Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Cover Reveal: Stained by Cheryl Rainfield (Trailer)

Title: Stained
Author: Cheryl Rainfield
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: November 19, 2013

Synopsis: In this heart-wrenching and suspenseful teen thriller, sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for "normal." Born with a port-wine stain covering half her face, all her life she’s been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she’s abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. It’s that—or succumb to a killer.
From the Author: Like I did with SCARS and HUNTED, I drew on some of my own experiences of bullying, abuse, and trauma to write STAINED and to give it greater emotional depth. Like Sarah in STAINED, I experienced abduction, imprisonment, periods of forced starvation, mind control, and having my life threatened. And like Sarah, I tried hard to fight against my abuser, keep my own sense of self, and escape. I hope readers will see Sarah's strength and courage, and appreciate her emotional growth as she reclaims herself.

AND NOW, for the cover reveal...........


Trailer:



-Kristen ♥

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (+ Movie Discussion)

The Book:

Title: Warm Bodies
Author: Isaac Marion
Series: Warm Bodies, #1
Publisher: Atria
Publication Date: April 26, 2011

Synopsis: R is a young man with an existential crisis--he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse. Just dreams.

After experiencing a teenage boy's memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim's human girlfriend. Julie is a burst of vibrant color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that R lives in. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world.

Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead and the blurry line in between.


Review: I actually heard about this book back when it was published in 2011. There was a lot of hype surrounding it, so I checked it out on Goodreads and marked it to-read, knowing that I would probably never read it. “Why?” You might ask. Because, for some unknown reason, I have an issue with zombie-human relationships. I think it’s gross and unrealistic, because how can a relationship like that work out? They’re DEAD. And not like, vampire dead, I mean like dead DEAD, as in rotting and decomposing and just blech. I mean, I like zombies just as much as the next girl. It’s just when a human and zombie deicde to have some kind of relationship that I bail. I like zombie books, where the zombies are evil and must be destroyed. And if there is romance in the book, it’s between two human zombie-hunters/survivors. So, I sadly just kind of forgot about Warm Bodies, until close to the end of 2012. I went to the movie theatre to watch something (I don’t remember what I was going to see) and what should I see flash across the big screen? A trailer for a movie called Warm Bodies (at this point, the title was ringing a distant bell), it looked hilarious and really, really good. I immediately wanted to watch it and then I immediately forgot about it as the movie I had come to see came on. I pretty much forgot all about it once again until mid-January of 2013, when I first saw the Warm Bodies trailer on T.V. That’s when it clicked. I was like, “Hey! That’s based on a book!” Now, I actually wanted to read the book, because not only did the trailer look really good, but it revealed to me one huge detail that pushed me to read it: when the zombie, R, falls in love; it causes him to turn into a human. YES! I was all over this book- I checked it out from my library and read it in two days. I. LOVED. IT. <3 Warm Bodies is an ahhh-mazing book! It makes you give humanity a hard look and then lets you decide for yourself what’s wrong with it. R was a completely lovable zombie and this book totally changed my opinion about zombie love stories. Now, I should give you a warning: the movie trailers look light-hearted and funny. The book is most definitely not; it’s written for an older generation and has a more serious note to it a long with sight profanity and zombie nudity. Does this cause me to want to watch the movie less? NO! I’m still super excited to watch the movie and I have a feeling that while it’s going to be quite different from the book, I won’t love it any less! <3

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Book Trailer:


The Movie:

Title: Warm Bodies
Director: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich
Releases: February 1, 2013

Synopsis: After R (a highly unusual zombie) saves Julie from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.

Anticipation Level: 1000+ I CAN'T WAIT!!!

Review to come once I've seen the movie!





Movie Trailer:


-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Review: A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso

Title: A Shimmer of Angels
Author: Lisa M. Basso
Series: Angel Sight, #1
Publisher: Month9Books
Publication Date: January 29, 2013

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Rayna sees angels, and has the medication and weekly therapy sessions to prove it. Now, in remission, Rayna starts fresh at a new school, lands a new job, and desperately tries for normalcy. She ignores signs that she may be slipping into the world she has tried so hard to climb out of. But these days, it’s more than just hallucinations that keep Rayna up at night. Students are dying, and she may be the only one who can stop it. Can she keep her job, her sanity, and her friends from dying at the hands of angels she can't admit to seeing?


Verdict: Before I begin my review, I just want to say: Team Kade all the way! Okay, I thoroughly enjoyed this story! Although I was left with a few unanswered questions and no explanation for certain happenings, I'm really looking forward to reading the sequel [and seeing Ray get together with Kade]. Rayna (BTW- how is awesome is her name?) can see angels. But her whole life, her dad and her psychiatric doctors have told her they're nothing but a side effect of her schizophrenia. After a long stay at the mental institute, she is released with the verdict that she is in remission. Ray honestly thinks that she is certifiably crazy so she tries her best to act and be normal. She hangs out with her best friend Lee and gets a job waitressing at Roxy's diner. She is beginning to think she'll be able to pull off this normal thing until she gets to school and sees the new guy, Cam, and that he's got glowing white wings. Rayna is shocked and then terrified that she's slipping back into craziness. But how crazy can she be if she can actually feel the breeze his wings make against her face and the fact that Cam's started to take notice of the fact that she can't stop glancing at them? But that's not all, while at work Ray meets another angel named Kade and there's one huge difference between him and every other angel she's ever seen: he's got pitch-black wings..... and she's pretty sure that means he's evil.
I really liked this book despite the few holes in the story. I liked Rayna and the fact that she was determined to live her own life- free. I adored her best friend, Lee, who made Doctor Who references and is a fan of Ghostbusters! I didn't really like Cam and SPOILER: [I didn't like how fast Rayna fell for him. It felt a little unrealistic because I don't understand when she transitioned from being scared and untrustworthy of him to loving him. Plus, when he stood by and let those white-suits drag her back to that mental institute when he knew she wasn't crazy, I considered that a real deal-breaker! Luckily, Kade was around to bust her out! **sigh**] END OF SPOILER The reason I like Kade more than Cam is because he had more depth, real feelings, and yeah 'cause he's a bit of a bad-boy. I feel like a relationship between Kade and Rayna would be real and true while a relationship with Cam wouldn't be. In conclusion I loved the story as a whole and the concept of Lisa Basso's idea! Even while using the slightly over- used angel theme, she managed to liven it up with new twists that made it feel new, original, and enticing! <3

An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Blog Tour: How to Marry an Alien by Magan Vernon (Excerpt + Giveaway)

To see the other blogs participating in the tour go HERE.
Title: How to Marry an Alien
Author: Magan Vernon
Series: My Alien Romance, #3
Publisher: Calta Press
Publication Date: November 18, 2012

Synopsis: Alex’s interstellar relationship has finally been sealed in the eyes of the human world, so now she can move on to her next step: college.

With Ace by her side and a new piece of jewelry on her finger, she thinks she is ready for anything. Well, almost anything.
Her new roommate holds a dangerous link to her past that Alex isn't sure if she can handle. Then there is the whole alien fiancĂ© thing. Every time she tries to get closer to Ace, he seems to pull further away. Top that off with a full summer class load and a few more alien attacks and it’s just another day for Alex.

Except this time she isn’t sure if marrying an alien will be the happy ending she’s hoping for.



Previous Books in the Series:
   

About the Author: Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.

Excerpt:


He smiled before his fingers moved from my shirt and through my hair. He stopped when he reached the end of my hair and his hand rested against my back. "I really don't want to keep you from doing your studies." Ace took my left hand in his, brushing my knuckles with his lips. "I don't want this ring to just represent an engagement forever, and without a degree the Circe treaty says our marriage cannot happen."
"So, if I end up failing out of college because I can't write a decent speech, does that mean we will never get married since that is what the treaty says?" I arched an eyebrow, genuinely curious.
"There are always loopholes. You and I proved that when we broke the age-old tradition that humans and aliens cannot be together." He pressed his hand against mine, cupping his long fingers over mine.
"How do you always know the right things to say?" I asked.
"Because you, my dear, are my inspiration. Your beauty puts the words in my heart and your voice brings the words to my lips." He smiled, bringing out the Grecian look to his face. Who could resist a guy that was that gorgeous and had a way with words?
I leaned over, covering his smile with my lips and pulling him into a kiss. He released my hands from his and pulled me closer. His warm palms pressed against my lower back where my shirt didn't meet my jeans. The heat from his fingers against my exposed skin made me let out a muffled moan beneath his lips.
With my mouth slightly pulled away, he nibbled on my bottom lip, his hands trailing up and under my shirt, spreading the heat throughout my body. I pressed myself closer against his chest. The cold ripple of his defined stomach combined with his warm hands felt like ice cream in the summertime—a refreshing combination of hot and cold.
Ace moved his lips from mine and let them linger from my mouth, up my jaw line until he reached my earlobe. "I love you so much," he whispered.
"I love you too," I whispered back before rolling my head back while his lips trailed down my neck. With all of the frustrations with school, Riley, the accident, Ace had been there with me through them all. I loved him with my very being. He was the only one who was there for me no matter what happened. I even caused him to end up in the infirmary for a few days and get ostracized by his planet, but he still loved me. I couldn't even say that about some of my family members.
I wanted to take my chance. I never wanted to feel like I did the day of the car accident. I didn't want to lose him forever without him having all of me. I pulled back, looking down at his endless black eyes. Slowly, I reached for the hem of my shirt and tugged it over my head, tossing it to the side of the bed.

Giveaway:

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-Kristen ♥

Friday, January 18, 2013

2013 Reading Challenges:

2013 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

2013 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge hosted by The Book Vixen

Reading Challenge Details:
  • Runs January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013 (books read prior to 1/1/2013 do not count towards the challenge). You can join at anytime. Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  • The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more books in 2013 than you did in 2012. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down.
  • Books can be any format (bound, ebook, audio).
  • Novellas that are at least 100 pages in length, as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • Grab the reading challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads or LibraryThing.
Levels:
Getting my heart rate up – Read 1–5 more books
Out of breath – Read 6–10 more books
Breaking a sweat – Read 11–15 more books
I’m on fire! – Read 16+ more books


In Progress....
2012: 159 books read
2013 goal: read 180 books

2013 Standalone Reading Challenge

2013 Standalone Reading Challenge
The Challenge
Read 15 Young Adult or Middle Grade standalone novels in 2013 that are released in the United States between January 1s - December 31, 2013.

Eligible Books 
  • YA & Middle Grade standalone novels. This means that the book can not have an announced (sometimes sequels happen unexpectedly) sequel, prequel, follow up, etc. Adult novels and picture books do not count.
  • This year companion novels count towards the challenge. Companion novels take place in the same world and time as a novel but usually follow a different character. It can be read independently from the book that came before it.
  • Released between January 1 - Decemeber 31, 2013 in the United States. If a book was previously released in another country but is being releasing in the US for the first time, it is eligible. At the same time, if you live in a country where it was previously released, but it is being released in the states for the first time - lucky you- it counts.
  • Must be read in 2013 (If you have an ARC and read it in 2012, it does not count)
  • Can be read in any (legally) readable format: ARC, Paperback, Hardcover or e-book
  • Audio books do not count towards the challenge.

You can sign up HERE.
Progress:
0/15 Standalones read

2013 Sequel Challenge


The goal: To read as many sequels as you can. You set your goal at whatever number works for you.

Guidelines:
1. The challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st.
2. Any books started before Jan. 1 will not count. 
3. Any book after the first book in a series counts. Books in the same series also count.
4. Novellas count, as long as it is after book #1. (ex: #1.5, #2.5, etc) No prequels.
5. Books can be of any publication date. They don't have to be released in 2013.
6. Sign ups will be open until December 1st, 2013.
7. Add the URL of your challenge post to the linky widget. (If you'd like to wait, it's ok to use your blog URL and send me your link when you get the post up)
8. At the end of each month I will post a linky for you to add your sequel reviews to.
9. I will try to do some giveaways throughout the year for participants (as long as I can afford it).
10. There will be a giveaway at the end of the year for all participants who completed the challenge.

You can sign up HERE.

Progress:
0/15 Sequels read

-Kristen ♥

Thursday, January 17, 2013

January/February Awesomeness:

January 8, 2013: Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2) by Veronica Rossi


January 15, 2013: Shades of Earth (Across the Universe, #3) by Beth Revis

P.S.- I think that it is complete AWESOME-SAUCE that we now have a book in space!

January 22, 2013: Boundless (Unearthly, #3) by Cynthia Hand


Everbound (Everneath, #2) by Brodi Ashton


January 29, 2013: Asunder (Newsoul, #2) by Jodi Meadows
(There has yet to be a trailer made for Asunder. So feel free to refresh your memory of the previous novel, Incarnate, by watching its trailer.)


The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1) by Megan Shepherd


February 5, 2013: Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2) by Tahereh Mafi
WARNING: There is a juicy spoiler in this video!  ;)


Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer


February 26, 2013: Fragments (Partials, #2) by Dan Wells


-Kristen ♥

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Blog Tour: Wisteria by Bisi Leyton (Interview + Giveaway)

See the other blogs participating in the tour HERE.
Title: Wisteria
Author: Bisi Leyton
Series: Wisteria, #1
Publication Date: August 15, 2012

Synopsis: Sixteen year old Wisteria Kuti has two options—track the infected around the Isle of Smythe or leave the only known safe haven and face a world infested with flesh eating biters. But even with well-armed trackers, things go wrong and Wisteria ends up alone facing certain death, until she is rescued by the mysterious Bach. Uninfected, Bach is able to survive among the hordes of living dead.

Eighteen year old Bach, from a race known as The Family, has no interest in human affairs. He was sent here to complete his Great Walk and return home as a man—as a Sen Son. The Family regard humans as Dirt People, but Bach is drawn to this Terran girl, whom he has never seen before, but somehow knows.

Hunted by flesh eaters, cannibals, and the mysterious blood thirsty group called Red Phoenix, Wisteria and Bach make their way back to the Isle of Smythe, a community built on secrets and lies.



About the Author: Bisi Leyton was born in East London in 1978. She grew up in London, Nigeria and the States, listening to the stories life and love from aunts, cousins and big sisters. She lives in London, but has worked around Europe including France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium and the Czech Republic. She has a fondness for reading graphic novels, and cracked.com.


Interview:

First off, I'd like to thank you for joining me on the blog today!


1. Describe Wisteria as a tweet  (140 characters or less)!
Ordinary girl, extraordinary destiny


2. If you could re-title Wisteria what would you call it and why?
The Isle of Smythe because the story is also about the life of the survivors in this community. The townspeople are twisted and self-serving as long as it helps the community. The leadership are more than willing to kill anyone who might threaten their safety.


3. What inspired you to start writing?
I enjoyed reading teen fiction like Nancy Drew and Sweet Valley High until I released the stories were a bit tame and also never reflected my school experiences and diversity. I wasn’t the most popular, smartest prettiest or socially confident kid, and those people didn’t exist in those books. As a result, I started writing my own stories and drawing comic books when I was twelve.


4. What kind of research, if any, did you do for Wisteria?
It was hard to know how much research to do for a zombie book. I was careful not to read a lot of other books in the genre as I didn’t want it to affect my vision or my ideas. However I visited a lot of survivalist blogs and zombie apocalyptic sites. I researched quite a bit of fairy lore when I designed the Family, and if you’re a really into fairies you’ll be able to spot certain aspects in my book.


6. Do you have a specific place where you write?
Wherever possible, I love to write outdoors. When I’m visiting my mother, I sit in her gazebo and at home I sit on my balcony in good weather.


7. What are you reading right now?
I’m beta reading an interracial romance novel, that I can’t name right now. It’s turning out to be a pretty good book.


This or That...


Ebook or Real book?
Ebook


Twitter or Facebook?
Facebook


Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate


Past or Future?
Future


And just for fun- What is the strangest thing on your desk right now?
A porcelain pineapple 


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!

Giveaway:

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-Kristen ♥

Cover Reveal: Hereafter by Jennifer Snyder

Title: Hereafter
Author: Jennifer Snyder
Publication Date: February 18, 2013

Synopsis: In Death I could finally see the importance of Life…
After being forced to become a Reaper Council member and being torn away from the one she loves, Rowan Harper must learn to accept her altered Fate as well as her death and move on. A task easier said than done, especially when witnessing those you love suffer in the wake of your death.

When an unlikely ally provides information that could change everything, Rowan sets out on a journey through Purgatory with her beloved by her side and a nonchalant Tracker to learn the true meaning of the word sacrifice. Another task which seems easier said than done, especially with the threat of Purgatory’s ability to corrupt your soul the longer you’re in its grip looming above their heads.

About the Author: Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing young adult fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is an instant coffee lover with an obsession for spiral bound notebooks and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.


AND NOW, for the grand reveal.............


-Kristen ♥

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Review: Princesses Don't Get Fat by Aya Ling (Giveaway)

Title: Princesses Don't Get Fat
Author: Aya Ling
Publication Date: January 2013

Synopsis: A fairy tale romance with a plus sized heroine and plenty of dessert.

Princess Valeria of Amaranta is fat, but she doesn’t care. All she wants is to eat a lot and lead an idle life. When it is apparent that she cannot get a husband, her mother decides to send her to the Royal Riviera Academy of Fighting Arts. For a chubby princess who has never picked up a sword, life at the Academy is akin to torture. Worst of all, the food is terrible.

When Valeria decides to improve Riviera cuisine by sneaking into the palace kitchens and giving orders, little does she know that the crown prince would take interest in her kitchen excursions. As they spend more time together, Valeria must decide whether she should become thin and attractive, or stay in the kitchens and remain fat.


Verdict: Princesses Don't Get Fat was absolutely delightful. Aya Ling has created a short n' sweet story about a Princess named Valeria who has a passion for food which has caused her to be on the chubby side. Her mother is trying to find a husband for her, but since she isn't skinny, she's having a hard time of it. After a competition for Valeria's hand turns disastrous, her mother decides that Valeria needs to lose some weight. So she sends her off to Riviera Royal Academy of Fighting Arts where she hopes Valeria will lose some weight. Her plan backfires however, when Valeria finds herself as the Riviera food taster for the royal kitchens and not a single pound is lost. But while at Riveria, Valeria befriends the Crown Prince Ralph, whom might become something more than a friend.....
I absolutely adored this story- Valeria was a true gem! And I'm looking forward to reading Aya Ling's other Princess story: Princesses Don't Fight in Skirts! <3

A review copy was provided by the author.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars


About the Author: Aya is from Taiwan, where she tries to contain her own obsession with mouth-watering but unhealthy delicacies. She is the author of Princesses Don't Get Fat (January 2013) and the soon to be released Princesses Don't Fight in Skirts (2013).

__________________________________________________________
Giveaway:
Five (5) people will win an ebook copy of Princesses Don't Get Fat. You can choose to have either the PDF, ePub, or .mobi format. Open internationally.

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-Kristen ♥

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Trailer Reveal: The Mindjack Trilogy by Susan Kaye Quinn

The Live-Action Mindjack Book Trailer Reveal
(from the bestselling Mindjack series by Susan Kaye Quinn)

With the help of over 20 cast and crew members, award-winning director Beth Spitalny has brought the concept of the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy to life on the screen.

  When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.
Please share!
Ways you can share the trailer:
1) Post it to Facebook (copy & paste below)
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3) Post it to Twitter (copy & paste below)
 When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep. Watch the live-action Mindjack Book Trailer http://bit.ly/MindjackBookTrailer
4) Share to Google+, Tumbler, Pinterest, and more
Go to the trailer on YouTube and click the "share" button. Click the arrow to expand and see all the options. Easy peasy. (While you're there, click "like" on YouTube, or leave a comment!)
5) Post the trailer on your blog
Grab the embed code from YouTube or email me for a copy of the HTML for a complete post announcing the trailer and ways to share!

To celebrate the release of the trailer,
Susan's putting Open Minds on sale!
$2.99 now $0.99
for one week only
$9.99 now $7.99
for one week only

Susan Kaye Quinn would like to say:
THANK YOU to everyone who is sharing the trailer today!
An EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS to everyone involved in making the trailer a reality, including Director Beth Spitalny, Producer Angel Acevedo, Director of Photography Lance Kaplan, lead actor Nikki Flemming (Kira) and the many fine actors, crew members, and post-production staff who donated their time and talent to the project. For the making-of the trailer, see the Mindjack Trilogy website.

About the Author: Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling Mindjack Series, which includes three novels, three novellas, and a trailer. She's currently writing a steampunk fantasy romance, just for kicks. When that's out of her system, she has ambitious plans to embark on a series about the Singularity (the time when computers become more intelligent than humans) that should appeal to fans of the Mindjack novels. Or possibly play on Facebook all day. Could go either way.

-Kristen ♥

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

From Fiction to Reality: Powerhouse Couples (Movie, Book, TV Show)

Movie: Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Fiction Couple: John and Jane Smith
Status: Married

Real Couple: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Status: Married with kids

Book: Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Fiction Couple: Daemon Black and Katy Swartz
Status: Dating (Sometimes Frenemies)

Real Couple: Pepe Toth and Sztella Tziotziosz
Status: Engaged

TV Show: The Vampire Diaires

Fiction Couple: Damon Salvatore and Elena Gilbert
Status: Friends.... Sort of

Real Couple: Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev
Status: Dating

-Kristen ♥

Friday, January 4, 2013

Cover Reveal: Disconnect by Imran Siddiq

Title: Disconnect
Author: Imran Siddiq
Series: Divided Worlds Trilogy, #1
Publication Date: February 22, 2013

Synopsis: Even in space, love has boundaries

If all the Underworld has to offer is dodging junk and digging within filthy sewers then life is fast approaching a worthless state for Zachary, a 16-year old scavenger. Except one day, he discovers the imagery of a girl from Overworld that pulls his desire in wanting to know why she sounds so sad with her lavish lifestyle.

Zachary will seize the chance to meet her, and although hatred builds, with time, friendship and something he’s never felt, even for his parents, will grow.

Though nothing unbelievable can last without harm. The rulers of Overworld have plans for the Research Base that orbits Jupiter’s moon, Europa, and Underworld stands in the way.

Zachary must overcome boundaries and climb from darkness to light, but in doing so, he’ll uncover a twisted secret that may devour his new reason to live; Rosa.



About the Author: Imran Siddiq may have tried to leave Leicester a few times, but its become his place to wake up to two cats, freeze when the heating’s off and most of all, get down to writing. At a young age, his primary school teacher commented on his creativity and ability to tell stories. At the age of 29, during a night in the jungle, the bug inside awakened, and for the last 5 years he’s been sacrificing every second that he can to write. A veteran of writing festivals, a presence on Twitter and gobbling up all forms of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, he hopes he can bring a smile to others in the same way that he had, aged 5, reading with a torch under his duvet. Imran’s preferred genre is YA Sci Fi, and he has a tendency to throw a droid in every novel.


AND NOW, for the grand reveal.........


-Kristen ♥

Blog Tour: The End of the World as We Know It by Iva-Marie Palmer (Top Ten)

Tour Sign Ups: The End of the World as We Know It by Iva Marie Palmer
 
Title: The End of the World as We Know It
Author: Iva-Marie Palmer
Publisher: Alloy Entertainment
Publication Date: July 17, 2012
 
Synopsis: They wanted to party like it was their last night on earth. They just might get their wish….

Meet the four most unlikely heroes ever:

Teena McAuley: Queen Bee, first-class problem solver, resident heartbreaker.

Leo Starnick: UFO conspirator, pizza delivery boy, all-around slacker.

Evan Brighton: Baseball all-star, extreme virgin, Teena-worshipper.

Sarabeth Lewis: Straight-A student, weekend hermit, enemy of the color pink.

When Teena locks Leo, Evan, and Sarabeth in the basement during her biggest party of the year, she doesn’t plan on getting trapped in the Loser Dungeon herself. She can barely imagine a night with these dweebs—let alone a lifetime. But when an alien invasion destroys their entire Midwestern suburb, it looks like these unlikely friends are the last people on earth. Now, it’s up to them to save the world….
 
About the Author: Author of The End of the World as We Know It from Alloy Entertainment. Palmer lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son and lots of (filled) bookshelves. For more information, check out her bio on Alloy Entertainment's official site.
 
 
 
Top Ten Ways I'd Screw Up a Fail-Safe End-of-the-World Plan:

Hi, Kristen! Thanks for having me visit the Cozy Reading Corner! I’m so excited to be here. Also, happy new year! And yay for the world not ending in 2012. Admittedly, learning the world’s end is not so much a looming threat might make this post seem less relevant but you never know! That’s why there are still bands of doomsday planners out in the world, starring in shows on basic cable and such. And to them I offer this list of reasons why they probably don’t want to bring me in on their end-of-the-world strategy sessions.
1. I'm uncoordinated. Don't get me wrong. I'm not, like, so uncoordinated I'm pratfalling left and right. But, I have never been any good at any sports that require equipment and I do sometimes trip over completely flat surfaces at inopportune times. I might be good zombie bait, but not much more...

2. I'm scatterbrained. I'm one of those people who loses her glasses or keys with alarming frequency. In other words, if you gave me some all-important world-saving cube or orb or something, I'd misplace it at exactly the wrong time.

3. I'm easily distracted. Shiny things, bright colors, was that a hummingbird? Wait, what was I saying again?

4. I'd be writing things down. I’m a writer. And the end of the world is a majorly once-in-a-lifetime experience. So I’d be scribbling in my notebook and totally miss the giant, cavernous hole in the earth.

5. I don't remember “plays.” See above, re: sports that require equipment.  I was always the kid jumping for butterflies in the outfield, or zigging when I should have zagged on the basketball court. So if you outlined an amazing, detailed plan of attack against whatever apoca-beasties were on the prowl, I’d probably accidentally pass them the ball, so to speak.

6. I might be reading. I have been known to miss things because my head’s in a book. And while reading on long road trips and missing the giant tower of hubcaps out the window is one thing, reading when I’m supposed to be defending my turf seems like it wouldn’t be all that helpful.

7. I get crabby when I’m hungry. I’m guessing the end of the world means no one is bringing the fondue pot and the dainty little tea sandwiches (or better yet, the not-dainty extra-large pizza). The last person you want in your band of survivors is a person who can toss out some demoralizing line the second her stomach growls.

8. I like my creature comforts. I go everywhere with a bag of books, notebooks, and at least one tube of hand cream. (And maybe a few lip balms.) I don’t always use the stuff, but it makes me happy. I also treasure my morning shower. Somehow, though, I think my excess of shea butter lotion and extra paperbacks aren’t exactly world savers. (But boy, would our hands feel nice.)

9. The apocalypse doesn’t have room service. It kind of goes with reason number 8, but the second you tell me I’m off work (and no one is going to work when the world is ending), I think I’m on vacation.  So while the rest of the crew is looking for shelter, I’ll probably be looking for a coconut to hold my rum and several decorative umbrellas.

10. I’m always making lists. In the movies, you never see one character scribbling furious, bullet-pointed lists. But I’m a big fan of the list. And while that may seem like something you want in a co-survivor, I have been known to include things like, “Use Groupon for bagel place” on mine. With priorities like mine, who needs an apocalypse?

-Kristen ♥
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