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Bookish News: eReaders Allowed During Take-Off Next Year!

March 27, 2013 Bookish News, Discussion 11

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So, I fly a lot. And I LOVE reading on flights. And up until I got a Kindle, I was allowed to read any time I wanted on a plane. But then… I got my beloved Kindle and was told to turn it off for 20 minutes while the plane took off, and then for 20-30 minutes while the plane prepared to land. That’s almost an hour of sitting in my uncomfortable seat, staring at the people with their tangible books, who were still reading happily. Who here understands this frustration? I’m sure I’m not the only one.

So, guess what? It turns out there is no scientific proof that these devices cause any problems at all! I mean, iPads are used in the cockpit during take-off, and we have all lived to tell the tale of our flight! You know what this means for us? Rules are changing. And we might get an extra hour of reading time while flying. That sounds pretty cool to me!

Want to read more about this exiting news? Visit this article.

Discussion: So, tell me! What does this mean for you? Are you excited? Do you not really care? Did you never follow the rules anyway? Haha. Do you like reading on planes? Any good recommendations for plane reading? With summer coming up, I know we all need some good books to read while traveling!


Top Ten Books I Recommend to People the Most

March 26, 2013 Top Ten Tuesday 9

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

I think sometimes I go a little crazy passionate about the books I love the most. I get a little fangirly, and keep my ears peeled for conversations around me that have the sentence, “Read anything good lately?” I’m not obnoxious or anything, but I am certainly willing to share my opinions with those who are interested. The following books are the ones I recommend to people the most. Click the titles to find my review.

 

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
I think I’ve told a million people that this book literally changed my life.

On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves
This book ended up being a 40-year-old man’s favorite novel ever! And my mom finally loved a book I recommended! This book has a little in it for everyone, and everyone loves it

Frost by Kate Avery Ellison
I kid you not. This is one of the best dystopian novels I’ve read. It’s absolutely beautiful, and I love the story! It’s self-published, so I think people underestimate it. Read it, people! I can’t stress this enough.

Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
I LOVE this book! It’s all about cruising the Mediterranean! And it’s Maureen Johnson. Need I say more?

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
This book is SO funny. A girl loses her phone just before her wedding, find someone else’s in the garbage, and figured finders keepers! It’s hilarious and romantic.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Oh man. This book is everything I want from a book. You should read it if you haven’t. Now would be good.

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
If you want all the Christmas happiness possible, read this.

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
I cried because of this book’s beauty, and I did not care. If you know me at all, you know this is a big deal because I HATE crying.

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
This book. OH MAN. The writing is just beautiful, and the story had me all aerhgbse,rghbserg!

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
This is kind of a given. I loved it so much that I could not review it. You know how that happens, right?

So, do you feel the same about these? Or do you have other books you feel this way about? Tell me ALL your favorites. I need more books I’ll love!


Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway (Book Review)

March 20, 2013 Book Review, Young Adult 11 ★★★★

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway (Book Review)Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Published by Razorbill on April 10, 2008
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought from Amazon
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4 Stars
California high school student Audrey Cuttler dumps self-involved Evan, the lead singer of a little band called The Do-Gooders. Evan writes, “Audrey, Wait!” a break-up song that’s so good it rockets up the billboard charts. And Audrey is suddenly famous!

Now rabid fans are invading her school. People is running articles about her arm-warmers. The lead singer of the Lolitas wants her as his muse. (And the Internet is documenting her every move!) Audrey can't hang out with her best friend or get with her new crush without being mobbed by fans and paparazzi.

Take a wild ride with Audrey as she makes headlines, has outrageous amounts of fun, confronts her ex on MTV, and gets the chance to show the world who she really is.

Audrey, Wait! is one of those hidden gems that hardly anyone seems to know about. I know I have heard very little about lately, what with all the buzz for new releases lately. This story is hilarious and so much fun, and I am so glad I read it!

1. The idea behind the story is magical. We’ve all dumped someone, but I’m pretty sure not all of us became a band’s muse because of it. I’m also confident in saying that not all of us have a hit song written about us. This is Audrey’s life, and her story is so funny.

2. I love how the entire book is Audrey talking to the reader. She wants us to hear her side of the story, since we obviously read all about it in People magazine and saw it on the news. As she is telling us her story, she adds additional parenthetical thoughts like “(I’m sure you’ve heard The Song by now.)” I really liked the fact that we were included. I felt like I was hearing about this over junk food at a sleepover.

3. Audrey is someone I would have been friends with in high school. She is down to earth, funny, a little eccentric, a music lover, and she marches to the beat of her own drum. And honestly, she handled this overnight fame like a pro. All she did was dump her boyfriend! That’s it! And all of a sudden she’s being asked for autographs, hit on by celebrities, stalked by the paparazzi, and ripped a part by teeny boppers on online message boards. I loved, loved, LOVED her voice. She is just so funny! This is my favorite quote, and sums her up in as few words as I can think:

“Oh Jesus, they had heard the song. They had heard the song and listened to the lyrics and then got totally paranoid and hacked into my email account and figured out that Evan and I had slept together, and now I was going to have to sit through some intervention where my parents talked about sperm and condoms and responsibility and teenage pregnancy statistics. And then they’d probably ship me off to one of those wilderness camps where they give you a name like Little Running Bear and make you scavenge for food to build up your self esteem until you swear to be abstinent for the rest of your natural life.

I’ll tell you this right now: me and nature? Not so much.”

Perfect, huh? I read this quote two or three times, and laughed each time. 

4. Really, I loved all the characters, except for snotty Sharon. Evan is the typical boy band boy, but we get to see him grow up and change with his fame. It was refreshing to discover that I liked him more after he became a famous musician than before. Usually that goes the other way. Victoria is Audrey’s best friend, and the kind of person I need in my life to push me into adventures. She’s spunky and a lot of fun. She’s in total contrast to Audrey, and it was so much fun to read about their friendship. I also love Audrey’s new love interest, James. He’s a nerd and he’s shy and sweet, and he says some of the most swoonworthy things. I love how he adores Audrey. I just want him all to myself!

5. Bendomolena, Audrey’s fat cat, is definitely one of my favorite characters in the book. And seriously what is with that name? I would love to hear the story behind that name. Anyway, Bendy is amazing. Even though she does not get to say anything, she says enough with her mannerisms. I am a major cat lover, and I think this is the first book I’ve read with a cat as a character. She made me smile.

6. My main complaint is all the swear words. I can not tell you how many f-words there were in this book. This young adult novel had more swear words in it than most adult novels I have read, and I started to get really annoyed. I also did not love the characters as much as I could have. I really dislike profanity in books.

Overall, this book was an adorable romp through the life of a teenage girl whose claim to fame did not get the best of her. When she finally got to confront the World she did it with style and panache that I could not help but cheer for. I loved it!


Top Ten Books I HAD TO BUY but Still Have Not Read

March 19, 2013 Top Ten Tuesday 18

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

I think we’re probably all guilty of impulse book buys or the good ‘ole “I must have this book because I hear it is exciting/swoonworthy/romantic/full of all the feels/amazing/the best book ever” syndrome. I know many of you, my fellow bloggers and readers, have been the reason FOR these purchases of mine (I love you for it, you know.). Please don’t hate me when you find out how much I HAVEN’T read.I won’t even comment on these, because pretty much all I could say is, “I KNOW GUYS, I’m sorry. Forgive me. I will read it. I will read it now.” I hope to get to all of these this summer. :)

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Meant to Be by Lauren Morill
Crossed and Reached by Allie Condie
Every Day by David Levithan
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Paper Towns by John Green
So, can anyone make me feel better? 
Which of these are still in your TBR pile?

Inner Child: Bronte & Frank Go to Beverly Hills (Book Review)

March 13, 2013 Children's Book Review, Inner Child 1

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Inner Child is an original Artsy Reader Girl feature, where I take a moment to highlight a cute book for kids! I love children’s books. Hey, I started out on them! They are the foundation of my love of reading. When I need a smile, or a quick dose of the “good old days”, I never hesitate to crack open a picture book and feed my inner child.

 

Title: Bronte & Frank Go to Beverly Hills (Children’s Traveltivity Guides)
Author: Megan Worthy
Design and Characters: Danielle Forrest
Illustrator: Nicole Moon
Series: Yes!
Release Date: November 11, 2011
Publisher: Worthy Hen Productions
Format: Finished hardcover (signed by Bronte!)
Source: The author (thanks!)
Add It: Goodreads
Buy it here

BRONTE & FRANK GO TO BEVERLY HILLS – takes you on a fun-filled adventure around the city of Beverly Hills in California. The heartwarming story of a little girl and her teddy bear is a hardcover picture book, featuring stunning illustrations, is packed with educational activities, stickers, postcard, 3D map, insider recommendations and a bonus CD – Ages 3+.

SYNOPSIS – Bronte & Frank arrive in Beverly Hills in spring and although Frank is not fond of busy cities, he agrees to head outdoors with Bronte to explore some famous landmarks – during their adventure to Greystone Mansion, Frank must face one of his most secret fears…

I am Bronte and Frank’s biggest fan, and wrote a review for their trip to Moscow last year. I was positively delighted when Megan wrote to me and asked if I would review this one for her.

This book is just as adorable as the first one, and I think what I love most is all the little extras that come with it. It’s not only cute and funny, it’s educational and entertaining. It is perfect for a little one who is interested in traveling or learning about new places, and particularly for families heading to Beverly Hills themselves. The book provides Beverly Hills information websites, a map, packing list, jet lag tips, news, emergency numbers, medical information, activity pages, and Spanish words to practice. It even comes with a post card to send to your friend, and a CD with sounds of Beverly Hills. Bronte sings a very passionate rendition of The Star Spangled Banner for us on this CD, and it’s too cute for words. Also included on this CD is Bronte reading her book to you, with her cute little expressive voice and musical sound effects. Give your child the book, some crayons, and a CD player and headphones, and they will be entertained for quite a while, singing along and giggling.

The story is so sweet. Bronte is the adventurous traveler, and scaredy-cat Frank is there to be reluctantly dragged through all the excitement. Readers will join them as they explore Rodeo Drive, Roxbury Drive, creepy Greystone Mansion, the Beverly Hills Children’s Library, learn some Spanish, take a Trolley Tour, scope out the celebrities, and Julie Andrews’s home (and Bronte sings Doe, a Deer from The Sound of Music for us). All the while, Frank is too scared, too bad a singer, and too shy. I think it’s so cute how Bronte is always getting Frank to go out of his comfort zone. And I also love that no matter how much they love going on vacation, they are always happy to return home again.

Honestly, this book is going into my pile of favorites, and I hope Megan continues writing more installments in this series. I just know children will love going on all these fun trips with Bronte and her little bear, Frank.

And, I will leave you with an adorable page from the book. This image, and more, can be found at bronteandfrank.com.

Posy Traveltivity Book Bags (Black) Oh, and Megan has also started making special bags for kiddos to take their traveltivity guides everywhere! They are adorable! This one here is my favorite. You can choose from a number of different fabrics here.

Homemade with love in Beverly Hills by Megan Worthy (author of the global adventure series – Bronte & Frank), designed particularly for little people to tote their TRAVELTIVITY GUIDES around town.  With reinforced straps, these fully reversible bags are made from 100% cotton and utilize locally manufactured fabrics.


Unremembered by Jessica Brody (Book Review, Author Guest Post, & Giveaway)

March 5, 2013 Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway, Guest Post, Young Adult 22 ★★★★★

Unremembered by Jessica Brody (Book Review, Author Guest Post, & Giveaway)Unremembered by Jessica Brody
Series: Unremembered #1
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux on March 5, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Survival, Suspense
Pages: 307
Format: ARC
Source: From the Publisher
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5 Stars
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?

Welcome to my stop along the official Unremembered blog tour, hosted by Macmillan Kids! We’ve got a jam-packed post today with my review, The Who is Seraphina? clue #9, a special guest post about the things Jessica Brody hopes she never “unremembers”, and a chance to win a hardback copy of Unremembered!

First of all, happy book birthday to Jessica Brody! Unremembered hits shelves today, and I am SO excited for you all to read and experience this wonderfully exciting book! I love mysteries and I love survival stories. Unremembered is both, plus a little science fiction. You really can’t go wrong with this one! I’m keeping my review short because we’ve got Jessica’s post right after!

1. I love the mystery and frustration that comes with memory loss stories. I mean, OH MY. I was getting so terribly frustrated that Sera/Violet could not remember anything! But at the same time, I was tearing through those pages in the hopes that she would remember. And the intrigue and danger that came with not remembering was really exciting.

2. This story flows really fast, but not so fast that you can’t keep up. I loved that.

3. I really liked Sera. I thought it was really cool that, since Sera did not remember anything, we got to learn about her past right along with her. Sometimes an author throws you into a story and has to teach you what a character already knows about his or herself. That can sometimes end up being tedious and frustrating. With Unremembered, though, we get to experience everything with Sera.

4. I really liked the very little I got to learn about Zen in this story. I’m hoping he plays a more dynamic role as the trilogy unfolds, because I really like what I know about him so far. I hope we get more of his own back story, rather than his past with Sera. I want to know him. And I was hoping for more romance. We get glimmers of it throughout the story, so I know the potential… and I want more! I can see book #2 being amazingly good.

5. The sci-fi aspect is really cool and unique. I won’t give too much away, because I loved not knowing about it when I started the book. Let’s just say there are some evil people, associated with an evil plan, who go to great lengths to get back what they claim is theirs. It was so exciting!

Overall, I loved Unremembered. It’s definitely a step or two away from the books I usually read, and I loved this change. I’d recommend this to people who enjoy a little bit of everything in their stories: romance, sci-fi, mystery, survival. It’s the beginning of a promising trilogy, and even though I know we are all really beginning to tire of trilogies, but this one is worth investing the next 2-3 years in.

And now for today’s clue!

Jessica Brody: Five Things I Hope I Never Unremember

My memory is a pretty fickle thing. It likes to play tricks on me. It likes to make up stuff and convince me they’re real. It has a tendency to completely misplace things and then blame me for it. Basically, my memory is a really annoying younger sibling.

When Jana and I first got in touch to talk about post ideas for this blog tour she suggested two topics: The first was “5 Things You Hope You Never Forget” and the second…well, I don’t think I even read the second because I was too excited about the first and my mind was already churning with ideas!

This topic is so charmingly appropriate. In UNREMEMBERED, my character, Seraphina, thinks she has amnesia after she’s been rescued from the site of a plane crash and has no memories about who she is or where she came from. But she soon learns there’s much more to her past than simple memory loss. Someone has actually been erasing memories from her mind. No bueno. I can certainly think of a boatload of things I hope are never stolen from my own mind but since the topic of this blog post is “5 Things You Hope You Never Forget” and not “A Boatload of Things You Hope You Never Forget,” I suppose I will have to narrow it down. 

So…here are the top 5 things I will cling to like a Krispy Kreme in a donut drought, should anyone ever try to erase my memories.

5. The way my dogs look at me after they sneak into the backseat of the car and hope I won’t notice and make them get out.

4. This perm at age 13. Because if I forget it, I may end up repeating it. *Shudders at the thought*

3. The girl who bullied me in the 6th grade. As painful as it was, as horrible as she made me feel pretty much every single day, I know her actions shaped who I am today. Remembering her means remembering that I survived it.

2.  The day I signed my first book contract. I had been trying to get published for over 5 years and had a mountain of rejection letters (I still have them all!) Getting that first contract in the mail (all official in a Fedex envelope) was pretty much one of the best feelings in the world. I would never want to lose that.

1. And last but most important, I hope I never forget why I do this job. It’s not for money or acclaim or to see my name on the front of a book. It’s to tell stories. To bring make-believe worlds to life. To entertain people like you. Fortunately, I’m reminded of this with every fan letter I receive and every reader who takes the time to tweet me or leave a comment on my Facebook page. So thank you for making sure I never unremember.

Comments from me: Yay! Jessica, thank you SO much for stopping by the blog today! I loved your answers. Your dogs are adorable, your perm was out of this world (I secretly wish I had a crazy hair style when I was younger, because then I could tease myself…), and you look so happy signing your contract! It was so much fun getting to know you better today. :) 

Try your luck at winning your own copy of Unremembered, which Mac Kids is so graciously providing! I hope you win!

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And don’t forget to stop by the other tour stops! Here’s the schedule:

Monday 2/25 Bewitched Bookworms
Tuesday 2/26 IB Book Blogging
Wednesday 2/27 Good Choice Reading
Thursday 2/28 Books with Bite
Friday 3/1 Book Sake<
Saturday 3/2 YA Book Nerd
Sunday 3/3 My Five Monkeys
Monday 3/4 The Irish Banana
Tuesday 3/5 You are here! (That Artsy Reader Girl)
Wednesday 3/6 Carina’s Books
Thursday 3/7 A Patchwork of Books
Friday 3/8 MacTeenBooks Blog

And in case I have not provided enough links for you, here are some other really important ones: 

Unremembered Book Trailer
Read and download the first five chapters of Unremembered for free!
Become a fan of the Unremembered Trilogy on Facebook
Follow Jessica Brody on Twitter
Become a fan of Jessica Brody on Facebook
See Jessica Brody on tour!
Check out her website!


Stephanie Perkins Gets New Book Covers?

March 4, 2013 Cover Talk, Discussion 17

So… I love Stephanie Perkins. LOVE HER. And I love Anna and Lola. And I am SOEXCITED!!!! for Isla. But… I’m not sure how I feel about the cover for it. Or the new covers for Anna and Lola. Don’t get me wrong. I did not love the original covers either. But… they have become rather iconic, you know? And they looked like YA romances. These new ones don’t, in my opinion. I like the colors, the pictures, and the pull away from pretty girls on covers, but I really do not like the typography. I dunno. I guess they need to marinate in my mind a little, but upon first look, I’m kind of iffy about this…

 

Discussion: So, how do you feel? Do you like these new covers? If so, what do you like about them? Are you iffy like I am?