So I have to write a new post? Bloglovin’ is confusing

I don’t really understand social networks and all the communities out there on the internet. I admit it, I’m a noob and that probably affects immensely how I deal with this blog. I was going through some blogs I really like when I noticed this little button on the sidebars that said bloglovin’. I though, well, I can’t even work with the whole RSS thing, but it won’t hurt to try this thing. What a thing it was! I created an account, went through all the require steps and FINALLY I reached the part where I have to add my blog. It was all going smoothly, not a single itch. I clicked the button to claim my blog and it says I have to find it. Ok, no problem! I type my URL and voila! There he is, oh, the prospect of finally being able to associate my blog with one of the blogging thingies (I have an account on Bookblogs but that’s about it!).

But… Of course, everything can’t go easy for once. I click on my blog and it says I can’t claim it, that I have first to write a new post with a HTML text they gave me. What? Excuse me, WUT? I have to write a post and put the link somewhere in it? WTF? I don’t want to write a post for a code, I don’t (even though I probably should seeing as I’m always neglecting my poor blog). However, I couldn’t pass up the chance of having a little cute button saying to follow me through blogloving. So, here I am, writing a post about my incompetence in dealing with blog stuff and social networks. For god’s sake, I only figured out how to use Twitter about 6 months after creating an account!


You will know of my eminent fail or miraculous achievement by checking if there is the little button to follow me on bloglovin’ on my sidebar, I guess. Oh but this would be for nothing if I didn’t put the damned code in here so Follow my blog with Bloglovin . Let’s see if this works *sigh*

Someone out there who wants to help me with these things??

*sigh*

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Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Series: Mara Dyer (#1)

Published: March 1st 2012 (Paperback)

Publisher: Simon Pulse UK

Goodreads: “Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger. She wakes from a coma in hospital with no memory of how she got there or of the bizarre accident that caused the deaths of her best friends and her boyfriend, yet left her mysteriously unharmed. The doctors suggest that starting over in a new city, a new school, would be good for her and just to let the memories gradually come back on their own.

But Mara’s new start is anything but comforting. She sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere, and when she suddenly begins to see other people’s deaths right before they happen, Mara wonders whether she’s going crazy! And if dealing with all this wasn’t enough, Noah Shaw, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen can’t seem to leave her alone… but as her life unravels around her, Mara can’t help but wonder if Noah has another agenda altogether…”

Review

I didn’t want to read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Serious, I avoided this book at all cost and I don’t even know why. Maybe it was because the cover is absolutely fucking beautiful and I just didn’t want to feel let down by another book whose cover was stunning but content was, sorry for my French, shit. So when my dearest friend and co-blogger, Sofyy, was like “YOU MUST READ IT! IT’S AMAZING AND CREEPY AND IT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND!!!” I was like “Girl, you crazy??!”

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Interview with Sarah Godfrey and Victoria DeRubeis + Giveaway

Hey everyone! If you follow my blog you know I’ve just reviewed a book that I absolutely loved, Dance in Shadow and Whisper. Now I have the amazing authors behind the book, Sarah and Victoria, here in a short interview!! You can also read an excerpt and participate in a giveaway to win a paperback copy of Dance in Shadow and Whisper and some swag!

Interview

1-So Sarah and Victoria, what made you two want to start writing?

Sarah: As a kid, I always had my own character that I imagined in my favorite shows and movies, and at night, I’d rewrite the stories in my head. It came to me like an epiphany, “I should write my own stories!” I was about eight or nine. It was a pretty awesome concept, too! From there, I segued into Zelda fanfiction and I am not ashamed.

Victoria: When I was in middle school, my creative writing projects were always my favorites. Right around that time I also got into role-playing and fanfiction, and then came my other love, which was mythology. I’d always read a lot, but then my reading started to turn to fantasy and mythology, and my all-time favorite series back then was Daughters of the Moon by Lynne Ewing.

2-How did you come up with the idea of writing a novel (series?!) together?

Sarah: Victoria and I have separate characters that we write. It’s a lot like role-playing. My series begins with three books, then hers begins.

Victoria: As I write my characters in Sarah’s books, I actually have almost no idea what’s going to happen, which means the twists and turns take me by just as much surprise as they do my characters. Then when my series begins, it’s my turn to do the same to Sarah’s characters.

Sarah: It started with us having two separate stories going, but then we did the Cassandra Clare thing and gave cameos to each other’s characters. Through rewrites and many years, the characters ended up taking on greater roles, and the stories merged together.

Victoria: This also means we have to be fluid and roll with the punches. A lot of the time our characters decide they don’t want to do exactly what we’ve planned, which ruins many outlines.

Sarah: Many, many outlines.

3-Any advice for aspirant writers?

Sarah: My favorite piece of advice comes from Amanda Hocking: write a lot and read more than you write. I love writing advice posts on our writing help blog, Keyboard Smash Writers, but in the end, the most progress writers can make is to write a lot, lot, lot.

Victoria: Agreed 100%. Reading is one of the best things any writer can do, because it gives them a sense of what works and what doesn’t. Read, read, read and write, write, write, and no matter what, know that you are good enough to do it, too.

4-I know you’re fans of anime since you’ve became friends in a Sailor Moon roleplay and I know you love Attack on Titans. So random question of the day, what are your favourite animes?

Sarah: Oh MAN. Well, I was a much more prolific reader of manga (since getting my hands on anime was a tough job), and the series I gobbled up were Death Note, anything Clamp (despite how they tortured us so), Fushigi Yuugi, Ceres, Saiyuki, Fruits Basket, Nana, Paradise Kiss, Angel Sanctuary, Basara, Hana-Kimi, Demon Diary, Model, Hot Gimmick – it goes on and on. Recent anime we’ve watched are Madoka (cries), Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood (I watched the original back in the day, wow), and Kamisama Hajimemashita.

Victoria: My mom has kept my bedroom at her house almost exactly the same as it was when I was in high school, and somewhere in there I still have old X wallscrolls and Sailor Moon posters and CLAMP chess piece sets that I bought specifically for Tokyo Babylon. I was a nut for a lot of the same ones Sarah’s already mentioned.

Attack on Titan broke us. Sarah also failed to mention that we’ve started watched Free! because how can we not watch an anime about a bunch of boys who like to swim?

Sarah: Uh! “Failed”! Geez, what a harsh critic.

5- Dance in Shadow and Whisper has an ending that let my jaw fall to the floor. There has to be another book! Do you have it planned already and if so, will good things happen to Kali?

Sarah: Eheheheh. The second book is already finished! I’ve revised the first draft and Victoria’s in the process of her read-through. Then, it’s one more revision before we send the manuscript to our critique partners. The cover is about 80% done already and shouldn’t take much longer. We’re aiming for the release to be in August, early September at the latest!

Hm, I suppose you could say Kali still has some surprises in store, and she’s not the only one!

Victoria: There will be good and bad! We’re so excited for you to read and see what comes next for Team Kali, so just hang on tight!

Dance in Shadow and Whisper

Dance in Shadow and Whisper

Book 1 of The Marionettes of Myth Saga

Kali unexpectedly discovers on her first day of human high school that she’s forbidden to eat or partake of the toilet during class time, the assigned history and species books look best on the shelves of popular fiction, and the boy she’s watching over is definitely a reincarnated war lord.

The highest powers of Kali’s people and the highest powers of Yuuhi’s people, irreconcilable enemies, designated them to find proof that Jason is, in fact, the reincarnated Ares.

All Yuuhi sees in Jason is the typical scrawny, socially inept emo kid dressed in conflicting shades of black. But Kali sees that Jason’s shadow is bigger than he is, and if the powers of Yuuhi’s people find out, Jason won’t be human much longer.

The desire to protect him from an unexpected visitor brings out her most dangerous sides. Something’s changing in her, something she can’t control, and she’s not afraid of Jason mutating into a creature of the shadows more than she’s afraid she’s becoming something even worse.

And the highest powers will be watching her.

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Excerpt

My chest tightened with a deep breath of preparation. I stared at the front door handle, simple brass and weathered from its once gossamer brilliance, the tread of my boots planted against the new carpet, the back of my neck tingling with sweat.

This whole mission was a joke.

I was the joke.

There must have been so many others much more capable than me, others who could handle the foreign outside world. Damn it, I was lucky if I could handle silencing an incoming call on my brother’s cellular telephone gadget.

The doorbell chimed. A disarming melody lulled throughout the house but echoed shrilly in my brain.

It was too late now.

My arm lifted, but my moist palm stopped just short of the sweeping grin of the handle when I saw how my fingers quivered. I hadn’t noticed until then.

There was no reason to be afraid—concerned, perhaps, for my personal wellbeing, but afraid? No. Certainly not. If I had to, I could hole-punch this guy through the chest with my fist if he gave me the right justification.

My fingers clamped the cool handle and twisted. The door popped open. The fresh, crisp light of early morning flooded the hallway.

There he stood, the embodiment of my fear and apprehension and sweaty palms. He stood nearly half a foot over me, tall for something that had once been human, but his skin was so white that he could pass more for a glow stick than any human I’d ever seen. His eyebrows raised above the rims of his aviator sunglasses as he regarded me with eyes so sinister and evil and diabolical that I couldn’t see them behind the mirror lenses.

He must have been sensitive to sunlight.

Odd.

“Kali?” he asked.

My lungs bloated with another deep breath.

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Authors’ bio:

Sarah and Victoria run the writing help blog Keyboard Smash Writers on both Tumblr and Blogspot and are the authors of the YA urban fantasy “Marionettes of Myth” and NA “Monsters of Myth” companion series.

The two became friends through the early days of AOL chat rooms and Sailor Moon roleplay. They only officially met when Victoria came down from Pennsylvania to attend Sarah’s high school graduation in 2006, which was when the two crashed together upon first meeting in the airport and fell to the floor for everyone to see. Suffice to say Sarah and Victoria’s faces were very red.

Sharing two halves of the same mind has made writing together easier than writing separately, and when characters do things that ruin the lives of the authors, the sympathetic shoulder to cry on helps. Sort of.

Sarah and Victoria have a penchant for characters that supersede gender roles and expectations, and also characters of diverse backgrounds and cultures. Mythology of the world is a guaranteed way to get their salivation glands going.

Their ultimate dream is to make readers suffer as they have at the hands of their characters.

Book Review: Dance in Shadow and Whisper

Dance in Shadow and Whisper by Sarah Godfrey and Victoria DeRubeis (blog)

Series: The Marionettes Myth Saga (#1)

Published: June 19th 2013

Publisher: Self-published

Goodreads: Kali unexpectedly discovers on her first day of human high school that she’s forbidden to eat or partake of the toilet during class time, the assigned history and species books look best on the shelves of popular fiction, and the boy she’s watching over is definitely a reincarnated war lord.
The highest powers of Kali’s people and the highest powers of Yuuhi’s people, irreconcilable enemies, designated them to find proof that Jason is, in fact, the reincarnated Ares.
All Yuuhi sees in Jason is the typical scrawny, socially inept emo kid dressed in conflicting shades of black. But Kali sees that Jason’s shadow is bigger than he is, and if the powers of Yuuhi’s people find out, Jason won’t be human much longer. The desire to protect him from an unexpected visitor brings out her most dangerous sides. Something’s changing in her, something she can’t control, and she’s not afraid of Jason mutating into a creature of the shadows more than she’s afraid she’s becoming something even worse. And the highest powers will be watching her”

Review

First of all, OMG OMG OMG. This… This book, guys. Oh my! The gif above is basically me when I finished Dance in Shadow and Whisper. When I reached the end of the book I couldn’t belive it had ended. I checked I don’t know how many time the percentage of book left on my Kindle but the little bar always said 100%. What?!

Anyway. Dance in Shadow and Whisper is about Kali, a demon girl (but who is a century old!) that is in charge of keeping an eye on Jason, a boy who is supposed to be Ares reincarnation. What she doesn’t like in the beginning is having to do that with a vampire, Yuuhi. In fact, even Yuuhi doesn’t like that at all but that is all understandable since demons and vampires are against each other in this book.

Kali, even though she is “old” has never had a normal life. She was always protected from the outside by her dads, as she calls Lio and Rajy, the one who are taking after her since her parents are dead. When she learns that she must go to a high school and pretend to be a student it’s hilarious how she tries to mix with the other students. Obviously, she initially fails miserably, probably because her fashion sense is null. At the beginning, I must be honest, I liked her but she didn’t really capture my attention except from when she got caught up in awkward situations. She was completely naive and, even though she has immense power from being a demon, she doesn’t use it. However, this changes throughout the book and we can see a completely changed Kali by the end of the book.

I absolutely loved, LOVED, her brothers, Toivo and Carmi. However, my favourite was Carmi (he is actually my favourite character in the whole book). He was hilarious but there was something about him… Hum, I just want to see more of him in the next book.

About the boys in this book, cause I know you want to know about them! Yuuhi, the vampire, is one of my two favourites characters in this book. We learn how his life is and what means to be a vampire. Although he is supposed to be Kali’s partner and rival, he starts to care for her and becomes a huge friend and one who will help her a lot. I spent the entire book shipping him and Kali, actually. I just wanted them to be together.

Jason… Jason, the one whose book is suposed to revolve around. He is, apparently, Ares reincarnation but no one knows that for sure at the beginnig and that’s how this whole “must-get-into-high-school” mission starts. He doesn’t know what he is but figures immediatly what Kali and Yuuhi are so its obvious he understands the whole paranormal world. I never really understood his relationship with Kali, it’s a complicated one. One moment everything is okay between them and then everything falls apart. I don’t know how to feel about him yet, but damn, I reallu really really want more POVs from him in the next book!

Now, this book would probably have a higher than 4 chibis from me if two things would have happened. One is the fact that I had a hard time right when I started reading the book figuring out whose POV I was reading. There was no character name at the beginning of the character and sometimes I though Kali was narrating but later I would understand that it was actually Yuuhi or Jason or one of Kali’s brothers. Then, I would personally like if there was some kind of explaining of the whole world where the book is set. For example, I though demons and vampires were a secret to society but later learned that the whole world knew what was out there: schools had guards with silver guns, students learned in class what demons were and their story, etc. There should be probably a better world building. But there is definitely a visible progress throughout the book, we get to learn Ares story, who he is really and why it’s such a big deal if he “comes back”.

Apart from that, Dance in Shadow and Whisper is a great book that will leave you laughing hysterically  or crying your heart out. By the end I was bawling like a baby. Yeah… I’m not proud of that. And that ending, JUST GIVE ME BOOK 2 NOW. WHAT?? Just… you can’t leave a person hanging like that, it’s mean. Some things I was expecting but what happens to Kali?

4 Chibis

*Dance in Shadow and Whisper was provided by the authors in exchange of a honest review.*

Blitz: Lost by M. Lathan + GIVEAWAY!

Lost

Lost by M. Lathan
Series: Hidden, #2
Publication date: June 20th 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal

Synopsis:

“Three months ago, Christine Grant found herself, her love, and impossible friends, while losing the memories of the biggest piece of her past.
Now, her powers are spinning out of control and must be tamed by the woman who saved the world, the same woman Christine is predicted to kill in less than a month.
Wanting to punish catty girls was just the beginning. It’s only a matter of time before she discovers that the world is not as safe from her as she hoped it was.”

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If you haven’t read book 1 yet, go check it out first!

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Excerpt


Prologue

Fear stole my breath as I plummeted into frigid water. I flailed my arms and legs, uselessly trying to swim against the current. The haunting voice of a child sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” as I sank deeper.

I fought my way to the surface only to be taken again. The little girl droned, “And the rockets’ red glare,” as water rushed into my lungs.

I wasn’t alone. A blurry figure struggled near me, both of us sinking, drowning in red tinted water. Blood. It swirled with the suffocating blue, an inescapable villain dragging us deeper and deeper.

We were two helpless bodies adrift in a world with no air or hope, no chance of survival. The white lights glowing beneath us looked welcoming and safe. The figure gave in. Its lifeless body sank towards the lights as the little girl sang, “And the home of the brave.”

Chapter One

I woke up, pouring sweat, in Nathan’s bed.

With his eyes closed and mouth open, he rolled away and yanked the blanket off of me, attending to my needs in his sleep. I shrugged off the creepy dream of me drowning. Over the last three months, I’d dreamed plenty of things that hadn’t happened. Nate had held me underwater in the pool earlier. I was sure that moment had just followed me to sleep. The odds of it being a vision were low.

It had been almost two months since I stopped letting myself have them or use any of my powers. They were getting worse as I used them openly for little things. I would try to move something, and it wouldn’t just lift. It would slam into the wall before I felt it moving. I didn’t know mental powers could grow, develop even more than they already were. They were getting faster, stronger, and wilder, so I was back to suppressing them like I had at St. Catalina. Life was simpler that way, normal. Or as normal as living with three magical beings that should be extinct could get.

I closed my eyes to force myself back to sleep, and an angry snore rattled Nate’s throat. I reached on his nightstand for my phone. He wouldn’t be able to deny this one. Another series of snores ripped through the silent pool house just as I pressed record. I laughed, and he opened his eyes.

Smile, baby,” I said. He groaned and reached for the phone.

What are you doing?”

Oh, nothing. Just collecting evidence.”

He wrestled my new phone from my hands and held it out of my reach. “How do I stop the video?”

Like I’d tell you.”

He grunted and threw the phone to the foot of his bed. “That thing is too expensive to be so complicated,” he said.

It’s not complicated. It’s probably just made for humans and you’re-”

He grabbed me and wedged his fingers under my arms before I could tease him about the side of him that barks. “I’m what? What am I, Chris?” I squealed, flopping around in his arms like a dying fish.

Handsome!” I offered, to end the tickle attack.

Liar.”

Smart. Kind. Loving. Sexy!” He relaxed his fingers and slid them from my armpits to my back. “Which one did it?” I asked.

Sexy,” he whispered and kissed me. And that was really all it ever took to kick things off between us. Steamy kisses, roaming hands.

That was how we’d spent most of our time during our three-month-old relationship – in my bed, in his bed, in the common areas when we had the house to ourselves. I kept waiting for this to get old, his lips on mine, but every kiss felt like the first, and like I’d die if it were the last.

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Author’s Info

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M. Lathan lives in San Antonio with her husband and mini-schnauzer. She enjoys writing and has a B.S. in Psych and a Masters in Counseling. Her passion is a blend of her two interests – creating new worlds and stocking them with crazy people. She enjoys reading anything with interesting characters and writing in front of a window while asking rhetorical questions … like her idol Carrie Bradshaw.

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Sofyy’s book review: Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

ObsessionObsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout (GR)

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC

Published: May 31st 2013

Goodreads: “He’s arrogant, domineering, and… To. Die. For.

Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy.

Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something… unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s murder at the hands of what can only be an alien, thrusting her into a world that will kill to protect their secret.

Hunter stirs Serena’s temper and her lust despite their differences. Soon he’s doing the unthinkable—breaking the rules he’s lived by, going against the government to keep Serena safe. But are the aliens and the government the biggest threats to Serena’s life… or is it Hunter?”

 

Review

When I heard Jennifer L. Armentrout was going to publish another book I was so happy, but a book whose story happened in the Luxen world?! I WAS THRILLED! I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on this baby and once I got it, I could not stop until the very end. As usual, JLA was able to amaze me…

If you have read the Lux series then you’re used to Daemon, hotness incarnated, who also happens to be na ET, ahaha 😉 In Obsession you read a story between a human being and an Arum. Until this book, I thought Arum were just a bunch of emotionless, brute ET’s, but after reading Obsession I realised that the war between Arum and Luxen isn’t one created by the Arum, that they are not so bad, although not as compassionated as Luxen, but still, they feel and they care.

Hunter (asdffghjk) became one of my top crushes. I love men who are tough, rude and who like to tease… And Hunter, he’s that kind of man!

Moving on, this book starts with a young lady finding out about the Luxen and tells what happened to her best friend, Serena. Of course, the Luxen didn’t like it and killed Serena’s best friend. Hunter is hired by the DOD to protect Serena and to find out what her best friend told her… which is, I must say, A MIND-BLOWING SECRET!!. During the hole “protecting thing” (allow me to tell you that if a man like Hunter protected me the way he did…gosh… -I VOLUNTEER!).

If you read the Lux series, and you loved it, then trust me, you are going to love this one

P.S: I don’t really want to spoil you but, DAEMON BLACK (yes ladies, HIM)…. He shows up!

5 Chibis

Book Review: Arabelle’s Shadows by Fleur Gaskin

Arabelle’s Shadows by Fleur Gaskin (GR)

Published: November 19th 2012

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Goodreads: “Everything in Arabelle’s life is coming together. She has confidence, great friends, she’s even dating Naak, a wealthy Thai socialite. But there are too many models in Bangkok. Arabelle’s broke, she can’t find an agent in New York, and Naak isn’t as wonderful as he first appears. Slowly the Shadows creep back into Arabelle’s mind, bringing with them thoughts of hopelessness and despair. The vile Shadows know something Arabelle’s refusing to remember and, if she’s not careful, they’ll use it to destroy her. Based on a true story, Arabelle’s Shadows takes us on a journey through the struggles of growing up, not quite making it as an international model, and attempting to overcome a crushing depression.”

Review

I’m going to be totally honest here. As I was reading the book I had no freaking idea what the ending would be like or what message the book was supposed to pass to the readers, if there was one. We have Arabelle, a failing model who is trying to get her life up together and become a famous model, while fighting a depression. But then I started thinking, and wasn’t it shocking when I found out the book was making me think, I finally found a book that made me freaking think! Continue reading