July 30, 2012

Experiment 626

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(as always the pictures were found at We Heart It

What inspires you?


July 27, 2012

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Epic Wins:
  • I am not a huge fan of dystopian. I mean I’ve read Hunger games and Divergent but in reality I usually gravitate to more modern books. For whatever reason this book really worked for me.
  • Dean- Dean was the voice that the author chose to use for the story, which was smart on the authors part. She chose a voice that was light hearted and funny to tell a sad story. If it hadn’t been for Dean I might not have gotten through this book.
  • Alex- Dean’s little brother. He was a genius times ten. He was always tinkering and he seemed far more mature then an average kid.
  • Niko- Eagle Scout, organizer, plan maker. He was the leader with the safety of all the kids in mind. I found him to be sweet and dedicated.
  • Josie- To describe Josie one has to think of a mother duck with all the little ducklings following right behind her. She was the mother of the ‘family’ and seemed to have things together.
  • The twists you don’t see coming- This happens like seven times through the story. You never know exactly what will happen.
  • The Humor- The things that happened in the apocalypse were intense and scary yet I laughed so much during the whole book. It seemed to give balance to the story, a balance you don’t really get with other dystopian books.
  • The little kids- I thought the little kids personalities were right on target. 
  • They were essentially stuck in a Wal-Mart during the apocalypse. They had pretty much every thing they needed and more. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to live in a store.
  • Some of the things that happen could, in theory, happen to us. What happens when an abnormally large earthquake strikes? What if the Internet goes out everywhere? (We’d all dies of boredom that’s for sure.) Monument 14 addresses one way to go about this.
  • This mid-apocalyptic story was so very close to our own society now that I found it an easy thing to believe. This fiction could easily be our reality.
  • Hung on a cliff- Seriously I need the next one soon, so many unanswered questions.

Epic Fail:
  • There are some scenes that are slightly inappropriate, i.e. sex, drugs, creeper adults, and things other teenagers fill their time with.

Overall: I would totally recommend this to any dystopian weary folks. It’s so funny that half the time you forget the whole end of the world drama. 


July 15, 2012

A Wee Break

This week is finals week so I will be um MIA. I will be back in action starting next monday. I am so glad to be done with this semester and I can't wait to read without restriction. I'm hoping I can reestablish my review system during the summer.

My mind will do this soon:

In reality I'll do this:

And I will keep this in mind for every second 
of my 7 week summer break:

Now I must go reward myself for a good semester with a rainbow cupcake like this one:
And with that I leave you! 


July 14, 2012

New Release: Dante's Girl

About Dante's Girl
Release: June 22nd by Lakehouse Press

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I have spent every summer since I was ten years old with my father in London.  Every summer, since I was ten years old, has been uneventful and boring.
Until this year.
And this year, after a freak volcanic eruption strands me far from home, I have learned these things:
1.  I can make do with one outfit for three days before I buy new clothes.
2.  If I hear the phrase, “You’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto,” even one more time, I might become a homicidal maniac.
3.  I am horribly and embarrassingly allergic to jellyfish.
4. I am in love with Dante Giliberti, who just happens to be the beautiful, sophisticated son of the Prime Minister of a Mediterranean paradise.
5.  See number four above.  Because it brings with it a whole slew  of problems and I’ve learned something from every one of them.
Let’s start with the fact that Dante’s world is five light-years away from mine.  He goes to black-tie functions and knows the Prime Minister of England on a first name basis.  I was born and raised on a farm in Kansas and wear cut-off jeans paired with cowboy boots.  See the difference?
But hearts don’t care about differences.  Hearts want what they want.  And mine just wants to be Dante’s girl.
My heart just might be crazy.

About Courtney Cole

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Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could.
She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds.
Every Last Kiss is her debut novel and she followed it with the rest of The Bloodstone Saga (Every Last Kiss, Fated, With My Last Breath and My Tattered Bonds).
Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.
Learn more about Courtney and her books at www.courtneycolewrites.com

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July 09, 2012

She's A Ninja So Of Course She's My Favorite

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(as always the pictures were found at We Heart It

What inspires you?


July 04, 2012

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad? 

Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say. But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could--from the criminal's point of view. And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod. In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret--could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

Epic Wins: 
  • Last Summer I picked up Slice of Cherry from B&N in hopes for an intense serial killer read. What I got was good but it didn't exactly scratch the itch I hoped it would. As soon as I saw I Hunt Killers I know it would be what I had looked for in SoC, and it was. It was all that and more. 
  • Jazz- He is constantly trying to battle the 'Billy' side of himself or we could call it his serial killer instincts. This inner conflict makes Jazz a totally unique character. When you are raised by a serial killer to 'carry on his legacy' you tend to stand out. Despite his upbringing Jazz uses his powers for good. (Not super human powers but the ability to serial kill. That didn't clarify anything did it?)
  • Howie- The comedic relief and therefore one of my favorite characters. He was always making light of the situation and brought that buoyant atmosphere to the book. He was annoyingly positive. 
  • Connie- She was Jazz's anchor, the thing that kept him human and reminded him who he really was. 
  • Quote- "People matter, he countered, People are real." - Pg 64 (of the arc)  
  • Quote- "Watch it, man," I will bleed all over you." - Pg 344 (of the arc)
  • A call-me-weird moment- I like learning and reading about serial killers... something about their patters and the reasoning they use interest me immensely. I love the fact that Lyda dug deep into the world of serial killers and showed us the inside workings. He created this brilliant trial for Jazz to have to triumph over.  
  • I love how Jazz, despite his urge to become a killer, helped the police. Not only did he help them but he enjoyed helping them. 
  • The Gory and the Gruesome- Murder, blood, the sick thoughts of a serial killer. Creepy but through Jazz it's impossible not to love it. (That didn't come out right *rolls eyes* plus it makes me sound creepy.)
  • Message 1- The true test is not the trials in life but how we deal with the trials and what we take from them. 
  • Message 2- Lobo's nod? A very dangerous place to live. ( for your information Lobo's Nod isn't an actual town this just sounded funny in my head)
  • Message 3- We may not be on the verge of becoming a serial killer but we need to remember that people DO matter. 
  • Message 4- The choices you make are the only things that matter- not your parents, your situation, or even your thoughts- your choices and your actions make all the difference. 

Overall: Creepy. Funny. Perfect. Lyga blends the characters, plot, and setting just right for a story worth reading. I Hunt Killers is a bold, new kind of story.  


July 02, 2012

Never Too Old

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July 01, 2012

June Eating Dust

Books I've Read:

  • Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker
  • Shackled by Angela Carling
  • The Boy Recession by Flynn Meaney 
  • The Odyssey by Homer (another book for school) 

Books I've Reviewed:

The Land of the Potatoes: 

No update this time because well not much has happened since uh last week. However I will leave you with a potato picture for your pleasure. (Or maybe it's torture)

Leaning tower of... Spuds