Saturday, May 2, 2015

Ignite the Shadows, by Ingrid Seymor (TOUR + GIVEAWAY)

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Ignite The Shadows by Ingrid Seymour 
(Ignite The Shadows #1) 
Published by: HarperVoyager
Publication date: April 23rd 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Marci Guerrero is one of the best teen hackers in Seattle. However, she’d give up all her talents to know she isn’t crazy.
Marci feels possessed by what she perceives as shadowy spectres that take control of her body and make her do crazy things. While spying on the clandestine group known as IgNiTe, she’s confronted by the leader, James McCray. His presence stirs the spectres inside her brain into a maddening frenzy. Her symptoms and ability to control them don’t go unnoticed by James, who soon recruits her and shows her the awful truth.
Half of the world’s population is infected by sentient parasites. They bind themselves to the human brain and replace the pathways for all thoughts and actions. The creatures then morph their hosts into grotesque monsters with extraordinary strengths. Winged, clawed, fanged half-humans become living nightmares. Now Marci wishes she was crazy, because the truth is worse.
She’s infected.


AUTHOR BIO:
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Ingrid Seymour is the author of IGNITE THE SHADOWS (Harper Voyager, April 23rd, 2015). When she’s not writing books, she spends her time working as a software engineer, cooking exotic recipes, hanging out with her family and working out. She writes young adult and new adult fiction in a variety of genres, including Sci-Fi, urban fantasy, romance, paranormal and horror.

Her favorite outings involve a trip to the library or bookstore where she immediately gravitates toward the YA section. She’s an avid reader and fangirl of many amazing books. She is a dreamer and a fighter who believes perseverance and hard work can make dreams come true.

She lives in Birmingham, AL with her husband, two kids and a cat named Mimi.

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REVIEW:

God this was a thrilling ride! The book reaches unique themes in an original shout-out to young adults, IT-ists. Marci is a good heroine whose point-of-view is reliable and good. I am happy that after many books which kind of disappointed me, I have met this heroine who made my day.
As a IT-student, I could relate well to her. She gets a star from here.

The writing is beautiful. I am not sure if Ingrid Seymour has written before this books, but she looked to me like a fully-fledged author. It's one of these cases in which the book and the author mind-blow you instantly. Two more stars please.

James, oh, James. I needn't comment here anything. One more star.

The finale was a bit, I do not know, I did not quite get it. But I won't spoil a thing and let you find for yourselves. Ignite the Shadows is unique and thrilling. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

FOUR STARS


PS: Sorry for the delay. Time-zone mistake!


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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Henge, by Realm Lovejoy | via Xpresso Book Tours | EXCERPT

Tour: Henge by Realm Lovejoy


Henge 
Realm Lovejoy 
(Le Fay #1) 
Publication date: November 11th 2014 
Genres: FantasyYoung Adult
Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.
Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.
Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.
But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.
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“Camelot meets Hogwarts meets Panem in this intriguing, well-written beginning to a planned YA series.”–Kirkus Reviews

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at realmlovejoy.com

Thursday, January 15, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Lighter, by Gia Riley

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Lighter,
by Gia Riley,
a New Adult, Romance novel,
to be released on February 26th 2015.


What do you do when you can’t save the one you love?
Sophie can’t survive without control. Growing up with an alcoholic father, she craves the discipline of gymnastics. Feeling lost on a brand new college campus, she lets loose for the first time in her life. But with freedom comes consequences. Is one night everything she hopes? Or will she become her own worst nightmare?
Kipton’s one year away from graduation. He’s never thought beyond a one night stand until meeting his sister’s new roommate. Finally setting his sights on the girl he can’t resist, he’s more determined than ever when she won’t give in to his persuasions. He’s always gotten the girl, and he’s not about to give up without a fight.
Will Sophie be able to salvage her dreams and wage a war against her own vices? Can she finally let love in? Or will history repeat itself causing her to self-destruct?
Lighter isn’t your typical college romance. Darkness suffocates, dreams are dashed, and battles are lost. Love takes on a whole new meaning.


Friday, January 2, 2015

FIRST POST IN 2015: STUFF | MOVIE REVIEW: Stuck in Love

FIRST POST IN 2015
I've got some new opinions + stuff. Mind me sharing them with you?

I've got a pretty fancy New Year's Eve. The midnight between 31st and 1st was, obviously, fancy. My family is orthodox and religious, thus I spent that midnight at church, praying. Fancy or not, I don't really mind. But after that, at home, I got the chance to think. In 2015, I kind of want to change. 

And I've also made wishes for 2015; there's one for each month. But out of 12, only three are bookish. In August, October and November, to write books. That's it. Except from those three, I've got losing some weight in February, passing the big exam in June, getting to a good high school in July, starting high school well in September and others...

Anyway, for today I was thinking about something non-bookish, like top 10 hot guys from Kpop, but that wouldn't be interesting for you, from the U.S., but that would be lame... That is how I decided to stick with the idea of a review of a movie. Yeah, yesterday I've seen a cool movie that I'm going to review now. By the way, if you want that top ten hot guys, send me a message!!

STUCK IN LOVE
Directed & Written by Josh Boone (yes, the director of The Fault In Our Stars)
Produced by Judy Cairo (no, haven't heard of her)
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins, Logan Lerman, Nat Wolff, Liana Liberato and Kristen Bell.

So, this Boone guy, this was his debut film, and it was epic. Boone directed this and The Fault In Our Stars up until now, but he's on my list of Forever Follow. I swear. This guy is really good. The cast: haven't heard or cared about Kinnear before, but he's good. Jennifer Connelly impressed me with her performance in Noah (where Logan Lerman also starred) and I knew she was good. I absolutely love Collins (knew her from Mirror Mirror, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones), Lerman (knew him from Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, The Three Musketeers, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters and Noah), Wolff (knew him from The Fault in Our Stars) and Liberato (knew her from If I Stay and House M.D.). And who doesn't know Kristen Bell?! So the cast is fantastic.

The story!!! OH MY GOOODDD!!! I mean... people said it's a movie where people cry. I did not feel like crying. THIS MOVIE IS A CELEBRATION OF WHAT LOVE IS! Let me take it step by step: the main relationship is that of Bill, an AUTHOR!!! (fu*k yeah!!!), and Erica, his ex-wife, who's now married to another guy, who's got some crazy abs. HELL! It might have looked a bit freaky how he sticked to that relationship after their divorce from not one, not two, but three years ago. I mean.. it was sweet for him to stick where there were like zero chances for her to come back. and it the end she did come back and that was heartful and lovely!

Then there's Sam and Lou's story, which I'm telling you is my favorite. She believes only in one-night-stands and thinks that a full relationship will end in her getting hurt. That's the conclusion Sam got after her parents' divorce. Add some Lou, who's giving his best to win her... and their relationship sky-rockets... (only after his mother dies, which kind of saddened me. I mean, she looked nice. But she got killed. Sweet people dies so easily. Great people die so easily, just ask my dad. seriously!!! And thanks to their relationship and the whole 'I DO NOT WANNA GET HURT!' and 'I WONT HURT YOU' lovely thing, I discovered this freaking cool song:

And the last relationship is that of Rusty and Kate. He hasn't yet experienced much in life. And a writer to write good stuff need own experiences... That's pretty much bullshit! I wrote a book and believe me I haven't really lived much: unbecomingly kissed some random guys during kissing games, got no boyfriend ever, got little to no friends... I haven't lived much, but I wrote a book. On so many levels, that whole thing is bullshit, but considering the context and the facts in the movie, it was true. And she is an ex-drug and alcohol addict. She's a drug-alcohol-thing. Yeah, well... I, at first, thought it is quite weird that line of hers: 'YOU ARE GOING TO BE VERY GOOD FOR ME'. Likee hell? What are you gonna do to cute Rusty? But their love was sweet. and unfortunate. star-crossed almost. BAD things like drugs (READ MY BOOK!!! IT'S ANTI-DRUGSSSSS!!!!!!) and alcohol break humans apart. But now seriously, I wished they stayed together and she came to the final Thanksgiving Dinner. That would've been really sweet.

Just saying that I absolutely loved this and I am pretty judgy about comedy+romances movies.
Have you seen STUCK IN LOVE? Tell me! If you didn't, watch it!! It's imperative!