Stacking The Shelves (Birthday Edition :D)

February 15, 2013

Hi there guys\gals,
I have been wondering and searching for a replacement for IMM and I finally decided to do Stacking The Shelves which is hosted by Tygna's Reviews.So I am back with a new edition :) Hope you enjoy it and feel free to leave comments to your StS.







Bought:







Unravel Me by Tahireh Mafi
The Name of The Star by Maureen Johnson
You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Cinder by Marisa  Meyer






Won:
Thanks so much Vy,, Epic Reads & Simon & Schuster 






Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Sever by Lauren Destefano 










Feature & Follow Friday (Dear...)


 Hi Guys or Gals,

 This is my feature and Follow Friday and this is Hosted By Alison Can Read and Parajunkee.





Q: Write a letter to your favorite character. Rant, rave or gush…just pretend like they are real and you just want to let them know a "few things". - Activity courtesy of author, Kelly Walker
A:  This week I will be writing to Kaiden of Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

 

Dear Kai,
What's wrong with you!? 
You totally had everything you wanted and you let it go!
I love you so much, but what you did to Anna was totally unfair. 
Why torcher yourself like that? Everyone knows you want her. 
When things get complicated, do you just leave?
I really hope you make amends Soon (Sweet Peril) 

Sincerly,
 Gabby ;) 


Well guys, I know my letter was a little crazy and a total last minute descision.
Who did you write to?
 Leave me a comment down below and let me know!

And don't forget about my Giveaway going on which you can access here by clicking the button :) 


Happy Reading : ) --Gabby
 

Mystery Box of Books Giveaway! (300 Followers Giveaway)

February 13, 2013




Hey there guys! 
I have been looking for a reason to hold a giveaway and well I finally found one!
Well, I have almost reached 300 Followers!

Whoo-oo!! 
Thank you guys so much!!! You don't know how much  I appreciate my followers.
A little over a year and a half ago I never would have thought my little blog would turn out to have over 200 followers. When I first started this blog it was my seldom reading, which is why my blog never grew as much in the span of one year as others. As my reading and reviews grew so did my followers and I hope they continue growing because I want the world to hear my opinions.( Haha what book blogger doesn't!?)

My blog has grown my love of reading and I've made some amazing book friends and continue to make blogger friends everyday! I love to talk to anybody who loves to read the same things as me. If you look at my twitter I am always on! Lol Twitter addict much. Yes, I know, but to any of my followers if you ever want to talk about books send me a tweet ;)  

Back to the giveaway!

 
 In order to show my appreciation, I am going to have an almost 300 followers giveaway! and!
(Oh yes, there is an and.)

If I reach over 300 followers I will have 2 winners! ( The mystery box giveaway winner and an international giveaway for my international friends )
If I reach at least 350 before this is all over there will be 3 winners!
Sounds fun right!

Well, you all want to know what is being given away right!? 

The winner will receive a mystery box that includes Hardbacks and some ARC'S!  Plus some cool Swag! How exciting right! I haven't decided how many books or which books will be included, but there will be at least 3 or 4 books if not more! 
I probably won't pick the books until I see which ones the winner has read already or has already. Which, below I will ask you for your GR's wishlist so I can tell which books you have and don't have
 
Since I haven't gotten a box yet I can't put a picture up, but I will tease you with this one! :D
  




Here are the rules!
  •  You must be a resident of the U.S. (Sorry international it cost way too much money to have a box a books shipped, but in order to make it up to ya'll if I reach 300 followers I will have an international giveaway of a book of the winners choice)
  • You must be at least 13 or have a parent's permission.
  • You must follow my blog in order to enter since this is a follower giveaway!
  •  One entry per household 
  • This giveaway will be from now till let's say about March 23rd. Which, gives you plenty of time to get some entrees. :)

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Do you like my pretty giveaway button? haha I know it's kinda crazy this was a picture from my phase of, hey, lets take a picture of everything, and I thought hey why not use it. lol 
Here is the blog button code if you want to put it on your blog for extra entries. 


Code:

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Well, Here's the Rafflecopter form :D 
Go crazy!





a Rafflecopter giveaway


Update: Check out my second giveaway for 300 followers which is international & US.
Thanks so much guys for sticking by my blog and reading! 

-- Gabby :D  
 

Waiting on Wednesdays ( The test of friendship)


 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Breaking the SpineWaiting on wednesday is to spotlight an anticipated upcoming release. 


This week my WoW is...


Five Summers  by Una Lamarche
          May 21st,2013

Four best friends, five summers of camp memories

The summer we were nine: Emma was branded “Skylar’s friend Emma” by the infamous Adam Loring . . .
The summer we were ten: Maddie realized she was too far into her lies to think about telling the truth . . .
The summer we were eleven : Johanna totally freaked out during her first game of Spin the Bottle . . .
The summer we were twelve : Skylar’s love letters from her boyfriend back home were exciting to all of us—except Skylar . . .
Our last summer together: Emma and Adam almost kissed. Jo found out Maddie’s secret. Skylar did something unthinkable . . . and whether we knew it then or not, five summers of friendship began to fall apart. Three years after the fateful last night of camp, the four of us are coming back to camp for reunion weekend—and for a second chance. Bittersweet, funny, and achingly honest, Five Summers is a story of friendship, love, and growing up that is perfect for fans of Anne Brashares and Judy Blume's Summer Sisters



Oh my gosh! This looks so good and the test of who's your real true friend.! Crosses fingers* I hope I get to read this one soon! It looks freaking amazing and just my kind of book.  
Does this book appeal to you to!? 

 

Cover Reveal: Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon

February 9, 2013











Summary:

Zenn Scarlett is a bright, determined, occasionally a-little-too-smart-for-her-own-good 17-year-old girl training hard to become an exoveterinarian. That means she’s specializing in the treatment of exotic alien life forms, mostly large and generally dangerous. Her novice year of training at the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic on Mars will find her working with alien patients from whalehounds the size of a hay barn to a baby Kiran Sunkiller, a colossal floating creature that will grow up to carry a whole sky-city on its back.

But after a series of inexplicable animal escapes from the school and other near-disasters, the Cloister is in real danger of being shut down by a group of alien-hating officials. If that happens, Zenn knows only too well the grim fate awaiting the creatures she loves.

Now, she must unravel the baffling events plaguing her school, before someone is hurt or killed, before everything she cares about is ripped away from her and her family forever. To solve this mystery – and live to tell about it – Zenn will have to put her new exovet skills to work in ways she never imagined, and in the process learn just how powerful compassion and empathy can be




Hi there again guys.!
I just got this recently via email and I thought I'd share this amazing book that's coming out in May 2013 by Strange Chemistry.! 
Guys, I don't know about you, but the title is amazing and really pulls me in.! The colors are so vibrant and coordinate with each other. 
If you haven't already checked out the summary for this book yet you really should! 
I myself am really excited for this book to come out. 
The plot is unique and interests me tremendously.
Here is bigger look at the cover and the goodreads link.

Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon
Release date: May 7th,2013
Strange Chemistry  



Leave a comment and tell me what you think about this cover! :D


Arc Review:Blaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton

February 1, 2013



Blaze(As love in the time of supervillains)
Author: Laurie Boyle Crompton
Series: Standalone
Pages: 320
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: February 1st,2012
Source:  Thanks so much to Sourcebooks for providing me with an arc copy to review. It was amazing!
Summary:

Blaze is tired of spending her life on the sidelines, drawing comics and feeling invisible. She's desperate for soccer star Mark to notice her. And when her BFF texts Mark a photo of Blaze in sexy lingerie, it definitely gets his attention. After a hot date in the back of her minivan, Blaze is flying high, but suddenly Mark's feelings seem to have been blasted by a freeze-ray gun, and he dumps her. Blaze gets her revenge by posting a comic strip featuring uber-villain Mark the Shark. Mark then retaliates by posting her "sext" photo, and, overnight, Blaze goes from Super Virgin Girl to Super Slut. That life on the sidelines is looking pretty good right about now...


My review:

I have wanted to read Blaze, formally known as Fan girl, since I first found out about it. Ahh Okay so I used to have a little teensy comic obsession when I was in about 5th or 6th grade though I never looked at any superhero stuff. Reading this, makes me want to go make into that comic obsession. Seriously.

First, this book starts off kind of as a romance. As her budding romance with Mark, progresses it unfortunately shatters and Mark becomes... well a shark. Hence is name, Mark the Shark.  At first, I kind of really liked Mark,being the hottie coach to her brother’s team and the flirting, but then I really started to dislike him. He became an argent high school boy trying to get with girls. He came off as nice until he got what he wanted and totally starting dissing her. P.s. I promise I’m not spoiling anything this is in the summary.

Blaze is the kind of girl who is nerdy and geeky, but doesn’t mind being invisible for the most part until she meets Mark. She really has to overcome her obstacles of finding herself once more. She tries to change and does things to try to get Mark’s attention, which quite honestly got aggravating at some point because she was being something she’s not and I was routing for her to succeed, but it wasn’t unbearable because I really liked Blaze.

Also, before I go any further I have to mention the guys. Josh, Blaze’s little brother, is the sweetest little brother. I loved him so much. He looked out for his sister and always knew how to cheer her up and looked out for her like an older brother would do instead of little brother.  He always stood up for her and it made me so happy and awed. Dylan was so funny he was always doing something ridiculous and they were all just great aspect of the story because they really lightened the mood and made me smile throughout the story.  As for Blaze’s friends, Ugh Amanda. I kind of still strongly dislike her. If it wasn’t for her things wouldn’t have played out the way they did and she is a dislikeable character in my opinion. At least her other friend,Terri, was a good friend and tried to help her and was always there for her.  Quentine was also a pretty epic character because she opened up and could let out her inner geek with him ;)

Towards the end my heart lightened up and I was supper proud of Blaze. She morphed into a strong, protagonist and really found herself in a sense.  I think this is an awesome sorry. The fact that it involves friendship, relationships, family, and comics, is amazing and makes it one interesting story you won’t want to miss. So, be sure to catch Blaze and her hectic life in this coming of age story as she battles her way through her intertwining worlds – reality and comics.


My Rating: 5 out of 5 Towers



* SourceFire Books has given me one arc copy for a fair and honest review of this book. I was in no way compensated for my review.

Cover Reveal:While He was Away by Karen Schreck










A Word from the Author:
Top tips for writting
 

My birthday falls in January, just a few days after New Year’s Day.  This January, I received an incredible gift from my publisher, Sourcebooks Fire.  My young adult novel, While He Was Away, is being released nation-wide into Walmart with a brand new cover! 

When my editor at Sourcebooks, Leah Hultenschmidt, graciously asked if I’d be open to this possibility last fall, I blinked, breathed deep, confirmed I wasn’t dreaming, and said, “Yes!”  I held on to the possibility until it became a reality.  Then, and only then, did I celebrate.

I won’t speak for all writers, but for me, writing is an act of faith.  I love the work deeply, or I wouldn’t do it.  I’ve generated a lot of pages that have never seen the light of day, written multiple novels that I’ve relegated to folders on my laptop.  Keeping the faith in anything, especially writing, can be hard.

The fact that Sourcebooks believed enough in While He Was Away to bring it to life the first time felt like a much-needed confirmation of years of hard work.  The fact that they are standing behind my book again in this way . . . well, it feels like a miracle.  I’m truly grateful.

Without further ado, here are my Top Writing Tips (they’ve help me a lot; I hope they help you in some way):

1.      Read a lot. Read voraciously. Read like a writer. Read some more. Read people who write in your genre or in a style that is similar to yours and take note of how they do what they do.  Read people who write in a completely different way to keep your head clear and give you new ideas.  Just. Keep.  Reading.
2.      Develop a ritual for your writing.  I wouldn’t think of telling you what to do.  You need to find what works for you, and sometimes that changes with your circumstances.  This year, I’ve been working at an ad agency in the city.  My ritual is to hunker down in the quiet car on the train and GET A LOT DONE.  Previously I’ve written in the very same quiet corner of my local library.  In basements.  On couches.  In bed.  By candlelight.  I’ve found that consistency and ritual can trigger my creativity.  Ring the bell and I’ll salivate.  Kind of like that.
3.      Don’t be afraid to be messy in your work.  Don’t be afraid to push forward even though it isn’t perfect.   Nothing is perfect!  Embrace that reality, and be kind to yourself.  And forgiving of the words on the page.
4.      Fall in love with revision.  “I’m not a writer,” I once heard a writer say.  “I am a re-writer.”  I LOVE that.  I love the word revision.  Re-vision.  Seeing again, anew, as if for the first time.  Revision gives great perspective.  And I think it’s where the real work gets done.
5.      Never give up.  Keep the faith.  Years may pass.  But the more you write, the more the very act of writing becomes rewarding.  Writing is soul-work; it lends meaning to life.  That’s what I believe, and that’s what sees me through.  Publication—well, that a wonderful thing.  But the writing—that’s where it’s at.






 
About the Author:
Karen Halvorsen Schreck’s new Young Adult novel, While He Was Away, will be published by Sourcebooks in 2012.  She’s also the author of  Dream Journal (Hyperion), which was a 2006 Young Adult BookSense Pick, and the award-winning children’s book Lucy’s Family Tree (Tilbury House). Her short stories and articles have appeared in Literal Latté, Other Voices, Image, as well as other literary journals and magazines, and have received various awards, including a Pushcart Prize, an Illinois State Arts Council Grant, and in 2008, first prize awards for memoir and devotional magazine writing from the Evangelical Press Association.  Karen received her doctorate in English and Creative from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She works as a freelance writer and editor, teaches writing and literature, and lives with her husband, the photographer Greg Halvorsen Schreck, and their two children in Wheaton, Illinois.




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