Mar 31, 2013

The Host Movie

You know the feeling when you are so excited about something that you can't stop thinking about it and you are counting down the days? That's how I was about The Host and after seeing the movie on opening day I can say all this obsessing was so worth it and probably will not stop for a while. This movie was so so good. It took me a few days to even try and express my feelings for this movie without sounding like a total fangirl...which I am. :P


Where do I even begin to talk about this movie without typing in all caps and flipping out like a total fangirl? Well, I guess the first thing I can say about this movie is the moment I walked out of the movie theater my first thought was: Finally someone nailed a book adaption and kept it true to the book. 

I'm going to talk about the actors first since I need to discuss how amazing they did. They were cast so perfectly and each one brought the characters to life so amazingly! 

Saoirse Ronan who played Mel/Wanda was spot on. She did such a great job playing Wanda and how she reacted to the things Mel said in her head. I wasn't sure at first if I would like the voice over with Mel it really surprised me when Mel makes her first appearance in Wanda's head but I loved it!! The two became so distinguished just like in the book!



She was so feisty and strong just like in the book. I often found myself chuckling at the stuff she said to Wanda and there were so many moments when it made me tear up as well. Saoirse Ronan was perfect and I can't think of anyone who could have pulled this off the way she did.




And oh my god the chemistry between Max and Saoirse was dripping off the screen in the trailers and TV spots. In the movie it's ten times better and just oozing from the screen.


Max was so Jared. From the moment he slaps Wanda in the cave BAM he's Jared. It was so perfect and so much like the book. He starts of just like in the book as being a loving and smiling guy and turning into this cold and confused man. Gah! He was just perfect and he wasn't hard to look at either. ;)


Jake Abel was the perfect Ian. I can't think of any other word that can describe this cast other than perfect. Jake was Ian plan and simple. He watched Wanda a lot and he pulled it off so well in a not creepy way. And god his eyes! He said so little but they said it all!


I could gush and gush and gush because this movie was so amazing and I feel like people are missing out on the amazing that is The Host because they keep comparing it to Twilight. This is and never will be Twilight. It's so much better and such a completely different story. This movie brings out a lot of different emotions. 

There's one scene where Kyle is shaking that totally had my gut hurting. It was so sad and just ugh! This whole movie was fantastic. There were a few scenes I wish could have been longer but then that would have made it so other things didn't make it...like the amazing ending. The movie ended just the way it should have and I seriously hope they are going to make another one. I know I'm going to see this one again next week! I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't read the book or seen the movie so I'm trying to stay quiet about things that happened but oh my gosh I just want to keep typing. But I will stop...just go see this movie! :D


If you've seen The Host what did you think? Are you as crazy in love with the movie as I am? Let me know what you think in the comments! :)




Mar 26, 2013

The Forgotten Ones Guest Post + Excerpt

Today I have a guest post with Laura Howard the author of  The Forgotten Ones as well as an excerpt from the book for you guys! This sounds like such a good book so I hope you enjoy the excerpt and the quest post with Laura!




Character Creation for The Forgotten Ones



My protagonist in The Forgotten Ones is twenty-one year old Allison O’Malley. Before I began defining who Allison was as a person, I came up with a basic idea for the plot.
I needed her motivation. It all started with a song. Because of You by Kelly Clarkson was the seed that started me asking questions.

Because of you I never let anyone else in- WHY? Because Allison’s mother is schizophrenic and Allison believes this was triggered by her mother’s relationship with her estranged father.

Because of you I’m ashamed of my life because it’s empty- WHY? Because relationships get in the way of Allison’s goal to take the burden of her mother’s care off of her grandparents.

So now I had some background into why she is so introverted and such a loner.

Pick a general archetype. Allison is a ‘caregiver’ archetype. She has a strong desire to take care of others. She always puts others before herself, even if it causes her problems.

Add quirks: Allison started out as a big chunk of concrete. I brainstormed and came up with traits that would bring her to life, like sculpting the concrete slab.

  • She likes to read.
  • She loves ice cream.
  • She collects quotes.
  • She likes to run.
  • She’s sarcastic and frequently misunderstood.

Add physical features: Allison started out as Michelle Trachtenberg in my mind. I’m not sure why, that was just who I pictured. Light brown hair, big blue eyes. Full lips, but a smile that was reserved and not seen often.

Define the characters fears, weaknesses, motivations and secrets:

I already knew why Allison is motivated to focus on school and her career: so that she would be financially secure enough to support her mother.

Allison’s father shows up shortly after the start of the story. He reveals secrets that she isn’t able to share with anyone. The most important being that he says he has a way of restoring her mother’s mental health.

As much as she hates to admit it, Allison has a long-standing weakness for Ethan Magliaro. He has a way of getting under her skin even though she has been pushing him away for years.


Excerpt



“You coming over tonight?” Ethan asked as he flipped through the CD's in my case.

“Me?” I stuttered, and tried to swallow down my nerves. “Are you kidding? My bed is calling my name early tonight,” I replied, trying to keep an aloof tone.

Ethan shook his head, smirking down at the CDs . “We're just going to be watching a movie.”

“Didn't your mother teach you not to beg, dude?” Sean asked, teasing. “You probably have a hot date, right Allie-O?” He shook my shoulder lightly. I smiled at his use of that old nickname from the days we used to play hide-and-seek in our neighborhood.

“Yeah, a hot date with Rhett Butler,” Ethan said. I kept my eyes on the road, but I couldn't help the smile that played on my lips.

“Poor Ethan,” Sean said. “I think Rachel wants to snuggle with you tonight, pal.” He was laughing, but I could hear the edge in his voice. The idea of Rachel and Ethan together made my chest squeeze, too.

Ethan chuckled. “No thanks, Rachel is all yours. She's not my type.”

“What? Since when do you have a type?” Sean asked, the tension lifting.

“I'm twenty-two years old, man. Time to start thinking of the future.”

I nearly snorted soda out of my nose, until he slung his arm around the back of my chair. Then it was all I could do to keep the car on the road.

He had to know the way he affected me, how he got under my skin. Years ago, in one of my weaker moments, I'd fallen for his charm. I couldn't let that happen again. But, the memory of that kiss still left me breathless.

I pulled my car into the driveway, thanking the universe for getting me through the trip without too much trouble.



Allison O'Malley just graduated from college. Her life's plan is to get a job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She doesn't have room for friends or even Ethan, who clearly wants more.

When Allison's long-lost father shows up, he claims he can bring her mother back from the dark place her mind has sent her. He reveals legends of a race of people long forgotten, the Tuatha de Danaan, along with the truth about why he abandoned her mother.










Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel. You can find Laura at her blog, twitter, facebook, and goodreads!





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Mar 25, 2013

Just Read It! Book Club: Author Interview





Like stated earlier in the month today we will be having an interview with the author Elsie Chapman. we asked her a few questions about her debut novel, Dualed, which came out in February. We read Dualed as our March read for the Just Read It! Book Club, and many of us enjoyed the intense dystopian novel.


1. What was the hardest scene in Dualed for you to write?


I find dialogue heaving scenes really demanding. You want to sound natural, but sometimes that borders on boring, so it's a fine line.


2. What was your favorite scene to write?


A scene that came quite naturally was when West sees her Alt for the first time. I know it sounds cheesy, but it really did pop into my head the way it's written in the final version.


3. We really liked that scene too! Do you share any similarities with
any of the characters you created?


I'm told I'm stubborn, almost detrimentally so, so maybe that came out in West, too. She doesn't always make it easy on herself, being so hardheaded.


4. Where did the idea for your novel come from?


My son asked me about everyone possibly having doubles and simply not being aware of them. It all started from there!



5. Your son seems pretty imaginative! Good for you! Where does the
title Dualed come from?


Actually, my editor and pub team at Random House came up with it. The original title was The Assignment, which I never really liked that much, but couldn't come up with anything better before deciding to submit it. I still have a very hard time with the name for characters and locations.


6. What can we expect in the sequel, Divided?


West went through a lot in Dualed, and the book is very much about her personal battle for a survival. Divided is about West struggling to come to terms with all she had to do to stay alive, as well as facing another life-threatening challenge. And lots more Chord!


7. WOO! More Chord! Where did your inspiration for West come from?


I wanted a female main character who didn't need to rely on a guy to save her. She can find strength from having him in her life, but when it came down to it, I wanted her to have to do it on her own. I'm a bit fan of the characters Jason Bourne from the Bourne movies and Lisbeth Salander from the Millennium series, so I'm sure West was inspired by them.


8. Who was your favorite character to write?


West. I enjoyed being in her head and feeling out her thought processes as she dealt with everything.



So there you go! Thank you for Elsie for coming out our blogs, and we all enjoyed your novel!





Mar 24, 2013

Just Read It! Book Club: Discussion Questions



Hey guys today is the day to post your answers to the questions that we provided you guys a couple weeks ago and even some of your own questions you might of come up with! At the bottom of this post you will find a Linky that you can link up your posts to so everyone involved in the March Read can see everyone's reviews and answers. Also don't forget to vote in the poll for our April Read!

Here are my answers and you can find Lexi's here!
 


1. Where do you think the title Dualed comes from?


I think that the title Dualed comes from the fact that the whole book conists of two people who will have to come face to face and fight! I personally love the title and think that they did a good job with it.


2. What did you think of the intense first chapter?


I didn't expect the book to jump right into things the way it did. It was such a good first chapter and I loved how it provoked a lot of emotions at the end of the first chapter.  



3. What are your thoughts on the action scenes?


I thought the action scenes were pretty good and I could easily see them in my head. Elsie Chapman definitely had a way of creating those scenes. I also really loved how each action scene was different and they all seemed to stand out in there own way in the book.


4. What did you think of West's relationship with Chord?


I loved West and Chord's relationship! It was perfect. It wasn't something that developed quickly but it was obvious that the two cared for each other. I just really loved how realistic their relationship was. It wasn't rushed. 



5. If you could change one thing about West, what would it be?


Hmm, if I could change one thing about West it would probably be her tendency to shut people out. She didn't always realize it but she couldn't do everything on her own. She needed other people to watch her back sometimes. 


6. Did you ever wonder what was going through West's Alt's head?


I did all the time! I was so curious about the Alt and why she did what she did. West may see something but it could have been totally different from the Alt's perspective. I would have loved to get some insight into West's Alt's thoughts. It's just something that I think would have been cool to get to understand.


7. What did you think of the last chapter and ending? 


I thought it was a good ending! It kept me curious enough to want  to know what would happen next. It made me want to know more about Baer! There wasn't enough of him in Dualed in my opinion so I'm hoping we get to see more of him in the next book.


8. Is there a character you would have liked to see more of?


Dess and Baer! I felt like these two characters weren't in the book enough. I was so curious about both of them and their stories.


9. What was your favorite part of the novel?


Hmm, probably the last few chapters when West and her Alt finally come face to face. Those were my favorite chapters in the book! 


10. What was your least favorite part of the novel? 


My least favorite part of the novel...the first chapter because of how it ended! It was so good but I was sad with what happened at the end. It was such a good and intense chapter but it was so heartbreaking! 






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Just Read It! Book Club March Read: Dualed


I don't read to many Dystopian books. They often confuse me with the world building so I just stick to books I know I like. I've recently decided to branch out and Dualed was a book that despite being a dystoipan I was really excited about! And when Lexi and I decided it would be our first book for our book club I was beyond excited to start it! 

Summary from Goodreads:

You or your Alt? Only one will survive.

The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

Elsie Chapman's suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better.




West Grayer lives in a world where she is trained to fight to be prepared to kill the girl who looks just like her--her Alt. Only one of them can live. Only one can be worthy.

Dualed instantly is captivating. From a great first line opener to an intense end of chapter one Dualed doesn't take very long before you're sucked into a fast paced book full of suspense and intrigue. Though the book was often fast paced and interesting I did have one problem with this book. It's chapters. I like a book that can end a chapter at a point that makes me want--no need to turn the page. It's not that Dualed didn't exactly do that but it's 30 page long chapters bugged me a bit. Because of this little thing that kept getting under my skin I had a hard time finishing this one. That was my biggest issue with this book and aside from that this book really was good!

West Grayer was an interesting character. In the beginning it's obvious she's very tough and witty but as the novel progressed West started to second guess herself. The more she ran and the more she second guessed her strength her toughness started to chip away bit by bit. It wasn't that she wasn't tough anymore because she was it's just that things about her started to become clearer, feelings started to come out as her facade started to fall.  Because she didn't let feelings be known very often I couldn't really connect with her like I would have liked.

Chord is my favorite character from Dualed. I even liked him more than I liked West. He was essentially the boy next door. It's obvious right of the bat that there is something between him and West. It's also pretty clear he wants to act on those feelings but West just won't stop pushing him away. I really loved the banter between these two characters and despite wanting to yell at West for pushing him away all the time I did enjoy the slow progression of their relationship.

I loved how easy it was to visualize the world Elsie Chapman created. Not once did I have to really think hard to picture what she was talking about. Her writing was just so vivid and clear it made the book so enjoyable. It also seemed fairly unique to me and I loved that I could go into this book and find something totally fresh and new to me.

There was one thing about this book that I was so curious about while reading. Throughout the book I kept wondering what was going on with West's Alt. What was she thinking? Was she as discouraged as West was but not letting it show? Or was she truly as determined as it appeared through West's perspective? It's just something I kept thinking about while reading and I thought it would have been interesting to see things from her Alt's perspective.

Dualed is a fresh and suspenseful book that many people will enjoy. It's concluded in a way that makes you curious how things will turn out for West as the series goes on. I personally loved the conclusion to this book. It was fantastic and really had me wanting the next book! Dualed is getting 3.5 out of 5 birds from me. It was a great book but it wasn't one of my favorites. I do think that this would be a good book for anyone who is deciding to try out a dystopian book for the first time. It's world building and imagery are so fantastic that it makes you want to read more books set in a world that isn't so normal.




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Mar 22, 2013

Song Of The Week

So. I'm a tad bit obsessed with Imagine Dragons. I can't stop listening to their songs but there are two in particular that won't get out of my head. Radioctive being one of them but I featured that one last week. Here is the other one that I know all the lyrics to already...yep I'm that obsessed. ;)


Tiptoe by Imagine Dragons:


I just can't stop listening to this band! They are so addictive and I think why I love them so much is each song is so different. None of them sound the same and I love that! Wouldn't be surprised if another one of their songs gets featured next week.

Do you have a song you can't get out of your head? Let me know in the comments! :)


Mar 21, 2013

Cover Reveal

Today Rachel Caine revealed the cover for the last book in The Morganville Vampires series Daylighters! I can't believe this series is ending it's just such a good series. I really love the cover for Daylighters it's gorgeous and I love how out of all the dark covers this last one is vibrant and bright!



What do you guys think? I'm in love! It's so beautiful and I just love how vibrant it is. If you look at all the previous covers in the series they are kind of dark and dreary and pretty but this one just pops! I'm hoping the lightness is a sign of a good happy ending! You never know when it comes to Morganville though!




From the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark.

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.











Claire Danvers has her share of challenges---like being a genius in a school that favors beauty over brains, dealing with the homicidal girls in her dorm, and above all, finding out that her college town is overrun with vampires. On the up side, she has a great roommate (who tends to disappear at sunup) and a new boyfriend named Shane, whose vampire-hunting dad has called in backup: cycle punks who like the idea of killing just about anything.

Now a fraternity is throwing its annual Dead Girls' Dance and---surprise!---Claire and her equally outcast best friend, Eve, have been invited. When they find out why, all hell is going to break loose. Because this time both the living and the dead are coming out---and everybody's hungry for blood.






When Claire Danvers learnt that her college town was run by vampires, she did what any intelligent, self-preserving student would do: she applied for a transfer and stocked up on garlic. The transfer is no longer an option, but that garlic may come in handy.

Now Claire has pledged herself to Amelie, the most powerful vampire in town. The protection her contract secures does little to reassure her friends. All of a sudden, people are turning up dead, a stalker resurfaces from Claire’s past, and an ancient bloodsucker extends a chilling invitation for private lessons in his secluded home.









In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace. Student Claire Danvers has never been convinced, though, especially with the arrival of Mr. Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town's living and its dead is unthinkably sinister. It's only at a formal ball, attended by vampires and their human dates, that Claire realizes the elaborately evil trap he's set for Morganville.
















In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then comes Bishop, the master vampire who threatens to abolish all order, revive the forces of the evil dead, and let chaos rule. But Bishop isn't the only threat.

Violent black cyclone clouds hover, promising a storm of devastating proportions as student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend Morganville against elements both natural and unnatural.











In the small college town of Morganville, vampires and humans lived in (relative) peace-until all the rules got rewritten when the evil vampire Bishop arrived, looking for the lost book of vampire secrets. He's kept a death grip on the town ever since. Now an underground resistance is brewing, and in order to contain it, Bishop must go to even greater lengths. He vows to obliterate the town and all its inhabitants-the living and the undead. Claire Danvers and her friends are the only ones who stand in his way. But even if they defeat Bishop, will the vampires ever be content to go back to the old rules, after having such a taste of power?









Without the evil vampire Bishop ruling over the town of Morganville, the resident vampires have made major concessions to the human population. With their newfound freedoms, Claire Danvers and her friends are almost starting to feel comfortable again…

Now Claire can actually concentrate on her studies, and her friend Eve joins the local theatre company. But when one of Eve’s castmates goes missing after starting work on a short documentary, Eve suspects the worst. Claire and Eve soon realize that this film project, whose subject is the vampires themselves, is a whole lot bigger—and way more dangerous—than anyone suspected.




Vampire musician Michael Glass has attracted the attention of a big- time producer who wants to cut a demo and play some gigs-which means Michael will have to enter the human world. For this, he's been assigned escorts that include both a dangerous immortal as well as Michael's all-too-human friends. And with that mix of personalities, this is going to be a road trip from hell...













While developing a new system to maintain Morganville's defenses, student Claire Danvers discovers a way to amplify vampire mental powers. Through this, she's able to re-establish the field around this vampire-infested Texas college town that protects it from outsiders.

But the new upgrades have an unexpected consequence: people inside the town begin to slowly forget who they are-even the vampires. Soon, the town's little memory problem has turned into a full-on epidemic. Now Claire needs to figure out a way to pull the plug on her experiment- before she forgets how to save Morganville...






 After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble.

There's a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare—knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other—or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire—accompanied by her friends and frenemies—to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville...











With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town-a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville's latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn't merely human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely











Ever since the draug—mysterious creatures that prey on vampires—took over Morganville, the lives of student Claire Danvers and her friends have been thrown into turmoil. Most of the town’s residents have evacuated, but Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael have chosen to stay and fight.Using the city’s water system to spread, the draug have rapidly multiplied. Things in Morganville look grim, especially since vampire Amelie—the town founder—has been infected by the master draug’s bite.

Now, if Claire and her friends don’t figure out how to cure Amelie and defeat the draug, it looks like Morganville will become little more than a ghost town…








For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within…

Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires.

To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse.




Claire never thought she’d leave Morganville, but when she gets accepted into the graduate program at MIT, she can’t pass up the opportunity. Saying good-bye to her friends is bittersweet, especially since things are still raw and unsettled between Claire and her boyfriend, Shane.

Her new life at MIT is scary and exciting, but Morganville is never really far from Claire’s mind. Enrolled in a special advanced study program with Professor Irene Anderson, a former Morganville native, Claire is able to work on her machine, which is designed to cancel the mental abilities of vampires.

But when she begins testing her machine on live subjects, things quickly spiral out of control, and Claire starts to wonder whether leaving Morganville was the last mistake she’ll ever make...







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If you haven't started this series yet get on it! I know it probably seems a bit daunting since there are so many books but trust me when I say they get better and better and better and they never stop getting better. It's a series worth reading! :)



Mar 15, 2013

Just Read It! Book Club



So it's the middle of the month, so that means only one thing! It's time to post the questions based on our book of the month, Dualed!



If you're not aware of what this is, then here's some introduction posts for you. One can be found on Lexi's blog or right here on Novel Nerd!

So here's what you do. If you've read Dualed, then you should copy these questions and schedule your post for sometime between March 24th - March 31st. Along with these questions, you can do a review if you wish.

If you haven't read the book yet, then you have a week or so to read the novel and join us in our first month of the book club!

Here's the questions:

  • Where do you think the title Dualed comes from?
  • What did you think of the intense first chapter?
  • What are your thoughts on the action scenes?
  • What did you think of West's relationship with Chord?
  • If you could change one thing about West, what would it be? 
  • Did you ever wonder what was going through West's Alt's head?
  • What did you think of the last chapter and ending? 
  • Is there a character you would have liked to see more of?
  • What was your favorite part of the novel?
  • What was your least favorite part of the novel?

Can't wait to see all of your answers in the last week of March! We will have a Linky for you to link up your posts so we can all talk about the book together! Also, if you have any additional questions that you want others to answer, then post them in the comments and we will add them!

Thanks for joining us!


Mar 8, 2013

Song Of The Week

Seems like lately I'm not getting just one stuck in my head. This week I have two songs again that I just can't stop listening to on repeat. I love them!

Radioactive by Imagine Dragons:


Ever since I head this song in The Host trailer way back when it was first released I have liked this song. But it took me forever to really listen to the song fully and now that I have I am obsessed. I've listened to it so many times now. I just love it!


Lie Awake by Angel Snow:


I don't remember how I found this artist I think I was just looking through I-tunes randomly and happened to listen to this song Lie Awake and ever since I haven't been able to stop listening to it. Her voice is very different but I love it and I love the lyrics!

Do you have a song stuck in your head? Let me know in the comments! :)



Mar 5, 2013

The Host

Stephenie Meyer is the reason I am the reader I am today. If I hadn't picked up Twilight I can honestly say I don't think I would have really gotten into books. That being said I'm surprised it took me this long to read The Host especially since after reading it and loving every bit of it.

Summary from Goodreads:

 Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.

Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves - Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, The Host is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.


Earth has been invaded by Souls who take over human bodies. Melanie who is one of the few human resistance is captured and Wanderer is put into her body. Melanie doesn't fade away like most humans do she stays and soon Wanderer and Melanie set out to find Melanie's family.

Wow. This book is something special and after reading it it reminds me why I started going to the bookstore and buying all these books in the first place. Stephenie Meyer has a way with words and The Host is her best book yet. It was captivating and the story was so well thought out and developed I couldn't put it down and even when I had to it's all I could think about. I loved this book so much!

The Host is full of amazing characters. Each one from main to the underdogs and characters who don't have much dialogue are all well developed and their own person. It was amazing how Stephenie did that considering there are quite a few characters in this book.

Melanie Stryder was a character who I loved in the beginning and loved even more at the end of the book. She's feisty and isn't afraid to throw a punch or two. I really loved her flashbacks in the beginning of the book and even wished their had been more. My opinion on her shifted a but in the middle of the book. I thought she was a bit self-centered at times. She was so consumed by her love for Jamie and Jared that I felt at times she only thought of herself. I was proved wrong by the end of the book just how not self-centered Melanie was. Melanie was an amazing character and by the end of it all I loved her to bits.

Wanda was the opposite at the beginning I didn't really like her but then as things progressed and she started to change I found that I loved her even more than I loved Melanie. She was such an amazing character and I loved how she always put everyone else ahead of her even when they tried to kill her! She was so selfless and her love for all the humans in The Host was so great. Despite being a soul and not liking violence Wanda found her own way to be badass. She wasn't throwing punches and shooting people but she was strong in a different way than anyone else. Wanda has to be one of my new favorite protagonists.

The whole relationship between Melanie and Wanda was fantastic. I don't know how Stephanie did it but she was able to make Melanie's voice stand out despite not being herself. I loved it because you could always tell who was speaking what when it came to the internal stuff. To me it could have been something that may have gotten confusing and hard to keep straight at times but with The Host it was easy and it all just flowed naturally.

Jared and Ian were characters who I loved in different ways. Jared I was so intrigued by and loved in Melanie's memories but when we actually meet Jared he's so different than from what Melanie remembers. He's very hard and cold which was so different from the man who had hope and was always smiling. I honestly didn't really care for Jared throughout the book. It wasn't that I hated him because I didn't he was so intriguing but I just wanted to slap him sometimes because he was such a jerk. Okay so I understand why he was so upset but he could have dialed it down just a tad. He comes around though and I really did love this character despite wanting to slap him a few times.

Ian on the other hand I loved right away. This character...holy moly he made me feel so many different emotions. He was sweet and caring and yeah he was hard in the beginning and wanted Wanda dead but then he saw her for her. He was amazing and the way he cared for Wanda made my heart warm. I was more invested in Wanda and Ian than I was in Jared and Melanie's relationship. I just loved Wanda and Ian so much! I could gush about the two for hours and I'm not even kidding.


"It's not the face, but the expressions on it. It's not the voice, but what you say. It's not how you look in that body but the things you do with it. You are beautiful."


Stephenie Meyer wrote a 619 page long book that not once dragged. This book wasn't little and not once did I wonder when will it end instead I was wondering why couldn't it be longer? This book was just so amazing! I knew that I loved Stephenie Meyer's writing I mean I've devoured and reread her other books many times but this one...this one was something entirely different. Her writing really shinned in this book and if I wasn't a huge fan before--which I was by the way--I'm an even bigger fan now.

For the sake of not ruining this amazing book I won't discuss the plot other than to say it was mind blowing and amazing and not once did I see something coming. Stephenie Meyer has truly written a gem and The Host is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me. Everyone needs to read this book. Don't push it aside thinking "Oh it's just another Twilight." Because people this book is so much more and so much better than Twilight. Read this book and fall in love with the characters. You will laugh, cry, gasp and feel so glad you read it.




Mar 4, 2013

Cover Reveal

I have a cover reveal for you guys today! A bunch of bloggers including myself will be revealing the cover for C.J Duggan's second book in her Summer series hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. I loved the first books cover it's just really beautiful and makes me think of well, Summer! I really love the new cover as well.




I love this cover! It's hot and pretty and definitely makes me want to sit outside on a nice summer day and do nothing but read it. What do you guys think? I really love it and can't wait to finally start this series. I love that the cover is the same almost kiss but they just swapped the guy and girl around and I love the blue. It's gorgeous!



It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools. I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him ... Toby Morrison.

Quiet seventeen-year-old Tess doesn’t relish the thought of a summertime job. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve begins.

To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday markets.

How did she let her friends talk her into working?

After first-shift disasters, rude, wealthy tourists and a taunting ex-boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come of working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love and heartbreaking chaos.



Sean looked out over the lake, squinting against the sunlight. He turned to me, his expression sobering as his eyes flicked over my face in a silent study.
“Come on Amy, I saved you once, I’ll save you again.”
I met his stare unflinchingly. “I don’t need saving.”
A wicked grin formed slowly. “Don’t you?”
After a rebellious summer night that almost claimed her life, Amy Henderson – the Onslow publican’s only daughter – is sent away to suffer a fate far worse than any other punishment:
Boarding School.
Three years on, a now nineteen-year-old Amy returns to Onslow for the summer. What once was a cauldron of activity with live bands, hot meals and cold beers, the Onslow Hotel now lies dark, deserted and depressing. All fond childhood memories of loitering on the hotel stairs and eavesdropping on customers’ colourful conversations are in the distant past.
How had her dad let it come to this?
With the new threat of putting the Onslow up for sale, Amy reluctantly turns to a local tradesman for help: Sean Murphy, the very same Onslow boy who saved her life all those years ago. With his help and that of some old friends, the task is clear: spend the summer building the hotel back up to its former glory or lose it for good.
In an endless summer, Amy soon realizes that sometimes in order to save your future, you have to face your past, even if it’s in the form of a smug, gorgeous Onslow boy.






C.J Duggan is an Australian author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia.
The Boys of Summer is Book One in her Mature Young Adult Romance Series. For more on C.J and ‘The Summer Series’, visit www.cjdugganbooks.com
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