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May Kindle Giveaway

This is a joint AUTHOR & BLOGGER SPONSORED GIVEAWAY!


Kindle Fire HD 7″ Giveaway

The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HD (US Only)

Or $199 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)


Sponsoring Bloggers & Authors

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Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire 7″ HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (International).

Ends 5/31/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Armchair BEA Genre Discussion: Literary Fiction

First of all, I had to as myself: “What is Literary fiction?”

What literary fiction is, according to what I read, is a novel that doesn’t revolve around the plot but the “inner story”, the tone is more serious, darker and the pacing is slower, letting the reader delve in the story.

Now… My personal opinion of Literary Fiction is limited as I have read only a handful of books from this genre, most notably The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Animal Farm by George Orwell, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I find the genre dragging for the most part. Out of the few books I read I only enjoyed a couple. Most of the Literary Fiction books I read, I read in high school and wasn’t so fond of. Also, since I was in french school I read many french books that are considered Literary Fiction. Given that I don’t give much thought to the genre I  have to stop here.

I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on this genre!

Don’t forget to check out my Book BFFs:

Melissa @ Harley Bear Book Blog

Angela @ Reading Angels

Lindsay @ The Novel Life

Rie @ Mission To Read

Kathrin @ Stacked ‘n’ Painted

Toodles and Happy Reading!

By Readorkable Posted in Event

Armchair BEA Discussion Post: Fiction and Development

Blogger development…

I am not yet in a position to mentor anyone on this subject as I am still in the early stages of blogging even though I have been blogging for 2 years. I have had troubles keeping up due to a very chaotic few years.

I am NOT an organized person! I am, in the deepest sense of the word, a “free spirit”. While I do take pride in this, it doesn’t come without it’s inconveniences. Over the years I have tried to turn myself into someone organized and focused. But with every try I failed, so I recently came to the realization that it is part of my personality… It is WHO I AM. I came to accept that that and when I accepted it and stopped trying to be someone I am not I suddenly found my kind of organized chaos easier to manage. To have a blog is to be organized, and if I want this blog to grow along with me I need to be organized. I am no longer trying to be someone I am not but I still try to set goals and keep them. And I have succeeded more lately. The difference now is that I don’t beat myself up if I don’t end up achieving a certain blog goal and then, most importantly is tat I have made fellow book blogging friends. Before I met them I was kind of a mess. I hadn’t posted anything in months. But in the past 2 weeks they have helped me get my act together. I couldn’t be a blogger at all without them. They motivate me, encourage me, make me feel better about myself and best of all, they make me smile and laugh! That is what friends are. I may not have met them yet but I will one day!

Bottom line is; in this book blogging world you need allies, you need friends, you need support to grow and develop your craft. Because book blogging is a craft that us book addicts have developed to connect to others like us.

Also I am hoping to find a co-blogger who would help fill the empty days. Let me know if you’d be interested!

My Book BFFs:

Melissa @ Harley Bear Book Blog
Angela @ Reading Angels
Lindsay @ The Novel Life
Rie @ Mission To Read
Kathrin @ Stacked ‘n’ Painted

Discussion on Genre: Fiction

Fiction! It’s anything from contemporary (YA and Adult), romance(YA and Adult), paranormal romance(YA and Adult), historical romance(YA and Adult), Urban fantasy (YA and Adult), dystopian (YA and Adult), horror (YA and Adult)…. The list certainly goes on and on! I am mostly a YA reader. As I mentioned in my Intro Post that I am nearing my mid twenties (at an alarming pace I must say) and I have a child and trying for another. Now, you fellow bloggers understand how YA is amazing, but my real life friends and family never did. Believe it or not, before I was 17 I read mostly French YA (yes, I read the first 4 Harry Potter Novels in french and pronounced Dumbledore’s name wrong until the first movie came out). Then when I was 17, I went away to college (dropped out in my first year) and there were no french YA books… I randomly picked up some book that had two hands holding an apple on the cover and I was done for. After that I read some Tamora Pierce, Julie Kagawa, Libba Bray, Scott Westerfeld, Christopher Pike, Melissa De La Cruz, Phillip Pullman… Before I knew it I was 22 and reading YA.  YA was (and still is) my home.

My family told me that at my age I should be reading REAL books. That enraged me but I still tried to branch out, So I picked up some PNR (Black Dagger Brotherhood and Catherine Asaro’s The Lost Continent series)… But somehow that still wasn’t good enough so my mother said: “read books that are going to teach you things” and shoved a bunch of philosophy books on my lap. Philosophy can be interesting, but it’s  nothing that can make my heart soar and my eyes tear up, it didn’t make me laugh, it did make me angry but not for the right reasons. And who says you can’t learn from fiction?? I’ve learned a lot! Have you?

What is your take on Fiction and Development? Comment and let me know! xoxo

Armchair BEA Intro!

 This is my first time participating in ArmchairBea and I am excited! This is my Intro post and I hope I am doing it right! I am excited to meet new people! I met so many wonderful people with Bout Of Books that I am wanting to participate in so many events! I want to meet all you bookish people!
So here are the 5 questions I chose to answer! Have fun getting to know me!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? I am a 24 year old mom of one 3 year old little boy who’s turning 4 and I have a boyfriend/husband who is 10 and a half years older than me! I am completely disorganized, book obsessed, coffee addict, a total night owl ( I am most productive late at night/very early in the morning). I abuse brackets and love these: “…”
I have been blogging on and off for almost 2 years, and I started because I couldn’t find anyone who’d go as crazy as me for books! My family and friends thought my obsession was endearing until they decided it was crazy! I say phooey on them and YAY BOOKS!
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Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.

I am a proud Canadian and I live in a small military town about 2 hours west of the national capital, my home town of Ottawa! Petawawa (current town) is rich in natural wonders and great reading spots! there are crazy rocky rapids 5 minutes from my house and lots of trails to hike and bike! I like this town! People are nice but I miss home everyday! Ottawa will always be home!

April in Petawawa

April in Petawawa

What are you currently reading? I am currently reading City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare! It’s a series I have been meaning to catch up on among others (Vampire Academy, Black Dagger Brotherhood, Chicagoland Vampires, The Iron Fey and more). Next on my list are: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.
Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you. This is very much NOT book related and I am kind of nervous announcing this to the blogging world but here goes… Hubby and I are trying to conceive our first (his first, my second child) together. So far it’s been unsuccessful but we aren’t losing hope. We will hopefully have a new little reader in 2014! Please pray for us! 🙂
Name your favorite blog(s) and explain why they are your favorite(s).
Well, I would like you all to be Introduced to my Book BFFs, whom I met during Bout of Books 7.0! These aren’t ALL my favorite but they are the MOSTEST SPECIALEST ONES! I hold everyone of these ladies close to my heart!

Melissa @ Harley Bear Book Blog

Angela @ Reading Angels

Lindsay @ The Novel Life

Rie @ Mission To Read

Kathrin @ Stacked ‘n’ Painted

Well that was my Introduction! Nice to meet you!

By Readorkable Posted in Event

Top Ten Tuesday! (10) The 10 Books I am Buying Next

Image courtesy of The Broke and The Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by  The Broke and The Bookish . At this link you can find all past and future TTT.

This week’s topic is a Freebie (Weee!): 

Top 10 Books I am Buying Next!

  1. Siege and Storm by Leigh BardugoBook 1 was amazing! This is a sequel I don’t want to wait to read! I’m jumping right in!
  2. City Of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. I am going to finish City of Ashes very soon, City of Glass is on my nightstand and I have already bought a special edition of City of Lost Souls! So I need that book!
  3. Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris. I wasn’t sold on this book until my Book BFF Melissa from Harley Bear Book Blog sold me on it!  
  4. The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell. It’s fantasy, it sounds wonderful and I WANT IT!
  5. The Program by Suzanne Young. Everyone is going crazy about this book and it sounds like I would LOVE IT! I’m getting it!
  6. The Beautiful and The Cursed by Paige Morgan.  One word: Cover! Also it sounds interesting, but really it’s the cover…
  7. Transparent by Natalie WhippleI can’t stop thinking about this book!!
  8. The Ward by Jordana Frankel. The heroine sounds really kickass!
  9. Dualed by Elsie Chapman. I really want to read this! It sounds like a book I would SQUEE over!
  10. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau. Must Have!
Honorable Mentions:  Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry, Reboot by Amy Tintera, Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan, Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn.
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That is all for me! Link me up in the comment section! I want to know which books are on your list!

Summer Lovin’ Read-A-Thon!

The Summer Lovin’ Readathon is a week-long readathon event hosted by seven independent bloggers! (Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland)

Spend the week reading at your own pace, when and how you want too. There will be daily challenges for awesome prizes and opportunities to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

As if that weren’t enough – the week will end with a 24-hr marathon readathon! Twitter parties, mini-challenges, games, prizes given EVERY HOUR, and more chances to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

Sign-ups will be open through July 6th. I’m in, are you?!

The Sunday Post/ Stacking The Shelves (1)

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

OK So this is my first try at this feature so please humor me! FIRST! I will show what which books I received/bought and share Library Hauls Also! (considering I have got some books to show you guys!)

I will be featuring my Book BFFs Posts and keeping you updated with the goings-on happening with our little group! Trust me! GOOD THINGS are happening! We will be invading the book world with wonderful goodness!

I will ALSO let you know of any posts I found entertaining in the Book Blogging World OUTSIDE of my Book BFFs. These posts will be worth checking out!!

Are you ready!?

Recent Reviews…

  • I reviewed For Darkness Shows The Stars! I loved it! It was a romantic read but not in the way you’d think. (YES! There is obviously romance in the ways you think… Just not exclusively!) I think anyone would enjoy this book!
  • And I reviewed City of a Thousand Dolls! Would’ve made a better MG book even though I enjoyed it!

Book BFFs Bring Presents…

From Around the Book Blogosphere…

  • Why these gals think the YA 2013 books being released are a snoozefest so far. And I kinda see where they are coming from… Check it out here!
  • 25 Signs You’re Addicted to Books! I found this hilarious but shockingly on point!
  • Want some ideas for your next read? Jana from The Broke and The Bookish gives you her recent 5 star recipients! Find it HERE!

ALL THE BOOKS!!!!!!

20130525_000551 I went to the Library and borrowed these AWESOMAZING books:

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (First John Green EVER)

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Above by Leah Bobet

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And this week I splurged and bought myself some (6) Books to add to my collection!

Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield

ICONS by Margaret Stohl

Sever by Lauren DeStefano

Arclight by Josin L. McQuein

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey(This will be Book BFFs June read)

I hope you enjoyed my Sunday Post and I will have more fun stuff for you next week! Let me know what you thought! What books YOU think I should read/buy!

Toodles!

{Review} City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster


City of a Thousand Dolls
by Miriam Forster
Series: Bhinian Empire #1
Published: February 5th 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
ISBN: 0062121308 (ISBN13: 9780062121301)
Pages: 359
Source: Bought Myself
Reading Level: 13 and up
Shelf Award: Pretty Cover
Rating:  3 Stars

Goodreads Summary:

Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a child. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. Nisha makes her way as Matron’s assistant, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city’s handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until one by one, girls around her start to die.

Before she becomes the next victim, Nisha decides to uncover the secrets that surround the girls’ deaths. But by getting involved, Nisha jeopardizes not only her own future in the City of a Thousand Dolls—but her own life.

My Thoughts:

Cover Love:  The cover is beautiful! You get a sense of mystery and fantasy! It’s a great attention grabber!

Review:

I have been on a fantasy kick ever since I read The Girl Of Fire and Thorns (SO GOOD) and I thought this would be a perfect fit! It mentions assassins! And I love me some assasins! And an abilities to talk to cats! Awesome right?
Well, no. I ended up disappointed.  Upon reading I found myself picturing Nisha as a thirteen year old and not the 16 year old she was depicted as even despite the kissing scenes. Speaking of depiction…She wasn’t described much at all… All I really had to go on was the darkened image of the girl holding swords on the cover and so that really didn’t help in my connecting with the Main character. And where were the assassins!? I kept waiting and waiting for them to be introduced! I feel like the idea was great but the execution was lacking. I really liked the idea of having girls be trained in different houses according to their affinities. The House of Flowers trained girls to be Nobles, The House of music, The House of Pleasure, The House of Jade trains scholars/healers/etc, House of Combat, The House of Beauty. But it wasn’t enough to make the book extraordinary.

Also, the plot felt very mish-mashed. And her going about finding the murderer seems too messy. She seems aimless and desperate. Granted, she has good reason to be desperate. If the author intended to pass Nisha as a desperate heroine she succeeded.
However, what did keep me from marking this as a DNF and enjoying it in the end was the world building and the constant hinting at secrets concerning Nisha! I really enjoyed the imagery and just HAD TO find out what was so special about Nisha. Also the secondary characters like Jerrit, Nisha’s cat companion, was a plus I enjoyed. Their dialogue was sweet and funny!
There are a few parts where we see that she could REALLY give her enemies THE HURT but I felt myself wanting for more. Had the couple kissing scens been taken out, this book would have been a much better Middle Grade book. I wish I had loved it more. Nothing really stood out for me. Which is a shame. I love fantasy and I LOVE assassins!

Bottom Line:

This book would have done better as a Middle Grade book had the author removed the few kissing scenes and one or two gory instances.
Reading this book felt like the author first wrote the middle and the end then tried attach a middle to it. It felt disconnected. I am sad I didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d hoped.

Recommended for:

Someone who wants an easy read. I guess…

Book BFFs Interview with Angela from Reading Angel

The Book BFFs are making their debut into the book blogging world! We are a bunch of girls who share a love (an addiction would be a more accurate term) with books and reading! We all found eachother during Bout of Books 7.0. We decided we wanted to get to know eachother better and came up with interviews. We all interview a fellow Book BFF and in return we are interviewed by another Book BFF! Now this isn’t only for us! Anyone who shares a love (AKA addiction) for book can request to be interviewed by us. Or even you and your own Book BFF can interview eachother! Make it fun!

I was paired with Angela from Reading Angel!
And Rie from Mission To Read was appointed as my interviewer! Go check out her blog if you want to get to know me better! I will link all interviews after you all meet Angela!

Here goes!

1. Tell me about yourself, what kind of person are you behind the computer/phone screen?

Beyond the computer I am a mother/wife/chauffeur/volunteer/crafter/ball mom/nerd/friend/daughter/sister/book addict.

2. How long have you been blogging and what made you start?

I’ve been blogging for 4 1/2 years. I started blogging with Lori from Pure Imagination and Candace from Candace’s Book Blog. We were all friends on shelfari and decided to take our book love to blogs!

3. In your opinion, what makes a book a great read?

So many things, but universally I need great characters that I can connect with in someway, emotions/action/and a flow that will keep me engrossed to the end.

4. What are the first 5 books that come to mind?

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – because I just finished it.
Harry Potter by JK Rowling – because it’s Potter
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – because I’m crafting something right now in time for my reread before the movie!
DreamFever by Karen Marie Moning – because it’s my current audiobook
Touch Me by Olivia Cunning – because if I don’t find time to read it soon I’m going to scream!

5. What are your blogging tactics/strategies? How do you, personally,manage blogging and your real life?

Use a blogging calender religiously
Schedule tons of posts in advance when I have a free evening, because they don’t come often.
Have extra stuff on the backburner for when I’m behind
Don’t let myself stress the small stuff
Lean on my blogging friends when I do stress
Love my bookish/blogging friends like woah, because THEY GET ME!!!

6. You’re stuck on a deserted Island, What 5 books would you bring?

The Bible
Harry Potter box set (yep, I cheated…too bad!)
The complete works of Jane Austen (finally get around to reading something by her…)
SAS Survival Handbook: How to Survive in the Wild, in Any Climate, on Land or at Sea
The Encyclopedia of Edible Plants

7. What are other hobbies of yours? And which one takes up most of your attention (when you aren’t reading)

My playing with my son, helping with his homework, reading with him, and taking him to baseball, basketball and taekwondo take up most of my time. My other main hobby is cross-stitching right now. Love it!

8. What’s the funniest joke you know?

Husband: When I get mad you don’t fight back, how do you control your temper?
Wife: I clean the bathrooms.
Husband: How does that help?
Wife: I use your toothbrush.

9. What kind of drinks/snacks do you like to have around when you are reading?

To drink – whatever I have to drink when I pick up my book…LOL
Snacks – anything not messy on the book – popcorn, pretzels, ect.

10. Tea or coffee?

Starbucks!

Find Angela (Reading Angel) on her blog, Twitter and Facebook!
www.readingangel.com
www.twitter.com/readingangel002
www.facebook.com/ReadingAngelBlog

Other Interviews!

1. Rie @ Mission to Read
2. Lindsay @ The Novel Life
3. Melissa @ Harley Bear Book Blog
4. Kathrin @ Stacked’n’Painted
5. Angela @ Reading Angel
Thank you for stopping by!

Summer Solstice Read-A-Thon!

 

Created by: Rie of Mission To Read 
and
Cohosted by: Melissa of Harley Bear Book Blog, Lindsay of The Novel Life, Kathrin of StackedNPainted, and Melina of The Pretty Nifty YA Reader.
The summer solstice is the longest day of the year.  And you know what that means…
So no matter where you are on the planet we want you to celebrate the first day of summer with us in a 24 hr read-a-thon!  Just think of all those summer reads you’ve been waiting to start!
1. Create a sign up post on your site saying that you’re planning to join in the read-a-thon on the 21st.  You can post a goal list of books you want to read that day, but it’s not mandatory.  Include the read-a-thon button and this blurb:
Summer Solstice Read-a-thon is a 24 hr event taking place on the longest day of the year…June 21, 2013.  It was created by Rie @ Mission To Read and is cohosted by Melissa of Harley Bear Book Blog, Lindsay of The Novel Life, Kathrin of StackedNPainted, and Melina of The Pretty Nifty YA Reader.  The goal of this read-a-thon is to take advantage of all the extra daylight and read as much as you can!  Mini challenges and a giveaway will be happening this day so make sure to check out any of the host’s blog’s the day of for more information.  Don’t forget to chat with us at the twitter party 12pm CST #SSRead. 
2. Add the link to your sign up post in the linky below.
3. Check back to any of the host’s blogs on the 21st for mini challenges and a chance to win a giveaway!
4. Read till the sun goes down