Let's Talk!: Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S King

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Everybody Sees the Ants

Author: A.S King
Pages: 279
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published on: October 3rd 2011 
Lucky Linderman didn't ask for his life. He didn't ask his grandfather not to come home from the Vietnam War. He didn't ask for a father who never got over it. He didn't ask for a mother who keeps pretending their dysfunctional family is fine. And he didn't ask to be the target of Nader McMillan's relentless bullying, which has finally gone too far. But Lucky has a secret--one that helps him wade through the daily mundane torture of his life. In his dreams, Lucky escapes to the war-ridden jungles of Laos--the prison his grandfather couldn't escape--where Lucky can be a real man, an adventurer, and a hero. It's dangerous and wild, and it's a place where his life just might be worth living. But how long can Lucky keep hiding in his dreams before reality forces its way inside? Michael L. Printz Honor recipient A.S. King's smart, funny and boldly original writing shines in this powerful novel about learning to cope with the shrapnel life throws at you and taking a stand against it.

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This is my first A.S King book and I have to say, I'm not surprised I like this book. It was funny, weird, feel-good at some moments, and just beautiful writing. A bit slow in the beginning but I was totally able to handle that. If you haven't read from A.S King, I highly recommend it. The writing in this book was just great.

Our main guy, Lucky, is a 15 year old boy  who has been bullied my Nader McMillian since he was 7 (Or was it 9...). Lucky is a guy that has been affected drastically from Nader-you just can't see it as easily. From first look, he just looks like a guy who always sad and "depressed" from the fact that he is constantly bullied. Nader affects him in a different way though. Nader helped Lucky grow into the person he is now-truthful, not a fake person, and just very down to earth. He is a very logical and legit person. If you were to compare him to someone like me- loud, annoying, sassy, sarcastic, and sometimes rude- then obviously, who are you going to want to sit next for the rest of your life? (Me, duh!) Lucky, because he is a very calm and quiet. I don't know exactly where I am going but Lucky was a very interesting person. He is such a great person to befriend and talk to, once you are able to break through his shell of security he lives in. Because he has went through so many years of being bullied, he is able to pull off the facade that he doesn't care about things and isn't affected by it. He is affected by the bullying, but not in a necessarily bad way. (I'm sorry if I just confused you...)

The plot line is very interesting. I mean, there are kind of has two plots but somehow are able to mix in together. First we have Lucky and him dealing with Nader and all that jazz. Along with that is the dreams Lucky has where he is in Vietnam with his grandfather. Every time he has a dream, it is a chance he has to get his grandfather out and help him escape. It's also really cool because if Lucky is holding something while he is taken out of the dream, he will wake up with that item in his hand. Sometimes is like a leaf or a cigar. Guys, his dreams are basically a paradox, it's so cool. As for the bullying plot line, I would have to say they're pretty normal. It seems like a very realistic bullying story. Protagonist get's bullied, goes through tough time, and you know the rest. I think the fact that there were "ants" and the dreams really really spiced up the story. I guess I could say this was a very calming read for me. No huge plot twists or anything. Promise. ;)

I gave this book 4.5 stars because I loved the characters and plot line. It was a bit slow in the beginning though...

Waiting on Wednesday #8

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking The Spine.

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The Boy Most Likely To

Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Pages: 416
Publishing by: Dial Books
Publishing on: August 18th 2015
A surprising, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door—great for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han. Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters. For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard. Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have. And Alice is caught in the middle. Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for readers of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns.

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Why I Am Waiting...

C'mon, it's a spin-off of My Life Next Door. Okay, okay, so you may be thinking,"What is so good with My Life Next Door." You have to read it to understand. I am urging to read My Life Next Door so you can read this book.

Ahhhh I loved Tim in MLND! I am actually expecting him to be a pretty different person because he went through a bit in MLND. We saw a bit of Alice in MLND but not enough to truly know her and I'm excited to get to know her better. Also, I'm hoping so much that Jase and Sam will both have appear here and there in this book. That would be great! :D

So tell me: What are you Waiting for this Wednesday?

Seize the Tuesday #25

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Seize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by Adi Alsaid and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we're reading. We’ll post on as many Tuesdays as possible and share our posts online with the hashtag:#LetsAllGetLost. If you loved Let’s Get Lost then join the LGL Buddies on Facebook and help promote the book!

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Nil

Author: Lynne Matson
Pages: 374
Published by: Henry Holt and Co. 
Published on: March 4th 2014
On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape—or you die. Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s naked in an empty rock field. Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that she has to find a way to beat the clock, and quickly.

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How Did I Seize the Tuesday...

Well, let's think..I celebrated the release of An Ember in the Ashes by staying home and living a boring life. The launch party is actually taking place 1 1/2 hours away for me. Alas, I had to stay home and sacrifice this event for the Fierce Reads tour. That's okay though! I will see Sabaa and her beautiful books later!

I know how I am Seizing the Tuesday! I actually have been ADDICTED to reading NIL. It's so good and I really cannot put it down. Even though I'm not doing anything fancy or anything, I am Seizing the Tuesday in my own way!

So how can you Seize the Tuesday? Well go outside, learn something new, pamper yourself! Spread around this Seizing and enjoy the day! Or should I say…Seize? So tell me: How have you Seize the Tuesday?

Release Day Blitz: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I am so excited that An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir releases today and that I get to share the news, along with a special introduction from Sabaa herself!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Sabaa Tahir, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed copies of the book and some of those awesome sword letter openers we’ve seen around courtesy of Sabaa, Penguin Teen, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

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An Ember in the Ashes

Author: Sabaa Tahir
Published by: Razorbill
Published on: April 28, 2015
Pages: 464
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told. LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution. ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor. When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

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A Letter From Sabba:


Dear Readers,

Today, my “baby” AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is finally out in the world! From inception to pub date, this journey took eight years. And what a journey it was: writing, rewriting, revising, editing, querying, submitting; Meeting other debuts, bloggers, booksellers and librarians, and hearing their thoughts on EMBER. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the radness.

And now, the book is here! I am so excited to see it in the hands of readers. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. To celebrate release day, I’m giving away two signed, first-edition hardcovers of the book. Details below!

All my best, 
Sabaa

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Books I Will be Buying After this Buying Ban is Lifted!

Monday, April 27, 2015


If you are not aware, I am currently on a book ban. It's not very strict, but I am not going on huge book hauls every month. (I actually have been cheating a bit...I'm sorry! ARCs just come!) Usually I allow myself to buy one book a month and I usually finish the book pretty quickly! I have actually been trying to get all the remaining 8 books on my shelf read by the end of May. The Fierce Reads tour will be at the middle of May and I will be hauling about *counts* 6 (Maybe 5) books! That is a good amount of books if you ask me. 2 which will be sequels and 4 (Maybe 3) that I haven't read. So! Here is a  list of books I will be for sure buying once my ban is lifted!

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(Not in any particular order...)

I LOVED the Winner's Curse. It was such a great read, fun, exciting, romantic, SO. MUCH. ACTION. Loved loved loved it. The sequel came out a few weeks ago and I am still crying due to the fact that I have not read this book yet and it is not in my bookshelf. I will be seeing Marie when she's on the Fierce Reads tour. Even if I don't have to book now, eventually I will get it.

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Rebel Belle! Rebel Belle is one of my favorites and the ending left me so surprised and wanting more! The synopsis is so so good and I need this book in my hands now. I love the storyline for Rebel Belle and I am expecting Miss Mayhem to be just as good! (And maybe better. :D)

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So, you may have heard, I have not read a SINGLE book by Sarah. I know, it's sad. People adore Sarah's writing and I have a feeling I am going to love it. Fantasy used to be a very iffy genre for me but after reading the Grisha Trilogy I have the need to read more Fantasy. Surprise? I think so...

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This one isn't out until tomorrow. It's a debut novel and it seems super interesting! It's gotten great ratings and I feel the need to get into this book. It takes place in a Roman like world so that will be very interesting for me to read. Also, it is high fantasy! 

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If you haven't heard of someone named Zoella you are either living in a rock or just don't pay attention to people who watch YouTubers. Back when I was a huge YouTuber Girl, I had a phase where I went crazy with British YouTubers and Zoe was indeed one of them. I still occasionally watch her vlogs and videos, but not that much. She wrote this book and people have said it was a good book. I know the basic plot line but that's it. I am super excited to read what Zoe wrote and give my thoughts on it!

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So I read Anna and the French Kiss AND ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. I was having so many withdrawals with that book and was so sad Barnes and Noble didn't have it at the time. Ugh, Stephanie's writing was so good and I need more of it. Plus, these couples are just adorable.

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I haven't read too many book involving cars and stuff so I am super excited for this one! It's dystopian too! My cup of tea. :D It has gotten great ratings; that has really upped my excitement for this book. It doesn't come out until about the late beginning of May and this ban is definitely nto going to be off my back by that time...

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The 100 by Kass Morgan
If you do not know, I am in love with the show. The plot line is just so exciting and suspenseful. There have been a mixed opinions about the book but I want to see what it is like. I know some things are different in the show and book. I guess I'm kind of scared about it. If the books sucks, it may ruin my opinion on the show, and I love the show.

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The Heir by Kiera Cass
THE SELECTION SERIES' UPCOMING ADDITION. It is out in about a week and I will definitely not be off this ban by that time. It will probably be one of the first books I read since GAH, WHO WOULDN'T WANT TO READ ABOUT AMERICA AND MAXON'S CHILD?! Hopefully I can get it very very soon and devour it! :D

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Obviously there are TONS of other books I would love to haul but these are the ones I will be scrambling to buy. The others will just have to wait. :( 

So tell me: Are there any books in this list you have read? If so, let me know how it went for ya!

Bookish Product Review: Craft'ed Bookmarks

Saturday, April 25, 2015

So about 7 months ago Regan at Peruse Project posted this video. For about 2 minutes she talks about these bookmarks, there magnetic handmade bookmarks. When I first saw the bookmarks on the Etsy store I freaked out. Like legit freaked out. They were the most cutest thing ever for the best price ever. They all had such cute little smiles and some of them even had hands!
So purty! :D
I bookmarked the Etsy page and for awhile I kept stocking on what new bookmarks they had. Soon, I found this new beauty on the Etsy page. 
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Like what is this?! Three of my favorite things (Boba [Bubble Tea], Bookmarks, and Cuteness) in one?! I had to get it. (Also, this picture of the bookmark looks great!) So me being, well me, decided to wait until my birthday and simply ask for that bookmark as a birthday gift.

Man, so glad I waited.

So April rolled around and as a April fools gift, Craft'ed was offering GINORMOUS bookmarks. Yes I freaked out again. I then remembered that Rin (WHO HAD AN ETSY) still owed be a bit from Christmas so she got this for me! First thing my mind went to when I had to choose which bookmark to enlarge? That's right, the bubble tea one.
IT'S SO BIG!

So I waited..

and waited..

and thought,"Man, why does Canada have to be so far?"

and waited some more...
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THEN IT CAME.

It finally came and I was ecstatic. Haha, I actually tried out my trust in Rin and she ended up FORGETTING TO BRING IT TO ME. (Fun fact: I took her bookmark so I could use it but she made me gave it back. I was stuck with a blue post-it note for the day.) When her mom came to pick us up she brought them and I may have had a mini freak out session in the car. Like god this thing was the cutest thing EVER. So that leads to now. How do I feel about the bookmark? Would I recommend it?

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My first impressions

So this is when I was in the car first opening the bookmark. I definitely thought it was flimsier than usual. I was actually really scared when I was putting the bookmark onto the page because of how delicate it seemed. The texture was also a lot different that I imagined it. Also, it was a lot bigger than I had imagined it too! Maybe I didn't pay very much attention to the model picture but I thought it would have been smaller. Also, you can very much tell this bookmark was handmade. When you first see it, it doesn't look like it. As you start to pay more attention to the little details like how one side is more straight than the other edge. Or how the magnets look like they were cut from magnet tape. I like that! It just makes the bookmarks a lot more unique and mine. That just shows how far someone could go with just a few art supplies from Walmart (I really don't know how they make their bookmarks. Don't listen to me) and great drawing skills.

Final Thoughts

All in all, I would definitely recommend this shop! It's super cute, good price, homemade, and just great quality! If you are someone who is always on the go and has no time to open the HUGE bookmark, clip the page, and make sure it is straight, I would go for the smaller ones. (Well, the ginormous bookmarks are no longer available so...) You have to be very careful with these bookmarks. It is very easy to get them dirty. My classmate slid it across the table in a super fast way and it has some scratch marks. *cries* Yeah, so you have to make sure NO ONE get's their hands on this things. I don't know what the smaller bookmark is like but my bookmark is very bulky at some places. (Pst, go beg Rin! Maybe she will write a review on the normal sized ones...) It's really big and with the magnets, it's really floppy. 

This shop is great for small bookmarks! I would definitely recommend it for the normal sized bookmarks! They also have really great cards! :D

Blog Tour: Nobody's Goddess by Amy McNulty

Friday, April 24, 2015

Welcome to the Nobody's Goddess blog tour! I hope you all enjoy my stop and guest post! Make sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post as well. The link to the full tour schedule is linked to the banner! Just click it and it will take you right there.

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Nobody's Goddess

Author: Amy McNulty
Pages: 274
Published by: Month9Books
Published on: April 21st 2015
In a village of masked men, magic compels each man to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever. Seventeen-year-old Noll isn't in the mood to celebrate. Her childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her. Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither is willing to lose. 

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What If the Protagonist of Nobody’s Goddess Was a Young Man?
By Amy McNulty

Noll, which is generally (strangely) short for Oliver, is a guy’s name. I fell in love with the name when writing a manuscript I’ve shelved, the earliest writings that one day became Nobody’s Goddess, and named a young man in the manuscript Noll. When he didn’t make the cut from that original manuscript to what became Nobody’s Goddess, I couldn’t give up that name, so I gave it to my main character, who’s a young woman.

The girl who evolved into Noll was originally named Fei, then Feith and then Feilia. (I know. I don’t know what I was thinking, either.) The Noll in Nobody’s Goddess is adventurous and full of spunk, so the tomboyish name seemed to suit her. I even made her actual name a feminine version of Oliver, “Olivière” (o-li-vi-air), to make the nickname make more sense. (I’m not sure why I didn’t just pick Olivia, but the other name felt right to me. I like the way it sounds when a Byronic gentleman might speak it.)

But what if Noll, like her original namesake, was a young man? What if I told the story from a young man’s point of view? Well, if the concept of the novel stayed the same—that men are under a spell (or curse, some might say) that forces each to fall in love with his own woman, whom he treats as a goddess—it’d be an impossible story to write. The men in Noll’s village, with one noticeable exception, have very little free will. A man is obsessed with his goddess and thinks of little else besides pleasing her, making her happy and holding her in his arms. A book told from a male Noll’s point of view would just be full of things like, “My goddess chewed her bread six times before swallowing this morning. The way her jaws move as she chews is so divine.” The only conflict that could possibly erupt in a male Noll’s life would be if his goddess refused him and he was forced to go live in the commune, the rundown area in which the rejected men waste away. Then the narrative would just be full of thoughts like, “When can I see her again? I can’t keep going on without her. Oh, she walked past today. The fact that she refused to look at me as I rolled around the ground in agony was enough to kill me. I think I’m thirsty. What is thirst again? Everything hurts.”

The men in Noll’s village think of little besides their goddesses. If their goddesses love them back, they can function well, but they’re still not really free. From morning until night, they’re concerned about their goddesses’ happiness.

Now, if the story was told from a male Noll’s point of view and the village worked in the opposite way, in that women worshipped men and Noll was then “Nobody’s God,” it would probably wind up a little similar to what it is, but not much. For example, although Noll considered herself “one of the boys” growing up, embracing her feminine side, recognizing her strength as a woman, and opening herself up to friendship with other women is a part of the overall narrative of the trilogy. (Not so much in the first book, though.)

There are also greater ideas about how men and women act when given total control over the other gender. For example, are men as a whole more violent and war-like than women? In Nobody’s Goddess, this is the case, as the village is pretty peaceful because men would never think to fight anyone (unless their goddesses asked them to, but that’s unlikely) since they’re so devoted to one thing and one thing only. Women are less likely to want to engage in physical altercations to begin with, so there’s very little fighting in the village. If Noll was a man who lived in a village with the opposite set of rules, I think man’s propensity for violence would change the setting and perhaps the narrative to an extent. Not to say that Noll “himself” or all of the men would be violent, but violence would be a part of the village’s consciousness, where it’s not really in the matriarchal village.

Nobody’s Goddess is very much the female Noll’s story, but it addresses a lot of ideas about how men and women treat each other. Changing the perspective to a male Noll would change the narrative entirely.

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Let's Talk!: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Anna and the French Kiss

Author: Stephanie Perkins
Pages: 372
Published by: Speak 
Published on: December 2nd 2010
Can Anna find love in the City of Light? Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she's less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she's waiting for?

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Why didn't I read this book sooner?! Ack! For so long people have been saying they really liked this book and I loved it. It's been awhile since I have been the girl who read under the table. Anna and the French Kiss brought that right back. I devoured this in about 2 days. Yeah, that's how good it was. It was funny, romantic, and so relatable. I loved it, loved it, loved it.

Ahhhh I loved the characters. Anna, St. Clair, Josh, Bridge, Mere, AND JUST EVERYONE. Yes yes I may have disliked some of them but this book wouldn't even be as good without them! Anna, the main character is just pretty realistic. She is in a country where the language they speak is something she can't understand, let alone speak it. From the beginning of the book to the ending, Anna grows so much and it is awesome to see that growth. For one, she can now understand French. She is has gone through so much drama, this girl knows how to deal with it. I really enjoyed reading from her and definitely will miss her perspectives in the next books. St. Clair, the only other person in the synopsis (therefore I can talk a little more about him) is great! He made a pretty good impression for me when I first read about him. This guy is someone that can easily be your best friend. He is funny, easy to talk to, and just the guy you jokingly insult 24/7. St. Clair is someone I would definitely want by my side as a best friend.

I enjoyed reading the plot very much. Yes even if it does sound super cliche it's still a worthwhile read. I loved the fact that St. Clair has a girlfriend. I love how Anna is basically the new girl. I love how this book takes place in Paris because there are so many things I didn't know about the city. The basic plot may sound super "fluffy" but it's these small details that just made the plot so good and addicting to read. Every chapter left me wanting more and I couldn't put it down.

 I gave this book 5 stars because I loved the character and the plot and just everything about it!

Harry Potter Moment of the Week: Character You Wish You'd Invented?


Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a weekly meme created by Uncorked Thoughts. Each week there is a question, Harry Potter related of course, and all you do answer the question. It is a great way to celebrate and keep Harry Potter alive!

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Character You Wish You'd Invented?

Well, there are so many different characters I wish I have invented. Some I want to invent just because they are awesome characters and it would be an honor to have invented them. Some I just want to invent so I can totally change the way they act. 

If I were to invent someone because they were awesome it would have to be Hermione. Like, come on! Honestly, I can see a little of me in her. She likes to read, smart, sassy, and is a bitch to her friends but you know that she loves you. Also, because at times she can seem scary. Haha, yes people actually are scared of me at times! :P
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For the character I would reinvent because I just didn't like them...Cho Chang. Surprise? In my opinion, not really. I didn't really like her in the books. In a matter of fact, I really didn't like her. She was just so annoying and ugh. In the movies, she wasn't that bad, I admit. I would definitely make Cho Chang less annoying the books...
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So tell me: Which character do you wish you'd invented?

Blog Tour: Where the Staircase Ends by Stacey Stokes (Guest Post and Giveaway!)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Welcome to my Blog Tour stop for Where the Staircase Ends by Stacey Stokes! Here you will find a guest post and giveaway! Enjoy. 

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Where the Staircase Ends

Author: Stacey Stokes 
Pages: 245
Published by: Month9Books
Published on: April 14th 2015
After her best friend orchestrates the lie that destroys her reputation, Taylor wants more than anything to disappear from her life. But when an accident turns this unspoken wish into reality, instead of an angel-filled afterlife, Taylor must climb a seemingly endless staircase into the sky. Instead of going up, the journey plunges her into the past. As she unravels the mystery behind her friend’s betrayal, she must face the truth about life and find the strength to forgive the unforgivable -- unless the staircase breaks her first.

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Thoughts, Feelings, and Reactions to the Where the Staircase Ends Cover
By Stacey Stokes

Hi there! First, let me say thanks so much for having me. I’m so excited to get to share my debut baby with you!

Most writers will tell you that there are lots of highs and lows along the path to publication, but one of the biggest highlights is the first time you see your cover art. For me, it was second only to the first time I held a physical copy of Where the Staircase Ends in my hands—I nearly broke the windows with my excited squeals and scared the crap out of my neighbors. But that’s a story for another time. ☺

I received my cover art MUCH faster than I expected. We hadn’t even started the first round of revisions when I got an email from my editor asking for my comments on the first draft of the artwork, which was attached. My hands shook when I clicked on the image.

My first reaction? Shock. It wasn’t what I had expected.

In my head, I’d imagined something different…I thought there would be a close-up picture of a staircase, with maybe some snowdrifts piled in the corners to link to a critical scene in the book. So when I saw that the focal point wasn’t the staircase I was surprised.

Then I started looking at the girl, and I realized she was a PERFECT replica of Taylor, the main character. Especially her elbows. Which may seem like a strange thing to focus on, but the first line of the story literally makes a comment about Taylor’s pointy elbows, so the fact that the cover art nailed that detail was kind of magical.

The more I stared, the more I loved. I actually liked that they made the staircase a subtle background detail and focused more on Taylor, because at the end of the day it’s a story about her, not just a story about the staircase.

We ended up making a few minor changes to the font and the sky, but overall the first version they shared with me isn’t much different from the version you see today. Turns out the hardest part of the process was waiting almost a full year before I could share it with the world. (I may or may not have cheated a few times and showed it to friends, but came you blame me?)

I hope you like it as much as I do.

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Seize the Tuesday #24

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 Seize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by Adi Alsaid and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we're reading. We’ll post on as many Tuesdays as possible and share our posts online with the hashtag:#LetsAllGetLost. If you loved Let’s Get Lost then join the LGL Buddies on Facebook and help promote the book!

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Eleanor and Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell 
Pages: 328
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Published on: February 26th 2013
Two misfits. One extraordinary love. Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor. Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park. Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

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 How did I Seize the Tuesday...

Well, I mean it has been a pretty normal day for me. School, reading, food, books... I am about the play the Game of Life with my sister in about half an hour! Just need to shower... But I haven't played a good Game of Life with my sister in ages! It used to be one of my favorite board games-next to Clue and Monopoly-and I haven't played it in so long. I mean, playing it with out 10 year olds was fun but I don't consider myself very good at the game. (Haha!)

Also, if this counts, I did the dishes. It took forty minutes. *dies*