Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cover Reveal + Giftcard Giveaway: Deconstructing Lila by Shannon Leigh

Publication Date: September 24, 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Select
Series: Elementals
Pages: 350
Genre: Contemporary Romance





Preservationist Lila Gentry returns to her small Texas hometown to restore the famous Chisholm Trial whorehouse where her great-great grandmother was a madam in the 1880s. On her agenda is winning back Jake, the one that got away. But how do you rope a man who doesn’t want to be wrangled?
     Jake lives by one creed: Keep it simple. His ex showing up in town, and rehashing old feelings complicates his life and makes him think about things he's rather forget.
     When Lila’s restoration project is threatened before it even begins, she turns to Jake for help. Working together stirs up old feelings but while Lila and Jake always sizzle between the sheets – or wherever the moment takes them – it will involve some sweet-talking and finesse to bring these two together.
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Friday, March 21, 2014

What do you do when TV shows consume your life more than books?

College, by definition, consists of a few key elements: 

  • overpriced textbooks that will collect dust all semester
  • hard-core procrastination to the extreme
  • on / off social life
  • marrying the library or your dorm's computer lab
and the gift that god has graced the world:
  • netflix

I absolutely love netflix. I'm all caught up with Once Upon a Time, Sherlock, The Walking Dead. I've been diving into Mad Men, taking on a marathon of shows with my dad whenever I'm on break from school, and craving more when I'm back at school, hoping to make it in time for the final season this April. (Only one more season to go!) Even anticipating Warehouse 13's unfortunate final season with plenty of laughs and tears. Disney movies and old television shows like Ed, Edd, and Eddy or Johnny Bravo or Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends bring back nostalgic moments. Documentaries may not be my favorite genre of visual media, but after having seen Jiro Dreams of Sushi, my curiosity towards documentaries had been piqued. 

Netflix is a college student's best friend, and worst nightmare. But as a reader, netflix is a killer for getting me into the mood to read.

It's so much easier to want a break from reading textbooks and designated novels assigned by professors, than to read all the time and then throw pleasure reading on top of it. A new medium is exciting and not a huge strain on my eyes or an easy way to put me to sleep like reading as been doing lately.

Is netflix killing my reading mood? Will I lose the want to read the more I watch netflix? Does anyone else find this problem?

Since I've been on spring break, I actually found the time, energy, and motivation to read an entire novel, Kokoro. And though it was for a class of mine, I actually enjoyed reading it. Sometimes just putting the assignment portion of the novel out of my mind and reminding myself that I'm reading for my sake, for pleasure's sake did help in the long run. I couldn't necessarily abandon the assignment from my mind, taking notes and critically analyzing did happen along the way, but I found the novel highly appealing in the long run.

Though, while I took breaks from reading, when I was watching netflix or television there came points where I just wanted to stop and pick the book back up and continue reading due to suspense.

So, is there an inbetween? Or can there only be an extreme one sided mood: binge reading or binge watching?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Sort-Of-Trying Comeback Kid

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo . . . college is hard.

Not that I didn't know that in the beginning.

Just, I do not have much time to myself sometimes.

And even less for reading.

If I do find time for myself I want to devote it to reading. I miss having a book that I want to read in my hands.

So, I recently received a gorgeous hardcover copy of ANTIGODDESS by Kendare Blake by the lovely people over a Tor Teen. I've been reading over the span of a few days now and I can feel myself getting back into the swing of things.

That, and the number of books in my Kindle library keeps rising at a steady pace.

So, hopefully by next week I can start getting some reviews back out there into the world. It may be one a week, but I could always try and make some college related reading posts to help me understand my readings better. :)

See you all very soon! Love your faces <3

Monday, September 2, 2013

The Start of a new School Year . . .

With college back in session for me, my blogging time/ reading time has really been depleted. I'm trying my hardest to get situated not just with my school work but with balancing what to read. I really won't be able to pump out reviews like I was over the summer, but I should be able to get some in here and there. You can still find me over at http://www.memyshelfandi.com/ for reviews as well :)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: The Apollo Academy by Kimberly P. Chase

Publication Date: August 6, 2013
Series: The Apollo Academy #1
New Adult
Pages: 340
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction


As the heiress to Titon Technologies, eighteen-year-old Aurora Titon can have whatever she wants—clothes, expensive gadgets, anything money can buy. All she really wants is to escape her pampered, paparazzi-prone life for the stars. Becoming the first female pilot to train as an astronaut for the Apollo Academy is exactly the chance for which she has been waiting. Everything would be perfect if it weren't for her unreciprocated crush on a fellow student, the sexy astronaut bent on making her life hell, and the fact that someone keeps trying to kill her.

The first in a four book new adult science fiction series, The Apollo Academy, is an action packed
story of love, discovery, and survival.

*Digital copy was provided by the author for participation in the blog tour and an honest review*

Out of this world, honestly. The Apollo Academy took my expectations and shot them into space. Getting into New Adult novels is still of a drastic change for me, but a sci-fi NA novel is more my speed. Kimberly P. Chase created a fantastic world with characters that are handcrafted and brimming with realistic qualities. The sparks fly as well as Aurora Tition when the Apollo Academy starts to become a little more dangerous than usual.

World-building: absolutely phenomenal. I don't want to get carried away with all of these "out of this world" puns, so I'm going to keep them sparse in this review. Though, I have to say, it is extremely difficult to do so since they are really fun to just throw in. To be quite clear though, Chase does a magnificent job in creating a world that is not only filled with flaws and ambitions towards a better future, but this powerful grip on technology that encompasses the story around the characters. I enjoyed it very much.

The story of The Apollo Academy revolves around the narratives of Aurora Titon, heiress to Titian Technologies who just wants to fly to the stars and be a normal girl; Zane Paxton, the unknown with an anomaly whose entire life was spent remaining off the grid until it was time for him to better himself and join the Academy; and Sky, the Academy's hard ass star astronaut. Each character has their own background history that is there to haunt them through the novel, but what they really lack are little flaws that could make them a whole lot more sound as characters. Its not a huge lacking area, just something that I would like to see more as the rest of the series develops. Of course Chase's characters should grow dramatically as the series builds up, but in my opinion, I feel as though the characters should exhibit more fears and memories and quirks that break them from the mold of the typical character to more of a unforgettable character.

I hate to be that person, but the ending to the novel, for me, was very predictable. Maybe its because I read so much, but I feel like I have a keen eye for picking out the baddie of the bunch. That, and when a love triangle is in the midst of forming. The signs are large and in charge here in The Apollo Academy. It's not detrimental to my opinion of the book, I found The Apollo Academy to be a fantastic read. It just happens to be something that I find to be a huge subplot point in many books nowadays. Like there has to be two competing forces for the heart of the heroine. 

The novel does take up most of its time in progressing the relationships all the while balancing training and flight simulations and oxygen deprivation  simulations. But when Aurora is flying high, those were my favorite parts of the entire novel. I mean, they have to be, the author has a degree in aeronautical science! What use would it be if I was not meant to love the thrill of the flight. Okay, I know that's not all the degree is for, but I just had to put it out there haha.

Final Summation: THE APOLLO ACADEMY happened to remind me of this manga I started to read way back when called ST&RS where these high school students enter this prestigious school to become astronauts. The premise is pretty much the same while the characters and the world-building differ immensely. That's what I happen to love about novels. The outer coating of books may revolve around the same subject, but the core content is what completely differs one book from the next. While THE APOLLO ACADEMY did have many plot devices that I would consider cliche, the novel did keep my interest enough to pursue the rest of the series all the while wondering how Chase's characters will not only further on in their studies, but grow from the difficulties that are headed their way.

First Line: There was only one place Aurora Titon every felt free and in control--the cockpit.
Story: A
Cover: XS 






About the author:

Kimberly P. Chase holds a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, which basically means she's kind of a geek and loves flying airplanes. Naturally, her books tend to include aviation, hot flight instructors, aviator glasses, and—let's not forget—kissing! When Kimberly's not writing or reading, she's hanging out with her husband, four-year-old son, and two dogs.
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