Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Exception to the Rule PROMO Blitz


Welcome to my stop on the Exception to Rule PROMO Blitz
You can find the more stops HERE.

              Contemporary Romance
Date to be Published: 12/19/2012

Synopsis: 

When Katrina “Kat” Vallia, an idealistic if somewhat naive 20-something American pediatrician travels halfway across the globe to volunteer in a poor African village, she looks at it as a means of closure. Following a bitter breakup with her unfaithful boyfriend, she decides to throw herself into her work without any distractions from a man. That’s until she encounters Dr. Julian Kiron, a handsome, career driven pediatric oncologist. Even though she tries to fight it, Kat finds herself falling deeply for him; until she painfully realizes that they both want totally different things from life. Not willing to compromise for the other, they sadly say goodbye, cutting all ties. Five years later, Kat’s happy world is turned upside down when she is given devastating news. She must now confront her past and the secret she’s harbored for years. But will saving the one she loves most also rekindle the love she let slip away?



EXCERPT:


We talked for some time and I could tell he was getting tired, his skin looked paler than usual and the light color of his eyes just enhanced the dark circles that were beginning to form underneath.
“Are you tired?” I asked.
“A little,” he finally admitted.
“But I thought you didn’t get tired,” I teased as I got up to grab the blanket from the other couch, turning off the overhead light. I looked out the window to see a light snow falling. I sat back down on the couch covering us both with the blanket as we watched TV with just the glow of the fireplace and Christmas tree lights. He had his arms wrapped tightly around me as I rested my head on his chest. 
“Thank you,” I whispered.
“For what?” he asked.
“For being here.”
 I smiled when he pulled me closer and gently kissed my head. It didn’t take long before I heard his breathing begin to change and as I looked up I saw he was sound asleep. I put my head back down on his chest, kissing it softly. Just knowing he was here beside me, listening to his heartbeat and feeling him breathe, put my mind at such ease that it wasn’t long before I was fast asleep too.


Author Bio: 

Beth Rinyu

Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed Creative Writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen - or in today's world a touch of the keyboard. I have been writing poetry for years and finally got the inspiration to write my very first novel about a year and a half ago. Once I started the idea's kept flowing, my fingers kept typing - and here it is! It's a beautiful love story that focuses on so many different relationships: the love of a man and a woman, a parent and a child, friendships and those that are not bound to us by blood but by love. So, I'm hoping all of you get as much enjoyment reading this as I did writing it! Oh and here's a little bit about bit me - my life is not as interesting as the story or the characters in it, but then again whose life is? I was born and have lived in New Jersey my whole life. I'm a mom of twin teenage boys, a teenage step-son, a crazy Border Collie and a cat with an identity crisis! I guess you can say writing is my form of Calgon! I am married to a wonderful guy - but we'll keep that between us, I don't want him getting a big head! Thanks for taking the time to learn about my book and me! If you decide to read it (and I hope you do!) please be sure to go on and review it for me - yes, even if you don't like it!


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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Blog Tour: Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot


Welcome to my stop on the Unmaking Hunter Kennedy Blog Tour
hosted by Supagurl Tours.
Click HERE to check out the rest of the tour schedule. 

Unmaking Hunter KennedyBlurb:  After a car accident--an event he considers a prank gone bad--pop star, Hunter Kennedy is forced to hide out with his aunt in small-town Colorado. He’s supposed to rest, heal his scars and attend high school in disguise until the press dies down. But he only wants to get back to work.

Worse, the girl who’s been assigned to make him over into a geek is a major geek herself. Vere Roth is a chattering pixie, a blushing tornado and a complete social disaster. He’s never met a girl who’s never-been-kissed, believes in romance and thinks Hunter’s a 'nice' guy.

Funny thing is...Hunter is nice around Vere because she’s his first real friend. He also can’t seem to stop sharing his secrets or keep her out of his heart. Knowing he’d never deserve a girl as sweet as Vere, he resigns himself to the friend zone, and helps his new bestie with her own makeover.

She tortures him daily for ridiculous guy advice on how to snag her life-long crush. A guy Hunter thinks is totally wrong for Vere, and sadly, one who has taken note of Vere’s transformation.

When Vere asks her best friend for some kissing advice, Hunter can’t resist...

And that’s when things get out of control...

High School Romance, first love, sweet romance


Cindy's Review: 
Okay, let me just say, I love these young adult high school novels where there are celebrities. Correct that, hot male celebrities for grabs by the main character. They totally melt me down. Omg *dying just from reading the book over here. ;)

I like the guy's name. Hunter. I only know one person who was ever named Hunter. And he was the girl who sat next to me in math in 6th grade's boyfriend. Except she was in 7th and her boyfriend was also in 7th grade, I think. Yeah. Okay. Random facts by me. 

I squeal whenever they have the thoughts of liking one another. You just have to cheer them on on the sidelines since they can't even hear you. Omg. <3333

Vere is apparently, a nerd, geek, or whatever you call the loser in your school. And her brother is the popular guy who plays football. Kinda like Vere is Lisa Simpsons and her brother Charlie is Bart Simpsons. But after helping Hunter change from a great, big, shining star to a dull, little nerd at a public school called Kennedy, Vere actually gets help back from Kennedy. Kennedy helps her transform into a more cool, pretty, and updated person. LOL. Sorry to sound mean. But from the cover, she looks like one of those really popular girls. Maybe he really changed her a lot. Okay. The cover is melting me down.....

Kennedy keeps telling himself she is just a super normal girl who knows his secret, but he can't help getting jealous when she hits on her lifelong crush, Curtis. Every time I see Curtis, I think it's a middle name, because I have a friend with that middle name. LOL. And every time I see Charlie, I think of that "Ouch! Charlie bit my finger!" 
video because people at school are so immature. Omg. Back on topic!

This book is how I dream of me and my kpop stars. So romantic!! I need to be in the book! LOL.

So high recommendations for those who love some young adult romance novel!

Rate: (1-10): 9!

Interview with Anne Eliot!! ;)
(This was supposed to be an author guest post, but we did an interview instead. I hope that works!!)

 1 What happened that made you want to hit your forehead and say "I wan't to be an author!"? Or you always knew all along and didn't even need to do that. 

I was a library rat and became a book addict at an early age. My dad was a huge reader and he used to take me to the library with him and dump me off in the ‘kids’ area and there I would sit gathering as many books as I possibly could before Dad came back and said my time was up. I’d read my stacks and beg him to take me back to the library. When that didn’t work out I would try to write my own stories. (All terrible.) At fourteen/fifteen I discovered commercial romance novels and I have never looked back. I swore I would write romance one day, but my parents were not supportive of this idea and I did not have a clue how to proceed. I went off to college to do other things and it was not until I discovered a local writers group and went to my first writing conference that I found a way to start writing more seriously. I joined Romance Writers of America and that group showed me the ropes of craft, taxes, critiques, query letters, editors, agents and best of all I got to meet other writers like me.

2.  Is there going to be a sequel of Unmaking Hunter Kennedy, maybe with new characters?

Currently there is not a sequel planned, but so many have asked that I write one about Jenna and Charlie, and/or take Vere and Hunter into the first year of their relationship.

3.  Is Hunter Kennedy based on anyone? Any celebrities you're a fan of? Or just straight from your mind?

I’m a pop junkie. I love MTV and watching the stars rise and fall, come and go like everyone else. I have spent a great deal of time fan-girling for fun so of course he’s a compilation of every cute, low voiced, sexy pop singer I’ve ever had a crush on. If I chose only one or two, it ruins the idea for someone who’s in love with a different pop star.

 I got the idea for Hunter Kennedy watching MTV’s awesome show called ‘MADE’. It’s a show where they take a regular person and in six weeks ‘make’ them into someone else. From a nerd to a beauty queen… We’ve all watched teen stars lose it on TV, or worse lose their lives to depression and drugs. I always find myself wondering about these teens. I wondered if any of them ever wanted ‘out’. If you could take a teen star, one who grew up on TV in front of us all and if you could hide them, and ‘unmake’ them into a normal person again? How far would a teen go to get out, how far would a mom go to save her kid if she sensed she was losing him. 

4. If you were going to come up with a theme song for Unmaking Hunter Kennedy, what song would it be?

Hmm…that’s a tough one because there are so many songs that would be perfect… but off the top of my head, I say the one that reminds me of Hunter and that captures some of the sadness and loneliness Hunter was feeling at the beginning is Five for Fighting, Superman….

“It may sound absurd, but don't be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed, but won't you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream
It's not easy to be me…”

5. Who is your favorite character in the book and who can you relate the most to?

Personally, I relate to Vere because I do get really awkward like she does face-to-face. I don’t blush but my brain does stop working when it’s most needed.  (I got that from one of my daughter’s friends who does that 24/7) .
My favorite character is Jenna because she reminds me of an insane best friend I had while growing up. (We are still friends, but now she’s a mom of four, so she’s lost some of her crazy because she’s tired all the time.)

6.  What books could you relate Unmaking Hunter Kennedy to?

In story writing past and present there are always stories of ‘hidden princes’, or ‘hidden princesses’. It’s a really common theme. Hunter as an American pop star could be seen as one of those. And of course, there are tons of stories about rock-stars, bands, movie stars. (If you love movie stars read Tamara Weber’s Between the Lines). It should be a genre all it’s own. Like medieval, there should be a whole category of just ‘books about sad-sexy-pop-stars’ ! (And if there is one, please, someone send me that link!’)

7. Will there be a movie of the book?

In my dreams Cindy, in my dreams. I wish wish wish. WISH. If it happened I would fall out of my skin and fly to the moon. So, yeah…wishing wishing…

8. How long did it take your book to sell?

It took me two years to write it and get it going, and there were many days I thought it never would be a book people could buy. I self published both of my books via Amazon.com’s amazing Kindle Direct Publishing platform and my print books came from Amazon’s CreateSpace company. Without them, the Amazon.com storefront plus the publishing tools they’ve created to help authors hold their books in their hands (and on the gorgeous Kindles) not to mention the feedback, and the customer support they offer--(don’t believe me, call CreateSpace right now and a real person will talk to you-- I would be nothing but sad and still unpublished.
 My stories would be hiding under my bed and I would be waiting to sell my books. I owe Amazon.com so much for how hard they work to let authors like me publish and then to create a store where the little guys can feature their books along with the big guys.
 I actually wrote Unmaking Hunter Kennedy before I wrote my first published book, Almost. Almost was a project and a story about a girl who has rape-related PTSD. That book also took me about two years. (It is first a teen romance, though). Unmaking Hunter Kennedy was pitched, and shopped and taken to conferences. It even had it’s name changed to a manuscript called, ‘The Boyfriend Contract’ for awhile. A version that had all of the beginning chapters taken out in an attempt to try to make it a story about Vere. This was because agents/editors I’d met told me I could not have a romance story that began with a boy because the girls would not relate to it. I’m really glad I got to put all of it back together with Hunter up front.  I am even more happy girls and women seem to love that it begins with Hunter. YAY.

9. How did you get your agent?

Pixie dust and magic. I swear. I tried to get an agent for six long years. In 2012, Almost became a sleeper hit. After simmering on the teen/love and romance charts for five months it spent two weeks on the Amazon.com top 100 and stayed a bestseller in the top 100 of Children’s/teens for ten months! It just kept climbing the charts and hanging out.
My agent, Jane Dystel of Dystel and Goderich Literary Management, contacted me. (An email I actually had to walk away from, go drink a coffee, and then return to my desk to read it again--because I thought I’d dreamed it!) I emailed back and she called!! And now, together with Agent and Subsidiary Rights Director, Lauren Abramo, they’ve recently sold my book Almost to be in print in Germany and Turkey! I love them to my core and I am so grateful, lucky, everything. They are a dream come true for me, as well. 

10. Do you want to say anything to our fellow viewers and your fans? 

Yes. Just thank you. It’s always been my dream to simply make people fall in love in a book. I can’t believe I have fans at all (so again, thank you because honestly I’m just a reader and a romance fan also)!
 It’s so humbling when people email or tweet me a ‘hello’!  Thanks for reading romance, loving romance and for checking out my books because without readers and people being in love with falling in love, I would have no dream at all.

11. And you say whatever story you wish to tell or any extra things if you want. ;)

Even though Almost came out first, you know Unmaking Hunter Kennedy is my first blog tour book. Cindy you were one of the first to reach out and send me cool questions and crack me up about all of this. You’re awesome, dedicated and just...thanks so much for having me and giving me your time and putting my book on your beautiful blog.  Xo Annie

I want to thank Anne very much for spending her time with me today and having a lot of fun together. ;) You gotta love this author! She's so funny!! 


Author Bio: Anne Eliot www.anneeliot.com

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Book Review: Beautiful Redemption by Margaret Stohl and Kamie Garcia

Beautiful Redemption (Beautiful Creatures Series, # 4)
+Kami Garcia +margaret stohl 
Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles #4)
by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Release Date: October 23rd, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: ebook, 215 pages
Source: ePubBud
ISBN: 978-0-316-21460-5
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Goodreads Summary: Is death the end . . . or only the beginning? 

Ethan Wate always dreamed of leaving the stifling Southern town of Gatlin. But he never dreamt that finding love with Lena Duchannes would drive him away. Lena is a Caster girl whose supernatural powers unveiled a secretive and cursed side of Gatlin, so powerful it forced him to make a terrible sacrifice. 

Now Ethan must find a way to return to Lena - and Gatlin - as she vows to do whatever it takes to get him back. Even if it means trusting old enemies or risking their loved ones' lives. Can Ethan and Lena rewrite their fate and their spellbinding love story in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series?

Cindy's Review: I finally got to read the last book in the Caster Chronicles series! Moohahahah. I first saw this series in a book order and I saw Beautiful Chaos selling, so I thought it was an interesting book to read. Then, I saw Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, and Beautiful Chaos selling in my school's Book Fair, so I decided to buy all three. I didn't realize till after that Beautiful Redemption was going to come out soon. And I never got to buy it....until now... ;)

The Cover:
Yes. Those sexy letters are back. ;) I love the font of the title. It's the same font used in all four books but the color of each covers are different. 

The Characters/Plot: 
If you haven't read the previous books in the series, you should not read this review!! It includes a spoiler for the previous book, Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles #3). 

Ethan Lawson Wate - Ethan dies!!. Or suicides. Whatever you call it, to save the world. Now that he's dead, he finds out that he is in the Otherworld. There, he sees his mom again and also Aunt Prue. He then learns that he can actually go back to the Mortal World and become a mortal again. But it isn't that easy. He will have to go into Far Keep and sneak into the library that keeps the book called Caster Chronicles and rip out his page. Sounds easy? Well, not when the evil Keeper named Angelus gets in your way. 

Angelus - An evil Keeper that tries his best to become a Caster. Anything, including killing himself. 

With the help of the people in the Mortal World, Ethan goes on his quest to be back with the love of his life, even when it means losing another person in return. You always have to trade a life, for a life. Everything is fair that way.

The Extras:
And that's what makes the ending so sad. But in the end, it kinda is happy. I mean, at least, ____ is at peace now. :) And I love those couples there. They are all so cayoot!! Yeah! 

I would like to thank Kami Garcia and Margaret Sthol for writing such a wonderful book! 

The Rating: (1-10): 8.9!!

Also, remember those Shadow Songs I decided to show you guys at the end of my previous reviews of the Caster Chronicles series? Well, I have another poem to share!!

This time, it is out of the Caster Chronicles itself:

A Seer's moons, a Sirens's tears,
Nineteen Mortal, Wayward fears,
Incubus graves and Caster rivers,
The Final Page the End delivers. 

Definitely haunting. <3

Happy Reading~

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Book Review: Guardian of Fate by L.J. Kentowski

Guardian of Fate (Fate, #1)Guardian of Fate (Fate #1)
by L.J. Kentowski
Release Date: December 12th, 2011
Publisher: (self-published)
Format: paperback, 299 pages
Source: Won in a giveaway/Author
ISBN: 978-0-6155-8151-4
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Goodreads Summary: Fear of death is all too common. Visions of it chill the bones and skip heartbeats. Seeing it coming and knowing only you can rescue the soul of the victim from the fiery bowels of hell…that’s downright life-altering. 

Cassandra Cosgrove’s life was altered at the age of sixteen when she found out that it was her responsibility to save the lives, and ultimately the souls, of innocent victims targeted by Hell’s demons. As impossible as it seemed at first, she was able to live a fairly normal life, while secretly fulfilling her obligation as a Guardian of Fate. 

But years later Fate has its own plan when her visions begin drastically changing at the same time two mysterious men appear in her life. Cassandra suddenly finds herself caught in a battle between good and evil, with her own soul on the line. When it seems everyone in her life has a secret they’ve been hiding from her, who can she trust to be the Guardian of her Fate?

Cindy's Review: I won this book from a giveaway hosted by a blogger named Jennifer Bielman. (I forgot her blog name. It's so long. I think it was Reading Urban Fantasy and...I forgot the other part). Inside, there was also a tiny note from the author, so I was really excited to read this one. ;)

The Cover: 
Well, I think the guy's eyes are scary in the back. It's so bright and shiny. And the girl has this face on that makes you think wrong about the book, so when I was reading this book during class, I always covered the cover. No offense, but I don't really want my teachers catching me reading a book that the cover looks like it would be new adult. I mean, I'm still in middle school and I don't that bad of a reputation of reading porn-y books and thinking wrong, so gotta keep my reputation! LOL. 

The Characters/Plot:
Cassandra Cosgrove - Cassandra is the main character of the book. The book starts with Cassandra in one of those trances. She is a Guardian and that means she will get visions of how people will die and her goal is to save them from their death. Soon, the leads on to her meeting two guys who has her confused about both good and evil. 

Caleb - When Cassandra first meets him, Cassandra actually likes him and find that he is a nice, polite sort of guy. But later on when Caleb should her his true colors, Cassandra can't run away far enough. 

Hunter - Yes, Hunter is a bad guy. But he's a sexy one. Apparently to Cassandra, is not what she wanted. But when Hunter saves her in many numerous situations, Cassandra couldn't help but give in to the strong pull Hunter has on her. Hunter is the type of guy who moves on in a relationship, fast. 

But Cassandra have more important things to worry about, now that she is caught in a tug-of-war between Hunter and Caleb. It becomes even worse when the Devil himself appears to claim Cassandra for himself. But a surprising visit from the Devil's Queen might give Cassandra a hopw of living.

The Extras:
In the end, there's a love triangle. And really, it just got to stop there, right? yep. So gotta read the next book. Or at least find out who Cass is going to be with. I mean, the man she loves is trapped. But the evil turned to good. So how does everything work? Stay tuned to L.J. Kentowski to find out. ;) 

I guess the book was okay. Not really my type of book, but I didn't hate it, so it's alright. I go for more young-adult romance. Maybe even juvenile fiction. ;D

The Rating: (1-10): 7.5

Happy Reading~


Monday, January 21, 2013

Book Review: Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi

Destroy Me (Shatter Me, #1.5)Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5)
by Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: October 2nd, 2012
Publisher: Harper
Format: ebook, 82 pages
Source: ePubBud
ISBN: 978-0-0622-0819-4
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Goodreads Summary: Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me,Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

Cindy's Review: This book is from the series Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. This is a short novella via Warner's POV.

The Cover: 
I don't really get what the eye is about. But either way, amazingly though out. ;)

The Characters:
Warner - I dunno his first name, but Warner is like the evil, bad guy in Shatter Me. He's only 19 years old, but he has a mysterious past. Like what happened to his mother? In this book, I found out that Warner's father is way more evil than him. Ugh. And Warner actually has a heart after all. Warner seems like he's in love with Juliette, but I really don't feel the heat from his love.

He seems cool throughout the whole story but I kinda got disgusted when he keeps on saying that Adam kidnapped Juliette without her will. Juliette doesn't like you, okay? LOL.

The Plot:
This short novella by Tahereh Mafi takes place right after Shatter Me finishes. There are some flashback scenes from Shatter Me, but everything is in Warner POV so, you won't be rereading anything (if you had already read Shatter Me)

*You should read Shatter Me before reading this book. 

The Extras:
Overall, nice, short novella. Can't say it captivated me much, because I'm certainly on Adam's side of the love-traingle. 

The Rating: (1-10) 7

Happy Reading~ 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Book Review: Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Unraveling (Unraveling, #1)Unraveling (Unraveling #1)
by Elizabeth Norris
Release Date: April 4th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: ebook, 228 pages
Source: ePubBud
ISBN: 978-0-06-210373-4
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Goodreads Summary: Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed--as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows--with every fiber of her being--that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her revival, and Ben's possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something--but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened--the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben's sudden appearance in her life--points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets--and keep from falling in love with him in the process.

From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl's fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming.

Cindy's Review: The teaser from Goodreads was very captivating. Therefore, I decided to try the book out and see how it goes. Many people marked it as their to-read, so why not? 

The Cover: 
Even the cover catches your eye. Even though it's not brightly colored or anything, but you get the sense of science fiction in it. ;) And science fiction young adult books often leads to dystopian, which is my favorite genre of all times. 

The Characters/Plot: 
Janelle Tenner - The main character of the book is a strong-willed, courageous girl. I think she's either sixteen or seventeen. The story takes place in present day, when Janelle is hanging out on the beach, with her boyfriend, Nick and some other people. But when she was about to go home, she gets hit by a flying truck that literally came out of nowhere. 

Ben Michaels - Janelle knew she was dead. Or at least that she was dying. But when Ben, a stoner from school, came out and started to heal her, she knew Ben saved her live. She knew that Ben brought her back to life. But how did he do that? Janelle questioned Ben but Ben denied everything.

Alex - So with Alex, whom is her best friend and lives right next door from her. Together, Alex (who is a guy, BTW) and Janelle starts to work and find out the answers of all the questions. Before, though, Alex wouldn't believe Janelle but after Ben admitted to Alex, Alex began to willingly help her.

James Tenner - James is Janelle's dad, who is an FBI agent (Head of the San Diego FBI department thing). Before all these things happened, Janelle was looking through her dad's office and found out about the case he is working on. The case was trying to find what is causing these people who suffered through radiation to die and look like monsters. Janelle also found a countdown to something. But what is it?

Later in the story, Janelle finds out the case her father was working on and Ben Michaels are related to each other. For the first half of the story, it seemed like a normal world, something that could possibly happen any day. But once when Ben Michaels starts explaining his story, things begin to turn into a more science-fiction, dystopian type of book.

Book Comparison:
Hmmm. I can't say this book reminds me of any other books. Just the multiple worlds thing reminds me of all kind of books that have multiple worlds. For example, Camelot. LOL. Camelot is considered in another world, right? Or is it only in the Magic Tree House series? Okay. And recently, I also read Kaitlin Gow's The Alchemist Academy series which also have two different worlds.

That's about it to my book comparisons. This plot was solely new to me. ;)

The Extras: 
I've decided that instead of talking about the ending, I'll be talking about all the rest of the things I haven't talked about. The Good and The Bad will also be included in here. And so also, I won't spoil the endings. ;) 

Romance
So, you know, the Goodreads summary mentioned only two characters in the book. Janelle Tenner and Ben Michaels. And Janelle takes sudden interest in Ben so you know what that means. They will start liking each other falling in love. Not that I don't like Ben. Honestly, Ben seems like a cool guy and everything. 
   But if Janelle had to choose between dating Ben, Alex, or Nick (her ex-boyfriend), I would choose Alex. Cuz Alex sounds like the perfect guy next door, whom is also your best guy friend. whom is also nerdy-ish, but cute enough that girls are hitting on him. Ya know. I want them together. 
   Second will be Nick. Nick is like that popular, dorky guy. Actually, he's the most popular guy in the school. And he's a senior. And he's so nice. Sure, he may be a bit dorky, but really, he also sounds pretty hot and perfect. And not only his looks are perfect, he actually has a pretty nice personality.
   Not that I hate Ben. If there was only Ben in the picture, of course I'll want Ben with Janelle, but there's two other guys in the picture in this case. And I just like the other two more. But in this case, one will never ever be with Janelle again. I cried soooooo much. Okay. You needa to read the book.

I just need to rant
There was two incidents that made my heart crack into pieces and break down and cry. And both of those incidents were deaths. One in the middle of the book. And one at the end. So yes, two people ended up dying. Well, not only two, but the two that we actually know.

The Good
What I like about this book was the emotional scenes it includes and another creative science-fiction book. I also like how the main character is stubborn and strong. I like strong protagonists. ;)

The Bad
The bad? I love this book. Really. But why why why does ____ have to die? Arggg!!! Waaa.... And Janelle didn't even cry that much too. Omg. 

The Rating: (1-10):9.5!!

Well, overall, it's a good*** book. So, you GOTTA read it!!

Okay, so I only highlighted like one quote throughout the entire book. That means, I was probably too into the book. So no quotes this time. 

Happy Reading~


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Blog Tour: Persistence of Vision by LK Hill

Welcome to my stop on the Persistence of Vision Tour
hosted by the author herself, Liesel K Hill!
Click HERE to view the rest of the tour schedule.
Today, I will be doing a review and an interview with one of the characters, Clay. 

 Blurb: 

In a world where collective hives are enslaving the population and individuals have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie Harper, and independent 21st Century woman, must find the strength to preserve the freedom of the future, but without the aid of her memories.

After experiencing a traumatic time loss, Maggie is plagued by a barrage of images she can't explain. When she's attacked by a creep with a spider's web tattoo, she is saved by Marcus, a man she's never met, but somehow remembers. He tells her that both he and her creepy attacker are from a future in which individuals are being murdered by collectives, and Marcus is part of the rebellion. The collectives have acquired time travel and they plan to enslave the human race throughout all of history. The flashes Maggie has been seeing are echoes of lost memories, and the information buried deep within them is instrumental in defeating the collective hives.

In order to preserve the individuality of mankind, Maggie must try to re-discover stolen memories, re-kindle friendships she has no recollection of, and wade through her feelings for the mysterious Marcus, all while dodging the tattooed assassins the collectives keep sending her way.

If Maggie can't fill the holes in her memory and find the answers to stop the collectives, the world both in her time and in all ages past and future will be doomed to enslavement in the grey, mediocre collectives. As the danger swirls around her and the collectives close in, Maggie realizes she must make a choice: stand out or fade away...

*New Adult futuristic dystopian fantasy

Cindy's Review:  First off, I would like to thank Ms. Liesel K. Hill for asking me to review this book and sending me a copy. Totally did not regret saying yes to her offer. :) Since, I feel so thankful, I'll be doing this review in my normal reviewing posts way. ;)

The Cover: 
I think the cover is scary. LOL. When my English teacher saw it, she was like 'ooohhhhh'. I'll tell you why she saw it later... i like how I know who the guy is when I just began to read the book. So, good job explaining there. ;) 

The Characters/Plot:
Maggie Harper - Maggie is from the present day, as in now, the 21st, century. When one day, she woke up not knowing what happened to her for one whole night, she doesn't know what to make of the until a year later, the same man she saw a year before came to get her, to save her, in fact. There, she ran away from these minions called Arachniman (I think..) who are trying to kill her. 

Marcus - He is the one who went back to present day to save Maggie. Then, he took Maggie to the future, ( we don't know how far ) to work as a BCO member, like she originally was, and help save the world before it gets taken away by the bad guys.  

A BCO member each have their own different role and different job. That's what I like about this book. Maggie is the Executioner  and Marcus is the Healer. Joan, Clay, Doc, and Karl all plays different roles. They make up a team, but this stop would be focusing on Clay. ;) 

The Ending:
The ending actually left me wondering what would happen next and wanting for more. And I also begin to question who Maggie's brother really is. 

Extra:
I'm doing a book report on this book....since the genre of my book report must be Science Fiction or Fantasy and this book was right in front of my face, so why not? Plus, I was too lazy to go the library. Our book report though, is to make a board game out of this book. (I'm dying over here...) So does anyone have any suggestions or ideas? (I hope asking for ideas isn't consider cheating) Thanks! 

Rate: (1-10) 9!
;)

Interview with Clay:

First, I'll introduce who Clay is in the book. Clay is the Concealer of the group and he hides the team from being spotted completely. He is the shy and quiet person in the team, but does a huge job in advancing the team forward on missions. 


1. Can you fully explain what your job as a Concealer is?

Of course. I’m Clay and that’s my role in the prophecy. In our world, everything is done with the mind, with what we call neurochemical abilities. Many can sense other people’s minds or neurochemical abilities, and dangerous people will lash out at them to incapacitate the person. I use my abilities to Conceal the minds of others. Basically, I just wrap a shield around the mind of the person I’m Concealing. It masks or blocks their neurochemical signature so that anyone searching won’t be able to find them that way. It doesn’t hide them physically from another person’s eyes, but if they stay out of sight, no one will even know they’re around.

2. What was your first impression of Maggie?

I love Maggie! She’s kind and intelligent and funny. A bit rebellious perhaps, but I’ve always been okay with that. She fit right in with the team. Mostly, though, she’s very decent. She senses right and wrong always ends up on the right side of things.

3. How old are you? (LOL just wondering…)

I’m twenty-two, which makes me one of the younger ones on the team. I’m married, though, and my wife is expecting our first child.

4. How did you get into the Brain Chemistry Optimists?

Actually it’s kind of in my blood. My family has been a part of the BCO since its founding. My parents and grand-parents grew up in it, as did I. My wife was the same way. We grew up together and hope to raise our children in this same life style—to fight against oppression.

5. What do you do in your free time when you’re not Concealing the team?

Naturally I spend as much time with my wife as possible. My best friends are the team members, so even when we aren’t working we tend to spend a lot of time together. Maggie and I were always especially close. I also art. I whittle and carve. I’m working on toys for when my child is born.

6. Is there any special place at heart that you want to go or do go in Interchroniter?

I would love to see the world. Don’t get me wrong, I love my home at Interchroniter, but it can be confining. It’s too dangerous to travel with the collective goons roaming around. I dream of the day when my child can walk across a mountain range and breathe the free air without fear of being absorbed by the collective.

7. Do you have any feelings for anyone?

Just my wife and unborn baby. Like I said, the team is all very close. We’re like close-knit brothers and sisters.



8. If you could go back in time and do something over again, what would it be?

I don’t have any major regrets in my lifetime, but given what happens on the island (I won’t spoil it for you) I guess if given the chance I’d just go back and make sure that I told everyone who was important to me how I felt about them. Life can change so suddenly and then all the chances you thought you’d always have can be gone.

9. Can you explain what this world in the future is like?

It’s kind of a scary place to live. The collectives are trying to force every person on the planet into collective living. Those of us who champion individualism are few and far-between. We have to keep ourselves hidden in order to be safe. The collective’s henchmen—known as Arachnimen and Trepids—constantly roam about looking for people to harm, torture, even kill if they can’t force them into the collective.

Yet, it’s not terrible for all that. Those of us who live in places like Interchron are strong in our cause. We stick together, help one another, and try to find happiness in our daily
lives. We have hope and a lot of it. It makes one feel very alive.

10. Finally, what do you think about all the other team members?

As I’ve said, they’re my family. Maggie is the most important one on the team. I don’t envy her task, even though she isn’t entirely certain what it will be yet. Doc is the leader and everyone looks to him as such. Karl and Marcus are the rocks of the team, though Karl is much less stoic than Marcus is. And Joan is the mother of the group. She keeps us calm, on task, and makes us get along. We’re all such different personalities, but we work well together.

Thanks so much for interviewing me today on In This World of Books. I’ve enjoyed being here!

Yay! That's the end of the interview! I hope you guys had fun meeting and learning more about Clay! And I also want to thank Clay for answering my questions ;)


Author Bio:
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Happy Reading~