Thursday, May 29, 2014
Review: Romily Bernard is one of my all-time favorite authors, for many reasons! Shout out to you Rom! Glad I get to be a part of your team!
Romily has serious talent in the writing world. Her ability to bring a story to life is incredible and she never disappoints with her stories. Find Me was good, I loved it, but it wasn’t perfect and I will be the first to admit that. Romily is back with her upcoming sequel to Find Me. Remember Me. Her writing only got better. Remember Me, abbreviated: RM, brings back our beloved Wicket and her dreamy partner Griff. Carson is also back and his attitude hasn’t improved. Hah! Bren and Lily are still as sweet as can be, although we do see Bren’s demeanor crumbling on Wick. We are also introduced to a new character, which in my opinion tops ‘em all right now, Milo. As you can see this book is filled with some old and some new, but I have to say that RM just did it for me. It really was amazing.
PLOT: I will try not to give anything away about the plot, so let me be brief about how much I loved the plot. Wicket’s world is getting smaller and she’s finding herself trapped in a corner. She is still being blackmailed into helping Carson and Griff isn’t pleased. Griff also doesn’t appreciate the newfound friendship between Wick and charismatic Milo. Wick is receiving information about her mom that she could never have imagined to be true until now. This subplot keeps us from never having a dull moment in the book. And of course the main plot begins with someone being brutally murdered and continues along with Wick having to figure out who done it (as us Texans say). If you like suspense then this is the book for you!
CHARACTERS: Wicket’s character hasn’t changed. Her motives, attitude, moral, and situations are pretty much the same. Although I will say she has grown some. She has learned to take better care of herself. But her low expectation of people remains the same and I rightly so. Griff’s character got a bit whiny and dramatic, but again you can’t really blame him. But I think he should also have been more supportive of Wick. We are all flawed….I suppose. Carson and Milo are my favorite characters. I love the beauty and complexity of their characters. They don’t just act upon emotion. They act more upon instinct and importance of the matter at hand. Milo and Carson are so vital to the story and you don’t even realize it because they aren’t necessarily “good guys.” It’s so easy to just miss the importance and integrity they bring to the story.
I’m so glad I got to read RM and I encourage all to read it when it comes out! Rom is an amazing new author who deserves the spotlight.
Hi Romily! I’m so glad you are able to fit this into your busy schedule! I always love doing interviews! I learn so much from authors and I know my readers do too. So let’s begin!
1. What was the hardest scene for you to write in RM?
“Haha! ALL of it.”
2. What was your favorite scene to write in RM?
“The epilogue—you know the part where she meets You Know Who and he tells her what’s about to happen. Yeah, that one. Soooo much fun. I was grinning as I wrote it.”
3. What were some of the bigger differences (or struggles) between writing RM and FM?
“Mostly, we focused on the fallout from the first book and what that would look like in the second—how would Wick be feeling, what would Bren be going through, how is Lily dealing with it. Very different stuff than the action driven plot of FM. I had to learn to balance the thriller elements with the emotional core.”
4. Do you have a favorite character? Why that character?
“Wick’s always fun to write, but Milo pretty much stole every scene he walked into. There’s just something about a cocky hot guy who gets knocked on his rear by a headstrong heroine that always makes me laugh”.
5. How did you come up with the plot for RM?
“Lots of pacing, pulling my hair out, and sobbing on the phone with Natalie Richards. I’m kidding. I’m kidding. I didn’t actually pull my hair out. It fell out on its own.”
6. What is your favorite book (that you didn’t write)?
“Oh, wow. There are so many. I think one of my latest favs is BEWARE THE WILD by Natalie C. Parker. It releases in October and it’s beyond wonderful”.
7. Who is your favorite author? Why?
“Oh, man, I don’t know that I could pick just one. I think Lauren Oliver, Ilsa Bick, and John Green are fabulous. I also read a fair amount of Jane Smiley and Margaret Atwood. If it’s a good book, I’ll read it. Sometimes I’ll read it even if it isn’t a good book.”
8. Who is your favorite book character (that isn’t yours)? Why?
“I love Stephanie Plum from the Janet Evanovich ONE FOR THE MONEY series. She’s hilarious”
9. Do you find it easier writing at night or during the day?
“Sometimes, night writing works better for my brain, but it’s worse for my body. I still have to get up in the morning and I definitely need slee.”
10. What is your favorite animal?
“Dogs and horses”
11. What is your favorite song?
“At the moment, it’s Coldplay’s Til Kingdom Come”
12. What is your favorite childhood memory?
“Probably riding our pony. As a kid, everyone tells you what to do, but there’s a wonderful freedom and autonomy to riding.”
13. If you found a dead body in the woods while being chased by a man (like Wick in RM) what would you do?
“Probably pass out from shock. Then wake up and study the body for ages while going “Euuuwwwww!” I was fascinated and disgusted when doing research for that scene. Let’s just say, the pics on Google were…intens.”.
14. What is your favorite TV show?
“Hmmm, I really loved Dexter, but I haven’t seen the final season.”
Last but not least # 15. What is your favorite book quote?
“I looooovvvveee quotes. Probably not surprising, right? One of my current favs is”“If they hadn't told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty. And if they hadn't tried to break me down, I wouldn't know that I'm unbreakable. ” — Gabourney Sidibe
Friday, May 9, 2014
Hey guys! So I have some exciting news! Today is my 15th birthday and I got to see John Green, Shailene Woodley, Nat Wolf, and Ansel Elgort in person! Holy crap! I waited in line for ten hours and it was so worth it! I cried because I was so happy! I was told by 14 people today I look like Shailene Woodley! One person even wanted a PICTURE with me because I look like her! LOL! Amazing day! Best day of my life! Met an amazing group of girls! Shout out to them! Alyssa Carrasco, Hannah Goodwyn, other birthday girl Hannah, Abdulla, Jenna Conn, Isabelle, Sadie, Sam, Sydney, Bridgette, Karina....Alex...Mary....Anique....Lexi...of course my fanboy Matthew and quite a few others! You guys made my birthday so incredibly amazing! I will post pics and videos tomorrow because I'm so tired right now! But I am leaving this link! I was on TV this morning! BEST BIRTHDAY EVER! :D
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Gosh, I feel like I’ve been gone for such a long time! Well…. I guess I have. But I’m back now and here is my review on 17 First Kisses! I got an arc of this book at TLA!
Review of 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen
I’m not sure what I was expecting from this book, but what I got was not at all what I thought it would be. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but just don’t go into this book with any ideas on what you think it is. Because that’s not it. I’ve been trying to come up with the words to describe this book and I’ve ended up with this: You know those songs that you hear on the radio and you think are catchy and cute but it’s not your favorite song? And you think you’re going to listen to it on youtube but then you don’t. then, a couple weeks later you see it on youtube and you’re like “Yeahh I forgot about this song!” and you jam out to it? Then you forget about it again. Then you find it again and you listen to it until you get it your of your system? That was this book. It’s cute and an enjoyable read, but it wasn’t my favorite. It also didn’t keep me completely interested. I think I read a few books in between starting and finishing it. Which is pretty normal for me, but if it’s a really good book I won’t do that. I think it’s worth a try to read but it’s definitely not for everyone.
I hope this review is helpful! It’s not much but it’s my honest opinion. I have to go to school now…so bye! :D
Friday, March 21, 2014
DIVERGENT WAS AMAZING! Theo was so sexy! Shailene was kickass! Miles Teller was hilarious! Theo was so sexy! Maggie Q and Zoe Kravitz were PERFECT! Ashley Judd rocked as mommy! Ansel Elgort looked damn good in his Erudite outfit. Theo was so sexy! Neil Burger…. You deserve the Nobel Prize for movies…. If they had that. But Neil Burger you did a GREAT job with Divergent! Oh… and Theo was so sexy!
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Review: I have heard a lot about Julie Murphy’s debut novel, Side Effects May Vary, and have been dying to get my hands on a copy! My wish was granted yesterday at her launch party for the book where they sold copies early! I started and finished the book today. Like I mentioned, I have heard and read so many opinions and descriptions of the book. It seemed that a person either absolutely loved it, or absolutely hated it! Most of the people who hated it talked mostly about their disliking of the main character, Alice. I began to worry and have a few doubts about the book at that point. I didn’t want to buy a copy if I wasn’t going to like it. That may seem a bit shallow, but it’s the truth. I worry about buying a book that I’m not going to like. I don’t like wasting money, ok? Anyways, after being extremely torn from all the controversial reviews I decided to go for it. I have so much respect for the author and enjoy talking with her; I decided she, like any author, deserved a chance. I’m glad I took the chance.
Going into it I promised that I wouldn’t take the book at face value. If I did I knew I’d be reading it wrong. That’s what I thought, anyways. Just by reading everyone’s reviews of the book I could tell it was one that you had to look at the deeper meaning. So that’s what I promised I would do. Read beyond the surface. I could definitely see why some people didn’t like Alice. She is not for everyone. But the truth about Alice is that there is a little bit of her in us all. I had an off again on again relationship with Alice. I loved her at times, her honesty, her bravery (despite it being used for revenge, you have to admit she is pretty brave), and her tendency to hide her feelings. At the end of the book she even mentions that it’s much easier to hide ones feelings rather than wear them on your sleeve. To me that all makes sense. I tend to be more honest than necessary (at least in most people’s opinions). I believe being honest is the best thing you can do. Doesn’t matter if it’s brutal, it’s better to state things how they are and tear the bandage off. I understand the need to hide your feelings and being brave even if it’s for stupid stuff. If you don’t understand those things you probably will hate the main character. If you take her at face value she is the biggest bitch. But I think that everyone has a side to them that is exactly like her. If you were in her situation you can’t honestly tell me that you wouldn’t have thoughts of just being like: What the fuck? I’m dying; I don’t need to deal with the shit that I do, why not let everything go. Why not take the last word? It’s only the people that are brave, and pretty dang stupid that actually put those thoughts into actions. People like Alice. Others might be more hesitant to do that. Why be a bitch back? Take the high road. I can understand that too, though. That is what kept me from fully liking Alice. I didn’t like that she would be a bitch when there wasn’t any reason to be. Like to Harvey. There were plenty of times when Harvey didn’t deserve the treatment he received from Alice. Sometimes I kind of wanted to knock some sense into Harvey. However, I did care about Alice and that’s when I liked that Harvey put up with it. Besides, love tends to make us do unreasonable and crazy things. I didn’t like Alice’s parents. I think those who didn’t like Alice was putting way too much blame on her for her behavior. If you (again) take the book at a deeper level you will see that, Alice was not entirely to blame. Her parents sucked. I’m surprise Alice could hold herself together with them. I would’ve blown up in their faces. The ongoing problem with Harvey also made a few people dislike the book, I think. But it’s not that Alice wanted to hurt Harvey. Because I truly felt she loved him. Even when she didn’t know it. But she didn’t want to hurt him. Which turned her to being a bit of a bitch towards Harvey. Yeah, I agree that sometimes it was unnecessary and felt totally bad for him. But she was scared and didn’t want to hurt him. I don’t think she thought she was good enough for him. Love makes us do unreasonable things.
In the end, Alice definitely could be a bitch, didn’t always do the right thing, and hurt the sweetest boy on earth just a little too much. But who says it was all her fault? Cancer sucks. Her parents didn’t help. Harvey being in love with her probably just added to the stress. She had some fucked up people at school to deal with. I think Alice was nothing more than scared and pissed the hell off. With those situations, I think we all have a side that says “Alice”. It reminded me of Eric Cartman from South Park. Kid is totally spoiled and an ass. But what makes him so great is that everyone can relate to him. Because sometimes you just wanna be an ass.
This is a little side note that I hope Julie herself sees! It has been so awesome hanging with you at all the fun book events! I hope we run into each other in the future! You wrote a wonderful book that speaks to the part in us all that we don’t see often. Or we see too much! Haha! I loved Side Effects May Vary and can’t wait to read what you have coming! Best wishes to you!
Lots of love,
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Jennifer Sadera is the author of one of my favorite novels: Flawless. Only today as a special offer can you get Flawless free on Amazon! Copy and Paste the link below to get your copy of the book!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Faking Normal! I think what I like most about is how well Courtney expressed and portrayed the thoughts, feelings, and actions of a teenager! I don't think I've ever read a book where teenagers were so perfectly executed. Even though it may not be pretty, it's reality. I think us teens get looked down upon because people don't understand us, and only see our wrong doings. But we have all these stupid and confusing things running through our heads it's hard for us to cope. Also, we aren't as dumb as people think. We do love to learn and be the best. It's just hard. I can see very clearly through the authors writing that she understands all of that. It honestly gives me something to believe in. That someone like her was willing to take the time to come up with a story that inspires teenagers. I want to thank her for that. Because it inspires me.
I also LOVE Bodee. Bless his heart! I wanted so badly for him to be real so I could just give him a damn hug! He reminds me of a few guys I know. I think that's why he really touched base with me. Because there are guys like that everywhere, and people are ready to look past them! But it bugs me! Also, Lex is an amazing character! Her strength really tugged my heart. Many people might call her weak, but she’s really not. I loved that about her. The battle within her showed much strength, as well as her ability to hide it from the people she loves, so she could protect them. I understand her ability to lie, and her loneliness. Because they're both things I go through every day. I think those are things all teenagers got through. This goes back to the amazing job Courtney did with portraying teenagers. I really have a high level of connection to this book and the characters and would recommend it to everyone! I think it’s relatable to everyone in one way or another. The character bring out something in the reader that has not been brought out before.
What sparked the idea for Faking Normal?
I paid for a critique from an editor at a SCBWI conference in LA. The editor took my current work, pushed it back across the table and said, “This is fine, but I want to see the story you have to write. I want to read the novel only you can write.” Faking Normal is the story I had to write.
What was your writing process like?
Fast. I’ve said fairly often that every book has its own journey. Some come out like old, dead syrup; some like Niagara Falls. Faking Normal was my Niagara Falls. I wrote it trying to meet a deadline for an interested agent in less than three months.
If you ever experienced writers block, how did you overcome it?
I usually don’t have writer’s block, but I certainly have Write the Wrong Thing Over and Over Again block. I’m not sure I have overcome that yet. Humility, patience, and managing stress seem to be the trifecta on getting through to the other side.
When did you first start writing?
I’ve been writing since second grade. That’s when I knew I had a little creativity in my veins, but I’ve only been attempting novels since 2005.
What was your favorite part to write in Faking Normal (if you had one)?
My favorite part of Faking Normal is Bodee. I love the scene in the tent between Alexi and Bodee; it felt powerful and sweet to see these characters get this part of their lives right when so much else had been wrong.
Your least favorite part (if you had one)?
I really didn’t have a least favorite part.
Do you outline?
I do. Pre-writing saves some re-writing.
How did you go about creating your characters?
There was no exact process to be honest. I struggled with their names, but their interior characters were solidified early on in my writing process. Most characters (for me) are not characters I make-up, but rather, characters I feel make and reveal themselves, and then allow me to write down their stories.
Is there any significance behind any of the characters?
Lex is a family name.
I answered for Bodee below, but really no one else is anyone specifically.I hope that anyone might find themselves in these characters. I tried to make them very accessible to teens and adults.
Who is your favorite character?
Bodee. Every day of the week and twice on Sunday.
The motif “sanctuary” is used throughout the novel. Lex talks about hers, and she and Bodee visit it. What is your sanctuary?
Great question. I have several. There’s a spot at Fort Walton Beach, Florida that I travel to regularly to re-center. My church is a sanctuary, in the literal and figurative sense. I also find that my group of friends are the best tree house fort ever; they protect my heart.
Do you think it’s important to have a sanctuary of your own?
Absolutely. I crave safety and place where I can be transparent.
Where did the idea for Bodee’s character come from?
I had a friend who loved me back to (semi) normal after a painful season. He is nothing like Bodee circumstantially, but the way he loved me is reminiscent of Bodee.
Can we expect more books from you?
Well, The Blue-Haired Boy releases the Tuesday after Faking Normal through HarperImpulse. My book two (currently untitled) is slated for 2015. I hope there are many more after these three projects.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
First, I’d just like to take a moment and talk about how much I LOVE Victoria Scott! Not only does she write about AMAZING adventures and sexy guys, but she’s absolutely adorable, really funny, and incredibly sweet! I love chatting with her and seeing her at book events! She’s honestly one of my favorite authors, her books are awesome, and she’s always my Woman Crush Wednesday ;) Love you Tori! >.<I got Fire and Flood in the mail a week before Christmas! I would like to thank Scholastics for that awesome, early Christmas present! But with all the Christmas fun going on, I didn’t get to read it until after the holidays.
Fire and Flood is BRILLIANT! I definitely recommend it to all! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I loved all the characters! It’s very rare for me to like all the characters in a book; usually I have an attitude problem with at least one of them! And my friends occasionally have to remind me it’s a fictional person, no need to be so angry at them! Haha! But I don’t think I can say a bad thing about any of the characters in Fire and Flood. The main character, Tella, was really funny. Halfway through the book I realized that I thought her to be so funny because she thinks just like me! Really, though. It was really funny and all the jokes were relatable which just made it even funnier. I don’t think Tella is a hard character to get into. She’s pretty easy going, and like most teenage girls. I loved that throughout the book her character stayed the same, personality wise. I think authors change their main characters personality to more of a “hero” role in these types of books. The problem with that is, it’s either very unlikely that the character they originally started with has the ability to play “hero”, or it’s unpractical and unrealistic. But Tella’s character did not undergo that major change, and she stayed the cute, funny, teenage girl that she is. I mention quite a lot in my reviews how I’m not an easy person to surprise! When an author succeeds at surprising me, they deserve great praise! I was completely taken by surprise with Harper, the fearless leader! *Applause to Tori* I loved that Harper’s character was a foil to Tella. Harper is a hard competitor, a badass chick, and gorgeous all at the same time! I might be completely wrong here, but I think Harper played a vital role in Tella finding out who she is in the Brimstone Bleed. Again, applause to Tori on shocking me with Harper at the end! Thought it was perfect, and I honestly don’t know how I hadn’t already seen it! Guy is the sexiest thing since Tobias in Divergent. At first I wasn’t sure about Guy. Having his point of view *hint to Tori* might have helped the process of liking him go faster. I think he’s a big teddy bear, though. He’s quiet, fierce, strong, big, and I wanted to cuddle with him when I was reading. Unfortunately Tella got the place of cuddling with him. That my friend is one of the reasons I live precariously through book characters. ‘Cause the girl always gets to cuddle with sexy. I’m not going to lie when I say I was also surprise with Titus. I honestly liked him up until I realized his character wasn’t going to end the way I thought. Then, I quickly switched teams and acted like I hated him the whole time. ;) hahaha Just Kidding. But I was pretty ashamed that I liked him for even the shortest time! Later in the book he really pissed me off. I almost shoved him off a cliff. 8///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// 32 }and this my friends is what my cat thought! He felt compelled to add his review of the book right there. -_- He gives it 32 stars though! He is very hard to please, so again *applauds Tori* on her talent!
Back to my review…..
Braun is also a really cool guy! Total team Braun! He’s so sweet I just wanna give him a big hug! *hugs Braun* Again, loved ALL the characters! Wouldn’t change a thing about them! I loved them all so much I don’t think I can even pick a favorite!
My favorite part of the novel was the letter Tella receives after the first round of the Brimstone Bleed, from her brother! I started to cry and almost couldn’t take it! I nearly skipped that part in the book, but pulled myself together and braved through it. It was so touching, and the way Tori connected the reader to the characters made it even worse! I felt like it was my own my brother! Also, any personal experience with someone close to you passing away from disease makes it even sadder. Unfortunately I have been through that ugly experience and so it really touched base with me when reading Fire and Flood. Again, I have to applaud Victoria Scott on the amazing job she did. The letter was so sweet and I think it’s going to get to a lot of readers. Only a truly talented writer can make me cry that hard over something like that.
My least favorite part of the book was when Tella found Dink in his animalistic state. It was thoroughly detailed and absolutely disgusting. I’m not saying it was bad writing, or should have been left out! In fact, it was GENIUS and well written. So well written, that I almost threw up. It was my least favorite part BECAUSE it almost made me throw up! Haha! It is the author’s job to paint a picture in your head as if you are really there. If the author succeeds, they have done their job well. Of course Tori, who never fails to do a good job, brought me into the book and didn’t let me out, not even at that part. Although it was my least favorite part, it was still amazing. I’m all for realistic, and what-would-really-happen-in-that-situation. Fire and Flood followed through with being realistic and convincing.
I know some people will disagree with what I’m about to say, but it’s my honest to god opinion. I think Fire and Flood is better than The Hunger Games. Plot, conflict, characters, setting, and writing, was all better in Fire and Flood than in The Hunger Games.
I’m SUPER excited for the rest of the series and CAN’T FREAKING WAIT for what Tori brings next! I’m also super excited for The Warrior, the last book in the Dante Walker trilogy! Hope you approve of my review Tori, and I will see you at the Fire and Flood book launch!
5/5 star rating.
P.S. Y’all be jealous! Tori says my Pandora is a White Tiger! :D
Saturday, January 25, 2014
I think my FAVORITE part of YAK was all the authors that told me they love my hair! Reason number one being that I just got it cut and was REALLY nervous about what people would think! Reason number two being that it's a FREAKING HONOR to have them even talk to me! So it's THE BEST THING EVER when they complement me! LOL! Had so much fun! The authors there are TRULY amazing!
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