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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Full-Length Trailer: Breaking Dawn Pt. 1

When does a person become a Twihard?  I wouldn’t necessarily put myself in that category, but I’ve certainly gone to my share of both midnight book releases and midnight movie releases…

But I’ve also gone to plenty of non-Twilight movie releases…And the midnight book party???  Well, the thought of any book that builds enough clout to keep a bookstore open ‘til late, well, I’m totally there!

Have I been bit?  Well, I wouldn’t say I’m obsessive—but I do enjoy the books…and the movies.  And I keep a special place in my heart for Stephanie Meyer's Twilight, because it reminded me of the books I used to love reading way back when…and with the momentum of Twilight’s popularity, I’ve also noticed those books I used to love?  Like L.J. Smith’s and Cate Tiernan’s?  They’re being re-issued and re-published and re-released, The Vampire Diaries, and now The Secret Circle, have even sprouted tv shows.  And that makes me glad, because I really missed those books and authors, and I’m glad for more.

But lately, I’ve been hearing some wavering voices…people don’t seem to be as amped up for Breaking Dawn (book or movie), as they’ve felt before.  Also been hearing a lot of comments about Edward’s wedding hair.

Me?  I LOVED the book.  And I’m REALLY looking forward to the movie!!!!

Especially after seeing THIS trailer!!!!—While I know Breaking Dawn is supposed to be split into two movies, I haven’t heard exactly where they plan to leave off the first half and take up the second…However, this is the first trailer I’ve seen where it goes beyond the *honeymoon*!!!

Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 is scheduled to be released 11/18.
So, how ‘bout you?—Planning on seeing the movie?  Or are you over Twilight?


Monday, September 26, 2011

Shout Out to Banned Books Week

In case you didn’t know, or perhaps forgot, the last week of September every year (this year September 24-October 1, 2011) is Banned Books Week.

According to statistics provided by the ALA, 2010 has the fewest recorded challenges since 1990.  But the fact is that every year that books are challenged, challenges our freedom of speech, the search for knowledge, and the simple enjoyment of reading.

The funny/sad thing is the books that are challenged are generally challenged by people who want to protect us, who want to protect our children.—Schools and parents initiate by far the most challenges to books—Challenging books for a variety of reasons, based on topics and material dealing with sexually explicit content, violence, offensive language, unsuitability to age group, occultism, homosexuality, religious viewpoint, nudity, racism, drugs, sex education, anti-family, political viewpoint, insensitivity, sexism, suicide, inaccuracy, anti-ethnic, and abortion.

It seems so contradictory that a child’s main source of information and education, Schools and parents, are the same ones impeding a child’s access to certain knowledge. 

These are all topics that make a lot of us uncomfortable.  For that matter, it might be scarier if some of these things didn’t make us uncomfortable.  And when you see what some of the challenges are, they don’t seem like completely unreasonable requests from crazy people.

But challenging books and banning them don’t make the underlying issues disappear.  So how about, instead of challenging books—let’s challenge ourselves to use these books as opportunities for opening up dialogue about the things that are hard for us to talk about.

Here’s a list of the top 100 banned and challenged books of the last decade.—Take a look; you may be surprised.  You may have read a banned book and not even know it!—I know I was surprised by a few.  The ones I’ve read are in bold.  There are a few that seem familiar, but I can’t remember if I actually read them, or not.  A few that I know I started, but never finished.  And many more that I haven’t read, but I’ve seen the movie.

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009
1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Myracle, Lauren
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
11. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
12. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
13. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
15. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Forever, by Judy Blume
17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
19. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
20. King and King, by Linda de Haan
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
22. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
23. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
24. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
Killing Mr. Griffen, by Lois Duncan
26. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
27. My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier
28. Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
29. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
30. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
31. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
32. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
33. Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
34. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
35. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
36. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
37. It’s So Amazing, by Robie Harris
38. Arming America, by Michael Bellasiles
39. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
40. Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank
41. Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
42. The Fighting Ground, by Avi
43. Blubber, by Judy Blume
44. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
45. Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly
46. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
47. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, by George Beard
48. Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez
49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
50. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
51. Daughters of Eve, by Lois Duncan
52. The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
53. You Hear Me?, by Betsy Franco
54. The Facts Speak for Themselves, by Brock Cole
55. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green
56. When Dad Killed Mom, by Julius Lester
57. Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause
58. Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going
59. Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
60. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
61. Draw Me A Star, by Eric Carle
62. The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
63. The Terrorist, by Caroline B. Cooney
64. Mick Harte Was Here, by Barbara Park
65. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
66. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor
67. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
68. Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
69. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
70. Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen
71. Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park
72. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
73. What’s Happening to My Body Book, by Lynda Madaras
74. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
75. Anastasia (series), by Lois Lowry
76. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
77. Crazy: A Novel, by Benjamin Lebert
78. The Joy of Gay Sex, by Dr. Charles Silverstein
79. The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss
80. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
81. Black Boy, by Richard Wright
82. Deal With It!, by Esther Drill
83. Detour for Emmy, by Marilyn Reynolds
84. So Far From the Bamboo Grove, by Yoko Watkins
85. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
86. Cut, by Patricia McCormick
87. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
88. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
89. Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissenger
90. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle
91. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
92. The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
93. Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
94. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
95. Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix
96. Grendel, by John Gardner
97. The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
98. I Saw Esau, by Iona Opte
99. Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
100. America: A Novel, by E.R. Frank

You can check out the Banned Books Week website or the ALA for more information about banned and challenged books, events, and about celebrating the freedom to read.  You can also like Banned Books Week on facebook.

What does fREADom mean to you?


Thursday, September 22, 2011

I heart Barnes and Noble

The affiliate thing hasn't really been working for me, actually I'm not even sure it was working at all, or even that I was using it correctly in the first place--because even when family members or I tried to use the links for personal purchases, no activity was ever credited to my affiliate account.  It's a nice idea, and I don't rule going back to it again at some point, but for right now, I'm back to being unaffiliated. 2/9/13

BarnesandNoble.com Logo - 125x125FYI, (after some consideration) I have decided to pimp out my blog…kinda.  Forever, I’ve noticed people becoming associates, affiliates, or adding sponsors.  I’ve thought about it.  I’ve seen the debates on the pros and cons—Is having advertising selling out?  Does it turn people away?  And frankly, it’s not like anyone is claiming to be making oodles of money from their sponsorships…quite the opposite, although some do comment that it helps fund their blog giveaways.  And so I thought about it some more…and set it aside.

Personally, advertising has never affected how I look at other blogs.  As a reader, I’ve subscribed equally to blogs with and without advertising.  But as a consumer, I’ve never really used anyone’s advertising links.  And previously, that has been my main deciding factor in not pursuing sponsorship.—Because if I didn’t use it myself, who else would?  I’ve mainly seen other bloggers who are Amazon associates.  But I never use Amazon.  However, I always thought to myself, that if it were Barnes and Noble, I’d jump on it in a second.

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t gravitate to Barnes and Noble.  I was a member for over half my life…and if the closest store weren’t an hour-and-a-half drive I’m sure I’d still be a member.  I’ve always felt at home in a Barnes and Noble.  Geographically, I’m hopeless; I have absolutely no innate sense of direction.  But I’ve been in Barnes and Nobles across the country, and as soon as I step inside those doors, and inhale that fresh book perfume, a feeling of serenity washes over me.  I’m like the book-whisperer with words from pages calling to me from the far reaches of the store.  Or I’m a divining rod with pinpoint precision to find that long sought after tome.  If it’s there, I’ll find it.  And more often than not, I’ve come away with much more than I intended.  *sigh*

So when I was reading Unputdownables post on how she decided to become a Barnes and Noble affiliate—Well, I jumped on it!!!!

Now I’m not expecting to make oodles of money…But I’m hoping that at the very least, I can offset some of my own purchases that I would be making anyway, which is enough to make it worth my while.  I don’t plan for there to be any major changes with how I blog; I’ve often used cover pictures and description links from Barnes and Noble in my posts.  Now it’s just official.

How it works:  If you make any purchases from Barnes and Noble through a link from my blog, they give me a small percentage.—From what I can tell, all Barnes and Noble purchases (except for gift cards) qualify, which means books, ebooks, music, dvds, etc…

And as for you, my readers—This absolutely doesn’t cost you anything extra.  And there is absolutely NO PRESSURE.  I may let you know if I see any awesome specials or deals—But I would do that anyway.  If you choose to support my blog through purchase that you were going to be making anyway—YAY!!!  Then feel free to click on the links and do so.  If not, I will still love you just as much!!!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Pride

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I’ve been reading Lauren Hammond’s Pride over the weekend, and it’s still sinking in—one of those amazing books that gave me *chills* and tears.  Absolutely. Fabulous.

The thing about bullies is, you can never let them see that they are getting the best of you.
pg. 4, Pride (ebook), Lauren Hammond

One, maybe, just maybe, good things really did happen in my life. And two, today was the day that Olivia Lennox changed my life forever.
pg. 7 Pride (ebook), Lauren Hammond

So, what are YOU excited about this week?


Monday, September 19, 2011

Tales with Scales Giveaway Winners

Hello and happy Monday to everyone!!!!

I want to thank everyone who entered, tweeted, and posted about my 

and made it a super awesome celebration for two of my favorite authors and their two amazing new books—Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs and Vanish by Sophie Jordan!!!!

And without further ado (because it’s always fun to say that…), HERE are the winners!!!!!
(winners have all been notified)

Splash Team/Venom Squad

Congratulations to Janhvi J.!!!!!!!!

Team Draki Book+Swag

Congratulations to Booksie!!!!!!!!

Venom Squad+Team Draki Swag

Congratulations to:
Savanna U.!!!!!!!!
Cesya C.!!!!!!!!
Julie N.!!!!!!!!
Cheyenne T.!!!!!!!!
Pedro Pablo!!!!!!!!


Thanks again to everyone who entered!!!!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Follow Friday 13

Hoppy Friday Everyone!!!  Or Thursday, as the case may be… ;)

but first, some breaking news:

Congratulations to Parajunkee’s View on WINNING for BEST BOOK BLOG FEATURE or SERIES OF POSTS—BBAW 2011!!!!!!!!

and back to our regularly scheduled programming...

For anyone who’s new—Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meet and greet meme hosted by ParaJunkee and Alison Can Read, where she features a blogger of the week, and all us awesome bloggers can hop around, introduce ourselves, and meet each other.

This week Parajunkees’s Featured blogger is 
—so be sure to check her out!!!

And Alison Can Read is featuring;
—make sure to stop and say hi!!!

If you want to join in the fun just hop on over to Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read for Feature and Follow FridayThen just add your name to the list and start hopping!

Easy-peasy ;)
Now for the Q and A portion of this weekend:

Parajunkee asks:

Q. It's that pesky magic book fairy again! She has another wish: What imaginary book world would you like to make a reality?

Hmmm….This one is hard because there are SO MANY to choose from!!!!  It would definitely have to be a world that included magic and amazingness.  My top three choices would have to be:

I wish there could be a Hogwarts with Dumbledore, Sirius, Remus, and Snape…but without Voldemort—Even though Voldemort totally provides Harry with his most thrilling adventures.  It’s that age old question; can you have one without the other???

I love Tamora Pierce’s Tortall for its wonder and adventure—magic, gods, knights, battles, talking animals, and animals that can understand people.  But not a big fan of Duke Roger.

And then there is Tera Lynn Childs’ Thalassinia.  I mean mermaids!!!!!!!!  What’s not to love????  And as of yet, Lilly’s mischievous cousin is the most dangerous thing you have to keep an eye out for…And jellyfish… I’m just not sure how I feel about a totally seafood diet…

Yeah…I would be happy with any of those!!!

How ‘bout you?—What’s your perfect world???


The Secret Circle CW Premiere

Ummm… How many awesome things can I say about L.J. Smith???????

I absolutely fell. in. love. with her books waaaaaaaaaaay back when.  High-schoolish.  Early/mid-‘90s.  Yeah, maybe I shouldn’t date myself, but just ‘cause everybody else is jumping on the bandwagon…I’m just sayin’, for once I was early to the show.

And my FAVORITE favorite L.J. Smith series was absolutely The Secret Circle. *sigh*

When they made the movie, The Craft, it was like getting a little taste about what I LOVED so much about The Secret Circle.  And then when they turned The Vampire Diaries into a tv show, I crossed my fingers that The Secret Circle might be next.

And now it IS.  And to tell you the truth, I don’t know if I’m excited or scared.  I have to say, the show looks pretty AMAZING.  But I LOVE LOVE LOVED the books and I have such fond memories of reading them…and it looks like the show has only cast for a coven of half the size.  I was so excited, until I heard that little tidbit.  But then, all of a sudden my mind starts racing—if they cut characters, who could they cut?—There are definitely some that are more background than others, but that doesn’t make them any less interesting!!!  And if they’re already changing that…  What’s next?

Of course, the only way to find out for sure…is to watch it.

The Secret Circle premiers *TONIGHT* (9/15) on the CW
 And I have a feeling I’ll be watching with baited breath. *inhale*



Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Dear Enemy

You may or may not remember that I reread Jean Webster’s Daddy Long-Legs not too long ago.  Well, I couldn’t reread Daddy Long-Legs without having to reread Dear Enemy along with it!

Daddy Long-Legs was one of those books that I picked out from the Scholastic order forms, way back in grade school.  It wasn’t until much later, I think when I was home on break from college, that I discovered Dear Enemy.  In fact, I almost didn’t—And if I had been minding my own business, I certainly never would have!!!  I happened to be browsing the shelves of the local cigar/bookstore, when I overheard another customer mention Daddy Long-Legs to the sales clerk.  My ears perk up whenever I hear people start talking about good books—especially about a childhood favorite!!!  But when I heard “sequel,” well, I just couldn’t help myself—This was certainly news to me!!!  I quickly ascertained the title (Dear Enemy), and I had to have it RIGHT AWAY.  Except for one tiny little glitch:  The bookstore didn’t have it.  Neither did the other bookstore.  Or anywhere, for that matter.  Because it was OUT. OF. PRINT.  One of the most undesirable phrases a booklover can ever hear.  :(

Of course, I didn’t give up.  I was starting to get savvy about this whole “internet” thing, and started looking to see if I could find it online somewhere.  Of course, I never thought I’d find the entire text online, available to read—Not stolen, or anything illicit, but a simple matter of public domain.  Incidentally, I have come to <3 the phrase “public domain.”

Mind you, this was still LONG before ereaders.  So thank goodness Dear Enemy isn’t a terribly long book, because it was just me and my computer screen.

The first time I read Jean Webster's Dear Enemy, I enjoyed it, but remember it wasn’t exactly what I expected, either.  I think I expected it to be more of a sequel, a continuation of Judy’s story, from Daddy Long-Legs.  But instead I found it to be more of a companion novel, told from the viewpoint of one of Judy’s college roommates—Sallie.  But by way of Sallie McBride, I did get some updates on what happened to Judy, and I ended up really enjoying the story.

Dear Enemy, like Daddy Long-Legs, is told in an epistolary style, through the letters of Sallie McBride as she writes to her old friend Judy Abbot, and also to her new enemy, Dr. Robin MacRae.  Judy has set to Sallie the task of reforming Judy’s childhood home—The John Grier Home for Boys and Girls.  Sallie reluctantly takes on the job of Superintendant, but is ever-ready to hand it back.  But until a suitable replacement can be found, Sallie is determined to do the best she can—even if it means alienating her entire staff, along with the surly Doctor.

Knowing what to expect, I think I enjoyed Sallie’s story much more as I reread it, comparing and contrasting her character with Judy’s.  Judy and Sallie both possess a certain whimsy and flightiness in their attitudes, but the main difference comes from their backgrounds, which clearly colors their perspectives.  Judy grew up in a dour orphanage, so when a mysterious benefactor appears, it’s as if all her dreams have come true.  Afterwards, Judy’s outlook always seems to carry with it a gratitude for all the good things she enjoys, and life, in general.  Meanwhile, Sallie comes from a hovering family and a very comfortable background.  Sallie has never really had to do without, or to make do, before, and is definitely hit with a bit of culture shock upon entering The John Grier Home.  Not only that, but her supportive family, and her prospective husband are suddenly not-so-supportive of Sallie’s initiative.  She’s had everything handed to her for most of her life, and now finds herself fighting for something she’s not even sure she wants.

I especially love the sense of history that comes with reading older books.  Dear Enemy was written and is set in the early 1900s, and just brims with nostalgia.  Some of my favorite parts are the glimpses of life back then; the introduction of the automobile mixed with horses and buggies; the combination of letters and telegrams, along with the telephone; women’s roles, standing up to men, going to college, and even a divorce—all before women won the right to vote!!!  And as a reader, I particularly love seeing the differences in language, both in writing and speaking styles.  Dear Enemy is a light, fun read both by itself, or as a companion novel to Daddy Long-Legs!!!

(\__/) p.s. counts toward Read Me Baby, 1 More Time, the 2011 Ebook Challenge, and Show Me the Free reading challenges!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

In the Hand of the Goddess

In the Hand of the Goddess is the second book in Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness quartet.  In the book one, Alanna: The First Test, Alanna, who has always wanted to become a knight, disguises herself as a boy and trades places with her twin brother Thom, who has always wanted to become a powerful sorcerer.  Going by Alan, Alanna reveals her true self only to a few as she completes her page training—making both powerful friends (like Prince Jonathan, Sir Myles, and George Cooper—King of Thieves) and powerful enemies (Duke Roger of ContĂ©).

In the Hand of the Goddess begins with Alanna, still disguised as a boy, beginning her page training with Prince Jonathan as her knight-master.  In fact, Alanna is just returning from an errand on behalf of Prince Jonathan, when a storm breaks and Alanna is forced to stop for the night.  Here, she meets with two very interesting surprises.  The first, Alanna is adopted by a small black kitten—with purple eyes, very similar to her own, and whose cat noises often sound remarkably like speech.  And the second is when the Goddess, Herself, appears to Alanna, and bequeaths Alanna with an ember stone, a token of the Goddess’s esteem and goodwill.  If Alanna had thought she was ordinary before, she’s certainly having doubts now!  But before Alanna can begin having her grand adventures, she must first survive being a page to Jon.  And when a few near-deadly “accidents” start to occur, surviving might not be as easy as it sounds.  Of course, a few close calls are nothing compared to the difficulties of learning to be a lady in her spare time!

Tamora Pierce’s In the Hand of the Goddess continues where the first book left off, diving straight from one magical adventure into the next.  We see that learning to be a knight isn’t all fun and excitement, but also studies and chores.  Not to mention, Alanna’s enemies seem to be getting more and more dangerous.  Alanna suspects Duke Roger of plotting against the royal family to win the throne for himself, but proving it is the hard part.

The second book does well, keeping pace with the first.  And as much as the first book is the newness and grand adventure of becoming a knight, In the Hand of the Goddess looks more closely at the emotional battles that Alanna is waging as she grows up—What do her feelings for Jon mean?  For George?  Does being a knight mean giving up being a woman, too?—Or can she be both?

I think the first time I read the series, I focused a mainly on Alanna’s relationship with Jon, and her knight-training.  But re-reading the story, I found myself really focusing on each of Alanna’s relationships with her friends, watching how they built, or fell apart, and looking for the subtle hints of all things to come.  One of my favorite things about Tamora Pierce’s books, is how often I can come back to her stories and they still feel fresh and new!
All in all, very fun read (and re-read), climaxing with one of Alanna’s most epic battles.

A note on the covers—this series has been out for a while and has gone through several cover changes. I must admit being partial to the cover at the top of the post—which is the one I grew up with and have had the longest. My main critique on that cover is that I think they make Alanna look to womanly; she’s still fairly young and trying to disguise herself as a boy.

The cover to the immediate right is my new ebook cover. Not a big fan.—It’s almost as if someone confused it with the Beka Cooper: Terrier cover—similar pose, and Alanna looks more like she’s wearing one of Beka’s guard uniforms than a page uniform. Also, for some reason, whenever I see this cover, I can’t help but think it looks more like Alanna is holding a large hammer, rather than her sword. And the horse on the cover is black, but Alanna’s horse, Moonlight, is golden-colored with a white mane. However, I do like the haircut better. ;)

(\__/) counts toward Read Me Baby, 1 More Time challenge and 2011 E-Book Challenge.

Monday, September 12, 2011


I want to mention that I’m still a little hesitant when it comes to dystopian/post-apocalyptic books, which is why Lauren Hammond’s new release Famished was such a pleasant surprise when I picked it up!

There is no United States. There is no world. An asteroid has destroyed what the human race knew as earth and The Great Famine has wiped out most of the surviving human population. For the few remaining survivors, food is scarce-- precious--a luxury. A luxury that most humans can’t find.

Seventeen year old Georgina Carver is fortunate. She’s survived the destruction. She eats three times a day while the rest of humanity is plagued by The Great Famine. And she’s safe, hidden away in an underground colony with her family and several other families of survivors.

All of that changes the day she’s randomly selected to be a gatherer. Georgina must leave her safe yet simple world and venture out into a world unknown. A vast, dangerous, destroyed world that could literally eat her alive.

After Georgina is severely injured, her life begins to fall apart. She can’t remember how she got home or what happened to her while she was on the new earth. The boy she is crushing on avoids her and she keeps having visions that involve an unknown person with violet eyes.

Famished begins on the brink of the world collapsing as an asteroid rushes toward Earth on a collision course.  While most people are running around crazy, Georgina Carver’s parents are preparing to survive what is imminently looking more and more like the end of the world.  And thanks to her parents’ quick thinking and level-mindedness, the Carvers do survive the asteroid’s devastation.  The Carvers band together with a handful of other survivors to create an underground compound, protecting them from the wasteland above.  But the colonies residents are not the only survivors, outside the compound cannibals and the decayed ones still linger.  While rations dwindle within the colony, The Great Famine looms without.  Soon there is no choice but to send gatherers into the devastation of the outside world in order to replenish the colony’s provisions.  But when she is chosen as a gatherer, Georgina Carver can’t help but wonder if she survived the apocalypse only to be lost to the desolation outside.

All my hesitation vanished once I opened the first page, and was instantly replaced with intrigue and curiosity.  As much as Lauren Hammond’s Famished was dystopian and post-apocalyptic, it was also a bit of detective novel.  Georgina Carver soon realizes her safe, idyllic compound life may not be all it seems, and she sets out to discover the truth for herself, sleuthing and asking questions.  Georgie was spunky, quick-witted, and determined—but she was also human.  I loved Georgie for her flaws as much as her strengths—especially the way she has a crush on a bad-boy, Colin, but has enough sense to see through his ploy to win her affections.  It’s so easy to like someone, not so easy to walk away from temptation…Georgina is conflicted, but when she senses something isn’t on the up-and-up, she goes with her gut.

Lauren Hammond really knows how to tell a great story!  Famished was fresh and unique, keeping me on my toes until the very end—and hungry for more!!!

(\__/) (ARC provided by author for fair and honest review.  These are my own, unbiased opinions.)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Feature and Follow Friday 12

Hoppy Friday Everyone!!!  Or Thursday, as the case may be… ;)

First off...

Congratulations to Parajunkee’s View on being nominated for BEST BOOK BLOG FEATURE or SERIES OF POSTS—BBAW 2011!!!!!!!!


For anyone who’s new—Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meet and greet meme hosted by ParaJunkee and Alison Can Read, where she features a blogger of the week, and all us awesome bloggers can hop around, introduce ourselves, and meet each other.

This week Parajunkees’s Featured blogger is 
—so be sure to check her out!!!

And Alison Can Read is featuring;
—make sure to stop and say hi!!!

If you want to join in the fun just hop on over to Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read for Feature and Follow Friday.  Then just add your name to the list and start hopping!

Easy-peasy ;)
Now for the Q and A portion of this weekend:

Parajunkee asks:

Q. Have you ever wanted a villain to win at the end of a story?  If so, which one??

A. Omg!  YES!!!!—I’ve been reading George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones/ A Song of Ice and Fire series…And I am totally IN LOVE with Tyrion Lannister!!!  *sigh*  I just finished book 3, A Storm of Swords, but basically the Starks are the good guys.  And the Lannisters are the bad guys.  So Tyrion is on the wrong side, which kind of makes him a bad guy…and sometimes he does do bad guy things…which makes him a bad guy…but it’s more like he’s a good guy born on the wrong side…which he seems to be trying to change.  Tyrion’s had an uphill struggle since his birth, every time he seems  to make progress, someone has to knock him down again—The guy deserves a break already!!!!

[CONTEST CLOSED] and p.s.  As long as you're here... Don't forget to enter my AWESOME giveaway.  Yes, that’s right, I said GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

Two of my favorite authors just released two amazing new books—Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs and Vanish by Sophie Jordan!!!!  It seems I’ve collected as a member of Tera’s Venom Squad and Splash Team, and Sophie’s Team Draki.  I have also acquired a SIGNED copy of Firelight from Sophie and a SIGNED copy of Forgive My Fins from Tera (I have my ways), and now is your chance to win a copy!