Monthly Archives: February 2012

Wishlist Wednesday # 12

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper. It is the place to showcase one book that has been on our wishlist. Click on the image if you feel like joining in on the fun.

On My Wishlist is: The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist

Blurb from Amazon:
One day in early spring, Dorrit Weger is checked into the Second Reserve Bank Unit for biological material. She is promised a nicely furnished apartment inside the Unit, where she will make new friends, enjoy the state of the art recreation facilities, and live the few remaining days of her life in comfort with people who are just like her. Here, women over the age of fifty and men over sixty–single, childless, and without jobs in progressive industries–are sequestered for their final few years; they are considered outsiders.

In the Unit they are expected to contribute themselves for drug and psychological testing, and ultimately donate their organs, little by little, until the final donation. Despite the ruthless nature of this practice, the ethos of this near-future society and the Unit is to take care of others, and Dorrit finds herself living under very pleasant conditions: well-housed, well-fed, and well-attended. She is resigned to her fate and discovers her days there to be rather consoling and peaceful. But when she meets a man inside the Unit and falls in love, the extraordinary becomes a reality and life suddenly turns unbearable. Dorrit is faced with compliance or escape, and…well, then what?

THE UNIT is a gripping exploration of a society in the throes of an experiment, in which the “dispensable” ones are convinced under gentle coercion of the importance of sacrificing for the “necessary” ones. Ninni Holmqvist has created a debut novel of humor, sorrow, and rage about love, the close bonds of friendship, and about a cynical, utilitarian way of thinking disguised as care.

OMG, this sound so intense and so close to reality that it is chilling. It’s kind of what we do senior citizens currently (isolating them) so this book is just right at the boundaries of realism and dystopia. I wan to read it so badly now. It seems like it could really have a powerful message about health care and isolation. 

Wishlist Wednesday # 8

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper. It is the place to showcase one book that has been on our wishlist. Click on the image if you feel like joining in on the fun.

On My Wishlist is: Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

When Alexis’s little sister Kasey becomes obsessed with an antique doll, Alexis thinks nothing of it. Kasey is a weird kid. Period. Alexis is considered weird, too, by the kids in her high school, by her parents, even by her own Goth friends. Things get weirder, though, when the old house they live in starts changing. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in. Kasey is changing, too. Her blue eyes go green and she speaks in old-fashioned language, then forgets chunks of time.

Most disturbing of all is the dangerous new chip on Kasey’s shoulder. The formerly gentle, doll-loving child is gone, and the new Kasey is angry. Alexis is the only one who can stop her sister — but what if that green-eyed girl isn’t even Kasey anymore?

I love the cover. It acts really sweetly with the emphasis of white and lace curtains. Then it just acts creepy because there is someone hidden behind the curtains. It just brings up memories from The Others with Nicole Kidman. Her daughter is hidden under veil and she sees an old lady instead of her daughter. Very creepy and a really fantastic movie.

The blurb is disturbing. It sounds like a tale of possession gone wrong. It also sounds like a classic ghost story. Old houses acting up, possessions, and creepy antique dolls. I’m terrified of antique dolls. They are pretty but from afar.

Review: Farsighted by Emily Chand

Title: Farsighted
Author: Emlyn Chand
Series: Farsighted # 1
Genre: YA
Format: Ebook
Source: VBT Cafe
Pub. Year: 2011
Purchase: Amazon/ B&N/ Smashwords
I received this book free of charge from VBT Cafe in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb from Barnes & Nobles:
Alex Kosmitoras’s life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead-broke and insanely overprotective, and to complicate matters even more, he’s blind. Just when he thinks he’ll never have a shot at a normal life, a new girl from India moves into town. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Yes, sophomore year might not be so bad after all.

Unfortunately, Alex is in store for another new arrival–an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to “see” the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they begin to suggest that Simmi is in danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and new friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex must embark on a journey to change his future.

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What I will remember: Real fast acceptance of others.

I truly love this book.  We have a blind protagonist, Alex Kosmitoras, who is really developed emotionally and has this unique way or second sight of seeing the world. He is blessed with psychic abilities that foretell the present and the future. Simmi, his love interest, is also blessed with being an empath.  Shapri also has a gift that she doesn’t accept but takes advantage of unknowingly. We have an interesting antagonist in Dax who is also a psychic. There was also an added touch of runes and tarot cards, thanks to Miss Teak owning a psychic shop and being Alex’s trainer. She has a fascinating background in that she grew up around a gifted family.

I like the whole psychic and gifts vibe going on. It’s an interesting world where there are very powerful psychics that act as magnets and draw other gifted individuals to them. Alex happens to be one of them. Very cool. Alex’s powers are that he has a second sight and it makes it difficult to distinguish between visions and reality at first. It’s how he firsts meets Dax and tries to wrap his head around Dax’s actions. I find Dax to be an intriguing character because he is always a part of Alex’s vision and a tormentor of Alex’s dreams so we only really get to see one perspective of Dax. And as this novel shows with different characters, certain perspectives can really far from the truth or right on the mark.

One of the things that I love was the fact that Shapri and Simmi were into advanced chemistry and they were proud of it. I love it when girls are not just a pretty face but actually have brains. Its even better when they are not ashamed of it. Go female empowerment. This just makes me extremely happy so I had to point it.

Since Alex is blind, there is a reliance on the other senses especially touch. There is a specific scene where he has to feel around Simmi’s room and finds an elephant figurine which is an interesting scene. I like that the descriptions come from what he is touching or smelling and that alone can create wonderful images. We might not see color through Alex but we have a clear sense of his world.

My one issue with this book is actually the relationship that Alex has with his father, Greg. Throughout the book, we feel Alex’s antagonistic feelings towards his father because Alex feels rejected by his father for being blind. There’s multiple scenes where his father is not portrayed in a positive light and yet when Alex discovers a secret of his father, everything becomes peachy. He accepts his father and it’s a “father-son fishing trip” type of life now. There’s no more resentment which I find a little unrealistic because there is no self-reflection on Alex’s part. After the secret is out, Alex doesn’t bring up those feelings anymore and those feelings cannot be just attributed to his father’s fear of psychic abilities. <-minor spoiler. I feel there has to be more to the antagonistic feelings Alex felt coming from his father prior to the psychic abilities coming into the open. Other than this part, the book is great.

I’m giving it 4.5 butterflies. There are strong characters in the novel and has interesting twists that drive the story forward. Alex and Simmi grow into their abilities and how they do so is shown throughout the book. While the visions may have dealt with one subject, they are useful and not just filler.

4.5 BB-Ready for capture, Total keeper

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17th book in the 150+ Reading Challenge
Also qualifies for: Self Published, E-book, First in a series, Where are you reading?-Ohio

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of The Virtual Book Tour Cafe’ and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by The Virtual Book Tour Cafe’, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely of my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book’s publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

A Tragedy or I’m Being Melodramatic

There is no easy way to say this but I accidentally murdered my laptop. I knocked it off my desk (accidentally) and it hit the ground really hard. Now, it just turns on and gives me a black screen. It’s dead, really dead. That’s the reason why the review for Destined was kind of choppy. I apologized for that. I didn’t really have time to place the finishes touches on it.

I never realized how much I depend on my laptop so this has been a wake up session. Everything is gone; my pictures, my musics, my essays, my books, my life is gone. (Drama Queen, I know). I won’t be able to buy a new one until late March so I’m going to be sporadic when it comes to posting reviews up and updating the Hetalia section. It really saddens me because I had gotten ahead of myself and written out 15 reviews and 3 Hetalia character analysis so that’s 18 posts that I lost (because I didn’t place them in a flash drive).

Let me mourn for awhile and see if I can re-write the review posts. Or I’m going to have to re-read the books later in the year when they are no longer fresh in my head so I can write proper reviews.

In the meantime, feel free to enter the All’s Fair in Vanities War Giveawayand the winner for the Random Acts of Kindness has been notified.

Review: Destined by Jessie Harrell

Title: Destined
Author: Jessie Harrell
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: E-book
Source: Personal purchase
Pub. Year: 2011
Purchase: Amazon/ B&N/Smashwords

Blurb from Smashwords:
When Psyche receives a prophecy gone horribly wrong, she learns that even the most beautiful girl in Greece can have a hideous future. Her fate? Fall in love with the one creature even the gods fear.

As she feels herself slipping closer into the arms of the prophecy, Psyche must choose between the terrifyingly tender touch she feels almost powerless to resist and the one constant she’s come to expect out of life: you cannot escape what is destined.

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What I will remember: Stockholm syndrome is apparently really popular in Ancient Greece

I think Greek mythology is fantastic and the story of Eros and Psyche is actually really nice if you like Stockholm Syndrome novels. I do like those type of novels since  the myth of Persephone and Hades is exactly that. Stockholm Syndrome is where the kidnapped fall in love with the kidnapper.  Kidnapping is the way to happily ever after. Just ask Beauty and Beast from Disney (Seriously, do not kidnap anyone).

Like I said, Stockholm Syndrome is probably the dominant theme of the novel. Psyche is taken by a lovesick Eros to live in a castle where she is the only human around. He expects her to fall in love with him really fast because he in deeply in love with her and hopes she can see it. It’s unrealistic on his part because Psyche has just abandoned civilization and she needs time to adjust and question everything. I truly like that she still question his motives even though he truly did love her. It’s not enough to just constantly hear the words “I love you”; they need to be proven. Love wouldn’t have been proven if they just stay in the castle forever.

Psyche does have to prove his love for Eros by doing the two tasks that Aphrodite asks of her. Eros also has to prove his love for Psyche as well. He had to convince himself that he loves Psyche without the help of his arrow. This is a spoiler but Eros nicked himself with his own arrow. More importantly, he didn’t take off the spell that he place on himself while he was with Psyche in the isolated castle. He didn’t really know if he truly love or didn’t. I’m glad that his feelings for Psyche were real and he didn’t need the arrow’s spell to love Psyche.

I like the inclusion of multiple gods and I personally find that their personalities were captured really well. Actually, there are a few on I’m on the fence about. Aphrodite was lovely as she want into seeking retribution for a slight against her family. I thought Persephone was enchanting (of course, I would). Hermes and Charon were quirky characters. Eros was quite developed. He felt more than just love for Psyche but also anger towards her eventually. He did try to move on by hanging out with Iris. I don’t know Iris very well in Greek mythology so she could have been after Eros.  Zeus and Hera as a loving couple? Totally on the fence about this. On the one hand,  Zeus has hide his mistresses in the past and on the hand, he could have been under the influence of Eros. Would Hera still love him enough to look at him with tender eyes? I’m not sure but I’ll go along for now.

Let’s talk about Hades. It’s not the most inviting place with Cerberus at the helm but he is an excellent guard dog (Not that anyone would willingly want to come to Hades). I really like the river filled with souls or shades of individuals. Talk about adding a dark atmosphere. Charon is a charismatic god and I’m glad that it was shown.

One of the things that did irked is the fact that Harell used Ceres instead of Demeter to describe the goddess of agriculture. The entire novel uses the Greek names of the gods and goddesses but Ceres is the Roman name of Demeter (Greek name).  It didn’t really jive with me and I don’t understand why it is the Roman name. All I can think of is the fact that Persephone said her mother allowed her to extend her time in Hades for a little while. I call bull on that since Demeter would never allow that. Maybe it was a way to trick the readers into thinking that Ceres and Demeter are two different goddesses when they are not. I do not like this.

Overall, the end result is 4.5 butterflies. It’s a fantastic read. Great use of mythology figures.

4.5 BB-Ready for capture, Total keeper

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16th in the 150+ Reading Challenge
Also qualifies for: Self-Published, E-book, YA Mythology, Where are you reading?-Ancient Greece

Wishlist Wednesday # 7

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper. It is the place to showcase one book that has been on our wishlist. Click on the image if you feel like joining in on the fun.

On My Wishlist is: When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen

After seventeen-year-old Felicita’s dearest friend Ilven kills herself to escape an arranged marriage, Felicita chooses freedom over privilege. She fakes her own death and leaves her sheltered life as one of Pelimburg’s magical elite behind. Living in the slums, scrubbing dishes for a living, she falls for charismatic Dash while also becoming fascinated with vampire Jannik. Then something shocking washes up on the beach: Ilven’s death has called out of the sea a dangerous wild magic. Felicita must decide whether her loyalties lie with the family she abandoned . . . or with those who would twist this dark power to destroy Pelimburg’s caste system, and the whole city along with it.

OMG, what is not to like about this cover? There is mystery, intrigue and a lovely (possibly) dead girl in frosty water. I’m curious as to how she got there and why. That’s a cocktail party dress so she has an interesting story.

Now to the blurb. It has a vampire in it which is quite shocking to me. I wasn’t expecting that. I’m curious as to what type of powers Felicita has and what was awoken in the sea.

Review + Giveaway: All’s Fair in Vanities War by Elizabeth Marx

Title: All’s Fair in Vanities War
Author: Elizabeth Marx
Series: The Seer’s Seven Deadly Fairy Tales 1
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Format: E-book
Source: Author
Pub. Year: 2011
Purchase: Amazon/ B &N /Smashwords
I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb from Amazon:
Salem’s always had sinister secrets. No one comes to understand this better than a sixteen-year-old girl who dies on Halloween night and is reborn a Seer.

The Seer can’t imagine anything worse than being an invisible teenager with enormous black wings. Until she finds out she’s been sacrificed to watch over Locke’s new flame.

Locke Cavanaugh is a Druid and part of the Order, a clandestine organization entrusted with keeping its members cloaked in the Ordinary world. Physically scarred from the accident that took his girlfriend’s life, Locke is searching for the OtherWorldly magic that damaged him because only those without blemish can rule the Order. And once at the helm of the Order, he has every intention of finding those responsible for her death.

On the West Coast, Keleigh Flaherty witnesses her parents’ murder by beasts that should only exist in nightmares. She is whisked off to the safety of Salem, where she learns how potent and dangerous her concealed Vate talents are. Keleigh wants to be Ordinary, but when her mother reaches out from the OtherWorld, and implores her to find a forgotten relic she’ll have to use all her ExtraOrdinary powers to locate it.

As Locke and Keleigh join forces, they unravel the Order’s involvement in the witch hysteria and murmurs of a Celtic prophecy. While Locke’s affection for Keleigh blooms, The Seer is torn between her duty to protect Keleigh, and her desire to stop Locke from making the ultimate sacrifice in order to earn Keleigh’s love . . .

But if they don’t find the witches bottle before the ShiningOnes do, someone stalking Keleigh from the shadows will take her instead and plunge all worlds into chaos.

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Cover Love: Amazing inversion of dresses

I totally love this book even though I had to re-read certain scenes to understand what was going on. Especially in the beginning.  That being said, it was a really great read.

I usually do characters first because there is a necessity in knowing who drives the story forward but the most important thing about this novel (at least for me) was the mythology. Did I learn a lot about Celtic mythology and then some. One of the shocking factors for me was the use of the witch bottle. Witch bottles are created by people who want to drive away a witch that is afflicting them and it basically causes the witch pain until the spell is taken away but I had no idea that a witch bottle could be used as a love spell. What the hell, that is totally new to me. The witches bottle become a very important part of this novel. The Celtic mythology consisted of hellhounds, banshees, druids, seers, leprechaun, fairies, boggarts, Boudicca, and learning stories about the goddess Fir (resembles mother nature) and multiple other deities. Plus, we have three Wyrd Sisters ( Maiden, Mother, Crone). It was fascinating to read the stories and see the Gaelic names of mythological creatures. I love the inclusion of Cerunnos. Really funny situation about his horns being stolen.

Now let’s talk characters. At first, I was really annoyed with all the characters because they were all very concerned with physical appearances. The Seer who died and records events; when she dies, she is more concerned about throwing up on her dress than being dead. Although, she did admit she was vain enough to say that so she was okay. We have Keleigh who has this enchanted necklace that hides what I will is her true beauty. She promised her mother that she wouldn’t take it off ever and constantly shies away from her own beauty. There is Locke who is physically scarred by the accident that killed the Seer. He tries to get Keleigh to take off the necklace and she reminds him of his scars. There was so much emphasis in the first 20  pages about physical appearances that it irked me.

However, at the end of the day, it was interesting to see the characters move beyond this stage and watch them mature. The vanity of appearance play a real strong role in the final battle and is really insightful. What appears to be annoying characteristic is actually an in-depth look. The scars that Locke has are important for a reason.I really liked how the Seer eloquently put things in perspective as well as Madi (who is Keleigh’s best friend). Funniest character ever. The romance between Keleigh and Locke slowly developed. Keleigh was the one denying the attraction because she didn’t accept her ExtraOrdinary powers and just wanted to be Ordinary (without powers). All of a sudden she is drag into the world she has been vehemently trying to avoid. It forces her to see what she is, the daughter of a prophetess and someone who has power in her own right. The love triangle between Locke, Keleigh, and Lynx for me fell a little flat on Lynx’s side simply because Keleigh wasn’t really into him. She was constantly moving away from his touches even though they were in open relationship. It was much interesting to read the blossoming relationship between Locked and Keleigh.

Marx did an excellent job in creating a world that is infused with mythology. We have Ordinary, regular people without powers, and ExtraOrdinary, people with powers. Leylines run all over Salem which act power sources for Extraordinary. Colloquy of Elders that keeps the existence of the ExtraOrdinaries a secret. ShiningOnes which apparently as not as nice as their name sounds. The OtherWorld which is a parallel world where mythology’s creature live. I know, it seems like a lot to take in (and it is) but I swear, it only adds to the experience of reading the book. All the “societies” are distinct from each other so it’s not hard to keep track of.

In the end, I’m giving it 4.5 butterflies. Fantastic use of mythology and great world-building skills. The characters are funny and grow in the course of the book. The love triangle didn’t work for me but it was somewhat nice. I’m looking forward to reading the second books because there are some unanswered questions that need to be resolve. Plus, I want to see Keleigh come into full acceptance of her powers and see what she can do.

4.5 BB-Ready for capture, Total keeper

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15th book in 150+ Reading Challenge:
Also qualifies for: Self-published, E-book, YA Mythology, First in a Series, Cupcake War, Where are you reading?-Salem, Massachussets

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Giveaway Time: International and ends on Feb. 25 at 11:59 PM

Elizabeth has kindly offered to give away an e-book copy of this book to a lucky commenter.

Mandatory Entry: Like The Seer on Facebook
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After you like the Seer on Facebook, leave a comment here with your Facebook name (this is the mandatory entry) and if you follow me, tell me which way. And answer the question if you want to.

Thank you Elizabeth for providing a copy of her book and for the giveaway.

Good luck to everyone! And don’t forget to enter my Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway as well.

Review: Finding Alice by Andrea DiGiglio

Title: Finding Alice
Author: Andrea DiGiglio
Series: Alice Clark # 1
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Format: E-book
Source: VBT Cafe
Pub. Year 2012
Purchase: Not yet available
I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb from Goodreads:
Cursed with an intense version of empathy Alice runs from a wasted life to start a new one somewhere no one will know her; Hell, Michigan. Alice works at a hole-in-the-wall bar in the middle of nowhere mostly keeping to herself to avoid the overwhelming emotions of those around her. Alice allows her best friend to convince her into taking a few college classes without realizing it would drastically change her life forever. From her first day of class she was hooked on him; his scent, his eyes, the way he talked to her inside her head.

Throughout her struggles she learns about true love, true pain and the truth of her own heritage. Alice must quickly find out who she is because after all everyone else is out to find her. With Angels and Bounty Hunter’s in constant pursuit she finds protection within a group of Fallen Angels. These Fallen Angels vow to do anything to protect her; for it is their belief she will save their kind and all of mankind.
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Like in previous reviews, I have mentioned that I love the mythology surrounding fallen angels. I wasn’t about to pass this book up. Overall, I’m glad that I did read because it was an interesting book.

One of the most appealing factors of the novel is the fallen angel complex. They fell from God’s grace because they pursue the daughter of men (For some reason, all the angels that fell were men or so it seems). God is really angry about the fall and decided to cull the fallen angels and there loved ones. I find interesting that this is the aspect that DiGiglio chooses to focus on because it’s not the usual story of the fallen angels trying to re-gain acceptance into heaven. The Fallen know their children will be cursed and continue to have children because they are afraid of Judgement Day. As long as nephilim (children of the Fallen) exist, so will the Fallen.  The Fallen want a fighting chance against the angels of God and are willing to use their children to continue the battle. It sounds selfish but at the same time, it’s very human because we all want to live in the end. This alone is reason enough to read it.

I generally did like most of the characters; Alice was truly fleshed out. She was a very strong character who fought for what she wanted. She wasn’t easily overwhelmed by what she was, a nephilim, or what the future awaits for her. That’s really great that she could take a few blows and still stand strong. Cole wasn’t my favorite character but he was compelling. He had this key scene where he exposes himself to Alice and it feels very vulnerable, almost like ashamed of what he is so he was interesting character. Opps, that’s a little spoiler. We have Camille (Alice’s best friend) and her boyfriend, Jake (who ended up surprising me).  I was surprised to see Alice mad at him for something he didn’t do.  We also have a few more interesting characters that show up and make it seem like a family reunion.

I found it quirky that the fallen angels could communicate through dreams and mentally. There is a lot of mental communication and dream revelations. There wasn’t an explanation for this but I’m going to guess it has to do with DNA. Alice in an empath, she can feel other people’s emotions and somehow can slow down time. The empath powers manifested and seem important in the beginning but later took a backseat in the story. They were mentioned from time to time but she wasn’t really using them. I’m curious as to where it places Alice and what role will her empath abilities have later on.

One of the reasons this novel is getting 4 butterflies is the lack of details in the first person narrative. There were times I really couldn’t see what was happening in the story so that was bit frustrating. At the same time, I know DiGiglio can write great descriptive scenes such as when she is describing the artwork that Alice produces.  I can see the art in the gallery (the battered shower image) but I can’t see the bar where she works at. Currently, the bar looks like the bar from Lost Girl (super cool show). I’m looking forward to reading the second book when it comes out.

4 BB-Ready for capture

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14th in the 150+ Reading Challenge
Also qualifies for: Self-published, E-book, 1st in a Series, Cupcake War, Where are you reading? Hell, Michigan

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of The Virtual Book Tour Cafe’ and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by The Virtual Book Tour Cafe’, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely of my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book’s publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway (INT)

Welcome to the Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway Hop. This lovely hop is hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Lora from Read For Your Future.

What can you win here? How about a lovely copy of Across the Universe or A Million Suns if you have already read Across the Universe and feel free to read my review of it.

Blurb from Barnes & Nobles:
Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed‘s scheduled landing, Amy’s cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed.

Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed‘s passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir.

Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed‘s hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.

Blurb from Barnes & Nobles
Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.

It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He’s finally free to enact his vision – no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that’s growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.

In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.

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Wishlist Wednesday # 6

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper. It is the place to showcase one book that has been on our wishlist. Click on the image if you feel like joining in on the fun.

On My Wishlist is: A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss.

Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten sub-basement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now her parents and her first love are long dead, and Rose — hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire — is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat.

Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes — or be left without any future at all.

This sounds amazing. The blurb is amazing. The cover is nice but its not the cover I usually fall for. It’s simplistic and nice. A quiet quality that really speaks to me. I wouldn’t have thought it would be a dystopia. I’m dying to read this book now.

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