Month9Books Turns Two! (Guest Post from Dorothy Dreyer + Giveaway)

Friday, October 31, 2014


Month9Books is turning two! Wee! And to celebrate, they have a HUGE (and I mean, a Kindle, anyone?) giveaway for everyone who has supported their titles for the past years. And of course, for those who haven't read any titles of theirs, now is the perfect time to start! To kick off the celebrations, here's a message from Georgia McBride, owner of Month9Books!

“Month9Books is turning 2 this year and I could not be happier. We are living proof that if you have a dream to write, create and inspire, you should follow that dream and let nothing keep you from realizing it. Thank you to all the readers, writers, agents, partners and friends who have made this possible. We write for you.

--Georgia McBride, Publisher and Owner of Month9Books”

But the fun doesn't end there! I am also hosting a Month9Books author and I am so flippin' excited for this. I really rallied to feature her because Filipino pride! She's born in the Philippines and I've always wanted to spotlight her in here and now is that time.

Let's all welcome DOROTHY DREYER!

First, let's get to know her!

About Dorothy Dreyer

Dorothy Dreyer has always believed in magic. Born in Angeles City, Philippines, to a Filipino mother and American Father, Dorothy grew up a military brat, living in Massachusetts, South Dakota, Guam, New Jersey, and New York. She now lives in Frankfurt, Germany, with her husband, two teens, and two Siberian huskies. Dorothy not only writes books with some element of magic in them, but has a fondness for reading those kinds of books as well. She also enjoys movies, chocolate, take-out, and spending time with family and friends. She’s known to make a pretty sweet cupcake when she has the time. She also tends to sing sometimes, so keep her away from your Karaoke bars.


And here are her books!

My Sister's Reaper (Reaper's Rite, #1)
Title: My Sister's Reaper (Reaper Rite #1)
Author: Dorothy Dreyer
Publisher: Month9Books
Date of Publication: May 29, 2013

Sixteen-year-old Zadie’s first mistake was telling the boy she liked she could bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake was actually doing it.

When Zadie accidentally messes with the Reaper’s Rite that should have claimed her sister Mara, things go horribly wrong. Mara isn’t the same anymore—Zadie isn’t even sure she’s completely human, and to top it off, a Reaper is determined to collect Mara’s soul no matter what. Now Zadie must figure out how to defeat her sister’s Reaper, or let Mara die … this time for good.

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My Tethered Soul
Title: My Tethered Soul (Reaper Rite #2)
Author: Dorothy Dreyer
Publisher: Month9Books
Date of Publication: August 19, 2014

Months have passed since Zadie faced her sister’s Reaper, during which time she's been under her mentor's magical protection. But now that she's turning 17, that protection is about to run out. When dark forces lure Zadie to wander at night, she's manipulated into committing unspeakable acts. With her friends and family at risk, Zadie must try to use her powers to break free from the Reaper's grasp, or surrender to the Reaper's Rite, which can only lead to death.

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Eeeekkk, Dorothy even dropped by for a guest post! She talks about her writing inspirations and go check it out!

Guest Post

My Writing Inspirations
by Dorothy Dreyer

I’ve been interesting in weaving tales for as long as I can remember. And throughout the years I’ve found many inspirations for developing my craft. I’m still molding my technique—and honestly, the map of a writer’s technique should be an ever-climbing upward curve, in my opinion.

My first writing inspiration was Judy Blume. She showed me that it was possible to hook a young reader and make them care about a protagonist and her story.

I was shown the importance of clear-cut writing by Michael Crichton. He never used overly complex descriptions or overwhelming prose which would weigh a story down to the point the reader would lose track of the plot. He kept it simple, and readers would fly through the pages of his books.

John Grisham showed me how having a clever plot added massive appeal to a book. I learned to love plot twists and big reveals and protagonists finding a way to squeeze out of tight spots.

Nora Roberts showed me that thrilling books could still hold intense romance and emotional depth, and how rich that element made a storyline.

JK Rowling is probably one of my most influential writers, in my mind. She reminded me of how much readers could invest themselves in characters and keep them in their hearts. And she showed me how cool it is to bring magic into books. And bring readers into magical worlds.

Two last inspirations are Hugh Laurie and Christopher Moore: both excellent storytellers who showed me how to weave laugh-out-loud humor into a tale.

I’m sure I’ll find more inspirations down the line, and I look forward to it. Maybe one day, I’ll be an inspiration to an aspiring writer out there. Along with self-indulgent vindication that would bring, it would definitely be cool.

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Thank you so much for dropping by, Dorothy! Guys, go buy her books and I'm so excited to read them this weekend!

The year is ending but Month9Books already have books planned for 2015! Take a look at their upcoming titles!


Giveaway

I said it's a huge giveaway, right? Because it is! Here are the prizes and you will want to win.

(1) New Kindle with touchscreen (US only) loaded with all our Month9Books titles. US Only.
(1) Paperback prize pack of 5 Month9Books Titles. US ONLY.
(2) eBook Prize Packs of 5 Month9Books titles. International

Good luck! I hope the winner is a reader of mine!


Now, to meet more Month9Books, check out these amazing blogs!

Jessica Arnold will be hosted by Read for your Future
Vanessa Barger will be hosted by Pretty Little Pages
Lisa M. Basso will be hosted by In Vogue with Books
Sarah Bromley will be hosted by A Book and A Latte
Steve Bryant will be hosted by Jump Into Books
Brynn Chapman will be hosted by A Backwards Story
Nicole Conway will be hosted by Two Chicks on Books
Scott Craven will be hosted by Books and Ashes
Ty Drago will be hosted by The A P Book Club
Dorothy Dreyer will be hosted by Her Book Thoughts!
Jennifer M. Eaton will be hosted by Book Briefs
Kit Forbes will be hosted by Book Lovers Life
Janice Gable Bashman will be hosted by All Things Urban Fantasy
Amanda Gray will be hosted by Aspiring Joy
Kelly Hashway/Ashelyn Drake will be hosted by Book Geek Review
Elizabeth Holloway will be hosted by Tales of a Ravenous Reader
Missy Kalicicki and Abi Ketner will be hosted by Once Upon A Twilight
Nicola Marsh will be hosted by ReadWriteLove28
Georgia McBride will be hosted by YA Sisterhood
Jen McConnel will be hosted by A Dream Within A Dream
Jackie Morse Kessler will be hosted by Dark Faerie Tales
Beck Nicholas will be hosted by The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club
Michelle E. Reed will be hosted by Doodle's Book Reviews
Heather Reid will be hosted by Bookish Things & More
A. Lynden Rolland will be hosted by Fiction State of Mind
Kristal Shaff will be hosted by Chicklit vs Fantasy
Pab Sungenis will be hosted by Classy Cat Books
Rachel Tafoya will be hosted by Jessabella Reads
Vicki L. Weavil will be hosted by Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

Excerpt + Giveaway: The Elementalists by C. Sharp

Thursday, October 30, 2014

C. Sharp's THE ELEMENTALISTS is out now from Diversion Books! To celebrate, I'm sharing an excerpt from its first chapter and a giveaway!

The Elementalists
Title: The Elementalists (Tipping Point Prophecy #1)
Author: C. Sharp
Publisher: Diversion Books
Date of Publication: October 28, 2014

Rising sea levels, droughts, earthquakes, tornadoes. Far below the earth’s crust, imprisoned in ancient slumber, the elemental powers of the land grow restless…

Meanwhile, in small town Virginia, Chloe McClellan’s first day of sophomore year was an epic fail. After she becomes the target of the fiery queen of the It-Girls in gym, she gains instant notoriety when she’s struck by lightning. That’s when things start to get weird.

There are disconcerting gaps in her memory, and freaky weather seems to follow her everywhere. She comes to believe that either she’s going insane, or her accident has awoken a terrifying creature from mythology, triggering the final countdown to the extinction of humankind.

Chloe finds unlikely help from a trio of male classmates: the grounded captain of the football team, the flighty stoner with a secret, and the enigmatic transfer student who longs for the sea. All the while, she struggles with the growing realization that dragons exist, and she, and her friends, may be the only ones who can stop them.

In the first book in the epic new Tipping Point Prophecy series, global dragon mythology is reimagined against a backdrop of ecological disaster, high school angst, and the power of the human spirit when working in accord with the elements.

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Excerpt



About C. Sharp

Chris Sharp grew up in the suburban wonderland of Alexandria, VA, where he cut his nerd teeth playing role-playing games and making gore movies with his friends.

He studied English Literature and Anthropology at Brown University, and Mayan Archaeology at the Harvard Field School in Honduras. He then spent sixteen years in Brooklyn, NY, where he worked in film and commercial production by day, and was yet another wannabe novelist by night.

His first book was a 900 page epic fantasy novel that waits in the depths of a dark box. The Elementalists is his second novel, and he really hopes you like it. His third novel is a pulp fantasy/crime fiction hybrid and is coming soon one way or another...

Some of the films he made with his childhood friends have gained international distribution and won numerous awards at festivals around the world. Chris now lives in Concord, MA, with his wife, daughter and an insufferable cat named Goblin.


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Spotlight + Giveaway: More Than Exes by Elizabeth Briggs

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I loved MORE THAN MUSIC so much that I can't even review it (FAIL) and now, its prequel novella centering on Kyle, Jared's brother, is finally out! KYLE EEEEEKKKK!!! No need to have read More Than Music for this novella but come on, you should definitely get on the train with this series because it's all sorts of !!!!!

More Than Exes (Chasing The Dream, #0.5)
Title: More Than Exes (Chasing the Dream #0.5)
Author: Elizabeth Briggs
Date of Publication: October 28, 2014

Keyboardist Kyle Cross may look like a bad boy with his tattoos and piercings, but he’s really the good guy who’s always stuck fixing his band’s problems and never gets the girl. His band is competing in a college Battle of the Bands, but when their bassist doesn't show, Kyle must track her down with the help of the person he least expects: his ex-girlfriend Alexis Monroe.

Kyle hasn’t seen Alexis since she dumped him in high school, and she’s dropped her preppy image for fiery red hair and a bold new attitude to match. With only hours before his band goes on stage, Kyle has to be a little bad if he wants to win both the Battle and the girl he's never gotten over. But when their old problems resurface, the good guy might just get his heart broken all over again.

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Excerpt

“My car’s over here,” Alexis said, leading me to the other side of the parking lot.

“The same one as before?” We’d spent so much time in that old Mercedes back in high school. Truth be told, I was kind of excited to see it again.

“No, that one died a year ago. I have a MINI now.”

“Too bad. We had some good memories in that car.”

“We did.” She gave me a sly smile. “Some very good memories in the backseat.”

I coughed and tried to steer the conversation back to something less dangerous, but all I could think about was when we’d been together. “Remember that time we got lost on our way home from a concert in Pomona? And we ran out of gas in a shady part of LA and had to wait for Jared to come get us?”

“I remember. I was scared we were going to get carjacked, so you helped…distract me.” She met my eyes. “You were so very good at distracting me.”

Suddenly, all I could think about was how I’d like to distract her now. First, I’d tangle my fingers in that long, thick hair, getting a good hold of it. Then I’d tilt her head back so I could press my lips to her neck, to that spot just below her ear. She’d moan my name, and I’d work my way down, lower and lower, dipping inside the V of her shirt to taste every inch of skin I’d seen earlier. She’d reach for the front of my jeans and—

Whoa there. None of those things could happen. I could not get involved with Alexis again, and the only way I’d get through the night was to banish those thoughts entirely. Why was she even bringing all of that up again? Earlier she’d mentioned wanting to catch up, and now she was flat-out hitting on me. Did she want to get back together or something?

We stopped at a black MINI Cooper with white racing stripes across the hood. Not a car I’d ever picture her driving. Hmm, maybe she had changed.

“Nice car,” I said. “Not much room in the backseat, though.” Wait, why had I said that? It’s like I couldn’t stop myself from flirting with her, either.

“I bet we could still fit.”

Her eyes swept over me again, and it took all my energy not to press her back against the side of the car and devour her. I was so, so tempted to make a move, even though it was a terrible idea. Being around Alexis was causing my brain to not function properly. I wanted to blame my growing hard-on for rendering me stupid, but that wasn’t the entire reason. All the memories of being with Alexis, combined with seeing her again, were turning me into a sentimental fool.

I cleared my throat and tore my gaze away. “Let’s just find Becca, okay?”

“Sure,” she said, but she sounded disappointed. Hell, I was, too. I wished I was more like Jared and could do random, meaningless hook-ups, but that wasn’t me. If I got a taste of Alexis, I would only want more and more. I had to stop this now before it went any further.

About Elizabeth Briggs

Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She plays the guitar, mentors at-risk teens, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a pack of small, fluffy dogs.


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Review + Giveaway: All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I've been waiting for ALL BROKE DOWN ever since I loved and worshipped ALL LINED UP, the first book in Cora Carmack's new adult Rusk University series. And I mean, bowed down and gave all my love. You can read my review and see for yourself. If you haven't read ALU, seriously, WHY? You need to read it, stat! But no worries if you haven't, the books in this series can be read as a standalone so you can read them in any order.

Anyway, my point is, ALL BROKE DOWN IS OUT TODAY!!! To celebrate, here's my review and a lovely giveaway where you can win the books in the series. Woo to the hoo!



All Broke Down (Rusk University, #2)
Title: All Broke Down (Rusk University #2)
Author: Cora Carmack
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Date of Publication: October 28, 2014

In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can't only fight for what you believe in... sometimes you have to fight for what you love.

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant and infuriating, she can't help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it's trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He's met girls like her before fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn't think he's broken, and he definitely doesn't need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about: his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

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Review

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Jessie of HarperCollins and Edelweiss for the review copy! Having received one did not affect my views of the novel in any way.


Like I said, I've been impatiently waiting for ALL BROKE DOWN for months because SILAS. MOORE. If you've read All Lined Up, I'm sure you're also like me who wanted to get to know Silas more. Sure, he could be a cocky jock (and sometimes an asshole) but he's a decent person. He just likes to joke around and take things lightly, never being serious unless it's a game. You also saw a glimpse of the depth of his character and I'm sure you wished for the next book to be focused on him. And yes, Cora Carmack answers prayers because here it is! I practically begged Jessie for an eARC of All Broke Down because I would have cried if I didn't get to read it early. SILAS MOOOOORE.


And lord, does Cora Carmack deliver all the goods! I read ABD during a cold, stormy night and it was as if it wasn't even raining because All Broke Down is steaming! I seriously got hot and bothered with the scenes because they will make you fan yourself and look away and blush like a schoolgirl. I don't suggest reading this in public unless getting turned on in public is your thing. So for the sizzling factor, All Broke Down definitely got it in spades.


Okay, forgive me for tackling the steaminess first. I just had to get that out and now, as I remember those scenes, my face is heating up again. Now, let's get to the characters. I was correct. Silas Moore is definitely deeper and more dimensional than what we read of him in ALU. Then we also have Dylan, who couldn't have been more different than Silas. However, as we get to know both of them and as they get to know each other, we see that they have lots in common. Both have pasts they wish weren't a part of who they are and which they absolutely want to get away from. They're looking for the other to fix them. I usually hate this kind of set-up because I always think that another person doesn't fix or complete you. Only you can do that. But give it to Cora Carmack to make me not roll my eyes. Because you see it. Silas and Dylan are so good for each other. They just click and fit.


Some people loved ALU more than ABD and some found ABD even better than ALU. I'm of the former, in that, I still love ALU more. I hate to compare but I can't help it because I was so ready for All Broke Down to be another five-star read. Knowing Cora, that's not a long shot. Still, I kept my expectations low for this book but for me, it didn't live up to All Lined Up. I guess I'm just a fan of the slow-burning romance and the delayed gratification for the sexy scenes like in ALU. Silas and Dylan got intimate quite fast and while I dig that too, you could blame that bit why this isn't a five-star read. Moreover, I didn't connect with Dylan as much as I wanted to but no worries because I was so on Silas's side all the way. I wanted him to succeed and get the girl and manage his anger issues. Silas Moore <3


But please, don't think All Broke Down isn't great. It is! I love it too and I love this series so so much. Cora just knows how to write sexy scenes without being THAT graphic and lewd. But not only is she a pro in the steam, she can also pull on the heartstrings and make you feel for the characters. The emotions felt by the characters and their issues and problems really came across to me as a reader.


For those who enjoyed All Lined Up, our favorite Rusk University Wildcats and all the other amazing characters also appear in here. It was such a joy to read about Dallas and Carson because hello, I SHIP AND LOVE THEM SO MUCH. Really, everything was such a blast to read.


All in all, yet another fantastic new adult novel from Cora Carmack! With All Broke Down, Cora Carmack is cementing her as one of THE new adult authors you have to follow and read. I highly recommend All Broke Down for new adult fans, romance fans and fans of books infused with sports!


About Cora Carmack

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.


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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn

Sunday, October 26, 2014



Title: Leaving Amarillo (Neon Dreams #1)
Author: Caisey Quinn
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Date of Publication: March 17, 2015


Nashville meets New Adult in Neon Dreams, a dramatic, sexy series from bestselling author Caisey Quinn, about a country band’s rocky road to fame—and the ambition, dreams, and love of the people who make the music.

Dixie Lark hasn’t had it easy. She lost her parents in an accident when she was young and grew up in a ramshackle house on a dirt road in Amarillo with her ailing grandparents and overprotective older brother. Thanks to her grandfather, Dixie learned to play a mean fiddle, inspired by the sounds of the greats—Johnny and June, Waylon, and Hank. Her grandfather’s fiddle changed Dixie’s life forever, giving her an outlet for the turmoil of her broken heart and inspiring a daring dream.

Ten years later, Dixie and her brother Dallas are creating the music they love and chasing fame with their hot band, Leaving Amarillo. But Dixie isn’t enjoying the ride. All she can think about is Gavin, the band’s tattooed, tortured drummer who she’s loved since they were kids. She knows he feels the connection between them, but he refuses see her as more than his best friend’s little sister.

Convinced that one night with Gavin will get him out of her system, Dixie devises a plan. She doesn’t know that her brother has forbidden Gavin from making a move on her-a promise he swore he’d always keep . . . a promise that once broken will unexpectedly change the future for Dixie, Gavin and the band.

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Excerpt



About Caisey Quinn

Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her daughter and other assorted animals. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult and Contemporary Romance novels featuring southern girls finding love in unexpected places. You can find her online at www.caiseyquinnwrites.com. 


She is represented by Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. 

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Book Crossover: Gone Girl (2014) Film Review

Friday, October 24, 2014

Here I go again with another film review! This time, it's for one of my most anticipated movies of the year. Heck, who am I kidding? The nerves and anticipation I felt for this movie takes all the cake. And peanut butter brownies. (I don't think that made any sense.)

Whatever, I'm babbling. So without further ado, here's my review!






Title: Gone Girl
Theatrical Release: October 3, 2014
Watched: October 15, 2014
Book it's based from: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Read the book? Yes (5 mindfucking stars)
Reviewed the book? No, might never because MIND FUCKKKKK



Review


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling GONE GIRL is THE movie I've been waiting for ever since it was announced. It's THE movie I HAVE to absolutely watch. In case you don't know (and you probably don't because I haven't talked about the book in here), I love love LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the book and this might indicate something about myself and my brain because I looooooove psychological thrillers, whether in words or in moving pictures, but really. Gone Girl ranks in my top favorite books of all time or at least it's one of those that left a huge impact on me. I haven't talked about the book in this blog because I thought I can never explain why I love it without spoiling the fucking twist. Plus, I identify myself as a YA-NA book blogger so, there.

But the movie? Nah, I HAVE to talk about it. For one, it's directed by David fucking Fincher (#sorrynotsorry for all the cussing in here but FEELS) and when the news came out about him directing it, I abused the exclamation marks and hugged my friend (who also loves the book) and basically spazzed and thanked the gods that it would be an awesome movie adaptation.

Truth be told, early reviews of the film from Indiewire and Buzzfeed had me scared. They gave the book a middling rating and I just don't know if I can manage if the movie disgraces the book. I wouldn't be able to stand that. But really, fans of the book need not worry. Was it awesome? HECK YEAH, IT WAS.

First frame, first scene, BAM. HORROR MUCH? Leave it to David Fincher to make this movie actually LOOK and FEEL scary. It's not scary in the horror sense but more on that you feel that there's something brewing underneath and something quite sinister or at least, scheming, and you never quite know when the other shoe is going to drop. Well, I knew, and my friend knew, because we read the book. But we were still anticipating and way freaked out by events. We weren't shocked, sure, but I can't count how many times I flinched, winced, and braced for impact for the events that would happen.

The tones of the film, color-wise, were very dim and gloomy. One look at that scene where Nick Dunne, played by Ben Affleck, was getting the trash out in the suburbs, is enough to let you know that THIS GUY IS MISERABLE. Then we get to establish the basics of the story. It's their anniversary and Nick is in the bar he owns with his twin, Go. He is dreading going back to his house because surely, his wife Amy, played by Rosamund Pike, will be there with her traditional treasure hunt every anniversary. But then, his neighbor calls him to inform that their house cat is outside the house. Nick rushes to the house to see their living room ottoman overturned and Amy missing.

Where is Amy Dunne? There goes the plot of the movie. Did Nick kill her? Who has her? Like the book, I really can't talk about anything regarding the plot because it is the glorifying aspect of both. The plot. The twist. So you have to read the book or see the movie for yourself.

But for those who have read the book, I can still talk about and review the movie without talking about the plot. If you're curious though, the third act of the film was quite different from the book. This actually worried me to no end when I learned it but I tried to assuage myself because Gillian Flynn wrote the screenplay herself and she can do no wrong. Me thinks. And while it was different, it wasn't hugely different and it was a fit ending for a movie. One movie-goers will appreciate.

My friend and I found some things to be better in the movie and some things to be quite lacking. <spoiler: highlight to read> Amy's scheming was better in the movie for us because it was shown how she plotted her disappearance and how great a planner she was. How twisted. She had until I don't know, Plan G? Seriously, Amy is so fucking great. On the other hand, Nick's want to be a father and that he would rather die than be like his father wasn't properly shown. </spoiler>

I enjoyed the side characters, especially Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry) and Go (Carrie Coon). For those wondering if Emily Ratajkowski can act, well, hmm, she was fine, I guess. She wasn't cringeworthy to watch but she isn't brilliant too, but then, it's hard to be brilliant in that role. As usual, nothing can go wrong with Neil Patrick Harris, who played Desi. Oh, Desi. I would have stayed with you. Haha! But who cares about everyone, right? You all want to know how Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike did. Well, good news, they were AMAZING. Ben Affleck can be a hit or miss but his Nick Dunne was how I imagined it would be. You hate him, you like him, you pity him, you're in awe of him. Affleck's performance was effortless and he owned the role. Sure, I think he walked a bit like Batman to me but maybe that's just me. But then again, who cares about Ben Affleck, right? We all know him. When Rosamund Pike was announced to play Amy Dunne, everyone went "WHO IS ROSAMUND PIKE?". And sure, she isn't a household name and is far from it but boy, after this, I am so excited how her career will take off. To echo what everyone has been saying, yes, Rosamund Pike was a revelation. I watched her recently in An Education and her role in there was a dumb socialite. With that, Pike absolutely amazed me with her portrayal of Amy. She owned it, moreso than Affleck's Nick. In reality, I thought Amy's scenes were few for my liking because I want more Rosamund Pike. Heck, I want more Amy. Rosamund is beautiful but I don't know how she did it but even with that first scene, where she looked at the camera, I had goosebumps. You know there's just something brewing in her eyes. That her mind is turning its gears. WHAT ARE YOU THINKING, AMY DUNNE? Yeah, Nick, you and me both.

I haven't mentioned it but Jeff Cronenweth, I bow down to you. He's the cinematographer and just goodness. Coupled with the score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, WHAT WERE YOU PLANNING, GUYS? This could have doubled as a horror movie, really. Well, maybe a thriller but the horror vibes and THAT SCORE.

So should you watch the film? YES. Will you enjoy it even if you've already read the book? YES. Will you really see Ben Affleck's dong? YES. What are you waiting for? WATCH IT NOW. Even better, READ THE BOOK.

Have you watched Gone Girl? What did you think? Sound off in the comments below!

Book Crossover: Trailer Reveal: The Morganville Vampire Web TV Series

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rachel Caine's The Morganville Vampires series is going to be a web series! Check out the trailer below and watch its premiere this October 27 on Geek & Sundry!



After 832 backers on Kickstarter, the bestselling young adult series is going to the small screen!

I just love the power of fans. I mean, a Veronica Mars movie was made all because of fans backing it up and of course, the members of its production being game. I haven't read the series as I'm not into vampires that much but I'll definitely check out its premiere.

Who's watching with me?

Book Spine Poetry Sunday (6)

Sunday, October 19, 2014


On rare Sundays, I will be posting book spine poems because I love poems and I love books and I thought book spine poetry is awesome. Thank you to Charlie of Letter Trails for the feature photo!

So I haven't done this in months and I also changed the feature's frequency to every other whenever. What? Inspiration rarely hits me. Anyway, here's one book spine poem for you!



Maybe Someday
The Distance Between Us
(The) Time Between Us
Gone
All Our Yesterdays
Forgotten


You can follow me on Instagram at oopsireadabookagain for more bookish photos (with low resolution and bad lighting HAHA)!

Want to change some titles on my poem? Go comment your own version below! Just have at least one of those books in yours. Looking forward to seeing them! (Provided someone comments. Haha!)

Review: Before You by Amber Hart

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I've read this book back in July and it has been sitting in my drafts for so long. I finally decided to just get it over it. So here's my review of the mature YA/NA contemporary romance debut of Amber Hart, BEFORE YOU!

Before You (Before & After, #1)
Title: Before You (Before & After #1)
Author: Amber Hart
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Date of Publication: July 29, 2014

Some say love is deadly. Some say love is beautiful. I say it is both.

Faith Watters spent her junior year traveling the world, studying in exquisite places, before returning to Oviedo High School. From the outside her life is picture-perfect. Captain of the dance team. Popular. Happy. Too bad it’s all a lie.

It will haunt me. It will claim me. It will shatter me. And I don't care.

Eighteen-year-old Diego Alvarez hates his new life in the States, but staying in Cuba is not an option. Covered in tattoos and scars, Diego doesn't stand a chance of fitting in. Nor does he want to. His only concern is staying hidden from his past—a past, which if it were to surface, would cost him everything. Including his life.

At Oviedo High School, it seems that Faith Watters and Diego Alvarez do not belong together. But fate is as tricky as it is lovely. Freedom with no restraint is what they long for. What they get is something different entirely.

Love—it will ruin you and save you, both.

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Review

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Kensington and NetGalley for the review copy! Having received one did not affect my views of the novel.

I've read Before You before reading His Reverie and this is definitely better than the latter. Waaaaay better. I had to compare because both have the same premise and spoiler alert for His Reverie, both have heroines that are daughters of a church pastor. Glad to say that Before You has more depth and has more dimensional characters you'll root for.


My feelings for this book have been very confusing. It was like teetering on a three-way seesaw if ever there is something like that. I was so excited for this book that I even featured it as a Waiting on Wednesday. It's just that I read the first chapters and damn, I was hooked. So when I finally started it, I already felt that I'll give it four stars. Then le slump happened and I couldn't keep my attention and interest with the book. I kept finding reasons why it's not working for me and why I'm not liking it. In the interest of fairness, I dropped the book for a bit and picked it up when I was in a better mood. Then it was smooth sailing after that. It went to a four-star again then something happened and I was shouting at home and I was ready to give the book five stars even with all the things I didn't like at first but then meh, Amber Hart didn't follow through the shocking and shattering plot arc so it went back to four stars. Then after some time, my loving views regarding the novel petered out and it went back to three stars.


Don't get me wrong, I love the characters. I thought they were dimensional and I was rooting for each of them. Faith is the pastor's daughter and she has been dressing very conservatively and has been dating the same boring guy for the longest time. Everything she does is calculated as she doesn't want to bring shame to her father. The only real thing she shows is her love for dance. She has been harboring a secret too that only her family and her best friend know. Because Faith Watters is not perfect. She is so far from perfect.


Then we have Diego Alvarez. His family fled Cuba after the mob killed his mother and almost killed him and his father. He's the quintessential thug-looking Hispanic with all his scars and tattoos but of course, inside, he just loves his family. I especially love Diego's scenes with his cousin Javier and his very large extended family. Sure, the characters aren't exactly unique but they check all the boxes: motivations, secrets, wants, needs, and everything else.


One of the main themes of Before You is expectation. Faith is expected to be conservative, nice and perfect, when she isn't. Diego is expected to be bad and even if he didn't start a fight, he's always the suspect. I love how Amber Hart tackled the very real divide race incurs. It's the 21st century, yes, but ethnic and racial discrimination is still everywhere. We might not be doing it purposefully but it is so ingrained on our minds. Really, this novel touched upon a lot of subjects, such as drugs, poverty, and a whole lot more. I applaud Amber Hart for dealing with social issues, making them innate into the story, which allows time for romance. However, it just felt like Faith's preachy and all. Oh, yes, it's in dual POV so yay!


Now, I think Before You lost me in the romance department. Sure, Faith and Diego have crackling chemistry but yes, it is a wee bit instalove. All my issues are rooted in there so I can't really discuss it. Plus, I really don't approve of using other people to make the other person jealous.


Anyway, there's this big twist at the end which made me hyperventilate and which broke my heart. But then, Amber Hart didn't push through with it so we can get our HEA. I already admitted defeat and that this is a heartbreaking novel but <spoiler alert> HOW MANY TIMES CAN A PERSON DIE BUT NOT REALLY DIE??? TWICE IS TOO MANY TIMES ALREADY <end of spoiler>. I had issues with the ending bit. But it was still a four-star at this point.


It got to three stars when I remembered how forced the writing was to me, especially Faith's perspective. Just, while I was reading it during my slump, it felt like it was trying too hard to be poetic? To be lyrical? It was full of short sentences, with all that italics. It was so angsty that it felt fake to me. I don't know, maybe it's just me and that slump talking. 


Even though I didn't fully love this book, I still recommend it. I think I would have loved it if I read it at a different time. I'm a fan of Katie McGarry and Amber Hart's writing is reminiscent of Katie's. I even think Before You is like the heightened and more frighteningly real version of Crash into You. We have actual mobs and gangs in here who are old and really scary. Real danger alert! Anyway, Before You would be perfect for fans of Katie McGarry and those who love angst in YA.


About Amber Hart


Amber Hart grew up in Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. She now resides in the Smoky Mountains with family. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing or daydreaming. She's the author of the Before & After series (BEFORE YOU, AFTER US, MAYBE ME), and the Until You Find Me series (UNTIL YOU FIND ME, sequel TBA). Rep'd by Beth Miller of Writers House. 


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{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: Ben Fox: Squirrel Zombie Specialist At Your Service by Daisy Whitney

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ben Fox: Squirrel Zombie Specialist at Your Service
Title: Ben Fox: Squirrel Zombie Specialist At Your Service
Author: Daisy Whitney
Publisher: Spencer Hill Middle Grade
Date of Publication: October 14, 2014

Ten-year-old Ben Fox has good friends, a great dog, and a lightning-fast little sister who drives him a bit batty. The only thing in the fifth grader's life that's truly annoying--well, besides having to wear braces on his feet every day--is the family's wily Siamese cat, Percy.

Ben has always suspected something was off about Percy, who has never shown him or his beloved dog, Captain Sparkles, much affection. But now he's sure something is off--Percy has raised an army of squirrel zombies in the backyard and they're ready to take on the dog.

It'll be up to Ben to figure out how to stop the dastardly cat before the dog falls prey to the feline's nefarious plans, especially since Percy and his newly reanimated squirrel friends are gunning for nothing less than a full-scale Animal Zombie Apocalypse--when all the dogs start to behave like cats.

If only Ben could enlist his mom's help in the undead animal war. But his mom is petrified of things that go bump in the night, so Ben's only hope is to team up with his little sister. The battle won't be easy though, because squirrel zombies are the most dangerous of all...

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Review

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Jennifer of Spencer Hill and NetGalley for the review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel.

I initially identified myself as a YA-MG blogger then a YA-MG-NA blogger then I ultimately gave up and I'm now a YA-NA blogger. It's just that, I actually don't read middle grade novels that much. At all. Well, ever since I started blogging. But then, Daisy Whitney, who's absolutely one of my favorite authors, is releasing a middle grade book. I resisted at first because hello, it's MG! In the end, I succumbed to my love for Daisy and the need to read ALL HER BOOKS.

Oh, the trepidation I felt before starting this. But then, the first chapter was amazing that I couldn't help but read the next page and the next and the next. I highly enjoyed this novel, which was surprising because like I said, I'm not big on MG novels. Daisy actually told me about this novel long ago, about squirrel zombies, and that she plotted it with her son. I thought the idea was ingenious and cute but until then, that was just a presumption. And now that I've read it, I think those were correct.

Ben Fox is a ten year-old kid who witnessed their pet cat raising squirrel zombies in their yard. He also has cerebral palsy and so he's the slowest in gym and he always trips and falls. I loved how Daisy Whitney wrote a main character with a disability but didn't make it his ticket to playing the woe-is-me card. A kid named Rafael always teased him in school but he didn't stoop to that level. He also has an amazing best friend in Nathan, his battle-loving, ninja-costuming classmate. Ben was a sweet son, a smart kid and his CP was the least of his problems. It was Percy, their family feline who's the leader of a squirrel zombie pack and who's turning his dog, Captain Sparkles, into going cat-like.

I read this book in a breeze and I think middle-graders will too. It was fun and unique and so enjoyable. Ben was such a relatable character and kids will love the adventure and plotting he does throughout the novel. I'm not an expert in MG novels but I think Ben's voice fit a ten year-old's. However, there were some words that may not be in a middle-grader's vocabulary but maybe that's just me. I'm not American and English is not my first language.

Overall, Ben Fox just proved that Daisy Whitney can write anything and it will be amazing. This is her first foray into middle grade novels and I think she could absolutely write more and kids will enjoy them. With a sleazy and scheming cat and its squirrel zombie pack, Ben Fox was a joy to read, for both kids and adults alike. I just might start reading and reviewing middle grade books here in the blog again, all thanks to this book!

About Daisy Whitney

Daisy Whitney is also the author of the young adult novels THE MOCKINGBIRDS, THE RIVALS, WHEN YOU WERE HERE, and STARRY NIGHTS. Her books have received critical acclaim including NPR Best Teen Read, ABC New Voices Pick, ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults, an NCIBA Book of the Year Honorable Mention, a Romantic Times Best of YA, and a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best.


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