Archive | May 2013

Summer Storms

Summer is just around the corner and I am so happy. The heat waves, trips to the beach, biking and staying up late because I can. Camping trips, hiking, and other fun things can finally be explored once again. It’s not that I haven’t been doing them, but the spring weather has been PMSing of late. What I mean by that is that sometimes it’s really hot, while other times it’s freezing! May should not feel like November. ¬†There shouldn’t be snow when it is almost summer time. That’s just madness!

The other day there was a dark, ferocious storm on the horizon. When the dark stormy clouds finally let loose, it was a beauty to watch. There is just something about standing outside when it’s a heatwave and the rain is pouring down. Add a few batches of thunder and lighting and it’s perfect. It was a great pre-summer storm that didn’t do it job of cooling us down but the plants got their necessary water.

Don’t you just love the danger and the beauty of the perfect storm? It is both scary and enchanting. Lights flashing across the darkened sky, the raindrops falling down and lulling you to sleep. ūüôā I don’t know which is better, standing and watching the storm or listening to it while you are slowly waking up or going to sleep. ūüôā

It might be hot and muggy, but people still  love summer and all that it has to offer.

Waiting on Wednesday: Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger

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 Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Chose the Wrong Guy, Give Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison

Publication Date: July 9, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Synopsis:¬†Ten years ago,¬†Quinn Barton was on her way to the altar to marry Burke Morrison, her high school sweetheart, when something derailed her. Rather, someone¬†derailed her‚ÄĒthe¬†Best¬†Man who at the last minute begged her to reconsider the marriage. He told her that Burke had been cheating on her.¬†For a long time. Quinn, stunned, hurt, and confused, struggled with the obligation of fulfilling her guests‚Äô expectations‚ÄĒproviding a wedding‚ÄĒand running for her life.¬†She chose running. With the Best Man. Who happened to be Burke‚Äôs brother, Frank.

That relationship¬†didn’t¬†work either. How could it, when¬†Quinn had been engaged to,¬†in love with,¬†Frank‚Äôs brother? Quinn opted for neither, and, instead, spends the next seventeen years working in her family‚Äôs Middleburg, Virginia, bridal shop,¬†Talk of the Gown, where she subconsciously does penance for the disservice she did to marriage.

But when the two men return to town for another wedding, old anger, hurt, and passion resurface. Just because¬†you’ve¬†traded the good guy for the bad guy for¬†no¬†guy¬†doesn’t¬†mean you have to stay away from love for the rest of your life, does it? Told with Beth Harbison’s flair for humor and heart,¬†Chose the Wrong Guy¬†will keep you guessing and make you believe in the possibilities of love.

Personal Thoughts: ¬†This looks like it will be a cute summer read to take to the beach. The title is definitely an original one. Haha. ūüôā

Lovelife, Gold Fields and Capital Cities Concert

I recently went to Mod Club in Toronto to see a concert series featuring Lovelife, Gold Fields and Capital Cities. Wow! What a show it was! J There was nonstop dancing, jumping up and down with nonstop energy and amazing music. It was an awesome and unforgettable experience. The venue is a small venue, but that is what made it even better because we got a chance to interact with the band members.

Capital Cities- This band was great and energetic throughout their whole performance. Their catchy poppy sound just made you want to dance and jump up and down which is what all of us did at the venue. J I loved the sound of the trumpet when they played it during some songs. It was just beautiful. Sigh. One thing that really stood out about this band is that they interacted with us (the audience) and made us participate. We all did the Capital Cities Shuffle. We looked like fools and grinned like idiots, but came back asking for more! Another great thing that happened to make the experience even more memorable: during the last song the majority of the band jumped down from the stage and joined us on the dance floor! How cool is that?! J Dancing with Capital Cities made them seem more normal and stardom like so we were able to relate. I’ll always remember those few minutes.  

Gold Fields– I have been waiting with anticipation to hear this band for a while now. They were even better live than over the radio or online. They had a lot of energy and you could feel the beat all the way to your soul. You just wanted more and more as it kept coming your way. They are definitely one of my new favorite artists to listen to.

LovelifeРTheir music was new to me and I have never even heard of their band prior to the concert. However, there were a few songs that I really liked and it made me want to hear more of their music. This was the band’s first time in Toronto and they made a great impression on all of us.

If I Stay Book Review

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Publication Date: April 2, 2009

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads):¬†In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…

A sophisticated, layered, and heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

Personal Thoughts: There are no words that can properly describe what I felt as I was reading If I Stay. The beautifully descriptive writing that takes us through time to get a glance at Mia’s life before the accident is achingly touching. It is done in a way that won’t let us put the book down, and forces us to keep on reading to find out more. I couldn’t put in down and read it within a few hours.

Gayle Forman does a wonderful job in capturing each character with enough details and characterization so that we can relate to them. Mia and Adam were my favorites with Kim and Teddy as secondary favorites. There’s a certain innocence in Mia that just makes you sympathize with her and help her out. The style in which If I Stay¬†¬†was told (in flashbacks) made it a bit different from the normal way of telling that I have been reading lately. I think that is what really captured my attention, the fact that the main character was there but no one knew that fact. It is poignant and gut wrenching and you want to look away and look at the same time.

If I Stay made me cry, it made me laugh and at the end I was left thinking about the future. It could be that I am in my early twenties that makes this book relate more than most of the books I read. It really makes you think about what you would do if you were in a similar situation. Would you stay or would you go?

I can’t wait to pick up the next installment in this series.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

Becoming a Legend Cover Reveal

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Becoming a Legend by B. Kristin McMichael
Publication date: June 6th, 2013
Series: The Blue Eyes Trilogy, #2
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Synopsis:

Arianna Grace is about to turn seventeen and her life has been very complicated lately. She is the leader of four clans of night humans: dearg-dul, baku, tengu, and lycan. While the four clans seem to get along better with each other, there is internal conflict on both sides of her family, not to mention the three boys vying for her attention.

Edward Lucan is making a chase for the power to lead the baku clans and is playing his cards by using his nephew Andrew to lure Arianna into a trap. Unfortunately for Lucan, Andrew has his own plans. He has spent the last year waiting for Arianna to see him as more than a friend, and he now finds it necessary to make a move for her affection, despite his uncle.

In the dearg-dul estate, Arianna discovers that the ambitious Lord¬†Seeger has been laying his own strategies for power and is slowly¬†poisoning her. After getting away with her grandfather’s murder, he is¬†setting his sights on her. Luckily for Arianna, her team is on to all¬†of¬†the plans and is making some plans of their own. Will it be enough to¬†keep Arianna safe? Several people close to Arianna have been¬†keeping¬†secrets. If Arianna is to take power and control of the night, she will¬†need to know the truth. Will someone finally tell her what it¬†truly¬†means to become the legend everyone is waiting for, before it is too¬†late to turn back?

AUTHOR BIO
Originally from Wisconsin, B. Kristin currently resides in Ohio with her husband, two small children, and three cats. When not doing the mom thing of chasing kids, baking cookies, and playing outside, she is using her PhD in Biology working as a scientist. In her free time she is hard at work on multiple novels; as each day passes, she has more ideas for both current and future novels.
¬†Personal Thoughts: The cover looks great! Especially the font style and color as well as the design. ūüôā The fact that it is a paranormal book as well is even better.

Ruby’s Fire Cover Reveal

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Ruby’s Fire¬†by¬†Catherine Stine
Series: Fireseed, #2 (however, can be read as a stand-alone)
Publication date:  June 26, 2013
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Synopsis:

If everything about you changes, what remains?
Seventeen year-old Ruby, long-pledged to the much older Stiles from the Fireseed desert cult, escapes with only a change of clothes, a pouch of Oblivion Powder and her mute little brother, Thorn. Arriving at The Greening, a boarding school for orphaned teens, she can finally stop running. Or can she? The Greening is not what it seems. Students are rampaging out of control and as she cares for the secret Fireseed crop, she experiences frightening physical changes. She’s ashamed of her attraction to burly, hard-talking Blane, the resident bodyguard, and wonders why she can’t be happy with the gentler Armonk. She’s long considered her great beauty a liability, a thing she’s misused in order to survive. And how is she to stop her dependence on Oblivion to find a real beauty within, using her talent as a maker of salves, when she has nightmares of Stiles without it?

When George Axiom, wealthy mogul of Vegas-by-the-Sea offers a huge cash prize for the winner of a student contest, Ruby is hopeful she might collect the prize to rescue her family and friends from what she now knows is a dangerous cult. But when Stiles comes to reclaim her, and Thorn sickens after creating the most astonishing contest project of all, the world Ruby knows is changed forever. This romantic fantasy set in 2099 on earth has a crafty heroine in Ruby, and a swoonworthy cast, which will surely appeal to the YA and new adult audience.

 
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Catherine Stine writes YA, New Adult and middle grade fiction. Her YA futuristic thriller, Fireseed One, illustrated by the author was granted a Bronze Wishing Shelf Book Award and an Indie Reader Approved notable stamp. Her YA Refugees, earned a New York Public Library Best Book. Middle grade novels include A Girl’s Best Friend. More and more, she’s enjoying writing speculative tales. She teaches literature at the School of Visual Arts and creative writing at the Philadelphia Writing Conference and in her own ongoing NYC writing workshop. Catherine earned a double focus MFA in Creative Writing at the New School.

BOOK TOUR:
Xpresso Books is organizing a book tour for¬†Ruby’s Fire at the end of July through August. ¬†If you’d like to join in and participate click on this link:¬†¬†http://www.xpressobooktours.com/2013/05/tour-sign-up-rubys-fire-by-catherine.html