*Note, while I will try to avoid major spoilers, I sometimes won't be able to help it.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Please Vote!

Please take a moment and vote for the Four Corners Filmakers! To vote, simply "like" this Vimeo video (you can even watch it too).

Monday, November 10, 2014

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul" by Jeff Kinney

I must say, before I began this book, I wondered if Jeff Kinney might be running out of steam after so many Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. Thankfully, the answer to this is no, and The Long Haul is my favorite yet! I read this book in a waiting room while waiting for my boyfriend. I got some strange looks because I kept giggling out loud- but I couldn't help it. Greg and his family get into so many crazy scenarios I just could not contain the laughter.

Greg's family is hitting the road after his mom sees an article about how it can bond their family. While this may work for some families, it doesn't quite work out as planned for the Heffley's. Just a few of their encounters include: hauling a boat becuase it's more cost effective than an RV or a trailer, an empty swimming pool, and some angry seagulls. And Manny wins a pig, which ends up going along for the ride. Without a doubt, this is one trip Greg will never forget.

Those that are already a fan of the series will enjoy this book. Something I like about these books is that readers can somewhat get away with reading the books out of order or by skipping around. While there are some references that will be missed, they are structured so that each book is not entirely dependant on the others. When I was a kid, I liked when I could skip around in a series without missing out on too much. Now that I have finished this book, I am once again looking forward to the next in the series and anything else Jeff Kinney decides to write.

Happy Reading!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

"Isla and the Happily Ever After" by Stephanie Perkins

She's here! I have been anxiously awaiting Isla and the Happily Ever After's release (as with a good chunk of the rest of YA Fandoms out there) and I am so happy to have finally read this book. This isn't going to be much of a review as I thought that it was very close to perfect, but I am going to try my best.

Isla lives in Manhatten but goes to school in Paris. She is pretty content with her dual lives. During Summer Vacation, she runs Josh, a boy that also attends her school and the boy she has been secretly admiring for years. She ends up making a fool out of herself, but when they meet up again at the beginning of the school year, a friendship begins to develop and escalate into more than a friendship. Over the course of this book, we see their relationship evolve and how their love begins to test all bounds. And yes, we get to see Anna and Lola again too (and yes, I squeed, and that is not something that I do very often).

Alright, I am totally biased about this book. I loved the first two in the series and found next to nothing to complain about in this one. If anything, my only complaint is that Anna and Lola felt a tab bit shoe-horned into the book, but as we knew they would make an apperance, I can be okay with it. Basically, if you are already a fan of the series, you are going to be right at home with Isla and Josh and you will love Stephanie Perkins even more than before.

Happy Reading!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

"Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography" by Neil Patrick Harris

I did not really become aware of NPH until Dr. Horrible' Sing Along Blog. Of course I had heard of Doogie Howser and some of his other roles, but had never paid much attention. Sometime after my first view of Dr. Horrible, I was properly introduced to How I Met Your Mother. It was around this time that I began to pay a little more attneition to his career. So when I saw Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography at the library, I had to read it. While it is a little strange as a piece of nonfiction, it was certainly worth the read.

The book is set like the Choose Your Own Adventure books that were imensely popular when I was in elementary school. I personally was not super impressed with them. I remember reading a Star Wars one, but having seen the films, I just chose the answers that would get me to the same result as the movie. I was pleased to see that Harris book does follow the same format putting the reader in the driver's seat and allowing them to follow his life based on their decisions. I doubt I would enjoy another bio in this same fashion, but once through was enjoyable. My only real compleaint about this writing choice is that there is a lot of flipping back and forth to get the whole story. Since one decision leads to another and then another, if you want to read all of the details, you have to go back previous sections. This was okay the first tie through, but I wouldn't mind having a sequential take for a second read through.

Apart from the change in style, this book is fairly standard as far as autobiographies go. The reader is likely to learn some things about Harris that they would get from WIkipedia or IMDB. I thought that some sections could have been fleshed out with more detail, but can easily accept that they weren't. As a whole, I found this book quite interesting and would not be disappointed if Harris decided to add writing to his carer. And because I have to, yes, I would say this book is "legen wait for it dary."

Happy Reading!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Fractured Dream - 99 cent Promo

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Fractured Dream (The Dreamer Saga, Book 1) by K.M. Randall
Genre: Fantasy, Fairytale
Published: June 21, 2014 by Booktrope Publishing
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Blurb Have you ever wondered where fairytales go once they’re created? It’s been eight years since Story Sparks last had a dream. Now they’re back, tormenting her as nightmares she can’t remember upon waking. The black waters of Lake Sandeen, where her Uncle Peter disappeared decades before, may hold the secret to Story’s hidden memories, or a truth she’d rather not know. On a bright summer afternoon, Story and her two best friends, Elliott and Adam, take a hike to the lake, where they dive into the cool water and never reemerge. What they find is beyond anything they’ve ever imagined could be possible, a world where dangers lurk in the form of Big Bad Wolves, living Nightmares and meddlesome witches and gods. Now Story must remember who she really is and somehow stop two worlds from ultimate annihilation, all while trying not to be too distracted by the inexplicable pull she feels toward a certain dark-eyed traveler who seems to have secrets of his own. The fates of the worlds are counting on her.

On Sale for 99 cents through November 5th!

KM Randall
About the Author As a girl, K.M. always wished she’d suddenly come into magical powers or cross over into a Faerie circle. Although that has yet to happen, she instead lives vicariously through the characters she creates in writing fantasy and delving into the paranormal. When K.M. is not busy writing her next novel, she is the editor-in-chief of a blog covering the media industry, as well as an editor with Booktrope Publishing. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in English-Lit from Nazareth College of Rochester. K.M. lives in Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region with her husband and her extremely energetic little boy. Fractured Dream is her first novel. Twitter- Twitter.com/km_randall Facebook- Facebook.com/authorkmrandall Website- Kmrandallauthor.com

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

" The Geography of You and Me" by Jennifer E. Smith

I have been a horrible blogger as of late. I am going to try to get back into the grove of a post a day since several months of not writing is not okay. Can I use the excuse that I have been researching for my novel?

https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1375822538l/17735600.jpgWhen the power goes out in New York City, Lucy and Owen accidentally cross paths. The two meet when their elevator gets stuck. Once freed, the two spend the rest of the night together, but without power everything is little different. Things return to normal when power is restored, but the two of them will never be the same. Owen is adjusting to life without his mother who has recent;y passed away. He and his father are trying to figure out how to live in a world without her. Lucy wants to see the world. Her parents are often traveling, but they seem to prefer to leave their children out of the mix. The two have very different plans for their lives, but someone they just can't be apart. When both of their lives take unexpected turns, they do their best to stay together, but will it be enough? The Geography of You and Me  takes readers through the very realistic development of a love story and you won't be able to help falling in love with these characters.

I am beginning to adore Jennifer E. Smith. The scenarios that play out his books work so well that I can really see these characters and picture them actually existing. I really felt for Lucy and Owen. Though my teen years were very different from theirs, I could relate. Smith knows how to write teenage characters that you can't help but root for. I've said before how much I need to read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and this book has only intensified that need. I am certainly going to seek out Smith's future books as well.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"The Burnouts (Quarantine #3) " by Lex Thomas

*Note, there is going to be some spoilers if you haven't read the first two books. Unless you like spoilers, I suggest not reading this review.

http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1394061091l/18627443.jpgThis series actually surprised me. As it progressed, I wasn't sure if I was going to be happy with the ending, but am pleased to report that I feel that the Lex Thomas team took this novel in the right direction and gave it the ending it deserved. My only complaint about The Burnouts is that some moments were a little gorier then I would have liked, but I am the first to admit that I am a wuss when it comes to such things and it's there novel so they should write it the way they feel is necessary to tell the story. 

The last novel ended with the reveal that David was still alive (please tell me I am not the only one who saw that coming) and this one opens on he and Will being reunited. Will learns what has been happening on the outside during the quarantine. Lucy is still in the school, and is once again alone. She has no one to help her survive and is going to find out something that will change her life completely. This realization soon sends David and Will back into the school where absolute chaos erupts when those still in the school find out that they have a chance at revenge.

This series has a lot of suspense. I read all three books rather quickly and am a little surprised that all three were good. I have found that many trilogies start of strong and end strong, but become very dull in the middle. The Quarantine series did not do this. I can't help but assume that a decent amount of planning went into each book so that the authors knew where each of the characters were going to go and how they were going to keep their audience interested throughout that journey. Like mentioned before, some of the subject matter was a little darker than I generally enjoy, but it's nice to see a set of books that can appeal to this that like a grittier story. I certainly plan to keep an eye out for more by the Lex Thomas team and hope to see more novels in the near future.

Happy Reading!
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