Tuesday, April 30, 2013

[Top Ten Tuesday] - Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book

This week we are talking about the words in a summary or topics alluded to that automatically make us pick up a book! We've decided to do a collab post this time!

Oh. Gosh. If the book has this word in it's description, then it's mine. I like books with kick-ass drama, and the "I'm going to find you, and when I do, I'll kill you" aspect! It's an addiction really. Usually the person who wants revenge is witty, sarcastic, strong-willed, and bad-ass. I like that. I like it a lot ...

I've ALWAYS loved Greek Mythology, plain and simple. I can practically fact check the authors, too! :D

If the book has the word "forbidden" in the summary - I'm sold! That's all it truly requires to be a good story (in my eyes). I guess I like seeing the main character get past the obstacles, and to whatever is forbidden. (Usually a boy/girl, or place.) Either that, or I'm the type of teenager that subconsciously blocks out the word "no."

Going back to the whole "forbidden", "bad", "stop", and "no" thing. Bad boys are the now. I don't care if somewhere along the line someone is going to get hurt, as long as I can keeping on adding on to my tag-and-bag list, you know?

I've recently fallen in love with dystopia. The tale of a new world, and people who refuse to conform. It's - it's just cool.

No parents, yay! (Note: I'm a teenager. Yeah. I apologize.) You're either sent here, because you're filthy stinking rich, you're a witch, for reform, or "psycho" enough to be a danger to ordinary people and then you find out the headmistress is evil. Yup. That just about sums it up.

 I'm weirdly attracted to witches and magic in a book. I guess I kind of like the idea of some chick being able to fling a guy across a room with a pinky twitch! ;)

 I like the coming-of-age stories where some rich gal or guy gets knocked down few notches. The way they adjust and see things, people, and life differently is definitely something I always look forward to.

 Two words. Chloe Neill. Amazing author. Love of my life/bookshelf.

 Favorite season. Favorite topic. So many things to do, before school starts! I mostly love the surfing, shirtless guys, summer flings, and light breeze.

How about you guys? what're your 10 topics/words?!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

[Winner Announcement]: ARC GIVEAWAY Winners - The Rose Throne

Woohoo! Today, we get announce the two winners of 'The Rose Throne ARC Giveaway.' We had a total of 900 entries, and 30 comments. Haha, thanks so much guys! You're totally amazing! Seriously. Besides you guys, we'd also like to thank Kristyn @ Egmont USA, as well as Mette Ivie Harrison - you both rock!

*Clears throat* [Insert drum roll]

The winners are:

Desiree - Entry #710
Helena - Entry #240

They've both been emailed, and are expected to send their addresses and full names to me, within the next 24 hours. If not, another winner will be chosen. (Please don't let this happen to you.)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

[Stacking the Shelves] - 4/20/13 - 4/27/13

This week's book are from last week, and this week. Sorry for not posting last week, although I did make another post called: [Bookish issues] - When I'm Reading - Pet Peeves

(All covers are Goodreads-linked)

Special thanks to Bloomsbury, Egmont USA, Flux Books, and Strange Chemistry.

I didn't receive any trades this week. AND no Library visits.  :(

Some of these are actually from last week since I was unable to post.
 here's the break down:
  • Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza - I won this from my best book blogger friend, Nancy. <3 Which was sooo ironic, because I never win anything. 
  • Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland - I won this from a book hop! Eep!
  • And  because karma owed me one, I also won another book - from a giveaway I don't remember entering o_O Born at Midnight by  C.C Hunter (My review is here.)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

[GIVEAWAY]: Showers of Books Giveaway Hop

What you could win:
Winner's choice of any book from the Book Depository.

The Rules:
-The giveaway will start on Monday, April 24th and end on Sunday, April 30th 11:59 pm
-Seeing as this is a YA blog, the book you choose must be of the YA/NA (New Adult) genre.
-Must be 13 or older to enter this giveaway.
- If the Book Depository ships to your country, then you're illegible for the giveaway. 
-The winner will be announced on Sunday, and notified via email or tweet.
-The winner is required to respond within 48 hours or the "win" will be invalidated, and another winner will be chosen.
-The book will be shipped to you as soon as the Book Depository transaction goes through. We are not in any way responsible for the damage or loss of the book during its shipment.

Check out these other blogs and their awesome giveaways!


Sunday, April 21, 2013

[Bookish Issues]: When I'm Reading... - Pet Peeves

WARNING: I typed this extra fast last night, to make up for a lack of a Sunday's post, or Stacking the Shelves meme today. I'm correcting typos as I go. It's readable, though. I hope I don't offend anyone *crosses fingers*

Welcome, world - er blogosphere ... (or some really bored book blog hopper)! It's the ever-awkward, frantic, crazy, and a bit unstable Demitra, here. I was super, super inspired by a blog feature I saw, recently. I would "tag" the blog, BUT I don't remember the name of the blog... It's like when you're on Facebook, and you accidentally creep on people. But you don't mean to - it just happens. Sometimes you might not even know them? Don't worry that's our secret. You and me, no one else has to know.
 (Wow, that sounds really pedoish o_O)
Well imagine that, but with book blogs. So, I can't mention the blog's name, because I don't remember what blog I was stalking browsing at that particular moment... Anyhow! I don't want to make this too long, so why don't I just put this whole rant in form of a list, eh?

UNO: When I'm Reading & Someone Interrupts Me

Okay, can someone please explain that (^) to me? Why is it that when I'm reading peacefully, and ever-so-apparently, that some god-forsaken person must desire to have a conversation with me? Of all the months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, in the world you've known me, you want to talk to me now?! But, I'd never say that. I have to be normal, and polite. So I pull a move like this >>

And ask something along the lines of: "Hey, what's up? (:" When really I mean: "Is it your wish to die? If so, inform me how, so I can make it quick and painless." Unless I'm on fire, Amazon has bought over every bookstore possible (Goodreads, REALLY? What could you possibly want with millions of gorgeous, incredible, witty, and charming bookaholics? I think I just answered my own question. >.>), or a stampede of t-rexes are about to hop out of a Jumanji board - then no sound should escape from your lips. I mean, not even a exhale of air. Got, it?

DOS: The "I Read That Book!" but I Really Didn't
When I hear, that someone I know or don't know has read a book I have, I fan-girl! There is no simpler way to put it. I'm all like:

  Their facial expressions may look like this

Nevertheless, they've read the book. So, that's pretty much the part in the movie; where the mom catches her daughter, and says "What do you think you're doing?" Moving on, the conversation starts and you know what I realize?! This person doesn't know not a damn thing about what happens in the book. Then they say the dreaded words, that non-obsessive readers think is okay to say! "I didn't really read the book, I just watched the movie. It was a really nice, though. I guessed the book was cool, too?"

 WRONG. The books was fucking fantastical, and the movie was cool. You got that?! And they talk about the movie like it's the book! Then we switch roles. They want to talk, and I'm the one with the abort face. I give them subtle sign that our conversation is over. So over, it's chivalry ... in New York. Now, I don't know if you've ever been to New York, but that's pretty much non-existent. I'm talking before God, ever said "Let there be light!" You gets me, dude?
BUT THEY KEEP TALKING! o_O So much for not being a long rant.

TRES: "The Not-so-subtle" Read Over Your Shoulder Move
 You guys all know what it is. ESPECIALLY, if you're on public transportation, and you're sitting directly next to someone. They try to pull on of these:

I kind of want to say something like: "Hello, good sir? Are you aware of the fact that I too, have eyes? In fact I can do this really cool trick where I see right through the inciest corner of them. AND GUESS WHAT I SPY?! YOU." Just what the heck is up with that?! I get so pissed off about this! I mean, honestly, I am truly flattered by the fact that you think I have an extravagant, inconceivable, mind-blowing, and stupendous taste in books, but - NO! I find that kind of weird. When I see someone reading, which is never, because I'm always reading, and when I'm reading, I don't care who you are - you're not present - THEN I try to peek at the cover, but never do I ever do this. Maybe I'm annoyed by this, because it's done a lot to me, but this drives me to the brink of insanity.

CUATRO: When People Make Fun of My ... Habit
 You know that moment when you someone asks you what you like to do in your spare time? And you really want to say "READ. READ READ." But, you have to seem normal; so instead you say: "Well, I have a many hobbies, for one I like to [insert something that will never comparing to reading.]" For those of you braver bookaholics who admit you like to read - WHOOP WHOOP! For those of you who don't?
THERE WILL COME A DAY *prophesizing voice* Continuing ... Anyway you let the person know you read and they make some joke about that being weird. (or maybe that's just me, because many teenagers are unable to fathom the fact that there's other things to do during your spare time besides sleep, watch porn, and pine over some guy/girl that will never compare to one of the book boyfriends I've acquired over time.) I'm a bit of a book slut ;) Nonetheless, I  want to say something like  (^ ) But, I don't. I just politely disagree. When really I'm thinking, "I may be half-smiling, or pretending to appreciate your intellectual opinions on whether or not you think my tendency to read more than live is okay, but really I'm silently judging you ... HARSHLY." Let's end this rant with five. What do you say?

CINCO: Your Pet Peeve. Tell me your pet peeves!
I am totally craving to know them ;) You can comment or make a post and leave me a link. I'll be extra sure to comment! Before this rant comes to an end, I'd like to say what I say at the end of all of my rants. "I'm sorry if I've offended you, or touched your heart so fiercely, and caused you feel unimaginable rage, but I love you! <3" *smiles extra wildly* :DDDDDD

Wait, I almost forgot to mention something. I wanted to let you guys know that, uh ... Nevermind, I forgot. .________________________________________________. Oh, I remember. Enter this scandalous giveaway (if you need one) by one of my most amazingestfantasticestsuperest blogger friends. (It's not really scandalous ...)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

[Review]: Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Author: Jessi Kirby
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 3rd 2011
Pages: 232
Read in: 2 days

Anna’s life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It’s bad enough that she has to leave her friends behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love—a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface.
While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean’s tide means that nothing—not the sea glass that collects along the shore, and not the truths behind Anna’s mother’s death—stays buried forever.

Moonglass was one of those short, breezy, side-reads that you've promised yourself you were going to get to, but have never really found the time for.
Moonglass is centered around a girl named Anna, who moves from Pismo Beach "all the way" to the beaches of Crystal Cove. When I say move, I'm not referring to the fact that she lives in a beach-side house, I mean, this girl practically lives on the beach. She spends all her time in a bikini watching the water, surfing the waves, and most importantly looking for sea glass. What she subconsciously refuses to realize, is that her infatuation with the sea has to do with her mother, and the way she died. Growing up, she finally starts to grasp the events that took place the day her mother died, but choosing the easy way out, she chooses to push it off, and lie about it until she meets her new friends in Crystal Cove. A cute, sweet, caring yet somewhat oblivious Tyler, and a talkative, hyper bundle-of-joy best-friend named Ashley.
These two characters and the promise of a fresh start will force her to make a decision between avoiding her past, or facing it and using it to help propel her further into her future.

Going into the book, I knew I was going to love it! Kirby develops her plot and characters in a way that every scene, sentence, and memory written is all interconnected, forming this huge knot, that is loosened as the novel progresses. I really loved the protagonist, Anna, she was timid, yet confident, open-minded, compassionate and all in all, a great focus for Moonglass. I really loved the love-interest Tyler, he was adorable and their relationship was easy-going. He didn't have a lot of baggage, which I was iffy about, because we don't really get a back story on him. Nonetheless, he proved to be a relatable, and perfect match for Anna. What I must MUST note, is the pace in which their relationship was set. It was also perfect. It wasn't two days of making out then an "I love you", it was some easy conversations, easy flirting, stolen kisses, AND then a make out (or two four). 

I didn't really love the pace of the book, it was a bit slow, and I felt as if some scenes held no significance to the story-line Kirby was going for. I also wasn't a fan of the lack of back story that some of the characters were introduced with. It made me feel as if they were only "alive" and present for the sole purpose that Anna had someone to talk to.
To sum it all up, Moonglass was a short, adorable, yet some-what intense read. That I wasn't expecting to enjoy much. Somehow, between the relationships, and the long-due revelations, I grew to love Moonglass. You should definitely check this one out! (:

                                                                      (3.5 stars)

Link up with the author!
 Jessi Kirby is the author of MoonglassIn Honor, and the forthcoming Goldenwhich will be released in May of 2013.  She is also a former English teacher and librarian, wife, mom, beach lover, runner, and lover of Contemporary YA, strong coffee, and dark chocolate.  In that order.