Top Five Books of 2013

December 27, 2013


Hey guys, first of all Merry late Christmas and a happy,early, New years.  I know I haven't been around in the blogging world a lot this year because of school, but I have continued to read every know and then. I also know this is going to short, sweet and to the point so below is my list of the top five books I've read this year and please leave a comment below and tell me what your top 5 books of 2013 were.  P.s. please ignore how I placed the book covers below :P







Review: Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts

October 3, 2013

Tumble & Fall
Author: Alexandra Coutts
Pages:384
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date:September 17th,2013
Source: Received for review Via Netgalley.
Thanks so much for allowing me to review this book!

Summary:

A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings

The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.

Alexandra Coutts's TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.






Tumble and Fall has an amazing cover that intrigued me to no end! At first, I thought this book was a contemporary novel, however, as I read the summary I found it was a mix of sci-fi and contemporary. Which, I thought was also very intriguing and made me want to read it even more out of curiosity. However, as I read on the story just seemed to fall a little short for me.

Tumble and Fall has three different main characters and points of views – Caden, Zan and Sienna. Caden is a nerd at hard, but ever since his dad abandoned his family he has put that aside and became somewhat of a, “party animal.” Zan has lost her high school sweetheart and even though it’s almost been a year she still misses him every day and is still trying to come to terms that he is really gone. Last, but not least, Sienna’s mom died a few years ago and ever since then she has been at The House for mental reasons until the day that her father comes get her to take her home due to the recent news of the impending doom of the world – an asteroid striking earth and knocking it out of its orbit. With only a few days left of their life they all set out on their own separate adventures, some willingly and others not so much, to discover everything they want to know before they die. 


I feel as if Tumble and Fall had such a great concept, but didn’t quite reach that concept. I’ve never read a book before were an author attempted to combine sci-fi with contemporary before and I applaud the author for trying. However, I faced some problems throughout reading this book.

The first real big problem I had was that I couldn’t quite connect with every single character. It felt as if I was reading a completely different book when I got to Caden and he just wasn’t as interesting as the other characters in the novel. As the novel progressed I actually skipped his chapter once or twice because the things his father did was just out right outrageous. Buying your son a prostitute is defiantly not the route to go. Okay, so I understand the world is fixing to end, but I felt as if that was kind of thrown into the book at last minute like yeah oh let’s make his dad buy him a prostitute that should make it interesting.  Caden was the least relatable character in this novel.

The second problem was that while I connected with the other two characters, sometimes it felt as if there was just not enough going on. I mean let’s be realistic, if an asteroid is going to strike earth, there is going to be complete chaos not this calm community. I just felt as if there was just not enough chaos as I expected there to be.

While I did encounter some problems while reading this book, I do have to give this author some props on the other two characters – Zan and Sienna. I connected to Zan and Sienna so much! In fact, it’s the only thing that made me want to finish the book. While the beginning was quite dull, the romance just progressed throughout the book until the end and I was quite interested in how these romances where going to turn out.

Now on to the end! The ending was a bummer and totally not what I was expecting. At the beginning of this book it felt like a roaring fire because I was so excited to read this novel and as the story progressed the fire just burned out little by little. When it got to the end I was completely disappointed that the book didn’t go out with a BANG like I believe it should have.

In the end, this book will be for someone who loves sci-fi with tons of insta-love and who doesn’t mind reading about three different main characters. This book, while it had its flaws still had a story and I still couldn’t put it down. In the end,although it was a miss for me, I still liked it and you should give it a try for yourself!










Event\Signining: Lauren Myracle, Siobhan Vivian & Jenny Han

September 23, 2013

Hey Everybody! 
So last week I went to my first book signing! I know it's hard to believe it's my first book signing, but no one every comes any wheres remotely close to me so I jumped on this opportunity to met these wonderful authors!

We started off the night with all of the authors reading a few pages of their book and I forgot to take pictures of them actually reading. *Hits head with palm, but I did take pictures after of them answering everyone's questions.






I had so much fun listening to Lauren; she's such a nice person!






 
Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian and me :) 


Lauren Myracle was so fun to talk to and such a down to earth person I can't wait to read her books. When she read  a few pages of her new book, I was so mesmerized and now I can't wait to read it. 

Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian were also so amazing! There book Burn for Burn is so good and I actually forgot to get my book Fire with Fire signed *Grrr....  Siobhan is another amazing person and so is Jenny Han. Did I forget to mention they are amazing writers?!

All of these ladies are amazing authors and they were so funny. I can't wait to read Lauren Myracle's books and Fire with Fire. Oh and they were so kind; They let me take pictures with them! I can't wait to read their books and hopefully I'll see them again. 



ARC Review| Taste Test by Kelly Fiore

August 12, 2013

Taste Test
Author: Kelly Fiore
Pages:352
Publisher: Walker Children
Release Date: August 27th,2013
Source: Thanks so much to Walker Children for providing me with a copy to read & review it was amazing.  I Can't wait to buy it.

Summary:
If you can grill it, smoke it, or fry it, Nora Henderson knows all about it. She’s been basting baby back ribs and pulling pork at her father’s barbeque joint since she was tall enough to reach the counter. When she’s accepted to Taste Test, a reality-television teen cooking competition, Nora can’t wait to leave her humble hometown behind, even if it means saying good-bye to her dad and her best friend, Billy. Once she’s on set, run-ins with her high-society roommate and the maddeningly handsome—not to mention talented—son of a famous chef, Christian Van Lorten, mean Nora must work even harder to prove herself. But as mysterious accidents plague the kitchen arena, protecting her heart from one annoyingly charming fellow contestant in particular becomes the least of her concerns. Someone is conducting real-life eliminations, and if Nora doesn’t figure out who, she could be next to get chopped for good.

With romance and intrigue as delectable as the winning recipes included in the story, this debut novel will be devoured by all



Guys first off look at the gorgeous cover! This cover drew me in as soon as I saw the cover and the name. For all of you who don’t know, I am a cooking and baking fanatic and I have no idea why, but this book was just my cup of tea!
Norah Henderson is a girl from a small southern region who has always had one dream – to be the best chef she can be and get into the best culinary school in Paris. There’s only one problem, she doesn’t have the money to go to her dream school. In order to follow her dreams she submits her application to the Taste Test, a show in which teenagers compete for the ultimate prize – a scholarship to the school of her dreams. Overcome with joy when she receives her acceptance letter she packs and is  off for the journey of her life. When she first arrives at the place she will be living for the next few months, or until she is kicked off the show, she is met with a very un-warm welcome from Joy, a snobby, rich girl from New York, and Christian, a too full of himself guy who just likes to test Norah’s patience.
Norah is a very nice, sweet southern girl who enters this world with no thought of what it was going to be like and is teased by the other contestants because of her background. However, her character is very admirable because she is able to dish the criticism right back to the one and only Christian.
Christian is unlike any character I've encountered before. He’s so complex it was hard to tell what he was really thinking or what he was planning next. At first, Christian was really mean to Norah, but my first though was that Christian was obviously a rich kid who was a jerk, but as the fighting continued it got my head turning. I say this because always arguing tends to lead to a crush. So, from this moment on, I was fan girling over the possibility of Norah and Christian in a relationship.
What intrigued me so much about Taste Test was that not only was it a competition and contemporary story, it showed the other side of the competition and the people who would do anything just to win. The mystery aspect in this book had my mind turning in double time because all the leads point in one direction, but actually it’s the person you would least expect and that’s what I liked so much about this book because you just couldn't assume.
If I had to describe this book in one sentence the first thing that pops into my head is The Selection meets the cooking world and instead of the prince as a prize it’s a scholarship
If you are looking for a fun, light hearted book with a little competition added to the mix, then this is the book for you and even if you’re not you should still give this book a try because you never know  if it’s your cup of tea till you try it.




Stacking the Shelves ( Summer Edition)

August 9, 2013


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tyngas Reviews that allows bloggers to feature the books they've recently received. To find out more about the rules and how to participate go to the Offical Launch Page.




 Hi guys!!!! It's been a while since I've done a Stacking The Shelves because the summer has been so busy for me with camps! It's been so exciting and hard for me to stay away from blogging for so long and not be able to read, but i've survived and am ready to start reading and posted a lot more. So starting with today's post this is my July Book Haul and I hope you enjoy.


Bought:
 Transcendence by C.J. Omololu 
 The Warrior's Heart by Eric Greitens
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1 Dead in Attic by Chris Rose
Forget Me Not by Carolee Dean
 Exposed by Kimberly Marcus
Speechless by Hannah Harrington 
34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues
Fracture by Megan Miranda
Me and Earl and The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
The Vindico by Wesley King
The Story of Us by Deb Caletti
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Shattered Dreams by Ellie James

For Review:
Shift  and Control by Kim Curran 
Will in Scarlet by Matthew Coby


Cover Reveal: Broken by CJ Lyon

July 23, 2013



Broken| Cy Lyons 




For Scarlet Killian, every day is a game of Russian roulette—she has a 1 in 5 chance of dying…

 

New York Times bestselling author CJ Lyons makes her YA debut with a fast-paced thriller sure to keep readers guessing to the very last page.

 

Fifteen-year-old Scarlet Killian has one chance for a normal life. Only problem? It just might kill her. Diagnosed with a rare and untreatable heart condition, Scarlet has never taken the school bus. Or giggled with friends during lunch. Or spied on a crush out of the corner of her eye. Scarlet has come to terms with the fact that despite the best efforts of her doctors and parents, she's going to die. Literally of a broken heart.  So when her parents offer her a week to prove she can survive high school, Scarlet knows her time is now... or never.

 

Scarlet can feel her heart beating out of control with every slammed locker and every sideways glance in the hallway. But for the first time in her life she makes real friends. She also makes new discoveries about the truth behind her illness... a truth that might just kill her before her heart does.




Guest Post|Question and Answers



Q:Is Long QT a real disease?


CJ: Yes. As a pediatrician I diagnosed my niece with Long QT Syndrome when she was born. Her heart specialists believe she's the youngest person in the world diagnosed with Long QT. She's had to take medicine every day of her life and can't ever skip a day. So far that's added up to over ten thousand pills taken.

You know that feeling you get when you've run as hard and fast as you can and you stop but your heart keeps galloping along? And you wonder for a second if maybe it's not going to stop, but will keep galloping out of control? But then of course it settles back down. For people with Long QT, their heart doesn't change gears well, going from regular to galloping and back again. So they have to avoid anything that would make their heart race.

No sports or aerobic exercise. No horror films. No roller coaster rides. No jumping into cold water on a hot summer's day.

But that doesn't have to stop someone with Long QT like my niece from having a great life. Today she is a brilliant, active fourteen-year-old who gets straight A's, enjoys riding horses, archery, reading, breeding Rottweilers, and who wants to grow up to be either a fashion designer or President of the United States. Her main fashion accessory is her portable defibrillator, Phil, who goes with her everywhere, including camping, to the beach, and recently to her first Broadway show.

BROKEN is dedicated to her fearless approach to life where outwitting Death is simply part of her daily routine.

Q: What was it like working in an ER? Is it like on TV?


CJ: Definitely nothing like Grey's Anatomy, but the first few seasons of ER get it right. Working in the ER is basically about learning how to control (and live with) chaos, the art of listening, and how to quickly decide what's the most important thing you need to tackle next.

I worked three jobs to put myself through medical school and one of them was waitressing at a very busy family restaurant. Honestly, that was the best preparation I ever could have had for life in the ER.

 

Q: Why did you leave medicine to write books?


CJ: I've been a storyteller all my life—a fact that used to get me placed in time-out a lot as a kid. But writing stories has always been my way of making sense of the chaos that goes on in the world around us. I wrote my first novel in college and wrote two more science fiction novels in medical school.

Then, while I was an intern at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, one of my close friends was murdered. Dealing with that grief and trauma while still working seventy hours a week and trying to save lives—I wasn't prepared for that. So I turned to my writing and that's when I wrote my first thriller. I never thought about actually making a career of it until years later when friends who were published authors encouraged me to enter a national writing contest and I was a finalist. This led to several publishing contracts and I realized that as much as I loved being a doctor, here was a chance for a second dream come true: being a full time writer.

It was a huge leap of faith leaving my job (and my patients—I missed them, a lot!) but I've always believed that if you're going to dream, you should dream big, so I went for it. Since then I've published twenty books, hit #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, won awards for my writing, and most importantly, have had the chance to impact millions of people through my novels. Talk about a dream come true!

 

Q: What's your best advice for someone who wants to be a writer?


CJ: Never surrender, never give up. Writing is hard work, it takes years to master the craft, so you need to stick with it. And read, read, read…pay attention to what makes the books you like work as well as why the books you don't like fail. You never stop learning in this job, but that's also what makes it so much fun.




About the Author
CJ Lyons|Website





A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sixteen novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge thrillers with heart. CJ has been called a "master within the genre" (Pittsburgh Magazine), and her work has been praised as "breathtakingly fast-paced" and "riveting" (Publishers Weekly) with "characters with beating hearts and three dimensions" (Newsday). The author of thrillers such as the Lucy Guardino FBI series, she has sold over 1 million books in the last year.

When not writing, she can be found walking the beaches near her South Carolina Lowcountry home in Columbia, SC, listening to the voices in her head and plotting new and devious ways to create mayhem for her characters






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