Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Book Review: The False Princess by Eilis O' Neal

The False PrincessThe False Princess
By Eilis O' Neal
Published Date: January 25th, 2011
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Format: Paperback, 319 pages
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Goodreads Summary: Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia's led a privileged life at court.  But everything changes when it's revealed, just after her sixteenth birthday, that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away for her protection.  Cast out with little more than the clothes on her back, the girl now called Sinda must leave behind the city of Vivaskari, her best friend, Keirnan, and the only life she's ever known.

Sinda is sent to live with her only surviving relative, an aunt who is a dyer in a distant village. She is a cold, scornful woman with little patience for her newfound niece, and Sinda proves inept at even the simplest tasks.  But when Sinda discovers that magic runs through her veins - long-suppressed, dangerous magic that she must learn to control - she realizes that she can never learn to be a simple village girl.

Returning to Vivaskari for answers, Sinda finds her purpose as a wizard scribe, rediscovers the boy who saw her all along, and uncovers a secret that could change the course of Thorvaldor's history, forever.

A dazzling first novel, The False Princess is an engrossing fantasy full of mystery, action, and romance.


Cindy's Review: This book wasn't as bad as I expected it. At first, I thought it was a sequel or something to The False Prince, but it turns out it's from a whole different. Even though, I kinda like the False Prince better, this was actually an awesome story.

The main character is a girl named Nalia and she is the crowned princess, that is, until she was sixteen. When she was sixteen, her parents, or the queen and the king, told her she was  fake, just someone to keep the real princess safe and sound. 

The next thing Nalia knows, she is being sent to a village where her only relative, her aunt lives. There she gets played on by village boys and she really misses her best friend, a duke's son, Kiernan and the palace life. Then, Nalia decides to go back to the capital city when she discovers her magical powers. She goes to a magic school and became an apprentice to the schoolmaster, Philiantha. 

Nalia makes up with Kiernan again after their fight, and Nalia finally meets Orianne, the real princess. One night, when Nalia was visiting Kiernan, she found out that Orianne is not acutally the real princess. Then, Nalia and Kiernan goes on a search of whose behind it and where the real princess is located at.

This is really not bad at all. I find everything just right. There's the right amount of romance. There's the right amount of problem, adventure, love, etc. I really liked it :)

Rate: (1-10) 8

Quote Reactions:
"I should be crying...."
It's funny how she should be crying and I'm the only one crying here. 

"Not all prophecies come true."
Last time I checked, they all come true.

"If you can't be a princess, then you'll be a savior of a princess."
Wow. Determined. LOL

"You're nothing, a nobody. A fake, meant only to be replaced by the real thing."
Ouch. Double ouch. Man. That gotta hurt. 

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Vocabulary:
1. conduit
con·duit/ˈkänd(y)o͞oit/
Noun:
A channel for conveying water or other fluid: "a conduit for conveying water to the power plant".
A tube or trough for protecting electric wiring: "the gas pipe should not be close to any electrical conduit".

2. mirth
mirth/mərTH/
Noun:
Amusement, esp. as expressed in laughter: "his six-foot frame shook with mirth".

3. rapturous
rap·tur·ous/ˈrapCHərəs/
Adjective:
Characterized by, feeling, or expressing great pleasure or enthusiasm: "he was greeted with rapturous applause".

4.  unorthodox 
un·or·tho·dox/ˌənˈôrTHəˌdäks/
Adjective:
Contrary to what is usual, traditional, or accepted; not orthodox.

5. erratic
er·rat·ic/iˈratik/
Adjective:
Not even or regular in pattern or movement; unpredictable.
Noun:
A rock or boulder that differs from the surrounding rock and is believed to have been brought from a distance by glacial action.

6. levity
lev·i·ty/ˈlevətē/
Noun:
Humor or frivolity, esp. the treatment of a serious matter with humor or in a manner lacking due respect.

7. apothecary
a·poth·e·car·y/əˈpäTHiˌkerē/
Noun:
A person who prepared and sold medicines and drugs

8. blasphemy
blas·phe·my/ˈblasfəmē/
Noun:
The act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things; profane talk.

9. coerced

coercedpast participle, past tense of co·erce (Verb)

Verb:

Persuade (an unwilling person) to do something by using force or threats.

Obtain (something) by such means.


10. vendetta
ven·det·ta/venˈdetə/

Noun:
A blood feud in which the family of a murdered person seeks vengeance on 
the murderer or the murderer's family.
A prolonged bitter quarrel with or campaign against someone.

Happy Reading~

Monday, October 29, 2012

Book Review: Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

Stealing Parker (Catching Jordan #2)
By Miranda Kenneally
Released Date: October 1st, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: Paperback ARC, 256 pages
Genre: Romance
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Goodreads Summary: Red-hot author Miranda Kenneally hits one out of the park in this return to Catching Jordan's Hundred Oaks High.

After her family's scandal rocks their conservative small town, 17-year-old Parker Shelton goes overboard trying to prove that she won't turn out like her mother: a lesbian. The all-star third-baseman quits the softball team, drops 20 pounds and starts making out with guys--a lot. But hitting on the hot new assistant baseball coach might be taking it a step too far...especially when he starts flirting back.


Cindy's Review: Like I said last time, I really enjoyed Catching Jordan. See. Even though they tell you not to judge a book by its cover, my judging is still good. I love Catching Jordan's cover. Like a normal reader, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Stealing Parker. When I saw that giveaway, I was like OMG!!! And then, the San Leandro Public Library had a Teen Read Week and ohmygawd!!! Those free books!!! Yeah. The Book Haul. And there was Stealing Parker sitting right there!! OMG. Yep. So I got my own paperback version. ;) Mhhmmm. Best day out of the whole month so far!!! LOL. 

So this book starts off at the same setting as Catching Jordan. Hundred Oaks High School. Instead of being all about football, this book's characters focuses more on baseball and softball.  Parker is a 17 year old whose mother left her dad, her brother, Ryan, and her for Theresa. Parker has a hard year. People judge her by her mother. So to resolve that she isn't lesbian, Parker goes around dating guys and everything. Then, she finds the co- baseball coach, who is six years older than her, flirting with her, she starts to like him. I'm like, ewww. No. He's six years older than you! Je3ez. There's better guys out there! 

At first, I wanted Parker to end up with her best friend, Drew, but when Drew likes another person (I"m not telling who. I'm keeping his secret. ;), I decided. Nope. I'm changing it to Will! As long as it's not that baseball coach, Brian. One thing I like is that how the characters from Catching Jordan is in it. Sam Henry is also in baseball. I know him better as Henry. LOL. I thought Henry was in football though. I guess football season ended. We also get a glimpse of Ty saying hi. And Jordan is also in it, not acting all tomboy-ly, but actually girly. 

If I had to choose between Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker, I think I like Catching Jordan better. It's just football seems so cool and everything. Like, my school has a football team and I know people in it. And my school doesn't have a baseball team. Softball is cool. I have friends in that. But I like how football has a quarterback. Like how volleyball has a captain. Omg. I'm totally trying out for volleyball this year. Does softball even have a captain? LOL. Yep. So I can't wait till another one of Miranda Kenneally's book come out.

Rate: (1-10): 8.7

Quotes:
I'm like finally doing some quotes after some time. I haven't been doing them lately because I'm just plain lazy and yaknoe, I'm also kinda busy.

"A year ago January, she divorced my dad, and I divorced her dreams of me playing softball for Hundred Oaks."
It sounds like she's giving up. But I guess would too.

"Brian & Parker sounds like a law firm. Parker & Brian sounds like a pharmaceutical company. "
LOL. I like her humor. But Ew. No. Parker & Will sounds perfect for each other! 

"Parker Shelton, Sinner Extraordinaire." 
Parker seems like a real cool person to hang out with omg.

" I'll be a bona fide stalker."


"It's like he's having a love affair with his clipboard."

"Dear God...will you please give my story a happy ending."

"Love makes you stupid sometimes."
Right?

"God, I don't want anything from you."
Good girl. LOL. x)

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There was like these vocabulary words that got me stumped. I had to use the dictionary. Omg.

1. ventriloquist
ven·tril·o·quist/venˈtriləkwist/          
Noun:
A person who can speak or utter sounds so that they seem to come from somewhere else, esp. an entertainer who makes their voice appear..

2.  voluptous
vo·lup·tu·ous/vəˈləpCHo͞oəs/
Adjective:
Of, relating to, or characterized by luxury or sensual pleasure.
(of a woman) Curvaceous and sexually attractive.

3. narcolepsy
nar·co·lep·sy/ˈnärkəˌlepsē/
Noun:
A condition characterized by an extreme tendency to fall asleep whenever in relaxing surroundings.

4. valedictorian
val·e·dic·to·ri·an/ˌvaləˌdikˈtôrēən/
Noun:
A student, typically having the highest academic achievements of the class, who delivers the valedictory at a graduation ceremony.

5. capricious
ca·pri·cious/kəˈpriSHəs/
Adjective:
Given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior.

6. meticulous
me·tic·u·lous/məˈtikyələs/
Adjective:
Showing great attention to detail; very careful and precise.

7. euphemism
eu·phe·mism/ˈyo͞ofəˌmizəm/
Noun:
A mild or indirect word or expression for one too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.

8. polenta
po·len·ta/pōˈlentə/
Noun:
Cornmeal as used in Italian cooking.
A paste or dough made from cornmeal.

9. poignant
poign·ant/ˈpoinyənt/
Adjective:
Evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret: "a poignant reminder".
Keenly felt: "the sensation was most poignant in winter".

10. cacophony
ca·coph·o·ny/kəˈkäfənē/
Noun:
A harsh, discordant mixture of sounds: "a cacophony of deafening alarm bells"; "a cacophony of architectural styles".

There is like way more, but these are the top ten. I must admit, these are some pretty good vocabulary words. 

Happy Reading~

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Book Review: From Willa, With Love by Coleen Murtagh Paratore

From Willa, With Love (Wedding Planner's Daughter #5)From Willa, With Love (The Wedding Planner's Daughter#6)
By Coleen Murtagh Paratore
Released Date: July 1st, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: Paperback, 196 pages
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Goodreads Summary: It's August on Cape Cod and Willa has a lot to look forward to. Soon, JFK will return home from baseball camp, and Willa has an idea for an exciting new project that will challenge her to dream big! But life throws Willa some unexpected twists and turns: Ruby has bad news, a beloved friend leaves, a dear friend returns, her brother Will has something he does't want to talk about, and of course, there's a wedding to plan! There's also a cute boy who likes Willa . . . a lot, and Willa thinks she might like him too. It's a summer full of romance and surprises!

Cindy's Review: In this book, we finally get to learn more about Will! Willa's long-lost brother. Will Havisham is Willa's half-brother from the same father, who lives in England. He's seems so cool. Okay. Let's use the right word. He seems so hot.

It continues on the summer of August, basically right after where Forget Me Not (The Wedding Planner's Daughter #4) left off. Will lives with Willa for like the rest of the summer and becomes a good brother to Willa. 

Willa have this love-triangle problem. Since JFK went to baseball camp, Willa doesn't have her boyfriend around her. Her best friend, Marian is away at vacation. Her former friends are still her former friends. Her brother, Will is too busy hanging out with Tina. So who does Willa hang out with? Willa hangs out with Jessie, the drummer in this band thing. Apparently, he likes her, and Willa feels like she likes him too. NOOOO. JFK forever!!! Omg

It ended with a sort of cliffhanger. Like she pushes Jessie away when she learns that JFK is mad at her. I wanna read the sixth book!

Rate: (1-10): 8.5

Quotes: 
"...drowned in a hot-air balloon accident..."
Omg. So dramatic. LOL.

" I think Salty Dog was Salty Cat in a former life."
Man, Willa has too much free time.

"What kind of name is Lorna Doone anyway? Cookie girl."

Someone's jealous...

"Those girls are totally boy crazy. How can you like two boys at once?"
*cough cough Look whose talking...

"One hello, two good-byes."
I know who you're assuming right now. The love-triangle? It fits great, but there's more. ;)

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Vocabulary: 

1. perennial

per·en·ni·al/pəˈrenēəl/
Adjective:
Lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring.
Noun:
A perennial plant.

2. adamant
ad·a·mant/ˈadəmənt/
Adjective:
Refusing to be persuaded or to change one's mind.
Noun:
A legendary rock or mineral, formerly associated with diamond or lodestone.
Synonyms:
adjective.  firm - unyielding - inflexible - uncompromising - stiff
noun.  diamond

3. placid
plac·id/ˈplasid/
Adjective:
(of a person or animal) Not easily upset or excited.
(esp. of a place or stretch of water) Calm and peaceful, with little movement or activity.

4. chaise

chaise/SHāz/

Noun:

A horse-drawn carriage for one or two people, typically one with an open top and two wheels.


There's not much vocab in this book, but it was a really good read. ;)


Liebstar Award!



Thank you Marilyn's Mystery Blog @ http://marilynphillips.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/liebster-award.html for nominating me for the Liebster Award.;)

If you would like to participate all you have to do is:


1) Thank and link back to the giver
2) Answer the award giver's questions
3) Nominate 5 other blogs that have fewer than 200 followers
4) Ask questions for one's nominees to answer.
5) Post the Liebster's Award Picture on your post

Marilyn's Questions: 
1. If you could write yourself into any story, which one would it be and what role would you play?
I have to say, it would be the Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter. I think it would be really fun to be a top secret spy and such even though it's a bit dangerous.

2. What is your favorite fantasy character type? Vampire, Werewolf, Angel, Alien, Trylle, Fairy or other?
I read a lot of fairy stories and it's not really my thing. One of my favorite though, are demi-gods. Like if an alien and angels can be fantasy, then gods can also be fantasies, right? So yeah. Demi-gods! Percy Jackson!

3. What is your current read and are you enjoying it?
I'm currently reading like 5 books. But one that I'm really reading out of is Lucid by Adrienne Stolz and Ron Bass. It is a pretty good book, I just started, so I don't know that much about it yet.


4. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
One thing I enjoy the most about blogging is the support and comments people give me to keep me continuing on.


5. Name three books you have read more than once.
     a) Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
                 I can like tell you a summary right here and then without rereading it. 
     b) Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter
                 It sounds so cool being a spy!
     c) Fire by Kristen Cashore
                 I got a free ARC copy at the library and I already finish reading the book. I was so happy, I reread it. LOL.


My Nominees: 
Cover to Cover
A Novel Undertaking

My Questions:
1) What is your ideal reader?
2) How long have you been blogging
3) Who is your favorite book character? Why?
4) If you were shipwrecked on a desert island what 3 books would you want with you?
5) Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Book Review: Dream Dark by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Dream Dark (Caster Chronicles, #2.5)Dream Dark (Caster Chronicles #2.5)
By Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Book Released: August 2nd, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 75
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Goodreads SummaryWhen Link joined his best friend, Ethan Wate, on a quest through a mysterious network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, he knew the journey would be dangerous. But returning home to Gatlin, South Carolina was just the beginning...

Wounded during a climactic battle, Link discovers that tending his injuries won't be as simple as visiting a doctor and that healing his arm should be the least of his worries. For being bitten by a Supernatural does more than break the skin -- it changes a person, inside and out, turning Link into someone more and more like the dark creature who injured him.

In this never-before-seen short story by New York Times bestselling authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, listeners witness Link's heart-racing transformation. Dream Dark is set before the much-anticipated third Beautiful Creatures novel, Beautiful Chaos, and as a special bonus includes an exclusive sneak peek at the first five chapters.


Cindy's Review: Dream Dark is still Ethan's point of view, but it's all about Link. The book started when Link finds out he's turning into a Incubus and now, he's learning how to control himself and all that. It's a really really short story so there isn't much to say. LOL. 

But anyways, looking forward in reading Beautiful Redemption!

Rate: (1-10): 8.5

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Feature and Follow #5

FF 2012 Feature & Follow #120
Feature and Follow #5!

The hosts of this meme are Parajunkee andAllison Can Read. This week's features are Carmen Jenner and The Y.A. Bookworm.

Q: What writing device or trick most irritates you when reading a book? For example, if an author employs an omnipotent narrator that is sometimes considered bad form.

A: One thing that irritates me is love at first sight. I hate love at first sight. It's less romantic. I rather have it hate at first sight, like the book Dragonfly. 

Another thing that irritates me is that when the author changes POV like without me knowing. I spend like the first page wondering whose talking. Omg.

I think that's it. I don't wanna make it too long. LOL.

If you follow, be sure to comment, so I can follow you back! ;)

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Shifter Release Blitz + Giveaway!

Blurb:

The Final Showdown.  The threat to Wicked and to Palisor forces Briony into the inevitable, an alliance with Josh, the Werewolf King.   As Josh’s role becomes clearer in Palisor, and the people are demanding higher security, Briony is forced to make the most important decision in her life.  The worlds of the Wicked and Palisor collide in this stunning conclusion to the Wicked Woods series, winner in Best Horror for the International Book Awards.

Read the internationally-award-winning book series by Kailin Gow that has been optioned to become a web series.  

Wicked Woods
Shimmer
Silver
Sight
Silence
                                                   Shifter

About Kailin Gow: 

Kailin Gow is the author of over 100 books, with the majority of them for young adults. Her most popular series are:  The Frost Series, PULSE Series, Desire Series, Wicked Woods, Steampunk Scarlett Novels, and more.  A full-time author, she is also a producer, having worked in radio, television, and film.  She grew up in Southern California, lived in Texas and England, and had traveled extensively around the world. 

Links:

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Book Review; Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Chaos
Beautiful Chaos 
By Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Release Date: June 12th, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 576
Format: Paperback
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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Goodreads Summary: Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home from the Great Barrier, strangeand impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected -- and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What -- or who -- will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?



For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it's not Lena -- and the mysterious figure is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself -- forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and he's afraid to ask. 

Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending.
SPECIAL BONUS: Includes "Dream Dark," a thrilling short story set before Beautiful Chaos. When Link joined his best friend, Ethan Wate, on a quest through a mysterious network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, he knew the journey would be dangerous. But he had no idea it would change his life forever.

Cindy's Review: It took me a while to read this book, not because it was bad, but because I had to read some blog tour books, and there are just some books I have to read. Beautiful Chaos is the third book in  the Beautiful Creatures series, and it ends in a cliffhanger. Or maybe an ending. I won't tell you anything. Omg. i can tell this is gonna be a super short review. Like I can't talk without telling the ending. 

So throughout the book, Ethan learns that someone has to die in order to restore the Order. The only problem is that he doesn't know who is it. 

Here is the Eighteenth Moon song/prophecy thing: 
Eighteenth Moons, eighteen Sheers,
Feeding off your deepest fears,
Vexed to find as Darkness nears,
Secret eyes and hidden ears...

Eighteen Moons, eighteen nears,
The Wheel of Fate herself appears,
Then the One Who Is Two
Will bring the Order back anew...

Eighteen Moons, eighteen dead
Eighteen turned upon their head,
The Earth above, the sky below
The End of Days, the Reaper's Row...

I dunno why this song is so short. But it's how it ends. Can't wait for Beautiful Redemption! It comes out this month! I need to get my hands on it. 



Monday, October 22, 2012

Free Book Deal #2



So guys, I learned about the Amazon free book things. So here is the link to the Amazon free ebooks, if you want some more:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/digital-text/154606011?ie=UTF8&ref_=pd_ts_zgc_kinc_154606011_more#

Remember the book prices will change so make sure to check that it's at $0.00 before you buy! ;)

Well, here are some interesting ones I've picked out for you guys!
Witchy, Witchy (Spellbound Trilogy #1)
Guardian of the Moon Pendant (YA Paranormal Romance) (Highland Secrets)






   




Witchy Witchy by Penelope King                                   Guardian of the Moon Pendant



Breaking TWIGReleased, an Urban Dystopian (Agents of Evil Series, Book 1)











  Released by Megan Duncan                                        Breaking Twig by Deborah Epperson


In the Shadow of Lions: A Novel of Anne BoleynA Secret Wish (Wish Series #1)











In the Shadow of LionsAn Anne                            A Secret Wish by  Barbara Freethy
Boleyn Book  by Ginger Garrett                                                           

So like this is all I have for now. Seriously, you should check out the website. There's 100 free books, so happy reading, guys! <3




Sunday, October 21, 2012

Blog Tour: 6 Seconds of Life

6 Seconds of Life
6 Seconds of Life
By Tonya Fitzharris
Release Date: September 1st, 2012

Goodreads Summary: Maura has just jumped.


Now she has precisely six seconds until she hits the water below her--just six more seconds until she is finally freed from her mundane and aimless existence. Freed of all of the regrets and disappointments that have haunted her throughout her nineteen years.

She just needs to be free.

But as she falls, the most pivotal points of her life start to replay like a movie in her head: her family falling apart, her first love, her first heartbreak, and her first betrayal. As she remembers these moments that brought her to this point, will she feel a sense of peace? Or will her death be her greatest regret?

"6 Seconds of Life" is a new adult novel that not only explores the ups and downs of college life, but the ups and downs of life as we know it.

Today, we have the awesome author, Tonya Fitzharris's amazing guest post! Thank you being here on my blog today!


The Real-Life Inspiration for "6 Seconds of Life"

During my junior year of college, a twenty-year-old girl committed suicide by jumping off the the dorm right next door to where I was taking my mid-term exam.  Our classroom was silent, but we were all jolted out of our concentration when we heard the horrific screams from the onlookers.  It was right around lunchtime, by far the busiest time of day on my college's campus.  Hundreds of people witnessed this girl plummet ten stories to her death.  Everyone in my classroom stopped focusing their eyes on their test paper and instead let their feelings of fear wash across their faces.  This couldn't really be happening.  A few minutes later, we heard the ambulances come.  But when they left, they didn't have their sirens on anymore.
"That means she's really dead," said one girl in my class.  Of course we all probably guessed this.  But knowing that someone took their only life just steps away from where we sat was the most unsettling feeling most of us had felt in our young lives.  Hearing it outloud just cemented that fact forever.
The next day, I couldn't stop myself from walking by the front steps of the dorm where she killed herself.  I lived in that very dorm just a few months earlier.  I could have been one of those students that watched her fall past their window.  I stood back and watched as her friends wept next to the plot of grass where her body made contact with the earth and her life abruptly ended.  Flowers and candles and letters littered the grass.  My heart was unbearably heavy, and I just couldn't shake the haunting air of her life that seemed to surround me.  I didn't know her.  But I knew people that did.  They talked of the very difficult months she had leading up to her death, and how they didn't realize it at the time--but she had been planning her demise for a while now.
I never forgot about her.  I never forgot about how sad and how lost she must have been to bring her to that final decision.  And I just couldn't shake the thought of what it must have been like during those last few seconds of her life.  What did she think about while she was falling?  Did she instantly regret it?  Did she feel at peace?
I always knew that her story would be a part of me.  I knew that I wanted to do something to bring her story to light, and maybe help someone else who was feeling the same way she was.  This girl that I never knew changed me.  And now I want to change someone else in a more positive way.  Because her story is a much too popular story.
"6 Seconds of Life" was written for her.



Cindy's Summary: There are such things as captivating covers and captivating teasers. And I must say, in this case, the teaser really captivated me. I mean, I knew I had to read this book, and luckily, it was on book tour, so I got to read it, thanks to Tonya Fitzharris. :) 


That six seconds is like a very important part of her life. The last six seconds she, Maura, have left to live. In those few precious seconds, Maura had basically relived though her recent part of her life. That part that took her by the hair and angrily shook her up and down. That part led her to do bad things. To break out into the world. To do what she's doing right now. Suicide. 


I literally cried through this book, imagining how hard it would be on me, if I was Maura. Like this pain, isn't really something a teenager like Maura should feel. And one pain led to another, leaving her broken like someone breaking glass into pieces, then using a hammer, hammering it to bits. But even though Maura had suffered so much, had she really wanted to die? 



Exerpt 1:

I think deep down, I’ve always known it was going to end this way. I was never meant to live a long life. I accepted this fate a long time ago. I was just waiting for the right moment.

I wanted to fall in love first. I wanted to experience what it was like to have a real family first. I wanted to know what it was like to be sincerely happy, even if it was short-lived. I got all of those firsts.

And now I’m ready to move forward.

I inch my feet closer to the open sky. And closer. Until my naked toes are peeking over the edge. The water cracks violently below me, begging for me to join in on all of the fun. Just a few more seconds before it’s all over.

Until I’m free.

I’m totally relaxed. This moment, it’s all mine. No one can take it away from me. I close my eyes. The sounds of high heels clicking on the walkway and cameras snapping and preserving memories and street musicians begging for spare change surround me. I breathe in their music and let it be the soundtrack to the closing credits of my life.

I raise my arms up to my side, reaching for the skies that surround me. And I step into the air.

I’m flying now.

Excerpt 2:

“I guess I’ll just know it when that time finally comes along,” he whispers. His lips graze my cheek and we stop waltzing. His hand comes up and brushes my flyaway bangs behind my ear, the tips of his fingers running along the back of my earlobe. An overpowering wave of desire and anticipation wells up from my stomach, causing my internal hurricane to erupt into a monsoon. I let his eyes lock with mine, restraining me like a pair of handcuffs. They inspect me, almost like they’re looking right through my skin and into everything that’s underneath, begging to learn anything and everything about me. I don’t move. Maybe if I can manage to stay totally still, this moment might last forever.

His face moves closer. My chest is caving in on itself.

Is this it?

About the Author: 

http://www.tonyafitzharris.com/p/about.html#.UIDNLMXR7mM

So like, this is a  link to her blog that talks about herself. She has this amazing page book thing that shows her basic life, story. So have fun reading it!

Links: 
Barnes and Nobles: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/6-seconds-of-life-tonya-fitzharris/1112764333

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/6-Seconds-Life-Tonya-Fitzharris/dp/1479273074/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1350777579&sr=8-2&keywords=6+Seconds+of+Life

Tonya Fitzharris's Website: http://www.tonyafitzharris.com/

Tonya's Twitter: https://twitter.com/tonyafitzharris