And the winners are!........
Saturday, July 31, 2010
And the winners are!........
Posted by Ky at 9:00 AM
Friday, July 30, 2010
Me: When did you know you wanted to write as a career?
Me: What did you love to read as a kid/teenager?
Me: Do you have a special place you go to to write?
Me: What attracted you to writing erotica vs. another genre?
Me: I really adored Marcus's character. He has to maintain the image of an Alpha, yet hides the fact that he is gay. He is really one of a kind in terms of character types. Was his perspective difficult to write?
Me: At the beginning of the story, Jack doesn't think of himself as gay. Did he honestly not know his sexual preference or did Marcus just convert him? Lol.
Vanessa: I like the idea of there being something special about a person that pulls them into the paranormal world, that drives them to be different. I like the idea of it not being the right place for everyone. You have to on some level not feel comfortable in human society to really be able to adjust to life with the wolves. It has to call to you.
Me: Tea or coffee? Vanessa: I love sitting outside on a hot summer day in my bare feet with a tall icy glass of sweet tea Vanessa: Impossible to choose! I love writing and then reading the finished product. It gives me an amazing sense of accomplishment.
Me: Flowers or chocolate? Vanessa: Flowers. But I l prefer planting them instead of cutting them.
Me: Reading or writing?
Me: Crossword puzzles or sudoku? Vanessa: Um...Guitar Hero? (Me: Lmao)
Thanks so much for your time Vanessa! I loved talking with ya! Be on the lookout for Pack of Lies! You don't want to miss this steamy thrill ride! And make sure to check out the other blogs on the tour. Full list below!
Here is the current Blog Tour schedule:
Posted by Ky at 4:06 PM
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
So this post is just kind of a mass collective of random bits of information. First up at bat....
Eleni is having yet another EPIC giveaway! Eleni you are way too nice to us. Truly. *bows down to your awesomeness* There are some awesome titles here folks! My mouth went slack jawed at just the mere mention of these great books! I have a feeling 2011 will be a fantastic year for new and unique YA books so be on the look out! To enter go HERE!
Just a quick reminder here guys. One day left to enter The Summer-Meltdown Contest and to vote for your favorite hottie/book! Well now that I think about it... it closes Friday. So I guess it is technically one day left... kind of.... What kind of weird countdown is that?! Stupid poll. Whatever. It closes Friday. O.O
And really that was kind of it...Lolz. Hopefully there will be two reviews coming up soon. ^.^ Then again.. considering I close three days in a row maybe not... *crosses fingers* Plus Band Camp is next week!!! WOOT! Yes I am a band geek and I'm proud of it! XP I greatly enjoyed scaring the frosh today. *evil laughter* Oh they are so sweet and innocent. I can't wait to corrupt them.
So I guess I do have one more thing to add. Since NO ONE gave me ANY ideas for what you guys want for Blogfest prizes I just came up with them myself. You are guys are so helpful. Really. I'm trying to stick to a $100 dollar budget. So far prizes include lots of book pre-orders (since I lack any ARC's) some swag and some gift cards. Sound good? Maybe a few t-shirts thrown in there. Those Hunger Games shirts look epic!!! Give me some feed back here peeps! Pretty please?
That's all folks!
Posted by Ky at 1:30 PM
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Ever drives me insane. Well frankly, since probably Blue Moon, Ever has driven me insane. Not much changed. She's still making god awful decisions and f-ing everything up. She refuses to ask for help and of course when she does, it's from the wrong people. She's quick to assume and judge and should be smacked for her idiocracy. I don't think I've ever wanted to strangle a MC before. That's how bad it is. Damen makes me want to gag as well. He is just oh so forgiving. No matter what Ever does, he doesn't even get mad! That is not a normal response! That isn't being understanding or empathetic. That is being blind and in denial. Some may find that touching or whatever but it seriously makes me cringe. I would rather have him scream and rage then that stupid understanding "I'll love you no matter what" crap. Personally I think I dislike Damen even more than Ever. Strange I know. How could I possibly dislike the hawt love interest right? Well I'll tell you why. Not only is he a stereotypical love interest i.e. the gorgeous sparkling eyes, the hot bod, the bad boy biker boots, sleek shiny hair, and seems to be madly in love with Ever, but he has no depth whatsoever. He's stalked her for four hundred years? And every time he finds her, she dies? I think that's a sign buddy. You are NOT meant to be. Plus he always interrupts Ever and Jude's past lives. Like really? You don't think Ever and Jude kept ending up together in their past lives for a reason, only to have Damen butt in and captivate Ever once again? That is so not playing fair. And probably the most annoying of all. He has no flaws. His narcissistic and egocentric past is NOT A FLAW. I am sorry. It is just not. His whole karma kick and trying to make amends for his past doesn't help matters either. He's just not a believable character. I don't believe in him as a person at all. I know absolutely NO ONE who would be anywhere near him. And frankly I wouldn't WANT to. No one is that perfect and amazing. It's inhuman and creepy.
Despite my frustration with Ever she did eventually get better. After all my raging about Damen being unbelievable, I find Ever VERY real. She has so many self-doubts, mess ups, and pretty much just F's up her life so much that I can't help but imagine her as a real person. In the end I gained some respect for her. Thank goodness. If she had stayed static I would have given up on these books for good. She finally admits her mistakes and accepts help. She stops trying to blackmail or force Roman into giving her the antidote and tries to understand him as a person. I have to really commend her on that. It's probably the smartest thing she has ever done in these books. There is yet hope!
And before I start ranting again (sorry about that) I'll briefly kind of go over some other characters. Haven was annoying as hell. I don't think I've ever truly liked her as a character and find her quite the nuisance. Jude was awesome as always. I was severely annoyed with him at the end though. I think that's because it's his fault I was denied an ending to this story. :/ And Roman. Oh Roman. Sorry dude. Just, I'm sorry. That's pretty much all I have to say on the matter. Why do I always sympathize with the "evil" guy? Well mostly because they are never "evil" to begin with. I sympathized more with Roman than any other character in these books and I was truly sad with the ending he got. So sad. :(
So while I may not adore these books and I have many issues with them, I still have minor hope for the next one. Who knows, things may get better. Ever doesn't seem to be the idiot that she was anymore. That's a start at least. If you like these books... well sorry if I insulted them a bit. Okay... a lot. I honestly don't know what came over me. I'm usually good at maintaining a slightly impartial and fair judgment. My annoyance and frustration got the better of me I'm afraid. So if you truly love these books, then I guess in a way you have good news. If I dislike these books and still think there is yet hope then you'll probably love it. Haha. I'm still crossing my fingers that this series will be saved for me. I truly want to like them, but until I see some major changes that likely isn't going to happen. I have hope though! Small as it is. XD
Posted by Ky at 10:20 AM
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Synopsis: Mirei's extraordinary magic makes her the most powerful witch alive. By some she is hailed as a miracle, while others proclaim her to be an evil abomi...more Mirei's extraordinary magic makes her the most powerful witch alive. By some she is hailed as a miracle, while others proclaim her to be an evil abomination...and vow to destroy those who champion her.
Now the different factions of witches engage in a bloody war, with magic, treachery, and murder. But both sides may be fighting for nothing. For the power that the rebel witches fear, the magic that Mirei alone possesses, is killing her.
My Review: Heed the warning! Obviously since this is the sequel there will be major spoilers for the first book, Warrior. So if you ever plan on reading these books I advise you to read at your own peril.
So I'm excited to say that I have converted to being an absolute lover of these books. If you read my review of Warrior then you know the major aspect of the novel holding me back from loving it, was the lack of tension and action. Witch certainly made up for it! Oh my god! Here's a progression of my thoughts as I read: Well that's problematic- That is NOT good- Oh crap!-AH! NO!- Not again!-Oh shit!- OH SHIT!- *insert screams of horror here* Okay so I'm a bit melodramatic, can ya blame me? I literally had to shove my face into a pillow to keep from cursing outrageously loud towards the end. I read half the book in one sitting, which was approximately 3 hours. I wouldn't have stopped if I hadn't have had to go to work!
Mirei, previously known as Miryo and Mirage, is the most powerful witch in the world. After her two halves rejoined she now can access the mysterious magic of the Void, something no other witch can claim. With her discovery of Void magic she causes many witches to start questioning their traditions and practices. If Mirei was able to become one again and join with her doppelganger, which is supposed to be the antithesis of magic, then why had tradition dictated that doppelgangers must be killed? The Witch's traditions and ideas are in upheaval, but not everyone is so accepting of Mirei and her new way. There are factions of witches who view Mirei as an abomination, unholy in the Goddess's light. They shun the Warrior, one of the five aspects of the Goddess, and vow to eliminate Mirei from this world. Mirei discovers that the Warrior, previously thought of only as an afterthought to the Goddess, is associated with the Void. The doppelgangers are the distilled essence of the Warrior, and therefore rejoining with them is the only way for the witches to become truly whole.
When Shimi, the Air Prime, leaves Starfall, stating that she will not return while the "abomination" still lives, tension builds. The witches are now split. Some believe in Mirei's new way, and some stick firmly by their life long traditions. Shimi plans to go after the other doppelgangers who had been hidden away and kidnap their witch counterparts in order to kill them. When Arinei, the Fire Prime, joins with Shimi things go from bad to worse. The witches now have a war brewing. While Mirei tracks down the doppelgangers that are at the Hunter schools, it is discovered that Eclipse has disappeared. He has been captured by Shimi and her followers. He is forced into a Blood Oath to hunt and kill Mirei, but would rather die than kill his dearest friend. Vowed into silence to not reveal he is under a Blood Oath or his mission or the identity of his captors, he manages to let the witches know what has happened to him. He set's himself to finding the rebel witches base of operations and tracking them so he can kill Shimi. The Blood Oath is slowly killing him, since he refuses to even look for Mirei but he never gives up. As you can well imagine I was greatly upset by this turn of events. I really, REALLY like Eclipse. He is probably my second favorite character! He's strong and stealthy, (like a ninja :P ) calm, intelligent, loyal, and will sacrifice his own life to keep Mirei safe. Plus he has blonde hair and blue eyes. He is very dreamy in my head. And oh guess what?! He has a sword! Complete knock out just because of that. XD Okay I'm done being a fan-girl, back to the review!
The story was just as excellently crafted as the first one. Brennan has wicked skillz for writing amazing twisted plots that the reader NEVER sees coming. I was constantly guessing throughout the entire novel. Between trying to figure out all the new implications to the witches traditions, the mystery of the Void, why Mirei's new powers are having negative effects on her, worrying about Eclipse, and trying to guess what the rebel faction of witches would do next I was left in complete awe. Utterly fantastic. What else can I say? I about cried when I got to the Epilogue because it was almost over. I was severely depressed. Mainly because I know that that was truly the end. This isn't a trilogy no matter how much I want it to be. Plus I felt that Eclipse's and Mirei's relationship was totally left horribly open. Granted it was left open and it was indicated that it was going to go further, but still. I have this insatiable craving for something steamy to happen between the two. Wish not granted. :( Oh well, that's what my imagination is for. Lol. Oh and one more thing. How genius are the two covers? Warrior looks like it should be titled Witch, and Witch looks like it should be titled Warrior! Brilliant move for the publishers. Not only does it hint at the duality of Mirage and Miryo but it also has undertones of the Warrior aspect of the Goddess and her role in becoming a full witch. Genius I say!
If you're looking for a beautifully crafted, unique, and intense story then these books are a MUST!
Posted by Ky at 8:32 AM
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
My Review: When I first picked this book up off the shelf I knew I just had to have it. I mean, look at that cover! It just screams, "Buy me!" And so of course I obliged the voices in my head and bought it and it's sequel. I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I should have listened to the voices in my head. There was many aspects of this novel that I absolutely loved, and just a few that fell flat.
I love the premise for the story. Doppelganger's? How cool is that?! It's like having an evil twin, except well it's not evil. Lol. Some of my favorite character's to read about are witches and assassins. Having them both together just made me squeal with joy. Brennan did an incredible job of creating this world. It was well thought out and felt real to me. Cultures, speech patterns, and different religions were well developed and it was enjoyable reading through them. Though I have to say I was horribly confused with all the titles of respect for the witches. It was like suddenly being transported to Japan where they tack on sama, kun, and chan to everyone's name. Except the witches system of titles is infinitely more complex! A little bit further into the book I realized that you could identify what Ray a witch was by her title and her position within that Ray. Honestly I just kind of ignored them. Way too much information for my brain to make sense of. O.O I was really glad that the world was so interesting to read about. The book would have been a major snore if the world was lackluster. I still found myself wanting to know more about the Goddess and her five Aspects though. I'm not a religious person, but I always find myself intrigued by new takes on religion. I thought all the different ways to worship the Goddess were fascinating as well. You have your traditional Priests and Priestesses, then the Witches, and then Avannan Dancers. The Dancers express their worship through dance, which I thought was insanely cool.
I really liked Mirage's character. Lame name I know, but it's a Hunter thing. Her best friend is named Eclipse. Just roll with it. She was tough, smart, sarcastic, and kickass. I love my strong feminine heroines and Mirage definitely fits the bill. With red hair and the fact that she started training as a Hunter later than normal, everyone has been out to prove her a failure. Mirage fights her way to become a respected Hunter and beats down the whispers of her being a Witch or Cousin. And I mean that literally. Calling her a Witch is ill advised. What I really found unique about Mirage's character was that she was a Dancer before she went to become a Hunter. You often think of hired assassins not really having any affiliations with religions. Mirage is a religious person, although not very zealous about it. She worships in the only way that truly makes sense to her, dancing. Her character was complex and she shattered the killer stereotype that Hunter's are.
Miryo by contrast was far less interesting to me. I don't know why I didn't really take to her, but every time I was reading about the witch I was wishing I was reading about Mirage. Miryo has a kind heart, is determined, and is a really nice person. I guess the fact that she never really questioned her up-bringing at all kind of bugged me. I'm the type of person who asks "Why?" about everything. Miryo just wasn't that kind of person. She just accepted her life and what the Primes told her to do without question. Oh I need to go kill my other half to regain control of my magic? Okay. *headdesk* She didn't even question why! Or how her doppelganger survived anyway! Plus she referred to her doppelganger as an 'it' which ticked me off. Mirage is a person, hello?!
The two's role in the story were very different. Mirage and Eclipse were hired by the witches to investigate an assassination of another witch. Meanwhile, Miryo is on the hunt for her double. Once again, Mirage's story captivated me wholeheartedly. I have to give Brennan major props on how well crafted her plot was. It intrigued me and had me guessing throughout the whole book and I never even came close to guessing what was really going on. Usually I'm really good at that. I was completely lost to what any of it could mean until Mirage or Eclipse figured something out. That's how well written the plot was. The one major problem I had with the book, and probably the reason that I cannot say that I absolutely love this book is the lack of tension. There was so many opportunities for something exciting or unexpected to happen. Miryo is walking down a creepy alley, she's advised not to do so, she does it anyway, and..........nothing. It felt like Brennan kept setting up scenes for something exciting or unexpected to happen and she just didn't deliver! Every time a point came in the story that could have been intense and full of action, it just kind of traipsed along and was boring as hell. The lack of unexpected twists and turns in the story really disappointed me. I was expecting a fantastic story of mystery, deception, and action. It was severely lacking in the action. Don't get me wrong. The book was brilliant, but it just lacked that extra spark to make it amazing.
I'm hoping that the action and tension will pick up in the sequel. Which is sitting by my bed just waiting to be read. :P Oh and there better be some romance too! Dear lord! The potential tension between Mirage and Eclipse was just killing me inside! So their year-mates, they trained together and have been best friends for how many years. Who cares?! Eclipse is freakin awesome and clearly cares about Mirage! They better end up together or I will be supremely Pissed. Off. Well... onto the sequel!
Posted by Ky at 8:21 AM
Monday, July 19, 2010
I'm kind of shocked that I'm still getting entries for The Sno-Cone Summer Meltdown Contest. Keep it coming peeps! And people are actually voting on the poll! *gasp* Maybe I'm just easily pleased. And 180+ followers! Wow guys! I am sure feeling the love! Thanks so much!
So there's really not much to this post besides that. :/ Just one more thing. I'm going to be participating in Blogfest and I wanted some input on what books everyone would love to have as prizes. Your thoughts? Ideas other than books? I'm hoping to have a wide range of prizes so any new ideas would be much appreciated! But seriously, tell me what you want! :P
Woops! One more thing! It's once again time to decide what BBA (Book Bloggers Anonymous) will be reading for the month of August! Unfortunately I never got the chance to read Mind Games (it's still sitting on my computer waiting to be read...) so I am even more excited for August's book. It's Chas's turn to host this month so go visit her blog Lovin' and Livin' Life in the 808 and vote for which book we read! Psst! Please vote for Dark Oracle! I REALLY want to read it! Plus I already bought it. XD Please, please, please, go vote! Please and thank you! ^.^
Posted by Ky at 12:46 PM
Saturday, July 17, 2010
I was kind of annoyed at first when I discovered that the entire movie was in Swedish. Then again I guess the French previews should have been a big clue... I quickly got over the subtitles. While I don't mind subtitles, I find that they rather detract from the movie when you have to constantly READ what everyone's saying instead of being able to watch the movie. Like I said, I got over it. I went into the movie only having a vague sense of what the story was. It really drew me in almost immediately. I really liked Mikael's character. I always admire a reporter with good instincts and a moral sense of right. Do such reporters exist in the real world? Well that's open to debate, but I like my good fictional characters. ^.^ While waiting to serve his time in prison for libel against a business tycoon, he is asked to investigate a 40 year old murder case. His investigation to find out the killer turns into a terrifying murder mystery of not just one girl, but five.
Meanwhile, meet Lisbeth. A heavily tattooed, pierced, goth, brilliant hacker who is investigating Mikael for the very same people that hired him. She believes that he was framed, and not guilty of the crime he was accused of. She becomes intrigued by him and with a little illegal digging around on his computer hard drive, discovers the murder case he is investigating. Besides Lisbeth's computer brilliance, she has a darker past. She needs to have a "guardian" to keep an eye on her in order to keep herself out of a psychiatric ward. Her new guardian is a sick twisted bastard who cuts her off from her accounts and makes her trade sexual favors for access to her bank account. He ends up raping her, driving home the point that he is in control of her life. Lisbeth secretly hid a camera in her bag and records the whole thing. She exacts her own revenge and gains her freedom from him. I really loved her character. She was strong, defiant, smart, and above all believed in herself above all others. She was at times introverted and never talks about her past due to a traumatic experience as a child. Even though the full back story is never fully explained, it's hinted at in the movie. She's not afraid to be different and is a tough biotch, and I greatly admired her strong character.
When Mikael and Lisbeth join forces to fully uncover what truly happened 40 years ago things certainly get interesting. New leads pop up with the help of Lisbeth's new angle of looking at things, and the duo starts to dig up trouble. As more and more clues are uncovered and the body count keeps growing things really get intense. Things fall into place and when the true identity of the murder is revealed it's rather shocking. I can honestly say I had no clue who the true killer was. They had me totally fooled into believing it was someone else, only to go PSYCHE! and turn around to point at a different character. I thought things would be nicely and neatly tied up when the killer was caught but I was I wrong. I of course forgot the main reason for the investigation in the first place. In the end things do wrap up, but it took a little longer than I was expecting. The ending had me laughing at the audacity of Lisbeth. She's a tricky little turd for sure. It made me laugh and congratulate her on her brilliance.
I will definitely be reading the book! (This is a trilogy right?) I can't wait to read them! Oh and just one more thing. The dragon tattoo on her back was beautiful! Whoever did that amazing artwork I worship you! That was utterly fantastic! Here's the book cover if anyone's interested in reading it! I guarantee I'll have this bought and added to my collection within three days. :P
Posted by Ky at 8:15 PM
Thursday, July 15, 2010
My Review: I received an ARC copy of The Ghost and the Goth courtesy of We Love YA! Book Tours today when I went and got the mail. A few hours later... I'm DONE! I don't know whether I'm just mentally disturbed or if it was just that good. Probably a bit of both. :P To say the least, it was a great read!
Besides the utterly adorable and rather hysterical cover, it had a pretty awesome story. The Ghost and the Goth was a more light-hearted approach to the issue of death that has become so prevalent in YA novels of late. It still deals with the same heavy issues, but the writing was so much more sarcastic and witty that it really had me laughing more than anything. Alona is your traditional "perfect-popular" girl with a not so perfect home life. It's a pretty common character type, but I didn't mind it at all. In ways I agreed and totally despised her at times. She's one of those characters you just love to hate, but then sympathize with because you know deep down that you can be just as small minded and petty as she is. Twisted sort of realization isn't it? It's easy to think that you wouldn't be the snarky biotch of highschool if you were in her shoes, but when you face reality and your own actions... is it so true? I always find it humbling to read about these type of characters and Alona was no exception. I really enjoyed her character because she wasn't the typical demeaning make you hate yourself type of prep. She had great wit and sarcasm and more than anything just spoke her mind.
I really enjoyed Will's character as well. What can I say? I have a thing for dark haired, blue eyed, musically secluded, quiet guys. It's a weakness. Now if only he had a sword.... I can't imagine being able to see and hear the dead. I just start thinking of The Sixth Sense and "I see dead people" and Bruce Willis and just gah. Nightmare. M. Night Shamalan, that is like one of the two good movies you have ever directed! I liked that Will wasn't some goth type like Alona originally thought. His fashion sense, or rather lack there of, is a result of trying to hide from the ghosts he constantly sees and tries to ignore. Marcy, his iPod, is his constant companion to "shut them up" and suffers because everyone thinks he's crazy. Being diagnosed as a schizophrenic and being threatened to be locked up in some psyche ward? Not fun. As always he turned out to be a wonderful guy that I would love to date (even with all the black) and wish guys were that cool in real life. Total bummer man. Reading about all these dream guys? Not doing my self esteem much good. :P
As I said earlier, I was laughing throughout this whole book. Not just the writing, but the dialogue, and just how the characters thought had me cracking up. And of course I loved the shout out to The Matrix! "There is no spoon," says the bald headed child. *giggles* Yes I'm an obsessive movie fanatic, don't judge. Someday my skillz will come in handy I tell yee! It was just a cute story that I really enjoyed. I liked the fact that it took a rather serious plot line and made it up beat and easy to enjoy without getting all depressed. I loved the ending line as well, but you'll just have to wait to read it because I'm not gonna spoil it! ^.^ I am rather hoping for a sequel. Though I'm unlikely to get one. I can still hope right? Overall, a great fun quick read that everyone will enjoy. :)
Posted by Ky at 5:24 PM
Monday, July 12, 2010
So I know I said that I'd have a poll up and the top 3 books would be the 3 prizes for the 3 winners. Well frankly I think that's a bit unfair to the winners to be subjected to the whims of others voters. So here's the deal. There still will be 3 winners, but they get to pick their prize from the 8 books that I did a sno-cone on. Here's where the poll comes into play. You can still vote for your top 3 favorite hotties or (if you haven't read the books or are a guy) the top 3 books you would like to win. Since I have gained over 150+ followers (THANK YOU SO MUCH) I'm going to add a fourth winner! The poll will be open until July 30th and with the poll results the 4th winner will get the most popular voted book/hottie. Make sense? Three winners will get to pick their prizes, the 4th winner will receive the most popular book via the poll. Sound like fun? ^.^ So vote, vote, vote! And get other people to vote. Even if they don't want to enter the contest, I don't really care cuz the poll is supposed to be fun! The poll is over to the right if you haven't already seen it. :P
Thanks again to everyone who has entered this contest! If you haven't entered or you want to spread the word, do so! The entry form will still be open until July 30th as well. An even bigger thank you to all my new followers! It's really rewarding to know that people read the random and slightly psychotic things I write. XD
And now onto the sad news. You guys probably won't be seeing much of me for the next 13 days. Why you may ask? One word. Detassling. And what pray tell is detassling? I shall give you a definition.
detassling -noun-1. the act of removing the tassel from the corn stalk in order to prevent self pollination and to create hybrid crops 2. the annual summer job from hell which includes waking up at 4:30 in the morning, walking through cornfields, getting rained on, walking through mud, stepping into spider webs, dealing with mentally immature so called teenagers with horrid crude humor, getting heat exhaustion, nasty port-o-potties, and not returning home until late in the afternoon.
I tend to use definition 2 the most. Add onto the fact that I'll still be working at my normal job (though only like twice a week) at night these next 13 days are looking rather bleak. My one bright spark of hope is that since we're starting detassling so late (e.g. tomorrow) that I get to miss a good chunk of it because of Leadership Camp for band. I'm a drum major this year so I can't really miss it, therefore I get to quit detassling early. It's a small victory. Trust me, I'll still be counting down the days. So yes this is also the reason there will be no further sno-cones. Though I'm still hoping that I have not seen the last of my delicious frozen sugary treats.
While hopefully, The Universe willing, I won't be COMPLETELY absent these next 2 weeks I'm going to try desperately to get on here and still do book reviews. (I have lots coming from book tours plus all the ones I just recently bought O.O) So send your prayers to the rain and sun gods to let me not get rained on and to not get heat exhaustion... again.... Adios mi amigos! Till we meet again!
Posted by Ky at 1:25 PM
So I have been totally MIA lately and low and behold as soon as I manage to actually get onto Blogger I see all these amazing contests! Is this a sign?! I think it is. Lol.
The Bodacious Pen is having an amazing contest! First prize get's an ARC of The Clockwork Angel plus some amazing swag! I know I am DYING to read it and all that swag is drool worthy! Plus second and third prize book choices are pretty amazing as well! Head on over and check it out! It promises to be an awesome contest!
21 Pages is having a huge ARC Giveaway! Here’s your chance to win ARCs of CLOCKWORK ANGEL, PARANORMALCY, DELIRIUM, LINGER, FIRELIGHT, THE IVY and LINGER!(I think Linna was doubly excited for Linger... *giggles*) It is an amazing prize pack and it's international! Shoo shoo! Away with you! Go enter!
A Good Addiction is teaming up with Lost for Words and Pirate Penguin Reads to have an awesome Fall Release Six Title Contest! There will be 6 different winners! One for each of the six books! Prizes include: The Replacement, Firelight, Beautiful Darkness, Matched, Torment, and Personal Demons. These will be finished products, not ARC's , and will be ordered through the Book Depositry. There are some awesome titles featured, so definitely go check it out!
And that is all! For now... Lolz. Good luck everyone! I know I'm dying to read a lot of these books too!
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Posted by Ky at 8:42 AM
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Posted by Ky at 12:51 PM
Following a terrible tragedy that leaves her once-perfect family shattered, Katherine Patterson moves to a new city, starts at a new school, and looks forward to a new life of quiet anonymity.
But when Katherine meets the gregarious and beautiful Alice Parrie her resolution to live a solitary life becomes difficult. Katherine is unable resist the flattering attention that Alice pays her and is so charmed by Alice’s contagious enthusiasm that the two girls soon become firm friends. Alice’s joie de vivre is transformative; it helps Katherine forget her painful past and slowly, tentatively, Katherine allows herself to start enjoying life again.
But being friends with Alice is complicated – and as Katherine gets to know her better she discovers that although Alice can be charming and generous she can also be selfish and egocentric. Sometimes, even, Alice is cruel.
And when Katherine starts to wonder if Alice is really the kind of person she wants as a friend, she discovers something else about Alice - she doesn’t like being cast off.
My Review: I received this book from Traveling ARC Tours, and like the horrible procrastinator I am didn't really sit down and read it until last night because I have to mail it today. :P I know, I know. Shame on me. Once I got into it a bit, I could not put it down.
At first I had a bit of a difficulty getting into the book. Alice comes into the story so fast and with so little explanation that it left me a bit confused. It surprised me how outwardly friendly Alice was to Katherine, even though she didn't even know her. If some girl I barely even knew came up to me and invited me to her party and wanted to hang out with me I don't really know what I would do, but I don't think I'd just go along with it so easily. Alice flatters Katherine with attention so much that Katherine can't help but feel liked. She is so lonely, and so determined to make sure that she never experiences happiness that Alice is like a second wind. Though it may seem that Alice is full of life and happy to share it, she is the epitome of being egocentric. In truth Alice only cares about one thing, and one thing only. Herself.
I can honestly say I have never been more disgusted by any character more so than I was with Alice. I can't rage about the things she does because it would ruin the book, but just grr!!! Psycho biotch is an apt description. What she puts her friends through is vile, disgusting, and just plain cruel.
Katherine was a very complex character. She feels responsible for her sister's death and feels that she cannot be happy because it would be an insult to the life her sister lost. It was a struggle having to read through her grief. And even more of a struggle not being able to shake some sense into her when she falls so easily for Alice's offers of friendship. The novel goes back and forth from Katherine's past, present, and future. At first it was a tad confusing because there are no indicators besides the names and events that change. After I got used to it I realized how important it was to the novel. The time skips truly show how much Katherine has changed, for the better and worse. You are able to clearly see how far Katherine has really come in accepting her sister's death and being able to live her life without the constant weight of guilt.
I have to say that I really connected with Katherine's character. Not because we are similar by any means, but emotionally. I felt her grief, her disgust, her love and ultimately her joy. I felt everything she felt and that is truly a rare occurrence for me. Beautiful Malice was truly an emotional roller coaster. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. I laughed, cried, and raged throughout the course of the story and it is probably one of the most touching books I've read. Truly beautiful.
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Saturday, July 3, 2010
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