Jul 24, 2014

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway! -- Keeper by Ingrid Seymour

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About the Book

Keeper by Ingrid Seymour
The Morphid Chronicles (Omnibus Edition)
400 pages/ Young Adult

For them, free will is a luxury . . .

Greg Papilio both wants and dreads his impending metamorphosis. He's tired of being an ugly runt--always picked last on the basketball court--when he could be strong and what girls call "drop dead gorgeous." But as much as he looks forward to the transformation, he also fears the caste it will inevitably assign to him. He doesn't want a common caste. He wants a powerful one, a cool one.

Samantha Gibson is average. She's short and a little full around the hips--a terribly cute look for a future chef. She's two years away from culinary school, from her uncaring parents, and from carving a perfectly Human future. She wants independence, a career and a quiet life of her own.

Except fate couldn't care less about what Greg and Samantha want and gives them exactly the opposite. Greg's metamorphosis assigns him a caste that enslaves him, while Samantha's chance to attend Le Cordon Bleu is taken away. But things are never as interesting as when Ashby--an intriguing blonde with a hidden identity--enters her life with a splash.


Greg's fate is to be Samantha's Keeper, to protect her at a time when someone wants her dead. He will stop at nothing to ensure her safety, even if her secret past proves deadly, even if he's keeping her safe for someone else.
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20879276-keeper-omnibus?from_search=true

 

Grab Keeper Vol. One (first part of the story) for .99 cents on

http://www.amazon.com/Keeper-Vol-Morphid-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B00IS4VIE2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398194450&sr=8-1&keywords=Ingrid+Seymour
Wow, this was a spectacular read. I flew through it, not wanting to stop for anything... I was hooked to these characters. Keeper follows a bunch of characters and they are all interesting and easy to read about/ in their point of view. There is Sam, Greg, and Ashby but most of what you read is in the POVs of Sam and Greg. The book follows these characters as they learn who they are in a complex world of lies, ignorance, and deceit. It was SO good!

It is hard to write a review that would give this book justice without giving away all the good parts -- I guess what you need to know is that Sam is a girl who is struggling with many realizations about herself including the fact that she has a guardian and there are strange hot guys suddenly taking interest in her. There is Greg, who is a recently-morphed Morphid, whose caste is not a normal one at all and he has no idea what to do except help Sam. And then finally there is Ashby, who is a prince so to speak and he is trying to figure out his place in the regency without treading too much on his mother's scary toes. 

These characters and more clash in a story that is overwhelmingly fun to read. The characters are all interesting and I loved reading more from each of them, then on top of all of this the plot was wonderfully put together. I was on the edge of my seat (literally while reading at my computer at work during lunch break) the whole time. Even the day to day troubles of 'normal' Sam where complex and captivating.

I highly recommend this book to Young Adult Fantasy lovers.

 

     
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About the Author
Ingrid Seymour loves, loves, loves to write. She’s a young and new adult author. She writes in a variety of genres including romance, urban fantasy, paranormal and horror. She loves pizza and sushi, Sunkist and gum. She believes in vampires, witches, but not zombies (uh-uh, never!) She writes to loud music, daydreams constantly and spends too much time in twitter!! Find her there? ;) Ingrid has incredible fun doing what she does, but more than anything she enjoys hearing from her readers. It’s a dream come true.

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$25 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
Keeper signed paperback & bracelet (US)

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Jul 23, 2014

It's almost ARC August Baby!!!

AHHH I almost forgot about ARC August... I was happy to run into it on someone's blog (sorry I forget who's it was) and so after heading over to visit Octavia @ Read. Sleep. Repeat I decided... why shouldn't I do it?! :)

I love these things (Yay happy dance!)

ARC August 2015 

 So what is this madness I speak of? It is a month of reading ARCs, whatever you need to get through, the ones sitting on your shelf forever, anything that is an ARC and boy do I have loads of them I NEED to read. -- Don't judge, you know you have them too :P

Here is my plan:
Mortal Danger (Immortal Game, #1)  Rose and the Magician's Mask  The Case of the Stolen Sixpence    The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place  

With these I would also like to read a few others that are not ARCs so this is it for ARCs :)

Are you planning on signing up? You should! If so, let me know what you are reading :)
 


Jul 22, 2014

Awesome Coupon Code: GoneReading.com

Hey readers! Have you heard of 

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??


They have the most adorable and fun stuff for readers and they have sent me the below coupon code for you to get 20% off of your purchase!

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You are bound to find something you love!

So here is the code - C2C20
Happy Shopping Booklovers!

Terms: the coupon can be used an unlimited number of times for the next 60 days on non-sale items :)

Jul 21, 2014

Building the Book Pile #100

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Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

What's Happening?!
Hi everyone! This past week was great, so great in fact that I missed posting my BtBP on Sunday :/ WHOOPS :P
Over the last week I took a trip to Georgia to visit my mom and once there we left and when to Virginia to see my grandfather, so there was a lot of traveling - I am kind of pooped but it was wonderful to see everyone and hang out with the family.

In terms of reading, I am still going at a steady pace and this week I got a few more books to add to that pile.

How was your week ? Let me know in the comments.

Giveaways Going on NOW!   

 
http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/blog-tour-review-and-giveaway-anthems.html July Kindle
 
Click pic/link to be taken to the giveaway!
Others may be linked on the right sidebar :) check them out!

 

Coming up on the Blog... 

Post about an AWESOME Coupon Code!! from GoneReading.com
 (This is too cool, if you follow on FB the code is already up) ;)

Blog Tour: Review -- Keeper (Omnibus Edition) by Ingrid Seymour (YA) 

This weekend is also another Write On Review-a-thon with The Book Vixen!Here is the Sign Up. I hope to read a bunch this week and have some reviews to write over the weekend :)

Books This Week

Dreamwood by Heather Mackey from Librarything Early Reviewers program and Recorded Books for review (Audiobook)
Allies and Assassins by Justin Somper from Librarything Early Reviewers program and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for review (Hardcover)

  Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything post and I will happily stop by and say hello!

 Happy Reading!

Jul 20, 2014

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway -- Anthem's Fall by S.L. Dunn

http://www.booknerdtours.com/2014/anthems-fall-by-s-l-dunn.html

ABOUT THE BOOK
Above a horrified New York City, genetics and ethics collide as the fallen emperor and a banished exile of the same herculean race ignite into battle over the city’s rooftops. In the streets below, a brilliant young scientist has discovered a technology that can defeat them both, yet might be more terrible than either.
Set both in modern New York City and in the technologically sophisticated yet politically savage world of Anthem, Anthem’s Fall unfurls into a plot where larger than life characters born with the prowess of gods are pitted against the shrewd brilliance of a familiar and unlikely heroine.



Rating

Anthem's Fall... what can I say?... From the very beginning I was stoked to read this book, the synopsis sounds great and who doesn't need a little more sci-fi in their lives? So I got this book in the mail from the author for the tour and he wrote me a wonderful note about loving the green mountain state (where I live/ Vermont) and I was even more excited to read the book. I love when author take notice of things! (Thank you Mr. Dunn!). I finally dig into it while on my vacation and I have to admit, in the beginning I was SUPER confused about how this story would form. 

We start the book on Earth with science and genetics and within those few chapters I came to really like the POV of Kristen, whom is one of the main characters; then we read from another Earthly POV and then are whisked away to another world entirely and they are at war. I felt like my head was spinning, but then the book got interesting -- worlds colliding, characters every which way, and I really liked reading from all of the views and normally that doesn't happen. I normally like one and sigh or 'arg' when another person came up, but not with this book, everyone had an interesting story to tell in the grand scheme of the book. Dunn did a wonderful job linking all these people and what was happening to them.

I am so glad that this book lived up to my expectations for it, but I forewarn, it can be a bit confusing with the amount of characters involved and the plot is action-packed and you will get sucked in. The number of pages may be a bit intimidating and the font on the smaller side, but I think many people will enjoy this book.





--Giveaway is open to US Only. | Must be 13+ to Enter
1 Winner will receive a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card.
14 Winners will receive a Signed Paperback Copy of  Anthem’s Fall by S.L. Dunn.
42 Winners will receive an E-Copy of  Anthem’s Fall by S.L. Dunn. (International)
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
S.L. Dunn is the debut author of Anthem’s Fall, a novel he wrote amid the wanderings of his mid twenties. He has written while living intermittently in St. John USVI, Boston, Maine and Seattle. Raised on big screen superheroes and pop science fiction, he sought to create a novel that bridged a near-sci-fi thriller with a grand new fantasy. He currently resides in Seattle with his girlfriend Liz and their dog Lucy, and is hard at work completing the next book of the Anthem’s Fall series.


WEBSITE: http://www.sldunn.com/  
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/sldunnauthor
TWITTER: 
@SL_Dunn
GOODREADS: 
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8188589.S_L_Dunn

 

Jul 16, 2014

Mini Bloggiesta, July 19-20th -- Plans

It's that time again, July Mini Bloggiesta is happening July 19-20th.

From Bloggiesta:


Join us this next weekend, July 19 and 20, for a fun gathering of bloggers, working feverishly to fix and freshen up their blogs! There’ll be a few new mini challenges, so stay tuned for that list on Friday, but you can also work on any of our past challenges. It’s a perfect time to catch up on challenges you missed during previous Bloggiestas!

We’ll be having one, just one, Twitter party on Sunday, the 20th at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. You know you want to join us because Twitter parties are awesome. Use the hashtag #Bloggiesta and follow @Bloggiesta.


My TO-DO List
  • Update my Reviews by Author page
  • Refresh my spreadsheet of to-review items
  • Check out some mini challenges 
  • depending on my Flight back home, try to attend the Twitter party on Sunday - sadly did not get to (sorry everyone)
  • Write at least one review for next week
  • Back up my Blog (I always forget to do this :/ )

Do you have blog things you need to take care of? You should join us :)

Jul 15, 2014

Early Reader Review: Rocket Girl: Volume 1 Times Squared by Amy Reeder

Rocket Girl Volume 1: Times Squared
Rocket Girl: Volume 1 Times Squared by Amy Reeder
Series: Rocket Girl Volume 1
Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors
Publication Date:  July 22, 2014



 

Format: ebook
Source: From Netgalley and Diamond Book Distributors in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this ebook in no effects my opinion of the book.


Rating:
 





Goodreads Synopsis: 

A teenage cop from a high-tech future is sent back in time to 1986 New York City. Dayoung Johansson is investigating the Quintum Mechanics megacorporation for crimes against time. As she pieces together the clues, she discovers the "future" she calls home - an alternate reality version of 2014 - shouldn't exist at all!
 Review: 


Dayoung Johansson is Rocket Girl, a teenage cop sent from the future to the 1980s to stop the megacorp Quintum Mechanics from developing a machine that will inevitably lead to her futuristic world and existence. The series is set in a series of flashes between the present (the future) and the past (1986) and the goings on of Rocket Girl, her patrol and the megacorporation behind everything that exists in her world. Dayoung must figure out whom or what she must stop to alter reality, as she knows it and destroy her home time period.

Rocket Girl Volume 1 is a compellation of issues 1-5 and is a wonderful start to this series. Amy Reeder’s art is absolutely stunning and vibrant and the action scenes that take place throughout will surely hold your attention. The story line is great too, the peaks of the story are interesting and thought provoking and even a little over the top and strange when it comes to the futuristic bits, but it was a brilliant story arc in this first volume. I am excited to have found this on Netgalley and hope to grab a copy of Volume 2 when it becomes available.

Jul 14, 2014

Recent Reads: Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences by John Moe

Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences
Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences by John Moe

Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Publication Date:  June 10, 2014



 

Format: Paperback
Source: Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this book in no way effects my opinions below.


Rating:


Goodreads Synopsis: 
Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth is proof that a funny book on pop culture doesn't have to be snide and nasty. I loved everything about it.” —Jim Gaffigan

We all know how Darth Vader shared his big secret with Luke Skywalker, but what if he had delivered the news in a handwritten note instead? And what if someone found that letter, as well as all of the drafts that landed in the Dark Lord’s trash can? In the riotously funny collection Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth, John Moe finally reveals these lost notes alongside all the imagined letters, e-mails, text messages, and other correspondences your favorite pop culture icons never meant for you to see.

From The Walking Dead to The Wizard of Oz, from Billy Joel to Breaking Bad, no reference escapes Moe’s imaginative wit and keen sense of nostalgia. Read Captain James T. Kirk’s lost log entries and Yelp reviews of The Bates Motel and Cheers. Peruse top secret British intelligence files revealing the fates of Agents 001–006, or Don Draper’s cocktail recipe cards. Learn all of Jay-Z’s 99 problems, as well as the complete rules of Fight Club, and then discover an all-points bulletin concerning Bon Jovi, wanted dead or alive—and much more.

Like a like a bonus track to a favorite CD or a deleted scene from a cult movie, Dear Luke, We Need to Talk Darth offer a fresh twist on the pop culture classics we thought we knew by heart. You already know part of their story. Now find out the rest.
 Review: 


Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth is a fun collection of various pop culture references taken to the next level by making them fun everyday normal occurrences. The references are taken and written as letters, reviews, and postings about things that seem relatively normal but have that added flair of ridiculousness. I very much enjoyed this book and it was easy to read since it was broken up into 3-6 page items. I would read a few on breaks at work and I read a good portion of it on a plane. 

A few of my favorites were the realtors letter to the B-52s about selling the Love Shack and the flaws that it has, including glitter everywhere - I was laughing out loud with that one as I was singing the song in my head.  I also enjoyed Jay-Z's list of 99 problem which were both funny and strange all at the same time.

I found a few of the items to be boring, but I think it was for my lack of interest in the speaker/ pop culture reference, like the It's a Wonderful Life section or the Sweaters and their assault on Bill Cosby - that one was more creepy than anything. 

I think that this book is a fun one if you know the pop culture it includes, I knew most of them but some I had to think about more in depth. I found a majority of it to be entertaining, some of it to be overly weird and creepy, and there were a few instances that I wanted to move to the next section, but overall it was a easy read and it did make me giggle. 

Jul 13, 2014

Building the Book Pile #99

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Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

What's Happening?!
Hi everyone! I hope your weekends were fun filled so far :).
I am away from home on a vacation of sorts, visiting my mom in GA and my grandfather in VA so I am not sure how much will be getting posted in the upcoming week. 

How was your holiday? Let me know in the comments.

Giveaways Going on NOW!   

 
http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/blog-tour-reivew-guest-post-and.htmlJuly Kindle
 
Click pic/link to be taken to the giveaway!
Others may be linked on the right sidebar :) check them out!

 

Coming up on the Blog... 

Not sure yet, as I will be away from home - I hope to post but we will see :)

Recent Reads: Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences by John Moe (Adult)
Early Reader Review: Rocket Girl: Volume 1 Times Squared by Amy Reeder (Graphic Novel)
Next Sunday - Blog Tour: Anthem's Fall by S.L. Dunn (YA)

Books This Week
I got lots from Oni Press this week via email and am super excited about them.


The Auteur Volume 1  from Oni Press for review (PDF)
Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers from Oni Press for review (PDF)
 Courtney Crumrin: The Final Spell (Volume 6) from Oni Press for review  (PDF)
The Life After #1 from Oni Press for review (PDF)
  
Lady Rawhide Volume 1  Rocket Girl Volume 1: Times Squared
Lady Rawhide Volume 1 from Netgalley, Diamond Book Distributors and Dynamite Entertainment for review (ebook)
Rocket Girl Volume 1: Times Squared from Netgalley, Diamond Book Distributors and Image for review (ebook)


Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
Wanderlust by Ann Aguirre
Doubleblind by Ann Aguirre
Won from Brianna at the Book Vixen 

Have you missed anything lately?


  Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything post and I will happily stop by and say hello!

 Happy Reading!