Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Review : The Chaos of Stars - Kiersten White

Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: Sep 10th 2013
Source: Publisher

Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy, is back with The Chaos of Stars—an enchanting novel set in Egypt and San Diego that captures the magic of first love and the eternally complicated truth about family.

Isadora's family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you're the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she's only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there's no such thing as a clean break from family.

Blending Ally Carter's humor and the romance of Cynthia Hand's Unearthly, The Chaos of Stars takes readers on an unforgettable journey halfway across the world and back, and proves there's no place like home.

Pre-Reading Thoughts:

When the synopsis went up on Goodreads, my thoughts went something like this:

Kiersten White's Writing + Egyptian Gods + Screwed Up Family Dynamics = Nothing But Pure Awesome-ness.

And when HarperTeen revealed the cover, I saw stars(no pun intended). Excited doesn't quite cover how I felt about The Chaos of Stars. 
I may or may not have camped in front of my home when I was told that the book was on the way to me. 
Post-Reading Thoughts:

When I first started reading reviews of The Chaos of Stars I wondered why a lot of readers either considered it a 'meh' read or DNF-ed it. The reason became clearer once I actually started reading it. 

The Chaos of Stars was sure as hell not what I expected. The blurb promises a mythological read(or maybe I interpreted it that way?). But it came across as a Magical Realism read with slight mythological elements. For me, this was not such a bad thing in fact this very fact made The Chaos of Stars a surprising and refreshing read.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Link-Up Love # 01


The Book-ish Community Speak Out
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    Thursday, January 16, 2014

    Review : Tempestuous - Twisted Lit #1 - Kim Askew & Amy Helmes

    Tempestuous: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare's The Tempest

    Author: Kim Askew & Amy Helmes
    Series: Twisted Lit #1
    Published: December 18th 2012 by Merit Press 
    Format: Paperback
    Source: Won in Goodreads Giveaway

    Recently banished, unfairly, by the school’s popular crowd, former “it girl,” Miranda Prospero, finds herself in a brave new world: holding dominion amongst a rag-tag crew of geeks and misfits where she works at the Hot-Dog Kabob in the food court of her local mall. When the worst winter storm of the season causes mall workers and last-minute shoppers to be snowed-in for the night, Miranda seizes the opportunity to get revenge against the catty clique behind her social exile. With help from her delightfully dweeby coworker, Ariel, and a sullen loner named Caleb who works at the mall’s nearby gaming and magic shop, Miranda uses charm and trickery to set things to right during this spirited take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

    Guest Post: Love and Pizza - Kim Askew & Amy Helmes

    I am absolutely delighted to welcome Twisted Lit Authors Kim Askew and Amy Helmes to the blog today to share a Guest Post on Love and Pizza
    I have had the opportunity to read their first two Twisted Lit books and I'm definitely looking forward to reading Anyone But You.
    So without further ado let me turn the blog over to Kim and Amy....
    Thyme Pizza Kim Askew Amy Helmes Anyone But You
    For our third Twisted Lit novel, Anyone But You, we decided to put our own spin on the ultimate teen romance, Romeo and Juliet. Our approach? Exploring a question that’s always been at the back of our minds: Why did the star-crossed lovers’ families hate each other so much anyway? The lynchpin in our story was Italy’s tastiest contribution to American culture, pizza. We decided to set the story in Chicago’s Little Italy, where two families with competing Italian restaurants have had been at odds for as long as anyone can remember.

    Part of the fun of writing the novel was researching the fascinating history of Italian-Americans in Chicago (Anyone But You travels between the 1930s and ’40s and present day) and discovering how pizza became so popular here in the States. As lovers of the perfect slice ourselves, we’d like to share our favorite super-simple pizza recipe with Say It With Books readers. We humbly recommend it as the perfect accompaniment to a book club discussion of Anyone But You :) 

    Amy & Kim’s Twisted Thyme Pizza 


    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    Interview + Giveaway with Matthew Turner

    I am absolutely delighted to welcome New Adult Author, Matthew Turner to the blog today. 
    As a male New Adult author whose books, TICK to the TOCK and Beyond Parallel are more than just steamy romance novels Turner is a breath of fresh air. 
    What inspired the idea of TICK to the TOCK?
    My first novel, Beyond Parallel, was set around the notion of 'What If'. TICK to the TOCK isn't about the what, rather the WHO & WHY. I'm a curious mind so often think about my past and my future and the journey I'm on. My biggest fear is looking back as an old man with regret, and I suppose this is what spurred me on during TICK to the TOCK.

    It forced me to consider who I am right now, and if it was all taken away from me, would I be happy... be at peace... 
    and accept who I am and where I've come from.

    Most of my writing is based around self reflection, and I often try to place myself in a difficult situation and imagine what it would be like. I don't think it's healthy to do this all of the time, but most people could benefit from a little wayward wandering.
    Is there a genre that you would like to try or one that you would avoid as a writer?
    Although I do write Contemporary Romance, I can't imagine writing anything too steamy. Simply put, I'm far too awkward. As for future genres, well, I sometimes imagine what it would be like to create an epic Sci Fi or fantasy piece. This would be far from my comfort zone, and I'm not sure I'd ever do it, but I do think about it from time to time - being the geek I am, and all.
    What books are currently in your reading pile?

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

    Review: Canary - Rachele Alpine

    AuthorRachele Alpine 
    PublisherMedallion Press
    Release Date: August 1st 2013
    Source: Publisher (Thank You!)

    Staying quiet will destroy her, but speaking up will destroy everyone.

    Kate Franklin’s life changes for the better when her dad lands a job at Beacon Prep, an elite private school with one of the best basketball teams in the state. She begins to date a player on the team and quickly gets caught up in a world of idolatry and entitlement, learning that there are perks to being an athlete. 

    But those perks also come with a price. Another player takes his power too far and Kate is assaulted at a party. Although she knows she should speak out, her dad’s vehemently against it and so, like a canary sent into a mine to test toxicity levels and protect miners, Kate alone breathes the poisonous secrets to protect her dad and the team. The world that Kate was once welcomed into is now her worst enemy, and she must decide whether to stay silent or expose the corruption, destroying her father’s career and bringing down a town’s heroes.

    Canary is told in a mix of prose and verse.

    My Thoughts

    Canary was one of the book at the very top of my wish list and I was eagerly anticipating it's release. And Rachele Alphine does not disappoint.  

    Meet the Frankins-A father who's crippled by the loss of his wife to a point that he's no longer emotionally present with his family. His new job as a basketball coach at the prestigious Beacon Prep may be nudge they needed to finally move forward. Or maybe not.
    Brett, Kate's older brother is grieving in his own way and trying to come to terms with his mother's death and the fact that his family's only way of communication is through post-it notes. The father-son relationship is definitely suffering. Kate Franklin, the protagonist is looking forward to a fresh start. Kate is adjusting relatively better to the changes than her brother thanks to all her new friends, her boyfriend on the basketball team and her new found popularity.
    “We're not his family, his team is.” 
    Written in prose and verse and narrated by Kate Franklin, Canary tells you a story of  love, loss, family, popularity and friendship. But most importantly, it's a story of a girl's battle against herself to become strong enough to make the right choice.

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

    My Blogging Bucket List

    Book Blogging New Year Resolutions Bucket List 
    1. Branching out - I enjoy book blogging and I love reading other book blogs. But this year I hope to read more non-bookish blogs. IFB (Independent Fashion Bloggers)Boost Blog TrafficDaily Blog Tips are some of the amazing non-bookish blogs that I discovered this year!

    2. Commenting - I'm going to make it a point to respond to my blog comments promptly. I have definitely been slacking in the whole 'commenting-on-other-blogs' parts so that's something that'll be working on and to motivate myself to do just that I also took the 'Bloggers Commenting Back' pledge at Readers in Wonderland-Want to take the pledge? Check out my sidebar for the button!

    3. Digging Deeper - Although I like the idea of blogging just for the fun of it, I'd like to know what I am actually doing and to know that I'm doing them best I can every time I hit publish. So in order to do that, I will be looking into the nitty gritty bits like SEO, site security and blog analytics.