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What I’m Reading This Week

Hey everyone!

Today I want to share with you the books I will be reading this week!

First, I’m trying to finish The Mysterious Benedict Society by: Trenton Lee Stewart as a buddy read with Cassandra from CC’s Books. So far, I am about a quarter finished and it is super cute!

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Next, I’m reading Clockwork Princess by: Cassandra Clare. This book has loads of detail, which is not always a good thing! Hopefully I like it though!

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Finally, I’m reading The Scarlet Pimpernel by: Emmuska Orczy. I’ve seen the movie which is absolutely AMAZING (the most recent one anyway). I would totally recommend checking it out. I’ve heard the book is even better, so I really hope that holds true!

The Scarlet Pimpernel (The Scarlet Pimpernel, #1)

Looking ahead, I’ve got an upcoming buddy read scheduled for February with, once again, Cassandra (link at the top of the page) and Olivia from Brewing Up Books. We will be reading All Fall Down by my favorite YA author Ally Carter. I’m thrilled to read this!!!

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If you’ve not done so, please check out the links in my “Where Can You Find Me?” tab at the top of this page! I’m hoping all of those stuck in the snow storm are safe and warm, make sure to check on elderly neighbors and pets! Also to those not in a snowstorm, I hope you power through the week!

Lots of love,

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Sins of the Father Book Tour

Hi everyone! I’ve got another tour with Diverse Book tours (click the picture on the right side of the page to view their website).

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ISBN: 978-0615961125, 0615961126

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages: 272

Genre: MG/YA/Fantasy/Science Fiction

Plot Summary:

This was going to be a special year for the

Parker sisters. Eve was going to dominate in

the classroom and on the basketball court.

Gwen was going to make the starting five and

go down in history as the greatest prankster ever. Ana was going to do as little as

But without warning, all three sisters gain extraordinary abilities that defy science…

powers that come with a cost. Now all they want to do is make it through the school

year without drawing any undue attention, while racing to find a cure before the

side effects of their new abilities kill them. Eve’s temperament, Gwen’s fondness for

pranks, and Ana’s predilection for money, however, are challenges they must

overcome to achieve their goals. Because if they can’t, they’re dead…

Book Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sins-Father-Ascension-Trilogy-1/dp/0615961126/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420131969&sr=8-1&keywords=thelonious+legend

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sins-of-the-father-thelonious-legend/1118739391?ean=9780615961125

Goodreads: Connect about it on Goodreads! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21481117-sins-of-the-father

Book Depository: Pick up internationally! http://www.bookdepository.com/Sins-Father-MR-Thelonious-Legend/9780615961125

Recently got to sit down with the Parker Sisters. In no particular order, I’d like to introduce Eve,Gwen and Anastasia Parker.

1. So, introduce yourselves, I know you guys are sisters and known for your notoriety, but for those of us who live under a rock, what are your names?
Eve: What is this for? What credentials do you have?
Gwen: Eve will you chill? Jeez. I’m sorry my sister Eve, can be diffilcult. My name is Gwen and the tall dorky one is Ana. Uh we’ve been here like three minutes… do you have any snacks or anything?

2. So what do you guys do for fun? Any hobbies we don’t know about?
Eve: I’m not sure why we are even here. What does that question have to do with anything?
Gwen: See, I told you she was diffilcult. You know we are normal kids; We like to play basketball, hangout with friends (except for Eve she doesn’t have any friends) Oh and Super-dork likes to hack into government agencies and embezzle money.
Ana: I didn’t embezzeling anything! You are intentionally being disingenious to cast me in a negative light. And you’re not as cool as you think you are.

3. So I hear you guys have superpowers? How the heck did that happen?
Eve: Are you with the government? Who put you up to this?
Gwen: Yes we have super-powers… Outside of being super-cool I’m super-strong. Eve has super-bad breath but she is also super-fast, and Ana outside of being super-annoying is super-smart. That’s how she embezzled all that money.
Ana: I never embezzled anything! Stop saying that!

4. Did you always want superhuman abilities, or did it just happen?
Eve: I don’t think I like the tone of your voice.
Gwen: Naw it was an accident. Our pops volunteered for some crazy experiment and we are the end result. So there it is…
Ana: I’m afraid my loquacious sister is being a bit disingenious again. There is still some debate whether our father volunteered at all. Just to be clear.

5. This question is specifically for Gwen. Did you really tape a motorcycle to the side of a school?
Gwen: What? Who told you that? I have no idea what you are talking about. Why on Earth would I tape a motorcycle to the roof of the gym. What’s the upside for me?

6. This question is for Ana. What is you favorite un-patented invention?
Ana: I’d be happy to answer that. If you can sign here, and here, and initial here… What? Don’t look at me like that. These are non-disclosure forms. I cannot have my hardwork falling into the wrong hands.

7. This question is for Eve. Have you ever thought about trying out for the track team? You’re like a blur?!?
Eve: We ran track. I took second in the 100 yard dash last year and third in the 200. If you were any type of journalist you would know that.

8. We notice you guys don’t practice martial arts and basketball on a team anymore. Any chances for you to return to it in the future? You guys were so good!
Gwen: Uh well we had a few accidents and you know some kids got hurt, so our parents felt it might be best if we didn’t compete against other kids.

9. Do you guys have any heroes. or people you inspire to be like?
Eve: Our Grandmother. She is a Civil-rights icon, self-made billionire, and just an extraordinary woman.
Gwen: Big fan of Serena Williams and Wonder-Woman
Ana: Warren Buffett

10. To conclude this interview, what can we expect next from you guys?!?
Eve: I’m not answering that.
Gwen: Well there are still people after us, so you know we gotta really figure that out and then take it from there.
Ana: This is a lovely home; Are you buying or renting? Because If you are renting I have a few properties in the area that you absolutley have to see. What? Why is everyone staring at me? I’ll provide financing…
Thelonious Legend
Urban Science Fiction and Fantasy writer
http://theloniouslegend.blogspot.com/
https://twitter.com/TheLegendBooks

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Book Playlist: Obsidian (Lux #1)

Hello friends! Because I have fallen despairingly behind in my buddy read posts as of late, I thought I would finish them up with a playlist for the whole book! To view my first Obsidian post click here and to check out Olivia’s (the girl I was reading it with, hence the name buddy read) posts click here. Also, if you are reading this post on a computer, click each song to listen to them! If you are viewing it on a mobile device, I don’t know if all of the songs I choose will be compatible, so just search them on YouTube!

 

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Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Release Date: 05/08/12

Rating:

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The Songs:

When Will My Life Begin-Mandy Moore

Everywhere-Michelle Branch

Love Runs Out-One Republic

 Tiny Little Bows-Carly Ray Jepsen

All At Once-The Fray

Dance With Me Tonight-Olly Murs

Lips Are Movin-Meghan Trainor

On Top of The World-Imagine Dragons

Enchantment-Corinne Bailey Rae

Gravity-Sara Bareilles

 Kiss The Rain-Yiruma & Sungha Jung

Impossible-Shontelle

That’s all for now! Check out my last playlist here.

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Obsidian Buddy Read Chapters 12-18

Hi everyone! I have my third post from my buddy read with Olivia from Brewing Up Books. Olivia is going to be elaborating on the book much more than I am because this is her first time reading it. To view my first post click here. To view my last buddy read post click here. Once again, these will NOT be spoiler free discussions.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

My thoughts:

From reading the rest of the series, I personally think one of, if not the, most important part of these chapters is the introduction of Bethany. Now, I really REALLY don’t want to spoil anything for the other books, so I won’t necessarily explain in depth why this is important. It does later clear up many things as well as lead to major plot events (NOT a  spoiler, I promise!). We as the readers get a huge sense of confusion by this point. Is Daemon sweet? Is he a jerk? No one can tell and neither can Katy! We do realize how loyal Daemon is to his sister when he tells Katy somewhat threateningly that she cannot delve into her and Dee’s friendship anymore than she has. In these chapters, Daemon suddenly decides to change things up by STOPPING A CAR!!!!! This is a humongous development because this is the moment that Katy discovers his secret. Now, because of her reaction to this feat of time, the audience learns something about Katy. We learn how open-hearted she can be (at least in my opinion anyhow). The fact that she only kind of freaked out is way more than could be said for what I would do. She actually thought it was cool and asked Dee to demonstrate what she could do. Both of these characters are given more depth, which allows us to connect with them in a greater way than we could previously. What do you think? Did Katy’s reaction surprise you? How about how Daemon saved her life, what did that make you think about him?

I hope your week is fantastic! Power through, the weekend will be here before you know it!

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Countryside: The Book of the Wise (Countryside #1)

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Author: J.T. Cope IV

Publisher: Village Green Press, LLC.

Release Date: 7/16/13

Rating:

3 star kiss

*I was sent this book for review from the author*

Goodreads Synopsis:

You have a power within you, one that is within everyone…It s the same power that fills that building, that keeps that tree alive…and the same power that has attracted your attention…I know it s all a bit strange to you, but I assure you it is quite real…

Eleven-year-old Luke Rayburn has never seen a skyline without skyscrapers or fallen asleep to anything but the sound of traffic. But his life is about to change in ways he never imagined.When his father leaves for a year of military service, Luke and the rest of his family move into their grandparents home in the remote town of Countryside, a place like no other. There, Luke will be drawn into a centuries-old quest for an almost-forgotten book whose secrets will determine the fate of the world. He will have to reach deep to discover the power within him as he battles the forces of darkness and an alliance of sinister men who seek to destroy any who get in their way.

My Thoughts:

This book was very interesting! I was drawn in when the author asked me to review it and drew a sort of parallel to the book and the Percy Jackson series. I was then extremely curious and decided to give it a read. He generously sent me a SIGNED copy and I am so thankful for that! Firstly, I love the cover. It has lots of different colors and I think it was very well done. The artist definitely spent a great deal of time on it. Secondly, Cope was extremely gifted with detail and description. I could really picture the setting and the characters vividly. He also made the characters very relatable with the reader and I definitely felt connected to them. I found the plotline to be unique as well.

I did, however, have an issue with the pacing of the novel. I found Book of the Wise to be a slow read until I reached the last hundred pages or so. I also became really annoyed with how somewhat passive Luke, the main character was. He didn’t seem to be fazed by the majority of what occurred, nor did he actively seek answers to unresolved questions (I definitely would have in his situation!). I detected multiple grammatical errors (mainly in terms of repetition), which got on my nerves. In one part of the book, the word “retarded” was used as an insult, which I thought was offensive. However, as a side note, I do realize the unfortunate reality that it is frequently used to insult someone, but I really wish it weren’t.

Overall, I thought it was a good book and I would have appreciated it more if I were around eleven years of age. Did I find it to be like Percy Jackson? Different elements of the book did remind me of Riordan’s series, however, not enough that I would read it solely based upon that. Yes, I would recommend it to younger readers and I truly think you should give it a look especially if you are in upper elementary or middle school. I did find more good aspects of the tale than bad, but I don’t think I would re-read it. I am curious about the sequel though!

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