Waiting on Wednesday(7)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by The awesome Jill at Breaking The Spine, where we share books we are most anxious to be be released.
This Week’s pick is Tandem by Anna Jarzab. Along with a beautiful cover, the synopsis sounds AWESOME! I mean come on, it mixes fantasy with parallel universes! Totally up my alley! It is set to be released on October 8th 2013! Such a LONG wait!
I will be pre-ordering this one at some point this month! I can’t wait! What about you?
Click below to pre-order!

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Everything repeats.
You. Your best friend. Every person you know.
Many worlds. Many lives–infinite possibilities.
Welcome to the multiverse.
Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather’s stories of parallel worlds inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real–until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will.

To prevent imminent war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha succeeds in fooling everyone, she will be returned home; if she fails, she’ll be trapped in another girl’s life forever. As time runs out, Sasha finds herself torn between two worlds, two lives, and two young men vying for her love–one who knows her secret, and one who thinks she’s someone she’s not.

The first book in the Many-Worlds Trilogy, Tandem is a riveting saga of love and betrayal set in parallel universes in which nothing–and no one–is what it seems.

Cover Reveal and 15$ Giftcard GIVEAWAY!

I was approached by Megan Martin’s publicist and offered to hos a cover reveal and giveaway! Now I thought the idea behind the book was quirky and original!  Nothing I read before! I hope I will soon have the chance to read and review this book! To be entered in the giveaway simply follow this blog (because it’s pretty and awesome) and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway! Thank you!

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Title:  Skin Deep

Author:  Megan D. Martin

Series:  #1 of The Eternal Forces

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Publisher:  Dragonfairy Press

Expected Release Date:   Fall 2013

What would you do to have the body of your dreams?

Kiera hates being overweight and hides behind thick layers of clothing. One night, her friends
present an opportunity that seems impossible to believe. With a single spell, she can have the
thin physique she’s always coveted.

But all magic comes with a price: no sex or she’ll revert back to her old body. Kiera accepts the
cost. It’s not like she has men lined up at her door. Obeying this one tiny rule isn’t difficult at
all—until the night she meets Cain, a were-tiger and a soldier with the Eternal Forces.

When a slew of unexplained murders forces Kiera and Cain together, they’ll have to face the
horrors of their pasts. Will Kiera realize she is worth more than her outward appearance? Or will
she make the wrong the choice and lose everything—including her life?

 

About the Author

Megan D. Martin is a multi-published author, mother, student and editor. In her spare time she enjoys decorating her house with strange things that do not match, playing her old school Nintendo Entertainment System, and buying fish for her many fish tanks.

You can find Megan on pretty much every social networking site that exists.
Vine: Meeegann
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$15 Amazon GC

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{Review} When We Wake by Karen Healey

When We Wake
by Karen Healey
Series: When We Wake #1
Published: March 5th 2013
Publisher: Little Brown
ISBN: 031620076X (ISBN13: 9780316200769)
Pages: 296
Source: Library book!
Reading Level: 15 and up
Shelf Award: Quick Read!
Rating:  3 Stars

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Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027—she’s happiest when playing the guitar, she’s falling in love for the first time, and she’s joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice.

But on what should have been the best day of Tegan’s life, she dies—and wakes up a hundred years later, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.

The future isn’t all she had hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for a better world?

Award-winning author Karen Healey has created a haunting, cautionary tale of an inspiring protagonist living in a not-so-distant future that could easily be our own.

My Thoughts:

Cover Love:  The cover is different than what you usually see. It is simple and uncomplicated. I did not squee over the cover but it also didn’t make me not want to read the book.

Review:

I traveled while reading this book! Set in Australia, our main character, Teagan Oglietti, lives a normal life and is in love for the first time. And at that point in the book her love is requited. There is some sort of weird love triangle that isn’t really a love triangle. Mostly it’s the main character, still in love with the boyfriend from her first lifetime but that doesn’t keep her from falling in love quickly enough in her second lifetime. Anyways… Romance wise, I didn’t feel much chemistry with said love interest (which I will not mention). What I felt Teagan was TRULY passionately in love with was music. Mainly The Beatles. Healey (the author) made it easy to be transported by The Beatles’ music. I even went on YouTube and listened to them as I read the book. Reading this book was very ambient.

Teagan is our narrator and her voice stands out. Along with the “music” of the book, it was Teagan’s voice which I liked most while reading the book. She really is a strong heroine, she doesn’t dwell and dawdle and waste too much time mourning her past life.  She is strong, decisive and obstinate!Oh and she is also a free-runner! Dayum, that is so cool! She was reminiscent of Divergent’s Tris without being copy pasted. Really just reminiscent.

World building was one of the book’s downfall… It was generic and plain for the most part. The author gave us enough details to imagine the general view of the world in the 22nd century. The world is polluted and nearly everyone is a vegetarian… Yeah, why? I am still not sure about that. We are also presented too many “political” and religious groups, government conspiracies (of course, what’s a dystopia without government conspiracies) and lot’s of journalism. Yup, That. There is also an elite school Teagan attends that offers it’s students, well, majors. They specialize in a certain fields. I’m sure you can guess which is Teagan’s. (Guess away in the comments! I’d like to see who’s right)

Second downfall was that the book felt preachy… At some point I felt like I was reading long pamphlets about pollution, global warming, immigration, racism, discrimination, LGBT rights (there’s a big-ish twist concerning that one. I WAS surprised),and even eating meat. Ugh.

Teagan’s friends (aka secondary characters) were very interesting and very involved in the story. There were lots of twists, including them that I never saw coming.

Bottom Line:

It was a well rounded book with a strong heroine and even through what annoyed me, I still read the book in less than 24 hours. I call that a good enough win to recommend that you borrow it from your library and come back to tell me about it.

Recommended for:

Readers who like a strong heroine and dystopian novels.

The Sunday Post/June TBR (2)

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.

As usual, 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!!

UPDATE FOR THIS WEEK: I did not receive any books this week, so instead I will share with you my June 2013 TBR Pile!

Are you ready!?

Recent Reviews and Nifty Posts…

  • I focused on Armchair BEA This week so there are no reviews. Check back this coming week for reviews of Pulse by Patrick Carman and When We Wake by Karen Healey!
  • I have a Cover Reveal AND 15$ Amazon Giftcard Giveaway Scheduled for TUESDAY JUNE 4th so be sure to check back in for a chance to win!!!

Book BFFs Bring Presents…

From Around the Book Blogosphere…

June TBR!!!!!

 June TBR

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang

Half Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Legacy by Cayla Kluver

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey(The Book BFFs’ June read)

What’s New in Melina’s Life?

  • We are getting a puppy next week! She will be keeping me good company while my beautiful son is spending 2 months with his father! 😥 I am sad to have my baby away from me for the summer. 😥
  • I am going to be looking for a new job! (I am going to apply at the library… I mean, Why not?)
  • I am going to CHINA! (lol no I am not… that was a joke!)

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!

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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?!