Monday, April 30, 2012

GOODREADS UPDATE

Alright, ya'll. I had to re-make the SHADOW FUTURE goodreads page, bc the old one was a bit messed up. So, if you had marked it as a to-read etc...please remove it, so I can delete it.

Old page: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13492244-shadow-future

New one: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13628641-shadow-future

Please re-add everything to the NEW ONE.

Thanks you guys!!

Ooh, also, check THIS out:

SQEEE!!

-Maddi

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

This is the 21st book I've read this year! I read most of the book while listening to Mozart. I think it fit.


For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.




And also the book trailer, bc I like to spoil you guys...


Ok, now with the review:

Christian beliefs: Nope.

Other belief systems: Nope.

Language: Hell is used wrongly, and d--n is used.

Romance: Ok, so you know that America has a boyfriend, right? Well, his name is Aspen, and they kiss a great deal. But it never goes past kissing. But they do talk about getting married one day etc. Which I think is romantic how comfortable they are with one another that they talk about to each other about those things. And of course, which this is pretty obvious, Maxon and America kiss. But not like Aspen and America kisses. More sweet like kisses. Gentle. But they were both cool. <3 hehe.

Vi0lence: Well...if you want to count trying to rip a dress of another girl and leaving nail marks, violence. There ya go. ;) And of course, the rebels try to attack the palace, and some people die. (no one we know, though. There, I gave you a good spoiler.)

Any other bad things: The man that comes to check with America about her getting chosen for the Selection is awkward. He asks her if she's a virgin, and of course, how would that make you feel (if you were a girl) to have a man ask you that? Well, America was very upset about that. And the man seemed a bit shady to me.

Comments: I WAS SO EXCITED TO GET THIS BOOK IN THE MAIL. So when it came, I sat right down and began reading. I probably would have finished it in one day if I hadn't had an awful headache. I loved the beginning, I loved stepping into America's world. It was good to meet her boyfriend, Aspen. Even though I called him a jerk once or twice. *coughs*. I love their relationship, they seemed so comfortable with each other. And I think the best line I liked the most was this: "Why we married young, waiting was torture." And I'm sure a lot of you would agree with this. Not so much with me, for that reason, just because I want to start having my own family. *content sigh* Ok, back to the review:
The only part I didn't like, was the middle. I was getting bored, Maxon seemed like a boy, not a man. He seemed like another Louis the...uh...the guy who married Marie. Ok, sorry. But that's what I was experiencing. Maxon didn't seem to know how to talk to a girl, and I was kind of  hoping that he would have some kind of personality like a bad boy. But he didn't. But towards the end, I started to love Maxon a bit more. He seemed like man towards the end. I also didn't like how one point, America was fine, then she was running through the palace and she couldn't breathe, and she was crying. Then, she yelled at the prince. Which is like in every story, the girl yells at the guy, and they fall in love.
But what I really liked, was how Kiera writes. She writes like me, she doesn't want to spend a whole lot of time on the description. I didn't need it, I just imagined the places by myself. I didn't need the description. Kiera just wrote down the talking, and America's thoughts. Which are my favorite parts. I tend to skip through description, bc sometimes, there's just too much of it.
The book was an easy read, it didn't take a lot of time to finish. But, it wasn't written to perfection, but hey,  that's how Kiera writes. We should get to know exactly how they write, instead of covering it up with lots of editing etc.

Ok, there's my long 'comments' section.

You guys should read this book. Go buy it. Or request it from your library.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

-Maddi

PS: I can't BELIEVE where it cut off!!! Spring 2013??? Torture, I say. Torture....

Saturday, April 28, 2012

I got The Selection!!!

I GOT THE SELECTION! *does happy dance*

SEE???!!!

Jack is really happy too.

Ok, just wanted to say that. Byezz.

-Maddi

Teaser from GRAVITY by Melissa West

Ok, so Melissa West posted a really awesome teaser from her debut novel, GRAVITY. And...I'm going to share it.

Get ready.....


GO!


Chapter 1 Teaser: 

My eyes fly open, and I release a small gasp.

“About time,” he says, his odd teal and gold eyes staring into mine, challenging me to say something, but I’m too distracted by his body hovering above mine, encircled in light. Tiny sparkles shimmer from his blond hair, moving down each strand like water droplets on leaves after an April rain. My mouth drops open, and confusion cloaks my mind, shutting down my senses so I’m convinced I’m stuck in some deranged joke of my imagination. He can’t be here, this can’t be real, then he smirks, and I blanch, and I’m on the verge of a complete psych breakdown. Our eyes lock for several seconds. I grit my teeth together, fighting for control, sureness, something, because right now I’m torn between the absolute beauty of the Taking—of him—and rage more electrifying than anything I’ve ever experienced.

My Ancient is Jackson Locke.





---she posted this on her Twitter and her Facebook.

Awesome right?


Make sure you add GRAVITY to your to-read list on Goodreads! 


GRAVITY drops, October 16th 2012 Entangled Publishing. 

-Maddi

Friday, April 27, 2012

Review: DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth

This is the 20th book I've read this year.


Summary from: goodreads.com


In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.














Christian beliefs: Tris does mention God a couple of times.


Other belief systems: Nope.


Violence: The Dauntless fight, and people get hurt. Someone gets stabbed in the eye. People get shot. There's blood.


Language: Hell is used the wrong way, and so is the LORD's name. But I think Veronica was just trying to show her readers that people are really that mean sometimes. And will use words like that.


Romance: Kissing! Caressing, Tris does end up sleeping on someone's bed, but she's the only one in/on it. One of Tris's fears is sex. Or intimacy. No one does it though. 
Tris is just in a towel, and someone rips it off her. (another way to show that some people are just jerks sometimes.) Someone keeps touching Tris at this one point. (another way to show what people are like.)

Any other bad things:...The Erudite keep attacking the Abnegation  saying that they're bad, and they're hording supplies that other factions need.

Comments: I heard a lot of great things about this book before I read it. But I was kind of skeptical, bc I'm one of those people when something is REALLY famous, and everyone is reading it/wearing it/doing it I'm like...'I don't want to join this.' (I'm a weird person.) But, when I went to the bookstore with my Papa, I made him buy this book for me. (hehe.) my mom actually started reading it before me, and she said it was really good. It's cool having a book to discuss and talk about with your mom.
I really enjoyed this book, it never lost my attention. I looked forward reading it every night or whenever I had time. I had moments when I gasped, covered my mouth and eyes when I didn't want to 'look' and I cried. Books rarely make me cry.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

I can't wait for Insurgent!! :D


Great book, Veronica!! #TEAMDAUNTLESS


-Maddi

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thursday: Cover Reveal!

Today, the IRON LEGENDS cover is revealed!!

I think it's neat. What do you guys think?

-Maddi

*Secret Idea*

The other day, I came up with a couple of 'ideas'. Of course, they were just 'ideas' no plot. Nada. But, I spent a couple nights ago just thinking up a plot. And I think it might actually stick. But I'm not sure yet. It takes a lot of work to keep working on a book. And I'm in the middle of editing SF2 as well. But we'll see. :)

Oh, and did you see my pony Jodi Meadows made me?

Isn't she cute? ;)

-Maddi

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday 4/25/12

Today, I am waiting for:


HIDDEN by Sophie Jordan. September 11th 2012. HarperTEEN.

-Maddi

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cover Reveal!: The Lost Prince

GUYS!! Ethan Chase IS NOT a toddler anymore....

One...

You ready?

Two....

Wait for it....

THREE!


Told you, NOT a toddler anymore....


The #theimmortalrules twitter chat was awesome!! And congrats to all the winners! I had a great time reading the tweets from my iPod! I was bonding with my lil sis, so I couldn't get on the computer. But, when the link to the cover didn't work on my iPod, I ran upstairs, and she yelled: "WHERE ARE YOU GOING?!" But I just kept going. hehe

Anyway, hope everyone had a great Tuesday! I had my math OAA tomorrow. Prayers if you do that. :)

Good night ya'll!

-Maddi

Monday, April 23, 2012

Love song for Pearl and her special man < 3

Hey everyone, I was listening to this song, and it's very similar to Pearl and...well, I shouldn't say. But it is a love song for Pearl and her special guy. <3 :)

-Maddi

Review: Talisman of El by Alecia Stone

This is the 19th book I've read this year. It's also my first ARC! :D


WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS A LIE?

One Planet.

Two Worlds.

Population: Human ... 7 billion.
Others ... unknown.

When 14-year-old Char­lie Blake wakes up sweat­ing and gasp­ing for air in the mid­dle of the night, he knows it is hap­pen­ing again. This time he wit­nesses a bru­tal mur­der. He's afraid to tell any­one. No one would believe him ... because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago - the day before his dad died.

Char­lie doesn't know why this is hap­pen­ing. He would give any­thing to have an ordi­nary life. The prob­lem: he doesn't belong in the world he knows as home.

He belongs with the others.





Christian beliefs: There ARE angels in this book, which wasn't something I was expecting. But I surprise is a good thing, yes? Yes. It is. And they talk about God as well. That doesn't make them Christians of course, but they do mention Him.


Other beliefs systems: Magic. It's kind of hard to explain, which means, you should read the book. (*HINT* *HINT*)


Violence: People get shot, and locked up in places, people get hurt. There are big monsters.


Language: Besides from saying "Oh my God" a couple times, and 'hell' is used in a different way then just saying 'hell' as if referring to the place. But nothing else. :D


Romance: There is clearly a 'liking' going on between a boy and a girl. I don't need to say, because it's very obvious. ;)


Any other bad things: Nope. :)

Comments: At first, I really didn't want to read this book, and it was slow to start really. But once I got towards the middle, I really got into it. I also loved how Charlie was fourteen. You need a book about someone who's younger than 16-17 every once awhile. You know, for all those teens who are 13-15. It's hard to relate to someone when they're 4 years older than you....(personal experience.) 
This book was kind of like Percy Jackson, and I really liked it. I hadn't read a book from a guy's point of view and liked it since Percy. But I think Charlie is coming a close favorite. :) I also loved that Charlie and Alex kind of had a 'thing' going. There wasn't any kissing, and there shouldn't be when your 13-14 anyway. So I really enjoyed there sweet 'romance'. :) And for an ARC, this book was really well written. I loved reading the UK spellings, and the way they wrote. It let me experience another country. :D
I can't wait for book 2! And make sure you guys check this book out once it comes out in May! :)

Rating: 4 out of 5

-Maddi

Friday, April 20, 2012

Editing Stages : how I do the editing process

I know probably most of you are like 'First stage of editing, what?' so I'm here to clear things up.

Stage one: Go through, fix all the red squiggly lines. (first draft)

Stage two: Send to my friends parents to edit. (wait....)

Stage three: Get the copy back, and fix everything they pointed out. And maybe delete scenes you don't want. Or they won't work.

Stage four: Let the book sit for awhile. Just relax.

Stage five: Get first proof. Read through it, mark with red pen.

Stage six: go through proof, and fix mistakes on the doc. (this way be awhile....)

Stage seven: Let the book sit again. RELAX. Don't freak out. 


This is what you DON'T do:






Stage eight: Get new proof, re through it, get the color of paper you want, fix size, letter size...etc.

Stage nine: Start thinking about the next book. But don't write it, you still have to finish editing the other book. You're done with it yet! And you might make changes in book1 that you may need to write in book2.

Stage ten: Give new proof (doc) to three editors that are awesome. Let them handle the rest.

Stage ten and a half: start next book. (this calms you down during the last of the editing process.)

Stage eleven: Get each part back. (there are 3) and add more description.

Stage twelve (new one I will try with SF2): give to your mother to read.

Stage thirteen: Wait until release date. Finish writing next book. (you may pick a release date before stages 4 and 5. You need a deadline you know.)

Stage fourteen: Sleep....yeah, that's nice.



Yep, there you go. And then, you just have to do it all over again. This should take about maybe...3 or more months. At least, with SF, it did. It might go by faster since I've got a hold of it. But it all depends on how fast the editors are, and you with your parts.
Also, some writers use deadlines, but...I really make myself guilty if I don't get something done, so I don't use one. haha. (lucky me, right? ;))

Ok, there you go. Hope this helped. And feel free to use it! I get my proofs from Createspace, since I'm selfpublished. If you have any questions, just ask!

-Maddi

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thursday: Cover Reveal!

GUYS. Cayla Kluver's LAST book in the Legacy trilogy, (SACRIFICE) Cover has JUST been revealed. And I think it's my favorite out of all of them.

Ok....You guys ready?

BAM!


EEEEEEK. *jumps up and down* Isn't it BEAUTIFUL?

-Maddi

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday 4/18/12

Wednesday is here again! Only 34 more days of school...O.o (or something like that.) ok, so here's my WoW!


The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda. May 8th 2012 from St. Martin's Griffin. 


I rarely ever read books about vampires, but this one seems less vampire-ish, then others I've heard about. And I love novels were someone is running away from someone else. It just makes my heart speed up. It's awesome. haha


-Maddi

Friday, April 13, 2012

What My Definition of Editing Is

I'm pretty sure my definition of editing is different from other peoples, (with the editors). So...I'd thought I'd blog about it.

(What I'm about to say isn't meant to be mean, it's just me saying stuff...so yeah. Read on.)

Ok, so when I'm done with editing. (spelling, cutting out scenes etc...) I go on Facebook, and ask my friends who wants to edit my book. When I get a response, I send my friend the book, and they fix the grammar, indenting etc...And they don't tell me what to fix. They fix it. And then, I do through, and add description and check out all the changes.

Ok, so that's what my definition of editing is. Now, I really hate it when people change the words in my book. I don't care if it's not proper grammar! I liked that word right there! Some of the time, we as humans don't even talk in perfect grammar, now do we?  So yeah, I really don't like that. But if they change in the wording someplace else besides the talking, I don't care.

So there, that's my def of editing is.

Ok, off to read, or something...

TTYL

-Maddi

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Review: UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand

This is the 17th book I've read this year.

In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.
Christian beliefs: Not sure it's Christian really, but Clara and her family are part angel. And they talk about God a lot. And they call Him the Almighty as well. Some people mention church. But I'm not really sure that Clara actually really 'believes' and worships God, even though she's angel. I think she just finds it annoying that she is.
Other belief systems: Didn't read about any.
Violence: Clara gets hurt, she dislocates her shoulder. A bear tries to attack Clara and Tucker. But nothing serious.
Language: There was only one word, it was d--n. And a couple people use the Lord's name in vain. (which is ironic, considering that this book is about angels...)
Romance: kissing. hehe. Hand holding. Cuddling. Kissing. Fishing and kissing. I could go on forever. 
Any other bad things: Nope. I think I covered everything. :)
Comments: At first, I wasn't going to read this book because it was about angels. And I don't really like reading about books about angels. I mean, if this stuff was real, God would have put it in the Bible. In Genesis, God does mention about 'fallen' angels. But this is way different than that, even though they are technically part angel. (they don't like to be called fallen angels.) But the thing is, some of the angels are really fallen. But if you were part angel, (which I highly doubt) you would be the daughter or son of an fallen angel. Because why would an angel leave Heaven...ok, I'm done ranting now.
I loved this book overall. I liked how there were twins, Wendy and Tucker. Because I have friends that are twins. And this was actually the first book with the type of first person writing that I liked. (like 'I say' or 'I sit') I can't wait for the 2nd one to come in. :)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
-Maddi

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Hundred Twitter Follower Giveaway!

Hey everyone! Last night, I said, if I reached 100 followers on Twitter by 12, I'd give away a paper back copy of SF. (when they come out). But we didn't reach that by 12. But I did reach 100 at 10ish this morning. So, I'm going to giveaway two ebook copies of Shadow Future to two lucky winners. :)






x 2












Giveaway Rules:
US Only
You must be 13 years or older
If you do one of the raffle copter things, you must actually do it. Lying isn't cool, guys. I will check if you actually did it or not.
Winners will be chosen by Random.org (rafflecopter)
If the winner does not answer within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen.




a Rafflecopter giveaway




The giveaway ends May 31!

Good luck!

Titanic = Shadow Future's plot, but in a different way...

IT'S THE 11TH!! SHADOW FUTURE IS OUT!! LOOK FOR LINKS TO THE SMASHWORDS TO GET YOUR EBOOK COPY!

Hey all! I watched the Titanic with my mom a couple days ago (it was so freaking sad!!!!! But still good.)

And as I watched it, I saw SF's plot right before my eyes. (Let me tell you, it was very awkward.) So, I matched up the characters in the movie, with the SF characters. Enjoy!

Rose DeWitt Bukater/Dawson as Pearl Underwood


Caledon Nathan "Cal" Hockley as Adskhan Carter


Jack Dawson as Max


Ruth DeWitt Bukater as one of the OverShadower women who is very displeased with Pearl and her actions.


Spicer Lovejoy as Adskhan's father. (Head Elder)


Margaret "Molly" Brown as Max's sister Norma. (she was my favorite person in the movie.)


And...here are some other things:

This scene is also in my book as well! (just in a different way, of course.)



And this scene is sort of in my book as well. (can you imagine wearing a corset like that? :O)


I could post a lot more, but...that would be a lot of spoilers. ;)

And let me assure you, there will be no "bad" things in my book, like Rose and Jack did. Just saying. In case you were worried. I'm very strict about those kind of things.

I hope you get a chance to watch this movie! It really makes you stop and think.

-Maddi

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Songs I listened to when I was writing SHADOW FUTURE

Hey ya'll! I guess I have a playlist for SHADOW FUTURE. But the songs have NOTHING, (except one) and do with the book. But...I thought I would share them with you. :) (I need music to write...fyi)

1. All-American Girl by Carrie Underwood.

2. Whip My Hair by Willow Smith. (Ik! But...I need my music...;))

3. Last Name by Carrie Underwood.

4. Girls Talkin' Bout by Mindless Behavior. (a random song I found when looking at other songs...)

5. Cowboy Casonova by Carrie Underwood.

6. 21st Century Girl by Willow Smith. (pretty sure I listened to this one...but not positive. But it is a great song.)

7. So Small by Carrie Underwood. (this one does have some relation to the book....)

And...the theme song...SKYSCRAPER by Demi Lovato. <3

Hope you guys enjoyed!! :)

-Maddi

Monday, April 9, 2012

It's Almost Time!

Hey everyone!! Only 1 full day left until SHADOW FUTURE!!

On the 11th, do you think you guys would want to change maybe at least one of your profile pics to the cover of SF? It was be awesome if you guys did. :)

I'll be posting the link to the ebook on the 11th! So make sure you go looking for it! And stay tuned for my post about the Titanic movie on the 11th as well! It's plot is very similar to SF's.

See ya'll later!!

-Maddi

GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING Cover Reveal + Blurb

I am very proud to be part of the cover reveal of this awesome book!! :)

Chloe Jacobs:


Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she'd at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.


                                                                              ~~~



Blurb:
While trying to save her brother four years ago, Greta was thrown into the witch’s fire herself, falling through a portal to a dangerous world where humans are the enemy, and every ogre, goblin, and ghoul has a dark side that comes out with the full moon.

To survive, seventeen-year-old Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young Goblin King, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her determination to escape.

But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. The full moon is mere days away, and an ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back…

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GRETA & THE GOBLIN KING Links:



Additional links to Chloe’s pages:



Now, the moment you've all been waiting for....

THE COVER!

TA-DAAAA!!
Isn't it purty? :)
GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING will be available on November 13th 2012! :)
-Maddi

Friday, April 6, 2012

Shadow Future Book Trailer!

Hey guys, yesterday, Carrie posted about the trailer! (you can find the link here)

But, I just wanted to post it here too! So...here ya go!


Enjoy you guys. :) Hope R made it for me! You can check out her photography page here: http://www.facebook.com/Photographyislifeyay

xoxo

-Maddi

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Review: Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter

This is the 16th book I've read this year.

The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family from the Circle of Cavan--an ancient terrorist organization that has been hunting her for over a year. But when Cammie wakes up in an alpine convent and discovers months have passed, she must face the fact that her memory is now a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie’s summer vacation are the bruises on her body and the dirt under her nails, and all she wants is to go home. 

Once she returns to school, however, Cammie realizes that even the Gallagher Academy now holds more questions than answers. Cammie, her friends, and mysterious spy-guy Zach must face their most difficult challenge yet as they travel to the other side of the world, hoping to piece together the clues that Cammie left behind. It’s a race against time. The Circle is hot on their trail and willing stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer.





Christian beliefs: none..

Other belief systems: nope.

Violence: Cammie is being chased by the Circle of Cavan. And the last thing Cammie and her friends know, they want Cammie alive. This kind of changes in this book. They want to kill her this time. So Cammie is constantly getting chased, and hit in the head. Injured. Her friends are getting attacked too. They're are car accidents. But the violence wasn't so heavy that I needed to go puke somewhere. lol. It was just right. It made me feel like I was there. :)

Lang.: Nope!! :D

Romance: Zach and Cammie are boyfriend and girlfriend. And I love how they're so so gentle with each other. It isn't hard core romance, it's just right, that makes you want a boyfriend/girlfriend like that. <3 hehe.

Any other bad things: Cammie's dad is supposed missing, and possibly dead. Cammie doesn't think straight most of time. They're are people that aren't who they appear.

Comments: I have been waiting for this book for FOREVER. I was so happy to finally read it! I love the GG series. It's so much fun. I remember reading the first one, I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You' back in the summer of 0'10. It had me hooked from the start. Also, Ally inspired the title of one of my creative writing novels back in the day. :) I love the romance, the mystery, the thrill. The whole thing. It was awesome. <3

Rating:
5 out of 5 stars!

-Maddi

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday 4/3/12

So, I wasn't sure what book to do for today's WoW. So I scrolled though my to-read list on Goodreads, and found one. (hehe) It's a good idea btw.

Well...here's what I found!! :D

THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass. It's coming out April 24th 2012!! Only....23 more days? Did I do the math right? (this is one of the reasons why I'm not going to be in honors math.)

Well, there ya go. You guys can check out The Selection's Goodreads page, and also Kiera's website! You can also find her on Twitter. :) Her tweets are hilarious. ;)

Ttyl!

-Maddi

Monday, April 2, 2012

Shadow Future Book Trailer

GUYS!!

I have SEEN the SF BT!!!!!! (Shadow Future Book Trailer...in case you didn't get it...) and it's AH-SOME.

It will be debuting here: http://sweetsouthernhome.wordpress.com/ THIS Thursday!! I'm SUPER excited!!

And another thing, I'm ALMOST done with the edits!! *does happy dance*

Ttyl!

-Maddi

Things I want/need to do on Spring Break

We all have our WANTS and our NEEDS. Well, I have a few for my Spring Break...

Needs: Edits of SF. Write acknowledgments. 

Wants: make a FAKE cover of INCARNATE2 for Jodi Meadow's for a little contest thing.
Read a lot.
Finish bridge story.
Spend lots of time with friends.
Plan more of May b-day party.

Now...there are a LOT more "Wants" than "Needs", so that means I can just get the edits done fast right? Wrong. Every writer knows that. ;) But, I will do my best! I don't have a lot of time left to do them. Since Thursday and Friday will be mostly hangin' with friends etc....I need to get them done BEFORE that.

Wish me luck guys!!

Only 8 days, 12 hours, 39 min, left!!!!

-Maddi

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Review: INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows

This is the 13th book I've read this year. :)



New soul
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
No soul
Even Ana's own mother thinks she's a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she'll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
Heart
Sam believes Ana's new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana's enemies--human and creature alike--let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else's life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?
Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.

Christian belief: None.
Other Beliefs systems: There is or are. (it depends on who you talk to you) a maker called Janan. And he has a temple. Not many people worship him. Most people don't even believe him. Most people think that he was here, and then he just left. 
Violence: sylph are like ghosts I'm pretty sure, they burn you, and it's REALLY hurts. So Ana gets attacked and burned by them. Dragons kill people with acid, and they attack. Other people kill other people, or they try to. Typical revenge. hehe 
Language: NONE! AMEN! At first, I thought there was going to be some, but there wasn't! YIPPEE!! (can you tell I'm happy?)
Romance: kissing. That is all. <3
Any other bad things: Laws are passed not letting nosouls into Heart, so Sam and Ana have to aruge against that. Ana's mother Li, doesn't care about her, and is cruel. Some of the Council don't like Ana because she's a nosoul. Ana's father left when she was born.
Comments: At first, I was a bit skeptical of this book, but as I got more into it, I really started to enjoy it. I loved the plot, it was very original. I loved Jodi's way of writing, she writes alot like she Tweets. ;) Fave Line: "Less talking, more kissing." ha! I lol'd when I read that. The reincarnation thing was very interesting, I hadn't read a book like that before. I thought it was interesting that every time they were reborn, they could be a different gender, and that they buried they're former selves. I liked it, it was something new and fresh to read. :) All in all, I REALLY loved this book, (all the way through the dedication and the acknowledgments) and I can't wait for 2!
Rating:
5 out of 5 stars.
-Maddi