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Monday, July 12, 2010

Book Blogger Interview (BBI) - Livia Delgado

I want to give a very warm welcome to fellow Book Blogger Livia Delgado who has been an absolute doll throughout out my entire conquest in creating my own blog. I thought it would be very interesting to hear from fellow bloggers and know what makes their mind tick. Enter BBI or Book Blogger Interviews on BookTweaker :) Livia is my first victim with a few questions into her mind.

How long have you been blogging?

For about a year for Life After and 6 months for my Portuguese blog Before I was invited by Brandi Marie to be part of the staff, I was a reviewer. I'm 100 Top Reviewer for borders, since 2008.

What book motivated you to begin reviewing?

I used to read Borders reviews before buying a book and most of them are terrible! lol So I decided I would try to review whatever I was reading, to see if it was hard to do or people were just bad at it!

As a blogger do you hear music to motivate your writing? If so who are some of the artist you listen too?

I hear music all the time, even if the radio is not on I always have a song stuck in my head. (I'm one of those people that dance with no music... lol) I like rock and pop, that's it (very picky). My favs are: Cold Play, U2, Five for Fighting, Aerosmith, and depressive songs in the music world, they please me! =)

If you could meet 5 authors(Alive or Passed) who would they be and what would you do?

1- JKR: I would hug her too much, she would hate me. But I would not be able to control myself. If I ever meet her I die happy! =)

2- Cassandra Clare: I met her last May. It took me a few moments to find my words! lol

3- Suzanne Collins: I have no idea, probably would be speechless as I was with Cassandra Clare.

4- Carrie Ryan: Oh man... I guess I would hug her too much too! lol

Are there any blogs you follow avidly?

Oh yes, so many! NovelNovice, BookTweaker, and all the others I have on my blog updates list. Most of everybody that follows me I try to follow them too.

I know you write for, have you ever had the pleasure of meeting anyone associated with the films?

No... unfortunately not! I'm Team Edward by the way! =P  ( Ditto )

Whats your favorite color?

Lilac and light blue

One of my favorite question ever is, If you were a mythical creature what would you be and why?

Hmmm... never thought of that before... I guess I'd like to be a faerie, with wings and all. But a flying faerie, cause flying is a must!

I read one day that you also write. Do you aspire to publish a novel? If so, what genre do you think you'd grace us with YA perhaps?

Oh yes, that's my dream! I'd love to make my living by selling the insane stories that live inside my head! =) I have a 4 book saga for kids between 9 and 12 and I'm writing a YA trilogy now. I'm unable to write a single book... my head splits the story by itself, I have no control of that! lol

What house are you and why Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw (You know I had to ask this) and why? What character attributes do you have that would have sorted you into that hall?

I'm Gryffindor! Go go Gryffindor!!! Why? Well, we'd have to discuss that with the Sorting Hat, he was the who put me in Gryffindor. I have to confess that just like Harry asked to not be in Slytherin, I asked very much to not be in Hufflepuff! lol

Whats you favorite book cover?

I love many book covers. At the moment, I'm in love with the cover of The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima.

How do you feel about Ebooks?

Hate is a very strong word, but I believe it fits here: I hate ebooks! =)  ( I thought I was alone LOL )
I would like to thank Livia very much for taking time out of her schedule to respond to my questions =)
Also, since we recently decided to go get tattoos. We just discovered that were in the same city. Yay to coincidence's. Here's to LUMOS!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

On My Shelf

As book lovers we always feel as though we don't have enough to read, even if we have stack of novels pending. I'm sure we all suffer from the same compulsive desire to purchase books. Here's what I have lined up. I'm more than sure I will purchase more and they will skip some of these. However, there patiently waiting. "The Hunger Games" is one I'm overly excited for. I have heard AMAZING things of it. It shall be picked up once I finish with "Dark Flames".
Life as we knew it - Susan Beth Pfeffer
the Dead and the Gone - Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Once Dead, Twice Shy - Kim Harrison
Elphame's Choice - P.C Cast
The Almost Moon - Alice Sebold
beautiful boy - David Sheff
The Hollow - Jessica Verday

Monday, June 28, 2010

Stepping Stones

So, I’m working very hard to write reviews to all the fantastic books I’ve read in the past two years. This is going to take me some time but I’m confident I can do it. Even if my list of “to-review” is already 50 +. I will DO IT. Thanks to Google, I have found some cool stuff to spice up my blog just a bit. It gets very fun once you learn your way around blogger.

Happy Blogging.

Review: The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Paperback:  528 pages
Publisher:  Anchor; First Edition edition
Language:  English

Summary: On a dark road in the middle of the night, a car plunges into a ravine. The driver survives the crash, but his injuries confine him to a hospital burn unit. There the mysterious Marianne Engel, a sculptress of grotesques, enters his life. She insists they were lovers in medieval Germany, when he was a mercenary and she was a scribe in the monastery of Engelthal. As she spins the story of their past lives together, the man’s disbelief falters; soon, even the impossible can no longer be dismissed.

Review: “The Gargoyle” is a breathtaking debut novel by author Andrew Davidson. Davidson has achieved with one novel what most authors desire to reach in their entire literary career. This novel is a truly touching tale of a man' brutally painful journey to self discovery. The story begins with a man and a catastrophic car accident that leaves him horrifically scarred in a hospital burn unit. It is here in the burn ward that one of the most beautiful character connections I have ever read was born. Marianne Engel is a gargoyle sculptor and rather erratic patient in the hospital. She comes to this mans life in a terrible time of need. She evokes in him the unknown desire to continue in this world that would deem him a monster after his accident. She only looked at him with hope and support not like someone to pity. Engel spends her days at the ward by his side, retelling grand love tales of generations past. We travel from England to Japan to Iceland leading us all back to old Germany. On one good day she begins to tell a tale strangely familiar to this man and her. She claims to be his lost soul mate and that it is her job to aid him back to perfect health, like many times before. She believes that he is her lost lover and needs to heal him like she did in old Germany when he was a wounded mercenary. Davidson gets rather graphic with his depictions of burning, so vivid you can feel the outer layer flesh of your skin slowly charring as you turn each page. Seven years worth of research show in this books beautiful description of landscapes and eras. “The Gargoyle” is a spellbinding page turner with suspense in every word. Davidson will make you reconsider everything you believe about love and coincidence. Pick up the gargoyle and read it. More than read it. Take it with you. This is a story that has changed my view on soul mates permanently. Professionally Davidson has giving me a push to create something so breath taking that I feel complete as a writer. For this I say thank you and hope my review is well fitted.

Read an Excerpt

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Review: Captivate by Carrie Jones

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books

Amazon Summary: Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town. A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life -- and his.

Review: Zara White has her very own Scooby gang and they are dealing with a rather large pixie dilemma. By pixie dilemma I mean locking your ravenous pixie king father and his minions in a cabin barricaded with iron. These drastic measures are a result of the pixie king’s terrible need for the blood of young boys and stirring nothing but trouble for your daughter and would be wife who you enjoy stalking. Zara and the gang decide that the best solution to their pixie infestation is housing them all in a hidden cabin deep within the woods. This is a brilliant plan right? Wrong. Poor Zara thought this scheme would be the end to her pixie dilemma but all it did was intensify it.

Captivate starts right where Zara and gang left us in “Need”, trying to figure out what to do with their hostages. Together they are slowly researching and putting together information for their self help book “How to survive a pixie attack”. The pace starts a bit slow for me and I was itching for some spice in this addition to the series. Some spice gets thrown in with a new character addition Cassidy. Cassidy is a nice young girl who is a bit strange but more importantly becoming a tiny thorn for Issie and Zara. Cassidy has started to spend all her time with Devyn and this is a frequent occurrence that the girls are not enjoying very much. I personally was on the girls’ side since I fancy the idea of Devyn and Issie. Till this point I’ve been on the fence with Nick, Zara’s beau. He’s a nice guy but hasn’t won my heart yet, particularly with his hero complex. Actually, none of the characters in this series have won my crazy erratic loyalty to a fictional character. Until now that is. Enter Astley. Astley is a charismatic pixie king with jade eyes that can melt an iceberg in the winter. This is a character that stands out amongst the others. He has the ability to captivate you (no pun intended) without giving away too much information, whether or not his intentions are pure or deceitful only time and Carrie can tell. His arrival creates a stir in the Scooby gang that was much needed. No one agrees with Zara and her humanitarian side showing mercy to a pixie that has the potential to murder them all. Nick and Zara’s perfect unison is tested in this book at different levels that make it an interesting read.

In “Captivate” Jones gives us a beautifully written legend that gives us a peak into the fairy folklore. Once I reached the climax in this book it was hard to put down. This book ended with many twist and turns that will leave you “Enticed” for the next book in the series. For anyone who enjoys a nice read and twist into a fairy world pick up the “Need” series and tell me what you think.


Sunday, June 13, 2010

TrueBlood Season 3

Yay! The day has arrived. Tonight is the premier of season 3 for the provocatively delicious TrueBlood. Based on the amazing Sookie Stackhouse series by the ubberly talented Charlaine Harris. This season we will get a taste of the third book in the series "Club Dead" and with that be graced with the presence of some memorable characters we all love. This season will kick off with our lovely Sookie ( Anna Paquin) in search of Bill ( Stephen Moyer). With nowhere else to turn, Sookie seeks the help of the sinfully beautiful Eric ( Alexander Skargard). Her search will take her out of Bon Temps and into some muddy waters. On the hunt for Bill Compton, Eric gets Sookie protection on her venture to discover his were abouts. Enter Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) a werewolf who will accompany Miss Stackhouse in a local club to get some information. This season will introduce new characters like promised. We will get insight into Sam' troubled past and meet some more vampire hierarchy. With that I leave you with some visual goodies. I've read all the books and look forward to the next. I will not say anymore about what may or may not happen. No spoilers here :) I will leave you with some new cast member photos and a trailer for Season 3

Joe Manganiello - Alcide Herveaux James Frain - Franklin Mott

Brit Morgan - Debbie Pelt
Dennis O'Hare- Russell Eddington