Goodbye April, Hello May (2015)

It seems like I haven’t done one of these in ages! I skipped last month’s favorites as I had technical difficulties. Let’s see if we can stay on track this time! :)

Anyways, you guys know the drill. Every month I highlight my favorite things while welcoming in the new month! I hope you enjoy!

Favorite Book

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey. In the startling sequel to The Fifth Wave, Yancey plunges us back into a world where the Other’s genocide of the human race is more than it seems.

My thoughts after reading the novel:

A trilling and exhilarating sequel to The Fifth Wave, The Infinite Sea does not disappoint. I love the differing p.o.v’s and how they all interlocked together, filling the gaps between the timeline. I love the relationship and the fight to survive and remain human. Definitely recommend this series to the avid book reader. I never thought I’d like a story that involves aliens, but I was proven wrong by Yancey’s unique storytelling. Give this a try! It’s definitely worth a shot :)

Favorite Music

My favorite song this month is To Young To Fall In Love by Chelsea Lankes. It’s a cover by one of Motley Crue’s famous songs.

Favorite App

Hearthstone

I was so elated when I heard that Hearthstone had come out with a free app! It was a game mainly for your desktop and I had only ever played it once with Kevin. At first, I didn’t know what the heck was going on. But with the app version I could play freely and I eventually got a knack for it.

It’s a game of luck and wits. You play a character, each characters has their own set of cards. Then, you try to attack your opponent until their health is gone.

If you’re looking for a fun and new addictive game, give Hearthstone a try! :)

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I don’t have many favorites from last month. I’ve honestly been reading A LOT and trying to get everything ready and done for the semester. I am a terrible procrastinator. So, I’m trying to get everything done before it is actually due to save me a lot of grief. Psssttt…May is also my birthday month! I hope fun times awaits!

Hope everyone had a lovely month and here is to May being good to all of us! <3

With love always,

Emma

An Ember In The Ashes Release Day Blitz

Hello lovely people of the interwebs! I am so excited to be part of this blitz, celebrating An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir out in the world TODAY. I also get to share a special introduction from Sabaa herself!

Stay tuned for the giveaway at the end!

Letter from Sabaa Tahir:

Dear Readers,

Today, my “baby” An Ember In The Ashes is finally out in the world! From inception to pub date, this journey took eight years. And what a journey it was: writing, rewriting, revising, editing, querying, submitting; Meeting other debuts, bloggers, booksellers and librarians, and hearing their thoughts on Ember. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the radness.

And now, the book is here! I am so excited to see it in the hands of readers. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. To celebrate release day, I’m giving away two signed, first-edition hardcovers of the book. Details below!

All my best,

Sabaa

ABOUT THE BOOK

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Release date: April 28, 2015

Publisher: Razorbill

Purchase from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

SYNOPSIS

I WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING I TELL EVERY SLAVE.

THE RESISTANCE HAS TRIED TO PENETRATE THIS SCHOOL COUNTLESS TIMES. I HAVE DISCOVERED IT EVERY TIME.

IF YOU ARE WORKING WITH THE RESISTANCE, IF YOU CONTACT THEM, IF YOU THINK OF CONTACTING THEM, I WILL KNOW

AND I WILL DESTROY YOU.

Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. — Goodreads

Sabaa-Tahir-200x300ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks, and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

  • 2 winners will receive a signed hardcover of An Ember in the Ashes. US ONLY.
  • 3 winners will receive a hardcover of An Ember in the Ashes and a Sword Letter Opener! US ONLY.

Giveaway ends May 9th at Midnight EST!

Enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win! May the odds be ever in your favor!

This blitz was wonderfully put together by the girls at Rockstar Book Tours.

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Momentarily Shutdown

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Okay, so my plan of blog posts was interrupted by…THE BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH.

Since then, I have ordered an antivirus software as my trial seemed to keep my computer running smoothly and virus free. So I am going to get the full version and see how that works. In the meantime, I am going to budget and try to save enough money for a new laptop as mine…well, it’s old.

But fret not, once I am officially back online I will have my posts up and ready to go! *fingers crossed*

I miss being online. I am currently using my brother’s laptop while he’s at school. I need to get some school work done and by the time he’s home, I’ll be kicked off. *sigh*

My weeks have been quite uneventful. I did go to Tokyo Discount and bought some anime stuff like a Mikasa figure and POP Attack on Titan poster :D The boyfriend was also inducted to a prestigious honor society for nursing so that was exciting! And then my munchkin…he’s cute as always! I still can’t believe I am 20 years older than him. When he is 10 I’ll be 30. Yikes.

Anyways, sorry for my rambling! I miss you all! I hope everyone is having a fabulous week! <3

Emma

Hiatus. Maybe?

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Hello my lovely readers! I am terribly sorry for being radio silent the last week or two. My laptop was in the shop (a.k.a. my boyfriend’s room) being repaired for it’s incredible slowness and freeziness (is that even a word? No.). He didn’t find anything wrong with it so it may be because of age. Edgar (that’s my laptop’s name!) is going to have to be retired soon. I just have to find the funds in order to replace him.

While my laptop was out of my life, I have been doing much needed reading, studying for my exams, and hanging out with my family and friends. Speaking of, I’m going out tonight with my friends to grab some sushi! One of my friend’s is going off to the military so we are celebrating with one last horrah in the city!

Hmm…oh! I’ve also had some (a lot) of free time so I’ve been watching anime, which is something I never thought I would watch. I had to watch the shows on my measly Netflix app on my phone :P I watched Attack on Titan and Sword Art Online. The latter was my absolute favorite! I have so many FEELS over Kirito x Asuna! Plus, that theme song! ASDFGHJKL.

Anyways, this is more of a welcome back post…I’m not going on hiatus, nor do I plan to. I have a lot of material I want to put out into the interwebs so I’m super stoked for that!

I’m planning:

  • Book Reviews of Paper Towns and The Ruby Circle
  • #DearMe post in honor of International Women’s Day (I know…super late)
  • Blog nomination post
  • WWW (will be posted on Wednesday, of course!)
  • Monthly Favorites recap
  • Bookish playlists

I think that is all I have up my sleeve for now. Not to fret! I won’t post all my ideas in a day. I would hate to be overwhelming. But look for them in the near future! :)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day.

Always with love,

Emma

 

Simply Sunday #22

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Simply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is from the publishing source Electric Writing:

Why I Chose It

This is a friendly reminder to just sit down and write. No excuses. I loved how direct and to the point it is as well as holding a bit of underlining humor. I am going to listen to my writing and do as it has asked. I think it’s time.

Do you have a favorite quote this week? Tell me all about in the comments down below. I’d love to read them! <3

Emma

 

Film Review: Django Unchained

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Here is my first attempt at a movie review! I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you’ve seen this movie. I’d love to read your own thoughts :)

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I had some pretty lofty preconceived notions about Django Unchained. I thought it was a comedic parody along the lines of A Haunted House (a parody of the Paranormal Activity). I, for one, do not enjoy those kinds of movies. I just think they are unnecessarily funny. I love subtlety and those movies do not convey that aspect.

Anyways, what is Django Unchained? Well, let me give you the synopsis:

Two years before the Civil War, Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave, finds himself accompanying an unorthodox German bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) on a mission to capture the vicious Brittle brothers. Their mission successful, Schultz frees Django, and together they hunt the South’s most-wanted criminals. Their travels take them to the infamous plantation of shady Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), where Django’s long-lost wife (Kerry Washington) is still a slave.

To my surprise, I ended up enjoying the movie very much. It was not a parody, but a story about a former slave who is offered a deal: to help a man kill criminals in exchange for money. It is one big adventure after another, catching criminals all over the south. Django learns to be an expert shot, while also gaining confidence as a free man. There is one thing that Django wants, though. And that is to find his wife who had been sold to a different plantation owner after their original owners realized they had secretly gotten married. That journey leads them to Calvin Candie and their lives take an unexpected bloody turn.

Dun. Dun. Dunnnnnn.

I found the movie emotionally gripping. I felt sympathetic for Django and absolutely loved Dr. King Schultz, a black sympathizer. I liked how the story was true to the era and made me feel for those who were treated badly due to the color of their skin. It was a horrible time and I am happy for those who were able to be free and start a life anew much like Django.

I also thought that the actors were brilliant! Here are some big shot actors like Jamie, Leo, and Kerry. I remember on tumblr a long time ago a gif where Leo had cut his hand unintentionally during a scene in this movie. He then said he would film regardless. To me, that takes true character dedication. I can’t imagine how those whipping scenes went…how they managed it. Nevertheless, I could see that these actors took great effort to portray their characters authentically.

Lastly, my one grief about the movie was the bloody scenes. It did not look like real blood at all.

If you’ve never heard of this movie I sincerely suggest it! It’s action packed filled with subtle humor and a thought provoking message of fighting for what is right.

All in all, I give this movie…a 5 cupcake approval!

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Victorian Nephilim

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Release date: August 31, 2010

Purchase from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

SYNOPSIS

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them… — Goodreads

WHEN I First Read

I first read this in September 2011. It’s nearly been 5 years since I first started this series that took me worlds away. I read this after I had picked up City of Bones and LOVED it! I remember pre-ordering it at the library and waiting months after the release to get my hands on a copy.

WHAT I Remember

Tessa Gray arrives in London and her life takes a turn for the worst. She is held by women who are warlocks when a devilishly handsome boy helps her escape. She then learns that she is not human, but otherwordly. You see, Tessa is a shape changer. She can change into a person and know their thoughts. As far as anyone knows, Tessa is the only one in the world who can do such a thing. Tessa also begins to develop feelings for the boy who saved her. Will Herondale is sarcastic, brooding, and protective. He tries to push everyone away with reason. For he has a secret that he has never told anyone else. In the midst of all this, someone called The Magister wants Tessa and has a clockwork army at his beck and call.

WHY I Wanted To Re-Read

I really wanted to re-read this because it’s been ages since I last read this story that caused so many FEELS. This time around I was able to use sticky notes and put them in place where all my favorite scenes and quotes happened. I also needed a Cassandra Clare fix, seeing as her newest novel was pushed back till next year! #DREADFUL

HOW I Felt After Re-Reading

I fell even more in love with the world after I finished the novel for the second time. I liked how I payed particular attention to certain aspects of the book that I never would have the first time around. I also loved the anticipation of knowing what was going to happen and waiting for it! Then, there are the characters who I absolutely adore. I love every single one (except the bad ones). I consider them my friends, you know? These characters are very dear to my heart and I wouldn’t want anything horrible to happen to them. As you can tell, I am emotionally invested. I love the world Cassie has created and I am looking forward to all that she has in store with this world and new characters I’m sure to love.

WOULD I Re-Read Again

Absolutely! There is not doubt in my mind that I will reread this book and the series for the rest of my life. It’s an amazing world to lose yourself in and after you’re done, well, it’s like someone just ripped your heart open. It’s a good feeling, I guess? Who wants to get their heart ripped open? But, it’s quite extraordinary.

Adapted for Film Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway!

Why hello there my lovely people of the interwebs! Today I have an excerpt from Stacey Rourke’s new contemporary novel, Adapted for Film. If you like what you read be sure to grab a copy of the book at the links provided below! All information about the book, author, and GIVEAWAY will also be listed afterwards. Happy Reading! :)

EXCERPT

“I think I get it. If a butterfly were to land on you, its touch would be so delicate that you would wonder if it had really happened at all, or if it was merely your mind fantasizing that such a rare beauty would honor you with the gift of their touch.”

A gorgeous man uttering such poetry temporarily short circuited my brain. Catching myself doing the slack-jawed fan-girl thing, I quickly snapped my mouth shut and averted my gaze to a nonthreatening cement turtle by the edge of the gazebo.

“Yep,” I muttered to the turtle. “I think you’ve got it.”

Unfortunately for my last remaining shred of dignity, Greyson wasn’t done with his tutorial. He closed the distance between us with a burning hunger blazing in his eyes. A hot flush rose in my cheeks, creeping clear up to my earlobes as his sculpted body skimmed against mine. Toned, rigid perfection only a few thin layers of fabric away …

“What are you doing?” My voice failed me, coming out in a raspy yelp.

“Making sure I’ve got this right.” Temptation, of the most carnal variety, emanated off of him. His focused gaze followed the curve of my lips, the lift of one brow promising toe-curling fun.

It had been a really long time since someone had looked at me like that. Much less one of the sexiest men on the planet. That almost never happened.

“Aiden wouldn’t grab Paige, wouldn’t pull her to him.” Raising one hand, he traced the length of my arm with two fingers.

Starting at my wrist, he worked his way up. His skin never actually made contact, but whispered over mine in an electrifying rush that rolled and built. Bowing his head, his silky locks tickled my cheek. Hot breath teased over my collarbone, awakening a need so powerful my hands curled into tight fists at my sides. Agonizingly slow, he raised his head. The blissful torment of his lips teased over mine, setting the veil of energy between us alive with desire.

“He wouldn’t want to crush her lips with his need,” he murmured against my mouth, “but would wait … patiently for her to close that last … remaining … space.”

Despite our audience, it took every ounce of willpower I had to fight the urge to rise up on tiptoe and let my lips find his in a moment of blissful rapture that would make my eyes roll back and the heavens sing. Before that bothersome whim could stomp down the last of my common sense, I stumbled back a step and inserted some much needed distance between us.

I took great pleasure in seeing Greyson as flushed and ruffled as I was. “Yeah, that was … good,” I panted. “I think you got it.”

SYNOPSIS

Aubrey Evans is living every author’s dream; her sizzling romance novel is being turned into a blockbuster film. She would be celebrating this momentous event, if she wasn’t busy fighting over every tiny production detail with the maddeningly cavalier director, Kole Camden.

When news of their heated rivalry hits the gossip columns, drastic measures must be taken to save their sinking project. In an elaborate PR hoax, she is publicly linked to Greyson Meyers, the swoon-worthy star of her movie. A whirl-wind love affair is staged for the couple to mirror the steamy chapters of her own books.

Can the introverted author resist the charms of Hollywood’s sexiest leading man? Or will love find her in the City of Angels? — Goodreads

Adapted for Film is available to purchase from Amazon.

P.S. I think the cover is gorgeous! Good job graphic designer! Many kudos to you :)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel

Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012

Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013

Stacey Rourke lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction  and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. Mark your calendars! Her latest literary adventure, Crane, will release May 26, 2014. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this thrilling Legends Saga, as well as other literary projects.

PLACES WHERE YOU CAN FIND STACEY
GIVEAWAY
Enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win:
–A signed copy of Adapted For Film (US only)
–A DVD of P.S. I Love You (US only)
–A swag pack full of goodies (US only)
–An ebook copy of Adapted For Film (INTL)–$5 Amazon gift card (INTL)
Giveaway ENDS March 19. Good luck! May the odds be ever in your favor!
Special thanks to Giselle over at Xpresso Book Tours for organizing this tour! Giselle you are the seriously the BEST<3
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Simply Sunday #21

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Simply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is from an unknown source:

Sometimes, you can’t explain what you see in a person. It’s just the way they take you to a place where no else can.

Why I Chose It

There is one more hour to go for the day and in my late night musing about soulmates I found the above quote. Sometimes, life is illogical and there is no sense in trying to make sense of it. It’s better to leave things in the shadow of mystery and accept that it just is. I feel like this perfectly personifies what it means to be in love.

Got your own favorite quote for the week? Let me know in the comments down below! I’d love to read them.

I hope you all had a lovely week. Here is to another amazing week ahead!

Emma

Book Review: Almost Loved by Mira Toria

Author: Mira Toria

Publisher: Mira Toria

Release date: March 6, 2015

Purchase from Amazon

SYNOPSIS

Falling in love is easy.

After Bradley, Lyris is convinced that love is temporary and the repercussions are permanent, but everything changes when she meets Hale. Falling in love with him begins as something tumultuous and unexpectedly effortless despite her resistance.

Lyris loves him.
Hale loves her.
Staying in love is hard.

As their pasts start to surface, how hard will they fight to stay together? Her ex holds a piece of her heart and he won’t give up without a fight – but that might not be necessary. Hale has a secret of his own that is enough to threaten everything before it even begins.

This isn’t just a love story.
This is their story.

TREAD CAREFULLY YOUNG WIZARDS, SPOILERS MAY LIE AHEAD.

Please stay tune at the end for the Almost Loved Release Day Party info!

I was kindly asked to be one of the first readers for Mira’s debut novel. It was quite an honor as I had previously read the first few chapters on Wattpad and remember adoring the story! I was ecstatic and impressed by Almost Loved, a love story but not just your typical love story. Lyris and Hale both have reasons to stay away from each other, to stay away from falling in love. But it seems like fate has a different idea.

One of the many aspects of the story that I loved was the writing. I was easily swept away by the description and the dialogue. I love witty dialogue! I couldn’t help but laugh and swoon and want to cry. Along with the dialogue was the great character dynamics. You have to have good character dynamics in order to have good dialogue. The two correlated like peanut butter and jelly. I absolutely adored Lyris and Evey’s relationship. It reminded me of my relationship with my best friend and to me that is authenticity. It brought a smile to my face whenever I read about the two, teasing each other and telling each other things that the other needed to hear.

Aside from the male protagonist (we’ll get to him in a bit), there were secondary characters that added a certain sweetness and reality to the story. Like West and Leon, Evey’s boyfriend and Lyris’ friend, who added their own kind of quriks to the novel. West and Leon were protective, both in different ways. They were also loyal and witty. West particularly made me laugh more than once out loud. I realize that I’m talking about these characters like they are real. But you don’t realize how very real they were to me because the author made it so.

Then, there was Hale. Ah, Hale. You are my new book boyfriend. It is unbelievable how he made me giddy with his undeniable charming self. He was strong and persevered. He was also honest from the start as the past constantly surfaced. I won’t say more than that as I don’t want to spoil you! I like how Hale tried, how he was willing to put his past aside in order to give his blossoming relationship with Lyris a chance.

This isn’t your typical “boy meets girl” story or a typical romantic comedy. How can I explain it? It’s a love story, where both parties are desperately trying to figure out what to do and how to move forward in hopes to finding a love that is real – truer than their past relationships. To me, that is a great message to have realized while reading. Most people don’t realize that they can find love again even when they think it’s quite impossible.

Lastly, you have your leading lady, Lyris. She is so easy to relate to. She’s been hurt (as many of us have been) when it comes to an ex-boyfriend. We see her struggle and slowly begin to evolve from the woman she is at the start of the story to the woman she ends up to be. It’s a beautiful evolution that is wonderfully written. I also love her voice. It made the story far more interesting because of amazing narration!

I didn’t just adore Almost Loved. I loved Almost Loved. There was no almost about it. But don’t just take my word for it, give this story a shot. It’s currently 99 cents on Amazon! That is a steal for a uniquely woven tale of finding love again.

Almost Loved gets a well deserved…5 cupcakes!

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Almost Loved Release Day Party Information

Courtesy of the Malice Girls, there is a release party being held in honor of Mira Toria and her debut novel, Almost Loved on Facebook. It is tomorrow, Saturday, March 7, 2015. Come and join on the fun as the hosts give away bookish prizes like ebooks, bookmarks, ect.

Click here to RSVP to the event! Hope to see you there! <3

Emma

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