Sunday, March 30, 2014

Why I Dislike Love Triangles

I just finished reading a book that both infuriated me and reminded me why I hate love triangles.

Here's why:

The Stowaway

There's almost always this one guy that's so much in love with the heroine that apparently he has abandoned the idea of self-respect. I'm always a little sad for this character. This is sometimes the close friend that has been there through all the heroine's trials and has stuck by her through the worst of situations. If handled well, the stowaway can actually be good for the story, but sometimes things go way too far. 

The heroine, whether she knows  it or not, tortures him. He is more like a servant than a friend. He is at her every beck and call. It gets worse. Sometimes this character tries to move on, he tries to forget her. He knows she prefers the other guy and tries to back off...What does the heroine do? She gets jealous! 

Whoa! I'm sorry that the stowaway decided to dig up some dignity and get over you. How dare he not remain as your back up?! Seriously?! Ugh! Get over yourself!

Little Miss Perfect

May I introduce you to Her Majesty, the Queen? *rolls eyes* She is perfect in every way. She is Belle, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Princess Jasmine all rolled into one. This type of heroine creates love triangles that aren't even love triangles anymore. They become some type of messed up love polygon with uneven sides.

This is just crazy! The heroine is so perfect that insta-love is bound to happen. People just fall in love with her off the street. NOBODY dislikes her, and if they do, it's because they're jealous. They're jealous that she just radiates awesomeness and they can't be like her.

And the love interests? They come out of nowhere. The stranger off the street is in love with her, her closest guy friends are fighting over her, the pizza boy is in love with her, guys suddenly forget they have girlfriends around her. All hail the queen!

Oh, come on! Sorry, but I like my heroines to be have little quirks and faults. I don't buy the whole "everyone is in love with her" business. Oh, please.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Forever Layla Cover Reveal + Giveaway

Title: Forever Layla
Release date: May 27th 2014
Publisher: AltWit Press

What if the woman you envied most is the person you are destined to become?

In 1994, high school senior David Foster was the lackey and soundboard geek for his best friend's grunge band. During spring break, the band lands a dream gig playing at a motel in Myrtle Beach, SC. David expected all the girls to ogle the guys on stage, but when a beautiful blond "Bond Girl" approaches him and calls him by name, he's shocked to find out she knows more about him than a stranger should.

She even knows about his notebooks and his visions of time travel.

What she thought was a quick time-travel-sightseeing trip takes a surprising turn when she meets the young adult version of the man she'd heard stories about as a child. His fairy-tale romance with the woman he'd loved, Layla, inspired her to accept nothing less than a love just as strong...but hopefully not as tragic. When she won't tell the younger version of him her name, he calls her Layla--and the world as she knows it changes forever.

About The Author
Melissa Turner Lee holds a BA in Communications with a concentration in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. She has studied fiction writing since 2008, attending various writing conferences and workshops, along with guidance from professional writing coaches. She resides in Spartanburg, SC with her husband and 3 sons.

Blog | | @melissatlee1975

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jamie Fraser vs. Captain Carswell Thorne.

Hello! Long time no see! :) I'm interrupting my studying for midterms to alert you that The Broke Book Girls is having this awesome giveaway where you get to vote for your favorite book boyfriend She's giving away cookies! I repeat, cookies and much more! :)

 I've been following this awesome March Madness event for awhile now and all my predictions about who would win in each level have basically come true. Except now. If you follow me on twitter, you've probably seen me ask WHO IS JAMIE FRASER? This is because he's beating Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles! *gasp* That's actually not the biggest shock to me...the biggest shock is that he beat Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice!

 I had to google him  because I wanted to know who this mystery dude was. It turns out he's from a Time Travel Romance, Outlander published around 1991. I salute you Jamie Fraser! It takes serious charm to defeat guys like Thorne and Mr. Darcy.


Go check out the giveaway here and go vote for your favorite! :D

Friday, March 21, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday: Reading Habits

This week's question: How have your reading habits changed in the past few years? Did you get interested in a new genre? Do you read more? Less? Why do you think your habits changed, if they did.

My Response

I think now I'm actually reading less than I used to. I'm also now more into science fiction and dystopia than I was a few years ago. When I was younger, all I would read was contemporary YA.

In high school, I basically lived in the library. We had a weird high school setting where they gave us freedom to do our work or to procrastinate because the school was designed to help us prepare for college. I took advantage of this and saw to it that I read every interesting book I saw. 
I remember in middle school things were all weird because you had to have a teacher's permission to enter the library. What?? I had just moved to America and I was trying to go check out a book during lunch time at my middle school and the librarian told me I needed a teacher's permission. Is this a regular thing? Why would they do that?
 In Jamaica, I usually just went to library during lunch and it wasn't a problem with my teachers. 

Freedom to explore the library was one of the reasons I loved my high school. It was pretty cool. All you had to do was sign out of class and write down where you were going and you could spend the whole day at the library. I became friends with the librarian and joined my school's book club. It was bliss!!! 

I still spend a lot of time in the library at college, libraries are slightly different than high school libraries. My high school library was filled with novels about adventure, romance, and fun. Then you get to college and the library is filled with all these boring textbooks. In fact, there is one shelf, I kid you not, ONLY one shelf designated for "leisure reading." 

Funny story! My friend and I were ecstatic on the first day of school when we saw our gigantic library. We were prepared to start reading books immediately. Then, we started browsing around and looking in the library's database for new books to read. We were shocked that there were no books to read just for fun. That's when we finally found that one shelf entitled "leisure reading." I think I should've known that it wouldn't be just like high school, but I don't know, I was just expecting something different. *sigh* I still read a lot, but not half as much as I used to. I'm making an effort to change this year. 

What about you guys? Do you read more than you used to or less? Plus, just out of curiousity, did you need a teacher's permission to use the library when you were in middle school? Is that a normal thing?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Spring 2014 TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. To find out more about it and how to participate, go ahead and click here.

Top Ten Books On My Spring 2014 TBR List

At the expense of this turning into a very long post, I still added the goodreads description for each book just in case any brave souls wanted to add anything to their already overwhelming TBR pile. Happy browsing! :)

Unremembered (Unremembered, #1)
When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.
Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.
Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?
From popular young adult author Jessica Brody comes a compelling and suspenseful new sci-fi series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.

The Fall of Five (Lorien Legacies, #4)
John Smith—Number Four—thought that things would change once the Garde found each other. They would stop running. They would fight the Mogadorians. And they would win.

But he was wrong. After facing off with the Mogadorian ruler and almost being annihilated, the Garde know they are drastically unprepared and hopelessly outgunned. Now they’re hiding out in Nine’s Chicago penthouse, trying to figure out their next move.
The six of them are powerful, but they’re not strong enough yet to take on an entire army—even with the return of an old ally. To defeat their enemy, the Garde must master their Legacies and learn to work together as a team. More importantly, they’ll have to discover the truth about the Elders and their plan for the Loric survivors.
And when the Garde receive a sign from Number Five—a crop circle in the shape of a Loric symbol—they know they are so close to being reunited. But could it be a trap? Time is running out, and the only thing they know for certain is that they have to get to Five before it’s too late.
The Garde may have lost battles, but they will not lose this war.
Lorien will rise again.

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.
One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

So Into You (The Jane Austen Academy Series, #2)
Sweet and sensible Ellie hasn't met a problem her mom's yoga mantras can't fix. But when Ellie's parents threaten to pull her from the Academy just as her flirtation with the cutest boy in school heats up, will Ellie be able to keep her cool?
The last thing that the girls at the elite Jane Austen Academy need is guys. But over the summer the school has been sold, and like it or not, the guys are coming. And they're about to turn the Academy—and the lives of its students—totally upside down...

Dive into the fabulous, fun lives of six Academy girls as their friendships are tested, torn and ultimately triumph.

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Making Up For Monday: Your Favorite Character


Making Up For Monday is weekly blog meme hosted by An Avid Reader; A Wannabe Writer Each week she will have a book-related theme or game, or something fun to do that week. And you can play along! All you have to do is find the question for that week, go to your own blog, write a post that day based on that question, and link your post to this one using the link up tool at the bottom of the post.
Today's Question: Who is your favorite character?

Me: You're asking me to choose? I can't do that! 

If I had to choose out of all the books I've read, I wouldn't even know where to begin. I'm narrowing it down to who is my favorite character in Cress by Marissa Meyer (because it's the last 5/5 stars book I've read recently) in order to keep my sanity.

Everyone who knows me is probably thinking that I'm going to put Emperor Kai. Well, you're right!

Favorite Character from Cress: Emperor Kai


No words are needed why I love this character, but if you have yet to meet him and you need words. Go check out my That's What He Said Thursday post. 

And if for some strange reason you haven't read it yet, go read Cinder by Marissa Meyer!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Author Q&A with Ben Langdon + Giveaway

Please welcome Ben Langdon, author of The Miranda Contract to the blog!

The Miranda Contract
Supervillain. Pop Star.Sometimes the life we're given isn't the life we'd choose for ourselves.
For the past five years, Dan Galkin has been lying to everyone about just how ordinary he is. But Dan's the grandson of The Mad Russian: one of the world's most powerful, and insane, supervillains. And Dan has powers too. He's a living battery, able to absorb and discharge electricity with his mind. Normally he keeps his powers hidden, but when the old man returns with an offer to make his grandson heir apparent, any chance at an ordinary life is blown apart.
Miranda Brody thought she wanted to be a pop star, but now she's got the international profile and the entourage, she doesn't recognize the Miranda she has become. After getting caught up in the cross-fire between Dan and his grandfather, Miranda realizes there's more to life than being famous. Staying alive, for example, becomes a high priority. And not falling in love with the pizza boy comes a close second. Labeled by society, trapped by expectation. Dan and Miranda might actually be able to change everything. As long as they don't kill each other first.
About the Author

 Ben Langdon is from Portland, Victoria, and when he's not writing, he teaches English and literature at the local high school, raises three children who are his favorite heroes-in-training, and enjoys reading. He mostly writes speculative fiction, particularly in the superhero or neo-pulp genres, but he also turns his hands to literary and mainstream short stories. Writing is a big part of his life, and one that he really enjoys. As well as writing fiction, he has also been a freelance columnist for The Age newspaper and the editor and publisher for This Mutant Life, a ‘zine for superhero fiction.

Author Interview

1. How did you know you wanted to start writing novels?

I've always loved writing but never really thought I'd actually write a full-length, real-life novel mostly because I never seemed to have the time. There was school, the university, the work, then family… it was always a matter of "Just wait a few more years." The thing that changed my whole perspective on writing, that made me really commit to writing a novel, was NaNoWriMo. A couple of people at work agreed to do the 'Novel in a Month' and it was this community of writers struggling against deadlines, chatting about writing and actually understanding the process that gave me 'permission' to actually writ a 50,000 draft. The next year I signed up with the Victorian Writers' Centre in Melbourne and I enrolled in a writers' workshop with author and publisher, Paul Collins. The writers I met there are still my close-writing friends and their support and feedback helped me get The Miranda Contract into reality.

Review: The Miranda Contract by Ben Langdon

The Miranda ContractTitle: The Miranda Contract
Author: Ben Langdon
Publisher: Kalamity Press
Link: Goodreads


Supervillain. Pop Star.Sometimes the life we're given isn't the life we'd choose for ourselves.
For the past five years, Dan Galkin has been lying to everyone about just how ordinary he is. But Dan's the grandson of The Mad Russian: one of the world's most powerful, and insane, supervillains. And Dan has powers too. He's a living battery, able to absorb and discharge electricity with his mind. Normally he keeps his powers hidden, but when the old man returns with an offer to make his grandson heir apparent, any chance at an ordinary life is blown apart.
Miranda Brody thought she wanted to be a pop star, but now she's got the international profile and the entourage, she doesn't recognize the Miranda she has become. After getting caught up in the cross-fire between Dan and his grandfather, Miranda realizes there's more to life than being famous. Staying alive, for example, becomes a high priority. And not falling in love with the pizza boy comes a close second. Labeled by society, trapped by expectation. Dan and Miranda might actually be able to change everything. As long as they don't kill each other first.

My Review
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
I got a copy of this book for an honest review

Although the concept of "gods" makes me cringe a little, I actually really enjoyed this book. Dan Galkin tries to runaway from his destiny of being a supervillian, a destiny being forced on him by his grandfather. I loved Dan's sarcasm. In my opinion, there's no better way to deal when you're surrounded by people that hate you. Sarcasm is always the way to go.

The love interest, Miranda, is quite spunky. In the beginning, I thought she was going to be one of those weak female characters that are often found in science fiction novels, but was pleasant surprised that she was the opposite.

My favorite character was Bree. She was not one of the primary characters, but I liked her a lot. I adored her laid-back attitude about everything.

Halo was a character I just couldn't understand. At first I hated him, then I fell in love with him, and then I was just plain confused. He's very deceptive, sneaky...yet helpful

The author's writing style was easy to read and understand. The story starts out pretty hectic, slows down and then picks right back up with heavy action-packed scenes. My emotions were all over the place. I say a job well done to the author! There was some strong language used, but it was brief only happened three times that I can recall, and very easy to ignore.

I gave The Miranda Contract 3.5/5 stars because it was way better than just being an "ok" type of book, yet it didn't quite hit a 4-star rating. I'm still confused about how Dan's grandfather's powers work. I'm also very curious to know other things such as: How did the Mad Russian become mad? How did Sully get his job? 

Overall, I was very satisfied and it was a book I did not regret reading.

Flashback Friday: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

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Title: Unwind

Author: Neal Shusterman
Published: 2007

In America after the Second Civil War, the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life armies came to an agreement: The Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, a parent may choose to retroactively get rid of a child through a process called "unwinding." Unwinding ensures that the child's life doesn’t “technically” end by transplanting all the organs in the child's body to various recipients. Now a common and accepted practice in society, troublesome or unwanted teens are able to easily be unwound.
With breathtaking suspense, this book follows three teens who all become runaway Unwinds: Connor, a rebel whose parents have ordered his unwinding; Risa, a ward of the state who is to be unwound due to cost-cutting; and Lev, his parents' tenth child whose unwinding has been planned since birth as a religious tithing. As their paths intersect and lives hang in the balance, Shusterman examines serious moral issues in a way that will keep readers turning the pages to see if Connor, Risa, and Lev avoid meeting their untimely ends.

My Thoughts

What if you lived in a world where your parents could have you unwinded? Don't know what that means? That means they could basically sell you to science.....while you're alive. This book gave me the creeps and it deserves 5/5 stars for being a well-written masterpiece as well as a cruel reminder that science explored without regard for human life can lead to ghastly consequences. Read this book! It's one of those books that can change the way you look at life.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

That's What He said Thursday: Emperor Kai

That's what HE said Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at Chapter Break where you post a favorite line of a book boyfriend to his heroine.


Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
"Believe it or not, I seem to be having technical difficulties again." He unhooked the portscreen from his belt and peered down. "You see, I figured it's probably too much to hope that New Beijing's most renowned mechanic is having trouble with her port, so I figured there must be something wrong with mine." Screwing up his lips, he whapped the corner of his portscreen on the table, then checked the screen again with a heavy sigh. "Nope, nothing. Maybe she's been ignoring my comms on purpose."

Emperor Kai to Cinder, Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favorite Books in Romance Genre

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. To find out more about it and how to participate, go ahead and click here.

Top Ten All Time Favorite Books in Romance Genre

First of all, let me say that it was torture trying to choose between all the books I've read in this genre. Also, though I like romance in books, I'm not the type of person who is stuck on the insta-love or love triangle scenario. I'm also really really into humor, so the more humor thrown into the love story the more I like it. 

Here we go:

Pride and Prejudice1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Jane Austen is the queen of this genre. I fell in love with Mr. Darcy, so much in love with the character that I even designated a whole page to him on this blog here. There's just something about a socially awkward, tortured soul that is just so right. I loved the way Elizabeth Bennet gave him a run for his money. Don't ever settle for anything less than you desire. Take  notes from Lizzie :)

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This was a futuristic retelling of Cinderella. This book captivated me in so many ways. You'll always see it coming up on my blog in one way or another. Prince Kai, the sassy, sarcastic, witty prince of New Beijing matched well with Cinder who also has some sass of her own. The sarcastic duo's interactions with each other and those around them were just so amazing.

3. Persuasion by Jane Austen. Jane Austen strikes again. I just love misunderstandings in fiction. It's so hilarious sometimes. Forgive me, but I think Captain Frederick Wentworth is actually a swoony character. If only he weren't so stubborn.....Anne Elliot broke off her engagement with him eight years before the story begins and they both regret it. Too bad they find it so hard to tell each other the truth. It's basically feelings of rejection being disguised as resentment. They are so awkward around each other and I just find it completely adorable. Haha!

Scarlet: Chapters 1-54. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. This was a futuristic retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Wolf! *swoon* I really enjoyed the awkwardness of his character and the being totally sweet and kind thing was a big bonus. Scarlet with her fiery spirit and determined resolve challenged him and he finds himself always uncertain. It was fun to read, but I'd hate to be in that position.

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)
5. Cress by Marissa Meyer. This was a retelling of Rapunzel. Captain Thorne is a very swoon-worthy character of the Lunar Chronicles. Meyer has this way of coming up with male heroes that are uniquely different yet so incredible. I loved Thorne's charming personality and I loved Cress with her naive look on life. They're such opposites and watching them interact is just so amusing.

Prom and Prejudice
6. Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg. This is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Will Darcy had the very essence of Mr. Darcy written all over him. At first, they don't get along at all (but  I'm sure you already knew that). I just love it when fictional characters have no clue what's going on, but you know everything. Suddenly, Lizzie Bennet is wondering why she misses Darcy and his proud self. *sighs* There, there, Lizzy. It was bound to happen sooner or later.

Fall For You (The Jane Austen Academy Series, #1)
7. Fall for you by Cecilia Gray. This is also a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice and you just know how much I love retellings...especially when it's a retelling of one of my favorite love stories ever! I thought the author did a great job because retelling anything done by Austen is really  hard. Dante was no match for Mr. Darcy, but I enjoyed reading about him. Lizzie on the other hand represented the strong, self-assured, independent spirit of Elizabeth Bennet.

Delirium (Delirium, #1)
8. Delirium by Lauren Oliver. First of all, Alex!!!! I got to admit it, at first I really wasn't feeling the "connection"  between Alex and Lena. I thought it was way too soon for them to be in "love," but then the ending happened and I was like.....OMG! I'm sorry I ever doubted you Alex.

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

9. Divergent by Veronica Roth. Ok. So this one is not going to really enthusiastic because I'm still not fully recovered after Allegiant (the ending of the series). However, I must confess....I liked Tris and Tobias together and...yeah. I can't continue. There are just too many emotions right now, so let's move on!

Girl, 15, Charming but Insane (Jess Jordan, #1)
10. Girl, 15, Charming but Insane by Sue Limb. This book was pure comedy. Every single character had me laughing. It was sort of fluffy lighthearted-reading, but it worked for me. Jess Jordan's personality is just so crazy that I couldn't help but love her. Fred, her long-time friend is both sarcastic and totally hilarious. I loved it! :) Warning: If you read it, don't expect anything more than just having a fun time. It's not anything too deep or serious. It's just a light-hearted, hilarious book.

Have you guys ever read any out of this list? What would be some of your top ten favorite books of any genre you like?

Friday, March 7, 2014

Flashback Friday: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Here is my Flashback Friday Book!

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: January 3rd 2012 

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
Quick Thoughts:

Well, I love The Lunar Chronicles series so much and the first book will always be special to me. I think one of the problems with a series is that people often forget the awesomeness of the first book as the story progresses along. I haven't forgotten and hope  I never shall. Cinder by Marissa Meyer gave me all the feels. ALL THE FEELS! 

Long Live the Emperor ;)

#SaveCRESS and Winter Teasers

Join the Resistance

Hello Lovelies!

Join the mission and help us #SaveCRESS @

In case you guys missed out on this, there's a huge giveaway opportunity for Lunartics (and those who want to become Lunartics!) If you've been following this blog for awhile you probably know that I'm a big fan of The Lunar Chronicles series. :D So when Marissa Meyer (the awesome author) recommended that we all tell our followers to join in, I thought to myself, why didn't I think of that? 

So far, we've unlocked the Rampion Reward and three of the sweepstakes. *cheers :D* Now we only have three more sweepstakes to go!

The Goal: 1 million social interactions! 
For each sweepstakes you unlock, you get the chance to win awesome prizes

How to participate

What we have left to do:
-Info taken from here

Stop the Queen: Unlock Sweepstakes 4 – 500,000 interactions
The Mission: Unlock and enter for a chance to win your own Iko USB drive, a paperback copy of Cinder, a paperback copy of Scarlet, and a hardcover copy ofCress by Marissa Meyer.
We need 500,000 interactions to unlock this sweepstakes! 

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The Mission: Unlock and enter for a chance to win one Iko 2gb USB drive, a paperback copy of Cinder, a paperback copy of Scarlet, and a SIGNED hardcover copy of Cress by Marissa Meyer.
We need 750,000 interactions to unlock this sweepstakes! 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Popular Authors I've Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. To find out more about it and how to participate, go ahead and click here.

Top Ten Popular Authors I've Never Read

Ok. Let's be real. I had to do a bit of research on this one. There has not been that many popular authors that I haven't read, so it was really difficult for me to brainstorm for this topic. Luckily, Amazon has a list of the Most Popular Authors in Teen and Young Adult Books

Here it goes!

First of all, a big wave to Marissa Meyer chilling out at the #12 spot of the Top 100 Most Popular Authors in Teen and Young Adult Books! Don't worry, you will not be on this list :)

PS. This list is not in any type of order.

1. Kiera Cass
Kiera Cass    The Selection   The Elite (Selection)   The One (Selection)

That's right folks! I've heard so much buzz about her series, but I have not started it yet. I may  read it one of these days though. There's just one thing holding me back from it....the synopsis of The Selection is a love triangle just waiting to happen. You might not know this about me, but I loathe love triangles. Hmmm....Loathe may not be the right word, how about I utterly despise AND loathe love triangles? I think you get what I'm trying to say. I haven't read any of the books yet, but I'm already on a team due to the synopsis of the first book.  

It basically says she was "in love" with Aspen before she was chosen and then meets the Prince. I'm rooting for Aspen because I'm assuming girls "in love" will not be so fickle as to fall for another (I'm being a bit sarcastic here). I know that in YA books, girls can easily stray from one boy to another. I'll just have to wait and see if this girl is any different. Unless Aspen is a jerk, then dump him like there's no tomorrow. 

2. Ally Condie
Ally CondieMatchedReached (Matched)Crossed (Matched)

I can already hear the enormous shouts of protest over the internet as I add this author to the list. No. I have not read any books by this author, which means I have still not read the Matched series. Sorries! I love the concept, but I hate the love triangle that comes with it. However, I think this love triangle may be a bit more tolerable to me because from the synopsis I can already tell who she chooses.

 From what I can tell, this is a story about a society choosing your perfect mate (oh wow, flashback to Delirium!), but there was a glitch in the system and the heroine sees a choice that was never meant for her to see (Ky) as well as her society's "perfect match" for her (Xander), leading to her questioning her society and falling in love Ky. Oops! 

They really need to fix all these glitches in Dystopian worlds. Get it together! You're just asking for our awesome heroes and heroines to revolutionize. On second thought, don't fix those glitches. We like reading about it too much! I plan on reading this book, but there are too many TBR books in front of it, so I don't know when that's going to happen. *sigh*

3. Sara Shepard

 Sara Shepard  Pretty Little Liars  Pretty Little Liars #2: Flawless

Please no throwing tomatoes at your computer/phone screen! Yes...I have not read any of the Pretty Little Liars Books, neither have I watched any of the episodes *hides face*. When I first heard about the series from my friends, they mentioned way too much drama and I found myself a bit overwhelmed with it. I don't think I'll be reading this anytime soon, but maybe I'll give some episodes a try. I'm hoping that you Pretty Little Liars readers and the rest of us non Pretty Little Liars readers can coexist.

4. Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi  Shatter Me Unravel Me (Shatter Me)  Ignite Me (Shatter Me)

Here's another shocker for you! I have not read any of Tahereh Mafi's books including the Shatter Me series. Hold on. Don't get too upset! Though I haven't read this series, I'm also in love with it. Let me explain.

 I have a tumblr and I follow book readers on tumblr, and you know as well as I do that tumblr followers can get a bit excited. My followers were all flailing over the series and I definitely put the whole series on my TBR list. Then they started posting quotes....then they started posting paragraphs....then they started posting complete pages...then they started posting complete chapters. They are very thorough. I was too engrossed to stop myself from reading all those tumblr posts.

 Needless to say, I've been spoiled. However, I still want to read this series :) I feel like I already know the charcaters (because they so graciously visited me on tumblr) and I love them! I have bumped up the books to the near top of my TBR list. Lastly, TEAM WARNER!!!

5. Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell Eleanor & Park Fangirl

I have also not read any books by Rainbow Rowell, so I've not read Fangirl as yet (or Eleanor and Park). Never fear! I will read it as soon as I can (even though I feel like there will be a bit of a love triangle involved). I've heard so much raving about it in the blogosphere that it would be silly of me not to try it out for myself. Then I will get to properly fangirl with you all. 

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