Happy Birthday…to everyone else!

Since yesterday was my birthday…I feel the need to make sure that everyone gets a party favor!  In order to make sure everyone (at least book lovers) have a smile on their face today, I’ve got a few free Kindle deals for you!  🙂

So HAPPY BIRTHDAY everyone!

Free Books on Amazon.com!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s My Birthday…I’ll Post if I Want to!

Yup…

Guess who’s birthday it is today!!!

I’m happy that I’m still happy about a birthday.  I don’t ever want to be the person who gets more and more bitter with every year that passes.

My co-workers were so awesome yesterday! They gave me cards, got me a bundt cake, made a peach cobbler, bought me flowers, and a couple of them are taking me out next Monday for lunch!

So I want everyone to do one or all of the following:

1) Dance a little

2) Laugh and smile

3) Act your shoe size!  (Example: If you were a size 7 shoe…act 7 years old!  …Seen pictured below)

I hope everyone has an awesome day!!

Myst~

“WoW” – Shades of Earth

“Waiting on” Wednesday is an event created and hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  That’s putting it nicely!  This is going to be a book I’m drooling over, waiting for it to be released.

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Title: Shades of Earth (Across The Universe #3)

Author: Beth Revis

Publication date: January 15, 2013

Summary (by Goodreads):

The final book in the trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis!

Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They’re ready to start life afresh–to build a home–on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience. But this new Earth isn’t the paradise that Amy had been hoping for. Amy and Elder must race to uncover who–or what–else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. But as each new discovery brings more danger, Amy and Elder will have to look inward to the very fabric of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed–friends, family, life on Earth–will have been meaningless.

Why I can’t wait:

I cannot wait for this book to come out!!!  I’m DYING for this third book!!  I really do love this series.  The adventure, the imagination, the story…I can’t wait to see how the series concludes!  🙂

TTT – Top Ten Favorite Books I’ve Read During the Lifespan of My Blog

Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Favorite Books I’ve Read During the Lifespan of My Blog”

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun way to spice up Tuesdays (because everyone hates Mondays, Wednesdays are the halfway point, Thursdays are “little Fridays”, and everyone knows about Fridays… :)) and it’s hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

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1) Harry Potter Series

This series is absolutely the best!  Ron, Hermione, and Harry, the boy that lived, it’s just magical.

2) Eragon “The Inheritance Series”

The adventure in this series is so awesome with the huge world that is imagined and written about!

3) The Premonition Series

Angels, romance, and adventure.  I love this series!

4) Divergent Series

I’m addicted to Four and Tris and the dystopian societies in this series.  I can’t wait to see how things turn out in the next book!!

5) Across the Universe Series

I’ve always said the imagination is amazing, but I also love the way these books are progressing

6) Fifty Shades of Grey Series

Yes, I liked this series!  Haha!  I really liked the characters and the brokenness of Christian.

7) Hush, Hush Series

I enjoyed the romance and the twists and turns of this series!  They were a fun read!

8) Angelfall

This book was hilarious!  I loved the idea behind the plot/story and the wittiness was amazing!

9) Daughter of Smoke and Bone

There really is no other book like it that I have found.  The writing is fantastic and the I enjoyed the plot and characters!

10) The Buddha in the Attic

I found myself liking this book was surprised.  It’s so different from what I usually read but the prose, the writing…it’s just beautiful and poetic.

Top Ten Posts on My Blog

Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Posts on Your Blog that Give the Best Picture of You”

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun way to spice up Tuesdays (because everyone hates Mondays, Wednesdays are the halfway point, Thursdays are “little Fridays”, and everyone knows about Fridays… :) ) and it’s hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

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Here are a few posts that I think best sum up some of the best of my blogging or at least gives you an idea on how I review books and write.  (I know this post is late…but better late than never!)

1)  My post about Twilight (to be…or not to be…sparkly)

2) My gushing over Intuition by Amy A. Bartol

3) My blog about Admitting What You’re Reading…Guilty Pleasure Books in Public

4) My review of The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

5) My breakdown of Insurgent by Veronica Roth

6) My confusion but love for Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

7) My surprise fascination with Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

8) My random post showing how much I love the Olympics

9) My disappointment in Tiger Lily by by Jodi Lynn Anderson

10) My Top Ten Tuesday post: Top Ten Characters I’d Like to See on a Reality Show

Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London

I can’t put my finger on why I’m intruiged by this book so much.  I loved the idea of the book from the beginning and although it ended how I figured it would, I enjoyed reading it unfold.  I even got surprised with a few things at the end!

title: Darkness Before Dawn

Author: J.A. London

Publisher: HarperTeen

Summary (by Goodreads):

Only sunlight can save us.

We built the wall to keep them out, to keep us safe. But it also makes us prisoners, trapped in what’s left of our ravaged city, fearing nightfall.

After the death of my parents, it’s up to me–as the newest delegate for humanity–to bargain with our vampire overlord. I thought I was ready. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the monsters. Then again, nothing could have prepared me for Lord Valentine . . . or his son. Maybe not all vampires are killers. Maybe it’s safe to let one in.

Only one thing is certain: Even the wall is not enough. A war is coming and we cannot hide forever.

First Sentences:

Standing on my balcony, I watch the sun paint its descent across the sky.  Soon the monsters will come out to play.  They like the night.  They feed on it.

Sometimes they feed on us.

From here, I can see the twenty-foot-high concrete wall that surrounds Denver.  It was built shortly after the thirty-year war that pitted humans against vampires came to an end.  It keeps out most of the monsters.  Most of them.

My Take:

I read this all in one day.  I found myself fascinated with the idea behind the story and wanted to know how it would progress.  I totally saw some things coming and then there were a few things that made my jaw drop and point my finger at the book going “Wha….I… Wha…..How?  Why did the author think of that???”

Dawn lives in a world where vampires came out to everyone.  Instead of being afraid, we treated them like celebrities and wanted to know what they thought of us.  Before we know it, we’re in the middle of a war and end up with colonies situated through out the United States with walls built around them with a vampire overlord.  There is “peace treaty” that keeps the vampires out of the city with the exception that human citizens are willing to volunteer to give blood to ensure the vampires can sustain life.

Dawn’s family is not the norm.  Her parents were the delegates, the negotiators, on behalf of the city and one night they are murdered by rogue vampires.  Lord Valentine soon requests Dawn to be the new delegate and not everyone is excited about it.  She’s only 17 and the whole city of Denver would rely on her to keep the peace.

When Dawn and Tegran (Dawn’s best friend) come back from a party…they find themselves trapped on the trolley with 4 vampires.  The situation looks grim, but someone saves them.  Victor.  He’s kind, he’s handsome, he’s a gentleman, and soon she finds out that he’s not human.  A friendship blossoms even under the stress of her new job and the horrible things the kids at school have said or done.

When things get a little messy and confusing between Dawn and her boyfriend Michael, she goes to Victor for comfort and finds that the lines aren’t so black and white.  There are many many shades of grey.  Speaking of Shades of Grey…I might have a review for that next week!  🙂

As Dawn tries to keep Lord Valentine placated, her friends kept in the dark for their safety, and keep her the relationship going with Michael, Dawn realizes that what she’s known all her life may not be entirely true.  Dawn finds she needs courage to face obstacles head on and figure out who she really wants to be and who she wants to be with.

When vampires are found murdered in the city and Dawn finds that someone is following her, things seem to go from bad to worse.  The murder of the vampires brings up questions about what creature would do such a thing; the hooded figure following her makes her wonder why someone would spy on her.  The mystery, the relationships, and the negotiations is just a sample of what this 17 year old has to handle.

I really enjoyed the book.  It leaves you with a good sized cliff hanger though.  It’s not major enough to go “OMG!”, but it’s big enough to go … “ugh! When’s the next book?”  December…this year.  Don’t worry too much!

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Narc by Crissa-Jean Chappell

Super excited to see this one published in a few days!!  This book is great at showing what teens are like and what a teen feels when thrown in an adult situation.  It’s gritty but great and a good read!  Definitely worth reading.

Title: Narc

Author: Crissa-Jean Chappell

Publisher: Flux

Summary (by Goodreads):

“You’re going to hate me forever when you learn my secret.”

Seventeen-year-old stoner Aaron Foster was offered a choice: go to jail or turn undercover narc to find the dealer who’s funneling drugs into Miami’s Palm Hammock High School. But Aaron has never been good at getting close to people. He’s human wallpaper, a stoner wastecase who’s obsessed with video games and street magic.

With a cop from Narcotics breathing down his neck, Aaron gets himself invited to parties where the deals go down. To get close to the school’s biggest players, Aaron lies to everyone–most of all, the cute but troubled Morgan Baskin. With the Everglades party on Halloween night–and a planned drug bust there–just days away, Aaron realizes that he’s falling hard for Morgan . . . and trying to protect her could cost him everything.

My take:

Disclaimers and such: This was a book from NetGalley.  It was given to me to read and review for free; I am not getting paid for this review.  This is my honest and true opinion.  That being said, thank you to Flux for letting me read and review this book!!  Everyone else, look for it to be released NEXT Wednesday!!!

Aaron gets pulled over one night for running a red light and a cop finds weed in the car…actually on his younger sister.  When forced between seeing his sister go to jail or help the cops find who is supplying his school with drugs, Aaron chooses to become an undercover narc.  Aaron soon has to choose between his newly made friends and the local law and finds that the right thing is hard to do.

Aaron makes friends with some new people; mainly 2 girls, Skully and Morgan.  Skully’s parents are filthy rich but have no time for her or her diabetic brother; so she lives in her own mansion and throws parties all the time.  Morgan’s step-mom has convinced her that she was too fat and needed to be a size zero…ever since then she’s been trying to fix herself with drugs and cutting.

Aaron’s father was killed overseas in Iraq while taking pictures of soldiers.   This leaves his mother, who is barely home to notice anything going on, with him trying to take care of things while looking over his little sister.  Poor guy!  So he truly feels alone in anything he does and feels like there’s no one to talk to.

I loved how conflicted Aaron got over friends and family.  Even though he knows what needs to be done in order to keep his family together, the friends he’s made need help and getting them sent to jail doesn’t sit right with him.  The author does a great job showing how putting kids in an adult situation doesn’t always mean it’s a black and white issue…there are many shades of grey.

I’m normally not big on contemporary books, but I really did enjoy the book, the characters, and the dilemmas.

Myst~