Friday, December 16, 2016

New Look!

As you guys can see, there's a new look to the blog! This wasn't really a choice...the old formatting must have been removed (it was created years ago) and so I had to choose something different! It's a bit sunnier than it was in the past, but I like it, and I hope you all do as well!

Because this post is mostly just about that....I don't really have anything else to say. I don't have any completed lengthy reviews to post, as I've unfortunately not been reading a lot this month due to the holidays and my writing the second book for my publisher. (Don't forget, one of my books comes out on Dec. 25th)! So I guess I'll just take this time to tell you all what I'm TRYING to get read, and what I have up for R2Rs in the (hopefully) near future!

I don't usually like to read so many books at once, but I've been finding it really hard to sit and focus on any one book this past month (probably because of everything I've got going on) so I have a huge list this go around. :/

Currently Reading:

I received an advanced copy of this and when I started it I absolutely loved it! I still really want to sit down and finish it, it's just taking me forever to actually get around to doing so. As of now though, I'm excited for the book to actually come out in Feb. and might buy myself a copy even though I have this ebook. If you want to know more about it, visit it's Goodreads.com page, here:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30258320-gilded-cage










I got a copy of this from the author in exchange for review as well. I'm not overly found of this cover,
but the book itself is very good! This isn't meant for anyone under the age of 18, however, so please keep that in mind! I read a mixture of genre's so sometimes the things I review aren't Teen/Ya Fiction. I've got about 20% more before I'm finished with this one, and I read most of it in two nights. The characters are great and complex, and aside from a few plot points I felt were rushed, I can't find anything I don't like about it! As of now I highly recommend if dark contemporary romance is your thing! More info? Click here:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31282839-blaire








Honestly, I'm only on page 18, so there's not really much I can say about this one. So far, I'm actually not that into it, but I don't feel like that's even fair to say seeing as how the book is over 400 pages, meaning I have yet to even make a dent. It's gotten really great reviews and its rating is pretty high, so I really think I just haven't given it enough of a go yet. Hopefully I get the time to do so. :) More info here:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26836910-the-diabolic









This one is actually available to be read for free on Swoonreads.com, which is where I ran into it. I
wish I had the time to really sit down and read it straight through, because so far I am really liking it and the world building. It's a bit like Gilded Cage to be honest, or maybe that's just because I made the mistake of reading them both at the same time, I don't know, but the point is if one sounds interesting to you the other probably will as well! I would definitely check it out if I were you, especially because that's a site where you help authors get published! Here's a link to the Goodreads.com page, but again, you can find this and read it for free at Swoonreads.com :

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32199172-shadows-of-stars





To Read Soon:

This book isn't very long, it just feels like I never have time to get to it. I might start carrying it around in my purse. This also isn't generally like the books I read, so that might be why it's taking forever as well. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review from the author, and I did read the first few pages which I liked. So, if you're the author reading this, I DIDN'T FORGET! It's just taking me a while to get to. Add to your reading list here:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29595726-the-six-principles-of-enlightenment-and-meaning-of-life











Here's another one for R2R. The author actually just sent it over to me yesterday, and it sounds so
good that I'm really looking forward to getting to it! I think I'll probably move it up my list to be honest! :) And the cover is great!!!! For more info go here:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31945438-silver-blood

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

 Blurb:

A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air, Twilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.”

At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.

With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can—from her unusual path to the performing arts (Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants may have played a role) to her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her initial “dating experiments” (including only liking boys who didn’t like her back) to reviewing a binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual “man-child.”

Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page—with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious).


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Full disclosure, I don't usually read these types of books. I've probably only read about three or so in my entire life, in fact. But I follow Anna Kendrick on Instagram and loved all of the posts she did, and I think she's a great actress so when I found the signed copy at Barnes & Noble I knew I had to buy it.
 
BEST. DECISION. EVER.
 
I read this in one sitting. I figured I'd read a chapter here and there and that would be it, but ended up unable to put it down for the entire night. It's amazing. The book is honest, and relatable, and HILARIOUS in the way only an honest and relatable book can be. I loved that it didn't focus solely on how she got her career; it's mentioned, but we aren't bashed over the head with all these details. She also doesn't preach or try and give advice on how to become famous and successful. Because of this, it came off more genuine and real, and I was drawn into how she felt and why she felt it. I wanted to know if she ever got over her insecurities, and when she realizes she might not ever, but that it's okay, I felt okay about the ones that I personally have. We've all had those moments where we feel like we don't fit in, or that here's something socially wrong with us. Anna Kendrick touches base on those feelings, reminding us that being "famous" and even sometimes getting what you want, doesn't always magically equate to happiness. Life is tough, and there are struggles, and while not having worry about money might solve one of them, it doesn't solve everything. I think this book managed to express what most celebrities always try so hard to: that they're just people, with real lives who often times feel the same crippling doubts and insecurities that we all do. And, most importantly, that that's okay.
 
I would absolutely highly recommend this book, even if it's something you wouldn't usually pick up. It's definitely one of those ones that I'll return to over and over again, whenever I start feeling weird or awkward or alone. There were so many great quotes that I can't even pick a few to list, and again, it was SO FUNNY.
 
BEST. DECISON. EVER.
 
 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Cover Voting for Unhinged!!!

Hi Guys,

Cover voting for my upcoming book is taking place now until Friday! Please head on over to vote for your favorite and help my book get dressed for its release party (too corny?)!

Here's the link where you can vote: https://www.instagram.com/p/BMUGAMuDXrf/?taken-by=thepolyethnic

Again, please do so! I've supplied closer looks at the cover options below! :) Comments and questions are welcomed!





Monday, October 31, 2016

Threatening Souls by Nicole Lambert RELEASE! + Cheaper Buy and Coupon!!!

Hey guys!!!!

The Polyethnic Publishing just published their first book, Threatening Souls, by Nicole Lambert!!! It's now available in ebook and paperback form online and in bookstores! If you purchase a copy from The Polyethnic website directly, you even get a discount!!! AND if you type in coupon code GRANDFALL you get another 10% off!!!

Here is a link to the Goodreads.com page so you can all add it to your shelf:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32321532-threatening-souls

And here is the blurb in case you missed it:

The sacrifices, the drama, the horror within.

In the year of 1860, a curse was performed over the suburb of Roseway, Washington, which rests about twenty miles south of Seattle, that killed nearly every living resident. After coming back to Earth as spirits, they form a twisted plan that not only provides them with bodies of their own but also kills off all who venture into Roseway in the future.

Thirteen-year-old Rebekah Jensen has lived a fine life in Marywood, Florida with two best friends, a clique that strives to make her one of them, and a boyfriend who happened to be one of the most popular guys in her school. But all that is about to change when the date of her arrival to Roseway nears, when she starts to see things that she presumes are spirits—and she is sure that she had gone insane.

After moving to Roseway, she gets sucked into an illusion of the dead, coming to regard Roseway as some sort of cult in which they worship a mysterious being that is introduced to her as the Master. Within the months of enduring Roseway, she finds out more about herself and her purpose in the suburb. Teaming up with a friend, who has a dark secret, Rebekah must put an end to the curse before she ends up like the rest of the victims.


And, finally, here is the link to where you can purchase from the Polyethnic site for cheaper!!!!!!!

http://store.thepolyethnic.com/product-category/bookstore/

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Giveaway + New Book Subscription Box!

Hi guys,

In case you haven't popped over to my author blog yet, there's currently a giveaway going on for some cool extras for my upcoming book, Unhinged! It's set to be rereleased in paperback on December 25th!

My publisher for that book is also starting something cool, their own book subscription box, out the same month! My book is going to be the first book offered in the box, which is currently available for preorder! Here's the link so you can go and secure your box!

http://store.thepolyethnic.com/

As for the giveaway, prizes are signed bookplates, bookmarks, coloring pages, stickers, etc. Everyone get's a free entry so be sure to enter below! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Raven Song (Inoki's Game, #1) by I.A. Ashcroft

Blurb:

A century ago, the world burned. Even now, though rebuilt and defiant, civilization is still choking on the ashes.

Jackson, a smuggler, lives in the shadows, once a boy with no memory, no name, and no future. Ravens followed him, long-extinct birds only he could see, and nightmares flew in their wake. Once, Jackson thought himself to be one of the lucky few touched by magic, a candidate for the Order of Mages. He is a man now, and that dream has died. But, the ravens still follow. The nightmares still whisper in his ear.

Anna’s life was under the sun, her future bright, her scientific work promising. She knew nothing of The Bombings, the poisoned world, or the occult. One day, she went to work, and the next, she awoke in a box over a hundred years in the future, screaming, fighting to breathe, and looking up into the eyes of a smuggler. Anna fears she’s gone crazy, unable to fill the massive hole in her memories, and terrified of the strange abilities she now possesses.

The Coalition government has turned its watchful eyes towards them. The secret factions of the city move to collect them first. And, old gods stir in the darkness, shifting their pawns on the playing field.

If Anna and Jackson wish to stay free, they must learn what they are and why they exist.

Unfortunately, even if they do, it may be too late.

Raven Song is the first of a four book adult-oriented dystopian fantasy series, a story of intrigue, love, violence, and the old spirits in the shadows who wait for us to notice them again. Readers of Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, and Charlie Human will enjoy this dark magic-laced tale rooted on the bones of what our world could become.

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This is going to be a short review because there's not a ton to say (which isn't a bad thing). All in all, I enjoyed the world building in this book. The characters were also interesting enough to keep my attention once we got deeper into the story, however, I do feel like the beginning dragged a bit. It was hard to really care about the central plot because so much time in the first few chapters was spent on backstory for Jackson. Once Anna came into the picture things really picked up. Even though I felt the story took a while to really start going, this was a fast read all the way through. There were a lot of little mysteries and clues which were engaging and held my interest throughout. I would recommend reading this if you're into sci-fi, mystery, and made up worlds, as the one in this book was well done. I think a few scenes needed to be described in a bit more detail, for example one in the beginning where Agent Walker and them find mutilated bodies, but other parts were really well described. It's fast enough that you should give it a chance, and at only 290 pages, it won't be a waste of your time if you don't absolutely love it.
 

 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Book Subscription Box!

Hi guys,

Just thought I'd let you know that the Polyethnic is currently looking for reps for their upcoming Book Sub Box!!! The first box comes out in December and the theme is Meet the Greeks! My book, Unhinged, is going to be supplied in its new paperback form as the main book for that months box, so be sure to sign up! It's a great way to get a copy as well as a bunch of other great items!

The reps will receive the first box FREE of charge, so if you're interested head on over to instagram and check out @thepolyethnic for more details! :)

Also, don't forget to join the giveaway in the post below for some cool Unhinged swag! :) :) :)