Tuesday, September 16, 2014

They All Fall Down


They All Fall Down

by Roxanne St. Claire

Every year, the lives of ten girls at Vienna High are transformed.

All because of the list.

Kenzie Summerall can't imagine how she's been voted onto a list of the hottest girls in school, but when she lands at number five, her average life becomes dazzling. Doors open to the best parties, new friends surround her, the cutest jock in school is after her.

This is the power of the list. If you're on it, your life changes.

If you're on it this year? Your life ends.
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Expected Publication Date: October 14th, 2014
Received From: Liberty Bay Books 
Format: ARC
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(You can win a copy of this one and several other books here!) It was really the title and the cover and the sheer ridiculousness of it all that made me pick this one up. I mean really, it sounds shallow and cheesy, and it was pretty cheesy and REALLY crazy, but it was so, SO, fun!

It was like a soap opera, it sucked you in! I knew it should be stupid but I just couldn't put it down!

The action,  there was the perfect amount of action! It was thrilling and kept you on your toes, but it wasn't like solid action and epic fight scenes. 

Plot, there was a lot going on. A LOT. But the way the plot was paced was really nice, and it was stretched out so that it was never confusing. Also, it made it so that you could have theories and suspicions, but never know exactly what would happen or what the end result would be. 

The characters, while not extremely extraordinary, I felt they were easy to picture, and fairly well rounded and developed. The personalities were likable and understandable, and it was easy to love them and accept their flaws.  

The romance was well paced, and pretty darn cute. It wasn't like the cutest relationship that I've ever read, but I still really, really loved it. The love triangle part was a bit annoying, but not overwhelmingly so.

There was a lot going on. I didn't really like that there was so many really different wild things going on. I liked the individual things, but all of it together was a bit much at times.

The writing was pleasant enough. I didn't really have any qualms about it, but it didn't have me jumping up and down either.

Last Thoughts: This is a great "just for kicks" read. It is wild and wacky and a little bit cheesy, but it is so much fun. It's cute, unique and action packed with some moral themes and speaks to teens. I'd recommenced it and it would be four and a half stars based on entertainment value but for over all I'm giving it three and a half stars out of five as a final, overall rating.

Add it on Goodreads  and Liberty Bay Books!



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Monday, September 15, 2014

Rebel Belle


Rebel Belle

by Rachel Hawkins

Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.


It took me two tries to read this one. Thankfully, I gave it a second try. Although, I still thought about giving up on it once or twice even in the second time through. Why you ask? Two words. Harper Price.

She was nearly insufferable at times. She is that person that you think, that person can't possibly exist in real life. That slightly vain fashionista, sugary, popular, and the head of everything. There is nothing wrong with these types of people really, but it came on so fakey and stereotypical and the sugary-ness was stifling and sickening.

The other half to this was that eventually all that dropped. I get that she develops and grows and her life changes and all that, but the basis of her personality wouldn't change, but it did in the book. The change didn't make sense so it bothered me. I mean I get it, she is more than the vain prissy chick everyone else sees, but parts of what was originally portrayed and was so obnoxious were parts of who she really was.

However, Harper was pretty much the only thing that really bothered me. The plot was cool and had interesting twists. The action was absolutely epic and oh so fun. The writing was well rounded, and all of this made for a thoroughly entertaining read.

Another minor qualm that I just remembered was that at least once it was very predictable. We all knew how the romantic part of the book was going to go down.

David had to be my favorite part of the book. He was great! Realistic, quirky, and funny, Although, I didn't really like Harper the way she was for the first part of the book, I have to admit that the characters were pretty well developed and well rounded, and they were very vibrant with strong personalities.

Last Thoughts:  It was a blast after I got past Harper. Wild, unique, and totally epic, the entire concept was great. The plot kept readers on your toes and the characters had well written and formed bonds with each other and have bright personalities. I give it four stars out of five, and I'd recommend it for a fun read anytime.

Goodreads and Liberty Bay Books.


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P.S. Thank you, thank you, thank you Catherine for the book! 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Swoons

Skylar Finn's creation

We love having you guys involved! If you don't know what this feature is about here is the deal, Sunday Swoons is an original feature hosted by myself  and the spectacular Skylar Finn from Life of A Random. Every Sunday we bust out a different swoon worthy topic and discuss it, swoon about it, and chat it up!

Rules:
1. You're welcome to use the button Skylar designed as long as you cite her as the source/give her all the loving credit she deserves!

2. You can post in whatever style you would like: list, discussion, etc. as long as what you are talking about goes with the topic for the week.

3. You either must follow the topic given OR you can do a post on the opposite of the topic we give. (Example: Our topic-- Top 5 Favorite Couples, Your topic-- Top 5 Least Favorite Couples.)

4. Your posts don't have to have anything to do with books you are reading right now. If you reference specific books, they can be past or older reads. (It's nice if you put in the Goodreads link to the book, or another site that will take readers to the book's synopsis, cover, and other information.)

5. Please remember to link back to us in your post, giving us credit for the feature! Also, you can add your link to the link-up tool at either of our posts ( it may only work on mine the first time because we are still working that part out.).

This Week's Topic Is: Dancing in Love

For The Friend-zoned (but sexy) 


Now I'm not very far into it (read that as Briana is only a few pages in and doesn't know what she's talking about), but I understand what the friend-zone looks like. So Althea and Oliver's song is: Crave You by Flight Facilities 

For the Sob Worthy Romances (I'd say more but spoilers)

This one is a heart breaker of a book so I picked a heart breaker of a song. Well, if you aren't looking at it in a certain way it's not a huge heart breaker but still. The Civil Wars's song, Sacred Heart.
                                 













For Lovers of Bad Boys

It's not a perfect fit word for word, but Devil's Backbone by the Civil wars certainly works for Anna and Kai from the Sweet Trilogy. And all those other good girl falls for bad boy romances out there. 
For All the Guys That Love Mean Girls
I loved Celaena, I really did. But even her biggest fan's have to admit she could be cruel and that she was pretty vain and arrogant. So She's so Mean by Matchbox Twenty works for her and her triangle, as well as the other rare occasions where the girl was not sugar, spice and everything nice. 
Another One for all Those Good Girls and Bad Boys
Pushing the Limits is a classic, good girl falls for bad boy who maybe isn't so bad, I enjoyed it all the same. There are a lot of books like this, so again this book is just one example that fits Lana Del Ray's Diet Mountain Dew.

Add your own song and literary romance combinations! Link up and share your thoughts in the comments below! Oh, and don't forget to check out Skylar's post!

P.S. If you saw the tweet where I mentioned lady jams, this is what I was referencing...

Can you guess the movie?



Briana is sorry that she complains about all her homework on twitter all the time, but it is a lot and she doesn't like that there is so much. She's trying not to complain so much. She is also sorry that all her little blog minions have been so neglected lately and blames it furiously on those teachers that are giving her all that nasty homework. When she isn't doing homework or blogging her fingers off, she has been playing tennis with her mother and watching her latest Netflix obsession, Arrow. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Stacking The Shelves



I allowed myself one Liberty Bay Books spree trip yesterday and have come home with a respectable stack, so I'm linking up with Tynga @ Tynga's Reviws and sharing the glory! Don't forget to link up too, and share your thoughts and your haul in the comments below!


Althea and Oliver: This one was one of those round two picks. I saw it once and glanced over the synopsis and wasn't too impressed. The second time around I still wasn't that impressed, but I figured, hey what the heck, why not give it a shot. I'm only a few pages in but I'm really liking it so far.

Zodiac: This one didn't have much of a synopsis on the back but I picked it up anyways, not really knowing what it was about. I just read the synopsis on Goodreads and it sounds super cool. I don't read a lot of Sci-Fi  but Zodiac signs? How cool does that sound?

The Beige Man: As you probably know by now, I love crime novels and shows, so this one was a no brainer. I only now realized it is book SEVEN in a series. So, I'm just crossing my fingers that it will still make sense without the rest of the series.

Far From You: I loved the concept, and of course that cover. I enjoy stories with that whole, "no one believes me, everyone is against me" thing going on. (When it is done well/right.)

Midnight Thief: I've been hearing really great things about this one and it sounds really good. I love the occasional fantasy and the entire premise sounds simply epic. My one qualm, every time Kyra's abilities are mentioned in the synopsis, they are described as uncanny. There was an uncanny amount of uncanny being used.

So, what does your haul look like?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Figments Friday: Throwback Addition

This is my picture so please give me credit, also I would like to give credit to the Brooklyn street artist who created this. 
You probably have read this in a different post, or an interview or something (I've mentioned it a few times) but I have never finished a piece of writing. I counted and discovered that I have started roughly 18 different stories and never finished them. So I'm going to do a little something fun today and give you a clip of my embarrassing early writing and then a bit of my newer stuff so we can laugh at my lack of skill from years ago and then smother a chuckle at my slightly improved but still novice writing from this week. 

Figments Friday is an original feature for writers, wherein they share something about their writing, a character interview, an excerpt, a conversation between a character from one WIP and a character from another WIP, ect.  Feel free to join in!

Rules:
1. If you use my image please give me credit!

2. You DON'T have to do the same style post as me and can post in what every style you want about whatever you want as long as it has to do with sharing your writing. (Not advice)

3. Please remember to link back to me in your post, giving me credit for the feature and make sure to link up by using the button at the bottom of this post!

Note: I reserve all rights to all of my original work. If you quote or reference any of it I ask that you give me credit. Any snippets and excerpts are works in progress and may have typos or need more editing, for the most part they are first drafts.

First up a clip from what might have been the first story I ever tried writing. It was a lovely gem called "The Queen's Circle." It was based in Ireland with a crazed plot that went ever where at once. I haven't corrected any grammar or changed anything from what it was like before. (I will forgive you if you laugh. I laugh at myself so that makes it ok.)



As you can see, subtly was not my forte, The Island Killer is the first time I've attempted it since and I feel like it is going a lot better this time but I may be blind to my own flaws. Foreshadowing didn't work for me. (I'll give you three guesses what the attempt at foreshadowing was trying to "hint" (*cough* screaming *cough*) about.)


Here is a second, more recent and hopefully more subtle attempt at foreshadowing. Hopefully it worked out better. Weather it did or not you are only permitted to quietly chuckle at that one because it is recent and it may wound my pride. I do not however have so much pride that I would not permit you to laugh even a little bit. So chuckle away my friends. (P.S. That last one was from The Island Killer)

And don't forget your writing and link up!





Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Swoons

Created by Skylar Finn
I hope y'all are having a swell Sunday! Feel free to join up this week and every week! We love having you guys involved! If you don't know what this feature is about here is the deal, Sunday Swoons is an original feature hosted by myself  and the spectacular Skylar Finn from Life of A Random. Every Sunday we bust out a different swoon worthy topic and discuss it, swoon about it, and chat it up!

Rules:
1. You're welcome to use the button Skylar designed as long as you cite her as the source/give her all the loving credit she deserves!

2. You can post in whatever style you would like: list, discussion, etc. as long as what you are talking about goes with the topic for the week.

3. You either must follow the topic given OR you can do a post on the opposite of the topic we give. (Example: Our topic-- Top 5 Favorite Couples, Your topic-- Top 5 Least Favorite Couples.)

4. Your posts don't have to have anything to do with books you are reading right now. If you reference specific books, they can be past or older reads. (It's nice if you put in the Goodreads link to the book, or another site that will take readers to the book's synopsis, cover, and other information.)

5. Please remember to link back to us in your post, giving us credit for the feature! Also, you can add your link to the link-up tool at either of our posts ( it may only work on mine the first time because we are still working that part out.).

This Week's Topic Is: Couples on Covers

I'm going to make my own "awards" for covers involving couples, and list the first three words or phrases I think of upon seeing it. 

Most Artistic

Romance. Dream. Northern Lights.

Most Awkward

Awkward. Trying hard. Crush.

Most Photo Shopped

Dramatic. Blended. Fitting.

Deja Vu Award

Words. Two worlds, Gasp. 

Silhouette Award

Fireflies. The forehead touch. Ombre.

Best Job Photo Shopping

Why isn't he little and green? Gravity where are you? Contrast.

Hope y'all enjoyed and I can't wait to see what you guys do! 

What are your favorites? Least favorites?

Next Week's Topic is: Dancing in Love: Songs that Represent Fictional Couples we Love









Saturday, September 6, 2014

Stacking The Shelves


Sorry this post is so late and that there haven't been posting more. School has officially taking over my life and even though I've spent 90% of my day doing homework (which was 95% of which was reading two textbooks) and I am still not even halfway done with it all.

I have also been not so fearlessly not vanquishing a newt that was living underneath a pair of socks on my floor. That basically consisted of me screaming bloody murder every time it so much as breathed and covering my eyes and screaming some more as my plucky, lion-hearted mother scooped it into a bucket and relocated it to the great outdoors. These newt, lizard, salamander things invade our house nonstop every fall, everyone (the small group of people I socialize with)  thinks I'm crazy because no one has ever heard of such a problem. Please tell me one of you guys out there have this problem or have heard of it at the very least!

I only grabbed a few books this week from Liberty Bay Book's stash, but I'm still linking up with Tynga @ Tynga Reviews. I was too tired to take pictures of them so I'm just using the cover images. 


This one has already come out and it has been on my TBR list since I was a Goodreads novice. I had forgotten about it until I saw it in the stack, but when I remembered I was instantly thrilled and re-intrigued. I mean really, look at that cover, how can you not be intrigued?


I have to bring up that cover. Is that not the most beautiful, romantic, wistful, whimsical, artistic cover ever? I know I've talked a lot about covers today but both of these books have covers that spark certain emotions which I find impressive. Now, about the book. I actually passed on I Remember You the first time I found it in the stacks because it is just a huge romance and it has hockey, neither of which are my kind of thing. The second time around I still had my doubts but then I thought, "Eh what the heck." and threw caution to the wind and decided to give it a fighting chance. 

Do you get newts? What books did you get? 

P.S. Don't forget about the giveaway!