COVER REVEAL: 40 Nights by Stephanie Parent
Friday, August 30, 2013
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Cover Designed by: Najla Qamber Designs
Forty Nights is a continuation of the story begun in Forty Days, and it’s recommended that you read Forty Days first for the best experience. Forty Nights does, however, contain a character guide to refresh readers’ memories. The Neima’s Ark series is a historical, feminist reimagining of the story of Noah’s Ark rather than a religiously oriented one, and the novels are best suited for readers who are comfortable with new interpretations of biblical stories.
Interview with Aurora Titon: Apollo Academy Book Tour~
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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Welcome to my stop on The Apollo Academy's Blog Tour!
Aurora Titon is the daughter of Collin Titon, the man who brought about Titon Technologies! In addition to that, she also now has the record of being the first female pilot from the Academy!
We've managed to get her alone for a couple of minutes to talk about recent events.
Hi there, Aurora. We were wondering if you could spare 5 minutes to talk to us about recent events?
You know I don't really speak to the media often, but since you're not worst reporter ever, aka Veronica Harley, I think I can spare a few minutes. *shaky smile* Give me your best shot!
Firstly, I understand you hold the record of being the first female pilot being trained at the Academy!
Yeah, wow. Sometimes that's still hard to believe. I seriously hope that's not the case for long, it's a shame I'm the only one in the flight program.
What's your daily timetable like? Do you spend all day flying, or is there some theory involved behind being a pilot?
My entire life right now is on a schedule. The Apollo Academy sure knows how to keep us busy! Let's see, I usually wake up and grab a quick breakfast with Kaylana. Then I'm off to swim practice or whatever form of physical torture Coach Harris has come up with for the day. After that, I have Astronomy, Flight Physiology, Interplanetary Studies, and usually some sort of group training. A quick break for lunch, then it's off to my flight lessons, which are definitely my favourite part of the day. *takes deep breath* Phew. I'm exhausted just talking about it!
I understand you're the hardworking type. After all, your friend Kaylana had to drag you to a party the night before your initiation into the Academy!
HaHa. Yeah, that was a memorable night.
What do you do then, in your spare time, when you're not studying or in flight-simulators?
This doesn't happen very often, but when it does I'm usually trying to keep up with one of Kaylana's devilish plans.*laughs* That girl is trouble!
With your father being so famous, how do you cope with the fame?
I don't think it's something I've handled very well so far, to be honest. I used to think ignoring it all was the best approach, but I'm not so sure anymore. . .
Will you ever consider following in your father's footsteps and leading Titon Technologies?
Lastly, for a bit of fun. Can you tell us anything... interesting that happened while you were in the Academy? Little tidbits and gossip, you know!
*nervous laugh* I think most of the gossip at the Academy isn't such a secret anymore. It's already being talked about. Like everywhere. Between the cadet arrest, the reveal of Sky's hidden past, and my sabotaged training, I'm hoping we're all out of secrets...
Thanks so much for this interview! It was a pleasure talking with such an accomplished young woman like yourself. We look forward to more new about your exploits!
Wow. This wasn't so bad. Thank you for having me. Maybe I'll do this more often?
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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Sunday, August 25, 2013
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- Dragged out
- The dialogue
- Characters 2D
August 20: Top Ten Things That Make Your Life As A Reader/Book Blogger Easier
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
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- My laptop- Without this little beauty, I'd never be able to blog! After all, who likes typing on their phone? Way too hard. And I read quite a few books on my laptop too, as it's a much lighter load for me since my bag is heavy enough as it is everyday.
- Goodreads- As a book blogger, I find Goodreads immensely gratifying. It's much too hard to type up a blurb from the back of a book, and using Goodreads, I can just copy and paste. Plus, the reviews on Goodreads also help decide what book I should read next :D
- Music- I swear, music is such a good motivator for me to blog. I love music! And it's great for reading too, since I hate reading in silence. It's much too eerie without having something blaring on in the background.
- Blogs- Other book blogs are so fun to go around in and looking at. They're extremely good at helping me procrastinate, and they help keep me sane when blogging and writing reviews gets a bit mundane.
- Paper books- Though they are heavy to carry around with you, I love reading with books. There's the guarantee that my eyes won't get as sore as they will on my laptop, the smell of it and most importantly, it feels real! I'm not sure, but I also think I rate books so much harsher when I read them on my laptop in comparison to reading them on paper...
- Time- If I have plenty of time, I would never get around to blogging. If I don't have enough time, I also won't blog, because I need to 'prioritise'. Urgh! So usually, I need to be given just the right amount of time, so that I can feel pressured and work, in addition to not feeling to stressed!
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
Saturday, August 17, 2013
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- World building
- Character development
- New unnescessary terminology- e.g. amaz for amazing.
- Resolution- typical conclusion, no cliffhanger
2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape’, a ‘throwback’, but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.
Jarra invents a fake background for herself – as a normal child of Military parents – and joins a class of norms that is on Earth to excavate the ruins of the old cities. When an ancient skyscraper collapses, burying another research team, Jarra’s role in their rescue puts her in the spotlight. No hiding at back of class now. To make life more complicated, she finds herself falling in love with one of her classmates – a norm from another planet. Somehow, she has to keep the deception going.
A freak solar storm strikes the atmosphere, and the class is ordered to portal off-world for safety – no problem for a real child of military parents, but fatal for Jarra. The storm is so bad that the crews of the orbiting solar arrays have to escape to planet below: the first landing from space in 600 years. And one is on collision course with their shelter.
I cannot express how good this book was! The plot, the world-building, the characters all stood out for me.
Though the beginning of this debut novel by Janet Edwards was a bit slow, by the time I got past the first 50 pages, I was hooked and no one could stop me from devouring it.
The world-building of Earth, in 2788, was really solid. I could pretty much imagine Earth as how Edwards described it to be, as well as New York Fringe and Main. There was a history behind how Earth had become so deserted and left alone, only for the 'apes'. It wasn't just a thing that could happen overnight.
The character development in Earth Girl was just phenomenal. It wasn't only Jarra, the main character that evolved, but also the rest of the characters, like Krath and Playdon. Jarra initially turned me off with how much anger she had towards the exos, but gradually, I grew to like her, as her anger dwindled down more and more. Krath is another example of excellent character development. He changes so much from how he originally was at the start of the novel.
Like any good book, there were flaws in Earth Girl. But they were extremely minor, and it's only because I'm nitpicky, that I noticed them. For one thing, I did get a bit irritated by the new slang being thrown around, like 'amaz' for 'amazing'. When I found out that Earth Girl was the first book of a series, I then also thought that the ending was too tied-up for the ending of a first book. A first book, for me, usually has to have a few loopholes left, to egg me to read the next book.
Earth Girl is a book that reminds people of their love of reading. It made me realise how much of a reading slump I have been in for the past year! It is a book I am currently recommending to all my friends who love dystopias. A 4-star book, it really revived reading back for me.
Keep reading and loving books,
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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- The maths in the book
- Colin's quirky behaviour
- Most of the characters
Rating: 2 stars
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Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones
Sunday, August 11, 2013
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She has a destiny so great that even the gods fear her.
Constant hallucinations and the frequent conversations with the voices in her head, have earned eighteen-year-old Chloe Clever the not-so-coveted title of "Whack Job" in her home town of Adel, Georgia. With the onslaught of prescription medications and therapists threatening to push her over the edge, she wishes for a life far away from the one she has, a life where she is destined to be more than the butt of everyone's jokes and mockery.
Be careful what you wish for has never rung more true.
After living through an attack from her worst nightmare, she awakens to find herself far from home, surrounded by glorious riches and servants…and a few demigods who enjoy killing things. Upon learning that her favorite rockstar is an Olympian god, she is thrust into her new life as the Oracle of Delphi, the prophesier of the future, and the great Pythia that the gods have been anxiously awaiting to arrive for centuries. Setting out to fulfill the prophecy she has been given and to keep her family safe from a demigod Princess that wants her dead, Chloe learns of how great she is to become, all the while fighting mythical monsters, evading divine assassins and trying to outwit the ever-cunning Greek gods who harbor secrets of their own. In the hopes of discovering the Most Beautiful and the truth of her destiny, she strives to uncover the mysteries of the demigod Prince who has sworn to protect her with his life…and threatens to win her heart in the process.
This book is great for any lover of Greek mythology, whether or not they are new to the genre or not. Jones pushes readers new to Greek mythology to learn more and know more about Greek mythology. For seasoned readers, Jones also adds twists to Prophecy of the Most Beautiful and finds new things to introduce, as well as twisting up some Greek myths to add excitement.
Can I also cry over the cover? It's so pretty and striking! I don't usually like covers with people on it (it ruins my imagination), but this cover is just so ethereal and gripping, with the words "The Future is now" inscribed on it.
The plot was well-paced and interesting. The first few pages were difficult to get through though. This was mainly because I wanted to get to the Greek mythology parts. Thankfully, Jones does a fantastic job in setting the scene with the first few pages, as well as establishing Chloe's personality and her background.
Chloe was a rounded and interesting character. Unlike other books, Chloe was an individual character, and she didn't let anything sway her. She had a real background and she didn't drop everything to be part of this new world that she had never known all her life.
This book is worthy of a 4 stars out of 5. It captivated my attention, was really interesting and it was a whole new world for me to explore. It's perfect for any reader, be they new or seasoned towards Greek mythology!
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August 6: Top Ten Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish, and, by golly, when I found out about it, I decided to join in on the fun! Every Tuesday, a new topic comes out for bloggers to post a list about. This week, it's the Top Ten Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels。
I don't usually wish books had sequels if there wasn't a need for one, mainly because I'm either sick of that book/world or because the author has ended it beautifully. So any books on this list are either spectacular and I want more, or the ending of these books were so horrible, that I want a sequel just so that there will be a better ending.
- The Inheritance series- I felt that Christopher Paolini should have written more, I wanted a more finite ending.
- The Hunger Games series- Well, I just want to know what happens to all the others. Gale, Annie, Haymitch, etc. WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM???? *breaks down sobbing
- Anne of Green Gables- Nothing was bad about the ending of this book, I just want more stories. And yes, there are sequels (and multiple of them) to this book, but I want more of Anne's childhood, more of her misdemeanours and the like. They were what made Anne so truly special.
- Anna and the French Kiss- Lola and the Boy Next Door is not a sequel to this!!!! I want more on Anna and St. Clair!
- Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling wrapped everything up pretty well, but I still have a hungering for more on Harry's universe, on the magical world. I wouldn't mind if she wrote about other characters, but as long as it's set in the wizarding world.... I'm set.
- Poison- This book was really magical and I loved the characters in it!!! It was a fantastic concept, and it was really pulling, the whole world being so beautifully created.
Character Interview with Chloe Smart from the Oracle of Delphi series!
Thursday, August 01, 2013
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Interested in more about Chloe? Read more about her adventures, starting with the Prophecy of the Most Beautiful!
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