Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone
Young Adult: 279 Pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenille
Published: July 5th, 2012
Challenge: Summer Reading Challenge
Source: From publisher for review
Series: None
Buy the Book:Amazon CA | Amazon
Find the Author: Website | Twitter

An arresting un-coming-of-age story, from a breathtaking talent

Becca has always longed to break free from her small, backwater hometown. But the discovery of an unidentified dead girl on the side of a dirt road sends the town--and Becca--into a tailspin. Unable to make sense of the violence of the outside world creeping into her backyard, Becca finds herself retreating inward, paralyzed from moving forward for the first time in her life.

Short chapters detailing the last days of Amelia Anne Richardson's life are intercut with Becca's own summer as the parallel stories of two young women struggling with self-identity and relationships on the edge twist the reader closer and closer to the truth about Amelia's death.
“I have learned that knowing where you're going means remembering where you've been. I'm not afraid of what lurks behind me, or ahead.” 

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone was a beautifully written, heart-wrenching novel. One of the most suspenseful reads I've ever read!

Amelia Anne was a novel that I was anticipating since I heard about it. The novel definitely exceeded all of my expectations(that were already pretty high!)

The author introduces to us some of the most stunning characters I have come across. First off, the two narratives, Becca and Amelia. With 2 female narratives I always find myself getting confused, but that did not happen with this novel. Rosenfield delivered the two narratives beautifully. They each had their own, strong voice. I fell in love with both Becca and Amelia, they easily related to each other and I could relate to them.

I loved the romance aspect of the novel as well. Behind the ugly backdrop of the town and the murder lurked a beautiful romance blooming.

Kat Rosenfield's lyrical written style, stunning character cast, and haunting plot line made this book an epic debut. She hit the Young Adult scene with a bang and I can't wait to see what she produces next!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Saturday, August 18, 2012

A Dollar Makes a Difference..

This is a Book Blog. It is not to often that I post something that is not book related, unless I really feel it deserves to be mentioned. This is something that I feel not only deserves to be mentioned but to be supported. Without further a do, I introduce Melissa.

A Dollar Makes a Difference

By Melissa McEntee


Right now is my time for fundraising before my shave date of September 9, 2012. You see, I am a St. Baldrick’s Foundation “shavee.” “Shavees” show their support for children battling cancer by having their own heads voluntarily shaved at one of the foundation’s events. The children that lose their hair during cancer treatment don’t appear to focus much on the hair loss. What I notice most in the pictures of them are their vibrant smiles because they are happy to be alive. Well, I figure that my baldness will be just another haircut that I either like or dislike, while my smile can say that I’m happy to be alive too… after all, shouldn’t we all wear a smile like that! Right down to the event date, all volunteers, including the “shavees,” are to share the information about the event and about why they are participating as an effort to inspire others to donate money to the cause. I have chosen two children to honor for this event; Karolyn B., age 7, is my best friend's niece and was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at age 5; Evan H., age 3 (my youngest son's age), was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at age 2 and lives on the MS Gulf Coast, which is where I was raised. One of the reasons I chose to volunteer was that I am a mom. Though I have not met either child that I am honoring, I thought about what it must be like to have a child with cancer and how much I would hope that anyone and everyone would put forth effort to help me save my child from such an awful disease. Thanks to all of the volunteers, promo helpers, and financial donors, A.K.A. Heroes, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation currently “funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.” (www.stbaldricks.org/about-us/history/)

During this fundraising venture, I have found that many people focus on larger donations and, even more so, the fact that they may not be able to afford those large donations at this time. I am not asking for large donations, though it would be nice. Most people just don’t seem to realize or even think about how much a $1 donation means. The point is that mass donations of just $1 equal a lot of monetary support all together. A dollar really does make a difference!

To show your support in the form of a donation, please go to my page on the St. Baldrick’s website: www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/572090/2012. Donations can be made by clicking on “MAKE A DONATION” under my picture, or by phone or mail. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven, BBB accredited charity. Everyone involved with the foundation greatly appreciates your support! Thank you!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Follow Friday/TGIF

Q: What blogger inspires you? It can be any kind, it doesn't have to be a book blog.

Non-Book blogs
 Blogilates-She runs a fantastic Food and Fitness blog that I follow every. single. day!!
Rabbit Food for my Bunny Teeth-Another wonderful Health blog!

Book Blogs:
Parajunkee's View: I've been following Parajunkee for as long as I can remember!
Midnight Bloom Reads: Liz and I met over at The Chapter Community and I always loved hearing her point of view of books or anything book related. She balances school and blogging so well. That is definitely inspiring!

I come across new blogs every day that I find inspiring. When you can balance kids, life, school, a job, hobbies, sports, etc with a book blog. That is VERY inspiring!


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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Two Cover Reveals!! Taken and Altered Souls by Karice Bolton

Taken (A Watchers Novella)
by Karice Bolton
Expected Pub: December 2012

A Watchers Novella
Ana and Athen are enjoying the quiet life as a couple with only the minor dark demon infraction to rectify. Cyril and Arie are enjoying the newfound simplicity too. Things are perfect – too perfect.

They soon realize that something far more sinister is taking place in their world, and they must do their best to stop the evil from spreading. Determined to figure out who is tampering with the mortals’ fate they are unable to recognize that it’s a trap, and one of their own is the target.

This is where it all begins.
Altered Souls (Book 2 of The Witch Avenue Series)
by Karice Bolton
Expected Pub: October 2012

The realm of Altered Souls brings nothing but unrest, deceit, and pain forcing Triss to come face to face with heartbreak from her past.
Facing a betrayal like never before, Triss questions everything she thought she knew about her family, coven, and abilities.
With the help of Logan, she embarks on a journey enabling her to confront the dark side of magic and the person who controls it. Realizing Triss’s ancestors have been seduced for centuries by the dark side, Triss and Logan must ensure no more in their world fall victim to the realm of Altered Souls, even if that means ending the ones they love. 
Author Bio:

Karice Bolton


Karice Bolton is a paranormal romance/urban fantasy author living in the Pacific Northwest. All three books in The Watchers Trilogy are available now, Awakening, Legions, and Cataclysm. Lonely Souls, which is the first book in her new series Witch Avenue, was released in June 2012!

Karice married the love of her life who she met in high school, and she still can't get over how cute and funny he is. They have two English Bulldogs that are the cutest bullies in the world, and they use their cuteness to get what they want. Karice loves the snow and gravitates towards the stuff as often as possible! She enjoys skiing and tries really hard to snowboard, but often makes a nice little area to sit while everyone zips by on their board. She enjoys writing, and she also loves to read just about anything with print.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Romances That You Think Would Make It In The Real World


 Book Romances That You Think Would Make It In The Real World


The Notebook

Noah and Allie

Autumn

Michael and Emma

Playing Hurt

Chelsea and Clint

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1)

John and Pierce

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

'Tris and Four

Revolution

Andi and Virgil

The Death And Life Of Charlie St. Cloud

Charlie and Tess

If I Stay

Mia and Will

The Host (The Host, #1)

Wanda and Kyle

The Fault in Our Stars

Augustus and Hazel

Boy, That was a hard one! I can't wait to see what you chose!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Invitation to Tea: Nicholas Sparks Edition!


Invitation to Tea is a spuratic meme hosted here at The Crazy Bookworm. I list the top 5 characters I would love to have Tea with, and what we would chat about! Feel free to grab the button and participate yourself!

This post is a special one, it's a Nicholas Sparks edition! If your a regular at The Crazy Bookworm, you've probably come to learn that I LOVE Nicholas Sparks, and I especially love his Characters. Here are the top 5 I would like to have tea with...I have a feeling there will be a part 2 of this edition coming soon!

**Post may contain spoilers**

The Last Song

Will from The Last Song. I feel like we didn't get to learn enough about Will. I would love to sit down and hear his story!

The Lucky One

I LOVED Logan from The Lucky One but I think I would like to hear more from Elizabeth. She had quite the before Logan came along, I would like to hear more about their life together now.

Dear John

John Tyree from Dear John is one of my favourite of Sparks' characters. He was a very vulnerable character. I want to sit and hear more about his time in the war.

The Guardian

This is my all-time favourite book from Nicholas Sparks, The Guardian. I want to have tea Julie, what that character went through was tremendous, I would love to hear how her life is now. And I also want to extend an invite to Singer, the Great Dane!

The Notebook

This shouldn't be a shocker, The Notebook! And I'm going to cheat a little bit. I want to have tea with Noah AND Allie. How could I chose just one of them?! I want to have tea with them as a married couple, after they've had their kids. Oh, the stories they could tell!

That's it for this edition!

If you do a post, please let me know! I would love to see your choices! And you don't have to follow my theme, you can make your own!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

What's in it For You? A Mailbox feature


No books for review this week, but I did buy a few!



All of thise have been on my TBR wishlist for a long time. I'm glad I finally bought them all. I loved The Lying Game so I can't wait to dive into book 2 and 3 in the series! And I've heard amazing things about Liesl and Po!

That's it for me this week!

What's in it For You?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Wake by Amanda Hocking

Wake (Watersong, #1)
Young Adult: 309 Pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: August 7th, 2012
Series: Watersong #1
Challenge: Summer Reading Challenge/Blog Tour
Source: For Review
Buy the Book:Amazon
Find the Author: Website | Twitter

Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong.

Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone's attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.

First off, I want to point out this GORGEOUS cover...isn't it stunning? It was love at first sight for me with this cover, and it is even prettier in person!

Wake is just as beautiful on the inside, as it is on the outside. Amanda Hocking's lyrical writing style is so charming, it is no wonder why she has become a sensation in the Young Adult world. Readers adore her, and I can absolutely see why!

I loved how Hocking gave her own spin to the mermaid theme. It isn't your typical mermaid story. The author also handled the dual perspective of 2 female characters very well! They each had their own voice, not once did I get confused or blend the characters together. The character development was one of my favourite aspects of this novel, this book had a very strong and packed character cast, and Hocking gave each one their own time to shine. The secondary characters where just as strong as the main characters. I adored Gemma, however if I were forced to pick a favourite character, I don't think I could.

The author also focused a lot on the world building of this novel(which I expected) so I wasn't surprised that we didn't dive right into all the action from the beginning. There was a lot of story to cover, and I appreciate the author taking the time to introduce everything. I thought it was done at a perfect pace!

I could literally sit here and write a novel of my own on why I adored this novel. The wait for book #2, Lullaby is going to be a hard one!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Follow Friday

Q: What would you do over if you were to start your blog again from scratch?
Oh, wow! Good question! But I honestly don't think I would change a thing! I had NO IDEA about all the other book blogs out there before I started mine, I had no idea that you could receive arc's. All I wanted was just a space to talk about the books I was reading. I was learning everything as I went, and a lot of it was trial and error. I think that's what I loved about this whole blogging experience; learning everything as I went!

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