Saturday, November 26, 2016

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick


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.
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.

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:

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 page so you can all add it to your shelf:

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!!!!!!!

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!

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! :)

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

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


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! :) :) :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Reluctant Sacrifice by Kerr-Ann Dempster


Centuries ago, sibling rivalry tore Aramith apart. As punishment, the losers were stripped of their immortal birthright and banished to Earth. There, they wasted away from old age and diseases. However, there is hope…

If a Shaw child, born on the 12th day of the 12th month offers her soul in a public sacrifice, then the exiles will be forgiven and welcomed home to Aramith.

Aubrey Shaw is that child, but dying for the exiles is not on her to-do list. Using her gift as a Jumper, Aubrey leaps between bodies to escape relentless shape-shifting hunters. Only, shedding her skin is not enough. Not when Joshua, her best-friend-turned-hunter, is hell-bent on dragging her to the altar.

Will Aubrey’s love for Joshua change his mind?

Or, will she have to trust the scarred stranger who shows up out of the blue cloaked in lies and secrets? Doing so means giving up on Joshua. But betting on Joshua's love could do more than break her heart.

It could kill her.

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I really enjoyed this book. I loved Aubrey and Tessa, and quickly fell for Coy. The characters that were meant to be the "bad" guys felt legitimate, though I didn't really find a lot of redeeming qualities in Joshua and do wish there might have been a few more. Only because then I would have been torn between him and Coy and understood better why Aubrey was. The story flowed quickly, so it was a fast and enjoyable read the whole way through. I loved how easy it was to get sucked into, and understand, this world that Dempster created. The only problem I had with it as a whole is that in the end, I don't feel like the people who forced her onto that alter got what they deserved. I wish that in the epilogue when we're in Coy's POV and he's explaining the war, he mentioned that Charr also revealed to everyone that forcing Aubrey up there wouldn't have worked so they new they'd hunted her for nothing and in the end it was her choice. But, that's just me, and even though it annoys me (because I'm big on justice and karma) I can see why the author didn't bother with these details. It was an easy decision to give this book five stars, and I highly recommend it to people who are looking for a fresh and fun supernatural read!