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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Spotlight: All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

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Yowza! We are extremely excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Cora Carmack’s ALL BROKE DOWN!! ALL BROKE DOWN is a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel being published by HarperCollins, and it is the 2nd book in The Rusk University Series.

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About ALL BROKE DOWN:

In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Broke Down a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love.

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably

been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

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Excerpt:

I think I get it then. That decision I saw in her eyes back in the kitchen. That’s what this, what I’m about for her, too. I’m just another part of whatever rebellion she started earlier today. About doing what she wants, not what’s expected of her.

“We’re not talking about me, though,” she says. “So you went to meet your friend, and then what happened?”

She keeps her eyes down as she picks up the gauze and begins winding it snugly around the knuckles of one hand, and then the other.

“He said the wrong thing.”

“Which was?”

“Dylan.” Now it’s her that’s pushing too hard. I didn’t want to talk about things with my friends, and I won’t talk about them with her, either, no matter how gorgeous she is.

“I’ll guess. You were mad about what he did, and he wasn’t sorry.”

“This isn’t middle school, Pickle. He didn’t hurt my feelings. He said some shit he had no business saying, and it pissed me off. The end.”

“But you don’t think some of that anger stems from what you feel is a betrayal of your friendship?”

She finishes taping down the last of the gauze, but doesn’t let go of my hand.

“I think you’re analyzing me again. Making things more complicated than they are.”

“And I think you’re just a guy who doesn’t like to admit he has feelings.” She drags out the word, teasing me with some goofy smile on her face. I turn my hand over so I can clutch her wrist. I curlmy other bandaged hand around her waist and pull her closer.

“I feel plenty of things.”

The teasing stops. She swallows.

“I wasn’t talking about that kind of feeling.”

With her standing and me sitting, I’m eye level with her chest. I see the sharp rise and fall as she sucks in a breath. I want her in my lap again, straddling me this time.

“Doesn’t mean we can’t talk about that kind of feeling. Or experiment with it.”

“Is that Stella girl an ex?”

I cough, surprised. My throat twists uncomfortably, and it takes me a couple of solid breaths to get a hold on myself.

“Ah, no. Stella and I have never dated.”

“Have you—”

“Do you ever run out of questions?”

“Not ever.” She turns playful again, and I’m done doing this the careful way. If she wants a rebellion, I’ll be the one to give it to her. I want her against me, and I’m tired of waiting.

I pull her forward, insinuating my knees between hers, and her body naturally follows, settling across my thighs. Her lips part, but she catches herself before she gasps this time. I keep her steady with my hands at her waist and say, “I’ll make you a deal. A question for a kiss.”

Tentatively, she lays her palms against my shoulders. They rest there, her grip light and casual. She ponders my offer for a moment, and it drives me mad that she can do that while our hips are inches away from alignment.

“Okay then. Are you—”

I cut her off. “Not so fast, Dylan Brenner. I’ve already answered one question. We’ve got to settle up first.”

I wrap her braid around my hand like I’ve been waiting to do all night, and I use it to pull her head back just enough that I can crush my mouth against hers.

And don’t forget to grab your copy of ALL BROKE DOWN Today!

 

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HeadshotAbout Cora Carmack:

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

 

 

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

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Review: Famous in Love by Rebecca SerleFamous in Love by Rebecca Serle
Series: Famous in Love, Book 1
Published by Poppy on 21 October 2014
Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Young Adult
Reading Challenges: 2014 - Read 12 Young Adult Books, 2014 Personal Challenge
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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three-stars

Places Traveled To: Portland, Oregon // Maui, Hawaii

First Line(s): “You’re famous, Patrick.” Jake winks at me, I roll my eyes.

In Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle, Paige Thompson is living the dream. She’s a regular girl like you and me who has a love of acting and she somehow manages to get chosen as the lead role in a book to movie series adaptation (think Twilight-style series). She’s over the moon at this and then also realizes that she should probably read the books because while her BFF is crazy obsessed with them she has always had better things to do than read.  Cut from her normal homelife to moving to Hawaii to start filming and there she meets her co-star, Rainer, a Hollywood heart-throb who is just a couple of years older than her and who befriends her and falls for her all in short order. All while she thinks he can’t possible fall for a girl like her as she’s awkward and young and keeps messing up her big chance. Then just as she starts to tell herself that she likes Rainer too, Jordan Wilder comes to set. The bad boy of Hollywood and someone who antagonizes Paige and sets her on edge. Queue to one of my least favorite tropes, the love triangle.

Though calling what happens in Famous in Love a love triangle is a bit of a stretch because even though the story is told in a first-person stream of conscious way the story stays very much on the surface of things. Its very superficial and you never really get to know who Paige is or why she makes the choices she does. I also firmly believe that one person can’t be in romantic love with two different people at the same time and also found it really hard to buy into Paige’s feelings for Jordan as she barely spent any time with him. And what time she did spend was usually with him being a condescending ass and them getting into an argument. I also don’t buy that ending and feel that it was very unfair to all the characters involved….again its just so superficial and blah.

For me, it seemed like there were a lot of things glossed over in Famous in Love and it never really gave me the heart-achey feels that I love. I never felt any tension between Paige and her love interests, Rainer and Jordan. I just don’t see what it was about her that they fell for. Its as if the idea of her, this fresh-faced unknown was more of a draw to them than who she was. Because Paige never came across as a real 3D person, she was very superficial and often clueless to the things going on around her. As a friend she kind of failed and I don’t blame her BFF for getting all mad at her. I know that I wanted to shake her several times during my read of this book.

I also found Famous in Love to be pretty inconsistent, there were some continuity errors (though these might have been corrected from ARC to final) and just all over the place most of the time. Its a quick read and once I managed to really focus on it one that I read it in a day but its one that just doesn’t do much for me. I also have no clue how Serle can make this into a trilogy. I know that the book/movie series that Paige is staring in is a trilogy and so this series may follow that but if the entire series is going to be Paige flip flopping between Rainer and Jordan than count me out. I don’t have it in me to deal with a love triangle over three books. I just don’t. Especially one that ends as crazily and unfairly as the one in this story. I just don’t buy the ending, not at all. And really don’t see how it works for any of the parties involved. For me, Famous in Love was just an ok read but its definitely not one that I’d recommend anyone rush out to read.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review: Loop by Karen Akins

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Review: Loop by Karen AkinsLoop by Karen Akins
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Series: Loop, Book 1
Published by St Martin's Griffin on 21 October 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Futuristic Romance, Love & Romance, Mystery & Detective, Politics & Intrigue, Sci-Fi, Survival Stories, Suspense, Time Travel, Young Adult
Reading Challenges: 2014 - Read 12 Debut Authors, 2014 Personal Challenge
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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four-stars

Places Traveled To: Williamsburg, Virginia (21st Century) // Chinocoteague Island (21st Century) // Washington DC (23rd Century)

First Line(s): Hitting the ground in the hardest part.

It’s no secret that I am a fan of all things time travel and one of my favorite shows deals with this topic so you can imagine my excitement when I first head of Loop by Karen Akins. I was also a bit wary as I’d been burned a few times on time travel books that I thought would be good, but then didn’t live up to my expectations. I can be a harsh critic sometimes with books, I can admit it. So I decided to wade in slowly, like a swimmer on the shores of the north east coast. But as any swimmer up north knows, wading in slowly doesn’t take the sting out of the chilly water and the only method is to dive right in and I did that with Loop. Once I jumped in with both feet I found that I couldn’t put this one down and didn’t stop reading until I hit the end.

Loop is filled with snark and crazy moments that you wouldn’t think would work but they do. There is tension and chemistry between the two main characters, Bree and Finn. I like how Akins dealt with their romance on top of the mystery that Bree was working to solve. I liked the futuristic world that she created and no matter what Bree says I totally want a Pegamoo. This book had my heart go through a roller coaster road of emotions and left me a bit breathless when it hit the final page and so very eager for the next book in the series, Twist. Loop isn’t a perfect book though and there were several bits and pieces that were just a bit too convenient to be plausible but I loved the book enough that I was able to overlook some of these flaws. Even if I did roll my eyes a time or two.

Akin’s is a new voice and she’s one to watch out for. Her writing is solid and she manages to invent new language that is entirely realistic for phrases that future teenages might say. Her future world is one that I could see existing, yes….even with the time travel bits. Her time travel doesn’t need a blue box or special bracelet and it makes me wish that I had this special gene so I could visit new places as Bree does. I also really enjoyed the mystery element of Loop it kept me guessing just enough that I didn’t have it all figured out in the first chapter as happens all too often these days. I wasn’t surprised by anything and I did argue with Bree (mentally and totally one-sided) on some of her conclustions so I was totally engaged in this story. I also have several theories as to the bigger mystery at large and I am looking forward to seeing if they proof true or not.

Loop is a fun mystery and a good time travel story and its one that I highly recommend to all looking for a book in these genres. The romance is raw and beliveable and doesn’t overshadow the other elements of the story. If your reading tastes mesh with mine than I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in Loop so go forth to your nearest bookseller and pick this one up today!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Want To Start

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish this weeks topic asks about the series that we are hoping to start within the next year or two. This one was hard for me because while I do love a good series I always look at them as such a reading commitment but the worst part about a series is the wait. Especially if the series 1 book that we just read and fell in love with ends on a cliff hanger! So sometimes I will wait until all the books are out just to be safe….that way I can jump from one to the other without the wait. to that end here are some series that are already done (or almost done) that I am looking forward to reading.

 

1) Bhinian Empire Series by Miriam Forster 

2) Defiance Series by C.J. Redwine

3) Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix

4) Pulse Series by Patrick Carman

5) Reboot Series by Amy Tintera

6) Shadowlands by Kate Brien

7) Cronus Chronicles by Anne Ursu

8) Skinjacker Trilogy by Neal Shusterman

9) The Broken Empire Series by Mark Lawrence

10) Revenants Series by Amy Plum

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Spotlight: Rowdy by Jay Crownover

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We are over the moon excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for ROWDY by Jay Crownover!! ROWDY is the fifth novel in her Marked Men Series published by William Morrow, and imprint of HarperCollins and you do NOT want to miss it!

 

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EXCERPT:

WHEN I PUT THE key he had given me in the door to his apartment it felt like the end of a long journey. Really it was only a little over twelve hours and I had stopped to nap once along the way, but it still felt like too long since I had seen his face or been able to touch all that toned and tattooed skin. Jimbo greeted me at the door when I pushed it open. His tongue lolled out of his mouth and he jumped up and put his paws on my legs. He was going to be huge when he finally grew into his fuzzy body and I was overwhelmed at how happy I was to see him. I dropped to my knees and rubbed my face in his neck as he licked me all over my face. I was obviously missed and I had to say it was just one more reason I knew I was finally where I was supposed to be. It was late, so the apartment was dark.

I checked the dog’s food and water, trying to be quiet in case Rowdy was already asleep. I was winding my way toward his bedroom when a haphazardly discarded sketch pad lying on the couch caught my eye in the dim light. I paused for a minute to pick it up and felt my heart stop and then start to race as I flipped through the first few pages. There were a couple of drawings that were obviously for clients, tattoos that hadn’t made it from paper to skin yet, but most of the pristine white pages were covered with images wearing my face. There was mermaid me, and naughty- sailor- girl me. There was sassy Indian girl me with long Pocahontas braids and there was sexy devil me standing next to angelic me. There were dozens of them all in different shapes and sizes, but every single image was undoubtedly modeled after my distinct look. I wasn’t sure if he had drawn them all over this last week while I had been gone or over the months we had been chasing each other in circles.

Either way it made my heart swell and the full certainty that I was it for him settle deep inside my bones. I set the pad down and tiptoed through the hall. Jimbo took one look at where I was going and huffed out a disgusted- sounding snort. The poor guy had learned early on that he wanted no part of what happened between his humans when they were together in the bedroom. The light was off and Rowdy was sprawled on his stomach across the covers. His blond hair was sticking up every- where and he hand one arm bent up under his head. The only thing that could have made the sight better would have been if he hadn’t bothered with the black boxers before crashing out.

Even with them obscuring the view, I couldn’t complain. I let out a breathless sigh and crept closer so that I could lean over and touch my lips to that anchor on the side of his neck. I felt his pulse leap and tasted the salt on his skin as he murmured sleepily and rolled over onto his back. Those infinitely blue eyes glowed at me in the dark as a grin pulled up the corner of his mouth.

“Hey.”

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About ROWDY:

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances.

After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned.

Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister.

Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.

 

Sensual portrait of beautiful girl with tattoo lying on bed.

 

Jay CrownoverAbout Jay Crownover:

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She will also be introducing the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this summer starting with ROWDY. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

 

 

 

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Read-a-Thon Update: 11 pm to End (#readathon)

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Titles of books read:

  • The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano
  • Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
  • Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness by Sarwat Chadda (In Progress)
  • Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh (In Progress)
  • The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas (Audio – In Progress)

Thoughts on books read since the last update:

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield: A quick read but not much substance to it. Alexander is a terrible character and he never shows any redeeming qualities. This book does show the dangers of being too cautious as well as too adventurous but there really isn’t a ton to recommend about it.

Horrorstor: A creepily addictive read. Fast paced and engaging…kinda hoping for a sequel.

Rock Addiction: No new updates

The Perilous Sea: I am going to be so sad when this one ends.

Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness: Oh these characters!

Places “traveled” to this Read-a-Thon: 

  • Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Amsterdam, Holland (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • New York, New York (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Zurich, Switzerland (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Readington, New Jersey (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Artic Circle Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Pamplona, Spain (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Cuyahoga, Ohio (Horrorstor)
  • Auckland, New Zealand (Rock Addiction)
  • Berkshire, England (The Perilous Sea)
  • The Sahara Desert (The Perilous Sea)
  • The Domain (The Perilous Sea)
  • London, England (Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness)

First Lines: 

  • A grave should be a sad thing, and the grave of a child the saddest thing of all. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • It was dawn, and the zombies were stumbling through the parking lot, streaming toward the massive beige box at the far end. (Horrorstor)
  • The girl came to with a start. (The Perilous Sea)
  • Her smile smashed into him with stunning force. (Rock Addiction)
  • Ashoka Mistry tripped over the tree root. (Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness)

Favorite Characters “met” during the Read-a-Thon: 

  • None (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
    Amy, Basil, Matt, Trinity, Ruth Anne (Horrorstor)
    None (Rock Addiction)
    Titus, Fairfax, Cooper, Kashkari (The Perilous Sea)

A Few Favorite Quotes: 

  • The boys single good attribute was his bravery. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Small victories can be the best kind. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Let’s make sure it’s really raining before we worry about floods. (Horrorstor)
  • I smiled today because I was thinking of you. (The Perilous Sea)
  • It wasn’t the darkness that frightened her. It was the silence (Horrorstor)
  • I am a professional. This is what being a professional means. You can’t just walk away from a disaster and hope someone else cleans it up. (Horrorstor)
  • But this isn’t the way out. This is the way in. It’s all wrong. (Horrorstor)

Number of books read: 2

Pages read since last update: 30 + 30 minutes of audio

Running total of pages read: 531 + 4 hours of Audio (I am so off my reading pace today…I keep getting distracted and just spacing out)

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1 hours

Running total of time spent reading: ~12.5 hours (I think I messed up my time tracking at some point….*shrugs* ah well…ce la vie)

Mini-challenges completed:

Other participants I’ve visited during the Read-a-Thon:

Prizes won:

None

Links:

Official Read-a-Thon page

End of Event Meme:

Which hour was most daunting for you?

I started to crash a little after 11pm so that point on it was hard and I finally called it at midnight.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

I like to recommend short easy-ish reads and graphic novels for when times are tough and eye-lids get heavy. I also did a lot of audio this time around.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Bring back the chocolate monkeys! kidding…you guys always do any amazing job with the organizing and the running!

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

There seemed to be more cheering this year than in previous times.

How many books did you read?

2.5…and then parts of a few others. My worst read-a-thon yet =(

What were the names of the books you read?

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddingfield, Horrorstor, The Perilous Sea (still working on this one)

Which book did you enjoy most?

The Perilous Sea

Which did you enjoy least?

The 9 lives of Alexander Baddingfield

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

I wasn’t a cheerleader

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

If I am free I will read.

 

Hour 15 Mini Challenge Winner

There were so many great book spine poems for this event, you should all be proud of your entries!! Using the powers of the internet and a little eenie meeanie miney moe the winner of the Hour 15 mini-challege is:

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Read-a-Thon Update: 8 to 11 pm (#readathon)

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Titles of books read:

  • The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano
  • Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
  • Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness by Sarwat Chadda (In Progress)
  • Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh (In Progress)
  • The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas (Audio – In Progress)

Thoughts on books read since the last update:

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield: A quick read but not much substance to it. Alexander is a terrible character and he never shows any redeeming qualities. This book does show the dangers of being too cautious as well as too adventurous but there really isn’t a ton to recommend about it.

Horrorstor: A creepily addictive read. Fast paced and engaging…kinda hoping for a sequel.

Rock Addiction: No new updates

The Perilous Sea: This one is hard to resist and I love how listening to an audio gives me the freedom to do some other things….like playing a game on my phone or doing some tweeting

Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness: No new updates.

Places “traveled” to this Read-a-Thon: 

  • Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Amsterdam, Holland (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • New York, New York (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Zurich, Switzerland (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Readington, New Jersey (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Artic Circle Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Pamplona, Spain (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Cuyahoga, Ohio (Horrorstor)
  • Auckland, New Zealand (Rock Addiction)
  • Berkshire, England (The Perilous Sea)
  • The Sahara Desert (The Perilous Sea)
  • The Domain (The Perilous Sea)
  • London, England (Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness)

First Lines: 

  • A grave should be a sad thing, and the grave of a child the saddest thing of all. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • It was dawn, and the zombies were stumbling through the parking lot, streaming toward the massive beige box at the far end. (Horrorstor)
  • The girl came to with a start. (The Perilous Sea)
  • Her smile smashed into him with stunning force. (Rock Addiction)
  • Ashoka Mistry tripped over the tree root. (Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness)

Favorite Characters “met” during the Read-a-Thon: 

  • None (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
    Amy, Basil, Matt, Trinity, Ruth Anne (Horrorstor)
    None (Rock Addiction)
    Titus, Fairfax, Cooper, Kashkari (The Perilous Sea)

A Few Favorite Quotes: 

  • The boys single good attribute was his bravery. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Small victories can be the best kind. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Let’s make sure it’s really raining before we worry about floods. (Horrorstor)
  • I smiled today because I was thinking of you. (The Perilous Sea)
  • It wasn’t the darkness that frightened her. It was the silence (Horrorstor)
  • I am a professional. This is what being a professional means. You can’t just walk away from a disaster and hope someone else cleans it up. (Horrorstor)
  • But this isn’t the way out. This is the way in. It’s all wrong. (Horrorstor)

Number of books read: 2

Pages read since last update: 0 + 2.5 hours of Audio

Running total of pages read: 501 + 3.5 hours of Audio (I am so off my reading pace today…I keep getting distracted and just spacing out)

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 2 hours

Running total of time spent reading: ~11.5 hours (I think I messed up my time tracking at some point….*shrugs* ah well…ce la vie)

Mini-challenges completed:

Other participants I’ve visited during the Read-a-Thon:

Prizes won:

None

Links:

Official Read-a-Thon page

 

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hour 15 Mini-Challenge: Book Spine Poetry #readathon

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Dewey Readathon

 

 

Hello and welcome to hour FIFTEEN of Dewey’s Read-a-thon!  Congrats on making it this far in the event! You have made it past the half-way point and maybe your eyes are feeling a little droopy and you are in need of a break. Which is why you are here visiting me as I am your mini-challenge host for this hour and we are doing one of my favorite challenges of read-a-thon past…BOOK SPINE POETRY! 

The challenge rules:

  • Using the titles on book spines, make a short poem at least three “books” long/tall.
  • Don’t worry about form or meter or rhyming or anything like that.  Just have fun!
  • Take a picture of your book spine poem, post it on your blog/Twitter/Tumblr/Instagram/etc., then paste the permalink to that post in the comments to this post.
  • This challenge will run for THREE hours and I will choose a winner randomly from the entries…unless one of them really speaks to me in some fashion. No matter what it will be totally arbitrary but hopefully fun times for all! (If I crash before the contest ends then I will choose a winner the moment I wake up again)
  • The winner will get to choose one item from the epic readathon prize list 

Here is an example of the book spine poetry entry that I did last read-a-thon and it took me less than 10 minutes to do using books in my read-a-thon pile and a nearby bookshelf.

 

Book Spine Poetry

 

Once we were

the broken hearted.

Splinterd fragments. Unraveling

in the after.

Dreamless shadows

in the silence.

Infinite.

So go forth and make some poetry! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

irishdarkblue

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Read-a-Thon Update: 5 to 8 pm (#readathon)

Posted by Irish in Read-a-Thon0 Comments

Dewey Readathon

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Titles of books read:

  • The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano
  • Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
  • Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness by Sarwat Chadda (In Progress)
  • Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh (In Progress)
  • The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas (Audio – In Progress)

Thoughts on books read since the last update:

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield: A quick read but not much substance to it. Alexander is a terrible character and he never shows any redeeming qualities. This book does show the dangers of being too cautious as well as too adventurous but there really isn’t a ton to recommend about it.

Horrorstor: A creepily addictive read. Fast paced and engaging…kinda hoping for a sequel.

Rock Addiction: No new updates

The Perilous Sea: No new updates

Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness: Really looking forward to this one.

Places “traveled” to this Read-a-Thon: 

  • Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Amsterdam, Holland (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • New York, New York (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Zurich, Switzerland (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Readington, New Jersey (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Artic Circle Unknown, Africa (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Pamplona, Spain (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Cuyahoga, Ohio (Horrorstor)
  • Auckland, New Zealand (Rock Addiction)
  • Berkshire, England (The Perilous Sea)
  • The Sahara Desert (The Perilous Sea)
  • The Domain (The Perilous Sea)
  • London, England (Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness)

First Lines: 

  • A grave should be a sad thing, and the grave of a child the saddest thing of all. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • It was dawn, and the zombies were stumbling through the parking lot, streaming toward the massive beige box at the far end. (Horrorstor)
  • The girl came to with a start. (The Perilous Sea)
  • Her smile smashed into him with stunning force. (Rock Addiction)
  • Ashoka Mistry tripped over the tree root. (Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness)

Favorite Characters “met” during the Read-a-Thon: 

  • None (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
    Amy, Basil, Matt, Trinity, Ruth Anne (Horrorstor)
    None (Rock Addiction)
    Titus, Fairfax, Cooper, Kashkari (The Perilous Sea)

A Few Favorite Quotes: 

  • The boys single good attribute was his bravery. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Small victories can be the best kind. (The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield)
  • Let’s make sure it’s really raining before we worry about floods. (Horrorstor)
  • I smiled today because I was thinking of you. (The Perilous Sea)
  • It wasn’t the darkness that frightened her. It was the silence (Horrorstor)
  • I am a professional. This is what being a professional means. You can’t just walk away from a disaster and hope someone else cleans it up. (Horrorstor)
  • But this isn’t the way out. This is the way in. It’s all wrong. (Horrorstor)

Number of books read: 2

Pages read since last update: 154

Running total of pages read: 501 + 1 hour of Audio (I am so off my reading pace today…I keep getting distracted and just spacing out)

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 2 hours

Running total of time spent reading: ~8.5 hours (I think I messed up my time at some point….*shrugs* ah well…ce la vie)

Mini-challenges completed:

Other participants I’ve visited during the Read-a-Thon:

Prizes won:

None

Links:

Official Read-a-Thon page

 

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

#readathon Mid-Event Survey

Posted by Irish in Read-a-Thon1 Comment

Dewey Readathon

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?

Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness by Sarwat Chadda

2. How many books have you read so far?

Two so far. Its been a slow read-a-thon for me today…too many distractions.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness – had this one since last December when I imported it from UK and I think I’m finally ready to read it. Its the final book in a an excellent series and I’m going to be so sad when its done.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Yes…but they are interruptions of my own making as I peek in on the drama of the internets and just the internets in general. I have not been handling it well as its so easy to get sucked into the vortex. Plus life things that I keep thinking about and researching.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

Nothing! The read-a-thon is as awesome as it always is…my brain is just only partially here because of the above.

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