Thursday, August 29, 2013

Follow Friday--Torturous Choices!

Follow Friday

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!


If you could have ONE - one book - for the rest of your life. Don't cheat...what would it be? 

Thoughts for Thursday: Education

Thoughts for Thursday is a new feature hosted by Musings on Fantasia and LKHill.  In this meme, we share thoughts or quotes that we know or have recently come across. Each week there is a specific subject or theme. These can be quotes from books, quotes by famous people, (quotes by YOU, perhaps ;D). Anything from anywhere is game, though we do ask that you keep your quote to a few sentences at most. Don't quote, for example, entire passages of a book or essay. These can be funny quips, cool sayings, hair-raising antidotes, movie lines, any kind of quote you can think of!

Just have fun, collect awesome sayings by awesome people, and try to be inspired!

In honor of all the back-to-schooling going around, this week's theme is Education(For more quotes, check out my other blog.)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Double Cover Reveal!!!

For those who don't know, I'm putting out two books next month. I know that sounds insane, but I've been working on both for some time and they just both came to fruition at the same time. I want to get them both out quickly. Besides, one is a short novel, so it wasn't as much work as my novels generally are. 

Anyway, I'm doing a double cover reveal today! Yea!

Dark Remnants, book 1 of my Street Games series will be available September 3, 2013. This first one is an introduction to the series, so it's a shorter novel for me, though still not quite short enough to be considered a novella. It's full length, just not very long. Does that make sense? :D

This book will be available for $0.99 for a limited time upon release. Get your fast before the price goes up! I'll post links here on the 3rd!





In the most dangerous city in the country, one controlled by a sadistic gang called the Sons of Ares, Kyra Roberts is searching the deep places for someone…

Kyra has come to Abstreuse city to find someone she’s lost, but walking the underbelly—a dark alley system residents call the Slip Mire—even in disguise, is rife with dangers. Kyra must stay on her toes if she intends to live. After crossing paths several times with the same detective, she wonders if his work and hers might be connected.

Gabe Nichols has worked homicide in Abstreuse for three years. Dead prostitutes and gang violence are part of the night shift. When a woman who looks like a street junkie but acts like an intellectual saves his life, he’s intrigued. Another woman shows up at his crime scene, and Gabe’s instincts kick into high gear when she clams up. Two cases involving strange women who won’t tell what they know are too coincidental.

If Gabe and Kyra can’t find a way to collaborate, they may not live to see the sunrise. Doomed, like so many others, to become gray, unmarked graves in a forgotten fracture of the Slip Mire.



Quantum Entanglement, book 2 of Interchron will be available September 17, 2013. This is the sequel to the acclaimed, award-winning novel, Persistence of Vision!

This novel will also be $0.99 for a limited time when it releases. Come back on the 17th for purchase links! 






Five months after traveling to a post-apocalyptic future where collectives reign supreme and individuals have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie Harper was returned to her own time until the threat to her life could be neutralized. She thought Marcus and the others would return for her within a few weeks, and now she’s beginning to worry.

When travelers from the future finally show up to collect her, it’s not who she expected. With the return of her memories, she wants more than ever to see Marcus again, but a snake-like woman whose abilities are a perfect match for Maggie’s, an injured Traveler, and decades of civil unrest to wade through all stand in the way of their reunion.

Meanwhile, Marcus and Karl traipse through the countryside, trying to neutralize Colin, who’s promised to brutalize and murder Maggie if he can get his hands on her. When a collective woman is left for dead, Marcus heals her, hoping she’ll be the key to killing Colin and bringing Maggie back. But she may prove as much a hindrance as a help.

The team struggles to get their bearings, but things happen faster than they know. The collectives are coalescing, power is shifting, and the one called B is putting sinister plans into action. If the team can’t reunite and get a handle on the situation, their freedom and individuality—perhaps their very identity—will be ripped away before they can catch their breath.

So excited to get these out! I've been working on Quantum Entanglement since the beginning of the year and, while it hasn't been that long for Dark Remnants, I've had this story in my head for probably two full years. So glad to see them both completed! *Squee* 

What do you think? Which cover do you like more?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: City of Ashes

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Today's teasers come from City of Ashes, Book 2 of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Read the first one and loved it. On to the second!
"Brother Jeremiah staggered into view, his right hand clutching a still-burning torch, his parchment hood fallen back to reveal a face torqued into a grotesque expression of terror. His previously sewn-shut mouth gaped open in a soundless scream, the gory threads of torn stitches dangling from his shredded lips. Blood, black in the torchlight, spattered his light robes. He took a few staggering steps forward, his hands outstretched--and then, as Jace watched in utter disbelief, Jeremiah pitched forward and fell headlong to the floor." pg. 88


What are you reading this week?

Monday, August 26, 2013

Book Review: CassaStar by Alex J. Cavanaugh

I don't usually do book reviews on Mondays, but my blog is pretty full this week and I wanted to get this review in before the end of the month. 

My blogger buddy, Alex J. Cavanaugh, science fiction writer and blogger extraordinaire, is releasing the third book of his sci-fi trilogy, CassaStorm in September. I'll be participating in a very unique book blitz, but that's not for a few more weeks. I haven't read CassaStorm. In fact I hadn't read any of the trilogy. Until last week. I decided it was high time I read something Alex has written (other than his blog posts, of course!). So, I read book 1 of his trilogy, Cassastar.











To pilot the fleet s finest ship Few options remain for Byron. A talented but stubborn young man with a troubled past and rebellious attitude, his cockpit skills are his only hope. Slated to train as a Cosbolt fighter pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth and begin a new life as he sets off for the moon base of Guaard. Much to Byron s chagrin the toughest instructor in the fleet takes notice of the young pilot. Haunted by a past tragedy, Bassa eventually sees through Byron's tough exterior and insolence. When a secret talent is revealed during training, Bassa feels compelled to help Byron achieve his full potential. As war brews on the edge of space, time is running short. Byron requires a navigator of exceptional quality to survive, and Bassa must make a decision that could well decide the fate of both men. Will their skills be enough as they embark on a mission that may stretch their abilities to the limit? calls to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein s early military sf, as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many Star Wars novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars. - Library Journal

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Fires of Heaven Read-Along, Week 3



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1. Do you think that it is possible that Nynaeve and Elayne will be more cautious in the future and avoid the next very obvious trap that arises? Also, any ideas where the extra pigeons were going after Mistress Macura’s recovery?

One can hope that they'll learn from their mistakes. We always discuss how very green both of them are, having both only been Accepted when they left the tower. I think these are their growing pains and they'll learn to be more cautious. As for the extra pigeons, Mistress Macura said she only served the Yellow Ajah, but I think it's clear that she has more than one master, and that others are watching her and reporting as well. I would guess some went to the Black Ajah, while others could have gone to any of the Forsaken.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Close of Mermaid Challenge + Follow Friday



So the Summer Mermaid Reading Challenge is officially over! Below is the last of the mermaid reviews for me! In 14 weeks I read 15 mermaid books. They are listed below along with their reviews. I had the impression that lots of mermaid books were very badly written, but either I just got lucky or that's not true. Don't get me wrong: there were a few that didn't impress me, but overall I really loved all the mermaid books I read. I got to read lots of great books and was introduced to tons of new, amazing authors! Among my favorites were Jackson Pearce's Fathomless, Jenn Reese's Above World and Anna Bank's Of Poseidon. Some I wasn't as impressed with were Elizabeth Fama's Monstrous Beauty and Brenda Pandos's Everblue.

Thoughts for Thursday: Reading

Thoughts for Thursday is a new feature hosted by Musings on Fantasia and LKHill.  In this meme, we share thoughts or quotes that we know or have recently come across. Each week there is a specific subject or theme. These can be quotes from books, quotes by famous people, (quotes by YOU, perhaps ;D). Anything from anywhere is game, though we do ask that you keep your quote to a few sentences at most. Don't quote, for example, entire passages of a book or essay. These can be funny quips, cool sayings, hair-raising antidotes, movie lines, any kind of quote you can think of!

Just have fun, collect awesome sayings by awesome people, and try to be inspired!

This week's theme is the Joy of Reading(For more quotes, check out my other blog.)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Life Easier

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top 10 Things that Make My Life as a Reader/ Booksblogger Easier.

As a reader:

Announcements! New Releases!

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Happy Monday, Everyone!

Just a few quick announcements today. As most of you know, I'm putting out several books during the latter half of the year. I have two books--one full length novel and one shorter novel--coming out in September. One is a crime drama novel entitled Dark Remnants. The other is book 2 in my dystopian sci-fi series, Interchron.

I'll be doing a double cover reveal the end of this month, so if anyone is interested in helping me spread the word with cover reveal, or would like to be involved in the book tours, email me at lkhillbooks@gmail.com. I'll be setting up tours and sending out review copies over the next couple of weeks.

In October, my first historical fiction novels, Citadels of Fire, will be released, courtesy of Jolly Fish Press. If you're interested in helping with that tour at all, let me know as well, though it won't be for another 4-6 weeks.


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Thanks for everyone's support and have a great Monday! :D

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Fires of Heaven, Week 2



Welcome to week 2 of the Fires of Heaven Read-Along. This week we read chapters 4-9. Remember that everything in this section as well as anything that came before are fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk!
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1. The Wise Ones want Aviendha to sleep in Rand's chambers. Do you see this leading to any kind of change in her and Rand's relationship? If so, what?
This is the kind of thing that makes me smile. If she really disliked Rand as much as she claims, sleeping close to him wouldn't worry her at all. In this case, the lady doth protest too much. Which means that forcing them together will probably lead to things they both claim not to want. Pa-hah.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Book Review: The Passage by Justin Cronin

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So about two years ago, I checked The Passage by Justin Cronin out from my local library. Unfortunately, I had a lot on my plate and kept putting off reading it. I got through the first 200 pages or so, but eventually had to return the book because it had other holds on it and I just didn't have the time to finish it. I figured I would just go back and get it again in a few weeks.

Fast forward two years. I finally got my hands on the copy of this book again, and...I got busy again. Of course, it doesn't help that this book has large pages, small type, and still weighs in at 776 pages! It's a bit of a tome. But, I'm happy to say that I finally finished it. (Yea!)

What can I say about this book?

It was very different--almost like two completely different books in one. When first reading it, I got less than a third of the way through it, and the first part feels like a horror story. It has a very Stephen King feel to it. I assumed the entire book would be that way. I was wrong.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: City of Bones

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today's teasers come from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. (Yup, I'm finally reading it! :D)
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Jace was seated at the grand piano, his slender hands moving rapidly over the keys. He was barefoot, dresssed in jeans and gray T-shirt, his tawny hair ruffled up around his head as if he'd just woken up. Watching the quick, sure movements of his hands across the keys, Clary remembered how it had felt to be lifted up by those hands, his arms holding her up and the stars hurtling down around her head like a rain of silver tinsel... 
Piano keys jangled as he got to his feet. "Our own sleeping beauty. Who finally kissed you awake?" 
"Nobody. I woke up on my own." (Pg. 62)

I'm reading more than one book this week, so be sure to check out my other blog for more teasers!

What are YOU reading this week?

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Anti-Blogfest to End all Blogfest's Blogfest

Announcing the "Anti-Blogfest Gary Fest" on August 12, a blog hop in honor of Mr. anti-blog hop himself, Gary at Klahanie.

Hosted by Mark “Madman” Koopmans, Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, “Life is Good” Tina, Rockin’ Robyn Engel and Morgan “The Morg” Shamy. 

To join the fest, sign up at one of the blogs linked above! The rules are *very* simple. 

Create the titles of three PG-13 rated blogfests you would never join - and then add a descriptive sentence or two. That's it! 


I would NEVER sign up for:

1) The Erotic Better Homes and Zombie Blogfest. Where zombies learn to cook naked.

2) The 24-Hour Bad SideDish Blogfest. Where Jack Bauer and Chloe O'Brien save the world from an over-abundance of green jello.

3) The Disney-Van Damme Blogfest. Where children learn animated ways to work through their problems using heavy artillery and high kicks.

What are your Anti-Blogfest picks?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Fires of Heaven Read-Along, Week 1



Welcome to week 1 of The Fires of Heaven. We finished The Shadow Rising last week and are now onto book 5. The schedule is HERE if anyone wants to follow or read along. Remember that everything we've read in this section as well as anything that came before is fair game for *spoilers* so read at your own risk! The questions for this section come from the Prologue-Chapter 3.


Elaida & Alviarin: Don't they just look like BFFs?
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1) Elaida doesn't seem to have as strong a hold on the White Tower as she would like. Do you think her tactics to demand obedience and courtesy will work with all? How would you go about defying Elaida if you were stuck in the White Tower with her? 

I think her tactics will work on some. Many of the Aes Sedai in the room were shocked when she exerted her power, but they obeyed. Alviarin, on the other hand (does that name sound to anyone else like Elvira?) didn't seem phased. Intimidation is one of those things that is never sure. If it works, great, but it's not the same as true loyalty. If it doesn't work, then be afraid, be very afraid. If it were me, I wouldn't have stayed in the tower at all. I think I would have left with the others who fled because I wouldn't have wanted to be under Elaida's thumb.

Graendal
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2) A few of the Forsaken get together at the end of the Prologue for plotting and sniping at each other. Will any of their plans come to fruition? If you were Rand, who would you neutralize first?

I'm sure some of their plans will come to fruition, but probably not in exactly the way they believe. I don't know who I'd go after if I was Rand--Lanfear always seems pretty dangerous. For myself, I totally want Graendal to just stop breathing. She's a disgrace to the name of woman. (Not that I feel strongly about this or anything. :D)

Gareth Bryne
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3) Leane, Siuan, & Min nearly get hanged for some burnt hay and stolen coin. Each woman chose a different approach to appealing to the judge; whose did you appreciate the most? What do you think of Siuan's reaction to Lord Gareth Bryn?

Min's was probably the most natural, though Siuan's was the most compelling. I don't have much respect for women who bat their eyelashes at men to get what they want, so while it was kind of amusing coming from a former Aes Sedai and Keeper of the Chronicles, I wasn't a fan of Leanna's approach, and I was glad it didn't work the way she wanted. Gareth Bryne is a bit too grounded for it. Siuan's was cool because she was so intense and direct that it got his attention and made him certain she was telling the truth, even if she wasn't. I also think it's kind of funny that, now that the oath no longer apply to them, they had no problem telling the biggest lie possible.

4) Couladin still has not entered Rhuidean, even though it is now open to all. Rand plans to use the Aiel to quell the other other nations before he tackles the last battle. Do you think Couladin & the Shaido could jeopardize that plan? 

Could? I'm sure they'll try. The fact that Couladin could enter Rhuidean and hasn't even tried shows that even he doesn't really believe he has a claim. He just wants to be right and have power. That doesn't bode well for Rand finding absolute loyalty among the Aiel.

Jasin Natael/Asmodean
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5) Rand continues to pluck info from Asmodean about use of the Power and also details about the Forsaken. How much do you think Asmodean is holding back? What little tricks would you play on Rand if you were his 'guest'? 

I'm sure Asmodean is holding back, or trying to hold back, anything he thinks might be advantageous to hold back. If Rand forces him to reveal something, he's too much of a coward to refuse, but I doubt he'd just volunteer anything that would put him at a disadvantage. Just because he's cowardly, I wouldn't assume he's given up on getting away and/or defeating Rand. Pranks is a great question. I loved how Moiraine got ticked off and smacked him with the One Power. He assumed it was Egwene--that was something she'd do--but finding out it was Moiraine was hysterical! My sisters and I always joke that we want the angels to trip people when they're being arrogant, just to bring them down a notch. That'd be a cool use for the One Power. Or you can make toilet paper stick to his boot or something. You know, something classy. :D

Mat and Melindrha
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6) At the end of Chapter 3, Melindrha hints at things she would like to do by moonlight with Mat. Hehe. What are some of the craziest moonlit excursions you have ever been a part of? 

I think that's kind of a dangerous question. LOL. In junior high, my friends and I were big on toilet-papering the houses of the boys we liked. Of course, we lived in the suburbs, which were pretty nice neighborhoods. Can't tell you how many picket fences I dove behind when squad cars drove by after curfew. Can honestly say I never got caught, though. :D

Extras:

Loved the ceremonial words the Aiel clan chiefs used when departing. Jordan always does a great job of showing different personalities, even if we only meet the characters briefly.

"Till shade is gone," he recited, "till water is gone, into the Shadow with teeth bared, screaming defiance with the last breath, to spit in Sightblinder's eye on the last day...to Shayol Ghul itself." (pg. 88)
 Awesome! I love this!

Plus, found this on the internet. Thought it was funny.

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What did everyone else think of this section?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Mermaid Challenge Reviews, Week 13 + Follow Friday

Welcome to Week 13 of the Mermaid Lit Summer Reading Challenge! Below is my review for this week. If you have one of your own, feel free to link up with us and be sure to visit the others to see what they thought of their reads for this week! You may join the challenge anytime you like. See rules HERE. (Follow Friday below!)

Only two more weeks of mermaid challenge to go! It ends on August 15th!

This week, I read two mermaid books, though one of them was so short as to be considered a short story, or perhaps a novella. They were Sea Change by Aimee Friedman and Madly by M. Leighton.

Thoughts for Thursday--Summertime

Thoughts for Thursday is a new feature hosted by Musings on Fantasia and LKHill.  In this meme, we share thoughts or quotes that we know or have recently come across. Each week there is a specific subject or theme. These can be quotes from books, quotes by famous people, (quotes by YOU, perhaps ;D). Anything from anywhere is game, though we do ask that you keep your quote to a few sentences at most. Don't quote, for example, entire passages of a book or essay. These can be funny quips, cool sayings, hair-raising antidotes, movie lines, any kind of quote you can think of!

Just have fun, collect awesome sayings by awesome people, and try to be inspired!

This week's theme is summertime(For more quotes, check out my other blog.)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Shadow Rising Book Review

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As many of you know, I'm participating in a Wheel of Time Read Along. This is my favorite series of all time and has influenced me more as a writer, a reader, and yes, a person, than most other books I've read combined. That said, this is a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious-ly long series. I totally love it and wish there was more, but many people would disagree. Its the kind of series that is definitely worth reading, but does take a hefty time commitment, which many people either can't or don't want to give. I get it. That said, please go out and read this if you can! It's fabulous.

So, book 4 The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan is especially great. It's always been one of my favorite volumes because it has so much great stuff in it, including Rand's personal history, the Tower of Genji, the first (major) appearance of Slayer, journey into the Waste, Nynaeve and Lan's first make-out scene, and so much more!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday--Please, Give Me a Sequel!!!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top Ten Books I Want Sequels to. (All covers courtesy of goodreads.com unless otherwise posted.)

How to Lose a Free Society in Record Time

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The Powerball Jackpot has swelled to $400 million dollars this week after no one claimed winning numbers last week. (Source) Of course that means more people will be buying tickets and hoping for a just plain ridiculously large payout.

What does this say about our society?

On the one hand, I'd like to say that it means people have a certain amount of hope. They get excited about a big prize and there's nothing wrong with that. At least on the surface. (As someone who's much more likely to enter a giveaway for a $50+ giftcard than for a $10 one, I understand this concept first hand.)

There is one major difference between a giftcard giveaway and $400 million jackpot. And it both is and isn't the amount.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Shadow Rising Read-Along Week 10


Welcome to week 10 of The Shadow Rising Read-Along. This is the final week for book 4 and we'll be onto book 5, The Fires of Heaven, next week. Remember, this section as well as everything that came before is fair game for spoilers so read at your own risk!


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1. Seems like Rand is not the only one who can stand toe-to-toe against a forsaken. Surprised? Could there be others, and if so, who?

I thought this was great! Everyone is so terrified of the Forsaken, but they're still just people. Very powerful people, but still just people. It's true of all bad guys. They always have weaknesses--often in the arrogance realm--but all you have to do to beat them find their weakness and exploit it. This is why I love Nynaeve so much. She's so determined and just gets it done. I think all of our favorite channelers--Rand, Egwene, Elayne, Aviendha--are capable of doing this, and Moiraine has certainly taken on Forsaken before (see book 1). I think it's only a matter of time before we see more smack downs like this.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Follow Friday + Week 12 Mermaid Reviews

Welcome to Week 12 of the Mermaid Lit Summer Reading Challenge! Below is my review for this week. If you have one of your own, feel free to link up with us and be sure to visit the others to see what they thought of their reads for this week! You may join the challenge anytime you like. See rules HERE. (Follow Friday below!)


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For this week's review, I read Fins are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs. I read the first book in this series, Forgive my Fins, a few weeks ago and loved it! So I couldn't wait to pick up the sequel.

Childs has a writing style that's just delightful. There's plenty of angst still going on in Lily Sanderson's life, but it's all so hysterical that you just can't stop turning the pages.

*Spoiler for book 1* She and Quince are together now, *end of spoiler, but that doesn't mean life's going to get any easier. Lily plans to renounce her claim to the throne of Thalassinia in order to live on land with Quince, but she hasn't actually told him that being with him means she'll lose her position in the merekingdom.

In addition, she never planned on a future on land, which means she hasn't paid much attention to grades. Now, if she wants to help her kingdom from above--her idea is to become a marine biologist--she needs a decent SAT score and to get into a good college. Stress!

To make things worse, her horrible, bratty cousin shows up needing help. Apparently Dossinia has done something that's made Lily's father, the sea King, banish her from the kingdom, and as her last duty as royal daughter, he wants Lily to help Doe grow a conscience and sense of responsibility. Not like that'll be hard or anything.

As disaster piles upon disaster, hilarity ensues and Lily thinks she might just go crazy. Or, you know, at least miss her college interview. I totally loved this book. According to goodreads, there's a third book. I was thinking it wasn't out yet, but it is. I don't know if my library has it, but I'm about to check! You all know I'm not huge on YA or high school drama, and that's exactly what these books are. But for me, they're the exception. Totally love them. Would recommend them to anyone who wants a light, fun, hysterical but also very romantic read. You can't go wrong with Tera Lynn Childs! :D


Follow Friday

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!


How do you handle a book you don't like? Do you DNF or do you power through? 


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It really depends with me. I have DNF'd before, but I have a bit of a finishing complex, so unless I'm really crunched for time or I really, really, REALLY hate it, I usually power through. Of course, there are always exceptions.

The really, really REALLY hatred is rare because I generally don't pick up a book unless I'm reasonable sure I'll enjoy it. For example, I might DNF a cheesy erotica, but I wouldn't pick one of those up in the first place, so the chances are low that I would hate a book enough to DNF it.

How about you? Do you DNF?