Thursday, February 23, 2012

Hiatus

As you can probably tell, I have been doing a poor job contributing to the blog in the past few months. I haven't quit blogging. I will get back into book blogging one day. Maybe even as soon as this summer. But not right now, and I'm sorry for not being a consistent blogger.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Forbidden Tour: Character Interview: Levi

Forbidden by Megan CurdPublished: October 22nd, 2011 Series: The Guardian Chronicles #1
Levi's job is to protect his human until it's their time to go. That's what a Guard does. He's done it for years on end, and he'll spend his eternity doing the same, mundane thing, following the same, mundane rules.
...Watch from afar....Never share your name....And above all, never touch a human.
What Levi doesn't know is that his newest human to protect, Hannah, just might be the catalyst to tipping the scales between good and evil, and he will be forced to decide which side he belongs to. Which friends will he side with, and who will he ultimately protect: his human, or the delicate balance that hangs on stopping the heartbeat of the person he has sworn to protect?
And, when you're already condemned, what's there to lose by breaking the rules?
Pink or Blue? 
Definitely blue. Do I really look like a pink sort of guy? I hope not!
Chocolate or Vanilla? 
I’d take either, if I could taste them. I wish I could feel anything. One of the many perks of being a Guard is the fact we don’t feel anything – the sun, taste, touch, nothing. Only pain. But now that I’ve met Hannah, I don’t know what’s going on…I feel…something. She’s different. J
Sandals or Sneakers? 
I love a good pair of Nikes. Running is my favorite thing to do, and having a great pair of shoes is awesome.
Schoolwork or Homework? 
I only go to school to be with Hannah, but I’d go with schoolwork. I hate having to try to focus on something when I’ve got Fallens running around trying to kill my Call. Puts a little damper on the situation, and teachers never seem to believe me when I say I’m trying to save humanity as we know it. They say I’m a little dramatic. ::grins::
Lethal Virus or Nuclear Explosion? 
You’re just a ray of sunshine, aren’t you? ::smiles:: You’re making me feel right at home. Either way, I can’t feel it, but I’d vote for an option that doesn’t result in everyone turning into zombies. That just makes my job way messier. ::shudders::
Vampire or Werewolf? 
Really? You think those things exist? ::smiles::
Coke or Pepsi? 
Well, I can’t taste either, but Coke has good commercials around Christmastime, so let’s go with Coke.
Noise or Silence? 
As long as it’s not Ethan talking, I’m all for noise…but Ethan never shuts up, so when he’s around, let’s go with silence. J
Fantasy or Reality? 
Depends on the situation, but I like fantasy. Sometimes reality just sucks, and being that people think I don’t exist, I’m kind of like fantasy anyway. I get the best of both worlds, I guess. ::laughs::
Call or Text? 
I don’t do either, but I would rather hear Hannah’s voice than get a text. You can take texts too many different ways…well, girls do. We guys just get in trouble. ::shakes heads:: girls are crazy, man!
Pancake or Waffle? 
Can we do crepes? I’d love to taste a crepe!
Cat or Dog? 
Dogs. They’re way more loyal, and I need some people in my corner besides Ethan. He’s a bit much sometimes.



Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Star-Crossed Saga: Protostar By Braxton A. Cosby

The Star-Crossed Saga: ProtostarBy Braxton A. CosbyPublisher: Firefly Publishing & Entertainment Published: September 25, 2011Genre: YA Science FictionPage Count: 378 pages
On the brink of Civil War, the Torrian Alliance continues with its mission to obliterate Star-children across the universe in order to suppress an intergalactic evil. Following the recommendations of his Council, King Gregorio Derry has agreed to send his only son William, on a mission to restore honor to his family. What starts out routine, becomes a lot more complicated as an inopportune crash landing delays the assassination. During this time, William begins to form a 'connection' with Sydney that challenges his inner being. But this conflict is the least of his problems, as a conspiracy back on his home planet Fabricius threatens the lives of those he loves and his father's royal legacy. Along with that, he must unravel a hidden threat here on Earth that seeks to secure a vested interest that threatens both his and Sydney's safety. Will William be able to complete his mission or will he choose love, sacrificing everything he stands for?


Review:


YA readers, be on the lookout for this exhilarating read, cause it's going to blow you and anyone else away! At first, I was a little hesitant on Protostar, because of the somewhat familiar storyline but, the book, characters, and everything else about it was uniquely different and very special. This made the book, Protostar, worth reading. 
The main character, William, is a teenage prince from the future. He is sent on a mission to kill a star-child in our time Earth, Sidney. William was a strong main character that pressed the whole story forward. Sidney also was a very likable character. 
The main plot of the book like I said before is a bit predictable, but the book also has its fair share of amazing plot twists and a killer cliff-hanger ending. The whole book proved to be very interesting with all the great elements thrown into it. I applaud Mr. Cosby for writing such a great book. Though the book is targeted towards young-adult readers, other readers would probably like it as well. Protostar is an attention catching book that really did blow me away. I'm hoping that the books in the rest of the series will be a great as this one, once they are out.


Rating:


4.5/5 Stars


Braxton A. Cosby
Braxton’s fascination of science grew into an obsession for creating and exploring the untapped potential of the human spirit. On one unassuming Sunday in church, this self-proclaimed romantic heard the voice of God speak and decided to pursue a ‘calling’ to create a new genre of writing called “Sci-Fance”; merging the two genres of Romance and Science Fiction. Braxton lives in Georgia with his wife and two children. Braxton A. Cosby is a dreamer with a vision of continuously evolving and maximizing the untapped potential of the human genome. He believes that everyone should pursue joy that surpasses understanding and live each day as if it were the last. Braxton received a lot of his inspiration from watching the accomplishments and exploits of his famous uncle, comedic legend Bill Cosby.You can visit his website at www.braxtonacosbygodson.com.


This post is a part of a tour by Pump Up Your Book Promotion.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

2011 YA Scavenger Hunt

I'm today's hunt stop for the 2011 YA Story Scavenger Hunt!

Follow the hunt every day during the month of December! Answer the daily trivia questions from MG and YA books published during 2011 to be entered into the YA book giveaway.

Today's question is from We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han.
Question #44: What appalling thing does Jeremiah do after he apologizes to Belly for his mistake?

Remember to fill out your answer in the form at Most Important Letter here!

Monday, December 5, 2011

2011 YA Story Scavenger Hunt Stop

I'm today's hunt stop for the
2011 YA Story Scavenger Hunt !

Follow the hunt every day during the month of December! Answer the daily trivia questions from MG and YA books published during 2011 to be entered into the YA book giveaway.

Today's question is from Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Question #12: What is the punishment for failing in one’s duty as a Sentinel?

Remember to fill out your answer in the form at Most Important Letter

Saturday, November 5, 2011

ALL HALLOWS EVE CLOSING: Jennifer Bosworth, Struck



Hey guys welcome to the last and final post pertaining to the carnival! Most of the giveaways, including the Trivia and Pick Your Poison will end on November 15th! Also, November 15th is the last day to enter the Spooky Short Story and Spooky Picture Contests! (P.S. go to the end of the post for a lowdown of all the posts in the carnival!) To close up the whole carnival until next year..which we may do another...maybe...convince me.. Jennifer Bosworth, the author of Struck, which comes out in May from FSG/Macmillan, will be doing a special guest post! Thank you to Jennifer for being the closer of the carnival!

Jennifer will give us her....
Top 5 Scary YA Characters of the Last 5 Years

YA fiction is steeped in horror icons. Witches and zombies, werewolves and ghosts, vampires and vampires and vampires, and more vampires.
But, for me, the scariest characters in YA these days aren’t the usual suspects. Here’s a list of my top 5 scary YA characters and why they freak me out:

1. President Snow from “The Hunger Games” trilogy – He’s a ruthless dictator who forces kids to fight to the death, and smells like blood and roses.
2. Dolores Umbridge from “Harry Potter” – She loves the color pink and anything else cutesy, but nothing gives her more pleasure than punishing children.
3. Freddie from “The Marbury Lens” – Freddie kidnaps Jack, and proceeds to do very bad things to him. And that’s just the beginning, because an even worse version of Freddie is waiting for Jack in Marbury.
4. The Government in ALL dystopian fiction – Whether the government is banning love
(“Delirium”), forcing kids to death match (“Hunger Games”), or watching every move you make (“Little Brother”) it’s terrifying because it has ultimate control. How do you fight something as big as a corrupt government?
5. The Prophet from “The Chosen One” – Anyone who tries to make young girls marry old men is just bad. Bad, bad, bad.


There they are, folks! Not a single fang among them. Happy Halloween!


Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her. 
Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities, populated by millions of homeless. Downtown is a wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the attendees drawn to the destruction by a magnetic force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power in the wake of the disaster, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing prophecies. They know she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the worse storm that is yet to come. 
Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but he’s hiding a more sinister truth. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must unleash the full horror of her strength to save them all. 

Debut author of STRUCK. Earthquakes, doomsday cults, a teenage lightning addict, and the end of the world. May 8 2012, FSG/MacMillan.


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Here is a lowdown of all the happenings during the Carnival!


I want to thank all the people that made this carnival totally awesome!
Thank you to...
Jennifer Bosworth
Emily White
Suze Reese
Jessie Harrell
Rashelle Workman
All of these wonderful authors have donated for giveaways, participated, or even both for the carnival! Give them a round of applause!
Also, all the other team members of Bookish Delights for being completely awesome during the carnival!

I hope you guys enjoyed the carnival!

p.s. Go enter the Grand Prize Giveaway...lots of prizes in it!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

All Hallows Eve Carnival Special-After Post: Guest Post, Suze Reese, ExtraNormal



Hey guys sorry for the delay on posting this; I did not get Blogger to work for me and it kept going crazy on me and deleting images and full on posts. Today and tomorrow I will have a special carnival wrap-up (after party if that sounds cooler) to just give you guys a bit more fun even after Halloween! 




Today, we will have Suze Reese, the author of ExtraNormal, doing a guest post! Everyone welcome Suze Reese! Also...guys you have to thank her with ALL of your heart cause...guess what? She will be sponsoring a giveaway for 2 ARCs of ExtraNormal for giveaway! Suze, you simply rock!!! Check the end of the post to enter the giveaway! I hope you all enjoy Suze's brief 'appearance' on Bookish Delights!


Hey all! I'm really excited to join this Halloween carnival! What could be better than a whole holiday that celebrates zombies, vampires, witches and monsters? I thought I'd take this opportunity to chat about a monster-type topic that's a little out of the ordinary: namely mind control.
Don't worry. I'm not going to make you do anything against your will. If I could do that, my kids would be eating their veggies.
But the premise of mind reading and mind control is a delicious one for writers. I like to think of it like this: the creepiest part of any story is just before the bad guy arrives—when the scary music starts and a door creeks and the good guy's pulse begins to race and you know something's about to happen but you don't know what.
But when mind control is involved, that monster never shows up. The hero can't stab anyone through the heart or pull a gun or even run away. Because the villain is in his head. And there's no way to fight him or even know who he is.   
Mind control happens to be a major theme in ExtraNormal, where inhabitants from the planet Nreim use their own electro-magnetic energy to chat with one another in pretty much the same way we use cell phones. The problem is, we mere humans don't know what to do with someone showing up in our head to have a chat. Which means the residents of Nreim could potentially just come on in and help themselves to our puny little brains.
Not that anyone would do that, would they? Yeah, of course they would, otherwise the story would be boring. And I'm in big trouble if it's boring.
Anyway, Happy Halloween all. Peace, love and safe brains.
Now go eat your vegetables.


Thank you so much for participating in the carnival, Suze! P.S. Finally the  post is up after that battle with Blogger! YAY! :)

Mira Johns is pretty much like any other teenage girl. Except that she knows how to harness electro-magnetic energy to communicate without words. And she's really, really far from home. Her assignment as an emissary to Earth sounds fairly simple: blend in, observe, and stay away from the planet’s primitive males. But after she finds one mysterious boy too irresistible for stupid rules, she realizes the real reason she's supposed to keep her distance: mates from her world can die if separated. But a series of serious accidents make it clear that someone wants to force her return. Mira decides her only hope is to uncover the truth to why she, the most mediocre of candidates, was actually chosen for this assignment—before the agency discovers her secret and sends her back home. (Via Goodreads)





Author of YA paranormal romance ExtraNormal. In real life I fight pirates, travel to outer space and am trained in lethal jiu jitsu. In my imagination I sit in front a computer all day writing and eating peanut m&ms. Or maybe its the other way around. I get confused. I have published in a different genre, but this one is way way more fun. I have a degree in communications. Which I guess means I know how to communicate good.
Check out what you have to do to be one of the two winners of the ARCs of ExtraNormal!
-U.S. Only..sorry guys..not sponsored by me...
-13 or Older
-Must be a GFC Follower!



Thank you for viewing day one of the carnival..after party! Tomorrow will be Day 2 and the end of the Carnival as we know it...okay..so there may be one next year...but yeah... :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

All Hallows Eve Carnival! Day 8: Grand Prize Giveaway!!!


Happy Halloween Everyone!!! We wish you all a night filled with frights and delights! We hope you have enjoyed the All Hallows Eve Carnival at Bookish Delights. Today is Day 8, the last day of the carnival. Today we will be having the grand prize giveaway!!! And don't forget, the final letters to the Carnival Unscramble are on the bottom of today's post!!!

Also there are only a few entries so far for the Spooky Short Story Contest and the Spooky Photo Contest, so feel free to enter those if it is something you are interested in! *Update: I will extend the deadline to enter the Spooky Short Story Contest and the Spooky Photo Contest until Nov 15 by 11:59pm PST to give people more time to enter. All other carnival giveaways will also be extended until Nov 15 by 11:59pm.
Grand Prize:





1) Halloween Candy!! It wouldn't be a real Halloween giveaway without candy!
2) A $10 Book Of Your Choice (Pre-order ok!)
3) A Paperback book of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
4) A Signed Paperback book of The Hollow by Jessica Verday
5) A Paperback of the book Immortal: Love Stories With Bite by P.C. Cast
5) An ARC of Wither by Lauren Destefano
6) An ARC of Huntress by Malinda Lo
7) An ARC of Vixen by Jillian Larkin (my favorite book of 2010)




8) Two ARCS from these four (depends on which ARC the winner of Spooky Photo Contest Winner chooses):
-Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
-Always A Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
-Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade
-Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
9) Audiobook of The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker


10) Signed Destined Bookmarks from YA Author Jessie Harell
11.) Signed Slide Bookmarks from YA Author Jill Hathaway
12.) Signed Forbidden Bookmarks from YA Author Megan Curd
13.) Signed Elemental Bookmarks from YA Author Emily White
14.) Signed Exiled Rack Cards from YA Author RaShelle Workman
15.) Signed Monarch Swag including Bookmarks and Posters
16.) Some Signed and Unsigned Random Swag from Roshini


The Grand Prize Giveaway Ends On Nov 15, 2011 by 11:59pm PST
To Enter The Grand Prize Giveaway, you must do the following:
*Restrictions: US ONLY!!!!

1) Be or Become a GFC of Bookish Delights.

2) You must have entered at least one (or more if you like) of our All Hallows Eve Carnival game giveaway(s) or contest(s).
*You'll get bonus entries into grand prize giveaway if you enter more carnival giveaways/contests!

3) Unscramble the letters posted at the bottom of each carnival post to reveal the secret two word message from Bookish Delights to You on Halloween!!
(*Hint: Carnival Letters from Day 1 through Day 5 spell out the first word. Then Carnival Letters from Day 6 and Day 8 spell the second word.)

4) FILL OUT FORM BY CLICKING THIS LINK!!!


FOR EXTRA ENTRIES:
1) In a comment below let us know what you did for Halloween. +2
2) Spread the word about our All Hallows Eve Carnival GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY! (*Be sure to Leave Link in FORM, Please DO NOT add link in a comment).


Thanks!!

Hope You All Have A Happy Halloween!!!!

HERE ARE THE FINAL LETTERS:

E L N A E H L W