January 2013 at 8:01 AM | | | | | | | Be the first to comment!

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Shadows In the Silence
Angelfire #3
Author: Courtney Alison Moulton
Pages: 469
Release Date: January 29th 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Rating 5 Birds

Your strength in heart and hand will fall. . . .
Ellie knows that the darkest moments are still to come, and she has everything to fight for:
She must fight for Will.
The demonic have resorted to their cruelest weapons to put Will in mortal danger, and Ellie makes an unlikely alliance to save him and to stop Lilith and Sammael, who seek to drown the world in blood and tear a hole into Heaven.
     She must fight for humanity.
     As the armies of Hell rise and gather for the looming End of Days, Ellie and her band of allies travel to the world’s darkest and most ancient regions in her quest to come into her full glory as the archangel Gabriel.
     And Ellie must save herself.
     Her humanity withers beneath the weight of her cold archangel power, but Ellie must hold tight to who she is and who she loves as she prepares for the ultimate battle for Heaven and Earth.
     In this final installment in the Angelfire trilogy, Courtney Allison Moulton brings her dark world of epic battles and blistering romance to a blazing bright conclusion

When I reviewed Wings of The Wicked, the second book in the Angelfire series. I made an open plea to Michael Bay via the review to turn the series into movies. It was the first time I ever did that in a review. For my review of Shadows in the Silence, the final book in the series *clings*, I will do something else I’ve never done before in a review. What can I saw, Courtney brings out the unconventional reviewer in me….

Dear Courtney Alison Moulton,

Thank you.

As a mother of 2 young girls, and having been a young girl myself at one point, (much to the disbelief of at least one of the previously mentioned girls) I want to whole heartedly thank you for writing such a strong female lead in Ellie.

I think it’s fair to say that Young Adult Lit isn’t overflowing with the kind of girls one might want their kids to aspire to be. And, ok maybe I don’t really want my kids to aspire to be an Archangel, I mean how disappointing is that going to be on career day? Annnnd maybe we don’t read books to find a role models, but more to just escape, but it’s still so refreshing to see a female written with physical strength, integrity, and drive, who get’s to be the hero in so many different ways.

I think one of the things I love the most is that Ellie never get’s half way through a fight and hands things over to be finished by a “more prepared male character”. This happens more than I think we even all realize. Very infrequently is the girl allowed to be the total 100% hero and totally kick ass throughout the whole of a series. And let me tell you, Ellie. Kicks. Ass.

So Courtney my dear, I think that I may have written that plea to the wrong person in the Wings of the Wicked review last year. Clearly I am reaching out to someone not equipped to handle Ellie and all of her archangel, and ass kicking, girl hero glory…so….maybe I should restart that letter from last year like this…

Dear Joss Whedon….

Sincerely,
Amber

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Now for the rest of you, all looking for an actual review of this book. Eager for a tid bit, a morsel of anything I will throw to you for this highly anticipated conclusion to the Angelfire Series. What can I say, it’s so hard to review the final book in a series. It’s emotionally heavy, so much comes to an end. But then again so much finds its beginning.

What I will tell you is this. The wait for the book is worth it. Courtney will not disappoint with a watered down, forced feeling finale. You will laugh, a lot. You will cry, a lot. When you close the book you will mourn for losses and cheer for the victories and you will be 100% satisfied.

I can’t wait to see what Miss Moulton has up her sleeve for her next book.

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{25 Things} Kimberly Derting

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:01 AM | 3 Comments so far

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It’s always a blast when Kimberly Derting is around! If you’ve not had the chance to meet her in person, make the effort! She’s a riot, and her books are great too! *wink* Here’s some stuff you might not know about the YA Author….

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“Danger, dread, mystery, and romance” (Booklist) continue in the second book of The Pledge trilogy, as Charlie’s reign is under siege from the most unusual of enemies.
At the luminous conclusion of The Pledge, Charlaina defeated the tyrant Sabara and took her place as Queen of Ludania. But Charlie knows that Sabara has not disappeared: The evil queen’s Essence is fused to Charlie’s psyche, ready to arise at the first sign of weakness.
Charlie is not weak, but she’s being pushed to the brink. In addition to suppressing the ever-present influence of Sabara, she’s busy being queen—and battling a growing resistance determined to return Ludania to its discriminatory caste system. Charlie wants to be the same girl Max loves, who Brook trusts, but she’s Your Majesty now, and she feels torn in two.
As Charlie journeys to an annual summit to meet with leaders of nearby Queendoms—an event where her ability to understand all languages will be the utmost asset—she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. And the only person she can turn to for help is the evil soul residing within.

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