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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Michael by Patricia Josephine

If you've been following my blog since the beginning then you might remember me interviewing the fabulous Patricia Lynne. Well my friends Patricia Josephine is Patricia Lynne so of course I was stoked to read her newest book.
Michael is the first installment in a four part novella series that when complete will make up a full novel.
Like I said I was really excited to read this book but a wee bit nervous for a couple reasons.
First being I'm not a huge fan of angel books. I don't know what it is I just don't seem to get into them.

Second this was also my first LGBT read. To be honest I've always been hesitant to read a book about a same sex couple- not because I'm judgmental and frown upon that (I believe that love is love)- but just because I wasn't sure what it would be like.
Lastly I'm not usually a huge fan of third person POV. I really like first person because I feel more connected to the character.
HOWEVER with all of that being said I enjoyed this book enough to be interested in reading the second installment. It wasn't your "typical angel book", the LGBT aspect was somewhat intriguing, and the POV didn't bother me as much as it usually does.
From the first second Michael was introduced I was a fan of his and I found myself also being a supporter of Lake. I'm really curious to see where their relationship is going to go.
As usual Patricia's writing was clean and with it being third person it kind of reminded me of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.
I also think Patricia is a risk taker-in the best way possible-for writing a story about a gay angel. I've never heard of a book that did something like that and I thought that was incredibly original.
While I'm excited about reading the second novella I have to be honest with you guys. As I said I was intrigued by the same sex relationship but it's not something I think I'll read a lot. Again not because I find it wrong but because it's not what I'm in to. I've noticed that even in opposite sex romances I don't usually like them if I myself wouldn't be interested in the guy. Because I'm not gay I can't find that relatable so it's not something I'd want to read and live vicariously through.
With that being said if you are a fan of Patricia Lynne/Patricia Josephine, a fan of angel books, or a fan of people taking a risk then I'd say you should pick this book up.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

I Love Spring Book Tag

1) How is Spring where you live?
Muddy. Very muddy.

2) Most anticipated book release this Spring?
Asa by Jay Crownover!! Ah so excited!!

3) What book cover makes you think of Spring.
Anna & The French Kiss ALWAYS makes me think of Spring! It's just so bright and cheerful.

4) Where are you going to read this Spring?
Well since it's still cold where I live I'll continue reading in my room thank you :)

5) Find a cover with the sun on it!
What Happened To Goodbye by Sarah Dessen has the sun setting on it. That still counts right? I mean it is still the sun.

6) What are your favorite Spring reads?
I get reeeeeally into contemporary in the Spring. Contemporary is usually light and easy to read and Spring is supposed to be light and happy.

7) Find a book with many different colors on it.
The Duff by Kody Keplinger has some of my favorite colors on it. There aren't an insane amount of colors but that book just looks good.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: March 24, 2015

Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit

10. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
I was simply obsessed with the Boxcar Children books when I was in elementary school. I read the crap out of those books.

9. California Diaries by Ann M. Martin
I think I had like 4 of these and I read them around 6 grade I believe and I thought they were the best books ever (at the time) :)

8. Animorphs by K.A. Applegate

My little brother and I were in love with these books and I find myself wondering sometimes if I'd like them as much now.

7. 7th Heaven books & Mary- Kate & Ashley & Sabrina The Teenage Witch
I used to love reading these books!! Yes I know they are all separate but because I don't know the authors and because they were all shows turned into books I took the liberty and put them together.

6. A Bend in The Road by Nicholas Sparks
This was the very first Nicholas Sparks book I ever read and I was in 8th grade. It's been about that long since I read it and I'd really like to read it again to remind myself why I loved it so much.

5. Are You There God, It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume
Oh shoot I loved this book. I think I was in fourth grade the first time I read it and I believe I read it about 10 times.

4. Forever by Judy Blume
I was actually quite a bit older when I read this Judy Blume book but just the like previous book I read the crap out of it.

3. Scribbler of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson
Man oh man was I in love with this book. I remember my best friend and I read this together in middle school and we reread it over and over again. I bought it off Thriftbooks a few years back and I'd really like to reread it and feel all of those old feels.

2. Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
I remember these books as they were coming out and I loved them. I see Heather from Bookables-on YouTube-talk about these books a lot and it always makes me want to reread them. I also watched the movie again a few months ago and it made me miss the series.

1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
This book changed everything. I feel I must reread it every few years for a refresher. You understand.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Book Combo Tag

1. What two authors would you like to see put their writing skills together to write a book?
Sweet heavens if Jay Crownover and Abbi Glines wrote a book together I might break down and cry. That would be in-freaking-credible!!


2. What is your favorite author collaboration? Whether it be a short story collection or just a book that the authors worked together on.
I really enjoyed John Green and David Levithans, Will Grayson, Will Grayson.


3. If you could combine two stories and make them a book of their own, which would they be? & what would the reworked title be?
I feel like Beautiful Disaster and any of the Marked Men books would make an awesome book. So I suppose it would be referred to as the Beautiful Marked Men :)


4. What two characters from different books do you ship?
This is hard because most people I love already have a love interest and I don't want to mess with that...hmm...Mrs. Terwilliger from Bloodlines and Giles from Buffy :)


5. What two worlds from different stories would you like see come together to be one epic world?
The Mortal Instruments and the Bloodlines series would be pretty cool together I think.


6. What duology/trilogy/series would you have liked to see be combined in to one book?Even though it would be incredibly long I kind of want to say the Divergent trilogy. I wasn't a huge fan of the second book and I strongly disliked the third soooo it would've been more convenient if they were all smashed into one book.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Surprise!!

 
I was a bad book blogger last Thursday because I didn't put up a post buuut I have a good reason...
I'm having a baby!!

:)



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Emmmabooks Interview

Alright so I'm stumbling through YouTube-as I tend to do-and I find myself on Emma's channel. The first video I watched was her bookshelf tour and then in my suggestions it brought up her video on Fifty Shades of Grey. I hesitantly clicked on it- I say hesitantly because I was sure she'd hate on it like every other video I've seen- but to my surprise she defended it. I was so happy that someone else understood my love for it that I had to keep watching her videos. About five videos later I knew I wanted to interview her and lucky for me she agreed.
So huge thank yous go out to Emma for making great videos and for giving me the opportunity to interview her.
Enjoy!!

1. What made you want to start making book related videos on YouTube?
Back in January of 2014, I saw a few videos that were all about pronouncing different words from The Mortal Instruments (my favorite book series). I thought this was such an awesome idea! One of the best parts of reading, especially fantasy, is how everyone interprets new words differently, so those videos totally inspired me to make my own! I had been watching booktubers for a while and was considering starting a channel, but those few videos gave me the push I needed to start my channel.

2. Which BookTubers inspire you the most?
I'm really inspired by PolandBananasBOOKS,  Katytastic, abookutopia, and JoelBooks are MAJOR inspirations for me, but I definitely get a lot of inspiration from my booktube friends like Little Red Reader, Misssassykassie, Kelly's BookSpill, sierrareads and OHxXxSNAP13. We have so many great discussions about books and booktube in general that it's nearly impossible for me to leave a conversation without a new discussion/tag idea!

3. Out of all the book related videos/blog posts which are your favorite to watch/read?
I don't get around to reading many blogs (I'm a huge multitasker, so it's much easier for me to listen to a book review while doing other things as opposed to reading one) but I honestly really enjoy watching tags! They're always super short and funny and I feel tags are where a youtuber's personality really comes out. Unique discussion videos are also a huge favorite of mine. If you can bring up a bunch of different points about a topic that surrounds reading, content in books, anything book-related honestly, I'll almost always love it.

4. You get to star in any book to movie adaptation, which book would you pick and which character would you play?
I would LOVE to play Isabelle Lightwood. It's not even that I love her character and get compared to her all the time, but I would love to be representing The Mortal Instruments fandom on the big screen. In all honesty, if I had any acting skills at all, I would 100% audition for the T.V. show :)

5. You've told us who you're playing and in what adaptation, but who's playing your love interest?
AH! I don't know if I could possibly pick a perfect Simon. I tend to never dream cast because A. I'm not all that knowledgeable about famous/upcoming actors and B. I like to be surprised when a casting comes out and decide for myself how I feel about it. Though, I wouldn't be opposed to keeping Robert Sheehan as Simon. I thought he did an amazing job at portraying Simon, despite all the flaws of the movie.

6. One of my favorite videos of yours is where you defend Fifty Shades of Grey, what made you want to make that video?
As someone who really loved the first book in that series, I found myself constantly defending it against people who were basically protesting against it, even though they hadn't read the book. I spent so much time replying to comments, tweets, or even real-life debates about the book, that I felt it was only fit, as a booktuber, to make a video for it. I worked really hard on posing a logical, articulate argument and it was absolutely amazing to see how many people supported me in posting it. I was SERIOUSLY nervous as it was uploading, thinking I would lose tons of subscribers that I love because I had a controversial opinion, but in reality, almost everyone praised me for being so brave to speak out against the hate, so it was definitely satisfying in the end.
TO WATCH "DEFENDING FIFTY SHADES" CLICK HERE

7. If you could interview any author alive or dead who would you pick and why?
I would love to interview Cassandra Clare! She's my all time favorite author and I have so many questions I'd love to ask her about herself, her writing process, her books, etc. I've already met her, and for such a short book signing, we did talk for quite a while! But I would love to have the opportunity to actually sit down and ask her all of the questions running through my mind whenever I read her work.

8. Name your 3 favorite book to movie adaptations?
In no particular order, I ADORE all of the Twilight movies. I couldn't tell you why I'm so obsessed with them, but I have my own personal Twilight movie marathons all the time!
I feel like the Harry Potter movies shouldn't even count, but I can't help but include them. It's almost a rite of passage to love them as a reader and loyal Potterhead, but I used to watch nearly 4 a day and they definitely always cheer me up. To go with more recent adaptations, I think The Fault in Our Stars is one of the best book-to-movie adaptations out there right now. I had reread the book the day I went to see the movie, and with it so fresh in my mind, they really kept the majority of details in!

9. Are you excited about the Mortal Instruments becoming a tv show or did you want them to stay movies?
I actually have a full video discussion on this! I'm definitely happy it's getting a second chance after the movie bombed so badly, but I can't say I'm not nervous. I've never watched a book made into a T.V. series, so I don't know how different it is from a movie adaptation. I'm also fearful considering the same producers as the movie are involved with the production of the T.V. show, whom I blamed for the all of the issues with the movie. Another fact making me a bit "iffy" is that frankly, I WANT THE SAME CAST! The cast was such a controversial part of the movie, but I really really loved each cast member the characters. Given, I did see the movie before reading the books (the movie is what made me want to read the books!) so I'm a little biased but I thought Lily, Jamie, Kevin, Jemima, and Robert did a great job despite the executive problems I had with it. I do also believe that The Mortal Instruments would have succeeded better with a movie series. I think it deserves the hype that Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, etc got from their movies. Now we'll have no midnight premiers or any of those privileges a movie series gets, and I think the Mortal Instruments deserves that level of recognition.
TO WATCH "TMI AS A TV SHOW AND THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY DISCUSSION" CLICK HERE

10. Aside from BookTubing and reading what do you enjoy doing the most?
Two major interests of mine are electronic music and hoop dance. I've been a dedicated electronic fan since I was about 13, and if my money isn't going towards books, it's going towards concerts and festivals. The music has had such an impact on me over the years, and I really could not imagine my life without it. Hoop dance is one of my newer interests. It's exactly what it sounds like: dancing with a hula hoop! It's a really beautiful and graceful style of dance and so much fun to learn. I only really started teaching myself in the beginning of January, but I feel like I've come so far now and it's the most rewarding feeling to conquer a new trick. 

11. Is there anything you would like say to aspiring BookTubers and Book Bloggers?
First of all: DON'T GIVE UP. Don't expect your channel of blog to blow up immediately. It takes time and energy, but it will eventually pay off. Also, don't try and be somebody else! I see so many new booktubers who try and act like Christine (PolandbananasBOOKS) and it makes me not want to see the rest of their channel. People will love you for just being you, so don't try and get success by copying someone else's personality! You'll get more comfortable speaking in front of a camera and you'll develop your own personal writing style over time, but just let everything come naturally because that's what viewers are looking for! Just be yourself and have fun with it! In my opinion, that should be the main focus for anyone starting a booktube channel or book blog. :)

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Disney Song Book Tag

1. A whole new world - Pick a book that made you see the world differently.
You know, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky kind of made me see the world differently. It was such a fantastic story and it made me want to befriend all the Charlies in the world.

2. Cruella De Vil - Pick your favorite villain.
He's an ass but Sebastian from Mortal Instruments. There's just something about him that I love.

3. I won't say I'm in love - Pick a book you didn't want to admit you loved.
In the beginning I really didn't want to admit that I loved Fifty Shades of Grey. Now I simply don't care.

4. Gaston - Pick a character that you couldn't stand.
Ironically enough since I just said I loved it-Anastasia Steele (from the book) kind of drove me nuts. All that "inner goddess" bull made me want to gag and throw the book.

5. Part of your world - Pick a book set in a universe you wish you could live in.
Oh geez. Can I live in Colorado or Rosemary Beach?

6. A dream is a wish your heart makes - describe what the book of your dreams would be like.
The book of my dream exists, it's called Rule by Jay Crownover :)

7. Someday my prince will come - What book character would you marry if you could?
Rule duh.

8. I see the light - Pick a book that changed your life.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. That book honestly did change my life.

9. When you wish upon a star - Pick a book you wish you could reread for the first time.
Twilight. Hands down. I will never forget reading that for the first time and it was the best feeling.

10. I just can't wait to be king - Pick a book with some kind of monarchy in it.
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory? Does that count?

11. Colors of the wind - Pick a book with a beautiful colorful cover.
The new'ish covers for Anna, Lola, and Isla are all gooorgeous. I love looking at them.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire

It's no surprise that I'm a fan of Beautiful Disaster and Beautiful Oblivion so therefore it should be no surprise that I loved Beautiful Redemption.
Jamie McGuire you can do no wrong.
In this installment of The Maddox Brothers trilogy/series(?) we follow older brother Thomas and the awesome Liis Lindy.
The story is told in Liis' point of view and I loved it. She was an incredible addition to this series, probably my second favorite to Abby Abernathy.
Anyway Liis and Thomas meet one night in a bar where they end up having a one night stand with each other. Unfortunately for both of them the next day- at Liis' first day of work- they find out that Thomas is Liis' boss.
Awkward.
Liis is determined to show that there indiscretion won't affect her job and Thomas is determined to prove that he's an ass. Okay that's not true but he is kind of asshatty.
I thought it was awesome that they were both FBI agents because it gave a different spin on everything.
I loved this installment because it was romantic, sexy, funny and kept me on my toes.
I also loved getting to see all of the characters that we've met in previous books.
I most definitely recommend this book!!


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