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July 30: Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Geraldine 6 Comments


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 Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books.

I always love a good beginning to a book. And I also love a good ending. Beginnings are the start of something, a promise of new adventures! Endings wrap things up usually, but can also be another promise of more future adventures! So, here are a list of books that have a wonderful beginning and/or conclusion! It's a pretty short list; usually, they beginnings and conclusions don't stick very long in my head unless they're memorable.
  1. Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson- The ending of this book is very poetic, and it makes me want to cry! There's a hint of more to come, while tying the events of the book up at the same time.
  2. Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens- "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times". Need I say more?
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen- “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” I remember being very indignant about this line~
Any other books you love the conclusion/ending of? If so, comment below!

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine

More by T.M. Franklin

Saturday, July 27, 2013 Geraldine 1 Comments


Ava Michaels used to think she was special.

As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers . . . making things happen. But Ava grew up and eventually accepted the fact that her childish dreams were just that, and maybe a normal life wasn't so bad after all.

Now a young college student, Ava meets Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who’s supposed to help her pass physics, but in reality has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core.

Because Caleb isn't quite what he seems. In fact, he's not entirely human, and he's not the only one.

Together, the duo faces a threat from an ancient race bound to protect humans, but only after protecting their own secrets—secrets they fear Ava may expose. Fighting to survive, Ava soon learns she's not actually normal . . . she's not even just special.

She's a little bit more. 

Young Adult Paranormal Suspense/Romance: Intended for readers 13 years of age and older.

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Excerpt

“Caleb!” she screamed, unsure why she would call out to him, but it seemed almost instinctive.

Her attacker covered her mouth again, more carefully this time. “Caleb’s occupied at the moment,” he growled. “Now, relax. I’m not going to hurt you. Not yet, at least. But if you scream, I’ll have no choice but to knock you out.”

Ava whimpered behind his hand.

“Are you going to be a good girl?” he asked mockingly. “Nice and quiet?”

Ava nodded slowly, terrified. He released her, taking a step back, and she caught her breath for a moment. Finally, she asked, “What do you want with me? And how do you know Caleb?”

The man smiled humorlessly. “Caleb and I go way back.” He stepped over to the gate, peering out to make sure no one had heard her shout. “As for what I want with you. Nothing. But my job is to bring you in for testing.”

Ava’s eyes darted to the open gate and the huge bulk of man blocking her way. If she could just get him to relax, maybe she could make a run for it. She shuffled slightly to the right. “Testing?” she repeated, eager to keep him talking.

“If things are normal. You’ll be released. No harm done.” He backed away from the opening, pulling a cell phone from his pocket and tapping on the screen.

“ ‘Normal?’ ” she repeated. “And what if they’re not . . . normal?” Another small step to the right. And another. He kept tapping away.

“None of my business,” he muttered gruffly, not sparing her a glance. He stared at his phone, absorbed, and paced a bit toward the dumpster.

It wasn’t a lot of room, but Ava feared it was her only chance. She lunged for the gate, grabbing the edge of the fence to pull herself through. A band of iron locked around her waist, and she felt herself thrown back against the wall, the huge man smiling wickedly as her head cracked against the brick. Her vision swam as she swallowed against the nausea bubbling inside her.

“You didn’t really think you’d get away?” he taunted. “You’ll never escape me.” He stalked toward her, reaching out with a beefy arm, his massive form looming even larger in the dim light from the single bulb over the back door. He raised his hand, and Ava knew the strike was coming, as he’d threatened. She clenched her eyes shut, throwing her arms up in front of her face on instinct, a scream dying in her throat.

Then, a muffled thud, and the blow she feared just didn’t happen. She huddled against the wall, trembling, only to wince as a hand closed on her arm.

“No!” she gasped, her eyes flying open.

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T.M. Franklin started out her career writing non-fiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. After writing and unsuccessfully querying a novel that she now admits, “is not that great,” she decided to follow the advice of one of the agents who turned her down—write some more and get better at it. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Mike, is mom to two boys, Justin and Ryan, and has an enormous black dog named Rocky who’s always lying nearby while she’s writing. Whether he’s soothed by the clicking of the computer keys or just waiting for someone to rub his belly is up for debate.

In addition to MORE, Franklin penned the Amazon best-selling short story, WINDOW, as well as another short story, A Piece of Cake, which appears in the ROMANTIC INTERLUDES anthology. THE GUARDIANS, BOOK TWO IN THE MORE TRILOGY, will be released in the fall of 2013.

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Looking For Alaska by John Green

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 Geraldine Lee 0 Comments


After having read 'The Fault in Our Stars', I decided to Google up John Green and see what other books he's written, so that I could make a trip to my local library and devour them all. I only found this book, 'Looking for Alaska', and though I was disheartened, I began voraciously reading it when I got home.

"In the dark beside me, she smelled of sweat and sunshine and vanilla and on that thin-mooned night I could see little more than her silhouette, but even in the dark, I could see her eyes- fierce emeralds. And not just beautiful, but hot too."
Alaska Young. Gorgeous, clever , funny, sexy, screwed up- and utterly fascinating. Miles Halter could not be more in love with her. But when tragedy strikes, Miles discovers the value and pain of living and loving unconditionally.
Nothing will ever be the same.

Miles Halter has moved away from Florida to go attend a boarding school, Culver Creek in Alabama. Leaving only his family in Florida, having never been a social butterfly, he arrives to a school where he may actually fit in. Rooming with the Colonel, he is introduced to Alaska, a girl who he immediately takes a liking to. Over the course of time, they form a unique bond, which shatters once a tragedy hits them. Will Miles ever be able to find his way out of this labyrinth of suffering?


A highly emotional scene from the book
Found on deviantart, by Alethea-sama
Looking for Alaska was a very intriguing book, with characters that are both different and yet relatable. I couldn't relate to the characters in this book, in terms of the actions they followed. For example, I have never played a prank before in my life, probably because I lack the cunning to do it. I could feel the hairs on my shoulder stand right up when reading through the pranks that Miles was a part of. I loved how I couldn't relate to them in this way; it made me feel as if I were going on a journey, on a new adventure. Books that constantly take me away from my normal life interest me and keep me reading. Usually I stay clear from contemporary YA novels, because of the very fact that they hit too close to home; that they are sometimes too similar to my day-to-day activities. I read to escape from the world, not to relive it. Although I could not relate to their adventure, I most certainly could relate to their emotions. Grief, elation and fear were all emotions that I have experienced and Green does a magnificent job of describing them. Green doesn't use large words when describing things, especially emotions. He knows that emotions, though complex, don't need fancy, particular words to describe them. He knows that emotions are broad and encompassing and could never be contained by a single word. He knows that words have power.

Alaska was a character that, though I disproved of, wanted to be more like. I disproved of her impulsive acts, but at the same time, I was wishing to be as risk-taking as she was, as willing to give something a go. I generally consider myself to be quite smart, but when reading about Alaska and her self-righteousness, her elaborate words, I really felt minuscule in comparison.

Over the past week, I've been subjected to many books below my usual standard. 'Looking for Alaska' was a refreshing break from books which bored me. It opened my eyes, and for once in this week, I bothered to follow along every. single. word. written in this book. 'Just another page' was a phrase that was heard frequently, as I dove into this book, late at night. Thankfully the day after was a Saturday, because I stayed up until 1:00 reading. Haha, yes, I have no social life, thanks to my never-ending love for books.Just kidding

Looking for Alaska deserves 5 stars. In my opinion, it was so much better than 'The Fault in Our Stars', because it wasn't what I was expecting. 'The Fault in Our Stars' was quite predictable, whereas 'Looking for Alaska' was wild and unpredictable in comparison. An amazing YA contemporary book, this is one book that definitely needs to be read by the world.

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine

July 16: Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Geraldine 4 Comments


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 Authors Who Deserve More Recognition.

I've recently started reading some indie work, and they're pretty good! There are a couple of authors out there, who I truly believe need more recognition, because their works are just so amazing! Here's a list of them!

  1. Stephanie Perkins- My god, she may be popular on the blogosphere and Goodreads and the like, but I can't believe the amount of people who do not know her outside of the internet! I've encouraged all of my friends to read her books; they're so good!
  2. John Green- This guy is not only an author, but he is also a vlogger and much, much more! His books are so good, and he's a book lover as well, which makes him even more awesome! His videos on Youtube are spontaneous and interesting, reason number #27532 why he should be recognised even more!
  3. Sarah-Jane Lehoux- This woman is the author of The Sevy Series, a series that currently consists of three books, Thief, Shades of War and Masquerade. Let me just say, those books blew me away! 
  4. Alex Flinn- I'm a sucker for good fairytales, and Alex Flinn spins the most perfect fairytale spinoffs and the like, writing fairytales set in the modern world, etc. I love her books, and devour them eagerly!
  5. Pittacus Lore- This author experienced fame of sorts when the movie based on his book 'I am Number Four' came out. I believe that his series is so good, that much more people over the world should be reading it!
  6. Maria V. Snyder- I've only read one of her books, but what I've read was spectacular! It was interesting, gripping and so intricate! I loved every moment reading that book, and am hunting for more of her books at the library!
  7. Aimee Carter- I found her Goddess Test series to be so interesting, and a wonderful twist on Greek mythology, one that I truly enjoyed. She deserves so much more recognition, since she pulled this series off pretty well~
  8. Morgan Rhodes- 'Falling Kingdoms' was such a good read! I remember being hooked onto it for every second, but for some reason, not many people know about this book! She also authored 'Vampire Academy; The Ultimate Guide'! She is definitely cool!
  9. Tamora Pierce- Tamora Pierce has written so many books, set in a male-dominated world, with strong female protagonists that defy all the odds. It's girl power at its best, with fantasy incorporated in it!
  10. Heather Brewer- Her debut novel, Souldbound was an addicitve novel that I devoured in less than 3 hours. I just can't believe she isn't known as well as other fantasy novelists, like Richelle Mead and the like!

Are there any authors that deserve more recognition? If so, for which books? I'm always on the hunt for more books to read (though I have loads of them already...)!

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine

The Stone Rose by Jaqueline Rayner- Audiobook read by David Tennant

Saturday, July 06, 2013 Geraldine Lee 0 Comments

The Breakdown


Excellent:
  • Character voice- sounded exactly like the characters
Nasty: 

  • Pace of the reading: not Tennant's fault, just that talking is slower than reading :/

    Rating: 4  stars

    The Review


    Mickey is startled to find a statue of Rose in a museum - a statue that is 2,000 years old. The Doctor realizes that this means the TARDIS will shortly take them to Ancient Rome, but when it does, he and Rose soon have more on their minds than sculpture. While the Doctor searches for a missing boy, Rose befriends a girl who claims to know the future. But then the Doctor stumbles on the hideous truth behind the statue of Rose - and Rose herself learns that you have to be very careful what you wish for..

    I've recently (for about 5 months) have fallen in love with Doctor Who. I used to dislike it so much, merely because all my friends would be talking about it, while I'd be left alone. I hated all the Doctor Who books out there. But that's all changed now. I recently read this book, The Stone Rose, by Jaqueline Rayner, about the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler (my favourite companion :P ), and it was a superb venture for me, into the world of Doctor Who prose.

    Timey-wimey wibbly wobbly indeed! The time-travelling back and forth in this book was great! It was mind-boggling and all, but it made sense. It added a nice flavour to the book, and instead of it being just an adventure story with the Doctor in Rome in 120 A.D., it became so much more unique and interesitng. The plot twists with this book thanks to time-travelling in the TARDIS was just so fun to read!

    The characters in this book were so alike to the ones on the TV show. Their mannerisms were the same, which was really clear by the way they talked (on the book). This was especially clear with Jackie's character. I could just imagine Jackie's dialogue, her clothes, the way she'd act and all! Rayner definitely captured the essence of all the characters in the Doctor Who series.

    After reading the book, I also listened to the audiobook, while reading the book again. I found the audiobook interesting at first; after all, it's narrated by David Tennant in that cool accent of his! However, after a while, it did grate at my nerves a bit, because I'd find myself skipping ahead and reading on ahead.

    This didn't blind me to how wonderful of a job Tennant did as narrator; every single character had their own unique voice, and it was almost as if I was watching the show myself! Mickey sounded like Mickey, Gracilius had the air of an older man, and he even got Jackie's voice right!

    The Stone Rose was such a perfect introduction for me into the world of Doctor Who prose. It's a 4 star novel, and I loved every single moment I spent reading it! This book has made me open to more and more of the Doctor Who novels. I'll be getting more and more of them to read and read and read!

    Keep reading and loving books,

    Geraldine

    Cover Reveal: Apollo Academy!

    Tuesday, July 02, 2013 Geraldine 0 Comments

    THE APOLLO ACADEMY by Kimberly P. Chase
    Launches: 8.6.13



    Cover Art by Cliff Nielsen

    ABOUT: As the heiress to Titon Technologies, eighteen-year-old Aurora Titon can have whatever she wants—clothes, expensive gadgets, anything money can buy. All she really wants is to escape her pampered, paparazzi-prone life for the stars. Becoming the first female pilot to train as an astronaut for the Apollo Academy is exactly the chance for which she has been waiting. Everything would be perfect if it weren't for her unreciprocated crush on a fellow student, the sexy astronaut bent on making her life hell, and the fact that someone keeps trying to kill her.

    Early praise for The Apollo Academy:
    "I am obsessed with this book! Suspenseful, sexy, and just a great read!" -Cora Carmack, New York Times Bestselling author of LOSING IT.

    “Exquisite worldbuilding, thrilling suspense, and a sexy flight instructor! Chase’s exciting debut novel is one you don’t want to miss.” - K.A.Tucker, Author of Ten Tiny Breaths and One Tiny Lie
    Add The Apollo Academy to your GoodReads Shelf!

    AND WE'RE ALSO REVEALING THE BOOK TRAILER! 
    About the author:

    Kimberly P. Chase holds a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, which basically means she's kind of a geek and loves flying airplanes. Naturally, her books tend to include aviation, hot flight instructors, aviator glasses, and—let's not forget—kissing! When Kimberly's not writing or reading, she's hanging out with her husband, four-year-old son, and two dogs



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