May 31, 2013

Armchair BEA-Day 4- Genre Non-Fiction


Righto! Lol...felt cool to say. Umm....Non-fiction. Well, I haven't read too much non-fiction. I have even bought some non-fiction just because I was like hey, I'm gonna read more non-fiction....guess what...I DIDN'T!! Lol. No surprise to me.


I have read a little in forms of biographies. I bought Miley Cyrus's bio back in the day but I think I ended up donating it because I couldn't get the determination to read it. I did also buy Russell Brand's My Booky Wook and My Booky Wook 2. For once I read both of these. They are hard subjects to read about through part of it, but it was nice that he was honest about all of it. And also, this might make me sound horrible, but since I know his voice and accent, I read both books in his voice and accent. So it was almost to me as he was reading it to me or just telling me his story in person. It was very fascinating.
My Booky Wook Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal

I do have a non-fiction section I do like though. The Animal section. I love to read anything on insects as well as ANYTHING marine life. I love marine mammals, fish, mollusks, corals, jellyfish, anything, I am being lazy and don't want to write the whole list down. My favorite animals are even the shark and penguin. I also watch a lot of nature shows as well. I haven't bought to many books from a bookstore mainly because these types of books get pricey, but I do have a couple shark books and penguin books in storage and I also took a couple zoology courses in college. I wanted to be a marine biologist but sadly it has a crappy job market.

Well....hmmm...do I have any more non-fiction to write about...I really don't think I do. I don't really like history, I know, I'm sorry. I seem to be saying sorry a lot recently...but oh well. My boyfriend loves history, he is like a walking history book, I went the science and math route of things.

So, this is where I say I'm done with my post!

Hope you guys have a better post than I do!!

Amber

Feature and Follow Friday!

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow
 
 
Hey guys, this is my Feature and Follow Friday post! This post is hosted by two different blogs, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read! This meme is here for everyone to be able to get their blog out there and get more followers!! Links are below for you to look at others, follow them, and link your own blog!

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Question: What blogger would you most like to meet in real life? Tell us about him or her.


Answer: Um...There are two that I would love to meet. I can't pick between one or the other. There is Sarah from Sarah's Random Musings and Zoe from Zoe's Book Reviews. I started blogging on a different blog back in 2008. I was very new, had no idea what was going, but these two still came in and let me into their family. They have also stuck around for my new blog and it is awesome! If there were any two bloggers I would love to meet, it would be these two!

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Welp, there is my feature and follow post! Can't wait to read all of yours!

Amber

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May 30, 2013

Armchair BEA-Day 3- Literary Fiction


Okay, I feel stupid to say this, but upon seeing the post that was put up for the day, I felt like an idiot. I wasn't really sure what it was meant by literary fiction. I went through almost every post that was on the link in order to get a handle on what the post was supposed to mean.

I might still not be doing it right, but I got from it that the book was either a new take and very unique or it is a type of book that sucks you in with meaning and hidden messages. If I'm still wrong, I'm sorry. I'm trying! I promise!!

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What books have you read this year that would fit into this category?

Um...this year...sadly probably only one. Holding On and Letting Go by Lucy A. Kelly. I'm working on The Fault in our Stars right now by John Green as well, but I'm not finished with it yet.


Is there anything coming up that you're particularly excited about?

Gah, this post is going to be horrible for me. Hmmm.... as of right now I don't have anything I can think of but I know there has to be. My brain is frazzled at the moment.


What authors/novels would you recommend to someone new to the genre?

um...Well Lucy A. Kelly above I would for sure recommend. I would also recommend Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. 


Are there any misconceptions or things that you'd like to clear up for people unfamiliar with literary fiction?

There are also books that some might not think mean alot to them but have to me, like Harry Potter. I know a lot of people read the books and loved them, but some of us took them a step above and made it into a part of their life. For me, I am in the latter category. My whole life changed after reading those books and I will cherish them for the rest of my life. Not all books necessarily are out there to change lives, but I think most author's hope to change someone's life, even just one person with the writing that they do. There have been many books that I have read that I can pull out meaning of those books for reasons I can't always explain but my world is rattled for a while after reading it. To me that is a misconception. I didn't know what literary fiction was, but in my eyes I see it as any type of fictional book that changed your life no matter the genre or content.


What got you started into this kind of book?

I wouldn't say anything necessarily got me into this kind of book, as sometimes I see a book that sounds good that becomes this kind of book for me. 


Name a novel that hasn't received a lot of buzz that definitely deserves it.

Well, I have listed it a couple times and wrote a review the other day on Holding On and Letting Go. Sadly you can only get it on kindle but I have to say it too changed my life. I fell in love with the book and would recommend it to anyone. there is so much emotion in good as well as bad ways. You feel the pain within the book. Here Is my review for it!

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Okay, well, I know my post stinks, but i promise you guys that I tried on it!!

Amber

May 29, 2013

Armchair BEA: Day 2- Genre Fiction

 
FICTION....FICTION....FICTION!!
 
Alrighty...of course, as most of us that blog, I love fiction. I do read some non-fiction but it is usually stuff about marine life and not really history or biography. My love is fiction.
 
If you’re a reader of genre fiction do you have a favourite author or series?
 
I have alot of series I enjoy:
Harry Potter, Wings, The Immortal Series, Twilight (Yes, I like it!), Hush, Hush, The Hunger Games, Fifty Shades...um... I know there is more but my mind is blanking out!
 
I have alot of Authors too so I will just try to type off my head!
Sarah Dessen, Aprilynne Pike, J.K. Rowling, Kiera Cass, Nicholas Sparks, Stephanie Meyer, Jordanna Fraiberg, Susane Colasanti, Alyson Noel, Jodi Lynn Anderson, Lucy A. Kelly, Jennifer E. Smith, Suzanne Collins, Jamie McGuire, Beth Harbison, E.L. James.
 
 
And what keeps bringing you back for more fantasy/sci fi/horror etc?
 
I keep coming back because I love no matter what I read, I feel like I'm in another life. I love my life, but it is still nice to go somewhere else for a while. I love warm fuzzy typical chick romance books. That is what I tend to read. If there is a fantasy or anything really with romance in it, I will pick it up.
 
 
And if you don’t read one (or more) of these genres what is it that deters you from those sections of the bookstore?
 
I tend to stay away from horror, most sci fi, and crime. It isn't that I hate these types of books, its just that if I want to spend the time reading, I'm going to go to my usual books I read. So books of this sort I tend to just leave alone because I know even if I buy one of these genres I will most likely never read it. Everyone has their type of books, these just aren't mine. I am sure they are well written just not my forte.
 
 
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Welp, there is my post! I am sure it is the same as most, but I still answered honestly from my own opinions :)
 
What did you guys write??

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!!



TrianglesTriangles

By: Kimberly Ann Miller

Publication Date: June 18th, 2013


A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong?

In the Bermuda Triangle—a lot.

Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life--her father's death years ago, her mother's medical problems, and the loser who’s practically stalking her--seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears she's gone nuts for more than one reason: that loser’s suddenly claiming they're a happy couple... a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying "Happy Anniversary"... and suddenly, she’s full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ship's doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, she's warned that these "alternate realities" could become permanent.

She just has to ask herself one question—how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?


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What are you guys waiting for on this Wednesday?

May 28, 2013

Armchair BEA Introduction!




1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? 
Hey guys :) I'm Amber. I'm 24 and a graphic design major. I already have 2 associate's degrees, I just keep going back to school for random things. I have a chihuahua named Moose. I have a wonderful boyfriend. My family is my world. I have been blogging on and off for about 5 years now. This blog itself has been around since April. I got into blogging back in 2008 when I was searching for a book I read in high school, it somehow brought me to The Story Siren. I was in shock. I had no idea the book blogging community was here and I was hooked. I got to work right away assembling my own to put out there into the world.




2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures. 
I'm blogging from Florida. I'm from what's called the Emerald Coast. We have one of the best fishing communities around, wonderful pretty white beaches and beautiful emerald green and blue water.


3. Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event?
No, this will be my first armchair, but I'm excited. I came to the event because I'm sad I don't have the money this year to go to BEA. I made a promise that I will go next year. I saw this version of BEA for all of us that couldn't go. It made me feel a lot better :) 


4. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?
I'm currently reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I haven't read anything from him yet but I have seen so much about this book I had to pick it up!


5. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
I love to fish. I'm either reading, working, or fishing. I even work at a tackle store and teach others how to fish. 


6. Name your favorite blog(s) and explain why they are your favorite(s).
Eventide Reads- I found her vlogs on Youtube and I really like them. It brought me to her blog. I love how she is honest no matter what and she is quiet funny sometimes in her videos. plus she is the same age as me :)
Diary of a Wimpy Teen Girl- She seems so sweet and tends to comment alot on my posts. It is nice to feel supported and I try to do the same back for her. I also like her posts and her reviews.
Sarah's Random Musings and Zoe's Book Reviews- Both of these I met when I first started blogging. I talk to them often via text as well as we used to skype and everything. They were a big part of my blogging days and I still support them and their blogs. I love ya both.



7. Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
My favorite so far is my review for Holding On and Letting Go. I absolutely loved the book and it took me a while to even be able to find words to write about it, even then it was hard. Here is the post for it!


8. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
Hmmm. This is a tough one. I'd have to pick Jordanna Fraiberg. I have loved all her books. What I love the most though is she talks to you like you are a normal person. Anything I have ever posted about her or her books she has always retweeted and commented on it to me. It has always made me feel special.



9. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
I have always loved books that have Italy in them. I don't know why since I have never been there myself. But if I read anything in a book about it being in Italy. I automatically have to read it.


10. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community?
I love how it feels like family. I can always count of all of you to be there to brighten up my day. I know even if comments aren't always posted that you read what I post and support me as well as all the other wonderful bloggers out there.


11. Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
I really can't think of anything that I would like to change. I might be able to come up with something but for now, I am happy with the way it is :)




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I am so glad to be here with you all! Hope you liked my introduction! I am now off to read all of yours!

Amber

May 27, 2013

Holding on and Letting go (my review cannot do this book justice!)

Author: Lucy A. Kelly
Release Date: March 10, 2013
Publisher: K. Coleman
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Pages: 129
Format: e-book ARC

Synopsis: Is there a way to describe the ties that bind us together? What happens when one of those ties is unexpectedly severed? Can everything else remain the same? Will the other ties hold strong?

Two years after her little brother's death, sixteen year old Emerson Caulfield returns to a home that she spent the last two years missing. In theory, everything should be the same. Her best friend, Matt, still lives next door. Her house is in the exact same condition they left it. The scenery and hallways haven't changed, yet for Emerson, everything is completely different. The place may be the same, but Emerson is most certainly not. She returns home hurt, angry, and miles away from the girl she once was.

The 60,000 word novel alternates between the perspectives of Emerson, who is struggling to keep breathing on a daily basis, and Matt, who wants to have his old best friend back so badly that he is willing to overlook the fact that she has completely changed. Though their friendship and relationship is a major part of the story, it takes backseat to the unique bonds between siblings, what happens when your worst enemy is in fact yourself, and the hardships that come with growing up and changing.


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Review: I don't even know where to begin....this book was truly breathtaking. It is for sure top book I have read this year and is definitely in the list of top books I've ever read as well.

This book is a soft spot for me. I may not have lost a sibling, but I lost a father, and I know the pain very well from that. It is hard to move on in life with this big gaping hole inside you. It never goes away, you just learn to get through it on a day to day basis.

Emerson is a train wreck, swallowed in depression and guilt of her brother's death. She feels if maybe she had noticed sooner she could have been able to stop his cancer from taking his life. Through most of the book Emerson struggles with this. She tries to not get too close to anyone again because she no longer feels worthy or even emotionally able to let anyone else into her life, even old friends.

I pity Emerson and also loved the way she progresses in the story. Emerson isn't the only character though, there is many you learn to love in this book. Matt is the other full main character. He tries to be there for Emerson no matter if she is different than she used to be. Matt doesn't have any childhood memories that do not have Emerson in them and Matt doesn't plan to just let that type of friendship go. poor Matty gets jerks around emotionally as well throughout the book, but no matter what he holds strong for Emmy.

As those two go through the relationships in the book, you are drawn in to love them both and they have you biting your nails till the bitter end trying to find out what happens. The emotion throughout the whole book is truly amazing. I don't think I've ever cried so much from a book in my life.

There are also the characters, peter(her brother--just flashbacks), Luke, Lexie, Savanna, Eliza, Tyler, Brad, and her parents. Obviously some are more involved than others, but every one I just named is an important part of the story as well as for the growth of Emerson.

This book I hated having to put down but sadly work made it difficult to make it true. Any chance I could read this I could. My days revolved around being able to pick this book back up and read more. I don't care who you are, I think you should read this book. I am so glad I decided to do the blog tour for this.

This author does such a wonderful job to keep you wanting more and feeling so many emotions. I went through an entire box of tissues throughout the course of this book. If I could ever meet the Author to say thank you, I do whatever I could to make it possible.

I am sad about one thing. I have a tradition....If I read a book on my kindle, and I love it very very much...I buy it in a hard copy. I sadly can't do this. This book is Kindle only, but I hope one day that they will put this awesome book onto paper because that is where it belongs. It needs to be shared to all not only through e-book but also onto paper.

This book gets a 5 out of 5 stars from me but if I was able to rate it any higher, I would. I see that it says this is the first book, so that gives me hope that there will be more to come for me to devour!

 
LOVED IT!!
 
 

May 24, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday!

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow
 
Hey guys, this is my Feature and Follow Friday post! This post is hosted by two different blogs, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read! This meme is here for everyone to be able to get their blog out there and get more followers!! Links are below for you to look at others, follow them, and link your own blog!
 
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For this weeks question :)
 
 
Question: The #FF is 150 weeks old! And we want to hear from you! What would you change about the hop? What do you like about it? Or just suggest a question to be used for next week!


Answer: I honestly love the hop, I don't see anything I would change about it. It is helping all of us get more followers and get our blogs going! As for a question, I would say something about using bookmarks or if you fold the pages.
 
 
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Well, that is my pick for the week! Can't wait to see all of yours!
 
Happy Readings!
 
Amber
 
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May 22, 2013

Untethered Giveaway Winner!!

Okay, It is the day of picking the winner for the awesome book of Untethered by Katie Hayoz!


Untethered
 

The winner is. . . . . *drumroll* . . . . . . .
 
 
 
Brenna Wildung!!
 
 
 
Congratulations to you! I have contacted the Author with your email and you should be hearing from her soon!
 
I hope you enjoy the book! It is definitely worth the read!!
 
 
 
Happy Readings!
 
Amber

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!!



The Truth About You and MeThe Truth About You and Me

By: Amanda Grace

Publication Date: September 8, 2013


Smart girls aren't supposed to do stupid things.

Madelyn Hawkins is super smart. At sixteen, she's so gifted that she can attend college through a special program at her high school. On her first day, she meets Bennet. He's cute, funny, and kind. He understands Madelyn and what she's endured - and missed out on - in order to excel academically and please her parents. Now, for the first time in her life, she's falling in love.

There's only one problem. Bennet is Madelyn's college professor, and he thinks she's eighteen - because she hasn't told him the truth.

The story of their forbidden romance is told in letters that Madelyn writes to Bennet - both a heart-searing ode to their ill-fated love and an apology.


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Hope to see all of your WoW posts as well :) What did you all pick? Leave me your links in a comment!

Amber

May 21, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite Covers

 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you at The Broke and the Bookish!! Each week we will be releasing a top ten book related list for you all to enjoy!
 
This week is top covers. We all do it, we pick up books just because the cover draws us in. Sometimes the synopsis will still make us want to read it, sometimes it doesn't. Now we have a post for the day that allows us to show off some covers that we love!
 
Here is my top 10:
 
 
The Sea of TranquilityThe Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow, #1)
1. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
 2. The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan

 
Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)Shimmer (Riley Bloom, #2)
 3. Shimmer by Alyson noel
4. Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout
 
 
The Book of Broken Hearts   When in Doubt, Add Butter
5. The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
6. When in Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison

 
Wings (Wings, #1)Shine
7. Wings by Aprilynn Pike
8. Shine by Lauren Myracle

 
Expel (Celestra, #6)Along for the Ride
9. Expel by Addison Moore
10. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
 
 
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What did you guys think of the covers? What did you all pick?
 
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Happy Readings!
 
Amber

May 20, 2013

Young Annabelle

Young AnnabelleAuthor: Sarah Tork
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Sarah Tork
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Pages: 189
Format: Kindle E-book

Synopsis: Since the beginning of summer, seventeen year old Annabelle Simms has been on a diet under the harassment....scratch that....the watchful eye of her mother. If it wasn't for her best friend Jenna who keeps her sane, she would have branded the summer as a complete yummy food-less disaster. Everything seemed to be on the same repetitive boring path until one day at work Annabelle is forced to train the new guy and suddenly summer doesn't seem so dull anymore.


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Review: I am a member of a YA group on Goodreads. I came across a posting asking to review this book for the author. It sounded interesting so I said yes. I'm glad I did. This was a great book and I enjoyed it very much.

I did kind of force myself to start reading this book, because to be honest, the cover for the book is pretty in its own way, but it didn't draw me into wanting to read the story. I did make a promise to read it though for a review so I read it for part of a read-a-thon.

This is a story about Annabelle who's entire family is considering her fat and is watching ever calorie she eats as well as loses. She is in a living nightmare at her house and hates being there. She has to even wear a watch that says how many calories she loses and is required to lose so many a day to appease her mother. This part of the book was hard for me to read. Sarah does a great job of making you hate Annabelle's family.

As Annabelle is dealing with all her family issues she ends up getting a new co-worker for a day by the name of James. James is tall, fit, cute, handsome, hot...the whole works...did I forget to mention a stuck up conceited jerk? Well, James confuses Annabelle throughout the book. You still learn to love him anyway, because he still is a lot better to be around than her family is.

I loved reading this book. I read it very fast and was sad when it ended. I definitely can't wait for the next book to come out. I will be waiting for it. She ended it with "The end of Part 1". If that doesn't scream there is more to come, I don't know what does.

Annabelle is a loveable character and you can't help but cheer her on throughout her summer and beginning of school. She has so much happen to her in her life you definitely have sympathy for her.  This is a book that you sadly have to say that you know this truly does happen to real teens throughout their life. Weightloss and obesity has became a big issue for many people in their lives.

Annabelle has such a sweet and caring heart on her, but her family turns her into a monster sometimes because even when people try to compliment her, she is haunted by the words of her parents. She feels worthless and not pretty at all so she lashes out at those that she thinks are actually making fun of her. This is a classic book of proving that even with a little weight on your body, you can still be beautiful inside and out.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read subjects on people with hard lifestyles as well as someone just wanting a good soul searching book.

Musing Mondays


Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week. . . . This meme is brought to you by Should Be Reading.
 
  • Describe one of your reading habits.
  • tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
  • What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
  • Tell us what you're reading right now--what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren't) enjoying it.
  • Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
  • Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books--let's hear it then!
 
This meme is brought to you by Should Be Reading.

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Describe one of your reading habits.
 
I'm a comfort reader. I need to be curled up under a blanket if I am inside and I usually have a candle lit as well. It just doesn't feel right for me to read without the blanket on me. I'm always covered up. I've tried a few times at friends houses to read but without the blanket I just can't do it. I've started carrying a blanket in my car even for when I can't find a blanket anywhere else.
 
Since I live in Florida, if I sit and read outside, I don't need one. Its a nice feeling to just be curled up on a chair or laying in the grass while reading. I don't get to do that much anymore since I live in a townhouse anymore, but if I'm at my mom's house I take full advantage of being outside in the heat.
 
 
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Well, that's my musing! What is yours??
 
Amber
 
 
 
 

Bout of Books Finale

Bout of Books

Okay, I will admit I didn't read quite as much as I wanted to in this week, but sadly life got in the way a little bit. I was still able to complete 2 books though in my week so I'm still happy.

I read 2 books I've been needing to review, so now I am able to get caught up a little on those.

I got to finish:

Young AnnabelleUntethered

Young Annabelle by Sarah Tork
Untethered by Katie Hayoz


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It didn't add up to my 4 book want to read list, but I'm still satisfied.



How did you all do on your read-a-thon?

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I'm excited for the next read-a-thon and will definitely be more prepared for that one!





Happy Readings!
Amber

May 18, 2013

Stacking the Shelves


Hey all! Here is my Stacking the Shelves post this week! Stacking the Shelves is a weekly post asking you to post the books you got for the week, no matter if it is ebooks or hardcopies that you bought or are borrowing! If you got a book, they can go here!! This weekly post is brought to you over at Tynga's Reviews!

Okay, for my books :)

I didn't get a ton this week, but the ones I did sound amazing!!

Free Kindle Book:

Dissever (Unbinding Fate, #1)

Dissever by Colee Firman

From Authors/Publishers:

Young AnnabelleHolding On and Letting Go (The Ties That Bind Us, #1)
Holding on and Letting Go by Lucy A. Kelly
Young Annabelle by Sarah Tork


From Netgalley:

The Sea of Tranquility

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay


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Okay! That's all I got this week! What did you all get?

Amber




May 17, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday



Hey guys, this is my Feature and Follow Friday post! This post is hosted by two different blogs, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read! This meme is here for everyone to be able to get their blog out there and get more followers!! Links are below for you to look at others, follow them, and link your own blog!


Okay . . . for this weeks question:



Q: School is out! What is your favorite Summer Reading book??


Wings (Wings, #1)Along for the RideAnswer: I will first say the cliche one I'm sure alot of you all have picked and say Sarah Dessen. She is a nice read to sit outside and enjoy the weather with.


I have a second pick of the Wings series by Aprilynne Pike. I devoured those books and they were so good. They will keep you intrigued to the point you can't stop till the series is over!




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Okay! That is my pick for the week! Leave your blogs on the link below and leave me direct comments for a follow back :)

Amber



May 16, 2013

Liebster Award

 
Okay, so I'm super excited! I've been nominated for this award from Andrea at Two-Tall-Tales!!
 
This is an award that is passed on by bloggers to new blogs worth reading (that have less than 200 followers)!
 
Recipients of the Liebster Award must:
1. List 11 random facts about you
2. Answer the questions that were asked of you (by the blogger that nominated you)
3. Nominate 5 other blogs for the liebster blog award and link to their blogs
4. Notify the bloggers of their award
5. Ask the award winners 11 questions to answer once they accept the award
(If you wish to participate, that’s great, but it’s not an obligation :) )
 
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11 Fun Facts about Amber:
 
1. I am left-handed.
2. I have a chihuahua named Moose.
3. I love to cook.
4. I can play the clarinet and piano.
5. I am a disney fanatic.
6. I am a harry potter fanatic.
7. I didn't start to love to read til after high school (when it was no longer required to read)
8. I want to have a farm and lots of animals when I am older.
9. I am dating my childhood best friend, after 20 years of friendship, we finally decided to date.
10. I love the zebra pattern.
11. I don't like chocolate. (I know, please don't kill me).
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11 Questions from Andrea:
 
1. What brought you to the wonderful world of blogging?
 
* I came across Kristi at The Story Siren a long time ago. Back in 2008. I never knew this reading blog community existed till then. I immediately had to jump in on the fun. I ran my old blog for about 2 years before personal reasons made me have to give it up for a while. Now I'm back with a new blog and so happy :)
 

2. What do you enjoy the most about blogging?
 
* I Love the people mainly. All of us are like our own little family and we stick together. I love being able to read all about your lives and what you like to read. It makes me feel better even on my bad days to know I have all of you guys behind me.
 

3. What do you remember about the first movie you ever saw?
 
* Wow, this one takes some thinking. The first movie I really remember is called My Neighbor Totoro. I watched it all the time when I was little. I especially loved a part with the dust bunnies in the movie. I know alot of you probably don't know what this movie is. But I still to this day watch it and still love it just like I did when I was little.
 

4. If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?
 
*Hmmm....I think I would love to be able to make as much money as I would want. That way I never would have to worry. I could travel anywhere I wanted, could buy all the houses I want. I could have the farm of my dreams and help feed all the starving and hungry in the world. I would be able to do anything I wanted in life. I don't know if that counts as a super power, but I'm picking it anyway.
 

5. What is your favorite animated character?
 
*Peter Pan. I love him so much I even have him tattooed on my right shoulder.
 

6. What is your favorite all-time classic movie?
 
*Hmmm...I don't know if it counts as classic, but I love the movie Grease 2. I know most poeple like the first movie, but for some reason I always liked the second one.
 

7. If you had a time machine, where/when would you go and why?
 
* I would go back to 1990. My father passed away in 1991 so I would love to be able to be grown up and go back and be able to spend the time with him and either tell him not to go or if it was still meant to happen see him for a while before it happened so he could see the woman his little girl grew up to be.
 

8. What are your interests/hobbies other than reading and/or writing?
 
*I love to fish. I even work in a tackle store. If I am not reading, I am out on the water with my line in the water. I am even teaching my boyfriend how to fish. It is pretty funny, but he is a good sport and enjoys that his girlfriend is a tomboy.
 

9. What is your dream vacation?
 
* I would love to go to Italy. I wanna be able to write the Secretaries of Juliet a letter and have them reply. I would love to have the cuisine and see the beautiful country side. I'm even working on learning Italian just so when I get the chance to finally go, I can speak with them.
 

10.How would you change the world if you could in one way?
 
* I would get rid of all the bad influences in the governments around the world. I would love to put true and honest people in power to make the world become a better, more happy place.
 

11.What is a favorite quote from your own work ( or another person) and why?
 
* I haven't written anything myself, so I will have to go with someone else. My favorite quote of all times if from Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter. It is "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live" From the time I read it, I have always cherished it. I had a hard childhood when it came to alot of things. My family life was great, but I was picked on horribly. I would always feel shut down and distant and like I would never be anyone. Once I read that quote, I changed my life around and became the person I am today.
 
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Now for my Nominees :)
 
1. Jennifer at Donnie Darko Girl
5.  Amanda at I Solemnly Swear
 
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Questions for my Nominees!
 
1. What is your favorite kind of food?
2. If you could date any book character, who would it be?
3. Where is your favorite place to sit and read?
4. What is your all time favorite book and why?
5. What is your favorite color?
6. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
7. If you could meet an author and have a day on the town with them, who would it be?
8. What is your favorite childhood memory?
9.  If you aren't reading, what are you doing (hobbies)?
10. What is your favorite cartoon character?
11. What is your favorite quote for any book you have read?
 
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Thanks again Andrea for the nomination. I feel so honored to have gotten it and hope all my nominees will be just as proud of their blogs as I am proud of mine!! I would love for you to post in the comments your link if you decide to accept this award :)
 
Love,
Amber
 

May 15, 2013

Untethered review + Interview with the author + GIVEAWAY!

UntetheredAuthor: Katie Hayoz
Release Date: April 25, 2013
Publisher:  Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Pages: 350
Format: E-book

Synopsis: Sylvie isn't comfortable in her own skin. In fact, there are times she can't even manage to stay inside it. But if there is one thing she's sure of, it's her love for Kevin Phillips. She's willing to stake everything on it--her family, her friends, and possibly her soul.

Sixteen-year-old Sylvie has been best friends with Cassie forever. But everything is turned around when the boy Sylvie's loved since fifth grade falls for Cassie. Devastated, Sylvie intends to get Kevin by any means possible, even if it involves treachery, deceit, and the dark side of astral projection. She is positive her plans will give her what she wants, but she doesn't count on it all spiraling out of control.

Untethered explores the intoxicating and dangerous world of jealous and obsession when coupled with paranormal ability.

Want this book? Buy it here!!

Review: I received this book for review to help get a little publicity out on the book. I decided to read it for my first book on my Read-A-Thon challenge. I am glad I did. It over all was a very good book.

I will start by saying she did well to right it in a good first person that was pretty descriptive the whole time. It helps you to be able to picture the whole book.

This book is about Sylvie. She is a short and very skinny young girl in high school. Her self esteem is super low, especially now that her best friend has gotten her curves over the summer. All the guys want her best friend, Cassie, and she feels none are looking at her. Sylvie's worst nightmares come true when the guy she is in love with starts to fall in love with Cassie. The rest of the book goes between Sylvie's hatred for Kevin, her crush, wanting Cassie instead of her, and the devastation going on at her home life as well. Her episodes gets worse with her out of body experiences. To her, her life can't get any worse....then she finds out that it can.

I over all really enjoyed this book. But I will be honest to say it took me a little bit to get into it. I read this on an e-reader an I was probably 30% into it before I was like okay, I actually enjoy this, I have to see what happens now. I am not sure exactly why that is, she didn't write badly and she has alot of information to drag you in and feel bad for Sylvie, I just had a little trouble getting into it at first.

There were a few problems I had with the book, but in order to tell you all, I will have to give spoilers for the book that I don't want to do. Just trust me when I say, the book is definitely worth reading. I'm just one that looks into the fine print with certain things to find somethings contradict themselves in the book. you are more than welcome to email me on the spoilers and I will happily tell you them, but to be fair to all of you, I will leave the spoilers out of this review.

You still fall in love with Sylvie and are proud of her at the end. The ending could be a little better just because you want to know what happened to a couple of the characters and you never find out what ended up happening to them. So I at the end was still left with the feeling of needing to know how it truly ended. Some endings you can kinda piece them together but this one I am having trouble figuring it out on my own. It could have used a couple more chapters.

I still really enjoyed it, so please don't feel the need to not read it. It is definitely another book that will make you rethink your actions. I have been graduated 7 years now, but as I read this book I thought back to my high school years wishing I did somethings differently and also seeing my own relationships with my boyfriend and family in a new light as well. You get happy to see how the characters progress and are left with a good feeling when the book ends.

There is the family troubles of divorce as well as jealousy coming up to spoil friendships. This book is a good example of how to see that not all experiences are worth letting ruin friendships that you have for so long. Jealousy can be a demon to anyone, especially when your self esteem is so low. You get that fuzzy feeling of learning to love who you are with this book. We all need to be comfortable in our own skin, seeing that we are meant to be how we are.

I hope all of you will give this book a chance, it for sure deserves it. I have linked above how to get it on Amazon in either paperback or through kindle.

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Image of Katie HayozINTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, KATIE HAYOZ


1. There is a lot about out of body experiences in the book. Is this something you have researched yourself outside of your book?

Yes and no. When I was a girl, I fell down the basement stairs and I swear I had a spontaneous projection. I felt myself bobbing near the ceiling, if only for a second, and watched my body tumble down the stairs without me in it. My mom, too, says she had an out-of-body experience when giving birth to my oldest brother. When I was in high school, I "rediscovered" astral projection and bought a dozen books on the subject. But have I tried, purposefully, to send my soul outside of my body? No way. I'm too chicken. Which is weird, because I wasn't scared when I had that OBE above my basement stairs.
However, I have been dipping my toes into paranormal research outside of books and articles. It's what I like to write, so I want to have experienced as much as possible. In March, I attended a channeling workshop. Let me tell you, that was a wild weekend!

 
2. What gave you the idea to write Untethered?
 
I read the book Stranger with My Face by Lois Duncan when I was seventeen. It involved astral projection and I knew I wanted to explore that idea further, so I wrote a short story that same year. The story itself wasn’t very good, but the idea of a teenager playing with astral projection stuck with me for years. The novel barely resembles the original short story, except that the characters’ names never changed, and Sylvie still messes up. While writing the novel, I found myself exploring the idea of self-doubt, insecurity, and obsession more fully than I had imagined I would.
 
3. What was your most favorite part to write about?

The out-of-body experiences, by far. I ended up cutting out probably 3/4 of the projection scenes I had written. They were just so fun to write, and I could let my imagination fly. I originally had a lot more with Sylvie learning and exploring her abilities, but in the end those scenes (no matter how cool) didn't advance the plot. The other parts I loved writing were the flashbacks on Sylvie and Cassie's friendship. Their friendship is the main thrust of the novel and I learned to love those two characters and their past.
 
4. Were there any parts in the book that were difficult to write about?

The main character, Sylvie, is not your usual YA heroine. She’s not drop-dead gorgeous, isn’t a kick-ass warrior, doesn’t have some ancient secret to hide. She astral projects, but it makes her an outcast. She sees herself as a loser of sorts and is somewhat self-centered. All of these things add up to making it extremely difficult to write her as a character the reader wants to root for in the end, despite her flaws. Getting her to the point where we might even begin to sympathize with her took me forever.

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Katie has been nice enough to offer an E-Book of her book to one lucky winner!
 
I will be running the giveaway for a week, and will pick the winner on May 22, 2013. I will be posting the winner here on my blog on that day and sending out an email to the lucky winner!
 
Good Luck!


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Bout of Books Read-A-Thon Day 3

Bout of Books

Well, Here I am for the next update for the Read-A-Thon. I read alot more yesterday and was finally able to finish my first book.

Untethered
Number of books read: 1
Name of Book(s): Untethered by Katie Hayoz
Number of Hours read: 10
What else I did: I began by sleeping in, then I checked my email and kept up with bloglovin' posts from others. I took my dog for a walk and I cooked dinner, other than that, it was reading time!





Young AnnabelleI am now getting my next book for me to start in the morning which will be:

Young Annabelle by Sarah Tork

I got this book for review yesterday and I'm penciling it into my goals for the week of my Read-A-Thon 7.0.






Hope you all are having a good read as well! Leave your links below in the comments for me to check up on your updates too!

Happy Readings!

Amber